Restoration in love. A repenting sinner must be accepted and restored to fellowship. The brotherhood which disciplined sin with determination must show sincere love for accepting again into fellowship the repented one. Love doesn's mean that we will not confront the sinner for his sin, but that we will do it for his good.
Repentance. The minister's hope and a Christian's hope is that the preaching of the Word brings repentance. The practice of church discipline keeps the church healthy. The Church of Christ must not play with sin, but bring honor to God by disciplining sin.
Great warning. Minsters of the Gospel must have integrity before God and men, because the Christ we preach has integrity. We must be careful to the our words - so that do not disqualify ourselves before people.
True. It is true: we cannot serve God with a bad conscience. We must seek to have a good conscience before God and men, and this is possible only through the working of Godâ€™s grace in us. Very good the denouncing of Billy Grahamâ€™s unbiblical methods in â€śevangelismâ€ť.
Solders indeed? Yes, we cannot serve the Lord without meeting with opposition and trouble. There are too many Christians who say that they are solders in the army of Christ, and in a spiritual war, but who never took up the sword to fight. You cannot see that they give a blow to the enemy or that they receive one from it. Too many are solders only in wordsâ€¦
The Great Teacher. It is true, in the Christian life there is a place for trouble and suffering, but God is comforting His people. Only in God we have comfort, not in pleasures, dictractions or pursuing wordly ends. And God brings us through hard experiences as ministers of the Gospel, so to equip us to help and comfort others who are going through the same hard times.
Burden. Blessed and encouraging message: there is a place in Christian life and Christian ministry for stress and worry, because of our burden for the Church and for the unconverted. The knowledge and understanding of this gives us a healthy perspective on the ministry.
Great examples. A story of some people dedicated to the Lord and His service, whom we must follow as examples in faith and dedication. People who counted the Lord and His service as the most dear things in their lives.
Generosity. Blessed reminder of our responsibility before God to serve Him with our posessions. It is true, when God chenges our hearts, He touches our pockets also. We must remind ourselves that it is an honor to serve the advancement of God's Kingdom with our money and that we will be rewarded for our service.
Good study. Careful presentation of Paul's arguments, refuting the error of those who deny resurrection, showing the unreasonable consequence of their teaching. Very useful the warning of Paul: association with those who teach errors in such fundamental points makes us to compromise. Very useful the aplication of the preacher to present day realities.
Situation ethics vs God's Word. Situation ethics vs the Word of God. Who is deciding? God, through His Word, or human oppinion? Very tough the idea that we have not to seek earthly positions if this means loosing God's blessing. Courageous stand in the middle of some troublesome events.
Great sorrow. A moving message about the need for confession of sin and repentance. You can sense the sorrow of the preacher for the condition of FPC churches. The prayer at the end of the sermon is from the heart - may God answer it after His great mercy and grace!
Preaching the cross. The responsability of the preacher is to preach Christ and the cross. Preaching morality will not advance holiness, but the preaching of the cross will do it. Paul depended not in something inherent in him, but in God's power to assist his faithful preaching of the cross of Christ.