Wednesday, June 15, 2011

George Whitefield's Exhortation to Pray for Leaders

In a message entitled "Intercession Every
Duty", George Whitefield offers this encouragement to pray for leaders:

"Next to the praying for all men, we should, according to St. Paul's rule, pray for KINGS; particularly for our present sovereign King George, and all that are put in authority under him: that we may lead quiet lives, in all godliness and honesty. For, if we consider how heavy the burden of government is, and how much the welfare of any people depends on the zeal and godly conversation of those that have the rule over them: if we set before us the many dangers and difficulties, to which governors by their station are exposed, and the continual temptations they be under to luxury and self-indulgence; we shall not only pity, but pray for them: that he who preserved Esther, David, and Josiah, "unspotted from the world," amidst the grandeur of a court, and gave success to their designs, would also preserve them holy and unblameable, and prosper all the works of their hands upon them."

"Intercession Every Christian's Duty"

Monday, June 13, 2011

Capitol Bible Study: "Gospel Accounting in the Capitol"

From this week's interim Bible study at the West Virginia state capitol:

Paul understood the “Great Ex
change” that takes place in gospel accounting. When we repent and place our faith in Christ, God places all of our sin on Jesus’ account as He is punished in our place and on our behalf. The goodness, or righteousness, of Christ’s perfect life is then placed on our account. What a glorious transaction of God’s grace! No wonder Paul counted all earthly things as loss in view of knowing Christ.

You can read or download the complete study, "Gospel Accounting in the Capitol", here.