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More Than a Carpenter


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.


Mark 6:1-6

Introduction

Dr. Josh McDowell wrote a book several years ago titled More Than a Carpenter.  This best-selling book presents a strong case for the deity and purpose of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Jill Heatherly shares the following in an editorial review, “Since its release, More Than a Carpenter has been challenging readers to ask the question, ‘Who is Jesus?’  Author and renowned speaker Josh McDowell acknowledges that while the topic of God is widely accepted, the name of Jesus often causes irritation.  ‘Why don’t the names of Buddha, Mohammed, Confucius offend people?  The reason is that these others didn’t claim to be God, but Jesus did.’  By addressing questions about scientific and historical evidence, the validity of the Bible, and proofs of the resurrection, McDowell helps the reader come to an informed and intelligent decision about whether Jesus was a liar, a lunatic, or the Lord.”[1]

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Whatever Happened to Sin?


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.

 

1 John 1:5-10
Introduction

“‘Have you anything you did not receive from God?’ inquired the teacher of his pupils.  ‘No,’ said all the scholars but one.  He replied, ‘Yes.’  – ‘What is that?’ asked the teacher.  ‘Sin,’ replied the boy.”[1]

The mention of sin disappeared from many pulpits across America and few people noticed.  A subject so rarely discussed even in private conversation.  Attempts to accentuate the positive and to eliminate the negative have left the church on the horns of a dilemma.  Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe warns, “Any theology that minimizes personal holiness and excuses sinfulness is not biblical theology.”[2]

Dr. Merrill Chapin Tenney (1904-1985), former Dean of the Graduate School at Wheaton College, shares the following definition of sin in the Handy Dictionary of the Bible, “Sin is anything in the creature which does not express, or which is contrary to us, the holy character of the Creator.  The first sin in the universe was an act of free will in which the creature deliberately, responsibly, and with adequate understanding of the issues, chose to corrupt the holy, godly character with which God originally endowed His creation.  Sin in the human race had its origin in Adam and Eve (Genesis 3), but sin in the universe had its origin in angelic beings who rebelled against the Creator and whose nature, as a result, became fixed in evil (2 Peter 2:4; Jude 6).  Adam and Eve were created with a holy, godly nature, in fellowship with God; as a result of their sin their nature became corrupt; they became hostile to God and guilty before Him; and they involved the whole human race in their corruption and guilt (Romans 5:12-13).  The essence of sin is living independently of God.  The solution to the problem of sin is found in Christ, in the redemption provided by Him (Romans 3:21-8:39).

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Is Communion for Sinners?

yarnell.JPGToday we have the honor of bringing you a guest post by our good friend Dr. Malcolm Yarnell, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology, Director of the Oxford Study Program, Director of the Center for Theological Research, and Editor of the Southwestern Journal of Theology at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

In this post, Dr. Yarnell addresses the depth of the biblical witness regarding the ordinance of the Lord’s Supper for churches.

Recently, a friend passed me the link to a video promotion for a DVD entitled “Communion.” It is an interesting video (and painfully slow, so be warned!) It is interesting in that the author(s) seems to present the Lord’s Supper as indiscriminately intended for all sinners. But this is too simple of a solution, and does violence to the biblical witness.

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Baptists and the Bible: By What Authority?

Rev. Steve Grose is pastor of the Newcastle Baptist Tabernacle in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia. He blogs at Grosey’s Messages. Steve is a conservative Baptist serving in a Baptist Union in New South Wales, and this article was written for that context. With his permission, we reproduce it here.

Have you ever considered what your world view is, and where did you get it?

When we became Christians something wonderful happened. Our world view changed.

2 Corinthians 5:16 From now on, then, we do not know anyone in a purely human way. Even if we have known Christ in a purely human way, yet now we no longer know Him like that. 17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation; old things have passed away, and look, new things have come. 18 Now everything is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:

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The Irony of Dearborn, Michigan

erguncaner.jpgWe are grateful to Dr. Ergun Caner for providing to us his perspective on the recent firing of a Christian wrestling coach by a Muslim high school principal in Dearborn, Michigan. Ergun Mehmet Caner is the President and Dean of Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, and professor of Apologetics and Theology at Liberty University, in Lynchburg, Virginia. A former Sunni Muslim, Caner writes and speaks in the area of Global Apologetics. He can be reached at erguncaner.com and twitter.com/erguncaner.

There is irony in every line of this article from Christian Post.

In every Islamic Republic, operated by Sharia law, not only do sports mix with Islam, they are guided by it. Regularly Islamic Olympians are told to represent Allah well by their efforts. Prayer time is performed together as a team, to build the team character.

Yet in Dearborn, Michigan, a Christian coach (Gerald Marszalek) is fired by his Muslim principal (Imad Fadlallah). Why? because of his friendship with a volunteer coach who led a Muslim student to Christ at a summer camp. When the principal heard of this, he punched the student and told him that he disgraced his family!

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