WHAT I PREACH AS A PREACHER

What I preach

WHAT I PREACH AS A PREACHER

“For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ!” [Gal 1:10]

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SALVATION IS ALL OF GRACE

Salvation all of Grace

SALVATION IS ALL OF GRACE

preacher Todd Nibert

Of this I am sure. If salvation is not all of grace, I will not be saved. If any aspect of salvation is dependent upon me doing or not doing something, I will not be in heaven. If what Christ did alone is not enough to make me just before God, I will be in hell. If I am not preserved by irresistible and invincible grace, I will fall away. If God does not look to Christ for everything He requires of me, then I have no hope. But thank God, salvation really is ALL of grace. 

Salvation is not dependent upon my doing or not doing something. What Christ did alone makes me just before God. I am preserved by irresistible grace. Everything God requires of me He looks to His Son for. Therefore….saved I must be!

THE EXCELLENCY OF CHRIST

Excellency of Christ

THE EXCELLENCY OF CHRIST

“Who is a God like unto Thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of His heritage? He retaineth not His anger for ever, because He delighteth in mercy. He will turn again, He will have compassion upon us; He will subdue our iniquities; and Thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.” [Micah 7:18,19]

THE DECREE TO SAVE GOD’S ELECT

Bring my sons from afar

THE DECREE TO SAVE GOD’S ELECT

“I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: bring My sons from far, and My daughters from the ends of the earth! Even every one that is called by My name: for I have created him for My glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.” — Isaiah 43:6-7

And as the New Testament further explains, our salvation brings glory to God.
“What if God, willing to shew His wrath, and to make His power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction:
And that He might make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which He had afore prepared unto glory” — Romans 9:22-23

This is what the secular world wants to keep hidden, even from Christians. God created His elect because it pleased Him to see His own glory in their redemption. WE DON’T PLEASE GOD BECAUSE WE’VE CHOSEN TO BELIEVE. WE PLEASE GOD BECAUSE WE BELIEVE, BY HIS WILL ALONE.

“Howbeit when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall he speak: and He will shew you things to come.

He shall glorify me: for He shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.” — John 16:13-14

Does the Holy Spirit guide everyone into all truth?

Nope. But the secular world and even the nominal ‘Christian world’ wants to erase the distinctions between God’s children and the rest of the fallen world. They hate with a passion the Christian’s distinctions, and so they labor to deny those distinctions.

But no man can erase what God has written. All those whom the Holy Spirit leads to faith in Jesus Christ are redeemed, by the will of God alone!

HISTORY BEHIND THE HYMN – ‘IN THE GARDEN’

And He walks with me

HISTORY BEHIND THE HYMN – ‘IN THE GARDEN’

Austin Miles (1868-1946) was a pharmacist turned hymn writer and church music director. He was also an amateur photographer. One day in March, 1912, while in his dark room waiting for film to develop, Miles had a profound spiritual experience in which he saw an incredible vision of Mary Magdalene visiting the empty tomb. He saw her leave the tomb and walk into a garden where she met the Master and heard Him speak her name.

When Miles came to himself his nerves were vibrating and his muscles tense; the words to a new song were filling his mind and heart. He quickly wrote out the lyrics to In The Garden and later that evening composed the musical score. The song was published that same year and became a theme song of the Billy Sunday evangelistic crusades.

In The Garden was recorded on an album by Perry Como in 1950, was sung in the closing scene of the 1984 film Places in the Heart and continues to be a favorite of hymn lovers who treasure that quiet ‘garden time’ with their Savior.

In The Garden

I come to the garden alone,
While the dew is still on the roses,
And the voice I hear falling on my ear,
The Son of God discloses . . .

And He walks with me, and He talks with me,
And He tells me I am His own,
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other, has ever, known!

He speaks and the sound of His voice,
Is so sweet the birds hush their singing,
And the melody that He gave to me,
Within my heart is ringing . . .

And He walks with me, and He talks with me,
And He tells me I am His own,
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other, has ever, known!

And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other, has ever, known!

THE VANITY OF WORLDLY POSSESSIONS

Held many things in my hands

THE VANITY OF WORLDLY POSSESSIONS

“There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing: there is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches.” [Prov 13:7]

“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep, to gain what he cannot lose.” Jim Elliot

“He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for My sake shall find it!” [Matt 10:39]

HOW OLD ARE YOU?

