We began our study on soteriology, the doctrine of salvation, several weeks ago. Today we bring it to its conclusion by looking at the final doctrine in the ordo salutis, glorification. And when covering glorification there is one text we must go to, Romans 8:28-30. Here Paul says, “And we know that for those who love … Continue reading We Are Now and One Day Will Be…Glorified
One particular genre I always enjoy and in which we can see a great deal about who we are is music. There is a list of songs as long as the Mississippi river that mention faith. Faith is a very widespread concept in popular culture. But faith in this respect is usually spoken of in relation … Continue reading Faith: A Receiving and A Resting
As we saw yesterday, we often forget to look at the really broad picture of the Bible, especially when it comes to how individual books of the Bible are laid out. Take Romans again for example. Romans is a letter that has been broken up into 16 chapters. These chapters have themes, and these themes … Continue reading We Must See Our ____ to Know What ____ is
When we take a step back from books in the Bible to look at the whole book, we often see things that stand out. The book of Romans makes this especially clear. In Romans, the first 11 chapters give us some of the richest, deepest, and thickest theology in the entire Bible. Paul deals with … Continue reading Theology = Worship = Application
When it comes to preaching, I have very strong opinions, AS EVERY PREACHER SHOULD! Anywho, the title of this post is exactly what I want to say. The best preaching advice one can ever give or receive is simple: expository preaching (verse by verse preaching) is the best way to preach. If you want to … Continue reading Almost the Greatest Advice on Preaching I’ve Received
Many people deny the doctrine of predestination because of the word in Romans 8:29-30, “foreknew.” Here is the passage, “For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; and these whom He predestined, He also called; and … Continue reading The Biblical Meaning of Foreknowledge
Now we've come to our Advent text, Ezekiel 36:22-23, “Therefore say to the house of Israel, Thus says the Lord God: It is not for your sake, O house of Israel, that I am about to act, but for the sake of my holy name, which you have profaned among the nations to which you … Continue reading The Fame Of His Name Sent the Son
From the Desiring God Blog: John Piper says that good news is so dense and so constant in Romans 8 — and so vastly superior to all earthly good news — that we scarcely feel the force of it until we take every verse of Romans 8 and restate it as the miracle it means … Continue reading The Superior Good News of All of Romans 8
The final word the Lord speaks over Nineveh in Nahum 2:13 is, “Behold, I am against you, declares the Lord of hosts, and I will burn your chariots in smoke, and the sword shall devour your young lions. I will cut off your prey from earth, and the voice of your messengers shall no longer … Continue reading Too Drunk on Grace – God Stands for Us in Jesus
Romans 1:16-17 says, "I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and then to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, 'The righteous shall live by faith.'" … Continue reading Tempted to Be Ashamed of the Gospel?
Today is Easter Sunday. Below was the sermon I preached to my congregation today. I post it here for your Easter reflection. He is Risen indeed! The Fruit of Resurrection The year was 33 A.D. The week was, scholars believe, March 29-April 5. This week is without a doubt the most important week in all … Continue reading No Death More Shameful, Now No Exaltation Higher
Yesterday I said if we believe that Jesus died for mankind before dying for the God, we have to believe Jesus saw greater pleasure in dying for us than in dying to prove His Father's holiness. It is blasphemy to say Jesus desires us before He desires His Father. I tried show this to you … Continue reading Jesus Came for Mercy
Every now and then a quote hits me that explains what I feel about a certain passage of Scripture. Upon reading the quote my spirit exclaims something like, "YES! That's exactly what ____________ (insert Bible verse) means! I could feel what it was saying, so glad someone has put it into words for me." Below … Continue reading The Highest Art
Why was the Old Testament written? Romans 15:4 says, “For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.” What does that mean? That the entire Old Testament was wisely directed by God to be instructive to both its … Continue reading Why Was the Old Testament Written?
Often times we forget to look at the really broad picture of the Bible, especially when it comes to how individual books of the Bible are laid out. Take Romans for example. Romans is a letter that has been broken up into 16 chapters. These chapters have themes, and these themes are form purposed arguments. … Continue reading We Must See Our ____ To Know what ____ Is.