The first words of the Bible are, “In the beginning, God…” (Genesis 1:1). This is the obvious place to begin with the history of this doctrine of creation. Moses penned these words for a people who were wanting to know more about who God is and what he had done for them. So, the Westminster divines saw it fit to include in chapter 4 of the confession Of Creation with scripture proofs from Genesis 1. Hebrews 11:3 is also used as a scripture proof to show that creation came from God and that was the standard Biblical position going into the New Testament.
Ryle ends his call to simplicity by saying again that preaching simply is not simple. It takes hard work. It takes knowing your people. It takes brains and strategy to find the most effective illustration. It takes knowing our Bibles thoroughly well.
Conferences have a way of encouraging you and providing motivation before you head back in to your ministry, vocation, school, etc. It can serve like a battery charger as you interact and pray with other people who share similar burdens and challenges. Unfortunately for many however, conferences serve as the mountain peak of their Christian life. Many just live from conference to conference, hoping that they will hear a message that can keep them going until the next big conference.
Thomas encouraged us with a simple call to ask for the Holy Spirit, as our Lord Jesus tells us to do from this passage in the gospel of Luke. He said, “Ask God to give you God.” I would encourage you also to look at that passage and simply ask God for God.
We see how the world seeks to connect to the deepest levels of human consciousness and seek to replicate it, abandoning the tried and true methods that God Himself established to meet with us. We believe that if God should exist and if we are to meet Him, He is only to be found in the extraordinary. It does not occur to us that God seeks to meet us in what we consider the boring things.
And the people were waiting for Zechariah, and they were wondering at his delay in the temple. And when he came out, he was unable to speak to them, and they realized that he had seen a vision in the temple. And he kept making signs to them and remained mute. And when his time of service was ended, he went to his home. Luke 1:21-23
"And Zechariah said to the angel, “How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is advanced in years.” And the angel answered him, “I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I was sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news. And behold, you will be silent and unable to speak until the day that these things take place, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their time." Luke 1:18-20
“In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah, of the division of Abijah. And he had a wife from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. And they were both righteous before God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and statutes of the Lord. But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and both were advanced in years.” Luke 1:5-7
"Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the things that have been accomplished among us, just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word have delivered them to us, it seemed good to me also, having followed all things closely for some time past, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, that you may have certainty concerning the things you have been taught"Luke 1:1-4
"The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” And the Lord said, “If you had faith like a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you." - Luke 17:5-6
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For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. John 8:36
Check out our latest blog by one of our writers, Derrick Brite. 'In Praise of the Local Pastor (A take on T4G)'.
Attended Redeemer Presbyterian Church near Kansas City yesterday. Wonderful Lord's Day Worship.
The1646 was at Twin Lakes Fellowship last week. Blog on the experience coming soon.