1.15.2023

Gods Glory Class and Sermon

This morning I had a couple of ministry opportunities - teaching class and preaching a sermon.

Teaching the God's Glory in Our Stories class at 9:45.

We discussed 
last week's sermon - Paul's testimony in Acts 22 (head - what did you learn or were you reminded of, heart - what do you need to be more passionate about, head - what do I need to do) 
heard a couple of salvation testimonies.
At the end of class we very briefly looked at the life of Amy Carmichael.  Here is a link to the Torchlighters resource page - Torchlighters:  Amy Carmichael resources.

Preaching Philippians 3:7, 8 at 11:00 am.

As an associate pastor, I want to make the most of the occassional preaching opportunities God gives me.  This morning I preached this week's Fighter Verses, which connected well with Pastor Brett's Acts 22 sermon last week on Paul's testimony.
  
Hope in the WHATEVER THINGS is worthless and detestable. 
Our lives need to sing of THE GREAT THINGS God has done especially THE GREATEST THING - Jesus, who conquered the grave, freed captives, is faithful in the storm.

  

 

Quotes about knowing Jesus shared very quickly in the sermon:
    • "To know is more than facts about someone. It is an intimate experience."  John MacArthur   
    • "Sinners must know something to be saved, and they also must know someone intellectually  and experientially."  Robert Gromacki 
    • "This knowledge is different from the knowledge we gain through objective academic study, though information is part of our growing personal knowledge of Christ."   Thomas Constable  
    • "Communion with Christ that began at his conversion and had been his experience all the years since then."  Expositor's Bible Commentary  
    • "A believing experimental acquaintance with Christ as Lord."  Matthew Henry  
    • "There is a wide difference between mere head knowledge and experimental thoughts of Christ."  J.C. Ryle  
    • "Knowledge that has to do with personal experience and intimate relationship."  Gordon Fee

 In the sermon I mentioned Jim Elliot's biography.  Here are some resources.

1.07.2023

Gods Glory Joshua & David Brainerd

Biblical:  Joshua 23, 24


Joshua 23:6 - 10 contains great truth about who God is and what He has done

Joshua 24:1 - 13 contains 

Joshua 24:14 - 24 contains 

A couple of weeks ago, we did Joshua 23 and 24 with the children.  HERE is a link to the lesson resources.

Historical: David Brainerd

"God is at work for the glory of His name and the good of His church even when rhw good intentions of His servants fail."  John Piper 

"God can and does use weak, sick, discouraged, beat-down, lonely, struggling saints who cry to God day and night to accomplish amazing things for Hs glory."  John Piper 

The Hidden Smile of God click for a free pdf of the book is about the lives of John Bunyan, William Cowper, and David Brainerd. 

David Brainerd:  May I Never Loiter on My Heavenly Journey!  

 

1.03.2023

God's Glory Podcast


Listen to the podcast at this link God's Glory in Our Story episode

The first question of The Westminster Catechism is "What is the chief end of man?"

The answer is "Man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever." 


Romans 11:36 says "For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen." 


First Corinthians 10:31 says "So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God."


Scripture is filled with narratives, poems, and letters that make much of God.


SO,

when we read or hear the stories of believers throughout history we should see God's glory

and

when we tell our stories to one another, they should be filled with God's glory.


In the God's Glory in Our Story episode of the Trinity Life podcast Richard VanVels and I talk about what this class is about and some helps and encouragement for sharing our stories in a way that gives God the glory he deserves.


The class is set up to show where we can and should look for encouragement.

For class-specific posts, click HERE


Look in the Bible. Here are some examples the narrative of Joshua's life, the poetry of David in the Psalms, the account of the blind man’s testimony and Stephen's martyrdom, and the letters written by Paul to Timothy, Titus, and Onesimus. 


Look at the biographies of godly men and women. Here are examples John Bunyan in prison, William Cowper in depression, David Brainerd in sickness, and others like Amy Carmichael, Charles Spurgeon, and Corrie Ten Boom 


Look at our church family. Listen to, ask about, and share testimonies of salvation and spiritual growth with each other. As it relates to personal testimonies remember, if you have been saved by the amazing grace of God, you have something monumental and life-changing to share. Remember your testimony should point to God not you, another person, or an organization.


If I told you my story, you would hear hope, that wouldn't let go 

And if I told you my story, you would hear love that never gave up 


And if I told you my story, you would hear life, but it wasn't mine 

If I should speak, then let it be of the grace that is greater than all my sin 

 

Personal...

 


Historical/Biographical...

For kids, the Torchlighters:  Heroes of the Faith stories - torchlighters.org 
27profoundly, relevant biographies in the Swans are not Silent series - www.desiringgod.org/books/27-servants-of-sovereign-joy