Burnings in the Soul Recap

“But His Word was in my heart
        like a burning fire
Shut up in my bones;
I was weary of holding it back,
And I could not.”
– Jeremiah 20:9

We kicked off the “Fear of God” conference today with the “Burnings in the Soul” men’s luncheon. It was such a blessing to gather together and listen to various men share what God has set ablaze in their souls as they have wrestled with the Word of God for months in preparation for this conference; not only considering the Fear of God in general, but also many specific areas of our lives that it affects, such as (to name a few): evangelism, the mortification of sin, salvation, and many others.

As we approach the time of the conference, we ought to be asking ourselves, “Has the fear of God affected my own life and thinking?” We will be seeking to explain some of the evidences that the fear of God has taken hold of our hearts on a far deeper level as the conference progresses.

If you were unable to attend the conference this year for any reason, you can tune into the conference livestream and listen to the main sessions.

May God give us people whose hearts have a burning passion to advance His Kingdom!

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Fear of the Lord Definition

What is the fear of the Lord?  Here is Dr. Carlton McLeod’s personal three-fold definition:

  1. The fear of the Lord is the love, reverence, awe and passion that prompts the believer to obey God.  It is that state of mental and emotional sanctification where the believer sees God as holy and a reverent trembling results.  It is the necessary characteristic of Christian discipleship where total obedience to the commands of Christ is seen as a loving response to a loving God.
  2. It is a behavioral restraining element even in the heart of those who do not follow Christ.  In other words, it is a cultural acknowledgment within man’s conscience of the Law of God (Ro 2:15).  It is a necessary component of any Godly and moral society.
  3. It is the understanding that God will one day judge the earth and all who ever lived.

 

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Can’t Make it to This Year’s Conference?

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Questions to Consider About Repentance

Questions about the Protestant Reformation

What do you believe was the heart of the protestant reformation?
What particular reforms of the Protestant Reformation have been the most helpful for us today?
Which reforms did not happen during the Reformation, that are happening today?
What was the result of the Protestant Reformation and what can we learn for reformation in our own times?
Which doctrines of the Protestant Reformation do you resonate the most with?

Questions about Repentance

How do you define repentance?
What is repentance?
What is the source of repentance
Why would Luther say that the heart of the Christian life is repentance?
What is the difference between worldly sorrow and godly sorrow?
What is the relationship between faith and repentance?
Who is the object of repentance?
Is repentance necessary for salvation?
Is repentance a long time thing  or a one time thing? How so?
Why is repentance necessary?
What does true repentance look like in salvation?
What are the critical passages of scripture that speak to repentance?

Questions about true and False repentance

What does false repentance look like?
Tell us a story of true repentance?
Tell us a story of the fruit of true repentance.
Tell us a story of what turned out to be false repentance?
How repentance works in everyday life
What does repentance look like in the home?
What does repentance look like between husband and wife?
What does repentance look like in a pastor?
What does repentance look like between church members?
What does repentance look like in the church?
What does repentance look like in a nation?
What are the fruits of repentance?
What is the relationship between repentance and reformation?

Questions about reformation

What should we learn about the protestant reformation for our own times?
What does reformation look like in an individual?
What is family reformation?
What kinds of reforms are necessary in family life today?
What does church reformation look like?
What does it look like when a nation repents?
Is Reformation an one-time thing or is it a continuing thing?
What is biblical reform?
Who do you feel are some of the most important people who are involved in church and family reform?
How reformation is handled well and poorly
How does one implement reformation in family?
How is family reformation handled poorly?
How is church reformation handled poorly?
What are some of the errors in church reformation of the past?
What were some of the errors of the protestant reformation?
Who is qualified to be a reformer?
Reformation today
What do you think are some of the key reformations needed in the home
What do you think are some of the key reformations needed in the church.
If there was a Reformation of thinking what would it look like
What common culturally acceptable ideas need repentance and reformation?
What common culturally acceptable behaviors need repentance and reformation?
Often pastors do not call for repentance… , but what should pastors need to do to help their people reform their lives according to scripture… ?
What are the world, the flesh and the devil doing to keep us from repenting?
Why do churches ignore important reforms?
Who do you think are the people in the world who are calling for reformation?
Who are the modern day reformers?

