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Al Mohler – Fatherly Advice to Singles

Fatherly Advice to Singles–Get Married
with: Al Mohler from 5/16/13

Dr. Al Mohler, Jr., president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, talks to singles about the mystery of marriage.

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Some quotes from the transcript:

The longer you wait to get married, the more habits and lifestyle patterns you will have that will be difficult to handle in marriage.

The more you, as an adult, define yourself as an “I”, the longer you do so resiliently, the harder it’s going to be to become a “we”.

Now, if you’re 13 or 14, don’t go to the middle school and pop the question. [Laughter] And if you’re 17, 18, 19, or 20—in your early 20’s—what are you waiting for? I don’t mean to get married this weekend. I mean to look for the spouse God has given you. What are you waiting for? Do you think, all of a sudden—you’re going to be 25 or 26—and you’re going to get a telegram from heaven, “By the way,—”? [Laughter]

You’ve got to be urgently seeking as much as you would seek what God would have you to do vocationally—as much as you would seek what God would have you to do in terms of your mission for life. Understand that you must be looking—guys—for that wife of your youth, in whom you can find such fulfillment when the “we” is created, and a one-flesh relationship is given, and you grow up together in the faith, and in the Lord, and in your adulthood.

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Marriage Made In Heaven


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Shepherd’s Conference

I had missed previously that John MacArthur’s Shepherd’s Conference would be live streamed this week.

Here is remainder of the schedule:

2:00 pm Seminar Session 2 Details
3:15 pm Break
3:45 pm Seminar Session 3 Details
5:00 pm Dinner Break
7:00 pm General Session 6 – Al Mohler

Friday, March 9, 2012

9:00 am General Session 7 – Phil Johnson
10:15 am Break
10:45 am Seminar Session 4 Details
Noon Lunch*
2:00 pm General Session 8 – Steve Lawson
4:00 pm Dinner Break
7:00 pm General Session 9 – John MacArthur

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Local Attractions & Activities
7:00 pm Acts – The 3-Man Show (learn more)

Hope you get a chance to listen.


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Session 6 – Questions and Answers (Mohler)

Session 6 – Questions and Answers (Mohler)

 

The sixth session of the conference was a question and answer session with Dr. Mohler and Dr. Lawson.

 

Question: Has church autonomy been a benefit or detriment?

Answer: The Baptist church is characterized by strong associations which hold churches together in the gospel. Church autonomy is not the issue. Sometimes churches must withdraw from fellowship with other churches.

 

Question: What about pastors that are not prepared to go into the pulpit?

Answer: Where there is no prospect for recovering a church for the gospel those that love the gospel should be with people who are like-minded. False churches are revealed by their teaching and their lack of fruit. We need to be able to tell the difference between a congregation and a crowd.

 

Question: How engaged should pastors be with current events?

Answer: To the extent for the congregation to be faithful and no farther. The church is not a political action committee. But there are many issues that look political that are really Biblical – marriage being one.

 

Question: Being doctrinally precise is important. How much emphasis is placed on doctrinal precision in seminary?

Answer: Not all theological issues are at the same level. Certain things must be believed by all Christians. Other things vary among believers. We need to practice Christian triage. We can disagree over certain things. We must agree over other things.

 

Question: What are some things coming down the pike in terms of heresies to warn our congregations?

Answer: Here right now: 1) Can we trust the word of God to tell us all things, particularly in Genesis and the historical Adam? 2) Churches bending the rules of Biblical sexuality. Watch out for the CBF. The cultural and legal pressure will be huge. 3) The exclusivity of the gospel and Jesus Christ as the only way. Intolerance and exclusivity will be catch phrases. 4) The nature of justification. This is the heart of the gospel. Are there any saving works of righteousness? 5) The “Grace Movement” that denies the necessity of sanctification.

 

Question: Why does God call all people to repent? Why does God threaten things that He is not going to carry out?

Answer: God commands all men to repent because He is just. Just as He commands all men to obey.

All commands from God are impossible to obey. There is a special grace given to those who will obey, who will repent. Things that God says He will do that He is not going to do are a learning narrative for the hearer. He wants the hearer to contemplate what the implications are. It is God revealing Himself, not changing His mind.

 

Question: How has it affected you when students left and showed that they were not one of us?

