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What I Learned In Church This Week

I couldn’t help thinking about our Romans Study and my post from last Thursday (May it never be, absolutely not!) as the scripture was being read while my pastor was preaching on the fire of the Holy Spirit in Luke 3:15-18. I was reading and following along in Luke, then something took a hold of me, I love when the Lord teaches me at times like these and I instantly connected it to Paul, where he says in In Romans 5:12 and 6:1, 2, What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase? May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it?

What was it that caught my eyes and made me look back to Luke 3:3 and especially Luke 3:7-9?

It was the word “RepentanceTake a look:

So he began saying to the crowds who were going out to be baptized by him, “You brood of vipers, who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? “Therefore bear fruits in keeping with repentance, and do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham for our father,’ for I say to you that from these stones God is able to raise up children to Abraham. “Indeed the axe is already laid at the root of the trees; so every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.” Luke 3:7-9

John the Baptist message was one of repentance. That is not exactly our message today is it, but it was for Paul as he said to the Thessalonians believers that they had “turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God” 1 Thessalonians 1:9 When you turn to God, you turn from your habitual life of sin and that is repentance. When you accept Christ as your Savior and Lord you are going to turn from the things of the world, not continue in sin so that grace may increase, not as “The Antinomians say they’re saved by grace but they live sinful lives, what we do doesn’t matter as long as we believe rightly.” Repentance is generally not the message of today, Though we sure preach and teach the grace of God, but if you have received God’s grace and have turned to Him as Lord, you are going to have to turn from your sins.

John the Baptist wanted to see believers bearing fruits in keeping with repentance, living lives worthy of the gospel which pleased God. Today we have become very superficial, believing repentance to be nothing more than a simple apology to God. But as the apostles and John the Baptist and Christ himself (Mark 1:15) all say, it involves a total change of mindset, life and direction as we turn from our idols (1 Thessalonians 1:9). We are to keep turning and keep repenting and keep bearing fruits in keeping with repentance. You see genuine repentance produces fruits. Just like those college kids in my post (May it never be, absolutely not!) are thinking maybe this “I prayed a prayer, my parents are Christian I’ll be ok.”

So just like the Jews that John was talking to were saying that their descent from Abraham was enough, these kids relationship to godly parents or Pastors does not make them godly and saved. Only By the fruits of repentance will it be known whether their’s or our’s (profession of faith) is sincere or not. Then we read this… so every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. The Jews of John’s day were trying to escape God’s coming judgment by fleeing to him for baptism. They didn’t have genuine repentance… ONLY righteous behavior (a desire to) will show true repentance, not an habitual life of sin that is controlled by the world and not just by praying a prayer! This doesn’t mean our repentance is perfect, but that our deep desire is to please God and bear fruit and that fruit will remain. John 15:16

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MacArthur Monday

The Greatness of Being a Slave… But it is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant; 44 and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be slave of all. 45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” Mark 10: 43-45

“So in the New Testament we are told to put on humility, to be clothed with humility, and to walk in humility. This is tough. This is the defining sin of humanity…pride. All other sins feed pride. All temptations, all solicitations to do evil of any kind and every kind are based upon self-gratification. The reason a temptation is a temptation is because you want to do it and it appeals then to your personal fulfillment, your personal satisfaction, your personal desire, and therefore the right you have to do what you want which is an expression of your own pride and self-love. That is why at the list of sins, when it says in the Old Testament there are six things, yea seven that God hates, the first one is a proud heart cause pride is the underlying sin that leads to all other sins.

And yet, in the world of humanity, pride is exalted because man exalts himself. Man seeks his own satisfaction, his own fulfillment. That’s what it means to be fallen, corrupt, unregenerate. We’re not surprised that pride dominates culture the way it does, certainly dominates our culture. We haven’t learned anything in the history of the world about the virtues of humility and the sins of pride. Every generation of man has been proud, egotistical, self-centered, self-promoting, self-exalting. We even in this generation have found Bible verses to support our self-esteem. This is a very, very deep-seated reality in human beings, all of us.”

