Istrouma Baptist Church Podcast

Three teenage buddies, Kevin, Brian and Randall, had spent a fun evening bowling near Tampa, FL.  As they headed home, they cruised into an intersection and were struck by an eight-ton Mack truck.  All three were tragically killed.


They had not been drinking.  They had not been doing drugs.  They had not been texting.  They had done nothing wrong.  But, unbeknownst to the them, someone else had.  Another trio of young friends had been on a vandalism spree of sorts.  Their prank was stealing street signs.  One of the signs that was vandalized was the stop sign that should have marked the intersection where the fatal accident occurred. 


Signs can mean life or death.  We need to respect and pay attention to signs. 


God’s word contains many signs and we’d do well to pay attention to them.  These signs are not metal; they are miracles.  These miracles are signs that point to a greater reality.  They were recorded to point us to life and life to the full!


The book of John in the Bible has a particular focus on life-giving signs or miracles.  From this Sunday through Easter Sunday morning, we are going to look at these miraculous signs and discover more about the abundant life Jesus came to give.



So You May Believe

John 20:30-31


  • The abundance of Jesus’ signs


“Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book” (John 20:30).


  • Jesus’ miracles are plentiful


  • Jesus’ miracles are personal


  • The aim of Jesus’ signs


“But these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God” (John 20:31a).


  • Generate belief


  • Guide belief


  • The aspiration of Jesus’ signs


“And that by believing you may have life in his name” (John 20:31b).


  • A matchless possession


  • A matchless person
Direct download: IBC_20170219a.mp3
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A little boy got a real bow and arrow for his 10th birthday and immediately went outside to practice in his yard. A few minutes later his father stepped outside to check how he was doing and was amazed to see a dozen arrows dead in the center of a dozen different bullseyes that were painted on the trees in the backyard.


“That’s astounding, Son! You just got that bow a few minutes ago. How do you manage to hit a bullseye every time?” “Easy, Dad. First, I shoot the arrow. Then, wherever it lands, I paint circles around it!”


That would be a convenient way to live life, wouldn’t it?  But God doesn’t want us to live aimlessly then justify it by painting a target around wherever we land.  


Zig Ziglar said, “if you aim at nothing you will hit it every time.”  God doesn’t want us to aim at nothing.  God has given us, his children, definite targets in life.  He has given us our marching orders. We can see them clearly in his word.”


The Core

“On Target”

Matthew 28:16-20


  • The statement of our target
    • Jesus declares it
    • Jesus delegates it
  • The strategy toward our target
    • Connect
    • Grow
    • Serve
    • Go
  • The synergy around our target
    • We have a community
    • We have a companion
Direct download: IBC_20170212.mp3
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Valores: semana cinco,  5 de febrero de 2017

Series: valores


“Nuestro lugar en la Tarea”

Hechos 1.6-8


  1. Un mandato que debemos conocer


  1. Su Poder

      “pero recibirán poder cuando el Espíritu Santo descienda sobre ustedes…” (Hechos 1.8a)


  1. Su Pueblo

      “…y serán mis testigos, y le hablarán a la gente acerca de mí en todas partes…” (Hechos 1.8b)


  1. Su Plan

      “…en Jerusalén, por toda Judea, en Samaria y hasta los lugares más lejanos de la tierra…” (Hechos 1.8c)



  1. Un mandato que debemos cumplir


  1. Oración enfocada globalmente

“Pídeme, y te daré por herencia las naciones, Y como posesión tuya los confines de la tierra.” (Salmos 2.8)


  1. Participación local – global

“¿Cómo, pues, invocarán a aquel en el cual no han creído? ¿Y cómo creerán en aquel de quien no han oído? ¿Y cómo oirán sin haber quien les predique?¿Y cómo predicarán si no fueren enviados?” (Romanos 10.13-15)


  1. Ofrendas con sacrificio

“Pues doy testimonio de que con agrado han dado conforme a sus fuerzas, y aun más allá de sus fuerzas,  pidiéndonos con muchos ruegos que les concediésemos el privilegio de participar en este servicio para los santos. (2 Corintios 8.3-4)

Direct download: IBC_Espanol_20170205.mp3
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Direct download: IBC_20170205.mp3
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