Archive for ‘Evangelism’

October 24, 2016

A Slave of Jesus Christ (Jude 1a)

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On Sunday, October 9, 2016, Pastor Joe Troutman preached “A Slave of Jesus Christ” from Jude 1a.


Jesus Christ broke the chains of sin, death and hell so if you believe you’ll be forever free


1. Gotta Serve Somebody –Everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. (Romans 6)

2. True Freedom–Slavery to Jesus Christ and to righteousness is true freedom–freedom from sin.


Listen to A Slave of Jesus Christ (Jude 1a) at mcopc.org.

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June 29, 2016

Watchman Fellowship Profile Notebook

Watchman Fellowship Profile NotebookStatus: Available for reference in library only.

Book Description:

Arlington, Texas based counter cult educational and evangelistic ministry, Watchman Fellowship, provides this custom notebook which contains every Profile published by Watchman Fellowship bimonthly since 1993 — over 450 pages!

These Profiles are 4-page briefings on new religious movements, the occult, cults, New Age spirituality, and related doctrines and practices. New Profiles will be added to the Notebook six-times per year as they continue to be published on an ongoing basis.

Watchman Fellowship is largely staffed by traditionalist Southern Baptists who subscribe to a Dispensational Premillennial view of eschatology. Not every view espoused by Watchman Fellowship necessarily reflects the views of the session of Mid-Cities Presbyterian Church.

Source: Watchman Fellowship Profile Notebook Page

About the Author:

Watchman Fellowship is an independent Christian research and apologetics ministry focusing on new religious movements, cults, the occult and the New Age.

David Henke founded Watchman Fellowship in Columbus, Georgia in 1979. Today, Watchman Fellowship has grown to several offices in the United States.

Watchman Fellowship serves the Christian and secular community as a resource for education, counseling, and non-coercive intervention and evangelism training. We accomplish these tasks through our church presentations, personal counseling, this website, and other activities. We have served almost every denomination including Baptist, Presbyterian, Methodist, Episcopal, Assemblies of God, Church of God, Lutheran, Nazarene, non-denominational, etc., as well as schools, law enforcement agencies, and civic groups.

Concerning a person’s right to choose, we believe that a real choice is one based on access to all the information, and understanding both or all sides. The counterfeit groups typically try to block their members and the public from having access to this information. We have found that most cults will use deception, control, cover up, and dishonesty with their own members and the people they are trying to convert. This deception includes some or all of the following: the group’s history, false prophesy, false scholarship, a distortion of true church history and doctrine, and destructive practices of the group.

Our name, Watchman Fellowship, is often confused with the Watchtower Society title used by the Jehovah’s Witnesses. However, we are in no way affiliated with them. Our name is taken from the Old Testament book of the Bible, Ezekiel.

“Now as for you, son of man, I have appointed you a watchman for the house of Israel; so you will hear a message from My mouth, and give them warning from Me.” (Ezekiel 33:7)

As Christians, we do believe that “we are our brother’s keeper.” Like the watchman on the wall (Ezekiel 3:17), we have the responsibility to sound a warning against the deception and destructive spiritual abuse practiced by counterfeit groups. In sounding such warning Watchman Fellowship also has a principled commitment to accuracy.

Source: About Us Page

Book Details:

450+ Pages
Publisher: Watchman Fellowship
Publication Date: 2016

Source: Watchman Fellowship Profile Notebook Page

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November 28, 2015

Religious Affections (Classics of Faith & Devotion)

Religious Affections CoverStatus: Available

Book Description

[This abridged edition was part of the Multnomah Press series Classics of Faith & Devotion, with an Introduction by Charles Colson and “Editor’s Note about Jonathan Edwards and the Relevance of This Book” by James M. Houston]

Jonathan Edwards was one of the few truly great theologians of the English-speaking world, an intellectual and spiritual giant. When he began his ministry at Northampton, Massachusetts, New England had drifted from the Puritanism of its founders. Resisting the current trend, Edwards preached the whole counsel of God, and God plainly honoured his testimony. Yet to all appearances his life ended in tragedy; voted out of his pastorate by the people of Northampton, he died of fever at Princeton, only two months after taking over as President of the College. Edwards is perhaps best known as the theologian of revival, a subject on which he was uniquely qualified to write, by reason of his theological grasp and a first-hand experience of awakenings. Of his several treatises in this field, The Religious Affections ranks as the ‘magnum opus’.

