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• The Duty-Faith And Free-Offer Issue

AN ORDER OF SERVICE FOR DIVINE WORSHIP; DESIGNED FOR PRIVATE DEVOTIONS, FAMILY GATHERINGS AND CHURCH MEETINGS.

Sermon—“How Should I Share The Gospel—The Method”

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Some of the points covered in this sermon:
• Reviewing the four main branches of sharing the gospel
• Distinguishing between evangelizing and proselyting
• Highlighting several tactics and gimmicks employed by proselyters
• Highlighting the twofold methodology of evangelism emphasized by the Apostle Peter—meekness and fear
• Identifying the object of meekness and fear
• Examining the meaning of meekness and fear
• Exploring the relationship between meekness and fear
• Meekness and fear protect the hearers and the message of your gospel witness
• Meekness and fear prevent debates and arrogance in your gospel witness
• Meekness and fear promote truth and love through your gospel witness

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AN ORDER OF SERVICE FOR DIVINE WORSHIP; DESIGNED FOR PRIVATE DEVOTIONS, FAMILY GATHERINGS AND CHURCH MEETINGS.

Sermon—“How Should I Share The Gospel—The Timing And The Recipients”

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Some of the points covered in this sermon:
• Reviewing the four main branches of sharing the gospel
• Explaining why Peter restricts the gospel to those who ask
• Admonishing the believer to exercise good judgment while living in an unfree society
• Supporting this counsel with the teachings of God’s Word—Ecc 3; Prov 9,17,23; Matt 7,10; 1 Pet 3

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In detailing Andrew Fuller’s search for the truth, Piper says:

“[Andrew Fuller] searched both the Scriptures and the history of doctrine to see if he could find this High Calvinism that had so infected and controlled his denomination…”

Fuller’s denomination, if that is what it could be called, is a circle of churches known as Strict and Particular Baptists. In his day, most of the churches leaned or stood squarely on high views of sovereign grace. In our day, the Strict and Particular Baptist heritage has been hijacked by the Moderate-Calvinists (Fullerites/Reformed Baptists). They persistently misrepresent the teachings of High-Calvinism, always putting Fuller’s newfangled views in a favorable light. They also audaciously rewrite the history of High-Calvinism, claiming to be the standard-bearers of the gospel. It is difficult to judge whether these misrepresentations are driven by ignorance, prejudice or dishonesty. Perhaps a mixture of all three.

John Piper says that Fuller searched both the scripture and the history of doctrine to see if he could find this High-Calvinism that had so infected and controlled his denomination. Well, I grew up in Fuller’s ‘denomination’. I was taught Fuller’s gospel as a child. I was trained in Fuller’s…

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AN ORDER OF SERVICE FOR DIVINE WORSHIP; DESIGNED FOR PRIVATE DEVOTIONS, FAMILY GATHERINGS AND CHURCH MEETINGS.

Sermon—“How Do I Share The Gospel: Get The Message Right”

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Some of the points covered in this sermon:
• Reviewing the context of 1 Peter 3:13-17
• Reviewing the four main branches of sharing the gospel
• Highlighting the four main features of getting the gospel message right
• First, the message of the gospel is identified as “the hope that is in you”
• Second, you should be able to explain “the hope that is in you”—“to give an answer”
• Third, you should always be ready to give a comprehensive answer of “the hope that is in you—”Be ready always”
• Fourth, you don’t have to always give a comprehensive answer for “the hope that is in you”—“[of] a reason”

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John Piper charges the High-Calvinist with “muzzling the gospel cry of the Bride”:

“Hyper-Calvinism had muzzled the gospel cry of the Bride (“The Spirit and the Bride say, ‘Come.’ And let the one who hears say, ‘Come.’ And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price,” Revelation 22:17). For the sake of the life of the church and the salvation of the nations, Fuller took up the battle for truth.”

