Sermon Sunday – C.H. Spurgeon – Feeding Sheep or Amusing Goats?

September 29, 2013 at 1:51 pm | Posted in Sermon Sunday | Leave a comment
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Feeding Sheep or Amusing Goats

C.H. Spurgeon

An evil is in the professed camp of the Lord, so gross in its impudence that the most shortsighted can hardly fail to notice it. During the past few years it has developed at an abnormal rate, even for the evil. It has worked like leaven until the whole lump ferments. The devil has seldom done a more clever thing than hinting to the Church that part of her mission is to provide entertainment for the people, with a view of winning them. From speaking out as the Puritans did, the Church has gradually toned down her testimony, then winked at and excused the frivolities of the day. Then she tolerated them in her borders. Now she has adopted them under the plea of reaching the masses.

My first contention is that providing amusement for the people is nowhere spoken of in the Scriptures as a function of the Church. If it is a Christian work, why did not Christ speak of it? “Go ye….” into all the world and speak the Gospel to every creature. That is clear enough. So it would have been if He had added, “and provide amusement for those who do not relish the Gospel.” No such words, however, are to be found. It did not seem to occur to Him. Then again, “He gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers…for the work of the ministry.” Where do entertainers come in? The Holy Spirit is silent concerning them. Were the prophets persecuted because they amused the people or because they refused? The concert has no honor roll.

Again, providing amusement is in direct antagonism to the teaching and life of Christ and all of His apostles. What was the attitude of the Church to the world? “Ye are the salt,” not the sugar candy….something the world will spit out, not swallow. Short and sharp was the utterance: “Let the dead bury the dead.” He was in awful earnestness!

Had Christ introduced more of the bright and pleasant elements into His mission, He would have been more popular when He and His disciples went back, because of the searching nature of His teaching. I do not hear Him say, “Run after these people, Peter, and tell them we will have a new kind of service tomorrow, something short and attractive with little preaching. We will have a pleasant evening for the people. Tell them they will be sure to enjoy it. Be quick, Peter; we must get the people somehow!” Jesus pitied sinners, sighed and wept over them, but never sought to amuse them. In vain will the epistles be searched to find any trace of the gospel of amusement. Their message is, “Come out, keep out, keep clean out!” Anything approaching fooling is conspicuous of its absence. They had boundless confidence in the Gospel and employed no other weapon. After Peter and John were locked up for preaching, the Church had a prayer meeting, but they did not pray, “Lord, grant unto Thy servants that by a wise and discriminating use of innocent recreation we may show these people how happy we are.” If they had ceased not for preaching Christ, they had not time for arranging entertainments. Scattered by persecution, they went everywhere preaching the Gospel.

They “turned the world upside down.” That is the only difference! Lord, clear the Church of all the rot and rubbish the devil has imposed on her, and bring us back to apostolic methods.

Lastly, the mission of amusement fails to effect the end desired. It works havoc among the young converts. Let the careless and scoffers, who thank God because the Church met them halfway, speak and testify. Let the heavy-laden who found peace through the concert not keep silent! Let the drunkard to whom the dramatic entertainment has been God’s link in the chain of his conversation, stand up! There are none to answer. The mission of amusement produces no converts. The need of the hour for today’s ministry is believing scholarship joined with earnest spirituality, the one springing from the other as fruit from the root. The need is Biblical doctrine, so understood and felt that it sets men on fire.

 

Yom Kippur

September 28, 2009 at 5:04 pm | Posted in Christianity | Leave a comment
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Today is one of the holiest days of the year for the children of Israel. If you don’t know, today is Yom Kippur. Yom Kippur means “Day of Atonement” in Hebrew. It is a very special day, with a lot of meaning for both Jews and Christians. Some of you may not understand why this is important to Christians, but I hope to explain that.
To understand what the Day of Atonement means, we have to look at what happened on that day and what its purpose was. When Yom Kippur was started, it was as Israel was traveling through the wilderness after leaving Egypt. It was the beginning of the second year and Moses had just set up the tabernacle (Exodus 40:17). When the tabernacle was finished, the glory of the Lord descended and no one could enter the tabernacle. The Lord called to Moses from the tent of meeting, and over the next month, laid out exactly what was expected from His people and His priests. He explained the offerings and how they were to be done. He gave them laws about cleanliness, diet, and morality. He also made sure that they knew how serious this was. When two of Aaron’s sons, Nadab and Abihu, came to God with strange fire, He incinerated them on the spot and told Aaron (through Moses) that He was to be treated as holy (Leviticus 10:1-3).

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DOTW 03/11/09 – Cleansed

March 11, 2009 at 6:30 am | Posted in Designs of the Week | Leave a comment
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This week’s design is called Cleansed. It is a design meant to remind us that we need to be cleansed of our sin. In Hebrews 10:4 the Bible says that it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to cleanse us of our sins. For our sins to be taken away, there had to be something more permanent. The blood of bulls and goats could only cover our sins. The problem comes when we see that because man is the one who brought sin into the world, and because all men after Adam have been born into sin, it is impossible for man to do anything to pay for his sin.

 

For us to be cleansed of our sins, we need a spotless Lamb. We need someone who has never sinned. The Bible says that this is exactly what happened. The Son of God, Jesus Christ, came to earth and lived among men as one of them. There was one important difference between Christ and other men. Christ was without sin. He never once transgressed the law of God and did everything that He was supposed to do. Because Jesus was without sin, He could be the propitiation (substitute) for us. Because Jesus was the seed of God (promised back in Genesis 3:15), He didn’t inherit the sin nature passed down through Adam. Jesus spent 33 years on earth. The last 3 ½ years, He spent preaching the truth of God to all those in Israel who would listen.

 

Unfortunately, many of those who heard the message didn’t like it. They didn’t like to hear about their sins or how those sins would send them to hell. Sadly, not much has changed in 2000 years. Man still doesn’t like to hear about his sin (lying, stealing, lusting, coveting, etc.) and he still hates those who preach the message of repentance. He still doesn’t like to be told that many of the things that he likes to do are seen in God’s eyes as sin. Because man can’t reach God or attack Him, he often takes out his anger on those who represent Him by mocking them, insulting them, and even killing them. But, no matter how much sinful man doesn’t like to hear their need to repent, it doesn’t change the truth.

 

The truth is that sin will be paid for one of two ways. One way that the Bible says sin will be paid for is when man is sent to hell to pay for those sins. This is hard for us to understand and to accept, but it is the truth. If we don’t have our sins paid for, they will be in hell. The other way that sins are paid for is through the blood of Jesus. Because Jesus a man who had no sin in His life, He could substitute Himself for us and reconcile us to God. Because He is the Son of God, that substitutionary sacrifice could be applied to all of those who would repent of their sins and call them what they are. The blood of Jesus cleanses man of all his sins and reconciles him to God.

 

Please understand this truth and take a look at your life. If you have not been cleansed of your sins through the blood of Jesus, please repent. Hell is not a myth and it’s not a joke. It’s a horrible place of torment that lasts for eternity. Be cleansed through the blood of Jesus and put your faith in Him.


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