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April 6th at Sovereign Grace Baptist Church

Metropolitan Tabernacle
Pastor, Author, Preacher of the Gospel
Charles Haddon Spurgeon, aka C. H. Spurgeon, was a British Particular Baptist preacher. Spurgeon remains highly influential among Christians of various denominations, among whom he is known as the "Prince of Preachers". He was a strong figure in the Reformed Baptist tradition, defending the Church in agreement with the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith understanding, and opposing the liberal and pragmatic theological tendencies in the Church of his day. It is estimated that in his lifetime, Spurgeon preached to around 10,000,000 people. Spurgeon was the pastor of the congregation of the New Park Street Chapel (later the Metropolitan Tabernacle) in London for 38 years. He was part of several controversies with the Baptist Union of Great Britain and later had to leave the denomination. In 1857, he started a charity organization which is now called Spurgeon\'s and works globally. He also founded Spurgeon\'s College, which was named after him posthumously. Spurgeon was a prolific author of many types of works including sermons, an autobiography, commentaries, books on prayer, devotionals, magazines, poetry, hymns and more. Many sermons were transcribed as he spoke and were translated into many languages during his lifetime. Spurgeon produced powerful sermons of penetrating thought and precise exposition. His oratory skills held his listeners.spellbound in the Metropolitan Tabernacle and many Christians have discovered Spurgeon\'s messages to be among the best in Christian literature. Mr. Spurgeon went home to be with his Lord and Master on January 31, 1892.
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United Kingdom
DOB: 06/19/1834

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To Be a Pilgrim

My Redemption

Sovereign Grace Baptist Church
pastor, publisher, paperback writer
A wrethed sinner saved by God\'s free and sovereign grace in 1985. He lives in Anniston, Alabama with his wife, Lisa and his mother-in-law, Virginia. He is the pastor at Sovereign Grace Baptist Church in Anniston after having ministered as a missionary and as a missionary-pastor in the Philippines, California, and remote bush Alaska. He is the author of the bestseller, CHRIST AND HIM CRUCIFIED, the CEO of Vayahiy Press, and the founder and overseer of Eclectic Cattle Productions. Jon has also held the office of vice-chairman of the national Sovereign Grace Baptist Fellowship (2009-11), as well as chairman (2011-2013). His Christianity has been shaped tremendously and influenced deeply by such redeemed sinners as John Bunyan (1628-1688), Charles H. Spurgeon (1834-1892), John Newton (1725-1807), and Granville Gauldin (1929- ).
P.O. Box:
Anniston, Alabama
36201
United States
jjc@jonjcardwell.com
DOB: 08/25/1960

“I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord.  So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.”Romans 7:25

Preaching Christ CrucifiedBecause of my wrestlings, that struggle within me between flesh and spirit, and because of my wretchedness as one who desires to do good in order to please God, yet, fails miserably again and again, I cry out with the apostle, “O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” (Romans 7:24).

Who is my Deliverer? “I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 7:25). There is my answer! Immediate. Clear. True and full of life.

It is My Reality, My Wrestlings, and My Wretchedness that bring me back to where I need to be: at the cross, clinging to God’s grace alone.  Nothing else matters if I have not grace of God in the love of Christ Jesus. When we are at the cross, when we live by God’s grace and my redemption is the blessing from which all other blessings flow, I read the law of God (the scriptures) unto the renewing of my mind. And though my flesh continues to serve sin, and though I hate that sin, I rejoice because I begin to realize that it is God’s grace alone, and the flesh has nothing to glory in— nothing to boast about.

Christ’s precious blood is sufficient. There is a serious danger in not viewing Romans 7:14-25 as that of a mature Christian being sanctified by the Spirit of God:

Number 1First, if this is what I was as an unsaved sinner, then I will say that there is no reality, no wrestling, and no wretchedness now in my life; and therefore, I will either become self-righteous in my own conceits and deception, or else I will become frustrated and doubtful wondering whether I am saved at all. In the former I will not rely upon the truth of God’s Word because I trust in the strength of my flesh. In the latter I will not rely in the truth of God’s Word because I am confused about God’s Word since it seems to be in error about so many things.

Number 2Second, if this passage reflects the progress of a “carnal Christian” that does not know the resurrected life FOUND ONLY IN THE SUFFICIENT SACRIFICE OF CHRIST OFFERED BY HIS PRECIOUS BLOOD, then I will be prone to experiment with every fad, gimmick, and new thing that comes my way; I will wander from the truth of scripture chasing after an experience of euphoria that doesn’t exist.

