Field Notes – 25/11/S
“The arguments of those who profess a godly faith are the reproach of our godly faith, and give reason, as much as anything, to the enemies of the Lord to blaspheme.” (Matthew Henry)
“A comparison of Adam’s temptation and Jesus’s temptation reveals great differences and makes Jesus’s victory all the more remarkable:
- Adam faced temptation in the best of settings, the garden of Eden; Jesus faced temptation in a stark environment, the wilderness of Judea.
- Adam lived in the perfection of the pre-fall world; Jesus lived in a deeply corrupt and sinful fallen world.
- Adam gave in to the first temptation he faced; Jesus faced repeated temptations throughout his earthly life and ministry but never yielded.
- Adam entered his time of temptation adequately fed in a delightful garden filled with fruit and fresh water; Jesus was weakened by forty days of fasting before temptation in the wilderness.
- The consequences of Adam’s fall to temptation were lethal to the entire human race; the consequences of Jesus’s triumph over temptation allowed him to complete the program of redemption successfully.”
You can find a plan for reading Isaiah in the run up to Christmas with a focus on looking out for a Davidic ruler, a servant and a messenger HERE.
“How many times did Paul write to Timothy to ask how many people were coming to the church at Ephesus? Let me see (counts on his fingers)… none.” (Mark Dever)
“The 90 to 13 ratio means this: preach at a level where 90% of what you say is intelligible to a 13 year old.
Two former colleagues of mine, who earned their M.Div. at Trinity, independently recounted to me that preaching tip Don Carson told them. He said he aims 90% of what he says in his sermon to be understood by a junior high student. This doesn’t mean that he “dumbs down” his content, it means that he speaks in a less technical manner.
Can the 13 year olds in your church track with your sermons?”