The Dire Need for Expository Preaching Pt 2

22. November 2013 01:49 by Edward L. Smith in   //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)

Today part 2 of 3 of “The Dire Need for Expository Preaching”

Jeremiah 29:31-32

31 “Send to all the exiles, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord concerning Shemaiah the Nehelamite, “Because Shemaiah has prophesied to you, although I did not send him, and he has made you trust in a lie,” 32 therefore thus says the Lord, “Behold, I am about to punish Shemaiah the Nehelamite and his descendants; he will not have anyone living among this people, and he will not see the good that I am about to do to My people,” declares the Lord, “because he has preached rebellion against the Lord.”’”

 

The charge of preaching the gospel is a momentous calling, one that must be taken seriously. Preachers of this 21st century are primarily preachers who preach topically from this text to that text, to this book to that book, on this subject to that subject on a weekly basis. This system of preaching leads to malnourishment in the Body of Christ.  We wonder why there is such a breakdown in our community and society; that breakdown stems from the breakdown in the pulpit’s of America.

 

All of my Christian experience has been in my local inner-city community so my call to a reformation in the pulpit starts there and then spreads abroad. It is high Time 4 Reformation in the way urban inner-city preaching is done. Most urban and inner-city communities are black so with great encouragement I say, it has not always been this way in the black Church. I found great encouragement when I read the book “The Faithful Preacher” by Thabiti Anyabwile. This book covered three African-American pastors; Lemuel Haynes, Bishop Daniel Alexander Payne, and Dr. Francis Grimké. These gentlemen in my opinion were expositors of their time.

 

“Lemuel Haynes reminds us to view the pastoral ministry from the vantage point of eternity

And the accounting that pastors will give to the Lord of the Church. Daniel Alexander Payne

Instructs us on how preparation and education, both in intellect and character, affect the minister

And the people in his charge. And Francis Grimké challenges us too remember that the Church

And the pastor, as they confront the world and its problems,

Are first and foremost to preach the gospel and to live the gospel.

                                                                                                                               ~ Thabiti Anyabwile

 

I am sounding the horn that there must be a resurgence in Expositional Preaching. While there are some very notable Black/African-American expositors such as Thabiti Anyabwile, Anthony J. Carter, Ken Jones, Michael Leach, and Eric Redmond. Louis Love, H.B. Charles Jr., E. K. Bailey, George Waddles, Bryan Carter, and Maurice Watson. This is a very notable but short list but my issues are not with these “larger” name preachers. Each of these men has large to semi-large congregations and the comforts to be expositors. But my call is to the more influential preachers. Who are they? They are the preacher/pastors who serve God’s people that make up smaller congregations of 20 – 100 people on a weekly basis. These several thousand spiritual leaders must return to weekly expositional preaching. Sadly many of them just don’t know how this is done. So with the space I have left I want to issue a warning and then on tomorrow morning, Saturday November 23, 2013, the “how-to”, if you will, on how to do expositional preaching.

 

WARNING! WARNING!

Warning! Non-expositional preaching leads to a ministry such as Shemaiah the Nehelamite. God was going to judge Shemaiah and his descendents because he preached false messages that actually lead God’s people in rebellion against God. This is where non-expositional leads. God takes preaching seriously, i.e. Jeremiah 14: 13 – 16

 

Jeremiah 14:13-16

13 But, “Ah, Lord God!” I said, “Look, the prophets are telling them, ‘You will not see the sword nor will you have famine, but I will give you lasting peace in this place.’” 14 Then the Lord said to me, “The prophets are prophesying falsehood in My name. I have neither sent them nor commanded them nor spoken to them; they are prophesying to you a false vision, divination, futility and the deception of their own minds. 15 Therefore thus says the Lord concerning the prophets who are prophesying in My name, although it was not I who sent them—yet they keep saying, ‘There will be no sword or famine in this land’—by sword and famine those prophets shall meet their end! 16 The people also to whom they are prophesying will be thrown out into the streets of Jerusalem because of the famine and the sword; and there will be no one to bury them—neither them, nor their wives, nor their sons, nor their daughters—for I will pour out their own wickedness on them.

 

Warning Preach Expositional!

Jeremiah 28:15

Then Jeremiah the prophet said to Hananiah the prophet, “Listen now, Hananiah, the Lord has not sent you, and you have made this people trust in a lie.”

 

Sadly this is the state of many preachers and for those who are called I call you to preach expositional! Heed these Scriptural warnings.

