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  • Out of the Word of Faith

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    For quite some time, I was a pastor in the “word of faith” movement. On this “Dividing Line” show, I shared something of an insider’s guide, as well as the powerful biblical truths God used to alert me to the gross deception. How grateful I am to God for bringing me out! - John Samson


    Behind every deception there lurks the crafty, hissing serpent appealing to the pride of man. “You don’t need a God.. why? You can become one,” he says. “Learn my wisdom and my laws; put them in motion and you can control your destiny and environment to make it as you please.”



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    April 28, 2016  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

    A Simple Way To Evangelize

    A practical teaching about how to share your Christian faith.

    Text: Luke 23:32-43

    April 24, 2016  |  Comments (3)   |  Permalink

    Three Views of Salvation

    The problem with analogies is that at some point, they almost always fail. While the illustration does not give sufficient account of the biblical portrait of man (the man would need to be dead at the bottom of the river), it does achieve the purpose of answering the specific question, “Which of those three men is the truest illustration of what God does to save us?” – John Samson


    “Long ago, when I was an undergraduate, I had an experience on one of the rivers in Oxford where students love to pole themselves around in flat-bottomed boats called punts. I do not know if undergraduates do it in the universities of this country, but we do it in Oxford. The experience was my falling into the river. I can still remember the surprise I had when I suddenly found myself upside down in the water and that there were strands of green weed around my head and the light was up at my feet. You do not forget that sort of thing quickly, and on the basis of that experience I construct for you the following illustration.

    Imagine a man who has fallen into a river. He cannot swim. The weeds have caught his feet. He is threshing around, but he cannot get free and will not be above the surface for very long. His state is desperate. Three people come along on the bank. One looks at him and says, ‘Oh, he’s all right; if he struggles he’ll get out; they always do. It’s even good for his character that he should have to struggle like this. I’ll leave him.’

    The second person looks at the poor struggling man and says, ‘I’d like to help you. I can see what you need. You need some tips about swimming. Let me tell you how to swim.’ He gives him a great of good advice, but he stops there.

    Then there is the third man who comes along and sees the measure of the trouble. He jumps in, overcomes the man’s struggles, gets him free from the weeds that have caught him, brings him to shore, gives him artificial respiration, and puts him back on his feet. Which of those three men is the truest illustration of what God does to save us?

    These three views have theological names. The first corresponds to what is called Pelagianism: its only message is self-help. A hard and unfeeling form of Christianity it is. The second corresponds to what is called Arminianism: God tells us how to be saved, but stops there. The third corresponds to Calvinism. And you can see how the illustration fits. God takes the initiative. Christ comes right down to where we are, enters into our trouble, and does all that has to be done. He breaks the bonds of sin that bind us, brings us to land (that is, to God), restores life, and makes us believers, all this by his sovereign grace which saves absolutely and wonderfully from first to last.”

    “To All Who Will Come,” in Serving the People of God: The Collected Shorter Writings of J. I. Packer, Volume 2 (Paternoster Press), 200-01.

    April 21, 2016  |  Comments (3)   |  Permalink

    His Truth Is Marching On

    The total sermon count was more than 50, but this was the final one, teaching verse by verse through the book of Acts. His truth is marching on!

    Acts 28:17ff

    April 19, 2016  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

    A Simple Way To Pray

    Whatever our level of maturity as a Christian, most of us would admit that we could use some help in the matter of prayer. Endless repetition and distracted thoughts are constant enemies to an effective prayer life. Here is the biblical solution.

    April 10, 2016  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

    The Ordo Salutis

    The Order of Salvation and why it matters.

    This live stream teaching begins around the 2:00 minute mark.

    April 09, 2016  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

    Unstoppable Providence

    Acts 27:39-28:16

    Shipwrecked, exhausted, cold and wet, Paul is then bitten by a snake. All of this is under God's providential rule, and through these events, the island of Malta is reached with the Gospel.

    April 03, 2016  |  Comments (1)   |  Permalink

    Salvation - The Big Picture

    This is the first lesson in the upcoming teaching series I am doing with Apologia Academy on the subject of Reformed Soteriology (the study of salvation).

    February 24, 2016  |  Comments (1)   |  Permalink

    Never Miss An Opportunity

    Acts 25:13 - 26:18

    Rather than Paul being immediately sent to Rome, God ordained that a regional king named Agrippa would hear his dramatic conversion testimony. While perhaps no other Christian encounters the same observable phenomena in their conversion, it is never any less dramatic.

    February 21, 2016  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

    The Judgement of Works

    Eph 2:8-19; 1 Cor 3:5-15

    Text: Eph 2:8-10; 1 Cor 3:5-15

    What is the place of works in the Christian life? What is the motivation behind all you do in the name of Christ? Each true believer has an appointment before God's throne when he will stand alone, called to give an account of his Christian service. Will that day be a day of reward for you or a day of sadness and loss?

    February 14, 2016  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink