One Passion Ministries

If you don’t know who Steve Lawson is, and you are serious about your Christian walk, I would highly recommend his ministry.  I discovered the preaching and teaching ministry of Dr. Lawson through Ligonier ministries about two years ago.  Dr. Lawson is the senior pastor of Christ Fellowship Baptist Church in Mobile, Alabama and his preaching is without compromise and his passion is that God be glorified.

Yesterday I found a link to One Passion Ministries and here is a statement of their purpose taken from their website:

OUR PURPOSE

OnePassion Ministries exists to ignite a supreme passion for God and His glory in all people throughout the world. As our name indicates, the strategic goal of this ministry is to enflame hearts with an all-consuming desire for Jesus Christ and His gospel. Our primary aim for believers from every walk of life is that they be revived and emboldened to live exclusively for the greatness of God. This intentional focus is to impart the knowledge of the truth by equipping pastors and church leaders, maturing lay people, and launching a new reformation in the church today.

Most specifically, OnePassion is committed to training pastors in expository preaching that is firmly anchored in proclaiming God’s Word. We live in a day in which there is a famine in the land for the hearing of God’s Word. In response to this spiritual drought, this ministry is devoted to calling those who stand in pulpits to the high standard of biblical preaching. If we are to see a new reformation in this day, there must, first, be a reformation of the pulpit. Only then can the church experience transcendent worship, authentic godliness, and true evangelism.

Our goal is to provide as many free audio, video and written materials as possible, along with charging minimal for other resources. In return for these materials, ministry donations are appreciated to further these efforts and continue to provide complimentary resources. 

OUR PASSION

What we desire most is that every Christian know and pursue the supreme majesty of God. This generation suffers from anemic, low views of God as His glory has been obscured. All too often, the character of God is trivialized. Likewise, the pursuit of holiness is minimized, as the church, all to often, has become increasingly like the world. It is our passion to alter this dire course and steer believers toward greater godliness. Our thrust in this ministry is to grow in grasping the majestic supremacy of God over all things. We want believers to know that it is by His supreme mercy that He has saved us by Himself and for Himself.

OnePassion seeks to recover in the church a high view of God, a stunning vision of Him who reigns in the heavens over all. More specifically, this ministry seeks to magnify the sovereign grace of God in the salvation of sinners. These transcendent truths are rooted and grounded in Scripture and have been at the core of every great movement in church history. These truths that once shook the world are those same doctrines that are particularly featured in this ministry. If another great working of God is to come in our day, it will come only as we return to these core truths of Scripture that have proven to be reliable in generations past.

OUR PLATFORM

OnePassion makes available the preaching, teaching, and writing ministry of Dr. Steven J. Lawson through a comprehensive website. Included in this online resource are his many sermons, books, articles, interviews, transcripts, and a newsletter featuring Dr. Lawson. Further, OnePassion will host national and international conferences directed at training pastors and church leaders in expository preaching, while also bolstering the strong pursuit of godly living among laymen.

A unique focus of OnePassion is informing believers of the important men of church history and the spiritual movements they launched. Much is to be learned from a study of church history, which strengthens the present day church as it moves into the future. One component of this church history emphasis will be tours led by Dr. Lawson, to important church history sites in Europe, England, Scotland, and New England, where the Reformation, Puritan Age, and Great Awakenings took place in centuries past. Herein, much inspiration is found for believers to stand strong in these days and to follow the example set forth by these godly men of ages past.

OUR POSITION

The heartbeat of the Reformation is captured in five concise statements of truth known as the five solas, meaning “alone” in Latin. Together, these five solas stand as one doctrinal creed, or statement of faith, that capture the core beliefs of the Reformed faith: 1) Sola Scriptura: The ultimate of authority of the church is Scripture alone, not Scripture and church tradition, nor ecclesiastical leaders. 2) Sola Gratia: The unmerited favor of God is granted by grace alone as a gift for the guilty, not a reward for the righteous. 3) Solus Christus: Salvation was accomplished by Christ alone through His substitutionary death upon the cross. 4) Sola Fide: Salvation is applied to man by faith alone, apart from any human merit. 5) Soli Deo Gloria: All God’s operations in man’s salvation are, ultimately, for His glory alone, as are all things.

