As we learned yesterday about the loss of Billy Graham, it is with a great deal of sadness that we say farewell to this extraordinary figure. Perhaps never again—certainly not within our life time—will we witness an evangelist with such a global outreach. He became a figure larger than life, and he did so by only preaching the simple message of the saving gospel of Jesus Christ.
As I look back over this past year, I can easily say that 2017 has been our greatest year to date. God has opened many doors, and by His grace, He has enabled us to go through them by faith. I want to thank you for your support of this ministry. I hope it will be an encouragement to you for me to give a quick survey of the year. Here is where we have been and what we have done.
I am very privileged to have known Doctor Robert Charles Sproul. We know him as R.C. This titanic figure was an evangelical Atlas, a formidable theologian, prolific author, and endearing pastor who will long be remembered for his substantial and significant contribution to the course of evangelical Christianity over many decades.
As Dr. Lawson begins a month long speaking trip we wanted to post his schedule and upcoming messages for those who would like to pray for him as he begins this long preaching tour around the US and then the world. Please pray the Lord would keep him safe as he travels and give him strength and energy as he speaks. We pray that at these events the lost would be reached with the gospel, pastors instructed to better proclaim the truth, and believers equipped and strengthened in their faith.
While many ministries often slow down during the hot summer months, we at OnePassion have done quite the opposite. This past month of July has been a time of increased effort for us in fulfilling the mission that the Lord has entrusted to us. It has also included some needed rest for me personally. Here is a look back at the month of July.
The month of June has been amazing month of ministry for us at OnePassion. I left Dallas at the end of May and have spent the entire month of June on the road, literally traveling around the world preaching at a fast pace. I want to walk you through where I have been and what the Lord has accomplished through our ministry.
As I write this monthly newsletter, I am presently in New Zealand, where I am leading The Institute for Expository Preaching, as well as preaching at a Bible conference there. I will be leaving here next week and traveling to Australia to preach at another Bible conference, and then after fly to the Philippines, where I will be leading another Institute for Expository Preaching.
Here at OnePassion Ministries, we are striving to do all we can in our attempt to reach this world for Jesus Christ. With our main focus upon training pastors to preach the Bible, we have had several opportunities to do this. Please allow me a moment to share some of the opportunities we have had in the month of April.
Often times in ministry, one of the greatest challenges we as preachers of God's Word face is calling for the decision to follow Christ. In this short podcast, Dr. Steven Lawson shares his thoughts on the subject.
We at One Passion Ministries have been praying without ceasing for this season in which our nation finds itself. Dr. Steve Lawson has prepared a short video in which he shares his heart for our land, giving insight into how we can walk out this election season stronger in faith, hope and love for Christ. God bless you in this important period.
The month of September has been the busiest month yet for us at OnePassion Ministries. Though extremely busy, I am thankful to the Lord for this because it indicates many open doors that lay before us.
The young, zealous pastor of Dundee, Scotland, Robert Murray M’Cheyne, who flamed out for God at age 29 and gave himself to the work of God as perhaps no young pastor has so uniquely given himself to God’s work, said before he died, “The greatest need of my people is my personal holiness.” M’Cheyne understood that the effectiveness of his pastoral ministry,
Deep within the soul of every expositor, there must reside an unwavering commitment to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Regardless of the cultural currents of the day, and regardless of the changing of the times, he must be persuaded that faith in Jesus Christ alone is the only way of salvation. From Genesis to Revelation, the whole Scripture speaks with one voice, testifying that . . .
The one who would exposit the word of God must be sovereignly chosen and called by God to do so. This sacred call is a divine appointment buy which one is separated from one's mother's womb to preach the Scriptures. Such a sovereign commission was the experience of the prophet Jeremiah (Jer 1:5), John the Baptist (Luke 1:15), and the apostle Paul (Gal 1:15–16). Before they . . .
When accompanied by the ministry of the Holy Spirit, the Bible is entirely able to accomplish all that God desires to do upon the earth (Is 55:10–11). It is clearly seen in Psalm 19:7–9, where we find dix descriptions of His Word –– “perfect,” “sure,” “right,” “pure,” “clean,” “true” –– along with the effects . . .
As we approach the end of 2015, I rejoice in what God has done this past year through OnePassion Ministries. It has been a time of extraordinary advance for the gospel in which our labors have seen the favor of the Lord upon them. . . .
Technology can be a wonderful servant but a terrible master. Nowhere is that more true than in the area of Christian ministry, especially for the preacher preparing sermons. My aim in this article is to help preachers use technology in such a way as to get the most out of this willing servant, but also to avoid it becoming a damaging tyrant. To do that, we will honestly face some . . .
The Puritan age was a golden era of church history. Few generations have ever been assembled on the stage of human history were more devoted to godly living than the Puritans. Randall Peterson notes, “As seers of Divine truth, and as surgeons of human souls, the Puritans remain peerless.” The Puritans were second-generation reformers in the sixteenth and seventeenth . . .
Reaching down through the centuries and extending to this present hour, the legacy of John Knox remains firmly implanted in many areas of the worldwide church. Knox was influential in the formation of a Reformed church government and polity, education, and doctrinal creed. However, the one area in which Knox proved to be most impactful was in a return to biblical preaching. . . .
Wielding astonishing influence over Scotland in the sixteenth century, John Knox (c. 1514–72) was one of the most heroic leaders and towering figures in the annals of church history. Regarded as ‘the Father of the Scottish Reformation’ and ‘the Founder of the Scottish Protestant Church,’ Knox was a spiritual tour de force of unmatched vigor in spreading the kingdom of God. With . . .
Paul urges his younger protégé, Timothy, “wage the good warfare” (1 Tim 1:18). Preachers are caught up in a war of words and ideas, truth and falsehood, then as now. And Timothy is being given his marching orders—“stand your ground, because this is a fight to the death,” Paul is saying to him.
Featured prominently in my study, as though looking over my right shoulder, is a reproduction of a stunning portrait of the great Bible translator William Tyndale (1494–1536). Painted in oil on canvas, the original work is from the brush of an unknown artist. It was produced in the late seventeenth or early eighteenth century and now hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in . . .
This pastor has often been humbled during Sunday evening messages when I’ve made reference to the morning sermon, only to be met with blank stares from the congregation. These moments have provided me an excellent opportunity to laugh at myself, embrace humility, and remember that apart from Christ, I can do nothing. Yet they can also raise some more troubling thoughts: . . .