A Big God Witness.

We all have a lot of opportunities to speak to people as we are going through each day. We should be ready, willing, and able to speak a word for the Lord using some words that bring God’s truth into the conversation even if it is briefly.

I have been convinced lately I need to take this to another level. I want Christ to empower me to give a witness to how BIG and GREAT our God is. I want Him distinguished and glorified. I desire for people to know the living God, the one true God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

I am trying to use phrases like “the Lord Jesus” and I’ll pray to “the living God” about that, and “God knows everything, you can trust Him completely”.

As some of us were taught when we were little, “God is great and God is good”. Let’s speak of Him this way to those who may not know Him in a permanent righteous way.

Glenn Rogers


“Where Be All His Miracles?”


A Survey on Where God Worked in Acts  by Glenn Rogers

Borrowing the title phrase from Judges 6:13 allows me to share with you something that may be surprising but is even more profound. My study this spring lead me to look at Acts and see how many of the miracles recorded in this book occurred in a church service. NOT MANY!

I chose not to count individual conversions as miracles in this, but the multiple conversions I did include. We know and surely believe that God saving a soul is His most marvelous and eternal work!

How did it breakdown? Only ONE miracle actually happened in what we would call a church service. This was God raising Eutychus from the dead. To expand this, eight more occurred in a religious setting, like Pentecost, earthquake at an impromptu prayer meeting, etc. So where did the rest of the 45 miracles happen? You probably guessed it – as the believers were going about living Gospel-centered, Gospel-sharing lives, this is where God showed up and performed most of the miracles.

Of course, we should continue to seek the powerful presence of God in our church services. Yet it is not all about the Sunday service! Seeing how and where the Lord worked in the early church, should we not also be leading our people to look for and expect God to use them mightily apart from our regular assemblies. Look at Acts 3 and 4 to see a prime example.

We must equip our people for such a Gospel-centered, Christ-led experience that they will see Him work as they are going; and we must also be seeking and experiencing the same.

The Same-Sex Marriage Decision of our U.S. Supreme Court.


  1. This decision is one more evidence that our nation is under the judgment of God and that our churches are being chastened in this matter as it relates to sexual purity, children, and marriage fidelity and integrity. All these are areas where we have weakened in the last 100 years.
  2. The celebration of this decision, joined be some professing Christians (“Love Wins”, etc.), is further evidence that we have not presented and demonstrated God’s ideal of one man for one woman for life.
  3. Let’s take full advantage of the situation with holy zeal and loving compassion to present biblical marriage and to help our people live it out and share the truth.
  4. Let’s be compassionate with those caught in sin and be diligent to present redemption for all sinners through Christ our Lord.

Also, make sure your church is protected from lawsuits and misuse of church facilities for weddings and events. We have had multiple sessions at our Association Conferences to help prepare us in this matter and remain to equip you and stand with you in these matters.

Going to The Southern Baptist Convention Ethics and Religious Liberty Committee is a great resource from our Southern Baptist Convention.  Click here for the ERLC web page.

Article by Glenn Rogers


A Question for Preachers and Teachers

As we begin to study any passage in God’s Word and prepare to present it, we should ask, “Where do I see the person and/or the work of Christ in this section of Scripture?”

After Jesus rose from the dead, He showed up on the Emmaus Road and gave us the greatest hermeneutical lesson we could have:  “And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.” (Luke 24:27)  The verse DOES NOT say that He showed them all the things concerning Him in the Scriptures BUT “in ALL THE SCRIPTURES the things concerning Himself”.

If the former were true, it would merely send us looking for the key passages about Jesus which our human minds could somewhat accomplish. However, since the later is what Jesus said, it requires us to let the Holy Spirit do one of His key works.  Jesus said “He will testify of me.  . .  He will glorify me”.  (John 15:26 – 16:15)

So, in every passage we should ask: where can we see the person of Christ, the attributes of Christ, the nature of God demonstrated and pointing us to Christ? Where do we see the redemptive and justifying work of Christ pictured? Where do we see God’s holiness in judgment on sin? Where do we see His mercy? Where do we see His eternal love? Where do we see the wages of sin paid out? Where do we see His grace given out? Where do we see His resurrection power?  In ALL THE SCRIPTURES we may see Him. Of course then, the applications to the lives of our listeners will be rich and abundant. The attendant doctrines will be clear, connected, and life altering.

