Blessed Sermon! I have read and re-read Philemon; I've listened to many sermons on it: but never before has the Spirit of God begun to speak into my soul as Harry A. Ironside began to read it prior to the Sermon. Immediately I knew the comparison of Paul's love and grace towards Onesimus and our LORD's love and grace towards me. (Charge that to my account) rang in my soul. Oh, what blessed hope we have! What joy to know that Christ Jesus truly stands in our place, He was condemned in order that I might be delivered. Brought from darkness into His glorious light. The joy of Dr Ironside saying that Philemon would choose to put a once wicked servant into the room where Paul would usually be given. I'm reminded of John 14:3b "...that where I am, there ye may be also." Thanks for sharing it with all who will listen. May they be blessed even as I have been.
Very encouraging It is good to be reminded that our nation has been in a deplorable spiritual state in earlier times, even as it is now. Please Lord, move again in the hearts of your people so that we will humble ourselves and pray - for repentance and awakening in our own hearts, our churches, our nation and the world.
Great Sermon! I never tire of reading and hearing about real revival...not a man made presentation with a choir, worship band, power points, and a group of ministers who have to use crowd psychology, and charisma to psychologically convince people to come to the altar. Imagine what would happen if we all took this to heart, instead of just saying Great Sermon! Does not the Lamb who was slain deserve the full reward of his suffering? If 4-10 prayer intercessors from each county could commit to this prayer twice a week...to pray until God came down, imagine what would happen? We wouldn't need to hand out tracts, knock on doors, have the goats fill out questionnaires to find ways to bribe them into church. They would be rushing the church as if their lives depend on it, as it in fact does. Let's all try to do whatever we can do to pray for God to step down. It is one thing that we can all do, my brothers and sisters.
Great Sermon! I appreciate Pastor Martin always rightly dividing God's word. All have their backs toward God, our sin nature and love of darkness is why this is so. The prideful sin of 'free will' keeps most from seeing this truth, as does the prideful sin of legalism. Most do not have the gospel right, which is the building block for right understanding. The gospel comes in power, BUT ONLY if it is preached correctly as it is written, the 'gospel of grace' and NOT of the accursed 'free will'. Praise God there is a remnant who understand this....
Powerful sermon I found it refreshing there was no mention of God 'loving' these penitent sinners, no mention of repeating a 'sinner's prayer', or making a decision. Here's what happened when God moves through Spirit-empowered preaching of God's truth-'So we went down the passage and she gently opened the door and there is the farmer on his knees and again he kept repeating, â€śGod, can you have mercy on me? Can you have mercy on me? I seem to feel that hell is too good for me.â€ť .... When I went into the pulpit I found a young woman, a graduate of Aberdeen University who was at the dance and now she is lying on the floor of the pulpit crying, â€śIs there mercy for me? Is there mercy for me? Is there mercy for me?â€ť...brokenness and cries for mercy are the TRUE SIGNS that God is moving, He is working to save sinners. This is an amazing message that makes today's 'evangelists' and 'preachers' look like pansies, using carnal means to 'save', passing out 'tracts' instead of compelling sinners by mouth, and leaving God completely out of the equation by putting the means of being 'saved' upon the sinner's 'free will'. America is a dry and barren land indeed, many self-appointed preachers and evangelists will answer for their carnal ways and fleshly method of preaching!