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 Newsletter - January 13, 2013

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  1. Waiting for the Promise of the Father (Acts 1:4-8) 

    Jesus instructs the disciples to wait in Jerusalem for the Promise of the Father before attempting to fulfill the Great Commission. [43 minutes]

    Tony Garland

  2. Not All Desire the Peace of God (Mat. 10:5-15) 

    The disciples go forth on an evangelistic mission and are warned that their message will not always be accepted. [42 minutes]

    Greg Summers

  3. Get Up and Walk! (John 5:1-18) 

    Jesus heals a man suffering with an infirmity for 38 years yet is condemned for performing this miracle on the Sabbath. [71 minutes]

    Andy Woods

  4. Book Recommendation: The Forgotten Spurgeon (by Iain Murray) 

    This is not a typical biography. Iain Murray . . .

    traces the main lines of Spurgeon's spiritual thought in connection with the three great controversies in his ministry—the first was his stand against the diluted gospel fashionable in the London to which the young preacher came in the 1850's; the second, the famous 'Baptismal Regeneration' debate of 1864; lastly, the lacerating down-Grade controversy of 1887-1891 when Spurgeon sought to awaken Christians to the danger of the Church 'being buried beneath the boiling mud-showers of modern heresy.'

    The book brings a greater appreciation of the importance of doctrine in Spurgeon's approach to the pulpit. He was not just a princely preacher with masterful oratory skills and insight into how to communicate the truths of Scripture, but was also a strong Calvinist and believer in the importance of doctrine in the edification of the saints. After Spurgeon's passing, Murray documents how the Metropolitan Tabernacle itself succumbed to the very evangelization techniques, fueled by Arminian tendencies, which Spurgeon himself opposed. The book introduces the reader to aspects of Spurgeon which are not as often encountered in his more popular works. (According to Murray, some of Spurgeon's references to Arminianism have been removed from the text of select sermons in the Kelvedon edition without warning of abridgement [p. 55, note 65].)

    Tony Garland

  5. The Rapture - Part 9 

    While there are a plethora of signs that first must transpire before Christ can return at the end of the seven-year tribulation period, there are no signs that must occur before the rapture of the church can take place.

    Andy Woods

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