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The video of Paul Washer I have down there is only an excerpt from a sermon he gave which can be streamed from a link given on this page, the excerpt is taken from about the 45 minute mark from the whole sermon, if you have time listen to the whole thing. Although many if not all his sermons are basically the same thing, I would be quick to stop someone from saying he is a “resounding gong,” he brings in the love of the Father and the glory that is received through true believers worshiping God, and reminds me of the cross and my life carrying it
Finding Reliable Men: Well Thought of by Outsiders
I love it when Pastor’s and Theologians from every which way come and share their insight on the same topic/question, here we have Thabiti Anyabwile, John Frame, Michael Horton, David Jackman, Jonathan Leeman, Aaron Menikoff, Philip Ryken, Tony Payne, and Stephen Um answering the question: “Does Scripture call the local church to the work of cultural transformation? For example, is a failing school system the responsibility of the local church?“
When I was reading “Explaining the Gospel to a Child,” I was just reminded of, either in a pastor’s sermon heard or article I read, how one cannot possibly think of becoming a pastor or be in any leadership position if they cannot explain the gospel to a child (not saying all leaders should first become youth leaders). I find that so true and so encompassing of many other aspects of Christianity, and I dare say that if one cannot explain the Gospel to a child I would question their salvation. How can someone say they believe in something they do not know? I feel that explaining the gospel to a child we must bring the most stripped down bare essential message to that child for him to understand. I can take the child out of the equation and it would still be the same, could one explain the gospel? While evangelizing I get to see people admitting that they know the gospel, but then saying that they cannot explain it. They say they have faith, they say they are Christians, but I have to ask what saves that person, his “faith?” We were all once children in understanding with hard hearts and dead to our sins, what saved us, who gave us understanding? We were dead, lost, blind; dead people can’t understand anything, lost people don’t know where they are going, blind people don’t see their next step; these seem obvious in a worldly sense but if we apply it to us and our relationship to the God somehow we are allowed we can blur the lines. “Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.” (Romans 10:17) If the gospel cannot be explained to a “child” I fear for the future. “always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you” (1 Peter 3:15)
We were incensed, and rightfully so, when a major denomination ordained a practicing homosexual as a bishop. Why do we not also mourn over our selfishness, out critical spirit, out impatience, and out anger? It’s easy to let ourselves off the hook by saying, these sins are not as bad as the flagrant ones of society. But God has not given us the authority to establish values for different sins. Instead, He says through James, “Whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for [is guilty of] all of it” (2:10). That Scripture is difficult for us to understand because we think in terms of individual laws and their respective penalties. But God’s law is seamless. The Bible speaks not of God’s laws, as if many of them, but of God’s law as a single whole. When a person commits murder, he breaks God’s law. When a Christian lets corrupting speech (that is, speech which tends to tear down another person) come out of his mouth (see Ephesians 4:29), he breaks God’s law.
– Jerry Bridges, Respectable Sins, 20
I just found this interesting on Reformation Theology, although I personally won’t take the “class.” Here is the introduction:
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For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
What do you think about when words like “living” and “active” are used as a description? Now how do you describe the words of God?