In preparing for two baptisms, Pastor Geoff works through these final verses in the "Sermon on the Mount" as the Lord calls those who listen to His sermon to enter through the narrow gate, to examine their "fruit", and to "listen to and act upon" what He has commanded.
Those who believe and surrender to Christ's Lordship must be baptized.
Pastor Geoff carefully looks at a number of Scriptures as a number of issues are addressed in this sermon: (1) what does baptism symbolize, (2) who should be baptized, (3) how should people be baptized, (4) what was the pattern in the early church, and (5) is it all that important of a matter anyway?
Listen to and apply this very important message concerning the doctrinal position of baptism at CFBC.
“If we want to bring up a godly family, who shall be a seed to serve God when our heads are under the clods of the valley, let us seek to train them up in the fear of God by meeting together as a family for worship.”
WHAT is family worship?
WHY do family worship?
HOW to do family worship?
simple. consistent. hopeful. creative.
ENCOURAGEMENT to do family worship.
William Perkins >> Those families wherein this service of God [family worship] is performed, are (as it were) little churches, yea, even a kind of Paradise upon earth.
Richard Baxter >> Family reformation is the easiest and the likely way to a common reformation; at least to send many souls to heaven, and train up multitudes for God, if it reach not to national reformation.
JOHN PATON — 19th century missionary to the Canibals.
Every morning and evening his father would lead the family in worship at home. His dad had a small closet where he would go to pray, usually after every meal. John Paton never got over the impact of his father’s prayers. Years later he wrote,
How much my father’s prayers at this time impressed me I can never explain, nor could any stranger understand. When, on his knees and all of us kneeling around him in Family Worship, he poured out his whole soul with tears for the conversion of the Heathen world to the service of Jesus, and for every personal and domestic need, we all felt as if in the presence of the living Savior, and learned to know and love him as our Divine friend. As we rose from our knees, I used to look at the light on my father’s face, and wish I were like him in spirit—hoping that, in answer to his prayers, I might be privileged and prepared to carry the blessed Gospel to some portion of the Heathen World (Autobiography,21).
This sermon is the biblical counseling introduction to "how people change." How do I put off sin and get rid of sinful habits in my life? What does the journey of progressive sanctification look like?
1. PUT OFF
2. PUT IN
3. PUT ON
"Expository Preaching Class: Session 1: Preparing the Man!"
In this audio lecture, Pastor Geoff teaches on one of the most important components of expository preaching -- and that is the inner, hidden, private and desperate prayer life of the minister of the gospel.
A man can only be much FOR God when he is much WITH God.
This teaching class centers on the paramount importance of praying in the life of the preacher. A man who does not pray is merely praying and is unfit to be a minister.
This class teaches on some components of prayer. Then, following the instruction time, we prayed corporately through Scriptures so as to model what desperate prayer looks like -- praying through the Word with the text of Scripture as a guide -- and asking for God's help in our lives, our studies, our ministries, and our sermons.
Download the PDF outline at www.CFBCSTL.org/sermons
This is session #5 on the preaching class -- the components of a sermon. What are the essential features of a sermon. This class surveys issues such as...
reading the text well
outlining the text
always preaching the gospel
Download the PDF at www.CFBCSTL.org/sermons
"Expository Preaching Class: Session 6: Delivering the Sermon"
This is session #6 in the Expository Preaching Class offered at CFBC. In this session, Pastor Geoff teaches on the "Delivery of the Sermon." Topics in this discussion include:
-desperation in preaching
-the Spirit in preaching
-passion in preaching
-using notes in preaching
-extemporaneousness in preaching
-preaching the gospel
-mannerisms/gestures in preaching
Download the PDF outline at CFBCSTL.org/sermons.
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"Expository Preaching: Class 7: Preaching & God's Sovereignty"
Pastor Geoff concludes the 7-part summer expository preaching class with the CFBC men in this session as he deals with "Preaching & the sovereignty of God."
This message talks about the dual role of preaching -- the divine role and the human role. This message covers God's sovereignty and how essential it is for effective preaching. It also surveys unction and how the Spirit of God attends the going forth of His Word powerfully.
Listen to & apply this text to your preaching.
Download the FULL course PDF notes at www.CFBCSTL.org/sermons
"Ezekiel: A Jet Tour. Judgment Is Coming But Restoration Will Follow!"
In this Family Bible Hour study, Pastor Geoff teaches on the important discipline of Family Worship. He presents the need for family worship, the defense for it biblically, and then he provides some helpful and practical ways to structure and implement family worship:
1. Sing the Word
2. Read the Word
3. Pray the Word
Listen to & apply this sermon so that we can train up our children in the ways of the Lord as we shepherd them and daily bring God's Word to bear in the home.
God commands fathers to be the pastor of the home as they shepherd their wives and their children in the ways of the LORD. It is not optional but essential. Parents can never start too young to indoctrinate and educate their children in the Word of God.