Archive Monthly Archives: February 2012

An Interview with Kevin Apperson

February 14, 2012

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:

  1. I am afraid that our SBC churches and institutions may be practicing the Great Omission as they seek to perform the great Commission. Matthew 28:19-20 gives us a clear mandate to go into all the world with the gospel AND teach the people ALL THINGS that Jesus commanded. In other words, Jesus seemed to say that salvation through faith in Him was absolutely necessary, but that growth/maturity/sanctification should accompany this salvation. I see a trend in many churches of all sizes in minimizing holiness and accommodating worldliness all for the supposed purpose of sharing the gospel. The book of James tells us that whoever wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. This teaches that our churches should not seek to emulate the carnality of this world in which we live. I have been disappointed in the seminary in which I serve in promoting a man like Mark Driscoll as one who should be emulated by our young pastors. I am disappointed when I see so much emphasis on a carnival like atmosphere as the church goes to extremes in pushing the sex envelope with risqué language that promotes more worldliness than holiness. Salvation is not the end point in the life of the Christian but rather the beginning point. In our quest for seeking the salvation of the world, we have forgotten God‘s command of seeking purity within our lives and abstaining from the leaven that corrupts. The leaven is being accommodated in areas within the SBC, and it takes just a little to do a lot of damage.
  2. The theological understanding of those whom Jesus died for will continue to be an issue. There is a significant difference in understanding the nature and character of God when one approach says that Jesus died for all, and another approach says that He died for a select group known as the elect. I believe that a great majority of Baptists have what I believe is a correct soteriology in confessing that Jesus died for all, and that whoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Those in the reformed camp believe in a God who was graceful to save some, but who did not make salvation truly possible for the rest. This issue will continue to divide Baptists.
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Monday Exposition Idea:
Against All Odds
(2 Chronicles 20:1-37)

February 13, 2012

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.


Introduction

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 [1873], 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.[1]

 

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.[2]

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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The Top Blog Posts of the Week

February 12, 2012

by the Contributing Editors of SBC Today

This is a list of recent blog posts which we found interesting.  That we found them interesting doesn’t mean we necessarily agree with or endorse the ideas presented in the posts, but that we found them to be intriguing and thought-provoking.  (They are listed in no particular order of interest). Please post your comments to discuss  any article that strikes your interest. If you have recent blog posts to nominate, please send the link to sbctoday@gmail.com.


About Theology

  • Piper’s ‘Masculine Christianity’ Actually Emasculates,” by Wade Burleson on his blog, criticizing Piper’s male view of God and a misogynist view of women.
  • Divorce, Remarriage, and Ministry: What Did Jesus Say?” by Dave Miller in the SBC Voices blog, the fourth in a series on this subject, which thoughtfully investigates Jesus’ teachings in the New Testament about divorce.
  • Begging the Question,” by Randy Everist in the Possible Worlds blog, explaining the logical fallacy of begging the question – a frequent error in many theological and philosophical arguments.
  • Hardshells and Justification,” by Stephen Garrett in the Old Baptist blog, citing moderate Calvinist theologian A. H. Strong against contemporary neo-Calvinists on the issue of faith preceding salvation/regeneration, “because faith . . . is the medium or instrument by which we receive Christ and are united to Him,” because Scripture does not say we are justified dia pistin = on account of faith, but only dia pisteos = through faith, or ek pisteos, = by faith.
  • Making Every Connection,” by Bob Loyd in the Bob’s Worldview blog, drawing an analogy between an experience in air travel with the security of the believer.

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