Friday, January 28, 2011

Sermon Outline: "Light for the Path" Psalm 119:105-112

1) Light Points Our Direction (Psalm 119:105-108)
• 2 Peter 1:19

• Psalm 119:65-88

• Hebrews 13:10-16


2) Light Presents Our Defence (Psalm 119:109-110)

• Ephesians 6:10-20


3) Light Provides Our Delight (Psalm 119:111-112)

• Matthew 24:35

• Proverbs 6:23

Believe the Promises of God - Paul Washer


Believe in God, trust in the promises that the Lord has in the Word of God, pray and seek God to be delivered from any sin that is besetting you.

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

God's Perspective on Spiritual Wealth (Mark 10:23-31) John MacArthur


I want you to open your Bible, if you will, to the tenth chapter of the gospel of Mark. While you're doing that, I will remind you of a statement that I read earlier in the service from Luke chapter 1 verse 37, "For nothing will be impossible with God. For nothing will be impossible with God." That great statement comes right out of heaven, the confidence that God can do all things that He determines to do.

That, however, is not true of us. Although there are people today who would like to make us think we can do anything, it is a deception. So common for people to say, "You can do anything you want. You can accomplish anything you desire, just believe in yourself."

That is so ridiculous, of course. It's the comment of a deceiver, or deluded person, and I just began to think about that a little this week and I found some things that you can't do. You...well, there are a lot, I'm going to give you just a few. You can't tickle yourself, you can't lick your elbow. Okay? We'll start there. And if that's not profound enough for you, you can't sneeze with your eyes open and you can't slam a revolving door. And you cannot, according to one source, move your leg in a clockwise position in a circle and simultaneously draw a six. Don't try that, you may fall over...

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Living Waters University, a Catholic, a Muslim, & a Hindu girl


Ray Comfort shares the Gospel of Jesus Christ with a Catholic, a Muslim, and a Hindu girl at Cerritos College in CA.

Monday, January 24, 2011

The Existence of God



Piper says, "The forgiveness of sins is the biggest problem in the universe!" Why would it be a massive problem for God to pass over sins? At Worship God '09 John Piper spoke directly to this problem in his message, "The God of Worship."

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Sermon Outline: "The Light of His Presence" Acts 9:10-20

1) Fervency in Supplication (Acts 9:10-12)
• Acts 22:12


2) Faithfulness in Service (Acts 9:13-17a)
• Acts 22:14-15


• 1 Corinthians 4:1


3) The Filling of the Spirit (Acts 9:17b)



4) Fellowship with the Saints (Acts 9:18-19)
• 1 John 3:14


5) Fervency in Speaking (Acts 9:20)
• 1 Corinthians 9:16

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Sermon Outline: Acts 9:1-20 "The Light of His Presence"

1) Faith in the Savior (Acts 9:3-9)
a) contact (Acts 9:3)
• Acts 22:3-11

• Titus 3:3-5

b) conviction (Acts 9:4)


c) conversion (Acts 9:5)
• Acts 26:14

d) consecration (Acts 9:6–8)


e) communion (Acts 9:9)

Monday, January 10, 2011

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Sunday, January 09, 2011

Slaves for Christ, Pt. 2 (John MacArthur)


We're going to turn to a subject in the New Testament that as I think about it is largely ignored and overlooked. And I've been made aware of that in recent months. It was not too many months ago that I was flying on one of those jumbo jets from Los Angeles to London, in the process reading a book that dealt with the issue of slavery in the New Testament time and in the New Testament text. It set me thinking in all kinds of directions. I actually finished the book on the flight I was so rapt in my attention to this particular theme.

Being a slave of Christ may be the best way to define a Christian. We are, as believers, slaves of Christ. You would never suspect that, however, from the language of Christianity. In contemporary Christianity the language is anything but slave language. It is about freedom. It is about liberation. It is about health, wealth, prosperity, finding your own fulfillment, fulfilling your own dream, finding your own purpose. We often hear that God loves you unconditionally and wants you to be all you want to be. He wants to fulfill every ambition, every desire, every hope, every dream. In fact, there are books being written about dreams as if they are gifts from God which God then having given them is bound to fulfill. Personal fulfillment, personal liberation, personal satisfaction, all bound up in an old term in evangelical Christianity, a personal relationship. How many times have we heard that the gospel offers people a personal relationship with Jesus Christ?

Saturday, January 08, 2011

Sermon Outline: "Father of Lights": James 1 17-27

1) Words (James 1:19-21)

• Ephesians 4:25-31

2) Walk (James 1:22-25)
• Luke 6:46-49

• Romans 6:16-18

3) Works (James 1:26-27)
• John 13:35

• Matthew 25:35-36

Friday, January 07, 2011

The Truth about Divorce, #1 (Mark 10:1-12)


We are going to address the subject of divorce because it is the theme of our Lord's teaching in Mark chapter 10...Mark chapter 10. We're going to be looking at the twelve verses that launch this chapter and it's going to be in two parts, one this morning and another one next Sunday. So I'm going to let you know that so that you're not wondering why I haven't gotten to all of the issues that relate to this theme. I'm unable to do that until next Sunday and we'll finish up this text next Sunday morning. And then next Sunday evening, I'm going to add a special message on the issue of divorce from 1 Corinthians chapter 7. That will give you the full picture of what the Scripture teaches about divorce. We've also put a little notice in Grace Today about the book, The Divorce Dilemma, which is a handy guide to take you through the Scripture to help you understand these issues.

