Faith and Feelings Part Ten – Conversion is typically an emotional experience

Spurgeon argued yesterday that often feelings come before faith, (having previously denied it!).  In today's quote after carefully reminding us that not every conversion is a "typical" one he goes on to tell us how he feels the typical conversion occurs: Some men have the light of God; but they cannot tell when the light first came to them. Let none of you imagine that you are not converted because you do not know the hour when it occurred; otherwise, you would be as foolish as I should be if I … [Read more...]

Faith and Feelings Part Nine – Spurgeon suggests experience comes before knowledge after all

Today's quote from Spurgeon demonstrates that the man believed two points that many today would disagree with.  Firstly, he argues that intellectual assent to the gospel is insufficient for salvation, indeed that it may make you more worthy of damnation. Secondly, he seems to suggest that experience may well need to come first before faith. How many people do in fact say, "if I could just feel God, I would believe?" Finally he seems to believe that it is possible to have full assurance of faith … [Read more...]

SERMON – A Song Of Hope – Psalm 121

On the 24th of August, I preached a sermon at Jubilee during our summer series on some famous psalms. I took Psalm 121, which served as a starting point for me to share some of the most important planks of my personal doctrinal framework—a framework that has sustained me through hard times.As blogging around here at least begins to return to normal—if there is such a thing at adrianwarnock.com—I thought I'd share both the audio to download and a condensed version of the message below. You can als … [Read more...]

Review of the Blog – July to August: TULIP and Together On a Mission

Before going on a summer break, I ended with a post which expresses clearly the driving passion behind my life—I DON'T WANT BALANCE, I WANT IT ALL!Other than that, and the posts on the atonement I listed in yesterday's review, July was totally dominated (and rightly so) by Together On a Mission. This conference is a phenomena that you really ought to experience at least once in your life. The fact that next year we will have Mark Driscoll here in the UK as the main speaker is just one reason to c … [Read more...]

Sermon – ALIVE TOGETHER WITH CHRIST – EPH 2:1-10

This is some notes from a sermon I preached last Sunday. You can download the audio or listen to it right here with this player.The following notes havent gone through my usual 'tidying up' process and I thought I would share them with you without any real editorial input just so you can see quite how chaotic my mind truly is! If they don't make much sense to you, hopefully the audio will be clearer!Paul begins this second chapter in the context of a glorious description of the power of God at … [Read more...]

The Unstoppable Saviour – Irresistible Grace

As regular readers will realize, this week I am swiftly working through the glorious doctrines of grace—the so-called "TULIP." Today we reach irresistible grace.Today's first quote comes once more from Charles Simeon: "A river flowing with a rapid and majestic current to the sea would defy the efforts of the whole world to turn it back again to its source; yet by the returning tide it is not only arrested in its course, but driven up again with equal rapidity towards the fountain-head. It is t … [Read more...]

SERMON – Reviving Prayer – 1 Kings 17:1 to 2 Kings 2:14

The following is a full set of notes, including background information and quotes I used whilst preparing my sermon entitled, "Reviving Prayer," which was preached at Jubilee Church on the 25th of February 2006. Much of this material was never designed to form part of the sermon — instead it is, if you like, part of the "iceberg" that lies beneath the surface supporting what I actually said. You can download the audio (you may need to right click and save the file onto your PC) or listen right h … [Read more...]

A Muslim nation?

In 21st century Britain, at least one half-filled classroom told a story recently.  My friend, who arrived at the end of the day to pick up her son couldnt understand where all the children were.  When the teacher explained that it was Eid, my friend realised afresh that the UK is currently well on the way to becomming a muslim nation.  Certainly in that classroom, more children were from a Muslim background than a Christian one.  It is said that if the … [Read more...]

Calvinistic newbie

My friend Dave Routlege shows his calvinistic training in his commentary about the history of his blog (which I helped him set up) arose. Astute readers will notice the correspondence to the five points of calvinism which cannot have been accidental (for more on the five points of calvinism follow the links at my post on Calvinism and worship. Anyway here is what Dave said:1.I was totally incapable of setting it up myself. (Total depravity)2.I did nothing to deserve it. (Unconditional … [Read more...]

Is the simple gospel really calvinism?

Ales Rarus has now made himself really clear. I can understand what he is saying, but struggle to recognise it as Biblical. You see, Ales seems to have understood instinctively what many an Arminian has tried to deny- if we accept that man really has a totally free will, that gives man some of the credit for his salvation and also makes it insecure. I am not happy with that concept.His points are logical, but I beg to disagree with what he goes onto say:-"# God gave man free will so that we … [Read more...]


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