Preaching Point

A man only preaches a sermon well to others if he has first preached it to himself.

– John Owen

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Q&A#8: The Word of God

Q/A#8
Q: What does the Word of God teach us?
A: The Word of God teaches us about God, our purpose, our failure, and our only hope of salvation.

From childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.
– II Timothy 3:15-16 (ESV)

For Further Reflection
Read Isaiah 40, Matt. 22:37-40, Romans 3:10-25

Our Response
Receive Jesus as your Savior
Read God’s Word and follow it

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Passion Points

Here are some good posts for your weekend reading:

The Spiritual Dangers of Disconnecting from Creation – Scott Martin (TGC)
Creation is not an end in itself, something to be worshiped in place of the Creator. It is rather something that points us—if we are willing to pay attention—to a good, gracious, powerful, extravagant, and loving God. A world that disregards or distances itself from creation is a world that will naturally disregard and distance itself from God.

Quiet and Deep Christianity – Andrew Roycroft (Thinking Pastorally)
Ours is an age of fragmentation, of intellectual hopscotch, of results-oriented activity on the one hand and mindless entertainment on the other. We have demolished the stonewalls and uprooted the hedgerows of our intellectual past in favour of speed, convenience, and leisure; the mass production of information on which to gorge ourselves, without a thought for the mental and emotional habitats which have been destroyed in the process. Sooner or later we will have accommodated these changes to such a degree that we won’t even know to feel regret, and by the time my young children reach adulthood the concepts of silence, stillness, meditation, deep reading, and unbroken thought will be so far back in our history that they may scarcely seem real….  A huge, and largely unaddressed, issue is what kind of effect will this tempo and tone have on the life and work of the local church?

An Open Letter to the Timid Evangelist – Brian Hedges (Crossway)
In diagnosing our evangelistic disorders, it helps to remember that effective personal evangelism depends on the convergence of multiple factors including opportunity, character, and skill. Here are a few thoughts about each.

We Don’t Sing for Fun – Tim Challies
One of the trends that has swept our society through the past decades is the “funification” of pretty much everything….Yet singing is not prescribed for Christian worship for the purpose of fun. It actually serves a far higher purpose…

Hope you have a great Lord’s Day!

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Confession

SideBySideWe all need to confess, and we need to do it every day….  No one is so bad that he or she is beyond forgiveness….  No one is so good that only one or two confessions a year will do.

– Edward Welch in Side by Side

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Preaching Point

supremacyofgodinpreachingGladness and gravity should be woven together in the life and preaching of a pastor in such a way as to sober the careless soul and sweeten the burdens of the saints.

– John Piper in The Supremacy of God in Preaching

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Scripture Speaks to Our Suffering

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But he said to me,
My grace is sufficient for you,
for my power is made perfect in weakness.

Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses,
so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses,
insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities.
For when I am weak, then I am strong.
II Corinthians 12:9-10

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Book Collection

This is a bit late, but here are the top five books I read in 2018, followed by links to other best books of 2018 posts.  You are bound to find some good suggestions.

My Top Five Books

1. Faithfulness and Holiness – J. I. Packer & J. C. Ryle

2. How Should We Develop Biblical Friendship – Michael Haykin & Joel Beeke

3. Reset – David Murray

4. The Rest of God – Mark Buchanan

5. The Art of Rest – Adam Mabry

Other Lists

2018 TGC Book Awards

Kevin DeYoung

Jared Wilson

Trevin Wax

Russell Moore

Tim Challies (includes lists from several bloggers)

Happy reading!

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Preaching Point

supremacyofgodinpreachingThe goal of preaching is the glory of God in the glad submission of his people.

– John Piper in The Supremacy of God in Preaching

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Heaviest of Weights

SideBySideSin is the heaviest of weights; forgiveness is the greatest deliverance.

– Edward Welch in Side by Side

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Preaching Point

supremacyofgodinpreachingOur people need to hear God entranced preaching. They need someone, at least once a week, to lift up his voice and magnify the supremacy of God.

– John Piper in The Supremacy of God in Preaching

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