Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Found this nugget on the Founders Ministries Blog by Tom Ascol entitled, "Preach Christ crucified no matter what."

Why don't men preach Christ crucified? John Stott offers some profound insights on this question with his analysis of the offense of cross, from his commentary on Galatians. I am humbled and challenged by this reminder.
What is there about the cross of Christ which angers the world and stirs them up to persecute those who preach it? Just this: Christ died on the cross for us sinners, becoming a curse for us (Gal. 3:13). So the cross tells us some very unpalatable truths about ourselves, namely that we are sinners under the righteous curse of God's law and we cannot save ourselves. Christ bore our sin and curse precisely because we could gain release from them in no other way. If we could have been forgiven by our own good works, by being circumcised and keeping the law, we may be quite sure that there would have been no cross. Every time we look at the cross Christ seems to say to us, 'I am here because of you. It is your sin I am bearing, your curse I am suffering, your debt I am paying, your death I am dying.' Nothing in history or in the universe cuts us down to size like the cross. All of us have inflated views of ourselves, especially in self-righteousness, until we have visited a place called Calvary. It is there, at the foot of the cross, that we shrink to our true size. And of course men do not like it. They resent the humiliation of seeing themselves as God sees them and as they really are. They prefer their comfortable illusions. So they steer clear of the cross. They construct a Christianity without the cross, which relies for salvation on their works and not on Jesus Christ's. They do not object to Christianity so long as it is not the faith of Christ crucified. But Christ crucified they detest. And if preachers preach Christ crucified, they are opposed, ridiculed, persecuted. Why? Because of the wounds which they inflict on men's pride.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Young former Witness comes to Christ.

I was at the "Witnesses Now for Jesus Convention" over the weekend.  I had a really blessed time.  I made many new life-long friends.

When it is posted on Youtube, I'll post my testimony and another lecture that I think will be beneficial.

But for now, here is the recording of the live stream of the Testimony of my new friend Brian Garcia.  Click on the link below to view it.

Hey has a very similar testimony to me and was well received at the convention.

I thoroughly enjoyed his testimony and give it a hearty "Amen!"



Here is his Youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/Newagegamer3018

Matt

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Resources for Witnessing to Witnesses

I have received a few emails and comments asking for resources and books on this subject of Jehovah's Witnesses.

As to resources I can recommend a few good books, which I have added links to Amazon.com where you can purchase them.  I have sectioned them off into topics.

Overall Guide on how to respond to Jehovah's Witnesses

Reasoning from the Scriptures with Jehovah's Witnesses by Ron Rhodes.
http://www.amazon.com/Reasoning-Scriptures-Jehovahs-Witnesses-Rhodes/dp/0736924515/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1286285865&sr=8-1-spell

On how to share our faith

Tactics by Greg Koukl
http://www.amazon.com/Tactics-Game-Discussing-Christian-Convictions/dp/0310282926/ref=pd_sim_b_79

Deity of Christ and the Trinity

The Forgotten Trinity by James White
http://www.amazon.com/Forgotten-Trinity-James-R-White/dp/1556617259/ref=pd_bxgy_b_img_c

Putting Jesus in his Place, the Case for the Deity of Christ by Robert Bowman
http://www.amazon.com/Putting-Jesus-His-Place-Christ/dp/0825429838/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1286287250&sr=1-1

Hell

Sense and Nonsense about Heaven and Hell by Robert Bowman
http://www.amazon.com/Sense-Nonsense-about-Heaven-Hell/dp/0310254280/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1286287269&sr=1-1

On the Gospel and the New Birth

The God who Justifies by James White
http://www.amazon.com/God-Who-Justifies-James-White/dp/0764204815/ref=pd_sim_b_17

Counted Righteous in Christ: Should We Abandon the Imputation of Christ's Righteousness?  by John Piper
http://www.amazon.com/Counted-Righteous-Christ-Imputation-Righteousness/dp/1581344473/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1286287160&sr=1-1

Finally Alive by John Piper
http://www.amazon.com/Finally-Alive-John-Piper/dp/1845504216/ref=pd_sim_b_8

The Church


Why we love the Church: In Praise of Institutions and Organized Religion by Kevin DeYoung
http://www.amazon.com/Why-Love-Church-Institutions-Organized/dp/0802458378/ref=pd_sim_b_79

By former leader Ray Franz

Crisis of Conscience by Raymond Franz
http://www.amazon.com/Crisis-Conscience-Raymond-Franz/dp/0914675230/ref=pd_sim_b_1

In Search of Christian Freedom by Raymond Franz
http://www.amazon.com/Search-Christian-Freedom-Raymond-Franz/dp/0914675176/ref=pd_sim_b_18

History


Apocalypse Delayed: The Story of Jehovah's Witnesses by James Penton
http://www.amazon.com/Apocalypse-Delayed-Story-Jehovahs-Witnesses/dp/0802079733/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1286287320&sr=1-1

Websites:

http:\\www.carm.org
http://4witness.org/

http://www.4truth.net/jehovahs-witnesses/
http:\\www.gotquestions.org


I pray that some or all of these resources would be a benefit to you.  If I had to choose only one book, it would be the first one "Reasoning from the Scriptures with Jehovah's Witnesses". 

Grace and peace to you,
Matthew