The author’s object in this book is to distinguish between true and false religion by showing the marks of a saving work of the Holy Spirit in men. In his Preface, Edwards stresses the importance of using ‘our utmost endeavours clearly to discern…wherein true religion does consist’. For ’till this be done, it may be expected that great revivings of religion will be but of short continuance’.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Classics
Editor’s Note about Jonathan Edwards and the Relevance of This Classic
Introduction by Charles W. Colson

Part I: The Nature and Importance of the Affections

Chapter One
THE AFFECTIONS AS EVIDENCE OF TRUE RELIGION—Religious affections are strong and vigorous actions of the will and heart. They motivate the soul either to cleave to and seek or turn away and oppose. Scripture reflects their significance in true religion. Without holy affections, it is impossible to have true faith.

Part II: How the Religious Affections May Be Falsely Appraised

Chapter Two
FALSE SIGNS OF TRUE RELIGIOUS AFFECTIONS—The Pharisees talked much about their religion. Satan, like the Holy Spirit, is able to bring Scripture to mind; he is a master counterfeiter. We need to guard against judging the affections by such false evidences as these.

Part III: The Distinguishing Signs of Truly Gracious and Holy Affections

Chapter Three
HOW TRULY GRACIOUS AFFECTIONS ARE KNOWN—True spiritual affections are divinely given. Only the Holy Spirit can make us spiritual by adopting us and giving us the nature of Christ in His Sonship.

Chapter Four
THE OBJECT AND FOUNDATION OF GRACIOUS AFFECTIONS—The basis of affections is the excellence and nature of divine things. True affections cannot begin with self-love. They begin with delighting in the beauty and holiness of God Himself.

Chapter Five
THE FORMATION OF GRACIOUS AFFECTIONS—Gracious affections are developed from a spiritually enlightened mind. This spiritual light reveals the glory of divine things.

Chapter Six
CERTAINTY AND HUMILITY IN GRACIOUS AFFECTIONS—A true Christian has a conviction of the truth of the gospel and this conviction causes him to see his sinfulness and his need of God to change him.

Chapter Seven
GRACIOUS AFFECTIONS CHANGE US TO BE MORE CHRIST-LIKE—If a person’s conversion is real, it will bring about deep and abiding changes throughout his life. He will be more holy, gentle, and forgiving. He will become more and more like Christ.

Chapter Eight
GRACIOUS AFFECTIONS ARE BALANCED, YET DYNAMIC IN GROWTH—The balance of the affections in true saints is a reflection of the balance of the affections in the image of Christ. The affections are dynamic in their growth. As the saint longs and thirsts after God, his spiritual appetite enlarges and he longs for more of God.

Chapter Nine
GRACIOUS AFFECTIONS ARE INTENSELY PRACTICAL—It is our practice of Christianity that makes our profession of it credible. True affections motivate the Christian to be diligent and earnest in living out his beliefs.

Chapter Ten
THE AFFECTIONS ARE THE CHIEF EVIDENCE OF A SAVING SINCERITY IN TRUE RELIGION—Christian practice is the most preferred evidence of salvation. This practice proves godliness and repentance and gives evidence of God’s presence.

