Enjoyed one of our regular trips to Aberystwyth this last weekend – this time to collect our daughter. As usual we went to Alfred Place Baptist Church where Geoff Thomas is the Pastor. In the evening Geoff preached on Romans 1: 19 & 20. There can be no excuse, there will be no excuse for anyone because God has made it plain. Weasel excuses like, ‘not enough evidence’ or ‘he never appeared to me’ will not cut it at the judgement seat of Christ. There is an abundance of evidence because God has made it so!
Romans 1:19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. (ESV)
I like the NIV here;
Romans 1:19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. (NIVUK)
There can only be one response, and that is to call upon the Lord for salvation.
Had a lovely chat with Geoff afterwords where he recounted addressing a group of ministers on Van Tillian apologetics without a single objection. Later my son (a deacon at AP – Alfred Place) told me Geoff said to him ‘some Van Til for your Dad tonight Chris.’
Here’s the link to the Sermon audio. Here’s the link to the Sermon transcripts page (when they upload it). The transcript is always slightly different to the sermon as Geoff writes them out in full and makes copies available for the service. It can be interesting to follow his typed sermon while listening.
In complete contrast to the ridiculous idea of having a donkey in a service of worship we were treated to the unadulterated Gospel at Alfred Place Baptist Church yesterday. Here Christ and His cross were at the centre, not donkeys, drums, entertainment and all manner of man-centred trivia. It was great to be in Aber and to hear Geoff Thomas again in his own inimitable way.
In the morning we were in Luke 19:45-48 ‘The Cleansing of the Temple’. In the evening it was Romans 8:11 ‘Christ Raised by the Spirit, and we are to be Raised Also’.
His sermons are available on Sermon Audio. Go here for MP3 Alfred Place for links.
I saw Geoff again this afternoon as he passed in his car. To my surprise he pulled over and we chatted for a while about apologetics and I asked about Greg Bahnsen. He did know him, and at one time Geoff had to stand in for him at an apologetics conference.
We continued to chat about apologetics, I thanked him for the Sunday ministry and in typical Geoff fashion he was back in his car and away.
My, how time flies. I should have posted this a lot sooner. Apologies for not doing so, but here it is. Geoff Thomas came to Bulkington Congregational Church a couple of weeks ago to deliver a lecture on J Gresham Machen – God’s Champion. With many of the folks at the lecture I had very little – next to nothing actually – knowledge of this man of God. It’s always interesting to hear how these men are prepared, prior to the work God has for them. In part Machen was prepared for battle intellectually in Germany and emotionally in the trenches of WWW1 as a medical orderly as his conscience would not allow him to kill possible German friends from his days of study.
The lecture was delivered in only the way Geoff can, it was warm and real. It was also good to see the balcony being used again and to see the folks at Bulkington encouraged.
What struck me in the lecture from the life of Machen was the encouragement to stand firm in the fight in our own day. This to me is a large part of what the lectures are about. J Gresham Machen is a great example and encouragement to stand firm even when it looks as though the cause of truth is falling in the streets. God is with His church. Download, listen, enjoy, be encouraged!
The Lecture is available from the usual two sources: Bulkington Congregational Church & My Website. Bulkington describe the lecture as ‘J. Gresham Machen: His life, times, and stand against liberalism and modernism’. Exactly so.