Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Key To The Ten Commandments

This clip is taken from the sermon "Jesus on Money, Idolatry, and Comedy," preached by Pastor Mark Driscoll at the Mars Hill Church Ballard campus in Seattle, Washington, on May 22, 2011. It is the 75th sermon in our sermon series on the Gospel of Luke. To watch the full sermon, visit http://www.marshillchurch.org/media/luke/jesus-on-money-idolatry-and-comedy

Monday, May 30, 2011

Don't Look to Your Feelings, Look to Christ! - Mason Vann

MP3/PDF/MP4: http://illbehonest.com/Dont-Look-to-Your-Feelings-Look-to-Christ-Mason-Vann

Full Sermon: http://illbehonest.com/How-Will-the-Reality-from-a-Conference-Be-Sustained-Ma...

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Sermon Outline: "First Fruits" Deuteronomy 26:1-11.

1) Use God’s gift to His fullest Expectations. (Deuteronomy 26:1)

2) Return to God the First of everything He has Given You (Deuteronomy 26:2-4)

• Matthew 6:25-33

3) Share the story of God’s Goodness with Others (Deuteronomy 26:5-9)

• Deuteronomy 6:1-3, 20-24

4) Worship and Rejoice before the LORD your God (Deuteronomy 26:10-11)

• Romans 1:18-25

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Friday, May 20, 2011

The Persecution and Endurance of Christians, Part 2 (Luke 21:12-19) John MacArthur

We return in our study of the Word of God to the twenty-first chapter of Lukes gospel. Luke is the predominant historian of the New Testament, having written this gospel as well as the entire book of Acts. And, of course, the focus in Lukes writing is on the person and work of Jesus Christ and the spread of the gospel of Christ after His ascension and sending of the Holy Spirit...

Thursday, May 19, 2011

The Persecution and Endurance of Christians, Part 1B (Luke 21:12-19) John MacArthur

Before the end comes, the gospel is going to go to the end of the world. How could that possibly happen? How could it possibly happen that the gospel could go to the end of the world when were going to be arrested, imprisoned and killed? Thats only part of the story. Its going to create opportunity for your testimony. Persecution of Christians has allowed Christians to give, strong, bold, confident, faithful testimony to the glory of the gospel. You read Foxes Book of Martyrs, Ive been reading it my whole life, just pieces and bits, and pieces, and over and over again. And you hear these incredibly stirring, beautiful testimonies of those who were brought to the edge of the flames, about to be burned to death, or to the edge of the sword, the guillotine for their love for Christ and how powerful their testimony is now resounding.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The Persecution and Endurance of Christians, Part 1A (Luke 21:12-19) John MacArthur

We have had an unusual week here in Southern California, as you know, and yet it's not something unexpected. We have had our lives dominated this past week by the horrific fire storms that have torched Southern California. The combination with which we are very family, severe drought, dry brush, excessive heat, dry Santa Ana winds with gusts up to 100 miles an hour, fallen power lines, and a few crazy arsonists have engulfed our communities in an inferno that has for a while, at least, put a million people out of their homes...the largest mass evacuation of people in the history of the state of California.

We are all fully aware of the terrible danger of wind and fire in our community. We see it with our own eyes and have friends who even lost their homes in these fires last week. But fire is not new. We've seen it before here in Southern California, the world has seen it throughout all of its history, really. In fact, the world has a long history of fire. Though we can't do without fire, even the ancient world was dependent on fire for warmth, dependent on fire for cooking, fire could also destroy and fire can also kill.

Just in the last few hundred years, there have been some severely devastating fires even in our own country. In 1846, a period of twenty years of fires in the state of Oregon burned about two million acres of forest there. Eighteen-seventy one, a very famous fire took place in Wisconsin, it burned 1.2 million acres and it started the same day as the famous Chicago fire which burned down the city of Chicago to the ground and thousands were consumed in that fire...