Appendix

A Guide to Devotional Reading

Indexes

Scripture Index

Subject Index

Jonathan Edwards

Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758)

About the Author

Jonathan Edwards was born a little over seventy years after the first Puritan settlement of New England and, at the time of his birth, October 5, 1703, there were some 130 towns in the colony. Some were well established, others were small and on the frontiers of the wilderness. He spent his first twelve years in his parents’ home at East Windsor, close to the Connecticut river. His father, Timothy Edwards, was pastor of the local church, a good student and preacher, as well as a part-time school teacher and farmer. His mother, Esther, had eleven children—four girls, then Jonathan, to be followed by six more girls, and all of them six feet in height. Of the larger family circle, his maternal grandfather, Solomon Stoddard, was pastor of the largest church in New England, some thirty-five miles away at Northampton.

Jonathan Edwards would appear to have had a healthy and happy childhood, spent largely in female company. When he was not quite thirteen he was sent down river to the Collegiate School of Connecticut. Two years later the School settled at New Haven and became Yale College. The Head was one of Edwards’ many cousins, Elisha Williams. Edwards graduated Bachelor of Arts in 1720, and it was decided he would stay a further two years to become a Master of Arts. One year later, however, in the spring of 1721, something far more important happened.

Edwards at this time was already religious but despite ‘repeated resolutions’ it was not a religion that had changed his heart or humbled his natural pride. But now, he says, ‘I was brought to that new sense of things’, to an ‘inward, sweet delight in God and divine things . . . quite different from any thing I ever experienced before.’ ‘I began to have a new kind of apprehensions and ideas of Christ, and the work of redemption, and the glorious way of salvation by him.’

It was now that Edwards’ concern to see Christ’s kingdom extended was born. Before concluding his M.A. studies he went to serve First Presbyterian Church in New York at the age of nineteen. This was a joyful time for him and sermons he preached in New York show him to be remarkably mature. But there were those, including his father, who wanted him back in Connecticut and from 1724 to 1726 he joined the staff at Yale as a tutor. These were years of preparation and 1726 brought the great milestone of his life, for that year saw him invited to join his grandfather, Solomon Stoddard, now aged eighty-three, and still the minister at Northampton.

Meanwhile something even more significant had happened. As a teenager, Edwards had fallen in love with a girl who lived with her mother close to the College Green in New Haven. She was Sarah Pierrepont, and, on July 28, 1727, seventeen years old and dressed in pea-green satin brocade, she married Jonathan and became his inseparable helper.

Northampton, a town of some 200 homes, mostly clustered together for defence, had a population of about a thousand men, women and children. The couple set up home on a rural lane (later King Street), and were given ten acres and a further forty, five miles away. A year later the first of their children was born, and in the next twenty-two years the family grew until there were eight daughters and three sons.

The first seven years at Northampton were ones of hard work and happiness as Edwards settled into the habits of a lifetime. One concern, however, was to deepen as he grew to understand his congregation. His people made up the only church in the town and—according to the early New England pattern—the whole population regarded it as their own. When Stoddard died in 1729 the oversight fell entirely on Edwards.

The Northampton church was as eminent as any in the land but it seems that it had come to rely too much on what it had been. Its spiritual condition did not come up to Edwards’ expectation and his sermons increasingly revealed that he saw too many of his hearers as no more than nominal believers: ‘They come to meeting from one Sabbath to another and hear God’s word, but all that can be said to ’em won’t awaken ’em, won’t persuade ’em to take pains they may be saved.’ Often, he feared, such people were not even listening, ‘They are gazing about the assembly minding this and the other person that is in it, or they are thinking of their worldly business.’

This state of affairs came to an end in one of the best-known events of Edwards’ life, the revival of 1734–5, when, in his words, ‘A great and earnest concern about the great things of religion, and the eternal world, became universal in all parts of the town.’ He thought it probable that 300 had been converted within six months, and it was his hope that ‘the greater part of persons in this town, above sixteen years of age, are such as have the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.’ These were months when the crowded meetinghouse was filled with praise.

