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At North Bryant Baptist Church, we strive to worship God in Spirit and in truth and to learn more about Him by honestly studying His Word. On this podcast, you will find many of the messages preached from the pulpit of North Bryant, primarily from Pastor Matt Thornton, as well as our Associate Pastors Connor Harris and Doug Burch.
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Fruitful or Forgetful

Fruitful or Forgetful

2021-06-1333:49

“The Knowledge of the Truth, The Defense Against False Doctrine.” A Sermon Series by Dr. Matt Thornton through the book of Second Peter. Scripture: 2 Peter 1:9-11. Pastor Matt Thornton, Speaker. Archive Date: 06/13/21
“The Knowledge of the Truth, The Defense Against False Doctrine.” A Sermon Series by Dr. Matt Thornton through the book of Second Peter. Scripture: 2 Peter 1:5-8. Pastor Matt Thornton, Speaker. Archive Date: 06/06/21
“The Knowledge of the Truth, The Defense Against False Doctrine.” A Sermon Series by Dr. Matt Thornton through the book of Second Peter. Scripture: 2 Peter 1:2-4. Pastor Matt Thornton, Speaker. Archive Date: 05/30/21
A Series by Dr. Matt Thornton through the book of Second Peter. ... Pastor Matt Thornton, Speaker. Archive Date: 05/23/21
God Rescues Nineveh

God Rescues Nineveh

2021-05-0939:06

"The Pouting Prophet and God's Mercy for All," a series by Dr. Matt Thornton through the book of Jonah. … Pastor Matt Thornton, Speaker. Painting by Sally Santoyo. Date Recorded: 05/09/21
God Rescues Jonah

God Rescues Jonah

2021-05-0236:19

"The Pouting Prophet and God's Mercy for All," a series by Dr. Matt Thornton through the book of Jonah. From the belly of a huge fish - whatever kind of fish it was, does not matter - jonah, this disobedient and pouting profit, praise to Yahweh his God and cries out from his despair. He thanks God for rescuing him from what was going to be certain death in a watery grave, and he asks that God would rescue him again, saying "But I with the voice of thanksgiving will sacrifice to you; what I have vowed I will pay. Salvation belongs to the Lord.”  However, in this prayer that begins with Jonah directly quoting from several different Psalms, there is a rather unfortunate plot twist to the prayer of this prophet. The prayer beings with thanksgiving for his rescue, and it ends in a pitiful attitude of arrogance.  Pastor Matt Thornton, Speaker. Painting by Sally Santoyo.          Date Recorded: 05/02/21
God Chases Jonah

God Chases Jonah

2021-04-2539:10

"The Pouting Prophet and God's Mercy for All," a series by Dr. Matt Thornton through the book of Jonah. To try and play a game of hide-and-seek with the Almighty, all-seeing, all-powerful God of the universe is futile. However, the pouting prophet of God named Jonah did just that. When God called Jonah to preach to an enemy city, Jonah ran in the opposite direction. Still, even amidst such a terrible example is Jonah, there is a marvelous example of God's sovereignty over the entire earth. During a mighty and tempestuous storm that batters the ship by which Jonah has fled, even Jonah himself is recorded as telling the sailors that God made the land and the sea. In just the first chapter, Jonah is called, he flees from the call, God pursues him, sends a mighty storm onto the sea, and Jonah asks to be thrown into the sea, then is thrown into the sea. And the most terrible thing about this is that Jonah does not do this as an act of heroism. Instead, he does this because he would rather die than repent.  Still, something remarkable happens near the end of the first chapter. Yahweh, the God of all land and the sea, uses the testimony of this disobedient prophet to turn these pagan sailors to Himself. Pastor Matt Thornton, Speaker. Painting by Sally Santoyo.          Date Recorded: 04/25/21
God Calls Jonah

