Monday, November 20, 2017

Music Monday: Prayer of the Saints from Sovereign Grace Music

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Should Real Wine Be Used In The Lord's Supper?

R.C. Sproul was asked if why can't we use Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches and Dr. Pepper for the Lord's Supper. His simple answer was because Jesus did not consecrate these, but he used bread and wine in His Last Supper with the disciple. The issue of what instruments to use in the Lord's Supper has been debated for years especially wine.

Some churches say we should use real wine in the Lord's Supper while other say it is inappropriate to use it. There are some churches that have written in their church covenants that they should abstain from all forms of Alcohol. Others say we are disobeying the Lord if we don't use real wine in the Lord's Supper. In 1 Corinthians 11, the Apostle, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, gave the church these instructions in regards to the Lord's Supper:

For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.

Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body and blood of the Lord. Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself (1 Corinthians 11:23-29).

Notice Paul said, "bread and cup." He never said anything about what was in the cup. Of course, there might be the argument that the people assumed Paul meant wine, however, the Corinthian church was known for people getting drunk during the Lord's Supper. So the question is, does it really matter if we should use wine in the Lord's Supper? Also, how does the bread have been prepared? Finally, if we use wine, what kind? John Calvin addresses this issue in his Institutes of the Christian Religion:

In regard to the external form of the ordinance, whether or not believers are to take into their hands and divide among themselves, or each is to eat what is given to him; whether they are to return the cup to the deacon or hand it to their neighbor; whether the bread is to be leavened or unleavened, and the wine to be red or white, is of no consequence. These things are indifferent, and left free to the Church...

As long as the Lord's Supper is done with a heart of worship and not done in an unworthy manner, I think, this is my opinion, it is irrelevant as to how the bread is prepared and if what is in the cup is either juice or wine.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Book Review: Evidence That Demands A Verdict by Josh McDowell & Sean McDowell

When I became a Christian, one book that I heard referred to a lot, outside the Bible, was Evidence That Demands A Verdict by Josh McDowell. In the book, McDowell looks at the claims of Christianity and defends it. He also takes a look at the archeological evidence that supports the Christian faith in way that even the simplest skeptic can read and understand. I never had the chance to read the book during my early days as a Christian, so when the opportunity arose for me to finally read and also review the book, I took it.

This version of Evidence That Demands A Verdict has been revised for a new generation with some of the same of old questions as well as some new ones. As the culture changes, so does some of the doubts of the Christian faith while others questions remain intact. The version is also an expanded edition meaning there is more content than the previous editions. This version also has Josh's son, Sean, as co-author who happens to be a professor of Christian apologetics.

This book begins with evidence for the Bible which includes the reliability of the New Testament as well as how the Bible is unique among all other religious books. Then we see the evidence for Jesus and what the Bible truly says about Christ. Next we see the evidence of the Old Testament which is a big chuck of the book. Lets face it, the Old Testament seems to be under a lot of doubt of skeptics than the New Testament, which is based on my observation. The book closes with more general questions such as how to answer skeptics and postmodernists, and answering one of the oldest questions of all, can miracles really happen?

I was grateful to get this classic book that seems to be always on a Christians to read list because of the impact it has made on so many people, Christians and non-believers. However, as I continue to go through this book, I have noticed that for a book that defends the faith, it sure doesn't have many quotes from the Bible. McDowell wrote this in the preface of the book:

Our motivation in using this research is to glorify and magnify Jesus Christ. Evidence (the book) is not for proving the Word of God, but rather for providing a reasoned basis for faith.

First, every time we speak to someone about Christianity should always give honor to God especially in our words to unbelievers. Second, when McDowell said this book was not to prove the Bible, I scratched my head because how can we not defend the Bible. More importantly how can we not use the Bible. It is almost as if McDowell is saying the Bible is not enough. Finally, we want to present a reasoned basis for faith. Romans 10:17 says, "Faith comes by hearing and hearing from the word of Christ." Yes, McDowell give compelling evidence for the Christian faith, however, we should not put the Bible aside when it comes to sharing our faith. Thankfully, he wrote this a few sentences down:

The presentation of evidence (apologetics) should never be used as a substitute for sharing the Word of God.

