2013 Sermons Online
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Welcome to Meadowood Baptist Church 2013 Audio Messages Online! All messages listed below are available on CD through the church office. They have been archived and are no longer available online.

December 29, 2013:
"Is It Worth It To Be Faithful?"
  Genesis 27, 39, 40 | Bob Rutherford, Pastor
It is possible for believers to ask, "Is it worth it to be faithful?" In continuing hard times we may not see God working in our lives, and in good times it is possible to attribute our success to our own efforts. This study takes a look at the life of Joseph in the Old Testament who spent many years in hard times. The scriptures assure us that God is with us and He is working in our lives even when we don't see it. Scriptures are also clear on the rewards received by those who are faithful, in this life and the next.
December 22, 2013:
"The Miracles of Christmas" - Part 2
  Matthew 1:18-2:9 | Bob Rutherford, Pastor
"The Miracles of Christmas" - Part Two is about the miraculous birth of Christ. There are several miraculous births in the Bible but the birth of Christ is different and crucial to believers. Our pastor reveals the importance of the incarnation of Christ and, the most important miracle of all, the salvation of mankind.
December 15, 2013:
"The Miracles of Christmas"
  Matthew 1:18-2:9 | Bob Rutherford, Pastor
"The Miracles of Christmas" is part one of two messages about the miracles surrounding the birth of Christ. Our pastor begins with the star and the wise men. He discusses the miraculous circumstances of each and reveals the relevant lessons we can learn.
December 8, 2013:
"The Purposes of God"
  Jeremiah 29:11, Isaiah 7:11; 9:6 | Bob Rutherford, Pastor
It can be difficult for the human mind to understand how God accomplishes His plans with so many bad things happening around us. Circumstances today are not unlike events in the past. God's timing is perfect, even in the details of the believer's life. God uses both good and evil influences to accomplish His purposes, and God's ultimate will always comes to pass.
December 1, 2013:
"The Baptism and Filling of the Holy Spirit"
  Acts 1:5, 2:4; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13 | Bob Rutherford, Pastor
This message discusses the difference between the "baptism of the Holy Spirit" and the "filling of the Holy Spirit." Believers in Christ are automatically baptized into one Spirit and one body, the universal church of Christ, but scriptures reveal that believers should be part of a local church. "The filling of the Holy Spirit" is defined as allowing the Holy Spirit to control a believer's life. Using scriptures, our pastor discusses how a believer can be baptized but not be filled by the Holy Spirit.
November 24, 2013:
"Overcoming Challenges To Be Thankful"
  Nehemiah | Bob Rutherford, Pastor
Living a thankful life can be hard when faced with difficult circumstances. Bob Rutherford examines passages from Nehemiah, who faced sorrow and frequent challenges during his life. This message also reveals how habits, thoughts, and a sin life can rob us of joy and God's abundant blessings.
November 17, 2013:
"The Baptism of the Holy Spirit"
  Matthew 3:11, 1 Corinthians 2:12-13 | Bob Rutherford, Pastor
Our study on God's Holy Spirit continues by examining scriptures that explain who baptizes us in the Holy Spirit and when this baptism take place. Some believers read these scriptures and conclude there are different kinds of baptisms, and their opinions differ on when a believer receives the Holy Spirit. Dr. Bob Rutherford explains these scriptures in detail and the difference between the Old Testament baptisms and the baptisms that occur after Pentecost in the book of Acts.
November 10, 2013:
"The Baptism and Filling of the Holy Spirit"
  Matthew 3:11-12, Acts 2:1-4 | Bob Rutherford, Pastor
Who, or what, is God to you? Many people have different answers. Even believers have ideas that are not based in scripture. These ideas and beliefs leave many believers in confusion and cause those without Christ to reject the Lord. This message stresses the importance of Biblical teachings about the Holy Spirit and what it means to us.
November 3, 2013:
"Two Questions"
  Luke 1:11-19 | Bob Rutherford, Pastor
Our pastor's study on the Holy Spirit continues with two questions: When does the Holy Spirit come into a believer's life, and will the Holy Spirit ever leave? There are scriptures that can lead a believer to conclude that the Holy Spirit can enter a person's life at birth and that it can be taken away from us. These scriptures are explained in detail along with the difference between believers in the Old Testament and believers described in Acts chapter two, after the crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension of Christ.
