Insightful Sermon! Dr. Grier does an excellent job in giving a broad overview of the coming changes in our country as post-modernism, globalization, multi-culturialism begin to make their influences felt. His analysis shows a frightening prediction that our Christianity is in for much persecution and a major crisis in the word Of God being preached from now on. This teaching is worth a second listening to get the deeper understanding of our future.
We Are All Sinners I visited a Filipino church today (my wife is Filipino) called Brooklyn Evangelical Church. The pastor proclaimed or delivered a wonderful message on Romans 9:30-33. It was more than unusual in New York City to hear a message that not only preached salvation through faith as opposed to works, but included divine election, justification, sanctification, and the doctrine of Christ being 100% human and 100% divine in one personality. I was so surprised, encouraged, and rejoicing the entire day since the service. Fast forward to tonight when I listened to this sermon by Pastor Doug whose sermons have enlightened me and encouraged me for many years. He preached on the contrast between the prayer of the Pharisee and the prayer of the publican, not running away from, but rubbing our noses into, the sinful tendency towards hypocrisy that may and does lie in our hearts. This very same contrast was in the sermon I heard this morning, but it was only a small part of that sermon. Don't you think the Lord is saying something to me that I need to hear? Am I more like the Pharisee or the publican? I better find out, and soon. It seems I already know the answer, and I will repent. Thank you for being so strongly used by the Lord Pastor Doug.
Real Reasons For Hope In This Evil Age This sermon should encourage every born again believer who hears it, and should draw every unbeliever to repentance for his or her sins. But the sermon by Pastor Doug is mainly aimed, I believe, for born again believers like myself who sometimes are overwhelmed and discouraged by the ungodly, unjust, and downright depraved and unconscionable actions of our present period of history. Pastor Doug warns us not to expect these wrongdoings to just go away. He tells us that good and evil will exist side by side, possibly for a long time. However, Almighty God, the Ultimate Fisher of Men, is casting out a net drawing all of his creation ("fishes") to himself, and once the net is full, there will be an emptying of the "net". Some will go to glory to worship him forever, and (based on Matthew XXV) others will go to "eternal fire" to experience the fire that cannot be quenched. We who are in the Lord have the privilege of access to the throne of grace, as well as the promise and substance of eternal life with Him. We pray with thanksgiving for the gift of eternal life with the Lamb that has been freely given us through no merit of our own. Jesus will return to take the Church into the presence of the Father. The sermon ends with a passionate crescendo of encouragement.
Gratitude Should be Our Daily Diet Pastor Doug's sermon focuses on gratitude as the sina qua non of growing in faith. This sermon also shares that the Bible does not make a distinction between believing 'based on facts' and faith based on nothing that is provable. Rather the Hebrew, Greek and Latin do not have a sharp dichotomy between faith and belief the way the atheists in our universities do, or the way Webster's dictionary does. Rather, we have faith in a person, the person of Jesus Christ who has been revealed to us through the Word of God. Although Ptr. Doug does not add this point, I will: namely, our language itself is skewed towards atheism by allowing that distinction between belief and faith. I was encouraged by these points and many others in this sermon. We are sinners saved by grace. Do you realize, my dear brothers and sisters in Christ, that we are still sinners, that we can and do experience "drift" away from the things of God, and that we need to be vigilant for this...otherwise, we will be "led" into temptation and not be delivered from evil thoughts and acts. Blessings to all.
Great Sermon! Great Sermon. Truly enjoyed listening and learning how we are to trust God in the darkest of times. We do not understand the ways of God, but we are to walk by faith and not by what we see. How true this fact is for the Christian. God will care for His people. Yes, may God remember His great mercy to us. Thank you so much for this sermon.
Just, wow. This is author Jerry Bridges. Very gifted in his speaking and writing. He makes this topic very simple. So plain that you can't miss what God is saying: He is love, He is sovereign, and He is wisdom. We can and we must trust God in all these.
