The call to the ministry – The ultimate test

By the late Rev. Martin Holdt

The ministry is beyond doubt the highest and holiest calling in the world. It is hard and exacting. It calls for great sacrifice and is demanding to the extreme. Many men are willing to accept the challenge of such a work, and many give up their well-earned security to undertake that challenge, but are they necessarily called?

Is a completed course of theological training a guarantee of ministerial success? Will it work if a man is found faithful in preparing sermons, in praying diligently and in visiting the flock? The answer to this question is simple: Only if the man is truly called of God. God’s servants are called men. The Scripture verifies this: “And how can they preach unless they are sent?” (Rom 10v15) Continue reading “The call to the ministry – The ultimate test”

Great Sermons of Dr Martyn Lloyd Jones

One of the most gifted preachers of our times was Dr martyn Lloyd Jones. The following links are to some of this great series. The recordings was done in the fifties and sixties so the quality is not always so good yet can be followed and in most cases are well restored.

Especially relevant is his series on Spiritual Depression

A collection of 24 sermons that Martyn Lloyd-Jones preached in 1954 on a subject that few other preachers cover. This extremely helpful collection includes 10 sermons that are not in the book of the same title, which has become a Christian classic.

http://www.mljtrust.org/collections/spiritual-depression/

Preaching and Preachers

recordings of the 16 lectures that Martyn Lloyd-Jones gave to students at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, in 1969. There are also 2 question and answer sessions that were held after the 16 lectures.

http://www.mljtrust.org/collections/preaching-and-preachers/

Romans

The famous series of Friday night lectures on the Letter to the Romans, split into 14 volumes to parallel the books, plus a small collection of 13 individual sermons preached at Westminster Chapel.

http://www.mljtrust.org/collections/book-of-romans/

Ephesians

MLJ’s major series of 232 sermons covering all 6 chapters of Paul’s Epistle to the Ephesians, plus a small collection of 5 other sermons preached at Westminster Chapel. The major series is a systematic exposition of the epistle that was preached on Sunday mornings between 1954 and 1962.

http://www.mljtrust.org/collections/book-of-ephesians/

John

http://www.mljtrust.org/collections/book-of-john/

Good teaching on a Call to the Ministry

If you are in Ministry of the Word of God or aspire to be, and want to be really blessed and helped by excellent teaching please follow the links below to a series by pastor Albert N Martin

You will not regret it!

A Call to the ministry

1 of 5 Six Wrong Reasons to Enter the Gospel Ministry
2 of 5 Four Essential Elements of the Call to the Ministry
3 of 5 Necessary Spiritual Gifts Required for Pastoral Office
4 of 5 Necessary Mechanical Gifts Required for the Office
5 of 5 Necessary Mental Gifts Required for the Pastoral Office

Parting Sermons of Dr Albert N Martin

For over forty years, Pastor Albert N. Martin faithfully served the Lord and His people as an elder of Trinity Baptist Church of Montville, New Jersey. Due to increasing and persistent health problems, he stepped down as one of their pastors, and in June, 2008, Pastor Martin and his wife, Dorothy, relocated to Michigan, where they are continuing their ministry through writing and recording.

In preparation for his transition out of his New Jersey pulpit, Pastor Martin preached a series of nine sermons to his congregation, Parting Words of Counsel to the Members and Friends of Trinity Baptist Church. In them, Martin admonishes his congregation to hold fast to several particular doctrines or practices that have been important to Martin over the last several decades.

This series is excellent council to any christian or pastor and I assure you you will be blessed by listening to it.

Here is the links to these sermons:

Parting Words of Counsel Part 1

Parting Words of Counsel Part 2

Parting Words of Counsel Part 3

Parting Words of Counsel Part 4

Parting Words of Counsel Part 5

Parting Words of Counsel Part 6

Parting Words of Counsel Part 7

Parting Words of Counsel Part 8

Parting Words of Counsel Part 9 – A Farewell Sermon

 

 

Gospel or Legal Mortification?

by Rev. Ralph Erskine (1685 – 1752)

Presbyterian pastor in the Church of Scotland

“For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.”
Romans 8:13 (KJV)

There is a woeful tenderness that we have of ourselves that keeps us from mortifying our corruption. Have you never discovered or seen the evil and bitterness of sin, but lived always in peace? Why, then it seems the strong man keeps the house [Matthew 12:29]: if the passing of the gravel stone [i.e. the small hard mass that blocks the urinary tract causing severe pain] never pained you, ye are not yet quit of it. If your heart was never pained with sin, it says your heart was never yet circumcised. The strength of sin remains where there has been no Gospel mortification. Yea, what great reformations have taken place among some, so as by their life you would think they were real converts because of their exactness and tenderness. Yet they are enemies of grace and strangers to the Gospel, and consequently to true mortification, which cannot be by the Law, it being the strength of sin.