October 27, 2013:
"A Call To Commitment And Assurance"
  Hebrews 10:26-31 | Bob Rutherford, Pastor
There are Biblical evidences that believers cannot lose their salvation. Our pastor continues his study on the role of God's Holy Spirit in the believer's life. This message is entitled "A Call To Commitment And Assurance" because believers that live in a deliberate and willful state of sin act as the enemies of God described in Hebrews chapter ten and can face serious consequences both here and at the Christian judgement. Questions are also provided for those who state that one can lose salvation.
October 20, 2013:
"Our Security In Christ"
  Hebrews 6:4-8 | Bob Rutherford, Pastor
Can believers lose their salvation in Christ? Our pastor continues his study of the Holy Spirit and this issue. He presents more scriptures that are used by some that say believers can lose their salvation. Dr. Rutherford explains these scriptures in context and discusses how Christians living in a state of sin and rebellion can harm the witness of Christ.
October 13, 2013:
"How Safe Are We?"
  Ephesians 1:11-14; 4:30 | Bob Rutherford, Pastor
Can you lose your salvation in Christ? Everything in life that we have can be lost. You can lose your health, your wealth, your eye sight, your hearing, your mind, your family, your job, etc. Using certain scriptures, some Christian groups teach that you can lose your salvation. Our pastor addresses this issue before continuing his study on the Holy Spirit.
October 6, 2013:
"The Holy Spirit's Work In Salvation"
  2 Timothy 1:14; Titus 3:3-7; Ephesians 1:11-14; 4:30
Bob Rutherford, Pastor
Our pastor continues his study on the nature of God, beginning with the Holy Spirit. In this message, he explains that without the Holy Spirit one cannot be saved from sin. The Holy Spirit convinces us that Jesus is the Savior and brings life when we trust Jesus as Savior. The Holy Spirit applies the cleansing that the blood of Christ makes possible for us, and He keeps us secure in our salvation.
September 29, 2013:
"The Holy Spirit"
  Deuteronomy 6:4 | Bob Rutherford, Pastor
There is only one God, but scriptures indicate three distinct persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Yet they are One. The human mind has difficulty accepting the eternal and triune nature of God. Many questions have been asked about God by believers and non-believers alike. Our pastor begins a study on the nature of God beginning with the Holy Spirit.
September 22, 2013:
"The Words We Speak - Part 2"
  Ephesians 4:29 | Bob Rutherford, Pastor
The power of life and death is in the words we speak. Our pastor continues his study in Ephesians chapter four on "The Words We Speak." Scripture reveals that unwholesome speech is listed among the sins of greed and immorality. Believers should know that unwholesome speech, grumbling, complaining, slander, gossip, and similar behavior should not be ignored or dismissed as what some may call "minor" sins. This behavior is serious and provokes God to anger. It also reveals the condition of our hearts. For part one of "The Words We Speak" see September 8, 2013.
September 15, 2013:
  Genesis 29-30 | Dr. David Whitlock, President of OBU
Leah, the first wife of Jacob, is a woman recorded in Genesis who at first glance seems to live a sad life. Translations of the Bible describe her as "depised" or "unloved." She lived her entire life in the shadow of her younger sister with hopes and desires that seem to go unfulfilled. If one examines closely all that is recorded of her, she is a hero of faith. Regardless of our circumstances, our hurts, or our deepest desires, we can know from Leah's life that: God sees our circumstances, God hears our prayers, God joins, God is to be praised, God rewards, and God endows with everlasting blessings.
September 8, 2013:
"The Words We Speak - Part 1"
  Ephesians 4:29 | Bob Rutherford, Pastor
The saying "sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me" has been around for decades. It is also contrary to what the Bible teaches. The power of life and death is in what we say. As Paul writes to the Ephesians about spiritual maturity, his next stop is the words we speak. The first part of this study covers unwholesome speech.
