Truths We Confess by R.C. Sproul – Now Available

In Truths We Confess, “Dr. Sproul introduces readers to this remarkable confession, explaining its insights and applying them to modern life.” (Ligonier website). Tomorrow, my physical copy arrives! Ligonier already provided an eBook in my Ligonier Library since I ordered the physical copy from them. That is an awesome perk of ordering from Ligonier!

I cannot wait to sit on my Chesterfield sofa with my German Shepherd curled up next to me, physical book in hand, taking a big gulp from a large mug of Reformed Roasters coffee and diving into this rich text. And yes, in my mind I will hear Dr. Sproul read the words. Once you hear Dr. Sproul, you can’t help but want to hear more!

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What is The Gospel?

THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST

THE CHARACTER OF GOD

THE HOLINESS OF GOD

  • Your eyes are too pure to approve evil, and You cannot look on wickedness with favor. Habakkuk 1:13
  • But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you so that He does not hear. Isaiah 59:2

THE JUSTICE OF GOD

  • For the LORD is righteous, He loves righteousness; the upright will behold His face. Psalm 11:7
  • But the LORD of hosts will be exalted in judgment, and the holy God will show Himself holy in righteousness. Isaiah 5:16
  • God is a righteous judge, and a God who has indignation every day. If a man does not repent, He will sharpen His sword; He has bent His bow and made it ready. Psalm 7:11-12

THE DEPRAVITY & CONDEMNATION OF MAN

  • For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23
  • For all of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment Isaiah 64:6
  • For as many as are of the works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, ACCURSED IS EVERYONE WHO DOES NOT ABIDE BY ALL THINGS WRITTEN IN THE BOOK OF THE LAW, TO PERFORM THEM. Galatians 3:10

THE GREAT DILEMMA

  • He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous, both of them alike are an abomination to the LORD. Proverbs 17:15
  • Far be it from You to do such a thing, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous and the wicked are treated alike. Far be it from You! Shall not the Judge of all the earth deal justly? Genesis 18:25

GOD’S ACTION

While maintaining His holiness and justice, the Bible also affirms that God is love, and that in love He has responded to the plight of man.

MOTIVATED BY LOVE

  • God is love. By this the love of God is manifested in us, that God sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 1 John 4:8-10

THE CROSS OF CHRIST

  • For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus; whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed; for the demonstration, I say, of His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. Romans 3:23-26

THE RESURRECTION

  • He who was delivered over because of our transgressions, and was raised because of our justification. Romans 4:25

MAN’S RESPONSE

Repentance begins with a recognition and confession that what God says about us is true that we have sinned.

  • For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Against You, You only, I have sinned and done what is evil in Your sight, so that You are justified when You speak and blameless when You judge. Psalm 51:3-4

A genuine recognition of our sinfulness and guilt will also lead to genuine sorrow, shame and even hatred for what we have done.

  • For what I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate. Romans 7:15
  • Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from this body of death? Romans 7:24

Apparent sincerity of confession alone is never definite evidence of genuine repentance. It must be accompanied by a turning away from sin.

  • Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your deeds from My sight. Cease to do evil. Isaiah 1:16
  • therefore every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Matthew 3:10

FAITH DEFINED

  • Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1
  • and being fully assured that what God had promised, He was able also to perform. Romans 4:21

FAITH BASED ON THE PROMISES OF GOD

  • For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. John 3:16
  • Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved Acts 16:31

EXAMPLE OF A BELIEVER

  • worship in the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh Philippians 3:3

THE BASIS OF GENUINE ASSURANCE

  • True conversion: A true Christian is a new creation and will live a life that reflects God’s radical work of re-creation in his/her life. Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. 2 Corinthians 5:17
  • You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they? Matthew 7:16
  • Assurance is based upon self-examination in the light of Scripture. Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you unless indeed you fail the test? 2 Corinthians 13:5
  • These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life. 1 John 5:13

TEST OF BIBLICAL ASSURANCE

1 John 1:5-7 (Walking in the Light), 1 John 1:8-10 (Confession of Sin), 1 John 2:3-4(Obedience), 1 John 2:9-11 (Love for the Brethren), 1 John 2:15-17 (Hatred for the World), 1 John 2:24-25 (Perseverance in Doctrine), 1 John 3:10 (Righteousness), 1 John 4:13 (Spirit’s Testimony), Hebrews 12:5-8 (Discipline)

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Scripture quotations are from the New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update.

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Dispatches From the Front

I came across Frontline Missions clips on youtube and my comfortable, Christian life was shaken to the core. I’ve ordered the DVD set from Christianbooks.com and then later came across their site that offers streaming options. Before the DVD’s get here, I streamed the Every Tribe video of Cambodia, Laos & Vietnam. This is must see for all Christians. As John Piper warned, “Beware of watching these dispatches if you don’t like being moved and inspired and shaken out of the ruts of your life.” Because you will be — all three of what John Piper said.

