Good Sermon But With Issues Overall, this is a good sermon & it seems Todd has spoken on this exact subject at least half dozen other times. Worth repeating.
However, there are issues. This sermon is NOT 52 mins long. At the 23 min mark the sermon is edited & it repeats itself up until the 35 min mark. In order to get the complete sermon, which is only 36 mins in length, you would have to cut out roughly 12 mins of repeated sermon. I did that and pieced together a complete sermon.
It's hard watching this with that extra duplication in there. Hopefully, the church can re-edit it and post up the sermon in it's correct entirety, so that those of us who watch these videos aren't tasked with having to listen to repetitive speech for 12 mins.
5 Minutes of Video Is Missing First the good news. Todd Nibert is one of the best preachers that I have ever discovered. This includes such preachers as MacArthur, Masters, Lloyd-Jones, Barnard, Mahan, etc. I have learned more from Todd regarding God & His Word than from any other preacher. He's real & he lays out the Word in very simplistic, easy to understand terms. He doesn't dress things up & unnecessarily complicate them.
Now for the bad news. I was watching this sermon when all of a sudden it goes to black screen at the 20:39 minutes mark. It doesn't begin again until the 25:18 minute mark. No sound, just black screen.
How much of the sermon did I miss? What did Todd say? I don't know. This is very frustrating. I am not physically able to come to Lexington, KY to sit in the sanctuary & listen in person. This is all I have. Why is this such a problem with Todd's sermons? I can think of a dozen of his sermons where this has happened.
I don't know about the above poster here, but I downloaded this sermon twice in the last 2 weeks AND I watched it here online & the same issue is at hand. 5 minutes of black screen.
I don't know who is doing the video recording at this church, but they need to be replaced with someone who is competent in what they are doing. I enjoy complete sermons.
Is Christ REALLY With You? Really? This is the 2nd time in several weeks that I have listened to this sermon. I have even recommended it to others. It's one of those sermons that when you listen to it again you hear something that you hadn't heard previously & I like that.
Todd starts off talking about Mary & Joseph traveling home from the annual feast, thinking that 12 year old Jesus is with them. Finding that He wasn't, they had to go searching for Him. That's just like regular people. Many, many people think they are saved & they aren't even close. It's too late when we are standing before Christ & He says "depart from me you workers of iniquity". But, it's still the facts.
Todd breaks off from that to talk about how people in the church see themselves in this world & that is applicable as well. Both topics go hand in hand.
People in general have a lot to learn about where they stand with Jesus & this sermon would go a LONG WAY into helping them come into reality.
Scripture references - Luke 2:44/3:23/12:49/13:1-18; Acts 7:24/16:22-30/27:9; Matthew 20:10-30; 2 Timothy 10-13; Hebrews 1:3
Surprising Sermon When I found this sermon I was expecting Henry to talk about the book of Philemon. He started out talking about it & then took the listener on an unexpected journey.
The best way I can describe it is that it was like being out on a nice sunny summer day in a convertible, just riding through the countryside, enjoying the beauty of God's world. That's what listening to this sermon was like for me.
Henry hit on many things, but kept it in the realm of grace, salvation, faith & the unending, enduring love of God. It worked, I don't know how, but it did & afterward I felt refreshed. That's Henry for you.
If you want to be refreshed, listen to this sermon.
There is an interesting story that Henry relates regarding a particular sheep named "Queenie". You'll like it & it is very applicable to true believers.
Outstanding Sermon! For anyone who wants to KNOW the difference between real belief and religion, listen to this sermon. If you want to know if you are in a real church or not, listen to this sermon. If you want to know if you are truly saved or not, listen to this sermon.
Henry Mahan, in his day, had a way with the Word of God. He was truly a mouthpiece for God. This is one of his best sermons. The best of the best. It will not disappoint if you are sincerely seeking.
He covers a wide range of scripture in this sermon & gives plenty of scripture for further study.
You just can't go wrong with Henry.
2 Types of Baptism I wasn't sure what to expect from this sermon. I didn't know how Todd was going to approach it. Based on the comment posted earlier this month I was curious to say the least.
Todd struggled with this sermon in short. He was all over scripture pointing out the "Blood & Water" passages. But, he never really could get a solid handle on how to approach the subject & he said the commentaries were of no real help.
To me, it would have been simple. We, as elect were covered by the blood of Christ at the point that he was pierced by the sword. The blood & water represent to me, the two types of baptism the elect have. It's not complicated.
The sermon was tough to listen to because of it being as disjointed as it was. When Todd has that much scripture in his sermon, things tend to get bogged down a bit.
I won't take the time to list the scripture references here, because I wanted room to explain my take on what I watched & listened to. I was hoping to take away something new & I didn't; which was disappointing. But, on the other hand, it reminded me of some things that I hadn't thought about in awhile.
Todd may be better served to fall back to researching Henry Mahan on things like this to see what he preached (if anything) on them.
