Sermons & Discussions – 2016/Mid Feb

 

Prelude

Last weekend I watched a touching and affirming video.

The subject area is a bit outside my normal trajectory and it came from walking in on my cousin, Azziz, as he meditated.

I also watched a sermon forwarded to me by Paul whom I met on my daily commute.  He pointed me to Paris Reidhead’s redirecting indictment, “Ten Shekels and a Shirt“.

 

Videos

  1. Ali Banat
  2. Paris Reidhead
  3. Perry Stone
  4. John Piper
  5. Stuart Olyott

Discussion

Ali Banat

  • Upon going to the cemetery for brother’s burial, came back with the thoughts that after you are gone, there is nothing left behind, just your deeds
  • That is the only thing that will keep you in your grave and be with you till your final destination
  • He who loves to meet Allah, Allah loves to meet him.  And, he who hates to meet Allah, Allah hates to meet him

 

Paris Reidhead

Ten Shekels and a Shirt

  1. Convince bad man that he needs God
  2. The only one reason for repentance is that God deserves worship, adulation, admiration of his heart
  3. If the one repents just to get out of Hell, then one is just a Levi trying to serve God because he does us good
  4. It is not what you are going to get out of God, it is what he is going to get out of you
  5. That’s what the Chinese Christian said, you know, when he got back to China
    What impressed you most about America?” He said, “The great things Americans can accomplish without God.”
  6. This became the call of Moravian missions. And this is our only reason for being…that the Lamb that was slain may receive the reward of His suffering!

 

John Piper

Spiritual Gifts

  1. Given to strengthen other people
  2. Given to be given, they will rot if hoarded
  3. Sent Timothy to strengthen
    • 1st thessalonians ( We sent Timothy, who is our brother and co-worker in God’s service in spreading the gospel of Christ, to strengthen and encourage you in your faith – 1 Thessalonians 3:2 )
  4. Strengthen people so that they are less easily toppled.  And, thus increase their in faith in God
  5. Both are gifts
    • For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you ( Romans 12:3 )
      • Both the gift
      • And, the faith to perform it
  6. The gifted are always at the mercy of Pride
  7.  Profund & Amazing Truth
    • Theology is for sake of Ethics
    • Truth is for sake of Life
  8. Serving Others
    • Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised  (1 st Peter 4:10-11 )
    • Grace can be dispersed through words or deeds
    • Through Words
      • Appealing to God for the words to speak
      • Not seeking attention to Self, but to the Spirit who is trustworthy
    • It is all to God’s Glory

 

Perry Stone

Perry Stone & Bryn Waddell, City Revival Church

  1. Compassion for people is the Key
    • Perry Stone’s father, Fred Stone, at 75 years old, still held a long line of people waiting for prayer
  2. Nehemiah
    • Asking how the people of God are doing
  3. Presence
    • When people get in the presence of God, they change
    • Leaders asking for compassion of God
    • They thy hunger and thirst for God shall be filled ( Matthew 5:6 )

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