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014 - Spiritual Disciplines - Evangelism & Discipleship
Jul 8 2022
014 - Spiritual Disciplines - Evangelism & Discipleship
The great commission - Go… Make Disciples… teaching them to observe all that I have commanded (Matt 28:19-20)The church is tasked with making disciples… not converts. Conversion without discipleship leads to weak Christians who are not rooted in Christ. Discipleship presumes evangelism. Evangelism is not the goal Disciple-making is. How is Evangelism (making disciples) a means of grace that will help me overcome porn? The teacher always learns more than the studentFuels our reading of scripture as we consider how to explain an idea or concept to someone else. Causes us to look at the text in a different way/new perspective. Causes us to anticipate questions and seek answers.Requires us to have a deep understanding of the Gospel. What does the resurrection of Christ mean for my life? How do I deal with sin and shame? Who am I, especially when I sin… again?How do I deal with tragedy/suffering? Does Jesus have anything to say about it? Preach the Gospel… to yourselfAs you better understand the message of the Gospel, you will be better able to preach it to yourself in moments of testing and temptation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Px0S4JlVaSMhttps://www.desiringgod.org/interviews/preach-the-gospel-to-yourselfIf we don't preach the Gospel to ourselves, we will only hear the lies from Satan. The Gospel is the answer to the lies (thoughts) that Satan puts into our minds. Proactive Preaching - make it a daily habit to gaze upon the glory of the Lord. Knowing that a difficult circumstance is coming, we can prepare our hearts to keep looking to Christ in the midst of a trial. Reactive Preaching - Look back on the events of your life through the lens of the Gospel. 1 Peter 3:15  “But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.”Ephesians 6:15 “As shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace.” Psalm 42:11 “Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.”
010 - Spiritual Discipline - Singing- Whole Hearted Worship of God
Jun 1 2022
010 - Spiritual Discipline - Singing- Whole Hearted Worship of God
See our Website - https://www.jointheresistancepodcast.com/What does the Bible say about music?Colossians 3:16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.Acts 16:25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.Ephesians 5:19 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit,  speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the LordJames 5:13  Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise Hebrews 2:12 “I will declare your name to my brothers and sisters; in the assembly I will sing your praises.”Jesus! what a Friend for sinners!Jesus! Lover of my soul;Friends may fail me, foes assail me,He, my Savior, makes me whole.Hallelujah! what a Savior!Hallelujah! what a Friend!Saving, helping, keeping, loving,He is with me to the end.Jesus! what a Strength in weakness!Let me hide myself in Him.Tempted, tried, and often failing,He, my Strength, my victory wins.Jesus! what a Help in sorrow!While the billows over me roll,Even when my heart is breaking,He, my Comfort, helps my soul.Jesus! I do now receive Him,More than all in Him I find.He has granted me forgiveness,I am His, and He is mine.
