The Most Amazing, the Most Thrilling Activity

Martyn Lloyd-Jones description of preaching in his lectures published under the title Preaching and Preachers, delivered as lectures at Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, PA, in 1969:

What is preaching? Logic on fire! Eloquent reason! Are these contradictions? Of course they are not. Reason concerning this Truth ought to be mightily eloquent, as you see it in the case of the Apostle Paul and others. It is theology on fire. And a theology that does not take fire, I maintain, is a defective theology; or at least the man’s understanding of it is defective. Preaching is theology coming through a man who is on fire. What is the chief end of preaching? I think it is this: To give men and women a sense of God and His presence . As I have said already, during this past year I have been ill, and so have had the opportunity, and the privilege, of listening to others, instead of preaching myself. As I have listened in physical weakness this is the thing I looked for and have longed for and have desired. I can forgive a man for a bad sermon, I can forgive the preacher almost anything if he gives me a sense of God, if he gives me something for my soul, if he gives me a sense that, though he is inadequate in himself, he is handling something which is very great and very glorious, if he gives me some dim glimpse of the majesty and glory of God, the love of Christ my Savior, and the magnificence of the gospel. If he does that I am his debtor, and I am profoundly grateful to him. Preaching is the most amazing, the most thrilling activity that one can ever be engaged in, because of all that it holds out for all of us in the present, and because of the glorious endless possibilities in an eternal future.

 

Weekend Roundup: Seven Articles for your Musings

I know. I know. It is Monday so it is a little late for a “weekend roundup” but in my household the kids have a four day weekend from school so technically for me this still counts!

The False Teachers: This sounds like it will be good. Tim Challies is starting out a new series of articles that will scan the history of the church and pause to examine some of Christianity’s most notorious false teachers. The first one is Arius.

Missionary Biographies: Here is another church history link but of a different focus. This one is about the power and importance of reading missionary biographies and at the bottom actually provides a link to a great list of free ebooks of missionary biographies! Read up and may the Lord put a fire in your heart for the glory of his name and declaring it to all peoples!

Common Objections: The Old Testament is Full of Rape, Murder, Slavery, Homophobia: Over at monergism.com John Hendryx gives a very gracious and powerful response to some of these common objections. Read up so that you might be ready to give an answer for the hope that is in you!

Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God: Nice review of a good book that I highly recommend. I have a very old beaten up copy of it in my library.

Looking to Christ in the Loss of a Child: As the article says, “The loss of a child is painful, deeply painful” but “In Christ, grief will not the last word.”

7 Truths for a Christ-Centered Marriage: This is the first of a mini-series on marriage that was timed to coincide with the week of Valentine’s day. I encourage you to read them all.

Final Focus: OK preachers and teachers – what is the final focus of your sermons?

Enjoy!

Preach the Word

My most recent sermons preached at First Baptist Church of Newberry, Michigan:

July 14, 2013

Romans 5:1-11 – “Fruits of Justification”

The Big Idea: An invitation to celebrate the marvelous benefits conferred upon the justified believer.

Outline:

1) Three Overall Truths of Romans 5:1-11

2) Fruit #1 – “Peace with God”

Genesis 23 – “A Piece of the Promise”

The Big Idea: Faith conquers death. At the time of death the godly loudly proclaim their faith in view of our hope in God’s promises.

Outline:

1) The Godly Will Suffer Loss Before They Receive the Promise – vv. 1-2

2) The Godly Look Beyond to the Ultimate Fulfillment of God’s Promise – vv. 3-20

Preach the Word

My most recent sermon preached at First Baptist Church of Newberry, Michigan:

July 7, 2013:

Romans 4:23-25 – “But Also For Us”

The Big Idea: What was true of Abraham is true of every person who has ever been or ever will be reconciled to God.

Outline:

1) Written For Us – Romans 4:23-24

2) Delivered For Us – Romans 4:25a

3) Raised For Us – Romans 4:25b

Preach the Word

Recent Sermons Preached at First Baptist Church of Newberry, Michigan:

February 17, 2013:

Genesis 17:1 – “El Shaddai and Holiness”

The Big Idea: Be Living the Sanctified Life in Light of God’s Revelation Concerning Himself and His Promises

February 24, 2013:

Proverbs 2:1-6 – “Expository Listening: How to Get the Most Out of a Sermon” PART 2*

The Big Idea: Preaching is joint venture. My commitment to the Lord is to be prepared every week to stand and deliver His Word. Your commitment to the Lord should be to be prepared every week to receive His Word. My goal is to be the best preacher possible. Your goal should be to be the best listener possible.

*Unfortunately, due to a blunder on my part, the part one of this series was not recorded!

March 3, 2013:

Proverbs 2:1-6 – “Expository Listening: How to Get the Most Out of a Sermon” Part 3

The Big Idea: Preaching is joint venture. My commitment to the Lord is to be prepared every week to stand and deliver His Word. Your commitment to the Lord should be to be prepared every week to receive His Word. My goal is to be the best preacher possible. Your goal should be to be the best listener possible.

Preach the Word

Click below to listen to Sunday’s message from February 10, 2013

Sunday Morning

Joshua 1:8 – “The Centrality of God’s Word”

The Big Idea: Spiritual Success in the Christian life comes only to those who meditate on God’s Word day and night and courageously put it into action.

Sunday Night

Genesis 16:7-16 – “The God Who Hears and Sees Us”

The Big Idea: In your affliction, when it might seem as though God has forgotten you, you must not resort to human reasoning or try to run away but submit to God’s gracious overruling providence knowing that he hears you, sees you, and will bless you if you obey him.