Demands a repentant response Using the simple metaphor of the ploughshare of repentance and the fallow ground of our own hearts, Pastor Donnelly wastes no time here, but cuts to the chase, challenging us over mere surface dealings with our hearts before God, and our readiness to promote and accept outward reform without inward change. Instead, he calls us to plough deep, repenting of the sins which compromise our faithfulness and keep us from fruitfulness. It is easy to applaud a sermon like this; it is easy to commend it to others; it is so hard to embrace this for ourselves. Pastor Donnelly sends us to the living God, who alone can equip and enable us for this hard but necessary task.
Heart-searching and helpful Listen to this sermon, and learn more of what lies at the heart of true and Scriptural prayer.
Professor Murray covers a wide area in brief scope: the thrust of the matter has to do with prayer - to whom, through whom, and for whom. The Triune God is at the very centre of this sermon, both in his trinity and his unity. However, in working out his exposition, and making his applications, even some of Professor Murray's incidental observations shed light on this and many other issues.
Here is an instructive sermon, full of light and heat, and a powerful corrective to shallow prayer and mis-directed petitions to the Almighty Lord.
A call to prayer Pastor Donnelly's careful, legitimate, and devastating parallels between Judah and the United Kingdom ought to shake us from our sloth and ease, and set us praying and working for the glory of God in our nation. We need soberly to consider the present realities and more awful prospects of judgement set out in this sermon, that they might draw forth from us a righteous and repentant response.
A call to faithfulness This sermon demonstrates Pastor Donnelly's ability to provide a penetrating analysis in brief scope, supplying a sobering but accurate assessment of our present condition and need, with insightful and powerful application of God's truth to the days in which we live. The preacher's honesty and earnestness call us to prayerful reflection and principled action. Anyone who preaches or teaches God's Word would do well carefully to consider these lessons from Jeremiah.
A challenge for all With typical thoroughness and care, Pastor McDearmon paints a portrait of a Spirit-filled man, and depicts with painful honesty the ways and means whereby the Spirit is resisted, grieved and quenched. The absolute necessity of the Spirit of Christ for the health of the church and her members is powerfully set out. Here is a helpful tool for self-examination with a view to identifying the sins which empty us of spiritual power, and pointed exhortations with earnest encouragements to pursue Christ and to embrace and enjoy his Spirit's operations. If we did as counselled here, we - and the churches of which we are members - would truly be healthier and happier by far, and the gospel would be going forth from us with greater vigour and efficacy.
Insightful overview A careful, thorough, penetrating, and scholarly account of the background to this letter of the Apostle Paul, with a helpful structural overview. Rob Ventura's applications are warmly and earnestly delivered, pressing home the claims of the supreme and sufficient Christ in a way relevant to the saints of God today, as we fight many of the same battles as our Colossian brethren of long ago.