Preaching on Sunday

Hi everyone,

I was just noticing that I haven’t posted to the blog in a while.  Time sure flies.  If any of you are interested I’ll be preaching at Cornerstone Church in Brighton, MI tomorrow 9:00, 10:30 and 12:00.  The text is Acts 26, and the title is “Sanctified by Faith.”

Acts 26:12-18 12 “On one of these journeys I was going to Damascus with the authority and commission of the chief priests.  13 About noon, O king, as I was on the road, I saw a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, blazing around me and my companions.  14 We all fell to the ground, and I heard a voice saying to me in Aramaic, ‘Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.’  15 “Then I asked, ‘Who are you, Lord?’ “‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,’ the Lord replied.  16 ‘Now get up and stand on your feet. I have appeared to you to appoint you as a servant and as a witness of what you have seen of me and what I will show you.  17 I will rescue you from your own people and from the Gentiles. I am sending you to them  18 to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’ (NIV)

This will be a sermon about the doctrine of sanctification:

  1. Sanctified by faith
  2. Sanctified by the Spirit
  3. Sanctified in our whole person
  4. Sanctified is not a free ride

Come hear about high school reunions, filling balloons, killing wasps, growing 700 lb. pumpkins, and most of all Jesus!

Tim

I’ll try and post the audio later.

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8 responses to “Preaching on Sunday

  1. Kristine J

    I’d love to hear it! Hope you do post it! May God’s Spirit speak through you!

  2. Kamille Karlson

    Today’s 10:30 service was awesome – and I use that word in the Godly sense. The teaching was inspired, timely, and powerful. I ordered a CD and encourage others to do the same. A written copy would be good too but it might not have the power of Pastor Brown ‘s delivery. A very good day to be at Cornerstone!!

    • revtimbrown

      Thanks Kamille and Ron.
      The 10:30 was fun and connected with the audience.
      FYI, I will be having the 9:00 duplicated as it was better for recording.
      If you want the other, you’ll have to make a special request. 🙂

  3. Ron Priebe

    And a fine message it was. I don’t remember any other pastor getting applause after finishing but you deserved it. Great job Tim.

  4. Todd Nado

    Great Job, Tim! It is indeed a daily, and sometimes hour by hour thing we engage in when “being renewed by the transforming of our minds,” which then works it’s way out practicaly. I have found that what Jesus said before washing the disciples feet a great benefit from the Spirit. Though we of course or not Jesus, and sinless, some things He says about Himself does apply to us. That is where it says John 13:3 that Jesus knew that He had come from God, and was going back to Him, so we can do the same in ways. That is, as you said, knowing our “position” already in Christ, having in a way been already “seated in the Heavenlies with Christ Jesus.” I find it very beneficial to realize that before the Universe was even created, that in God’s mind I was in Christ (though called in the temporal after living a godless life. Well, not really “godless,’ but having set myself up as a kind of ‘god,’ where everything had to go through my fallen reason and thinking to be judged as true or false, etc.). So, when God called me in His time, I now realize that God had always had that in mind, and though we have the Holy Spirit to “sanctify” us more and more in practicality, as you said, we know we are going “back to God” in a more complete way when we no longer have to “fight the good fight” with the flesh and the world and Satan here. So, as Jesus says in John 17 along the lines of “they are not of the world, as I am not of the world,” I do relate that to us being in Christ “before the foundation of the world,” in God’s Mind. Since we now have the revealed Mind of the Spirit about such things, we have complete assurance that we are going “back to God,” or be with Him and worship Him for eternity, adoring Him for such things as the way He has shown Himself to operate in His Sovereignty. With that, using what I said above as a kind of “GPS,” it does help me “walk in the Spirit,” more and more, and when sin wants to get sway in my life, I think to myself “will this really gratify me, or will it in the end leave me empty, and I’ll just have to have the desire some more eventually, which will in the end leave me empty, and the cycle goes on and on.” Well, good stuff, again, Tim. Though sanctification in a practical sense is not such as some Catholics see such, which is a kind of “cooperating with Grace,” we do find that God indeed, even after saving us, will kind of “incapacitate us” in the way He did the Apostle Paul at first, where he could not and would not refuse that irresistable Grace. If we are His, He will move us along!

  5. Todd Nado

    The book “Mortification of sin” by Owens is a good one! I read it several times over about a decade and a half ago, and sometimes do go back to it. The first time I read it I had to kind of slog through it, but after the first time, and having grown a little more, it became easier to understand what Owens was saying, and what he himself had gleaned from his experience in the sanctification process in his life.

  6. Todd

    Don’t want to take up too much space commenting here, but if we look at the aspect of where Scripture speaks of “the government will be on His shoulders,” and relate that to salvation and the sanctification process, we can get a better depth or grip on what Paul says here and relating it to Him as “the Captain of our souls,” and Hebrews saying along the lines of “the Author and Finisher of our faith.” One could also say “the Governor of our souls.” Well, we will hunger and thirst for Him to be that from one degree to another, or “changed from one glory to another,” as the Spirit says in Scripture;
    1 Corinthians 1:30-31
    30 He is the source of your life in Christ Jesus, whom God made our wisdom, our righteousness and sanctification and redemption;
    31 therefore, as it is written, “Let him who boasts, boast of the Lord.”