The Greatness of Being a Slave (Mark 10:35-45)

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Dead In Sin

And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, Ephesians 2:1

“Death in sin is of course a figure, and must be interpreted as such; for moral death is its meaning, and by moral death we understand the utter absence of everything holy, heavenly, spiritual, and divine–the entire lack of participation in, and conformity to the life which God lives as essentially and eternally holy, pure, wise, and good, and forever dwelling in the glorious light of his own infinite perfections. To be dead, then, is to have no present part or lot with God; no knowledge of him, no faith, no trust, no hope in him; no sense of his presence, no reverence of his awesome Majesty; no desire after him or inclination toward him; no trembling at his word, no reliance on his promise, no longing for his grace, no care or concern for his glory.

It is to be as a beast before him, intent like a brute on satisfying the cravings of lust, or the movements of mere animal passion, without any thought or concern what shall be the outcome, and to be bent upon carrying out into action every selfish purpose, as if we were self-creators, and were our own judge, our own lord, and our own God. O what a terrible state is it to be thus dead in sin, and not to know it, not to feel it, to be in no way sensible of its present danger and certain end, unless delivered from it by a mighty act of sovereign power! It is this lack of all sense and feeling which makes the death of the soul to be but a representation of, as it is the prelude to that second death which stretches through a boundless eternity.” (Taken from Daily Portions by Joseph Philpot)

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A little of this and a little of that

Christians in Name Only from PyroManiacs, Your weekly dose of Spurgeon… The first charge of general defilement Christ brings against the church in Sardis was that they had a vast deal of open profession, and but little of sincere religion. “I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead” (Revelation 3:1). Read the rest Here

Nuance Is Necessary by Kevin DeYoung… Christians must be careful thinkers, especially those who teach other Christians how to think. Very few heresies were the result of self-understood snakes sneaking into the church. Most doctrinal mistakes, of which “heresy” is only the most serious category, come from well meaning people intent on safeguarding an important element of the faith. Read the rest Here

“… doesn’t every command in the Bible pre-suppose free will?” From Reformation Theology

Question: “Doesn’t every command in the Bible pre-suppose free will?”

Response: If the natural man has a free will to believe the gospel, then why does he need grace? If his will is naturally free then it would do away with the need for grace altogether. The need for grace in salvation demonstrates that free will is simply the extra-biblical unaided logic of man. Read the rest Here

Counseling yourself By David Murray… One of the best ways to learn how to counsel others is to learn how to counsel yourself by knowing your Bible, heart, body, past, social character, personality type, and learning style. Read the rest Here

How People Get Saved by Pastor Jim McClarty… “So which of these two, synergism or monergism is biblical? We really need to settle that because if you think God works synergistically, you’re going to view God differently than the people who say God works monergically. You’re going to have very different concepts of God.”

One of my daily visits is to see what Eddie is up to…

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The Matter Of His Lordship

“We often hear the “Savior” characteristics of God stressed- his love, mercy, goodness and so on – but the matter of his lordship is absent. The distortion is particularly clear in evangelism. In modern practice the call to repentance is usually called an “invitation,” which one can obviously accept or refuse.  It is offered politely. Seldom do we hear presented God’s sovereign demand to repent or His demand for total submission to the authority of his appointed king, Christ Jesus.”

James Montgomery Boice (Foundations of the Christian Faith)

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May it never be, absolutely not!

I posted this on Tuesday  What I Learned In Church This Week. “The Antinomians say they’re saved by grace but they live sinful lives, what we do doesn’t matter as long as we believe rightly.”  I often hear from people “where’s your grace and show them grace” But is that the answer showing people who are in sin grace? Let me say that I know the believer is not in bondage to the law, But I also know the believer is not free to hide behind grace as a license to sin Jude 4 and do anything they want. I remember listening to The Way Of The Master radio show with Todd Friel back in 2008 and on this one show they went down to Daytona Beach during spring break to interview college kids who professed to be Christians… As I was driving home I was in complete shock at the answers I was hearing from these kids. I prayed to receive Jesus into my heart, I’m down here to sow my oats, having some fun while I’m young, what’s a little excessive drinking and wild partying going to hurt. I went to youth group, I’m saved.

