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How to Listen to A Sermon October 7, 2012.

Gwhitefield

George Whitefield was an English Anglican preacher who helped spread the Great Awakening in Britain, and especially in the British North American colonies. In 1771 he offered these keys for getting the most out of what the preacher has to say:

  • Come to hear them, not out of curiosity, but from a sincere desire to know and do your duty
  • Give diligent heed to the things that are spoken from the Word of God
  • Do not entertain even the least prejudice against the minister
  • Be careful not to depend too much on a preacher, or think more highly of him than you ought to think
  • Make particular application to your own hearts of everything that is delivered
  • Pray to the Lord, before, during, and after every sermon

Dramatized ESV New Testament Audio Bible: Free at Amazon October 4, 2012.

I don’t know how long it will last, but the MP3 version of a dramatized ESV New Testament, produced by Faith Comes by Hearing, is currently available for free at Amazon.

Running time is around 19 hours.


Web Excursions: (September 17th, 2012) September 17, 2012.

Covenant Theology is Not Replacement Theology – Excellent explanation of the differences between covenant theology and dispensationalism. "Second, with respect to salvation, Reformed covenant theology does not juxtapose Israel and the church. For Reformed theology, the church has always been the Israel of God and the Israel of God has always been the church."

Fundamentalism Vs. Reformed Theology – Monergism: "Over time the original reasons for uniting began to fall apart and the differences between the Reformed and fundamentalists began to show. The following are significant differences that we can see today between modern Fundamentalists and those with a Reformed heritage."

What Are the Key Differences Between Eastern Orthodoxy and Biblical Christianity? – TeachingTheWord Ministries – "The operative word describing salvation in Eastern Orthodox theology is theosis – "becoming God". This term describes an alleged progressive transformation of the individual into full likeness to God, in both soul and body, through a cooperative effort involving faith and good works. Like Roman Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy denies the distinction between justification (God's unilateral act in declaring a sinner righteous based on faith in the merits of Christ alone – Romans 5) and sanctification (the indwelling Spirit of God conforming the regenerated individual more and more to the image of Christ, a work consummated in the believer's glorification – Romans 8). In fact, Eastern Orthodoxy's false doctrine of theosis additionally conflates regeneration with justification and sanctification."


Web Excursions: September 7th, 2012 September 7, 2012.

Where’d All These New Calvinists Come From? – In 2007, with the resurgence of evangelical Calvinism, Mark Dever did a series of 10 blog posts that combined his historical gifting with his insider look at the roots (under God) of what has been happening and why.

How to Witness to Mormons – Once Mormons realize Mormonism is false they typically move into atheism because it is almost impossible for them to disassociate their knowledge of God, the Bible and Jesus from their Mormon worldview. They are so wounded from having been lied to that they hesitate to trust any religious consideration afterward and default into heavy skepticism. Also, destroying the historical foundations of Mormonism isn't preaching the gospel. The message we are called to preach is the same message for all people whether they are Mormon or not: we are called to preach Christ crucified, the only salvation for sinners. Apologetics are certainly useful in destroying people’s confidence in Mormonism as a valid historical religion, but the most important thing is that Mormons come to place their confidence in Jesus Christ as the only sufficient Savior from their sins. Often, these two goals conflict with each other.

Pilgrims in a Post-Christian Culture – Voddie Baucham: For Christian, there is the constant tension between the call of the Celestial City and his love for friends and family who have not "seen their danger as he saw his." And he, like all pilgrims, must recognize that leaving the path is not only unthinkable from the standpoint of his calling, but also catastrophic for those whom he desperately yearns to join him. The only way to commend the path to others is to stay on it. This post-Christian culture would have us believe that the only way to bear witness to Christ effectively is to "contextualize" in a way that essentially leaves the path. We must walk like, talk like, dress like, live like, and love like the world in order to win the world. However, the opposite is actually true. It is, in fact, the straight and narrow path to the Celestial City that conforms us to the image of Christ. The path is where we learn the very truth to which we bear witness. And our desire is to have others join us on the path, not distract us from it.


Web Excursions: September 7th, 2012 September 7, 2012.

Why the HCSB? – "The HCSB is a formal equivalence translation (word-for-word) which is very important when studying God’s Word. BUT it employs a dynamic equivalence (meaning-for-meaning) approach when the formal translation is too stilted for English understanding. It does this very sparingly but effectively in my experience with the translation."

A Critical Evaluation of Paedobaptism – "Consider the following to be a resource for seminary and Bible students who want a quick, clear, and accessible summary of the leading reasons why Reformed Baptists (and all biblical Christians) ought not to embrace the doctrine of infant baptism."