We're in Mark chapter 10, The Truth About Divorce. Now if you ask the question, how does God view divorce? There is a short answer. The short answer is given by God Himself in Malachi, the last prophecy at the end of your Old Testament, chapter 2 verse 16 where God says, "I hate divorce... I hate divorce." That is God's attitude toward a widely accepted, extremely popular and time-honored institution in human society...God hates divorce.

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Slaves for Christ, Pt. 1 (John MacArthur)



We're going to turn to a subject in the New Testament that as I think about it is largely ignored and overlooked. And I've been made aware of that in recent months. It was not too many months ago that I was flying on one of those jumbo jets from Los Angeles to London, in the process reading a book that dealt with the issue of slavery in the New Testament time and in the New Testament text. It set me thinking in all kinds of directions. I actually finished the book on the flight I was so rapt in my attention to this particular theme.

Being a slave of Christ may be the best way to define a Christian. We are, as believers, slaves of Christ. You would never suspect that, however, from the language of Christianity. In contemporary Christianity the language is anything but slave language. It is about freedom. It is about liberation. It is about health, wealth, prosperity, finding your own fulfillment, fulfilling your own dream, finding your own purpose. We often hear that God loves you unconditionally and wants you to be all you want to be. He wants to fulfill every ambition, every desire, every hope, every dream. In fact, there are books being written about dreams as if they are gifts from God which God then having given them is bound to fulfill. Personal fulfillment, personal liberation, personal satisfaction, all bound up in an old term in evangelical Christianity, a personal relationship. How many times have we heard that the gospel offers people a personal relationship with Jesus Christ?

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

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This "The Four Loves" echart explains the differences between the four kinds of love: Agape (unconditional, God-like), Philia (friendship), Eros (pleasure, sexuality), and Storge (gift-love between parents and children). It also explains the Christian "rule of love" as described by C.S. Lewis.

Monday, January 03, 2011

God's Patience in the New Year - John Newton



If we were blind and reduced to desire a person to lead us, and should yet pretend to dispute with him, and direct HIM at every step, we should probably soon weary him, and provoke him to leave us to find the way by ourselves if we could.

Saturday, January 01, 2011

New Year's Resolutions - Jonathan Edwards (Part 1 of 2)


New Year's Resolutions - Jonathan Edwards (Part 1 of 2)

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"Being sensible that I am unable to do anything without God's help, I do humbly entreat him by his grace to enable me to keep these Resolutions, so far as they are agreeable to his will, for Christ's sake...Remember to read over these Resolutions once a week."

- Jonathan Edwards

Jonathan Edwards - (1703-1758), American puritan theologian and philosopher

Edwards was born in East Windsor, Connecticut, to Timothy Edwards, pastor of East Windsor, and Esther Edwards. The only son in a family of eleven children, he entered Yale in September, 1716 when he was not yet thirteen and graduated four years later (1720) as valedictorian. He received his Masters three years later.

As a youth, Edwards was unable to accept the Calvinist sovereignty of God. He once wrote, "From my childhood up my mind had been full of objections against the doctrine of God's sovereignty It used to appear like a horrible doctrine to me." However, in 1721 he came to the conviction, one he called a "delightful conviction." He was meditating on 1 Timothy 1:17, and later remarked, "As I read the words, there came into my soul, and was as it were diffused through it, a sense of the glory of the Divine Being; a new sense, quite different from any thing I ever experienced before I thought with myself, how excellent a Being that was, and how happy I should be, if I might enjoy that God, and be rapt up to him in heaven; and be as it were swallowed up in him for ever!" From that point on, Edwards delighted in the sovereignty of God. Edwards later recognized this as his conversion to Christ.

In 1727 he was ordained minister at Northampton and assistant to his maternal grandfather, Solomon Stoddard. He was a student minister, not a visiting pastor, his rule being thirteen hours of study a day. In the same year, he married Sarah Pierpont, then age seventeen, daughter of James Pierpont (1659-1714), a founder of Yale, originally called the Collegiate School. In total, Jonathan and Sarah had eleven children.

Solomon Stoddard died on February 11th, 1729, leaving to his grandson the difficult task of the sole ministerial charge of one of the largest and wealthiest congregations in the colony. Throughout his time in Northampton his preaching brought remarkable religious revivals. Jonathan Edwards was a key figure in what has come to be called the First Great Awakening of the 1730s and 1740s.

Yet, tensions flamed as Edwards would not continue his grandfather's practice of open communion. Stoddard, his grandfather, believed that communion was a "converting ordinance." Surrounding congregations had been convinced of this, and as Edwards became more convinced that this was harmful, his public disagreement with the idea caused his dismissal in 1750.

Edwards then moved to Stockbridge, Massachusetts, then a frontier settlement, where he ministered to a small congregation and served as missionary to the Housatonic Indians. There, having more time for study and writing, he completed his celebrated work, The Freedom of the Will (1754).

Edwards was elected president of the College of New Jersey (later Princeton University) in early 1758. He was a popular choice, for he had been a friend of the College since its inception and was the most eminent American philosopher-theologian of his time. On March 22, 1758, he died of fever at the age of fifty-four following experimental inoculation for smallpox and was buried in the President's Lot in the Princeton cemetery beside his son-in-law, Aaron Burr.

New Year's Resolutions - Jonathan Edwards (Part 2 of 2)