Archive Monthly Archives: March 2012

Monday Exposition Idea:
The Danger of Presumption
(Numbers 15:30-31)

March 19, 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

The danger of presumption can hardly be overstated.  For example, I recently read, “During the Battle of the Wilderness in the Civil War, Union general John Sedgwick was inspecting his troops.  At one point he came to a parapet, over which he gazed out in the direction of the enemy.  His officers suggested that this was unwise and perhaps he ought to duck while passing the parapet.  ‘Nonsense,’ snapped the general.  ‘They couldn’t hit an elephant at this dist—.’ A moment later Sedgwick fell to the ground, fatally wounded.”[1]

Dr. J. Vernon McGee (1904-1988) warns, “Presumption is as dangerous as unbelief.”[2] Presumption is “an attitude or belief dictated by probability” according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary.[3] Facts play little part in presumption, just probability and likelihood.  Its first synonym is “assumption,” followed by “arrogance,” “boldness,” “impertinence” and “imprudence.”  Presume, in its verb form, means “To assume or take beforehand; esp., to do or undertake without leave or authority previously obtained.  To take or suppose to be true, or entitled to belief, without examination or proof, or on the strength of probability; to take for granted; to infer; to suppose.  To suppose or assume something to be, or to be true, on grounds deemed valid, though not amounting to proof; to believe by anticipation; to infer; as, we may presume too far.  To venture, go, or act, by an assumption of leave or authority not granted; to go beyond what is warranted by the circumstances of the case; to venture beyond license; to take liberties; — often with on or upon before the ground of confidence.”[4] According to Webster’s New World College Dictionary, the term presumptuously, a variant of presumptuous, means “too bold or forward; taking too much for granted; showing overconfidence, arrogance, or effrontery.”[5] Continue reading

The Top Blog Posts of the Week

March 18, 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.


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Building Church Health in Surprising Places: A True Story

March 17, 2012

Dr. William H. Day, Jr. serves as the Gurney Professor of Evangelism and Church Health, and as Associate Director of the Leavell Center for Evangelism and Church Health, at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He also serves as Pastor of Parkview Baptist Church in Metairie, Louisiana.


Rev. Smith* was excited. His church was growing. People were professing Christ as Savior and were being baptized. God seemed to be blessing his church. There was only one problem. The congregation was running out of space for worship.

As he prayed about what the church needed to do, Rev. Smith realized the church needed to build a new sanctuary. As he began to talk to his leaders about his vision for the church, he was surprised when people responded with little enthusiasm for his plans. Consequently he realized that he needed to allow time for the church to understand that if they wanted to continue to grow, they needed to provide more space. However, as their sanctuary became more crowded, the attitude of the church’s leaders did not change.

Everything came to an unexpected halt in a business meeting. As the pastor talked about his vision for a new building, a deacon stood up and announced, “Pastor you can forget building a new sanctuary. It’s not going to happen.” He then reached into his pocket, took out a document and said, “Pastor, this is the deed to the property where our church is located. I own the property on which the church sits. Nothing can be built here without my approval. So, Pastor, forget this idea about building a new sanctuary!”
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