By Grace Alone I was blessed by the sermon. We are saved by grace alone, by faith alone, through Christ alone. By grace alone means just that -- without signing a card to the effect that I have made a "decision" for Christ. Amen. Christ made a decision [sic] to go to that old rugged cross. Of course, it wasn't a "decision" but the obedient will of the eternal God which, as Messiah, as second person of the Triune God, He was born to carry out. Amen.
Great Sermon! As a preacher seeking inspiration for a sermon I shall be preaching next Sunday on Colossians 1: 9-18, I turned to Pastor Vandermeulen's sermons at SermonAudio.com. I knew that I wanted to bring out the special glory and purity of the gospel message, and had many notes. But the unity I was seeking was still to be found. This sermon provided that unity, namely that the Law reminds one that he is a sinner, whereas the Gospel of Jesus Christ that he is forgiven. Pastor Vandermeulen announces this simple but profound principle of understanding towards the beginning of this sermon, and then proceeds to add layer upon layer of understanding of this basic point. Christ is the One prophesied for centuries. He and He alone takes away the corruption of sin and frees us for eternal life with Almighty God. Christ Alone, Faith Alone, For the Glory of God Alone are profoundly brought together as the sermon awakens our minds as well as our hearts to the salvific power of the Gospel. And, as I have noted in other reviews of sermons by Pastor Vandermeulen, his preaching now has an intensity and focus that were not present to as great a degree 15 years ago. Although the word "anointing" is overused in some circles, I can only say that I believe this sermon is truly anointed.
Faith is a powerful theme in Romans Pastor VanderMeulen reminds us at the very beginning of this sermon of the endless wonders of the book of Romans. It is a fountain of truth and wisdom that could engross our attention for many lifetimes. In it, we drink deeply of Almighty God through Jesus Christ transforming our lives to that which is the acceptable, good, and perfect will of God. There are so many layers of wisdom and truth in this sermon, it would be beyond a SermonAudio comment to try to re-state them. But this commenter was struck particularly by the preacher's recounting of the contention between Martyn Lloyd-Jones and Billy Graham. Lloyd-Jones did not accept Mr. Graham's invitation to sit on the platform at Graham's first crusade in England. He explained to Mr. Graham that he (Graham) had reversed the process by which one followed Jesus, namely we do not first make a decision and then begin to move into being born again. We are first to be born again. We are born again by faith ALONE. (John 3:3) The sermon is rich with details, but it is an impassioned call to be thankful for our faith, to live out our faith, to rejoice in our faith, and to know that our faith has set us free -- it is a thrilling panorama as we move towards those "pearly gates."
Great Sermon! This sermon was delivered with unusual passion and intensity. It deserves this treatment because Christian biblical commitments and beliefs are increasingly being challenged in our society. However, Pastor Doug VanderMeulen reminds us at the beginning of the sermon how the demonic homosexuals attacked another pastor about 40 years ago in San Francisco when he fired a homosexual man who played the organ in an Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Although the case was won in court, the man and his family suffered years of persecution. The story of that horrible case can be read here: https://www.billygraham.ca/stories/attacked-but-not-silent/ However, in the sermon that episode is to reflect a commitment to Christ that is parallel to that of Stephen in Acts. When we are blessed by the Lord, of course we should be grateful. But when horrible treatment abounds in our lives, we are equally challenged to be grateful and to respond in humble gratitude to our Lord and Savior. The sermon emphasizes that no matter what the appearances may be Jesus Christ is in control. The Lord is the Lord of society no matter whether we are seeing outcomes and behaviors we agree or disagree with as Christians. We must welcome His will in our lives and must maintain a strong witness of His Lordship!!
Great Sermon! Thank you so much for this timely sermon . I was studying this commandment after hearing about â€śThe Chosenâ€ť media production . So many Christians are ok with it but I felt it was breaking the second commandment . I pray others will hear this great sermon and understand the biblical way to worship .
