Fear of God Devotional: Does Reformation Require New Ideas?



Does reformation involve new ideas and changes?

Paul Thompson explains in this video that generally, the church has bought into a methodology that is secular and worldly. To pursue reformation does not involve doing something new but turning to the ancient paths of Scripture. Often, when we strive to conform with Scripture, we are met with opposition. 

Even though there might be opposition, we must continue to faithfully preach that Scripture is sufficient. Reformation does not involve coming up with new ideas but it involves a returning to what God has said. 

Hebrews 4:12 (NKJV) – “ For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” 

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Fear of God Devotional: The Word of God Reforms Everything



How can a father be intentional about reforming his life?

Paul Thompson explains in this video that a reformation of thinking involves a follower of Christ bringing everything under the subjection of Scripture. All aspects of life must be governed by Scripture. 

He explains that a father ought to be a blessing to his children and his wife. A father must be intentional about how he lives. He ought to strive to have aspect of his life lived in accordance with Scripture. At his workplace, he must work as though he is working for God – his whole mindset needs to be constantly reformed. He must ask himself, “How do I put the glory of God on display always?”

1 Corinthians 15:58 (NKJV) – “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”

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Live Read2018 Webinar – Scott Brown and Justin Huffman



Jimmy Ferebee and I recently discussed the things we read over the past week as we are reading through the Bible. This discussion is about 20 minutes. Our hope is to give some practical insights for families for the reading from the past week in Kings-Chronicles and John.

You can view the webinar here.

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Fear of God Devotional: Nothing In My Hands I Bring



What does true repentance look like?

Paul Carrington explains in this video that true repentance looks like a man who has been undone. He’s been broken down, he sees his own poverty. Repentant people realize that there is nothing in their hands that they can bring to somehow merit salvation or repentance. They must cling to the cross. 

We have nothing at all that we can bring to God. We owe Him everything. There is a recognition that we cannot save ourselves. We can see plenty of examples of true repentance throughout Scripture in the lives of David and Paul. A repentant person is humble — Paul continues to refer to himself as the “least of all the saints.”

Ephesians 3:8-9 (NKJV) – “To me, who am less than the least of all the saints, this grace was given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to make all see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who created all things through Jesus Christ.”

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An Ordinary Life together



In this series, “Joined and Knit Together,” we are casting vision and setting expectations for life at Hope Baptist Church. I would like to address the virtue and the power of an ordinary Christian life. God has given particular ways for His people to live. I would like to both explain and glorify the simple life that God calls His church to engage in. To become a church member is to enter into this simple world of rhythmic discipleship. This simple way of living is countercultural, but we are called to be strangers in a strange land. As the elders of Hope Baptist, we want our congregation to be deeply invested in that rhythm. We want them to make it the center of their life and the launching pad for everything else. To this end, I submit the following five categories of thinking:

I. The virtue of an ordinary Christian life engaged in the ordinary means of grace.
II. The current cultural environment fights against the ordinary means of grace.
III. The importance of the “regulative principle of worship.”
IV. The weekly rhythms of activity at Hope Baptist.
V. A call for the beautiful ordinary supply of God.

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Fear of God Devotional: Repentance in Our Children



How can we teach our children about repentance?

Joel Beeke explains in this video that when a child says that they’re sorry for doing something and there is no fruit to repentance, you as a parent should encourage your children to not merely say words but to ask God to help them truly repent and pray for repentance. 

We need to tell them that God alone can give true repentance. You as a parent ought to show your children what repentance looks like. It should be easy for a parent to come to a child and repent to your children. We as parents need to humble ourselves and be able to confess our sin to our children. 

Proverbs 22:6 (NKJV) – “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.”

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Fear of God Devotional: How Does Reformation Happen Today?



How does reformation happen today?

Rob Ventura explains in this video that when we say, “Semper Reformanda” we are not looking for something that we haven’t discovered yet. Rather, we are going back to the Bible. This is a key thing for us to keep in mind today. 

Reformation goes back to the Bible. It examines current practices in light of Scripture. We must be willing to go wherever Scripture takes us. No matter which topic is involved, we have to consider what Scripture says.

