Archive for March, 2011

Importance of personal evangelism

Posted: March 26, 2011 by doulos tou Theou in Uncategorized

from a blog post here , an opening quote read by Clint Clifton at a seminar on Evangelism. The Quote is from a sermon by Edward Payson.

What is below is an edited version of the end of his sermon.. with some words changed to modernize it.

 

I cannot, must not, however, conclude, without addressing a word, my professing friends, to you.  And I hope you will bear with me, if, in view of such a subject as this, I address you with obvious severity.

We all deserve damnation, a thousand times, for our stupid insensibility to the situation of those, who are perishing around us.  We profess to believe the word of God; but can you prove that you believe it?  Do you act, as if you believed it?  Do you believe that many of your acquaintances, your children, are in danger of the fate, which has been so vividly described in the bible?

Dare you go to God, and say, Lord, I believe thy word, I believe that all your warnings and threats will be fulfilled… and then, as if I believed nothing… turn away, and coolly pursue my worldly business, without uttering one agonizing cry for those, who are exposed to this danger?  Dare you go and claim relationship to Christ, and profess to have his Spirit, and then make no effort, or only a few faint efforts, to save those, for whom he shed not tears only, but blood?
Here is what I have to say to you…  go, inconsistent, cruel, hard-hearted professors; go, slumber over the ruin of immortal souls; wrap yourself up in your selfish temporal interests, and say, I have no time to spare for rescuing others from everlasting burnings.  Go, wear out your life in acquiring property for your children, and leave their souls to perish in the fire that never shall be quenched.  Go, adorn their bodies, and banish from their minds if possible… the knowledge of such a wicked disease… .and leave in their chest that immortal worm, which will gnaw them forever.  And when God asks, where is your child? your brother? your friend? Reply, with the irreverent Cain, I know not, I care not: am I his keeper?

Say, then, Christian, do you believe that Christ died to save you from the misery, which I have so imperfectly  described?  Dost thou believe, that if he had not loved you and given himself for you, the gnawing worm and the unquenchable fire would have been your portion forever?  O then, where is thy gratitude, thy love?

It is expressed in the act of becoming a witness of Jesus Christ to those who are melting into hell around you.

 

Edward Payson was a 18th century congregational pastor in New England, during the second great awakening. “National Preacher” Volume 35, Issue 8 on page 245.

 

(HT:Michael Mckinley at Ninemarks blog)

Urgency of men and women repenting and believing now

Posted: March 25, 2011 by doulos tou Theou in Uncategorized

Sinclair Ferguson teaching on Universalism and eternal punishment

Here he speaks of  criticisms of  this statement:

“It would be impossible for a God of love to tolerate men and women being sent to hell. It would be the great emblem of his failure,” as MacDonald and others have maintained, “and he simply won’t tolerate lost souls.”

he then offers his criticisms of such statements, read or listen to the whole talk here

5) Fifthly, if I may argue in an ad hominem manner—and I mean this seriously and not cynically or in any sense merely as a put-down—it is one of the most extraordinary things in the world that, to a man, universalists are semi-Pelagian in their views. But suddenly, after death, everything becomes Calvinistic. The love of God is overwhelming. The love of God is irresistible. The love of God cannot be stopped.

But you see the principle of the New Testament is that God does not change because we die. His love is already overwhelming, irresistible. There is no more love of God to be demonstrated, beloved, than in the work of our Savior on the cross and the zealous pursuit of his efficacious work in the hearts of men and women by the power of the Holy Spirit. There is nothing more that God can do; there is no more love he can demonstrate; there is no more irresistible grace than the grace which effects our salvation here and now.

6) And sixthly, there is the homiletical argument that, inevitably, whenever universalism is espoused, the urgency and energy of New Testament preaching is dissipated. I tell you, it is a very unusual thing to hear a Barthian say, “I beseech you, be reconciled to God.” And it is an even rarer thing to hear a card-carrying, genuine-article universalist publicly espousing the doctrine of universalism with tears in his eyes, to say, “I beg you; lay down your arms; be reconciled to God.”

