John UK wrote: Thanks bro! I've bookmarked it for when I have a better download speed. I've no doubt it will be most excellent series, as I've listened to many of Peter Masters evangelistic sermons and found them most heartwarming and biblical. I would certainly recommend them for evangelistic use.
As you know John, Peter Masters and the church meeting at the Met Tab have a burning desire for the lost. The weekly gospel service, every Lord's day evening, is a big draw for the unconverted and the the sermons are very searching indeed.
This type of evangelistic preaching is all but unknown in the vast majority of Reformed churches where concern for the lost is conspicuous by its absence; and then they wonder that the Lord is not blessing! What sad days we live in when the Lord's people have no heart for the lost. How is that representing the Lord worthily?
The substance of these addresses are in written form too for anyone interested. Dr Masters book is entitled "Physician of Souls", a title written many years ago now.
I do hope that you will be able to download and listen to the addresses. I am sure that you will find them a blessing.
Michael Hranek wrote: [snip] his message certainly doesn't go against those whom God has saved having a very real testimony of salvation nor Sabotage people from laboring for the Lord in our seeking God, fervently praying, laboring for the Lord in the harvest field, studying the word of God that we might be more effective witnesses[snip]
I am glad that you found it helpful Michael. The Reformed position thus explained is very helpful in Gospel ministry and in counselling seekers too viz. those who are convinced about their sinfulness and their need of a Saviour but have issues with repentance and/or faith. Hypercalvinists would deny that such people have any gracious work being done in their hearts because they hold to a wrong view of regeneration; whereas, with the correct view we may be of very real help to such individuals. The puritans held to this view which is why they wrote tomes addressing the problems that seekers have in coming to the Saviour.
The other talks brilliantly build on this and make a very powerful case for persuasive gospel preaching, because as you have noted, we are not passive in conversion. I think you will find them of equal value.
Dorcas wrote: Helps UK...is the speaker Peter Masters?
Sorry, I should have stated in my original post. The answer to your question is yes, it is Dr Peter Masters of Spurgeon's Metropolitan Tabernacle, London.
This was one in a series lamenting the death of persuasive evangelistic preaching in the Reformed tradition. Dr Masters is convinced, rightly so in my opinion, to attribute the demise of such preaching to a wrong view of regeneration.
Chemble wrote: Romans 11:1 I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. 2 God hath not cast away his people which he **FOREKNEW**....
Selective reading can be dangerous:
Roms 2.28,29 " For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.
Roms 9.6 "Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel:..."
Roms 9.27 "Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved:..."
Gal 3.7 "Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham."
Gal 3.29 "And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise."
John UK wrote: That's okay MG, no problem. I suppose I ought to compile a list of all the scriptures on the subject. I used to colour in my Bible in the 80's under different themes, but the Bible fell to pieces and I haven't done that since.