Piper’s charge is utter rubbish! I have never met a professing Christian, subscribing to high views of sovereign grace, who believes the gospel should not be fully and freely preached to all sinners. The type of people Piper calls Hyper-Calvinists exist only in his imagination. High-Calvinists not only believe the gospel is to be fully and freely preached to all sinners, but they are also fierce advocates of gospel invitations. However, they are careful to give gospel invitations only to those who are thirsting for the water of life. If the sinner has eyes to see, he/she is invited to see! If the sinner has ears to hear, he/she is invited to hear! If the sinner is laboring and heavy laden, he/she is invited to take the yoke of Christ upon him/her! If the sinner is thirsting for the water of life, he/she is invited to come and freely drink! What a High-Calvinist will not do, is extend the gospel invitation to those who are not seeking after Christ. Far from “muzzling the gospel cry of the Bride”, the High-Calvinist is the one who announces a clear and certain cry to those who are of a broken heart and a contrite spirit, for these are the persons unto whom the Lord is nigh and saves. (Ps 34:18)

In his book, “Hyper-Calvinism”, Stanely Phillips speaks of this matter on Pages 78,79:

“It is unreasonable to charge “Hyper-calvinists” with being “non-evangelical,” if by the term “non-evangelical” one means they refuse to preach the Gospel of free and sovereign grace wherever the Lord cast their lot. They are a tireless and faithful People in giving themselves up to the Lord and one another in the…

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AN ORDER OF SERVICE FOR DIVINE WORSHIP; DESIGNED FOR PRIVATE DEVOTIONS, FAMILY GATHERINGS AND CHURCH MEETINGS.

Sermon—“How Do I Share The Gospel: Beware Of Persecution”

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Some of the points covered in this sermon:
• Explaining why the circumstances in which a believer lives, determines how he/she shares the gospel
• Highlighting the three main parts of Peter’s counsel in 1 Peter 3:13-17
• A twofold statement on the possibility of suffering persecution, verses 13,14 and 16,17
• A single statement on the priority of sharing the gospel, verse 15
• Encouraging the believer to rejoice if he/she is counted worthy to suffer for the Word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ
• Encouraging the believer to live godly in Christ Jesus in the midst of his/her persecution
• Highlighting the four main branches of sharing the gospel
• First, the content of our gospel witness—”Be ready always to give an answer [of] a reason of the hope that is in you.”
• Second, the timing and recipients of our gospel witness—”To every man that asketh you.”
• Third, the method of our gospel witness—”With meekness and fear:”
• Fourth, the motive that drives our gospel witness—”But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts.”

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Commenting on Fuller’s doctrine of Duty-Faith, Piper lays the backdrop:

“Remember, the objection is: “It is absurd and cruel to require of any man what is beyond his power to perform.” In other words, a man’s inability to believe removes his responsibility to believe (and our duty to command them to believe). In response to this objection, Fuller brings forward the distinction between moral inability and natural inability. This was the key insight which he learned from Jonathan Edwards, and he gives him credit for it on the third page of The Gospel Worthy…Natural inability does in fact remove obligation…But moral inability does not excuse. It does not remove obligation.”

Duty-Faith is a doctrine which asserts that it is the duty of unregenerate sinners to savingly believe on Christ. There are two branches of Duty-Faith: (1) The Arminians (Free-Willers), who hold that it is the ‘spiritual duty’ of the unregenerate to exercise saving faith in order to be born again—they believe faith precedes regeneration; (2) The Moderate-Calvinists (Fullerites), who hold that it is the ‘moral duty’ of the unregenerate to exercise saving faith unto salvation—they believe the unregenerate are unable to exercise saving faith before regeneration, but that it remains their duty to do so.

Whereas the High-Calvinists and Moderate-Calvinists agree the first branch of Duty-Faith is a false doctrine, yet they do not agree on the second branch, as Piper’s comments affirm. High-Calvinists reject both branches of Duty-Faith, believing that saving faith is a spiritual/moral duty binding only upon those who have been regenerated.

Moderate-Calvinists believe the High-Calvinists are in error because they have negated the sinner’s responsibility (moral duty) to believe, based on the…

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AN ORDER OF SERVICE FOR DIVINE WORSHIP; DESIGNED FOR PRIVATE DEVOTIONS, FAMILY GATHERINGS AND CHURCH MEETINGS.

Sermon—“How Is The Gospel Made Effective?”

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Some of the points covered in this sermon:
• Showing how the gospel’s definition determines its effectiveness
• Exploring how God the Father makes the gospel effective according to His electing love—it is not by the sinner’s will
• Exploring how God the Son makes the gospel effective according to His redeeming grace—it is not by the sinner’s works
• Exploring how God the Spirit makes the gospel effective according to His sanctifying power—it is not by the sinner’s faith and repentance, or the preacher’s desperate appeals
• Affirming a full and free gospel—the Father electing His people according to the good pleasure of His will, the Son redeeming His people according to the good pleasure of His will and the Spirit sanctifying His people according to the good pleasure of His will; and all of it made effective to the praise of the glory of Jehovah’s grace

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