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Arminian's Prayer - Charles Spurgeon

C. H. Spurgeon - Baptist preacher

The descendant of several generations of Independent ministers, he was born at Kelvedon, Essex, and became a Baptist in 1850. In the same year he preached his first sermon, and in 1852 he was appointed paster of the Baptist congregation at Waterbeach. In 1854 he went to Southwark, where his sermons drew such crowds that a new church, the Metropolitan Tabernacle in Newington Causeway, had to be built for him. Apart from his preaching activites he founded a pastors' college, an orphanage, and a colportage association for the propagation of uplifting literature. Spurgeon was a strong Calvinist. He had a controversy in 1864 with the Evangelical party of the Church of England for remaining in a Church that taught Baptismal Regeneration, and also estranged considerable sections of his own community by rigid opposition to the more liberal methods of Biblical exegesis. These differences led to a rupture with the Baptist Union in 1887. He owed his fame as a preacher to his great oratorical gifts, humour, and shrewd common sense, which showed itself especially in his treatment of contemporary problems. Among his works are The Saint and his Saviour (1857), Commenting and Commentaries (1876) and numerous volumes of sermons (translated into many languages).

Charles Haddon (C.H.) Spurgeon (June 19, 1834 January 31, 1892) was a British Reformed Baptist preacher who remains highly influential among Christians of different denominations, among whom he is still known as the "Prince of Preachers." In his lifetime, Spurgeon preached to around 10,000,000 people, often up to 10 times a week at different places. His sermons have been translated into many languages. Spurgeon was the pastor of the New Park Street Chapel in London for 38 years. In 1857, he started a charity organization called Spurgeon's which now works globally. He also founded Spurgeon's College, which was named after him after his death.

Spurgeon was a prolific author of many types of works including sermons, an autobiography, a commentary, books on prayer, a devotional, a magazine, and more. Many sermons were transcribed as he spoke and were translated into many languages during his lifetime. Arguably, no other author, Christian or otherwise, has more material in print than C.H. Spurgeon.

The Arminian's Prayer - Charles Spurgeon

Monday, May 16, 2011

Jesus Isn't Impressed with Us

This clip is taken from the sermon "Works Righteousness vs. Gift Righteousness," preached by Pastor Mark Driscoll at the Mars Hill Church Ballard campus in Seattle, Washington, on May 1st, 2011. It is the 73nd sermon in our sermon series on the Gospel of Luke.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Sermon Outline: "Generous Grace" 2 Peter 1:3-4

1) Divine Power (2 Peter 1:3a)
• Titus 3:5
• Ephesians 3:20

2) Divine Provision (2 Peter 1:3b)
• 1 Corinthians 10:13
• Romans 8:29-30

3) Divine Procurement (2 Peter 1:3c)
• 2 Timothy 1:8-14

4) Divine Promises (2 Peter 1:4)
• Galatians 2:20
• Revelation 2:10-11

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

The Pursuit of God: Meekness and Rest - AW Tozer (Ch 9 of 9)

A.W. Tozer playlist: http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=66987CD6E419E258

If you have read or heard classic "deeper life" Christian authors and/or preachers, i.e. Watchman Nee, Andrew Murray, A.B. Simpson, Leonard Ravenhill, then you will quite likely find this sermon by A.W. Tozer very edifying. May you be blessed.

Because A.W. Tozer (April 21, 1897 - May 12, 1963) lived in the presence of God he saw clearly and he spoke as a prophet to the church. He sought for God's honor with the zeal of Elijah and mourned with Jeremiah at the apostasy of God's people. But he was not a prophet of despair. His writings are messages of concern. They expose the weaknesses of the church and denounce compromise. They warn and exhort. But they are messages of hope as well, for God is always there, ever faithful to restore and to fulfill His Word to those who hear and obey.

Shortly before his death, Tozer wrote: "Another kind of religious leader must arise among us. He must be of the old prophet type, a man who has seen visions of God and has heard a voice from the Throne." I am convinced that Aiden Wilson Tozer himself was such a man.

In his 1948 classic The Pursuit of God, Tozer challenged the stiff and wooden quality of many Christian lives. He noted: "Complacency is the deadly foe of all spiritual growth. Acute desire must be present or there will be no manifestation of Christ to His people." Indeed, Tozer believed that thirst for God was the sign of coming revival.

Tozer's passion for a deeper knowledge of God led him to study the great devotional writers of the past. "These people know God, and I want to know what they know about God and how they came to know it," he observed. Prayer and worship were the hallmarks of his life. One biographer states that his preaching as well as his writings were simply an extension of his prayer life. Another noted that Tozer spent more time on his knees than at his desk.

He called for a return to astonishment and wonder at the majesty of God. Then he added: "The God of the modern evangelical rarely astonishes anybody. He manages to stay pretty much within the constitution;very well-behaved, very denominational and very much one of us."

