Archive for the ‘Sermons’ Category

I’ll Be Over Here:

So coming back to this particular blog doesn’t seem to be happening anytime soon. However, the other blogs to which I’ve been contributing have been revamped and that’s where I’ll be spending most of my blogging time. Hope to see you over there!

Re: Fundamentals KJV Only Debate Blog

Advertisements

Authentic Boldness

Acts 4:17 But that it spread no further among the people, let us straitly threaten them, that they speak henceforth to no man in this name.
18 And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus.

If you haven’t, check out the news lately – people are afraid. We’re facing all kinds of crises, it seems. And aside from the looming threats of financial insecutiry and political unrest, American Christians today face the menaces of increasing opposition. This threat comes from many different angles. New Athesists and Muslims are on the offensive. Liberals and skeptics are subtely undermining absolute truth in this postmodern world. And many who call themselves Christians are growing increasingly apathetic. No matter who it is, let’s face it – they don’t want us to preach Christ.

And yet, we must. And we must preach Him with boldness. It’s time we take off the shelf our most valuable tool and put it to use. Let us pray with boldness so we may preach with boldness. This is what the early church did in the face of opposition:

Continue reading

Lessons in Apologetics from Mount Carmel

Perhaps this is a bit allegorical, but I’ve noticed some parallels between Elijah’s situation and ours. He was living in a nation once devoted to the Lord, yet turned over to false religion. The spiritual climate was apathetic at best, thanks to the compromise of God’s children. He was a preacher of warning and truth in a land destitute of anything godly. While Israel was an ancient theocratic state with many differences with America (and in no wise do I say that America is the new Israel), the similarities still remain.

When Elijah contested the prophets of Baal at Mt. Carmel, he was showing to the children of Israel the glory of the One True and Living God. In a sense, then, he was engaged in apologetics: not how we think of it typically, with prepared speeches and footnotes and all, but a defense of the faith, which is the essence of apologetics:

Continue reading

The Morality of Warning

Many preachers have used the illustration of a bridge being out to drive home the point of urgent evangelism. Usually, it is said that up ahead the bridge is out, and in order to warn people of the consequent destruction, some brave soul exits his car and begins screaming and waving his arms to warn drivers to stop before it’s everlastingly too late. From this scenario, we glean a necessary truth about evangelism: warning plays a major part in the evangelistic life.

I’d like to suggest that today we must add one more element to this common sermon illustration. Typically, we understand that in this situation, many will drive right past the preacher on the side of the road and fall miserably off the bridge. Those same people may even call that screaming preacher “crazy”. Now, however, there is more to the story. On the other side of the road, there is another guy. He is just as energetic, just as bold, and just as convinced he is right. He is holding a sign that reads: “Don’t trust the guy on the other side. The bridge is not out. He is lying to you.”

As we’ve noted before, there is a growing, offensive movement to undermine Christianity. It appears in the form of Jesusanity, the New Atheism, and other various forms of liberalism. It is not just one of unbelief – driving by the preacher and thinking he’s crazy. It is one that vehemently opposes all that Christians stand for – trying to convince the world that we’re wrong about the bridge being out. As I listen to more of this kind of thinking, I’ve realized that we’re actually accused of being immoral because we warn people of the coming judgment. Are they right? Are we immoral?

Continue reading

Encouraging Sunday Video 6.22.08

 

God’s All-Conquering Love (Romans 8:31-39)

Romans 8:31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth.
34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

These closing verses of Romans chapter 8 provide the pinnacle of Paul’s defense of the Gospel. He has powerfully contested every argument that could have been brought against the concept of justification by faith alone. The fact that he answers every seemingly imaginable objection to the Gospel is a mark of divine inspiration in itself. And now that the case has been presented, defended, and exhausted, the Apostle Paul, through the inspiration of the Spirit of God, asks this important question, “What shall we then say to these things?” And then he answers with a rhetorical question, “If God be for us, who can be against us?” Look at how amazing the love of God is! Look at what He has done for us in the Gospel! With all the was against us, look at how He saved us! Not only that look at what He gave us! He gave us everything – His own Son! And if He didn’t spare Jesus, but delivered Him up for us, then how can He not give us all things freely? The point is very clear and has been all along. The summation here is that God is in control, He loves us, and because of that, nothing can separate us from His love. His love conquers all.