September 1, 2013:
"Work - God's Plan For Mankind"
  Ephesians 4:28 | Bob Rutherford, Pastor
In Ephesians chapter four, after the apostle Paul's reproach about stealing he writes to believers about work. Work is to be enjoyed and is God's will for our lives. It is beneficial not only for us but for others. Some believe work is a result of mankind's sin in Genesis chapter three. This message takes a Biblical view of work and reveals the incorrect perceptions surrounding it.
August 25, 2013:
  Ephesians 4:28 | Bob Rutherford, Pastor
The subject of theft is Paul's next stop in our study of Ephesians 4:25-28. Stealing is more than taking money or possessions. "Thievery" reveals how we can steal someone's reputation, joy, marriage partner, and more. In just four verses, Paul lists the character traits of Satan, the first liar and the biggest thief of all. These passages are written to believers so that they may evaluate their relationship with Christ Jesus.
August 18, 2013:
"Putting Out The Fire"
Anger Series
  Ephesians 4:26-27 | Bob Rutherford, Pastor
It is God's will for us to avoid unrighteous anger. "Putting Out The Fire" is part three in our pastor series on anger. He reviews what can make us angry, then discusses the consequences of holding on to unrighteous anger. Practical steps are given to reduce and avoid destructive anger.
August 11, 2013:
"Good And Bad Anger"
Anger Series
  Ephesians 4:26 | Bob Rutherford, Pastor
Our study on anger resumes. The first study, "Combustible," was a study of God's anger. In "Good And Bad Anger," our pastor reveals that, according to the Scriptures, it is possible for the believer to have a righteous anger. He explains the difference between righteous anger and sinful anger.
August 4, 2013:
"Celebration and Commitment"
  Philippians 1:3-11; 4:14-19 | Bob Rutherford, Pastor
Meadowood Baptist Church celebrates its 50th Anniversary! Former pastors and ministers joined us as we reflected on God's blessings and mercy. DVDs are available for $5.00. Order forms are available near the back doors to the Worship Center. Complete an order form and leave it in the box. This audio file contains our pastor's message during this event.
July 28, 2013:
Anger Series
  Ephesians 4:26 | Bob Rutherford, Pastor
Before conducting a study of anger in our lives, our pastor thought it best to have a study of God's anger. It is true that God loves us but the Bible makes it abundantly clear about the anger of God. Many people, including believers, live carefree taking life and eternity for granted because they do not understand the subject of God's anger. This study reveals the truths and the misconceptions concerning the anger of God.
July 21, 2013:
"The Truth Factor"
  Ephesians 4:25-32 | Bob Rutherford, Pastor
As we continue our study in Ephesians, we come to the subject of truth as Paul's describes what is necessary for growth and maturity in a believer's life. Truth is essential for unity and joy. The Bible gives warnings of what happens when we reject the truths about God and our savior Christ Jesus. Our pastor discusses how even believers can wander from the truth and the consequences that will result.
July 14, 2013:
"Why My Life as a Believer Does Not Change"

Ephesians 4:17-32 | Bob Rutherford, Pastor
God promises a transformed life to each believer, but some believers wonder why their lives have not changed. Change only comes from God. Believers cannot change themselves. This study reveals practices and thought patterns that hamper God's work in a believer's life.

July 7, 2013:
"Spiritual Maturity - Is This Happening For You?" - Part 2
  Ephesians 4:13-32 | Bob Rutherford, Pastor
It is God's will for each believer to mature in their faith. If we are not maturing spiritually we are walking in darkness. So how does one mature spiritually? Our pastor continues this study in Ephesians as Paul writes about putting off the old self, our sin nature, and being made new in Christ Jesus.
June 30, 2013:
  Galatians 5:1, 13 | Bob Rutherford, Pastor
Patriotic Service 2013: God desires that we live in a free society. This is demonstrated in both the Old and New Testaments. The Founding Fathers of America also sought both religious and political freedom and the cost of our country's freedom throughout history has been high. This message discusses the challenge of maintaining and preserving freedom in America.
June 23, 2013:
"Spiritual Maturity - Is It Happening For You?"
