Great encouragement. This is my liberation: to know that the ministry is not mine, but Christ's, that the burden is not on my shoulders alone. But that it is His Church and He will build it, and that I am His servant whom He uses to work through.
The presence of God. Seeking God with sincerity is the pathway to a successful Christian life. Practising the presence of God gives us the power to go on and to escape the danger of mechanical and empty profession.
Wonderful salvation! God filled my heart with great joy listening to this message, when I understood again the glorious and most beautiful and wise salvation of the Lord in Christ, foreshadowed with such wise details in the OT and fulfilled in the NT. What a great salavation! The sermon presents Christ's expiation to purchase redemption; Christ's extrance into heaven to manifest the way clear; Christ's exaltation to give confidence to His people of the glory of heaven.
Great Sermon! This message touched my heart and brought tears to my eyes as Dr. Cairns opened his heart to share ministry experiences I can identify with. Will be writing a new motto in the flyleaf of my Bible for this new year: "Lead me to some soul today; teach me Lord just what to say." Thank you, Dr. Cairns for preaching this message.
The pleasure of studying the Bible. Very good and interesting study of the first 7 verses of Psalms, indicating the 7 terms used in them about God's Word, moving from a verse to another and making connections between verses in a numerical fashion. It really makes you want to study the Psalm like this!
Great liberty. A message about the liberty which God's people have in Christ: a liberty from the obligativity of realising a self-righteousness by good deeds and merits and a liberty from being enlaved to human teachings and speculation. The Reformers reaffirmed that liberty, preaching the Gospel of grace, and we have to maintain this message and this liberty.
Biblical. Very good presentation of the Biblical view on sin and salvation, with excerpts from WCF. Very good the observation that the Reformers gave God the place which is His and saw man in the light of Scripture, not minimizing his sinful condition. To this condition the only answer was God's salvation in His grace, in the sacrifice of His Son.
Excellent! Excellent, rich material, refuting the Catholic errors regarding another authority beside or above the Bible, for faith and practice. Catholics cannot argue from the Scriptures their errors, and because of that they work hardly to argue them on the basis of human tradition.
Great thankfulness. What I write now has not for a meritorious nature for me. It is just a thankful reminder of what God gave me as spiritual food over the years through this preacher. This message was the 400th I listened to by Alan Cairns, from 2007 to today. I thank God for all what He taught and inspired me through His servant!
Great study. Presentation of the political and religious backgroung of Europe of those times, of the religious scene in England and Scotland, of the Arminian-Reformed controversy, and a presentation of some of the thrologians present at the Assembly. The Assembly put forth the theological basis for an evangelical religion and for a social and religious liberty.