Conviction is the sovereign work of the Holy Spirit! He it is that comes to prove the guilty in his sin to the end that he might turn from his sin and in so turning to lay hold on the Lord Jesus Christ by faith. Conviction is an awesome thing, a terrifying thing, a painful thing, a sobering thing, an uncomfortable thing, a humbling thing, and a shameful thing. It is here, where so many professions are made by God's people - promises to turn over a new leaf, to forsake a particular sin, to go on in more serious endeavor in the Christian walk. Yet, as we know, conviction does not abide forever!! Sadly for many, when true conviction fades, their well-meaning professions fade with it!! Brethren, this ought not to be!!
This message challenges the believer to lay hold on God by faith, to do what one said in the heat of conviction and to make good those broken professions!!
How We Got Our Bible (Pt.10)
As of October 2014, the Bible has been translated into some 2883 languages. This statistic represent a staggering 98% of the world’s population. In spite of this, there are still global projects underway to see the Bible translated into many more languages. God in His infinite sovereign wisdom chose to have the original inspired Autographa written in the languages of Hebrew (Old Testament) and Greek (New Testament). Yet. He did so with the foreknowledge that not everyone in the world would speak these languages, meaning that translations would inevitably have be made.
In this teaching we explore some of the earliest versions of the Bible; Syriac, Latin and Coptic. Moreover, we explore the amazing history of the English Bible from the first ever English translation in 1380 up to the King James Bible of 1611. Whatever way you look at it, courageous men of God gave their lives to give the English speaking people the Word of God in their own language!! The question is, what are we doing with it?
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The exhortation goes forth in this sermon, "Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others". Short, concise, to the point; in one sentence the challenge is brought to centre court! The great scourge of any society is selfishness; that is when a people become wholly consumed with themselves, to the neglect of everyone else around them!! As Christians, we must guard against this wickedness!
A Christians duty most certainly is to provide for his own household, but after that he must turn his eyes upon the needs of others!!
So often, when the Word of God is sounded forth in preaching, many turn to their left and right ensuring themselves that the message is for another and not for them. Yet the parable of the sower which is before us presented in this message is most assuredly for you!! Precious soul, do you find yourself struggling to bear fruit in this Christian walk? Is the Word of God failing to make inroads into your heart so as to produce fruit in your life? Say not what is wrong with the Word of God but say what is wrong with the ground into which it is being sown!!
Four different soils are presented in the parable before us, representing four different conditions of the heart; the wayside, the stony, the thorny and the good. By God's grace, may we be diligent to ascertain in honesty which ground the seed finds itself in this day!
Agur was a man of great conviction, who refused to simply allow himself to drift and to say 'what will be will be'!! Unlike Agur, so many today are inclined to allow themselves to go blindly on in this life, living in complete ignorance as to their own spiritual condition! Two great perils...two great woes...are presented in this message that ought be the fear of every true believer! Two great things that we ought enquire of God in this generation of spiritual apathy; firstly that we might be kept from spiritual blindness and secondly that we might be kept from being hearers only and never doers!!
As you listen to this message, it is my prayer that you would not be satisfied with the status quo!! God indeed is calling His people to a deeper walk in the day in which we live, may God lift the scales from our eyes that we might see our TRUE spiritual condition and in seeing, do something about it!!
How We Got Our Bible (Pt.9)
In comparing the figures for the amounts and dates of the available manuscripts for classical Greco-Roman authors with that of the New Testament, there is no way that the charge can be levied against the New Testament that we cannot know what originally written whilst at the same time quoting authors of classical antiquity. This is because New Testament scholars have at their disposal some 5800 Greek manuscripts of the New Testament, some dating within decades from the original manuscripts. In short, if one is to dismiss the Bible as being reliable, then on what basis and authority does that one have to say that he knows anything of ancient secular history, seeing that the standard by which ancient history is derived, namely the manuscript evidence is absolutely eclipsed when held in comparison against the Bible!!
In this teaching we examine the manuscript evidence for the New Testament and ask the question, 'Is the Bible that we have in our hands today what was originally written down?'
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