Great Sermon! Commentaries are good sometimes. However biblical studies (my opinion) should not be centered on self. Such as make me smarter or make me love more or make me a better person. Its about God. Its about knowing him so deeply that his truths permeate your life. And yes love flows out of that naturally. Y'all touched on some of this. Thank you.
Powerful Sermon! This is a great presentation about how the hardness of the heart can work against a person without any long-time warning. Hearing the Gospel and not taking it to understand that there is no day like today to become a follower of Jesus Christ can mean you will forever be lost. The hardening of the heart is one of the biggest temptations that we can ignore, and there might not be a second chance. Today is the day!
to discriminate or not to So should we also refuse to service someone who is divorced and their spouse is still single? Are we going to refuse service to someone getting married to an unbeliever, or someone who is currently in adultry? I find no issue with a photographer, catering company, florist, or event planner serving any of the above including gay weddings. If we are going to pick the sin let's just say Christians can only serve those in their local church body. I understand a pastors decision to not be able to officiate an unbiblical marriage but a florist is proving flowers to an event not making it official.
Reply to Benjamin You are ill-informed disciple of the Ruckmanites. I say "ill-informed" because your hero, Sam Gipp's teacher, Peter S. Ruckman, wrote a booklet about the revisions. I own it. He calls them what I call them.
Doesn't have to be either or Seek out solid ministries in the area and on campus. Connect them with family life in the area. The PCA has RUF. We have an adopt a student program from college students in my church for accountability and care purposes. I've seen the Lord do amazing work with this arrangement. Many families don't have the money to send their children to college, let alone a private college. College debt is nothing to enter into lightly....
Great Sermon! P.S. I heard a few of you mention giving up Facebook for 40 days and am curious to what those people that are giving up FB are doing on FB. I am on FB often. I will try not to boast at this point but there is much good use to be made on FB. Several times a day I'll share a post from Missing Children Pages, sadly there are thousands, maybe millions of missing children. I am constantly posting scripture. I post articles from Christian Media sources. I have posted sermons from SermonAudio and others. Informative posts about autism or toxic foods. So giving up FB for 40 days for me would be a disservice. God Bless you and Keep you. Excellent work.
Great Sermon! I grew around family members, Catholic and Orthodox who participated in the Lent season. The Orthodox Greeks treated it more seriously than giving up chocolate they almost starved themselves during these 40 days but they also went to church twice a year. For the Catholics it was fasting on Fridays for the most part, not eating meat. For the most part I believe it was very superficial. Although, fasting for 40 days, eating almost nothing, entails some suffering, I did it once and was very hungry and remembering thinking of Christ when I want to cheat. In the end it always felt like a tradition that was maintained for show or to earn some points with God.
Great Sermon! Very Informative Gentlemen, thank you. The most interesting part being P. Sean, you mention the Muslims do not trust the authority of the New Testament and then I believe P. Bill said something to the affect that when the Muslims read that Jesus said, He will send us a Comforter, the Muslims would think He was talking about Mohammed. That being said, the Muslims are trusting parts of the New Testament. Which does make them no different then Catholics and Greek ORthodox ad many others who pick and choose which parts of God's Word they want to believe. In my experience that is due to a bias of sorts. If we can get to the root of the bias maybe the authority of the Word will not be so questionable to them. God Bless You, keep up the great work. Excellent.
Distracted or confused Our day suffers from smudged concepts of what a Christian is. There are only two groups of peoples in this world, the ones for Christ or âin Christâ, and those against Christ, say the enemies of the cross. However, the 21ts century endorses a larger category incorporating the backsliding Christian, the nominal Christian, the carnal Christian, the none-committed Christian, the worldly Christian, the separate brethren, and now, the âPagan Christianâ as all belonging to the first group above. However, Philippians 3:18-19 defines the enemies of the cross as those âwhose end is destructionâ. The enemies of the cross are not Christians who act like âpagan Christiansâ; they are simply NOT born again. âWhosoever commits sin is the servant of sin, and is of the devilâ âBeware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision. For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.â By the way people apply these truths, we might identify who speaks from Christâs fold and who doesnât. âMark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample, for many âŚ are the enemies of the cross of Christâ Advice from any outside of the fold of Christ should not entertain our speculations, or consume the space of our instruction.
Agree I agree with the statements made concerning Lent.
I would love to see the Berean pastors having a discussion of the place of regular fasting (and prayer) in the believer's life.
Sometimes I think that we as modern Christians are willing to eschew many religious traditions - for the sake of not seeming religious. But yet we often skip some completely.