Great study. A good presentation of what it means to be Reformed, a presentation of the 5 Solas of the Reformation and of the 5 points of Calvinism, followed by a short explanation of what it means Presbyterian church government.
Great zeal for God. Coversion of Latimer compared with that of saul of Tarsus. Both were zealous for their religion before. After conversions, both were zealous for God. There is presented Latimer's view on the Scriptures, preaching, the mass and justification.
Creeds. A confessional church. A plea for confessions. Their role in presenting, proclaiming and defending the teachings of the Bible. It is curious that there can exist preachers who say that we do not need written confessions. They also preach doctrines from the Bible and expect that their church members believe them. So they have a creed! They do not want a written creed because they want the liberty to interpret the Bible how they want. After them, another preacher will interpret it another way! So the church will believe all kinds of things, because they are not united by a biblical and serious creed.
Great Sermon! I recommend this 2003 sermon to anyone who may be currently unemployed in 2011. In the world it is said that losing one's job is near the top of the list for life stressors. In the world it is said to destroy one's self esteem. The saved person needs to view the humiliation as from the Lord and be open to the Lord's correction and redirection of our lives. However if the situation becomes long term and prayers go unanswered a believer can be faced with much depression and discouragement. This sermon powerfully addresses and gives answers for these painful struggles. Lord I pray that in this time of famine of employment that you will comfort and bring hope to your children and provide work where they can be lights in this dark world.
Much Needed Encouragement! In trials and afflictions,.. I have received much worldly "comfort" and well meaning advise that was no help and much of it in direct opposition to the Word of God.. I was saddened by how many professing Christians gave worldly and ungodly advise and suggestions. This sermon gave me encouragement from the pure Word of the Lord to stay the course and not faint,.. to God's glory!.
God's Unmerited Favor ! How came it that I, a sinner, am running the race and winning the crown? The victory is being given to me by ALMIGHTY GRACE! It is as C. H. Spurgeon said in his book entitled Grace and Power (p.359): "Christ Jesus is the only escape for a sinner pursued by the fiery wrath of God, and every believer ought to remember this. Our own works could never shelter us, for they have proved to be only refuges of lies (Isaiah 28:17). Even if they had been a thousand times more and better, they would have been only as the spider's web, too frail to hang eternal interest on. There is only one name, one sacrifice, one blood, by which we may escape. All other attempts at salvation are a grievous failure."
Great Sermon! Thank you Peter for your very clear testimony of the saving power of Christ, It trilled my heart to hear of His dealing with you and how He brought you to that place of Calvery, May all who listen to your story of His salvation be blessed as I was.
Your Brother in Christ,
Restoring Family Altar I am much impressed about the Sermon on 'Restoring Family Altar'. I would like to have the same in printed form. Could you please e mail the same and oblige.
God bless you Rev.John
I serve the Lord in India since 1976 as a fulltime missionary.
Great Sermon! Pastor Wagner: Very good explanation and introduction to the Free Presbyterians ! I listened to the 3 messages and they were very good , not just as factual statements of faith, but also as good sermons. If there was a F.P.C. in town , I would attend.
Wonderful, Counsellor...the Mighty God Plucked from the hands of the strongman, by the strongest. Lend an ear my friend, and hear it from the lips of 1 who stood on the edge of hell. He should have been next, but God said 'he's one of mine, don't let him fall.' No magic here, just the wisdom of Him who made every single thing you see, and all those that you hear. This is one of God's elect, best not say or do anything against one who is the 'apple of His eye'. Once damned and in waiting for the pit. Hear him now, dressed for paradise in all his Father's glory, awaiting blessed flight, home. Peter's safe now. The question remains...are you? Today is the day...now is the time. Fly to Christ, and that do now for instant rescue, and forevermore.
Even His angels listen... You see it in the clouds after the rain, but do you feel it in all its' splendor roundabout your soul? As the one over the throne of thy God, another like it envelopes the very essence of your soul. Never forget. It is His promise...to Himself, and to you. Listen intently to John, for he tells you of Him who lives, and of Him who loved you first. Though there be hundreds to listen to here, very few will prick and with the arrow of Almighty Grace, draw your spirit to the gates of heaven, where the angels stand. Thank you John Wagner, for giving your all...your reward awaits you, high above it all.
SELF MUST BE DE-THRONED ! As long as ME is ruling and reigning in my heart, then I cannot love my brethren in the manner that Christ requires. To do THE ELEVENTH COMMANDMENT, the "control freak"----SELF----must die. As the hymn-writer says, "Let SELF be crucified and slain and buried deep: and all in vain may efforts be to rise again, unless to LIVE FOR OTHERS...OTHERS, Lord, yes, OTHERS, let this my motto be, help me to live for OTHERS, that I MAY LIVE LIKE THEE."
What a discovery! Listening to this message I understood something I never seen before: being justified before God, having the righteousness of Christ imputed to me, being in Christ, united with Him, God will never treat with me without Christ, but always through Christ! God will treat with me always through the cross of Christ! And He will be my Father, not just a Judge, as in the case of those without Christ. What a comfort!
Thank you. I would just like to let you know what a blessing you are Rev. Wagner to many people you may not even know. Thank you, for your ministry, and for bringing forth a clear message that glorifies the Lord.