  Ephesians 4:11-32 | Bob Rutherford, Pastor
It is God's will for each believer to mature in their faith. If we are not maturing spiritually we are walking in darkness. So how does one mature spiritually? Our pastor begins this study with how crucial it is to be involved in the body of Christ. Fellowship with other believers is how we receive support, insight, understanding, and inspiration.
June 16, 2013:
"Dynamic Dads" - Father's Day 2013
  Proverbs 3, John 3:16 | Bob Rutherford, Pastor
For Father's Day our pastor shares from the book of Proverbs how men can be "Dynamic Dads." Whether you are a father or a role model is someone's life, it is crucial to communicate through love and listening and consistently confirming a child's worth. It is also the father's role to model and teach their children God's word.
June 9, 2013:
"The Walking Dead: More From Galatians 3"
  Galatians 3 | Jay Ramer, Minister of Adult Education
Jay continues his study in Galatians. Believers sometimes adopt a works based faith and Galatians 3 reminds us that our salvation is provided by grace. The simplicity of Christ's sacrifice on the cross is all we need. There is nothing to add to make our faith complete.
June 9, 2013:
"The Walking Dead: How To Avoid Becoming a Christian Zombie"
  Galatians 2:6-21 | Jay Ramer, Minister of Adult Education
Once a Christian, believers have the tendency to slip back into old habits. The jewish believers in the church in Galatia had this problem. Believers today still have the same problem. The simplicity of Christ's sacrifice on the cross is all we need. There is nothing to add to make our faith complete.
June 2, 2013:
"Spiritual Gifts" - Part 2
Spiritual Gifts
  Ephesians 4:11-16 | Bob Rutherford, Pastor
Our pastor continues his "Revelation of God" series by discussing spiritual gifts. Using our spiritual gifts is part of being a living sacrifice to the Lord and "the believers priestly offerings." Part 1, see May 5, reveals how spiritual gifts prepare a believer for service. This message reveals how spiritual gifts build up the body of Christ.
May 26, 2013:
  Deuteronomy 16:1, 3; Esther 9:16-22, 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
Bob Rutherford, Pastor
God's people are instructed to remember His power and deliverance in their lives. Memorial Day should be more than just a time when we briefly pause and reflect on the sacrifices made by our armed forces. In addition to our prayers, our veterans and military personnel need our respect and support. As a nation, we also need to take steps to preserve what our military has fought and died for - our freedom.
May 19, 2013:
"A Developing Life"
  Luke 2:40, 52 | Bob Rutherford, Pastor
"A Developing Life" is not only a special message for graduating high school and college students but a message to everyone who desires a contributing life in Christ. Our pastor speaks of ways to develop both physically and spiritually and how both are important.
May 12, 2013:
"A Beautiful Message for Mothers"
Mother's Day
  Romans 16, Proverbs 31 | Bob Rutherford, Pastor
Romans chapter 16 provides insight on how any woman can have a positive impact on the world. It does not matter whether she is married or unmarried, raising children, or that she is without children. All God-loving women of any age can serve in the crucial role of a mother and benefit even the most devote believers.
May 5, 2013:
"Spiritual Gifts" - Part 1
Spiritual Gifts
  Romans 12:1-2, 4-8; Ephesians 4:11-24 | Bob Rutherford, Pastor
Each believer has one or more spiritual gifts that should be used in their service for the Lord. Our pastor discusses what spiritual gifts are, according to the Bible, and how to determine your spiritual gifts.
April 28, 2013:
"Celebrating 30 Years Together"
  Philippians 1:3-8 | Bob Rutherford, Pastor
Our congregation celebrates the 30th anniversary of our pastor and his leadership in our church.
April 21, 2013:
"The Believer's Priestly Offerings"
God Series
  Romans 12 | AM | Bob Rutherford, Pastor
Message 8 in the "Revelations About God" Series - Using the spiritual gifts provided by God's Holy Spirit is one way that genuine believers offer themselves as a living sacrifice to the Lord. Our pastor discusses spiritual gifts along with misconceptions that some believers have.
April 14, 2013:
"The Priesthood"
God Series
  Revelation 5:10 | AM | Bob Rutherford, Pastor
Message 7 in the "Revelations About God" Series - The Bible states that believers are priests who are to serve God, but how? To serve as living sacrifices there are four things believers should avoid.
