James MacDonald on myths attacking the church

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Over at http://www.churchleaders.com they have posted one of Pastor MacDonald’s posts on 4 myths that he describes as „messages crafted for itching ears that damn the souls of men„. Read the entire article here- http://www.churchleaders.com/pastors

  1. The Word of God is not sufficient. The Word of God does not have all of the answers that people need for the complex problems of the 21st-century man. Instead of the message of the Word of God, we need psychology—literally, the study of the soul. Any contributions from psychology have not seriously upgraded what God calls “all things pertaining to life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3). If you have a problem, a burden or a struggle, the answer is not found by running away from God’s Word and going to a counselor, month after month, who never opens the Word of God, who never prays with you or who is not ministering in the power of God’s Spirit.
  2. The word of God is not sophisticated. If you really want to reach people—boomers, Gen-Xers, post-moderns—you need a more sophisticated hook than the Word of God.
  3. The word of God is not settled. The Word is still emerging—the message is still changing. My brother sent me an email about a church that’s attempting to adjust the biblical teaching on the role of women. The rationale they give for explaining away the clear teaching of Scripture is folks like us take a static approach to God’s Word, “but we take a redemptive approach,” they say.My brother wondered what that meant. In essence, they are claiming: “Don’t think the Bible always means the same thing through all of the centuries. We believe the Bible means different things to different people. Centuries ago it meant one thing, but now to modern, more sophisticated culture it means this.”As soon as I hear that, I want to throw up, because that message confirms people in their sin and gives them misguided authority to sin against their own conscience. All around us are those who have adopted the “redemptive” approach to studying the Bible.My greatest concern isn’t even about the role of women—we celebrate women leaders in our church in every area except those restricted by Scripture. My burden, however, is not women preachers, but the perversities in society that are standing in line behind that comparatively innocent issue, waiting to say: “Oh, beautiful! We get to take the parts of the Scripture that are an affront to our perversity and dismiss them as no longer relevant.”It’s the idea that the Word of God is not settled, when it is—that the Bible needs updating, when it doesn’t.
  4. The word of God is not sure or reliable. Christ is not unique, and His unique message is to be rejected in a world of pluralism.We live in a day where the name that is not welcomed is the Name that is above every name.As the God of this age heightens His attack upon this world in these last days, the dividing lines are becoming incredibly clear. I believe with all of my heart that in the days to come, to cross that finish line, it is going to cost us more than it has ever cost us before.It is going to cost us relationships when we continue to proclaim, “Neither is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). We trumpet the message of Jesus, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except by Me” (John 14:6). To those who do not have the Spirit of God within them, the Scripture says, we are the aroma of death, 2 Corinthians 2:16.  People are not kind to those who become a stench in their nostrils.What should we do? Spend all of our time attacking error? Some of that is needed, no doubt. But Paul’s exhortation to Timothy has a lot more to do with actually continuing in his own biblical ministry and being deterred by others.

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    2 Timothy 4:3-5

    For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths. But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

Read the entire article here- http://www.churchleaders.com/pastors

The Names of Jesus

Names of Jesus

from James MacDonald’s sermon December,2011 at Harvest Bible Chapel.via his radio ministry Walk in the Word.

Jesus’s names are most important of all.

Isaiah 9:6 …and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor…

His name shall be called….His name is the most important name…You know you learn so much about someone from their name.

When the Bible tries to describe to us Jesus Christ and who He is and what He is like, it uses names. He has many, many, many names to communicate many things about the manifold nature of His incredible, awesome character.

Let me just read through some of these for you, and just listen and just let them wash over you:

The Bible calls Jesus: Alpha and Omega, Ancient of Days, Anointed One, Bread of Life, Bridegroom, Bright and Morning Star, Brightness of His Glory, Christ, daystar to Arise, Emmanuel, I Am, of course Jesus, Lamb of God, Lily of the Valley, Lion of the Tribe of Judah, Lord of Lords, Light, Mighty God, Morning Star, Holy One of Israel, Good Shepherd, Resurrection and Life, Rose of Sharon, Shepherd, Son of God, son of man, Son of Righteousness, Wonderful Counselor, Prince of Peace and Worthy.

All of these names are statements about Jesus Christ and who He is. You can learn so much about the Savior just by undertaking a study of His name. And so, when the Scripture says „His name shall be called „, that’s the Almighty God designating, „These are the things I want you to know about the Savior, Jesus Christ!”

In fact, in the New Testament the entire drama of the beginning of the church of Jesus Christ… our spiritual descendants, our spiritual parents back how many centuries?… the battle was raging around the subject of His name. From the Book of Acts we learn that they were saved in His name.

  1. And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no othername under heaven given among men by which we must be saved. Acts 4:12.
  2. They were baptized in His name. Acts 2:38 Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins.
  3. They were healed in His name. Acts 3:6. Peter said, „I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!”
  4. They suffered in His name. Acts 5:40 and when they had called in the apostles, they beat them and charged them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. Then they left the presence of the counsel and rejoiced that they were counted worthy to suffer for the name.
  5. Dying for the name Acts 21:13 Then Paul answered, „What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be imprisoned but even to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.”

WOW. Jesus’s names. Names are important. Jesus’s names are the most important of all.

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Gospel Coalition Conf. Audio from Day 2 James MacDonald, Conrad Mbewe, Matt Chandler

Session 5: James MacDonald: „Not According to Our Sins” (Psalm 25)

Session 6: Conrad Mbewe: “The Righteous Branch” (Jeremiah 23:1-8)

Session 7: Matt Chandler: „Youth” (Ecclesiastes 11:7-12:14)

Remaining Scheduled Speakers

Thursday, April 14 (click to watch live)

7:30 AM Don Carson, Tim Keller, Crawford Loritts, Kevin DeYoung, and Stephen Um God: Abounding in Love, Punishing the Guilty
9:30 AM Mike Bullmore God’s Great Heart of Love Toward His Own (Zephaniah)
11 AM D. A. Carson Getting Excited about Melchizedek (Psalm 110)

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