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The Fourth Gospel

Posted in Uncategorized on February 27, 2012 by nmpreach

Beginning January 1, our church began looking at The Gospel of John.  A former professor suggested that preaching through a gospel from January – Easter not only set the tone for the rest of the year, it also provided a great foundation for those who studied the gospel at length.  In recent years, I’ve preached through Matthew, Mark, and Luke in this way.  The synoptic gospels have been appreciated on a greater level, often times allowing for a greater appreciation of Old Testament texts.  However, this was my first attempt through John.

God willing, it won’t be my last.  I’m really enjoying studying the fourth gospel and have heard many favorable comments.  Those putting in the work have really been blessed.

Everything leads to 20:31. But these things are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.

The way John writes, the importance placed on evidence rather than chronology, and the addition of a fourth witness is priceless.  I pray those who’ve studied with me have been blessed as much as I have.  Let me suggest you take the time to not just read John’s gospel; study it in detail.  You’ll leave with a greater appreciation of 1) Who Jesus is; 2) The Fourth Gospel; 3) God’s Word in general; and 4) the miracles that John includes in his “evidence”.  Happy reading!

Words Mean Something (4)

Posted in Words with tags on February 13, 2012 by nmpreach

Sin rarely seems sin at its first beginnings. – Ryle on Holiness

Satan is deceptive. And if he can entice us to see something that appears at first glance to be good, he can do some major damage. Consider Eve. She was encouraged to see the fruit as pleasing to the eye, good for food, etc. David didn’t think much of walking on the palace roof. That is until he saw Bathsheba. And you know what what happened.  If we don’t turn and run, we find ourselves like Eve or like David.  How often has that happened to you?

The writer of Hebrews pens, “But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called ‘today’, so that none of you may be hardened by the decietfulness of sin.” (3:13)

Good stuff from Ryle!

Words Mean Something (3)

Posted in Words on February 2, 2012 by nmpreach

“I ask, in the first place, whether it is wise to speak of faith as the one thing needful, and the only thing required, as many seem to do now-a-days in handling the doctrine of sanctification?—Is it wise to proclaim in so bald, naked, and unqualified a way as many do, that the holiness of converted people is by faith only, and not at all by personal exertion? Is it according to the proportion of God’s Word? I doubt it.”

— JC Ryle on Holiness

This was written in 1889.  It’s interesting that the author has a concern about a common thought that all one must do is have faith.  Over a century ago, the idea of doing nothing else after belief was being critiqued.  Yet the idea of “simply believe” or “just have faith” is still taught today.  What’s our responsibility after belief?