I felt a little better after seeing that sentence and McDowell is correct. We should let apologetics take the Bible's place in sharing the gospel message. While this book presents compelling proof of the claims of Christianity, one does not come to faith by hearing apologetics, although it could open a door, one comes to faith by hearing the gospel message.

Thanks Booklook Bloggers for letting me review this book.

Around The Web-November 15, 2017

A Puritan Theology: Doctrine for Life is 50% off right now at Westminster Bookstore

The Beauty and Power of Sound Doctrine with Ligon Duncan from The Center of Public Theology

Is There a Different Process of Church Discipline for Elders? by Erik Raymond

Living With Hurt by Landon Coleman

Understanding Free Will by R.C. Sproul

Popcorn Theology on Thor: Ragnarok

Pastor's Talk on How Churches Should Find a New Pastor

The State of Evangelicalism in America and all that Blah Blah Blah by Tim Challies

David Mathis gives some basics on how to study the Bible

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Essentials For A Healthy Community Of Faith: God's Power

Then Amalek came and fought with Israel at Rephidim. So Moses said to Joshua, “Choose for us men, and go out and fight with Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the staff of God in my hand.” So Joshua did as Moses told him, and fought with Amalek, while Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. Whenever Moses held up his hand, Israel prevailed, and whenever he lowered his hand, Amalek prevailed. But Moses' hands grew weary, so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it, while Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side. So his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. And Joshua overwhelmed Amalek and his people with the sword.

Then the LORD said to Moses, “Write this as a memorial in a book and recite it in the ears of Joshua, that I will utterly blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven.” And Moses built an altar and called the name of it, The LORD Is My Banner, saying, “A hand upon the throne of the LORD! The LORD will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.” (Exodus 17:8-16)

A healthy community of faith relies on God’s power. Here we see Israel’s first outside enemy after the exodus. They represent the seed of the serpent rising up against the seed of Eve. As we examine this, let us consider five questions.

Who Were They? (17:8)

The Amalekites traced their lineage back to Esau. Amalek was the grandson of Esau (Gen 36:12). They inhabited the northern Sinai Peninsula (Gen 14:7; Num 13:29).
(Douglas K.)Stuart says,

[The Amalekites] organized themselves into a very early national nomadic group (“first among the nations,” in the words of Balaam, Num 24:20) that lived partly by attacking other population groups and plundering their wealth (cf. Judg 3:13). The Amalekites had domesticated the camel and used its swiftness effectively in surprise attacks. Not only did the Amalekites attack Israel at Rephidim, but a year later they attacked them again at Hormah, when the Israelites had been driven out of southern Canaan and were on the run after their foolish attempt to enter the promised land in spite of God’s command through Moses that they could not (Num 14:43-45). (Exodus, 393)

The struggles with the Amalekites continued after Israel crossed the Jordan (Num 14:43; 1 Sam 15; 30).

Israel’s first enemy came from within. The difficulties at Marah, the Desert of Sin, and Massah and Meribah were caused by their own disbelief and discontentment. It led to grumbling against their leaders and against God. As a result, they were divided and discouraged. Here in Exodus 17:8-13, they have an outside enemy.

Healthy communities of faith must be aware of both threats. In the book of Acts, the people encountered opposition from the outside, like threats and persecution (Acts 4:29; 11:19). They also had problems on the inside, as in the case of Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5:1-11).

Why Were They Fighting?

We cannot be sure why they were fighting. They might have felt threatened by Israel’s sudden arrival, or they might have been trying to protect their resources. They could have just seen Israel as vulnerable and attacked them. When Moses looked back on the battle in Deuteronomy 25:17-18, he said they had attacked Israel when they were weary. They attacked men, women, and children, even from behind. They had no fear of God. Clearly the Amalekites were not in God’s army, so they were taking orders from the enemy.

