How can sinners enter the presence of a Holy God and hope to live eternally with Him? How good must we be to be “good enough” for heaven? These questions were at the heart of the Reformation, and they are still the most important questions for every human being to answer. We are currently in a three-part series about the Reformation. In the last post, … Continue reading The Reformation: A Return to the Gospel
It was October 31, 1517 when Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg. Luther was simply attempting to begin a discussion about the abuses and false teaching happening in the Church. Little did he know, this would spark a movement that changed the Church and Western civilization. But, someone might ask, “Who cares? How does studying something … Continue reading Who Cares About The Reformation?
We continue our study of Great Doctrines of the Bible by Martyn Lloyd-Jones (MLJ) by examining chapter 12 entitled, “The Creation of the World.” Definition of Creation MLJ begins by providing a definition of creation (borrowed from Berkhof). Creation is “that free act of God whereby He…in the beginning brought forth the whole visible and invisible universe without the use of pre-existing materials, and thus … Continue reading The Creation of the World
We continue our study of Great Doctrines of the Bible by Martyn Lloyd-Jones (MLJ) by examining chapter 11 entitled, “The Devil and the Fallen Angels.” MLJ believes that many Christians “have not realized the powers that are set against them” (115). From Genesis to Revelation, Scripture warns believers about the works of Satan. There are many different names attributed to Satan, such as: Satan- ‘adversary’ … Continue reading Who is Satan?
We continue our study of Great Doctrines of the Bible by Martyn Lloyd-Jones (MLJ) by examining chapter 10 entitled, “Good Angels.” The term ‘angel’ means ‘messenger.’ There’s a mysterious element to angels that often leads to either overemphasizing or ignoring them altogether. Scripture often mentions angels, and while we can’t satisfy all our curiosity about them, there are certain truths we can know. MLJ begins … Continue reading What Does the Bible Say About Angels?
We continue our study of Great Doctrines of the Bible by Martyn Lloyd-Jones (MLJ) by examining chapter 9 entitled, “The Eternal Decrees of God.” MLJ defines eternal decrees as “things which God determined and ordained before He had done anything at all” (93). When discussing a topic such a this, MLJ states that we need to approach it with humility, reverence, and faith. Much like the … Continue reading The God Who Knows: The Eternal Decrees
One of the most difficult Christian teachings is the doctrine of the Trinity. For some, its difficulty gives them reason to abandon studying it altogether. While it’s true the Trinity is mysterious and certainly above our finite ability to completely understand, God has revealed himself as three-in-one. A study of an infinite God won’t always fit within the confines of our limited, logical capabilities, but … Continue reading Lloyd-Jones On The Mystery Of The Trinity
Trusting the unseen isn’t easy. When life seems stacked against us, we naturally lean toward hopelessness. Our ideal of an easy life is chiseled away by our experiences. Another sickness, another loss, another unmet expectation and we find ourselves asking how much more we can take. But, for the believer, it’s even in these moments that we have an anchor for the soul. We have … Continue reading A God We Can Trust
Have you ever been in a conversation where everyone seemed to understand a certain phrase except you? You try to figure it out using context clues, but you can’t. You want to ask, but you’re too afraid it’s an elementary question you should know, so you just play along and act like you understand. Christians often talk about “glorifying God,” but what does it really … Continue reading What Does It Mean To Glorify God?
We continue our study of Great Doctrines of the Bible by Martyn Lloyd-Jones (MLJ). Last time, we looked at the existence of God, and this week we’ll study chapter 6, “The Attributes of God’s Absolute Personality.” MLJ begins by making a case for why we need to study God’s attributes. In John 4, Jesus tells the woman of Samaria, “You worship what you do not … Continue reading The Warnings and Comforts of God’s Attributes