Great Sermon! Did we hear it right? You said, if someone doesn't take a "watershed" stand on an issue, you'll go to hell. That is what I heard. I don't think you meant that if a believer doesn't stand for life, (in the context you were referring to abortion) that person will go to hell. Do you mean that 'weak kneed' people are not true believers and will go to hell? Do you mean that a Christian can lose their salvation? What DO you mean? I see no problem commending Franklin Graham for courageously taking a stand against abortion. But do not say people are going to hell for not taking a stand against abortion. That is not biblical. I think I just heard it different from what you attempted to say. Could you tell us your theology on what makes a person a Christian, eternally secure? Perhaps you were talking something along the lines of humanly, we shall know people by their fruits. But in God's eyes, and his eternal perspective, he knows who he has saved for eternity. It is not a matter of one's stands one takes on earth. That, is too human centered for eternity.
Great Sermon! There are many in Asia who understand textual variants in ancient writings, also in copying from one oriental writing and understood by those of another oriental language. It seems that westerners (from England and America, etc.) get into unneeded battles over textual variants. To study is to show yourself approved, and to rely on the Holy Spirit to guide, and proper exegetical tools for many historical documents to help one understand the grammar and the meaning. Big thank you to James White, who helps us understand the historical variations, and the meanings of the texts.
Great Sermon! It's okay to protest Starbucks. The CEO will find out that people with morals will cause the bottom line some pain at the next shareholders' meeting. America is supposed to be a Christian nation - one nation, under God, with liberty and justice for all. But NOT liberty of moral degradation of society. Peaceful protests are okay, for homosexuality is the last point of evil before God's wrath breaks down empires throughout history.
Yes, we need to remain faithful to all of the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments. Yes, we need to preach the whole counsel of God. But why do we at SermonAudio find ourselves at the forefront of condemning the most people as heretics and use such great tenacity at enjoying them burning in hell for such great heresy. It is almost as if there is a competition out there to see who can label someone as a heretic in 24 hours or less. Why don't we build others up in the faith? If you disagree on what someone is preaching, why don't you call them up and talk to them about a more balanced view of the Scripture? Or do we just like to bite and devour one another so marvelously? Didn't the apostles write and command us not to do that so much, or not at all? Just askin' for a little balance.
Great Sermon! I think a Godly form of entertainment is to read books to children. I am not married, and cannot believe that married people would go to bars when they could be with and talk to their spouse. What a treasure. Not everyone has such a treasure as a spouse. I have always prayed that God would grant me a wife to build up, disciple and lead into Christ's service. But He has provided kids at a children's English school to teach and read to. Much, much better than ESPN or the bar scene!
Great Sermon! That was an excellent newscast, Sean. The tension between the sovereignty of God and the fact that our nation reaps what we sow was a good one. I believe that we must preach and petition more than ever before to stop abortion in our nation. God have mercy, and may he stop the killing.
Some of the commentary here is of the type that finds someone in the public eye, quickly finds a Bible verse, and blasts the public figure. God holds us accountable for what we say about people. It takes wisdom to know when compromise should be exposed and when people should be respected. Continual accusations and hate accusations with a zinger Bible passage is NOT what our Lord Jesus taught. Remember, many from our culture are blind by the tendency to find (or MAKE) a side, and go on the offense. It is not a balanced view of remaining at the center of Biblical tension. The entire Bible is our wisdom, and not just the favorite verses plucked out for the convenience of attack.
Great Sermon! I listened to all 5 messages in two sittings. I especially benefited from the more complete understanding of the 2 Old Testament prophesies (Joel, Isaiah) and how each part of 1 Corinthians 12-14 fits what I had thought of in bits and pieces over the years. Thank you for packaging it all together for a more thorough understanding of proper worship, and what is and is not Biblical teaching on languages. (tongues) I would note that the HCSB translates the word languages which agrees with several of your points. I keep telling my charismatic friend that his experiences are clouding him and preventing him from sound hermeneutics, but he just copies Greek passages down and then tells me what he believes (ignoring the full context that you thoroughly explained in your 5 message teaching on the passages.) We must pray for them to understand and that God will open their understanding of these things.
