The main part I’d like to capitalize on is the last Chapter: Our Strength. Our strength -es–not only in preaching but in living–from the Holy Spirit (John 15; Galatians 2:bj). I have learned that it is very important to not only preach sound doctrine, but preach from the power of the Spirit. You can go to any Church and you’d be able to tell if it was truly being led by the Holy Spirit. There are Catholic and Protestant Churches alike who’d rather have litergy (which, I understand that God can use this as well, as is evidenced by Abby Johnson’s te’imony) than let the Spirit rule the meeting. In the final chapter of The Greatest Fight, you will clearly see how the Spirit is truly welcomed in any Church. Spurgeon gives clear instruction that every leader–rather Pastor or Priest–must heed. I don’t care what their church tradition says.
People say that John McArthur is a sound teacher. That may be but is he allowing the Spirit to truly rule his church? Is he, when seeing that the Spirit is trying to expound on a doctrine, stopping to explain it (or whatever Spurgeon notes in this book)? Is Pastor Shane Idleman of Westside Christian Fellowship? I’ve listened (with all due respect and no judgment meant) to the sermons of Westside Christian Fellowship and I see none of that happening. I fell the Lord’s presence as a result of the worship etc. but I don’t see prolonged meetings where necessary. It’s really the same as, say, Life.Church who only preaches feel-good messages most of the time. The only difference is, these Churches preach the reformed church’s theology.
I really want us to consider this. Also, please consider listening to the podcast I have just made prayerfully:
One of the things that was talked about in this book was holiness. Repentance is a part of holiness. Another was cowardice. This was also talked about in this podcast. There are two Scriptures that I forgot to mention in this podcast: Revelation 3:14-22; Revelation 22:12-14. Please also read and prayerfully consider these. God bless and please send your comment below!