Timely warning. A message about the danger of having a mind full of Calvinism, with the heart untouched of these truths. Of having no concern for the lost, no burden for missions. A Calvinism without the passion for souls as Brainerd and Carey had. Timely warning.
Great darkness. In times of depression we loose sight of every hope, every blessing we had or we will have from God, we can feels only the pain of the knife in the wound and our only wish is to escape from it, maybe in death. There are moments of utter powerlessness, we are down physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually. Only a sight of God can bring us out of this condition.
How to evangelize. Starting point of the message is Mark 5:18-20. A plea to renounce to the obsession of methods and points in evangelism. We must live a saintly life and we will do evangelism. Rich message. Many personal examples from the preachers life. Very useful message.
Is God still good? Job between the temptations of Satan (the temptations continue through the speeches of the 3 friends) and God, who permits suffering in his life for a greater end (to know God better). We must love God for what He is, not for what He gives us. The lecture has 41 minutes, the rest is time for Q&A.
Too important to ignore! 80% of children raised in evangelical homes are leaving the faith when they leave home. The remedy for this is not in man made religious programs, but rather in God appointed , father-led family worship daily in the home. Thank you, Mr. Ptacek, for bringing forth these neglected teachings from the Word of God.
Excellency of God. The escape from Egypt had as the first consequences the fact that the people saw God exalted above all the gods of the nations. The holiness of God consist in all the excellencies of His attributes, it is not one of them. The holiness of God presented in creation, in the giving of the Law, in redemption and in glorification.
Discerning teachings. The Lord taught us not a doctrinal tolerance, in which to accept all kind of teachings. There are many teachings from the devil and we must discern them and fight against them. Every religious pretense must be judged by its theology and by the lives of the adepts. If they live as the world, they are from the world and from the Spirit of God.
Great warning. Great warning. God removed the candle from region where His Word was preached once, from the region where Augustine, where the apostles preached once. God can do this in West, where were great revivals once, because the people reject so great a light. We must pray that God should revive HIS WORK. Not to pray with a patriotic or denominational spirit, seeking God to bless our plans and wishes, but to ask God to revive His work, even if He will do it in other way than we thought.
God is near. God's control over man as individual and over nations. He controls our circumstances, where we are born and when, over our opportunities, over every aspect of our lives. God controls our future, so we can seek guidance from Him. God is near to us. We must seek to see the Lord in what happens with us.
Great warning. Anatomy of bitterness. The resentment and anger that eats away your spiritual life and your peace. Its effects upon others. The bitter person is angry on God because of His providence. A sin that comes from being centered upon yourself. Unforgiving person. Darkness of this sin exposed.
7 implications. Assurance of salvation - you can know that you are elect and that others are elect; humility; holiness; praise; love for God; love for the doctrine of election; those unconverted are driven to search the Scriptures. Strong biblical argumentation.
Great Teaching! Dr. Ferguson does an excellent job on John Owen and his teaching on the Holy Spirit. I am reading Owen's book on the Holy Spirit from his Works at the moment and this is a great supplement to that work. Owen said, "There is all the difference in the world to knowing the truth and knowing the power of the truth." His work on the Holy Spirit reveals this great truth surely by the Spirit Himself. Thankyou Dr. Ferguson.