I have been collecting my favorite videos on Christian apologetics for some time and would like to share them with you. Here is a link to my YouTube playlist on Christian apologetics. In addition, here are my favorite Christian channels on YouTube that consistently put out good content:
I am currently working my way through the first volume of the writings of the Puritan Thomas Brooks. His writings have had a wonderful impact on my understanding of prayer, temptation, suffering, and trusting in God. I would like to share with you some of the character traits that made him the excellent pastor he was. Alexander Grosart writes in his memoir of Brooks that he was, “A person of a very sweet nature and temper: so affable, and courteous, and cheerful.” He was not a man who fit the caricature of the Puritans so common in English classrooms and the media. His trust in God resulted in joy before others. “He feared nothing of himself or others, knowing the promise and oath of God would stand firm.” This trust in God gave him confidence before others.
He was a humble man who ascribed all the power of his ministry to Christ instead of himself. “Pride and moroseness are bad qualities of a man of his employ, and make men afraid of the ways of God, for fear they should never enjoy a good day after.” The godly life is the blessed life because true happiness only comes through the gospel. If we are called to imitate our pastors, they should be men who are worthy of imitating and people we would want to be like. There is something infectious about a Christian who loves God and wants to share God’s love for him with others.
Brooks was a man of deep patience who could endure sickness and infirmities because he always knew God would take care of him body and soul. “Sense of pardon took away sense of sickness.” Because his future was secure, he did not mind when his body was failing. “He had a body of Divinity in his head, and the power of it upon his heart.” He knew the truth and lived it out. Christian theology was not a mere exercise for him, but his very life. And this theology impacted every aspect of his life and he wanted to show others how to apply it to theirs. He was eager in his writings to share his great knowledge of Scripture, not for his own sake, but for the good of his readers who were engaged in combat with the world, the flesh, and the devil.
Labor was “his meat and drink.” He took great delight in his work as a pastor. After college, he served as a Navy chaplain at sea and on land before entering the pastorate. He said that he would not exchange his years at sea for all the riches of England. Through his time at sea, I am certain that he grew in his dependence on God as his life was in the hands of the raging sea. Living among sailors would have enlightened him to the sinfulness and vanity of the world. Knowing the depths of the sins of others helps us to appreciate the greatness of God’s grace in saving us from our own sinfulness. Ministering to sinners teaches us how to speak to their heart and convey the gospel in a language they can understand. May God raise up more men like Thomas Brooks.
Here are a list of some of the free online resources I use on a regular basis in addition to Bibleworks on my PC.
The works of Thomas Brooks and Thomas Watson are the best.
Almost all writings from the 17th to 19th century are available online in one form or another.
Go to search tools and change it to the 19th century to download books for free.
The “International Critical Commentary” is one example of a great resource.
Always preview books as much as you can through Amazon and Google before you buy them.
The commentaries of John Calvin, John Gill, Matthew Henry, Albert Barnes, Matthew Poole, John Lightfoot, A. T. Robertson, and the sermons of Charles Spurgeon are all available online for free.
Bible Study Tools:
http://tsk-online.com/ – The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge which is a great reference tool.
This is an outline of the first sermon I preached at seminary six years ago:
2 Chronicles 25:2: “The Danger of A Divided Heart”
Read 2 Chronicles 25:1-4, 14-16.
(Introduction) My prayer for you this afternoon is that you would not end your life like that of Amaziah but serve God with all of your heart.
He started off well but ended his life in idolatry and under the judgment of God.
So many seminary students eventually drop out of ministry because of the idolatrous desires of their heart. Adultery, money, insecurity.
God is not looking for namby-pamby Christians but for those who will serve him with undivided hearts.
Proposition: I call upon you to “Serve God with An Undivided Heart.”
What idols are preventing you from serving God with a whole heart?
What is it that consumes your thoughts? That is what you worship and that is your god.
We see in this passage four ways that we can serve God with a divided heart that we must keep away from: idolatry, hypocrisy, greed, and unbelief.
(1) You can serve God with a divided heart by setting up idols that divide your worship between God and the world: Verse 14 – worship of idols.
According to 2 Kings 14:4 Amaziah also refused to take down the high places where idolatry was committed.
Do not set up idols in your life that divide your loyalty to Christ. Forsake the idols of your heart. Do not have an undivided heart.
Hudson Taylor: “The real secret of an unsatisfied life lies too often in an unsurrendered will.”
Wilbur Chapman: “Christian! It is not the ship in the water, but the water in the ship, which sinks it. So it is not the Christian in the world, but the world in the Christian, which constitutes the danger. Anything which dims my vision of Christ, or takes away my taste for Bible study, or cramps my prayer life, or makes Christian work difficult, is wrong for me, and I must, as a Christian, turn away from it!”
Don’t Waste Your Theological Education by neglecting personal worship, Bible reading and prayer, not evangelizing, not serving in the church, setting aside fellowship and accountability with fellow brothers in Christ, and not dealing seriously with the sin in your life.
