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Southern Baptist seminary guest speaker examines sin: admirable talk in an ongoing series of subjects
by Peter Menkin

Guest speaker examines sin at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, Mill Valley, California for 40 minutes speaking before students, their friends, and the public with the theme, “We can win in our war against sin in our life.” Pastor Jim Fitzpatrick tells how belief influences behavior, citing Romans 6 the Bible during his admirable talk. Readers can hear the sermon in its entirety here.

Part of an ongoing series of sermons by speakers as well as faculty spokeswoman for the Southern Baptist seminary says, “…we often have music (songs and instruments) prior to the sermon – with the attendees singing – very much like a church worship service.” Upcoming guests can be found on the Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary (GGBTS) website here. “Attendees include students, staff and faculty. The public is welcome, and depending on the speaker, others may attend. For instance, Robert Wilkins will be the speaker selected by our African American Christian Fellowship. He is Young Adult Pastor, Allen Temple Baptist Church and President and CEO, YMCA of the East Bay, located in Oakland.”

Pastor Jim Fitzpatrick (Crosspointe Baptist Church) Vancouver, Washington, spoke with this writer.

Note that remarks from the sermon are briefly reported, then significantly followed by comments from Pastor Fitzpatrick on his sermon, as given in an email interview with this writer. Pastor Fitzpatrick answered the questions from his home in Vancouver, Washington, which is near Portland, Oregon.

The preacher starts off by preaching, “’While we’re always told to live a holy life, Romans 6:11-14 tells us how to do so. You can win in your war against sin.’”
Dr. Fitzpatrick is a Doctor of Ministry graduate of Golden Gate Seminary, an adjunct professor at the Seminary’s Pacific Northwest Campus.

The statement from GGBTS ends its report on the sermon with, “Fitzpatrick concluded by urging his listeners to ‘begin new every morning; to commit yourselves daily and to surrender your body and your mind – to offer yourself before the Lord. That is the way to win in your war against sin.’”

The Interview with Pastor Jim Fitzpatrick

From your sermon you say your favorites are Romans 6-8 (two of them). Will you tell me which quotes they are, and cite them or give me the text? These 3 chapters, Romans 6,7, and 8 are my favorites because of their emphasis on growing as Christians to become the holy people God desires us to be. I especially like chapter 8:1- therefore, there is now no condemnation in Christ Jesus and 8:31-39 which teaches that believers are secure in Christ. The chapter begins with no condemnation and ends with no separation for believers.

Do you refer to the Bible as reference and source frequently when speaking in the pulpit at Golden Gate Theological Seminary because of the imperative directed by R. Albert Mohler, Jr. and others who want Southern Baptist seminaries to rely more heavily on Biblical statement or source? Or are there other reasons? No, I was not aware of what Dr. Mohler said. My belief is that the Bible is God’s written communication to us. It is the source of authority. My comments as a pastor/teacher have no power on their own. The power/authority comes from the written Word of God (The Bible). I am one of many who are considered expository preachers. I always preach directly from the Bible and typically work my way through entire books, line upon line, precept upon precept.

Does your work with youth leadership lead you in this sermon as you find relevance for seminary students, though all may not be so young? Still, they are students. What is your focus for seminary students, as a tone? I just know that all of us, regardless of age struggle with the same issues. For the believer who deeply desires to live a godly life, sin and temptation are continual enemies. I felt it made sense to speak to this particular audience on this topic of Victory over Sin because it is something all Christ- followers desire in our lives.

You say, “You can win in your war against sin.” I note you use Romans 6: 11-14. What specifically tells you this is so? Why Paul, and do you lean towards Paul in your own faith and work as a pastor? These verses are very clear. God wants us to have victory over sin. Each of the four verses clearly teach that or allude to it in some way. Victory over sin does not mean we will ever be sinless in this life, but we can sin less and less as we apply the concepts found in these verses. I don’t necessarily lean towards Paul in my preaching, although I do like the 13 books of the New Testament that he wrote.

Though this question has been touched on, How did you find the seminary listener different from others you’ve had the opportunity to address in a sermon? I am not sure. Again, my feeling is that all people have similar questions, issues, hang ups etc. I do know that I presupposed some Bible knowledge and understanding that I may not have assumed with an audience that does not know the scriptures as thoroughly as this audience does.

Tell us a few words about man as sinner, and why did you choose this topic? We are all sinners. We were born into sin and we willingly choose sin. I chose the topic because we are all in the same boat. We all sin, we all struggle, and we all need help beyond ourselves to defeat sin.

