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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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The Atonement – Free Kindle Book

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The Atonement
by Loraine Boettner

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The Atonement (eBook)
Loraine Boettner

Table of Contents

1. The Atonement
2. The Significance of Christ’s Death
3. The Satisfaction View of the Atonement
4. The Active and Passive Obedience of Christ
5. Christ as Our Ransomer
6. The Representative Principle

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It Is Finished – Pink

“It Is Finished”

Arthur W. Pink

When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said,

It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

John 19:30 (KJV)

How terribly have these blessed words of Christ been misunderstood, misappropriated and misapplied! How many seem to think that on the cross the Lord Jesus accomplished a work which rendered it unnecessary for the beneficiaries of it to live holy lives on earth. So many have been deluded into thinking that, so far as reaching heaven is concerned, it matters not how they walk provided they are “resting on the finished work of Christ.” They may be unfruitful, untruthful, disobedient, yet (though they may possibly miss some millennial crown) so long as they repudiate all righteousness of their own and have faith in Christ, they imagine they are “eternally secure.”

All around us are people who are worldly-minded, money-lovers, pleasure-seekers, Sabbath-breakers, yet who think all is well with them because they have “accepted Christ as their personal Saviour.” In their aspiration, conversation, and recreation, there is practically nothing to differentiate them from those who make no profession at all. Neither in their home-life nor social-life is there anything save empty pretensions to distinguish them from others. The fear of God is not upon them, the commands of God have no authority over them, the holiness of God has no attraction for them.

It is finished.” How solemn to realize that these words of Christ must have been used to lull thousands into a false peace. Yet such is the case. We have come into close contact with many who have no private prayer-life, who are selfish, covetous, dishonest, but who suppose that a merciful God will overlook all such things provided they once put their trust in the Lord Jesus. What a horrible perversion of the truth! What a turning of God’s grace “into lasciviousness“! (Jude 4). Yes, those who now live the most self-seeking and flesh-pleasing lives, talk about their faith in the blood of the Lamb, and suppose they are safe. How the devil has deceived them!

It is finished.” Do those blessed words signify that Christ so satisfied the requirement of God’s holiness that holiness no longer has any real and pressing claims upon us? Perish the thought. Even to the redeemed God says, “Be ye holy, for I am holy” (1 Pet. 1:16). Did Christ “magnify the law and make it honorable” (Isa. 42:21) that we might be lawless? Did He “fulfill all righteousness” (Matthew 3:15) to purchase for us an immunity from loving God with all our hearts and serving Him with all our faculties? Did Christ die in order to secure a divine indulgence that we might live to please self? Many seem to think so. No, the Lord Jesus has left His people an example that they should “follow (not ignore) His steps.”

It is finished.” What was “finished? The need for sinners to repent? No indeed. The need for turning to God from idols? No indeed. The need for mortifying my members which are upon earth? No indeed. The need for being sanctified wholly, in spirit, and soul, and body? No indeed. Christ died not to make my sorrow for, hatred of, and striving against sin, useless. Christ died not to absolve me from the full discharge of my responsibilities unto God. Christ died not so that I might go on retaining the friendship and fellowship of the world. How passing strange that any should think that He did. Yet the actions of many show that this is their idea.

It is finished.” What was “finished?” The sacrificial types were accomplished, the prophecies, of His sufferings were fulfilled, the work given Him by the Father had been perfectly done, a sure foundation had been laid on which a righteous God could pardon the vilest transgressor of the law who threw down the weapons of his warfare against Him. Christ had now performed all that was necessary in order for the Holy Spirit to come and work in the hearts of His people; convincing them of their rebellion, slaying their enmity against God, and producing in them a loving and obedient heart.

O, dear reader, make no mistake on this point. The “finished work of Christ” avails you nothing if your heart has never been broken through an agonizing consciousness of your sinfulness. The “finished work of Christ” avails you nothing unless you have been saved from the power and pollution of sin (Matthew 1:21). It avails you nothing if you still love the world (I John 2:15). It avails you nothing unless you are a “new creature” in Him (2 Cor. 5:17). If you value your soul, search the Scriptures to see for yourself; take no man’s word for it.



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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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David Miller – “The Atonement – Satisfaction” – 2011 True Church Conference

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Message 6 – David Miller – “The Atonement – Satisfaction”

This is the second part of the sermon which David Miller began on day 1 of the conference. The text is Isaiah 53. The previous sermon was about the substitutionary death of Jesus Christ. He made his soul an offering for sins.


1. The incontrovertible will of God. The redemption of sinners was the will of God from before the beginning of God – it was decreed by God, it was spoken by God, and it will stand. It was the will of God that His Son should die. Those who carried out the infliction of the death of the Son were sinning and responsible for their actions, yet this action was still the providential will of God. Peter says as much in His sermon on the day of Pentecost and then again in Acts chapter 4. This will of God cannot be questioned. In Psalm 2 we see the response of God to those who would question the incontrovertible will of God – He will laugh and hold them in derision.


2. The intrinsic worth of the substitute. How is it that Christ in his physical sufferings, death, and burial could satisfy the claim of justice for an innumerable host of people? The wages of sin is death – not just physical death, but also spiritual death. How could the physical death of Christ pay the price for the spiritual death due to man? Should he not have to spend an eternity in hell? The reason is based on the worth of the substitute. First, He was a man, He was a human. But he was a perfect man. He in no wise needed to suffer for His own sins so He could therefore suffer for the sins of someone else by substitution.  But He was so much more. He was God in human flesh. He is infinitely righteous. He is infinitely holy. There is an intrinsic worth in the son of God that could save worlds of sinners.


3. The incomparable work of the Savior.

a. He accomplished satisfaction. This is the propitiation. Indefensible wicked sinners, condemned before God, are declared righteous because of the substitution of the blood of Jesus Christ and the complete satisfaction of holy justice.

b. He has acquired a seed. A seed declared from eternity past. The death of Christ purchased this seed. This is the bride of Christ presented to Him by the Father.

c. He has accumulated the spoils. He conquered death, the grave, sin, and triumphed over Satan. Satan’s domain has been spoiled. Jesus is in session ruling and reigning at the right hand of the Father.

d. He advocates for the saints.


Before the throne of God above
I have a strong, a perfect plea
A great High Priest whose name is Love
Who ever lives and pleads for me
My name is graven on His hands
My name is written on His heart
I know that while in heaven He stands
No tongue can bid me thence depart

When Satan tempts me to despair
And tells me of the guilt within
Upward I look and see Him there
Who made an end to all my sin
Because the sinless Savior died
My sinful soul is counted free
For God the Just is satisfied
To look on Him and pardon me

Behold Him there! The risen Lamb
My perfect, spotless righteousness
The great unchangeable I AM
The King of glory and of grace
One with Himself I cannot die
My soul is purchased with His blood
My life is hid with Christ on high
With Christ my Savior and my God

 

“Before the Throne of God Above” – words by Charlie L. Bancroft, 1863



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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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