Paul said in Romans 5:21 6:1, 2 so that, as sin reigned in death, even so grace would reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase? May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it? What’s really going on here? You are saved by grace and it’s ok to keep our relationship with sin so God’s grace can work even more? May it never be! Paul is saying absolutely not!

There are many in Contemporary Christianity who want Justification without Sanctification without Holiness, But Peter calls us to Holiness: Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 14 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, 15 but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; 16 because it is written, “YOU SHALL BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY.”1 Peter 1:13, 14

I was preparing my lesson for Sunday school in Romans 3 and came across this from Donald Grey Barnhouse “Holiness starts where justification finishes; and if holiness does not start, we have the right to suspect that justification has never started” I think of these kids who profess to have Christ may really lack possession of Him. No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. 1 John 3:9 The person who remains in an habitual state of sin gives evidence that he has never left his life of sin.

I truly believe two thing happen when we are saved by grace through faith alone:

  1. I believe a new relationship with Jesus Christ, is a new relationship with your sin.
  2. I believe a new relationship with Jesus Christ, is a new relationship with God’s word.

The Christian life is not a straight line from A to Glorification… Of course we are going to have setbacks and struggles with our sin-life… Life will always bring us these troubles and trials. We need to pay attention to Paul’s urging in Romans 12:1, 2 Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. We are a new creature in Christ Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. 2 Corinthians 5:17 Paul says in Ephesians 4:24 to put on the new self which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.

I want to be like the apostle Paul… like other godly men I know and are dear friends of mine who have exemplified the gospel of Jesus Christ Philippians 3:17–18… Not that they are perfect, but they have a true desire is to walk in the light 1 John 1:7 and the Spirit Galatians 5:16 and in a manner worthy of our Lord Colossians 1:10 bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.

Legalism and Antinomianism have existed throughout history and are both thriving now, so you tell me, can a person be saved and continue habitual living in an ungodly life style? The answer just might save your life or someone you might know!

Truth is what they need, then grace.

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How People Get Saved

Pastor Jim McClarty discusses what the Bible actually says about how people are saved. Along the way he contrasts synergism and monergism, points out the power of facts, and reviews some of the pertinent texts concerning salvation.

“So which of these two, synergism or monergism is biblical? We really need to settle that because if you think God works synergistically, you’re going to view God differently than the people who say God works monergically. You’re going to have very different concepts of God.”

Check out this video below for answers.

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What I Learned In Church This Week

The Sunday school class in Romans was really good this week, it was one of those bible studies that I will remember for a very long time. We continue to make our way through the book of Romans at a very slow pace, digging into all the nooks and crevices, all the twist and turns, so what often happens is I turn right down rabbit trail lane and we found ourselves into an apparent opposing principles… So let me explain! During this past week I was reading to prepare myself to teach on Romans 3:7-8 where Paul is continuing his diatribe with an imaginary opponent… Paul says in Romans 3:7 But if through my lie the truth of God abounded to His glory, why am I also still being judged as a sinner? The objecting opponent “why does God punish me for lying if my lying brings glory to Him?” Romans 3:8 And why not say (as we are slanderously reported and as some claim that we say), “Let us do evil that good may come”? Their condemnation is just. Paul returns and says if anyone thinks that God should overlook his sinning because his sinning glorifies God, that person deserves condemnation. Paul is really saying this is so absurd it doesn’t deserve anymore of my time.

The apostle Paul’s gospel, the same gospel we believe who are saved by grace through faith alone had been perverted by his opponents who argued it provides a license to sin and encourages us to do so even more. Paul touches on that in Romans 5:20 and 6:1, 2. They are really accusing Paul of heretical teaching (as we are slanderously reported and as some claim that we say). This is where the right turn down rabbit trail lane took place this past week as I was reading and preparing this study, I thought about Antinomianism and those who adhere to this theology would have loved the imaginary opponents argument… The Antinomians say they’re saved by grace but they live sinful lives, what we do doesn’t matter as long as we believe rightly. (more to say on that in part two of this post Thursday) What’s Legalism? Really it’s any self-effort to meet or keep up our justification before God. Galatians 3:1-5 It always denies that Christ is enough for salvation… Are you starting to see the apparent opposing principles of legalism and antinomianism. I will leave you with this quote I came across from A.W. Pink that describes Legalism and Antinomianism and the apparent opposing principles that are two sides of the same coin… We’ll take this back up on Thursday.

