Mid-Week Minutes – 2.22.12
Feb22

Mid-Week Minutes – 2.22.12

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Sermon Accountability
Apr08

Sermon Accountability

Richard Baxter wrote: Remember that all these . . . sermons must be reviewed, and you must answer for all that yo have heard, whether you heart it . . . with diligent attention or with carelessness; and the word which you hear shall judge you at the last day.  Hear therefore as those that are going to judgment to give account of their hearing and obeying. David Clarkson stated: At the day of judgment, an account of every sermon will...

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Be Diligent to Listen to Sermons
Apr07

Be Diligent to Listen to Sermons

The Westminster Confession Larger Catechism states: ‘It is required of those that hear the Word preached that they attend upon it with diligence, preparation and prayer; examine: What they hear by the Scriptures; receive the truth wiht faith, love, meekness, and readiness of mind, as the Word of God; meditate, and confer of it; hide it in their hearts, and bring forth the fruit of it in their lives. quoted in Ken Ramey,...

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Preaching is Always Effective
Apr06

Preaching is Always Effective

Even when preaching the Word of God does not soften and save and heal, it is not necessarily ineffective.  This preaching of the Word may be doing God’s terrible work of judgment.  It may be hardening people, and making their ears so dull that they will never want to hear again. . . . Don’t be cavalier in the hearing of God’s Word week after week.  If it is not softening and saving and healing and bearing fruit, it...

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What Will I Preach? (part 2)
Mar25

What Will I Preach? (part 2)

Here the rest of the mess I started on Tuesday – how do I determine what I will preach? 4. Topical Periods. I do recognize that the summer months and holiday seasons in American ministry bring great challenges to successive exposition. I do generally plan to preach through shorter series during these periods, addressing a number of topics that I feel are critical for the congregation’s understanding – issues of which...

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