Great Sermon! This is of great interest of mine as I prepare to teach young moms in our church about parenting and fellowship of parents in the church. Would you mind sending me a digital copy of your handout for this presentation (sounds like a Sunday School class) and the Biblography of your preparation. Thanks so very much!
Great Sermon! Great sermon! I really like the fact that the pastor takes an fair and biblical approach to the topic. The only issue is that some of the people of the congregation don't let him finish his points before assuming he's saying something else. I do see this as a good thing though as it's pricking to the conscience. :) Too many pastors try to cater to their congregation, but this one is diligently trying to please God.
Relevant: Fanaticism, Faith, or Sentimentalism? This is a helpful consideration of true vs. false religious affections, showing they are not an infallible proof for assurance of conviction, salvation or true worship experience, but also could be. This applies much more than just against modern charismatics, but also applies to conservative and reformed Christianity. There is a "faith" today that is really sentimentalism, emotionalized notions, e.g. "I love Jesus". This should even be considered in evaluating the use of instruments in church and uninspired hymns which can manufacture through artificial music (as opposed to heart melody) and men's lyrics a sentimentalism to be confused with true worship or faith. Old Methodists used to fanatically sing very loud, to work up "faith". Modern Christianity works much directly upon emotions through the use of either old hymns or contemporary Christian music to excite the people to a "love of Jesus" that is false and sensual instead of true and spiritual. Preachers that seek to MOVE their audience by example, wavering voices, painting a detailed picture of Christ crucifixion (which the Bible does not) *to appeal directly to human sympathies* (rather than mindful consideration of Christ's suffering as an atonement), should be considered carefully too.
Great Sermon! I have struggled with this particular scripture for many years. Your sermon gave me insight and understanding and even though you could not find anyone to agree with you I think you're right on!
Very Helpful! After listening to this debate several times, it is clear that Pat was not open to correction even when his position was CLEARLY wrong. Even though he often misquoted Stephen's explanations, the debate was civil.
Great Sermon! Wise Learning!
Distressful wounds opens a way for GOD'S SPIRIT to enter in, brokeness is good for the soul, GOD'S Grace and Mercy abundantly suffices. Seeking the LORD'S wisdom is the answer to all physical and spiritual ills. Glory to GOD for this sermon. Thank you. GOD BLESS YOU!
Great Sermon! How is is possible that we are in the millenium? How can satan be bound now? satan's activity in this world is greater today than ever before!!! Wickedness in this world is greater than ever before (AS THE DAYS OF NOAH WERE), anyone who cannot see satan working through the world today is BLIND. WAKE UP CHURCH!!!
Very Searching! For 3 months we have been studying this book online, www.challies.com, and still these positive signs remind me of the words of Jonathan Edwards' biographer A.V.G. Allen -
"It has been said that any one who could read Edwards on the Affections, and still believe in his own conversion, might well have the highest assurance of its reality"
I noticed this week as I was comparing this treatise with Edwards' Reflections on the Preceding Memoirs of the Life of David Brainerd, that Edwards shows sign by sign how these traits were manifest in Brainerd's life.