How Did They Engage the Enemy? (17:9-13)

Moses told Joshua, “Select some men for us and go fight against Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on the hilltop with God’s staff in my hand” (v. 9). I am not sure if Joshua thought, “Yeah, right. I will fight while you hold up a stick!” However, we know that he obeyed, and we actually see a powerful picture here.

Israel used physical weapons led by Joshua (17:9-10, 13). Joshua was a warrior who would eventually become a dominant figure in Israel. Here he was introduced. He would be among the few who were faithful in the wilderness (see Num 14:6-9, 30) and would succeed Moses, leading Israel into Canaan (Deut 34:9; Josh 1:1-9). Later, Joshua would be known for his courage and bravery.

Throughout Exodus God was showing little flashes of things to come. There would be a prophet, like Moses, and a warrior who will fight for you, like Joshua, all together in one person: Jesus Christ.

Moses told Joshua to choose some men and go fight. So Joshua selected his team and went. Moses used spiritual weapons. He went to the hillside and raised his shepherd’s staff, a symbol of God’s presence, His promises, and His power (vv. 9-12). Moses’ actions demonstrated that he was dependent on God for victory. The battle was the Lord’s.

Notice that it was not by physical force alone that the battle was won or lost. Though some might argue that this was not really “prayer” (the text never says Moses was praying), there are two reasons we can indeed call this “intercession.”

Moses lifted up his hand(s), appealing to God to show His power. When Moses lowered his hands, they began to lose the battle (v. 11). Aaron and Hur helped Moses by giving him a seat and holding up his hands (v. 12). The result was that they overwhelmed the enemy (v. 13). This action reminds me of a roller coaster ride. Why do people raise their hands? (Well, some of them. Others of us close our eyes and hold our breath!) They are saying in a sense, “It is out of my control, and I’m OK with that.”

Raising one’s arms is a sign of dependent prayer elsewhere in the Bible. Remember Pharaoh asking Moses to pray for him?

Pharaoh sent for Moses and Aaron. “I have sinned this time,” he said to them. “Yahweh is the Righteous One, and I and my people are the guilty ones. Make an appeal to Yahweh. There has been enough of God’s thunder and hail. I will let you go; you don’t need to stay any longer.”

Moses said to him, “When I have left the city, I will extend my hands to Yahweh. The thunder will cease, and there will be no more hail, so that you may know the earth belongs to Yahweh. (Exod 9:27-29)

Likewise, the psalmist spoke of uplifted hands, seeking God:

My lips will glorify You

because Your faithful love is better than life. So I will praise You as long as I live;

at Your name, I will lift up my hands. (Ps 63:3-4)

May my prayer be set before You as incense,

the raising of my hands as the evening offering. (Ps 141:2)

In the New Testament, Paul commanded,

Therefore, I want the men in every place to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or argument. (1 Tim 2:8)

The text might not say “prayer,” but Moses was clearly depending on God for victory. We may fight like Joshua, but we must also cry out to God in prayer like Moses.

The idea of prayer seems to be confirmed by the last verse: “Indeed, my hand is lifted up toward the Lord’s throne” (Exod 17:16). This phrase is hard to translate, but I like the ESV’s translation: “A hand upon the throne of the Lord!” Elsewhere, the Bible describes prayer as coming to the throne. We can come to the throne because of Jesus’ work, and we are now invited to the “throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us at the proper time” (Heb 4:16).

In our battles we must fight like Joshua, but we also must hold up our hands to God’s throne and say, “It is out of my control.” We must go to the throne of grace and say, “Help me!” We need courageous, Joshua like warriors who will take the gospel to hard places, fight injustice, and serve the needy—but all of it must be done in a spirit of dependent prayer.

