Sermon dissection – what to listen for

Click here  http://www.lightofthemaster.com/  , and then click on The Ambo by Lea and Luna‘sermons’ (top of page towards the right side) – yesterday’s sermon, Nov. 21 should be cued up, just click on the  start arrow.

(the sermon is about 20 minutes long, so you might want to wait until you have the time)

Listen. Do you hear the law presented as something you should be doing in order for you to be a proper Christian? Is the law presented as a way to make you better? Or, is the law presented as a way to describe the way that we really ARE ? (As a mirror, to reflect our sinfulness and our need of a savior).

Then listen for God’s promises. Are they presented with string(s) attached? Must you DO anything for the promises to be good and valid for you? Or are they just handed over to you, the unworthy, free of charge?

I’d like to know what you think. I’d like to know if you can detect a difference in this preaching, in contrast to the typical preaching in an Evangelical church.

 

Thanks for your thoughts.

 

 

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A letter from a new friend

This letter was written to Larry, and then forwarded to me as well:John Piper by puritan-monergist

(Larry) It is so strange you mentioned John Piper because that guy has caused me more anxiety than anyone.  I think his whole goal is to make every person on earth think they are not a child of God.  His teachings on Christian hedonism and not wasting our life is the worst law I have EVER heard.  Just when I thought the ten commandments were impossible, Piper comes along with something worse.  I guess God’s law wasn’t enough to drive us to the cross so Piper invented some other stuff to come after the cross.  I guess really the cross isn’t enough.  When I hear him I think that I would prefer either staying in the Arminian camp or just giving up the whole thing and enjoying life and be damned since according to him, I am probably damned anyway.  I try not to mention his name on blogs because some of his followers become seriously angered and I try not to start any internet hostilities but, seriously how can I know I am saved if I am listening to people like him?  I started listening to R.C. Sproul but, now I see that he is teaming with Piper more and more so, I had to get out before I committed suicide.  I just don’t understand why a solid reformation guy like Sproul who has Veith and others contribute to table talk suddenly partner up with Piper and make declarations like he is now a Christian hedonist?  By the way, I have thought about that suicide more than once in the past six months.  I came to the point where I thought if I am going to be damned anyway then I should just speed up the process since I am already in misery so why not just get it over with?

 My question is how can Calvinist like Michael Horton give such hope and team up with Lutherans and the like while people like Piper desire to persuade others that so few will be in heaven, he will know them all personally.  I believe that he thinks that only he and other Calvinist will probably be the only ones there.  I once read an article in table talk magazine where R.C.’s son said that now C.S. Lewis is in heaven, he is a Calvinist.  That is when I called and canceled my subscription.  I was shocked that these guys would imply that Christ himself was a Calvinist.  It was so disturbing and I am still reeling from the shock of it all.  Of course it is amazing that they believe Lewis is with Christ at all since he wasn’t a Calvinist.

 
 Here is my problem.  I constantly struggle with my salvation.  I hear people say well, if you struggle then that is a sign that you are saved.  So, when I have moments of assurance that begins to freak me out. Because doubt means you are saved.  What???  At this point I am getting really angry and wanting to shout at any evangelical or Calvinist that walks my way.  I see no difference.  These folks are one in the same.  I have heard soooo many times the same thing.  You may think you are saved but, your not.  Or if you struggle with your salvation you are saved.  I have heard John Piper say that if you come to Jesus because you fear hell then you aren’t really saved.  Then, some Calvinist will give some terrifying talk on hell so people will repent and come to Jesus.  So, which is it?  Is there only one reason why people come to the end of their rope and flee to Christ?  If I am terrified of being separated from the triune God and bend the knee to him knowing that only his blood shed for me saves is that or isn’t it enough?
 
  MacArthur gave a nice little sermon about how even though you believe in Jesus as the one true savior of the world you may still go to hell.  WHAT???  Thanks John I really want to be a Christian now.  Heck a Mormon can give me something better than that!  The problem is that I am not looking for some non gospel or law light types to give me comfort (a la Joel Osteen) No, I don’t want that at all.
 
  I can say from the law prospective these Calvinist are right.  Unfortunately, i have yet to hear the gospel from any save the White Horse Inn.  Why is that?
 
I am sorry that this email isn’t filled with more questions; I plan to get to those but, right now I need to rant and scream!  I have to get this out because this anger is consuming me and causing much anguish.  I need prayer to move past my crazy Calvinist Baptist past and not let this forever cause me to leave the church all the while feeling such intense pain.  I am so afraid that I don’t truly believe and it haunts me most days.  I pray and pray but, as soon as I hear some law and gospel in its purest sense some Calvinist from my past will come sit on my shoulder and whisper a thing or two about the lack of my known works.  Thank you for being willing to converse with this stranded Evangelical.  I am going to the Mockingbird conference this weekend in Pensacola and am hoping to hear some refreshing message about Grace.  I have always heard that word but I can be honest and say I have no clue about its means within my life since I grew up in memorial views of baptism and communion and rarely hear the pure Gospel.
 
I am sorry to have gone on so long but, I hope to have many meaningful conversations with you to come.  I am so grateful to meet someone via internet that has shared in my struggle.
 
    Thank you,
                      Susan
 
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Any thoughts on Susan’s concerns?
 
 
 
 

Reformation Sunday Sermon

http://www.lightofthemaster.com/

 

Go to ‘sermons’  page. Luther's 95 theses by honecr5

Scroll down to Oct. 31

Enjoy.

 

Pass it along if you know someone who may benefit from it.

 

And never forget just who it is that God, in Christ Jesus, justifies.

The ungodly!

That’s you.

And that’s me.

 

tThanks to ‘honecr5‘ at flickr, for the photo illustration.’

 

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