Our Bodies Are Not Our Own Over the past 25 years since I have been a born again believer in Jesus Christ, I do not recall hearing a sermon about the "body as a temple of the Holy Spirit." Imagine, we are living in a sexualized society where lust is given a top priority and the fulfilling of our sexual lusts is typically deemed normal, appropriate, and, in fact, healthy. As Pastor Doug puts it, "all of life is about me expressing myself." Or, at another point, "It's all about me...." Yet, we should FLEE from sexual immorality. We should be making God attractive in our bodies and our souls. This sermon tells us why we must cleave to sexual morality. If we don't we are tearing up the body of Jesus Christ to whom and with whom we are united. Please listen to this strengthened to become strengthened in your purity, and to live in such a way that you have no master in your life except Jesus Christ.
Gratitude for Christ Who Speaks Through the Spirit Who does not need to hear this sermon? The preacher is preaching the revelation of the Trinity through the Son Jesus Christ and in the Spirit. One important point that really grabbed hold of me is that we do not ascend to God through the Word, but He descends to us. Yes, we become more godly and righteous through the Word, but at bottom the Word of God is not first and foremost a manual for righteous living, but a revelation of God to our hearts and minds, a redeeming and transforming revelation. He descends to us that we may be made conformable that that which is the acceptable, good, and perfect will of God. It's not like a Gnostic initiation into the mysteries of God, but a revelation of God's love that is available to all, but especially to the elect of God who gather together in overflowing gratitude. Please recommend this sermon to your unsaved friends and associates so they may hear and believe and be saved. And recommend this sermon, as I will, to your Christian friends and relatives so they will be humbled or encouraged or more grateful for all that Jesus has accomplished and is continuing to accomplish in their lives.
Great Sermon! To continue the first part of my comment.... the Islamacists my prove to be the False Prophet as I am perceiving more and more the identity between the interests of the Leftist Statists and the Islamacists, both inspired Satanic enemies of the Living God. A good discussion of this weird alliance between the Left and the Islamacists can be found in a book by Jamie Glazov entitled United In Hate, and this view is supported by many articles on the website www.FrontPageMag.com. However, it should be noted that this website nor the book brings in the Biblical dimension of the Satanic enmity against Christ that is so important to our understanding of this subject. Also, I wanted to say that I was quite heartened to hear Pastor Doug state that we are sealed against the days of evil. Those days he notes are upon us as we live in an "evil age," but more terrible events may be ahead. The very fact that Pastor Doug is preaching on Revelation recently is, I find, very sobering in itself.
And I want to express my deep sadness at the advances of the Statists in our own beloved USA, and am disturbed at the Leftist bilge that is being pushed with such great zeal in our country.
We Are Called To Tremendous Maturity in Our Faith At one time I enjoyed spending my time trying to figure out who was the Beast, who was the False Prophet, etc. etc. During that period I learned that many reformation prelates identified the Antichrist as the Papacy itself. Pastor Doug suggests, if I understand him correctly, that government that to one degree or another places itself before Christ and projects itself as "Savior", with this or that "leader" or "messiah" in charge of that government is the Beast or the Antichrist. Our challenge as Christians is to continue to respect our governments and leaders, but never to allow that respect to supplant our fundamental TRUST in our dear Christ. We are, then, called to walk a pretty fine line. So, to go back -- what about this view contrasted with the view that the Popes are antichrists and the False Prophet is Muhammed, which identities appear in a lot of the literature on this subject? However, right now, for various reasons I don't have space to go into, I would scrap the idea of the papacy as the Beast or Antichrist, and would replace that with the State and its various self-appointed Messiah's as the antichrists (perhaps leading, as Doug suggests, to "the mother of all Antichrists"), but it seems that the Islamacists may turn out to provide us with the False Prophet, working
We Are All Sinners There are many wonderful things to say about this message. First of all it discusses the role of sin in our lives. In many churches today the word "sin" is never heard or downplayed. Here, it is the central theme of the sermon. He asks the question: to what extent are those of us who are converted to Christ still sinners. We are told, based on Corinthians and other passages that we continue to be sinners, and we need to struggle against sin until the time we are called home. Once we are saved, we are equipped by the Lord with the "tools" to fight this good fight against sin. We are to live in constant repentance, and the knowledge that our sins are forgiven. But at the same time, we are not to whitewash our sins, but should call our sins by their real names instead of using euphemisms. Further, we do not have to be ashamed about being admonished for our sins. In fact, we want to know our sins so we may defeat them. The sermon really presents our concern to mortify our sins; yet within the context of love and forgiveness. I hope every person who reads this little blurb will listen to this sermon. It renews us because it defines our basic constitution and m.o. as Christians.
