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Sermon in a Sentence

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Two Sundays ago, I had the privilege of hearing Pastor Toby Beck of Evergreen Bible Church preach on Matthew 19:13-15. Here is my summary of his sermon in the space of one sentence: Children are valuable in God’s sight, which should motivate parents and others to gladly help them know God and glorify Him.

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Well-Driven Nails

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The words of wise men are like goads, and masters of these collections are like well-driven nails; they are given by one Shepherd. (Ecclesiastes 12:11)

God used Ecclesiastes 11:3 to bring Him to salvation. Unusual, but true. Here’s a video of R.C. himself explaining it.

What’s going on with natural disasters? Eric Davis from Cripplegate provides a biblical answer. You can read it here. He calls the article “Nothing Out of the Ordinary” and he’s absolutely right.

Worshiping a golden calf on Sunday morning is a surprisingly easy thing to do. Read about it here. Something to think and pray about.

How should the church win souls? Burk Parsons, co-pastor of St. Andrews Chapel in Sanford, Florida, says we don’t have to look very far for the answer. God has given us the ordinary means for winning souls in His Word. You can read the article here.

Here’s a good question: “They serve gay clients, so why won’t they cater a same-sex wedding?” The answers are just as good in Josh Shepherd’s article by the same title in The Federalist. you can read it here.

 

Signing the Statement

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Having read the Nashville Statement carefully and with prayer, I gladly signed it. The statement represents the biblical teaching on human sexuality which the Christian church as held for two thousand years. In other words, there’s nothing new in it. It’s a reminder of God’s Law and a proclamation of His gospel.

Human identity and sexuality is widely misunderstood in our day. Homosexuality, same-sex marriage, and transgenderism are only the start – there’s more to come. Because of that, a number of Christian scholars and leaders met in Nashville, Tennessee to write a statement that clearly presented the Christian position.

The need for a statement like this became apparent immediately as reactions began to roll in. The statement was panned, and even vilified, by many on the Left (and even some who consider themselves evangelical Christians), and praised by many on the Right. As the church, we need to think clearly on these issues, and the Nashville Statement is a good step in the right direction.

I use you to read the Nashville Statement here.

I would also suggest that you read a piece by Rosaria Butterfield on why she signed the Statement. You can read it here.

Sermon in a Sentence

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This morning I had the privilege of preaching my final sermon as Pastor of Cross Creek Bible Church on Romans 1:16-17. Here is a summary of my sermon in one sentence: We are not ashamed of the gospel – believe it, preach it, and live out it’s consequences for God’s glory and our good!

Dignity and Depravity

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The horrific flooding in Houston as a result of Hurricane Harvey has put a basic biblical doctrine – anthropology – on full display. (Anthropology is the doctrine of man.)

What the Bible teaches about man is built on two pillars of truth: the dignity of man and the depravity of man.

Man (speaking in the generic sense of all human beings) is created by God in His image and likeness. Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. (Gen. 1:26-27) As humans, we’re like God and similar to Him in some ways, but not in all ways. As a result, every single human being has dignity, value, and worth. We have the ability (though not perfectly) to reflect God’s character and attributes. We’ve seen a lot of that in Houston over the last few days. People have rushed in to offer whatever help they can give, sent donations to organizations that provide relief, and many have made heroic attempts to save and help anyone in need. The dignity of man is on display.

Man, although created in the image and likeness of God, is also sinful and fallen. The effects of Adam and Eve’s sin have been passed own to all of us like a virus, but they’re not completely to blame – you and I ratify the decision they made every day. The result is stated clearly in Romans 3:23: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. All human beings are sinful in every part of our being – mind, will, affections, body. In other words, we’re totally depraved. We’re sinners, therefore we sin. The depravity of man has also been on display in Houston. We’ve seen it in price-gouging, looting, scams that take advantage of people’s generosity, and even in despicable comments made on social media wishing death on those with different political views.

We human beings are what has been called a “beautiful tragedy.” Because of God’s doing, we have incredible dignity, and because of our doing we have thorough depravity. The only hope we have for restoration is that which comes through God’s grace by means of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

While we see man’s dignity and depravity, we also see God’s power and grace. We’re praying for you, Houston!

 

Sermon in a Sentence

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I had the privilege this morning of preaching on 2 Timothy 3:1 through 4:5. Here is a summary of my sermon in one sentence: Because we live in perilous times, we need to have a realistic view of mankind, not despair, continue in what we’ve learned, and preach the Word!

Well-Driven Nails

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“The words of wise men are like goads, and masters of these collections are like well-driven nails; they are given by one Shepherd.” (Ecclesiates 12:11)

The police need to step up. So says David French in National Review. I completely agree with him. For some reason (and I have a theory about that), police have stood down while protests become violent with regard to person and property. The violent riots and protests that happened after President Trump was elected haven’t stopped – they’re getting worse – and local police are simply watching it happen. This is very bad for our society. You can read French’s article here.

“Your Child’s Best Education is Outside the Classroom” is a series of suggestions made by Gary DeMar on learning and being a life-long learner. Even though this applies mostly to kids, adults would do well to adopt some of these practices, too. We need to love God with all of our minds! You can read the article here.

Are you preaching a Bible study or a sermon? Tim Challies gives those who preach something to think about. You can read it here.

Although there has been a lot of talk in the past ten-to-fifteen years about focusing our missionary activities on “the city,” we can’t forget the need for rural ministry – it’s just as important. You can read Kyle Borg’s article here.

Someone stole a truck carrying 20 tons of chocolate, including a lot of Nutella, in Germany. Here’s the story. I hope they didn’t eat it all at once.