God’s purpose throughout all of time has been to redeem for Himself a people that are His very own. – Alistair Begg

Posts from 2017

The Big Picture of Scripture

Act 1: God’s Plan for All People Creation: The God of All of Life Fall: Rejecting God’s Vision for Life Flood: God Judges and Makes a Covenant to Preserve Life Act 2: God’s Covenant People The People: God Calls a Covenant People Deliverance: God Rescues His People Covenant and Law: God Embraces and Instructs His…

A notable singularity of purpose

On October 5, 1544, Martin Luther preached the dedication of the Castle Church at Torgau, Germany. This church lays claim to being the first Protestant church to be built, as all the other church buildings were converted Roman Catholic sanctuaries. Lucas Cranach, Luther’s painter and engraver, designed the interior of this church, including the pulpit.…

Soli Deo Gloria

The Reformation makes us small and Christ big. Why was the Reformation controversial in the sixteenth century? Why does it remain controversial today? The answer, I believe, is that the Reformation (or rather the biblical gospel it rediscovered) makes us small and Christ big. At the heart of the Reformation was the realization that: We…

Remind me, Remind each other

How often do we need reminding about things? Reminders about things we tend to forget help us do the things we’re meant to do. What about the reminders of the TRUTH? It is really important to keep reminding each other and yourself that God is God and that he is faithful, loving, merciful etc… We…

Martin Luther

“My conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and I will not recant anything. God help me. Here I stand, I can do no other.” Martin Luther (1483-1546) Martin Luther is widely known as the architect of the reformation. On October 31, 1517, Luther famously nailed 95 theses on the castle door of…

How must our love to God be characterized?

(1) Love to God must be PURE and GENUINE. He must be loved chiefly for himself. We must love God, not only for his benefits — but for those intrinsic excellencies with which He is crowned. We must love God — not only for the good which flows from Him – but for the good…

When Faith Produces Fear

His faith produced his fear: his faith and his fear produced his obedience. Nothing in Noah is held up before us as an example, but that which grew out of his faith.          “By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving…

Wrong Reasons to Love the Church

Do you love the church? Romans 12:10 tells Christians to “Love one another with brotherly affection.” The affection and love we’re to have for fellow-Christians is to be based on the work of Jesus Christ for us. It’s not about elitism, it’s not because Christians are better than anyone else, it certainly isn’t because Christians…

O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?” (Romans 8:35a) On June 6, 1882 George Matheson penned the hauntingly beautiful words to the hymn “0 Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go.” Here’s how he describes it: “My hymn was composed in the manse of lnnelan [Argyleshire, Scotland] on the evening of the 6th…