The Dire Need for Expository Preaching

20. November 2013 01:39 by Edward L. Smith in   //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)

The Dire Need for Expository Preaching Pt. 1

Amos 8:11
"Behold, days are coming," declares the Lord God, "When I will send a famine on the land, Not a famine for bread or a thirst for water, But rather for hearing the words of the Lord.

1 Timothy 4:13

Until I come, give attention to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation and teaching.

2 Timothy 4:1-4
I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus…preach the word…For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires.

What does it mean to "preach"? & What constitutes a "good" sermon? There is a extremely serious and drastically urgent crisis in America & its high Time 4 Reformation!

Every since the days of Noah in the book of Genesis there has been preaching, preaching comes in many ways, shapes, forms, & fashion based upon the individual that God has called to preach His Word. But there is a cancer inside the Church of God that no-one is addressing, especially in the inner city black community of faith. It is high time for preachers to return to Expositional Preaching. Any preaching that is not done Expositional is no preaching at all. The sad thing is many people don't know what Expositional Preaching is.


There is only one form of preaching that is acceptable unto God and that is expository preaching and if expositional preaching is the only true form of preaching then What exactly is Expositional Preaching?

First off expository preaching is Biblical preaching; meaning that the preacher starts with a text, explains the text, applies proper biblical illustration and application from the text, then finishes when the text finishes.

Secondly expository preaching puts fourth before God's people what God has said, what God's Word mean, & what God's Word now requires from the hearer.

Expository preaching has been explained this way through history:

John Calvin: Expository Preaching is the public exposition of Scripture by the man sent from God in which God Himself is present, in judgment and in grace.

 


J. I. Paker: The true idea of preaching is that the preacher should become a mouth piece for the text. Opening it up and applying it as a word from God to its hearers, talking only in order that the text itself may speak and be heard.

 

 

Martyn Lloyd-Jones Accuracy, faithfulness to the Biblical text ─ must be the hallmark of Biblical preaching. That is why it must be expository preaching.

 

MLJ is simply known as the Doctor, the Doctor also adds:

I believe, as I have been indicating, that in preaching the message should always arise out of the Scriptures directly and not out of the formulations of men, even the best men....I would emphasize again that while doing all this you must always be expository! Always expository! If you follow the method I have been advocating you will be expository, because as these [Scripture] texts have hit you, you will have paused and looked at them, and have examined them, and then have worked out your skeletons [outlines]. In other words your [outlines] are the headings of an exposition.

 

Lastly here MLJ says, “Expository preaching is that method of proclaiming the Scriptures that takes as a minimum one paragraph of Biblical text (in prose narrative or its equivalent in other literary genre) and derives from that test both the shape (i.e. the main points and subpoints of the sermon) and the content (i.e. the substance, ideas, and principles) of the message itself. Each of the items in this definition are worthy of some further argumentation.”

So in conclusion expository preaching is simply letting the text speak for itself!

 

The reason I believe that its Time 4 Reformation in today’s preaching is because the current trend of topical “preaching” is demonstrative and is miles apart from what the Church has experienced throughout Her history. Preaching today goes similar to this structure; the preacher starts with a text, mentions some things about God, and focuses the majority of his time on getting the topical point of his sermon across. Then the he comes back to his text and from there draws to a conclusion with a mentioning of Jesus with a big hoopla grand finale. Sorry, but that ain’t preaching.

 

One of the saddest things I’ve personally experienced is that this generic style of topical preaching makes congregations ignorant of God’s Word and who God is. The average pastor in our church culture today is one week in the gospels, the next week in a epistle, the next week ripping a text out of context from the Old Testament, and then again back somewhere in the New Testament the next week. We are so num to this approach that many who read this will see nothing wrong with that approach. So let’s imagine a teacher in our public schools took this approach in teaching math, English, or history. Would you stand for it? Would you accept this form of explanation and teaching in the secular realm? For example the first week of school in math they teach addition the next week division, then the next week fractions and finally they teach subtraction. Does that make any sense at all? No it doesn't but more importantly would you stand for it? No you wouldn’t. You would demand a proper system of educational teachings to teach your children, likewise you should demand a proper system of teaching that clearly and concisely teaches you about who God is and what God’s Word teaches.

 

I plead with all preachers obey Paul’s command to Timothy, preach the word! There may be times when there is a subject of focus that dominates the sermon but that should not be the weekly diet the Church lives on. On Friday November 21, 2014 I’ll post part 2 on this subject and show you the how to’s of a expository sermon that you will see the great benefit in this powerful approach to preaching.

