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We Will Not Bow

Here is a link to a sermon by Dr. John MacArthur called “We Will Not Bow.”  I highly recommend it.

You can find the sermon here.

Written by The Seeking Disciple

07/25/2015 at 7:56 PM

What’s On My iPod

Just wanted to give an update on what is on my iPod and what I am listening to right now.  These are not in any given order.

1.  John MacArthur & Grace to You

2.  James McDonald & Walk in the Word

3.  Viewpoint on Mormonism

4.  Times Square Church

5.  The Briefing with Dr. Al Mohler

6.  Cross Encounters with Tony Miano

7.  Wretched with Todd Friel

8.  The Daily Audio Bible

Written by The Seeking Disciple

03/20/2014 at 3:15 PM

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What Did the Founding Fathers Believe?

I would encourage you to listen to this lecture on what the founding fathers of the United States believed about God, about the Lord Jesus Christ, about Christianity, about salvation?  Dr. Gregg Frazer is a teacher of history at The Master’s College and has written a book (that I plan on reading but have not at this point), The Religious Beliefs of America’s Founders: Reason, Revelation, Revolution.  

I have seen some have already begun to reply to Dr. Frazer.  However, I believe his case is strong that the founding fathers were not in fact biblical Christians but were, as Dr. Frazer says, theistic rationalists.  They often made statements full of Bible verses, about God, about Christianity but in their private writings, they were not disciples of Jesus at all.  They believed Christianity to be full of good morals and good for society (how different from liberals today) but they were not believers themselves.  In fact, Dr. Frazer points out that they always referred to Jesus as “Jesus of Nazareth” and never to “Jesus Christ” or any acknowledgement of His deity or His Lordship.

You can find Dr. Frazer’s lecture here.

Written by The Seeking Disciple

02/23/2014 at 10:50 AM

The Pulpit: Its Powers and Pitfalls by Alistair Begg

I would encourage you whether you are a Bible teacher or not to take a listen to Alistair Begg preaching on the subject of preaching from 1 Corinthians 2:1-5.  Brother Begg speaks on biblical preaching and what is the source of our power.  His sermon is right on and I enjoyed it tremendously.

You can listen to part B here which I considered the best portion of the sermon.

Written by The Seeking Disciple

08/21/2013 at 10:16 AM

Short Thoughts on Method Evangelism

At the recent Shepherd’s Conference, Jesse Johnson gave a lecture called, The Ways of the Master, in which he critiqued method-based evangelism.  Jesse’s point was that the Bible doesn’t present one method above others as better.  His fear is that TWOM (The Way of the Master) is being presented in such a way that other methods are disapproved and if you are not evangelizing using the same method as TWOM then you must not be doing biblical evangelism.  You can hear his teaching here.

In brief, let me state my opinion about this issue.

1.  Are Methods Unbiblical?

Even if TWOM is presenting a method for doing evangelism then does that mean that they are wrong.  We often teach people to pray using methods.  I remember when I was a young disciple and an older disciple of Jesus taught me to pray using the acronym ACTS.  Adoration.  Confession. Thanksgiving.  Supplication.

In Matthew 6:9-13 Jesus taught His disciples to pray using a method.  While He didn’t say, “Pray this prayer,” He did say, “Pray then like this” (ESV).  The disciple’s prayer in Matthew 6:9-13 is a method or outline for prayer.

Now it is true that the Gospels nor Acts presents a method for evangelism but I don’t believe that a method is a bad thing to have when going witnessing.  A game plan is good.  TWOM is just that, a game plan for telling others the gospel of Jesus Christ.  Sadly, less than 2% of the evangelical church will ever tell someone about Christ in their lifetime.  The words of Matthew 9:38 burn in my heart for people to be called of God and trained to go forth with the gospel in the power of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8).

2.  Methods Should Encompass Biblical Truths

If the method contains the truths of the gospel, does that negate the method?  I believe that TWOM does take the truths of the gospel and presents them in a way that is easy for people to grasp and communicate to the lost.  One of the main points I love about TWOM is the aspect of dealing with the guilt of the sinner.  Few evangelism methods focus on the breaking of God’s Law and His just wrath against sin like TWOM does (Romans 7:7).  By using the moral law of the Ten Commandments, TWOM helps disciples take the moral law and show sinners that they are guilty before God (1 Timothy 1:8-11).  The Law of God shuts our mouths before Him (Romans 3:19-20) and acknowledges that we deserve hell.

