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"...if anyone makes the assistance of grace depend on the humility or obedience of man and does not agree that it is a gift of grace itself that we are obedient and humble, he contradicts the Apostle who says, "What have you that you did not receive?" (1 Cor. 4:7), and, "But by the grace of God I am what I am" (1 Cor. 15:10). (Council of Orange: Canon 6)

The Normal Christian Birth

(1/21/18 - Apologia, Church, Tempe, AZ)

Text: Acts 2:22ff

Medical science informs us that the events surrounding a baby’s birth is a key factor in a child’s development. A long, drawn out, painful and complicated birth can have a lasting negative impact and that is why it is vital that much attention is given to provide a safe, healthy process and environment for a baby. When it comes to spiritual birth into the kingdom of God, how can we make sure the new baby is off to a good start in its new life in Christ? What does a NORMAL Christian birth look like? If we could standardize the process, what things would we put in place?

January 31, 2018  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

The Normal Christian Birth (2)

Text: Acts 2:32-47

What does the new convert need to know and do in order to be established in Christ? How can we help him get a good start in his new life in Christ and in the life of the Church? A vital message for disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ.

January 28, 2018  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Mastering the Doctrine of Justification

From the 2005 Shepherd's Conference, Dr. R. C. Sproul on the subject "Mastering the Doctrine of Justification."

I wish every preacher alive could hear and master the content here (me included) and in doing so, may each be awakened to preach the Gospel as if heaven and hell depended on it, because surely it does. And may God be pleased to bring a new Reformation in our day.

Mastering the Doctrine of Justification (1)

Mastering the Doctrine of Justification (2)

January 25, 2018  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Why Did You Start King’s Church?

I received an email today asking me about why I started King's Church, Phoenix, AZ, especially knowing it would be a very small start up situation. I will edit some of what they wrote so that they are not identified in any way, but they are wondering about their own situation and whether or not a new Church should be started near them.

They wrote: You mentioned (in a Dividing Line teaching) that King's Church began in your home. I am wondering if you have any link to a testimony you have given as to why King's Church began in your home. Was there a need for it? A church plant from another church?

My Response:

Hi --------,

No, I don’t have a link to any testimony regarding starting King’s Church.

Need? Well there is always the need for sound, biblical churches in any locality, and of course, there is biblical precedent for a church to meet in a house (Rom. 16:5; Col. 4:15), but the reason King's Church started was just a burning and lasting conviction (for more than a year) that this is what I should do. In a nutshell, I felt starting the Church was “the call of God” on my life.

It is vital that this is in place in the heart and mind of the pastor. I cannot stress that enough. If the man can live his life without doing this, he should not start the Church.

There is no doubt the enemy will not leave a biblically sound church alone but will seek its destruction for sure. That is true, no matter what the size, but a small church starting can easily be hit by even a few people leaving. The winds and waves can be strong and even severe at times. There needs to be a long term commitment from the pastor that this is his life’s work – he is not there to merely "try" this, or to see if it works... he is there for the rest of his life (if needed) to establish this – BECAUSE HE CANNOT SLEEP AT NIGHT IF HE DOES NOT DO THIS!

Then there needs to be a life that backs that commitment up. Just about everything in life starts small and as a seed. Scripture says "Do not despise the day of small things." (Zech. 4:10) We are told this for the simple reason that it is VERY easy to do exactly that - despise something that is small. This is especially true in the U.S.A. when so much is measured by its size. Lets always remember though, a large oak tree is simply an acorn that held its ground.

The call of God to pastor and specifically to start a church is difficult to explain and very subjective (I realize) – but in my own case, this conviction only seemed to grow over time and I felt it was confirmed by other pastors both locally and far away who provided much encouragement for me to do so. I think that is important. Many believe they have gifts suited for a task but it is the Body of Christ who can confirm whether this is true or whether someone is self-deceived. By way of analogy, in a worldly setting, a lot of people think they are amazing singers, only to be exposed on “American Idol” as having a “talent” the Lord wouldn’t mind them burying.

Bear in mind too that I had decades of pastoral experience both in the UK and here, specifically in start up churches, so this proposed new venture would be done with my eyes wide open, so to speak – knowing some of the hardships and issues we may well encounter before we began.

While we were not a church plant, I was assured that other pastors would be behind me, at least in prayer, so I would not be on my own. It would be the best scenario if we were a church plant, and had access to resources beyond our own, but such was not the case. But at least I could get good advice from fellow pastors. They also expressed their willingness for me to talk with them at any time.

I say this because I don’t think it is wise to be totally on your own in starting a Church. The road is never an easy one, and it is imperative to have others you can turn to for advice along the way.

I hope something in what is above can be helpful to you.

God bless,

John Samson

(I received this reply)

"Absolutely helpful! Praise God and thank you..."

January 24, 2018  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

The Normal Christian Birth

Text: Acts 2:32-42

Medical science informs us that the events surrounding a baby’s birth is a key factor in a child’s development. A long, drawn out, painful and complicated birth can have a lasting negative impact and that is why it is vital that much attention is given to provide a safe, healthy process and environment for a baby. When it comes to spiritual birth into the kingdom of God, how can we make sure the new baby is off to a good start in its new life in Christ? What does a NORMAL Christian birth look like? If we could standardize the process, what things would we put in place?

January 22, 2018  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Behold the Lamb of God

Text: John 1:29

EMERGENCY ALERT: Sin is deadly serious in the sight of God. God's wrath, His 'holy revulsion against that which is the contradiction of His holiness' is fully justified. The only way of escape from this inevitable and just judgment is God's provision in His sin atoning Lamb. This is not fake news! This is not a drill!

January 15, 2018  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Sola Gratia - Grace Alone

I am thankful for today's opportunity to share God's word. I was able to say a whole lot on the vital theme of "Sola Gratia" (Grace Alone) in just under an hour. - JS

The host, Julio Rodriguez wrote, "Today, I had the privilege of having John Samson join me on BRIDGE Radio to talk about the Reformation and "Sola Gratia", that is 'By Grace Alone.' On today’s episode, we discuss why it is only by God’s grace that we are saved and not by our works or through other means. The Word of God describes the human condition as being completely unable to achieve salvation on his own. We review Pelagianism, Semi-Pelagianism, and both the Roman Catholic and Protestant Arminian view of God’s Grace in relation to our salvation. What is the correct view? Do I play any part in my salvation? Well, tune in to find out!"

Here's a link to the podcast.

The paperback version of my new book "The Five Solas - Standing Together Alone" is available here. The ebook and audio version is available here.

January 12, 2018  |  Comments (1)   |  Permalink

Why Every Christian Should Be A Member Of A Local Church

What are some really good (scriptural) reasons to commit to a specific local congregation/ body of believers as opposed to just being a "free range Christian"?

I seek to answer that question on the Iron Sharpens Iron podcast found here. - John Samson

January 09, 2018  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink