How does a godly heritage help us?

The 2009 US Banner of Truth Ministers’ Conference last week began with a sermon by Mark Johnston on Hebrews 13:7. That text and some of my notes follow….

Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith. (esv)

This year we are celebrating the 500th anniversary of the birth of the great Reformer, theologian & pastor, John Calvin. Is it right to celebrate and remember such men? Yes! Why?

(1) As an encouragement to persevere. All those named in Hebrews 11 endured, and embody great faith in God.

(2) As a model of faith & life. Despite some differences in cultural and historical contexts, we are instructed to learn what we can from those who’ve gone before. See Calvin’s personal godliness (amidst ongoing illnesses and the threats on every front).

(3) As those who lead us to Christ!. They do not rally men to themselves, but lead them to Christ — who is the same, yesterday, today and forever!

Amen. pdb

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