Informative Sermon! This sermon opened up my interest in Richard Baxter and I intend to read some of his writings. He definitely had a strong desire to teach people to seek a better understanding of the Gospel, and I am certain I'll get some good from reading his books.
Great Sermon! Thought provoking message for the modern church
Wow, you have challenged the ideas regarding US support to Israel, immigration policy and professional football all in the same sermon! The depth of the doctrine of the Eighth Commandment against theft is truly amazing.
Great Sermon! Home sick today. Enjoyed this message on the Deity of Christ. I have a brother in CA who is a JW(sort of, long story), but I'm always looking for new things to say to him on this topic. You are right, not many childrens' books point to Christ in the creation account, and yet it is so clear. It's good to know there is a place to worship if I visit CA. Thank you for your service to Christ and his Church in CA.
Great Sermon! Will you go away? (a) Many NT Jews would have been stunned to hear Jesus advise them to â€śeat My flesh and drink My bloodâ€ť (John 6:53) since this was forbidden by OT law. (b) The large party that heard Jesus require them to â€śeat My flesh and drink My blood,â€ť â€śwent away and returned no more.â€ť (John 6:66). (c) Though many disciples departed from Jesus, He didnâ€™t beckon them to clarify their understanding of John 6:53. (d) Thus, Jesus was meaning â€śeat My flesh and drink My bloodâ€ť (John 6:53) to be understood literally. (e) Isnâ€™t one who also rejects Jesus and won't "eat My flesh and drink My blood," actually denying Christ and losing his life? May we never go away from Christ. Thank you Pastor Eshelman!
Great Sermon! Some call it intense...I call it the Gospel. Challenging question for believers. I thank God that Jesus Christ has already given the answer. He has the Words of Eternal Life.
Thanks Pastor Nathan
Great Christ-centered Application Thank you Pastor Eshelman, for serving the church and preaching the word. You have shown clearly how faith is to be mixed with the imperative! How to be a living sacrifice by walking in the Spirit of Christ! Compelling and convicting.
Well done good and faithful servant! Mr. Wilbur Aikin went to be with the Lord on Dec. 19. 2009. Some of his last words included prayers for the growth of the Los Angeles congregation. He will be greatly missed and his affect on the lives of the LA RPC members will last for generations.
Response to Chris' Question 2 I hope that you gleaned more from the message than the few theological problems that RB had. I truly believe that he has a lot to model our outreach and our commitment to the communities after. Baxter has been a great influence on me through his Directory as well as his treatise on heaven. He is worth working through.
Response to Chris' Question Amyraldians believed that in the decree of God election came after the need for redemption. This made redemption UNIVERSAL, but only having application towards the elect. It is a mild form of Calvinism, and somewhat Arminian. Baxter liked this position.
Here is what Meet the Puritans says, "Baxter's writings are a strange theological mix. He was one of a few Puritans whose doctrines of God's decrees, atonement, and justification were anything but Reformed. Though he generally structured his theology along reformed lines of thought, he frequently LEANED towards Arminian thinking. He developed his own notion of universal redemption, which offended Calvinists, but he retained a form of personal election, which offended Arminians. He rejected reprobation. He was greatly influenced by the Amyraldians and incorporated much of their thinking including hypothetical universalism, which teaches that Christ's death was more of a legal satisfaction of the law than a personal substitutionary death on behalf of elect sinners." (p.66)
Great Sermon! Wow! Many great points. Especially, some of the historical background in the RPCNA, and the point about our contemporary crisis of a "deaconal" state which takes from the work of the Church.
Great Sermon! Thanks for this survey, and showing such relevance for our cities today. We need to hear that in some ways the days are no different from the days of the reformation.
Also appreciated the balance on Baxter. He had is faults as we have ours, and yet God can use all of us, despite our weaknesses, frailties, and faults.