11 Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called “uncircumcised” by those who call themselves “the circumcision” (that done in the body by the hands of men)— 12 remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, … Continue reading What is the Church?
16 I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; 17 that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you. 18 “I will … Continue reading Who is the Holy Spirit?
19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. Romans … Continue reading Does a Personal, Creator God Really Exist?
Listen: Beach or mountains? If you had to decide between one or the other as a vacation destination, which would you choose? For some, the answer would be a no brainer. You have a definite preference. For others, you may feel a tension, because you enjoy both the mountains and the beach. Steak or shrimp? … Continue reading Who is the Holy Spirit?
Listen: This is week 4 in an 8-week sermon series we are calling, Foundations: An Introduction to Christian Theology. Today our topic is Christology, or the study of Christ. While Jesus is our focus EVERY Sunday, today we want to slow down a bit and look at some nuances to the person and work of … Continue reading Who is Jesus?
This Sunday we are going to discuss the person and work of Jesus from a theological perspective, understanding the divinity and humanity of Jesus, as well as the several aspects of his redemptive work. Since we have limited time on Sunday, I wanted to share briefly about the "offices" of Christ, as we may not have … Continue reading The Three Offices of Christ
Listen: [Here is an important addendum to this message.] In the mid-14th century, a bacteria called yersinia pestis was carried by fleas from Asia to Europe, being transported on rats that commonly infested merchant ships. As these ships arrived in ports such as Constantinople, Marseilles (mar-say), and Barcelona, the rats would disembark, carrying the infected … Continue reading Pandora’s Box
Why can't God just forgive? What is the real need for the cross where Jesus was brutally, violently, and painfully executed through crucifixion. Why can't God just forgive? One of the most popular genres of television is the crime procedural, where police investigators use forensic science to solve murders. Just consider the success and duplication of shows … Continue reading Why Can’t God Just Forgive?
This is message #3 in our series in John, Knowing Jesus. This message focuses on the fundamental message of Christiantiy with four significant implications.
This video is a gospel tour de force by my friend, Paige Benton, presented at the Together for the Gospel Women's Conference in June, 2012. She uses the concept of the temple through the Old and New Testament to show just how "in" God is in his relationship with his people. Totally worth the watch! … Continue reading How “In” is God in His Relationship with Us?
We are all devoted to something. And that something is what we believe will bring us the most joy—the greatest personal dividend. The problem is that we tend to be devoted to the wrong things. Alexis de Tocqueville, the French political philosopher, traveled through America in the early 1830s and wrote a book called Democracy in … Continue reading The Incomplete Joys of the World
When two people have a DTR, they "define the relationship." What about the relationship between the law and the gospel in Christian theology? They seem to be at odds, but actually function in such as way as to make them good friends. Bob Thune and Will Walker have designed a 9-lesson study called, The Gospel-Centered … Continue reading A Law and Gospel DTR
“We must always be accepted for Christ’s sake or we cannot be accepted at all. This is not only true of us only ‘when we believe,’ it is just as true after we have believed. It will continue to be true as long as we live. Our need for Jesus does not cease with our … Continue reading A Good Word from B.B. Warfield
In light of today's message in 1 Peter 5:8-14, Facing the Lions, I thought I'd post a few points about what we should think about the devil. Here is a summary: 1. The devil is the chief fallen angel, who longed for God's glory and led other angels in rebellion. The devil is called Satan, … Continue reading What Should I Think About the Devil?
Here is the TFL lesson from this past Wednesday.
via vimeo.com Thanks to Matt Stephenson for sharing this video of David Platt (originally viewed at http://www.joshharris.com) discussing the dangerously sad potential for orthodox, Bible-believing Christians to be "functional universalists." The implications are profound.
Here is the audio and handout for this week's TFL lesson, "Knowing God." TFL = Theological Foundations for Leadership.
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Here is this morning's Creekstone Christmas message from Galatians 4:4-7, "A Theology of Christmas." If you think that God is out to get you, think again. Christmas tells us that God has not come to get us, but to bless us. Find out more by listening here, on the Creekstone audio page or on iTunes … Continue reading A Theology of Christmas • Galatians 4:4-7
Here is a lecture that I presented to a group of college guys in the spring of 2010. If you have struggled with baptism or have questions, check this out. If more questions are raised, then let me know. I'd love to work through the issues with you.