God Calls Jonah

2021-04-1837:27

Jonah 1:1-3 "The Pouting Prophet and God's Mercy for All," a series by Dr. Matt Thornton through the book of Jonah. One of the main themes in Jonah is God’s sovereignty over all creation. In the ancient world, it was most common for people to be polytheistic, specifically with gods who supposedly have authority only over certain geographical regions. Interestingly enough, those gods are false and created anyway, so they have no authority whatsoever. Yahweh, however, has watch-care and authority over all creation because He created all things. That authority means He has the right to judge anyone He desires. He also has the right to exercise mercy on anyone as well. And since God has such an incomprehensible amount of love for humanity, He calls the prophet Jonah to preach to the enemy city of Nineveh about the coming judgment. Ironically, the very prophet which the Sovereign God sends runs in the opposite direction of the city to where he is called. Pastor Matt Thornton, Speaker. Painting by Sally Santoyo.             Date Recorded: 04/18/21
Selected Scriptures from Jonah, and Matthew 12.          "The Pouting Prophet and God's Mercy for All," a series by Dr. Matt Thornton through the book of Jonah.           In the Old Testament, there is one prophet who stands out as being rather unusual and unique in an unfortunate way. He is the prophet, Jonah. His sermon, which took a great deal of forcefulness of God to cause Jonah to preach it, is all of five words in the Hebrew language. The message contains no call to repentance but only judgment. Before his short sermon, he spent three days and three nights in the belly of a great fish. The story is very familiar to many people, but the attitude of Jonah is even more relevant than most are willing to admit. He was prejudiced and angry because of the grace of God on people who did not deserve it, which is quite appalling considering that grace from God is by its definition undeserved. Sadly, Jonah was angry when Nineveh repented and God relented of His judgment.             Perhaps what is even sadder is the fact that some discount the story of Jonah as a fable or an allegory. However, that is ridiculous because Jesus counted it as a historical event. Jesus even said that Jonah being in the fish for three days and nights points to the Resurrection, the very foundation of the gospel. That being said, the validity of the gospel is at stake if Jonah is not a true story. The fact is, the events in the short book of Jonah did happen, and the many lessons to be learned are as relevant today as they were when Jonah was written.             Pastor Matt Thornton, Speaker.             Painting by Sally Santoyo.             Date Recorded: 04/11/21
“Living Skillfully in the Fear of God.” A series by Dr. Matt Thornton through the book of Proverbs. Pastor Matt Thornton, Speaker. Recorded on Wednesday night, June 9, 2021
Proverbs 10:1-11

Proverbs 10:1-11

2021-05-2732:55

“Living Skillfully in the Fear of God.” A series by Dr. Matt Thornton through the book of Proverbs. Pastor Matt Thornton, Speaker. Recorded on Wednesday night, May 26, 2021.
“Living Skillfully in the Fear of God.” A series by Dr. Matt Thornton through the book of Proverbs.       This lesson serves as an introduction to the short “rapid-fire” wise sayings of Solomon as well as the rest of the book of Proverbs. Although this lesson is more academic in nature, its need cannot be overstated. The purpose of this lesson is to help us as students understand the different styles and types of proverbs in this vast book of wisdom. Without an understanding of the different kinds of proverbs, our interpretation of them is sure to fall short of the truth. It is important for us as readers to remember that this wisdom is from God, and we need to understand how to interpret the Word of God correctly. This lesson serves as an aid for that.     From this point forward, the lessons on the series through Proverbs will largely be listed by Scripture reference only as they are often short and pithy statements that are not so connected topically as are the previous sections of the Book of Proverbs.     Pastor Matt Thornton, Speaker.     Recorded on Wednesday night, May 19, 2021.   
“Living Skillfully in the Fear of God.” A series by Dr. Matt Thornton through the book of Proverbs.             There are two parties posted on the same day and you are invited to both of them. The problem is obvious; you can only go to one of the parties.                   One of the parties is actually a banquet presented by Lady Wisdom who has prepared both a lavish dinner with the best food and drink and a wonderful opportunity for giving you her insight. She invites you well ahead of time in hopes that you will heed her call. The other is a party by a lazy hostess, Madam Folly, who has prepared nothing for you except a graveyard. She sits lazily on a throne in hopes that you will come at her disturbingly inviting call.             Of course, this is one big metaphor for obeying God and fearing him, or falling prey to the world because of rejecting God. Hopefully, the choice between the two parties is obvious, but sadly, many choose the latter option. So, choose wisely because your very life depends on it.            Scripture: Proverbs 9:1-18.           Pastor Matt Thornton, Speaker.            Recorded on Wednesday night, May 5, 2021.
Wisdom and Creation

