http://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/80-382 Now I want you to open the Word of God this evening, to the fifth chapter of Paul's letter to the Ephesians and those of you who have been with us on Sunday nights know we've been looking at this chapter in light of our series on the Holy Spirit and with particular interest in looking at being filled with the Holy Spirit in verse 18. Following verse 18 are all the effects of being filled with the Spirit or under the Spirit's control. And we started into that and went down essentially as far as verse 20 and we're going to pick it up and go all the way into the sixth chapter as we begin a series on the divine standard for marriage and the family. We're going to be talking about husbands, wives, parents, children, all the way down to verse 4 of chapter 6. And there's a subsequent passage about employers and employees under the biblical term of slave and master....+ More details
http://www.gty.org/resources/Sermons/80-381 The Lord is blessing us with young people in this church, you notice. Our new member receptions on Sunday nights, so many young people. The Lord is bringing a generation of young people to the knowledge of Himself and it's just a terrific joy for me. And speaking of young people, I was asked before the service why it is that I have decided the last couple of weeks to talk to you about the Christian and drinking alcohol. Maybe I do need to tell you why. I have decided to do this because it's been a long time since I talked about this. Of course, I have spoken about it in the past and all of that is available on MP3s and CDs and much of what we have taught through the years is available in books and commentaries. But the reason I have done this in this particular period of time starts with the fact that you may have many paedidaktikos (?) is the Greek word. You may have many tutors. But if I may be so bold, you have one spiritual Father, in the earthly sense and Paul said that to the Corinthians. You may have ten thousand paedidaktikos, people influencing you but you have one who is responsible for your soul in a very real sense as your teacher. You know, when we talk about what the church is, it really comes down to Hebrews 13:17. That verse sums up how the church works. "Submit to those who are over you in the Lord, follow their faith for they care for your souls as those who must give an account." That's a pretty serious accountability. I have to give an account for the care of your souls. And the dangers of alcoholism are obvious to all of us. And it's a part of soul care, and particularly because our church is so full of young people and they're the most vulnerable and the most susceptible to the dangers of drunkenness and the habits that are developed from consuming alcohol....+ More details
http://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/80-379 There are so many ways in which we can prepare our hearts for a time around the Lord's Table. The cross is the focal point of the whole of Scripture and therefore there are a lot of places you can go to choose for that heart preparation that looks at the provision of Christ. One that you might not consider, however, is the tenth chapter of 1 Corinthians, and so I want you to turn to that...the tenth chapter of 1 Corinthians. I really had prepared something else, but this afternoon I think the Lord gave me a little bit of clarity on what might be most helpful to you as we enter into a brand new year. Of all churches, we are the most blessed in many ways. We are so highly privileged. We have been given such immense blessing, so many gifted people, so much ministry, so much provision to feed our souls and to build us up in the knowledge of Christ, so many opportunities for service, we stand as a highly privileged congregation of people. And I know you know that very well. And on the one hand, we have been celebrating that privilege all through last year. I feel last year was, from my standpoint, the greatest year in the history of this church and I don't expect next year to be any less than that, but I will always look back on 2011 as one of the greatest, if not the greatest in my own assessment and my own experience in the life of this church since I came here in 1969, for many, many reasons. And I think as we look at the future, we have no reason to assume that God is going to bless us any less as we remain faithful. But the more highly privileged we are, the more careful we need to be because I think the Lord is gracious and the Lord is merciful and the Lord is kind and the Lord is good but He is selective about whom He blesses. And what you have in 1 Corinthians chapter 10 is a kind of a warning to a very blessed people, a warning to a very blessed people....+ More details
http://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/80-377 I want you to think with me concerning the things of the Word of God for our message along the line of the necessity of the Christian gospel, the necessity of the Christian gospel and maybe even more specifically the necessity of faith in the Christian gospel. Now if you're a part of Grace Church, this is probably not news to you that salvation depends upon believing the gospel of Jesus Christ. We have emphasized that through all the ministry in the history of this church. We understand that the ministry of Christianity, the message of Christianity has always been the same. It has always been that salvation comes by faith in the good news concerning Jesus Christ, His birth, life, death and resurrection. The content for the gospel is found solely and only in Scripture. So Christianity, true Christianity and those who truly represent Christianity has always affirmed the necessity of believing the gospel. True Christians have always believed that rescue from hell comes only to those who hear, understand, believe the gospel and embrace it fully. For centuries, Christians have believed that, have proclaimed that, have given their lives and their resources in order to manifest, demonstrate and proclaim that conviction. Here we are two thousand years away from the New Testament. We've had two thousand years in which true Christians have always proclaimed that, and we're facing a time in the life of the church when some people have called that into doubt. I was, a few weeks ago, in Montreal, as most of you know, at the first ever theological conference for the first generation evangelical Christian church in Quebec, basically planted in the early eighties, a first-generation church having the first sort of convocation of theology in their history. And they asked me if I would address the subject of the necessity of faith in the gospel for salvation because there was a trend in this first-generation church among many who were espousing the idea that there will be people in heaven who never knew about the gospel, never knew about Jesus Christ, and maybe never even knew about the Bible. Is it essential, they said, for people to have faith in the gospel?...+ More details
