Archive for October, 2011

Jonah 1.17-2.10

Posted: October 31, 2011 by limabean03 in Uncategorized

Preached by Rob Sturdy on Oct 30, 2011

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Jonah 1.1-16

Posted: October 31, 2011 by limabean03 in Uncategorized

Preached by Bruce Geary on Oct 23, 2011

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Theses #62 by M. Luther

Posted: October 31, 2011 by doulos tou Theou in Christianity, Reformation Theology, Reformed Theology

The true treasure of the Church is the Most Holy Gospel of the glory and the grace of God.

Starting point for Christian Unity

Posted: October 31, 2011 by doulos tou Theou in Christianity, Discipleship, The Christian Life

A helpful little post by Kevin DeYoung in it he quotes Lloyd-Jones:

Martyn Lloyd-Jones, in his address to the Westminster Ministers’ Fellowship in June 1962:

The starting point in considering the question of unity must always be regeneration and belief of the truth. Nothing else produces unity, and, as we have seen clearly, it is impossible apart from this.

An appearance or a facade of unity based on anything else, and at the expense of these two criteria, or which ignores them, is clearly a fraud and a lie. People are not one, nor in a state of unity, who disagree about fundamental questions such as:

(a) whether we submit ourselves utterly to revealed truth or rely ultimately upon our reason and human thinking;

(b) the historic fall, and man’s present state and condition in sin, under the wrath of God, and in complete helplessness and hopelessness as regards salvation; and

(c) the person of our Lord Jesus Christ and the utter, absolute necessity, and sole sufficiency, of His substitutionary atoning work for sinners.

To give the impression that they are one simply because of a common outward organization is not only to mislead the world which is outside the church but to be guilty of a lie. (Knowing the Times, 160-61).

(HT:KevinDeYoung)

A helpful article by Byron Yawn on freedom of the will. Here’s a small bit of it, but the whole article is worth your time.

By proposing free will in salvation we may think we are defending the essence of the Gospel, but we are in fact denying it. Most who hold to free will assume they are preserving the quality of love between Savior and sinner, but are in fact diluting it. If you add free will to the equation it actually marginalizes the Gospel. The Gospel was necessary- exactly and specifically – because man did not have the capacity to bring himself to God. Such is God’s love. Jesus died because we could not save ourselves in any sense of the word. The Gospel is about a rescue mission and not about lending man a helping hand in his search for God.

To state it completely, it was the absence of freewill (total depravity) which necessitated the incarnation, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. There is no Gospel where there is free will. He came into the world to save us principally because we lacked the free will to save ourselves, not because we possessed it. We were “dead in our trespasses.” Free will does not assist in defending the Gospel it does away with the need for it.

read the whole article here

Debate Audio: “Can God become man?”

Posted: October 26, 2011 by doulos tou Theou in Christian Theology, Christianity

Audio of a debate between a reformed apologist and a muslim apologist

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(HT:DavidOuld)

“We do not make friends with God; God makes friends with us, bringing us to know him by making his love known to us… The word know, when used of God in this way, is a sovereign-grace word, pointing to God’s initiative in loving, choosing, redeeming, calling and preserving.”

– J. I. Packer