Sunday, March 1, 2015

Meet the Rome Baptist Chapel

SERMON:             GM15-048

SERIES:              Renewal Through Romans: The Gospel Defined, Explained & Applied

SETTING:          North Kelso Baptist Church

SERVICE:          Sunday AM (March 1, 2015)

SECTION:          The Prologue to Righteousness (Romans 1:1-17)

SUBTITLE:        The Introduction & Overview of Romans (Part 8)

SCRIPTURE:     Romans1:7

SUBJECT:          the recipients of Paul’s letter

SUMMARY:       The Apostle Paul under the inspiration of the HS addressed his letter to Christians at Rome communicating with a firmly established collection of believers in that city.

SCHEME:           that Christian grasp the identity of the recipients of this letter written by the apostle Paul

Our theme is: Paul writes to the Church @ Rome

This is a good reminder for us all to examine the identity of the people to whom he wrote this letter in order to gain a deeper appreciation for this remarkable piece of Christian literature.

 Proposition:  The Apostle Paul under the inspiration of the HS addressed his letter to Christians at Rome communicating with a firmly established collection of believers in that city.           

Interrogatory Sentence:  What do we know about the people of the church at Rome?

Transitional Sentence: Our topic this morning supplies at least five (5) elements that identify the people to whom Paul wrote this epic letter - The fiver (5) elements are:

1.  The Condition of the City
2.  The Conversion of the Congregants
3.  The Construction of the Church
4.  The Calling of the Christ
5. The Chemistry of the Church

Friday, February 27, 2015

Five Rows Back

Once upon a time I got to "spin" the platters at a Christian radio station in Northern California. I found this song on a dusty ole album in a drawer. I was captivated by this song and I played it at least once each week. It isn't the best song ever written or recorded but it reminds me of the greatest experience of my entire life.

I am so amazed God saved me! I have never gotten over it. I hope you never get over your salvation experience. I hope you like the song.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Two Dangers to Avoid

1.  ...being conformed to the spirit of this age

2.  ...being confused by modern skepticism

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The Quote of the Year!

I read this today and it has garnered the honor of being the quote of the year, at least for me:

"It is easier to be offended than to be effective."

(Julie Dick)

Monday, February 23, 2015

Oh, Mr. President...

Our newspaper, The Daily News, places quotes of various people, living or dead on the top of the page of our  opinion and editorial page. Usually these quotes from various people have or had a birthday that corresponds to the day of publication.

Sunday, February 22,2015 the quote was from our first president, the late George Washington. Of course history tells us President Washington was born February 22, 1732.

The quote from Washington that the editor chose was, "I hold the maxim no less applicable to public than to private affairs, that honesty is always the best policy." (George Washington)

Well, Mr. President, I beg to differ and take issue with that maxim. I respectively challenge that maxim. I think it implies both bad thinking and bad theology.

You see Mr. President, the maxim that I hold, whether in the private or public sector is, "Honesty is the only policy." When you say that "honesty is the best policy" you are implying that there are other policies. In addition you are implying that the other policies have a valid place, however yours in your opinion happens to be better. No, I don't think so.

Honesty is always the only policy!

Oh, by the way; Happy Birthday, Sir!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

The Man and His Message Part 6

SERMON:             GM15-047

SERIES:              Renewal Through Romans: The Gospel Defined, Explained &           Applied

SETTING:          North Kelso Baptist Church

SERVICE:          Sunday AM (February 15, 2015)

SUBTITLE:        The Man and His Message Part 6

SCRIPTURE:     Romans1:5-6

SUBJECT:          Paul’s commission

SUMMARY:       The Apostle Paul was commissioned by God to bring about obedience                              to the faith among the Gentiles

SCHEME:           that the Christian grasps the significance of the commission of the apostle Paul in order emulate it

Our theme continues to be: The Recipe of an apostle

This is a good reminder for us all that we need to understand the various ingredients that God used to make this man such a unique player in the eternal plans of God

 Proposition:  The Apostle Paul was qualified by God for his task

Interrogatory Sentence:  What were the qualifications that enabled Paul to write his letter to the church at Rome?

Transitional Sentence: The passage before reveals four (4) ingredients that God used to make Paul such an important player in the life of the church;

·        The Childhood of Paul
·        The Conversion of Paul
·        The Credentials of Paul
·        The Commission of Paul

Saturday, February 21, 2015

The Damming of the Soul by "Free Will Heresy"

In regards to yesterday's post, a faithful reader and commenter left this comment:

"Excellent truths posted here Gregg; this is why the 'free will' theology is so damning to the soul - it robs the Spirit of His ministerial work in the saving of a sinner and deludes the sinner into thinking he/she can save themselves apart from this supernatural work. The lack of expounding on the doctrines of grace are a big reason why the churches in this country are such a mess." (Lyn)

Lyn is so correct! This is why Arminianism is truly another gospel. It is also why the heresy of "free will" is so vile. Evangelistic campaigns bypasses the Holy Spirit's ministry of convicting the sinner of sin and causes the "evangelistic target" to verbalize a prayer rather than to experience the work of the Spirit in their soul.

Although salvation is instantaneous, the process may not be.The Holy Spirit may take days, weeks, or even months of awakening the sinner to an awareness of his/her sin. Sinners may experience days or weeks or months of prolonged agony over sin and the awareness of violating God's standards. If a "sinner" in an evangelistic foray is not given the opportunity of having sin  awakened in them then there is no understanding of what one is being saved from. Coincidentally, most gospel presentations today varying from light touching on what one is being saved from to not even mentioning. 

Men like Charles Ryrie or Zane Hodges and the like ignore the need of repentance by an awakened sinner by insisting that repentance is merely changing one's mind about what one thinks about sin. This is why so many of today's pulpits and churches are filled with tares. 

Thank you Lyn for your insight comment. Thank you for your insistence on the need for the clear exposition of the doctrines of grace. Thank you for taking the time to both read and comment on this poor, humble blog!