http://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/80-376 As we enter into this season of celebration for us as believers, we face an opportunity and a responsibility that I think is unique to the season and that is to be ready to speak the gospel to the folks that are around us who don't know the Lord Jesus Christ. You heard from Travis the commission of Jesus to go into all the world and make disciples, baptizing them and commanding them to do all things that I have commanded you. This is our commission, this is why we are here in this world, to be ministers of reconciliation with a message of reconciliation to God that sinners might be saved. We talk about that, being saved. One of the people being baptized tonight made reference to being saved. What are we talking about? What is it we want people saved from? That is the compelling question. The answer to that question, as far as Scripture is concerned, is a simple answer. We want to see people saved from eternal punishment, punishment that never ends. Conscious existence, conscious life in a body resurrected and suited for everlasting punishment. The Bible speaks of that as occurring in a place that we know as hell. In the Old Testament, the word Sheol makes reference to that in a general way. In the New Testament, the word Hades is sometimes with reference to that. But always the word hell coming from the Greek word Gehenna speaks of what the book of Revelation calls this Lake of Fire where people are punished and tormented forever. I think we sort of comfortably distance ourselves from that reality. Certainly in general in the church it is looked over, passed by, ignored. There are those who claim to be preachers who don't ever talk about hell, wouldn't talk about hell, avoid it at all costs, when the truth of the matter is, it ought to be the first thing that we talk about when we talk about the gospel. This is about salvation from hell....+ More details
http://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/80-374 Welcome, tonight, we're glad that you're here. I know you're here because you delight in the things of Christ and the fellowship with other Christians, and what a wonderful time it is to be together. If you've been with us for the last few Sunday nights, you know this is a kind of extended missionary report coming off of my trip. It was just a few weeks ago that Patricia and I had the opportunity to be sent by the church to Europe for...well actually I lasted 21, 22 days over there. Patricia came back a little bit ahead of me. But in response to that, and I know many of you ask questions about it, I have tried to endeavor to communicate with you the big picture of what we're trying to accomplish around the world. I don't mean to leave out the details of these faithful and precious missionaries that we have all over the world, and I want you to know that when you spend time with these people, it is a remarkable, it is an encouraging, it is a fulfilling and satisfying experience to see the character and the quality and the diligence and the endurance and the faithfulness and the wisdom and the motivation that these missionaries all over the world have. They are a remarkable group of people. And because there are many of them and they're working together, they stimulate one another to love and good works, that's for sure. They share in each other's lives. Had a wonderful time in Spain for the first time to be with some of our folks there. A couple of our graduates from the seminary in Leon, Spain, and just a wonderful time. There also Michael Mahoney came, Henry Tolopio(?) was there, Kevin Edwards was there, we had a great conference with pastors, a wonderful time encouraging and instructing church leaders and ministering to the missionaries and the folks in the church there in Leon. And I came away being so profoundly encouraged that these young men who are in that place are going to be used of God in a mighty, mighty way....+ More details
http://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/90-325 For a number of weeks we have been working our way through the doctrine of inspiration, that is that the Bible is inspired by God. That it is infallible, that is it is true in all that it affirms and teaches, that it is inerrant, that is that every word of God is pure. This is the true Word of God contained in the 66 books of the Bible. Now admittedly it is a big subject and much can be covered in any study of the great doctrine of inspiration. We are trying to cover some of the very basic things that will be helpful to you in strengthening your confidence in the Word of God. So we have learned then that the Bible is true, that it is the true Word of God, that is the testimony of God in the Bible. He speaks repeatedly about 3800 times the Scripture says, "Thus says the Lord," in one fashion or another. The Scripture also is inspired by the Holy Spirit so you have not only the testimony of God the Father but the testimony of God the Spirit. And, of course, Jesus Christ Himself lends His testimony by affirming the validity of the Scripture, both the Old and the New Testament. We have then the Word of the living God, a true word, an authoritative word, an infallible word, a complete word to which nothing is to be added and nothing to be taken away. We have a determinative word, that is it fixes divine truth permanently and even eternally. Now I know that to believe the Bible is a work of God in the heart. The natural man apart from the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit, no matter how much evidence you give him about the veracity and validity of Scripture does not have the capacity in the darkness of his unbelief to believe the Bible. It is a work of the Spirit of God. But to those of us who have had that work done in our hearts who understand that the Word of God is in fact the true Word of the living God. It is important for us to be further strengthened and encouraged by the evidences that that which we believe is in fact true....+ More details
