November 4

In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one;   Ephesians 6:16

 

We must engage the shield of faith for our defence against the fiery darts of Satan’s temptations.  There are three acts of faith which bind God (though we speak with reverence), to help us – (1.) The prayer of faith opens your case with God, and calls in help from haven.  Our victory must drop from heaven, but it waits until a prayer calls for it.  Fortify your prayer from God’s promises.  Prayer is God’s promises turned into an argument.  Plead your relationship with god.  Has God taken you into his family?  Have you chosen him for your God?  What a strong argument is this: ‘I am yours, O Lord, save me!’  Who will look after a child if not his father?  (2.) The faith of expectation engages God to help us.  When you have been with God, expect good from him.  For the lack of this many a prayer is lost.  If you do not believe, why do you pray?  If you believe, why do you not expect?  By praying, you depend upon God, but by not expecting, you unravel your prayer.  O Christian, offer your prayer in holy expectation upon the credit of the promise!  God opens the door of his promises unto poor sinners fleeing from the rage of their lust.  (3.) The faith of action sets the soul at work.  Jehoshaphat prayed and established his faith on the word of God’s promise, and then marched out under a victory banner.  God who has promised you victory calls you to arms and plans to use your own hands in the battle.  ‘Get up’, said the Lord to Joshua, ‘Why have you fallen on your face’ (Josh. 7:10).  God liked his prayer, but there was something else for him to do before the Amorites would be overcome.  Christian, there is also something for your faith to do besides praying and expecting, and that is searching carefully into your heart, whether there is any neglect on your part, such as an Achan, for which you are being worsted by sin.

 

John: An Expositional Commentary

 

by Dr. R.C. Sproul

In John, the second volume in the St. Andrews Expositional Commentary series, Dr. Sproul deals with major themes in his easily understandable style. Readers will find invaluable insights into the goals John had in writing his Gospel, the background for Jesus time, and the meanings of some of Johns most difficult passages. This introduction to the Gospel of John is packed with insights and exhortations that will draw the reader closer to the Savior and encourage him or her to a greater depth of love and devotion to Him.

 

John  presents the fruits of Dr. R. C. Sprouls lifetime of biblical study as expressed in his most recent calling. After a long and distinguished ministry as a teacher in various settings, Dr. Sproul accepted a call in 1997 to preach at St. Andrews in Sanford, Florida. There, he adopted the ancient practice of preaching through books of the Bible, eventually working his way through several of them. He has now begun to adapt those sermon series in book form, and the result is the St. Andrews Expositional Commentary series.

Dr. Sproul confesses that he attained a new depth of understanding of the Gospel when he preached through the book. Nevertheless, he came to the Gospel after much study of it, and that familiarity is readily apparent from the first chapter on the Prologue of John’s Gospel to the final chapter on Peter’s restoration.

 

John includes fifty-seven chapters, each of which began as a St. Andrew’s sermon. Dr. Sproul deals with major themes as he moves through the book passage by passage. Though the book is an “expositional commentary” that is, it does not deal with each and every verse, it unpacks major themes in Dr. Sproul’s easily understandable style. Readers will find invaluable insights into the goals John had in writing his Gospel, the background for Jesus’ time, and the meanings of some of John’s most difficult passages. It is an easily readable introduction to this unique record of Jesus’ life, packed with insights and exhortations that will draw the reader closer to the Savior and encourage him or her to a greater depth of love and devotion to Him.

 

 

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