A.W. Pink writes the following about the similarities between Pharisees (legalists) and antinomians:

“It has been said that every unregenerate sinner has the heart of a Pharisee. This is true; and it is equally true that every unregenerate sinner has the heart of an Antinomian. This is the character which is expressly given to the carnal mind: it is “enmity against God”; and the proof of this is, that “it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be” (Rom. 8:7). “Should we be surprised, then, if we find the underlying principles of Phariseeism and Antinomianism uniting in the same mind? Surely not. There is no more real opposition between these apparently opposing principles, than there is between enmity and pride. Many a slothful servant has hated his master and his service, and yet had he pride and presumption enough to demand his wages. Phariseeism and Antinomianism unite, like Herod and Pilate did, against the Truth.” (Taken from The Law and The Saint)

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MacArthur Monday

The Necessities for Effective Prayer

And Jesus answered saying to them, “Have faith in God. 23 Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it will be granted him. 24 Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you. 25 Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you your transgressions. 26 [But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father who is in heaven forgive your transgressions."] Mark 11:22-25

 The historical necessity to prayer is to remember… Remember what? Remember the God who reserved you, remember the God who delivered you out of Egypt, remember the God who rescued you from the death angel at the Passover, remember the God who let you walk through the water untouched and then drowned all of Pharaoh’s army, remember the God who fed you manna in the wilderness, remember the God who provided water from a rock, remember, remember, remember, remember. That is the foundation of effective prayer now and in the future.” In the disciples prayer when the disciples said, “Lord, teach us to pray,” He said, “Pray this way. Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your Kingdom come, Your will be done.” That’s how you pray. “God, whatever honors Your name, advances Your Kingdom, and accomplishes Your will, that’s what I pray.” That’s how you really pray. The other way to pray is to pray to consume it your own lusts, on your own desires, to demand things from God. And James says, “You ask and you don’t receive because you ask to consume it on your own desires.” All prayer starts with Your honor, Your Kingdom, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. That’s what it means to trust God.” Listen to the sermon below for much more.

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A little of this and a little of that

The Sea, and All That Is Therein By Phil Johnson… This is a great story about God’s providence… “All the trials we go through would be a whole lot easier to endure if we had more trust in the workings of Providence.” It was the summer of 1997. I was slated to go on one of those week-long ministry-sponsored cruises along the Inside Passage in Alaska with Darlene—a full week of Bible teaching and heavenly scenery. A floating Bible conference in the North Pacific. We were very excited about it. Read the rest Here

Abortion is as American as Apple Pie — Abortion is now one of America’s most common surgical procedures performed on adults. As many as one out of three women will have at least one abortion. In some American neighborhoods, the number of abortions far exceeds the number of live births. By Albert Mohler… Read the rest Here

Is There Enough Teaching in the Church? I know this sounds like a crazy notion. I’m not 100% convinced myself. But I’ve begun to wonder if there might not be enough public teaching in today’s church. That probably sounds nuts to many churchgoers, not to mention most pastors. Plenty of ministers already feel swamped with some combination of morning service, evening service, Sunday school, catechism, and midweek teaching… By Kevin DeYoung… Read the rest Here

Simple Steps for Family Worship — Part 1 and 2 from Nathan W. Bingham… For many Christian parents any mention of “family worship” can induce a cold sweat, a sense of guilt, and an awareness of their inadequacies. But family worship shouldn’t be a burden that Christian families avoid, rather, it should be a joy they look forward to each day. Read Part 1 Here and Part 2 Here

I took this picture while on vacation in Rhode Island and fell in love with the word Intrepid

I posted it this past week:


I love this quote from Joel Beeke about reading books.

“Before picking up a book, ask yourself: Would Christ approve of this book? Will it increase my love for the Word of God, help me to conquer sin, offer abiding wisdom, and prepare me for the life to come? Or could I better spend time reading another book?” (Feed My Sheep)

How Great Is Our God from Chris Tomlin

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