theology

Charles Haddon Spurgeon on being a Baptist

Charles Spurgeon has been called the Prince of Preachers, and rightly so. He was a Baptist preacher and I am glad to be one as well! This is what he had to say about being a Baptist. spurgeon

Spurgeon made the following statement on April 2, 1861 in a great Baptist conference hosted by the Metropolitan Tabernacle, London, England.

“We believe that the Baptists are the original Christians. We did not commence our existence at the reformation, we were reformers before Luther and Calvin were born; we never came from the Church of Rome, for we were never in it, but we have an unbroken line up to the apostles themselves. We have always existed from the days of Christ, and our principles, sometimes veiled and forgotten, like a river which may travel under ground for a little season, have always had honest and holy adherents. Persecuted alike by Romanists and Protestants of almost every sect, yet there has never existed a Government holding Baptist principles which persecuted others; nor, I believe, any body of Baptists ever held it to be right to put the consciences of others under the control of man. We have ever been ready to suffer, as our martyrologies will prove, but we are not ready to accept any help from the State, to prostitute the purity of the Bride of Christ to any alliance with Government, and we will never make the Church, although the Queen, the despot over the consciences of men.”

 

Does Jesus Love Me?

He loves me? He loves me not?…Throw that daisy away! HE LOVES YOU!

Just look at what Jesus went through for us:Crown-of-Thorns

  1. Mark 14:6-8 – Jesus says that He will soon die and be buried for us.
  2. Mark 14:33-36 – Jesus experienced great sorrow in His soul for us.
  3. Mark 14:41-44 – Jesus experienced betrayal for us.
  4. Mark 14:50 – Jesus experienced loneliness for us.
  5. Mark 15:15 – Jesus was whipped and beaten for us.
  6. Mark 15:16-20 – Jesus was mocked and abused for us.
  7. Mark 15:24-25 – Jesus was crucified for us.
  8. Mark 15:33-34 – Jesus was forsaken by God His Father for us.
  9. Mark 15:37 – Jesus died…for us.

And…Praise Be Unto God! HE LIVES…so that you and I can have life!

How then can we not be assured of His love for us? How can we do anything but serve Him and love Him?

We love him, because he first loved us. 1 John 4:19

Book Review – Dirty God, Jesus in the Trenches

follow-me-bible-close-up.gifWell, this title is one that certainly jumps out at you, and I guess that was the author’s intent. Of course, Johnnie Moore is not insinuating that God is Dirty in a sinful sense. But that He was willing to come to us, as we are, and save us by His grace.

Grace, that’s what this book is about. The undeserving favor of God. The book is divided into two parts. Getting Grace, and Giving Grace. The Lord Jesus Christ was so gracious that He would stoop lower than any of those around Him could ever have imagined. He was willing to touch and heal a leper, and He was gracious enough to bend down and wash His followers’ feet. He was willing to take our punishment for sin on the cross and die in our place. That is Getting Grace.

Giving Grace is what God intends for us to do once we have received it. As followers of Jesus, we should be emulating Him. Walking as He walked, loving as He loved, and serving as He served. Jesus was truly, “in the trenches”. He never had a selfish moment, but was always reaching out to anyone who needed help.

This book was convicting. Am I Giving Grace?  Am I gracious to those I serve and lead? To those who are closest to me? To strangers? It really makes you think. If we lived a Giving Grace kind of life. This world would truly be a different place.

A Good Soldier

I love my country. I love the brave men and women who defend our freedoms everyday. I am thankful for those who have paid the ultimate price for that freedom. Without Good Soldiers where would this country be? Without Good Soldiers for Jesus Christ where would the church be?

If you are a believer you are called to be a Good Soldier. Second Timothy 2:1-4 outlines the characteristics of a good soldier.

Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.

A Good Soldier:

      1.  Is Strong in Grace

A Soldier must be strong. Strength training is of most importance to a soldier. As for the Christian, our strength is His strength. We need to be strong in Grace. Trusting in the Grace of God for eternal salvation makes us free and alive. So trusting in God’s grace makes us strong for the battle. The Apostle Paul asked three times for his “thorn in the flesh” to be removed, but God never answered that request. The Lord’s reply was, “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)

      2.  Is Faithful to the Truth

If a soldier is anything he is faithful! Faithful to the mission, the cause, and his fellow soldiers. We believers must be “faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.” (2 Timothy 2:2) We are to be faithful to the Truth of God’s word. Paul says to Timothy, take the things that you have learned from me and pass them on to someone else who will faithfully do the same. Praise God for Faithful Men who have done just that throughout history. Where would we be without people who were faithful to the Lord and His Truth?

  3.  Endures Hardness

The life of a soldier is often one of great hardships. Take a look at history, or talk with someone who’s been there and you will understand the many hard things soldiers endure. The Apostle Paul was certainly a Good Soldier of Jesus Christ and he endured faithfully to the end. He faced many terrible things. He said that 5 times he was whipped nearly to the point of death, 3 times he was beaten with rods, once he was stoned, and he was shipwrecked 3 times. He faced robbers, the harshest conditions of nature, problems with false brethren, opposition with unbelievers, and yet he endured. What hardness may we face? No one can say. Will we face anything like Paul or Timothy faced? I hope not. Whatever the “hardness” you face don’t flinch, but endure.

  4. Is Not Entangled

Single-mindedness is  a term that applies to the soldier’s life. The good soldier must focus on the task at hand. A distraction on the battle field can be fatal. A distracted Christian will fall prey to the devil.

We must remember why we are in this fight. Because the Lord Jesus Christ has called us to be His soldiers. He is our goal. Pleasing our Saviour is the highest motive for service.

And don’t think, ‘I’m not the soldier type, I’m not interested in joining the Lord’s Army’, because He has already called you. In verse 4 we learn that Jesus has chosen us to be His soldier. So be a Good Soldier for Jesus Christ.