Together for the Gospel 2016

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On 12-14 April, around 10,000 gathered for the 2016 Together for the Gospel (T4G) conference in Louisville, Kentucky. This year the theme was We Are Protestant. This was in celebration for the up and coming 500 anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Below are links to the videos of the main sessions, voices from the past, a celebration video and two of the panels. For more information, please take time to visit the T4G website. Continue reading Together for the Gospel 2016

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A Fervent Man

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With amazement we often study towering saints of old that wrought great influence to the glory of God. How was it that they were able to move men and mountains in often short lifetimes? John MacArthur has, by far, been my greatest influence and in 17 years I have virtually memorised 400 GTY sermons. In this extract from the 2009 series Brick by Brick, John answers this question which should leave us ourselves to ponder: Am I ignitable? Continue reading A Fervent Man

Fighting the Flesh

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It is the believer’s duty and delight to love Christ by keeping His commands (). However, this is not always easy. The Christian lives with a conflict and struggle: they are simultaneously a saint and a sinner. Positionally, the Christian is justified and is a saint. Yet every believer knows the battle with indwelling sin. The cause of such a conflict is the flesh. The word flesh is used various ways in the Scriptures. It can refer to the physical human body (), human nature () and human sinfulness (). It is the third description that I have in view in this post.

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15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.

39 See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me, and see. For a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.”

14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.

Wrong Worship

Wrong Worship

There is a kind of worship that is sensual, ungodly and corrupt. This kind of worship is wrong. What makes it wrong is that it is not done in accordance to God’s way. Wrong worship is coming to God on the basis and by means of man’s ways and not God’s. Scripture is filled with examples of wrong worship. I have only selected a few examples that illustrate the corrupt practice of wrong worship.

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Both Cain and Abel worshiped the Lord by means of sacrifice (). Despite the fact that they both offered a sacrifice to God, only Abel’s was deemed acceptable (cf. ). In the eyes of man, Cain’s offering would have appeared visually acceptable and sacrificial. However, that is not what makes sacrifice or worship acceptable to God. Abel’s was received and Cain’s was rejected () because one worshiped God according to His ordained way and the other didn’t (cf. ). Because it is not revealed in Scripture the reason why Abel’s offering was acceptable, we can only assume that the Lord had revealed the method to them prior (cf. ) and by faith Abel acted on that (cf. ).

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In the course of time Cain brought to the Lord an offering of the fruit of the ground, and Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat portions. And the Lord had regard for Abel and his offering,

and Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat portions. And the Lord had regard for Abel and his offering,

but for Cain and his offering he had no regard. So Cain was very angry, and his face fell.

By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, through which he was commended as righteous, God commending him by accepting his gifts. And through his faith, though he died, he still speaks.

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24 and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.

21 And the Lord God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them.

By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, through which he was commended as righteous, God commending him by accepting his gifts. And through his faith, though he died, he still speaks.

Repenting from Sin

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As we continue in this series on the war on sin, I want to discuss a right action and plan for us when we fall short of the Lord’s command and actually sin. Of course, such an action is not rare for the believer. Think about the following scenario: The believer is in a battle against the world, the flesh and the devil. This individual finds himself in a tempting situation and fails in his attempt to refuse sin, as he is lured away and then “enticed by his own desire” (). Sin has been committed. What now? The wound is there, it is too late to prevent it. Is there any hope?

Yes, there is!

This leads us to another critical strategy for fighting sin, and that is repenting from sin. Though the believer must fight against sin by recognising sin, replacing sin, and refusing sin. The believer will not be free from its presence and influence until Continue reading Repenting from Sin

14 But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire.