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Quote – John Bunyan

“How many are there in our day, since the Gospel is grown so common, that catch up a notion of good things and from that notion make a profession of the name of Christ, get into churches, and obtain the title of brother, a saint, a member of the Gospel congregation, that have clean escaped repentance.”

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John Bunyan

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True Church Conference 2009 – Jonathan Sims – My Journey in Grace Thus Far…

Jonathan Sims “My Journey in Grace Thus Far…”

2 Peter 3:18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen. ESV

How I have grown in grace over the years:

1) Expositional Preaching – verse by verse; book by book
2) Friendships

  • Personal
  • Books – biographies and writings of the great preachers and missionaries


Inability of Man

Eph 2:4-5
4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us,
5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ— by grace you have been saved—
ESV

Repentance is from God

Rom 2:4 Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? ESV

God’s Call is Effectual

John 10:27-30
27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.
28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.
29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.
30 I and the Father are one.
” ESV

Fears and Doubts for the future

~ Knowledge puffeth up – Pride
~ Monastic Separatist Spirit
~ Arrogant Young Preachers
~ Weak on the Local Church – no accountability
~ Cooling of Evangelism

How to guard against error

1) Pulpit firmly anchored in expositional preaching
2) Church discipline
3) Church standards
4) God-centered church

Short Video clip of the sermon


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True Church Conference 2009 – Jonathan Sims

Pastor Sims preached on I Samuel 7.

1 Sam 7
1 And the men of Kiriath-jearim came and took up the ark of the Lord and brought it to the house of Abinadab on the hill. And they consecrated his son Eleazar to have charge of the ark of the Lord.
2 From the day that the ark was lodged at Kiriath-jearim, a long time passed, some twenty years, and all the house of Israel lamented after the Lord.
3 And Samuel said to all the house of Israel, “If you are returning to the Lord with all your heart, then put away the foreign gods and the Ashtaroth from among you and direct your heart to the Lord and serve him only, and he will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines.” 4 So the people of Israel put away the Baals and the Ashtaroth, and they served the Lord only. 5 Then Samuel said, “Gather all Israel at Mizpah, and I will pray to the Lord for you.”
6 So they gathered at Mizpah and drew water and poured it out before the Lord and fasted on that day and said there, “We have sinned against the Lord.” And Samuel judged the people of Israel at Mizpah.
7 Now when the Philistines heard that the people of Israel had gathered at Mizpah, the lords of the Philistines went up against Israel. And when the people of Israel heard of it, they were afraid of the Philistines.
8 And the people of Israel said to Samuel, “Do not cease to cry out to the Lord our God for us, that he may save us from the hand of the Philistines.”
9 So Samuel took a nursing lamb and offered it as a whole burnt offering to the Lord. And Samuel cried out to the Lord for Israel, and the Lord answered him.
10 As Samuel was offering up the burnt offering, the Philistines drew near to attack Israel. But the Lord thundered with a mighty sound that day against the Philistines and threw them into confusion, and they were routed before Israel.
11 And the men of Israel went out from Mizpah and pursued the Philistines and struck them, as far as below Beth-car.
12 Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen and called its name Ebenezer; for he said, “Till now the Lord has helped us.”
13 N So the Philistines were subdued and did not again enter the territory of Israel. And the hand of the Lord was against the Philistines all the days of Samuel.
14 The cities that the Philistines had taken from Israel were restored to Israel, from Ekron to Gath, and Israel delivered their territory from the hand of the Philistines. There was peace also between Israel and the Amorites.
15 Samuel judged Israel all the days of his life.
16 And he went on a circuit year by year to Bethel, Gilgal, and Mizpah. And he judged Israel in all these places.
17 Then he would return to Ramah, for his home was there, and there also he judged Israel. And he built there an altar to the Lord.
ESV

Ebenezer – Stone of help, “till now the Lord has helped us.”

1 Sam 7:3 And Samuel said to all the house of Israel, “If you are returning to the Lord with all your heart, then put away the foreign gods and the Ashtaroth from among you and direct your heart to the Lord and serve him only, and he will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines.” ESV

suwr” – Hebrew – put away, rebel

Rebel against your rebellion towards God.

Mark Dever quote from William Howse (?)

“The difference between a Christian and a non-Christian: when a non-Christian is convicted of sin, he sides with his sin. When a Christian is convicted of sin, he sides with God, against himself.”

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Church Conference 2009 Noblit – Counseling Seekers

Counseling Seekers by Jeff Noblit

The problem is there is little to no counseling done.

There is a numbers idolatry today.

No man can judge whether a person is saved or not.

An old method of joining the church was by “Experience.”

Only the Lord adds to the number of the church.

Acts 2:47 And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved. ESV

Often people will say that the Acts church would baptize the new converts right away. That is true but the Acts church was in a different context.

Persecution
Start of the Church
Miraculous Events

When new believers joined the church they were ostracized by their families and suffered intense persecution. Joining the church was not the light matter that it is in today’s churches in America.

I. Discerning Awakening, Conviction and Conversion

A. Awakening

Heb 6:4-6
4 For it is impossible to restore again to repentance those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, and have shared in the Holy Spirit,
5 and have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come,
6 if they then fall away, since they are crucifying once again the Son of God to their own harm and holding him up to contempt.
ESV

Tasting is not swallowing.

Mark 4:3-8
3 “Listen! A sower went out to sow.
4 And as he sowed, some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured it.
5 Other seed fell on rocky ground, where it did not have much soil, and immediately it sprang up, since it had no depth of soil.
6 And when the sun rose it was scorched, and since it had no root, it withered away.
7 Other seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no grain.
8 And other seeds fell into good soil and produced grain, growing up and increasing and yielding thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold
.” ESV

B. Conviction

John 16:8 And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: ESV

Seeing self as corrupt not just their actions.

C. Conversion

Rising of faith in the heart.

II. The Counseling Session

A. Scriptures

B. Holy Spirit

C. Knowledgeable Counselors – Knows the Word of God – Rom 10:17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. ESV

D. Tools available – CD’s, Books, Faith cometh by hearing

Press upon them their lostness.

Look for the witness of the Spirit.

Rom 8:16 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, … ESV

Give Homework.



Jeff Noblit

Counseling Seekers for Repentance 2/21/2009



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True Church Conference 2009 – David Miller

I really enjoyed getting to listen to David Miller this weekend. This was the first time I had heard him.

The Repentance of Nineveh 2/20/2009

Jonah First Missionary of record. Tradition says that he was the Widow of Zarephath’s son who was raised from the dead by Elijah.

Jonah’s theology was wrong because he didn’t believe in the omnipresence of God. He tried to run away!

The warning to the Ninevites was not necessary or deserved.

The main point of this story is not Jonah and the Whale the main point is that God granted repentance to the Ninevites.

Grace always takes the initiative!

600,000 – 1 million repented in one day. This was a one day evangelism crusade of legendary importance.

There were no “seekers” in Niveva!

Jonah was sent to preach repentance.

  • Not to lead a cruise,

  • Not to give his testimony,

  • Not to share,

  • Not to prayer walk around the city,

  • But to preach about the intended destruction!



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