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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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Session 1 – Preaching the Supremacy of Christ (Lawson)

Session 1 – Preaching the Supremacy of Christ (Lawson)

Text: Colossians 1:28-29

Colossians 1:28-29

28 Him we proclaim, warning (admonishing) everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature (complete) in Christ.

29 For this I toil (labor), struggling (striving) with all his energy that he powerfully works within me. (ESV)

What a man thinks of Christ will tell you how a man thinks about everything else religious in his life. A high view of Christ yields a high view of preaching, a high standard of holiness, a high commitment to the church and evangelism. The reverse is also true. Thus the need for preaching the preeminence of Christ – His unrivaled supremacy.

Notice what Paul proclaims in verse 28, the first word – Him, that is, the Lord Jesus Christ.

The overview for all of Lawson’s session follows:

1. What we preach, or better said, who we preach.

2. How we preach. It matters to God how we preach. There are four words used to describe how we are to preach.

a. proclaim

b. admonishing

c. teaching

d. wisdom

3. Why we preach. So that every man can be complete in Christ.

4. To whom we preach. We preach to every man.

5. What we preach.

Session 1 addresses what we preach. We preach “Him”, that is the Lord Jesus Christ. We do not preach a set of rules, or a cause, or a political view. We preach the risen Lord Jesus Christ. Christianity is Jesus Christ. Everything we do in the Christian life hinges upon Christ. See 1 Corinthians 2:2 and 2 Corinthians 4:5. It does not matter what book or passage we are preaching from, we must preach Jesus Christ.

What does it mean to preach Christ? See Colossians 1:15-23. There are seven truths about Jesus Christ in these verses.

1. To preach Christ is to preach that Jesus Christ is God. See Colossians 1:15. Fully, completely God. Jesus Christ is the full and perfect revelation of God. All deity dwells in Jesus Christ. See Colossians 2:9. He who has seen Jesus Christ has seen God the Father. Jesus Christ possesses all the divine attributes of God and all the power of God.

a. Understanding this truth is the cornerstone to understanding all other doctrines of the Bible.

b. This means that Jesus Christ has the right to rule and command our lives.

2. To preach Christ is to preach that Jesus Christ is sovereign. See Colossians 1:15. Jesus is the firstborn of all creation. Not that He is a created being – that is the Arian heresy. Jesus is the creator (see verse 16). “Firstborn” here means possessing all of the rights of the firstborn son. See Revelation 1:5. The heir, the inheritor of the legacy, the manager of the estate. Jesus is the first over all creation – the position of full supremacy. The position of full authority.

3. To preach Christ is to preach that Jesus Christ is creator. See Colossians 1:16. By Christ all things were created. “By Him” should read “In Him”. Nothing falls outside the creative power of Jesus Christ. See John 1:3.

a. Note that the creation is by Him, through Him, and for Him.

b. The One who made all is the one who will judge all.

4. To preach Christ is to preach that Jesus Christ is not only the creator, He is also the sustainer. See Colossians 1:17. Nothing is outside the immediate control of Jesus Christ. Deism is heresy.

5. To preach Christ is to preach that Jesus Christ is the head of the church. See Colossians 1:18. Jesus Christ controls, oversees, directs, guides, manages, requires submission from, the church. Christ is the greatest of all who will be resurrected unto life. Notice the use of the word “preeminence” in verse 18. That means first place in everything. All things are to please Him. It doesn’t matter if we please or displease anyone else.

6. To preach Christ is to preach that Jesus Christ is Lord. See Colossians 1:19-20. How do we see the Lordship of Christ in these verses?

a. Jesus is Lord because God is Lord. All the fullness of the deity of God dwells within Jesus Christ.

b. Jesus is Lord because He reconciles ALL THINGS to Himself. Only the Lord of all things can reconcile all things to Himself.

i. All things shall bow to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is exalted above all. Jesus Christ has authority over all.

7. To preach Christ is to preach that Jesus Christ is savior. See Colossians 1:21-22. Only Jesus Christ can reconcile evil man to the holy God.

 

Why preach anything else than Jesus Christ? There is salvation in no other name.

 


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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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Jesus, The Only Way to God – Audio Book

Christian Audio has a free audio book available until March 30, 2011.

Jesus: The Only Way to God
Must You Hear the Gospel to be Saved?