2 Types of Circumcision I watched this sermon this morning & was impressed with the information that it contained.
The essence of this sermon was the fact that there are 2 types of circumcision. One for the flesh (Jewish - 8 day) and one for the spirit (salvation by Grace). The only one we, as elect need to be concerned about is the spiritual circumcision.
Too bad more preachers don't have the GUTS (or should I say BACKBONE) to preach the true word of God. Todd Nibert sets an example for others to follow.
Only With Regard To God I wasn't going to watch this sermon initially but, I read a comment on it that made me wonder a little. Todd explains that he wanted to look at all the places scripture where the word ONLY appears.
He starts off stating that he had FOUR points of ONLY in regard to:
1) Man (State of Man) - Genesis 6:5; Ecclesiastes 7:29; Psalm 62:4; John 5:44
2) God - John 6:38-40/17:3; Matthew 4:10/8:5/15:4; Galatians 1:6; 1 Timothy 6:15-16; Luke 5:23; Genesis 22:2
3) Do - Matthew 17:1-6; 2 Corinthians 11:3; Luke 8:49
4) Say - Psalm 4:8/51:4/62:2/71:16
Todd never really structures his points very well. He gets scattered & it's hard to follow sometimes. I would like a little more examination & less quoting. That's me though.
During the sermon he explains what Antinomianism is - "To think that Grace is an excuse to sin." He also mentions that Faith has absolutely nothing to do with what you think about yourself. He goes on to point out that in order to truly repent, one must take sides with God against themselves. I like that. I had never looked at it that way before.
NOTE: If you are trying to watch the video from SermonAudio there is a glitch at the 42:04 min mark where the video locks up. I had to download it in order to finish watching it.
Who Are You? Who Are You?
A very critical question for anyone who thinks they are saved. Better to know where you stand before the end of the day.
Todd starts by addressing 6 passages of scripture in order to answer who is a true Jew. They are 1) Hebrews 8:10, 2) John 1:47, 3) Romans 2:28, 4) Galatians 6:16, 5) Philippians 3:3-4, 6) John 19:19-20. He expounds on these passages throughout the sermon.
He also enumerates the 6 Laws of the House of Israel. They are 1) Law of Sin, 2) Law of Righteousness, 3) Law of Faith, 4) Law of Liberty, 5) Law of Love, 6) Law of Christ.
He also defines the difference between the Letter & Spirit of the Law. The Letter says to "keep it & be saved" & the Spirit says the "Law is Spiritual, but I am carnal". He explains the 7 differences between the Letter & Spirit (Letter/Spirit). They are 1) Work/Grace, 2) Do & live/Live & do, 3) Men are dead in sin & totally depraved/I am dead in sin & totally depraved, 4) Bible teaches something/Seeing necessity of scripture, 5) God elected a people/You need God to choose you, 6) Christ's death was successful/You need His successful death, 7) Salvation by Grace/Need Salvation & Grace. In the end he explains that the Letter killeth & the Spirit makes alive.
Interesting Sermon This sermon's title caught my eye & sounded interesting. I wasn't sure what to expect so I kept an open mind.
I had to listen to this sermon twice (back to back) in order to see the FIVE blessings listed. Just listening you don't catch it specifically because Pastor Nibert isn't literally numbering them. He is basically reading through the verses and mentioning them. So you have to be paying distinct attention to what he is saying in order to catch them.
The format of the sermon could have been structured a little more efficiently in order to showcase those FIVE blessings. But, the sermon still yielded necessary information.
The Five Blessings are 1-Sins Forgiven, 2-Knowing the Trinity, 3- Overcoming adversity, 4- Spiritual Strength, 5- The Word Abiding in you.
Included in verses 12-14 is "Knowing God", which Pastor Nibert points out as being mentioned 3 different times.
Scripture references - 1 John 2:12-14/1 John 4:4/1 John 5:4; John 10; Ephesians 4:32; 2 Corinthians 2:14; Psalm 106; Isaiah 43:22-25; Revelation 12:10
Answer To Question Basically, the answer is (according to my own understanding of scripture) that there are those who profess to know Christ and to do His will and don't live according to the Word of God, ie they don't believe. They pretend. We have them everywhere in life. You don't have to look very far when you step outside your own house. 99% of church's in this world are guilty of this.
When Jesus spoke to the Pharisees (John 8:44) and told them that they were of their father the devil, that scripture alone defines and answers your question. That is a clear example of those on the left/goats. The Pharisees were all about the show and tell, but they didn't believe. Jesus never knew them.
The only way you will ever clearly understand, I mean REALLY understand - is to pray for understanding. Your eyes are closed for a reason. God intends for you to seek Him for understanding. It can be explained all day long, but if you aren't meant to hear or understand, you won't and I don't care what anyone does to try and show you. Pray and ask for these things to be revealed and when they are - you will have an awakening that you have never experienced before - I promise you.
Being Taught By A Pastor I love Henry Mahan, that's no secret. And now that I am studying the Queen of Sheba and her symbolism to our search for Christ, I look to Henry to simplify things for me. And he does.