http://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/90-322 It was about 25 years ago in my life that I was asked to write a little book and the original title of that little book was Focus on Fact, you've probably never seen it, it didn't last very long. It came out in another edition with another title a couple of years later and that title was Why I Trust The Bible, it was 1983. And as I was preparing to write that book about why I trust the Bible, which is really what the first one was about as well, I had to answer the question why did I trust the Bible. What was it about the truth of Scripture that made it believable to me? Was I smarter than everybody else? Had I been presented a more powerful set of evidences about Scripture? And certainly such can be presented. Why did I have such immense confidence in the Bible? I can remember in my college days when very little appealed to me other than an athletic event. When I found my greatest joy on a football field, that even then I had complete confidence in the Word of God. I actually couldn't wait to get to seminary. And when I decided that I would give up an athletic career and opportunity on a professional level to go off to seminary, some of my athletes, athletic friends and coaches, couldn't understand the reason. And it really wasn't that I had a drive to preach or a drive to teach. I had this compelling longing to dig into the Word of God and understand what it means because I was unequivocally committed to its truthfulness. Where did that come from? Why was I so convinced of the truth of Scripture? I hadn't studied apologetics or defenses of Scripture. I hadn't read a lot of that. There was just in my heart a complete commitment to the Word of God. And when I sat down to think about why I trusted the Bible, I looked at some passages of Scripture that came into play. I remembered that Jesus had said to Peter in Matthew 16, "Flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven." And that the reason that Peter knew that Jesus was the Christ, the Son of God, was because of divine disclosure, divine revelation. And then I looked at 1 Corinthians chapter 12 and verse 3 which says, "No man can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Spirit of God." It is reasonable to me to say that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God. It is reasonable to me to say Jesus is Lord. But no one can say that as reasonable as it now appears to me to be unless the Father discloses it and the Spirit reveals it....+ More details
http://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/80-375 For just a brief meditation tonight, I want to draw your attention to the thirteenth chapter of John, thirteenth chapter when our Lord on the last night He was with His disciples, gathered with them in the Upper Room, a familiar portion of Scripture. This event in the Upper Room covers 13, 14, 15 and 16 of the gospel of John. But I want us to look at the opening few statements. According to verse 1, it is before the feast of the Passover. It is actually on Thursday night of Passion Week, "Jesus knowing that His hour had come, that He would depart out of this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end."...+ More details
http://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/80-372 This is a little bit of a different approach on Sunday night. I'm really kind of talking to you in a personal way to give you an understanding of why we do what we do here at Grace Church in terms of the exposition of Scripture, and why we send missionaries all over the world to train other people to do what we do. Having just come back from three weeks in Europe and being, and I think at last count eight different countries while I was gone in that brief period of time, I had the opportunity to spend time with various groups of our missionaries from many parts of the world who collected together for these conferences that I was able to be a part of over in Europe. And all of them have one single task that lays before them and that is to explain to people the meaning of Scripture, to tell people what the Bible means by what it says, to interpret Scripture. That is the function of Bible exposition, to exposit means to explain, to show, to declare, to reveal. And, of course the meaning of Scripture is the most precious commodity in existence because the meaning of Scripture is divine truth. I often tell ministers the meaning of the Scripture is the Scripture. The revelation of God cannot be known unless we understand the meaning of the Scripture. That is why we have the Master's Seminary, to train men how to explain the meaning of Scripture. How to get to the meaning of Scripture so that we can understand the Word of God. This is what I have been doing here for many, many years. This is what I have been calling other pastors to do in this country and everywhere I have gone to pastor's conferences virtually on every continent in the world through the years. This is what we continue to send our missionaries to the far corners of the world to do, to explain to people the meaning of Scripture and to train others to be able to explain the meaning of Scripture. This is how evangelism is done because we're begotten again by the Word of Truth. This is how the church grows because we're sanctified by the Word which is divine truth. Everything comes down to explaining the meaning of Scripture....+ More details
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