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What Love Looks Like, Part 1


1 Corinthians 13 contains fifteen distinctive marks of love.  In this message Scott Brown identifies the first six of these marks. There are two critical matters to grasp. First, notice that in each one of these marks of love, you can see the greatness of the mercy of God toward sinners. These marks of love are marks of the power of Jesus Christ and His love. Second, It is very important to personalize this chapter. Here is one way you can do so: as you read it, replace your name with love. Then, since you are a member of the body of Christ, replace the name of our church with love.  Here are the six marks of love identified in this message,

1. Love Suffers long when a wrong is done
2. Love is kind when an unknindness is committed
3. Love does not envy when someone else prospers
4. Love does not parade itself when someone
5. Love is not puffed up when wanting to be somebody
6. Love does not behave rudely when responding to others

We deserve the wrath of God for our impatience, lack of kindness, our envy, our parading ourselves our puffed up, our rudeness… We have all done these things.

What should we do? Turn to the only One who always loved perfectly in our place, for “if anyone sins we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the Righteous.” He manifested each of these ways of love perfectly to save those who have mangled each one of them through sin.

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The Fear of God and the Impoverished Church by Gary Powers

This morning at the Fear of God conference, Gary Powers gave a message titled The Fear of God and the Impoverished Church.

Gary Powers makes it clear that there is a famine in the land – a famine of preaching the Word of God. Why? He contends that there is a famine in the land because there is no meat in the storehouse. One of the reasons there is no meat in the storehouse is because people are not tithing. The prominent reason a church cannot support a full time pastor is that the people are not prioritizing giving. He makes it clear that the fear of the Lord is the heart of the matter because the tithe was given to help the people learn to fear the Lord. Deut 14:22. Bunyan said, “there was a man, some called him mad, the more he gave, the more he had.”

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Fear of God Conference – Day 2 Recap

Day 2 of the “Fear of God” conference was a beautiful and blessed day. We have included some pictures below of what’s been happening around the conference. We enjoyed more messages by some of our speakers

John Snyder started off the day by going to Isaiah 11, and speaking on the delight of Christ to fear the Lord. He is our ultimate example, thus if it delighted Christ to fear His Father, then shouldn’t we follow His example and delight in fearing Him as well?

Next, we had Jeff Pollard come and speak to us about the blessings that Paul lays out in 2 Corinthians, and the importance of not being yoked with unbelievers. And he asked a question that we should all ponder: What are you drawn to? You are either drawn towards God, or towards the world. Do you hear the world, and desire it more than Christ? Carefully ponder these questions, and examine yourself.

Next we had Carlton McLeod, who spoke about the importance of trembling upon hearing the Word of God. What is your response when you hear the Word of God preached, especially when it is a passage that speaks against a particular sin in your life? Are we quick to repent and obey God, or do we harden our hearts, and try to twist the Scriptures such that the interpretation is in our favor?

Sam Waldron continued by showing that God had promised that he would implant the fear of God in the hearts of His people at the time of Jeremiah! He took us to Jeremiah 32, where God speaks of the many promises that He said He would bestow on His people. One of these glorious promises was that He would implant in the hearts of His people a perpetual, holy, and filial fear of Him. “[T]hat they may fear me forever” (Jeremiah 32:39).

To end the day, Anthony Mathenia preached from the book of Jonah, speaking about the lessons that we can learn about the fear of the Lord from the life of this prophet. We ought to ask ourselves, “Are we seeking to obey the Lord, or are we looking for every excuse and spending resources to disobey Him?” Jonah’s disobedience had a negative effect on Jonah both physically, and especially spiritually. It is no different with us.   

If you are joining us on the livestream, we will be beginning again tomorrow morning at 8:30am with Joel Beeke, where he will be seeking to show the connection between the fear of God and Bunyan’s view of God.  We hope that you will be able to join us!

Here are some pictures from the day:

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The Fear of God Conference – Day 1 Recap

It was a blessed day here in Asheville, NC as we kicked off the 2016 NCFIC conference titled, “The Fear of God.” It started with the “Burnings in the Soul” men’s luncheon, and continued later on this evening with keynote messages by Scott Brown and Joel Beeke.