 

“I do not approve of the method whereby you take a subject...and then think and work it out for yourself, and then look for texts which will be convenient pegs on which to hang these thoughts of yours on the subject. That is what I am opposing. The matter should always be derived from the Scriptures, it should always be expository. And if you are true to the teaching of the Scriptures you will find that you will cover all the different aspects of truth, and do so in a very much better way than by trying to work these things out for yourself in a more or less philosophical manner.” – MLJ

Jesus: The Author & the Finisher of Our Faith

7. November 2013 18:17 by Edward L. Smith in   //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)

Today is Friday November 8, 2013 and I want to share a thought with you as I prepare to preach this coming Sunday November 10, 2013. My sermon text will be “Looking unto Jesus the author and perfecter of our faith” Hebrews 12:2. The sermon title is taken directly from the text “Jesus: the Author and Perfecter of Our Faith”. As I was studying and preparing I came across one of my Hebrews 12:1 witnesses that I often look to for wisdom and thought that these thoughts we be a benefit and blessing to you. Please take a minute and read an insert from a sermon called “Looking Unto Jesus" by J. C. Ryle that he preached a few moons ago.

 

 

Looking Unto Jesus ~ J. C. Ryle

In the phrase "looking unto Jesus," it is useful and interesting to remember that the Greek word which, in our English Bible, we render "looking," is only found here in the New Testament. Literally translated it means "looking off,"—looking away from other objects to one, only one, and looking on that one with a steady, fixed, intent gaze.

 

And the object we are to look at, you will observe, is a PERSON,—not a doctrine, not an abstract theological dogma, but a living Person; and that Person is Jesus the Son of God. How much matter for thought lies there! Creeds and confessions are the necessary invention of a comparatively modern age. The first and simplest type of an apostolic early Christian was a man who trusted, and loved, a living Divine Person. Of head knowledge, and accurate definitions, perhaps he had but little store. Very likely he would have passed a poor examination in a latter day theological school. But one thing he did know: he knew, believed, loved, and could have died for, a living Saviour, a real personal Friend in heaven, even Jesus, the crucified and risen Son of God. Well would it be for the Churches of the nineteenth century, if we had more of this simple Christianity among us, and could realize more the Person of Christ.

 

But, after all, the grand question which rises out of the text is this: What is it that we are to look at in Jesus? If we are to live habitually fixing the eyes of our mind on Christ, what are the special points to which we are to have regard? If "looking unto Jesus" is the real secret of a healthy, vigorous Christianity, what does the phrase mean?

 

I answer these questions without hesitation. I dismiss as insufficient and unsatisfactory the idea that the Lord Jesus is only set before us here as an "example, and nothing more." I hold with that great divine, John Owen, who was once Dean of my own college at Oxford, that "He is proposed to us as one in whom we are to place our faith, trust, and confidence, with all our expectation of success in our Christian course." I consider there are four points of view in which we are intended to "look to Jesus," and I shall try, briefly, to put these four before you in order.

 

http://www.biblebb.com/files/ryle/looking_unto_jesus.htm

 

If you desire to know his four points I included the link to which you can read the entire sermon in its entirety.

 

Unlike Ryle I don’t have 4 points but three and here they are.

1.       Jesus the Object of our Faith

2.      Jesus the Author of our Faith

3.      Jesus the Perfecter of our Faith

 

As you can tell there is only one goal of this sermon and that is pointing people to Jesus. The Apostle Paul is very influential to me and my ministry, looking at the simple subject title and simple subject points I pray that I can be like my mentor and preach with power.

 

Paul said in 1 Corinthians 2:1 & 2, I came to you, brethren, I did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God. For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.

 

Pray the Puritan Prayer for preachers on my behalf. Here is a sample:

My Master God,
I am expected to preach today,
but go weak and needy to my task;

Yet I long that people will be edified with divine truth,
that an honest testimony will be given for you.

Give me assistance in preaching and prayer,
with heart uplifted for grace and passion.

Present to my view things pertinent to my subject,
will fullness of matter and clarity of thought,
proper expressions, fluency, fervency,
a deep emotion to accompany the words I speak,
and grace to apply them to people’s consciences…

Give your power to the truth preached,
and awaken the attention of my slothful audience.

May your people be refreshed, melted, convicted, comforted,
and help me to use the strongest arguments
drawn from Christ’s incarnation and sufferings,
that people might be made holy.

I myself need your support, comfort, strength, holiness,
that I might be a pure channel of your grace,
and be able to do something for you.

