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August 2011

The Ultimate Aim of All Christian Preaching

I love this because it is missing in much of our churches today.  The church is anemic today because we don’t do gospel preaching.  Christ is the focus of our preaching and the point of our affection. The Ultimate Aim of All Christian Preaching  by John Piper  Or: How Is All Preaching Gospel Preaching?  Or: How Is All Preaching the Proclamation of Christ Crucified? Ten Theses: 1. Whatever lasting good God ever does or ever did or ever will do for any individual person, he does and did and will do because of his free, utterly undeserved grace. What do you have that you

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Use Memverse and Memorize the Scripture

Memverse.com Have you experienced the joy of memorizing Scripture? Whether your answer is yes or no, God desires all  of His children to experience the great and many benefits His Word gives to those who diligently study and memorize It. Memverse.com makes it easy for the student of God’s Word to do both with free, yet simple and easy to use software that is 100% online! This means there is no software to download, no flashcards to carry around, and no need to keep an organized list of your verses. Memverse takes care of this for you, and allows you to spend less time looking for lost note cards, and more time in God’s Word!

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The Priority of the Word of God in Worship

Here are several quotes that show how revelation of God’s word must come first in our worship.  Worship then becomes a correct passionate response to biblical truth: “True worship does not come from people whose feelings are like air ferns with no root in the solid ground of biblical doctrine. The only affections that honor God are those rooted in the rock of biblical truth. . . . True worship comes from people who are deeply emotional and who love deep and sound doctrine. Strong affections for God rooted in truth are the bone and marrow of biblical worship.”   John Piper, Desiring God , 90, 76

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The Cost of Discipleship

Here is a great article to help you consider what it costs to be a disciple of Jesus Christ.  Answer the convicting questions below to to see if you love this world or Christ more. The Cost of Discipleship: by  Jeff Keeney Now great crowds accompanied him, and he turned and said to them, “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.” Luke

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A Good Way To Take Sermon Notes

If You Must Take Notes This article is beneficial in understanding how one would take notes that is helpful.  I don’t find extensive sermon note taking beneficial for me because I miss the point of the sermon if I just concentrate on filling in the blanks or taking extensive notes.  Note taking (like extensive use of PowerPoint) tends to make the worship gathering into a class more than a worship gathering.  Most disciples are betters served to try to use their imaginations and brains to remember the passage, theme, and point of the sermon, and then write it out at home or in

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Trellis and The Vine WORKSHOP in Norco, CANORCO

If you are interested in a developing Disciplemaking Philosophy of Ministry for the entire church make plans now to attend the Trellis and the Vine Workshop in Norco on Friday (October 21) and Saturday (October 22). The Trellis and the Vine WORKSHOP in NORCo information SPEAKERS Colin Marshall Marty Sweeney LOCATION First Baptist Church (Norco) 1417 Sixth Street Norco, CA 92860 (951) 254-3587 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            (951) 254-3587      end_of_the_skype_highlighting www.fbcnorco.com SCHEDULE FRIDAY (OCTOBER 21) SATURDAY (OCTOBER 22) 4pm – Registration 9am – Session 3 5:15pm – Session 1 10:30am – Break 6:45pm – Dinner Break 10:45am – Session 4 8pm – Session 2 12pm

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A Charismatic is What?

Michael Patton does a great job explaining different perspectives of Charismatic gifts with the following framework: Cessationist – believes that particular gifts, such as tongues, prophecy, miracles, healings, and the like, necessarily ceased in the first century due to an exhaustion in purpose. Soft Cessationist – believes that and are open to God’s use of the sign gifts in areas that are unevangelized. Continuationist – believes that while many of these gifts would have indeed served as signs to the outside world, their primary function is not to evangelize of the lost, but to ensure the health of the church. Charismatic

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Wesleyan Sermons » With or Without Notes

Here is a good website to learn to preach without notes. Wesleyan Sermons » With or Without Notes He uses a mapping process to create sermons, which I think is very helpful. see also www.disciplemaking.net

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Quote; On being an ‘evangelical’

On being an ‘evangelical’: “I feel like right now among evangelicals — including authors, musicians, speakers, professors, and pastors — there’s a runaway train of unbiblical and unclear thinking. “ see also www.disciplemaking.net

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Perspectives on the Sabbath

Here is a way you can study the Sabbath issue in Scripture: Perspectives on the Sabbath: Chris Donato joins the panel to speak about various views on the Sabbath. Mr. Donato has editing the book Perspectives on the Sabbath: 4 Views published by Broadman and Holman Publishers. Skip MacCarty (Andrews University) defends the Seventh-day view which argues the fourth commandment is a moral law of God requiring us to keep the seventh day (Saturday) holy. Jospeh A Pipa (Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary) backs the Christian Sabbath view which reasons that ever since the resurrection of Christ, the one day in

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Glenn Leatherman

I am first of all a disciple and follower of Jesus Christ. I affirm Evangelical Christian beliefs as well as  Gospel driven in philosophy of ministry. I am married to Ann and am raising 2 wonderful boys – Jonathan and Andrew. My purpose is to build disciplemaking disciples that are becoming fishers of men in fully displaying of God’s Glory in all things. Learn more

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