Who saves? I became a practising Christian after I got married. My husband had been to Sunday school consistently up until the age of 16 but I wouldn't say his family were practising Christians.
To begin with I tried to DO things to win my husband to Christ. However I came to realise that it was not my job to do the actually trying. My job as a Christian was to be a Christian and for God to use me if that was the way my husband was going to be saved. My husband's salvation was his own responsibility, not mine. I also think that by trying to do things to win him I might have been been getting in God's way. After all, even though I was a Christian I am still human and was probably trying to do things the human way.
One thing I read was the Christian has a love for another which the partner doesn't understand and can't see so they may be jealous without realising it.
My husband died after 18 years of marriage. I do not know if he was ever saved.
God helped me to endure a difficult marriage. And as a consequence my faith became stronger. There was a time that I considered giving up my Christianity thinking that it might make things easier, but I knew that I couldn't do that. Jesus was my rock and I clung to Him.
Catechism class - suitable for all ages Intro to series ends up on the last page. It is here: https://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=82417234298
I've just started listening to this children's Westminster Shorter Catechism class.
It is excellent. They are short, concise, and he explains the meaning of the "big words".
Even though it is for children the presentation is NOT childish in any way and is suitable for adults too.
Feeling anxious & uncertain? Please listen to this I found this to be very encouraging at this crazy time as we are experiencing at the moment with the corona virus.
This is an excellent teaching explaining/expanding on the following catechism statement:
What is God?
Answer: God is a Spirit, infinite, eternal, and unchangeable, in his being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness, and truth.
Excellent This teaching is excellent. I would strongly encourage you to at least listen to Part 1 (this one) & Part 2 (What is God? - this is great for this current time of uncertainty with Corona virus).
I've recently "discovered" catechisms & am amazed at how well they teach foundational Bible truths in a nutshell. Holly Dutton has produced a singing version (KJV) of the Westminster Shorter Catechism and I play this whilst driving. It has increased my understanding and has strengthened my faith.
If I had been taught a catechism when I was young I might have been better able to discern incorrect teaching when I was in a charismatic/mild word of faith/prosperity church for 10 years in the 1990s.
Catechisms are still man made (eg beliefs regarding baptism, election) but on the whole I have found that the majority of the Westminster Shorter Catechism to be doctinally sound. However the Baptist Catechism is more in line with what I believe. I especially like the additional one which Ps Jerry mentioned that is in the Baptist Catechism "What is the Word of God?" and him drawing attention to it being "the only".
As Ps Jerry stated, the first 22(?) statements can be very encouraging if you are feeling spiritually low. I'm finding myself singing them every now and then.
Learning Hebrew/Greek I fully agree with what James said regarding learning English (or your native language) grammar before learning Hebrew / Greek.
When I started learning Hebrew I ended up having to learn English grammar. Because I was learning online so there were no deadlines and I wasn't trying to keep up with a class it wasn't really and issue. However it was a bit frustrating because I wasn't expecting to have to do that.
And yes, it is worth while. I didn't end up learning much vocabulary, because I don't want to read it, however I have have a familiarity with both languages now so that when a pastor mentions somethings about that language I have a better understanding of what they are talking about and if needed I can always check it up.
Great sermon! This critique by Paul Flynn is well worth listening to especially if you have ever listened to Pirate Christian Radio aka Fighting for the Faith, from which I have learned a lot, especially about how to be discerning. It's important to realise that everyone is human and even teaching from excellent pastors needs to be checked against what God has said in the Bible.
Excellent Sermon! Thank you for this wonderful sermon. It confirms what I realised about 2 years ago. About 3 years ago I started questioning when/if I was saved (I'm now 62). I still don't know when I became saved but I know that I am saved and that is what matters.
It truly is a blessing to have the assurance of salvation regardless of how I feel or what is happening/not happening in my life. Feelings change continually but my salvation doesn't.
Jesus is the rock of my salvation.
I'm planning on listening to some more sermons from Rev Hall.
Great Sermon! Such a good sermon....a good reminder. Sometimes when I struggle with sins I confess, but do not have a contrite heart but know I am wrong. Not sure what the solution is but to pray for a contrite heart. I donâ€™t believe Iâ€™m to continue in sin until I feel contrite....I used to believe that. Now I confess right away and hope God moves in my heart. Itâ€™s a constant struggle as we seek Him. Our hearts are so fickle, so unfaithful....yet He is so faithful. That is my only hope, He can be depended on.