Frontline Missions International works for the advance of the Gospel – watch as workers advance the Kingdom of God in the most difficult places. See the Gospel changes lives. You can also order the DVD’s from the Frontline Missions store.

Their prayer:

that Dispatches will magnify our God. It will unite our hearts with our brothers and sisters in different parts of the world. It will awaken us out of our comfortable Christianity. It will expand our vision of the King and His powerful Gospel.

4 Episodes are available for streaming as linked below:

Southeast Asia – Islands on the Edge

West Africa – I Once was Blind

Ethiopia and South Sudan – Father, Give me Bread

Cambodia, Laos, & Vietnam – Every Tribe

All 10 episodes are available via DVD.

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Faithful to God’s Word Broadcasts and Podcasts

Some of my favorite Faithful to God’s Word Broadcasts and Podcasts that I have enjoyed over the past several months. I’m pleased to share this list with you. God bless you.

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American Gospel: Christ Alone

American Gospel does not hold back; the camera pans back to the outer boundaries of auditoriums at Hinn crusades, where desperate parents cradle diseased children, ignored, unwanted, and unhealed. We watch this, and we hear Justin Peters testify to this experience personally, and we cannot help but feel both sadness and righteous anger—Christ’s own anger. The money-changers are still in the temple, still making God’s name a mockery. – Owen Strachan, ‘American Gospel’ Blows a Hole in the Prosperity Gospel, TGC, Jan 17, 2019

2 Timothy 4:3-4 (ESV)

For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.

Trailer to American Gospel: Christ Alone

1 Hour Version available to view free on YouTube. The full film is highly recommended. Share with your friends and family. The Gospel IS this important where we must speak up for The Truth that saves sinners and out against false teachers taking on the name of Christianity and trampling the Cross of Christ. Pray for your loved ones that the Holy Spirit will open their eyes to these false teachers. And that they come to a saving faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

To order the film for immediate viewing, visit americangospelfilm.com

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Commit To Pray – Voice of the Martyrs

“Every day, Christians in the most dangerous places on Earth are working to advance the gospel [of Jesus Christ] at any cost. These front-line workers have been interrogated, beaten and arrested for sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ. Yet they boldly continue in God’s work. Please consider supporting these faithful Christian brothers and sisters in prayer. When you commit to pray regularly for one year, [Voice of the Martyrs] will send you a card with the name and photo of a front-line worker so you can keep it in your Bible or another location as a reminder to pray.” Voice of the Martyrs, February 2019

10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. Matthew 5:10-12 (ESV)

12 Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 13 while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it 15 and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:12-17 (ESV)

1 Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored, as happened among you, 2 and that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men. For not all have faith. 3 But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one. 4 And we have confidence in the Lord about you, that you are doing and will do the things that we command. 5 May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ. 2 Thessalonians 3:1-5 (ESV)

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Renewing and Guarding Our Minds

As Christians, God calls us to renew and guard our minds. The enemy prowls around looking for any opportunity to cause us harm. But we have the Power of The Holy Spirit living inside of us and He has given us the best tool to help us – His Word, The Bible.

Along with reading The Bible, we pray, listen to good preaching and connect with other believers in the Body of Christ.

If you find that you are renewing and guarding well during the day (i.e. while awake), but find that your mind is a battleground while you sleep, there are two excellent apps that I recommend you take into your sleeping hours:

Why these apps?

  • The Study Bible allows you to have The Bible read to you, even when the phone is locked.
  • John MacArthur is one of the most faithful teachers of Biblical truth. And he presents the Word in a very teachable manner, while allowing you to get deeper into your understanding of God’s Word.
  • The Grace To You App is not only a rich history of sermons by topic or scripture, but also includes the Grace Stream, which allows you to jump into a sermon already in progress; like a radio. This also will continue to play while the phone is locked.

These apps are a great resources to easily help you renew and guard your mind any time of day or night.

13 Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 14 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, 15 but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” 17 And if you call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one’s deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile, 18 knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. 1 Pe 1:13–19

Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 1 Pe 5:8

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Ro 12:2

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

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Missing Christmas Services in person? You are covered!

If you are missing your local Christmas Services in person, you are covered with multiple options from local and national broadcasts to live (and sometimes prerecorded) Internet streaming. Check your local TV programming for what is available in your area. Charles Stanley, Grace To You, and Turning Point are usually broadcasting nationally or online.

Merry Christmas!

Update: check out the Rediscovering Christmas special from Billy Graham TV

 

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