Answer: It is horrifying when a parent sees a child go out and walk away from the faith. Likewise for a pastor to see a member walk away from Christ. We mourn every shipwreck, but we dare not turn our eyes away from them. We must strive to present every man complete before Christ. We must not have “product envy”. The congregation looks about the same week after week. Evidence is slow to come.

 

Question: What about Mark Driscoll and the affects of his teaching, particularly on youth and young people?

Answer: We must be a company of discerning men. Wherever the gospel is found we should rejoice. But we cannot agree on the all the implications of the gospel. We must be careful of over-contextualization, especially the contextualization we do not think about, such as being crude. There are things that do not need to be discussed because they have nothing to do with the gospel. There needs to be age discrimination, gender discrimination. And we need to talk about certain things in only a certain way. We also have a problem with hero-worship.

 

Question: How would you assess the state of the Southern Baptist Convention?

Answer: I (Mohler) am a willing and appreciative Southern Baptist. That being said, we are a messed up people. The SBC is at a very tender moment. Denominationalism is dying. Churches do not need from denominations what they used to – literature, etc. We were called together to do missions, which we still do well. We train ministers well. The state of the SBC varies by geographic region and by generational group. Younger people see no need for denominations and associations.

 

Question; What about the movement to be like the world?

Answer: We are all dressed like someone in the world. We cannot escape being like the world. What we must do is not be influenced by the world in an inappropriate manner.

 

Question: What about the cosmic child abuse charge? How do we answer this Biblically?

Answer: We have a slaughterhouse religion, we have a bloody cross religion. It would be true of any of us that if we willed the suffering of our son we would be guilty of child use. We must answer this question by refuting that God must meet human definitions of morality. But to pay from an infinite crime required an infinite sacrifice by God.

 

Question: What do you do for your soul to combat burnout?

Answer: Read. When I (Mohler) get tired, I read. It is not what I suggest for everyone. I read many things that I don’t read by choice. I rest by reading things I chose. I also feed my soul by preparing to preach the word of God. Praying scripture and memorization. Burnout is a disguised form of spiritual depression.

 

Question: What is meant for elders to have faithful children?

Answer: The pastor of a church should have an orderly, Christ-centered, reputable household. We under-interpret the text, and we over-interpret the text. It is not just an aspiration. But the issue can be over-interpreted related to children no longer in the household. The text addresses what is normative – married, children, no scandal. The pastor exerts first of all his pastoral authority in the home.

 

Question: What do you and Dr. Ligon Duncan talk about in regard to the covenantal family issue?

Answer: Too little water too early. We do not see the tie between circumcision and baptism in the New Testament that we would expect to see if infant baptism were appropriate. The New Testament is a sign of regeneration. However, there are benefits to children being in the household of parents who are part of the covenant.

 


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Session 5 – The God Who Shakes (Mohler)

Session 5 – The God Who Shakes (Mohler)

Text: Hebrews 12:18-29

Hebrews 12:18-29

18 For you have not come to what may be touched, a blazing fire and darkness and gloom and a tempest

19 and the sound of a trumpet and a voice whose words made the hearers beg that no further messages be spoken to them.

20 For they could not endure the order that was given, “If even a beast touches the mountain, it shall be stoned.”

21 Indeed, so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, “I tremble with fear.”

22 But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering,

23 and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect,

24 and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.

25 See that you do not refuse him who is speaking. For if they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, much less will we escape if we reject him who warns from heaven.

26 At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.”

27 This phrase, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of things that are shaken—that is, things that have been made—in order that the things that cannot be shaken may remain.

28 Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe,

29 for our God is a consuming fire. (ESV)

 

We have tuned out the warnings of scripture. We should be waking up in the middle of the night in sheer terror of the danger we are in. Hebrews 12 is a chapter about the danger to come.

Warnings in Hebrews which trouble us:

1. Hebrews 6:4-8. How does this passage mesh with the perseverance of the saints? We must cross reference this with the parable of the soils. There are soils which show signs of life but do not continue. The words in Hebrews 6 sound like someone who is regenerated, but a careful examination shows that they can also be applied to those who appear to be saved but are not.

