Text: Acts 13.48
(all comments initially moderated)
On television and on radio, by the thousands and the thousands, you are sharing with us the services of the First Baptist Church in Dallas, its service at the eleven o’clock hour. This is the pastor bringing the message entitled The Doctrine of Election. In our preaching through the Book of Acts, we’re in chapter 13. And in verse 48 the author of the book, Dr. Luke, writes a little concluding clause:
"And as many as were ordained to eternal life, believed."
Whether we would like it or not, whether we believe in it or not, whether we accept it or not, it is there in the Bible. "And as many as were ordained to eternal life, believed." This is a work of God; like the wonder of the creation above us and around us and beneath us—just as that is a work of the hand of Almighty God—so this, God’s purpose of redemptive grace in human history. This is as much a sovereign work of God as the creation we behold above and around us.
by Walker Moore
Awe Star Ministries
As I write this article, I’m sitting in a McDonald’s Restaurant on Interstate 35 in Ardmore, Okla. I don’t remember ever writing an article in a fast food restaurant. To be honest, I’m not sure it’s all that fast or even if it’s really food. But I owe it to the Golden Arches to eat here ever so often. They’ve fed thousands of my students as our youth groups traveled across the country. In the beginning, they lured me in by offering free meals for youth pastors. Now, they lure me in by offering free Wi-Fi. I wonder what they’ll offer when I move into the next phase of my life: a free EKG?
by Dan Nelson, pastor
FBC Camarillo, Calif.
The history of public invitation is interesting, indeed. Our current, traditional public invitation has evolved from various sources. We noted last week how gospel sermons in Scripture have an appeal to the hearer. This certainly could be said concerning great evangelistic preachers of the past. I will not give an exhaustive list of evangelistic preachers since I want to explore those methods, which relate to our current practices.
by Ronnie Rogers, pastor
Trinity Baptist Church
During the last couple of years, I have quite unexpectedly been involved in conversations with many Calvinists through writing, e-mails and talking, one-on-one. I have enjoyed many of the discussions with my Calvinist brothers and sisters during this time. I can only pray that my thoughts have been even minimally as helpful in contributing to their knowledge and love of God as theirs have been for me. However, I must admit that, at times, I have found my interactions with some Calvinists quite frustrating because of the great difficulty I have often experienced when trying to discuss a particular point without being misread, when I am given a standard response (as I did as a Calvinist) that is the very response I am trying to move beyond, or when they simply do not engage my specific point and scurry to something I am not even addressing.
Dr. Stephen N. Rummage, senior pastor,
Bell Shoals Baptist Church
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Last Sunday (Feb.2) was an "Unashamed Sunday" for us. We have two or three of these each year to challenge people to follow Jesus in baptism. Usually, we have a large group of people scheduled ahead of time to be baptized on these Sundays; but because we've been baptizing a good number of people week-by-week, we didn't have the usual baptism backlog. In fact, we had only three people scheduled for baptism, and one of those didn't show. So, we were praying diligently for God to send us a lot of people at the invitation.