....We cannot find God without God. We cannot reach God without God. We cannot satisfy God without God - which is another way of saying that our seeking will always fall short unless God's grace initiates the search and unless God's call draws us to him and completes the search.
If the chasm is to be bridged, God must bridge it. If we are to desire the highest good, the highest good must come down and draw us so that it may become a reality we desire. From this perspective there is no merit in either seeking or finding. ALL IS GRACE. The secret of seeking is not in our human ascent to God, but in God's descent to us. We start out searching, but we end up being discovered. We think we are looking for something; we realize we are found by Someone. As in Francis Thompson's famous picture, "the hound of heaven" has tracked us down. what brings us home is not our discovery of the way home but the call of the Father who has been waiting there for us all along, whose presence there makes home home.
- Os Guinness, The Call: Finding and Fulfilling the Central Purpose of Your Life (emphasis mine)
"Don’t you know, young man, that from every town and every village and every hamlet in England, wherever it may be, there is a road to London? So from every text of Scripture there is a road to Christ. And my dear brother, your business is, when you get to a text, to say, now, what is the road to Christ? I have never found a text that had not got a road to Christ in it, and if ever I do find one, I will go over hedge and ditch but I would get at my Master, for the sermon cannot do any good unless there is a savor of Christ in it."
Dr Alistair Begg was at Southern Seminary recently to preach three messages for the E Y Mullins Lectures. His last message on "Preaching the Gospel from Revelation" is a must hear - it is an artful blend of preaching, biblical theology and exhortation with the gospel running through the whole message.
Preaching the Gospel from Ecclesiastes
Preaching the Gospel from Acts
Preaching the Gospel from Revelation
If you want to hear more of Dr Alistair Begg, you can go to Truth for Life.
I was master of my fate, lost control, and then I sank So I don't want to take the lead, 'cause I'm prone to make mistakes All these folks who follow me, goin' end up in the wrong place So just let me shadow you, just let me trace your lines Matter of fact, just take my pen, here, you create my rhymes 'Cause if I do this by myself, I'm scared that I'll succeed.
And no longer trust in You, 'cause I only trust in me And see, that's how you end up headed to destruction Paving a road to nowhere, pour your life out for nothin' You pulled my card, I'm bluffin', You know what's in my hand Me, I just roll and trust you, You cause the dice to land I'm in control of nothing, follow You at any cost Some call it sovereign will, all I know is you the boss And man, I'm so at ease, I'm so content I'll play the background, like it's an instrument"
Two great Bible Study resources have been made available in BETA version on the web! Both are currently free to use.
One resource is at MyStudyBible.com. This is the electronic version of the HCSB Study Bible and includes additional commentaries, dictionaries and word studies. Mouse over the text of the HCSB Study Bible and you will get the Greek/Hebrew meaning for the word.
Another is Biblia.com; and it is built off the excellent LOGOS Bible Study platform. You can sign in for a free account and gain access to the ESV Bible and a selection of commentaries, books and other resources.
Pastor Josh Moody preached at Southern Seminary Alumni Chapel today. He gave a message from 2 Tim 4:1-8 and laid out the vision for Biblical Ministry. To the question of how do we do ministry, he lays out four Principles:
1. We do ministry by having a vision of God's judgement v.1 2. We do ministry by having a single vision - to preach the Word v.2 3. We do ministry by having a realistic vision v.3-5, we need to develop in our congregation a taste for God's Word 4. We do ministry by having a future vision of Heaven v. 6-8