(The following was proclaimed at Bigelow Church on July 17, 2011. These sermon notes are postedprimarily to help those who wish to look up the Scriptural cross-references made in the message. The sermon may be viewed at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/bigelow-church-live-sermon).
John MacArthur is blogging a series on the Rob Bell book, “Love Wins” and here is an example of the sound teaching you will find by MacArthur taking on Bell in his own words: http://www.gty.org/Blog/B110421. In MacArthur’s own words
Just how serious is Rob Bell’s heresy? It is not merely that he rejects what Jesus taught about hell; Bell rejects the God of Scripture. He deplores the idea of divine vengeance against sin (Romans 12:9). He cannot stand the plain meaning of texts like Hebrews 12:29: “Our God is a consuming fire.” He has no place in his thinking for the biblical description of Christ’s fiery return with armies of angels: “dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus” (2 Thessalonians 1:7-8). Bell’s whole message is a flat contradiction of Jesus’ words in Luke 12:5: “But I will warn you whom to fear: fear the One who, after He has killed, has authority to cast into hell; yes, I tell you, fear Him!”
It is hard to understand Christians who think they can live a Christian life without ever reading their Bibles. it is impossible. Our memories do not retain and maintain what we need to know. We are built in such a way that we need refreshment and reminder – again and again.
Pastor Ray Stedman in 1001 Great Stories & Quotes, ed. by R. Kent Hughes, 25.
I speak as one who is not nearly where I want to be when it comes to my knowledge of the Word and not as one condemning anyone else. – Steve
Hugh Latimer, the great English Reformer, once preached before Henry VII and offended Henry with his boldness. Latimer was commanded to preach the following weekend and make an apology. On the following Sunday after reading the text Latimer addressed himself as he began to preach:
Hugh Latimer, dost thou know before whom thou art this day to speak? To the high and mighty monarch, the king’s most excellent majesty, who can take thy life if thou offendest; therefore, take heed that thou speakest not a word that may displease; but then consider well, Hugh, dost thou not know from when thou comest; upon whose message thou art sent? Even by the great and mighty God, who is all-present, and who beholdeth all thy ways, and who is able to cast thy soul into hell! Therefore, take care that thou deliverest thy message faithfully.
He then gave Henry the same sermon he had preached the week before – only with more energy.
R. Kent Hughes, 1001 Great Stories & Quotes, 35-36.
When Cortez landed at Vera Cruz in 1519 to begin his conquest of Mexico with a small force of 700 men, he purposely set fire to his fleet of eleven ships. His men on the shore watched their only means of retreat sink to the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico.With no means of retreat, there was only one direction to move, forward into the Mexican interior to meet whatever might come their way.
In paying the price for being Christ’s disciple, you too must purposefully destroy all avenues of retreat. Resolve that whatever the price for being His follower, you will pay it.
Walter Henricksen, as cited in R. Kent Hughes, 1001 Great Stories and Quotes, 64.
(The following was proclaimed at Bigelow Church on April 17, 2011. These sermon notes are postedprimarily to help those who wish to look up the Scriptural cross-references made in the message. The sermon may be viewed at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/bigelow-church-live-sermon).
First, knowledge of God is important, for only through the knowledge of God can an individual enter into what the Bible terms eternal life (which is both the promise of life after death and living today as fully authentic a human life as possible; John 17:3).
Second, knowledge of God is important because . . . it also involves knowledge of ourselves, a knowledge which is humbling.
Third, the knowledge of God also gives us knowledge of this world: its good and its evil, its past and its future, its purpose and its impending judgment at the hand of God.
A fourth reason the knowledge of God is important is that it is the only way to personal holiness.
Finally, the knowledge of God is important in that it is only through a knowledge of God that the church and those who compose it can become strong (Dan. 11:32).
James Montgomery Boice, Foundations of the Christian Faith, 23-25.