God used Campus Crusade in the late Spring of 1976 (through a Josh McDowell meeting) to lead me to believe in and follow Jesus Christ. During that summer, I became involved with a small church of dear people who were highly legalistic. Upon returning to the university I met with Campus Crusade and through them got involved with the movement. Though the effort was there, I wasn’t really growing. A fellow Crusader introduced me to Ron Dunn through a cassette. Specifically, Pastor Dunn’s sermon on Jeremiah 29:11-13 “Seeking the Lord” revolutionized my spiritual life from one of working hard and being legalistic to seeking the Lord through a personal relationship of seeking Him first while trusting and obeying Him. I have also greatly benefitted from Ron’s sermon series “Strange Ministers” coming to understand how God purposefully and graciously uses such things as discouragement, temptation, and even failure in our lives. J.I.Packer in “Knowing God”(in the chapter entitled “Those Inward Trials”) also speaks of those things. God has used Ron Dunn’s sermons many times over the years. My only regret is that I never saw him in person to thank him…
Who would have believed that two mischievous boys, friends from the sixth grade could have done the things we have. I am the one in Ron’s story about the scuffle we had in his mothers kitchen and we knocked over a boiling pot of cabbage. Ron called me a fool and had a hard time accepting my reply that we were both fools in the court jester sense.
I appreciate all that he has done and the times he picked me up when I was down.
I have served the latter part of my life as a missionary to French world.
STUDY OUTLINE OF EXODUS KEY WORD Redemption MEANING OF EXODUS “Way out” or “Outgoing” OUTSTANDING CHARACTER Moses OUTSTANDING EVENTS Training of Moses, ten plagues, institution of the Passover, the Exodus, giving of the Law, prescription of a ritual, appointment of a priesthood, construction of the Tabernacle The connection between Genesis and Exodus is intimate: Genesis is a word of promise; Exodus is a work of fulfillment. In Genesis a People is chosen; in Exodus a People is called. OUTLINE I. Subjection – Israel in Egypt (1-12:36) A. The Persecution of the People (1) 1. Israel’s expansion in Egypt (1:1-12) 2. Israel’s oppression by Egypt (1:13-22) B. The Preparation of a Saviour (2-4:28) 1. Moses’ preparation in Egypt (2:1-15) 2. Moses’ preparation in Midian (2:16-25) C. The Plan and Progress of Redemption (4:29-12:36) 1. The eight requests, beginning with 5:1-3 2. The eight refusals, beginning with 5:2 3. The eight requitals, beginning with 7:20 II. Emancipation – Israel from Egypt to Sinai (12:37-18:27) A. From Goshen to the Red Sea (12:37-14:14) B. Through the Red Sea (14:15-15:21) C. From Red Sea to Sinai (15:22-19:2) III. Revelation – Israel at Sinai (19:3-chapter 40) A. The Will of God Disclosed (19-31) 1. The law 2. The tabernacle 3. The priesthood 4. The service B. The Will of God Contemned (31-34) 1. The great transgression 2. The great displeasure 3. The law and the covenant renewed C. The Will of God Fulfilled (35-40) 1. The construction of the Tabernacle 2. The completion of the Tabernacle 3. The consecration of the Tabernacle EGYPT, A TYPE OF THE WORLD 1) Its material wealth and power 2) Its fleshly wisdom and false religion 3) Its despotic prince, Pharaoh, who is a figure of Satan 4) Its organization on the principles of force, human aggrandizement, ambition, and pleasure 5) Its persecution of the people of God 6) Its overthrow by Divine judgment THE EXODUS AND THE GOSPEL Main Points of Comparison: 1) The Exodus brought a mighty emancipation for Israel. The gospel brings deliverance from the guilt and penalty and bondage of sin. 2) The Exodus centered in the Passover and the slain Lamb. The gospel centers in the great Passover of Calvary and the Lamb of God. 3) The Exodus became forever afterwards commemorated in the Passover feast. So Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us, therefore, let us keep the feast (1 Corinthians 5:7). Main Points of Contrast: 1) The sheltering blood in Exodus was an animal. In the gospel it is Christ. 2) The Exodus was national and limited. The gospel is universal and extends to “whosoever will.” 3) The one was deliverance from physical bondage, the other spiritual. The first deliverance was temporal; Christ’s is eternal. The first opened up the way to an earthly Canaan, the other to a heavenly.
I remember in 1976 getting a call from a college friend who said I just had to come with him that Sunday night to hear this evangelist named Ron Dunn. I remember riding to some Baptist Church in North Houston with my friend and several of his fellow FBC Houston church members. We were all playing hookie from our own services that Sunday night. I remember thinking this guy better be good. Having been a Baptist all my life, I had listened to every variety of Baptist preacher there was, including the kind that preached on sawdust for hours at a time. My friends from First Baptist Houston had my expectation level extremely high by the time we strolled into that sanctuary that evening. While Brother Ron began preaching, I remember thinking this is exactly what I’ve been looking for. Brother Ron’s message seemed so fresh and relevant, I wanted more! In the car we talked the entire way back to the FBC parking lot about how the message ministered to each of us.
Approximately two years later, Brother Ron did a revival service at our church, West Memorial Baptist, in West Houston. As I look back over 30 years of my Christian experience, if there can be one ‘watershed’ week, it was certainly that week as Brother Ron preached. He preached five of the most liberating sermons I have ever heard. I have listened to these five ‘treasures’ countless times over the last 20 plus years and have shared them with others, including pastors who have been equally blessed by them.
I recall Ron saying in one of those sermons that the coming Thanksgiving would be the anniversary of the death of his son. I’ve often contemplated that, especially after hearing Ron later talk about the depths of emotion he plunged to as a result of that event. With all my heart I believe God used that experience in Ron’s life to unlock deep scriptural truths for those of us fortunate enough to sit under his teaching. In a later sermon Ron himself said that he believed that the tears we shed in sorrow in this life one day we would find out were used to water the flowers in someone else’s garden. I know this to be true from my own experience and, after reading fourteen pages of entries in this guest book, there are many other gardens God used Ron to make beautiful!
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It has taken me this long to write because I still can’t believe that Ron is no longer with us on this earth. No one ever loved me unconditionally like Ron did. Our girls always hoped, and believed that Ron would be the one to do their wedding.
Over the last 14 years, it has been our privilege to host Ron for an annual Bible Conference. Each year our people turned out by the hundreds to hear one of the greatest expositors that ever graced this earth. Our church loved Ron. We loved sharing him with our membership. It was always a highlight of our year to have Ron and Kaye with us – often times when they were hurting beyond words, but they minister life to all of us through the Word.
We will always value and treasure those times of fellowship around the table and the times we were able to have them in our home. I’ll miss Ron and his IBC root beer, angel food cake, deep sigh, and that pregnant pause when he was preaching and you knew you were about to ‘get it.’
No one fed us spiritually like Ron did. We feasted at a banquet table when Ron broke the bread of life.
It was an honor at the funeral service to honor a man who brought so much honor to our Lord. I will always count it a privilege and one of the great blessings of God on my life to have known Ron Dunn. To have called him a hero, a friend, a mentor, counselor and adviser.
It is our prayer and desire that preachers and laymen will continue to carry the torch and keep the legacy of this great man alive. Though dead, he still has much to say to all of us.
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