Edwards wrote an account of the awakening which was published under the title, A Faithful Narrative of the Surprising Work of God. The book drew widespread attention and instantly put Edwards and the Northampton church on the world stage. This appears to have been the occasion of a family quarrel that was to go on through the rest of Edwards’ lifetime, particularly involving cousins on his mother’s side, the Williamses. The revival did not continue. It is clear that by 1736 Edwards was again struggling with the difficulties of more normal church life, and there was cause for some disappointment as his anticipations of the permanent results of the revival were not all fulfilled. Party strife, long endemic in the village, reappeared.

In 1740, however, a work of grace, much wider in scale than in 1734–5, began along the eastern seaboard. It was the beginning of ‘the Great Awakening’, which would touch several places in the thirteen colonies of the fledgling nation. For Edwards, the Great Awakening years were exhausting times which brought him ‘to the brink of the grave’. Besides the care of his own people, he was now itinerating widely to preach for other men. Correspondence multiplied, and yet somehow he was also preparing two of the most significant books ever written on the subject of revival, Distinguishing Marks of a Work of the Spirit of God, and Thoughts on the Revival in New England. Yet these were happy years, indeed, at one point, there was fear lest his wife Sarah would die of sheer joy!

The blessing of the early 1740s was followed by a longer period of difficulty when two major problems confronted Edwards almost simultaneously. First, in the wider scene in New England, opposition developed to the very idea of the Awakening as a ‘work of the Spirit of God’. Some, by foolish behaviour and lives lacking in Christlikeness gave just cause for criticism. Some of these people were fanatics, people who saw physical phenomena as sure proof of the Spirit’s work and presence. The ‘wild fire’ they represented gave support to the arguments of those who wished to discredit the whole work. In addition to this, in every revival there is a work of the Spirit on large numbers of individuals who express spiritual concern and their lives take on a new seriousness but it does not last, and in time there is a return to their former indifference and formal religion. With pain, Edwards had to recognize that in Northampton itself the number of true converts was not what he had once hoped.

The other great difficulty which Edwards now experienced was that support from his own congregation was weakening and one cause of this was the hostility of certain members of his wider family circle. During the 1740s Edwards had come to disagree with his grandfather Stoddard’s long-established practice of not requiring a profession of saving faith in Christ in order to be a communicant; communicants, Edwards came to see, ought to be believers. But Stoddard’s name was already a legend, and when his grandson’s disagreement with the great man became known there was uproar in the town, with the Williams family involved as usual. The final extraordinary outcome was his being voted out of his church. The great majority of the 230 male communicants voted for his removal. The tragedy deepens when Edwards writes that ‘most of them esteemed me to be the chief instrument in the hand of God of the eternal salvation of their souls’.

Thus one of the most fruitful pastorates in history ended on June 22, 1750. Edwards was now forty-six. No financial arrangement was offered to help them and for the best part of a year, apart from some temporary engagements, he remained unemployed. Then he accepted a call to an improbable situation. Stockbridge was a village in the frontier wilderness, forty miles from Northampton, and with a congregation of only about a dozen white families. One factor that added to the appeal of Stockbridge was the presence of Indians and the existence of a school for Indian children. So, after difficulties in selling their Northampton home, the whole family was eventually settled on the frontier by October 1751.

For Edwards Stockbridge was a haven of peace compared with the turmoil he had left behind. But it was not long before the family of Williamses at Stockbridge were showing all the prejudice and hostility that had marked the other members of the same clan. The Stockbridge Williamses had their own ambitious plans, in which material gain seems to have played no small part, and they wished for no oversight from anyone of Edwards’ stature. For three years there was to be another painful struggle, but this time the congregation stood with their pastor, and so did the Indians, whom the Williamses had antagonized. Only in 1754 did the Williamses in Stockbridge give up, and the strife was over.

Yet there were other trials, including persistent financial constraints, and, then, with the outbreak of war with the French, the whole frontier situation became exposed to attack. One of Edwards’ daughters, Esther, visited her parents and family at Stockbridge in the summer of 1756 and was filled with alarm at the danger of their situation.

