Friday, November 24, 2017

Evangelism

There is much confusion in the church about evangelism. I found the below quote succinct and refreshing in a day of popular and confusing views.

"Evangelism is not a making of proselytes; it is not persuading people to make a decision; it is not proving that God exists, or making a good case for the truth of Christianity; it is not inviting someone to a meeting; it is not exposing the contemporary dilemma, or arousing interest in Christianity; it is not wearing a badge saying “Jesus Saves”! Some of these things are right and good in their place, but none of them should be confused with evangelism. To evangelize is to declare on the authority of God what he has done to save sinners, to warn men of their lost condition, to direct them to repent, and to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ".  -  (John Cheesman, et.al., The Grace of God in the Gospel (Edinburgh: Banner of Truth, 1972, 119. From: Dever, Mark. Nine Marks of a Healthy Church (3rd Edition) (9Marks) (p. 136). Crossway. Kindle Edition.)


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

"The Need for Reformation in Evangelical Ecclesiology."

2017 G3 Conference — Session 11 — Voddie Baucham

"There are those who are called to lead in the church and those who are to follow. Egalitarianism, reactions to abuse and so on have lead us to a place where we recoil at any assertion of leadership.... The text says, obey your leaders and submit to them. Folks I don't write the mail I just deliver it. You don't have to like that, but you cannot argue with it. The bible makes it clear that there exist within the church spiritual leadership. Even within the context of that leadership, we always see that referred to in the plural... you see leadership here it is in the plural....the idea is that the church is lead by a group of men and yes I did say men". - Voddie Baucham




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Friday, March 3, 2017

The Importance of the Local Church - Paul Washer

2017 G3 Conference Session  6

"Young people this is a command, 'Hebrews 10:24-25 - 24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works,  25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.' This is not talking about getting together in a coffee shop. It's talking about getting together in a true local church with true biblical leadership. This text is proof positive that if we are not committed to a local congregation of believers we are not walking in the will of God!" - Paul Washer


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Friday, December 30, 2016

Professor or Possessor?




 
 
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Daily Devotional December 30, 2016

Do you not know that the end will be bitter?
2 Samuel 2:26
Reader, if you are merely a professor and not a possessor of the faith that is in Christ Jesus, the following lines are a true sketch of your end.
You are a respectable attender at a place of worship; you go because others go, not because your heart is right with God. This is your beginning. I will suppose that for the next twenty or thirty years you will be spared to continue in this way, professing religion by an outward attendance upon the means of grace, but having no heart in the matter. Tread softly, for I must show you the deathbed of someone just like you. Let us gaze upon him gently. A clammy sweat is on his brow, and he wakes up crying, "O God, it is hard to die. Did you send for my pastor?" "Yes, he is coming." The pastor comes. "Sir, I fear that I am dying!" "Have you any hope?" "I cannot say that I have. I fear to stand before my God. Oh, pray for me." The prayer is offered for him with sincere earnestness, and the way of salvation is for the ten-thousandth time put before him, but before he has grasped the rope, I see him sink.
I may put my finger upon those cold eyelids, for they will never see anything here again. But where is the man, and where are the man's true eyes? It is written, "In Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes."1 Why did he not lift up his eyes before? Because he was so accustomed to hearing the Gospel that his soul slept under it. If you should lift up your eyes in hell, how bitter will be your wailings. Let the Savior's own words reveal the woe: "Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the end of his finger in water, and cool my tongue, for I am in anguish in this flame."2 There is a frightful meaning in those words. May you never have to spell it out by the red light of God's wrath!

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Devotional material is taken from “Morning and Evening,” written by C.H. Spurgeon, revised and updated by Alistair Begg. Copyright © 2003, Good News Publishers and used by Truth For Life with written permission.