A Penetrating Sermon on Faith Pastor Vandermeulen's sermon is a tour de force of theological reasoning, philosophical analysis, and homely examples. He discusses faith as making truth claims, discusses the reflections of Ursinus, and gives some cogent examples of faith from his earlier life experiences with Evangelism Explosion. He also reflects upon such everyday, homely examples as opening and eating the contents of canned goods as well as sitting on a chair depending on the objective ability of the chair to support us, not merely a "hope" that it will support us. He points out at one point that some Bible deniers at one point said there was no ancient place named Sodom, but later an archaeologist unearthed some ancient list that named Sodom and Gomorrah -- cities that existed in realtime until they were torched by Almighty God. The entire 48 minutes were really engrossing, and were well-timed because I am now reading "Searching Our Hearts In Difficult Times" by John Owen which stresses the importance of faith. For example, I just finished the section entitled "The Use and Advantage of Faith in a Time of Reproaches and Persecutions." So if you are interesting in better understanding faith and in building up your own, this sermon is a must listen.
An Intense Sermon About The Holy Spirit This sermon uniquely considers the Holy Spirit as God. Ptr. Vandermeulen does not fall into the mistaken idea of the Holy Spirit as a mere "force" that sometimes comes into play in our lives or, on the other hand, identifying the Holy Spirit with various ecstasies and unusual phenomena as we sometimes find in charismatic or pentecostal churches. In his desire to reveal the power and richness of the Holy Spirit in the fullness of His Person and Essence, Ptr. Vandermeulen is preaching with an intensity that I have not heard in 15 years of listening to his sermons. His sermons are typically incisive, consistent, warm-hearted, and true to all known canons for Biblical exegesis. But, to repeat myself, this sermon is presented with an intensity that is remarkable which helps the hearers appreciate the significance of the topic, the life changing power of the Holy Spirit, correct knowledge of the Holy Spirit, and the application of that understanding to the world-life experience as a whole as well as application specifically to the born again body of Christ as a whole. He uses the terms "Common" and "Special" both as overarching categories and as subcategories to help us understand and to out-picture how the Holy Spirit operates in the world and in the body of Christ. Thank you.
Being In The Presence Of Christ On The Cross I do not recall hearing another sermon that brought to life the events of Christ's crucifixion like this sermon. In the course of the sermon, Ptr. Vandermeulen recommended a book by A.W. Pink that exposits the seven last words of Christ on the cross. I found that interesting because Pink's book about Elijah inspired me greatly. In that book, the reader (myself) felt as though I were literally present and observing the various events that unfolded in Elijah's life. In this sermon, for the first time, I really felt the same way about being present at Christ's crucifixion. I was not merely present at a recounting or re-summarizing of the events, but as if I were actually there, and thus could identify wholly with the reaction of the centurion. At the end of the sermon, we are asked to reflect, if possible, outside our comfort zones about the last moments that we each can anticipate having. Will we be dissolved in fear or will we be filled with hope and gratitude for the infinite caring and sacrifices of our beloved prophet, priest, and king? Or will be hardened in indifference? The narrative in this sermon was gripping. The final question addressed to the humanity hearing this sermon (in person or online) is as urgent and profound as any that might be asked.
Great Sermon! I will say, what if we do t believe those elders and leaders have been placed there by God, but have placed themselves? This is where we find ourselves in America.
Iâ€™ve been praying about many things at my church over 30 plus years. I donâ€™t see answers, in fact it would seem this is the only area of prayer not being answered over the years.
It could me be?? It must be, because I donâ€™t have a fancy position in the organization. What I have seen is at times, leaders just removed and replaced with little explanation.
Great perspective! I hope God is moving somewhere!!!
Very good Good sermon. It was interesting to hear what workers at suicide hotlines are trained to say to people who call in. In these times when we have an epidemic of what they call â€śdeaths of despairâ€ť, we should have training like that in our churches.
Very Encouraging Proclamation of the Word I have had the privilege of posting many comments about Ptr.Dougâ€™s sermons over the years. This sermon is a masterpiece of forceful encouragement.
Next week Iâ€™m facing my third medical heart test. The first one, an echocardiogram, showed a small mass in my heartâ€™s left ventricle. The second test was a cardiac MRI. This found everything to be normal. How to resolve the disconnect? I was sent to take a Transesophageal Echocardiogram (TEE). In this one, they put a camera down the patientâ€™s esophagus and take close-up photos of the heart. The only problem was they couldnâ€™t get the camera down my esophagus. So now Iâ€™m scheduled to go back and have the procedure under general anesthesia, not merely under sedation. Having these many tests on one of oneâ€™s vital organs is something I find VERY STRESSFUL. Dougâ€™s sermon powerfully drove home the point that this does not mean the Lord is punishing me for sin(s). And whether the third test determines that I will or will not need surgery it is in His perfect will. All that happens to us is for the sake of glorification of His Name. The net result of our joys AND our groanings is that both give us hope of gloryâ€”a future with Christ where there will be a New Heaven and New Earth. I drew great solace from this sermon.