The next year Esther’s husband, Aaron Burr, President of Nassau Hall, the College of New Jersey recently established at Princeton, died and Edwards was surprised to learn that the decision of the College trustees was that he should be his son-in-law’s successor. He did not wish to accept, and when the approaches to him continued, Edwards referred the decision to a council of friends. They concluded he should go to Princeton, the only time in his life that we read he shed tears. One major reason for his reluctance was that he now believed that he could be more useful by writing than by speaking and he had a number of potential books in hand. Given the urgency of the need at Princeton, Edwards left Sarah and most of his family behind at Stockbridge when he left in January 1758.

As he left the home for the last time, his daughter remembered, ‘When he had got out of doors he turned about,—“I commit you to God”, said he.’ Edwards was now fifty-four and he spoke of his health being stronger than previously, but the next month an inoculation against smallpox went wrong, and on March 22, 1758, he died at Princeton. Sixteen days after her father, Esther also died at Princeton, leaving two orphaned children. Sarah hurried down from Stockbridge to care for them, only to die herself and be buried with her husband at Princeton in October 1758.

[See Iain H. Murray’s ‘Jonathan Edwards: The Man and the Legacy’ in Heroes (Banner of Truth, 2009); and his Jonathan Edwards: A New Biography (Banner of Truth, 1987). There is also a series of 7 articles by Kenneth D. Macleod on the life of Edwards on the Trust’s website – http://www.banneroftruth.org/pages/articles/article_detail.php?1080 (the remaining articles in the series can be referenced from here). Sereno E Dwight’s ‘Memoirs of Jonathan Edwards’ appears in The Works of Jonathan Edwards, Volume 1, edited by Edward Hickman (Banner of Truth Trust reprint, 1974).]

Source: Banner of Truth

James M Houston

Dr. James M. Houston (1922-)

About the Editor

Dr. James M. Houston was born to missionary parents who served in Spain. Dr. Houston served as University Lecturer at Oxford University, England, from 1949-1971. He was a Fellow of Hertford College during the period between 1964-1971, and held the office of Principal of Regent College from 1969-1978. From 1978 to the present, he has served as Chancellor of Regent College. He is also Professor of Spiritual Theology for the College.

Dr. Houston has been active in the establishment and encouragement of lay training centers across the continents. These include the C. S. Lewis Institute in Washington, D.C., and The London Institute for the Study of Contemporary Christianity. In addition to his work with the Classics series, he has published abook entitled, I Believe in the Creator (Eerdmans, 1978).

Hardcover, 226 pages

Publisher: Multnomah Press

Publication Date(s): 1984

ISBN: 0-88070-064-5

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November 5, 2015

B.B. Warfield Memorial Lecture Series (Anthology CD)

Warfield Lectures CDStatus: Available

CD Description

Throughout the history of the Church, the great doctrines of the faith were forged in the fires of debate as in Pelagius & Augustine, Luther & Erasmus, Calvin & Eck, and Whitefield & Wesley. The goal of this debate and lecture series is to promote the exchange and examination of the great historic doctrines of the Church; foster a corporate sense of the relevance of the Christian faith and Reformed theology to our culture; and challenge the individual believer to connect with the historic Christian faith and the Church.

Messages from the B.B. Warfield Memorial Lecture series feature the following topics:

Pentecost and the Work of the Holy Spirit Today by Richard Gaffin
Spurgeon, Lloyd-Jones, and Edwards by Iain Murray
Revival and Revivalism by Iain Murray
A Biblical Theology of Worship by Daniel Block
Unsought Gifts: Christian Suffering by Mark Talbot
Will the Church go through the End-Time Tribulation? by Gregory Beale
John Calvin and the Protestant Reformation by Carl Trueman
The Christian, His Witness, and Defending the Faith by Scott Oliphint

33 MP3 messages on 1 CD

CD Details:

SKU: M-BBWA
Publisher: Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals
Publish Date: 2015
33 MP3 messages on 1 CDs

Source: Reformed Resources

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September 7, 2015

Saved From What?

