God's Plan from Ages Past
Sunday's sermon now posted at this link. - JS
The Doctrines of Grace
Throughout 2014, while Dr. James White has been away on various ministry trips, I have had the distinct honor and privilege of guest-hosting his “Dividing Line” broadcasts. This allowed me the opportunity of teaching on some major doctrines at the heart of our Christian faith, including five hour-long sessions on what are known as "the Doctrines of Grace." I have already received a number of testimonies from people saying that this series has enabled them to understand and embrace these precious truths for the very first time. Praise the Lord! I trust they will be a blessing to you." - Pastor John Samson
Here are the youtube videos:
Hour 1. The "T" in the TULIP, "TOTAL DEPRAVITY":
Hour 2. The "U" in the TULIP, "UNCONDITIONAL ELECTION"
Hour 3. The "L" in the TULIP, "LIMITED ATONEMENT"
Who is Jesus Christ? (Debate)
Dr. James White and Yusuf Ismail debate the Christology of the Gospel of John, and then the Christology of the Qur'an, in an historic debate in the famous Grey Street Mosque in Durban, South Africa (the home mosque of the late Ahmed Deedat).
Acts - The Story So Far
Pastor John Samson
(1) Acts 1-7
(2) Acts 8-13
BIBLICAL INTERPRETATION SERIES by Pastor John Samson
Four Dividing Line shows:
Hour 1: The first in a short series of teachings on "Rightly dividing the word of God – keys to Biblical interpretation."
Hour 2: The second part of a series entitled "Rightly dividing the word of God – keys to Biblical interpretation."
How People Change by Tim Lane and Paul Tripp
THREE KINDS OF BLINDNESS
The “here and now” hole in the middle of our lives produces three fundamental forms of spiritual blindness. First, there is a blindness of identity. Many Christians do not have a gospel perspective on who they are. For example, Phil was a good theologian, but his personal identity was more rooted knowledge and achievement than the gospel. This lack of gospel identity shows up in two ways. First, many Christians underestimate the presence and power of indwelling sin. They don’t see how easily entrapped they are in this world full of snares (See Gal 6:1). They don’t grasp the comprehensive nature of the war that is always raging within the heart of every believer (see Rom .7) they’re not aware of how prone they are to run after God replacements. They fail to see that their greatest problems exist within them, not outside them. My work with teenagers has convinced me that one of the main reasons teenagers are not excited by the gospel is that they do not think they need it.
Many parents have successfully raised self-righteous little Pharisees. When they look at themselves, they do not see a sinner in desperate need, so they are not grateful for a Savior. Sadly, the same is true of many of their parents. Many believers also fail to see the other side of their gospel identify: their identity in Christ. Christ not only gives me forgiveness and a new future, but a whole new identity as well! I am now a child of God, with all of the rights and privileges that this title bestows. This is important because each of us lives out of some form of identity, and our gospel identity amnesia will always lead to some form of identity replacement.
That is, if who I am in Christ does not shape the way I think about myself and the things I face, then I will live out of some other identity. Often in our blindness, we take on our problems as identities. While divorce, depression, and single parenthood are significant human experiences, they are not identities. Our work is not our identity, though it is an important part of how God intends us to live. For many of us, our sense of identity is more rooted in our performance than it is in God’s grace. It is wonderful to be successful at what God has called you to do, but when you use your success to define who you are, you will always have a distorted perspective
Acts - The Story So Far
Sunday's sermon is now up on sermon audio. "Acts - the story so far." - JS
A Two Hour Drive
The following is a transcript taken from the first question and answer session at the 2014 Ligonier National Conference.
Questioner: "This couple writes, 'we live in a rural area without access to solid Biblical teaching, let alone Reformed teaching. The nearest Church with such teaching is two hours drive away. How should we choose a group to meet with and serve when we disagree with the things taught from the pulpit?' What would you say practically to this couple?"
Dr. R. C. Sproul: "Drive two hours!"
Questioner: "Drive two hours?"
Dr. R. C. Sproul: "Lots of people do. Its that important. If you had to go to the hospital and it was a two hour drive you wouldn't stay home. You would go to the hospital. You wouldn't go to a dog pound because it was convenient. Would you?
Seriously! I mean its the old thing. I learned this from a former coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Chuck Noll. His phrase was "whatever it takes!" and the spiritual nurture of your soul and of your children's souls are so important that if you have to drive two hours for worship, and for instruction in apostolic truth, then that's an obvious decision. You drive two hours, or move! But it has to be a priority in every Christian family to be somewhere where there is true worship, true gospel, true doctrine, for the sake of eternity."
These four lectures by Dr. Tim Keller (from the John Reed Miller Lecture Series) given at Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson Mississippi, on Nov. 11-13, 2014, are an outstanding resource and help for all preachers. I recommend them highly. - JS
Lecture 1: What is Good Preaching?
Lecture 2: Preaching to Secular People and Secularized Believers
Lecture 3: Preaching the Gospel Every Time
Lecture 4: Preaching to the Heart
Now on Sermonaudio.com
BIG NEWS FOR US: Finally, King's Church, Phoenix is now on sermonaudio.com!!
Sunday's sermon "A Divine Appointment" (based on Acts 13:43-52) is now uploaded at this link.