What Happened After the Victory? (17:14-16)

The Lord said to Moses, “Write this down on a scroll as a reminder and recite it to Joshua” (v. 14). Here we see that Joshua was to be the successor. Notice also that God said, “Write this down.” Why write it down? If anyone would remember this event, it would have been Joshua, right? We have all known those guys who used to play high school basketball who can recount specific games and how well they played back in the glory days! Why write it down? They needed to write it down because God knew that the people were going to be dealing with the Amalekites again, as well as other enemies of God. So God made them write it down so everyone might know that God fights for His people.

This is the first time we have this idea of “write this down.” God has given us the Scriptures, showing us who He is, what He has done, and who we are. The Bible is a memorial of what God has done for us. He defeated the Amalekites for us, and conquered all the other enemies, bringing forth the Messiah. The New Testament authors wrote down for us the words and deeds of Jesus, and the good news has been passed down for generations to us. The Bible is the grand story of redemptive history.

God then predicted, “I will completely blot out the memory of Amalek under heaven” (v. 14). This would happen later.

Moses went on to build an altar (vv. 15-16). He did this in order to praise God and remind His people of His power. Altars were built to express gratitude. The patriarchs sometimes named altars, as Jacob did (Gen 33:20; 35:7). Moses does the same here, calling it “The Lord is My Banner” (Yahweh-nissi). This word was used “in military contexts, where the nēs is a signal pole around which an army or army unit can rally, regroup, or return for instructions” (Stuart, Exodus, 400). The Lord is where we regroup, rally, and get instructions.

How Should We Apply This?

Consider your need for God’s power. There is a battle between the children of light and the powers of darkness. The church’s spiritual warfare with the powers of darkness is noted in the New Testament in several places (e.g., Eph 5:8-14; 6:12). Jesus conquered our greatest enemies, but because a “mop up operation” still exists, we need God’s power. 111From reading Ephesians 6:10-12 we know that our enemy is deceptive. He uses all kinds of tactics. He is aggressive. Do not be naïve. Do not forget that you are in a battle. Israel’s story is our story. They had been redeemed and were on their way to the promised land (like us), but on the way they faced enemies (so will we). Moses discovered that prayer is more powerful than the problem (cf. Eph 3:20-21; 6:18-20).

Also, consider how they got the power: a mediator. Moses interceded for them. On one hand, we can learn about seeking God from Moses, and on another, Moses points us to the ultimate intercessor, Jesus Christ. We have a greater mediator interceding for us. Many great intercessors stand out in the Old Testament—David, Solomon, Nehemiah—but none are like Jesus. How is Jesus a greater intercessor? Jesus is fully God and Man! He is the ultimate mediator. Jesus is the greater warrior than Joshua, defeating our ultimate enemies and making it possible for us to know God and commune with Him; and He is the greater Moses, praying for His people. But Jesus does not have to have His arms raised by anyone. He does not get tired of interceding! “Moses’ hands grew heavy” (Exod 17:12), but Jesus “always lives to intercede for [us]” (Heb 7:25). Jesus does exactly what Moses did. While we fight the good fight, He intercedes for us. Oh, the wonder of the interceding Son of God (Rom 8:34)!

The Lord is our banner also, but in a way even Moses could hardly have imagined. Consider Isaiah 11:10:

On that day the root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples. The nations will seek Him, and His resting place will be glorious.

Jesus Christ is the banner for God’s people, who rally to Him from every nation! Around His cross we are unified, encouraged, and instructed. It is through Jesus that we experience spiritual victories. Apart from His work and His intercession, we have no hope.

Adapted from Exalting Jesus in Exodus by Tony Merida

Monday, November 13, 2017

Music Monday: Be Exalted by Emerald Hymns

Book Review: Long Before Luther by Nathan Busenitz

As most of you are aware of, this year marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. This is the time where Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses on the door of Castle Church. There have been many book on the Reformation for the past few years leading up to this anniversary as well as books on Martin Luther. There have some wondering, if gospel-centered theology came into the church during the time of the Reformation, how was the gospel taught before the Reformation. Was Catholicism the norm until Martin Luther came into the picture?

Nathan Busenitz has written a book that takes a look at the proclamation of the gospel prior to the Reformation. The book is titled Long Before Luther.