Ligonier asked: "What is the real scandal of the evangelical mind?" – Lack of historic orthodoxy. The evangelical world seems obsessed with "engaging culture" even as the average Christian's knowledge of the basics of the faith diminishes. You can go to heaven without being able to offer a Christian appreciation of film, art, or music; one cannot go to heaven without knowing who Jesus Christ is and what He has done.


Web Excursions: September 1st, 2012 September 1, 2012.

12 reasons why public worship is better than private worship – David Murray: "If you had the choice between private Bible reading and prayer, or going to church, which would you choose? The Puritans would choose church."

Catechism For Young Children Study Guide – "The Catechism for Young Children has been divided into fifteen sections. For each of them, lessons corresponding to the questions and answers in the catechism have been prepared and can be found by following the links provided. You will find teaching notes, student pamphlets and other materials to help you teach the lessons."

5 Reasons Why We Should Still Read The Book of Leviticus Today – The enemies of Truth call it a book full of contradictions and hypocritical living. But, what sense does Christ being crucified on the cross make without knowing how the sacrificial system works?


Web Excursions: August 25th, 2012 August 25, 2012.

3 Characteristics of Plain Preaching – 1. Plain preaching addresses the mind with clarity. It addresses man as a rational creature. 2. Plain preaching confronts the conscience pointedly. Work hard on the consciences of sinners. 3. Plain preaching woos the heart passionately. It it affectionate, zealous, and optimistic. Do not just reason with the mind and confront the conscience; appeal to the heart.

Catechetical Evangelism – Joel Beeke: "At various levels in the church as well as in the homes of their parishioners, Puritan ministers taught rising generations from both the Bible and their catechisms. Their goals were to explain the fundamental teachings of the Bible, to help young people commit the Bible to memory, to make sermons and the sacraments more understandable, to prepare covenant children for confession of faith, to teach them how to defend their faith against error, and to help parents teach their own children."

ARBCA Summer 2012 Update – The 2012 Summer Update from ARBCA is out. Highlights: Profile of Abraham Marshall, a church planter and baptist pioneer; Missionary zeal and doctrinal fidelity; Special updates from mission work in Canada.

Why Moralism Is Not the Gospel – Albert Mohler: "One of the most seductive false gospels is moralism. This false gospel can take many forms and can emerge from any number of political and cultural impulses. Nevertheless, the basic structure of moralism comes down to this — the belief that the Gospel can be reduced to improvements in behavior. Sadly, this false gospel is particularly attractive to those who believe themselves to be evangelicals motivated by a biblical impulse."


Web Excursions: August 23rd, 2012 August 23, 2012.

Why I Am A Reformed Baptist – Dr. James White explains why he is a Reformed Baptist by conviction in this audio sermon from 1998.

The Acts of the Holy Spirit – A neat infographic from The Good Book Company offering a timeline of Acts and the epistles.

The Threefold Use of the Law – Ligonier has a quick, helpful look, at the threefold use of the law.


Web Excursions: August 20th, 2012 August 20, 2012.

New Modern Reformation Video on Islam – "Curious about Islam? Want to dig a little deeper after reading Michael Horton’s article in the July/August issue of Modern Reformation? This is the first of three video conversations that Dr. Horton recorded to help us understand the differences between Islam and Christianity."

Five Features of Preaching in the Book of Acts – "In his book on Acts, Alan Thompson notes five characteristics of apostolic evangelistic preaching (90-99). These five features serve as good models for all types of preaching, both then and now."

The Essential: Faith – "Unlike some terms such as Trinity and theology, the Bible itself provides a clear and concise definition of faith. Hebrews 11:1 says, 'Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.' In other words, faith is a staking of our hearts and minds on a reality that is beyond us, both in time and comprehension. It is ahead of us ('hoped for') and above us ('not seen')."

10 Tips on Solving Mysterious Bible Passages from Sherlock Holmes – In The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Holmes commented to Watson about how to solve mysterious cases in ways that apply directly to studying the Bible. You probably expect Holmes to take the most sophisticated approach to solving mysteries. But what struck me was that these comments illustrate the most basic Bible study principles.

A Biblical Case for Old-Earth Creationism – In your Christian walk, do not put more emphasis on something than the Bible does. The "young earth" vs. "old earth" creation debate is a case in point. The debate one of the most divisive issues in evangelical christianity today. Some even use "young earth" creationism as a test of orthodoxy. Whatever your opinion on the matter, this article illustrates that it is possible to hold a Bible-honoring "old earth" position.


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