Sunday, April 1, 2012

Guard the Gospel

I've had the privilege to preach through 2 Timothy, which I finished today. I have come away with a greater love for Jesus, a deeper passion for his glory and serious realization of the need to guard the gospel. If you would like to hear any of these sermons, they are available at the Hamilton Baptist Church website.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Are we relaxing our grasp of the gospel?

This quote gets me all pumped up. I have been given the privilege of preaching through 2 Timothy, beginning this Sunday, Lord willing. Check it out:
The church of our day urgently needs to heed the message of this second letter of Paul to Timothy. For all around us we see Christians and churches relaxing their grasp of the gospel, fumbling it, in danger of letting it drop from their hands altogether. A new generation of young Timothys is needed, who will guard the sacred deposit of the gospel, who are determined to proclaim it and are prepared to suffer for it, and who will pass it on pure and uncorrupted to the generation which in due course will rise up to follow them.
This is from John Stott's small commentary on 2 Timothy. It's not just for pastors and scholars, so I strongly recommend you get it and use it!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Parents: Fear the Lord!

Prov. 14:22 "In the fear of the LORD one has strong confidence, and his children will have a refuge." Parents, for your children's sake: Fear the Lord, and not man!
Great book on the subject of fear of God, rather than fear of man: Ed Welch's When People are Big, and God is Small: Overcoming Codependency, Peer Pressure, and the Fear of Man.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Access to God in John Owen's Words

Incredible quote from John Owen (1616-1683) on our access to God in prayer:
The foundation of all our confidence in our access unto God, the right and title we have to approach unto him, is laid in the blood of Christ, the sacrifice he offered, the atonement he made, and the remission of sins which he obtained thereby
From Owen's Works, volume 3.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

C.S. Lewis on Not Belonging to Myself

I’ve only read C.S. Lewis once or twice in my life. Once in high school, and I think once more in college or seminary. I also read the Chronicles of Narnia as a boy. That’s why I’m excited that I’ve got to read Mere Christianity for one of my last classes in seminary. Here’s a quote from Mr. Quotable Lewis:
If somebody else made me, for his own purposes, then I shall have a lot of duties which I should not have if I simply belonged to myself.
What do you think of that? What makes that true?

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Need Help With Your Anger?

I recently started reading the book Uprooting Anger: Biblical Help for a Common Problem by Robert D. Jones. I have been helped by it already, and I recommend it.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Trust the Sermon, or Trust the Spirit?

A word from the late Martyn Lloyd-Jones to preachers who believe there is a Holy Spirit:
[There] is a very real danger of our putting our faith in our sermon rather than in the Spirit. Our faith should not be in the sermon, it should be in the Holy Spirit Himself.
From his book Preaching and Preachers