In the beginning of the book, Busenitz looks at whether gospel-centered theology was a new thing or something that needed to be revitalized. The answer is the Reformers were not looking to make a new religion, they were looking at going back to the Bible and the proclamation of the gospel, which teaches we are saved by faith alone. The Roman Catholic Church had a lot of confusion when it came to being justified which affected the people they were teaching. The Reformers were seeking clarity in Biblical Theology and what it truly meant to be justified.

Busenitz then addresses how theologians handled church doctrine in regards to justification and Christ being our ultimate sacrifice before Augustine came into the picture. Then he addresses what Augustine taught about justification and being saved followed by what was taught after Augustine passed away. Busenitz states that the Reformers were right in looking into Augustine's theology especially in how he viewed justification which was closer Biblically speaking than what the Roman Catholic Church taught.

Church History is very important for Christians to study. We must know what the church believed in the past and also did in regards to faith and practice. I am grateful the gospel was proclaimed properly before the Reformation, even though there were not as many voices as there during the time of the Reformation and centuries later. This is one book I highly recommend in one's study of Church History and the Reformation.

Thanks Moody Publishers for letting me review this book.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Jared C Wilson On What Jesus Does With Your Sin

1. He Condemns It.

Jesus puts a curse on sin. He marks its forehead.

Romans 8:3 – “For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh.”

Jesus says to sin in no uncertain terms, “Sin, you’re going to die.”

2. He Carries It.

Like the true and better scapegoat, Jesus becomes our sin-bearer.

1 Peter 2:24 – “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.”

2 Corinthians 5:21 – “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”

3. He Cancels It.

He closes out the account. (Even better, he opens a new one, where we’re always in the black, having been credited with his perfect righteousness.)

1 Corinthians 13:4-5 – “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful”

That word resentful is more directly “to count up wrongdoing,” which is why some translations of this text say, “Love keeps no record of wrongs.”

Colossians 2:13-14 – “And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.”

That last proclamation leads us into this great truth:

4. He Crucifies It.

1 Peter 3:18 – “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit.”

At the cross, Jesus dies and takes our sin with him. Only, the sin stays dead.

5. He Casts It Away.

Jesus takes the corpse and chucks it into the void.

Micah 7:19 – “He will again have compassion on us; he will tread our iniquities underfoot. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.”

Psalm 103:12 – “as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.”

6. He Chooses to Un-remember It.

Jesus is omniscient. He is not forgetful. But he wills to un-remember our sin.

Jeremiah 31:34 – “And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”

Hebrews 8:12 – “For I will be merciful toward their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more.”

Hebrews 10:17 – “I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.”

Astonishing. We bring our sin to him, repentant and in faithful confession, and he says, “What’re you talking about?”

This is how Jesus forgives sin: He condemns it, carries it, cancels it, kills it, casts it, and clean forgets it. If we’ll confess it.

1 John 1:9 – “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Source: 6 Things Christ Does With Your Sin

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

We Still Have Hope

The shooting that took place during a worship service at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, TX has left people in shock. Some even wondering what is going on in our world. There are politicians now taking the opportunity to politicize this tragedy.

The events that happened this past Sunday should cause all Christians to mourn for their brothers and sisters in Christ as the weep for those they have lost. The pastor and his wife lost their 14-year-old daughter on that day. I cannot imagine what they are going through at this time. They are not only mourning the death of their child, but also the death of church members.

There are many other tragedies that have taken place over the past few years, some in recent months, and we will continue see tragedy in this fallen world until the Lord comes again. Even in the midst of our broken world, we have hope. That hope is a living hope. For believers, this hope is found in Jesus Christ.

Jesus never promised this life will be easy. Jesus only promised that He will be with us to the end of the age. No matter what happens in this life, we can rest in the sovereignty of God. Nothing has escaped Him. He still rules the world despite all we see in the world. These are only light and momentarily afflictions.