Great Sermon in theory! But we cannot read everything that is bad policy. Do you ask that we all read all legislation, or just the ones we care about? We pay our politicians to do their job, so we can do ours. Thousands of people have read the ACA healthcare bill, and most conclude that it will cost more than ever, and raise our taxes. So if we have insurance we like, why penalize us for holding on and then our rates go up. My insurance plan reduces our premium if we don't make a claim for 2 years. So why should Obamacare raise my rates when we already have insurance that rewards those of us who try to live and eat healthy. We are not putting up with more penalties that are euphimisms for higher taxes. Back to studying language, and reading Obamacare summaries. Trevor, you are so theoretically idealistic, yet the Scriptures teach us to remain wise, and never teach us to study bills at length. Let the lawyers and politicians and the medical experts do it, like that man from the speech in Michigan not long ago. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mH4f6KBUrOU
Great Sermon! The people who are homosexuals are denying the reality of God's righteous statements. It is a choice, definitely. They don't know, nor do they consider solid Christian teaching on the subject. It says in Romans that they "deserve" to die. It is God's view that they have degraded themselves, and contribute to the moral decline of any nation. They need to hear from a Bible teacher who has the perspective of both God's judgments and God's mercy.
Great Sermon! I am convinced that teaching the word of God from OT through the NT without coverup is, with prayer, the key to reaching people everywhere. But the places I go always tell me to tone it down, and to emphasize God's love. I think it is time to just read the Bible and pray, and share the Bible in balance of both OT and NT history plus teaching passages. May God bless the reading of his word.
Great Sermon! Pastor Jeff, it was so touching as you referred us to Acts 8 to show God's love for one lost "sheep" the noble eunuch of Ethiopia. How joyful and righteous is our Savior, Jesus Christ, and the historical account of his saving the Ethiopian noble servant in a desert is so encouraging for us today. Please pray for outreach all over the earth, and God bless you.
Great Sermon! I have married a thousand couples, and they hear it for their new family during the ceremony: serve your spouse. And as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. Good message, pastor.
Interesting article That is a good source of info -- Wikipedia -- however, the info wars report exagerated it as they always do. I am going up again next month to check out the tsunami damage, and the church planting that is going on in the northern region. I will check into the Fukushima progress after I return. The good thing about the sea water is that it compels the reactors to be rebuilt using NEW parts (maybe-from the USA) which are safer technology. The reports are probably true that LESS of Japan's energy will be nuclear, but still need partial nuclear energy. As for the bars and their potential for further life threatening disasters, even without research, common sense lets you know that Fukushima, TEPCO, etc., are monitoring it more carefully than before 3-11-2011. It is going to be a lot of careful repairs and replacements. The most damage was done elsewhere by the tsunami. The nuclear part is only the part that the west enjoys cause it is like Star Wars destruction -- nuclear, etc. The tsunami caused 20,000 deaths, and lots of farm land is not usable from salt water, not from nuclear problems. Pray for civil planners and reconstruction so that wiser use of the land for future safety. Volunteer spirit, and the church is shining far greater than radiation affected areas. PRAY !
Foundation for World Evangelization We need to have solid exegesis in the Old Testament to properly interpret the New Testament. What children can easily understand as a six day creation, and the beginnings of our earth and civilization, should be the basis for our gospel -- in light of God's plan to reach the nations -- and let us teach the entire word of God. The Bible is not that hard to understand if we take God at his word. Study history, grammar, and trust the Holy Spirit to guide us into the basic truths and the treasures of the Scriptures. Thank you, Ken, for getting us back to the basics of Bible study. The authority of the word of God is our foundation.