In Eric Alexander’s book Our Great God and Saviour, he writes a chapter on the subject of justification. In it he quotes Martin Luther, “It is this which makes true Christians; if justification is lost, all true Christianity is lost.” But what is it and what is the result? In short justification is a legal … Continue reading Justification: Faith Alone in Christ Alone
Thinking through prayer, last time we considered how we begin prayer with an invocation and with adoration. This month I want us to consider “confession”. When we look at the Scriptures depiction of confession it understandably contains and admission of humility and sense of our creaturely state before God. Consider the words of the psalmist … Continue reading Confession and Repentance in Prayer
Ezek 13:9 My hand will be against the prophets who see false visions and who give lying divinations. They shall not be in the council of my people, nor be enrolled in the register of the house of Israel, nor shall they enter the land of Israel. And you shall know that I am the … Continue reading The Importance of Connecting with the Church
In the book Covenant, Justification, and Pastoral Ministry, W. Robert Godfrey writes a chapter entitled “Faith Formed by Love or Faith Alone”. Where he responds to those who are critical of the doctrine of justification by faith alone by examining the medieval definition of faith, Calvin’s definition of faith alone and examining the Apostle Paul. … Continue reading Calvin and sola fide
Is the doctrine of penal substitutionary atonement a necessary conclusion of Scripture? Does the reading of the Old Testament and the interpretation given by the New Testament bring us to this conclusion? And how does this doctrine to be understood theologically? At the ETS in 2018, William Lane Craig gave a lecture in defense of … Continue reading The Necessity of Penal Substitutionary Atonement
Below are my sermon notes from preaching Daniel 1. I hope these can be of service as a blessing or help to others who are thinking of preaching through this wonderful little book that God has given for our encouragement. Introduction CONTEXT It’s interesting to note the book was written in Hebrew and it is the … Continue reading Daniel 1:1-21
The Westminster Shorter Catechism ask and answers the following. Q. 34. What is adoption? A. Adoption is an act of God's free grace, whereby we are received into the number, and have a right to all the privileges of, the sons of God. Exposition Adoption in our context has some similarities but also some differences from … Continue reading What is Adoption?