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Maintaining a Biblical Anthropology in Biblical Evangelism.

Maintaining a Biblical Anthropology in Biblical Evangelism. Geoffrey R. Kirkland Christ Fellowship Bible Church Our glorious Lord clearly calls all of His followers to go and proclaim repentance (Luke 24:47) and to speak of the wonderful deeds of the Lord (Psalm 96:3). Preachers of the gospel, fathers and mothers, Christians who share the gospel with co-workers, neighbors, friends, and family members all have a passion, to see souls saved from God’s wrath and Christ magnified in sovereign grace. And as Christians, we understand that God saves (Titus 3:5) by the regenerating work of the Spirit (John 3:3, 8) as the faithful gospel is proclaimed (Rom 10:9-15) and the sinner repents of sin and believes in the gospel (Mark 1:15). This gospel that we preach is summed up in the wonderful truth that Christ Jesus came to save sinners (1 Tim 1:15) by being the propitiation for our sins (1 John 4:10). But how does all of this affect us when we evangelize? In other words, how does our doctrine d

...Yea But, Christ Died for Everyone.

... Yea But, Christ Died For Everyone. Geoffrey R. Kirkland Christ Fellowship Bible Church [ I'm doing an ongoing blog-series on "...yea but" where I'll answer common objections biblically. This first part answers the common statement that Jesus died for the whole world. ] Many hold to the belief that Jesus died for everyone and that when He shed His blood at Calvary, His blood covers all the sins of all people everywhere. Thus, Christ died for every single person. If this were true, that Christ died for every person without exception, then Christ’s death did not actually save anyone but it merely made salvation possible for everyone. It also would require that the Father’s plan would be at odds with the Son’s cross-work and the Spirit’s regenerating work. It would also mean that sinners who are wholly dead, defiled, and unable to come to God spiritually would have to initiate the first step of coming to Christ. Still more, if Christ’s death actually saved p

Advice from a Pastor on Talking to Your Pastor Right After He Preaches.

Advice from a Pastor on Talking to Your Pastor After He Preaches Geoffrey R. Kirkland Christ Fellowship Bible Church We find it very easy in our culture to meet and greet folks with simple introductory lines: “What’s up?” or “How’s it going?” or “How are you doing today?” I would like to humbly and yet honestly suggest to you a pastoral word of counsel.  When the corporate worship service has concluded and your pastor has finished preaching, rather than seeing him and saying: "So how are you doing?" or "How's it going?" or “What’s going on?” I’d like to proffer some reasons why this is not helpful communication to your minister right then and there and then offer three practical suggestions to consider. After he preaches, every faithful minister is emotionally drained and physically exhausted and mentally wiped. A pastor may feel like he has just birthed something that has resided with grown in him all week. He’s tired. He has just spoken for the Lord. He has

God Reigns! [How the Reign of God Affects Every Dimension of Your Life!]

God Reigns. Geoffrey R. Kirkland Christ Fellowship Bible Church The most comforting reality in all the world that gives solid consolations to my soul is this unshakeable truth that the Lord reigns. “The Lord reigns” (Psalm 93:1) is a repeated refrain that should comfort, gladden and uplift our hearts! How does God reign? This brief writeup will explore 3 dimensions of God’s kingship. 1. God reigns over the past. Go far back, as back as your human mind can possibly travel, and survey human history. Still more, go back even before God’s creative work in Genesis 1 and try to survey how the Triune God reigned sovereignly as the only, gloriously sufficient and everlastingly happy Being in and of Himself. But then consider history. God has ruled over every empire, king, nation, revival, calamity, rebellion, and conversion. Indeed, God has reigned over every moment of the past — including every moment of your past. Whatever God has wisely brought and allowed into your life in your upbringin

Diagnosing & Mortifying the Sin of Complaining.

Diagnosing & Mortifying the Sin of Complaining Geoffrey R. Kirkland Christ Fellowship Bible Church Philippians 2:14 — “Do all things without grumbling or disputing…” James 5:9 — “Do not complain, brethren, against one another…” THE CORRUPTION OF COMPLAINING Everyone does it. It’s all around us. In fact, it’s so normalized and pervasive that we hardly even recognize when it actually occurs. The sin of complaining is one of those “respectable sins.” That is, it’s one that’s hardly spoken about, seldom preached against, and still less frequent, a sin with which Christians persistently wage violent war. Complaining is ugly. Complaining is one of the most commonest and frequent sins that’s almost as easy to find and common as the air we breathe. Complaining isn’t, however, the real issue. Complaining is the outward manifestation of other heart-sins taking place in that moment. Let’s diagnose complaining. When we complain, we manifest three heart-sins that are all taking place together

Why Do So Many Promote LGBT/Pride? How Can We Respond?

June is sometimes pronounced to be 'PRIDE' month. Often, 4 reasons are given by those embrace this worldview. I provide the 4 reasons that they give and then answer each of the 4 reasons biblically by helping evangelical Christians with an understandable, gospel-driven, loving, and courageous response to each of the reasons. 4 reasons why many promote LGBT/Pride... 1. history 2. community 3. identity 4. future (much work yet to be done re: discrimination) *How must we respond? What can we say? I seek to provide biblical clarity and gospel-saturated responses to each of these 4 reasons that LGBT adherents give. Listen to the podcast HERE . More on homosexuality and sexual issues found at Pastor Geoff's site here .

Preaching the Attributes of God in the Open Air (Street Preaching)

Today on the streets of St Louis, MO I will complete my open air preaching thru the attributes of God (2nd time doing so in the last 5 years). [I have compiled a philosophy of open air preaching that guides & guards me in this area of evangelism.]   In the public & open air, I've preached on... existence of God sovereignty of God aseity of God (Self-existence) eternality of God personhood of God tri-unity of God infinitude of God holiness of God righteousness of God justice of God goodness of God omniscience of God omnipresence of God omnipotence of God wisdom of God patience of God faithfulness of God wrath of God love of God mercy of God grace of God glory of God immutability of God (unchangeableness) transcendence of God compassion of God Today I complete the study with 2 more... the fatherhood of God (I'll preach Jude 1) the praiseworthiness of God (I'll preach Psalm 117) May God use His Word

A Primer for Parents to Discipline Their Children with Godlike, Gospel-Grace

A Primer for Parents to Discipline Their Children With Gospel-Grace Bringing the hope of the Gospel to your child’s heart Geoffrey R. Kirkland  |  Christ Fellowship Bible Church Proverbs 22.15 — Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child;  The rod of discipline will remove it far from him. Proverbs 23:13-14 — Do not hold back discipline from the child,  Although you strike him with the rod, he will not die. You shall strike him with the rod and rescue his soul from Sheol. So your child has sinned. They have disobeyed God, defied you, transgressed God’s Word, and you’ve now taken your child into the discipline room. Then what? What do you do? What do you say? How do you discipline & point to Christ? How can you be firm with truth & tender with compassion? 1. Gather the facts. —   Ask questions of the child (as much as you’re able with the younger ones) such as: "what happened?" or “tell me what’s going on.” This way you seek to understand the situation (even i