How old are you

HOW OLD ARE YOU?

compiled by Michael Jeshurun

And Pharaoh said unto Jacob, How old art thou?

And Jacob said unto Pharaoh, The days of the years of the my pilgrimage are an hundred and thirty years: few and evil have the days of the years of my life been, and have not attained unto the days of the years of the life of my fathers in the days of their pilgrimage. [Genesis 47:8,9]

MARTYN LLOYD-JONES: It seems obvious, doesn’t it? And yet, this is the thing that we are always forgetting. THAT WE HENCEFORTH BE NO MORE CHILDREN, Ephesians 4:14; no longer children―we START as children.

ROWLAND HILL (1744-1833): Once, seeing an old man―I suppose he must have been seventy or eighty years of age―I asked him how old he was. He looked at me for a time, and faltered in his voice, the tears trickling down his cheeks, and says he, “I am two years old.” “Two years old?” says I. “Ah, sir,” says he, “till a little time ago I lived the life of a dead man; and I never knew what life was till I met the life which is ‘hid in Christ in God.’ Oh, it is a glorious truth; we have a life in God.

RICHARD SIBBES (1577-1635): There are several stages in Christians.

JAMES DURHAM (1622-1658): There are degrees amongst true believers―all have not the same degree of grace, though all have the same grace for kind, and though all be in the same covenant; there are old men, or fathers, young men, and little children or babes, I John 2:12, 13.

THOMAS MANTON (1620-1677): There is a difference in age, growth, and experience―some are babes, and some grown in years, in Christianity.

MARTYN LLOYD-JONES (1899-1981): The first thing that we have to realize is that we all start as children in this Christian life. We are all born again, born anew, we start as babes, as infants. It doesn’t matter what we were before. The greatest intellect in the world when he becomes a Christian starts as a babe, and all his knowledge, and all his learning in other realms is really of no value to him directly in this life. Not that it means that God doesn’t use these gifts later―He does―but a man has to start at the beginning, he starts as a babe. And that is why he needs instruction and teaching just as everybody else needs it. We must realize that we are children.

R.C. CHAPMAN (1803-1902): Receptiveness is characteristic of the new heart; the new-born babe desires the sincere milk of the word, that it may grow thereby.

GEORGE MÜLLER (1805-1898): I fell into the snare, into which so many young believers fall, the reading of religious books in preference to the Scriptures―and thus, like many believers, I practically preferred, for the first four years of my [converted] life, the works of uninspired men to the oracles of the living God. The consequence was, that I remained a babe, both in knowledge and grace.

GEORGE WHITEFIELD (1714-1770): Search the Scriptures with an humble childlike disposition. For whosoever does not read them with this temper, shall in no wise enter into the knowledge of the things contained in them. For God hides the sense of them from those that are wise and prudent in their own eyes, and reveals them only to babes in Christ; who think they know nothing yet as they ought to know; who hunger and thirst after righteousness, and humbly desire to be fed with the sincere milk of the Word, that they may grow thereby.

JOHN GILL (1697-1771): Regenerate persons are not at their full growth at once; they are first children, then young men, and then fathers in Christ.

MARTYN LLOYD-JONES: Now, it is, I say, essential to our growth that we realize these things about ourselves, because if we don’t we’ll never learn, and we will remain children. And it’s tragic! There is nothing I know of that is more tragic than to see Christian people who remain exactly where they always were. They end as children―they end where they began. They thought they’d got everything at the beginning; they’ve never grown. They are spiritual children throughout their lives. And it’s a tragedy! There’s no greater tragedy. They don’t seem ever to have understood the teaching of all these New Testament epistles, the purpose of which is, every one of them, to help us grow.

ROBERT MURRAY M’CHEYNE (1813-1843): There is nothing more distressing in our day than the want of growth among the children of God. They do not seem to press forward, they do not seem to be running a race.

VERNON J. CHARLESWORTH (1839-1915): Once, entering the house of one of his congregation, Rowland Hill saw a child on a rocking-horse. “Dear me,” exclaimed the aged minister, “how wondrously like some Christians! there is motion, but no progress.” The rocking-horse type of spiritual life is still characteristic of too many Church members in the present day. “Grow in grace” is an exhortation but little regarded.

MATTHEW HENRY (1662-1714): They who would grow in grace must be inquisitive.

MARTYN LLOYD-JONES: The intellectual lethargy of many Christians today is undoubtedly their greatest sin.

C. H. SPURGEON (1834-1892): Who desires to be forever a babe in grace, with a half-awakened dreamy twilight consciousness of the Redeemer?

MATTHEW POOLE (1624-1679): We are not to stand at a stay, but grow to maturity.

JOHN CALVIN (1509-1564): We Christians are miserable indeed if we grow old in making no improvement.

ROBERT MURRAY M’CHEYNE: I am persuaded that nothing is thriving in my soul unless it is growing.

THOMAS WATSON (1620-1686): When we stop growing, we stop living and start existing.

C. H. SPURGEON: Why remain a babe in grace? Grow up. Young calves grow fast, especially if they are stall-fed; and thou hast the choice care of thy Redeemer. Grow, then, in grace, and in the knowledge of thy Lord and Saviour.

J. C. RYLE (1816-1900): Communion with Christ is the privilege of those who are continually striving to grow in grace, and faith, and knowledge, and conformity to the mind of Christ in all things,—who do not “look to the things behind,” and “count not themselves to have attained,” but “press on toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus,” Philippians 3:13 & 14.

JOHN WESLEY (1703-1791): How much soever any man has attained, or in how high a degree soever he is perfect, he hath still need to “grow in grace,” and daily to advance in the knowledge and love of God his Saviour.

OCTAVIUS WINSLOW (1808-1878): “How old art thou?” A solemn question to ask ourselves. How old are you in nature? How old in grace?

GOD IS STILL ON THE THRONE!

heavens do rule

GOD IS STILL ON THE THRONE!

“And the Government shall be upon His shoulder!” [Isaiah 9:6]

A classic Hymn by Kittie L. Suffield (1929)

Have you started for glory and Heaven?
Have you left this old world far behind?
In your heart is the Comforter dwelling?
Can you say, Praise the Lord, He is mine?
Have the ones that once walked on the highway
Gone back, and you seem all alone?
Keep your eyes on the prize, for the home in the skies;
God is still on the throne.

Refrain

God is still on the throne,
And He will remember His own;
Tho trials may press us and burdens distress us,
He never will leave us alone;
God is still on the throne,
He never forsaketh His own;
His promise is true, He will not forget you,
God is still on the throne.

Burdened soul, is your heart growing weary
With the toil and the heat of the day?
Does it seem that your path is more thorny
As you journey along on life’s way?
Go away and in secret before Him
Tell your grief to the Savior alone;
He will lighten your care, for He still answers prayer;
God is still on the throne.

Refrain

You may live in a tent or a cottage,
Unnoticed by those who pass by;
But a mansion for you He is building
In that beautiful city on high;
It will outshine the wealth and the splendor
Of the richest on earth we have known;
He’s the Architect true, and He’s building for you;
God is still on the throne.

Refrain

He is coming again, is the promise
To disciples when He went away;
In like manner as He has gone from you,
You will see Him returning some day;
Does His tarrying cause you to wonder,
Does it seem He’s forgotten His own?
His promise is true, He is coming for you;
God is still on the throne.

Refrain

Hallelujah!

FOR WHOM DID CHRIST DIE?

For whom did Christ die

FOR WHOM DID CHRIST DIE?

For WHOM did Christ die? We answer, Christ died for “God’s elect”.

“And she shall bring forth a Son, and thou shalt call His name Jesus: for He shall save HIS people from THEIR sins [Mt. 1:21]. Christ died not simply to render sins pardonable, but “to PUT AWAY SIN by the sacrifice of Himself” [Heb. 9:26].

As to WHO’S “sin” has been “put away”, Scripture leaves us in no doubt—it was that of the elect. “For the transgressions of MY PEOPLE was He stricken [Isa. 53:8]. Again the Lord’s own words are, “I lay down My life for the SHEEP” (not the goats)! [John 10:15]

“Christ did not intend to save those He knew He would not save. If He intended to and NOT FOR THE WORLD. It was the elect that Christ came to save. Since God eternally decreed not to save others Christ would not be engaged in a FOOL’S errand.” [Jonathan Edwards]

Men’s fanciful delusion of an Unlimited Atonement is reduced to this – “IF the sinner believes, then Christ died for him; if the sinner does not believe, then Christ did not die for him; thus the sinner’s act is made the cause of its own object, as though his believing WOULD MAKE THAT TO BE WHICH OTHERWISE WAS NOT”. [A.W. Pink]