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The Son of God and the New Creation

Graeme Goldsworthy. The Son of God and the New Creation.  Wheaton, IL: Crossway, October 31, 2016.  144 pp.

3 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster Amazon

What is the significant of the theme of the son and the son of God in the Bible?  If you are interested with this theme this book is for you!  The author is Graeme Goldsworthy a retired Old Testament professor and Biblical Theology specialist.

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For this Sunday here’s what you can do: Talk to someone at Church about opportunity to witness on Halloween.

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This is from my daily Greek exercise of sight reading some time ago, courtesy of Vincent S Artale Jr.

Our text is from the Greek translation of Matthew 7:15.  Here is my translation:

“Προσέχετε ἀπὸ τῶν ψευδοπροφητῶν, 
Watch out because of the false prophets, 

 

 οἵτινες ἔρχονται πρὸς ὑμᾶς ἐν ἐνδύμασιν προβάτων,

who come to you in clothing of sheeps,

 

ἔσωθεν δέ εἰσιν λύκοι ἅρπαγες. ”
but inwardly are ravenous wolves.

Here are some observations:

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This is a draft sermon outline for a brother in Christ and friend that I’ve been talking to about preaching John 11:24.

 

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Some quick comments: 

  • This isn’t a complete outline; there’s part that says “(Insert insight)” or “(Insert more application”) etc are areas to flesh out more.
  • I am a big fan of the 4 P of preaching: Point, Proof, Picture and Practice.
  • I try to make my outline reflect the passage of God’s Word that I’m preaching on.
  • I like to make my points be not just information but we do something even if its being amazed with God.
  • I like to have outlines when I preach to respect the time of the church service that I finish the message on time and not be beyond the time limit; so the more details gets indented in so if I need to go faster I can just summarize but I have my argument for my view saved if others ask or if I preach again somewhere else next time the same passage.

Be Amaze at Jesus claiming to be the Resurrection and the Life

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John 11:24

Establish the need: Have you thought about the reality of death lately?  There’s no vaccine from facing eternity separated from God or eternity with God.

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life.[a] Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live,

Purpose: Today we shall consider three truths to be amazed about concerning Jesus statement that He is the Resurrection and the Life so that we trust in Him and Worship Him today.

  1. Be amaze at Jesus being the Resurrection and the Life (v.24a)
  2. Be amaze at Jesus being God Himself (v.24a)
  3. Be amaze at Jesus gift of eternal life (v.24b)

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This is a series on the attributes of God.

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Session 40: The Love of God Part 3: God’s Love within the Trinity

Purpose: In this session we shall explore the attribute of the love of God within the Trinity members themselves as taught in the New Testament and also draw implication for the Christian life as a result of our study.

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For this Sunday here’s what you can do: Consider a Meal Train for a Mom who recently gave birth.

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I found this passage in Isaiah 48:12-16.

Here’s what the passage says:

“Listen to Me, Jacob, Israel whom I called;
I am He, I am the first, I am also the last.
13 Assuredly My hand founded the earth,
And My right hand spread out the heavens;
When I call to them, they stand together.
14 Assemble, all of you, and listen!
Who among them has declared these things?
The Lord loves him; he will carry out His good pleasure against Babylon,
And His arm will be against the Chaldeans.
15 I, yes I, have spoken; indeed I have called him,
I have brought him, and He will make his ways successful.
16 Come near to Me, listen to this:
From the beginning I have not spoken in secret,
From the time it took place, I was there.
And now the Lord God has sent Me, and His Spirit.”

I think in the near future I’ll have to study this passage more in-depth as its nearly 3 AM here and its late to start looking at the Hebrew.  But some quick observations.

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A second refutation of an alleged Bible contradiction in one week? This is not something on the list of alleged Bible contradiction on the Skeptic Annotated Bible.  Someone asked a quick question:

Do you have a Bible Contradiction article on the issue of Jesus’ words in Matt 26:29 (“I tell you I will not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”) and the account of him drinking sour wine on the cross (John 19:29-30)?

Let’s look at the two passage first:

But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it with you, new, in My Father’s kingdom.” (Matt 26:29)

A jar full of sour wine was standing there; so they put a sponge full of the sour wine on a branch of hyssop and brought it up to His mouth. 30 Therefore when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.” (John 19:29-30)

Here’s my thoughts on reconciling the passage:

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This is a series on the attributes of God.

