Monthly Archives: October 2009

A Modern Day Eutychus

Acts 20:7-12:

7 On the first day of the week, when we were gathered together to break bread, Paul talked with them, intending to depart on the next day, and he prolonged his speech until midnight. 8 There were many lamps in the upper room where we were gathered. 9 And a young man named Eutychus, sitting at the window, sank into a deep sleep as Paul talked still longer. And being overcome by sleep, he fell down from the third story and was taken up dead. 10 But Paul went down and bent over him, and taking him in his arms, said, “Do not be alarmed, for his life is in him.” 11 And when Paul had gone up and had broken bread and eaten, he conversed with them a long while, until daybreak, and so departed. 12 And they took the youth away alive, and were not a little comforted.

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Jim Hamilton Preaches in Chapel at Southern Seminary

Jim’s text: 2 Samuel 11
Title: The Wife of Uriah

May God protect and strengthen us through His Word!

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What Can the Gospel Do?

This is a great post from the folks over at Peacemaker Ministries. Don’t stop watching until it’s over! (HT: Justin Taylor)

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Burk Interviews Dever

Check out this interview by Denny Burk of Dr. Mark Dever. As Denny says, Mark is in a particularly “freewheeling mood” in this interview…It’s great!

Subjects: Multi-site churches, ecclesiology, church membership, millennial positions, etc…

(HT: Denny Burk)

C.J. Mahaney’s Study

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An Evening of Eschatology

Storms, Hamilton, Piper and Wilson on Eschatology…

Need I say more? Check out the video here.

May the Lord give us understanding!!

What Is Discipleship?

Today, I was asked by a seminary student to answer a few questions about discipleship. Below are the questions and my answers…What do you think?

1. Q: How you define “disciple” or “discipleship”? A: In the Great Commission, Jesus says, Go make disciples…baptizing them…and teaching them all that I have commanded…So, I would define discipleship as following Jesus, specifically in being baptized (implication here of repentance and faith of course) and all that He commanded (especially by participating regularly in the Lord’s Supper–implying being a part of the body of Christ and being under the authority and teaching of the local church).

2. Q: How do you “make disciples” (strategies, methods, materials used, etc.)? A: I think the main strategy for making disciples, according to Jesus would be proclaiming the gospel, calling converts to be baptized and to regularly participate in the Lord’s Supper (ie. the local church). Granted there should be a culture of discipleship at the local church (Bible studies, small groups, church discipline etc.). However, the main discipleship comes from the sermon on Sunday morning, as the Word of God is opened and explained. Ultimately, the church is God’s program for evangelism and discipleship.

3. Q: How do you know if you’ve been successful? A: Ultimately, we know when we stand before Jesus. But, I think the success comes from the process, not always tangible results. Jesus promised that the church would ultimately be successful (Matthew 16:18) when he told Peter that he would “build his church…” However, I do think that there should be both immediate and enduring fruit from a healthy, growing church. People should be growing in their understanding of the gospel, and as a result of that, their humility. That pastors should be growing in their abilities to proclaim the Word and shepherd the people of God. And the community should be increasingly aware of the impact of a corporate group of people who love each other, despite the color of their skin or financial status. They will know we are Christians by our love.

4. Q: What advice would you give to an emerging (just getting started) minister? A: I would give a new minister this advice: Preach and pray, Love and stay. Preach the word of God faithfully and passionately. Pray for the people and the ministry of the word. Love the people and shepherd them as one who must give an account (Hebrews 13:17). Stay for your whole life. Rome was not built in a day. The longer you stay, the stronger your relationships will become and the more you can learn about your people, yourself and your community.

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