Powerful Sermon! The first time I ever heard this sermon, I had just gotten my first MP3 player - just a 32 meg RIO player - and I was looking for free sermons to download. Sermon Audio was almost non-existent then, I downloaded it from DGM. I was doing some work on my desktop and launched the sermon in the background. I was pretty surprised at the delivery, so I took it to work to listen to the next day again. I was so taken back I listened to it three more times in a row. This is the sermon that convinced me that Piper may be one of the best communicators in an English speaking pulpit in our day. I have been a fan ever since. The sermon is a must hear message.
Excellent Bio material I happened to be narrating John Owen's Communion with Christ for Sermon Audio this morning and found this series today. I listened to all three of them one after another. It was thoroughly enjoyable. After hearing this I feel like I need to narrate something out of his works Volume one on the excellency of Christ. This dear theologian was thoroughly balanced, and Christo-centric. All saints should read something out of volume 6 of his works "Sin and Temptation" at least once a year.
Very Searching! For 3 months we have been studying this book online, www.challies.com, and still these positive signs remind me of the words of Jonathan Edwards' biographer A.V.G. Allen -
"It has been said that any one who could read Edwards on the Affections, and still believe in his own conversion, might well have the highest assurance of its reality"
I noticed this week as I was comparing this treatise with Edwards' Reflections on the Preceding Memoirs of the Life of David Brainerd, that Edwards shows sign by sign how these traits were manifest in Brainerd's life.
Excellent Sermon! Excellent introduction. There is little that I can say except that I am never disappointed with Pastor Hendrix preaching. The down to earth honesty and exhortation to ministerial aspirants... The passion that is still there after so many years, what a great addition to Sermon Audio to have this exposition on Colossians. If you get a chance, please upload some of his sermons on marriage and child rearing. I haven't heard them since the early 1990's.
A Controversial Subject Excellently Handled. A student of this subject can soon see that that tradition of the SS is relatively modern in Church History. There is a book at books.google.com of 739 pages entitled The Development of the S.S. 1790-1905, attributing Robert Raikes the founder. So in handling such a subject, it could be objected that the tradition will be defended, by Bible proof texts without regard to the regulative principal. I knew Pastor Jeff would handle this cautiously, but I must say he exceeded my expectations. It was well done. But, as J. Edwards said on another occasion on his own work, "whether I have succeeded to bring any light to this subject, or not, and however my attempt may be reproached, in these captious, censorious times, I hope in the mercy of a gracious and righteous God, for the
acceptance of the sincerity of my endeavours" ... so may God use these sermons as well.
Important Series Since, at present, we are doing an online study of this book at www.challies.com, I gave this link to your series for further consideration. Great Subject, for a free audio narration of this see Sermon Audio
Great Sermon! There are two Sermon Audio messages that shed great light on this issue. The Ivan Foster debate SID=1150585132, and now this sermon by Pastor Gary Hendrix. I am very thankful that the church in Mebane has given this to us, though I am mourn with them at the circumstances that led up to it. I must admit that some of the most useful polemics are taught under the most difficult controversies and we long for the return of our Lord when in His light we will no longer "see through a glass, darkly" 1 Cor. 13:12
Great Sermon! Thanks for adding this! Johnny is a hero to me, an example in many ways - he helped me years ago with advice when designing my first web site. I told our church last year that if I was in Southern Florida and had my choice of going to Disney World or to the bedside of Johnny Farese to meet him in person, I would choose the latter in a moment. We ended up going through Miami and not Fort Lauderdale with Spirit Airlines so my hopes were never realized. But if I see this dear brother in heaven, our bodies will be perfect again.
Great Sermon! Out of all three sermons in this series, the one line that I can't get out of my head - because I so much agree - "many churches hold to the 1689 confession yet are Arminian in their evangelism." As I was preparing a Sunday School on the life of Asahel Nettleton, 1783-1844, I was reminded how far we have drifted from the counsel to the awakened sinner of such an evangelist. Then I heard Paul's comment and thought, words never rang truer. In avoiding the hyper-Calvinism of Philpot and Gill and the older Netherlands Reformed pulpits, the pendulum has swung too far the other way.
Humbling Counsel Thanks for uploading this. I didn't even remember narrating it separately. I also narrated the whole work this came from "Thoughts on the Present Revival of Religion" but I suppose all of the original cassette masters can no longer be found. If there are two books that need to be re-done it would be this work and Pike and Hayward's "Cases of Conscience."
Also, I am glad you found someone to finish the work on Demon Possession by Cotton Mather. I had also narrated the end of that also, years ago, but for the life of me I don't know what I did with the cassette - I never could find it. Keep up the good work!
TMS - Michigan
Excellent and Radical Advice There is only one other time I have heard a pastor hit these same points about public prayer meetings, it was Richard Owen Roberts from International Awakening Ministries. http://www.internationalawakening.com/ I said AMEN when I heard the counsel then, and I say Amen to Paul Washer's counsel here. I have been guilty of some of these things and am thankful for the needed reproof. Thanks
Great Sermon! One of the best sermons on this same text has already been well received on Sermon Audio, "Degrading Passions" by David Dykstra. SID=42002174955 This sermon by Pastor Nichols is just as gripping. Even his introduction and caution as he opened the sermon was applicable to me as I am preparing a Sunday School lesson on the 2nd Great Awakening. It stirred me to be very careful in handling a text AND our own emotions as we stand before the Lord's people to open His word. This is one exposition of a New Testament Epistle that I eagerly wait for the next in a series. Excellent.
