Gospel

The gospel has me reconsidering the typical way we think about Christian growth: spiritual measurements and maturity; what it means to change, develop, grow; what the pursuit of holiness and the practice of godliness really entails.

If we’re serious about reading the Bible in a Christ-centered way; if we’re going to be consistent when it comes to avoiding a moralistic interpretation of the Bible; if we’re going to be unswerving in our devotion to understand the many parts of the Bible in light of its unfolding, overarching drama of redemption, then we have to rethink how we naturally and typically understand what it means to “work out our salvation with fear and trembling” (Philippians 2:12).

Let Grace Kill Your Natural Instinct

In his 2008 movie The Happening, writer, producer, and director M. Night Shyamalan unfolds a freaky plot about a mysterious, invisible toxin that causes anyone exposed to it to commit suicide. One of the first signs that the unaware victim has breathed in this self-destructing toxin is that they begin walking backwards—signaling that every natural instinct to go on living and to fight for survival has been reversed. The victim’s default survival mechanism is turned upside down.

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The Law & the Gospel

by Jason Moore on April 9, 2011

This post originally appeared on White Horse Inn.

“The Gospel is the message, the salvation-bringing proclamation concerning Christ that he was sent by God the Father…to procure eternal life. The Law is contained in precepts, it threatens, it burdens, it promises no goodwill. The Gospel acts without threats, it does not drive one on by precepts, but rather teaches us about the supreme goodwill of God towards us.”  –John Calvin

Law & Gospel: the “two words” of Scripture

In order to recover the sufficiency of Scripture we must once again learn to distinguish the Law and the Gospel as the “two words” of Scripture. For the Reformers, it was not enough to believe in inerrancy. Since Rome also had a high view of Scripture in theory, the Reformers were not criticizing the church for denying its divine character. Rather, they argued that Rome subverted its high view of Scripture by the addition of other words and by failing to read and proclaim Scripture according to its most obvious sense. READ MORE

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What are we doing with the Gospel? We live in a Christian land. We have the Bible in our houses. We hear of the salvation of the Gospel frequently every year. But have we received it into our hearts? Have we really obeyed it in our lives? Have we, in short, laid hold on the hope set before us, taken up the cross, and followed Christ? If not, we are far worse than the heathen, who bow down to stocks and stones. We are far more guilty than the people of Sodom and Gomorrah. They never heard the Gospel, and therefore never rejected it. But as for us, we hear the Gospel, and yet will not believe. May we search our own hearts, and take heed that we do not ruin our own souls!

~ J.C. Ryle

Expository Thoughts on the Gospels: Mark, [Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth, 1985], 115.

Originally posted at: JC Ryle Quotes

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by Paul Helm
Originally posted here:

The term Calvinism was first used by Lutheran theologians to refer to what they regarded as the peculiar views of Christ’s real presence at the Lord’s Supper held by John Calvin and his followers. It is not used in this way nowadays. What does it refer to now? In some cases, it denotes the entire theological system of Calvin himself as we find it in the four books of his Institutes of the Christian Religion. In other cases, and more usually, it refers to the understanding of the doctrine of salvation as we find it in the first three books. What’s the difference? Well, the fourth book of the Institutes contains what Calvin may have thought to be the climax of his system, his doctrine of the church (and sacraments) and its relation to the state. Briefly, he sets forth a Presbyterian system of church governance and a close connection between church and state, one in which the magistrate is regarded as the minister of God, whose duty it is to uphold the true worship of God — worship according to the principles of Reformed theology, and no other. READ MORE

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John MacArthur on Brian McLaren and the Emergent Church

May 28, 2010

Part 1 of John MacArthur discussing the critical issues involving the Emergent church movement, commenting on sound bites from Brian McLaren. Part 2 of John MacArthur discussing quotes from Emergent church leaders on The Way of the Master Radio

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Indicatives and Imperatives

May 19, 2010

For over forty years, Pastor Albert N. Martin faithfully served the Lord and His people as an elder of Trinity Baptist Church of Montville, New Jersey. Due to increasing and persistent health problems, he stepped down as one of their pastors, and in June, 2008, Pastor Martin and his wife, Dorothy, relocated to Michigan, where […]

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Believen Stephen – Bottom of My Heart

April 27, 2010

I love Believen Stephen’s “Perseverance Mixtape” You can download it here. I am praising God that with so many hip hop songs parading lust and chasing all the world has to offer, this cat, from Philadelphia offers thought provoking, God honoring lyrics. You may not appreciate Rhyming as an artform, but take a listen to […]

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Matt Chandler – His Story and Suffering @ T4G

April 21, 2010

T4G 2010 — Session 8 — Matt Chandler from Together for the Gospel (T4G) on Vimeo. I don’t normally post all the videos from a conference, but given the recent events of one Matt Chandler, and then hearing him preach (speak, whatever) at T4G, I felt it appropriate to share. I am sure this in […]

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