The pastor of FBC Sutherland Springs says half the church is gone due to this tragedy, but the gospel tells us that Jesus is the builder of the church. I have hope the church will continue to be build because Christ is still the head.

Christians, we still have hope because we still have an all-powerful, sovereign God no matter how crazy this world gets and no matter what hardships come our way.

Around The Web-November 8, 2017

500 Years of the Reformation: Why We Need Revival and Reformation Today from Theology For Life

4 Reasons Churches Don’t Practice Church Discipline by Jeremy Kimble

Replacement Theology or Inclusion Theology? by Sam Storms

Albert Mohler on the shooting at Sutherland Springs, heartbreak and mourning reveal uniqueness of Christian worldview, and confronting the realities of death and evil in the aftermath of tragedy

What the Reformers Thought They Were Doing by Timothy George

Billy Graham at 99: A Look Back at the Evangelist and the Presidents (From Truman to Trump) by Justin Taylor

Three Reasons Why Jesus Was Hated by Josh Buice

When We Understand The Text answers the age old question, is the Protestant Reformation over?

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Book Review: Transforming Grace by Jerry Bridges

God's grace is a wonderful thing. We are saved by grace and did not do anything to earn it. Many think that grace is basically a means to be saved, but grace is more than that. Grace also is a means of sanctifying us as well.

Jerry Bridges wrote a book years ago which has been released that addresses God's grace changing us called, Transforming Grace. Bridges begins the book by reminding his readers that we should not let our performance guide us in the Christian life. We are never good and our good works are filthy rags if we think we are getting saved by works. We are saved by grace through faith and not by our performance which is exactly what Ephesians 2:8-9 teach us.

Bridges continues on by giving us what grace truly is. If we read the Bible, we will see that grace is at the heart of the gospel message. There is saving grace, which does bring about salvation, and there is living by grace as we walk with Jesus in this life. We are free in grace so that do not have to perform, but our living by grace is the result of the saving grace we have been given by God.

The rest of the book deals with a more practical approach to the grace of God and how it changes us. We show love to God and one another as we live by grace. Our actions reflect that we are saved. We are also to walk in holiness, which Bridges seems to always go back to in other books. Holiness is that we are set apart by God to be His particular people saved by grace.

I am so thankful this book has been published once again for readers to dive in some of Jerry Bridges' earlier books. This book has a discussion guide in the back which will be great for personal study or even small group. I am delighted to recommend this book to everyone.

Thanks Tyndale for letting me review this book.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Music Monday: Hymn Sing Tour, Volume 2 from The Journey Collective

Friday, November 3, 2017

Book Review: The Lost Sermons of C.H. Spurgeon, Vol. II: His Earliest Outlines and Sermons Between 1851 and 1854

Earlier this year B&H Publishing Group released the first volume of The Lost Sermons of C. H. Spurgeon. C.H. Spurgeon to many is known as Charles Spurgeon, the popular British pastor from the 19th century. What this book was a collection of sermons and outlines from Spurgeon collected in a notebook that he preached. The years these sermons and outlines were written in this notebook was from 1851-1854.

Just recently, a second volume was released which have more sermons and outlines from the same years as the previous book. This time around we have The Lost Sermons of C.H. Spurgeon, Vol. II: His Earliest Outlines and Sermons Between 1851 and 1854. This book contains 57 sermons of Spurgeon that was written in his second notebook. This book has a photo of the notebook and the handwritten pages as well.

The sermons in this second volume are a various range of topics from various scriptures. Most of the sermons are from the New Testament and most of them also have one verse as its main reference. Some of the topics Spurgeon preached on were about hearing God's word, the effects of the Law, temptation, and why the church needs the Holy Spirit. As I mentioned there are 57 great sermons from, who many call, the prince of preachers.

I confess that I have not had the chance to obtain a copy of the first volume of these lost sermons of Spurgeon, but if it anything like this second volume, I know it will be worth it. These sermons have been preserved from many years and I am thankful they have been published in a way that anyone read these sermons.

Thanks B&H Publishing from letting me review this book.