You are a blessing. I just listened to your conversation on my commute home through terrible Seattle-area traffic, and you were a blessing. You referred to the fact that some people listened and appreciated your friendships like the "untouchables" at T4G, and I am one example. I thank God for the combination of minds and personalities He's brought together in your staff. Regarding race, I was wondering what you credit any growth in the black portion of your congregation to. Also, I was wondering if you could link to or give more specifics about the clip from the old preacher that one of you was getting teary eyed while showing your wife. Another question I have is, how many of your congregation listens to this podcast? And do they ever get angry about any of the comments you make about them? Looking forward to listening to more podcasts from you guys.
Reply to Mike Great question. I have a guess, but that is all it is: It seems that they are raised at the 2nd resurrection. The allowance for this would be in the phrase of Revelation 20:15 "whosoever was not found in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire." There seems to be no point in saying that if there are not also those present who, in fact, are in the book of life. It would seem that this resurrection involves the ones of whom you speak since it occurs after the 1000 years.
Great Sermon! Pastor Bill, really have enjoyed your teaching thru Revelation. Question I have is if the first resurrection occurs at Christs return to the earth and the kingdom is established, what happens to those that believe on Christ during the 1000 year reign and die ?
Response to JHB Thank you for your interest. I am, as you might expect, trying to control my zeal of uploading information to SermonAudio.com with my desire to connect with my students. Believe it or not, the dynamics of the room change with younger brothers and sister in Christ when they know the class is being recorded. Thanks very much for your kind comment.
Good Teaching is such a valuable commodity Excellent Sermon Bill. Expository preaching is such a valuable asset to the Body of Christ. It helps combat the Biblical Illiteracy plaguing the Christian Church. Keep up the faithful work entrusted to you.
Great Sermon! Great information it appears to me that we are experiencing a time where feeling Trumps understanding I am for Ted Cruz I can't see myself voting for Trump under any circumstance thank you for putting the information out
Problematic First, this audio is almost a full reading of the article, which makes it a misnomer that our speaker has much to add. His comment are roughly 3 minutes in duration. Second, the KJV controversy reference is a clear hobby horse issue here and lends no strength to the aforementioned brief comments.
Third, the speaker embraces a liberal journalist's comments whole-heartedly, when the issue of the said writer offers only criticism and no answers. To follow the actual article's "implied, not supplied" suggestions, believers should basically stay out of politics. The writer is a civil war history teacher at theologically liberal college, who cannot discern God's providential judgment upon our nation in the civil war which President Lincoln deliberately acknowledges in his second inaugural address and which is engraved upon his monument. (It's time we stop referencing and promoting a reparations spirit. God took care of punishing the generation closest to the sin of slavery.) Finally, this speaker is not adding anything to the issue at hand. Trump, the quintessential playboy, brutish, world-ling vs. Cruz, a guy who is humbly trying to emulate a man (Reagan) in his political life, who, by the way, has not once spoken of dominionism or seven mountain theology. Let's remember Romans 14:4
Christian Nation? Although I believe the founding of this nation was based on Christian values. I agree it is not a Christian nation. And it was not founded as Christian nation, there is a difference. There was only one nation of ethnic people founded by God and that Nation was Israel. I believe America was just a result of Matt 28 and the Great Commission. America has been blessed because the " "Church" has been blessed by God. Just as Egypt was blessed by God while his people were there.
not sure the reason christian professors talk about Cruz's theology is that the Bible is a big part of his platform, other candidates care little about that old book. Cruz is the closest to my worldview by far.
The carpet bombing thing is kind of like using atomic bombs, Cruz is not talking about population centers like Truman did in 1945, and I don't think what Truman did is necessarily totally unbiblical. I don't know. I'd love to have someone pointing me to some verses on that. Anyway, if there are no viable alternatives on the table, what's the point to say his option is not so good? everybody knows that.
I agree with your Daniel living in exile analogy.
Great discussion Great discussion and I agree with many of your comments and observations. The devaluing of the current educational model is alarming. A High school diploma has almost become worthless.
Is Berean Baptist Academy any different? Is there anything BBA can do different to break the status quo?
Great Sermon! God's own hand is at the helm of the entire world, so he never allows a separation between his power and his foreknowledge. If God foresaw what he did not will to be, then he does not have the highest authority. Therefore, he established what will come about in the future, because nothing happens unless he wills that it happens.
Perfect sermon - Exactly what I needed and wanted! Although I never really understood why, until now, one of my favorite bible verses is..
Matthew 15:27 And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their mastersâ€™ table.
I have always believed this verse to be a favorite because I am simply a dog lover. Until I viewed this sermon. Now I understand why God put this verse on my heart. Not because I love dogs, but because I am a dog. Truth indeed. I hope this sermon blesses others as it has blessed me. WOW I love this preaching! We need some of this up north. Caution: This is powerful preaching and may hurt some feelings - watch it anyway. I will only speak for myself as I need to be put back into my place and humbled often.
God must violate man's will Who can believe? The Bible speaks a lot about the inabilities of man. A dead man has no ability to believe, therefore left alone, he will remain a wretched creature with an eternal hatred of God, hence the length of hell is eternal. God must violate the will man of man, irresistible grace, and set him free.Â
And I always though the concept of the book of life, justified predestination, because revelation 13 and 17 talk about names being written before or from the foundation of the earth.
God Bless A few thoughts to add to your discussion.
On the Scripture interprets Scripture...
Proverbs 3:5-6 (KJV)
5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
"Our own understanding" is what we can refer to as a presupposition we imply on Scripture in order to fit our "systematic theology" and such is the lens we define not only His Word but How God operates in our lives today.
And this lens is to be defined from what a man has thought or said about what God has said or what God has declared by His own means(John 6:45)?
His Word contains:
1.Prophecy and fulfillment.
4.Self validation (Truths will repeat in Scripture.)
Using these God given guidance tools assist us in navigating His Word with an open mind that's simply desires to know what God meant by what he said and deal with His truth with reverence and fear.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Look to Job Chapters 1-3 for examples of how God permits events that are devastating in our lives today but yet has a purpose which is disclosed in the end.
Thanks Dave Maybe I haven't noticed what detail(s) Rory is saying could be incorrect. To paraphrase Abraham Lincoln:
You say the New Testament was written early, and Rory says it might be later. It is date, then; the earlier, having the greater claim to inerrancy than the later? Take care. By this rule, you are questioning inerrancy yourself to the first man you meet, whom believes in an even earlier date than you.
Response to Rich L No, there is nothing wrong with examining its reliability. My point is that Rory is not setting out to question inerrancy, but his thesis that the details of Scripture don't have to be exactly right is a commentary on inerrancy. I never said that he denied inerrancy, and I don't think he would ever say he was throwing out inerrancy, but I believe his position does exactly that, especially when it subscribes to the liberal party line of a post-70 AD dating of the synoptic gospels. Like I said, I think he is extremely well-intentioned and apologetically-minded in the article, and I have no doubt that he fully believes the Bible. However, if my position is that the gospels were written late and they don't need to have every detail correct, then am I not at the very least casting doubt upon inerrancy?