2. Hebrews 10:26-31. Is the death of Christ nullified by an intention to sin? Imagine this indictment against a person:

a. spurned the Son of God

b. profaned the blood

c. outraged the Spirit

3. Hebrews 12:3-13. The warning is against growing weary. We are troubled by the fact God disciplines us when we grow weary.

4. Hebrews 12:14-17. Esau sought to repent but no room was found for him to repent.

 

However, the warnings are offset by the promises of better things. There was a warning against touching Mount Sinai and that warning yielded fear and trembling. But thank God we have come to Mount Zion. God has proved Himself as a terrible, holy judge. But God has also proved Himself merciful beyond measure through Jesus Christ. Hebrews 12:22-24 speak of the greatest hope available to those who believe:

1. A mountain that can be touched without fear

2. A place where angels gather in joy

3. The City of the Living God

4. A place where the firstborn are citizens – that is us, we are the ones enrolled in heaven

5. A place where God will judge the righteous who are made perfect by the blood of Jesus Christ

6. A mediator who was also our sacrifice

 

Then in verse 25 the writer of Hebrews moves on to pleading with his readers. If the people of old perished because they did not heed the warnings when God thundered and shook the earth from Mount Sinai, what will happen to those who ignore the warning when God from heaven shakes the heavens and earth?

Notice that the writer of Hebrews freely moves back and forth between the picture of “shaking” and the picture of a “consuming fire.”

We are citizens of a kingdom that cannot be shaken. It is the only thing that will not pass away. And that is because of the work of the one who is the mediator of the new and better covenant. And what is our response to be? Worship.


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Session 3 – The God Who Saves (Mohler)

Session 3 – The God Who Saves (Mohler)

Text: Hebrews 9:11-28

Hebrews 9:11-28

11 But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation)

12 he entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption.

13 For if the sprinkling of defiled persons with the blood of goats and bulls and with the ashes of a heifer sanctifies for the purification of the flesh,

14 how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God.

15 Therefore he is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, since a death has occurred that redeems them from the transgressions committed under the first covenant.

16 For where a will is involved, the death of the one who made it must be established.

17 For a will takes effect only at death, since it is not in force as long as the one who made it is alive.

18 Therefore not even the first covenant was inaugurated without blood.

19 For when every commandment of the law had been declared by Moses to all the people, he took the blood of calves and goats, with water and scarlet wool and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people,

20 saying, “This is the blood of the covenant that God commanded for you.”

21 And in the same way he sprinkled with the blood both the tent and all the vessels used in worship.

22 Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.

23 Thus it was necessary for the copies of the heavenly things to be purified with these rites, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.

24 For Christ has entered, not into holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true things, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf.

25 Nor was it to offer himself repeatedly, as the high priest enters the holy places every year with blood not his own,

26 for then he would have had to suffer repeatedly since the foundation of the world. But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.

27 And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment,

28 so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him. (ESV)

 

Is talking about the blood atonement crude? Is it offensive? Is singing about the blood appropriate? Should the entire Bible be read to children? Why did God choose the need for blood for atonement?

We not only under-preach the person of Christ we also under-preach the work of Christ.

The children of Israel did not fully understand the meaning of the sacrificial system of which they were a part. It required the divine revelation of the Son to fully understand the meaning of the Old Testament sacrifices. Jesus Christ is the great high priest, the final high priest, the one who is greater than all other priests. The old things could not save, the new things, that is Jesus Christ, can save. That is the good things that have come.

Understanding this passage from Hebrews requires an understanding of the tabernacle and the temple. We must know about the sacrifices and the priesthood. We must understand that there was no forgiveness of sins performed by the Old Testament sacrifices. There was outward purification. There was also a delay of divine wrath. See verse 23.

The things God commanded to be constructed and performed on earth are copies of those things which already existed in heaven. These copies on earth had to be sprinkled with blood. But no earthly priest could do anything about the originals, which are in heaven. But Jesus Christ is infinitely better:

1. He entered once for all. Not repeatedly, as the earthly priests. There is no altar any more on earth. There was one final altar, and that was the cross of Jesus Christ. Christ only had to suffer once, not repeatedly.

a. The essence of the Roman Catholic mass denies this fact. The mass is seen as a repeated sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

2. He entered not in the earthly tabernacle (the copy), but into the tabernacle in heaven (the original).

3. He entered by means of His own blood, not the blood of goats and bulls. The priests carried blood from outside. Christ went into the tabernacle in heaven and there shed His own blood. Christ is both the great high priest and the sacrifice.