Wisdom and Creation

2021-04-2939:26

“Living Skillfully in the Fear of God.” A series by Dr. Matt Thornton through the book of Proverbs. … Scripture: Proverbs 8:1-21. Pastor Matt Thornton, Speaker. Recorded on Wednesday night, April 28, 2021.
A Necessary Recap

A Necessary Recap

2021-04-2139:16

“Living Skillfully in the Fear of God.” A series by Dr. Matt Thornton through the book of Proverbs. … Scripture: Proverbs 8:1-21. Pastor Matt Thornton, Speaker. Recorded on Wednesday night, April 21, 2021.
“Living Skillfully in the Fear of God.” A series by Dr. Matt Thornton through the book of Proverbs.          In Proverbs, there is no subject upon which more emphasis is placed than that of sexual purity. Solomon is giving wisdom to his son in this passage, as he has been throughout much of the book, so that inclines the wise father to put the warning of temptation in the form of a forbidden woman. But of course, the danger of not being prepared for any kind of sexual temptation is true across the board.          In this warning passage, Solomon tells a story in the form of a cautionary tale in such a way that the reader has cause to believe that this actually happened, and indeed it has and does even today. The story is about a naïve young man who false prey to a married woman whose husband is away from home. She invites him into her arms, into her home, into her bed, and all while encompassing it in religious talk as though God “brought them together.” However, the true reality is that she a liar and an adulteress who wants the young “simple-minded” man to sin with her. And the worst part is that he has no idea that it will cost him his life.          Solomon tells his son, and God through Solomon tells us, this tragedy of dramatic immorality as a major warning against one of the most dangerous, destructive, and even deadly sins that anyone without applied wisdom and prudence is capable of committing.          Scripture: Proverbs 7.         Pastor Matt Thornton, Speaker.           Recorded on Wednesday night, April 07, 2021.
Proverbs 6:20-35          ...              Pastor Matt Thornton, Speaker             Recorded on Wednesday night, March 31, 2021. 
“Living Skillfully in the Fear of God.” A series by Dr. Matt Thornton through the book of Proverbs. Scripture: Proverbs 7:12-19. Pastor Matt Thornton, Speaker. Recorded on Wednesday Night, March 10, 2021.
Liability and Laziness

Liability and Laziness

2021-03-0438:15

“Living Skillfully in the Fear of God.” A series by Dr. Matt Thornton through the book of Proverbs.                 There are two seemingly unrelated practical principles for living that Solomon gives in the first few verses of Proverbs 6. However, the connection between these two sets of advice, Liability & Laziness, can be summed up in one word; provision. Being liable to another person for an extended period of time can be extremely detrimental to financial stability, and thus it puts your family in harm’s way.              Laziness will also lead to financial issues. The sluggard (the continually lazy individual) will carry with him an entitlement attitude and thus refuse to work due to a plethora of excuses; not to mention that the incessant loafer is also a quitter at heart. He has no regard for the biblical principle Paul gave which says “If you don’t work, you don’t eat.”             Both of these things, unnecessary liability and a life of continual idleness are clear evidence of bad stewardship of what God has given, and these kinds of behaviors are best avoided in the lives of Christians.               Scripture: Proverbs 6:1-11.                Pastor Matt Thornton, Speaker.                 Recorded on Wednesday Night, February 3, 2021.
“Living Skillfully in the Fear of God.” A series by Dr. Matt Thornton through the book of Proverbs.          There is no greater emphasis given to anything in the book of Proverbs than that of sexual purity. This wisdom on sexuality - warnings against the immoral, and wisdom for sexual purity - is given from a father to a son. But whether it is a forbidden man or a forbidden woman, any person who is not your spouse is forbidden in the area of sexuality. This is the message that Solomon gives to his son.         Sexual immorality always begins with temptation. A seed is planted; a flirtatious glance, a flattering text, or an offhanded touch. But once that seed is planted, it can grow into costly, destructive, and perhaps even public sexual sin and humiliation. It ruins lives, even for Christians. But there is hope. The best defense against such sexual sin, for single people or married people, is to avoid the situation altogether. For those who are married, defend your own marriage with the love and submission Paul described in the book of Ephesians.           Scripture: Proverbs 5.          Pastor Matt Thornton, Speaker.          Recorded on Wednesday Night, February 10, 2021.
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