Preaching Doctrine: Healing

Main Idea: Many people have an unbiblical view of healing that exalts physical well-being over spiritual maturity. To protect ourselves from this type of misunderstanding, we need to make three commitments to develop a biblical understanding of the doctrine of healing.

I. Understand the Biblical Purpose of Healing
A. Exalt Christ
B. Establish the Church

II. Affirm the Biblical Priority of Healing
A. Salvation is more important
B. Saints are not guaranteed healing
C. Suffering is commended by God as a tool for spiritual maturity

III. Pursue a Biblical Approach to Healing
A. Pray
B. Call for the elders of the Church
C. Examine your heart
D. Acknowledge God’s Sovereignty over the situation
E. Be thankful, even if God doesn’t heal you

Sermon was a little long (1 hour), but God was gracious and the church were encouraged.


Countdown Begins…And the Work Continues…

I was always told that you wouldn’t start feeling useful on the field until toward the end of your term.  How true this advice has become!  It has only been in the last few months that the opportunity for preaching at Kerusso Bible Church has been opened up.  And now, with less than 60 days to go, I have been invited to train 50 students in evangelism in a city not far from here!  If only these opportunities would have opened up sooner!  Hard to think that we will miss out on opportunities like this as we prepare to return home.  Yet, we are anxious all the more of that day when we step off the plain in Memphis and see friends and family.  Leaving India may be bittersweet, but coming home will be one of the best days of our lives!

Soli Deo Gloria!

A Gospel-Impacted Life (1 Corinthians 15:1-4)

Preached at Kerusso Bible Church in Pune on 31 May, 2009.  We met outside at Bible Centre celebrating the Lord’s Supper and the baptism of Rupali Peters!  The Lord was gracious and it was a wonderful day!

Soli Deo Gloria!

Preaching Doctrine: The Trinity

New sermon audio preached at Kerusso Bible Church in Pune, India on 19 April, 2009.


Soli Deo Gloria!

Preaching at KBC

I was able to preach at Kerusso Bible Church today!  I think it went really well.  We had a large group, including many new people!  There were around 70 people packed  inside the little room in which we meet.  Please listen to the sermon above (about 45 mins) and check out the videos below.
The actual notes I took with me to the pulpit can be viewed here.
Soli Deo Gloria!
Preaching at Kerusso Bible Church!

Preaching at Kerusso Bible Church!

A Dying Man Preaching to Dying People

A Dying Man Preaching to Dying People

Proclaiming Christ

Proclaiming Christ

Sin…the enemy within.


The youth at church are going through a book by Kris Lundgaard entitled The Enemy Within:  Straight Talk About the Power and Defeat of Sin.  Using Paul’s great description of the battle with indwelling sin in Romans 7:14-25, the author notes four key truths about sin:

1.  Sin living in us is a “law

Much like the “law” of hunger or thirst, sin compels and drives us to fulfill it’s desires.

2.  We find this law inside of us

It’s not some philosophical theory, sin is very much present in the lives of all, including believers.

3.  We find this law even when we’re at our best

Even when we try to do good, sin is present to foil our attempts.

4.  This law never rests

No matter how small or minuscule the moment, sin is there waiting to pounce and destroy the believer (and the unbeliever, but he is clueless to the battle).

Further looking at Paul’s battle described in Romans 7, I proposed the following responses to sin for our youth…

1.  Don’t over-estimate your ability to fight indwelling sin

For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is in my flesh; for the willing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not.  For the good that I want to, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want.  (Romans 7:18-19)

We need to be reminded that, in our flesh, their is no ability nor power to withstand the lusts of sin.  Apart from the redeeming work of Christ, our very nature is bent toward the fulfilling of its wicked desires.  If you try to do this in your strength…well, be prepared to fall flat on you face!

This is what happens when you trust in yourself…spiritually speaking!

2.  Recognize it is an inward battle…and feed the “Good” side!

I find then the principle that evil is present in me, the one who wants to do good.  For I joyfully concur with the law of God in the inner man, but I see a different law in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin which is in my members. (Romans 7:21-23)

Indwelling sin is a battle, constantly seeking to destroy us.  War ends in death…and to defeat sin, we must seek its death!  You kill by starving sin in your flesh.  Don’t feed sin with the things that awaken it’s lusts in your life.

But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regards to its lusts. (Romans 13:14)

Flee the evil desires of you, and pursue…..(2 Timothy 2:22)

Don’t feed sin…feed your soul with nourishment from God’s Word.

3.  Flee to the Savior

Wretched man that I am!  Who will set me free from the body of this death?  Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! (Romans 7:24-25a)

This is actually the FIRST thing you are to do when dealing with sin!  Turn to the Lord Jesus for He is the One who is the ultimate victor over sin and death!

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)

When we sin, the first Person we need to run to is Jesus Christ.  The shame of sin may seek to drive you away from him, but that is false.  When we sin, we need to run to Jesus quickly and repent, acknowledging our sin and rebellion…and ultimately receiving that grace which is freely bestowed upon the penitent heart!

Soli Deo Gloria!

Book Review: The Shack

The Shack...don't go there.

Okay, so I finally finished The Shack.  Like I said earlier, it is not popular here in India, and I was not going to spend the money to buy it and have it shipped to me.  So I waited until one of the youth at church was given a copy and asked her to let me have it.  Even though I wrote an earlier post about a few things I was concerned with, I have been busy and just now go around to actually finishing it.

I stand by my earlier assertion that the book strongly devalues important Christian doctrines, especially Sola Scriptura.  William P. Young also spins Adam’s sin in the garden to just trying to be independent.  Actually, it makes one think that sin is really just us foolishly wanted independence from God (p.165,190, 191, 202).  It seems overly concerned with the “potential” of mankind (p.132, 154, 158, 167), even going so far as to insinuate that we are worthy of God’s love (p.163).   There are many other things I noticed, but I will just focus on one.

One of my biggest concerns over the book is that it seeks to redefine sin to just  mankind wanting “independence.”  As I look back over my notes, I fail to see one instance where the author talks about our lawlessness, depravity, and sin.  Compare this with what Paul writes about us in Romans 3:10-23 and Ephesians 2:3

among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature, children of wrath, like the rest of mankind

My question:  If this guy is wrong on his understanding of sin and our total depravity, how can he properly explain the Gospel?  The Gospel must be understood in the context of our deep and abiding depravity.  It is because we are wicked, evil creatures who rejected the Creator, that there is a Gospel message.  Jesus came to die for sinners, not people who wanted independence!

The sad thing about the state of the church in America is that I wish that I could recommend it to everyone.   I would like everyone to see the extreme errors contained in the book.  But then I look and see how many “Christians” are actually embracing this book, and I realize that we have far too many “novices” in the church that a book like this can negatively influence .  Also, in my humble opinion, the book is not well written and leans toward the highly emotional to overcome it’s literary shortcomings.

I am linking to Tim Challies very thorough review on The Shack.  Tim rightly recognizes the influence of the book and has a well-documented defense against it.  I highly recommend reading this, especially if you do plan on reading The Shack. Click Here for Tim Challies review of the Shack (PDF file at bottom of page)

Also, check out Mark Driscoll’s take on The Shack:

With that being said, I strongly discourage anyone from reading this book.

But hey, this guy approved it!

But hey, this guy approved it!