For the glory of God, the good of our hearers, and our own joy, let’s look for where we see Jesus presented, explained, referenced, paralleled, foreshadowed, prophesied, typified, and exemplified. He is everywhere in the Scriptures. This He clearly taught!

As we follow the Holy Spirit’s lead, we will make much of Jesus; how can we not? Then He will draw people to Himself as well as sanctify those that come.

The late Adrian Rogers often said, “If you read the Bible and don’t see Jesus, reread it because you misread it!”

My prayer for our churches is that in small groups and in large meetings, “We would see Jesus.”

Glenn Rogers


By Glenn Rogers

The idea in the New Testament and even now when we think of the Pharisees is “legalist”.  Indeed that is correct as to their actions and ministry.

Beneath is something more deadly. They wanted a Messiah who was coming but never really came! When Jesus the Messiah showed up, they would not receive Him.      


Underneath that was a greater subtlety: The Pharisees  did not welcome or seek Outside Voices. This is seen not only in their rejection of Christ and His redemptive work but also in their rejection of John the Baptist and the attempts to shut out the Apostles. 


DO NOT FALL PREY TO THIS AS A LEADER!  Modern “apostolic” (small “a”) voices from the outside are still necessary. I speak here of people beyond your local church from the wider Kingdom of God.  Why would a pastor not want any outside voices to speak into his life and that of his church?  Reasons I have seen and heard confessed are insecurity, pride in methodology or theology, laziness, racial bias, social bias, finances, distrust of others, and more. This is not a good list for sure, nor one that sounds like humility. The danger here is that a pastoral staff, lay leaders, and the church as a whole can become very “ingrown”. That was a big, yet hidden problem with the Pharisees of old. It did not work out well for them.


Yes, we have the whole counsel of God, and the “we” is important as well. Learn to seek and hear the godly outside voices, the “apostles” that the Lord might enlighten us on our way. Let God use the wisdom of others to expand us to be all He called us to be.

A challenge to a deeper walk with our Lord.

by Bonnie Rogers

William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, said, “The chief danger of the 20th century will be religion without the Holy Ghost, Christianity without Christ, forgiveness without repentance, salvation without regeneration, politics without God, and Heaven without Hell.”    We continue to experience Booth’s fulfilled prediction today.  Though we can’t know the exact day of the Lord’s return, Jesus did expect us to “discern the time” as the day approaches (Luke 12:56).  

Nehemiah “sat…wept…mourned…fasted…and prayed before the God of heaven.” (Neh. 1:4)    Have we no time to SIT before God?   Are there no serious situations in our homes, churches, nation, and world that cause us to WEEP?  Are solemn gatherings of MOURNING before the Lord a thing of the past?    How has FASTING become so foreign to God’s people?   Do we really PRAY???   (Notice that prayer came after humility was shown.)      Serious living in these last days is no longer an option.   Let’s prepare our hearts to seek the Lord (II Chron. 12:14) and fight the battle to which we’ve been called.


Student Evangelism at Stetson University

Joe White a nationally renowned speaker, author and, the current CEO of Kanakuk Ministries along with  Trip Lee an American Southern rapper, singer, poet and author were featured at the beginning of a major weekend evangelistic event on the Stetson University Campus.   Normally this event called “After Dark” is only put on at major college campuses.  This past Thursday a crowd that was estimated to be over one fourth the size of the entire Stetson student body attended this kickoff to a weekend of solid biblical teaching and outreach.  The concert was followed by the “G1”(God First) Conference, which was two days of discipleship meetings.  I am overjoyed to report that this is only part of an outpouring we are seeing at Stetson.  In the past year we have seen an explosion of solid Christian fellowship forming and growing on campus.  Fellowship of Christian Athletes is now meeting weekly with well over 70 students attending.  Another well founded group by the name of Renown is also building in size.   God has answered their prayers and their many hard hours of work with this amazing culmination of events.   Please keep these students in your prayers as well as our Missions Partner FCA that God will continue to use them to reach others for Christ.

