November 17, 2006
Here is some advice from Charles Spurgeon to those who want to see sinners saved:
Impressed with a sense of their danger, give the ungodly no rest in their sins; knock again and again at the door of their hearts, and knock as for life and death. Your solicitude, your earnestness, your anxiety, your travailing in birth for them God will bless to their arousing. God works mightily by this instrumentality. But our agony of soul must be real and not feigned, and therefore our hearts must be brought into true sympathy with God. Low piety means low spiritual power.
I see a number of important truths here if we want to be effective in advancing God’s Kingdom. First, we must genuinely care about lost sinners. Second, we must share the truth about sin and judgment with them. We can’t sit idly by and allow them to continue in sin unchallenged and unwarned. Third, we must be persistent. We must continue to pray, continue to care, continue to share the truth of God’s Word. We should not expect genuine conversion to be a quick, easy process!
Pastor Mike Walters
Source: Ian Murray, The Old Evangelicalism, p.63
November 16, 2006
On our responsibility to believe
The fact that regeneration is the prerequisite of faith in no way relieves us of the responsibility to believe nor does it eliminate the priceless privilege that is ours as Christ and his claims are pressed upon us in full and free overtures of his grace. Our inability is no excuse for our unbelief nor does it provide us with any reason for not believing. — Andrew Murray
Source: Ian Murray, The Old Evangelicalism, p.61
November 15, 2006
On the Law and Conviction of Sin
It is the Law of God alone that really gives us a right conception of the true character and nature of sin. This is a tremendous proposition. The real trouble with the unregenerate is that they do not know and understand the truth about sin. They have their moral code, they believe that certain things are right and certain things are wrong; but that is not to understand sin. The moment a man understands the true nature of and character of sin he becomes troubled about his soul and seeks for a Saviour. –Martyn Lloyd Jones
Source: Ian Murray, The Old Evangelicalism, p.37
November 2, 2006
Here is a quote from Martyn Lloyd Jones on the best means of evangelism:
what the Church needs to do is not to organize evangelistic campaigns to attract outside people, but to begin herself to live the Christian life. If she did that, men and women would be crowding into our buildings. They would say, ‘What is the secret of this?
Brothers and sisters, if we want to advance the kingdom of God, we must live holy lives. We must cultivate lifestyles of humble dependence on Jesus, loving God and loving others in the power of the Holy Spirit. We must become the people that Jesus describes in Matthew 5:3-12.
Pastor Mike Walters
Source: Martyn Lloyd Jones, Studies in the Sermon on the Mount, p.13