Give me then refreshment among your people,
and help me not to treat excellent matter in a defective way,
or bear a broken testimony to so worthy a redeemer,
or be harsh in treating Christ’s death, its design and end,
from lack of warmth and fervency.

And keep me in tune with you as I do this work.

In the Name of the Only Begotten Son of God

Who are the Author and Finisher of our Faith.

SDG

Reformation Day 2013

30. October 2013 16:09 by Edward L. Smith in   //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)

Ecclesia Reformanda Semper Reformanda Sola Scriptura

For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. Romans 1:17

 

 

 

Ecclesia Reformanda Semper Reformanda Sola Scriptura is exactly what was in the mind and heart of Martin Luther on October 31 1517. Although these terms were not yet coined they do describe the passion of the monk turned priest by the name of Martin Luther. Luther took a trip to Rome and seen several abuses by the Roman Catholic Church to which he was a monk, professor, and teacher to. Two of the main issues that drove Luther over the edge were; 1) The selling of indulgences or the selling of God’s grace. 2) Justification by Grace Alone through Faith Alone according to the Scriptures Alone.

 

In the wisdom of Luther he knew that on November 1 there would be Roman Catholics who would be going through the doors of the Wittenberg Church in Germany being duped in the selling of indulgences so he posted his now famous 95 Thesis. Luther never intended to start a controversy or to start a Reformation, if you will, he simply had at heart to stop the abuses that the authorities in the Church at Rome were committing on the people. Initially Luther did not even set out to break away from the Catholic Church. His hope was, believe it or not, that the authorities and even the Pope would read the 95 objections, repent and change the practices.

 

Every Christian ought to be thankful because this would be the spark that begin the blaze of what we now know as the Reformation. The Church needs to constantly look back on these events and then take inventory were they are in their present time. This is why the phrase “Ecclesia Reformanda Semper Reformanda Sola Scriptura” is so fundamental. The phrase is Latin but translated to English it says The Church Reformed always Reforming to the Scriptures Alone. During the days Luther the Word of God was hidden from the people and the traditions of Roman Catholic Church were levied upon the people. The church was in its dark stages without the Light of the Gospel and this is why the church needed to be Reformed. If you aren’t familiar there were five keys or Five Solas to the herald in reforming the Church and the Church today is in need of these five pillars.

 

Ø  Sola Scriptura/Scripture Alone ~ This is still an objection in 2013. Scripture Alone is sufficient for the Christian’s life, faith, and worship practices. People should not completely denounce tradition BUT tradition should NEVER trump the teachings of the Scriptures. The problem with our modern day Church is that we prompt our traditions and beliefs above Scripture when we, our life, our worship should be under and humbly submissive to the Word of God Alone.

 

Ø  Sola Christus/Christ Alone ~ The Scriptures clearly teach that there is one mediator between God and men and His name is Jesus Christ. Jesus Himself clearly taught in the Gospels that He came to give His life as a ransom for the sins of man. The first man Adam propelled sin into our world and the second man Jesus Christ dispelled sin. Jesus sacrifice on the cross ALONE is merit enough for mans salvific justification.

 

Ø  Sola Gratia/Grace Alone ~ Not by man’s works lest all men would boast but salvation is by Grace Alone. Salvation is the gift of regeneration that God gives to sinful man that the scale of sin may be removed from their eyes and their souls cleansed and faith realized. Without this gift of grace from God no man would seek God and no man would come to place faith in God.

 

Ø  Sola Fide/Faith Alone ~ “I dare not trust in the sweetest frame but wholly lean on Jesus name” is one of the lyrics from the hymn Christ the Solid Rock and it, in my opinion, embodies the rallying cry of the Reformation Sola Fide. The Christians’ hope is rooted in putting their faith in Jesus Alone and not trusting in the whimsical faulty speculations of this world. Faith in Christ is our solid Rock.

 

Ø  Soli Deo Gloria/Glory to God Alone ~ When salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, taught from the Scriptures alone only one person can get the glory and that is God alone. Modern day Christianity will give a mental accent to this but in practice and belief in salvation they are severely man centered with a twinge of emotional hype. In all that we do we do it to and for God’s glory alone!

 

October 31, 2013 Time 4 Reformation

In today’s Church it is time for a renewal of Reformation. It’s time that today’s church turn back from its man centered beliefs and practices and traditions to a robust Reformed Theological platform. Today’s Church in many ways is not much different from the indulgent selling Roman Catholic church. We have recently witnessed an uproar around the world that exposed false teachers & “prophets”, a man centered emotionally driven movement, and doctrines that are being taught that are another Gospel within themselves. Do a careful study for yourself and you will soon see that the Roman Catholic Church of the 16th century in much alive in the 21st century. It is alive not just in its Catholic circles but alive in spirit and practice of several evangelical Churches. Church it’s Time 4 a modern day Reformation!