Because of the reality of my frail humanity, as I wrestle with sin and am wretched because of the sin in my flesh, the only source of love, joy, peace, &etc. is found in God’s grace alone, from the complete, sufficient and finished work of Christ’s crucifixion, resurrection and ascended glory. Unless it flows from the throne of grace, what I experience in my daily situations and circumstances is an imitation of genuine love, joy, and peace… because what I am feeling and experiencing apart form the cross of Christ are merely temporal emotions, and not eternal graces.

“But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world” Galatians (6:14).

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Listen to the sermon preached on this text, Romans 7:24,I Thank God!,” on December 13, 2009 at Sovereign Grace Baptist Church.

Read the previous article in this series,O Wretched Man That I Am!” (Romans 7:24).

To Be a Pilgrim

O Wretched Man That I Am!

Sovereign Grace Baptist Church
pastor, publisher, paperback writer
A wrethed sinner saved by God\'s free and sovereign grace in 1985. He lives in Anniston, Alabama with his wife, Lisa and his mother-in-law, Virginia. He is the pastor at Sovereign Grace Baptist Church in Anniston after having ministered as a missionary and as a missionary-pastor in the Philippines, California, and remote bush Alaska. He is the author of the bestseller, CHRIST AND HIM CRUCIFIED, the CEO of Vayahiy Press, and the founder and overseer of Eclectic Cattle Productions. Jon has also held the office of vice-chairman of the national Sovereign Grace Baptist Fellowship (2009-11), as well as chairman (2011-2013). His Christianity has been shaped tremendously and influenced deeply by such redeemed sinners as John Bunyan (1628-1688), Charles H. Spurgeon (1834-1892), John Newton (1725-1807), and Granville Gauldin (1929- ).
P.O. Box:
Anniston, Alabama
36201
United States
jjc@jonjcardwell.com
DOB: 08/25/1960

“O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?”Romans 7:24

Preaching Christ CrucifiedWhen Paul speaks of a desire to do that which is pleasing before God, but instead, doing that which is sin against God, e.g., “For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do” (Romans 7:19), he is expressing in the portions of Romans 7:15-24 that which is taking place in every true disciple of Christ: a struggle between the corruptions of humanity in our fallen nature, which I still have, and the renewed and continually renewing understanding of His Word that cleanses our minds because we have been regenerated as new creatures in Christ. This is certainly not speaking of willful sin. “Why not?” someone may object in horror, “Do you mean to say that someone who is saved by God’s grace does not sin willfully?” God forbid, I answer, using the language of Romans.

The teaching that is sometimes called the doctrine of the “carnal Christian,” being that doctrine which states that a person may continue in a habitual lifestyle that reflects no desire for change and conformity to Christ’s righteousness, yet, is still saved, is not a doctrine that is consistent with scripture; and it certainly does not apply to our passage in Romans 7. Does that mean that a Christian disciple, now being freed from sin, will never commit sin as a result of a determined act of choice? It most certainly does not; yet, the apostle didn’t have to explain that in Romans 7:14-24 because he had already given instruction pertaining to willful sin in Romans 6:18-19, et al,

“Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness. I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.”

Having given commandment not to yield to sin implies personal volition with a propensity toward sin. Having walked through this truth, building precept upon precept in Romans 6, Paul didn’t have to repeat it in Romans 7. The apostle presents another dimension of reality within our Christian lives: the desire to please God, yet, failing miserably to do so.  That’s what Romans 7:14-24 is about.

I can relate to these portions of scripture much, much more than I could ever imagine before. I believe that all my readers know (yes, I’m talking about all three of you) that my family and I could no longer minister in remote bush Alaska because symptoms of ALS (aka Lou Gehrig’s disease) began to manifest a few years ago. Because the onset has progressed rather slowly and is not degenerating as quickly as typical ALS it had prompted us to look elsewhere for the cause (which we now believe to have been Lime’s disease). Although I have been enjoying much better health for the past thirteen months, there were times, after nearly seven years with the ALS-like symptoms, that I experienced loss of dexterity and coordination to such an extent that I had to use crutches to walk or a wheelchair to get around.

During those days, I had moments when my muscles just would not do what I wanted them to do. There had been times when I wanted to go one way and one of my legs wanted to do something else entirely. I wanted to walk a straight line, but sometimes I didn’t. I didn’t want to drop that jug of milk, but occasionally I did. I didn’t want to knock things off the shelf or knock them over on the table, but it happened time and again. Does that sound pretty close to what the apostle tells us?  “For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do” (Romans 7:19).