In modern evangelicalism, contended Tozer, we work, we have our agendas--in fact, we have almost everything except the spirit of true worship. He defined worship as a humbling but delightful sense of admiring awe, astonished wonder and overpowering love in the presence of the unspeakable Majesty. He reminded the pastors, "We're here to be worshippers first and workers only second; Out of enraptured, admiring, adoring souls God does His work. The work done by a worshipper will have eternity in it."

Tozer believed that worship rises and falls with our concept of God and that if there was one terrible disease in the modern church, it was that we do not see God as great as He is: "We're too familiar with God. ...that is why I do not believe in these half-converted cowboys who call God `the Man Upstairs'."

In the Preface to The Knowledge of the Holy, his last book, Tozer stated how important our view of God is: "The church has surrendered her once lofty concept of God and has substituted for it one so low, so ignoble as to be utterly unworthy of thinking, worshipping men. .. A whole new philosophy of the Christian life has resulted from this one basic error."

Tozer addressed the state of the evangelical church even more bluntly in Keys to the Deeper Life. In a chapter entitled "No Revival Without Reformation", he stated: "A widespread revival of the kind of Christianity we know today in America might prove to be a moral tragedy from which we would not recover in a hundred years." The imperative need of the day, he affirmed, was not simply revival but a radical reformation that went to the root of our moral and spiritual maladies: "Prayer for revival will prevail when it is accompanied by radical amendment of life; not before."

With revival, said Tozer, would come a renewed spirit of worship which was not the result of engineering or manipulation. It would come out of a high and holy view of God as portrayed in Scripture, not the God who has been "abridged, reduced, modified, edited, changed and amended until He is no longer the God whom Isaiah saw, high and lifted up".

Tozer called the doctrine of the Holy Spirit "buried dynamite". Yet he always insisted that the Spirit and the Word operate in harmony. He exhorted the overzealous to a warm heart and a cool head: "The history of revivals in the Church reveals how harmful the hot head can be....These are days of great religious turmoil. Let love burn on with increasing fervour, but bring every act to the quiet test of wisdom. Keep the fire in the furnace where it belongs. An overheated chimney will create more excitement than a well-controlled furnace, but it is likely to burn the house down. Let the rule be: a hot furnace but a cool chimney." -Walter Unger

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

David Wilkerson On Judgment & Prayer

Two short clips of Brother David Wilkerson preaching at Times Square Church in New York City. He speaks on the coming Judgment of God and about Prayer.

Monday, May 09, 2011

God Exhorts Us to Perseverance

This clip is taken from the sermon "The Parable of the Persistent Widow," preached by Pastor Mark Driscoll at the Mars Hill Church Ballard campus in Seattle, Washington, on April 17th, 2011. It is the 72nd sermon in our sermon series on the Gospel of Luke. To watch the full sermon, visit http://www.marshillchurch.org/media/luke/the-parable-of-the-persistent-widow

Saturday, May 07, 2011

Sermon Outline: "A Faithful Mother" 2 Timothy 1:1-5

1) Authority (2 Timothy 1:1–2a)
• Ephesians 6:1-3

2) Altruism (2 Timothy 1:2b)

3) Appreciation (2 Timothy 1:3a)
• Acts 24:14-16

4) Appeal (2 Timothy 1:3b)

5) Affection (2 Timothy 1:4)

6) Affirmation (2 Timothy 1:5)
• 1 Timothy 1:5

• 2 Timothy 3:15

Thursday, May 05, 2011

The Fear of Man

This clip is taken from the sermon "The Parable of the Persistent Widow," preached by Pastor Mark Driscoll at the Mars Hill Church Ballard campus in Seattle, Washington, on April 17th, 2011. It is the 72nd sermon in our sermon series on the Gospel of Luke. To watch the full sermon, visit http://www.marshillchurch.org/media/luke/the-parable-of-the-persistent-widow

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

We Are a Culture of Victims

This clip is taken from the sermon "The Parable of the Persistent Widow," preached by Pastor Mark Driscoll at the Mars Hill Church Ballard campus in Seattle, Washington, on April 17th, 2011. It is the 72nd sermon in our sermon series on the Gospel of Luke.

Monday, May 02, 2011

Are the Gospel Narratives Legendary or Historically Reliable?

http://reasonablefaith.org - Dr. William Lane Craig speaks on how we should approach the Gospels historically.