Comeback Words

Some words have made a comeback and MORE NEED TO!  Specifically, “Merry Christmas” came back strong this year.  It was very nice to have store clerks and other workers (including the Post Office) to initiate hello and goodbye with this classic greeting.  We were celebrating the birth of CHRIST after all. This, along with the general nicer attitude in public gives me a small glimpse of what revival might be like.

There are some other words and phrases that need to make a comeback in church vocabulary. The word “justification” in any form would be a good start. “Just, justify, justified” are used in the New Testament nearly 80 times. If you add to that the same root word when translated “righteousness” or similar forms the total nearly doubles. This is basically equals the New Testament uses of “saved” or similar words. Yet our common usage does not reflect this balance.

Of course any major word used in our messages needs to have context, meaning, and application. I fear we have almost immunized people with the “saved” words. Worse yet, we have substituted “connected” for it.

Justification by faith was the cry of the reformers and we should not abandon it. “Justified” is a strong word that naturally lends itself to teachings on condemnation and conviction of sin, clear conversion testimonies, the eternal nature of salvation and more. I am working at bringing back “justified” into the mix of church vocabulary. Please join me! We will see more “fruit that remains” when we use and explain the Gospel by a balanced use of the key words from God’s Word.

By Glenn Rogers


Part 1 dealt with some basic definitions as well as “WHERE WE ARE” on the filling of the Holy Spirit. I continue with some concerns and challenges.

WHAT WE MISS!  The Holy Spirit filled life is not only a specific command and teaching of the Bible, but it may also serve as a summary phrase for some of the doctrine of sanctification by grace. God’s Spirit working in, with, to, and through us to grow us in holiness, love, and faith making us more like our Lord Jesus inside and out (Phil. 2:12,13) is the Spirit filled life.

When preachers and teachers reduce our faith to confessions and creeds (though they may be Biblically accurate and necessary) then instruct people how to live and behave (even using the Scriptures) but DO NOT teach the truth about the filling of the Spirit, we fail them and the Gospel. This practice produces pride, Pharisee-ism, frustration, and even false converts. When we as Christians  intimate that the experience of salvation is to try to do better in our strength and somehow to “hold out faithful to the end”, we are of all men most miserable. Because of lack of instruction, many think the Christian life doesn’t work when the truth is, for most church members, the real Christian life has not been tried! We MUST teach that: 1- We cannot do what the Bible commands in our own strength. Christ never intended this. 2-Through His Spirit, He desires to live in and through us by faith. We must believe Him to do what He has commanded to be done. 3- We MUST teach one another how to seek and receive and maintain the power that works in us by the domination of His Holy Spirit.

We deceive people when we merely instruct and inspire them for better behavior and obedience, allowing them to think that by law, works, or efforts of the flesh they may please the Lord. By teaching that we can live apart from the Spirit controlled life, we “fall from grace” in the area of sanctification by the Spirit. Jesus said in John 5:30, “I  can of Myself do nothing…” (an incredible statement for the Son of God). How could we not take Him seriously in His teaching on abiding in Him in John 15:5 when He said, “…without Me you can do nothing”?  This is more than just a generic truth but is specifically designed by God to be accomplished by the filling of His Spirit in the believer.

WHAT GOD GAVE! For the doctrinally diligent among us, consider this: The Holy Spirit’s fullness indeed does make us more like our Lord. To be godly and represent His name Elohim, (Gen. 1:1) meaning among other things, the God of fullness, we must ourselves be full of His Spirit. The song writer said, “His height exceeds the Heavens, His weight out-weighs the world, His reach reaches everywhere, His age is evermore.” No wonder the Scripture says, “And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace” (John 1:16); and “in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him…” (Col. 2:9,10).

What God gives is fullness, and Who He gives is His Holy Spirit! He indwells every believer at conversion. Then we continue to yield so the Spirit of Christ may be Who He is in who we are so we can be who we are supposed to be. This is the grace for living, and it is found in Jesus by His Spirit’s fullness in each believer. He is the very dynamic of His own demands. “Faithful is He that calleth you, Who also will do it” (I Thess. 5:24).