My physical ailments were blessed illustrations of what takes place spiritually in a mature believer’s life. The cramps that occurred in my muscles from the Lime’s disease mimicking ALS, especially those in my hands and feet, reminded me that, although I didn’t mean to, I may tend toward obstinacy when I should be obedient to Christ; that I tend toward stubbornness when I should be submissive to Him. I say, “especially of my hands and feet,” because where do I find myself most resistant to the will of God? —in the gospel of grace, upon which I stand (feet); and in the work of the ministry and service to Christ and His people (hands).

The twitches and spasms that occurred in my muscles reminded me that there are still outbursts in my flesh from the corruptions that still remain. The fatigue and weakness in my muscles comes and goes, just like the fatigue and weakness of my flesh, though desiring to please God and serve Christ.

“O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” (Romans 7:24).

Who is my Deliverer?

“I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 7:25).

Not only does my wrestling and wretchedness keep me embracing grace, clinging to His cross, and cleaving to Christ alone for mercy, rest, and comfort, but my struggle also stirs within me that longing for the day when Christ shall come, and “we shall be like Him; for we shall see him as He is” (1 John 3:2). O, to be with Christ and behold the fullness of His glory!

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Listen to the sermon preached on this text, Romans 7:24-25,O Wretched Man!,” on December 6, 2009 at Sovereign Grace Baptist Church.

Read the previous article in this series,My Wretchedness” (Romans 7:24).

To Be a Pilgrim

No Foolin’! Miles McKee at Sovereign Grace Baptist Church

MilesMcKeeThat’s right!

It’s NO JOKE!

Pastor/Missionary/Author, Miles McKee, will be preaching at Sovereign Grace Baptist Church in Anniston, Alabama on Tuesday, April 1, 2014… No Foolin’! Service begins at 7:00 pm.

Miles is also the the author of a most excellent book in Christian Apologetics, What’s All This Nonsense About Jesus Being God? Here is just a bit of what I think about Miles McKee’s book:

Brother Miles is Biblical in his assertions, historical in his citations, accessible in his presentation, and God-glorifying in His proclamation. We would have expected no less from a man whose sole mission (and soul mission) is to “make Jesus famous” wherever he goes (and encourage the brethren to do likewise).

Come hear the gospel truth that will encourage the Christian’s heart, convict sinners of rebellion and disobedience, and draw lost sheep unto the Good Shepherd’s fold.

And just in case you are wondering… this event is FREE, FREE, FREE!

For more information, contact Jon Cardwell at info@preachingchristcrucified.com  

To Be a Pilgrim: A Novel Project

Sovereign Grace Baptist Church
pastor, publisher, paperback writer
A wrethed sinner saved by God\'s free and sovereign grace in 1985. He lives in Anniston, Alabama with his wife, Lisa and his mother-in-law, Virginia. He is the pastor at Sovereign Grace Baptist Church in Anniston after having ministered as a missionary and as a missionary-pastor in the Philippines, California, and remote bush Alaska. He is the author of the bestseller, CHRIST AND HIM CRUCIFIED, the CEO of Vayahiy Press, and the founder and overseer of Eclectic Cattle Productions. Jon has also held the office of vice-chairman of the national Sovereign Grace Baptist Fellowship (2009-11), as well as chairman (2011-2013). His Christianity has been shaped tremendously and influenced deeply by such redeemed sinners as John Bunyan (1628-1688), Charles H. Spurgeon (1834-1892), John Newton (1725-1807), and Granville Gauldin (1929- ).
P.O. Box:
Anniston, Alabama
36201
United States
jjc@jonjcardwell.com
DOB: 08/25/1960

To Be a Pilgrim Novel ProjectJohn Bunyan’s famous allegory, The Pilgrim’s Progress, is one of the most read books in the English language, second only to the King James Version of the Holy Bible.

Today, however, there is a generation of Christians who have never read The Pilgrim’s Progress.  There are others who have attempted to read it, but seventeenth century puritanical English was much too difficult for the reader to grasp. With others still, who may have read a more updated and modern version of John Bunyan’s allegory, for them the book needed more explanation or commentary.

I am attempting to solve that problem with a slight twist by creating a book that goes beyond a mere modern translation, while providing particular insights into Bunyan’s famous story without diminishing the allegory with a great deal of doctrinal commentary thrown in here and there to disrupt the poetic beauty of the work… and I’ll do this by writing a novel entitled, To Be a Pilgrim: A Novel Based Upon The Pilgrim’s Progress and Other Works by John Bunyan of Bedford.

To Be a Pilgrim Novel Project 2Go to http://igg.me/at/tobeapilgrim

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