The proof is in the pudding. Election can only be affirmed where the gospel is effective in leading to salvation. Indeed, Paul assures the Romans that the gospel is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believes. In 1 Thessalonians 1:4 ff. Paul reminds that the readers already know they are beloved of God, and as chosen, they know their election. The reason Paul adds immediately is that the gospel has come to them not only in word but in power, and in the Holy Spirit, and in full assurance. So, this impeccable logic leads backwards from faith to regeneration to gospel proclamation in word. And because we consciously believe we are filled with assurance, and hence know we are elect. Indeed, the proof is in the pudding.
It is often noted that if one wants to get something done, one should set about doing it oneself! In a world of incompetence, this advice appears sage indeed. However, there is an avenue where this will simply not do. Of course, it is in the realm of Christianity that the desire to be one’s […]
This link is to a sermon I preached a few years ago. http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=11122340249 I trust it will be of value to you and be for the glory of Christ.
Here is a sampling of some recent sermons: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdchvgxsaKgXlndxX4KiXfw
As one that has used O’Brien’s Greek Text commentary on Philippians, I am particularly intrigued by the question of plagiarism. James Ernest, a senior editor at Eerdmans, has stated that both outsiders and internal editors have concluded that the initial accusations have merit enough to force books to be pulled. The three commentaries by Peter […]
Here is a link to the message Family Roles as Worship https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4VbP75Wk08&list=PLXdmES8P1-Z4_4IKJ5SbjwvyFjjNTT0cC&index=5
Here is a link to the message on Perseverance of the Saints. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N10uLhlgYMw
The account of the three Hebrew youths that defied a king is well known Sunday school folklore. However, though this is touted as a story, it is the lesson that is striking. I affirm the historical nature of the passage, indeed the book of Daniel in toto. So what can we learn from this piece […]
Yesterday I had a strange experience. While out with my family enjoying lunch at one of our favorite fast-food joints, I suddenly started to sense my eyes getting increasingly sensitive to light. After a few minutes, this grew progressively worse to the point my eyes were watering and starting to burn. We left the […]
As 2016 slowly progresses to November the election frenzy will become all the more noticeable and bizarre. Already, the atmosphere in which the candidates have conducted themselves has been toxic, to say the least. Accusations have raced across the headlines and have been quickly consumed by an unsuspecting public. “Lying so and so,” “Little so […]