Archive for March 5th, 2015

Steve Lawson

Here are some rough notes from Dr. Steve Lawson.  I did not capture every word from the message, but tried to note down all the main points from the message.  It also has some notes whereby it was expanded by me.

[Proposition]: Seven symbols set before you

  1. The Word of God is a sword that pierces (Hebrew 4:12-13)
    1.  “For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do” (NASB).
      • The Word of God is not a Q-Tip that tickles. It is a sword that pierces. It is not a feather. It is a sword. And if the Word of God is not a sword in your hand, you are not preaching the Word of God.
      • What the Bible is
        • It is the Divine Word.  It is, “the word of God.” It is not the word of man, of society, of tradition, or of religion. It has come down to us from above. It has not originated with us or in this world; it has come down from the throne of God above.
        • His Word is living.  It is not dead.  It is not paralyzed.  Please note the verb tense in Hebrews 3:7, “Just as the Holy Spirit says.”  And then he quotes from Psalm 95:7. Not “said,” past tense, but, “. . . what the Spirit says,” present tense. This book is alive.
        • The Word is active.  “Energēs,” from which we get the word energetic. The Bible is full of energy.  The Word never runs out of energy.  I may get tired, but the Word never gets tired.
        • The Bible “pierces soul and spirit” and “judges the thoughts.” (v. 12)
  2. The Word of God is a mirror that reveals (James 1:23)
    1. “For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror.”
      • The Word of God reads your heart.  It does not cheer you or flatter your sins.  It shows you who you are so you can be ushered into the beauty of His grace.  The Word reveals yourself to yourself.  No one can be saved, unless he knows his true condition.
  3. The Word of God is a seed that germinates, regenerates, and reproduces (1 Peter 1:23)
    1. “For you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God.”
      1. Salvation is a monergistic work of God.  Heaven comes to us even before we come to Heaven.  A supernatural work from God in your life brings about a supernatural life.  It is a life that germinates a new life in Christ.
      2. Here is what is true about your ministry: you reap what you sow. If you sow a worldly message you will reap a worldly church. If you sow secular humanism and pop psychology and philosophical thoughts and personal experiences and political commentary, you will reap an unconverted church. But if you sow the living and enduring Word of God under the auspices of the sovereignty of God who can cause that seed to germinate, you will have a regenerate church.
      3. Spurgeon said, “I would rather preach five words out of this book than 50,000 words of the philosophers. If we want revivals, we must revive our reverence for the Word of God. And if we want conversion, we should put more of God’s Word in our sermons.” Less of you, more of God.
  4. The Word of God is milk that nourishes (1 Peter 2:2-3)
    1. “Like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation, if you have tasted the kindness of the Lord.”
      • Ordinary means of grace for Christians is the Word of God that sanctifies (“so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation…”)
      • See the parallel between Deuteronomy 8:3 and Matthew 4:4
        • Deut.: “He humbled you and let you be hungry, and fed you with manna which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that He might make you understand that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord.”
        • Matt.: “But He answered and said, ‘It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.’”
  5. The Word of God is a lamp that shines (Psalm 119:5)
    1. “Oh that my ways may be established
      To keep Your statutes!”

      • We live in a very dark world.  Many travelers have suffered much on their way to glory.  We need the Word to show us the dangers.  The Word is the necessary lamp for every believer’s travel.  The lamp shines the brightest in the darkest part of the hour.
        • Psalm 19:8, “The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart;
          The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.”
        • 2 Peter 1:19, “So we have the prophetic word made more sure, to which you do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star arises in your hearts.”
      • The inerrant Word gives infallible guidance.  Your ministry needs to shine brightly.
  6. The Word of God is a fire that consumes (Jeremiah 23:29)
    1.  “’Is not My word like fire?’ declares the Lord, ‘and like a hammer which shatters a rock?'”
      1. God is the speaker and Jeremiah is the secretary.  God uses a rhetorical question that is not meant to be answered by anyone because it is already functioning as a statement.  The answer is so obvious that God won’t even answer it.
      2. Fire can be used in a negative or positive sense.  Here fire is used in a negative sense.  It will consume anyone who resists His Word (vv., 26, 27, 28, 30, 31, 32, 34).
        1. Jeremiah 5:15 (context indicates false prophets are at play): Fire will consume all unbelief.  This timeless principle of judgment is also part of our message today.  The message we preach blesses and curses.  People will either be on fire for God or will be in the fire by God.  This is a red hot book my friend.  It is the hottest message.  When  you are called to preach, you are playing with fire.
  7. The Word of God is a hammer (Jeremiah 23:29)
    1. “’Is not My word like fire?’ declares the Lord, ‘and like a hammer which shatters a rock?'”
      1. Little weak men stand in a pulpit with a sledgehammer.  It smashes pride, self-righteousness, etc.  How will people be brought low?  It is the Word of God.  This hammer is harder than the hardest heart, thickest forehead, the stoniest soul, the most rock-like unbelief. It is this hammer that administers the death blow to self and smashes self-trust and brings a man or a woman to a place of humility before God, to call upon His name for the grace and mercy that he needs.
      2. I call you this day to wield the sword, spread the flame, swing the hammer.  And stop with the secular wisdom in the pulpit!  Cancel the entertainment in the church!  Fire the drama team!  Get rid of the shtick!  Unplug the colored lights!  Put the pulpit back in the center of the building!  Stand up like a man, open the Bible, lift it up, let it out, and let it fly!  It is the invincible power of the inerrant Word.


