Monthly Archives: April 2008

If sinners be dammed

If sinners be dammed, at least let them leap to Hell over our bodies. If they will perish, let them perish with our arms about their knees. Let no one go there unwarned and unprayed for.

– Charles H. Spurgeon

Romans 11:36

For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.

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Before the Throne of God Above

When we were at the T4TG conference we sung this hymn, very powerful, so I wanted to share it with you. The words are rich in truth.

Before the throne of God above
I have a strong and perfect plea
A great High Priest whose name is love
Who ever lives and pleads for me
My name is graven on His hands
My name is written on His heart
I know that while in heaven He stands
No tongue can bid me thence depart
No tongue can bid me thence depart

When Satan tempts me to despair
And tells me of the guilt within
Upward I look and see Him there
Who made an end of all my sin
Because the sinless Savior died
My sinful soul is counted free
For God, the Just, is satisfied
To look on Him and pardon me
To look on Him and pardon me

Behold Him there! The risen Lamb
My perfect, spotless, Righteousness
The Great unchangeable I AM
The King of Glory and of Grace
One with Himself I cannot die
My soul is purchased by His blood
My life is hid with Christ on high
With Christ my Savior and my God
With Christ my Savior and my God

Music by Vikki Cook
Original lyrics by Charitie Less Bancroft
As recorded on Upward

© 1997 Sovereign Grace Worship (ASCAP).

Romans 11:36

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The Judgment Seat of Christ

The Judgment Seat of Christ has been coming up in Sunday school and in other studies I’ve been doing so I thought I would tackle this subject this morning. Just what is the Judgment seat of Christ? 2 Cor 5:10

Through out the bible there is this principle that the whole human race is accountable to God. Jeremiah 17:10, Jeremiah 32:19 God will take a look at every person according to their deeds Rev 22:12 and Psalm 11:4

All unbelievers will be judged at the Great White Thrown judgment Rev 20:11-15 where they will be thrown into the lake of fire for eternity.

But it is here at the Judgment seat of Christ that all believers will be judged according to their work here on earth as Christians. No we are not saved by are works, but it is are deeds that let people know we are from God. There will be no judgment of sin here that was taken care of at the Cross by Christ as He was the propitiation for our sins, for those who have repented and have places their trust in Christ alone.

Every Christian is a builder, and every Christian builds with some sort of materials. God wants us to build only with the best materials, because only the best materials are worthy of Him, they are the most effective, and will last.

Good deeds (gold, silver, precious stones) which is production by a believer who is walking in fellowship and who is controlled by the Holy Spirit. In fellowship, a Christian will be controlled by the Holy Spirit, will be occupied with Christ, and will live in the Word. The power for his production comes directly from God, not from himself. When our motives are good and directed towards the work of the Lord and not to show off ourselves and for the glory of God, He will reward us.

Bad deeds refer to that which is worthless in the sight of God. These are not sins, but they are worthless production, production which does not measure up to standard. These deeds are human good (wood, hay, stubble), which are produced by believers when they are not filled with the Spirit, during periods when sin is not being confessed on a regular basis, when our motives are wrong and not for the glory of God and when tested by fire, all three of the second group of materials will burn up.

All deeds and service for the Lord of the believer will be evaluated at the Judgment Seat. The instrument of evaluation is fire. The production which is not burned up during the evaluation (the gold, silver, and precious stones) is the basis of rewards for the believer. 1 Cor. 3:11-15

The point Paul is making is that our purpose should always be to serve the Lord with the best He has given us and with full dependence on Him and for His glory alone not ours. He alone determines the ultimate value of each man’s work. So be very careful to judge a fellow Christians work that’s God’s job.

Rev. 22:12 “Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done.

The only time we have for doing the Lord’s work that brings reward is now.

Romans 11:36

For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.

