Tuesday, April 22, 2008

The Blessed Man

Psalm 1

1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly,
nor standeth in the way of sinners,
nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD;
and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water,
that bringeth forth his fruit in his season;
his leaf also shall not wither;
and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

4 The ungodly are not so:
but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.
5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.

6 For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous:
but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

Exceptions Regarding Salvation (part 3) Repentance

Luke 13:3 "I tell you nay, but except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish." (also repeated in v.5)

Repentance simply means a turning from sin and self unto Christ. Unless a person is willing to turn from their sin and self there can be no Salvation. It is unfortunate that even in our own circle (Independent Fundamental Baptists) that repentance is the subject of some intense debate. I personally believe that repentance has been redefined to mean penance. If that be the case, then I would affirm that repentance is not necessary to Salvation. However, the Bible tells us what repentance is and what it does. Furthermore, it tells us very plainly in the text above, that without genuine repentance, sinners will perish. Jesus Christ himself, says that He calls sinners to repentance in Luke 5:32. Repentance is a necessary aspect of evangelism, so much so that repentance and remission of sins are matters to be declared among "all nations" in Luke 24:7.

2 Cor. 7:10 says: "For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death." A person must understand sin, and their sinfulness. In other words, they must first "get lost" before they can "get saved." They must agree with God concerning their sin, and the just penalty of their sin. Unless they see their sin, they will not see the need for a Savior. This I believe, is the reason why people do not want to get saved. They love their sin so much that they are not even willing to agree with God against it.

Diminish repentance and a Catholic will affirm that Christ is both Savior and Lord, and yet cling to their sacramentalism. A polytheist would simply "add" Christ among his many gods. A Christian cannot and must not by-pass this important doctrine.

Repentance is not restricted to the conversion of the unsaved. It is also a significant doctrine relevant to every believer. Repentance and restitution are tools whereby a brother or sister in Christ can be restored to spiritual maturity and usefulness for Christ and the ministry. In Luke 17:3, Jesus said: "Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him." We as Christians, have a responsibility to rebuke and forgive. A brother is to be rebuked for trespassing, but and if or when a brother "repents," then, they must be forgiven. You can know that a brother is repentant when they don't live down their faults, or sins.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Sermons to enjoy

If you are like me you probably enjoy listening to some preaching. I am thankful that the Lord enabled me to hear, and to hear some good Bible messages. Actually listening to a sermon over and over again really does me a lot of good. Preachers pack their messages so much so that you can't really 'get it all in' in one sitting. Praise the Lord for some good technological advances which we benefit from in this area. So, on with my recommendations...

2. "Spiritual Momentum" - Pastor Chris, how to gain, lose and maintain spiritual momentum.

3. "Satan's Lies about Bible Doctrine" - Pastor Randy Starr. This one has the highest downloads according to the March stats provided by sermonaudio.com.

4. "Jesus Walked on the Water" - Pastor R. Starr preached this one on a Sunday night, a very helpful and encouraging sermon. Wait to you hear the analogy on the Rapture!