Great God, what do I see and hear? The end of things created! The Judge of mankind doth appear, On clouds of glory seated. The trumpet sounds, the graves restore, The dead which they contained before! Prepare, my soul, to meet Him.
The dead in Christ shall first arise At the last trumpet’s sounding. Caught up to meet Him in the skies, With joy their Lord surrounding. No gloomy fears their souls dismay, His presence sheds eternal day On those prepared to meet Him.
But sinners, filled with guilty fears, Behold His wrath prevailing. In woe they rise, but all their tears And sighs are unavailing. The day of grace is past and gone; Trembling they stand before His throne, All unprepared to meet Him.
Great God, to Thee my spirit clings, Thy boundless love declaring. One wondrous sight my [Continue reading…]
Continuing our series that explores and highlights the consequences of not preaching expositionally.
It severs the preacher personally from the regular sanctifying grace of Scripture.
The greatest personal benefit that I get from preaching is the work that the Spirit of God does on my own soul as I study and prepare for two expository messages each Lord’s day. Week by week, the duty of careful exposition keeps my own heart focused and fixed on the Scriptures, and the Word of God nourishes me while I prepare to feed my flock. So I am personally blessed and spiritually strengthened through the enterprise. If for no other reason, I would never abandon biblical preaching. The enemy of our souls is after preachers in particular, and the sanctifying grace of the Word of God is critical to our protection.
Excerpt from Fifteen Evil Consequences of Plexiglas Preaching
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, 7 that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, 8 whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice [Continue reading…]
The message of the Cross will always be foolishness to those who are perishing [1 Cor 1:18], and Christ will always be a stumbling rock of offense to many too [1 Pet 2:7-8]. Problems and confusion usually arise when Christians attempt to make the Cross more acceptable, and in so doing, sanitize it even to […]
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Originally posted 2010-08-02 00:30:26. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
“If any man is in Christ, he is a new creature: old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”2 Corinthians 5:17
What condemnation do these words pronounce upon the shallow, meager religion so common among us–making us feel that hardly any description of its professors could be more exaggerated or unreal, than that of being “new creatures.”
Take yon member of the church. He wears the garb and bears the name of Christ. He is a fair average specimen of a large class. He has the profession of being a Christian; yet …
he is fond of the world;
he grasps at its gold;
he loves its fashionable gaiety;
he reads its novels;
he frequents its haunts of amusement;
he enjoys its company;
he relishes its foolish talking and jesting.
For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Thessalonians 5:9
God’s sovereign purposes and means with regard to salvation are problematic to human inclinations and reasoning. The sons of Adam by nature establish errant particulars on how things ought to be with regard to the things pertaining to salvation, chaffing under the notion that the ultimate destination of their souls is in the hands of the great I AM who extends mercy and compassion to those whom He choose while passing over others. That men stumble over the salvific aspects to sovereignty is expected as it has biblical and historical precedent. In this regard the Apostle anticipated an objection by his readers to his assertion that it was by divine election Isaac was saved and Esau damned, “What shall we say then? There is [Continue reading…]
It doesn’t matter what happens in our lives, God will never fail us. He is our Rock.
4 He is the Rock, His work is perfect; For all His ways are justice, A God of truth and without injustice; Righteous and upright is He.
Author: Samuel Rodigast, 1675
What God ordains is always good; His will abideth holy. As He directs my life for me, I follow meek and lowly. God indeed in every need Doth well know how to shield me; To Him, then, I will yield me.
What God ordains is always good. He never will deceive me; He leads me in His own right way, And never will He leave me. I take content What He hath sent; His hand that sends me sadness Will turn my tears to gladness.
In an effort to lead people to the true gospel of Jesus Christ and away from a false gospel evangelist Justin Peters presents a three session seminar on the Word of Faith/Hyper Charismatic/Prosperity Gospel Movement. In each of the sessions Justin uses audio and video media to soberly compare how the teachings of this movement depart from scripture. Each session lasts for approximately one hour and twenty minutes.
Session 1: looks at the origins of the movement and then examines the doctrines held by the movement. Session 2: examines the movements supposed ‘signs’ and ‘wonders’. Session 3: deals specifically with the gift of healing and ends with a presentation of the true gospel.
Men tell us that our preaching should be positive and not negative, that we can preach the truth without attacking error. But if we follow that advice we shall have to close our Bible and desert its teachings. The New Testament is a polemic book almost from beginning to end . . . . It is when men have felt compelled to take a stand against error that they have risen to the really great heights in the celebration of the truth.
J. Gresham Machen
Originally posted 2009-03-17 02:12:53. Republished by Blog Post Promoter