As a lead off for the conference, Scott Brown spoke on the eight different kinds of fear that are spoken of as you read through Scripture. Not all fear is sinful fear, though there are many manifestations of sinful fear. There is also a holy fear, a filial fear of God that is found in the hearts of believers. What we fear is what we worship. What or who do you fear?

Scott Brown then did an exposition of Psalm 128. This Psalm makes it absolutely clear that, far from the fear of God being this terrible and scary thing (as the world and the devil would want you to believe), it actually sweetens every area of our lives. Not the sinful, dreadful fear of an unbeliever; but the humble and pleasing fear of a true child of God. It is a fear that propels us away from our sins, and draws us near to God and brings peace to our souls. It is the greatest gift of salvation! What could be sweeter?

For the last session of the night, Joel Beeke took us to the book of Ecclesiastes to speak on the importance of the fear of God. The whole message of this book boils down to this: Do everything in the fear of God. Only those who fear God experience meaningful lives. This is just another example from the pages of Scripture that the fear of God is not just this slavish and terrible fear. There is a child-like and holy fear that should be manifested in the lives of those who name the name of Christ.

If you are listening in to the livestream of the conference, we will be beginning again tomorrow morning at 8:50am as John Snyder will be taking us to Isaiah 11, when he will be speaking of the Lord Jesus Christ’s delight “in the fear of the Lord” (Isa. 11:3).

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Burnings in the Soul Recap

“But His Word was in my heart
        like a burning fire
Shut up in my bones;
I was weary of holding it back,
And I could not.”
– Jeremiah 20:9

We kicked off the “Fear of God” conference today with the “Burnings in the Soul” men’s luncheon. It was such a blessing to gather together and listen to various men share what God has set ablaze in their souls as they have wrestled with the Word of God for months in preparation for this conference; not only considering the Fear of God in general, but also many specific areas of our lives that it affects, such as (to name a few): evangelism, the mortification of sin, salvation, and many others.

As we approach the time of the conference, we ought to be asking ourselves, “Has the fear of God affected my own life and thinking?” We will be seeking to explain some of the evidences that the fear of God has taken hold of our hearts on a far deeper level as the conference progresses.

If you were unable to attend the conference this year for any reason, you can tune into the conference livestream and listen to the main sessions.

May God give us people whose hearts have a burning passion to advance His Kingdom!

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Fear of the Lord Definition

What is the fear of the Lord?  Here is Dr. Carlton McLeod’s personal three-fold definition:

  1. The fear of the Lord is the love, reverence, awe and passion that prompts the believer to obey God.  It is that state of mental and emotional sanctification where the believer sees God as holy and a reverent trembling results.  It is the necessary characteristic of Christian discipleship where total obedience to the commands of Christ is seen as a loving response to a loving God.
  2. It is a behavioral restraining element even in the heart of those who do not follow Christ.  In other words, it is a cultural acknowledgment within man’s conscience of the Law of God (Ro 2:15).  It is a necessary component of any Godly and moral society.
  3. It is the understanding that God will one day judge the earth and all who ever lived.

 

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Can’t Make it to This Year’s Conference?

Join us live online for free by visiting the Fear of God Live Stream Page! Each of our main sessions will be broadcast live and recorded for future playback. By registering for the live feed, you will also gain access to the saved videos which will be made available for 30 days following the conference.

Learn More and Register to Attend

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What Love Looks Like, Part 1


1 Corinthians 13 contains fifteen distinctive marks of love.  In this message Scott Brown identifies the first six of these marks. There are two critical matters to grasp. First, notice that in each one of these marks of love, you can see the greatness of the mercy of God toward sinners. These marks of love are marks of the power of Jesus Christ and His love. Second, It is very important to personalize this chapter. Here is one way you can do so: as you read it, replace your name with love. Then, since you are a member of the body of Christ, replace the name of our church with love.  Here are the six marks of love identified in this message,

1. Love Suffers long when a wrong is done
2. Love is kind when an unknindness is committed
3. Love does not envy when someone else prospers
4. Love does not parade itself when someone
5. Love is not puffed up when wanting to be somebody
6. Love does not behave rudely when responding to others

We deserve the wrath of God for our impatience, lack of kindness, our envy, our parading ourselves our puffed up, our rudeness… We have all done these things.

