SERMON – Back to the Word: Nehemiah 8

Last Sunday, I preached a sermon at Jubilee Church in our series on the book of Nehemiah. A video of it is now available to download. You can also download the mp3, listen to it right here, or read my notes below: “Let me tell you about a most wonderful experience I had early Monday morning, March 19, 2007, a little after six o’clock. God actually spoke to me. There is no doubt that it was God. I heard the words in my head just as clearly as when a memory of a conversation passes across … [Read more...]

MLJ MONDAY – The Vital Place of the New Birth

I keep coming back to the subject of regeneration. I'm convinced that there is nothing more important for us to keep considering than this—not least because it enables us to be sure that we are saved ourselves, but also because of the effects a right understanding of this will have on us. I was therefore thrilled to find the following quote from the Doctor in a similar vein. We do not talk enough about this. What, then, is the new creation? What is the new man? What is this new thing that God … [Read more...]

MLJ MONDAY – Laziness Not Historically a Characteristic of Christians

Perhaps we should speak more about laziness as Christians. I'm not 100 per cent sure that we can say that the following quote entirely rings true of Christians today as a group. Perhaps I'm wrong, but I'm concerned that we as the Church have begun to imbibe the inherent laziness of the world. Brothers and sisters, this ought not be the case! We do not live for the beach! "Christianity has always stood for the dignity of work, for the dignity of labour, as can be proved historically. Heathendom … [Read more...]

MLJ MONDAY – Why The Doctor Did Not Approve Of Theological Degrees

One little known fact about Doctor Martyn Lloyd-Jones is his opposition to the concept of theological degrees for Christians. The following quote is probably the best one I have found which explains his reasoning for this position. It is also notable for the disappointment he clearly feels with those who are not interested in understanding more about God, but also his similar despair over those who stop at mere knowledge about God without pressing in to truly know him and worship him. What … [Read more...]

PIPER FRIDAY – Why Must We Be Born Again?

It has become something of a habit for me to watch a Piper sermon as part of the preparation of my heart to preach. I don't mean the preparation of my sermon material; rather I mean the preparation of my heart. Getting my heart into the right place to preach is a bigger challenge for me than writing a good set of notes. Piper stirs my heart in ways no one else I listen to does—in order that I should be grateful to God and sensitive to other people. He cares for his listeners and is passionate … [Read more...]

MLJ MONDAY – Lloyd-Jones Summarizes the Gospel

As Christians we must constantly remind ourselves both of the complexities and the glorious depths of the mysterious gospel of Christ, and of its ability to be summarized in a gloriously simple statement. We must keep checking ourselves! Do we actually believe what the Bible says? This is, to me, a fantastic summary of the message all Christians are meant to proclaim:[Jesus] deliberately went to the cross and suffered the shame and the spitting and the indignity of it all; and this He did to … [Read more...]

More From John PIper on Fighting Lust

A week ago we shared an unsettling quote from Dr. Piper about the vital need for us to fight lust or face an eternity without God. Since that fight is so critical to our well-being, I thought I would share another quote in which he goes on to explain how this fight can be won. Suppose I am tempted to lust. Some sexual image comes into my mind and beckons me to pursue it. The way this temptation gets its power is by persuading me to believe that I will be happier if I follow it. The power of all … [Read more...]

Lloyd-Jones on Anger and Self-Control

The Doctor was given his nickname, I believe, not so much because of his medical degree, but rather because of the way in which he used his diagnostic skill to get to the root of the human predicament. This quote is a good example of that:To fail to control ourselves means a loss of energy. These things can actually be measured. When I say ‘self-control’ I include controlling one’s temper, controlling one’s spirit. Have you ever seen a man trembling in a rage? What energy that man is … [Read more...]

ESV Study Bible – News, Samples, Interviews, and More

The ESV Study Bible (ESVSB) launch date of October 15th is approaching fast. The Study Bible team has been busy sharing samples and features online to entice us. Their goal is to help people know what's inside the Study Bible and how it might best serve them.From an e-mail sent out by the Study Bible team, here is a summary of what is available at this time:Free Book Introductions and Sample Chapters OnlineIn addition to the previous posts from Jonah, the Psalms, and Revelation, the … [Read more...]

Piper on the New Birth

Even my regular readers may not remember that some time ago I decided I wanted to work my way through John Piper's sermons on the new birth. I know it has been awhile since I mentioned this, but I don't want to rush this process, and let's just say I'vebeen busy with other things. So far I have shared my quotes and thoughts from the first and second sermons.Watching this third video, it was very refreshing to see Piper emphasize that the new birth really does change us. It was a very helpful … [Read more...]


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