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Repentance Resources

Last Sunday I preached Jonah 4 at Christ Fellowship Bible Church & much of the sermon showed what true repentance looks like as evidenced by the Ninevites. Here are some very helpful resources on REPENTANCE for further study: The Doctrine of Repentance - by Thomas Watson Repentance - by JC Ryle Repentance & Conversion - sermon by George Whitefield The Necessity of Repentance - by AW Pink Repentance According to 2 Corinthians 7:11 - by John Calvin Faith & Repentance - by Sam Storms Seven Counterfeits of Repentance True Repentance - by Jay Wegter Directions for Hating Sin - by Richard Baxter Repentance - by RL Dabney  The Danger of Delaying Repentance - by Thomas Boston

Call Your People to Repent — Specifically!

Some excellent application demonstrated by George Whitefield: Concluding a sermon on repentance & conversion , he shouts: You young people, I charge you to consider; God help you to repent and be converted, who woos and invites you. You middle aged people, O that you would repent and be converted. You old grey-headed people, Lord make you repent and be converted, that you may thereby prove that your sins are blotted out. O I could preach till I preached myself dead; I could be glad to preach myself dead, if God would convert you! O God bless his work on you, that you may blossom and bring forth fruits unto God. Amen and Amen.  Now there's a way to capture your audience — all of them! Draw them all in group by group, age group by age group so that they must hear, heed, and respond to the gospel message proclaimed!  

There is Evil in the Land!

The responsibility of Jeremiah, given to him by the LORD, was to arise and speak all that God commanded him to say to sinful Judah (1:17). In chapter 2, Jeremiah speaks the LORD's words to Judah and indicts them for their wicked apostasy. I want to look at Jeremiah 2:8  and examine just a few ways that Judah had forsaken the LORD. THE TEXT: Jeremiah 2:8 — "The priests did not say, 'Where is the LORD?' And those who handle the law did not know Me; The rulers also transgressed against Me, And the prophets prophesied by Baal And walked after things that did not profit. 1. The Leadership Lost Focus on God. The priests of the land were eager to lead, eager to teach, and eager to exercise their authority but the priests did not say: " where is the LORD ?" One might think that a priest of the LORD might call upon the LORD but in these evil days such was not the case. The leadership, thus, lost focus on God and determined to make decisions, live life, and

The worshipful act of financial giving in the local Church.

The Worshipful Act of Monetary Giving to the Local Church By: Pastor Geoffrey R. Kirkland Christ Fellowship Bible Church Jesus Christ willingly went to the cross to die so that He might ransom men and redeem them to Himself in a saving, eternal, reconciled relationship. If Jesus Christ has given so much for us, should we not be willing to give sacrificially to Him? In what follows, I hope to provide a number of helpful ways you can worshipfully give: 1. Give Generously ! Jesus Christ came to seek and save the lost. The initiative was His. The death of Christ sufficiently saves from the penalty of sin. Jesus Christ gave Himself fully, physically, and sacrificially so that you may be pardoned in Him! If Jesus Christ has given so much for you, what a wonderful privilege to give generously back to Him! Those who have money in this world are to be instructed to do good, to be rich in good works and to be generous and ready to share (1 Tim 6:18). Even the character of God is such that he i

Preaching Two Open-Air Sermons

Last night I went to the Metrolink station at the Central West End in St Louis. It is a busy hub where Barnes Jewish Hospital, Children's Hospital, Forest Park, & the CWE all converge. I was there for about an hour and had a number of great conversations. I recorded both of my open air sermons & I'll post them below. My prayer was two-fold as I went out last night: 1) May God cause spiritually dead sinners to hear the gospel proclaimed & respond accordingly. 2) May God cause believers who are walking with Christ to be encouraged to share the faith and proclaim the gospel in their own lives. Here are my two sermons — available on my SERMONS page. You'll note that I constantly go back to the gospel because the people who are walking by may only hear me for about 30 seconds or so. So I constantly recycle the gospel of Christ, regardless of where I am in my exposition of the particular text. 1. Judges 2:11-15 — A Problem that You Can't Fix 2.

Why does CFBC exist?

