Christ lives in your heart and does the works â€śLord, thou wilt ordain peace for us: for thou also hast wrought all our works in us.â€ť
â€â€Isaiahâ€¬ â€26:12â€¬ â€KJVâ€¬â€¬
â€śI am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.â€ť
â€â€Johnâ€¬ â€15:5â€¬ â€KJVâ€¬â€¬
â€śFor it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.â€ť
â€â€Philippiansâ€¬ â€2:13â€¬ â€KJVâ€¬â€¬
We need to seek him daily because He is the wisdom of God ( waiting on him) ask him for his spirit and ask him to keep your feet . Seek Him early ( diligently)
Matter of haert priorities I agree wholeheartedly that good stewardship is a positive witness as it is a Biblical principle and it reflects God's nature as a God of order. I think the people who you mention that might have an issue with this are conflating good stewardship/business sense with "corporatism" (such as churches looking to the corporate business world and its models rather than the Bible on "how to do church") and setting up a false dichotomy as a result. People see this everywhere in America and immediately have knee-jerk reaction to anything "business" and that is falling into the ditch. Churches that believe in the sufficiency of Scripture are becoming rarer, and as long as that principle is maintained (like it is in Berean's case), there is nothing wrong with good, common-sensical management of God's resources.
Training vs Casual meetings Any fellowship is totally dependent on the generosity and sacrificial living of individuals, where people live their lives completely given over to serve God. But the reality is that this is a very rare thing, indeed it is a marvelous blessing from Jesus if you experience it, and a terrible tragedy if let go to waste. Â But for the most part house churches involve a lot of students and young people who choose not to budget their income for the fellowship, and are still growing in maturity, plus the casual nature of meeting with someone in a house, doesn't help that at all.
Personally I think we need more bible school type Friday, Saturday all day getaways of dedicated bible teaching. This takes dedication and sacrifice on the student, and really exposes those who are interested and those who are committed.
Great Sermon! Alfred - yes, James White has a two-part point-by-point rebuttal of Stanley's 8/28 and 9/4 sermons (while playing it) on his Dividing Line which is excellent. He makes the same points I have indicated below plus many others. History is repeating itself - Spurgeon went through the exact same thing in 19th century England - pragmatic churches that eventually degraded into full-blown liberalism. We now see where England is today.
Great Sermon! Thanks for the reminder of the 9/11 tragedy. It was just before 10 p.m. here in Japan when I came home from an English lesson at our church. I first thought the TV was showing some odd special effects from a science fiction movie. After the repeated showing of the attacks on TV we had no idea what would happen next and what the world would be like when we woke up in the morning.
Great Sermon! Thanks guys for standing up for the centrality of the Bible. Three thoughts:
1. His easy-believism theology is driving his thinking - he does not consider that maybe the reason people are "de-converting" after growing up in the church and running into college professors is because they are looking for an excuse to disbelieve - that their hearts were never changed in the first place, and are therefore inclined toward believing the skepticism.
2. He is capitulating to the skeptics and assuming there is no way to be able to be taught how to defend a Christian worldview (with the Bible as the central authority) in Sunday schools - I agree there is a lack of this teaching in many churches but that does not mean it is the Bible's fault.
3. He loses his credibility by being so wrong about the facts of church history. The early Christians had a Bible - the Septuagint, and yes they knew how to read it. How did the early church fathers defend against early theological heresies without Scripture? Your comments about the development of the canon and how Stanley misconstrues it are spot on.
Great Sermon! "A little leaven leavens the whole loaf."
If a single man had written a book foretelling the time and manner of Jesus's coming and Jesus had come in conformity with these prophecies, this would carry infinite weight.
But there is much more here. There is a succession of men over a period of 4000 yrs, coming consistently and invariably one after the other, to foretell the same coming; there is an entire people proclaiming it, existing for 4000 yrs to testify in a body to the certainty they feel about it, from which they cannot be deflected by whatever threats and persecutions they may suffer. This is of a quite different order of importance. Blaise Pascal
Andy is a false teacher Years ago he allowed a man who left his wife for another man continue to serve in his church , and then his dad Charles allowed him to come on his program to teach, at that time I called the program and told them I would no longer be watching Charles Stanley because he allowed his son to conduct a service and failed to reprimand him according to scripture, both false teachers
Great Sermon! Well said! I too disagree with sitting down during the national anthem, however, acknowledge his right to do so. You guys bring up great points, especially our need to remain gospel centered in our approach to this and other issues. Thank you!
Great Sermon! Good discussion. I believe there is nothing wrong with personal "rules" or "fences" as long as you don't go beyond Biblical authority to bind another's conscience. I think Paul's guidelines in Romans 14 are excellent counsel in how you straddle this line among "gray" areas. I agree that it is wrong to flaunt Christian liberty and this is one of the issues I have with the YRRs - (and I am a Reformed Baptist). Not that they exercise appropriate Christian liberty but that they make a big deal out of it. I do agree that flaunting it sets up a general cultural aversion to personal holiness and may cause others to stumble. I also feel for pastors because they have the burden of wanting to not be extra-Biblical in their counsel to others, but at the same time try to protect them from worldly influences. It is difficult because it is not always clear where the line is. I think "The Resolutions of Jonathan Edwards" is an excellent read for anyone interested in the issue of setting up personal rules or standards.
Great Sermon! Why must we continue to live in our fantasies? I can't believe we got Christians kit gloving Marilyn Manson. Have we gone insane??? This is a man who wants to be remembered as the one responsible for putting an end to Christianity. He quit the church of satan because according to him it was not "satanic enough." In a day when the spirit of anti-christ is becoming more brazenly manifest, he doesn't need any help from Christian libertines looking to "set the record straight". Wake up folks. I was in the music industry and happen to know that that stuff is real and not just gimmicky. And even these are gimmicks, the target audience was not meant to be Christians armed with spiritual ketchup and Heinz 57 sauce for their "meat sacrificed to idols."
Great Sermon! This is so thought-provoking! America not only has "lost boys", but "lost girls" who are stunted in more ways than one. No conflict, no work, no sacrifice, no commitment, no problem (so they think)! Thanks so much for this message!
Great Sermon! Very good sermon,
The " whosoever's", are blessed to hear this. I appreciate your ability to state, both Calvinists and Arminian's can disagree and be Christian. I'm afraid that too often, I've stumbled into a conversation with a five point Calvinist and when disagreement comes, I feel like if you can't be persuaded, the Calvinist decides name calling and gracelessness is their last word.
Great Sermon! I live in a small town with one Baptist church and after 50 years of attending they are still trying to feed us make milk. I have had to study on my own and now I don't feel like I have anything in common with the people. No one wants to discuss anything that is deeper than surface knowledge. The church is in trouble because they are not feeding the sheep.....still trying to get the numbers up!