Great Sermon! Thanks, SermonAudio for having the SErmons by Topic choice to find good sermons like this one. But it is sad to note that it is 15 years old, and it is the most recent sermon on this topic, which should be at the top.
Because Biblical womanhood is neglected in the US, we have so many problems in our society, and the key verse is Isaiah 3:12, where the curse is given, where children oppress and women rule. Nothing would better describe the US than this verse, much better than the verse commonly brought out for May's National Day of Prayer, "...if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves..."
Many problems with that verse, like 'my people' does not equal every resident in the US (illegal immigrants included), and 'humble themselves' the US is not a humble country!
But lets' focus on the Isaiah 3:12 verse, which gives us the root cause of so many problems. Did you know that even liberals will agree with conservatives that one reason why the Crime Rate in the US has gone down is that there are less young people around (both sides give abortion the reason for that decrease)? Isn't that like saying 'children oppress' by being criminals? How many cases have you seen of shootings or robberies done by seasoned citizens?
Though Saved, Do You Have Peace and Hope? I am very grateful to Ptr. Doug for this Good Friday message. This morning, the day after Good Friday, I went out for a late breakfast/brunch with my wife. We were discussing various matters, and at one point I said, "The Lord revealed to me that he's not finished with us in this matter yet." So the Lord has taken us successfully through certain difficult situations, and in those same areas, He will continue to lead us and give us perseverance and wisdom. But when Christ said it is finished on the Cross, that saving work, the forgiveness for ALL our sins, is finished. Yet, the sermon reveals that there are many saved Christians who still are vexed with guilt and fears, and have not realized the hope and the peace that passeth understanding that flows from Christ's "It is finished." (Only one word in the Greek) I am one of those still overly vexed by guilt and fear of man. Perhaps you are too? The sermon promises that if we keep knocking on heaven's door, we will attain that level of perfect peace and hope. This is helpful to me because I have found myself asking myself how I can be saved but yet not have the peace that passes understanding. I am now encouraged that it is not beyond my reach.
The Ten Commandments Still Apply This sermon is refreshing and inspirational. It begins as a preaching about the Tenth Commandment about not coveting, but this commandment and our meditation on it draws us into even deeper issues of our sinfulness. Though those who follow Christ are called "saints" in the Bible (different from the special designation used by the Roman Catholics), we know we are converted sinners, and those not in the body of Christ are unconverted sinners. So in this sermon Pastor Doug explores how we should think about and deal with this sinful condition that abides in our hearts and minds even after we have been born again. But he not only explores the matter but proclaims our need for good works, obedience to the Word of God, and recognition that through Christ we shall eventually be in that perfect place where we can 100% worship (and serve) in spirit and truth. At the same time, he clearly is not antinomian, and in no way putting a positive spin on our basic sinfulness. He recommends good works in keeping with the Ten Commandments and recommends greater study of those commandments. Following the sermon I purchased Thomas Watson's work on the Ten Commandments, and printed out a couple of sections that are available at monergism.com Have a blessed Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas. Jeff
Moral Purity Requires Honor II To continue the previous comment....
This shows that even unsaved society is deeply conflicted over sexual morality; yet the impurity and sensuality and the lewd language and bodily activity on TV, the internet, and movies continues. Then, for someone like me who resides in New York City, we not only have to deal with various stages of undress in shopping malls as in smaller towns, but just on the subways where folks are packed together there are vulgar advertisements (like Pompeii in Pastor Doug's sermon), much showing of flesh, and sometimes physical contact between the sexes. You have to be prayed up. But the pastor brings out a key quality -- both mental and attitudinal -- namely honor. The Christian must have a deeply engrained sense that giving into temptation or even allowing oneself to feel tempted is beneath the high calling of having been elected by Jesus Christ to spend an eternity with Him. Thus, self-control and self-purification are not mainly a product of fear of God (although fear is warranted I believe) but by cultivating a sense of an elevated life based on honor and a nobility of purpose. Pastor Doug had a Facebook post about being a gentleman (he didn't say lady, but I'll add that term). That too is part of honor I believe.