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Biblical, Doctrinal, Experiential, and Practical

Experiential preaching, then, teaches that the Christian faith must be experienced, tasted, and lived through the saving power of the Holy Spirit. It stresses the knowledge of scriptural truth “which [is] able to make [us] wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus” (2 Tim. 3:15). Specifically, such...
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Assurance Is Normally Attained by the Use of Ordinary Means

Westminster Confession 18.3 goes on to say that, “being enabled by the Spirit to know the things which are freely given him of God, [the believer] may, without extraordinary revelation, in the right use of ordinary means, attain” to assurance. Anthony Burgess said the believer has a lifelong call to...
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How Christ Blesses Our Children

As we engage in various ways to bring our children to Jesus, let us be urgent but never desperate. Even when we do not immediately see the fruits of faith in our children, let us have a quiet confidence in God, who knows how to work in our children in...
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The Inspiring Contagiousness of Submission

…the real issue is not how many afflictions we experience but whether those sorrows bring us into sweet submission before God as we surrender everything to him. Would you sacrifice your most cherished hopes and dreams if God asked you to? Jephthah’s daughter did and set an example for thousands...
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We are uniquely made

And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion…. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the...
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Enjoying Friendship with God

Pastors who are constantly bombarded with information and intrusions on their time and attention via cell phones, BlackBerries, the Internet, and iPods may think it’s impossible to find more time to commune with the Lord. But what is your primary calling as a pastor? Unless you are marketing spiritual novelties...
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The Blessedness of Christian Law-Keeping

Law-keeping blesses believers in many ways. Here I will expound just three major ways it does so: 1. The Law as an Objective Guide to Evidencing Justification The Puritans taught that the role of good works in the Christian life is to confirm and demonstrate one’s justification. While the Antinomians...
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The pursuit of illumination

What does this mean for the unbeliever? It means that you should be smitten with grief over your willful blindness to Jesus Christ. You are guilty for your blindness, for your heart hates the light. You resist the Holy Spirit. You deserve for God to hand you over to Satan’s...
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Deliverance from Worldliness

God delivers His people from worldliness in three ways: 1. Initial deliverance. Every true work of grace in the heart of a sinner includes radical deliverance from the world and a lifestyle of worldliness. The umbilical cord that tied us to the womb of worldliness is cut when we are...
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Experiential preaching is applicatory

Experiential preaching is applicatory. It applies the text to every aspect of the listener’s life, promoting religion that is not just a “form of godliness” but also the “power” of God (2 Tim. 3:5). Robert Burns (1789–1869) says that experiential religion is “Christianity brought home to ‘men’s business and bosoms.’”...
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