Timely and Vital Message! Brother Don, thank you so much for preaching this message. Aside from the importance of understanding the Gospel is robbed of its power when we reject or overlook the truth of Limited Atonement, your general message about the importance of HEARING the word of God preached is absolutely crucial in our day. I point out that we have a perfect Scriptural example of why the word of God in the Bible needs to be preached, discussed, and spoken to willing hearers, and not merely studied or read, from Acts 8:30-38 where the Apostle Philip comes across a curious eunuch reading passages from the Old Testament prophet Isaiah. The eunuch admits he has no understanding about what he's reading and confesses, â€œHow can I [understand], unless someone guides me?" (v. 31). Dear believers, you must be willing to hear the word of God preached in addition to studying it so that it can bear real fruit in your hearts and lives. God bless Brother Don for being one of the lone voices in the wilderness preaching a true and living message and true doctrine of God's word. May God inspire and raise up powerful preachers of his ilk in this and future generations! Hallelujah to our Lord Jesus Christ.
All power, honor, glory and majesty to our God Excellent sermon, Brother Tom. Another powerful verse/lesson I might have liked to hear you include as part of your message would have been in Daniel 4:34-35 after the proud pagan king, Nebuchadnezzar, was brought to his knees in absolute humility to reverence the one true God of heaven and earth, and acknowledge His total sovereignty over all men and their affairs. "But at the end of that period, I, Nebuchadnezzar, raised my eyes toward heaven and my reason returned to me, and I blessed the Most High and praised and honored Him who lives forever; For His dominion is an everlasting dominion, And His kingdom endures from generation to generation. â€œALL THE INHABITANTS OF THE EARTH ARE ACCOUNTED AS NOTHING, But HE DOES ACCORDING TO HIS WILL in the host of heaven And among the inhabitants of earth; And NO ONE CAN WARD OFF HIS HAND OR SAY TO HIM, â€˜What have You done?â€™" (Daniel 4:34-35)
We Are Not Alone I had to add another comment because I was so uplifted by your closing word about Elijah being puffed up with pride as well, when he declared to the Lord how he alone was left while being persecuted by the prophets of Baal. And the Lord told him something powerful, that despite Elijah's hardship and seeming despair, He still had reserved unto Himself a remnant of 7,000 persons whom Elijah knew nothing about. How wonderful our God is! So let us be encouraged, when we may feel persecuted and alone, let God's word be sure in our hearts that we are NOT alone and there He has a remnant, even if we know nothing about them. God has a people and He preserves and prospers them unto His glory. May we rejoice with all of our brothers and sisters in Christ, wherever they are!
Powerful and Scripturally Rich Sermon! Brother Tom, this was an amazing sermon! You provide tons of Scriptural insight into God's sovereign mercy that God's people should find renewed satisfaction and peace for their souls in this good word from the Lord. God continue to bless your ministry and the work of your hands and empower you to illuminate this darkened world!
Amazing Biblical Message on Salvation Another powerful and timely lesson from Scripture, Brother Tom. The LORD actually reached me through your message and revealed something I had not considered before when you got to about the 32:00" mark in your sermon. You mentioned how God prepares the ground of our hearts to receive His glorious gospel and I had never considered the truth of that statement. Consider how as sinners we have stony hearts which is also descriptive of the ground of our being. Hard, unrepentant, rebellious, stony, spiritually unreceptive. But God by His Holy Spirit, as He is so often described in Scripture, like a tiller of the land, preparing to plant a vineyard or a good crop, breaks up the hard and unreceptive soil. We say farmers aerate the soil. Is this not like God who by His Spirit breathes new life into the sinner's stony ground by breaking it up and making it receptive to Himself? Consider how sinners who have been broken by life's difficulties and hardships are those who typically do come to Christ, thirsting for Him and His mercy, like the dry, unreceptive ground, ready to take seed, become viable and fruitful and be full of joy. Hallelujah to the wise and masterful Tiller, Sower, and Grower of new life!
Great Sermon! Thank you, very clear, courageous and convicting. There are no churches in South Africa that sing Psalms only with no instruments. My family and I have no where to worship with clear conscience. Should we attend a church anyway to hear the Word preached ?
Great Sermon! Answered prayer to me from The Lord. This whole series is VITAL INSIGHT for all believers today. Though I have been a Christian; and pressing forward since 2003 - I have not heard such clear & sober teaching on this topic. Thanks to God for this.
God bless Ray and his team for fighting for the unborn and tirelessly preaching the Gospel while we watch the world spin out of control. if we as a church would have defended these biblical issues in the pass we wouldn't have such a hard time fighting them now. we are suppose to work untill the harvest!
Generally we as mature Christians table these followers as nubes who study the scriptures however, they are deceived by a leader and there idolitry of him. We can only pray that this will not cause more to stray from the faith in Christ or Lord.
To the earlier comment, there will be a heaven, it already exist. There will be a rapture, it have happen a few times before, and Jesus will be back!