Good evening! Here is yesterday morning’s sermon. Last night was a bit meandering amid answering questions and such. There is also a link to the sermon delivered at the Tri-County Men’s Retreat. A word of warning: it’s a bit long and the audio was open-mic recorded rather than direct recorded. So, it’s a bit noisy.
Morning Sermon came from Mark 6:33-34. The Audio is here (click the link and listen or download.)
Video is here:
Audio from the Men’s Retreat on 2 Peter 1:5-8 is here (click the link and listen or download).
Useless and Unfruitful
Useless and Unfruitful
Doug Hibbard / Men
TriCounty Men's Retreat 2017 / 2 Peter 1:5–8
2 Peter 1:5-8
2 Peter 1:5–8 NASB95
Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge, and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness, and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Practices to Build
As people learn to do good, so they will soon stop doing evil. If anyone does not do so his knowledge of heavenly things disappears as if in a vacuum. Self-control requires steadfastness, because whoever has learned to stay away from the pleasures of this world needs the willpower to go on doing so. The person who reaches that point of self-discipline may truly be called godly. (Bede, 7th c.)
Principles to Hold
The only context in which godliness has any meaning is that of brotherly love. You cannot win people to Christ merely by arguing them into the kingdom. It is necessary to practice godliness by prayer and good works. Charity here means the love of God, because we cannot love God without loving our neighbor, nor can we love our neighbor without loving God. The love of God is greater than the love of our neighbor, which is why we have to practice it with all our heart, mind and strength. (Bede, 7th c.)
Prequalified to Serve
Useless vs Useful
Unfruitful vs fruitful
Prerequisite for it all
Faith in Christ is the foundation
Nothing without the Holy Spirit
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