Oct 27, 2017 - Notes    No Comments

John Rogers, Puritan evangelist

– from Puritan Evangelism by Joel Beeke

A great Puritan evangelist, John Rogers, warned his congregation against neglecting Scripture by telling them what God might say: “I have trusted you so long with my Bible…it lies in [some] houses all covered with dust and cobwebs, you care not to listen to it. Do you use my Bible so? Well you shall have my Bible no long.”

Roger then picked up his Bible and started walking away from the pulpit. Then he stopped, fell on his knees, and took on the voice of the people, who pleaded, “Lord, whatever Thou dost to us, take not Thy Bible from us; kill our children, burn our houses, destroy our goods; only spare us Thy Bible, take not away Thy Bible.”

“Say you so?” the minister replied, impersonating God. “Well, I will try you a while longer; and here is my Bible for you. I will see how you use it, whether you will search it more, love it more, observe it more, and live more according to it.”

Thomas Goodwin was so moved by Rogers’ dramatic presentation that when he left church he wept upon his horse’s neck for fifteen minutes before he felt strong enough to mount it.



有一位清教徒佈道家 John Roger 有一次在讲道上…开始劝诫众人,并扮演上帝的角色说道:“我已经把我的圣经赐给你们这么长时间了,你们却忽视它,它被放在家家户户里面,全盖满了灰尘和蛛网。你们不愿意去读它。你们不就是这样使用我的圣经的吗?好吧,那我就不再把圣经给你们了。”




Oct 21, 2017 - Notes    No Comments


“Christians should not be optimists; we know too much about sin. We should also not be pessimists, for we know the living God.” – Tim Keller

The thing between optimism and pessimism is hope. Optimism is not the same as hope. 
Optimists say: “We are good.” 
Pessimists say: “We are bad.” 
Hope says: “We are not good because we are sinners, yet we should not lose hope, for we know the living God.”




“God will only give you what you would have asked for if you knew everything he knows.” — Tim Keller




Hebrews 11:1 “Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”

knowledge + evidence = truth
God’s words + no evidence = truth = faith




If it is not explanatory, it is not expository.
If it is not about Christ, it is not Christianity. 

It is not about what the texts mean but what God means.
It is about how God wants to use these texts to tell you about Jesus Christ and the need for you to come to him. 

Paul says in 1 Corinthians 2.2, “For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.” He is saying, that is the only theme in the whole Bible. If you know the heart of God, you can be the mouth of God.



– Tim Keller

Religion: I obey therefore I am accepted. 
Gospel: I’m accepted therefore I obey.

Sep 27, 2017 - Notes    No Comments


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Sep 16, 2017 - Notes    No Comments

Expository Preaching

Creation is enough to tell that there is a Creator. The reason that the Bible is written is for Salvation. 

When Paul says in 2 Corinthians 2:2, “For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.” He is saying, the gospel is the theme of the whole Bible. The gospel is the content of Expository Preaching, yet, Jesus is the content of the gospel. 

Expository mean to explain the biblical texts. Preaching means to proclaim the biblical gospel. Expository Preaching is to preach the gospel by explaining the texts. The gospel is not just information. The gospel calls to action. In Acts 2:36-37, after Peter had preached about Jesus, the people were “cut to the heart” and asked for what to do, Peter said to them, “Repent!”

“Without explanation it is not expository; without application it is not preaching.” — Steven Lawson

Sep 9, 2017 - Notes    No Comments

Bible Statistics

There are:

8,674 different Hebrew words in the Bible,
12,143 different English words in the King James Version.

“There are 5,423 different Greek words in the New Testament. They occur a total of 138,167 times. But there are only 313 words (5.8% of the total number) that occur 50 times or more…or 79.92% of the total word count, almost four out of five (Mounce, BBG, p.16). 


Number of books in the Bible: 66
Chapters: 1,189
Verses: 31,101
Words: 783,137
Letters: 3,566,480
Number of promises given in the Bible: 1,260
Commands: 6,468
Predictions: over 8,000
Fulfilled prophecy: 3,268 verses
Unfulfilled prophecy: 3,140
Number of questions: 3,294
Longest name: Mahershalalhashbaz (Isaiah 8:1)
Longest verse: Esther 8:9 (78 words)
Shortest verse: John 11:35 (2 words: “Jesus wept”).
Middle books: Micah and Nahum
Middle chapter: Psalm 117
Shortest chapter: Psalm 117
Longest book: Psalms (150 chapters)
Shortest book (by number of words): 3 John
Longest chapter: Psalm 119 (176 verses)
Number of times the word “God” appears: 3,358
Number of times the word “Lord” appears: 7,736
Number of different authors: 40
Number of languages translated: over 1,200

Number of books: 39
Chapters: 929
Verses: 23,114
Words: 602,585
Letters: 2,278,100
Middle book: Proverbs
Middle chapter: Job 20
Middle verses: 2 Chronicles 20:17,18
Smallest book: Obadiah
Shortest verse: 1 Chronicles 1:25
Longest verse: Esther 8:9 (78 words)
Longest chapter: Psalms 119
Largest book: Psalms

Number of books: 27
Chapters: 260
Verses: 7,957
Words: 180,552
Letters: 838,380
Middle book: 2 Thessalonians
Middle chapters: Romans 8, 9
Middle verse: Acts 27:17
Smallest book: 3 John
Shortest verse: John 11:35
Longest verse: Revelation 20:4 (68 words)
Longest chapter: Luke 1
Largest book: Luke

Based on the King James Version of the Holy Bible
• Written by Approximately 40 Authors
• Written over a period of 1,600 years
• Written over 40 generations
• Written in three languages: Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic
• Written on three continents: Europe, Asia and Africa
• Written in different locations: wilderness, dungeon, palace, prison, in exile, at home
• Written by men from all occupations: kings, peasants, doctors, fishermen, tax collectors, scholars, etc.
• Written in different times: war, peace, poverty, prosperity, freedom and slavery
• Written in different moods: heights of joy to the depths of despair
• Written in harmonious agreement on a widely diverse range of subjects and doctrines

10 Longest Books in the Bible
• Psalm – 150 chapters, 2,461 verses, 43,743 words
• Jeremiah – 52 chapters, 1,364 verses, 42,659 words
• Ezekiel – 48 chapters, 1,273 verses, 39,407 words
• Genesis – 50 chapters, 1,533 verses, 38,267 words
• Isaiah – 66 chapters, 1,292 verses, 37,044 words
• Numbers – 36 chapters, 1,288 verses, 32,902 words
• Exodus – 40 chapters, 1,213 verses, 32.602 words
• Deuteronomy – 34 chapters, 959 verses, 28,461 words
• 2 Chronicles – 36 chapters, 822 verses, 26,074 words
• Luke – 24 chapters, 1,151 verses, 25,944 words

10 Shortest Books in the Bible
• 3 John – 1 chapter, 14 verses, 299 words
• 2 John – 1 chapter, 13 verses, 303 words
• Philemon – 1 chapter, 25 verses, 445 words
• Jude – 1 chapter, 25 verses, 613 words
• Obadiah – 1 chapter, 21 verses, 670 words
• Titus – 3 chapters, 46 verses, 921 words
• 2 Thessalonians – 3 chapters, 47 verses, 1,042 words
• Haggai – 2 chapters, 38 verses, 1,131 words
• Nahum – 3 chapters, 47 verses, 1,285 words
• Jonah – 4 chapters, 48 verses, 1,321 words