The 2nd session was with John MacArthur and he shared that there were 2 things early on in his ministry that he was convicted about and that has guided his whole ministry. The first was confidence in the Scriptures and the second was the pursuit of holiness. He preached on Psalm 19 to teach about having confidence in the Word of God for this sermon and preached on holiness in another sermon. He went through every key word in verses 7-9.
restore/transforming the soul=the Scripture is complete so it can totally transform the whole inner person. It is the source of salvation.
testimony=God Himself speaking
simple=open door in a person's brain. Everything goes in and goes out. To people who say they have an "open mind" we would say Scripture says-shut it! They don't know what to keep in or out.
wise=skilled life in daily living-sanctification
precepts=principles, divine doctrine
right=right direction or path
rejoicing the heart=true joy is tied in obedience because obedience will give you a clear conscience.
commandments=these are not suggestions
pure=clear, defeats the statement that we don't really know what the Bible says
fear=worship manual. Reveals how God is to be worshipped. Worship is produced by truth. You can only worship to the point that you comprehend about the glory of God.
endures=lasts forever because it is not stained. It transcends all cultures and all times.
judgments=divine verdict of all cases producing comprehensive righteousness.
The Word of God is:
1. Our greatest possession
2. Our greatest pleasure
3. Our greatest protector
4. Our greatest provider
5. Our greatest purifier
Joshua 1:8-This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
This sermon was so rich in information about this passage and I was so thankful for that. I taught on this passage at our Mom's ministry meeting back in January so I was a little nervous at first to hear this message. I thought-oh great! I am going to see all the verses I messed up in! But God was very kind and I can say now that I don't think I taught anything way off of what John did so that was encouraging. I am excited to add these notes to my study notes on this passage and have a deeper richer understanding of the confidence we can have in the Word of God.