SERMON – Living to Know Jesus (Philippians 3)

Yesterday I preached at Jubilee and thought, as usual, that I would share my notes and the audio here. But before I get to that, since it's Monday and my habit in "normal" times is to share a quote with you from Doctor Martyn Lloyd-Jones, this quote is a good one to begin with as, in many ways, it sets the scene for what I was preaching on. "What should we be seeking? We should always be seeking the Lord Jesus Christ himself, to know him, and know his love and to be witnesses for him and to … [Read more...]

C. J. Mahaney on the Resurrection

I have just been watching the following sermon by C.J. It is a great message to watch this Easter Saturday. … [Read more...]

An Easter Greeting

I wanted to share a brief video greeting with you this Easter, and to point you to three sermons I have preached that you might find interesting at this time of year. The first two are my Easter Sunday sermons preached the last two years. The third is not an Easter sermon, but it is about the resurrection.Have a great Easter, I will be back on Monday!Resurrection Hope—An Easter Sermon An Easter Message—The Jesus Who Polarizes People The Risen Jesus (Revelation 1) … [Read more...]

Review of the Blog – May to June 2007: More Atonement Wars and Terry Virgo

May was not as controversial a month as I reported yesterday that April had been. I continued with the following posts on the atonement and the resurrection throughout May and also into June. In fact, there were a few posts on the atonement which spilled into July, and I have listed them here also. If that's not enough for you on this vital subject, remember to look at my April review which lists a lot more!John Stott on the Atonement—The ConclusionTerry Virgo On the Results of the CrossC. J. M … [Read more...]

SERMON – The Risen Jesus (Revelation 1)

This morning I preached a sermon at Jubilee. The following are almost exactly the notes I used to preach from. In the meantime you can download the audio or listen to it right here.Imagine Jesus . . .Baby Jesus—weakness, stooping down, becoming one of us, close to us. OR, Jesus on the cross; suffering the wrath of God for us. Closest description of Jesus did NOT look like the cross, or a “gentle Galilean peasant,” or the baby Jesus.Consider the scene . . .The aging John—an island prisoner who has … [Read more...]

BOOK – Sam Storms Interprets Edwards' Classic on the Spirit

My buddy, Jesse, has recently completed a nine-part series of posts on Signs of the Spirit, in which Sam Storms interprets Jonathan Edwards' classic work on experiential Christianity, The Religious Affections. Here are the links:1. True spirituality is a hunger for God2. Public gathering, prayer, preaching, and singing3. You're not a Christian just because you...4. Sign 1) A new spiritual 'sense'5. Sign 2) A love for the things of God6. Experience, emotion, Edwards and public worship7. Signs … [Read more...]

Martyn Lloyd-Jones: Experience AND Doctrine

The following passage from the Doctor is a bit reminiscent of an old post of mine entitled, "I Want It All!" ". . . the trouble has generally been . . . that people have emphasised either experience or doctrine at the expense of the other . . . This is something that has been happening in the church from almost the very beginning . . .When the whole emphasis is placed upon one or the other, you either have a tendency to fanaticism and excess or a tendency toward a barren intellectualism and a … [Read more...]

Does Piper Neglect the Resurrection?

Many of the opponents of the doctrine of justification and penal substitution criticize us for not being as interested in the resurrection as the cross. I increasingly think that it is not so fair to accuse most evangelical theologians of not having a place for the resurrection in our system of beliefs. I do feel, however, that we perhaps under-emphasize the resurrection at times.As I was reading this book, I was aware that, of course, Piper was interacting with Wright's views of the cross, so … [Read more...]

Piper and Wright: Does Justification by Faith Save Us?

So far in this series we have looked at the following: John Piper, N. T. Wright, and Gracious DiscernmentJohn Piper Challenges N. T. Wright on JustificationPiper Explains the Classic View of Justification Versus N. T. Wright's ViewToday I want to share a quote from The Future of Justification in which Piper responds to another of Wright's main criticisms of traditional views of justification. Wright has argued that the Gospel is not a way of getting people saved, and that we are not saved by … [Read more...]

Prayer, Preaching, and the Anointing of the Spirit

Over at Unashamed Workmen, there are a number of great quotes on the vital place of prayer in preaching. The one that really stood out was in the comments section. I think this quote expresses perfectly why we need to plead with the resurrected Jesus to pour out his Spirit on us before we dare think of preaching: “This divine unction is the one distinguishing feature that separates true gospel preaching from all other methods of presenting truth. It backs and interpenetrates the revealed truth w … [Read more...]


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