 

We have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.

Hebrews 10:21-25

 

Bibical Manhood

3. October 2013 00:41 by Edward L. Smith in   //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)

Psalms 111:9 

He has sent redemption to His people; He has ordained His covenant forever; Holy and AWSOME is His name. 

 

I want to share some reflections from my past weekend of worship. I had the privilege of returning where it all began for me with my walk with Jesus Christ. It all began for me in a small Church on the upper north end of Flint, MI named Faith Baptist Temple pastored by Rev. Freelon Threlkeld.  Most often I attended there still under the influence and extremely sleepy.   But that never stop the pastor or the people from showing me love. That was some 14 years ago, wow how has time flew by.  This past Sunday, September 29, 2013, I actually returned to preach their first annual Men's Day Program and it was honestly a different experience for me. 

 

Normally on a Sunday morning there are nerves, gitters and goose bumps but the feeling was much different this time around. I was expecting to see lots of men present but what I didn't expect to see was so many of them that was my elder. I tell you a truth, there was a towering presence of mature, masculine, well dressed, good looking men in that place. I was also surrounded by several family members that really encouraged me with their presence. The theme was "Men Becoming Disciples".

I did my best to encourage them that if they genuinely wanted to become disciples they first had to A) be saved. The call to discipleship is a call to salvation. B) There was going to be a dramatic change that was going to be needed but they couldn't do it in there own strength they had to rely on the power of God to change there lives. C) I challenged them to the truth that their submission and change was needed to be immediate and in some cases dramatic. You can have no relationship greater than the one you have with Jesus if you're going to be His disciple. 

 

Understanding that great responsibility of standing before men with that message I also understood that I personally needed to be living that out. That's why today I want to talk about an aspect of Manhood I was not able to address. There should be a picture of Biblical Manhood in every father. Probably the biggest issue facing men today is fatherhood. Way too many boys are growing up without their father in their lives. I can say in that regard I have been tremendously blessed. Biologically speaking I didn't grow up with my father in my home. I grew up with a man that exemplified how men ought to be. My dad's name was John Vorrice Sr. I saw him live out every aspect of manhood a boy needed to see. I saw the good, the bad, and the down right ugly but the best part about it was I saw the ugly get redeemed. When my dad got saved and begin attending worship services at Faith Baptist Temple I grew the greatest respect for him and the man he was. Aside from the spiritual facet I also saw him care for, provide for, and protect our family just as a father should.

 

While I learned fatherhood from my dad God did send him some help. As mentioned above my first pastor was Rev. Freelon Threlkeld and while being indirectly influence I also was ignorant to the grace of God that was being shown to me through this man. My other massive spiritual influence was my second pastor Rev. Marcellus Wade. Pastor Wade was my first Bible teacher that I paid attention too. My dad and Pastor Threlkeld were great influences but I needed a hard smack on the head and God choose Pastor Wade to do it. Attending worship services under the leadership of Pastor Wade is where God, in His Sovereignty choose to bring me to faith in Christ, get married, and have me all of my children baptized. Currently I sit under the leadership of Rev. Jeffery Hawkins who has taken over the pastorate since the death of Pastor Wade. Pastor Hawkins is a great servant of God and another dominate influence in the area of fatherhood. Throughout Pastor Hawkins' trials and tragedy as a father he has proven to be an earthly towering example of manhood and fatherhood in my life.

 

If that wasn't enough grace being showered on me, the one person that I haven't mentioned is now my daily mentor. My biological father Vance Montgomery is today my biggest inspiration. He wasn't saved when I was a child but now every morning Monday - Friday he teaches me spiritual lessons via text message from his daily devotion. I wish I could put in words the joy I receive with every message I receive from my father. As a man among men I am blessed. 

 

I have given this brief synopsis to illustrate the point I sought out to make on Sunday. Boys need good strong men in order to enter into manhood and dare I say Biblical Manhood. From John Vorrice Sr., Pastor Threlkeld, Pastor Wade, to Pastor Hawkins and my daily mentoring from my father Vance Montgomery I can boldly say I am a man. I am not a man because of my age but as I have been trained and walked in the footsteps of the men above I have learned exactly what manhood looks like.

 

A lot like the  last point of the sermon I continually make changes in my life in order that I can be the man God desires for me to be. 