I did like your statement on belief influencing behavior. It is compelling and promising. Is there more to say on, Why or how does our belief influence behavior? Will you say a little more for readers? We act on what we truly believe. If we say we believe something but never act upon it, my guess is we may not really believe it at all. For example, as a follower of Christ, I believe there are not many ways to God but one – faith in Jesus Christ. Because I believe that, I am motivated to share this truth with others.

You don’t mention the devil, as I recall. Is sin created by the devil? So many people would like to know what you think who will look at this article about your sermon on sin. I did not mention the Devil, only because he is not mentioned in this passage. However, I certainly believe in the Devil – the Bible speaks quite a bit about Satan. We see from other passages that the Devil is a liar, a murderer, a deceiver etc. He certainly influences people to sin, although we are responsible for our own sins. I don’t believe it is correct to say the Devil created sin. Sin entered the world when Adam and Eve gave in to the temptation of the serpent (the Devil) of their own free will. Jesus was tempted by the Devil, but did not choose to sin.

A logical follow-up to the previous question, at least as it occurs to me: Why can’t man ever be sinless? In a Bible study I attended recently in San Francisco’s Bay Area a man declared more than hopefully that because of Jesus Christ we are forgiven of sin. He believed that and wanted to believe it. We can never be sinless in this life because we are all born with a sin nature = a desire and an ability to sin. The sin nature does not go away when we come to Christ. I would wholeheartedly agree with the man from the Bible Study. Jesus Christ came to bring forgiveness of sin. When we put our faith and trust in Christ as our Savior, we receive the forgiveness for all of our sins – past, present, and future.

Believers will probably be right with you when you say, Sin is slavery. One is free to go, when emancipated, as your story of Abraham Lincoln explained. What does free mean? I did hear you say in your sermon, it means, “Free to live with Jesus.” Anything else? Someone who is free has choices. Believers are free from the control of sin. We don’t have to choose to sin. Instead we are free to make choices that honor and please God.

Your sermon is more than upbeat, it is positive in its statements of promise regarding sin and Jesus Christ. You say, We can win in our war against sin in our life. Have you known anyone who is losing in their war against sin in their life? What has it done to them? I think many believers live defeated lives. The reason for this is often we do not fully embrace the new life we have been given. Christians are not just improved people, they are transformed people. I regularly deal with people who struggle to walk with God and live the kind of life God requires/desires.

Your sermon ends with how sin is a matter of the heart, not the mind. You tell a good story to illustrate this belief. In the sermon that lasts about 40 minutes, and a Southern Baptist sermon can be longer, is that not so? My question becomes: Is it the pastor’s job to help the heart solely, and that of your typical Baptist in the pew? I think effective preaching engages the mind, heart, and will all at once. Christianity is a religion of faith, but our faith is not some crazy leap in the dark. It is more of a step into the light. Christians used to be at the forefront of intellectualism in our society. I think some preaching is strong in volume, but weak in content. The issues we face in life are matters of the heart. We struggle sometimes because our wills are weak. Therefore, it is essential to go after the mind, heart, and will in preaching.

To the final question, and there is a long quote from Luther at the end, so stay with me if you will. Your thoughts and wisdom are invited. Question: Is there a similarity in the different ways Christians see sin. As an example, the following quotation found on an internet discussion list, Yahoo’s Monasticlife. Please comment: Grace is the key word in understanding all that motivates God to be involved in our lives. Grace means we receive that which we do not deserve (salvation and the forgiveness of sin among many other things). I assume there is a different way that some define sin, but the Bible is clear that sin is “missing the mark”, falling short of God’s moral standards in our lives. I like Luther’s quote. I am not sure any of us need any encouragement to sin, we do that pretty well already! However, the point seems to be that which is found in Romans 6:1-4. I would paraphrase it by saying – “the flood of our sin, is overwhelmed by the tidal wave of God’s grace.”

Here’s the original quote from Luther’s Works, Vol. 48 in a
letter he wrote to Philip Melanchthon on 1 August 1521. There are footnote
numbers embedded in this quote, sorry about that …

“If you are a preacher of grace, then preach a true and not a fictitious
grace; if grace is true, you must bear a true and not a fictitious sin. God
does not save people who are only fictitious; sinners. Be a
sinner and sin; boldly; but believe
and; rejoice in Christ even more boldly, for he is
victorious over sin, death, and the world. As long as we are here [in this
world; we have to sin. This life is not the dwelling place
of righteousness; but, as Peter says; we
look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness
dwells. It is enough that by; the riches of God’s glory we
have come to know the Lamb that takes away the sin of the world; No sin will separate us from the Lamb, even though we commit
fornication and murder a thousand times a day. Do you think that the
purchase price that was paid for the redemption of our sins
by so great a Lamb is too small? Pray boldly—you too are a mighty sinner
August 1, 1521″

Luther, M. (1999, c1963). Vol. 48: Luther’s works, vol. 48 : Letters I (J. J
Pelikan, H. C. Oswald & H. T. Lehmann, Ed.). Luther’s Works (48:281).
Philadelphia: Fortress Press.