Why Does Christ Fellowship Bible Church Exist? Geoffrey R. Kirkland Pastor, CFBC ( download the pdf here ) CFBC exists: to glorify God by preaching the Word, evangelizing the lost, discipling the saved, and obeying Jesus Christ—all by the power of the Spirit. Breakdown of mission statement & preaching points: 1. Always Glorify God — A High View of God & His Glory 2. Preach the Word — A High View of Biblical, Expository Preaching 3. Evangelize the Lost — A Biblical View of Evangelism/Conversion 4. Disciple the Saved — A Biblical View of Discipleship/Growth 5. Obey Jesus Christ — A Biblical View of Aggressive Sanctification 6. Depend on the Spirit — A Towering View of the Spirit’s Enabling Power CFBC’s mission must = CFBC’s strategy In other words, CFBC’s strategy is the mission. The way we can glorify God is by preaching the Word, evangelizing the lost, discipling the saved, and walking in worshipful obedience to His commands. This all happens in full dependence and with supern

CFBC Catechism — Teach Your Children Diligently!

This post will offer some ideas as to how you as the families of CFBC can continue to reinforce biblical truths into the minds and the hearts of your young people at home. CFBC is committed to teaching the children of CFBC during the Family Bible Hour (4:00PM) but CFBC affirms that the primary teachers are the parents (both the father and the mother) and the primary teaching environment is the home (throughout the week). A great way to teach and instruct your children in solid theology with practical application is to utilize the catechism — a question & answer teaching format (that is very easy to memorize!). Here are some ideas as to how you could implement this... 1. Download & print the CFBC Catechism HERE . 2. Take a few questions & go through them as a family ( and with your children ) regularly at home throughout the week (dinner, before bed, at the breakfast table, etc.) 3. Ask the family members (both adults & children) if there are questions

How Is God Glorified? Here Is One Aspect — Self-Denial

From Gracegems : Now the heart of depraved man is obstinately averse to such a course of feelings and conduct. Instead of being supremely attached to God and the good of His Kingdom, men are by nature lovers of their own selves. And here lies the controversy between man and his Maker. God requires men to regard His glory as the great end of their existence, but they disregard His requisitions and prefer their own will and ends to His. This is the disposition of every natural heart; hence the mortification of this spirit, and the supreme devotion of the heart and life to the service and glory of God, is evidence of a radical change of moral character. It was the character of Jesus Christ that ‘He went about doing good.” God is served and glorified by a life which is actively engaged in seeking the good of others. Where the heart is seriously and intensely interested in the service of God, it cannot be satisfied without ac

What is biblical wisdom — cf. Psalm 1

Willem VanGemeren wisely asks & answers: "What is the biblical wisdom that the psalmists speak of so frequently? First, wisdom calls for a response . The invitation is open to all (34:11-12; cf. Prov 1:8-9; 2:1-3:10). Regardless of age, social standing, or gender, whether Jew or Gentile, God expects the response of love and submission to him (49:1-3). Those who devote themselves to a loving response may have to undergo fatherly discipline: "it was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees" (119:71). Out of the brokenness of heart, the godly learn wisdom; and out of gratitude they seek wisdom. The way of wisdom demands total commitment: "Blessed are they who keep his statutes and seek him with all their heart" (119:2; cf v. 3, 10). Since God is greater than any treasure, the love for God demands the ultimate sacrifice — total loyalty and discipleship: "I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches" (1

Catechizing our children at CFBC! This Sunday, Oct 14th...

Starting this upcoming Sunday, October 14th, Christ Fellowship Bible Church will be teaching a Catechism class for our younger children. Charles Spurgeon said it well: I am persuaded that the use of a good Catechism in all our families will be a great safeguard against the increasing errors of the times, and therefore I have compiled this little manual from the Westminster Assembly's and Baptist Catechisms, for the use of my own church and congregation. Those who use it in their families or classes must labour to explain the sense; but the words should be carefully learned by heart, for they will be understood better as years pass. And we at CFBC want to come alongside of the families — where the primary teaching and instructing of children must take place as they live home life together day after day — and allow the men of CFBC to pour biblical, solid, theological, and practical truths into the hearts of our young people. WHEN: The catechism class will start thi

Hudson Taylor — A man of prayer & trust.

In the year 1854 a sailing vessel was becalmed in the vicinity of New Guinea. Seeing the distressed look on the captain's face as he peered intently into the sea, a young Englishman inquired as to the cause of his anxiety. This was the reply: "A four-knot current is carrying us swiftly toward some sunken reefs over there. Our fate seems to be sealed." On the shores of the island, cannibals were rushing about and lighting fires in great glee. Presently the captain spoke again: "We have done everything that can be done." "No," responded the young man, "there is one thing we haven't done. Four of us on board are Christians. Let each of us retire to his cabin and in agreed prayer ask the Lord to give us a breeze immediately." This was agreed upon and done. After a few minutes of earnest intercession, the young man came up on deck confident that the petition had been granted. Finding the first officer, a godless man, in charge, he requested