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Msg #24017 Hard Hitting Preaching

Msg #24017 Hard Hitting Preaching

What The Bible Says - Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice

Msg #24017 Hard Hitting Preaching

What The Bible Says

Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice

Most Christians today have ample online access to good Bible centered preaching from genuine, real deal, authentic men of God, but then too there is all the other fluff that's out there. Spiritual growth, designed by God, comes when one's daily grazing comes straight from God's Holy Word, and that is followed up by their real, I know your name and address, I prayed for you this morning, Pastor. TV/UTube preachers aside, good preaching, Bible preaching, has some hard hitting, hard lines that land close to home. When the Apostle John's first epistle hits its third chapter you should hear the gentle giant, writing to “my little children”, actively stomping and yelling. Don't live in sin (vr.9) and don't love like Cain did (vr.12). With John's exaggerated emphasis one must say, “Wait, wasn't Cain the worlds first, first degree murderer? Could my lack of love be THAT disdainful?” Look also at the motive attached to Cain's hatred, “Because his own works were evil, and his brother's righteous” (vr.12). Don't be perplexed when the world hates you (vr.13), but the hard hitting truth is this, “We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death. Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him” (vr.13-14). John's overriding concern is that the salvation that I have is the real thing, not just a professed salvation, but a possessed salvation. It needs to be hit just that hard in our day and time.

We mentioned the BAPTISTS acronym making us distinct; Bible as sole source, Autonomous church bodies, Priesthood of all believers, Two ordinances, Individual soul liberty, Saved membership, Two offices, and Separation, particularly having no state run churches.

An Essay for week #17, Apr 28, 2024

Msg in audio at www.GSBaptistChurch.com/audio/gs240428.mp3

07Distinctives www.gsbaptistchurch.com/seminary/landmark/content/baptistdistinctives.pdf

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