Theology (Page 3)

Theology (Page 3)

The Perspicuity of General Revelation

Picture Credit: Wikipedia Cornelius Van Til, in his essay “Nature and Scripture,” discusses the qualities of general (or “natural”) revelation. In this excerpt, he puts it very well when he says that creation is itself absolutely clear with regard to who God is and who we are in relation to him. We have seen that since the fall of man God’s…

Sacrifice and Obedience

The Sacrifice of Isaac by Caravaggio In the first book of Samuel, chapter 15, King Saul neglects the direct commands of God. Samuel’s prophetic word in response to Saul’s sin is as follows: Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to listen than the fat…

Some excellent resources from UCCF

UCCF: The Christian Unions in the United Kingdom, have a couple of excellent websites. Both are vital resources for the Christian. I have utilised them for a number of years, now, and have not been disappointed at any point. The biggest website is bethinking.org. This is an immense apologetics resource, featuring articles, talks, interviews, debates, and scholarly papers,…

The gospel in 1 Timothy 1:15

Photo credit: © genotar1 – Fotolia.com With this post we welcome our new pastor, Andrew Courtis, to the Hills Bible Church Blog. 1 Timothy 1:15 is right up there with John 3:16 as a great mini gospel text. It summarizes the grand truths of the gospel in a short memorable statement. Consider these simple (yet profound) words: “the saying is trustworthy and deserving…

Thinking Theologically

Photo by Jacob Bøtter. Used under the Creative Commons license. Recently I preached a sermon on Jesus’ death, as part of our doctrinal series on the gospel.  At one point I explained four different models of the atonement.  All four models come from the Bible.  First, Jesus’ death is an example for us to follow (1 Peter 2:21).  Second, Jesus’ death is a demonstration of…

The Prosperity Gospel?

“If you profess to be a child of God, leave to the Lord Jesus to sanctify you in His own way. Rest satisfied that He never makes any mistakes. Be sure that He does all things well. The winds may howl around you, and waters swell. But fear not, ‘He is leading you by the right way, that He may bring you to a city of habitation’ (Psalm 107:7).”

Some more thoughts on Predestination

In a previous blog I wrote about “Predestination and Free Will”.  I believe that Christians who don’t accept the Bible’s teaching on predestination are forfeiting the great assurance and comfort that this doctrine affords. On the one hand, I think they may misunderstand God’s sovereignty, and on the other hand, human free will.  If God is sovereign, surely salvation is…

Interpreting Scripture with Scripture

© Dusan Kostic – Fotolia.com As Hills continues to make our way through the often perplexing book of Revelation, it may be helpful to consider some examples of the interpretive principle which Pastor Martin is often referring to and using: scripture interpreting scripture. In short, this means using one part (or more) of the Bible to assist your understanding of…

Faith and Assurance

© Shawn Hempel – Fotolia.com In a book I was reading this week, there was a distinction made between faith and assurance. The author certainly asserted that not only is there such a thing in the Bible as assurance, but that it is most earnestly to be desired and sought.  However he made it clear that in his opinion, and the opinion of many authors (he quoted 30!),…