You’re invited to a Summer Module entitled “Calling & Cultivation.” Immanuel Baptist Church of Sacramento, California, will host the module June 9 thru 15. Pastors Jeff Johnson and Robert Briggs will address the subject of a “call to ministry,” as well as the cultivation of godliness at the level of a man’s personal character, marriage and family, and his public ministry. Dr Michael Haykin will serve as a guest lecturer and speak the final day on the personal piety of 18th century Calvinist Baptists. Join us for a time of rich fellowship, biblical instruction, and Christ-centered exhortation. You can access the module registration form, lecture schedule, and course syllabus below. Continue reading
Theologians frequently distinguish two species of divine grace in the Scriptures: saving grace and common grace. God directs the former particularly to the elect; God showers the latter indiscriminately on all men in general. Saving grace is, as its designation suggests, efficacious in effecting the redemption of those to whom it is given. Common grace, on the other hand, does not guarantee the salvation of its recipients. Nevertheless, God’s common grace is saving in its design. That is, God sincerely intends the kindness and patience he shows to all sinners (whether elect or non-elect) to lead them unto saving repentance. The apostle Paul underscores this biblical truth in Romans 2:4.
I’d like to invite you to our 2014 spring module on the subject of biblical interpretation or hermeneutics. Pastor Mark Chanski, author of Manly Dominion and Womanly Dominion, will serve as our primary lecturer. He will be joined by Dr Mark Ward Jr who will give three lectures that provide an overview and assessment of the three major Bible software platforms (Bibleworks, Logos, and Accordance). Grace Baptist Church of Taylors, South Carolina, will host the module on May 5th thru 9th. For a course syllabus, lecture schedule, and registration form, see the links below. Continue reading
Knowing the origin of a thing enables one to better understand its nature. For example, to know the nature of the universe one should seek to understand its origins. A proper knowledge of the origins of humans helps one appreciate humanity’s uniqueness. Moreover, one cannot truly appreciate the nature of human behavior (whether good or evil) without a knowledge of the origin of human sin. The same holds true for the biblical gospel. If we want to gain a full understanding of what the good news about Jesus Christ is all about, we need to go back to the beginning–to the Garden of Eden. In the audio sermon below, Nick Alford does an excellent job of showing how the “Seed” of the gospel is planted in the midst of God’s curse against Satan. To appreciate fully the Story of Redemption one needs to go back to the beginning. Feel free to listen to and/or download the audio file. Continue reading
God created man for worship. Jesus declared that the Father is seeking worshippers who will worship Him “in spirit and truth” (John 4:23-24). Not surprisingly, the Shorter Catechism begins by affirming, “Man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.” For this cause God the Father sent the Son in order to save us from our sin so that we might worship him. It should not surprise us, then, that the final chapter of the last book in our Bible contains the simple command: “Worship God” Continue reading
All churches employ forms of modern technology to assist them in the tasks of outreach, discipleship, community, and worship. This raises the question as to whether the Bible provides the church with any guidelines or principles for choosing and using appropriate forms of technology in carrying out her Great Commission. I believe it does. One key text in this regard actually comes from the Old Testament. I’m thinking of Ecclesiastes 10:10, where we read, “Using a dull ax requires great strength, so sharpen the blade. That’s the value of wisdom; it helps you succeed” (Eccl 10:10, NLT). Continue reading
According to King Solomon, godly thinking and living require balance: “It is good to grasp the one and not let go of the other. The man who fears God will avoid all extremes” (Eccl 7:18 NIV). What Solomon says about practical godliness is certainly relevant for doctrinal formulation. The notorious “pendulum swing” has often been the bane of good theology. I believe this is true with respect to the biblical teaching regarding God’s emotions. Continue reading