Great Sermon! As I was thinking more on the article, the words of Paul came to mind, the greatest preacher other than Christ of course who ever lived, 1 Cor 1:17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be none effect. and 1 Cor 2:3-5 And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling, And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, BUT IN THE POWER OF GOD. What Paul is saying here is salvation is the power of God, not him, not any other preacher. Not to diminish the role of a preacher or a lay person sharing the gospel, but sometimes we give ourselves too much credit.
Great Sermon! I assume now remove the title Prince of Preachers from Charles H. Spurgeon. Just because someone does not know how to deliver a sermon doesn't change the doctrinal truth of the message. But, I agree some Presbyterian services can bring out the zzz monsters. I prefer a Reformed Baptist.
Great Insight In a word, "Sent" I don't see Paul although he had the authority as a Apostle would use it to force transport Onesimus back to Philemon. If he did, I suppose his choice of words would be "brought" whether he personally did or sent faithful brothers to forcibly transport Onesimus. If this had been the case also, I think the tone of the letter would have been more commanding rather than pleading for Philemon to be gracious in receiving him. Just my take away.
Great Insight Enjoyed the perspective and the tie in to Deut. I think Deut refers to forcing the slave to return rather than encouraging him to out of obedience and then preparing the way for grace to be demonstrated on his return.
Great Listen Thanks you guys for talking about this. I've been reading and listening here and there trying to form a biblical perspective and your guys' conversation is balanced and helps greatly. I listen to you guys on a daily basis during my commute and it's always a blessing. I don't always agree, but it's always nice to keep my gears turning in the right direction.
Great Sermon! I teach them to love God and to put their faith the Lord Jesus Christ and He will take care of the rest. Besides, universal redemption, is dangerously close to universal salvation. And we all know most of the world will not be saved. And if God desires the whole to be saved and they are not. What does that leave us to assume? Christ's death was just a possibility of salvation? God plan of salvation is left up to man to complete. Leave out the L in Tulip and that raises up a lot of questions. Also limits God's sovereignty in election.
Great Sermon! Great conversation. Listens to it all. Not in agree with that it is myth that most of the refugees are men. Sure they are men. And NOT refugees but political and economical immigrants
Islam is Gods tool I think to mobilize in the end time. Persecution of Jews and messianic Jews and church.Sure end has started but how far we are from the final end I am not told in the bible. But to look at Israel give us hope and an urge to pray
Great Sermon! I don't speak for Pastor Sturm, but after thinking about his comment, I believe what he was referring to is, the opinion of some who believe that calvinist or if you prefer hyper-calvinist do not believe in evangelism or missionary work. But, that is not the case since some of the most notable evangelist and missionaries where 5 pt calvinist, i.e. Whitfield, Carey.
Reply to Leatherneck and Alfred Hyper Calvinists do not find "paid for by the blood of Jesus" to be true of every person. Therefore, training their children that "God loves every person and paid for their sins with Christ's blood" is not salient as they don't believe it.
Great Sermon! i am also trying to understand what the hyper-calvinist connection is? Some label you a hyper calvinist if you hold to all 5 points. Also i might add the term sodomite is consider a highly derogatory term these days.
Great Sermon! If the rapture is post trib and I now believe that it is, then I also believe that the 2 witnesses in Rev 11 are a symbolic number representing the believing church, not 2 individual reincarnate men.
Thank you I'm so glad to hear that many of the thoughts swirling in my mind right now are also shared by you two. Unless a more aggessive strategy is employed to combat Islamic terrorism, the problem is NEVER going to go away. Thank you for being willing to share your thoughts.