Honor the Holy Spirit!

FBC’s journey through the Gospel of John has led us to chapter 14 and I think many are beginning to understand why John is often referred to as the Apostle who had the most to say about the Holy Spirit.  It is amazing how much Jesus taught about the Helper who was to come in […]

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Are You Filled With The Holy Spirit?

My study of John 14 has led me to some rather deep waters in terms of the work of the Holy Spirit.  Outside of the commentaries I’ve used throughout the series I have poured myself into three books—JI Packer’s Keep In Step With The Spirit, Sinclair Ferguson’s The Holy Spirit, and John Owen’s work, The […]

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Helpful Steps Toward Better Meditation

I’ve been reading JI Packer’s book Rediscovering Holiness and the experience has been incredible.  I cannot stress enough the value of reading this book!  In the fifth chapter, “Growing Downward to Grow Up: The Life of Repentance,” Packer shares insight about reading the Bible so that it be applied through meditation.  The author said, “God’s […]

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Developing a Christ-centered Heart

JI Packer, in his book Rediscovering Holiness, said, “There is no holiness without a Christ-centered, Christ-seeking, Christ-serving, Christ-adoring heart.  And the plan of salvation requires us to get our hearts into this frame and keep them there.”  How do we do that?  Packer suggests three things that I want to pass on to you this morning: […]

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Seeing Salvation as a Three Legged Stool

This weekend I’ve been reading JI Packer’s book, Rediscovering Holiness, and is quickly climbing my list of “Must Read” books.  In the second chapter, “Exploring Salvation: Why Holiness is Necessary,” Packer takes his reader back to a well used and important illustration of the Christian life. He said, “Many years ago a wise man explained […]

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Aug 26, Knowing God–There is no Greater Thing!

On Sunday we will come to Jude 3 where he tells us to “Contend for the faith.”  I look forward to digging in that verse, but today I want you to consider The Faith.  Faith isn’t just intellectual ascent…faith that is biblical is transformational because it leads us to know God. In JI Packer’s classic […]

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