All Scriptural Sermons Ought to Be Evangelistic (J.I. Packer)

“Insofar as the preaching at our Sunday services is scriptural, those services will of necessity be evangelistic. It is a mistake to suppose that evangelistic sermons are a special brand of sermons, having their own peculiar style and conventions; evangelistic sermons are just scriptural sermons, the sort of sermons that a man cannot help preaching if he is preaching the Bible biblically. Proper sermons seek to expound and apply what is in the Bible. But what is in the Bible is just the whole counsel of God for man’s salvation; all Scripture bears witness, in one way or another, to Christ, and all biblical themes relate to him. All proper sermons, therefore, will of necessity declare Christ in some fashion and so be more or less directly evangelistic. Some sermons, of course, will aim more narrowly and exclusively at converting sinners than do others. But you cannot present the Lord Jesus Christ as the Bible presents him, as God’s answer to every problem in the sinner’s relationship with himself, and not be in effect evangelistic all the time. The Lord Jesus Christ, said Robert Bolton, is ‘offered most freely, and without exception of any person, every Sabbath, every Sermon, either in plaine, and direct terms, or implyedly, at the least.’ So it is, inevitably, wherever the Bible is preached biblically. And there is something terribly wrong in any church, or any man’s ministry, to which Bolton’s generalization does not apply.”

—J.I. Packer, Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God (Westmont, IL: IVP Books, 2012), pp. 62-63.

A Christian Vision for Racial Solidarity: An Alternative to Hostility, Hysteria, and Apathy

A Christian Vision for Racial Solidarity: An Alternative to Hostility, Hysteria, and Apathy
Christian Camp and Conference Association
Wisconsin Sectional Annual Conference
March 15th, 2022

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Lately, our society has witnessed increased attention and concern for matters of racial justice. Of course, as Christians, the equitable treatment of others aligns with our deepest moral convictions. However, many in society, including some Christians, have raised an alarm around this racial reckoning. Other Christians experience frustration or despair, interpreting this reaction as an attempt to hijack and derail progress on race. Where are Christians to begin when so many are given over to hysteria, hostility, and apathy? And how might the Bible and a Christian worldview lead us to a better alternative–namely, racial solidarity?

Expository Preaching (with Mike Bullmore)

What does it mean and look like faithfully to preach the Bible itself rather than use the Bible as a launchpad for our own message? In this episode, Kirk sits down with seasoned pastor Mike Bullmore to talk about what’s called “expository preaching” and why it’s so important.

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Lafto Kale Heywet Church in Ethiopia (Missionary Profile, Ep. 3)

CrossWay Milwaukee has a church-to-church partnership through World Orphans with Lafto Kale Heywet Church in the Lafto region of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. CrossWay’s financial support goes towards Lafto’s ministry caring for vulnerable families, specifically with widows and orphans. This partnership helps provide food, education, medical care, and economic opportunities as well as open doors for the Gospel. The ultimate goal of the church-to-church partnership is to learn from and encourage one another in the advancement of God’s Kingdom.

Listen in as Kirk connects with Pastor Eyob, and others from Lafto Church, to hear and learn more about the ministry we support there.

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