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 your … [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 c … [Read more...]

PIPER FRIDAY – Trust Not Laziness

Last Friday we spoke about how meekness is not an excuse for laziness. Today I have another quote from Dr. Piper about how God's instructions to us to trust him are not intended to make us lazy. As Oliver Cromwell is reported to have frequently said, "Trust in God and keep your gunpowder dry!"Matthew 6:26: “Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” What we see when we look at the … [Read more...]

Passion For The City

Last week I posted about the need for us to have a heart for cities. Recently I was reading again our Saviour's words, when he had set his heart to go to the city where he knew he would die. I wonder whether we share such a passionate heart for the city, even when we know it is rejecting us and our message? I pray God may soften my heart so I can pray with such similar compassion for London, that vast den of iniquity that is, nevertheless, full of people who God longs to gather to himself.“O J … [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...]

From The Village To The City

Many Christian speakers, especially those from a similar school as Mark Driscoll, put a lot of emphasis on the cities these days. I believe it’s right for us to have a heart for the cities because Jesus has a heart for cities. Cities are like a magnet to anyone who loves people. There is an endless stream of people who you see every day. In a city you can never meet everyone. In a city, you can be in a crowd of people and still feel totally alone.People wonder why cities are such unfriendly p … [Read more...]

Spurgeon On Infant Baptism – An Abomination!

I think I will let these words from Spurgeon stand without further comment from me. I'm probably already in enough hot water just for repeating them. Why, there are those who pretend to save souls by curious tricks, intricate manoeuvres, and dexterous posture-making! A basin of water, half-a-dozen drops, certain syllables—heigh, presto—the infant is made a child of God, a member of Christ, and an inheritor of the kingdom of heaven! This aqueous regeneration surpasses my belief; it is a trick whi … [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...]

Debt Is Robbing From The Future

Prime Minister Gordon Brown has now stated the obvious by finally agreeing with bankers that the world seems to be heading into a recession. It is worthwhile spending a few moments reviewing the reason we seem to be heading for the financial rocks. The answer is quite simple — as nations we owe too much. We are even seeing whole nations in danger of bankruptcy, as individual bankruptcy is becoming big business.Centuries ago, the Bible understood that debt is something that should be avoided w … [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 a … [Read more...]


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