4. The remission was not good for a year, but forever.

5. The purification by the blood of bulls and goats was sufficient for the purification of the flesh. The blood of Jesus Christ is sufficient for the purification of the soul.

6. The sacrifice of one atoned for the sins of many.

7. Jesus is not only the great high priest, He is the Mediator, and He is also the King of kings.

Our salvation is purchased for us by the faithfulness of Jesus Christ. We will never have confessed all our sins and will never have repented of all our sins.

We must discard the worldly definition of mediator in favor for the Biblical definition. We bring nothing of worth to the table. We bring a debt of sin to the table. Jesus Christ as mediator makes up all our deficit.

In verse 16-17, the writer of Hebrews changes word pictures momentarily. He changes to a picture of an heir and a will.

Beginning in verse 18, we see the need for the visible display of blood. This goes all the way back to the Passover.  The display of blood was frequent. It was copious. It was promiscuous. It was repeated. It was extensive to the point of being offensive. This should characterize our preaching. To be ashamed of the blood is to be ashamed of Jesus Christ.

The ages are behind us. Jesus Christ initiated a time beyond the ages by his sacrifice. A time with no end. And in a place made not by human hands. Christ put an end to the need to deal with sin at His sacrifice. The next time He returns is to gather His own unto Himself and to judge the condemned. But not to deal with sin.


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Session 2 – The God Who Speaks (Mohler)

Session 2 – The God Who Speaks (Mohler)

Text: Hebrews 1:1-4

Hebrews 1:1-4

1 Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets,

2 but in these last days he (God the Father) has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world.

3 He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,

4 having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs. (ESV)

1. We are not preaching the preeminence of Christ just by avoiding heresy. Heresy comes from within the church. Mormonism is not heresy because it does not come from within the church.

2. We are not preaching the preeminence of Christ just by saying good and nice things about Jesus.

3. We are not preaching the preeminence of Christ just by saying all the right things about Jesus. See Luke 24:25-27.

 

We must preach the totality of Jesus Christ from all of the scriptures. See Luke 24:32. We know we are preaching the preeminence of Christ when people go away with burning hearts.

 

The book of Hebrews;

1. It is one of the central theological treatises in the New Testament. We learn the most about the atonement from the book of Hebrews.

2. It ties the Old Testament to the New Testament. It allows us to interpret the Old Testament.

 

The story of the gospel does not begin at the manger in Bethlehem. It begins in the sovereign will of God before the foundation of the world. And through time God spoke to us in various ways. It is a privileged source (supernatural revelation) of the record of times past. There is no conjecture when we turn to the Scriptures. God’s revelation is an event that is many events and done in many ways. The ultimate revelation of God prior to the incarnation of Jesus Christ is by the prophets to the Jewish fathers. God spoke to them. See Deuteronomy 4:32-33. The miracle is not that God spoke to them, but that God spoke to them and they lived. The same is true for us sitting in church today when we hear the gospel message.

However, in the last days (in the most recent times) God has spoken to us by his Son. Not to our fathers, but to us. And not through prophets, but by his Son. If God had not spoken we would have nothing to preach. Without the gift of divine revelation we are doing nothing but looking at shadows and thinking they are real.

The book of Hebrews does not disparage anything in the Old Testament. The book of Hebrews just shows how all things in the Old Testament are fulfilled by Jesus Christ. No mention of correction of errors in the Old Testament. This would be the heresy of Marcion.

It is implied that now that God has spoken through his Son that there is to be no further and definitely no greater revelation. The parable of the vineyard is all about this issue.

We have confusion between speaking and doing. We think that those who speak don’t necessarily do. However, when God speaks it is done. This is proved by creation.

Notice these things about the Son from Hebrews 1:2-4:

1. The Son bears the sole authority of God. He is the appointed heir.

2. There is a complete relationship between creation and redemption. It has all to do with divine authority.

3. We see the glory of God in the visible reality of his Son. Very few people in the New Testament actually saw this. But Philippians 2 tells us that everyone will see this radiance.

4. Jesus Christ didn’t tell us what God was like, He was God. The term used is the “exact imprint.”

5. Jesus Christ is the only one who understands what holds this universe together. And it is in Christ alone that the power do hold all things together comes from.

