Scripture Sunday: 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

1 Corinthians 6—Matters. Two matters are dealt with in this chapter. •Matter of courts: the forbidding (believers are not to go to court against other believers); the faulting (the Corinthians were, however, doing this). •Matter of chastity: the cause for chastity (unchaste people will not inherit the kingdom of God); the cleansing for chastity (comes through Jesus Christ); the call for chastity (“flee fornication”); the claim for chastity (through Christ’s work on Calvary, we have been “brought with a price; therefore, glorify God in your body” [v. 20]). –Butler’s Daily Bible Reading

Review: The Majesty of Mystery

Disclaimer: The publisher of this book provided me with a free copy of the book in exchange for a book review.

Scott Oliphant’s book on the Majesty of Mystery is a beautiful theological study on the person of God. Covering in-depth theological discussions such as the Trinity and the Incarnation, Oliphant takes readers on a beautifully-illustrated journey into the riches of the glory of God. Not only did this resource deepen my theological understanding of God, it drew me closer to God and deepened my personal relationship with God. I highly recommend this resource to those wishing for a solid balance between an in-depth academic-theological study of God and a resource that will make one fall even deeper in love with one’s Creator and Lord.

Great Devotional From Charles Stanley

Great devotional from Charles Stanley on the church today! I wanted to share it.

The Church: What Is It All About?

Colossians 1:18, Colossians 1:24

Church buildings are plentiful in our country. Locating one may be easy, but wisely deciding which to join involves more thought. God’s Word gives us some specific instructions in this matter.

First, let’s explore the original biblical meaning of the word “church.” The term ecclesia meant a group of people who are called out of the world’s system by God’s grace for the purpose of assembling to worship and serve Christ. Ephesians 5:22-30 further specifies that believers are the body and Jesus is the head of such a fellowship. Under His leadership, we can enjoy the unity and purpose that He intended.

God’s design for this sacred gathering involves worship, instruction, encouragement, evangelism, and ministry to those in need, both within the fellowship and outside its walls. A healthy, vibrant congregation is possible when members rely on the Holy Spirit’s guidance. The work of the church is to be done in His power, in humble and prayerful submission to the Lord.

To help you determine whether a church is following the design laid out in Scripture, here are some important questions to ask: Do they believe God’s Word is infallible and inerrant? Is the church discipling her people? Does the fellowship have some kind of missionary or evangelistic program?

Joining a congregation is an important decision, as a fellowship of believers is one tool God uses to mature and encourage His children. Those three questions can be helpful in discerning God’s will. Listen for His Spirit to warn or direct as you prayerfully investigate your options.

Scripture Sunday: Proverbs 31:10

Proverbs 31—The last chapter in Proverbs contain counsel which the mother of Lemuel (another name for Solomon) gave him. The counsel was on two main subjects. •Monarchs (vv. 2–9): advice here about the perils of licentiousness and liquor and to be just in legal matters. •Madam (vv. 10–31): this is the virtuous woman passage and tells about the character of the woman (faithful to husband and industrious); the charity of the woman (helped the poor); the clothing of the woman (silk, purple); the commercialism of the woman (made and sold clothing); the conversation of the woman (wisdom, kind tongue); the children of the woman (call her blessed); the commendation of the woman (excelled all women); the consecration of the woman (fears God). –Butler’s Daily Bible Reading

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mothers!

God’s Immutability: Incarnated and Consistent in the Testaments

Ryan shares his final, pre-doctoral paper from seminary on God’s unchanging nature revealed in Jesus Christ and through the entire Bible.

Introduction

The unchangeable nature of God, known as His immutability, is a classic theological subject in Theology Proper. In seeking to understand how God’s character is immutable, it is helpful to consider the historical understanding of the immutability of God, to examine the characteristics of God revealed in the incarnation as the central hinge point of one’s theological understanding, and to weigh the character of God in the Old and New Testaments. The intention of this essay is to show that the incarnation and Fatherhood of God are key scriptural themes to understanding the unchanging character of God and that the immutability of God has been consistent, not contradictory, throughout the Bible. There is a limitation to this presentation, namely that the Trinity, in particular, will not be explored in detail but will rather be assumed—whether talking about God the Father, God the Son, or God the Holy Spirit, all will be considered God and fully relevant to studying God’s immutable nature. Yet, this limitation does not undermine the argument made in this paper. Far from a Stoic view of a God who is above emotion, Scripture reveals a God who loves and fully experiences emotion, although not mastered by emotion. The testamental presentations of God’s nature will be addressed including how God’s “repentance” in the Old Testament and “Fatherhood” in the New are unified within His character and consistent as displayed in the character of Jesus Christ, the exact imprint of God’s attributes in human flesh (Heb 1:3; Col 2:9). Read more

Who Were the Puritans?

In this helpful little book, Erroll Hulse provides a thorough picture of the Puritans. Well researched, addressing specific individuals, Puritan theology, way of life and struggles are seen.

The Puritans were not “puritanical,” rather they developed in an attempt to purify the Church of England from it’s compromise and pollution. The puritans were balanced in their theology and were not prudes. They held in tension God’s Sovereignty and mankind’s responsibility and in general majored on areas where churches today are weak.

This work will serve as a helpful survey of the Puritans and how the Lord used them.

O may the Lord raise up Puritans in our day who will go back to the Word and serve the Lord with devotion and joy!