Great Sermon! Phenomenal exposition! As I battle within myself, the soldier part of me moving forward in the battle that is making good decisions, making plans that will benefit my family, sticking my neck out where it is uncomfortable-I panic. My soldier portion is brave and fearless....but then fear overtakes and overwhelms questioning my decision. Itâ€™s a scary place to be but every time I choose what is right, though uncomfortable, God brings fruit. Good fruit that tastes sooo good. I need to remember that. To stick my neck out and be brave. To trust these are good things for my family. Good things that break strongholds of staying stuck so long. Staying fruitless so long. We must run out onto the battlefield and not hide. We must run and we must be brave because God is doing amazing things!
Powerfull sermon saturated and delivered with deep humility. The sermons at Christ Church are so refreshing, Iâ€™ve heard so much prideful, haughty preaching where scripture is taught about â€śthose peopleâ€ť rather than looking into a mirror at ourselves. So much application for us today in this passage. Do we also, like Saul, falsely repent and think we are sacrifing? Do we do half-hearted obedience and are blinded to our blatant sin? Do we rejoice when judgment comes on others? Great teaching, Iâ€™ll have to listen again to this sermon again to learn even more.
Great Sermon! Powerful sermon and oh so true. I never understood Christians who did not believe in the devil and the evil spirituall forces working against them...when it it is right there in their bibles. Iâ€™ve lived this stuff my entire life, before and after being a Christian. I watched my mother sink deeper and deeper into white magic. Iâ€™ve seen my extended family members vehemently despise, hate, and come after me after I became a Christian. My brothers and I witnessed spiritual beings in the homes we lived in. This stuff is real, we have a powerful enemy. Iâ€™ve battled this my entire life and at times have become exhausted from
warfare. Some days itâ€™s easier to throw in the towel. But we have to find our strength in the Lord, He is our only hope and He fights the battle for us when we go to Him. Iâ€™m looking forward to the day when this is all over and is no more.
Great Sermon! Such a great message on the Faithfulness of God! Like looking at a diamond, Josh Keith shows us Godâ€™s Faithfulness from many different angles. In creation, provision, through His Word, through His promises, in forgiveness, salvation, sanctification, glorification, and in Jesus Christ the Faithful One! Love the applications at the end! Fantastic!!! What an encouraging message for Men, Women and Children alike!!
None of these sermons are easy, all of them are hard for me. I continually fail, I continually struggle with my flesh. I just want to cry. Yet, I keep getting drawn back to them because they have such depth, such truth, such spiritual reality. Itâ€™s much easier to live shallow...to go about our ways and be carefree. But these sermons just wonâ€™t let me. They wonâ€™t let me go...they continually â€śhauntâ€ť me. I was talking with a friend last week, she is a Pastorâ€™s wife, and we just finished one of these sermon lessons in their small group. She was saying how these teachings have turned her and her hisbamdâ€™s world upside down the last four years....we sat in our ignorance, not knowing better back then. But now we know and life is harder. But what is the alternative? Put a veil over our eyes once again? Surely no! If we were to do that then we wouldnâ€™t get to experience God more fully. Walk with Him in the pain of reality VS walk without Him. Makes me shudder to think that weâ€™d go back to our former view of Him.
Great Sermon! Interesting take away! What areas in our lives have we overcome sinâ€™s hurdles yet struggle with the same sin in another area as in Davidâ€™s selective humility. I suppose this should alert and alarm us to take a deeper look into ourselves to see WHY that area remains unsanctified. What is it in us that causes us to sin? For David, maybe the fact that Nabal was â€śbelowâ€ť him that his anger was fueled. Pride was his stumbling block. We do need to depend on God in the everyday mundane life. Nabal was no match for David yet David was so quick to take retaliation. So important to leave judgment, punishment or discipline in the hands of God. Itâ€™s not our job to do so. He is God, we are not. He will handle all things, we can rest and trust Him to do so. What freedom we have to rest.
Very heavy and very meaty. The reasons why people refuse to believe was insightful. Do we really want the love of God given to us for no reason inside of us? He loved us for no good reason that we could take the credit for, He loved us in our filth. Do we really want a conquering love, a possessing love, a ruling love? Personally, I do because then I know He will make me complete. I do not possess the will power or the strength to follow what He has called me to do. Iâ€™m bankrupt. I.need.Him. He is going to have to accomplish in me what I cannot do. He is altogether lovely, He is all together worthy, He is our King, He is so beautiful. How can we not want to explore and learn and follow all there is to know about Him? He started this, we didnâ€™t. We need to understand that truth in order to know where to obtain the fuel that continually ignites our faith and shines the light in our path. It alll flows from Him. We can rest and lean into that. We can find our security in Him.
Great Sermon! This sermon completely destroyed me, brought me to my knees in tears, made me weep. Oh, to walk in His love and lean on Him daily. I so badly want that. I donâ€™t think Iâ€™ve ever seen a picture of Godâ€™s love like this.