What should we do? Turn to the only One who always loved perfectly in our place, for “if anyone sins we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the Righteous.” He manifested each of these ways of love perfectly to save those who have mangled each one of them through sin.

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Fear of God Devotional: What Can Modern Christians Learn from the Life of Noah?



Ken Ham explains that Noah was a man of great faith who feared God, as evidenced by the fact that Hebrews 11 lists him in the “Hall of Faith.”

Though the whole world had rebelled against God, Noah feared God and obeyed everything that God told him to. Even when perhaps he did not understand why he was building an ark and even though he and his family suffered from scoffing friends and relatives, he remained faithful to what God commanded him to do.

As fathers and leaders of our own family, we ought to follow Noah’s example and lead our family in the ways of the Lord, no matter how difficult it may be or what people might say. Psalms 18:21 says, “For I have kept the ways of the Lord, and have not wickedly departed from my God.” When we fear truly God, we think less of ourselves and more on pleasing God and remaining obedient to His commands.

Hebrews 13:6 (NKJV) – “So we can confidently say, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?’”

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Do you Love All Christians?

William Grimshaw was one of the preachers of the English revival during the times of John Newton, George Whitefield, John Wesley and William Wilberforce. Grimshaw was a large hearted Christian who loved all those who had embraced Christ, even though their views might be different from his. This is documented in Faith Cook’s biography of Grimshaw,

“Grimshaw stood out to a marked degree against much of the contention which involved many of his contemporaries in sharp altercations. He had a genuine love for all true Christians, whatever their denominational label, declaring, 

‘I love them and will love them and none shall make me do otherwise, and my house shall always be open. To them all.’

Like his friend, Whitefield, he could say,

‘Do not tell me you are a Baptist, an Independent, a Presbyterian, a Dissenter; tell me you are a Christian, that is all I want; this is the religion of heaven, and must be ours upon earth.

Grimshaw was aware of the damage which can be wrought within a church or body of believers by an insistence on party labels about commonly held fundamental beliefs, and he wrote in his ‘Experiences’:

“By these means Satan stirs up disputes, contentions, and controversies about opinions and doctrines; and then divides the church of Christ into sects and parties… They [would] have it believed that if men hold not so, they are not to be saved; as if the right and hop of salvation depended rather upon opinion or what we hold, than with what we are in Christ Jesus.?”1

Notice also how Grimshaw protected his flock by avoiding controversy he deemed unprofitable,

“[Grimshaw] kept nothing back from his people that he thought profitable; but he did not think it to their profit to insist upon subjects of controversy, which as they are usually managed, rather alienate the minds of religious professors from each other than promote love, peace or holiness. He zeal was too ardent, his time too precious…The sense he had of the evil of sin, the worth of souls, the nearness of eternity, and the love of the Savior filled his heart and raised him far above a systematical accuracy.”2

1. Cook, Faith. William Grimshaw of Haworth. Edinburgh: Banner of Truth Trust, 1997. Print. p. 244
2. Cook, Faith. William Grimshaw of Haworth. Edinburgh: Banner of Truth Trust, 1997. Print. p. 229-130

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Fear of God Devotional: What Can Modern Christians Learn from the Life of Noah?



Ken Ham explains that Noah was a man of great faith who feared God, as evidenced by the fact that Hebrews 11 lists him in the “Hall of Faith.”

Though the whole world had rebelled against God, Noah feared God and obeyed everything that God told him to. Even when perhaps he did not understand why he was building an ark and even though he and his family suffered from scoffing friends and relatives, he remained faithful to what God commanded him to do.

As fathers and leaders of our own family, we ought to follow Noah’s example and lead our family in the ways of the Lord, no matter how difficult it may be or what people might say. Psalms 18:21 says, “For I have kept the ways of the Lord, and have not wickedly departed from my God.” When we fear truly God, we think less of ourselves and more on pleasing God and remaining obedient to His commands.

Hebrews 13:6 (NKJV) – “So we can confidently say, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?’”

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