can a believer be blotted out of the book of life?, Revelation 3:5

Can A Believer Be Blotted Out of the Book of Life?

The one who conquers will be clothed thus in white garments, and I will never blot his name out of the book of life.   –Revelation 3:5 We’ve heard of the book of life, a book that includes the names of those who believe in Christ and will dwell with him forever. Can a believer’s name be blotted out? Some argue that Revelation 3:5 proves that … Continue reading Can A Believer Be Blotted Out of the Book of Life?

Covenant of grace in the New Testament, Great Doctrines of the Bible, Martyn Lloyd-Jones

The Covenant of Grace in the New Testament

We continue our study of Great Doctrines of the Bible by Martyn Lloyd-Jones. The previous post examined the covenant of grace and how it has been revealed in the Old Testament. Today, we’ll look at chapter 21 and see how the covenant of grace is revealed in the New Testament. MLJ emphasizes that while we are examining the covenant of grace in each testament, there … Continue reading The Covenant of Grace in the New Testament

Church Discipline, personal story, 9 marks, confronting sin, loving the sinner

What Might Church Discipline Look Like? A Personal Testimony

In a previous post, we looked at the need for the church to engage in church discipline. The Biblical teaching is clear, yet because many churches have abandoned the process, many are unsure of what church discipline really looks like. I thought I would share a personal story that will, hopefully, provide a picture of church discipline and the desired goal. I was 22 when … Continue reading What Might Church Discipline Look Like? A Personal Testimony

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Loving Our Neighbor Through Church Discipline

Satan is crafty and sin is deceptive. The book of Proverbs teaches that “there is a way that seems right to man, but its end is the way to death” (14:12, 16:25). Like putting makeup on a pig, sin disguises itself so we don’t see its true nature. It slowly lures us to its desired end while making sure the dark path looks clean and … Continue reading Loving Our Neighbor Through Church Discipline

Covenant of grace, Old Testament, Great doctrines of the Bible, Martyn Lloyd-Jones

The Covenant of Grace in the Old Testament

Our study of Great Doctrines of the Bible has taken us through the creation and fall of man. Because Adam failed to keep God’s law, mankind has been condemned and enslaved to sin and its eternal consequences. However, our last post looked at God’s eternal plan of redemption and the good news of salvation brought about by the grace and mercy of God. This great … Continue reading The Covenant of Grace in the Old Testament

God's Eternal Plan of Redemption, Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Great Doctrines of the Bible, Redemption

God’s Eternal Plan of Redemption

Our sin has left us eternally separated from God. Mankind has been polluted, thus leaving us both unable and unwilling to please God and be restored to him. We can’t obey and we simply don’t want to. What hope do we have then? If our sin keeps us from believing and receiving the things of God (1 Cor. 2:14), then how can there be any … Continue reading God’s Eternal Plan of Redemption

a biblical understanding of church membership, 9 marks of a healthy church, why should I join a church?

The Value and Responsibility of Church Membership

According to the Southern Baptists Convention’s website, there are 15,005,638 members of SBC churches in our country. However, weekly attendance is only 5,320,488. If those numbers are correct, then only a third of our members attend church each week. What’s going on with these numbers? While there are many contributing factors, it certainly shows that our view of church membership has diminished. We continue to … Continue reading The Value and Responsibility of Church Membership

9 marks of a healthy church- a biblical understanding of evangelism

Marks of a Healthy Church- A Biblical Understanding of Evangelism

We continue to look at marks of a healthy church that are seldom emphasized today. Using 9 Marks of a Healthy Church as our guide, we’ve examined expository preaching, biblical theology, the gospel, and a Biblical understanding of conversion. Today, we’ll look at the next mark: a biblical understanding of evangelism. Five Things Often Confused as Evangelism Evangelism is something that all believers are to do. … Continue reading Marks of a Healthy Church- A Biblical Understanding of Evangelism

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Marks of a Healthy Church- A Biblical Understanding of Conversion

A few weeks ago we began looking at the distinguishing marks of a healthy church. People typically determine the “success” of a church by numbers, programs, or budget. However, we must ask ourselves if the Bible focuses on such qualities. In 9 Marks of a Healthy Church, Mark Dever looks at nine marks that are seldom emphasized today. So far, we’ve looked at expositional preaching, … Continue reading Marks of a Healthy Church- A Biblical Understanding of Conversion