Saved From What CoverStatus: Available

Book Description

Saved From What? is a penetrating look by well-known pastor and teacher R. C. Sproul at what the Bible really teaches about the nature of salvation.

Christians speak of “being saved,” but all too often don’t follow the phrase to its logical reply: “Saved from what?” How do we answer this question when we share the gospel with others? Far from being a matter of semantics, the issue holds critical importance for believers and non-believers alike. Is it really sufficient to say that we are saved from our sins?

R. C. Sproul uses Scripture to show that the question, in its most important sense, should be phrased, “Saved from whom?” The answer: God himself. God, in righteous wrath, stands against us in our sin. But the glory of the gospel is that the one from whom we need to be saved is the very one who saves us. It is when we truly grasp the significance of Christ’s redeeming work that we begin to understand the serious demands and joys of repentance. Thoughtful readers will be strengthened and challenged by this insightful volume. Now available in paperback.

Dr. R.C. Sproul

Dr. R.C. Sproul

About the Author

R. C. SPROUL is the founder and chairman of Ligonier Ministries and minister of preaching and teaching at Saint Andrew’s in Sanford, Florida. He has written more than sixty books and is featured daily on the Renewing Your Mind radio program.

Book Details

128 Pages
Publisher: Crossway/Good News Publishers
Publication Date: July 2010

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August 17, 2015

Getting the Gospel Right: The Tie that Binds Evangelicals Together

Getting the Gospel Right CoverStatus: Available

Book Description

Christian unity is important. And unity in the gospel is essential. Yet that unity was tested by the release of two documents, Evangelicals and Catholics Together and The Gift of Salvation, which appeared to surrender the historic doctrine of sola fide (faith alone). Then a new level of unity was achieved with the release of a statement called The Gospel of Jesus Christ: An Evangelical Celebration.

This sequel to Sproul’s popular Faith Alone contains the complete text of The Gospel of Jesus Christ along with thorough, point-by-point discussion and exposition. The significance of this affirmation is summed up by Christianity Today: “A number of people have been stunned by the broad acceptance of this statement.” It has been signed by “Methodist and Presbyterian, Pentecostal and cessationist, Baptist, Lutheran, Anglican, and free church” leaders.

As Sproul explains, unity in the gospel touches the soul of the church itself and all of its members. “To be faithful to the Great Commission,” writes Sproul, “we must get the gospel right.”

Dr. R.C. Sproul

Dr. R.C. Sproul

About the Author

Dr. R.C. Sproul is the founder and chairman of Ligonier Ministries, an international Christian education ministry located near Orlando, Florida. His teaching can be heard on the program Renewing Your Mind, which is broadcast on hundreds of radio outlets in the United States and in 40 countries worldwide. He is the executive editor of Tabletalk magazine, general editor of The Reformation Study Bible, and the author of more than seventy books and scores of articles for national evangelical publications. Dr. Sproul also serves as president of Ligonier Academy of Biblical and Theological Studies, and Reformation Bible College in Sanford, Florida. He currently serves as senior minister of preaching and teaching at Saint Andrew’s in Sanford, FL.

Book Details

208 Pages
Publisher: Baker Book House
Publication Date: December 2002
ISBN 10: 0801064473
ISBN 13: 9780801064470

Source: WTS Books

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April 22, 2015

Institutes of the Christian Religion (Battles Translation) (2 Volumes)

Institutes 02 CoverInstitutes 01 CoverStatus: Available

Publisher’s Description

This is the definitive English-language edition of one of the monumental works of the Christian church. Under Dr. McNeill’s personal supervision labored a whole corps of expert Latinists and Calvin scholars. All previous editions—in Latin, French, German, and English—have been collated; references and notes have been verified, corrected, and expanded; and new bibliographies have been added. The translator and his associates have taken great care to preserve the rugged strength and vividness of Calvin’s writing. They have not, however, hesitated to break up overly long sentences to conform to modern English usage or, whenever possible, to render heavy Latinate theological terms in simple language. The result is a translation that achieves a high degree of accuracy and at the same time is eminently readable.

