T4G Gems: Matt Chandler (w/ C.J. Mahaney)

Friday, April 30, 2010

Preparing Your Church for Suffering

(Pastor Matt Chandler was recently diagnosed with stage 3 brain cancer)

"Just because you build your life on the rock of Jesus doesn't mean the storm won't hit."

It's better to go home to glory, but while we're here there's work to be done."

*C.J. Mahaney:

"Preparing your congregation for suffering should inform your preaching plan."

"The most effective way to prepare your church for suffering is to preach the gospel."

"The great mystery is not 'Why do I suffer?' but 'Why would the sinless Son of God suffer for me?'"

Mark Dever - R. C. Sproul - Al Mohler - Thabiti Anyabwile - John MacArthur - David Platt - John Piper - Ligon Duncan - Matt Chandler - C.J Mahaney

4 comments:

Steve May 1, 2010 at 8:36 AM  

You might find the following blogs of interest about C.J. Mahaney and the group he leads, Sovereign Grace Ministries:

www.sgmsurvivors.com
www.sgmrefuge.com

They tell another side. Hope this helps.

Mike Moses May 2, 2010 at 4:58 PM  

Steve, I browsed the two websites you linked to, and came across this statement:

"If you are not having a bad SGM experience, or are not experiencing confusion about SGM, then you very likely won’t 'get it.'"

I guess you can count me as one of those who don't "get it." I don't attend a Sovereign Grace church, but I found several of Mahaney's comments at T4G helpful. And that's what this post is about.

Dan McGhee May 5, 2010 at 11:19 AM  

Steve, this is clearly a group of disgruntled people... You can find them in every church! Its just that now they start their own websites to spew their vindictiveness. I read some of what was posted on these websites and walked away from it thinking "how petty."

The biggest beef you people have is that you apparently don't like or agree with the church polity. Fine. Go somewhere where you do and stop wasting your time sniping.

Bill May 19, 2010 at 12:44 PM  

I concur with Dan on the SGM comment, but about Matt Chandler - I am personally thankful for his preaching and testimony before and now during his battle with cancer. By God's grace, I think we can gain perspective in our own lives about what is truly important as we pray for and watch a brother like Matt go through this time of suffering and still magnify Christ in the midst of it.

I believe you can follow Matt's video updates at:
http://fm.thevillagechurch.net/blog/pastors/

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