Author: Chris Poblete

The How, What, and Why Of Preaching The Gospel by Charles Spurgeon

“The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost” (1 Timothy 1:15) Paul had just described his ordination in 1 Timothy 1:12. He then went on to speak of the grace manifested in the call of such a person to the ministry (verse 13), and of the further grace by which he was sustained in that ministry. Incidentally he was led to mention the message of his ministry. We may profitably use the text of this occasion. Paul’s words help us see how to preach the gospel, what is the gospel we preach, and why we preach this gospel. How We Preach the Gospel We preach the gospel with unapologetic certainty. Notice that Paul considers the gospel message to be a “trustworthy saying” (verse 15). In other words, there is no reason to doubt the truth of our message. We can be sure because it is a revelation of God, it is attested by miracles, it bears its witness within itself, and it has already proved its own power upon our hearts. We also preach the gospel as an everyday truth. Paul calls it a “saying” or proverb. The gospel affects not just at the point of salvation but at home, in business, in sickness, in health, in life, in death. The gospel is for...

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Scripture for Memorizing Scripture

Shortly after God saved me, I was encouraged to join a Bible study at the church I attended. The leader of this Bible study was a thorough student of God’s word. A former drug addict and thief, God saved him as He read a Bible for the first time. This led to any immediate passion for God’s word and a belief in its power. Since then, this old mentor of mine has been daily meditating on Scripture. One of the first things he taught me was the importance of memorizing Scripture. I will always be grateful for this. There are many reasons we ought to memorize the Word of God, and there are many ways to do it. What I have found most helpful, and what my old mentor taught me, is that memorizing Bible verses that speak about the very power of God’s word is a great place to start. Such verses will only encourage you to love God’s word; they leave you wanting to memorize even more. Here are the passages I memorized first. I pray that God uses them to aid in your own memorization of His word. “‘All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord remains forever.’ And this word is the good news that was...

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The Unsurpassed Glory of the Lord

Isaiah 55 reminds us that the thoughts of the Lord are much higher than our thoughts, His ways more wise than our own. God is complete “other” than us, utterly transcendent and unsurpassed in all His ways. “I am the LORD, and there is no other, besides me there is no God…” (Isaiah 45:5) Here are seven ways in which the glory of the Lord goes unsurpassed: 1. His ways are inscrutable and untrackable. “Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!” (Romans 11:33) 2. His riches are unsearchable. “To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ” (Ephesians 3:8) 3. His love is beyond knowledge. “and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3:19) 4. His joy is inexpressible. “Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory” (1 Peter 1:8) 5. His kindness is unsurpassable. “Note then the kindness and the severity of God: severity toward those who have fallen, but God’s kindness to you, provided you continue in his kindness. Otherwise you too will be cut off.” (Romans...

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The Longest Psalm: The Longest Chapter A Deep Comfort And Joy

If you turn to the very middle of the canonical Bible, you’ll find yourself in Psalm 119, which is not only the longest psalm but also the longest chapter in the entire Bible. Furthermore, it is not just long in its length, but it is also deep in its content. We do not know for certain who the author of this Psalm is, although historians have thought it is likely to be David, Ezra, or Daniel. Whoever wrote it did something very unique and peculiar with this psalm. Jamiesson, Fausset, and Brown explain: This celebrated Psalm has several peculiarities. It is divided into twenty-two parts or stanzas, denoted by the twenty-two letters of the Hebrew alphabet. Each stanza contains eight verses, and the first letter of each verse is that which gives name to the stanza. Its contents are mainly praises of God’s Word, exhortations to its perusal, and reverence for it, prayers for its proper influence, and complaints of the wicked for despising it. There are but two verses (Psa 119:122, 132 ) which do not contain some term or description of God’s Word. These terms are of various derivations, but here used, for the most part, synonymously, though the use of a variety of terms seems designed, in order to express better the several aspects in which our relations to the revealed word of God are presented. The Psalm does...

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7 Reasons to Memorize Scripture

There are few spiritual disciplines more rewarding than memorizing Bible passages. Here are a few: FOR FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD The way God chiefly communicates with us today is through His written Word. There are many ideas that people might have of God and their relationship with Him, but such thoughts beg the question: Are they true? Are they biblical? If we want to know God and fellowship with Him, we can start with the means He chose to best express His very nature, personality, character, and works. We do that through the Bible. “The Lord revealed himself to Samuel at Shiloh by the word of the Lord” (1 Samuel 3:21). Rather than meditate on our own premonitions about who the Lord is, let us meditate on His revealed truth. TO PUT US IN OUR PLACE Scripture also puts us in our place. It reminds us who we are (Psalm 139:14-16), and it reminds us who God is (Psalm 139:1,7,13). This is good for us; after all, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (Psalm 111:10). FOR CONFORMITY TO CHRIST When we see Jesus on the pages of Scripture and savor Him, we are more changed into His likeness. Paul wrote that when we behold God’s glory, we “are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another” (2 Corinthians 3:18). FOR THE BATTLE AGAINST...

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