Long recognized for the quality of its translations, introductions, explanatory notes, and indexes, the Library of Christian Classics provides scholars and students with modern English translations of some of the most significant Christian theological texts in history. Through these works–each written prior to the end of the sixteenth century–contemporary readers are able to engage the ideas that have shaped Christian theology and the church through the centuries.

John_Calvin_by_HolbeinAbout the Author

John Calvin (1509–64) was a prominent French theologian during the Protestant Reformation and the father of the theological system known as Calvinism. (from Theopedia.com).

About the Editor

John T. McNeill was an ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church in Canada. He taught at Westminster Hall; Queen’s University, Ontario; Knox College, Toronto; the University of Chicago; and Union Theological Seminary, New York. McNeill authored many books, and was one of the general editors of The Library of Christian Classics.

Book Details

2 Volumes | 1,822 Pages
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
Publication Date: January 1960

Source: WTS Books

April 3, 2015

Filling Up the Afflictions of Christ: The Cost of Bringing the Gospel to the Nations in the Lives of William Tyndale, Adoniram Judson, and John Paton

Filling Up the Afflictions of Christ CoverStatus: Available
Publisher’s Description:
Jesus’s words in John 12 are sobering: Unless a grain of wheat falls to the earth and dies, it will bear little fruit. Throughout history, God’s strategy for reaching unreached peoples with the gospel has often included the suffering of his frontline heralds–the missionaries who made countless sacrifices to advance the kingdom of God. In the fifth volume of the popular The Swans Are Not Silent series, John Piper focuses on this flesh-and-blood reality of pain in the lives of William Tyndale, Adoniram Judson, and John Paton. Paying dearly to translate the Word of God, mobilize missionaries around the world, and lead the hostile to Christ, their stories illustrate how God builds his kingdom through the suffering of his servants. Now available in paperback. (Source: WTS Books)

John PiperAuthor

John Piper (DTheol, University of Munich) is teacher and founder of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College and Seminary. He served for 33 years as pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis and is author of more than 50 books, including Desiring God, Don’t Waste Your Life, This Momentary Marriage, Bloodlines, and Does God Desire All to Be Saved? (Source: Crossway/Good News Publishers)

Book Details:

128 Pages
Publisher: Crossway/Good News Publishers
Publication Date: January 2014

March 29, 2015

Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God

Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God CoverRelated Media

Listen to 3 lectures by J. I. Packer from the 1988 Desiring God Conference entitled The Source of Saving Faith, The Nature of Saving Faith, and The Path of Saving Faith.

Source: Desiring God

Publisher’s Description

If God is in control of everything, can Christians sit back and not bother to evangelize? Or does active evangelism imply that God is not really sovereign at all?

J. I. Packer shows in this new edition to the popular IVP Classics how both of these attitudes are false. In a careful review of the biblical evidence, he shows how a right understanding of God’s sovereignty is not so much a barrier to evangelism as an incentive and powerful support for it.

With over 100,000 copies in print, Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God is truly a classic that should be read by every Christian.

•New edition of a classic work on divine sovereignty and human responsibility

•Challenges extreme views on both sides of the issue

•Outlines a proper incentive and support for evangelism

Includes a Foreword by Mark Dever

JI PackerAbout the Author

J. I. Packer is Board of Governors’ Professor of Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. He also serves as contributing editor to Christianity Today. Packer’s writings include books such as Knowing God (IVP Books), A Quest for Godliness (Crossway), Growing in Christ (Crossway), Rediscovering Holiness (Servant), and numerous articles published in journals such as Churchman, Southwestern Journal, Christianity Today, Reformation & Revival Journal and Touchstone.

Book Details

122 Pages

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

Publication Date: January 2012

ISBN 10: 083083799X

ISBN 13: 9780830837991

HT: WTS Books