 

I could not be the man I am today without those men influences. I am eternally grateful to these men and I wish all boys had the influences that I have had. As a man I have footsteps to walk in, shoulders to stand upon, and a legacy to pave my way. My call to men is this,  Men it's Time 4 Reformation in the idea of Biblical Manhood &  Biblical Fatherhood.  men it  time for od us to be Towering models of Biblical Manhood through your fatherhood. The best way is through discipleship. If I didn't have these men in my life I would just be a boy in a man's world. I'll start the discipleship process with my children, you start with yours and as God brings others into our lives; men lets be examples of God the Father as we model fatherhood to boys as they grow into manhood. 

 

SDG 

Men Becoming Disciples

28. September 2013 08:37 by Edward L. Smith in   //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)

Sunday September 29, 2013 at 4pm I have the unimaginable privilege of returning to the place where my walk with Jesus began to preach at their Men's Day Service. The theme of the program is "Men Becoming Disciples" with a Scriptural theme being Matthew 4: 18 ~ 22.

 

The sermon topic and text has already been chosen but I would love to share the outline with you.

Outline:

In the text we see three things that are going to help us Men Become Disciples. Jesus makes 3 powerful statements in our process of discipleship.

1.      Jesus gives us a Command to follow

2.     Jesus takes ownership in Creating in us a heart for discipleship

3.     Then Jesus calls for an immediate Change

Jesus gives a command, Jesus creates, and Jesus calls for a change. Men if you want to be a disciple you MUST come under Jesus command, submit to His creation in you, and walk in His change.

 

My goal and desire is to point to the fact that Jesus call to discipleship is what makes men, men. In order to become a disciple you must follow Jesus in the way He calls you to follow Him. As we will explore this call we will see it is like the old saying, "Swallowing a horse pill".

 

I will be discussing text like:

Matthew 16:24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.

 

 

And its counterpart, Matthew 10:38 And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.

 

There is practically a blessing with following Jesus but also there is an inevitable curse with NOT following Jesus or shall I say Becoming His Disciple.

 

My hearts desire is to point out both in which both men and women will see their great need for Jesus. Please pray for me and if your schedule allows please come and fellowship.

 

The name of the Church is:

Pastor Freelon Threlkeld

Faith Baptist Temple

1073 E. Grand Blvd

Flint, MI 48505

September 29, 2013 @ 4pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Time To Reform What?

25. September 2013 11:45 by Edward L. Smith in   //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)

Time To Reform What?

Romans 12:1-2 
Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

The name of this blog is Time 4 Reformation, but time to reform what? This is NOT directly a reference to the historic reformation but more so a reference to our current culture. We live in a world today that is in utter chaos, but what is being done about? Nothing! Our Churches are pragmatic and our neighborhoods are scurrying here and there just trying to make it. Come sometime and join me walking the streets of Flint, MI where I live and see for yourselves that we are on a utter train wreck.

Some say, "If only there were more jobs" & others say "the government needs to do more for our revitalization” but what change is that really going to bring? Some even go so far as to say we need more inner city programs. I won't deny those things will help but that won’t bring lasting hope. Well, they say, the churches need to do more...Really? Do more what? Do more banquets, more services, and more annual events? Do more what?

I was told a long time ago that the definition of insanity was to do the same thing over and over again and expect new results. It's just not possible. Most churches have the same programs this year that they had last year and will have the same next and wonder why people aren't growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity (2 Peter 3:18). So I won't to help by encouraging you to consider that it's Time 4 a Reformation.

 

Time 4 Reformation is a Biblical statement. Some time ago I was reading in the book of Hebrews and this passage of Scripture grabbed a hold of me. Take a look:

Hebrews 9:8-14
The Holy Spirit is signifying this, that the way into the holy place has not yet been disclosed while the outer tabernacle is still standing, which is a symbol for the present time. Accordingly both gifts and sacrifices are offered which cannot make the worshiper perfect in conscience, since they relate only to food and drink and various washings, regulations for the body imposed until a time of reformation.   But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things to come, He entered through the greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this creation; and not through the blood of goats and calves, but through His own blood, He entered the holy place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling those who have been defiled sanctify for the cleansing of the flesh, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God!

The day I read this I was immediately FREE from all denominational strangles and entanglements.

I believe it's Time 4 a Reformation in some key specific areas. All these gifts and sacrifices, food and drink, and various washings, regulations, and church service after Church service weren’t making me a worshiper perfect in conscience. Someone had forgotten to tell me that Christ had appeared as my high priest of the good things to come. Jesus Christ done entered through the greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, and not through the blood of goats and calves and annual events, but through His own blood, He entered the holy place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.

It was at that time I turned to myself and said, "self, you been redeemed, yous free from any worldly bondages or religious ritual entanglements. From that day forward Reformation had taken place in my life. There were 4 key areas that have been radically reformed in my life and the same 4 areas I believe it's Time 4 Reformation of what Christians believe as well.

Here are the 4:

1) It's Time 4 Reformation in our idea of Manhood & Womanhood

2) It's Time 4 Reformation in our World views.

3) It's Time 4 Reformation in our family structures.

4) It's Time 4 Reformation in our Churches. (Especially the inner city)

These 4 key areas will radically change your life. Over the next several weeks I'm going to tackle all these areas. It's Time 4 Reformation in your life. It's time to bring eternal change to your life. No more superficial change for a season but firm lasting Biblical Reformation because Christ has come died and rose again from the dead. Therefore be changed, transformed & reformed & conformed to the image of the Son, Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 8:29).

I'll begin with Manhood or shall I say Biblical Manhood. I'll address it in two ways. One way is through my sermon notes from a sermon that I will be preaching on September 29, 2013 at a Men's Day service locally in Flint, MI. The theme is "Men Becoming Disciples" Matthew 4: 18-22. Then I'll just speak from my heart and share in areas that men need to reform in their lives.

My prayer is that Reformation takes hold in your life and you be free to serve the living God.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lucky Number 13

15. September 2013 19:36 by Edward L. Smith in   //  Tags:   //   Comments (1)

There is an old saying, "If you want to make God laugh tell Him your plans". I'm sure this took place when, at the age of twenty, I made a commitment to myself NOT to get married until I was forty-five.  I, like most unsaved men at that age, desired to spread my wild oats for as many years as I could. I savored my "freedom" from the "old ball and chain".  I look back on those days and want to call myself all kinds of idiots.

Today I celebrate my 13th year of marriage and I only have one regret in marrying Stephanie Smith. That regret is that I didn't marry her sooner.

I can recall those first weeks of salvation and it was as if God was speaking to me to get married or I would never experience the blessings of life. I know, I know, Christ came to give us life and life more abundantly, but my abundance was connected to walking in obedience to marry my Suga. After thirteen years Stephanie has been to me all that the Bible describes a wife to be. I truly could not imagine tomorrow without her. Stephanie truly is the love of my life, the apple of my eye, the wind beneath my wings, she is the air I breath. She is even more than that.

The Bible says much about a godly wife which I've seen develop in her over the years such as, Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine within your house Psalm 128:3. Boy is this true! Nothing in my home functions right without her. I sometimes don't believe Stephanie realizes her value in my life and the lives of our six children. My wife means more to me than anything in this world. 

"He who finds a wife finds a good thing" is probably the greatest understatement ever. My Suga is the best thing since slice bread in my life. I have truly obtained favor from the Lord (Proverbs 18:22) all because I am Stephanie's husband. God has truly given me a wife who has yet to tap the depth of her own prudence.

Proverbs 31 is the chapter that no woman wants to be compared to because that woman was practically  perfect. But there is a description at the beginning of Proverbs 31:10 that I think is fitting for my Suga, for she is an excellent wife. I truly believe her virtue is beyond comparison. I've heard men complaining about not wanting to go home or expressing some of the ups and downs of marriage and then I look at my wife and just have to praise God because I have absolutely nothing to complain about. I'm not trying to make the claim that my wife is perfect, I'm just saying she's excellent.  

Who can find such a woman? I know if it were determined by my merits I would never have earned enough for her purchase for her worth is far above jewels. I was asked once "how did I know she was the one"? Initially that answer is really easy, when the smoke cleared she was the one who had my back. Stephanie was the one who was there for me, for me. I've learned how to love, forgive, and become a man in the past 13 years all because of Stephanie Smith. Stephanie's Texas strength, wisdom, and ability is unmatched by any woman that I know. And I just simply love me some Stephanie.

I conclude today's post by using my first pastor, Rev. Marcellus Wade, famous quote, Stephanie Smith I love you like a hog loves slop more than a kangaroo loves to hop! Thank you for the best thirteen years of my life Suga. I Love You

 

9/11 & The Gospel

11. September 2013 08:46 by Edward L. Smith in   //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)

Today will be another remembering & honoring of the victims and families who suffered in the terrorists attacks on September 11, 2001. Every year since America was attacked we have vowed never to forget what took place beginning at 8:46 a.m. in New York. On that day several thousand families were destroyed by no fault of their own. Fathers kissed their loved ones goodbye with all intentions to return that evening but based on the events that would take place from that day till now none of those families are the same.

On September 10 it was business as usual and even after the attacks Mayor Rudy Giuliania “asked all Americans to defy the terrorists by returning to normal and getting back to work as quickly as possible”. Return to normal? Really? I could be wrong but there isn’t a family or a resident in New York that was directly affected by these events that has “returned to normal”. This is the type of hope that is offered to our world by those who live in this world. Giuliania continued to give the people a “true” glimmer of hope with these words, “The attacks of September 11 were intended to break our spirit, instead we have emerged stronger and more unified. We feel renewed devotion to the principles of political, economic and religious freedom, the rule of law and respect for human life. We are more determined than every to live our lives in freedom”.

What hope does this give to a widow who has lost his or her spouse and best friend? What hope does this give a son or daughter that will never again play with their father? None!

As a believer I rejoice in what the Bible teaches me about hope. We hope in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God.  And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. (Romans 5: 1 – 5)

Christians we must be ready to give the hope of the Gospel to these families and their loved ones as the world offers them little support and no real hope. One of the ways I want to encourage you to share this hope is by reminding them who God is through the words of the Psalmist in the 103rd Psalm.

God is a God who:
Who pardons all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases;
Who redeems your life from the pit,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion;
Who satisfies your years with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle.

The Lord performs righteous deeds And judgments for all who are oppressed.
He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the sons of Israel.
The
Lord is compassionate and gracious, Slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness.
He will not always strive with us, Nor will He keep His anger forever.

10 He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
So great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear Him.
12 As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
13 Just as a father has compassion on his children,
So the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him.
14 For He Himself knows our frame; He is mindful that we are but dust.

15 As for man, his days are like grass; As a flower of the field, so he flourishes.
16 When the wind has passed over it, it is no more, And its place acknowledges it no longer.
17 But the lovingkindness of the
Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, And His righteousness to children’s children,
18 To those who keep His covenant And remember His precepts to do them.

19 The Lord has established His throne in the heavens, And His sovereignty rules over all.

20 Bless the Lord, you His angels, Mighty in strength, who perform His word, Obeying the voice of His word! 21 Bless the Lord, all you His hosts, You who serve Him, doing His will.
22 Bless the
Lord, all you works of His, In all places of His dominion; Bless the Lord, O my soul!

 

Praise God for His lovingkindness and everlasting compassion. Pray for and share the Gospel with the broken hearted today for it is this world’s only true hope.

 

 

 

First Blog

9. September 2013 05:00 by Edward L. Smith in   //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)

Ephesians 1:1-7

 

Ed a slave (doulos) of Christ Jesus by the will of God,

To the saints who are at Flint, MI and who are faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace.

 

 

Welcome to my new blog. I want to invite everyone and anyone who would desire to read this blog for spiritual edification. Continuously in our society today the truth is more increasingly hard to come by. This blog will not have a corner on the truth but it will strive to proclaim it at all costs.

 

Some of the primary concentration you will find here will be commentary on issues such as:

§  Expository Preaching

§  The Church

§  Family Life

§  Family Discipleship

§  Biblical Worldview’s

§  Christian Life

§  Errors and fallacies in Christianity

§  Evangelism

 

§  The Reformation

§  Creation vs. Evolution

§  Church History

§  Conference Blogging

§  Many, many more.

 

 

My Calling

In Romans 11:13-15 the apostle Paul writes, But I am speaking to you who are Gentiles. Inasmuch then as I am an apostle of Gentiles, I magnify my ministry, if somehow I might move to jealousy my fellow countrymen and save some of them. For if their rejection is the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead?"

 

 

I rewrite that verse to say I am speaking to you unsaved in Flint, MI. inasmuch then as I am a slave of Christ to the lost I magnify this ministry, that if somehow I might move to jealousy my fellow Flintstones and save some of them.

I will serve, I will preach, I will evangelize, and now I will blog, I will do whatever it takes that the gospel goes forth and people come to know God.

 

Rev. E. L. Smith

SDG

About Edward L. Smith

My ministry philosophy would consist of these essentials—a High View of God, the absolute authority of Scripture, Expository Preaching, Sound Doctrine, Personal Holiness, and a Biblical view of spiritual authority. All ministries must be God-Honoring, Christ-Centered, & Gospel Saturated. (1 Corinthians 10:31)

 

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