If the evangelical church at large was ever too confrontational in its evangelism, those days are gone. In our shrinking, pluralistic world, the belief that Jesus is the only way of salvation is increasingly called arrogant and even hateful. In the face of this criticism, many shrink back from affirming the global necessity of knowing and believing in Jesus. In Jesus, the Only Way to God, John Piper offers a timely plea for the evangelical church to consider what is at stake in surrendering the unique, universal place of Jesus in salvation.


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Steve Lawson – “Gospel-Centered Preaching” – 2011 True Church Conference

Message 7 – Steve Lawson – “Gospel-Centered Preaching”

This sermon is a continuation of the message which Dr. Lawson began last night, looking at the five common denominators of the 19 sermons in the book of Acts. This has been expanded to six common denominators over the course of the evening. This represents 25% of the book of Acts. The first common denominator covered last night is that Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of Old Testament Scriptures. The text of the sermon is Acts 3:11-26. Here is the remainder of the common denominators.


2. The sermons emphasize the sinless life of Christ (see verse 14). Jesus Christ is the Holy and Righteous One. Sinless perfection. Perfectly moral character. Perfect compliance to the will of God. No deviation from the glory of God the Father. Why is this important? Why did Jesus not come from heaven immediately to the cross? Jesus lived under the law, in subjection to the moral law of God. The very law we fail to keep, He kept. It is this righteousness that is imputed to us in justification. Righteousness imputed to sinners was not created out of nothing. We need more than our sins forgiven, we need a holiness that does not belong to us, a righteousness that is not our own.


3. The sermons emphasize the substitutionary death of Jesus Christ (see verse 15). The charge is killing the author, or prince, of live. The originator of life was put to death. Jesus did not die as a victim, He died as a victor (see Acts 4:10ff). The rejected stone has become the chief cornerstone.


4. The sermons emphasize the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ. Of all who were crucified, there was only one who was raised from the dead. See verse 15. And a subset of this is frequently the eyewitness account of the resurrection. A living savior must be dominant in our preaching. A dead savior is no savior at all.


5. The sermons emphasize the necessity of repentance and faith (see verses 6, 16, 19). These two are inseparable. Without faith, repentance is nothing more than a moral resolution. Without repentance, faith is just head knowledge.


6. The sermons emphasize the inescapability of the final judgment. There will be a final judgment at the end of the age. A final day of accountability. Otherwise, our preaching is nothing but suggestions and options to the people. There are consequences for not heeding the preaching. See verse 23. A closely related topic to this which is emphasized in these sermons in the book of Acts is the session of Jesus Christ at the right hand of God the Father in heaven. He is the judge who presides. See Acts 17:31 – this day has been fixed.


Now is the time for the strongest men to preach the strongest message in the context of the strongest ministry. – Dr. John MacArthur.



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Steve Lawson – “The Gospel in the Old Testament” – 2011 True Church Conference

Message 5 – Steve Lawson – “The Gospel in the Old Testament”


The text of Dr. Lawson’s sermon is Acts 3:11-25.  The gospel is rooted and grounded in the Old Testament. It is not a new idea in the New Testament. It is and always has been the one and only way of salvation. The only difference is the point of view which people look unto Jesus Christ, forward or back. The gospel began in Genesis. Take for instance Genesis 3:15. The blood of Jesus is a scarlet thread through the Old Testament.


There are five common denominators in the 19 sermons found in the book of Acts. The sermon of Acts chapter 3 clearly shows all five of these distinctives. Tonight we look at only the first of these five.


1. Jesus is the fulfillment of the Old Testament. Peter preaches that the gospel is inseparably found in the Old Testament. See verse 13. The selfsame servant of the Lord found in the Old Testament is Jesus Christ of the Old Testament. Isaiah is replete with “servant songs”.  Then see verse 18. Every single prophet in the Old Testament foretold of the coming of Christ. Then see verses 20-21.  There are pictures of Jesus throughout the Old Testament. He is preeminent throughout the Bible. Then see verses 22-23. The entire Old Testament looks forward to the coming of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ spoke as no one ever spoke. His words were greater than that of Moses. Don’t listen to Moses. Listen to Jesus. He is the great prophet of God.  Then look at verse 24. All the prophets without any exceptions had one central compelling message. Then look at verse 25. Jesus is the fulfillment of the covenant with Abraham. All the blessings of grace and salvation would come through the seed of Abraham, the Lord Jesus Christ. Then look at verse 26. God reiterates that Jesus Christ is His chosen servant and sent him to bless by turning men from their wicked ways.


