Jottings – How Jeremiah Accomplished God’s Will

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Jeremiah didn’t accomplish God’s will on earth by means of clever speeches, cunning diplomacy, or skillful psychology. He heard God’s Word, took it to heart, and then proclaimed it fearlessly to the people. God did the rest.

 

Wiersbe, W. W. (1996). Be Decisive (p. 18). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.

 

 

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Jottings – The Preacher’s Life

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“A preacher’s life should be a commentary upon his doctrine; his practice should be the…[counterpart] of his sermons. Heavenly doctrines should always be adorned with a heavenly life.”

 

Thomas Brooks, “The Crown and Glory of Christianity,” in The Complete Works of Thomas Brooks, ed. Alexander Balloch Grosart, Vol. 4. (Edinburgh; London; Dublin: James Nichol; James Nisbet and Co.; G. Herbert, 1867), 24.

 

Thanks Keith!

 

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The Reading Meeting

When Christians Gather Together - The Reading MeetingThere is some interest in the “reading meeting” practiced in some assemblies of the Lord’s people. What is a reading meeting? is there Scriptural support for having such a meeting? How would we go about holding one?

Sometimes we refer to the reading meeting as the “Bible study” or the “Bible reading”. It’s an informal round-table discussion of a passage of Scripture. The reading meeting can be an excellent opportunity for teaching in the assembly: the very nature of a reading makes it easy to ask questions, offer corrections, and help one another understand difficult passages.

Of course we ought not consider any sort of meeting without considering what Scripture has to say about it. So let’s ask the most important question, “What does Scripture say?”

 


Why Do Christians Meet Together?


 

Scripture gives several reasons for the assembly to gather:

First, we meet together because the Lord is present in the assembly. The assembly is “a habitation of God in the Spirit” (Ephesians 2:22, JND). The Lord Jesus said, “where two or three are gathered together unto my name, there am I in the midst of them.” (Matthew 18:20, JND). We understand from the epistles that the Lord is with us individually (1 Corinthians 6:19-20): but the teaching of Scripture is clear that the assembly is a place where the Lord is present in an entirely different way. So there’s a sense where we go to the meetings to meet with the Lord.

Second, we meet together to eat the Lord’s Supper. This is taught remarkably in 1 Corinthians: “I do not praise, namely, that ye come together, not for the better, but for the worse… When ye come therefore together into one place, it is not to eat the Lord’s supper.” (1 Corinthians 11:17-20 JND). The apostle writes to the Corinthians like this is a strange thing, that they’d gather not to eat the Lord’s Supper. And the story of Paul’s visit to Troas corroborates this: “the first day of the week, we being assembled to break bread, Paul discoursed to them, about to depart on the morrow. And he prolonged the discourse till midnight” (Acts 20:7 JND). Clearly the early Christians assembled the first day of the week, specifically “to break bread”.

Third, we meet together to edify one another. 1 Corinthians 14:2-5 says, “he that prophesies speaks to men in edification, and encouragement, and consolation. He that speaks with a tongue edifies himself; but he that prophesies edifies the assembly” (JND). This is one reason we gather: to edify one another. What is edifying? To edify is to “build up”1. So we gather to build one another up. The idea here is not an ego boost: it’s to encourage one another and help one another grow.

There are other reasons to gather, but three are sufficient for our present purpose. We might consider Matthew 18 as the Lord’s instructions regarding the assembly gathering to settle a dispute between brothers. We might also consider the where a wedding or a funeral fits into the gatherings of the assembly: that would be an interesting discussion in itself.

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vlog: 1 Corinthians 2:1-5 – The Message and the Messenger

 

 

And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. 1 Corinthians 2:1-5 KJV

 

When you see some preachers preach you would be quite surprised if they told you that they were feeling nervous or inadequate. The modern mindset is to be seen to be confident and capable.

Biblical preaching is quite different!

Paul bares his soul and admits in this section that when he arrived in Corinth that he was feeling weak, he was trembling and fearful. Maybe the closeted atmosphere in which most preaching takes place these days has robbed us of the reality that we are preaching to lost souls who are on the payroll of the enemy. The enemy is real and powerful, the audience can be antagonistic and our own capabilities will not be of any help to us.

The key to understanding the point of 1 Corinthians 2:1-5 is to appreciate the power that lies in the hand of God which will be unleashed through the preaching of His message.

Trust this vblog is a blessing to you.

 

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WWW Wednesday: Preaching with an iPad Series Conclusion

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My post this week over at the Why We Web Blog is the eighth and final installment in a series of posts on using the iPad as a preaching tool.

Unlike the first seven posts in the series that focused on the more technical side of the topic, this final post in the series is more of a challenge. Technology should never be our focus, rather technology is simply a tool.

Our focus in preaching must be the Lord Jesus Christ and His Holy Word.

To God be the glory!

 

Preaching with an iPad series topic guide:
Part 1: Why?
Part 2: Best iPad Bible Apps for Preaching
Part 3: Best iPad Note Apps for Preaching
Part 4: Best iPad eBook Apps for Preaching
Part 5: Multimedia Accessories
Part 6: Best iPad Apps for Sermon Illustrations
Part 7: Best iPad Tips & Tools for Preaching
Part 8: Putting it All Together

 

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WWW Wednesday: iPad Tips & Tools for Preaching

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This week I explore various tips and tools for reaching with an iPad.

The WWW article explores 14 essential tips to make the best use of an iPad for preaching. The article also list 3 helpful tools that have not yet been covered in this series of posts.

Check it out… and be sure to add your tips and tools in the comments!

Link: Preaching with an iPad Part 7: Tips & Tools for Preaching

 

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WWW Wednesday: Best iPad Apps for Sermon Illustrations

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This week I explore the best iPad apps for presenting sermon illustrations.

The WWW article reviews four specific iPad apps to help you present memorable sermon illustrations. Check it out… and be sure to leave a comment!

Link: Preaching with an iPad Part 6: Best iPad Apps for Sermon Illustrations

 

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WWW Wednesday: Best iPad eBook Apps for Preaching

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My regular Wednesday Why We Web Blog post is now available.

This week I explore which eBook apps you should consider using to help you study in preparation for preaching.

The WWW article reviews six specific iPad eBook apps that I have found helpful when preparing sermons. Check it out… and be sure to leave a comment!

Link: Preaching with an iPad Part 4: Best eBook Apps for Preaching

 

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WWW Wednesday: Best iPad Note Apps For Preaching

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My regular Wednesday Why We Web Blog post is now available.

This week I explore which note taking and editing apps you should consider using to help you prepare for preaching.

The WWW article recommends four specific iPad note apps that I have found helpful when preparing sermons. Check it out… and be sure to leave a comment!

Link: Preaching with an iPad Part 3: Best Note Apps for Preaching

 

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Audio: Biblical Thoughts on the Newtown CT Shootings

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Brother Larry Price has graciously shared with Digital Sojourner the recording of the sermon he preached yesterday (Sunday Dec. 16, 2012) regarding the Newtown, CT massacre.

While brother Larry readily admits that he does not have all of the answers, he does share some very helpful thoughts from God’s Word.

 

 

 

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