Union With Christ

Messages from the recent Conference for Pastors.

Glorifying God by Bearing Fruit in Union with Christ – John Piper

Union With Christ:  Mind-Renewing Foundations – Sinclair Ferguson

Calvin on Union with Christ – Michael Horton

Union With Christ:  Life-Transforming Implications – Sinclair Ferguson

Union with Christ and the Communion of Saints – Michael Horton

The Ministry of Hudson Taylor As Life in Christ – John Piper

Panel Discussion

Daily Roundup

Go To Church Starved For God – An excerpt from a John Piper Sermon.  It is advice much needed today.

Fear Not, Little Flock – Michael Horton weighs in on the upcoming election and some of the ways we should look at it.

10 Reasons For Expository Preaching – a brief synopsis from a book by Dr. E.K. Bailey.

Dozens of Free E-Books – Monergism is giving away free e-Books.  Head on over and grab some of them as there are many books there I would say are “good reads”.

Quote:

“Stare at the glory of God until you see it.” – Ray Ortlund

Daily Roundup

The Pleasures of God Seminar – Desiring God had a seminar recently based on a book written by John Piper.  Here are the videos of the seminar.

Discipling in the Church – A treasure of articles on discipling.  Head on over and check it out.

The Gospel in Seven Words – Well, in the end, it is actually nine words, but the addition of two makes a world of difference.  Also, the comments section has some interesting views so make sure you read them also.

Redemption Hill Music Hymns Album – And it’s FREE! 

How Christ Died To Sin (And Why It Matters) – A 6 and 1/2 minute video on the subject by Richard Gaffin.

The Man-Centered Gospel? – How does man figure into the Gospel of God?  Luke Stamps takes a look at this issue.

Quote:

Before the Christian Church goes into eclipse anywhere there must first be a corrupting of her simple basic theology.  She simply gets a wrong answer to the question, “what is God like?” and goes on from there.  Though she may continue to cling to a sound nominal creed, her practical working creed  has become false.  The masses of her adherents come to believe that God is different from what He actually is; and that is heresy of the most insidious and deadly kind.  – A. W. Tozer from The Knowledge of the Holy

Daily Roundup

Sola Scriptura Our Only Foundation – Scripture is our only and definitive source of of knowledge of who God is.  Lets get back to Scripture.

Are Bigger Churches Better?– A global survey conducted by Christian Schwartz found that smaller churches consistently scored higher than large churches in seven out of eight qualitative characteristics of a healthy church.

The Secret of Sanctification – A hint:  It starts at the Cross.
The Ministry, A 4 Part Sermon Series by Dr. Sinclair Ferguson  – 4 Sermons that deal with Preachers and Preaching.
Don’t Settle for Your Mediocre Preaching – While this article is aimed more at ministers of the Word, the laity should hold their pastors accountable also (wonder if that last part will preach).
Quote:

He that wishes to attain right views about Christian holiness, must begin by examining the vast and solemn subject of sin. He must dig down very low if he would build high. A mistake here is most mischievous. Wrong views about holiness are generally traceable to wrong views about human corruption. – J C Ryle

Daily Roundup

Have you Searched Intently? – A reminder to search the Scripture diligently.  It is so easy to let down on Monday because you were in Church yesterday.  Don’t!

Joel Olsteen and Family Feud – How one person responded to Joel Olsteen’s visit to his hometown.

The Missing Ingredient – Could not being “wowed” by the subject you are preaching on be the missing ingredient?

Nine Ways the Gospel Transforms Marriage – In their book, Love That Lasts, Gary and Betsy Ricucci list out nine ways that the gospel directly affects marriage.

Dealing With Sin – I think this might be relevant to…well, to all of us who call on the name of Christ.

Five Pillars of the Reformation – Most reformed minded individuals know about the Five Solas, but here is a refresher from Dr. Michael Horton.

Quote:

I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.
– Genesis 3:15

Reading to you these words, I may address you in the language of the holy angels to the shepherds that were watching their flocks by night, ‘Behold, I bring you glad tidings of great joy.’ For this is the first promise that was made of a Saviour to the apostate race of Adam. We generally look for Christ only in the New Testament. But Christianity, in one sense, is very near as old as the creation. It is wonderful to observe how gradually God revealed his Son to mankind. He began with the promise in the text and this the elect lived upon till the time of Abraham. To him, God made further discoveries of his eternal council concerning man’s redemption. Afterwards, at sundry times and in divers manners, God spoke to the fathers by the prophets, till at length the Lord Jesus himself was manifested in flesh and came and tabernacled amongst us. – George Whitefield

Daily Roundup

Adapting To Culture…Or Not – Here is a message preached by Voddie Baucham at The Masters College.

Faith is Action – Is faith like rappelling?

The Beauty of Holiness and the Miracle of Sanctification – Do we see Holiness as Beautiful? 

Ligonier 5$ Friday Sale – More good deals from Ligonier Ministries.

Christianity & Islam – Dr. Michael Horton explains the differences between Islam and the gospel, the Koran and the Bible and how we should relate to and love our Muslim neighbors.

A Puritan Preacher Remembered – William Bates remembers Thomas Manton at Manton’s funeral.

Quote:

For even if it [Scripture] wins reverence for itself by its own majesty, it seriously affects us only when it is sealed upon our hearts through the Spirit. Therefore, illumined by his power, we believe neither by our own nor by anyone else’s judgment that Scripture is from God. But above human judgment we affirm with utter certainty (just as if we were gazing upon the majesty of God himself) that it has flowed to us from the very mouth of God by the ministry of men. – John Calvin

Daily Roundup

Phillips’ Axioms – Dan Phillips gives some axioms to live by.

The Psalms of Jesus – R W Glenn starts a new preaching series.  In Luke 44:45 says that Jesus opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.  If He opened their minds, what does that imply about their understanding to this point?  Great resource site!

Safe Sex? – I think this says it all!  One Man, One Woman.

4 Disturbing Trends in the Contemporary Church – According to several studies, American evangelicals generally do not know what they believe and why they believe it.  Michael Horton lays out 4 reasons, out of many more, of why this is so.

Legalism or Obedience? – You are playing a game of Monopoly, and your opponent throws a ten with the dice. Then he picks up his player marker and begins counting his steps. Immediately you realize he will land on the corner — “Go to Jail!” Well, he doesn’t want to land there, so he stops just one step short, on New York Avenue. Immediately you cry foul. But he responds indignantly, “I only stopped one step short. What’s the difference? Don’t be such a legalist!”

Combating an Ancient Heresy – Are we gods?  How Scripture is twisted by groups to say we are.