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Charles Spurgeon on Psalm 23

Here is a link to a sermon by Charles Spurgeon on Psalm 23, you won’t be disappointed, take some time this weekend to read it , not very long, but long in truth, and as Spurgeon put it, May God grant us to dwell in the serene atmosphere of this most blessed psalm!

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How to Confront the Culture

By John MacArthur

Confronting the CultureAs a pastor in Southern California, I have the blessed privilege of mining the truth from God’s Word every week of my life. Doing that in Los Angeles only makes it more interesting, if for no other reason than the tremendous diversity of people, culture, and language here. When we take the gospel to our city, it’s amazing to watch God’s Word transcend the culture–and every false religion–to change lives. The message of salvation in Christ truly knows no hindrance.

If you think evangelism is a somewhat arduous task in that environment, you’re right. We face a culture that has rejected absolute truth and now considers it stylish to openly embrace and encourage degrading passions. The ecumenical, syncretistic spirit of the age recoils in horror at the exclusive claims of Christ. And popular, evangelical seeker-sensitive churches only make the task more difficult by refusing to confront sin in an effort to make the “unchurched” sinner comfortable.

Preaching today is clearly out of season (2 Tim. 4:2) and evangelism is difficult, but that’s nothing new. Paul faced worse challenges in his day. He faced an increasingly anti-Christian culture–there was no spirit of tolerance to shield believers from hostility. Still, he preached the gospel of Jesus Christ-a hard, uncompromising message of repentance. That is best illustrated in Acts 17:16-34 where Paul faced one of the most intellectually erudite and morally corrupt audiences ever–the philosophers on Mars Hill.

The Situation (Acts 17:16-21):Paul came to Athens after being forced to flee Thessalonica and Berea (Acts 17:1-15). Athens was the heart of Greek culture and thought, renowned for its art and philosophy and some of the most famous philosophers. The founders of two dominant philosophies, Epicurus (Epicureanism) and Zeno (Stoicism), had taught in Athens.

Athens was also the home of almost every man-made god in existence. The pagan writer Petronius once said it was easier to find a god in Athens than a man. In fact it was Athenian idolatry that drove Paul to preach the gospel in Athens–such idolatry offended him to the core (v. 16). In customary fashion, he marched directly to the local synagogue and was reasoning from the Scriptures (cf. v. 2) “with the Jews and the God-fearing Gentiles, and in the market place every day with those who happened to be present” (v. 17).

Some Epicurean and Stoic philosophers heard Paul’s message in the market place and brought him to the Areopagus on Mars Hill before some of the most astute philosophers in Athens. They had no interest in the gospel; Paul was simply a novelty to them. They set him in their midst as a specimen that would amuse their interest in “telling or hearing something new” (v. 21). That’s the setting for Paul’s message and method for confronting a godless culture.

The Method (Acts 17:22-34):Paul spoke his message to an indifferent and arrogant audience, like many to whom you and I speak today. As we look at how Paul preached to the philosophers, you’ll see three essential elements of an effective message to confront our post-Christian culture with the truth.

First, tell them that God is (vv. 22-23). Here’s Paul’s first point: “You are ignorant and I’m going to give you the truth.” Try recommending that opening line at an evangelism conference. Some people think Paul commended their religiosity when he mentioned their many objects of worship. He wasn’t commending them at all–their idols infuriated him (v. 16). Rather, he started with a given: all men are innately religious. All men are created to be worshipers–they either worship God or something else, but everyone worships something. The Athenians were no different.

Externally, God has given witness about Himself through what He created: “The heavens are telling of the glory of God; and their expanse is declaring the work of His hands” (Ps. 19:1). Internally, according to Romans 1:19: “that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them.” They have an innate sense of the true God of the Bible, His standards are written on their hearts, and their consciences hold them accountable (Rom. 2:14-15). But because of sin, they “suppress the truth in unrighteousness” (Rom. 1:18). They willfully reject what they know to be true and choose instead to worship in ignorance.