Question: How shall I know, whether it be by the Gospel that I mortify sin or by the Law?

Continue reading “Gospel or Legal Mortification?”

Test of Abraham (father of believers’) faith

Nuggets from “Faith like Abraham”-series No_2 The test of Abraham’s faith
By Don Theobald.   Scripture reading: Gen 12v1-20

* What is the most precious commodity in all the world?
Faith.  Without faith we’re lost.  It is crucial that faith is tried and tested.  Our faith is not perfect, the impurities must be taken out.  Our faith is mixed with unbelief. Continue reading “Test of Abraham (father of believers’) faith”

Reformed Pastor – Part 1- Take Heed of Yourselve

extracts from the work of Richard Baxter – The Reformed Pastor

 

CHAPTER I – THE OVERSIGHT OF OURSELVES

SECTION 1

THE NATURE OF THIS OVERSIGHT

Let us consider, What it is to take heed to ourselves.

1. See that the work of saving grace be thoroughly wrought in your own souls.

Take heed to yourselves, lest you be void of that saving grace of God which you offer to others, and be strangers to the effectual working of that gospel which you preach; and lest, while you proclaim to the world the necessity of a Saviour, your own hearts should neglect him, and you should miss of an interest in him and his saving benefits. Continue reading “Reformed Pastor – Part 1- Take Heed of Yourselve”

Foundations of faith No. 1 – Historical Christian Faith

Historic Christian Faith

Nico van der Walt

Jude 1v3

It’s a very telling and interesting verse this. One has the impression that Judas was planning to write to them about, as the King James Version put it, “our common salvation”, i.e. about the wonders of their salvation, but then he went ahead and said: “I feel now compelled” and he’s basically on a sidetrack and he started talking about the need to contend for the faith, which he said, “once delivered to us.”

It is very interesting if you look at this verse, where he says: “I felt the need …”;  by saying this he means: “What I want to share with you is of the utmost importance”.Secondly, he says: “you will earnestly contend.” The Greek indicates intense effort, e.g. in a wrestling match. It also indicates an ongoing effort, or an ongoing action. What should they content for? For the faith he says. What faith? “The faith once delivered to the saints or transferred to those that God has set apart for Himself. So it’s not just any religion, he defines faith. This is the faith that was delivered. Continue reading “Foundations of faith No. 1 – Historical Christian Faith”

Brakel on Repentance and Faith

An analysis of Brakel’s method  in calling sinners to
repentance and faith

Article by Jonathan Holdt  April 2011

Introduction

Charles Haddon Spurgeon, the 19th century Baptist preacher said “Soul-winning is the chief business of the Christian minister, indeed, it should be the main pursuit of every true believer.”   [1] In 2 Timothy 4:5 the Apostle Paul exhorts Timothy, to not only preach the Word, but to do the work of an evangelist in order to fulfil his ministry. Evangelism and soul-winning ought to occupy the mind and heart of every minister of the gospel. It is clear from Brakel’s works that he had a great concern for the salvation of the unconverted. Throughout his instruction in Christian doctrine and practice there are numerous sections where he seeks to exhort and persuade sinners to come to Christ for salvation. From this it is evident that Brakel was more than just a theologian. He was a pastor with a heart for the lost. He no doubt preached as he wrote, pleading with and exhorting sinners of their need of Christ. We can learn from Brakel in this today. Continue reading “Brakel on Repentance and Faith”

Pelagianism and the modern church

by Dr. R.C. Sproul

This article is also available from this site: http://www.apuritansmind.com/Arminianism/RCSproul%20Pelagius.htm

The rivals of the early church Augustine and Pelagius begin the debate over the depravity of man.

“It is Augustine who gave us the Reformation.” So wrote B. B. Warfield in his assessment of the influence of Augustine on church history. It is not only that Luther was an Augustinian monk, or that Calvin quoted Augustine more than any other theologian that provoked Warfield’s remark. Rather, it was that the Reformation witnessed the ultimate triumph of Augustine’s doctrine of grace over the legacy of the Pelagian view of man. Continue reading “Pelagianism and the modern church”

What’s wrong with evangelism today – introduction

This is an introduction to a book that has been very helpful. It is called: “Today’s Gospel authentic or synthetic?” by Walter J. Chantry. Available from good bookshops.

WHAT’S WRONG WITH EVANGELISM TODAY?

