Thursday, June 14, 2007

The Majesty of God in the Mission of the Church- a sermon by Bryan Chapell

Words alone cannot express how much Bryan Chapell means to me. He is the president of Covenant Theological Seminary, our denomination's seminary, the place I graduated. By virtue of this important position, he is a de facto denominational leader and his great wisdom and love for the PCA further qualify him.
Personally, Dr. Chapell taught me how to preach Christ from every text. He took personal time to address areas I needed to work on and has continued to encourage me throughout these nine years since graduating from Covenant. This past Spring he came to preach at Redeemer and I enjoyed some personal time with him. His handling of the Word coupled with a pastor's heart is a worthy model for all pastors. Praise God for Him.

Tonight was the closing worship service for the 35th General Assembly of the PCA and Dr. Chapell preached a powerful sermon on Ephesians 1:18-23. If you have some time, view his sermon at this link. Scroll all the way down to the end, you'll have to click on the "Worship Service" at 7:30pm and forward to the 39 minute mark when Dr. Chapell begins to preach (although the entire service was wonderful). Check it out.

Chapell's view of the church victorious in this sermon exactly mirrors mine.

There have been great and glorious days of the gospel in this land; but they have been small in comparison of what shall be. -James Renwick

1 comment:

Frontier Forest said...

Wow, what a message! A powerful reminder that God uses faithful people to build HIS CHURCH! I was pleased to hear Dr Chapell speak several times of our obedience to “mission” in the singular rather than “missionS” in the plural. This small but profound difference was once pointed out to me in this way. While attending a mission conference on South Africa, the speaker, Dr Jeremy Basset made this probing proclamation. “When we speak of Christ’s Great Commission, we must do so in the singular! It is never MISSIONS, plural. We are to be about only one MISSION! And we must never add our own plural agendas to Christ’s singular mission! Go therefore and make disciples of ALL the nations..”
In his closing, I loved Chapell’s challenging quote from Dr Francis Schaffer. He stated that is was during the 1983 PCA General Convention, Dr Schaffer closed the convention by challenging everyone with this question, “How wide is the call He has placed upon you?” Dr Chapell’s closed with this thought in prayer, “The mission of the church is the majesty of the King!”