Randy Jaeggli’s recent alcohol book has been the source of unnecessary controversy. Following blatant misrepresentations by people who seem determined to miss its point (and whose real argument is with the biblical record), it’s been pulled so he can rework and clarify it. (This response from BJU to one of the critiques is helpful.) However, Dr. Jaeggli preached an abbreviated (or I might say, um, distilled) version of the book in a sermon delivered in chapel at BJU last spring: “Abstaining from Alcohol.” Give it a listen. He’s hardly a libertine on the issue.
Here are a few other sermon mp3’s that you may find helpful:
- There are few issues more important to the faithful ministry of God’s people than our understanding of the Spirit’s work of illumination. We know that we’re dependent on God’s Spirit to oven the eyes of the lost. (Well, we should.) However, Scripture repeatedly records inspired prayers that God would open the eyes of believers so that they will grow (as in Ephesians 1 and 3). Those passages, reinforced by John Owen’s writing on illumination (which we studied at the OBF Pastor’s Conference at the suggestion of Mark Minnick) and the central place prayer has in Acts 6:4-defined ministry all contributed to this message which I preached earlier this summer. It’s changing my understanding of preaching and personal ministry, and it’s been useful for our church family. You might give it a listen.
- I owe the thoughts behind a message on compassionate evangelism to a diaper bag which was left behind by my friend Ben, a missionary candidate from “the state up north.” When Ben stopped by my home to retrieve it, we fellowshipped over Christ’s person-to-person ministry in Matthew 8-9. I preached on the passage several years ago, when I highlighted the various displays of Christ’s power. Justly so. But with Ben’s encouragement to “see the story behind the face,” I preached it again, this time with a focus on the displays of Christ’s compassion. It’s convicting, life-changing stuff, and it should motivate “Compassionate Evangelism.” Thanks, Ben!
- Joe Tyrpak is as burdened about the proper use of the Psalms in corporate and private worship as anyone I know. He’s writing metrical psalms (some are here, others are coming) and writing and preaching on why we should be singing the psalms. Last night he preached a message on how the Psalms should affect our prayer lives, citing the early church’s use of Psalm 2 in Acts 4 as an example. It was a tremendous message, and it’s available here.
- Dave Conant is a dear friend of mine. He came to Christ through TCBC’s ministry around 10 years and has grown like a weed sense then (or, as Joe says, “like a tree planted by rivers of water”). We asked him to share his testimony during a recent series on moral purity at TCBC, essentially because this young, handsome, and successful graduate of a liberal state college here in Ohio arrived at his wedding day not even having held his beautiful fiance’s hand. How does that happen? Well, what he shares regarding “strategies for moral purity” has less to do with safety nets and accountability than it does with finding “Superior Pleasure in Christ.” It’s a compelling description of what should be normal Christian living, especially in the last 15 minutes when he shares his testimony. There’s a key lesson here: purity from sin has more to do with running after Christ than running away from temptation. I thank God for Dave, am privileged to minister with him, and commend his teaching and testimony to you. SDG.
- Finally, I enjoyed fellowshipping with Dick and Holly Stratton of Clearwater Christian College last week at Peniel Bible Camp. There messages (5 from Dick to the entire camp and 4 from Holly to the ladies) will be up here very soon, Lord willing. What a blessing they were, repeatedly and intentionally pointing us to Christ. I can’t imagine another couple with whom I am more likeminded. I praise God for them!
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