This coming Sunday will be my last sermon in the 2017 Galatians series at Crestview Bible Church. On April 23, we began this journey in Galatians 1:1 and this coming Sunday, 22 sermons later, we’ll explore Galatians 6:17-18. We’ve been hit with a category 5 Gospel bomb in this book. And, I’m hoping the effect of it upon our lives is long-reaching. I look forward to seeing you at Crestview this Sunday.
My 10/1/17AM sermon, One Last Time from Galatians 6:11-16, is now online. In this sermon I try to unpack some final reminders toward Gospel-centrality from Paul: avoid those who put confidence in the flesh, boast only in the cross, and center in on the new creation. One of my favorite verses is Galatians 6:14. I was so encouraged to preach this passage. I hope the sermon encourages you.
Hopefully, tomorrow at Crestview, when we gather for Sun AM Worship (at 10:15), we’ll be learning the song Lamb of God. If you get some time, give this a listen, so you can be familiar with it:
You came from heaven’s throne
Acquainted with our sorrow
To trade the debt we owe
Your suff’ring for our freedom
The Lamb of God in my place
Your blood poured out my sin erased
It was my death You died I am raised to life
Hallelujah the Lamb of God
My name upon Your heart
My shame upon Your shoulders
The pow’r of sin undone
The cross for my salvation
There is no greater love
There is no greater love
The Savior lifted up
There is no greater love
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What a great thought for Friday! This coming Sunday, we’ll be looking at Galatians 6:11-16 with the brilliant focus we see in Galatians 6:14 – “Far be it from me to boast, except in the Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me and I to the world.” Today, what’s your boast? Where do you put your confidence?
May it ever and always be the case that you boast in Jesus.
My sermon from this past Sunday, 9/24/17, Spiritual Life (2) – Galatians 6:6-10, is now online. This sermon sought to connect how spiritual people are life-giving. Specifically, this passage calls on us to be generous (v.6), sowing to the Spirit (vv.7-8), and not grow weary in doing good (vv.9-10). We hammered out some more application in small groups. I hope this sermon encourages you. You can find other sermons in the Galatians series on Crestview’s page.
I’m excited to be attending the 2017 For the Church Conference in Kansas City. It’s an amazing lineup for a serious subject matter: The Minister’s Trust. Here’s a breakdown of the sessions:
3:00pm – Welcome
3:30pm – Plenary Session 1– Jason Allen
“The Minister’s Preaching”
4:30pm – Plenary Session 2 – H.B. Charles, Jr.
“The Minister’s Prayer”
5:15pm – Dinner
7:00pm – Plenary Session 3 – Ray Ortlund Jr.
“The Minister’s Marriage”
8:30am – Welcome
9:00am – Plenary Session 4 – Owen Strachan
“The Minister’s Study”
10:00am – Plenary Session 5 – Matt Carter
“The Minister’s Mission”
1:00pm – Workshop One
2:00pm – Workshop Two
3:00pm – Worship
3:30pm – Plenary Session 6 – Jared Wilson
“The Minister’s Legacy”
4:30pm – Plenary Session 7 – Matt Chandler
“The Minister’s Gospel”
If you pay attention to social media or would like to livestream, here are the relevant details:
- Livestream: For those you know who are unable to attend, please make them aware that we’ll be livestreaming the conference on Facebook and our website at mbts.edu/ftc17live.
- Live Tweeting: We will also be live tweeting the conference and invite you to join the conversation using the official conference hashtag #FTC17.
- Instagram Stories: Follow along on Instagram to get a behind the scenes look at the conference. Make sure to share your stories using #FTC17.
My 9/17/17AM sermon, Spiritual Life (1) out of Galatians 6:1-5, is now online. This sermon really showed what “Spirit”ual people do. That is, there are people who are characterized by walking with, living by, being led by, and marching with the Holy Spirit. These people, marching to the beat of His drum, fight the pride in their own lives so that they can bear the burdens of others and restore those who are fallen. Unfortunately, too many who claim to be believers are showing their allegiance to themselves rather than the Holy Spirit. So, this sermon sought to show what being led by the Spirit looked like in action. I hope it encourages you.
Packer is speaking of the year 1908 when some missionaries in Manchuria wrote home as follows:
“A power has come into the church that we cannot control if we would. It is a miracle for solid, self-righteous John Chinaman to go out of his way to confess to sins that no torture of the Yamen could force from him; for a Chinaman to demean himself to weep and ask for the prayers of his fellow-believers is beyond all human explanation.
Perhaps you will say it’s a sort of religious hysteria.
So did some of us… But here we are, about sixty Scottish and Irish Presbyterians who have seen it — all shades of temperament — and, much as many of us shrank from it at first, every one who has seen and heard what we have, every day last week, is certain there is only one explanation…that it is God’s Holy Spirit manifesting Himself… One clause of the Creed that lives before us now in all its inevitable, awful solemnity is, ‘I believe in the Holy Spirit.'”
Last Sunday, in Galatians 5, we were called to walk, be led by, live, and march by the Spirit. Will you do this today?
My 9/10/17AM sermon, By The Spirit from Galatians 5:16-26, is now online. This sermon got at the secret to how believers change (or the secret to their lives): the Holy Spirit. Four times in these verses we’re directed to the walk, be led, live, and march by the Spirit. So, I tried to unpack this to give people hope for living. I hope it encourages you.
Like many I’ve been thinking about the recent Hurricane Harvey and now the approach of Hurricane Irma into Florida. I loved hearing John Piper’s hopeful Prayer in the Path of Hurricanes and appreciated the way he ended praying through Romans 8:38-39. Nothing can separate you from the love that God has for you in Christ Jesus. No loss, no suffering, no impending hurricane, no recovery effort, no seemingly hopeless situation. Let’s all look to God and see the hope we have in Christ Jesus (and continue to pray for these things happening in our country).