Romans chapter 1 shows the basis the gospel has in the Old Testament. In verses 1-3 we see the basis of the scriptures and the lineage of Jesus. And then verse 17 pulls from the Old Testament to tell us that the just shall live by faith. Then in Romans chapter 4 we see examples in the Old Testament of salvation through faith alone. Abraham and David are specifically called out.


The same case is made in 1 Corinthians 15. Paul points out that the Old Testament scriptures point to a Christ who died, was buried, and was raised from the dead.


And finally consider Galatians 3. There is only one way of salvation. Salvation of the Gentiles was foreseen in the Old Testament.



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Jesus Is Praying For You

Quote shared in church tonight.

“If I could hear Christ praying for me in the next room, I would not fear a million enemies. Yet distance makes no difference. He is praying for me.”

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Robert Murray M’Cheyne

This could be based on this verse,

John 17:9 (ESV) I am praying for them. I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are yours.



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In Christ Alone: Living the Gospel Centered Life [Kindle Edition]

In Christ Alone: Living the Gospel Centered Life [Kindle Edition] – free

Dr. Sinclair B. Ferguson

Noted theologian, pastor, and educator Dr. Sinclair B. Ferguson explores aspects of the person and work of Jesus in his latest book, In Christ Alone: Living the Gospel-Centered Life. This collection of articles, published earlier in Tabletalk magazine and Eternity Magazine, is designed to help believers gain a better understanding of their Savior and the Christian faith, and to live out that faith in their day-to-day lives. In fifty short chapters arranged in six sections, Dr. Ferguson shows that Christ, who is fully God, took on humanity that He might be the Great High Priest of His people as well as the once-for-all sacrifice; that He now ministers to His people through His Spirit, crowning them with great and precious blessings; and that believers are called to duty, from cultivating contentment to mortifying sin. In Christ Alone is packed full of nuggets of Scriptural truth that will spark and fan the flames of the believer s love for the Savior who is so beautiful in His person and so faithful in His work on behalf of His beloved sheep.


{Now there is also Kindle for the web which means you can buy books and read them when online but it doesn’t require downloading the Kindle for PC program.  This is a good option if you use multiple computers or your computer is full. :) 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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Are You Preparing for a Baby or the Lord and King?

If you are celebrating Christmas today what are you celebrating?

The birth of a baby in a manger or the birth of your Lord and King who came to die?



Most everyone, but an ardent atheist, has no problem with Christmas and a baby in a manger. Even those of other religions accepted that Christmas was a Christian holiday and rarely complained before. But even those who claim to be Christians tend to forget and gloss over the real Christmas gift – That the baby grew up and died for our sins on the cross. Without the cross, the birth of Jesus is just a virgin birth, miraculous for sure, but it in itself was just preparation for the cross. Every event surrounding the birth of Jesus was in light of the cross.

  • John the Baptist wasn’t preparing others for a baby. He was a baby himself. John the Baptist was to prepare others for the ministry and death on the cross of the Messiah.

Luke 1:16-17 (ESV)
16 And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God,
17 and he will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready for the Lord a people prepared.”

  • Zachariah, the Father of John the Baptist, showed that the birth of the Messiah was just a step along the road to the cross.

Luke 1:76-79 (ESV)
76 And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,
77 to give knowledge of salvation to his people in the forgiveness of their sins,
78 because of the tender mercy of our God, whereby the sunrise shall visit us from on high
79 to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.”

  • Even the shepherds in the field were told that the baby in the manger would be their Savior. They were looking forward to the future events not just focusing on the baby in the manger.

Luke 2:10-12 (ESV)
10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy that will be for all the people.
11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.”

  • Simeon, at the temple, also was looking beyond that little baby Jesus to the future.

Luke 2:34-35 (ESV)
34 “Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is opposed
35 (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.”

  • Anna, the prophetess in the temple, also was looking beyond the baby Jesus to the future.

Luke 2:38 (ESV)
38 And coming up at that very hour she began to give thanks to God and to speak of him to all who were waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem.

So if you are celebrating Christmas today make sure all your celebration and focus is toward the future of that little baby Jesus in the manger, that became an adult God/Man, was crucified on the cross and has risen from the dead. Otherwise you have left out part of the Christmas Story.



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