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    Deflating the Puffed Up Church

    Today I took the advice of Steve Camp that he gave at his web site and listened to a sermon by C. J. Mahaney. I am so glad I did. This is what Steve wrote:

    "C.J. Mahaney "Deflating the Puffed Up Church" (Text - 1 Cor. 4:8-13) - This is one of the best messages I have heard in some time bar none. I was brought to conviction with almost every phrase and yet at the same time, encouraged to live more wholly for the Lord and His glory. It is a powerful call to humility in ministry, holiness of life and Christlikeness in all things. C.J. delivers with his usual infectious passion; but it is not needless emotion from a well-experienced orator. It is great theology erupting from the overflow of the heart surrendered to the Lordship of Christ. This is a man who trembles at God's Word when he preaches."

    I would wholeheartedly echo Steve's exhortation to listen to this sermon. I have to say that it had a very deep and profund effect upon me. You'll find it at the following web address:

    May God use this powerful sermon as a means of grace to work true humility in all of our lives. - John Samson

    Posted by John Samson on March 31, 2007 06:34 PM


    yes and amen to the comments about this just now listened too message by what I gather is a Baptist Preacher?

    I felt caged and anxious as the longer the message went on, the smaller the cage became!

    At once I sensed both the Theologian of Glory appealing to Jesus, afterall, I am a gifted preacher too! And then the cleanest thoughts of Grace and the Theology of the Cross!

    And then I found myself thinking, this voice is such it seems he is but a young man!

    Oh, to silence my finely pampered flesh of PRIDE!

    It has done a number on me!

    Interesting comments, Michael. Not quite sure what you're getting at?!
    Did you not hear CJ Mahaney tell that he is 53 years old? Also, he used to be the senior pastor of Covenant Life in the Washington DC area, a Sovereign Grace church. He leads Sovereign Grace Ministries. Neither are of any Baptist denomination. He was speaking at Capitol Hill Baptist Church, however. You know, Mark Dever's the pastor there. This Reformation Theology site has the Together for the Gospel blog listed in the blogroll on the left. Both of these men contribute to that blog, as well as the Together for the Gospel Conference.
    Just thought you might need a little bit more info before you make questionable comments.

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