God Never Leaves a Job Half Done — 1 Thessalonians 5:24

By Pastor Tony Locke | September 24, 2016

September 25th, 2016 at the First Presbyterian Church of Tucker 1 Thessalonians 5:24 He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.[1]English Standard Version There are no greater promises in the Bible regarding our salvation than a verse like this. That He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it. I…

Sunday School Series on The Holy Spirit by Sinclair Ferguson

By Pastor Tony Locke | September 6, 2016

A new Sunday School class featuring a 12 part video series on the Holy Spirit, started September 4th .
Each Sunday we will view a 23-minute video by Sinclair Ferguson, then engage in an informal discussion about the major points of the video led by Bob Starr.

The first topic was “Order From Chaos”. The series is enlightening and thought provoking. Each video stands on its own, so if you miss one or more you can still enjoy the content and discussion. Topics include, Order From Chaos, The Face of God, The Spirit of the Lord, Dwelling Within ,Trinitarian Fellowship, The Sustainer, Rivers of Living Water, A Heavenly Birth, A Heavenly Helper, Walking in the Spirit, Inward Groan, and The Spirit of Sonship.

Dr. Sinclair Ferguson is a Ligonier teaching fellow and distinguished visiting professor of systematic theology at Westminster Theological Seminary.

14 Questions to Ask During Bible Study (Reformed & Presbyterian)

By Pastor Tony Locke | September 3, 2016

Is there a principle to follow?

A principle in the Bible is a timeless truth tightly stated. It is a short, pithy, practical statement of truth drawn from a passage and used to guide our lives. Principles are broad statements of truth that universally apply to every situation we face. For example, Joshua led the children of God in a march around the city of Jericho, giving a shout of victory as they trusted God to fight for them. The principle is that we should worship before we do anything else. We should praise God in the face of the impossible and watch Him act on our behalf.

Cookies for Big John at Handy Ace Hardware — 3969 Lawrenceville Hwy Tucker, GA 30084 – (770) 939-6842

By Pastor Tony Locke | September 3, 2016

Today we delivered another “We Care About You” to one of the locally owned businesses. Big John at Ace Hardware (Handy Ace Hardware Facebook Page) was excited to receive the box filled with homemade cookies. Employees were already lining up to “partake” before we left. We are thankful for our local businesses and the employees that work there and pray that God will bless each of them. This is just another way that we can share God’s love to our community.

Sherry’s Produce — 3863 Lawrenceville Hwy Tucker, GA 30084 — (770) 934-6090

By Pastor Tony Locke | September 2, 2016

Today we delivered another “We Care About You” box to one of our locally owned businesses. These are to show our local business owners how much we appreciate them and their contribution to the Community. Today’s delivery went to Sherry and the employees at Sherry’s Produce. Thanks for your wonderful produce and vegetables. Enjoy your cookies!

We are a Family oriented business,that has established for 12 years and counting.We offer the freshest produde in town,we guarantee our produce ,or your money back.we will be back open march 1st 🙂

Synod Sermons

By Pastor Tony Locke | August 25, 2016

Retiring Moderator Jamie Hunt Moderator Phil Williams Rev. Alex Campbell Rev. Neil Stewart Rev. Eric Hancox Rev. Patrick Malphrus

Despise NOT Prophesying — 1 Thessalonians 5:20

By Pastor Tony Locke | August 22, 2016

Jesus lived dependent on the words of this book. One day he was worn out. He was tired and hungry. He needed sleep. And the disciples came to Jesus to offer Him some food and try to get him some rest.

And Jesus responded with a quote from the Bible saying, (Deuteronomy 8:3) Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.

Are we as dependent on the Scriptures as Jesus? We should be. We CAN be!

We must immerse ourselves today in the Bible. We need to go to church. Not so that we can be blown away by the music. Not so that we can be amazed by the healings or tongues. Jesus had people come to Him looking for more miracles and healings and Jesus told them no. He would not help them seek Him only for the bread that perishes. Jesus would not do any more miracles while people were seeking Him for the wow factor.

Those are fleshly and carnal reasons to seek after Jesus. People who seek God for those reasons tune out during the sermon. They despise that slow part of the service. They hear Paul and gossip that he is weak and unimpressive. 2 Corinthians 10:10 they say, “His letters are weighty and strong, but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech of no account.”

