Contrasting Leaders

3rd John

JP: James Montgomery Boice’s outline of 3rd John (above). Photos are obviously not from the 1st century! First is Sir Alec Guinness (Star Wars); Second is Italian actor Luigi Pistilli; Third is Peter O’Toole from Lawrence of Arabia

My notes, for those interested, are available below:


2nd John: Walk in Christ’s Commandments

  • Text for this Sunday (October 30th): 2nd John
  • Teaching: John Wivell

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Church Planting in the US

JP: An insightful article by Pastor Dave Doran on the importance of U.S. Church planting. Image source =

Church Planting in the US

First paragraphs:

The United States is often described as a land of boundless opportunity, and in many respects this is certainly true. One area of opportunity, however, that seems often to be either denied or simply ignored is the opportunity to plant new churches. Many people believe that America has all the churches it needs and that our entire missionary focus should be overseas. There are many solid reasons for disagreeing with this thinking. Why should we give fresh consideration to the need for planting churches here in theUnited States?

The most important reason is that the fulfillment of the Great Commission mandate given to us by the Lord Jesus Christ requires church planting. When the Lord said that disciples were to be baptized and taught to observe all of His commands, it presupposes the establishment of local churches in order for this to be carried out. The book of Acts clearly records that the apostles understood this (Acts2:41-47;11:19-26;14:21-23). Paul’s description of his ministry at Corinth makes it clear that he viewed himself as a church planter (1 Cor 3:5-17). Church planting is the true target of the Great Commission, so every church that is committed to the commission must be committed to church planting.

The Day of the Lord

2 Peter 3:10

  • Lesson this week (Sunday October 23rd): The Day of the Lord
  • Text: 2 Peter 3:10-18
  • Teaching: John Wivell
  • Key Verses: 2 Peter 3:10, “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up” AND 2 Peter 3:14, “Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless”

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A Pastor remembers a friend

JP: I mentioned the untimely death of Darrin Christ in our prayer time this morning.

Darrin Christ obituary


Darrin Ray Christ died October 9, 2011 in Marietta, GA. Darrin was born May 22, 1969 in Greenville, SC to Dave and Becca Christ. He attended Bob Jones Academy and went on to Bob Jones University graduating with a BA in Bible. He pursued a masters degree in Health and Exercise Science at Furman University, and completed his degree in 1994. He then taught physical education at Bryson Elementary in Simpsonville, SC for 6 years. On September 18, 1999 he married CiCi (Cain) from Roswell, GA. Darrin and CiCi moved to Detroit, MI shortly after they were married so Darrin could attend Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary. He graduated in 2005 with a Master of Divinity. Son, Riley, and daughter, Reagan were born during that time. Darrin and his family moved to Roswell, GA in 2006 where Darrin taught physical education in the Marietta City Schools. They joined Lebanon Baptist Church in 2008, and Darrin was hired onto the pastoral staff as part time youth pastor. Darrin also taught the Young Married Sunday School class, and worked with the College & Career Group during the summer months. Darrin is survived by his wife CiCi, son Riley, daughter Reagan, parents Dave and Becca, brother Derrick, and grandmother, Lorine Schaeffer.

Pastor Larry Rogier (Larry is the pastor of Grace Baptist Church in River Rouge, MI.): Thoughts On the Death of a Friend


While that is unsettling for some, if I thought for one minute that God was up in heaven earnestly desiring to hold back the powers of death from His child, my friend, but ultimately unable to, I would never preach again. I would have nothing good to say about a God who is so loving as to not want people to die a physical death, but so impotent as to be unable to stop it. What assurance can such impotence give of a future resurrection and hope? That would be a God unworthy of the very lives we wish to preserve. That would be the doctor who was in the ER that night. He meant well. Tried hard. Did all he could do. But fell short.

Worthy of thanks and gratitude, to be sure. But worthy of worship that bows down and offers a life? Surely not.

Last Sunday, God, for reasons sufficient to himself in his providence and wisdom, declared the life journey of my friend to be completed.

He decided it was time to free my friend from the shackles of this broken world, and the chains of his broken body.

And so, last Sunday, God called him. He said, “Come. It’s time. You’ve had enough.”

And he was gone.

October 30th ABF fellowship – Corn Maze and Bonfire

JP: Here’s the plan for our October 30th activity and fellowship

  • Corn Maze at 4:00 p.m. Cost is $ 9 for adults. Children under 3′ tall are free. Directions and all kinds of other details here.
  • Afterwards (estimated to be at 6:30): Meet at Beth Leaf’s home for refreshments and bonfire. Beth’s address will be provided in class.

For an interesting article on the Corn Maze phenomenon from the New York Times: Builders of Corn Mazes Hope to Lose Visitors, and One Actually Did

John Piper: Are There Two Wills in God?

JP: Mike Riley mentioned this article in today’s lesson. I read it earlier this week.

Are There Two Wills in God? Divine Election and God’s Desire for All to Be Saved


My aim here is to show from Scripture that the simultaneous existence of God’s will for “all persons to be saved” (1 Tim. 2:4) and his will to elect unconditionally those who will actually be saved is not a sign of divine schizophrenia or exegetical confusion. A corresponding aim is to show that unconditional election therefore does not contradict biblical expressions of God’s compassion for all people, and does not nullify sincere offers of salvation to everyone who is lost among all the peoples of the world.