This came to me while I was working on a sermon from Hebrews 1:1 – 4, on a point focusing on the identity of the Son of God. Consider this parallel – when God the Father completed His creation work, He rested from that work. He continued to guide redemptive history and the Scriptures show His […]
It was my privilege to preach at a small country Baptist church this past Sunday. My sermon for that evening was to help them better understand why being a Baptist church matters. The outline for the sermon is this: Baptists – where did the name come from? Four Distinctives: 1) Baptism: Mode, Candidates, Significance 2) […]
This is a very good sermon from a dear brother in Christ, emphasizing the holiness of the Lord Jesus Christ. You will be brought low and built up, as brother Randall exalts Christ from the Scriptures! Listen here.
Does Faith Save? Stuart Brogden The Foundation Several authors have described salvation with a vivid word picture that warrants scrutiny. I’ve added a bit to it as I reflected on several things recently. Let’s begin with a baseline on a couple of issues with scripture. These aren’t the only verses that address these issues, maybe […]
This is Discipleship Many techniques, programs and systems in the modern church are mistaken as discipleship. While those techniques may contain elements of discipleship, they are not the authentic thing. (See Part 1: “This is not Discipleship.”) This obviously begs the question: what is discipleship and what did Jesus mean when He gave us […]
Should a Christian Tithe? I. The Command to Tithe Deuteronomy 14:22 “You shall tithe all the yield of your seed that comes from the field year by year. 23 And before the Lord your God, in the place that he will choose, to make his name dwell there, you shall eat the tithe of your grain, […]
Active Spirituality A review by Stuart Brogden This is an uncommon book – the format is that of personal letters from the author, intended to provide pastoral guidance to the issue of sanctification. I was reminded of a couple of books I read in high school that were letters from a father, one to […]
Practical & Theological Guidelines for Those Who Embrace the “Doctrines of Grace” The following practical and theological items, although they apply to every believer regardless of their particular theological tradition, are especially directed to those who adhere to Reformed/Calvinistic theology. I. Recognize that Salvation is Broader than the Calvinist Camp. 1. All of us, at […]
Why the Catholic (and Emerging Church) “Eucharist” Does Not Line Up With Scripture By Roger Oakland The Catholic Church teaches that once a Catholic priest has consecrated the wafer of bread during Communion, the wafer turns into the literal and real body, blood, soul, and divinity of Jesus Christ.1 Therefore, the Communion Host […]
The Golden Rules of Biblical Interpretation 14 Straightforward Rules to Help Keep New Students of the Bible On Course 1. Come to the Scriptures prayerfully. Most of the great Bible interpreters were guided by prayer in their studies. The necessity of the involvement of the Holy Spirit is vital! 2. In my own case, […]
“The Defects of Preachers Reproved” by Solomon Stoddard “The Scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do.” Matthew 23:2–3 In these words is a direction given by Christ unto the people, where we have: First, the foundation of the rule: “the Scribes and […]
The Decalogue Reformers see the Mosaic Law revealed in Scripture in three categories: civil, ceremonial, and moral. We see the moral law as eternal and universal, as shown in Romans 2: For when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though […]
Bible Revival A review by Stuart Brogden There are so many bad Christian books on the market these days that there is a good reason to shout PRAISE THE LORD! when one comes across a good Christian book. Such is the case with Kenneth Berding’s very good book, Bible Revival. This is a small book, […]
Whatever My God Ordains Is Right from Hiding Place by Matthew Smith Listen to this song here: http://matthewsmith.bandcamp.com/track/whatever-my-god-ordains-is-right Buy the Full Digital Album lyrics What e’re my God ordains is right, holy His will abideth I will be still what e’re He does and follow where He guideth He is my God, though dark my road, He holds me […]
From Dispensationalism Today, Yesterday, and Tomorrow by Grover Gunn In Reformed interpretation, the unifying theme that is the key to understanding the development of redemptive history is the saving work of Jesus Christ. God created Adam and gave him the earth to rule and to subdue. Because of Adam’s fall into sin, the earth was […]
THE SABBATH COMPLETE a review by Stuart Brogden The latter half of the 20th century has brought a growing interest in Reformed Theology, in striking contrast to the growing apostasy that has gripped many evangelical denominations. Many of my fellow Baptists aggressively and happily embraced the doctrines of grace and the great theological truths about […]
Luke 4:31-44 And he went down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee. And he was teaching them on the Sabbath, and they were astonished at his teaching, for his word possessed authority. And in the synagogue there was a man who had the spirit of an unclean demon, and he cried out with a […]
Comes now the final chapter in this short series. I pray you have been convicted, encouraged, edified, reproofed, and drawn closer to the Lord who shed His blood to redeem those the Father chose before time as His. As I noted in my remarks on part 2, when one is healed from spiritual death by […]
With so many professing Christians who, by their lives, deny the truth of the gospel, these messages are good for all! While no human is without sin until he dies or Christ returns, there is no basis for comforting a soul as being in Christ if there is NO mark of being a new creature in […]
Here is another short series from Igor Shafhid, a dear brother in Christ from Russia. It is my prayer that each of us examine himself to see if we be in the faith, as the Apostle Paul exhorts to do. Brother Igor is arm-in-arm with the Apostle. Part 1 is here
NOAHS ARK By Edward Griffin (1770—1837) Edward Griffin AUDIO gems With all the hoopla about the movie (which I recommend you don’t spent time or money on), this article could not be timed better. “By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his […]
A dear brother in Christ, who I had the pleasure of meeting several years ago, testifies of how the great and mighty Creator God saved his soul, from the pit of being a Roman Catholic Priest.
In this four-part series (audio is about an hour long), Jim McClarty and his friend Alex Franzone discuss various aspects of free will. What is it and – most importantly – what does the Bible say about it? Here’s part one. Part two in a few days. Listen and talk among yourselves.
This is a message from the 2012 Shepherds’ Conference and delivered by Dr. Steve Lawson. The text is from 1 Corinthians 2.
This is the final part of the analysis of the 19th century theological invention known as dispensationalism. Part 9 can be found here: http://defendingcontending.com/2014/01/18/95-theses-agai…onalism-part-9/ Following are the final 15 theses from the NiceneCouncil.com’s concise but thorough examination of the critical errors with the theological system known as dispensationalism. Dispensationalism is, like most other systems, not comprised […]
This is part 9 of analysis of the 19th century theological invention known as dispensationalism. Part 8 can be found here: http://defendingcontending.com/2014/01/18/95-theses-agai…onalism-part-8/ Following are the next ten theses from the NiceneCouncil.com’s concise but thorough examination of the critical errors with the theological system known as dispensationalism. Dispensationalism is, like most other systems, not comprised of a […]
The World a Sorry Comforter George Mylne, 1871 The Preacher speaks of some who “had no comforter,” because, as we infer that they sought comfort wrongly — on earthly, and not on heavenly grounds. And so it is too often with the bereaved — people try to cure their broken hearts with human remedies, the quackery […]
This post is a quiz! Most Christians acknowledge a moral law at work in all men, seeing this in myriad places in Scripture – most explicitly, perhaps, in Romans 2: For when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do […]
This is part 8 of analysis of the 19th century theological invention known as dispensationalism. Part 7 can be found here: http://defendingcontending.com/2014/01/18/95-theses-agai…onalism-part-7/ Following are the next ten theses from the NiceneCouncil.com’s concise but thorough examination of the critical errors with the theological system known as dispensationalism. Dispensationalism is, like most other systems, not comprised of a […]