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.

 

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

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.

Preach The Word

Click below to listen to Sunday’s messages from February 3, 2013:

Sunday Morning

Psalm 19:7-11 “The Attributes of Scripture” pt. 2

The Big Idea: The Divine Scriptures are the utmost treasure and pleasure this world affords us.

Missed part one? Here is the link for that also – Psalm 19:7-11 “The Attributes of Scripture” pt. 1

Sunday Night

Genesis 16:1-6 “Rushing Ahead of God”

The Big Idea: Human effort never accomplishes God’s plan and it is foolish to think it ever would. Instead of doubting God’s sure Word by impatiently taking matters into our own hands, we must patiently and humbly submit to God’s perfect way because he hears us and sees us in our distress.  

Sermons Are Now Online…Well…Some Of Them Anyways!

I have added 2 new pages to the blog that you can access either above or on the sidebar or if you are really lazy, you can just click on them below:

“Latest Sermons”

“Sermon Series”

On each page you will find both my sermon manuscript and audio (provided we had no technical difficulties that day)!

Here is a full listing so far:

1 Corinthians 15 1-11 Holding Firmly to the Church’s One Foundation Part One October 17 2010

1 Corinthians 15 1-11 Holding Firmly to the Church’s One Foundation part 2 October 24 2010

1 Corinthians 15 12-19 What if Christ Is Still Dead October 31 2010

1 Corinthians 15 20-28 The Death of Death Part One November 7 2010

1 Corinthians Sermon Audio

1 Corinthians 15:1-11 Holding Firmly to the Church’s One Foundation Part One

1 Corinthians 15 1-11 Holding Firmly to the Church’s One Foundation Part 2 October 24 2010

1 Corinthians 15 12-19 What If Christ Is Still Dead October 31 2010

1 Corinthians 15:20-28 The Death of Death Part One November 7 2010

2 Kings Sermon Manuscripts

Gentle Jesus Meek and Mild Part One October 24 2010

2 Kings 9-10 Gentle Jesus Meek and Mild part 2 November 7 2010

2 Kings Sermon Audio

2 Kings 9-10 Gentle Jesus Meek and Mild? Part One October 24 2010

2 Kings 9-10 Gentle Jesus Meek and Mild Part 2 November 7 2010

I am excited to be able to offer this online. May God be pleased to encourage His church with it if in only some small way.

A New Face for The Gospel Coalition

The Gospel Coalition has a new design for their website. It looks pretty nice. I strongly encourage you to take a few moments and check this website out. It is full of articles, videos, sermons, books that are well worth your time to digest!

Here is their reason why:

Welcome!

Welcome to TheGospelCoalition.org! Today marks the launch of our redesigned homepage—a homepage that will better serve you as we strive to promote gospel-centered ministry for the next generation. We believe these upgrades will enhance our ability to serve as one of the Internet’s most trusted destinations for biblically saturated, theologically robust, gospel-centered resources.

The new additions to the homepage will give us sufficient flexibility to be at the forefront of what is happening in the global church. And as you visit TheGospelCoalition.org to stay up on what’s current in Christianity, our hope is that the new homepage will serve as a gateway into the broader universe of content on the site.

As you survey the new homepage you will notice content sections including articles, opinions, interviews, Q&As, book reviews and excerpts, events, headlines from around the Web, and our Twitter feed. In addition, we’ve created a ministry blog that will have contributions from our staff, council members, and friends of The Gospel Coalition. One of the things we’re most excited about is the addition of Justin Taylor to our featured blogger platform. Between Two Worlds has become one of the most trusted Christian blogs on the Internet. We are honored and humbled to have this close association with Justin Taylor’s ministry.

No Website redesign is done in a vacuum. We would like to thank the following people: Matt Perman (Desiring God) for his ongoing, masterful help in site architecture and usability; Matthew Taylor (TaylorDesignWorks.com) for designing the new look and displaying a unique gift for finding visual ways to accomplish our desired site-functionality; and Joshua Sowin (Rainsong Media) for building the new homepage and blogs, updating the resource library and countless other web needs. Josh is an amazingly efficient and competent web-builder. We are profoundly grateful to these guys for their excellent service.

We are committed to ongoing, prayerful evaluation of this Website so it can better advance our goal of promoting gospel-centered ministry for the next generation. In this we welcome your input and covet your prayers. 1 Corinthians 10:31 states, “So then, whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do everything to the glory of God.” And this includes Websites. By the grace of God we will steward this url to the glory of God.

Working with you for the advance of the Gospel,

Ben Peays (Executive Director) & Mike Pohlman (Executive Editor)