Helpful Some very good teaching on the doctrine of the Holy Spirit, and handy when the wacky cultists come a' knockin, or when engaged in a discussion with your barking pentacostal friends. There are some serious misunderstandings that abound about the third member of the Trinity and Dan really helps explain clearly, from Scripture, the important role that the Holy Spirit plays in the life of a believer.
Very good answers The questions that are addressed are informative and consistent with the theme of Scriptural sufficiency, and I generally love Q&A sessions like this one. I was interested to hear the answers regarding the necessity of seminary for pastors, as I've had the misfortune of being in a number of churches with very poorly-trained novices who felt they could pastor just because "they read a bunch of books" or some such silliness. While not a necessity, sure, a seminary education makes for a pastoral leader who is going to feed good, rich food to his congregation each week and not just teach as a lark, and I've been burned enough that if a pastor of a church hasn't gone to seminary I'm very reluctant to lead my family there to follow his leadership.
One other thought: the "Titanic/book" question was a clever one, and actually made me chuckle.
Good stuff Phil's teaching is always fantastic, and his message about the sufficience of Scripture was excellent. I'm a little puzzled by one thing though: in his message he said he quit blogging due to having nothing else to really tackle, but I thought he left blogging, according to his last post, due to health issues, his doctor having told him he was "burning the candle at both ends", so to speak. Which one was it? Just something I wonder.
Good panel discussion Some good material covered here in panel discussion about the sufficiency of Scripture in apologetics, and I think Phil's discussion about eh regulative principle was helpful as well. I do think Pastor Dan's response regarding headcoverings was a tad blithe and dodgy - having just listened recently to William Einwechter on the topic (his message on SermonAudio) I would have hoped for something a little more like that, but I suppose it was off-topic.... or maybe, like Christians smoking, or the issue of deliberate childlessness, I guess this just remains one of those taboo topics no one wants to seriously talk about. Easier to punt.
Good This was a very good message, and helpful. I wish I could have been part of the church and able to submit questions, as my question about election has been this: when the unbeliever who happens to be familiar with reformed theology stands before the judgment seat, what's to stop him from asking, fairly, "how is this just to be condemned for my sins if I was elected for this fate?"
To God be the Glory This was really encouraging to me as a believer. I felt like I learned a lot and was put at rest in some ways by being exhorted to believe the scripture. But the depth of the meaning that you bring out is really excellent.
May the Lamb receive the reward for taking a sinful son of Adam and causing him to preach such truth!
Great Sermon! Thanks Pastor Phillips for sharing this message. Needs to heard by the whole churc, especially here in the U.S.. And by me! Wish I had a written copy of it. Thanks for your faithfulness to the Word of God!
an observation One thing impressive about this is that Dan came back to his flock and shared what he learned. I used to belong to a reformed Baptist church where the pastor, the other elder, and his cliquish friends in the church would go off to conferences like this, on the church budget, and it was little more than a theological vacation. As laity you'd never even know that they went, or who was there or what they learned, as they never bothered sharing (but it was no problem taking church funds to pay for the trip, the conferese, the lodging, etc.) Kudos to Dan for sharing and shepherding his flock with what he learned, as laity do like to know what elders learn from these type of conferences.
Good, but... Good summary of the conference, but the listeners would be better served by listening to the actual messages from the conference, as this is just a summary of what the principal speakers talked about.
Great Sermon! Thanks, that is very helpful. I appreciate your constant focus on actually understanding what God said and not "what it means to me."
You have opened my eyes to so much deeper teaching with your blog posts and when possible I listen to your preaching.
Great Sermon! Hi Steve, thanks for listening. Fair point. The 'immah is pleonastic in 3:6 (less so in v. 12) if it merely means
"in (general but non-spatial) relationship with her." You know? The pronominal suffix on le'ishah (to HER husband) already says that. So I take it as spatial, as the ESV does ("her husband who was with her"; cf. HCSB, NET, etc.). Hope that helps
Great Sermon! Hi Dan,
I enjoy listening to your sermons on-line. Good stuff! Had a question and comment about 'What Comes Next For Me?'
Do you consider Gen. 3:6 'with her' to be spatial or relational? From the sermon it sounds like you were saying spatially, that Adam was right there with Eve when the serpent was asking her questions and didn't intervene or do anything. I have always looked at this in relationship to 1 Tim. 2:14, 2 Cor. 11:3, to be 'relationally', not 'spatially'. Gen. 3:12 uses the same Hebrew phrasing as 3:6 when Adam says 'whom thou gavest to be 'with me'. Your thoughts?
Great Sermon! I praise and thank God for what I have learned from this sermon.
To excel more as believers is to: Abstain from sexual immorality and live sanctified life honorable to God, have self-control of the desire of the flesh and do not lose passion, think of the things that is pure,lovely,right, good repute,excellence and worthy of praise. And etc.