Philip Jacob Spener: “A young man who fervently loves God, although adorned with limited gifts, will be more useful to the church of God with his meager talent and academic achievement than a vain and worldly fool with double doctor’s degrees who is very clever but has not been taught by God.”
(2) You can serve God with a divided heart by being a hypocrite: Verse 4 – partly obeyed the Law of Moses.
Avoid hypocrisy: Amaziah obeyed the Law of Moses in not killing their children according to Deuteronomy 24:16 but broke the first commandment by committing idolatry 25:14.
(3) You can serve God with a divided heart by making wealth your treasure: Verse 9 – response to the man of God.
Do not make wealth your treasure: his treasure was in his wealth.
Following the Lord is costly.
The Lord will repay you for the sacrifices you have made on behalf of his kingdom as the prophet says.
(4) You can serve God with a divided heart by ignoring the Word of God: Verse 16 – rebukes the prophet.
Do not ignore God’s warning in Scripture:
God sends people into our lives to turn us from our idolatry.
Have you said to them what Amaziah said to the prophet?
(Conclusion) Half-hearted worship results in the judgment of God 25:17.
Pray that God would open your eyes to your sin unlike Amaziah – Verse 20
Hebrews 3:12-13: “Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called ‘today,’ that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.”
God disciplines his children to turn them from their idolatry in order that they may serve him with a whole heart.
Hebrews 12:6-8: “For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives. It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons.”
Have you been like Amaziah? Have you started off well but have lost your first love?
Do not let your end be like that of Amaziah – it is the end the counts.
Will people remember you as a half-hearted servant of God or as one who is fully committed to doing God’s will in every area of your life?
What is it in your life that you have to forsake to serve God with a whole heart?
What is it that you are worshiping beside God that is dividing your heart?
Ask yourself, “Will this divide my heart in my obedience to Christ?”
Whatever it is, that is idolatry. Confess it to God, repent of it and forsake it.
Closing prayer: Do not let our end be like that of Amaziah but of the Apostle Paul.
This is my recommended list of books that I believe every Christian should read in their lifetime. Anything written by Charles Spurgeon, Thomas Watson, Thomas Brooks, Jeremiah Burroughs, Paul David Tripp, or Paul Washer is worth reading as well.
If God Is Good by Randy Alcorn
Pro-Life Answers to Pro-Choice Arguments by Randy Alcorn
A Sure Guide to Heaven by Joseph Alleine
To the Golden Shore: The Life of Adoniram Judson by Courtney Anderson
1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith by Anonymous
Encyclopedia of Bible Difficulties by Gleason Archer
The Valley of Vision by Arthur Bennett
Heaven on Earth by Thomas Brooks
Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices by Thomas Brooks
In the Beginning by Walt Brown
The Evil of Evils by Jeremiah Burroughs
The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment by Jeremiah Burroughs
Baptism: Its Mode and Subjects by Alexander Carson
Reasons for Separating from the General Synod of Ulster by Alexander Carson
The Meaning and Use of Baptizen by T. J. Conant
David Brainerd: His Life and Diary by Jonathan Edwards
The Theology of the Reformers by Timothy George
From Heaven He Came And Sought Her by Jonathan Gibson
The ESV Study Bible by God
Evangelical Feminism and Biblical Truth by Wayne Grudem
Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem
More Than Conquerors by William Hendricksen
The Apostolic Fathers by Michael W. Holmes
The Bondage of the Will by Martin Luther
Death and the Afterlife by Robert Morey
How to Answer a Jehovah’s Witness by Robert Morey
How to Answer a Mormon by Robert Morey
The Islamic Invasion by Robert Morey
Autobiography of George Muller by George Muller
Redemption Accomplished and Applied by John Murray
The Attributes of God by A. W. Pink
Desiring God by John Piper
Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper
God’s Passion for His Glory by John Piper
Let the Nations Be Glad by John Piper
A New Systematic Theology of the Christian Faith by Robert L. Reymond
All of Grace by Charles Spurgeon
The Soul Winner by Charles Spurgeon
A Puritan Golden Treasury by I. D. E. Thomas
Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands by Paul David Tripp
Quest for More by Paul David Tripp
Without A Doubt by Kenneth Samples
Women in the Church by Thomas Schreiner
The End Times Made Simple by Sam Waldron
The Gospel’s Power and Message by Paul Washer
All Things for Good by Thomas Watson
The Doctrine of Repentance by Thomas Watson
The Church of Rome at the Bar of History by William Webster
Icons of Evolution by Jonathan Wells
The Forgotten Trinity by James White
The King James Only Controversy by James White
The Potter’s Freedom by James White
Tortured for Christ by Richard Wurmbrand
Sermons in Solitary Confinement by Richard Wurmbrand
Anything written by the Puritans