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What is the Chiveis Trilogy All About?

Crossway’s newest fiction title is now available!

What is the Chiveis Trilogy all about? Author Bryan Litfin explains…

April 27, 2011 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Book News,News,Video | Author: Angie Cheatham @ 1:00 pm | 0 Comments »

Video: The Gift

Book II in the Chiveis Trilogy is now available!

Learn more about The Gift by Bryan Litfin.

| Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Book News,News,Video | Author: Angie Cheatham @ 9:32 am | 0 Comments »

Practical Tips for Expository Preachers

There are a variety of methods for sermon preparation and delivery. There is no one way to do it. Everyone is unique and different. Alistair Begg shares five tips that he learned from an older minister when he was a theological student:

  1. Think yourself empty. Survey a passage of Scripture in the proper spirit of unlearnedness. Avoid the proud assumption that you initially know what everything means.
  2. Read yourself full. Read widely and regularly.
  3. Write yourself clear. Aside from the essential empowering of the Spirit, freedom of delivery in the pulpit depends on careful organization in the study.
  4. Pray yourself hot. Without personal prayer and communion with God during the preparation stages, the pulpit will be cold.
  5. Be yourself, but don’t preach yourself. There is nothing quite so ridiculous as the affected tone and adopted posture of the preacher who wishes he were someone else. Also – a good teacher clears the way, declares the way, and then gets out of the way.

From the new edition of Preaching for God’s Glory by Alistair Begg.

April 26, 2011 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Church Ministry,Life / Doctrine,Preaching / Teaching | Author: Angie Cheatham @ 12:00 pm | 1 Comment »

The Benefits of Expository Preaching

Why should expository preaching be recovered and faithfully practiced?

  • It gives glory to God alone. Since expository preaching begins with the text of Scripture, it’s starts with God and is in itestlf an act of worship.
  • It makes the preacher study God’s Word. The first heart God’s Word needs to reach is the preacher.
  • It helps the congregation. It enables the congregation to learn the Bible.
  • It demands treatment of the entire Bible. It prevents the preacher from avoiding difficult passages or from dwelling on only his favorite texts.
  • It provides a balanced diet. Exposition affirms the priority and sufficiency of a text. We serve our people best when we make clear that we are committed to teaching the Bible by teaching the Bible.
  • It eliminates Saturday night fever. It liberates the preacher from last minute preparation and it doesn’t leave the congregation wondering what the preacher will talk about on Sunday.

Adapted from the new edition of Preaching for God’s Glory by Alistair Begg.

| Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Church Ministry,Life / Doctrine,Preaching / Teaching | Author: Angie Cheatham @ 7:00 am | 1 Comment »

Jesus’ Death Should Lead to Your Own Daily Dying

Jesus’ death should lead to your own daily dying. Yes, Jesus died as a substitute for sinners, and that work is your hope of salvation. But Jesus did not die only to justify the wicked. His death is also designed to lead you in your own daily dying and living.

Peter says that Jesus died for our sins so that we would die to our sins. Jesus died for our sins by suffering the wrath of God in the place of sinners. By his wounds we are healed. Through the suffering of the righteous one, the wicked are justified. You, Christian, are justified. But his death should lead you in dying, as well. You die to your sins and live to righteousness through the ongoing work of faith and repentance.

What is it to die to sin?

  • To die to sin is to deny its influence and to recognize that sin is powerless over you.
  • To recognize your corruption and identify your temptations while resting in the deliverance God has provided through the sacrifice of Jesus.
  • To know you are no longer a slave, and sin is your master no more.
  • As you die to sin (recognizing and living in the reality that Jesus has set you free) you can live to righteousness. To live to righteousness is to follow Christ in holiness and to grow in grace.

The death of Jesus is not just what cleanses you of guilt, but it is also the means by which you experience transformation. Your progress in the faith, your sanctification, is not a result of will power or education, but the consequence of Christ’s atoning work. That is your confidence and hope. You can die to sin because he has died for your sin. You can live unto righteousness because Jesus has risen from the dead and in him you are now truly alive! Today is a day to die and to live.

Excerpt modified from Note to Self by Joe Thorn. Learn more or download a free sample.

April 25, 2011 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Life / Doctrine,Sanctification,The Christian Life | Author: Angie Cheatham @ 8:10 am | 0 Comments »