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John Piper’s Sermons (Free Download)

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“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.”
(James 1:22-25 ESV)

If there is one thing that characterizes Christians today, I would offer that it is inaction.  No, I don’t mean that we don’t do anything, for we certainly are busy.  But we aren’t making the changes that God prescribes.  Certainly, while 47% of those Americans polled in 2005 said that they attend church on a given Sunday and perhaps qualify as hearers of the Word, sadly the state of affairs in our nation betrays the great void between hearing and doing.  James paints this stark picture by offering two illustrations, one of a man and his mirror, and another and the law.

A Pastoral Call to Action

1. The Hearer Only –

First we must understand this mirror used in the illustration.  It is perhaps the only mechanical object used in a parable or illustration, and is different than our mirrors in many ways.  First, it was not common.  We have mirrors all around us, but they would have to be deliberate to seek one out.  They didn’t know how they looked at every moment.  Second, it was primarily for the wealthy.  Mirrors were made of highly polished metal, and were highly valued.  And third, the image it offered was unclear and obscured.  One did merely glance in the mirror, but would gaze into it to distinguish himself and his features.

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Sermon Corrections: Psalm 19

Unfortunately the sermons we deliver are never perfect.  This is not a reason for frustration, but it is unfortunate that sermons cannot be updated and revised like editions of books.  Or, perhaps that is an apt analogy, since those possessing the first edition inevitably miss out on the further additions.  Similarly, sermon manuscripts can be amended, but its hearers will not benefit from the changes.

I’ll start posting on this blog about my omissions and give detail to vague or unclear concepts as time permits.  To start,  here are some specific observations from Psalm 19 to correct the idea that David simply uses synonyms for the Word of God and relates it to believers:

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On a different note, Rick Holland’s sermon at Crossroads yesterday was a gem. A nugget that lingers with me is the idea that maturity is primarily a developed awareness. Children are unaware of what’s going on around them and how their actions are affecting others. Maturity is the development of that awareness and skill in responding accordingly. It struck me how this is particularly bad news for men, because we seem to be chromosomally programmed to be oblivious.

Dr. Snider is referring to the message on 8/19/2007 entitled Do All to the Glory of God. You may use this link to download the sermons if the direct link does not work.

HT: Theology is Life

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Thoughts on Preaching

Thoughts on preaching from Pastor Paul Martin:

Which leads me to this stunning observation – preaching is odd. Think of it! You are called to labour in the Word, study men’s hearts to figure out how best to get the Truth of that Word into them, then stand and talk (interestingly, not redundantly, but with passion) and your topic is… God! The ineffable, almighty, eternal, good, holy, transcendent yet immanent, Creator of all things – including you (and your voice and mind and heart, etc). And to top it all off, good Christian people sit and labour to listen – working hard to understand what God wants to say through their appointed “stammering tongue.”

I am so glad there is a Holy Spirit. (more…)

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Here are some more conference MP3s recommended by Pastor Steve Weaver.  Of course, he hasn’t listened to them yet, but they’re on his list:

And finally, today in chapel we had a TMS alumni speak from 1 Samuel on the importance of character and a heart for God.  It was exciting and terrifying at the same time, and I guarantee it will stir your heart.  Look for it in a week or two, and mark this date – October 30.

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In Robert Chisholm’s wonderful book on exegesis, I’ve come to the chapter bringing all the tools together and giving examples.  I can’t recreate it all here, but I did appreciate the exposition after seeing all of the rigorous language work that went into it.  For those that wonder about the process that preachers go through, here are the general steps, and perhaps it will be instructive:

Step 1: Viewing the Forest

When working in Hebrew narrative, mark out the literary unit and then develop a tentative outline of each literary unit’s structure/paragraph divisions.  When working in a poetic text, develop a tentative outline of the psalm or speech.

Step 2: Entering the Woods

When working in narrative, develop a working translation of the passage and then outline the basic structure of each paragraph.  When working in poetry, develop a working translation of the passage ad then identify the type of parallelism in each verse.

Step 3: Looking at the Trees

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