6. Only Jesus Christ is able to make purification for sins. It is in past tense – He made purification for sins. The present tense belongs to the session of Jesus Christ – seated at the right hand of God, ever making intercession for the saints. That means RIGHT NOW.

7. Angels are not the big deal. Moses is not the big deal. The priesthood is not the big deal. The temple is not the big deal. Melchizedek is not the big deal. Jesus Christ is the big deal. No contest.

 

Preach the Jesus of the Bible. He isn’t always nice. He isn’t always safe. But He does save. It is easy to under-preach Jesus. The truth is you can’t over-preach Jesus.

 


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Expositor’s Conference 2011 – Blogging

Berean Husband is reporting (almost) live from the 2011 Expositor’s Conference at Christ Fellowship Baptist Church in Mobile, Alabama. This is the third year for me to attend this conference. The first year featured Joel Beeke. Last year the featured speaker was R.C. Sproul. This year the featured speaker is Albert Mohler, President of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. It is said that SBTS is the largest gathering of men being trained to preach the gospel that has ever been collected in the history of the earth. And, of course, the conference also features Steve Lawson every year, the pastor of Christ Fellowship Baptist Church. The theme of this year’s conference is “The Preeminence of Christ in Preaching”. The conference runs from Monday night through Tuesday night and includes seven sessions by Lawson and Mohler.

There is big news here again this year. The featured speaker for the 2012 Expositor’s Conference is John MacArthur. The dates for next year’s conference are September 24-25, 2012. Early registration is set at $89 per person plus $35 for spouse for the next 90 days.

As is the case every year, the book bag included with registration is full of outstanding books. The bag includes Lawson’s titles “Made in Our Image” and “Pillars of Grace” and Mohler’s work “He is Not Silent”.

It’s about ten minutes before the beginning of the first session. The crowd this year seems to be comparable with the last two years – perhaps 300 or 400 people here in the sanctuary.


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Expositors’ Conference 2011

Expositors’ Conference 2011

The conference will be held at Christ Fellowship Baptist Church in Mobile, Alabama. The conference will be September 26-27, 2011.

Speakers are Steven Lawson and Al Mohler.

The central theme in expository preaching must always be the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the supreme subject of all Scripture, the very object of our faith. No pulpit can rise any higher than its clarion presentation of the preeminence of Christ. He must be the Alpha and Omega of every sermon, the sum and substance of every message. As the apostle Paul boldly asserted: “we preach Christ and Him crucified.” In this conference, Drs. R. Albert Mohler and Steven J. Lawson will draw our focus to biblical preaching that is Christ-centered and Christ-exalting.

Our goal is to ignite a renewed passion for the supreme worth and unsurpassed glory of Jesus Christ in our exposition of Scripture. In each session, we will be challenging expositors to hold forth an awe-inspiring view of the glorious person and perfect work of Jesus Christ. When the absolute preeminence of Christ is once again recovered in contemporary preaching, God will be glorified, Christ will be treasured, souls will be saved, and saints will be edified. Come and join us on September 26-27, 2011 as we seek to restore the life-changing preaching of the preeminence of Jesus Christ.


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Feed My Sheep: A Passionate Plea for Preaching [Kindle Edition]

Feed My Sheep: A Passionate Plea for Preaching [Kindle Edition]

Authors:

R. Albert Mohler Jr.,

James Montgomery Boice,

Derek W. H. Thomas,

Joel R. Beeke,

R. C. Sproul,

R. C. Sproul Jr.,

Sinclair B. Ferguson,

Don Kistler,

Eric J. Alexander,

John Piper,

John MacArthur

In the Old Testament, God decried the fact that His people were perishing for lack of knowledge about Him. The same seems to be occurring today. There is sharing, suggesting, plenty of storytelling, and lots of preaching to felt needs in modern pulpits. But the authoritative, expositional opening of the Word of God is becoming scarcer all the time.

{The free kindle books are available a short time, they are done sorta like a sale and end quickly so you can’t wait a couple of days to “purchase” the free book. If you don’t actually have a kindle you can get the Kindle for PC which will allow you to read kindle books for free.  There are also kindle versions for a blackberry and for an iPhone.}



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