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The Devastating Reality of Sin

The Devastating Reality of Sin Geoffrey R. Kirkland Christ Fellowship Bible Church This article serves to explain what sin is and how evil sin really is. Definition of Sin: Sin is any lack of conformity to the law of God by transgressing its obligations or by failing to fulfill its commands. Sin is lawlessness. It is not being or doing what God requires; or it is doing what God forbids. To sin is to fall short of God’s perfect requirement of absolute obedience to His Law. Sin is not just bad behavior and outright wickedness but it includes motives of the heart, thoughts of the mind, words from the mouth and certainly conduct in one’s life. Sin infects all that a person is. No person is alive who is unaffected by the pervasive, extensive and tragic effects of sin. 
 Origin of Sin: Sin entered the world when Adam, the first man God ever created, disobeyed God when he and his wife, Eve, ate the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden. God clearly told them that they would enjoyably eat

That Evil Monster of Sin!

That Evil Monster of Sin! Geoffrey R. Kirkland Christ Fellowship Bible Church Sin is lawlessness. Nothing good exists in sin. God is wholly desirable and everything good is bound up in God and in His beauty. But sin is all evil, always evil, powerfully evil, and deceitfully evil. Sin promises and then it destroys. Sin kisses and then it strangles. Sin is as old as humankind. Nothing is so monstrous as that gruesome and horrid evil of sin. God despises sin with a holy and righteous anger. Why is sin so bad and how does Scripture describe that evil monster of sin? Sin is Pervasive . — Sin permeates every part of man’s makeup. No part of the human person exists that has escaped the tragic effects of sin. Sin pervades all man including his mind, his soul, his heart, his will, and his affections. Everything from the soul of his foot to the crown of his head is tainted by the toxic poison of sin. Sin is Permeating . — Sin has spread throughout the entirety of human nature. The Apos

Some Helpful Blogs on Open-Air Preaching ("Street Preaching")

As we eagerly await the OPEN AIR PREACHER'S DAY OF INSTRUCTION & EQUIPPING hosted by Christ Fellowship Bible Church (St Louis, Missouri) [this Saturday, May 25th], I think it'd be helpful to provide a few helpful blogs on some related issues around the importance of faithful, biblically sound, and urgent preaching of Jesus Christ and Him crucified on the streets. 1. My personal philosophy of open air preaching  |  Blog 2. Reasons why open air preaching is always effective  |  Blog 3. How to prepare powerful pastoral preachers  |  Blog 4. Preparing an open air sermon  |  Blog 5. Street preaching at abortion clinics  |  Blog 6. Does street preaching work?  |  Blog 7. Why is open air preaching opposed by the local church?  |  Blog 8. Spurgeon on open air preaching  |  Read VIDEO: a biblical defense of open air preaching  |  WATCH VIDEO: does street preaching work?  |  WATCH

Read The Bible In One Year [A Bible-Reading Plan]

BIBLE READING PLAN We have gathered together a simple Bible-reading plan that many folks have used at Christ Fellowship Bible Church.  It'll take you through the Old Testament one time and the New Testament twice each year.  It consists in reading a couple of chapters in the Old Testament and either one or two chapters in the New Testament each day. If you DO NOT have a consistent Bible-reading schedule or plan or if you just throw open your Bible and point to a text and read your favorite verses each day, let me strongly encourage you to READ THROUGH THE WHOLE BIBLE.  The whole Bible makes a whole Christian. Here's a blog for profitable Bible-reading -- how to read the Bible for your spiritual food .  May it be helpful for you. The Bible reading plan SIDE 1 The Bible reading plan SIDE 2 One of the great joys of my spiritual life is reading God's Word first thing in the morning as I begin each day.  May the Lord encourage your heart as you feast upon His Word

The Heartfelt Embrace of Young Womanhood, Part 2 [Titus 2:5]

The Heartfelt Embrace of Young Womanhood, Part 2 Geoffrey R. Kirkland Christ Fellowship Bible Church Titus 2:4-5 is a gloriously clear text that defines what biblical womanhood is about. In fact, these verses provide the ingredients for a wonderful ministry of older women coming alongside to deliberately teach and biblically urge the young women to live out these seven virtues that God mandates for all young women.  In a culture of confusion and outright rebellion against God and His Word, this text serves as a clarion call to the older women of God to train the younger -- that is, to intentionally teach, to regularly disciple, to faithfully ‘school’ -- women in God’s design for biblical womanhood. Here is the true path of joy, the road to happiness, and the honor of biblical, young womanhood. As mentioned before, Paul gives these virtues of biblical womanhood in the context of the older women teaching the younger. And this teaches that these biblical qualities do not come naturally.

The Heartfelt Embrace of Young Womanhood, Part 1 (Titus 2.4-5)

The Heartfelt Embrace of Young Womanhood Geoffrey R. Kirkland Christ Fellowship Bible Church Titus 2:4-5 speaks of the older women who are to be “teaching what is good so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored.” So many godly women love and appreciate Titus 2 for the clear instructions that the Lord gives to both older and younger women. The Lord has spoken clearly in these verses. He has provided timeless truth, perfect principles, and needed exhortations for joyful womanhood. In this first blog, I’ll elaborate on the first few virtues of young womanhood from Titus 2:4-5a. To begin, however, I should remark that Paul calls the older women to encourage the young women to do these following 7 virtues. That teaches something very urgent: these qualities do not come naturally to a young woman; they must learn th