Saturday, April 10, 2010

Spurgeon on the Holy Spirit

I am reading the book, Spurgeon on the Holy Spirit, by Charles Spurgeon. Our elder gives books to the families in our church to read and learn from. These are my notes and summary from chapter one of the book. I will be posting my notes and chapter summaries for each chapter.

Chapter 1

"O foolish Galatians, are you so foolish? having begun in the spirit, are you now you made perfect by the flesh?" Gal. 3:3

Who are the Galatians? They are the people from Galatia but in this present time they may represent us and we can learn from what Paul said to them. This book starts from our helplessness to God’s forgiveness of our sins. We may think that we are good and maybe even righteous! But this is not true." As it is written, there is none righteous, no, not one." Romans 3:10. The only One righteous is God the Father. And He is the only One that can save us from the fires of hell. This chapter talks about our sinful nature, and how only God is perfect. He is the only that can truly save us.

The Galatians in this verse are not satisfied with God's help and they want more than that. These are human’s sinful lusts. When we obey the Lord's commandment, the Lord will bless us. Though His blessing will be upon us in this world our greatest reward will be to see His face in heaven and to never leave His side and to worship Him all day because in heaven there will be no night. But that does not mean that our lives will be easy, no, our lives might be even harder being a Christian than being an unsaved person. However we are still not better than the unsaved people in this world. No, we always have to go to God over and over again for mercy.

Spurgeon then writes about how we cannot be saved if the Holy Spirit does not touch our spirit to be saved. It is impossible to be saved without the work of the Holy Spirit. The best preacher in the world can preach his best sermon to someone and not convince him to be saved if the Holy Spirit is not urging the person’s soul to do so.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Do Not Grow Weary in Well Doing

Here is a summary from my notes from last Sunday’s sermon.
The message was from Galatians 6:1-10. The title of the message was, Do Not Grow Weary In Well Doing. Mr. Horn started by telling us that when you are full of the spirit you walk showing the fruit of the Spirit. Walking in the spirit affects the physical aspects of our life as well as the spiritual aspects of our life. He also mentioned that you cannot have one part of the fruit without the others. Example: You cannot have love and gentleness while you are impatient with your siblings. The fruit of the spirit are actually one fruit!

Here are some questions Mr. Horn asked in his sermon:
Do you love your neighbor?
How do you love your neighbor?
There are two basic ways to know if you love your neighbor:
1. Whenever we see our neighbor doing something wrong, you go to him and explain what he (or she) is doing is wrong. You cannot do this if you have the same problem in your life and God has not helped you to overcome your problem. Also, you should never pride yourself on controlling the problems in your life. It is God’s mercy and grace that allows us to control our problems.
2. You must have a forgiving and loving attitude towards your neighbor.
Of course this is an adult’s responsibility. It could be a child’s responsibility to talk to their friends, but a child’s main responsibility is to honor and obey their parents-“Children obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honor your father and mother which is the first commandment with a promise; that it may be well with you, and that you may live long on the earth. Ephesians 6:1-3.

How can I apply this message from the Bible to my life? I can try to honor and obey my parents even more than I do now and not get tired from doing it. I can make an agreement with my sister asking her to come to me kindly when she sees me being impatient with my two little brothers. She can encourage me to be more patient with my younger brothers and some other things in my life too.