Basics – How I Study The Bible…A Good Bible

This past week, I was thinking about my personal study habits and how much trial and error I have gone through to get a good Bible study system that I like. It seems that there are several programs out there that claim they are the best but no system really fit what I wanted for … Read moreBasics – How I Study The Bible…A Good Bible

The Role of the Word in Church According to @CharlesSpurgeon

Refusing to resort to worldly entertainment in order to attract a crowd or to employ gospel gimmicks to induce a spurious response, Spurgeon relied on God’s Word for the success of his ministry. He affirmed: “I would rather speak five words out of this book than 50,000 words of the philosophers. If we want revivals, we must revive our reverence for the Word of God. If we want conversions, we must put more of God’s Word into our sermons.” His gospel preaching was grounded in his commitment to biblical truth.

-Steven Lawson, The Gospel Focus of Charles Spurgeon

God is the author of Scripture @CharlesSpurgeon

With certainty, Spurgeon concluded that each word of the Bible is from God Himself: “The words are God’s words, the words of the Eternal, the Invisible, the Almighty, the Jehovah of this earth. This Bible is God’s Bible, and when I see it, I seem to hear a voice springing up from it, saying, ‘I am the Book of God; man, read me. I am God’s writing; open my leaf, for I was penned by God; read it, for He is my Author.’”

-Steven Lawson, The Gospel Focus of Charles Spurgeon

Bless The Lord, O My Soul! #Devotional #Psalm 103

This morning I woke up very early. It was un expected and unplanned (on my part) but as I was waking and preparing the Lord reminded me of His presence and I could not help but respond. Read Psalm 103 below and listen to the lyrics of the song that was in my head.   … Read moreBless The Lord, O My Soul! #Devotional #Psalm 103

Are you stalled out in your quest for holiness? @RevKevDeYoung

“Some Christians are stalled out in their sanctification for simple lack of effort. They need to know about the Spirit’s power. They need to be rooted in gospel grace. They need to believe in the promises of God. And they need to fight, strive, and make every effort to work out all that God is working in them. Let us say with Paul, ‘I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me’ (1 Corinthians 15:10). Without this biblical emphasis, we’ll be confused, wondering why sanctification isn’t automatically flowing from a heartfelt commitment to gospel-drenched justification. We’ll be waiting around for enough faith to really ‘get the gospel’ when God wants us to get up and get to work (Philippians 2:12–13). Because when it comes to growth in godliness, trusting does not put an end to trying.” (90–91)

-Kevin DeYoung, The Hole in Our Holiness: Filling the Gap Between Gospel Passion and the Pursuit of Godliness

Expositional Preaching @9MarksOnline @MarkDever

Expositional preaching is preaching in service to the Word. It presumes a belief in the authority of Scripture—that the Bible is actually God’s Word; but it is something much more than that. A commit ment to expositional preaching is a commitment to hear God’s Word—not just to affirm that it is God’s Word but to actually submit yourself to it.

– Mark Dever, 9 Marks of a Healthy Church

Bonhoeffer on the Christian Life & Discipleship

From Dietrich Bonhoeffer and his Nachfolge (ET,  The Cost of Discipleship) When we are called to follow Christ, we are summoned to an exclusive attachment to his person… Discipleship means adherence to Christ, and, because Christ is the object of that adherence, it must take the form of discipleship… Discipleship without Jesus Christ is a way … Read moreBonhoeffer on the Christian Life & Discipleship

Wise Advice For Christians & The Church

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Paul gives some wise advice to the church in Ephesus from his experiences in ministry as he is saying his last goodbye before heading to Jerusalem that all believers can profit from. Read the Scripture below and see how you are imitating Paul’s example in ministry to the Ephesians. Paul Speaks to the Ephesian Elders Now from Miletus he sent … Read moreWise Advice For Christians & The Church

How connected to God are you as a Christian?

In my devotional this morning I was inspired by the content that Oswald Chambers put forth. He addresses an issue that is not discussed as much as it should be in the Christian world today. Chambers addressed the topic of how to get more connected with God. I paraphrased a few of my thoughts while reading … Read moreHow connected to God are you as a Christian?

How are you sharing the Gospel with those who need to receive it?

2 John 1:7-13 ESV (Bold Added) [7] For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh. Such a one is the deceiver and the antichrist. [8] Watch yourselves, so that you may not lose what we have worked for, but may win … Read moreHow are you sharing the Gospel with those who need to receive it?