Kevin Apperson began North Las Vegas Baptist Church in his living room in 2003. He earned his bachelor’s degree in engineering from UGA and his MDiv from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife Elizabeth have five children, the youngest of which has Down Syndrome.
SBC Today: What do you think are the greatest challenges confronting the SBC?
Kevin Apperson: I see several issues that are, and will continue to be, hot-button issues within the SBC. I think that any one of these may be very divisive in the ranks of the SBC, but I also believe in the old maxim that it is “better to be divided by truth than united in error.” In no particular order, here are the issues that I see:
By Franklin L. Kirksey, Pastor, First Baptist Church of Spanish Fort, Alabama, and author of Sound Biblical Preaching: Giving the Bible a Voice.
These expositions by Dr. Kirksey are offered to suggest sermon or Bible study ideas for pastors and other church leaders, both from the exposition and from the illustrative material, or simply for personal devotion.
Sir Edward Shepherd Creassey (1812-1878), a noted British lawyer, judge and historian, wrote a book in 1851 titled Fifteen Decisive Battles of the World. In the preface he cited the following line from A. H. (Arthur Henry) Hallam, (1811-1833), “those few battles of which a contrary event would have essentially varied the drama of the world in all its subsequent scenes.” He began with the Battle of Marathon (490 B.C.) and ended with the Battle of Waterloo (A.D. 1815).
Doubtless, the battle mentioned in 2 Chronicles 20 would make a similar list of battles recorded in the Scripture. Dr. Otto Zockler (1833-1906), professor of Theology in the University of Greifswald, Prussia, writes,
Jehoshaphat’s Victory over the Moabites, Ammonites, and Meunites: ch. xx. 1-30. –And it came to pass after this, after the events related in xviii. 19, which fall perhaps six or seven years before the death of Jehoshaphat, and of which the death of Ahab almost certainly falls in the year 897 B.C. A still more exact date for the present war results from the monument of victory of the Moabitish King Mesha, discovered three years ago , which must have been erected very soon after Ahab’s death, and shortly before the outbreak of the present war, and therefore about 896 B.C.
Our text begins with the phrase, “It happened after this” or “It came to pass.” No matter what you face remember, “it came to pass”, as Rev. Richard Baldwin Brindley former pastor of Castle Gate Congregational Church, Nottingham, England (1884-1901), points out.
We will focus our attention upon Jehoshaphat, king of Judah. Biblical biographies like this one yield some insight into the life of a believer.
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