Friday, 20 March 2015

Sabbatical Update - Week 12

Pastor Josh Roberts preached a fine sermon at our evening communion service this last Sunday on the ordinances, namely, Baptism and the Lord's Supper.  I was particularly encouraged when we sang a Joseph Hart hymn, as I had seen his grave at Bunhill Fields the previous week. Read these amazing words:

A Man there is, a real man,
who once on Calvary died.
His blood for guilty sinners ran
from hands and feet and side.

2 This wondrous Man, of whom we tell,
is true Almighty God;
He bought our souls from death and hell;
the price, His own heart’s blood.

3 That human heart He still retains,
though throned in highest bliss;
and feels each tempted member’s pains;
for our affliction’s His.

4 Come then, repenting sinner, come;
approach with humble faith;
owe what you will, the total sum
is cancelled by His death!

5 His blood can cleanse the sin-stained soul,
and wash our guilt away;
He will present us sound and whole
in that tremendous day.

Joseph Hart*, 1712-1768

There is nothing new to report regarding the Sabbatical.  I keep reading, writing, thinking and praying.  I have been thinking about the best way to present this material to the church when I return. It makes sense to me not to do a topical study on hell say in four or five sermons.  I think this would be too heavy.  Rather, I am planning to preach through a book of the Bible and speak about these difficult matters as they come up in the Scriptures, reasoning from the Bible and showing how this difficult doctrine is clearly taught in the Word of God.  So, Lord willing, when I return to preaching, I am going to work through the Ten Commandments in Exodus in the morning service, and then preach through the Gospel of Matthew in the evening.


  1. The words to that hymn are truly lovely!

    I like you reasoning about preaching idea's - it might not appeal to every one to just focus on the reality of hell over a few sermons.

    Have you thought about doing an Equipping for Life version?

    Part 2
    Thought Pipers eternal view in light of mercy ministry here really helpful and thought may interest you too brother