The principle here is that if the gospel that is proclaimed does not produce the fruit of that gospel that is visible in the New Testament, the gospel that is proclaimed cannot be the New Testament gospel. And the very reason for the urgency of the apostolic ministry and the zeal in our Lord’s heart that was to consume him was because of the sense of the urgency of men and women repenting and believing now, or else they would be lost forever.

Trinity is excited to host Peter Moore on defending and sharing the faith April 8th and 9th.  Cost is $20.  Please register with the church offices at 843-448-8426.
April 8th:  6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. April 9th:  9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

The Very Reverend Peter Moore, D.D., was the fourth Dean and President of Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry. He also served as the school’s first Chairman of the Board of Trustees. In 1962 he founded the Fellowship of Christians in Universities and Schools (FOCUS), a parachurch organization which ministers to prep school students. He also served in parish ministry at All Souls’ Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Pittsburgh and as the rector of “Little” Trinity Anglican Church in Canada – a historic parish in Toronto’s downtown core.  Peter is a gifted academic and author of several books and articles.  He earned his degrees from Yale, Oxford, Episcopal Theological School, and Fuller Theological Seminary.  Currently, Peter is serving as Associate for Transformational Discipleship at St. Michael’s Church in Charleston, SC.

He is also a gifted academic and author of several books and articles including the award-winning Disarming the Secular Gods: How To Talk So Skeptics Will Listen

Below are two videos available for a limited time on YouTube that you will not want to miss.  Both videos feature Martin Lloyd-Jones, the great English preacher who has had a reasonable influence on the pastors at Trinity Church.  In the first video Lloyd-Jones does a biography of Anglican evangelist George Whitefield.  In the second video Lloyd-Jones conducts an interview on what it means to be called to preach.  I don’t know when these will be taken down so enjoy them soon!

A hip hop exposition of Philippians

Posted: March 23, 2011 by limabean03 in Uncategorized

Wow.  The further he got into it the more impressed I was.  Phil 2 was amazing.

The Lord’s Supper Part II

Posted: March 23, 2011 by limabean03 in Uncategorized
preached by Rob Sturdy on March 20th, 2011

The Lord’s Supper Part I

Posted: March 17, 2011 by limabean03 in Uncategorized
preached by Iain Boyd

As many of you know I continue my studies for a Masters in Theology.  I post these mainly for accountability so that the good people of Trinity Church can know that I’m not wasting my continuing ed. budget on a vacation in the Bahamas.  The essay below is about how Martin Luther conceives of Christ’s presence in the Lord’s Supper.

How, if at all, is Christ present in the Eucharist?  The question itself was one of the most hotly contested of the Protestant Reformation.  Though the question is formally a matter of sacramental theology, the answer to the question for the Reformers often rested upon their own Christological presuppositions.  After all, how one understands the relationship between the divine and human natures of Christ, as well as what limits (if any!) one believes should be placed upon the physical body of Jesus, will influence how one understands the possibility of the presence of Christ in the elements of bread and wine.  One could say that Christology sets the ground rules for sacramental theology. (more…)

Grace & karma

Posted: March 17, 2011 by doulos tou Theou in Christianity, Discipleship, The Christian Life

“[Grace is] my favorite word in the lexicon of the English language.  It’s a word I’m depending on.  The universe operates by Karma, we all know that.  For every action there’s an equal and opposite reaction.  There is some atonement built in: an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.  Then enters Grace and turns that upside down.  I love it.  I’m not talking about people being graceful in their actions but just covering over the cracks.  Christ’s ministry really was a lot to do with pointing out how everybody is a screw-up in some shape or form, there’s no way around it.  But then He was to say, well, I am going to deal with those sins for you.  I will take on Myself all the consequences of sin.  Even if you’re not religious, I think you’d accept that there are consequences to all the mistakes we make.  And so Grace enters the picture to say, I’ll take the blame, I’ll carry the cross.  It is a powerful idea.  Grace interrupting Karma.”

