Great Sermon! Wow! Loving the Lord is easy. Following his commands is not usually difficult (10 commandments, Sermon on the Mount). But aging (those over 60) will bring on the breakdown of the human body, gradually. Now we get to face cancer, dementia, fat, arthitis, loss of hair, and so much more fun stuff to look forward to. Greg Barkman reads what the Bible says and then gives example after example (from the Bible as well as from today's life) on how to face these trials, what our attitude should be, and our priorities in life. I believe we always but always go first to the Lord with our struggles and lay it down at his throne. I thoroughly enjoyed the sermon and I will listen to it again. Thank you for your time and study Greg.
Awesome Sermon! Somewhat accidentally, I saw the live webcast of this sermon. It is one of the best sermons I have ever heard with respect to getting guidance on an important issue for which the Bible may not give an explicit answer. In the sermon, Pastor Barkman considers whether it is necessary for a Christian to be, formally, a member of a local church, as well as closely related issues (such as church discipline). To answer these questions, he read to the congregation a number of scattered passages from various places in the NT (at least three books of the NT, maybe more, were cited). Then he made very sound and unassailable inferences from the collection of these somewhat incidental passages to get to the ultimate answer to the question of whether formal, local church membership is necessary for the Christian. In addition to getting a welcomed education on this particular issue, I also learned that knowing the Bible thoroughly, thoroughly, thoroughly is essential to understanding what we're supposed to do. Just reading little bits here and there, superficially, isn't going to give sufficient understanding for some important matters. Awesome sermon!
Excellent ! Must hear sermon! An excellent sermon thank you Pastor Gregory, which says it all, both to the genuine Christian and to the unsaved.
Only in God is my soul at rest, in Him comes my salvation. To God be the glory, today, tomorrow and forever and ever, amen!!!
Great Sermon! This is an excellent sermon Pastor Barkman! I especially looked up this topic as I need to send these doctrinal truths well expounded to our son and daughter. Our son is presently in a 'church' that is under the teaching of 'New Covenant atonement' which is a heresy that we recently found out is being propagated here in Ontario! We thank the Lord for your faithful ministry as we listen to your live sermons each Sunday!
Blessings to you, your wife and your congregation,
Deborah and Roly Tremblay
Great Sermon! I have to say how much I have enjoyed this sermon and what a great blessing your sermons have been to me !! I have listened to many of yours and was greatly helped by the series on James !!! Especially the sermon titled -swallowing life's bitter pills . Thank you and God bless you !!
Great Sermon! This is a most excellent sermon on trials because it is so well-rounded and covers everything one will go through as a Christian in this life. It leaves you with great comfort in the end.
Great Sermon! Other Scripture was compared to this passage, using Scripture to shed light on this subject. Reference to the original language was helpful by explaining the tense of the verbs. He brought out the times (history) when this was written, and his interpretation of the passage was well corroborated by supportive Scripture, and elaboration.
Great Sermon! A good exposition on a very difficult subject. I recall one comment from a devotional I once received It said; "When God says 'I hate divorce' (Mal 2:16), He says so, not with the furious pointed finger of a judge, but with the broken-heartedness of one who has experienced the devastation of betrayal at the hands of his beloved." Please deal very Graciously with those involved. Betrayal at this level is so difficult to come to terms with, let alone recover from.