Sunday, February 17, 2008

Counsel for Churches

Wow. An amazing Sunday at Christ Baptist with Dr. Sam Storms. In order to utilize him fully, I asked him to teach our Bible Study class before our regular service. I am so glad I did. He brought a word of counsel from Acts 20:17-38 to us. It was powerfully encouraging to a young church plant. I urge you to get and listen to the audio. Here were his points from Acts 20 as I wrote them down:

1. Cultivate a love for the gospel so deep and passionate that you value its proclaimation above your own life (20:24).
2. Never let anything get in the way of your committment to people (20:18, 20, 25, 31 - Paul lived among the people).
3. Do not shrink from declaring the whole counsel of God (20:20-21, 26). Sam gave 3 consequences of shrinking from declaring the whole counsel.
4. Avail yourself of the power of God's Word (20:32).
5. Meditate often on God's great love for the church (20:28). He purchased the church with the blood of His Own.

By the way, the message from Jude 24-25 was great as well ("Celebrating the God Who is Able"). The audio is available here.

3 comments:

Randy said...

Justin,
I hate that I missed it this morning. Shannon and Abigail are both sick still. I look forward to hearing the messages from Sam.
Randy

Paul Schafer said...

Justin,
Will Mt. Herman Missionary Baptist Church post his sermons? Were the three Life in the Spirit sessions done at Mt. Herman?

Sincerely,
Paul Schafer

justin said...

yes, Mt. Herman has the audio from Friday and Saturday. I will get it from them as soon as I can.