Convicting message Thank you, Grace Community Church, for making available this and other messages of this dear Brother. "We have no backup plan to Christ." Let this message shatter the shallowness in our hearts and root us in the depth of the love of the glory of Christ. I intend to share this message with those who are familiar with Christian language but need to examine where they stand with Christ Himself.
Great Sermon but a slight correction. Around timemark 15:03, you say that the book of Romans (I assume) as a whole (and I assume you mean in Rom 7) is to teach us how men are justified before God. While that may be true in some respects, As I read Romans, I don't think it is entirely accurate. Rom 7 is not addressing the issue of justification, that is, our standing in right relationship with God, but it is discussing the results of justification, that is, the enduement of power in the Spirit over sin. Paul here has already discussed divine grace as justifying, and now passes into the aspect of grace as empowering. Having explained the objective aspect of grace primarily on God's part to justify the sinner, now he discusses in Rom 7 the subjective or experiential aspect of grace providing power over sin; that is the whole essence of the Gospel - salvation from and over sin - and to suggest that justification is part and parcel of the message of Romans, as important as that may be, is to somehow miss the mark of all that Paul is actually teaching in Romans: for the Gospel is the "power of God for salvation" (1:16), to which the apostle inexorably leads us. The Gospel is divine power in grace:
- over guilt (1-5)
- over sin (6-8)
- for all (9-11)
- for service (12-14)
- in community (15-16)
Prob Best Sermon on Prodigal Son Ever! Every once in a while you hear a sermon and can tell, even while it's being preached, "Wow, there's something remarkable about this message that puts it in a class by itself!" This sermon by MacArthur is one such message (though it doesn't begin to feel that way until about 30 minutes in). It's carefully argued, exegetically rigorous, theologically profound, packed with ancient cultural details, engages the imagination, and most importantly, moves to worship. Really deserves to be at the top of the list!
Great Sermon! Great sermon! First time i saw Torben something inside me did not feel right, but at first i thought it may just be my own heart since he said something my flesh did not like. But after i've watched some of his teachings and paid attention to what he says. i've come to realize that he adds to the Gospel! The Gospel according to him is "Repetance, baptism in water and then reciving the Holy Ghost", something he repeats over and over again, and emphazises. Sometimes he mention the cross and christ, but just as a side note. The focus is on repantance and baptism then reciving of the spirit. Many times he do not even mention faith and the cross. He always say that baptism is part of the "full gospel". as he many times say "That is the full gospel".
Baptism is not a response and something you do because you have been forgiven but something that is necessarily in order to be saved, according to Torben. It ends up being a workbased salvation and with that many other things come and false teachings come creeping.
Something about it remindes me of Catholicism and he uses the waterbaptism as something magical for doing excorism too.
It may sound right but the deception is can be very subtle. My brother is caught up in this movement and he have began to focus very much on his own w
Great Sermon! Spot on. Self-Claimed Christians are not truly saved, because they don't live with Christ and in God. They still live with their worldly desires and depend on their might and means. Truly saved Christians don't even try hard to live like Christ. Their pure and whole dependence on God (obedience) gets lead by the Holy Spirit and become Christ-like. That is the ultimate goal/fruit of their faith. For this purpose, the truly saved Christians read, study, and practise the Bible teaching. They do their best to keep God's commands. They don't waste time with the unsavable. The verse ''judge not, so that you will not be judged'', really means God is in control, so that believers don't need to concern others who are not following Christ way. God judges them and deal with them according to their misgivings. Instead, Christ is saying we must focus on ourselves to train, discipline ourselves, and solidify our faith in Christ. The truly saved Christians should not waste all the god given resources on dogs and pigs. There are plenty of them in churches and the Christian community. We have to cultivate discernment based on sound knowledge and godly wisdom.