The Bible addresses all matters. We must open our Bibles, prayerfully consider whether our lives align with Scripture, and learn from those who have gone on before us. 

2 Timothy 3:16 (NKJV) – “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.”

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The Most Satisfying Food



Jesus life was shaped exclusively by the will of His Father, as we see in His interaction with the woman at the well. Not only is the conversation with the Samaritan woman the longest single running dialog in the gospels with an individual, she is the first recorded person in the Gospel of John who is born again. During this conversation, Jesus reveals His priority for His church. If you asked the average member in an evangelical church, what is the primary purpose of the Local church? What would you hear? In John 4:27-42, Jesus answers this question in no uncertain terms.

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Fear of God Devotional: What Does Repentance Look Like?



What does repentance look like in the life of a Christian?

Rob Ventura explains in this video that repentance is the continual disposition of the Christian. We see our sin and it saddens us. We are grateful that we can even repent because we understand that is a gift of God. 

Repentance in the life of a Christian is not penance. It is the movement of the heart towards God. It is a confession to God that we have sinned against Him and have done evil against Him and a plea for forgiveness. 

Romans 7:18 (NKJV) – “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find.”

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Revivals and Reversals (2 Kin. 19 – 1 Chron. 10; John 7-10)



Jimmy Ferebee and I recently discussed the things we read over the past week as we are reading through the Bible. This discussion is about 20 minutes. Our hope is to give some practical insights for families for the reading from the past week in Kings-Chronicles and John.

You can view the webinar here.

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Fear of God Devotional: How Can Words Sometimes Indicate Repentance?



How can our words indicate if we are truly repentant?

Sam Waldron explains in this video that although of course it’s not the same in every case, merely saying “I’m sorry that you’re upset” or “Well, I apologize” is generally not an indication that you are truly sorry for what you did to the other person.

It is oftentimes necessary to say words like: “I have sinned” and “will you please forgive me.” If we shy away or abstain from using those words, it might be an indication of unrepentance.

James 5:16 (NKJV) – “Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”

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Fear of God Devotional: When a Nation Repents



What is the effect of a nation that repents?

Rob Ventura explains in this video that when a nation seeks after God and repents, they turn to God’s Word. They honor it. When a nation repents, God will hear them and forgive them. 

When leaders turned from their sin and followed after the Lord, they were a blessing to that nation instead of a blight. We need to pray for our leaders and pray for repentance. 

2 Chronicles 7:14 (NKJV) – “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” 

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You May Believe: Intro. John



“Christ is the whole of man's happiness, the sun to enlighten him the physician to heal him a wall of fire to defend him the friend to comfort him the pearl to enrich him the ark to support him the rock to sustain him under the heaviest pressures…” Isaac Ambrose

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Fear of God Devotional: True Repentance Is Without Excuses



What is a characteristic of false repentance?

Joel Beeke explains in this video that a person who demonstrates false repentance never truly repents. You often sense it in the language of people. They say things like, “If I have done anything wrong, please forgive me.” The problem is that they are not acknowledging that they have sinned. When there is false repentance, there is always some holding back or an excuse.

Repentance is unconditional. There are no excuses. People who truly repent acknowledge that they have sinned. In the Gospel of Mark, we read about the blind man, Bartimaeus. God had mercy on him and healed him. Just like him, we are blind – spiritually. We need God to heal us. 

Hebrews 10:26 (NKJV) – “For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins.”

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Am I a True Worshiper



Jesus and disciples are making a bee-line to Galilee, going straight through Samaria when Jesus meets a Samaritan woman by a well. This is the longest dialog of Jesus with a single person recorded in the Bible. This conversation leads to revival in a city. In the text before us, we are midstream in the conversation with the woman. Jesus points out to her that the result of drinking brackish water is a brackish life of one failed relationship after another. Her life is rooted and grounded, not ln the love of God, but in the waters that she’s been drinking. And now Jesus explains to her the outworking of this great malady. The heart of her malady has to do with her empty worship. She has never experienced true worship in “spirit” and in “truth,” that comes from treasuring God above all else.

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