Continue reading

Don’t Just Sit There! (Romans 12:11)

Most of us have a tendency to be lazy, but we know full well that the Christian life is a tremendous contrast to that kind of attitude. It seems that the blogosphere highlights this even more, as it produces more and more armchair theologians. Knowing that I fall into the same trap, the following sermon is mainly preaching to myself. I know, however, that it’s powerful, because this time – it’s alliterated!

 The Right Kind of Business

Romans 12:11 Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord

When Christ said to His disciples, “upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it”, He carefully chose the words that He used. He could have said, “I will build my synagogue” in order to differentiate His gathered flock from those of the Jews. Synagogue means just that – a gathering. But there was more to the word He chose for church. Ekklesia means “called out assembly”, and when the disciples heard this word, they didn’t think of a synagogue. They thought of the city-state, in which the assembly was called out in order to do the business of that particular city-state. Hence, when Christ used this term for His church, the illustration was apparent – this is to be the called out assembly to do the business of the Lord.

Continue reading

“Well, what are ya!?!”

Perhaps this is a story to which only a preacher’s kid can relate, nonetheless it starts a good conversation.

A few years ago, my father (who is a preacher) and I were in our hometown area attending the funeral of the wife of a long time missionary and long time friend of my father. The missionary was originally from the area, so the funeral home was packed with local preachers and church members who knew him well. One such preacher, a loud and imposing man, approached my dad and struck up one of those “long-time, no-see” conversations.

In the process of catching up, the man asked my father about my brother, who is also a preacher. The preacher then turned to me and asked about recent events in my life. I was obliged to tell him that I was an education major at a particular Bible college with which he was familiar. His disinterest in those details was made obvious, though, when he abruptly asked me, “Are you a preacher?”

At that point, a multitude of thoughts flooded my mind. During that period of time, I had been asking myself very similar questions concerning God’s will for my life. The problem was my time at Bible college had left me a bit discontented with the modern fundamentalist’s definition of a preacher. I knew that every Christian was in a sense “called to preach”, but I also knew that there are specific men who are called out to be “preachers.” Despite all this, I knew what that preacher was asking for, so I simply answered, “No.” After an awkward pause and a befuddled look, he retorted, “Well,… what are ya!?!”

Continue reading

The Lost Art of Writing

“Fundamentalists don’t write anymore.” My pastor said it so reluctantly while alluding to a book he had recently started reading. He commented on how great the author was at explaining and applying his thoughts. As far as the book itself was concerned, my pastor actually gave somewhat of an endorsement because it covered its topic of Christian leadership so well. However, the author was a prominent figure and progenitor of the seeker-sensitive movement and could be trusted with little else in his writing. It was the frustration of recommending the book but not being able to recommend the author that brought about the comment.

Continue reading

Enamored with Christ (Philippians 3:4-10)

Passion fills Paul’s epistle to the Philippians. That passion, however, is not sourced in his success as a missionary. Nor is it founded upon his calling as an apostle. Every ounce of joy and rejoicing of which (and with which) Paul writes springs from his infatuation with his Lord. Philippians 3:4-10 explains how this came to be.

Continue reading

Missions: It’s About God

II Corinthians 4:3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.
6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

Thinking of missions, we think about the gospel. Missions is nothing without it. Unfortunately, few people know what it is. I Corinthians 15:1-4 tells us it is the good news of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. When giving the Great Commission, Jesus Christ said to go into all the world and preach the gospel. Therefore, the thrust of world missions is bringing the gospel.
Continue reading

For I Am Not Ashamed (Romans 1:16, 17)

Romans 1:16-17 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith

The Apostle Paul continues his opening chapter to the Roman church by boldly declaring that he was ready to preach the gospel, a message of which he was not ashamed. This means he had confidence in the gospel. He didn’t hide it. He didn’t cower around when confronted. He confidently declared his allegiance to the gospel message. If there is anyone who would lose this confidence, it would be Paul. Continue reading

Parallel: Gospel Presentation and Sermon Execution

If there’s just one thing that people need to know, they must know God. The lost must know Him that they may embrace Him as Lord and Savior. Believers must know Him so they can better serve Him. As I was fine-tuning my gospel presentation in my mind today, I reazlied that there was a great parallel between presenting the gospel to the lost and giving a sermon to the saved. Continue reading

From Foolishness to Wisdom (I Corinthians 1:17-31)

I Corinthians 1:17-31 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.
18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.
20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?
21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
22 For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:
23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;
24 But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.
25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:
27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:
29 That no flesh should glory in his presence.
30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:
31 That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.

Continue reading