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Biblical Worship 01: Definitions

Worship is an essential part of our relationship with God.  In fact, we are created, chosen, called, and commanded to worship God.  Perhaps you are familiar with the Westminster Shorter Catechism.  In it, the writers ask, “What is the chief end of man?”  And they answer, “Man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.”  In other words, humanity…

Canada Mission Video

Canada Trip 2011 from Ben Simpson on Vimeo. From October 22-28, a team of nine short-term missionaries from West Main Baptist Church joined four churches from Texas to come alongside the Johnsons, who are NAMB missionaries to Saskatchewan, Canada.  We pray this video will share just a glimpse of all the joy we had in serving the Lord there!

I Hope You’re Left Behind

There’s a lot of talk in the church world about being “left behind.”  There have been books, both fictional and nonfictional, written on the subject.  Add to them the movies, the computer games, the sermons, and the articles, and you’ve got a topic that people like to think, talk, and hear about.  Preachers especially love to talk about it at the invitation…

Successful but Not Satisfied

In my last post, I declared according to scriptural principle that even though nobody was saved through our evangelistic efforts last week, we were still successful in God’s eyes because we were faithful to do everything that He has called us to do.  In this article, I want to answer the question:  am I satisfied with no conversions last week? Let me…

Was Our Evangelistic Rally a Success?

Last week, West Main Baptist and the other churches in the Alexandria/Dowelltown/Liberty cluster of the Salem Baptist Association came together for an evangelistic rally.  We had it in the open air grandstands of our fairground, giving it that old tent revival feel.  Our expressed goal was to preach the gospel so that people would turn to Christ for salvation from the wrath…

The Bible v/s Nature

What are the comparisons and contrasts between the Bible and its authority and general revelation and its authority? When comparing and contrasting the Bible and its authority to general revelation and its authority, it is important to understand that the Bible is in the category of special revelation.  The nature of special revelation is such that it is not observable or discoverable…

Frustrate the Devil

How would you like to ruin the devil’s day?  Want to see him with shoulders drooped, face all scrunched up in a frown of disappointment, and sitting on a bench pouting?  That sounds awesome, doesn’t it?  Okay then, here’s the game plan:  rejoice in your suffering. No seriously.  God has ordained suffering for your life to bring about much good, but the…

Knock, Knock…Who’s There?

Perhaps you have recently had a knock at your door, and on the other side are Jehovah’s Witnesses.  They are zealous and excited to share with you what they believe to be good news.  Are they Christian?  Should you listen to them or take their literature?  Let’s take a look at this group and see. How Did the Jehovah’s Witnesses Begin? We’ll…

God Reminded Me In Honduras That…

In the middle of August, I was blessed to teach systematic theology to twenty-three Honduran pastors outside of Tegucigalpa, Honduras at a Bible institute ran by Baptist Medical & Dental Mission International (BMDMI). On the heels of returning from that week-long trip, God has reminded me afresh of five major truths, which I share with you to stir you by way of…

20 Reasons to Take Risks for Jesus (Pt 2)

Yesterday, I gave you the first 10 reasons from Scripture for taking risks for Jesus.  Today, I’ll give you the final 10 that the Lord blessed me with on Saturday.  These are not my words of wisdom.  They are straight from the Word of God, which is wisdom indeed! So, if your flesh and the devil have you disobeying God and cowering…