LAST WEEK I ASKED FOR PRAYER FROM YOU,
FOR THE WINDS TO CALM,
FOR WE HAD FOUR BAPTISMS SCHEDULED AT MY HOUSE.
JESUS STILLED THE WIND
AS FOUR NEW CHRISTIANS IN OUR CHURCH PLANT, THE ORCHARD,
TOLD OF FINDING THEIR REST IN HIM.
Ron was religious, but did not find rest. But the love of God has dropped from his head to his heart, and after so many years of restlessness, he has found his rest in God. Ron is a transformed man — showing us all the power of God!
RON SAYS, OFTEN WHEN HE IS WALKING HIS DOGS IN THE WOODS,
HE FALLS TO HIS KNEES IN GRATITUDE.
FOR HOW MUCH JESUS MEANS TO HIM
FOR HOW CHANGED HE IS!
A VIETNAM VET WHO WAS SO RESTLESS,
TRANFORMED BY THE POWER OF THE SPIRIT.
RON IS PART OF THE GLORIOUS BRIDE OF CHRIST.
PART OF THE CITY OF GOD
PART OF THE NEW JERUSALEM,
PART OF THE BRIDE OF CHRIST.
HIS MOST FAMOUS BOOKS:
CONFESSIONS OF ST. AUGUSTINE
CITY OF GOD
WERE IMPACTED PROFOUNDLY BY PSALMS 46-48.
CONFESSIONS BEGINS WITH
“Great are you God, and greatly to be praised.” (Ps. 48:1)
CITY OF GOD, LIKEWISE, IS INSPIRED BY THE PICTURE OF THE NEW JERUSALEM IN PSALM 48.
EVERY PERSON, AUGUSTINE SAYS, IS EITHER
IN THE CITY OF MAN
OR THE CITY OF GOD.
AUGUSTINE CAUSED A STIR BY STRESSING THE HEART.
Because this is a holiday week, lessons will be short this week and next. All I want you to do this week is listen to a great lecture on Augustine and the City of God and then take one more look at Psalm 48. Next week will be a short week on Psalm 49, the last in this series on the sons of Korah.
1. What stood out to you from the above and why?
2. Listen to the following and share your notes or thoughts. The Q and A at the end is optional. (Since 2004 Nick Needham has been the minister of Inverness Reformed Baptist Church. He has taught in Scotland at Edinburgh University and the Scottish Baptist College, and also in Africa.) Mike Reeves also has some wonderful talks on Augustine which you may want to listen to as well, but I chose this for it is excellent and Needham centers on the “City of God,” of which Psalm 48 speaks.
3. Now, take another look at Psalm 48 and see if you see anything new or helpful for your life.
4. What is your take-a-way and why?