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I enjoy reading sermons.  I find I can benefit from reading a sermon much more than I can from listening.  I also like to be able to make notes in the sermon or to stop and look up verses.  Of course, invariably I get engrossed in listening to a great sermon on my MP3 and a child interrupts and 10 minutes later I’m trying to rewind (You don’t rewind MP3’s do you?) back to the place where I lost track.  Reading I can easily pick up where I left off.  Many sermons on Sermon Audio have transcripts which you can download in PDF format, but then you either need to print them out or sit and stare at the computer.  But now I can send a transcript of a sermon right to my kindle for free.  🙂

Kindle Integration for SermonAudio Transcription Service

Amazon Kindle eBook Reader support and integration is here on SermonAudio! You can now send any sermon transcript with a single click to your Kindle device wirelessly, instantly, and for free (with a WIFI connection).

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Expositor’s Conference – Session 4 – Preaching the Grace of God (Steve Lawson)

Session 4 – Preaching the Grace of God (Steve Lawson)

Steve Lawson is the preacher for the fourth session, with the subject of preaching the grace of God. His text is Ephesians 1:3-14.

Paul understood grace because he had lived through a revelation of God’s grace on the road to Damascus. Paul understood that all that he was was because of the grace of God.


1. Electing grace. Grace begins in eternity past, before the foundation of the world (verse 4). The word means to be drawn out and set apart for a purpose. To chose out from among the many. God chose by Himself and for Himself according to the tense of the verb. See 1 Corinthians 1:26-31. God’s choosing is not based on merit.  Notice the two modifiers of this choosing: in Christ and in love. The order of this electing grace can be constructed from four key words in Ephesians 1:11 – first there is the counsel of God. Out of this counsel comes the will of God. Out of the will of God comes purpose. And what God purposes, He predestines to guarantee the certainty of fulfillment. This grace causes us to preach with humility.


2. Redeeming grace. Verse 7 tells us of the redeeming grace of God. To redeem is to pay a price that a person cannot pay for themselves to purchase their freedom. The price paid was the blood of Jesus Christ. See Ephesians 5:25-27. This grace allows us to preach with compassion.


3. Regenerating grace. This is the grace which has made us alive. This is the grace of the new birth. See Ephesians 2:4-5. The dead person can do nothing. The sinner is spiritually dead, and therefore can do nothing spiritually, However, God, having made us alive spiritually, gives us the ability to do something spiritually. This grace allows us to preach with boldness.


4. Preserving grace. This is seen in verse 13.  We have been sealed up in the life of Christ. What has been done in eternity cannot be undone in time. What can separate us from the love of Christ? Nothing. Even our glorification is spoken of in the past tense. This grace allows us to preach with confidence.


This is the grace which we preach. This is the only grace. Any grace which is not these four things is not grace at all.






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Expositors Conference – Session 1 – Preaching the Glory of God (Steven Lawson)

Berean Husband is blogging almost live again this year from the 2010 Expositor’s Conference at Christ Fellowship Baptist Church in Mobile, Alabama. This is the second year I have attended this conference. Last year the speakers were Steve Lawson (pastor of Christ Fellowship) and Joel Beeke, noted author on the Puritans. This year the speakers are Steve Lawson and R.C. Sproul. This is the only conference Dr. Sproul is doing outside of Florida this year. Session 1 begins in about five minutes. The attendance this year is excellent. There was no parking left in the parking lot and there are probably 350 to 400 here in the sanctuary.  The give-away bag is excellent this year. There are five full-length books, including Sproul’s new book on the Gospel of John. I almost ordered this book a few weeks ago…glad I waited.  The theme of this year’s conference is “The Glory of God in Preaching.” The conference guide says that the conference audio will be available shortly after the end of the conference at www. Christfellowship.cc. Sermonaudio is also live video webcasting the conference. Check for a link on the homepage. The conference begins with some congregational singing and a choir anthem.

Session 1 – Preaching the Glory of God (Steven Lawson)

The text for session 1 is from 1 Peter 4:10-11. These verses instruct us that those who God calls to preach have been gifted to preach the word of God. Therefore, every preacher must be a good steward of this gift of preaching. There will be accountability for this stewardship. The chief end of this stewardship is the glory of God.