Is there anything you’d like to add? I appreciate the opportunity to answer your thought –provoking questions. I also am thankful to Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary for the opportunity to share in the recent chapel service. Golden Gate is a great seminary that is doing many innovative and influential things for the kingdom of God in this generation.

Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary is a Cooperative Program Ministry of the Southern Baptist Convention and operates five, fully-accredited campuses in Northern California, Southern California, Pacific Northwest, Arizona and Colorado. For more information go here:

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Such is our path, and such the grace of God, that our falls and mistakes may be a way to nurture our true growth ; as a tree extracts fresh strength from the soil which is improved by its own decaying leaves and fallen blossoms.

I believe there are 4 angles or “channels we must dig if we are going to be prepared to receive the entire force of the restorative brook God is almost to send.

Channel Number One : The Channel of uninhibited Confession.

The restoration of our pasts will be very difficult except for absolute and uninhibited confession of sin. Transparency always draws cleansing from God and mercy from others. Puritan clergyman John Trapp once recounted : God puts away lots in anger for their supposed goodness, but not any at all for their confessed badness.

A visitor looking to console the dying Thomas Hooker said Sir, you are going to get the reward of your labor. To which Hooker replied No bro. I am going to receive mercy.

We need God’s mercy if our pasts are going to be fully redeemed! Grace is getting what we don’t merit while mercy is not getting what we do merit.

We need mercy! There’s no sin bigger than God’s capacity to forgive. Thomas Horton once wrote : The sin which isn’t too great to be forsaken isn’t too great to be forgiven. if you are prepared to walk in abject truth and unrestrained confession with trusted others, God’s great stream of restoration will cleanse your past.

Channel Number two : The Channel of Accepted Responsibility.

God’s torrents of restoration will surge around and leave definitely dry and barren all who refuse to take personal accountability for t he ir own sins. God only wants to be told about you. He knows everything and more about them. What is your part? What is your responsibility? How did you make a contribution to the situation? Be as candid as Jacob was when he met God head to head. Accept personal blame for your sins, and you will be able to embrace the powerful stream of grace which alone can revive your past.

Channel Number 3 : The Channel of Humility and Accountability.

All of nature testifies to the significance of shared soil, sunlight, rain and fresh air if life is to be and expansion is to be sustained. The plants have roots, the trees have roots and you need roots, tiny flower! God has made us with the need to live interdependently. You want people, and people need you! No man or woman is an island. Isolation is the very essence of hell, while chosen relationships of safety are the very essence of heaven. Whenever we humble ourselves and elect to be accountable to the godly relationships in our lives then floodgates of restoration open to us! Open the channel of humility and accountability, and the withered roots of your past will be nourished and revived.

Channel Number four : The Channel of Entitlement-free Living.

When a heart is truly broken, it makes no demands. Only God knows the true condition of a human heart. However, when a heart is really broken, it will set no conditions for restoration. When we argue, wrestle, protest and demand we demonstrate to God and those around us that repentance hasn’t yet ripened in our hearts. Drop your demands and excuses. Open the channel of entitlement-free living, and God’s stream of grace will clean your past and revive hope.

Craig Johnson concludes, there is a great restoration coming on the world, a grand redemption for ‘leader’ and ‘laymen’ alike. God has many soldiers in His army. Many are hurt soldiers with invaluable training and experience. Many millions of them will soon be restored to active duty. God has invested too much in them to leave them where they are.

The choice is your s! Become someone of abandoned confession, one who embraces personal responsibility, and actively pursues interdependent relationships of accountability. Become like Jacob and surrender your demands, then you will be ready for the stream.

Give God your past, and, in return, He’ll give you a glorious new future

About Dr. Craig Johnson

Dr. Craig Johnson is the Senior priest of Bethel Christian Fellowship. Followers from the encompassing cities of Agoura Hills, Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village and Calabasas California attend his Sun. morning services.
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“I don’t want to go to church!” screams a little boy. “I don’t feel like going to church”, says a parent. You must have heard or said one of these sentences many times or at least twice. This calls for a reflection on the benefits of church going for family life. This article gives the reasons to go to church as a family

By:
Ifeoma Nwokel

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Christianityl
Nov 05, 2010

Faith-Based Education at a Christian Boarding School

Sending your child away to a Christian boarding school is a big decision — one that shouldn’t be entered into lightly. You have to do a lot of research to find an institution that reflects your moral, religious, and educational values, while preparing your child for the future. In order to ensure this happens, you have to set up interviews and campus tours for each Christian boarding school you’re considering.