April 7, 2013:
God Series
Revelation 5:9-10 | AM | Bob Rutherford, Pastor
Message 6 in the "Revelations About God" Series - Our pastor discusses Jesus the Lamb of God, the future, the kingdom of God, and the privileges believers have in God's kingdom.
March 31, 2013:
"The Liberating Christ"
Easter Sunday
John 8:31-36 | Easter Sunday, AM | Bob Rutherford, Pastor
The death and ressurection of Christ Jesus makes it possible for us to be liberated from the debt of sin, physical death, and an eternal hell. Abundant life is available for those who trust Jesus as their Savior.
March 29, 2013:
"The Words of Jesus From the Cross"
Good Friday
Luke 23:34 | Good Friday, PM | Bob Rutherford, Pastor
The last words of Christ Jesus on the cross set the example that we should forgive, act redemptively by telling others about Christ, be honest with God about what is on our hearts, complete our God-given tasks, and entrust our entire lives to God the Father.
March 24, 2013:
"Jesus" - Part 2
God Series
  Matthew 21 | Palm Sunday, AM | Bob Rutherford, Pastor
Message 5 in the "Revelations About God" series - "Jesus" part 2 examines what Christ Jesus desires of believers and what we must do to have peace with God, peace in our lives, and peace with other believers.
March 17, 2013:
"Jesus" - Part 1
God Series
Mark 2:5-12 | A.M. | Bob Rutherford, Pastor
Message 4 in the "Revelations About God" series. Jesus was an actual historical figure and the Holy Bible states He is God. This study of the Trinity continues by providing verses which show that Jesus is God. He has the authority to forgive sins and help us return to a relationship with God the Father. He is much more than the gospel accounts of his birth, ministry, death, and resurrection. He is the eternal Word in John chapter one.
March 10, 2013:
"Revelations About God The Father"
God Series
Luke 22 | A.M. | Bob Rutherford, Pastor
Message 3 in the "Revelations About God" series. We have discovered that God is the Creator of all but He is only God the Father to believers in Christ. He is to be worshiped in Spirit and in truth. Now our pastor discusses that God has a will and a plan for our lives, though it may not be what we had imagined. Our Creator can be approached and He is involved in our lives. Because of His love for us, He is merciful and comforting.
March 3, 2013:
"Revelations About God" - Part 2
God Series
Genesis 1:26, 27 | A.M. | Bob Rutherford, Pastor
Message 2 in the "Revelations About God" series. Our pastor continues the study about the Trinity by providing specific verses in the Bible which can be shared with others. These verses will demonstrate a single God consisting of three persons, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Misconceptions that many people have about God are also addressed.
February 24, 2013:
"Revelations About God" - Part 1
God Series
Genesis 1:26, 27 | A.M. | Bob Rutherford, Pastor
Message 1 in the "Revelations About God" series. This study is about the Holy Spirit, but ground work must first be laid by discussing the Trinity, the three persons of a single God, our Creator. Many find this concept difficult
but it is clearly stated in the scriptures. God’s amazing attributes which cannot be explained are recorded throughout the Bible, including His love for us which we do not deserve.
February 17, 2013:
"Life Changing Questions"
  John 6 | A.M. | Bob Rutherford, Pastor  
February 10, 2013:
  Matthew 26:40, 41 | A.M. | Bob Rutherford, Pastor  
February 3, 2013:
"Watch And Pray"
  Matthew 26:41 ... | A.M. | Bob Rutherford, Pastor  
January 27, 2013:
"Jesus' First Miracle"
  John 2:1-11 | A.M. | Jay Ramer, Adult Education Minister  
January 20, 2013:
"The Disciplined Life"
  Psalm 1; 1 Corinthians 9 | A.M. | Bob Rutherford, Pastor  
January 13, 2013:
"The Undisciplined Life"
  Luke 21:34-38 | A.M. | Bob Rutherford, Pastor  
January 6, 2013:
"Be Prepared"
Luke 21:34-38 | A.M. | Bob Rutherford, Pastor