Christ Gets the Victory This sermon does not fall into the trap of trying to equate every symbol in Revelation with a place, event, or time specified in current events. Rather, Pastor Doug shows that while every form of immorality and power grabbing and ungodliness may seem to be ascendant for a period of time, in fact, these ungodly actions and the persons who promote those actions will only be ascendant for a season. Christ wins. We will eventually come to a new heaven and earth. In our troubled times, everyone needs to hear these words to strengthen the inner man or inner woman.
Yes Jesus Loves Me! Part II I listened Pastor Doug's sermon. It became so clear to me: I am a mere man. I am nothing. Christ is everything. It seemed so much clearer. It is "thy rod and thy staff" that comfort me. It is "thou" who prepares a table before me. It is YOU who anoint my head with oil. It is YOUR goodness and mercy that follow me. It is Christ who is working in and through my mundane life with its necessary but frequently petty interests. I am flesh, but He is spirit. I am weak, but He is strong.
Yes, Jesus Loves Me! Part I I returned from teaching today disturbed about certain developments in the family. At the same time, I had received an observation report from a professor assigned to evaluate me once a term, and it was highly complimentary. When I arrived home, my wife with whom I had argued before I left was placing a tree in the front yard, with lights, and was posting a sign that said "Jesus Is The Reason for the Season." We had already had our sign with the Five Solas stolen. Three years before our American flag was stolen. My wife was quietly going ahead with the project to bring a little Christmas joy to our godless block in our godless neighborhood in our godless borough of our godless city, New York. I felt sorry for my pique after breakfast. My daughter was upstairs doing her homework. She had stayed home from high school because of a sore throat and a headache. The doctor said it was a viral infection, not strep. "Just fatigue," my wife said. I went upstairs to say hi when I came in the house, and to see how she was doing. Then I went to my HP - G7 Notebook to listen to this sermon. I needed to hear from the Lord, needed AGAIN to try to make sense of my sadness, my satisfaction at the compliments of men, my worries and impatience, my compacency, my disappointment that Obama won.
Great Sermon! This sermon really brings home seven types of sins men commit in their covenantal relationship with their wife. Man is the head, and Pastor Doug calls on men who are married or who anticipate being married to begin to research and try to understand what it means to be a "head." He encourages the listener to read some of the writings of Doug Wilson on this topic. Certainly, reading Doug Wilson helped me better understand my role, but I still have many shortcomings in this area.
Pastor Doug refers to I Corinthians 16-17 as giving the father a veto over his daughter's choice of a spouse. In going back to the verses, it seemed to me that they refer to a man's choice about whether or not to marry a virgin,i.e., that it is not a sin to marry even though the man knows that he will be taken away from serving the Lord to some degree. It is difficult for me to understand where the father comes into this....
You will be strengthened in your role as husband and head by listening to this sermon, and the other sermons in this series. As Pastor Doug states, women will find the sermon useful as well because it will show them areas where they can be of help to their husbands. Blessings to all.
Passionate and Moving Sermon! The listener will be brought closer to an understanding of the glorious sacrifice that is Christ's ignominious death on the Cross. You cannot listen to this sermon without overflowing with gratitude for a loving God who saved those of us who have repented and received Salvation through Christ. We do not have to spend an eternity in hell. Pastor Doug says this straight out in the sermon, and it is a reality that has to be faced by American Christians who do not want to mention this truth in order not to offend.