1. The gift of preaching. Every believer is given a gift. The gift is to be employed in serving one another. The gift is solely from the grace of God and not based on natural ability. In verse 11 we see two categories of these gifts: speaking and serving. The gift of speaking involves both teaching and preaching. Preaching includes teaching and something more. The “more” is the public proclamation of the word of God. Preaching is accompanied by extraordinary power (c.f. the power of the preaching of Paul and Peter).  Paul tells Timothy in 2 Timothy 1:6 that this gift of preaching must be fanned into a flame. There is no room for timidity in preaching.

2. The gravity of preaching. Preaching is a sacred call. Verse 11 calls our preaching the speaking of the oracles of God. That is, God’s words spoken through the preacher. We cannot take any part of ourselves into the pulpit. The words must be all God’s words, none of ours. The preacher should have nothing to say apart from the word of God. The preacher must be under the authority of the word of God. More so, when the preacher is preaching the word of God, it is as if God himself is present in the midst of the congregation. The gravity of preaching also arises from the fact that the preacher is a steward. The word of God is entrusted to the preacher to use it wisely for the glory of the master. The steward acts on behalf of the master with the best interest of the master in heart. See 1 Corinthians 4:1-5. The steward will be accountable to be faithful with the gift of preaching. And this accountability is not to man, but to God. We are not even accountable to ourselves. Also see 1 Corinthians 3:10-15. The preacher must skillfully lay the foundation of Jesus Christ. So many preachers are busily and skillfully laying a foundation, but the foundation is not Jesus Christ. And so many preachers are busily and skillfully building on the foundation, but are using hay and stubble. All these works will be tested by fire. A handful of gold is worth far, far more than a truckload of hay. We will not know who are the really great preachers until we see what remains after the work has been tested by fire. And see 1 Corinthians 9:24-27. We must give our all in order to win the prize at the end of the race. So many preachers are running aimlessly with no goal, and the punches that they throw don’t count, don’t make a difference. We must also make sure that we live in the same manner as we preach to others to live.

3. The goal of preaching. The goal of preaching is that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. We are to glorify God in our preaching and lead others to give glory to God through what they hear preaching. We need to take care that we receive no glory from what we preach. The gift of preaching that God has given to a person is to end that God himself may be glorified.



I would recommend that anyone who thinks that they have been called to preach should listen to this sermon, particularly the part about the gravity of preaching. How often do we build with hay and stubble when we have the chance to build with gold and silver?


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The Attributes of God by A.W. Pink

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Through Marriage, Being Conformed to the Image of Christ

Over the last couple of days I mentioned in some comments about how the Lord has allowed us to have the struggles we have in order to conform us to the image of Christ.

Romans 8:29-30 (ESV)
29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.
30 And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.

Then Friday and Saturday I happened to listened to this series of sermons from Paul Washer.  They express the idea much better than I ever could.

 

Through Marriage, Being Conformed to the Image of Christ (Part 1)


 

Through Marriage, Being Conformed to the Image of Christ (Part 2)


 

Through Marriage, Being Conformed to the Image of Christ (Part 3)



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Bible Study Christmas Present

The Logos 4 Bible Study Program has just recently come out. I’ve read several good reviews about the program from various sources.  Also I’ve used the reftagger almost since the beginning of the website. Reftagger is the method that allows the Bible verses entered to become a hyperlink with a pop up box containing the verse. Such as this Genesis 1:1.  If you have a website you might want to use reftagger which is free.

Logos and SermonAudioare now teaming up such that anyone with the Logos Software can have easy access and integration with sermons on SermonAudio.

Logos Bible Software Integrates with SermonAudio.com!

We’ve been working with the developers at Logos Bible Software to integrate our library of hundreds of thousands of free audio sermons directly into the newest version of the world’s most popular Bible study software — Logos 4 Bible Software!

This means that while you are doing your Bible study or sermon preparation, you’ll quickly be able to see all relevant MP3 sermon titles directly from SermonAudio.com for that particular Bible passage. It’s convenient and the best news is that this feature is completely free of charge to both the Logos end-users and to our broadcasters!

Read the announcement from the Logos website..

The best part is that SermonAudio users get a 25% discount on the Logos Software purchase.

This will make a great gift for a Bible studying person or for your pastor, especially if they use SermonAudio also.

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Our English Bible – Elder Zack Guess

The following sermon is by a Primitive Baptist Church elder who attended the Conference on the English Bible. He expresses how moved he was to be able to hold some of the early English Bibles that many men and women died for so that we can have one to hold.

There were pastors and members, that I know of, from Presbyterian, Baptist, Reformed Baptist and Southern Baptist, in addition to Primitive Baptist, at the Conference on the English Bible.


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