By:
James Morganl

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Christianityl
Nov 04, 2010

Disobedience to Jesus

Does disobedience to Jesus make any difference as to whether or not one will be saved if he believes that Jesus is the Son of God and Savior of the world?

By:
Denny Smithl

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Christianityl
Nov 04, 2010

Overcoming Setbacks

When we set out to achieve a goal or goals, there are usually those unforeseen factors that have been aptly named contingencies. They can come when we least expect them and they can also come at times in torrents…. one after the other, one after the other and one after the other. They have a way of destabilizing one and if care is not taken, can make one give up on his or her plans.

By:
Gabriel Amal

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Christianityl
Nov 04, 2010

Prologues and Lost Writing – Does The Bible Include A Prologue To Genesis?

Can a Prologue Be Written Centuries After The Beginning?
This educated and talented author suggests that, had we unearthed some “lost book” that came before the words of Genesis, our ideas concerning sin could have been altered, and our Christian theology might be greatly changed.

By:
rmharringtonl

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Christianityl
Nov 04, 2010

Priest embraced Islam, (2) Ex- US minister of the Pentecostal Church -ii

The Ex- US minister and elder of of the Pentecostal Church who embraced Islam say: “As a Bible student, I knew full well that there were mistakes, contradictions and fabrications. I was then given a video cassette of a debate between Shaykh Ahmed Deedat and Reverend Jimmy Swaggart. After seeing the debate I immediately became a Muslim.”

By:
Safaa Abdel-Azizl

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Christianityl
Nov 04, 2010

FOUR CHANNELS, ONE RIVER by Conference Speaker

Such is our path, and such the grace of God, that our falls and mistakes may be a means to nurture our true expansion ; as a tree extracts fresh strength from the soil which is enriched by its own decaying leaves and fallen blossoms. I suspect there are 4 attitudes or “channels we must dig if we are going to be prepared to receive the full force of the restorative river God is almost to send. Channel Number One : The Channel of Uninhibited Confession….

By:
Charlie Chaneyl

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Christianityl
Jul 21, 2009

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Christian are you more of a listening or a speaker?

I love listening to people tell me their testimony. Or I love it when someone comes over and ask me can we talk. And this is something that happens all the time. I have learned through people, that if you are a ear, sometimes this is all they want. A shoulder to lean on and a ear to speak too.

Is there a modern-day book author or speaker who discounts the concept of God sending His children to burn in Hell, and who accepts that even people who do not “accept” Jesus might be precious in God’s eyes?

What is your favorite christian band and speaker?

So I like Newsboys,David Crowder Band,Switchfoot,Skillet,Joy Williams,Superchick,and many more!!!!!!!

And my favorite speakers are Bob Lents and Reggie Dabbs!!!!

In recent times Christian Motivational Speaker is the one whom we take as an excellent advisor in every field especially in spirituality. He/She always tell us about the moral values of our life and how to lead a peaceful life even in situation of having sins and several hassles on us. A Christian Motivational Speaker comes in all shapes, sizes and ages either younger or older. Even in your business too Christian Speaker can be vital in role if you really want your business to work flawlessly without having any stress on your mind. Indeed you can utilize him as a valuable resource as well as you can let yourself away from all the troubles related to either your business or family along with your life as well.

Christian Motivational Speaker plays an important role to let you feel free and lead a peaceful life recently when mental stress is increasing everyday in everyone’s life. Basically Motivational speaking is based primarily on mental or human strength and not only God’s strength. In a sense, He or she is an encourager who will definitely fire up you and inspire you to renew your commitment to serve the Lord and must find the purpose of your life.

Moreover, a Christian Motivational speaker can be a Christian life coach for all the individuals who don’t know what is missing in their life and why they are leading a life which is full of stress as he/she works for the individuals. Usually a Christian speaker is the person who can do in his or her own strength, rather than what God can do through the person in His strength. It means that they apply the Bible’s teachings to anything and everything going on in the world today and they speak about it at whatever opportunity arises. His moving testimony resonates with Christians from all over the world.

Even more, for a successful individual Christian Motivational Speaker work as the main driving force which drives and encourages him to overcome conflicts and hurdle. On a generic definition a Christian motivational speaker can be define as the one who has the mental state that stimulates the behavior and arouses goal oriented desire in the human mind.

Thus, it can be said Christian Motivational Speakers can give one’s life a greater meaning than nonspiritual life. As they can help you talk to God about personal matters or anything else that concerns them at anytime and anywhere. So those who seeking a life free of any stress as well as lead a peaceful with joy can rely on Christian Motivational Speaker.

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