More specifically, the doctrines of grace provide a concise statement of God’s saving works. These five truths are: 1) Total depravity: Sin has corrupted every part of man’s nature, resulting in his spiritual death and leaving him unable to save himself. 2) Unconditional election: God has chosen, in eternity past, by Himself and for Himself, a people for His own possession. This is a loving act of God’s sovereign will. 3) Definite atonement: In His death, Jesus offered Himself as a perfect substitute for God’s elect. At the cross, Christ actually saved these chosen ones. 4) Irresistible grace: The Spirit inevitably draws God’s elect to faith in Christ. This work of grace is irresistible in those chosen by the Father and redeemed by the Son. 5) Persevering grace: All believers in Christ will pursue a life of personal holiness and will never fall away from grace.

These transcendent truths radically change lives, elevate churches, produce joy, promote discipleship, encourage evangelism, and launch missions. This body of truth, rooted in Scripture, teaches that salvation triumphantly flows from each Person of the Godhead for the purpose of redeeming, rescuing and regenerating undeserving sinners. In this cohesive system, God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit work together as one Savior, united in saving helpless sinners. Such is the God-honoring truth of sovereign grace.

There is a wealth of resources on the site and I plan on taking advantage of them and hope you will also.

Blessings in Christ,

Thom

 

Daily Roundup

Legalism or Obedience? – I have never yet met a parent who complained that his child was a legalist because he obeyed too much.

Chapel Library – Here is a great resource that I found a while back.  Books, sermon audio, instructional courses, you can find it here.

The Gospels Power and Message – While Paul Washer isn’t widely known, his preaching style doesn’t win him over to the hearts and minds of many, he is a man of God and I recommend this book.  Read Tim Challies review at the provided link.

Space, the Final Frontier – Well, not exactly, but I grew up watching Star Trek and I love outer space.  Here are a few images that might explain my fascination.

Religious Liberty Dies at Hobby Lobby – Hopefully this will be overturned, but if it isn’t, will the Green family stand up for what they believe in.  This is a question we as Christians need to think about because there will come a day when we will have to take a stand personally.

Quote:

To reach the holiday of glory, we must pass through the training school of grace.  ~ JC Ryle

Our Resources in Christ

Over the past couple of weeks I have been studying the book of Ephesians.  It is an amazing book full of a richness that our human minds can’t even begin to fathom.  What I find so fascinating about the book is the ebb and flow that it has caused in my own heart and mind.  It seems like I’ll be studying along towards the end of chapter 1, only to come across a thought or idea and have to go back to the beginning of the chapter to dig out something that I missed the 2nd, 3rd, or 4th time through the chapter.  It is incredible to think that God has so much richness to reveal to us that I haven’t even proceeded beyond the 1st chapter of the book of Ephesians in 2 weeks of study.  Who does that anymore?  We expect our Pastor’s to dig into the Word of God and feed us, but do we take the time to dig in for ourselves?  Do we have the desire to know for ourselves and not just take the word of someone else, a “professional” who is supposedly trained to teach us the Word of God?  It has been my experience that very few people, and this indictment even includes many Pastors, take the time to plumb the depths of Gods Word to grow in “…the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.”  (Ephesians 1:17b-23)

Is it any wonder that the Evangelical Church (notice that I did not say the True Church as there is a difference), of today has to resort to shenanigans that 20 or 30 years ago would have been condemned as shameful, and in some cases, outright heretical?  If you doubt what I am insinuating, just head on over the the Museum of Idolatry and check out a few examples of things that are going on in supposed church’s near you, or, maybe even in your own church.  The way we live for Christ is determined by our understanding of who we are in Him.  I contend that our understanding of God, our position that He has purchased for us, Continue reading