Very Interesting Sunday School It has been 20 years now since this dear brother was my roommate, and I can still recall taking nature walks in Montana near Glacier Park and we would get a lesson in biological science. So when I noted his SS lesson was here on Sermon Audio, I of course wanted to hear him again. I must say that by the Scripture references laid as the foundation, it was very edifying. The word etymologies for the children alone were helpful. Not to mention I always like to hear Richard Dawkins taken to the wood-shed, so to speak. I praise God for His being merciful to you and me, Rick - first in saving us and 2nd in given us good Dominican wives that we don't deserve!!
Proper Exposition of Romans 7 In the light of some recent sermons on this chapter that claim that some of us have a "defeatist mentality" because of our view of vs. 14-25, it is refreshing to have THIS correct interpretation. In the words of CHS, "Some have affirmed that he is merely declaring what he was before conversion, and not what he was when he became the recipient of the grace of God. But such persons are evidently mistaken, and I believe wilfully mistaken; for any ample-hearted, candid mind, reading through this chapter, could not fall into such an error. It is Paul the apostle, who was not less than the very greatest of the apostles‚ÄĒ who here exclaims, "O wretched man that I am!"CHS - The idea that a person who is at enmity against God, Romans 8:7, can at the same time "delight in the law of God after then INWARD man"vs 22 is ridiculous. The natural man hates the light of the moral law in direct proportion to the application of it to his conscience. Innate enmity is more deeply seated than these "theologians" will admit.
Great Sermon! The message was great, I wish I could have been there, praying that God would allow it to make its proper impression on me to be more concerned for the lost. Richard Baxter wrote in 1656, Shall thousands die and go to hell before thou wilt speak one serious word to prevent it ? Will they not there curse thee for ever that thou didst no more in time to fave them ?" I confess that I seldom hear the bell toll for one that is dead but conscience asks me, "What hadst thou done for the saving of that soul before it left the body? There is one more gone into eternity ; what didst thou do to prepare him for it ?" ‚ÄĒ When you are laying a corpse in the grave, how can you help reflecting with yourselves to this purpose : " Here lies the body, but where is the soul?
Great Sermon! It is a great pleasure to see the sermons from Grace in Mebane on SermonAudio. This particular series by Pastor Donnelly was talked about for years after it was preached at the SE RBFC in Dayton TN in 1997.
It is another of those "must hear" sermon series. We look forward to any sermons also by Gary Hendrix in the future. By the way, I gave Albert Martin a copy on CD of Pastor Hendrix's sermon on the doctrine of Exclusive Psalmody Examined, last Sunday. He wanted to hear it after I told him about it. God bless your diligent work Dave!
Great Sermon! Once in awhile a sermon will make such an impression on me that I can't get to the end without pausing and telling a friend(s) about it. This was such a message. I like the comparison - Acts 16 the jailer inquires "What must I do to be saved?" Daniel 5 is a commentary on "what must one do to be lost?" Pastor Hughes really pressed home how fearful Belshazzar was - how quickly God brought him to the end of himself. What a warning for the carnally secure.
Great Sermon! I have had, on two occasions, been able to hear something of the testimony of Albert Martin. (1)At the 10th anniversary celebration of the Reformed Baptist Church in Louisville, KY. (2)In the introduction to the notes from his teaching Pastoral Theology - My Heart For Thy Cause - edited by Brian Borgman. The rest I have learned piecing together things I have heard from his taped sermons that date back to 1963 from what what was then North Caldwell Alliance church. As I and other have always counted Pastor Martin a pastor to us, it is a pleasure to have his testimony on Sermon Audio. Having yesterday re- listened - I suppose for the 50th time or more, "Sins of Religious Apostasy" from God's Word to Our Nation - Midwest Conference RBFC 1983, I must say that I esteem Pastor Martin now as much as when I first met him in 1984 - May God raise up more men like him to preach Christ to us.
Great Sermon! I listened to this sermon before E.B.C. was on Sermon Audio. A couple of us were sharing sermons from the www.ebcfl.org site. I love the preaching of Pastor Hughes but ESPECIALLY I wanted to call attention to this one. It really presses the hearer with the importance of having a judgment day outlook and honesty. It was evident that the same solemnity marked Pastor Hughes as he was preparing the sermon and then preaching it.
Great Sermon! I thought that this was a different series to teach at a men's conference, but who can argue with such an excellent presentation. I have read Reymond's Systematic Theology but had never heard him teach. I immediately liked his delivery. - Actually he sounds like Walter Cronkite. As for substance, how could one not be humbled to the dust when the Attributes of God were so clearly set forth? The main impression is how prone we are to making an idol of God in our own image by our carnal comprehension of Him. A W Pink correctly wrote, The god of the average pulpit no more resembles the Sovereign of Holy Writ than the dim flickering of a candle - the brightness of the midday sun.