007 JTRP - Spiritual Discipline - How Communion and Baptism help to build our faith
May 11 2022
007 JTRP - Spiritual Discipline - How Communion and Baptism help to build our faith
WSC 88 - The outward and ordinary means whereby Christ communicates to us the benefits of redemption, are his ordinances, especially the word, sacraments, and prayer; all which are made effectual to the elect for salvationWhat is a sacrament?Visible signs of God’s promise of salvation through union with Christ. (Kelly M. Kapic and Wesley Vander Lugt, Pocket Dictionary of the Reformed Tradition, The IVP Pocket Reference Series (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2013), 103.)SACRAMENTS are holy signs and seals of the covenant of grace, immediately instituted by God, to represent Christ and his benefits, and to confirm our interest in him; as also to put a visible difference between those that belong unto the church and the rest of the world; and solemnly to engage them to the service of God in Christ, according to his word. (Westminster Assembly, The Westminster Confession of Faith: Edinburgh Edition (Philadelphia: William S. Young, 1851), 143–144.)Q. 167. How is our baptism to be improved by us?The needful but much neglected duty of improving our baptism, is to be performed by us all our life long, especially in the time of temptation, and when we are present at the administration of it to others; by serious and thankful consideration of the nature of it, and of the ends for which Christ instituted it, the privileges and benefits conferred and sealed thereby, and our solemn vow made therein;by being humbled for our sinful defilement, our falling short of, and walking contrary to, the grace of baptism, and our engagements; by growing up to assurance of pardon of sin, and of all other blessings sealed to us in that sacrament; by drawing strength from the death and resurrection of Christ, into whom we are baptized, for the mortifying of sin, and quickening of grace; and by endeavouring to live by faith, to have our conversation in holiness and righteousness, as those that have therein given up their names to Christ; and to walk in brotherly love, as being baptized by the same Spirit into one body.Q. 171. How are they that receive the sacrament of the Lord’s supper to prepare themselves before they come unto it?A. They that receive the sacrament of the Lord’s supper are, before they come, to prepare themselves thereunto, by examining themselves of their being in Christ, of their sins and wants; of the truth and measure of their knowledge, faith, repentance; love to God and the brethren, charity to all men, forgiving those that have done them wrong; of their desires after Christ, and of their new obedience; and by renewing the exercise of these graces, by serious meditation, and fervent prayer.Q. 172. May one who doubteth of his being in Christ, or of his due preparation, come to the Lord’s supper?A. One who doubteth of his being in Christ, or of his due preparation to the sacrament of the Lord’s supper, may have true interest in Christ, though he be not yet assured thereof; and in God’s account hath it, if he be duly affected with the apprehension of the want of it, and unfeignedly desires to be found in Christ, and to depart from iniquity: in which case (because promises are made, and this sacrament is appointed, for the relief even of weak and doubting Christians) he is to bewail his unbelief, and labor to have his doubts resolved; and, so doing, he may and ought to come to the Lord’s supper, that he may be farther strengthened.
003 Spiritual Disciplines Introduction
Apr 13 2022
003 Spiritual Disciplines Introduction
Join The Resistance PodcastEpisode 003 - Spiritual Disciplines Series - IntroductionWelcome to the JTRP where we help Christians overcome sexual brokenness and pornography through growing in their relationship with God.  Buckle up for this encouraging and insightful episode with your hosts, Tim Russell and Jack Adkins. Are you ready to join the resistance?We are starting a new series called Spiritual DisciplinesWhat are Spiritual Disciplines?The Reformers talked about means of grace. Table Talk - https://tabletalkmagazine.com/article/2020/06/what-is-a-means-of-grace/ “Our growth in the grace of Christ will be commensurate with our use of the means God has appointed. Theologians refer to these as “means of grace” (media gratia). The means of grace are God’s appointed instruments by which the Holy Spirit enables believers to receive Christ and the benefits of redemption… God assigned the Word, sacraments, and prayer to be the foremost means by which He communicates Christ and His benefits to believers.”“We find a helpful historical definition of the means of grace in the Westminster Shorter Catechism, where we read: “The outward and ordinary means whereby Christ communicates to us the benefits of redemption, are his ordinances, especially the word, sacraments, and prayer; all which are made effectual to the elect for salvation” (WSC 88).”David Mathis wrote a book called Habits of GraceHere he focuses on the behaviors or habits that if instilled within us and infused with faith that Christ will meet us in the doing of the habits, the grace of God grows in our life.  