Could Piper be wrong about the man in Romans 7 and does it matter?

The three sessions in Romans with John Piper yesterday were food for the soul. They were enjoyable, engaging, and illuminating. In fact they were life-changing.  Nothing I am going to say in this article should in an way take away from that. And I would urge everyone reading this article to take the time to watch the entire series of five talks from this conference online. Three of them are available already:Scripture: The Kindling of Christian Hedonism Free from Judgment, Fighting Sin, … [Read more...]

A Fathers Day Sermon

Here is a sermon I preached today on Romans 8:14-19 and Galatians 4:3-7You can listen to or download the sermon here:1. A crisis of Fatherhood1 in 4 families of children in the UK have only one parent living at home 90% of the time that is the mother Some people stigmatise single mothers. But don't stigmatise the parent who stayed. Stigmatise the one who left! Many men desert their children. Fatherhood is the greatest delight of a man’s life, but it is also his biggest c … [Read more...]

What do Acts and Romans say about the charismatic discussion?

In these few posts I am wanting to simply draw our attention to what the Scriptures say on the debate that has been raging recently. I am trying not to pass comment on these verses but allowing them to speak for themselves. It is worth pointing out one key difference in the way that charismatics approach Acts in particular, however. For us, this book is broadly speaking intended to be a normative model of what the Church can be like at best. For more of that follow the link, but here are the … [Read more...]

John Stott on non-authoritative NT prophecy

As far as I know John Stott was a cessationist through and through.  This makes his attached statement about  New Testament prophecy all the more credible and significant. It is worthy of our consideration because what is happening here is that a good biblical scholar is allowing the Bible to take him in the direction of something that could potentially undermine his position.  We all do well to approach the Bible with a similar reverence.Of course there are degrees of charismaticism and ce … [Read more...]

What does it mean to be a living sacrifice? Terry Virgo on Romans 12

Above is an excellent sermon that Terry Virgo preached at Jubilee Church this past Sunday. Audio is also available to download. If you haven't already I would urge you to follow him on Twitter, and read his book Spirit-Filled Church.Here are a few bullet-point notes I took listening.Many think that if you become religious you take on many duties, but Christianity is not about what we must do but what Jesus has already done! In view of the mercies of God a response is called for, … [Read more...]

A Father’s Day Sermon Idea

UPDATE:  This outline was preached on Fathers day 2014 with some additional material.  CLICK HERE  As a free gift to my hardworking pastor readers, here is a draft sermon outline that I hope will prompt an idea for any of you still preparing your sermon for tomorrow. Romans 8:14-19For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.  For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry,  “Abb … [Read more...]

Legalism vs liberalism which is worse?

Legalism is possibly more dangerous than liberalism, so fight for grace! Grace is absolutely foundational to the Christian walk, and should be a massive emphasis for us, as anybody who has been around this site for a long time, or for that matter a church belonging to the family of churches I am glad to be a part of, will most likely realize.  The Christian's relationship to law and grace has been emphasized thanks to the ministry of Martyn Lloyd-Jones who's excellent work on Romans impacted so m … [Read more...]

A sermon on Jesus’ Resurrection and its implications for us (Romans 4:25)

Other useful Easter resources:Did Jesus rise from the dead? I believe in Jesus: a sermon on the Trinity and the Resurrection A Good Friday Sermon A sermon on Jesus' Resurrection and its implications for us (Romans 4:25)I thank God for being so with us at Kings Church Kingston this past Sunday. He was present by his Spirit, and I was aware of his help as I spoke. I don't believe that I have ever preached a sermon where more people responded to the gospel in the appeal at the … [Read more...]

Straight to the heart of Romans – a second free chapter

Today I can share with you by kind permission of Monarch the second chapter of my friend Phil Moore's new book Straight to the heart of Romans. The third will be made available to those who subscribe to my email newsletter. IT’S PERSONAL (1:1-7)“… the gospel of God … regarding his Son.” (Romans 1:1&3)Romans may be brilliant, but it isn’t easy reading. It is the sixth of Paul’s thirteen New Testament letters and the only one he wrote to a church which he had neither planted nor vi … [Read more...]

Straight to the heart of Romans

Today I can share with you by kind permission of Monarch the first chapter of my friend Phil Moore's new book Straight to the heart of Romans. The second will be posted here tomorrow, and the third will be made available to those who subscribe to my email newsletter. INTRODUCTION: THERE’S A NEW KING IN TOWN“Paul, a servant of … Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 1:1&4)Paul’s letter to the Romans is not just the longest surviving letter from the ancient world. It was also the most … [Read more...]