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Preaching

Having not been able to complete the scheduled Bible study for the mid-week service, I threw together some notes on the ninth chapter of Romans. It is not often I go ‘old school’ by scribbling on the nearest blank piece of paper. After teaching the study, I proceeded to broaden my notes for future reference. As the notes set forth a statement on High-Calvinism, I’ve chosen to include them with the online resources of the AHB. There are two sets of notes—the handwritten scribble is what I used in the pulpit (I haven’t bothered typing them out); the typed notes are what I jotted down after teaching the study.

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We maintain that it is the right for a minister of Jesus Christ to preach the gospel in the hearing of all that hear him; and what we find fault with is not preaching the gospel to all that hear but men pretending that they are authorised to offer the gospel to all that hear them. We consider that to preach the gospel is one thing, and to offer the gospel is quite another thing. Hence when a man gets up into a pulpit, and says, “In God’s name I offer Christ, and pardon, and salvation, to every soul of you present; if you reject this offer, you may never have another; therefore come now and take Christ and salvation, while you have the opportunity; today is the time, tomorrow may be too late, and recollect that it is your own fault that you are not saved for I have this day offered you Christ.” Now, we consider that this is no more like preaching the gospel than a poor deluded Papist, counting his beads, is like the true worship of God. To preach or proclaim God’s will is one thing; but to offer…

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Duty-Faith and the Free-Offer are two of the most pernicious heresies infiltrating churches today.

Preachers that demand sinners exercise faith, as the initiating cause of the new birth, are appealing to the flesh, wherein dwelleth no good thing. Subsequently, false converts are mass produced through manipulative devices in getting people to ‘make a decision for Christ’. The scriptural concept of faith is this—the sinner believes because he has been born again; he is not born again because he believes. Hence…

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8. It is also extremely worthy of remark, that the reading of God’s Word itself, though an invaluable means of grace, and without which the work of God’s Spirit is not usually carried forward in the minds of men, has not experimentally been found to be the general instrument of conversion. This has usually been accomplished by means of the Word of God, spoken…

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But people who neglect Church, surely have something to allege in their own defence. They must have some reason. I will set down, and briefly consider, all the excuses for neglect of public worship, which I remember to have heard.

1. Some people say, “They know already, all that is taught in the Church.” How can they tell what may be taught, when they are not present? But this apology is quite unfounded, the persons…

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Gospel Preaching

18 Jun 2012, by AHB Library

1 Martyn Smith

Martyn Smith is a Committee member of the Strict Baptist Historical Society. He brings a challenge from the Word of God on the church’s responsibility in preaching the Gospel to sinners. His proposition is clear: The Gospel must not only be preached with a special emphasis on the sovereign grace of God, but the church must also depend entirely upon sovereign grace for the conversion of sinners.

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Still you urge, ‘Where is either the necessity or utility of preaching predestination?’ God Himself teaches it or commands us to teach it, and that is answer enough. We are not to arraign the Deity and bring the motives of His will to the test of human scrutiny, but simply to revere both Him and it. He, who alone is all-wise and all-just, can in reality (however things appear to us) do wrong to no man, neither can He do anything unwisely or rashly. And this consideration will suffice to silence all the objections of truly religious persons. However, let us for argument’s sake…

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