Verse-by-verse exposition of the Scriptures, elder rule by a plurality of godly men, and a dependence upon the Word to make believers complete in Christ
SGBC exists to exalt God, exposit the Scriptures, equip the saints, and evangelize the lost. We currently have 2 locations: North Campus (Main Service 10:45 am, Sunday School 9am) 235 N. Tamiami Trail Osprey, FL 34229 South Campus (Main Service 9am, Sunday School 10:45am) 2550 Englewood Rd. Englewood, FL 34223
Mission: Presenting everyone complete in Christ: Through the exaltation of God, the exposition of the Scriptures, the edifying of the saints, and the evangelization of the lost.
"Real, meaningful worship with God's people is not optional. It's not a suggestion. It's not a take-it-or-leave-it proposition. Worship on the Lord's Day should be the crowning joy of your week."
- John MacArthur
"Do I learn through dark providences, or simply seem relieved when they are over?"
- Sinclair Ferguson
"From Woe to Weeping" Matthew 23:37-39, Pastor Marc Wragg, January 12, 2020
When Israel's religious leaders challenged Christ's authority, He didn't defend His right to declare what is true. He demonstrated it by confronting their unbelief. He pronounced woe upon woe on them, and then declared that He would send them messengers of truth whom they would persecute and kill. Thus they would fill up the full measure of their sin by violently rejecting the very message that would have set them free. Here, Christ's compassion was fully on display. Love led Him to fearlessly confront them with the truth, and then to grieve over the hardness of heart that the confrontation had so clearly revealed.
sgbcvenice.org Love led Christ to fearlessly confront Israel's religious leaders with the truth, and then to grieve over the hardness of heart that was so clearly revealed.
"Where is Wisdom?" Pastor Eric Borgstrom, Job 28, January 5th, 2020
When difficulties and discouragements inevitably come, anxious questions are often not far behind. We cry out longing to know why this is happening, if there is a purpose in our pain, and what if anything can be done about it. All too often the counsel that we find—sometimes even in the church— is worldly and futile. And yet God has not made wisdom hard to find, though it can often be hard to hear. Humble your heart, look to His Word, and you will find the answers and the peace that your soul desires.
Please join us Sunday Evening, January 19th at 6 pm, as
Pastor Marc Wragg begins a new study on the Church, using "Life in the Father's House" by Wayne Mack.
"A true heart of love rebukes with compassion."
- Pastor Marc Wragg
“I don’t think most Christians today understand how essential hospitality is to fanning the flames of love and strengthening the Christian family. Hospitality fleshes out love in a uniquely personal and sacrificial way. Through the ministry of hospitality, we share our most prized possessions. We share our family, home, finances, food, privacy, and time. Indeed, we share our very lives. So, hospitality is always costly. Through the ministry of hospitality, we provide friendship, acceptance, fellowship, refreshment, comfort, and love in one of the richest and deepest ways possible for humans to understand. Unless we open the doors of our homes to one another, the reality of the local church as a close-knit family of loving brothers and sisters is only a theory.”
- Alexander Strauch
"Ready for the End" 2 Peter 4:7-11, Pastor Nick Foerster, December 29, 2019
For those who know Christ, the end of all things is not a cause for fear. It is a source of great hope because the end of history means that the consumation of God's gospel promises is finally at hand. How does a Christian prepare for the end? Cultivate the soundness of mind and sobriety of spirit needed for effective prayer, and keep fervent in your love for the brethren. Practice joyful hospitality, faithful service, and in everything give glory to God!
sgbcvenice.org For those who know Christ, the end of all things is not a cause for fear.
"A Christmas Gift" Galatians 4:1-7, Pastor Marc Wragg, December 24, 2019
The gospel is indeed good news. By God's grace through faith in Christ, we are given the gift of salvation and made heirs of God. How do we rightly respond to such an indescribable gift? Let us rejoice and live as obedient children of God. The gospel is freedom- not to to live as we please, but to live a life that is pleasing to God. What other response could we have when we've been freed from the penalty and dominion of sin, and been given all of the rights, privileges, and honor that comes from being one of His children?
"The Condemnation of False Religion, Part 3" Matthew 23:13-36, Pastor Marc Wragg, December 22, 2019
Spiritual abuse is inevitable when hypocrisy reigns in the heart of a religious leader. Why doesn’t God immediately remove such charlatans? In His wisdom and patience, God allows them to fill up the measure of their sins and thus leave no doubt about their guilt. But in His goodness, God also guards believers from following these imposters to destruction. How can you be protected from false spiritual leaders? Test everything according to the truth of God’s Word.
“The Christmas message is that there is hope for a ruined humanity– hope of pardon, hope of peace with God, hope of glory–because at the Father’s will Jesus became poor, and was born in a stable so that thirty years later He might hang on a cross.”
