Thursday, March 11, 2010

Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary Conference

This past week we had the opportunity to hear Dr. David Murray preach at the seminary conference. Dr. Murray is one of my favorite preachers and hearing him was such a blessing! The conference theme was on The Nature And Sufficiency Of Scripture, and Dr. Murray's sermons were, Holy Spirit + Holy Men = Holy Bible, and Salvation, Sanctification, and Spectacles. I walked away from these sermons with a new appreciation and thankfulness for the Word of God. It made me think of all the people in the Old Testament times who didn't have the Bible, yet believed, and I was thankful that I was born in a time where we have the Bible. "These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them.." Hebrews 11:13

I wish I could post recordings here for you all to listen to , but since I can't....Here are a few thoughts and applications I got from the first sermon - Holy Spirit + Holy Men = Holy Bible. Something that struck me was when he spoke about how we all have different personalities, and are each naturally drawn to different parts of the Bible. For me it is the Psalms, but I had never thought about it that way before - very interesting......Below are 4 applications from the sermon for us -

1. We should have a reverence for the Word of God.
2. The reliability of God's word. This is God speaking! Put everything on it, rely on it.
3. See God's great love to us. God so loved the world that He gave us the Bible!
4.The Bible is more sure and certain than any word of prophecy that those in the Bible times experienced, better than the transfiguration! "We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost." 2 Peter 19:21

Some thoughts from the second sermon - Salvation, Sanctification, and Spectacles....this sermon was preached on these verses from Psalm 19, "The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward." on the importance of God's word, how it applies to all areas of life, how we need to look at life, and decisions, through the spectacles of God's word. It was excellent!

He then finished with a list of Ps for applying this to our lives which I wanted to include here -
Priority - daily study of the Bible must be our priority, we should do it before we do anything else.
Privacy - get away from distractions when we read/study.
Plan - don't just open the Bible to wherever it falls open, have a plan for studying through it.
Prayer - pray over what we read, pray what we read.
Patience - there may be times where we get nothing out of our reading, but don't give up, be patient.
Personal Application - apply what we are reading to us, our circumstances.
Practice - live out, and obey what we read.

Other blessings of the conference were getting to see friends, sing Psalms with hundreds of others, and lots of good books for sale:-)

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"Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it."
Isaiah 55:6,8-1