Great Sermon! So what about when I escaped from my abusive husband, and I have drifted so far away from the gospel during the marriage. Who am I supposed to talk to about that, if not the pastor? Should I just find the oldest woman in the church for spiritual guidance?
Great Sermon! I wish more clergy would come together often as you do and openly discuss issues like these so members would know where their leaders stand on various doctrines and current issues pertaining to the Church in general and their church in particular.
I have a question: Is the calling of God referenced in Romans 8:28 and 2 Timothy 1:9 :according to His purpose" of salvation, "according to His purpose" of office, or both. For instance was the calling and election of the Apostle Judas Iscariot was it for God's purpose to be Jesus' "Fisherman" unto salvation or was he called for God's purpose to betray Jesus and then go to "his own place;" (i.e. perdition, Hell)? In which case Jesus says that the Apostle Judas Iscariot was the only one that He lost?
Christians must be honest Amen. Great job guys in flushing out all the issues, including church government. The authors of the 1689 London Baptist Confession, Bunyan, Spurgeon, Gill, and today, MacArthur, Washer, Dever, et. al would be surprised that being Baptist disqualifies them from being Calvinist. It boggles the mind that a seminary President would commit such huge category errors and be that woefully ignorant of church history. The only explanation is that it is politically motivated propaganda; hang onto your tradition at all costs, even at the expense of your own credibility. This teaches us all something - you cannot misrepresent your opponent's position and have any credibility. Try doing that with an atheist, Mormon, or Muslim you are witnessing to and see how far you get. It is imperative that Christians have the highest standards of integrity, even with those with whom they disagree.
Enjoyed Discussion I really enjoyed the discussion.Having been a life-long Methodist until I was 58 (now 65), it was a struggle to embrace Reformed/Calvinistic doctrine on salvation. However, upon being convinced through my study of the scriptures I could no longer remain in the UMC. There is only one salvation and it is by the grace of our sovereign God. However, I believe we can still be in fellowship with Arminians. The way I have resolved it in my mind is that the one salvation is being viewed from two perspectives Arminianism views salvation from man's point of view and Calvinism views salvation from God's point of view. I prefer to view salvation from God's point of view.
Really enjoyed the interaction with Pastor Andy There seems to be growing bitterness in the divide between Calvinists and Arminians in the SBC, and it seems mostly one sided. That's good, the more attention this gets, the more Baptists are drawn to the truth of God's Grace!
I think you're missing Peter's end game Sir, I think you are missing the point of the passage that Peter is using as a source. In Isaiah 66 (65-66 establishes the New Heaven and New Earth envisioned innscripture) we see a scene where God is punishing the idol worshipping apostate members of Israel. He does so by drawing "all nations" to a climactic battle. When it's over, a new Heaven and new earth has been created. In it, people head out to the farthest reaches of the world to evangelize people who have never heard of God and didn't know the great battle took place. Clearly, in the New Heaven and New Earth behind the language of 2nd Peter 3 we still see death, sin, and successful evangelism.
Great Sermon! But you cant and will not come unless the Father brings you to Christ.
37 All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out.
You cant just preach on verse 37.. Context in king.
44 No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day.
65 And He said, â€śTherefore I have said to you that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted to him by My Father.â€ť
You saying God does not choose people for hell but Judas was..
Judas was a Rom 9:22
12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled.
Great Sermon! Good discussion. I have always found it fascinating why people attend liberal churches since they are asking people to devote their time to an organization that thinks their basic book of teaching is largely myth. If they want to take care of the needs of others, why not just join a charity organization? Also, it would be good to know if that study ever considered the growth of conservative evangelical churches to be due primarily to conversions or hungry saints coming home to them from megachurches with shallow teaching. Also, to answer your question on organs - a pipe organ for a medium-sized church will set you back about half a million dollars but the technology out there is so good right now you can get a very authentic sounding electronic organ for about $50-80k. I am an organist myself and I would love for more truly evangelical churches to return to this grand instrument for hymn singing.
Great Sermon! Like Pastor Sean said: Those days are over. I worked with Jewish people and Holocaust survivors, there was a story of 2 young kids who entered the prison camp pretty late in the persecution. And they were treated badly by senior prisoners, because while these newbies (to prison) were going out to see movies, and dancing, the senior prisoners were living out an earthly hell, and they were angry.
Supreme Court and Roe v Wade Jeremy, I'm not sure that's a valid reason. 1) Consider the moral character of Trump. Can he be trusted? He hasn't always been pro-life.
2) There's a great chance that Republicans lose the senate. If so no democrat senate is going validate a judge conservative enough to overturn roe v wade. Even if it is a republican senate democrats aren't going down without fight. Especially after republicans stonewalled Obamas nominee.
With that in mind is it wise to compromise so much to vote Trump?
the saving boat analogy is not a good one Many people have pointed this out all along: Evangelicals have put too much hope in politicians to save America, the reality is, politicians are not the saving boat, they are merely one of the products of the culture.
I don't know how well it goes when
Christians bring up the topic of morality. Non believers may ask: if Trump is good enough to be president in your sight, why doing some drug or porn is so bad?
Let's be pragmatic, if people accept a candidate this low, I won't be surprised next time the candidate is going to be lower. It's just like government spending, this years overspending becomes next year's baseline.
I can see it has been a real struggle for you, pastor Sean. One positive thing with Trump is, it clarifies a little bit.
Great Sermon! Would it not be worth a trump vote just to reverse roe Vs. Wade the child sacrifice in this country is outrageous are we in this country "beyond remedy" God always raises up prophets before poring out his wrath sodoms SIn wasn't sexual immorality it was pride so how proud to be an American are we. Can a Christ followers pledge allegiance to a flag that waves over a country that sacrifices their children to Baal
A Missing Point How remiss of me not to mention that some of the devil's kiddies are self-proclaimed Christians a.k.a. wool-wearing wolves. Beware, my brothers and sisters, of these vicious ones! They are bloodthirsty, and inflict the most damage on us. The devil, even though he hates humans, probably has a soft spot for these children.