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Everything Not Founded on Scripture is Futile

In Calvin’s day, the primary issue of the hour was authority in the church. Church traditions, papal edicts, and the decisions of ecclesiastical councils had taken precedence over biblical truth. But Calvin stood firmly on the chief cornerstone of the Reformation—sola Scriptura, or “Scripture alone.” He believed Scripture was the verbum Dei—the Word of God—and it alone should regulate church life, not popes, councils, or traditions. Sola Scriptura identified the Bible as the sole authority of ...


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Everything Not Founded on Scripture is Futile

In Calvin’s day, the primary issue of the hour was authority in the church. Church traditions, papal edicts, and the decisions of ecclesiastical councils had taken precedence over biblical truth. But Calvin stood firmly on the chief cornerstone of the Reformation—sola Scriptura, or “Scripture alone.” He believed Scripture was the verbum Dei—the Word of God—and it alone should regulate church life, not popes, councils, or traditions. Sola Scriptura identified the Bible as the sole authority of ...


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Count Your Life of No Value for the Sake of Christ!

Awakening a Sense of Christ’s Value My desire and prayer for you is that your life and ministry have a radical flavor. I say that for the glory of Christ. The world does not glorify Jesus as their supreme Treasure because of our health, wealth, and prosperity. Those are the same treasures they live for. The fact that we use Jesus to get what they want makes it clear to them that we have the same ...


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Count Your Life of No Value for the Sake of Christ!

Awakening a Sense of Christ’s Value My desire and prayer for you is that your life and ministry have a radical flavor. I say that for the glory of Christ. The world does not glorify Jesus as their supreme Treasure because of our health, wealth, and prosperity. Those are the same treasures they live for. The fact that we use Jesus to get what they want makes it clear to them that we have the same ...


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As the Pulpit Goes, so Goes the Church.

To step into the pulpit is to enter onto holy ground. To stand behind an open Bible demands no trifling with sacred things. To be a spokesman for God requires utmost concern and care in handling and proclaiming the Word. Rightly does Scripture warn, “Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness” (James 3:1). But sad to say, we live in a ...


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As the Pulpit Goes, so Goes the Church.

To step into the pulpit is to enter onto holy ground. To stand behind an open Bible demands no trifling with sacred things. To be a spokesman for God requires utmost concern and care in handling and proclaiming the Word. Rightly does Scripture warn, “Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness” (James 3:1). But sad to say, we live in a ...


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Don’t Get Your Vision of God Secondhand!

Don't get your vision of God secondhand. Don't even let Edwards or Packer be your primary source of divinity. This was the example Edwards himself sets for us. His early biographer Sereno Dwight said that when he came to his pastorate in Northampton, "he had studied theology, not chiefly in systems or commentaries, but in the Bible, and in the character and mutual relations of God and his creatures, from which all its principles are derived" ...


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Don’t Get Your Vision of God Secondhand!

Don't get your vision of God secondhand. Don't even let Edwards or Packer be your primary source of divinity. This was the example Edwards himself sets for us. His early biographer Sereno Dwight said that when he came to his pastorate in Northampton, "he had studied theology, not chiefly in systems or commentaries, but in the Bible, and in the character and mutual relations of God and his creatures, from which all its principles are derived" ...


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Ye Are The Salt!—Not Sugar Candy!

An evil is in the professed camp of the Lord, so gross in its impudence, that the most shortsighted can hardly fail to notice it during the past few years. It has developed at an abnormal rate, even for evil. It has worked like leaven until the whole lump ferments. The devil has seldom done a cleverer thing than hinting to the church that part of their mission is to provide entertainment for the people, ...


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Ye Are The Salt!—Not Sugar Candy!

An evil is in the professed camp of the Lord, so gross in its impudence, that the most shortsighted can hardly fail to notice it during the past few years. It has developed at an abnormal rate, even for evil. It has worked like leaven until the whole lump ferments. The devil has seldom done a cleverer thing than hinting to the church that part of their mission is to provide entertainment for the people, ...


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The All-Consuming Singleness of a Vision of God!

Edwards exhorts us to radical singlemindedness in our occupation with spiritual things. Listen to two of his resolutions that he made in 1723, when he was almost 20 years old. # 44, Resolved, That no other end but religion shall have any influence at all in any of my actions; and that no action shall be, in the least circumstance, any otherwise than the religious end will carry it. # 61, Resolved, That I will not give ...


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The All-Consuming Singleness of a Vision of God!

Edwards exhorts us to radical singlemindedness in our occupation with spiritual things. Listen to two of his resolutions that he made in 1723, when he was almost 20 years old. # 44, Resolved, That no other end but religion shall have any influence at all in any of my actions; and that no action shall be, in the least circumstance, any otherwise than the religious end will carry it. # 61, Resolved, That I will not give ...


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We Need a God-Entranced Vision of a Reality of God!

Since Edwards, American evangelicals have not thought about life from the ground up as Christians because their entire culture has ceased to do so. Edwards's piety continued on in the revivalist tradition, his theology continued on in academic Calvinism, but there were no successors to his God-entranced world-view or his profoundly theological philosophy. The disappearance of Edwards's perspective in American Christian history has been a tragedy. (Mark Noll, Quoted in "Jonathan Edwards, Moral Philosophy, and ...


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We Need a God-Entranced Vision of a Reality of God!

Since Edwards, American evangelicals have not thought about life from the ground up as Christians because their entire culture has ceased to do so. Edwards's piety continued on in the revivalist tradition, his theology continued on in academic Calvinism, but there were no successors to his God-entranced world-view or his profoundly theological philosophy. The disappearance of Edwards's perspective in American Christian history has been a tragedy. (Mark Noll, Quoted in "Jonathan Edwards, Moral Philosophy, and ...


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God Never Saved any Man for being a Preacher.

I mentioned a week ago that I've been going through Richard Baxter's book The Reformed Pastor. I've so far learned much from my reading, in so much that I want to share some of them with you. I am persuaded that Richard Baxter's words in his book (or to me so far it seems like a rather elongated sermon) would find homage to the hearts of every Christian, as we are called to be, in a ...


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God Never Saved any Man for being a Preacher.

I mentioned a week ago that I've been going through Richard Baxter's book The Reformed Pastor. I've so far learned much from my reading, in so much that I want to share some of them with you. I am persuaded that Richard Baxter's words in his book (or to me so far it seems like a rather elongated sermon) would find homage to the hearts of every Christian, as we are called to be, in a ...


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Church Service, for Believers or Unbelievers?

I have taken quite an interest towards this topic since the beginning of the month since it seems that today, along with the vagueness in the lines to be drawn in the functions of the pulpit and various ministries in the modern Church, most of us, if we would be honest with ourselves are basically clueless to what is and what is not to be done concerning this issue as directed by scripture. I think if ...


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Church Service, for Believers or Unbelievers?

I have taken quite an interest towards this topic since the beginning of the month since it seems that today, along with the vagueness in the lines to be drawn in the functions of the pulpit and various ministries in the modern Church, most of us, if we would be honest with ourselves are basically clueless to what is and what is not to be done concerning this issue as directed by scripture. I think if ...


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