The message to the church is clear. Do not despise prophecies. It is the moment God is speaking to us. He opens our hearts and teaches us His ways so that we might become more like Jesus.

What Day is Evangelism Day?

By Pastor Tony Locke | August 12, 2016

The wonderful thing about sharing the Gospel is that it is the duty of every Christian, not just the job description of church officers or ministers. This year we are emphasizing the free offer of the Gospel –  the idea that we are all to share the gospel constantly, with everyone, and let the Holy Spirit do the rest!

With our emphasis in mind, it’s a good time to examine your life and the life of your church, when it comes to evangelism. How intentional are the outreach efforts of the church? Please remember: there is a difference between outreach and evangelism. Reaching out into the community is crucial, it builds trust, networks and relationships, but it only affords you the structure to do the evangelism, to share you faith.

Is The Bible History Reliable?

By Pastor Tony Locke | August 9, 2016

Historical Pontius Pilate was Real Virgin Birth First Presbyterian Church of Tucker Georgia Stone Mountain Gwinnett Dekalb Anthony R Locke Tony ARP Associate Reformed Presbyterian

When the early church pieced together the Apostle’s Creed, they were using the baptismal formulas previously in use by the actual Apostles. We don’t know which Apostle coined each phrase of the Apostle’s Creed, but one of the twelve was baptizing converts in the name of Jesus Christ who suffered under Pontius Pilate.

Which begs the question, “why are we confessing anything about a secular Roman governor?” This morning I am going to explain why Pilate’s name is in the creed, and I am going to suggest that it is necessary for a sound faith.

During this time period in Rome there were mystical religions that taught a variety of strange ideas. These false religions didn’t claim their teachings were real in a historic or scientific sense, but their teachings were spiritually real.

Lots of Christians understand their own faith within this context. My sermon will try to convince you otherwise.

Why a Trinitarian Benediction?

By Pastor Tony Locke | August 9, 2016

The Trinity is one of those distinctively Christian doctrines that separate us from other faith groups in the world. The early church tried to give a synopsis of this teaching with short Triads of Trinitarian Truth.

I’ll share one of these very early Triads of Trinitarian Truth with you.

  1. The Father is God, but He is not the Son and is not the Holy Spirit
  2. The Son is God, but He is not the Father or the Holy Spirit.
  3. The Spirit is God, but He is not the Father or the Son.

The doctrine of Trinity is not explained in Romans or hidden in some secret chapter in Hezekiah, but it is the way the Bible reveals God. The whole Bible teaches Trinity.

The word TRINITY is a theological construct. We invent the word to explain a biblical phenomenon, to encapsulate in a word something unique that the Bible teaches.

There is no doubt that the Bible teaches Trinity.

  1. The Bible identifies the Father as God.
    1. in such passages like Ephesians 6:23, Peace be to the brothers, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
    2. This is more than just saying that God is like a father or that He is fatherly. Rather, there is a person who chooses to reveal Himself as THE Father and this person is Deity in the ultimate sense.
    3. There are many verses like this which identify the Father as God.
    4. The Bible identifies the Son as God.
      1. John opened his gospel with a powerful affirmation of Christ’s deity.  John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
        1. i.      The only religious group in the world that describes that verse as anything less than the fullness of deity in the ultimate sense is the Mormon Church.
        2. ii.      Historically they have been labeled a cult for this reason alone.
      2. The former skeptic Thomas cried out in John 20 when he saw the resurrected Christ, “My Lord and my God! Jesus did not correct Thomas for Jesus Himself had said numerous times that He was equal with the Father.
      3. Romans 9:5 labels Jesus as God blessed forever.
      4. Titus 2:13 and 2 Peter 1:1 refer to the one person Jesus as our God and Savior.
      5. The deity of Jesus is further proven by the words of God the Father Himself. God the Father refers to Jesus in Hebrews 1:8 in this way, Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, and the righteous scepter is the scepter of His kingdom.
    5. The Bible identifies the Holy Spirit as God.
      1. In Acts 5:3 Peter asked Ananias, Why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit? In the next verse Peter says, You have not lied to men but to God.

The Trinity can be summarized in a simple syllogism: The Bible teaches there is only one God. Yet it calls three persons God. Therefore, the three persons are the one God.

As the Great Shema declares in Deuteronomy 6:4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And this one God has revealed Himself as three distinct persons.