Since early this year when God again visited me on this subject to revitalize these truths in me and my ministry, there have been attacks, struggles, failures, and victories. Oh how I thank Him for walking with me in all this! I still believe what our Lord Jesus shouted at the feast in John 7:37f, “…’If anyone thirsts, let him come unto Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’ But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive;…” A river is defined by its source, its course, its force, and its capacity. We must seek to define our faith not only by doctrine and duty but also by its dynamic!

Now some questions for us all: Is the teaching you give, seek, and receive FULL of the filling of His Spirit? Are you seeking Him and His fullness in your life? Are you asking God what hinders Him from filling you? Are you seeking through knowledge of the Word and obedience to increase the capacity of the river of your heart?

Your servant,

Glenn Rogers – July 2013



Yes, there is a doctrine, and therefore a family of truths, that is as Gospel based as can be but has fallen off the preaching and teaching landscape in our churches today. That truth is the filling of the Holy Spirit! Surely someone receiving this message will say, “Well, I just preached on it”, or “I teach that regularly”. Good, but you are the exception. I occasionally hear this truth expressed in prayer but rarely expounded in the pulpits.

Now, I don’t mean to convey we only need a sermon on this here and there. Much more than that, this whole group of  Gospel truths – dying to self and being risen with Christ – must be applied to our lives and woven into the very fabric of our messages. This is sanctification by the Spirit. More later on why this is vital.

In this writing I am not attempting to expound this great teaching. Yet for clarity’s sake, I am speaking of He, the Holy Spirit, being in control of the believer’s life. That same dominating, possessing, inherent control that Jesus walked in, we must have also. This is not emotion; it is empowerment.  It is not a feeling but a filling! In Eph. 5:18, “be filled” is in the imperative, meaning a command. More so, it is a present tense, indicating a consistent experience. Interestingly, it is in the passive voice, meaning we are acted upon – we cannot do this! Does this mean we are commanded to do something we cannot do? Precisely! This is the same pattern theologically as “you must be born again”, and we know we cannot save ourselves. God is the initiator, and we are the respondents. In Acts 4:8, Peter is “filled with the Holy Spirit”. Again, it is in the passive voice but here in an aorist tense, telling us that at this particular point in time this filling was done to him. Yes, God’s Spirit just landed on him, a special touch for a specific task. So whether it is us seeking this powerful filling or God sending it for special times, WE NEED HIS FILLING POWER and are meant to serve Him with it! While this is obviously mystical, it is also objective since the Word of God is our guide for life in the Spirit (Col 3:16).

WHERE ARE WE? In the 70’s and 80’s, every itinerant evangelist I knew and all solid Bible-centered pastors preached on the filling of the Spirit. Some of this came in seeking to clear up some neo-pentecostal confusion, but thankfully it went way beyond that. Conferences abounded, tapes were heard and shared, and churches were alive and hungry to hear more. There was a genuine move of God in Baptist and Evangelical churches by the dear Holy Spirit teaching us how He works in and through us to empower us, exalting Jesus as we show and share the Gospel.

This teaching went by many names such as “the abundant life”, “the exchanged life”, “the deeper life” (the name of my seminary course), “the saving life of Christ”, “life in Christ” and more. It was often said, “Whatever you call it, get it!”

Today there is hardly a peep. I recently met a godly man who has a sound background in this area who told me that in eleven years in area churches he has not heard one sermon on this area of sanctification. This may be isolated, but I believe it is representative. I will not take time to expound all the reasons for the dearth of these truths; but let it be noted: the teaching has faded, and so have we!

1 Kings 14:26-28 tells about how Rehoboam replaced the gold shields Solomon made (which were stolen by Egypt) with bronze shields. These shields were used to honor the king. What does it take to make bronze look like gold? A lot of elbow grease, i.e. a lot of effort of the flesh. It was still a substitute. I’m afraid we have substituted the fleshly effort of the bronze shields of Church Growth techniques and tools from the Leadership movement for Holy Spirit power. My late father was a highly-skilled professional craftsman, and I inherited nearly all his tools. I may sharpen them and polish them and attempt to use them, but I still do not possess the skill and power with which he worked. We keep polishing our tools rather than seeking from God “gold refined in the fire” (Rev 3:18).

As I conclude this portion, I will add one thing that relates to a wider subject: Nothing will affect our prayer life like the seeking of the fullness of the Holy Spirit through His Word!