Second, tell them who God is (vv. 24-29).This is Paul’s lesson to the ignorant about the unknown God. This is Theology 101. It’s ironic that Paul was teaching the ABCs of theology to those who were known worldwide as supreme intellectuals. It proves the truth of 1 Corinthians 1:25: “The foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.” Here are five things ignorant, rebellious men need to know about the “Unknown God.”

God is the Creator. Verse 24a: He “made the world and all things in it.” In Paul’s day and ours, the truth makes no room for men’s opinions regarding origins.Confronting the Culture

God is the Ruler. Verse 24b: “He is Lord of heaven and earth [and] does not dwell in temples made with hands.” It logically follows that if God is the Creator, He is also the rightful Ruler of what He created. And if He is Creator and Ruler, He doesn’t live in what His creatures have made.

God is the Giver. Verse 25: “He [is not] served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things.” Far from needing anything from men, the Creator “causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous” (Matt. 5:45).

God is the Controller. Verse 26: “He made from one man every nation of mankind … having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation.” That statement was a blow to the national pride of the Greeks, who scornfully referred to non-Greeks as “barbarians.” Nonetheless, God controls the affairs and destinies of men and nations.

God is the Revealer. Verses 27-29: Men should “seek God…He is not far from each one of us…Being then the children of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like [anything] formed by the art and thought of man.” God, by creating, ruling, giving, and controlling all things, has clearly revealed Himself in what He has made–men are truly without excuse (Rom. 1:20).

Third, tell them what God says (vv. 30-31). Paul’s evangelism method ends with a simple, powerful point: tell them to repent or be judged. In the past, God was patient. But a day is coming when He will judge the world through Jesus Christ. God gave sufficient proof of the truth of His Word in the resurrection of His Son–He holds all men accountable to that evidence. His grace in the past and His wrath in the future require repentance in the present. As Paul said elsewhere, “Now is ‘the acceptable time,’ behold, now is ‘the day of salvation’” (2 Cor. 6:2). That message isn’t popular today, but then again, it has never been popular. “Now when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some began to sneer…so Paul went out of their midst” (v. 32-33).

I mentioned earlier that Paul’s method was effective, and it is. Look at verse 34: “But some men joined him and believed, among whom also were Dionysius the Areopagite and a woman named Damaris, and others with them.” It was effective to save those whom God chose to save. Paul was faithful to proclaim the truth. He left the results to God.

From Athens to Los Angeles, first century to twenty-first century and everywhere in between, repentance may not be popular, but it’s still the gospel. Teach this post-Christian culture about God and then command repentance. That’s the only message we have; without it, no one would be saved.


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Romans 11:36
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Grace and Peace to you in Him with love
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Grace

“The grace of God does not come to us to make us feel happy in the pigstye of our sin, the grace of God comes to take us out of the pigstye.”
-Alistair Begg

Romans 11:36
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Short but sweet

“Seek not to grow in knowledge chiefly for the sake of applause, and to enable you to dispute with others; but seek it for the benefit of your souls, and in order to practice….Practice according to what knowledge you have. This will be the way to know more…[According to Ps. 119:100] ‘I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts.’”

JONATHAN EDWARDS

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A consistent Christian!

(John Angell James)

The following duties are common to all Christians:
unreserved, cheerful, perpetual devotedness to Christ,
entire and constant dependence on the Holy Spirit,
a life of faith,
spirituality of mind,
separation from the world,
heavenly mindedness,
supreme regard to eternity,
universal and high toned morality,
eminent social excellence in all the relative duties of life,
all the gentle and passive virtues.

O, what a character is that of a consistent Christian!

How holy,
how heavenly,
how humble,
how gentle,
how benevolent,
how just,
how devout,
how useful,
how happy!!

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Doctrinal Discernment

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Books @ T4G

We left the conference with 15 free books apiece and our minds full of doctrinal truth, personally my fuel tank was filled to overflowing with high octane truths from the written word of God. NOW! it is my responsibility and a command from God to share it with you. 2 Timothy 3:16-17

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