Godward Focus - The Puritans Got it Right - Dr. Joel Beeke

What can we learn from the Puritans?

Joel Beeke explains in this video that we can learn much from observing the daily life of the Puritans. He explains how the Puritans would set aside a period each day to first read Scripture, memorize a passage, meditate on everything they knew about that passage, spend time in prayer, make holy resolutions regarding changing certain things in their life, record things in their diary, sing a psalm, finish meditating, and conclude by praying and giving thanks. It is essentially a prolonged and more focused personal devotion period.

They also meditated throughout the day. Notably, the four most common subjects that the Puritans would meditate on involve: Heaven, hell, death, and the judgment day. In short, they were eternally focused. Today, we have so much technology that constantly occupies us that it is rare for someone to even meditate for even five minutes about Heaven. Instead, we occupy much of day thinking about anything but eternity. Like the Puritans, we ought to meditate on our eternal destiny - its joys and potential sorrows if we do not live a life of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Joshua 1:8 (NKJV) – “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”

Men Who Do Not Worship God - Kevin Swanson

What happens when men do not worship God?

Kevin Swanson explains in this video that it is vitally important that men are examples of worshipping God. God wants both men and women to be fully engaged in worship. Without men leading their families in worship, reformation, family life, and even the continuity of faith suffer as a result. In short, we need men who worship God.

As husbands and fathers, men need to be faithful in attending church, instructing their children how to worship God, and being an example they can look up to. But not only is a man to corporately worship God along with fellow believers, but he should also be faithful in leading his family in worshipping God as a family. Finally, he must not neglect personal worship.

Colossians 3:16 (NKJV) – “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”

Excited to Preach - Marcus Serven

What should excite you as a pastor as you prepare a sermon?

Marcus Serven explains that he has delivered sermons for over 30 years. As a preacher, you want to dig into the text and construct a sermon so that the text ministers to the people. The points in your sermon should flow right out of the Bible – that is when it has the most authority.

Perhaps the exciting part of sermon preparation is the realization that though you as the pastor may be putting the sermon together, it is the Word of God that is impacting people and that is where change comes from. God works through your faithful communication of His Word to encourage, convict, and instruct your congregation.

2 Corinthians 4:5-6 (NKJV) – “For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your bondservants for Jesus’ sake. For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”

The Grace that Saves is Grace that Transforms Your Life - Jeff Pollard

What is saving grace?

Jeff Pollard explains in this video that the grace that saves you is also the grace that instructs and transforms your life. If you have received God's grace, you have His Spirit. If indeed God has invaded your soul, the Spirit begins to shine the Word of God in your mind and heart. You begin to understand that Scripture teaches you that there are certain things that Scripture teaches as good and others as wicked. There is a new desire in your heart and soul to walk with Christ.

But, American Christianity has missed the fact that God saves us, justifies us, and that justification is never separated from sanctification. The notion of grace that doesn't in some way kindle a desire to put away what is wicked and to walk in righteousness is not saving grace. It is not possible to simply proclaim that you "believe," but then live your life however you want.

Titus 2:11-14 (NKJV) - " For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works."