Pastors have to love the Lord in order to be used by Him in teaching His word. Henry makes it simple and easy to understand - IF your heart is open to receive it.
He actually does two sermons on this topic. Well worth the listen for those who want to understand the Word of God better and draw closer.
A Mouthpiece of God I am presently studying the Queen of Sheba in reference to our search for Christ. I was hoping Henry had preached this topic and he did.
Base scripture is 1 Kings 10 & cross referencing Matthew 12. Henry asks 13 HARD questions. They are: 1. Job 25:4 - How then can man be just with God? (Romans 3:23)
2. John 3:4 - How can a man be born when he's old? (John 1:12)
3. John 14:2-5 - How can we know the way? (John 14:6)
4. 1 Corinthians 15:35 - How are the dead raised up & what body do they come? (1 Corinthians 15:36)
5. Matthew 18:21 - How many times shall I forgive and show mercy?
6. Hebrews 2:3 - How shall we escape if we neglect this great salvation?
7. John 5:44 - How can you believe who seek honor from men?
8. Romans 10:14 - How shall they call on him in whom they've not believed?
9. 1 John 4:20 - How can I love God and hate my brother?
10. Jeremiah 2:23 - How can you say you're not polluted?
11. Luke 6:42 - How can you say to your brother, let me pull the mote out of your eye and considereth not the beam in his own eye?
12. Matthew 23 - How shall ye escape the damnation of hell?
13. Romans 8:32 - If God spared not His own son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also, freely give us all things?
Other scripture: Matthew 12:42, Isaiah 1:14
What Next Indeed This sermon is one of the best Pastor Mahan ever did. He really gets into the life of a true believer in this world and it was refreshing to hear it. It actually gave me hope.
This is not a funeral sermon per se. He isn't preaching a funeral here. He does mention that he did preach one, but what he is talking about here - is the life of a true believer in this world and how hard it is, how depressing it can be, how lonely, how tedious. But we have a reward waiting.
Every true believer should listen to this sermon.
Thank You Lord Jesus The Lord woke me this morning and laid on my heart to listen to this sermon yet again. When I reached this page and saw the date that this sermon was preached I smiled and thanked God. 40 years to the day and this sermon still resonates. It's a miracle of God.
I needed to hear this sermon again. I was reminded that I am God's workmanship, not of my own. Not of anyone else's.
Through the mouth of Henry Mahan does God speak. Thank you Lord Jesus for allowing me to hear your word.
I'm confused. Hammack resigned the ministry, SermonAudio's account is inactive. Then why - WHY does his sermons still show up under searches and in the list of their 25k pastors? You see him in the list, but can't listen to anything. WHY? I don't see the purpose here. If he is gone - then delete him off the site. Having his picture come up with a sermon title doesn't do any of us any good. All it does is confuse us. SermonAudio needs to clean up their library and get rid of the stuff that isn't applicable anymore.
A Cornucopia of Insights Yes, the sermon is about the Ascension. More or less. Henry expounds on various things regarding the ascension, but isn't really following a specific line of thinking. He says in the beginning of the sermon that he isn't sure about the topic. So he just goes with it and let's the Lord send His message. As well he should do.
The sad thing about this sermon is that it is cut off in the middle of something Henry is saying. Maybe it's important, we won't ever know. And that's sad when sermons are cut short like that. But at least we have this much of it.
You just can never go wrong with Henry. He is one of those rare, rare jewels that God placed on this earth and used as a messenger of His Holy word. I am so thankful that God allowed me to hear this man preach His word.
God Bless Henry Mahan.
Henry At His Best I am studying this particular passage of scripture right now and had forgotten that Henry had preached on it until I searched SermonAudio and it came up. I had listened to it before & commented that it had no Transcript, but today I was listening in regard to the passage specifically. And Henry didn't let me down.
How I wish that I could have had the privilege of sitting in his church & listening to him preach back in the day. A true regret that I have.
He points out the ugliness of self-righteousness and points directly to it. We are all guilty of it to some degree, but he goes beyond that and shows the difference between those of us who are tricked by it & those who live it as a way of life.
I am so glad that God has chosen to show me my sins. It's a hard thing to do - looking at the hideous monster in the mirror, but look I must because that is who I am - like it or not.
When it comes to real preaching and real preachers - you can NEVER go wrong with Henry. God bless him. I thank God that He used Henry to deliver His message - especially to me.
Excellently Done! Dr Masters has such humility when delivering the message of God.
Dr Masters is at his very best in this sermon. I have heard some very good sermons on this passage, but Dr Masters gets to the very heart of the matter, where most pastors are afraid to go.
He asks some very hard (& all too important) questions here for anyone who has the nerve to listen to this sermon. This sermon is not for the faint of heart. Not if you are trying to be brutally honest with yourself.
There is no way to point out any one particular aspect of this sermon, it has to be listened to (& taken in) as a whole.
The brutal & unvarnished truth resides here.