- J.I. Packer
"What Child is This?" Isaiah 9:1-7, December 15th, 2019, Pastor Steve Smith
Man is born to trouble, but a Savior was born to bring hope to this sin-darkened world. The hope of forgiveness, redemption, and eternal life isn’t some idle wish or religious platitude. It is a hope proclaimed by God from centuries past, procured by Him in the offering of His sinless Son, and pledged by Him as the sovereign God of all creation who cannot lie and will not change His mind. There are many ways that lead to suffering, but only one that leads to life. The hope of the gospel is now set before you. How will you respond?
sgbcvenice.org There is hope in the midst of despair
"The Condemnation of False Religion- Part 2" Matthew 23:13-36, Pastor Marc Wragg, December 8th, 2019
Hypocrisy in a religious leader always forms a tangled web of spiritual deception and compromise. He labors tirelessly to win converts and extend his influence, only to lead his followers to inevitable destruction. His teaching promises prosperity and life, but it opposes the truth and thus has no power to deliver. And he performs works that appear worthy of honor and emulation, yet these only serve to seal his eventual doom. How can you unmask religious hypocrisy? Measure everything against the timeless truth of God’s Word.
sgbcvenice.org Hypocrisy in a religious leader always forms a tangled web of spiritual deception and compromise
"The Condemnation of False Religion, Part 1" Matthew 23:13-36, Pastor Marc Wragg, December 1, 2019
Do all roads lead to Heaven? If they did, Christ’s words to the spiritual leaders were harsh. Though these men honored themselves as religious authorities, they weren't teaching the true way to eternal life. They were obstacles whose hypocrisy and error hindered the way to God.
"A Warning to the Spiritually Proud" Matthew 23:1-12, Pastor Marc Wragg, November 24th, 2019
Watch carefully what kind of men you follow. Beware of those who declare the truth to you and yet refuse to be held accountable to it themselves, who bind your conscience to the traditions of men instead of leading you to the practice of godliness, or who exalt themselves instead of humbly pointing you to the honor and glory of God. Don’t follow someone because he is confident, popular, or persuasive. Follow the man who humbly and wholeheartedly follows after Christ.
"Here is a standing reason for thanksgiving. Although we may not always be healthy, nor always prosperous, yet God is always good, and, therefore, there is always a sufficient argument for giving thanks unto Jehovah. That he is a good God essentially, that he cannot be otherwise than good, should be a fountain out of which the richest praises should perpetually flow."
- Charles Spurgeon
“Pray, read your Bible, go to church, share the gospel, obey your parents. Recognize that list? It’s the answer you’re likely to get when asking the question—What does God want me to do? That centers on your actions, which is good…but what about your attitudes? You can pray with a proud heart, attend church reluctantly, and even share the gospel with wrong motives. God cares about our attitudes, too. In fact, that’s part of His will—a big part. He wills us to be thankful all the time. Here are five more reasons why . . .”
gty.org Pray, read your Bible, go to church, share the gospel, obey your parents. Recognize that list? It’s the answer you’re likely to get when asking the question—What does God want me to do? That centers ...
Please join us this evening at 7:00 pm for our Thanksgiving Eve Communion Service.
2550 Englewood Rd. In Englewood
As Christians, our lives should be marked with gratitude year-round, not just on Thanksgiving.
“If gratitude doesn’t come easy for you, neither will finding God’s will. Or to put it another way, if you struggle with being thankful, you’ll struggle with following God’s will. Need some motivation?”
The article below will help you get started in seeking to cultivate a heart of gratitude:
"A thankful heart is one of the primary identifying characteristics of a believer. It stands in stark contrast to pride, selfishness, and worry. And it helps fortify the believer's trust in the Lord and reliance of His provision, even in the toughest times. No matter how choppy the seas become, a believer's heart is buoyed by constant praise and gratefulness to the Lord."
– John MacArthur
“If there is one darling sin that you would spare, Christ and your soul will never agree. There can be no peace between you and Christ while there is peace between you and sin.”
- Charles Spurgeon
[11/22/19] “Anger and a lack of teachability often go hand in hand. Because an angry person is a proud person, and proud people are not teachable.” – Pastor Eric Borgstrom
"What Doers of the Word Do" James 1:19-25, Pastor Eric Borgstrom, November 17, 2019
How does one know if their heart is receptive to truth? There are three essential evidences of a profitable relationship to the Word of God: be teachable, put to death sin, and cultivate humility. In doing so, you provide good soil in your heart for the Word to be planted.
"The Appropriate Response to God's Grace" Romans 15:14-21, Pastor Matias Buldain, November 10th, 2019
After his conversion, Paul's life had one singular focus- to preach the gospel fully and faithfully to the Gentile world, and to boast of God's power to transfom the chief of sinners into a useful instrument for the advancement of His kingdom. Paul's response to God's grace was passionate and selfless service to the Lord and His Church. What is your response to God's saving grace?
sgbcvenice.org What is your response to God's saving grace?