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The Love of God Part 2: God’s Love for others in the New Testament

Purpose: In this session we shall explore the attribute of the love of God as taught in the New Testament and also draw implication for the Christian life as a result of our study.

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Here’s a thesis for a Master’s Degree in history that Liberty University’s College of Arts and Sciences has made available titled “The New Left in American Evangelicalism.”   So much have often been focused about Evangelicalism with the political conservative movement but with the change of trajectory of the younger generation (my generation of Millennial and younger) that has made its way into the church there’s not as much focus on the roots of the New Left in American Evangelicalism.  A case can be made that there needs to be discernment and concern for the Left especially with its rise in power in the establishment and institutions in today’s society and the church in the next generation picking things up from the world uncritically.

The thesis was written by Jonathan E. Harris and was completed on August 2020 as part of his completion of his Masters’ Degree in History.  I am thankful Liberty University has made this thesis available online for free.  Mr. Harris has published another book last month in September on social justice titled “Christianity and Social Justice: Religions in Conflict.”

Here’s the abstract for the thesis:

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For this Sunday here’s what you can do: Pray for your church’s Deacons.

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This is from my daily Greek exercise of sight reading some time ago, courtesy of Vincent S Artale Jr.

Our text is from the Greek translation of Matthew 7:1.  Here is my translation:

“Μὴ κρίνετε, ἵνα μὴ κριθῆτε· ”
Do not judge in order that you not be judged

Here are some observations:

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This is a series on the attributes of God.

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The Love of God Part 1: God’s Love for others in the Old Testament

Establish the need: Sometimes you hear people say that the God of the New Testament is a God of love but the God of the Old Testament is not a God of love; but is that true?

Purpose: In this session we shall explore the attribute of the love of God as taught in the Old Testament and also draw implication for the Christian life as a result of our study.

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: How many were in Jacob’s family when they came into Egypt?

Here are the answers which the skeptic believes indicate a Bible contradiction:

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and the sons of Joseph, who were born to him in Egypt, were two; all the people of the house of Jacob, who came to Egypt, were seventy.” (Genesis 46:27)

All the people who descended from Jacob were seventy people, but Joseph was already in Egypt.” (Exodus 1:5)

Your fathers went down to Egypt seventy persons in all, and now the Lord your God has made you as numerous as the stars of heaven.” (Deuteronomy 10:22)

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Then Joseph sent word and invited his father Jacob and all his relatives to come to him, seventy-five people in all.” (Acts 7:14)

(All Scriptural quotation comes from the New American Standard Bible)

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Note: For fans of Spurgeon have you checked out my Review: Charles Spurgeon Framed Art Print?

Spurgeon's Catechism With Scriptural Proofs

Charles Spurgeon. Spurgeon’s Catechism.  Apollo, PA: Ichthus Publications, August 16, 2014. 54 pp.

4 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

Are you looking for a resource to go over with kids about Christianity?  This might be a resource for you to consider!  I know some reading this review might think “Catechism?” and wonder if this might be Roman Catholic.  It is actually Baptist.  This Catechism was edited by the Prince of Preacher Charles Spurgeon from a Catechism based upon the Baptist Catechism of 1693.

This booklet consists of 82 questions and answers.  I used this to go over it with my kids and they enjoyed it.  I did explain to them that ultimately we are to go with what the Bible says but we also do appreciate what others learn about what the Bible says whether at our present local church or also in the Past.  It was helpful to look up the Scriptural citation in context and discuss the passages that are Scriptural proofs for the answers and doctrines.  I was struck at the questions at time being of great depths for my kids (you can’t say this work is shallow) and also its simplicity.  I also appreciate that it wasn’t just all doctrinal (and doctrines matter!) but also it has a lot of questions for the ten commandments.

The biggest thing that I found helpful with these questions and answers is the conversations I have with my kids because of it.  I plan to go over other Baptist Catechisms with my kids after this one and this was a good place to start with my elementary school age kids.  I used this as a family worship going over one or two questions each time.  They were part of my family worship plan in which I would go over the book of Genesis with my girls and days when I was exhausted from all the preparation of studying through Genesis I would use this Catechism.  I do recommend this as a resource.

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