Great Sermon! " where else can we look for the origin of such a change as makes believers pass from death to life but the omnipotence of the divine Spirit? Is it our understanding which accomplishes this change? But our understanding is darkened. 'The natural man receives not the things of the Spirit, neither can he know them.' Is it our will? But we are 'prone to evil as the sparks fly upward.' Our wills are perverse and rebellious. Is it our strength? Christ died for the ungodly who are without strength. We are not sufficient of ourselves to think a good thought. Is it our merits? We merit nothing but utter rejection. Is it the ministers of God who persuade us? Paul may plant and Apollos water, but God gives the increase."
"a new spiritual taste or discernment, and principle is implanted by a sovereign creative operation"
Quoted from the sermon.
Great Sermon! In 1844, The New York Observer said that Nettleton was ‚Äėone of the most extraordinary preachers of the gospel with whom God has ever blessed this country.‚Äô The New York Evangelist agreed, ‚ÄėFew men, since the apostolic days, have been honored with such a signal success in preaching the word, and in the conversion of sinners as he.‚Äô ‚ÄĚ
"It was the full conviction of Dr Nettleton, that all genuine religious experience is based on correct views of the doctrines of grace; and, consequently that the religious experience of those whose views of these doctrines are defective, or essentially erroneous, will be, in like degree, defective or spurious".
I read the above quotes and wondered at certain modern American professing Christians who are so hostile to the doctrines of grace which they think negate evangelism, yet Asahel Nettlton was such a blessed instrument of God in preaching those very truths with over 27,000 converts. Full calvinistic doctrines preached in Revival!!!
How we need such faithful Preachers today who will reject the unbiblical methodology of Finneyism! May Christians study the ministry of Nettleton and return to Biblical preaching. Thanks Jon for this instructive sermon.
very thankfulness Dearest Pastor Jon,
Thank you so much at this time. This is just my good timing.
Yes!!! Yes!!! Yes!!! I am just like 10:16. Exactly I can say , I never chose Jesus, even did not want. but now really , truly , I need only Jesus!!
Again Thank you very much ! I will thank that God gives his mercy through Jon.
Great Sermon! My Dearest Pastor Jon,
What a gracious,cheerful preaching by our greatest GOD!!!
Yes!Yes!Yes! "Faith alone".....Even my weakest faith, If Jesus did not give me Faith , I can never keep it in Him. That is impossible for me by myself.
I thank to God and Jon very much for about 2 years after we knew you.
Great Sermon! A message the Preacher Loves It is always better to tie a chain around the minister's ankle and secure him to the piano while he preaches about heaven whom almost goes there during the sermon....than to sit under a boring person who has not the love of God abounding in him.
Good Work Pastor Jon This sermon is taken from the volume of sermons called The Messiah. Newton preached one sermon on each of the 50 texts that comprise Handel's famous Oratorio. The title is called, "SCRIPTURAL PASSAGES, Which form the Subject of the celebrated
ORATORIO Of HANDEL.
Preached In The Years 1784 And 1785,
In the Parish Church of St. Mary Woolnoth,
The volume can be seen online if one searches at books.google.com for John Newton the Messiah, and chooses the version that is FULL VIEW.
Great Sermon! Many marvelous things came out from the man whom God used in days gone by,Hebrews ch1 v4 would also apply to John Bunyon.We all fit in with the verse for we are spiritial beings born of God this is through our Lord Jesus Christ.May God bless you all,Thankyou.
Great Sermon! Thanks for this sermon. Your voice and your reading are very well understandable, even for someone like me who is not a native english speaking person. God may bless you and help you in this ministry.
Powerful Stuff !!! Dear Jon,
Your theme: "The presence of Christ" has been much on my mind lately.
It is not so much his blessings we need as his presence.
The Lord continue to be with you brother.
Thank you for the truth you present! Pastor Jon, this is a great sermon that stirs one to meditate and do some rethinking. I thank God for the meat you provide for your sheep..... for the truth you present! My prayers for you, your family, and your ministry.
Great Sermon! Jon,
You are so right. We, as preachers, need the passion and annointing if we are to truly preach the gospel as our forefathers did.
This is an excellent devotional message on this subject.
May God raise us passionate pastors in his church for the glory of Christ!!!
Your grateful brother, Mark F.
NOTE: When using a Bible in the English language, Galatians 3:24‚Äď4:2 is one of the passages where a King James Version expresses the importance of this truth better than any other. The ASV, the NKJV, and the NASB as ‚Äúliteral‚ÄĚ translations fail; & certainly, the thought translation of the NIV and the paraphrase of the NLT fail to convey in English the proper illustration here. This is why the Westminster divines appealed to the autographs of the original languages as inspired, authentic, and the final authority in all controversies of religion (Westminster Confession, ch.1 para.8).
And further note, that I‚Äôm not advocating the use of the KJV only, though it‚Äôs use by English speakers, even in the KJV‚Äôs difficulties and some of its poor translations (yes, there are a few places), this version can be used of the Spirit to alert us to scrutinize the text, 1st as Bereans (Acts 17:11), & if possible, in a scholarly approach through the original languages.
And finally, this doesn‚Äôt mean that I would insist that all become apt, able, or academic with regard to Hebrew, Greek, and Chaldean. To suggest that would contradict the Westminster Confession (& 1689 London Baptist Confession that I hold), from the same chapter and paragraph cited above. It's helpful but not necessary.