Great Sermon! Excellent message! I will be listening to this one again and again. I love the doctrine of God's providence, because I for one don't want to believe I have control over my own life, the sinful being that I am, how much better to trust and be led by the perfect God.
Regretfully Thanks, Nete. With due respect to those thinking otherwise, and offering my apologies to Mr Ipema for using this comment section to communicate, definitively, it seems lamentable to observe the persistent adherence to RC terms as 'eucharist' and 'sacrament' in some Reformed circles. Often such terms are explained and justified paroding the Reformed confessions of faith as the ultimatum, and a sort of mysticism defined as the spiritual presence of Christ in the elements is thought to occur in the act of rememberance Christ ordained the night he was betrayed. There is nothing 'mysterious' about the Lord's table. This concept traces back to RC theology by the veneration/worship of the host as God after the 'mystery' of transubstantiation. The measure of spiritual blessing experienced at the Lord's table comes determined by far by the state or close fellowship, obedience and consecration of the blood-bought saints gathered to partake at that particular moment. Sorry Mr.Ipema if you defer in some measure from this. Kind regards.
Great Sermon! Thank you so much B. McCausland. I really appreciate your response and your comments on other issues.
I felt that it was not appropriate to use when participating in the Lord's Supper; the Communion Table.
There is absolutely too much Romanism in the Christian church. When will we learn to search the scripture?
Answering to Nete The word sacrament comes from the Latin word sacramentum meaning ‚Äėsolemn oath/utterance', (from sacrare ‚Äėto hallow‚Äô, and mentum, meaning literally ‚Äėchin') and it traces back to the military oath Roman soldiers pronounced in the presence of the gods binding them mistically and solemnly to the emperor. After the empire fell the church began to use this word in Christian Latin as a translation for the Greek word mustńďrion ‚Äėmystery‚Äô.
It is a misconception to use this word for the biblical ordinances as the historical connotation of the word is rooted in the 'holy mystery' of the RC eucharist refering to the consecration of the host in the mass. Later in Reformation days it modified from the RC sense to being understood as the "outward and visible sign of inward and spiritual grace in the eucharist".
Excellent Sermon! Paul,
Great work in the exegesis and application of this great letter to the gospel. The 'Gospel in Street Clothes' is super description for the application of what is happening in this text. Thanks.
Great Sermon! I am listening to most of the sermons on Matthew 5:3 and am now at the bottom of the 2nd of 8 pages with your sermon. I found it to be among the most useful thus far. I plan to download it so that I might listen to it again.
All the questions you asked were useful to me. Also, that you approached the verse from several angles, providing the listener with more information to contemplate regarding practical application. Thank you.
Nice Handling of the Subject Paul, You did a great job at helping all of us avoid some burdensome moralistic approach to self-control, and helped us to see self-control as fruit that flows out of our new living relationship with Christ and his Spirit.
Great Sermon! Your sermon was everything I needed. Your message is an great inspiration for my marriage. I haven't been the best husband but I will keep trying so that I do not hurt my wife. Thank you.
Great Sermon! What happens when too much grace kills a congregation? If a pastor ultimately okays every divorce and remarriage that comes down the pike, eventually there will be nothing left to call a church. Stick a real estate sign in the front lawn and call it done. Thank you Pastor Ipema.