One of the main complaints I have heard about TWOM is that while it does emphasize are guilt, it is not big on the doctrine of justification.  In other words, time is spent establishing our guilt but little is said about justification through Christ and His sacrifice (Romans 4:24-25).  This is a fair judgment in my estimation.  Too much can be made about the moral law to the exclusion of the work of Christ.  Some accuse TWOM as making the gospel all about “keeping the law” but the I know personally that this is not the case.  Salvation is correctly taught as being by grace through faith in Jesus Christ and not our works (Ephesians 2:8-9).

3.  Evangelism Pride

Some contend that method based evangelism leads to pride.  “We do evangelism right and you are wrong.”  I can see how one can conclude that.  I have met people who were prideful from evangelism but I also have met many godly saints who love Jesus and simply want to tell the world the good news of Christ.  The TWOM offers people the opportunity to learn how to evangelize using the moral law and gives them confidence while they are witnessing.  I don’t care how much theology you think you know, fear has a way of causing you to forget.  I have been evangelizing before and fear would grip my heart and I would not even begin to know the Ten Commandments when I would be talking to a person.  Fear is a powerful foe.  TWOM helps a person learn to overcome their fear and share their faith.  Evangelism is a very humbling experience in my experience.  Frankly, most people don’t care that you study theology or read your Bible or pray nor do they commend you for sharing your faith.  If anything, I am viewed as a moron, an idiot, a wacky Christian trying to push my beliefs on others.  Evangelism is anything but prideful in my experience.

Now there can be pride among Christians regarding methods.  For instance, I have been out witnessing and have run into some folks doing evangelism surveys.  I don’t attack them.  I praise them for doing their part.  I do think that their method falls short in addressing sin but I applaud them for seeking to tell people the gospel and I believe God can and does use those who are available for Him to use.  We must bear in mind that God alone saves sinners.  Salvation doesn’t come from a method or a correct sermon necessarily but from the Holy Spirit who draws sinner to the Savior and He saves them by His power (John 6:44; 1 Corinthians 1:30-31).

Conclusion

I do think that we should always check our hearts when it comes to methods whether they be methods in prayer or methods in evangelism or even methods in teaching.  My main issue is to be biblical.  I believe that TWOM offers me a biblical way to share my faith.  It offers me an outline to share my faith.  It offers me a biblical way to confront sin.  I am not offended that Jesse Johnson did his teaching on the subject and I pray that God uses it to draw all of us closer to Himself and to further His kingdom through preaching of the gospel.

I do worry that people want to critique TWOM because they don’t share their faith.  I don’t know if that is the case with Mr. Johnson since I don’t know him.  I have met Christians before who want to question TWOM theologically but they never lift a finger to share their faith.  They want to attack the usage of the Law and yet they can provide no reason for us to listen to them since they never preach the gospel to the lost.  I may appear to be arguing pragmatically at this point but TWOM makes no claims to be perfect, no claims to be seeing large numbers repent.  It is simply a method.  We must always remember that Jesus saves and no one else (1 Timothy 2:3-6).  Jesus died for all men to be saved (John 1:29) and He draws the lost to Himself through the preaching of the gospel (John 12:32; Romans 10:14-17).  TWOM helps us preach the gospel of Christ but only Jesus saves by His grace.

Written by The Seeking Disciple

03/21/2012 at 10:14 PM

A Primer on Postmodernism

Here is a link to Phil Johnson of Pyromaniacs and his teaching on postmodernism.  I found his teaching very helpful to understand where we are today as a culture and how the Church should respond.  Contrary to the emergent, seeker movement, we should respond by preaching not with postmodernism but with the truth of the gospel.

The truth of the gospel will always triumph!  Romans 1:16-17.

Written by The Seeking Disciple

03/13/2012 at 7:33 PM

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