Truth and unity

Evangelicals know that all is not well in their churches and missions. Behind the facade of glowing missionary reports and massive statistics there is a profound awareness that the church has little power in evangelism. While bravely trying to produce an aura of joy and victory among their followers, church leaders are uneasy and deeply dissatisfied with their present experience and the results of their efforts. Continue reading “What’s wrong with evangelism today – introduction”

The Pelagian Captivity of the Church

R. C. Sproul

borrowed from: http://www.modernreformation.org/default.php?page=printfriendly&var2=383

Shortly after the Reformation began, in the first few years after Martin Luther posted the Ninety-Five Theses on the church door at Wittenberg, he issued some short booklets on a variety of subjects. One of the most provocative was titled The Babylonian Captivity of the Church. In this book Luther was looking back to that period of Old Testament history when Jerusalem was destroyed by the invading armies of Babylon and the elite of the people were carried off into captivity. Continue reading “The Pelagian Captivity of the Church”

Liberalism or Christianity

by J. Gresham Machen

An address delivered, in substance, in the Wayne Presbyterian Church, Wayne, Pennsylvania, November 3, 1921, before the Twenty-Eighth Annual Convention of the Ruling Elders’ Association of Chester Presbytery, on the subject, “The Present Attack against the Fundamentals of our Christian Faith, from the Point of View of Colleges and Seminaries.” Originally published in The Princeton Theological Review, Vol. 20, No. 1, 1922, pages 93-117, Machen later turned this short essay into a manuscript which was published in 1923 under the title: Christianity & Liberalism (Macmillan, 1923). This article is now in the public domain (original pagination is preserved in {brackets} for purposes of reference).

The Princeton Theological Review, Vol. 20, No. 1, 1922, Page 93
The attack upon the fundamentals of the Christian faith is not a matter merely of theological seminaries and universities. It is being carried on vigorously by Sunday School “lesson-helps,” by the pulpit, and by the religious press. The remedy, therefore, is not to be found in the abolition of theological seminaries, or the abandonment of scientific theology, but rather in a more earnest search after truth and a more loyal devotion to it when once it is found. Continue reading “Liberalism or Christianity”

Giving ground to the world is a bad missional strategy

by Charles Spurgeon

(The Following excerpt is taken from “The Broad Wall,” a Sermon of Charles Spurgeon first published in 1911, preached on some unspecified earlier date at least 20 years earlier at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, London.)

Satan will tell you that, if you bend a little; and come near to the ungodly, then they also will come a little way to meet you.

Ay, but it is not so. You lose your strength, Christian, the moment you depart from your integrity. What do you think ungodly people say behind your back, if they see you inconsistent to please them? “Oh!” say they, “there is nothing in his religion but vain pretense; the man is not sincere.” Continue reading “Giving ground to the world is a bad missional strategy”

Emerging church and old liberalism

by John MacArthur

borrowed from: http://teampyro.blogspot.com/2006/03/been-there-done-that.html
also available from the new Shepherds’ Fellowship blog, Pulpit Live. John MacArthur now blogs there weekly along with several staff and lay pastors of Grace Community Church, Sun Valley, CA. The Shepherds’ Fellowship is a resource primarily designed to extend the benefits of Grace Church’s annual Shepherds’ Conference to pastors year round. The new blog gives the rest of us an opportunity to listen in.
John MacArthur
is senior pastor of Grace Community Church and perhaps is best known as the teaching voice of “Grace to You,” heard daily on hundreds of radio stations worldwide.

Harry Emerson Fosdick and the Emerging Theology of Early Liberalism

In the early part of the 20th century liberalism took mainline Protestant churches by storm.

In fact, it might be argued that the first half of the century ushered in the most serious spiritual decline since the Protestant Reformation. Historic evangelicalism, which had dominated Protestant America since the days of the founding fathers, was virtually driven out of denominational schools and churches.

In a few decades, liberalism virtually destroyed the largest Protestant denominations in America and Europe. Continue reading “Emerging church and old liberalism”

Not corrupting the word

by JC Ryle

borrowed from: http://teampyro.blogspot.com/2006/03/word-from-late-bishop-of-liverpool.html

J. C. Ryle’s book Warnings to the Churches contains a sermon preached in August of 1858, titled “Not Corrupting the Word.” The following excerpt from that sermon was published exactly ninety-nine years later, in the August 1957 issue of The Banner of Truth. That issue of the magazine is included in a wonderful compilation recently re-released by the Banner of Truth Trust: The Banner of Truth: Magazine Issues 1-16, Sept. 1955—Aug. 1959. (The following excerpt may be found on page 265). I highly recommend the whole book – Phil Johnson.

Ryle’s words here offer some much-needed advice to pastors ministering in the morass of modern and post-modern churches would do well to heed. Continue reading “Not corrupting the word”