Doctrine (Page 7)

Doctrine (Page 7)

The Sinfulness of Sin

Nothing, I am convinced, will astonish us so much, when we awake in the resurrection day, as the view we shall have of sin and the retrospect we shall take of our own countless shortcomings and defects. Never till the hour when Christ comes the second time shall we fully realize the ‘sinfulness of sin’.

The Perspicuity of Scripture

Photo Credit: © Amy Walters – Fotolia Perspicuous. adj. 1. Clearly expressed or presented; easy to understand. 2. Ex- pressing oneself clearly and effectively. Pastor Martin has just begun a series on the book of Revelation. The book is notoriously difficult to understand, interpret, and apply. As one witty saying goes; “A famous book in which St. John the…

Predestination and Free Will – Part Two: Free Will

Photo Credit  © skala – Fotolia.com If by “free will” I mean some kind of sovereign control outside of God’s control then I do not have “free will”.  God is sovereign and in control of this world and me in every respect. If by “free will” I mean the ability to choose, then I do indeed have…

Predestination and Free Will Part One: Predestination

Photo Credit  © skala – Fotolia.com In our congregation, reconciling the doctrine of predestination with free will is a vexed issue.  I have been asked to address this in a blog. First, let’s look briefly at predestination.  The Bible clearly teaches predestination.  Ephesians 1:4 says that…

Does the Bible call Jesus God?

Photo Credit: © genotar1 – Fotolia.com One day, not long after I’d become a Christian, a Jewish friend of mine (not a believer), challenged me as follows. He argued that Jesus never called himself God and that the church had much later made Jesus into a god. He said that the Bible nowhere called Jesus God. Is that true? All good lies need an element of truth to…

Justified by the Resurrection

There needs to be time for the gospel to go out into the world so that people can hear it and be saved. Jesus’ resurrection spells the end for this creation; it shows us that judgement is nigh; and it means that the new creation is just around the corner. ****THANK-YOU FOR SUBSCRIBING****

The Torment of the Gospel

It is disturbing that the good news of forgiveness and salvation could be a torment to some.  It is also disturbing because I’m not sure this reflects reality for the church in the West.  Does our preaching of the gospel cause torment?  It does in Revelation.  The church in Revelation is often the persecuted church; the church that faithfully bears witness to Jesus, even…