We need this grace. If we are going to make progress in the battle against lust and sexual brokenness, we need to grow in grace. We need to grow in our obedience to God and his word.  We are going to use Mathis’s book, Habits of Grace as a guide for this series. We will not be following it point by point but more using it as an outline for what topics to cover and discuss.  There may be certain episodes that lean more heavily on the book than others.  We encourage you to purchase a copy of the book for your own use and study as we go through this series.  Link can be found in the show notes.  Objection - The Bible says that we’re saved by grace and not by works. That means that God gives us all the grace we will ever need at our salvation. Isn't this talk about means of grace or habits of grace unbiblical? No, We are told to grow in grace. Many of pauls prayers are that we would grow in our 2 Peter 3:18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen. (ESV)Why do my habits matter? After all, I can’t lose my salvation. Once saved, always saved, right? So what’s the big deal? Since we are not saved by works, we should worry about works. Jesus is just happy that I chose him, right? Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges Preface quote and discussion:A farmer plows his field, sows the seed, and fertilizes and cultivates—all the while knowing that in the final analysis he is utterly dependent on forces outside of himself. He knows he cannot cause the seed to germinate, nor can he produce the rain and sunshine for growing and harvesting the crop. For a successful harvest, he is dependent on these things from God.Yet the farmer knows that unless he diligently pursues his responsibilities to plow, plant, fertilize, and
002 - Haggai 1 and Misplaced Priorities
Apr 6 2022
002 - Haggai 1 and Misplaced Priorities
Haggai Message – Misplaced PrioritiesSetting – Israel was sent into exile 586 BC. 70 years later, under Cyrus King of Persia, the remnant of Israel returned to Jerusalem. They were tasked with rebuilding the Temple. They started off strong, Temple foundation laid, City walls rebuilt. Events take place in 520 BC.  Misplaced Priorities Exposed Haggai 1:1-6 (ESV) – In the second year of Darius the king, in the sixth month, on the first day of the month, the word of the LORD came by the hand of Haggai the prophet to Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest: “Thus says the LORD of hosts: These people say the time has not yet come to rebuild the house of the LORD.” Then the word of the LORD came by the hand of Haggai the prophet, “Is it a time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses, while this house lies in ruins? Now, therefore, thus says the LORD of hosts: Consider your ways. You have sown much, and harvested little. You eat, but you never have enough; you drink, but you never have your fill. You clothe yourselves, but no one is warm. And he who earns wages does so to put them into a bag with holes.  1.      Judah, the Remnant of Israel - Job # 1 was to rebuild the temple. 2.      Why was the temple such a big deal? Without the temple the religious life of Israel was not what it could/should be. There was nowhere to make the required sacrifices. Nation was spiritually adrift… leading to disastrous results. 3.      Who is the “LORD of Hosts”? LORD – This is the covenant name of God YEHWAHHost - It refers to large numbers of soldiers and armies.  In this way, LORD of Hosts is the military name of God.4.      It was in this context that God sends Haggai to the nation to get their attention. a.       Haggai was a prophet – messenger of God. God’s Covenant Prosecutor.b.      God needed to get the nation’s attention. They had failed to uphold their end of the deal. 5.      God anticipates Israel’s objections. a.       Israel – Timing was just not right to obey God. God, you just don’t understand the pressures we are under…b.      God – But you seem to have time to fix up your homes… “paneled houses.”  c.       God – Is it right for you to enjoy all the creature comforts while my house lies in ruin? While my name is devalued and denigrated by the world? 6.      “Consider your ways” – God wants to get the nation to think about the “pressures” that they are facing. What were the excuses that the nation used? (vs 6): Crop Failure: “You have sown much, and harvested little.”Food Insecurity: “You eat, but you never have enough;” Drought: “you drink, but you never have your fill.” Sickness and Disease: “You clothe yourselves, but no one is warm.” Financial Distress: “And he who earns wages does so to put them into a bag with holes.” 7.      Israel needed to see things from God’s Point of view. Their priorities were not God’s priorities. They put themselves before God. 8.      The bottom line is that our activities expose where our real priorities lie. They expose how much we really value our families, our work, our church community, and our own creature comforts.The Cost of Misplaced Priorities Haggai 1:7-11 (ESV) – “Thus says the LORD of hosts: Consider your ways. Go up to the hills and bring wood and build the house, that I may tak