He reconciled sinful man to a Holy God, there is no other way for us to have a relationship with an infinitely Holy God except for the blood of the cross of the Lord Jesus Christ and it was by his sin bearing substitutionary vicarious death upon that cross, it was as if He took sinful man in one hand and holy God in the other hand and brought the two together through His death, by that death He satisfied the righteous anger of God and appeased His wrath towards all who would believe in Him and there is now therefore no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus and therefore being justified by faith we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. 2 Corinthians 5:21
Listen to the entire impromptu Gospel presentation by Steve Lawson below.
How glorious it would be to come into the yoke of the Lord Jesus Christ and to receive His salvation. This is a decisive moment in your life, you may never have another opportunity like this again where the gospel is so clearly being presented to you, and so I beg you, I urge you if you are not saved, if you are not committed to this moment commit your life to Jesus Christ.
“How glorious it would be to come into the yoke of the Lord Jesus Christ and to receive his salvation.”
and that’s a beautiful thing! Soli Deo Gloria Lenny
There are times in our Christian life when the most spiritual thing to do is to simply say no, even to real and pressing needs around us, so that we might give ourselves to what are the priorities of the Christian life. So often in the Christian life the choice is not between good and bad it is between good, better and best. We become caught up with pursuing good things that we neglect the better things and the best thing, and in that scenario good things become bad things when they keep us from the best things.
The word of God is primary in this church and we make no excuses for this. What is primary in this church is the exposition up the Word of God and when we have heard from God, then that sets everything else in motion.
Until we’ve heard the truth we cannot worship a God we do not know.
Until we’ve heard the truth we cannot share the Gospel effectively.
Until we’ve heard the truth we have no basis for fellowship.
Until we’ve heard the truth I’m not equipped for service.
Until I’ve heard the truth I cannot live a supernatural victorious life in Jesus Christ.
The truth is what is driving everything in this church , not programs not gimmicks, it is the sheer unadulterated truth of the word of the living God.
and that’s a beautiful thing! Soli Deo Gloria Lenny
The first temptation recorded in Scripture is an attack on the trustworthiness of God’s Word. Such attacks have continued unabated to our own day. In the past, such attacks were usually made by liberals, but today we hear more and more doubts cast upon God’s Word by professed evangelicals. In this lecture, Dr. Steven Lawson reminds us of the importance of a commitment to the authority, inspiration, and inerrancy of Scripture.
“Some persons think they can know God by means of their own human reason. But reason is a blind ally spiritually. It has always been the great minds exercising their powers apart from the Word of God who have produced the great heresies. Some think they can discover God by listening to a so-called ‘inner voice.’ But the voice is often nothing more than an expression of their own inner desires. Quite a few think that spiritual truths can be verified by supernatural events or miracles. But the Bible everywhere teaches that even miracles will not lead men and women to understand and receive God’s truth unless they themselves are illuminated by the Bible (see Luke 16:31). I believe that we can state categorically that there is no knowledge apart from Jesus Christ and that there is no knowledge of Jesus Christ apart from a knowledge of the Bible.” James Montgomery Boice
This is an excerpt of a message given by Dr. Lawson at one of the Resolved Conferences titled: IT WILL COST YOU EVERYTHING from Luke 14:25-30 Now large crowds were going along with Him; and He turned and said to them, 26 “If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple. 27 Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. 28 For which one of you, when he wants to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if he has enough to complete it? 29 Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who observe it begin to ridicule him, 30 saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’ For the full message go to Here
Matthew 28:19 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, A true disciple is a true believer in Jesus Christ… Our Lord can care a less about attenders, He is after true disciples. Acts 11:26 and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. And for an entire year they met with the church and taught considerable numbers; and the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch. Literally a Christian means a little christ.
Steve Lawson goes over some of the Resolutions of Jonathan Edwards, that were written when Edwards was 19 years old. How do you use your time? are you living for the eternal? Are you living with eternity stamped on your eyeballs? or self?
1. Resolved, that I will do whatsoever I think to be most to God’s glory, and my own good, profit and pleasure, in the whole of my duration, without any consideration of the time, whether now, or never so many myriad’s of ages hence. Resolved to do whatever I think to be my duty and most for the good and advantage of mankind in general. Resolved to do this, whatever difficulties I meet with, how many and how great soever.
2. Resolved, to be continually endeavoring to find out some new invention and contrivance to promote the aforementioned things.
3. Resolved, if ever I shall fall and grow dull, so as to neglect to keep any part of these Resolutions, to repent of all I can remember, when I come to myself again.
4. Resolved, never to do any manner of thing, whether in soul or body, less or more, but what tends to the glory of God; nor be, nor suffer it, if I can avoid it.
5. Resolved, never to lose one moment of time; but improve it the most profitable way I possibly can.
Oh, how we ought to search our hearts here today. Have I come to this place of total commitment in my life? Have I yielded my life to the sovereign lordship of Him who dies upon the cross for me. I want you to know that the gates of paradise have been swung open to you. The narrow gate is open and if you will take a step of faith and come through this narrow gate, and commit your life to Him. Despite the strength of His words. He also says, “him who comes unto Me I will in no wise cast out.”
13 “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. 14 For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it. Matthew 7:13, 14
I love this video from Dr. Lawson… So Encouraging!
Here then, is the real problem of our negligence. We fail in our duty to study God’s Word not so much because it is difficult to understand, not so much because it is dull and boring, but because it is work. Our problem is not a lack of intelligence or a lack of passion. Our problem is that we are lazy. (R.C. Sproul Knowing Scripture.)
Amidst the flood of dangerous reading, I plead for my Master’s book; I call upon you not to forget the book of the soul. Do not let newspapers, novels, and romances be read, while the prophets and Apostles be despised. Do not let the exciting and sensual swallow up your attention, while the edifying and the sanctifying can find no place in your mind. (J.C. Ryle Thoughts for Young Men.)
In the days of hardship, particularly persecution, those who are in the process of becoming Christians count the cost of discipleship carefully before taking up the cross of the Nazarene. Preachers do not beguile them with false promises of an easy life or indulgence of sins. But in good times, the cost does not seem so high, and people take the name of Christ without undergoing the radical transformation of life that true conversion implies. (James Montgomery Boice from Christ’s Call to Discipleship)
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.16 For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities -all things have been created through Him and for Him. 17 He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. 18 He is also head of the body, the church ; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything. 19 For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, 20 and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross ; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven. 21 And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds, 22 yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach – 23 if indeed you continue in the faith firmly established and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the gospel that you have heard, which was proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, was made a minister. Colossians 1:15-23