SANCTITY OF LIFE RESOURCES (in case you missed this last time – includes preaching suggestions if you would like to devote a sermon to this topic for sanctity of life Sunday, coming up January 19, 2014)
Thoughts for Guest Preachers, and the Churches That Invite Them
Very helpful, practical advice. I would consider this a “must-read.”
While word-studies can provide valuable insights to our Bible study and teaching, there are some serious pitfalls (namely, mistaking the roots and history of a word for its actual usage in context, since words often change meaning over time). Dr. Cara provides a helpful guide.
Making good use of a hospital analogy, Dr. Mohler makes the case for a hierarchy of types of Christian doctrine, distinguishing between what is essential for being a Christian (first order) from positions that define denominational identity (second order) and things that Christians within a local congregation may disagree about (third order). Some may draw the lines in different places, but this is an important concept to grasp, especially if we desire to serve as supply preachers beyond the bounds of a single denomination. This type of framework doesn’t mean that we disregard all differences, but that we know which ones matter the most and what the implications are for the different levels (for example, one might serve as a guest speaker in a church that he could not pastor, based on disagreement over secondary issues).
R. C. Sproul’s commentary on John is currently free for Kindle. Not sure how long it will be free.