Sunday, August 24, 2014

For The Lord's Day

“Our need of Christ does not cease with our believing; nor does the nature of our relation to Him or to God through Him ever alter, not matter what our attainments in Christian graces or our achievements in Christian behavior may be. It is always in His “blood and righteousness” alone that we can rest. There is never anything that we are or have or do that can take His place, or that can take place along with him. We are always unworthy, and all that we have or do of good is always of pure grace.” - - B. B. Warfield, Works, vol 7, p. 113

Sorry not to have been posting - vacation

Sunday, July 20, 2014

For The Lord's Day

God Substituting Himself for Man
"The concept of substitution may be said to lie at the heart of both sin and salvation. For the essence of sin is man substituting himself for God, while the essence of salvation is God substituting Himself for man. Man asserts himself against God and puts himself where only God deserves to be; God sacrifices Himself for man and puts Himself where only man deserves to be. Man claims prerogatives which belong to God alone; God accepts penalties which belong to man alone." ~  John Stott in The Cross of Christ

Sunday, July 13, 2014

For The Lord's Day

"When a person sees the excellence of the gospel, he senses the beauty and loveliness of the divine scheme of salvation. His mind is convinced that it is of God, and he believes it with all his heart...The light of the gospel is the glory of Christ, his holiness and beauty...Clearly, it is this divine light, shining into our hearts, that enables us to see the beauty of the gospel and have a saving belief in Christ. This supernatural light shows us the superlative beauty and loveliness of Jesus, and convinces us of his sufficiency as our Savior. Only such a glorious, majestic Savior can be our Mediator, standing between guilty, hell-deserving sinners such as ourselves, and an infinitely holy God. This supernatural light gives us a sense of Christ that convinces us in a way nothing else ever could."  – Jonathan Edwards in "True Grace Distinguished from the Experience of the Devils"

Sunday, June 22, 2014

For The Lord's Day

“Grace makes sense to us only in light of the sin to which it provides the remedy. Consequently, the more sensitive we are to sin, misery and danger, the more clearly we will grasp the wonder of God’s salvation. Grace is only ‘amazing’ when we see that it is ‘a wretch like me’ it saves. Only sinners seek Jesus as a Savior!” ~ Dr. Sinclair Ferguson in Puritans – Ministers of the World

Sunday, May 4, 2014

For the Lord's Day

“Modern culture is a mighty force. It is either subservient to the Gospel or else it is the deadliest enemy of the Gospel. For making it subservient, religious emotion is not enough; intellectual labor is also necessary. And that labor is being neglected. The Church has turned to easier tasks. And now she is reaping the fruits of her indolence. Now she must battle for her life." ~ J. Gresham Machen, founder of Westminster Seminary

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Book Review: Taking God at His Word - Kevin DeYoung

As Christians, we are supposed to be “people of the book.” In Taking God at His Word: Why the Bible is knowable, necessary, and enough, and what it means for you and me Kevin DeYoung, in a fresh, clear and witty way presents the Doctrine of Scripture in way the average church goer can understand and appreciate. With a minimum of technical terms he defends the Bible’s sufficiency, clarity, authority and necessity in eight very readable chapters.
As a pastor, this is the sort of work I can easily give to church members and not worry that the material is too technical for them. And, it did my heart good to read this book and re-inforce my own thinking on the Scriptures.
Pastor DeYoung presented much of this material at the recently concluded Together for the Gospel gathering in Louisville.  You may listen to his audio presentation here: