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General Session 12 | Up from the Grave: The Resurrection | Tom Pennington | 2017 Shepherds' Conference

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Up from the Grave: The Resurrection
General Session 12 by Tom Pennington
2017 Shepherds' Conference

What is the importance of Christ's resurrection?  What does it have to do with the gospel?  How does it follow the substitutionary atonement of Christ?  What does this all mean for us?

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SERMON: Parables on Hearing and Delivering the Word | Mark 4:21–25

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Parables on Hearing and Delivering the Word | Mark 4:21–25
Shaun Marksbury | Quacco Baptist Church
Sunday Evening Service | 18 June, 2017

These parables emphasize the need for the His disciples to hear the Word and deliver it to others faithfully.  So, we have two points this evening: those hearing God’s Word must shine it out faithfully, and those hearing God’s Word must measure it out faithfully.

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Sermon NotesParables on Hearing and Delivering the Word | Mark 4:21–25
Shaun Marksbury | Quacco Baptist Church
Sunday Evening Service | 18 June, 2017
I.Introduction Last time we saw the parable of the soils.  Historically, it’s called the parable of the sower, but we saw that Jesus’s emphasis was on the kinds of hearts that react to His Word. 
·There are those who will never allow the Word to penetrate.  The seed is either consumed by the birds or trampled down underfoot, but the heart is impermeable (v. 15).  That was the condition of the Pharisees as they committed the unpardona…

Trusting the God of Righteousness | Psalm 11:4–7

          The Lord is in his holy temple;             the Lord’s throne is in heaven;             his eyes see, his eyelids test the children of man.           The Lord tests the righteous,             but his soul hates the wicked and the one who loves violence.           Let him rain coals on the wicked;             fire and sulfur and a scorching wind shall be the portion of their cup.           For the Lord is righteous;             he loves righteous deeds;             the upright shall behold his face.
David had reasons to flee danger, and the first three verses logically present his danger, not emotionally.  Even so, there are times when the men (and women) of God should withstand the evil of their day.  This was one time, and David could remain steadfast because of his confidence in the Lord.
He knows the Lord sovereignly rules (v. 4a–b).  Verse 4 could possibly reference God’s presence with His covenant people in the earthly temple.  Even so, the second phrase of…

General Session 11 | If The World Hates You: Preaching Christ in the Face of Hostility | Al Mohler | 2017 Shepherds' Conference

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If The World Hates You: Preaching Christ in the Face of Hostility by Al Mohler
2017 Shepherds' Conference

Can we make peace with this culture?  Is this culture neutral in regards to Christ?  Can we gain enough influence to make the world love us and our Lord?  The answer to all these questions is no, and we need to come to terms with this.

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General Session | High Above the Heavens: The Ascension | HB Charles Jr | 2017 Shepherds' Conference

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General Session | High Above the Heavens: The Ascension
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Thy Kingdom Come | Michael Vlach | 2017 Shepherds' Conference

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Thy Kingdom Come by Michael Vlach
The Return and Reign of Jesus Christ
2017 Shepherds' Conference

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A Quick Example of How to Read the Bible "Literally"

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Mark 4:1 in the KJV reads, "And he began again to teach by the sea side: and there was gathered unto him a great multitude, so that he entered into a ship, and sat in the sea; and the whole multitude was by the sea on the land."
Consider the words "and sat in the sea." What a strange image develops if we were to ignore all else and focus on those words alone! Jesus walks on the water, so does He now sit on or in it? Or, perhaps a sandbar kept His body aloft in the water.
No, of course not.
You might rightly note the immediate context says, "he entered into a ship, and sat in the sea." So, does this mean that He sat in a leaky boat? Perhaps as the boat filled, He "sat in the sea."
No, no, no.
Just because we could get a unique meaning out of a verse by reading the words in such a way doesn't mean that we are reading the Bible "literally." It isn't applying meanings that no one has ever interpreted it as saying. It isn't r…

Sola Scriptura | Nathan Busenitz | 2017 Shepherds' Conference

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Sola Scriptura by Nathan Busenitz
When Christ Confronts Tradition
2017 Shepherds' Conference


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The Pulpit is not a Platform

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Much of what happens in churches today evidences a lack of gospel focus.   We wonder why, in the later half of the twentieth century, we had smooth-talking preachers in nice suits in preaching circuits without any discernible biblical content.  We wonder today why certain pastors seem to frequent conferences but their churches seem to model little practical holiness.  It seems that one reason is that pastors become tempted to enlarge their platforms, an endeavor at the expense of the local church.

R. Scott Clark has written an excellent piece highlighting the rise of celebrity platform with the decline of the pastoral pulpit.  He writes "that students should not come to seminary with the hope of becoming famous. There is a difference between writing occasionally and deliberately setting out to build a platform and a brand. The church hardly needs more people using the pulpit as leverage. A minister ought to be content to fulfill his vocation. He ought not seek a platform at the…

Old Testament Anticipation of the Messiah | Michael Grisanti | 2017 Shepherds' Conference

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Old Testament Anticipation of the Messiah by Michael Grisanti
2017 Shepherd's Conference

How does the Scripture present the coming Messiah?

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SERMON: How to Reject Christ | Mark 3:20–30

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How to Reject Christ | Mark 3:20–30
Shaun Marksbury | Quacco Baptist Church
Sunday Evening Service | 28 May, 2017

Sadly, some will choose to reject Christ, and there are two kinds of rejection in this passage. First, we can reject Christ by treating Him trivially. Second, we can reject Christ by blaspheming Him bitterly.

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The Church and Race

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There's been quite a fervor of social justice issues entering into the church, including otherwise theologically-sound groups. Reformed voices decry white privilege, reprimand churches for not doing enough, and call for systematic changes throughout society.
CrossPolitic held an excellent discussion panel back in January that will hopefully help get the church back to it's gospel mission and some common sense.
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Coming at you live from New Saint Andrews College, CrossPolitic host a discussion on Church and race with Dr. Voddie Baucham and Pastor Doug Wilson.  This topic gets a lot of attention in our culture and in our churches, but with little substance or progress in the conversations.  Adding to the challenges of this discussion, we have race riots, situations that require judicial discernment with…

Purity at the Pool

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I have something a little different today.  With summer upon us, we have the opportunity to have fun in the water. Unfortunately, it's also a time of struggle for both men and women. In this seven-and-a-half-minute podcast, Dr. Heath Lambert addresses practical steps we can take in this battle.
Podcast/Article: TIL 104 : Purity At The Pool  URL: http://feeds.soundcloud.com/stream/324968235-acbc-2-til-104-purity-at-the-pool.mp3 
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Seeking Signs? | Mark 8:10–13

And immediately he got into the boat with his disciples and went to the district of Dalmanutha. 11 The Pharisees came and began to argue with him, seeking from him a sign from heaven to test him. 12 And he sighed deeply in his spirit and said, “Why does this generation seek a sign? Truly, I say to you, no sign will be given to this generation.” 13 And he left them, got into the boat again, and went to the other side.
What a contrast between His people and the demonstrable faith of the Gentiles! 
Jesus embarks to Jewish territory on the western shore of Galilee.  After spending time with Gentiles, it should’ve been a homecoming.  Unfortunately, the Pharisees meet Him with ill-intent.  These hypocrites already know about Him, but they tempt Him by asking Him for more.  What is wrong with their request?
First, they seek more signs then God has chosen to give them.  Perhaps they’re asking for a sign like Elijah produced on Mt. Carmel (1 Kgs 18:19–40), or for manna like Moses had provided…