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Note: The following are rough notes from the conference.

Mark Dever Shepherds conference

We sometime need to unpack what it means when we say that the bible is true?

Issue: translation, transmission, truth content (teaching)

We want to get to the issue of its teaching

4 questions to help understand God’s Word:

1.) What is God’s Word?

2.) What is God’s word like?

  • True (v.142)
    Good (v.68)
    Ancient (v.152)
    Unchanging (v.160)

Note God’s word is like this because He is like this

To attack the word of God is to attack God

3.) What does God’s word does?
Studying God’s word should not make us morally indifferent
Sir us to holiness? (V.102)
Note if Jesus use the Scripture in temptation why would we think we need it less than Jesus?
Rejoice (v.65)
Understanding (v.105)
Answering prayers (v.66)
Give life!

If God is speaking why would we not read it?

4.) How do we respond?
Love it (v.148)
Trust it (v.42)
Fear (v.120)

This passage is about: Jesus! (Listen to the sermon when it is out and the many verses in Psalm 119 that only Christ could have fulfilled.

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Inerrancy Summit 2015

The Inerrancy Summit had some recommended books to help those attending the conference pick out what they want from the bookstore.  I thought I share my reviews of some of those books along with my own recommendations concerning books not only with Inerrancy but Scripture in General.

Can I Really Trust the Bible? by Barry Cooper

Can I Really Trust the Bible Cooper

Purchase:  Amazon

Thoughts: If you are attending the conference you would already have this as part of your ten free books.  However this book is worth purchasing as gifts for others especially young believers.  Cooper’s short book shows an awareness of Presuppositional apologetics.

My Further Review


Taking God at His Word by Kevin DeYoung



Purchase: Westminster | Amazon

Thoughts: Like what Ligon Duncan said in his message, one should be informed by what the Word of God says about itself first and then understanding Scripture’s phenomena and not the other way around.  What does God’s Word says about itself?  Check out DeYoung’s exposition!

My Further Review


The Doctrine of the Knowledge of God by John M. Frame

The Doctrine of the Knowledge of God John Frame cover

Purchase: Westminster | Amazon

Thoughts: The doctrine of Inerrancy is often rejected because of other surrounding issues such as a bad doctrine of God’s revelation (for instance, due to a bad philosophy of language, knowledge, etc), bad philosophy and problematic epistemology.  John Frame’s biblically driven book towards the knowledge of God is very helpful!  I would also recommend John Frame’s Doctrine of the Word of God but I think it’s best to begin here.

My Further Review


Inerrancy and Worldview by Vern Poythress



Purchase: Amazon

Thoughts: Very helpful in evaluating different worldviews that often is the undercurrent in people’s reasons for having problems with Bible.

Further Review is forthcoming!

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This past Monday, I was fortunate to hear many different speakers from the TMAI International Symposium Conference.  One speaker that I enjoyed much is Benedikt Peters from European Bible Training Center, Zurich, Switzerland.

“Benedikt Peters studied Greek, Hebrew, and general linguistics at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. He served as the editor of a Christian publisher for many years and authored many books on theology. Currently, Benedikt serves in full-time teaching ministry, and teaches Bible survey and systematic theology at the European Bible Training Center in Zurich. In addition to his responsibilities as a church leader in Arbon, Switzerland, he also ministers in churches at various European countries, and is a popular speaker at pastors’ conferences. Benedikt is married to Helene, and they have four children.”

I was blessed to hear him preached on revelation and inerrancy.  Here are his notes for your enjoyment: Inerrancy

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