"Who is the Messiah?" Matthew 22:41-46, Pastor Marc Wragg, November 3, 2019
The Pharisees knew the Scriptures, but couldn't answer Christ’s simple question because it didn’t fit their preconceived notions. You can devote yourself to the study of the Scriptures and yet never submit to the truth. That’s the nature of unbelief, it is always hearing and never understanding. Do you know Christ as both Lord and Savior?
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"Our Love for God" Matthew 22:34-40, Pastor Marc Wragg, October 27, 2019
Whatever knowledge we may think we possess or whatever good works we may practice, it all means nothing if we do not tremble at the Word of God. The more we twist the truth and add our traditions and opinions to it, the more we drift from Him and allow our hearts to grow hard and cold. If you love the Lord with all of your heart, embrace the simplicity and clarity of His Word. Trust in the matchless wisdom of Christ, and He will make your paths straight.
sgbcvenice.org If you love the Lord with all of your heart, embrace the simplicity and clarity of His Word.
"God's Sufficient Word" Matthew 22:23-33, Pastor Marc Wragg, October 20, 2019
The Sadducees sought to make Christ Jesus look like a fool by asking a question regarding the resurrection. What they didn’t know is that their own belief system blinded them to the truth of Scripture. Christ responded by appealing to the clarity and power of God’s Word. If the Son of God relied on the Scriptures to utterly dismantle spiritual errors, how much more should we?
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"Render to God What is His" Matthew 22:15-22, Pastor Marc Wragg, October 13, 2019
When certain men came to trap Christ with questions about divine and civil authority, far more was revealed than they ever intended. Jesus’ answer uncovered their ignorance, their hypocrisy, and their malice with one swift stroke. This is the power of godly wisdom. It brings light to matters darkened by error, cuts deep to pierce hearts hardened by sin, and exposes as foolishness the wisdom of men.
sgbcvenice.org When certain men came to trap Christ with questions about divine and civil authority, far more was revealed than they ever intended.
"The Parable of the Marriage Feast" Matthew 22:1-14, Pastor Marc Wragg, October 6, 2019
The Bible always upholds personal responsibility and divine sovereignty. God calls and chooses and we are responsible to respond without which we will not see the Kingdom of God. Have you turned in faith to Christ to receive the righteousness of God?
“An ounce of heart knowledge is worth more than a ton of head learning!
If knowledge were bliss, the devil would be in Heaven.”
- Charles Spurgeon
"The Parable of the Landowner" Matthew 21:33-46, Pastor Marc Wragg, September 29, 2019
Nothing better illustrates the blindness of men than a mind filled with truth that the heart doesn’t believe. Such a man sees the truth as a means of self-exaltation, and he becomes enraged when it threatens to reveal his own sin and unbelief. How can you guard yourself from spiritual hypocrisy? Humble yourself before God by taking His counsel. Train your mind to meditate on the truth, allow it to expose your heart, and you will learn to both discern what is good and to do it.
"By What Authority?" Matthew 21:23-27, Pastor Marc Wragg, September 15, 2019
Those who are in a place of authority would do well to recall that they operate under a delegated authority given by God.
"For no sin whereof men can be guilty in this world is of so horrible a nature, and so dreadful an aspect, as is this unbelief, where a clear view of it is obtained in evangelical light."
- John Owen
“Sin aims always at the utmost; every time it rises up to tempt or entice, might it have its own course, it would go out to the utmost sin in that kind. Every unclean thought or glance would be adultery if it could; every covetous desire would be oppression, every thought of unbelief would be atheism, might it grow to its head. Men may come to that, that sin may not be heard speaking a scandalous word in their hearts - that is, provoking to any great sin with scandal in its mouth; but yet every rise of lust, might it have its course, would come to the height of villainy: it is like the grave that is never satisfied. The deceitfulness of sin is seen in that it is modest in its first proposals but when it prevails it hardens mens' hearts, and brings them to ruin.”
- John Owen
"The Barren Fig Tree" Matthew 21:18-22, Pastor Marc Wragg, September 8th, 2019
Christ’s rebuke of the fig tree illustrated the spiritual barrenness of Israel’s religious leaders. From a distance they looked upright and sound, but a close inspection of their heart and life revealed that-- like the fig tree --judgment was imminent because they bore no fruit in keeping with spiritual life. Spiritual fruit is more than just knowledge and religious practice. The evidence of life is faith that believes God’s Word and submits to it, embraces the work and the authority of Christ, and leans dependently upon God in prayer.
sgbcvenice.org Christ’s rebuke of the fig tree illustrated the spiritual barrenness of Israel’s religious leaders.
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