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Kevin Deyoung’s T4G Message: Never Spoke a Man Like This Before: Inerrancy, Evangelism and Christ’s Unbreakable Bible

If we are to share the gospel with confidence and preach with authority, then we must know that the gospel we are proclaiming and the book we are expounding are true. If you think you can magnify grace by shrinking truth, you will find you make people blind to both.

When you teach your children about the creation, the flood, Moses, Jesus walking on water, etc… When you stand behind the pulpit to preach and share the gospel with your friends there is one question that towers above all others… Are you you telling the truth?

Our two boys came in from the snow and my wife said that I needed to talk with the boys and that she was so frustrated. Our older son hit our younger son with a snowball and when we confronted him he said that he rubbed the snow into his own face. So we gathered for family devotions and opened up 1 John 1. We needed a little law that night! So we went around the room and everyone shared some sins. When we got to my older son he said that he needed to confess he did not respond well to his mom when confronted. We asked if there was ANYTHING else he needed to confess and he said no. Then we asked our younger son and he started crying and confessed that he in fact did rub snow in his face. We did not know whether we should cry or laugh.

We don’t have anything if we do not have the truth! Many might say, “here you go again! You Christians think you have a monopoly on the truth.”

We have no monopoly on the truth, the truth is on free parking and it is for everyone. We do not have the truth, God has the truth and he has given it for us all. Continue reading

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Heaven Is Gain

The following is my notes of Kevin Deyoung’s sermon on heaven. Click HERE for the audio of this sermon.

 Where we go when we die is such a fundamental question in our lives. There may not be a more fundamental question then this. Also as a church we will be facing death and all the more as we grow older together.

When you think about heaven we need to get into our mind two different stages. The first stage is heaven the new heavens and new earth when Christ returns. This is the primary thing that the bible talks about when it speaks of heaven.

The second stage is sometimes called the intermediate state. It is not the final goal of our life, but it is the place we go when we die immediately after we die and before the new heavens and new earth are established.

Philippians 1:18-26

What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice.

Yes, and I will rejoice, for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance, as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account. Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all, for your progress and joy in the faith, so that in me you may have ample cause to glory in Christ Jesus, because of my coming to you again. Continue reading

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Heaven Is A Place On Earth

The following is my notes of Kevin Deyoung’s sermon on heaven. Click HERE for the audio of this sermon.

1 Corinthians 15:50-55

I tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written:

“Death is swallowed up in victory.”
“O death, where is your victory?
O death, where is your sting?”

So we see in verse 50 that we are currently not yet fit for the kingdom in our present state. There is something in our existence that does not make us fit and so we need a new body. In verses 51 and following we see that we will have a new body.  Continue reading

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T4G Panel – Contextualization: Lost In Translation?

(Audio of the panel can be found HERE.)

Matt how do people do Contextualization in Dallas?

Chandler: There are churches who say that just because of _____ this does not make you a Christian.

Kevin how are you doing at Contextualization in your church?

Deyoung: We are not known for that. I’m sure we do something even if we are not really thinking about Contextualization. But I hope we are talking to people and loving people and listening to them. I am more concerned with learning my people more than learning the culture. Every time I do illustrations it is contextualization though.

How about you Thabiti?

Anyabwile: Well what does the word mean? I study to be as plain as I can because there are 30 nationalities in our church.

Chandler: I think that is Contextualization. My style and dress are at least what is meant by Contextualization but it can mean more.

Anyabwile: I think that is just communication. We need to know our audience.

Mohler: We need some parameters. We need to not be offensive in the wrong ways. Contextualization came from missions conversations then came to evangelical pastors here thinking how they reach their cities. But we cannot ever think about these things saving people.

Chandler: We have to exegete culture in order to not be offensive. In Acts 17 Paul names the unknown God to reach those in Athens.

Mohler: The issue is when we get into the culture and learn about their idolatry and participate in it in order to reach people. What really concerns me is that liberals do what they do because of missions. They want to do things that will make sense to people. But where does this make sense. The word of the cross is foolish. Jews demands signs and Greeks seek wisdom. The gospel is alien in every culture.

Deyoung: Piper has reminded us that we need to create categories for people.

What book would you recommend people to read on this topic?

Chandler: I would be hesitant to recommend without knowing the person.

Deyoung: Anything by David Wells like “The Courage to Be Protestant”

Mohler: We just need to realize we are all products of culture with so much of what we do but we cannot bend on moral or theological truths.

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Kevin Deyoung’s T4G 2012 Message

Spirit-Powered, Gospel-Driven, Faith-Fueled Effort

We must strive for personal, progressive holiness because without which we will not see the Lord!

“If there is not at least a desire and fight for holiness then one should question if they are saved.” (Jerry Bridges)

This sermon is not about why, but about how we grow in holiness.

What will give our people? Legalism? Liscence? Platitudes?

But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. (1 Corinthians 15:10)

Two things we must believe and understand about holiness: We must work hard. God must work in you.

What do these saying mean? We have so many Christian sayings about growing in holiness that we do not know what they really mean. So what does these sayings mean: Continue reading

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