Bono, in U2 by U2 (London, 2006), page 300.

Grace and Karma is a post from: Ray Ortlund

We admire Paul for so many things—his theology, his understanding of God—but I love Paul just as much for his love for people. You can see this love throughout his writings. Probably the most powerful statement he makes is in Romans 9: “I am speaking the truth in Christ, I am not lying. My conscience bears me witness in the Holy Spirit, that I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, my kinsmen according to the flesh.”

When I read that, I think, That’s impossible. I care for people, but I can’t imagine ever making a statement like that. Can he really mean that?

 

read the rest here

 

“I fixed ur doctrine”

Posted: March 14, 2011 by limabean03 in Uncategorized

Found this over at theresurgence.  Hilarious…

Small group reminders for Sunday School

Posted: March 12, 2011 by limabean03 in Uncategorized

A reminder about our new small group Sunday School classes that begin tomorrow at 10:15.  Iain will be in the hallway tomorrow to help facilitate and direct traffic.

1. Prodigal God:  Led by Danny MacDonald in the parlor.  This study focuses on the extravagant heart of God in the story we know as “The Prodigal Son.”Tim Keller shows us that the father is actually the prodigious and reckless giver and how thatreflects God’s heart towards us.
2. Just Walk Across the Room:  Led by Larkin Spivey in the study room downstairs.  In this study, Bill Hybels talks about how to share your faith in a way that is powerful, effective,and non-threatening.
3. The Reason for God:  Led by Charlie Jordan in Iain’s office.  In this study, Tim Keller looks at several reasons for disbelief in God and Christianity and opensthe conversation about how faith in Jesus is not only reasonable, but vibrant option.
4. How People Change: Led by Jeff Forehand in the staff meeting room.  Following up for our time with speaker Tim Lane, Jeff Forehand will be leading discussion onhow to apply the truths of How People Change to our lives to be able to see the Gospel imprintpractical change in our lives.
5. Going Silver without Tarnishing:  Led by Bruce Geary in his office.  This study for seniors will focus on Psalm 23. How does the Lord Shepherd us as we mature?The Rev Bruce Geary will be leading this group.

Amazed By Common Grace by J. Sampson

Posted: March 11, 2011 by doulos tou Theou in Uncategorized

Common Grace. It is a term used in theology to describe the grace God gives to every living person on planet earth. It is called “common,” not because it is not worth that much, but because everyone alive gets it.

Grace by definition can never be demanded. God gives grace, not because He has to, but because He decides to. The scripture says that God “makes His sun rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust” (Matthew 5:45).

How gracious this is of God. God doesn’t discriminate against the non-Christian in sending His rain, but gives it freely to saint and sinner alike. That should amaze us. It should take our breath away in fact. Yet the concept of common grace doesn’t usually do that for us. We’re very much accustomed to it, because it is so common, but we must always remember that God is exceedingly gracious in dispensing this kind of grace on people. The point being, He in no way has to.

Through the use of a short story, I’d like to give you a glimpse into why common grace should amaze us.

read the rest here


“Be aglow with the Spirit.” Rom 12:11, RSV

Posted: March 10, 2011 by doulos tou Theou in The Christian Life

When younger pastors ask me about the ministry, I don’t think of formulas, systems or strategies.  I think of my dad.  Radiant men, not angry men, not men determined to set others straight — radiant men draw people to Jesus with a power they themselves may be unaware of, because it isn’t a calculation.  It’s just who they are in the Spirit.

read the rest here Be aglow with the Spirit is a post from: Ray Ortlund

What sin does to us

Posted: March 9, 2011 by doulos tou Theou in Christianity, The Christian Life, Uncategorized

from “Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hand” by Paul David Trip

3 things sin does to us:

Sin  produces rebellion in us.

Rebellion is the inborn tendency to give in to the lies of autonomy, self-sufficiency, and self-focus. It results in an habitual violation of God-given boundaries…. We refuse to recognize his authority, robbing him of his glory and usurping his right to rule. (more…)