Jesus Is Our Righteousness

Christ's life of perfect obedience is just as necessary for our salvation as His perfect atonement on the cross

We’ve seen that in the work of redemption God didn’t send Jesus to earth on Good Friday and say, “Die for the sins of your people and that will take care of it.” No. Jesus not only had to die for our sins, but He had to live for our righteousness. If all Jesus did... Continue Reading

The True Treasure of the Church

The gospel is God’s revelation of grace, not law; acceptation with God, not condemnation from God.

Why is Jesus the gospel and therefore the true treasure of the church? Because he’s done everything I cannot do to save me! He’s God; I’m not. He was a perfectly obedient man to God’s commands; I’m not. He died an unjust death that I might be justly acquitted by God; I’d hardly die for... Continue Reading

Back to the Reformed Confessions and Catechisms

No matter how much we may like Calvin, Twisse, Edwards, Horton, or Piper, ultimately we don't confess them. We confess the standards of our denominations.

Everything, no matter who said it, must be weighed against Scripture. And for confessional Christians, a good place to start is with our confessional standards. Confessional Christians, especially ordained leaders, believe and affirm that the confessional standards of their denomination contain “the system of doctrine taught in the Holy Scriptures” (PCA and OPC ordination questions).... Continue Reading

Fishers of Men

My experience has shown me that the words are familiar to the church, but the actual work perhaps not so much.

Repair the net that is the church. In this same passage in Matthew 4, two other fishing brothers, James and John, are also called by Christ. When Jesus called them, they were “mending their nets” (Matt. 4:21). My mentor, Pastor Ken Smith, likes to point out that the word used here to describe these men repairing their nets... Continue Reading

Think on These Things

Joy in the Lord needs to be pursued intentionally

If anyone was a realist, the Apostle Paul was. He had no illusions about his circumstances. He was in prison. He fully expected to die a martyr’s death. He was deeply concerned that the believers in Asia minor would remain steadfast in the face of increasing persecution. But even in his incarcerated state, which would... Continue Reading

Should Pastors Today Still Care about the Reformation?

Why should busy pastors set aside valuable hours to read up on the Reformation, usually thought to have kicked off about five hundred years ago?

The Reformation is of central importance for understanding modern Western history. Three large-scale movements set the stage for the contemporary Western world: the Renaissance, the Reformation, and the Enlightenment. Each of the three is complex, and scholars continue to debate many facets of each. Nevertheless, the raw claim for the pivotal role of these three... Continue Reading

Sola Scriptura: A Scripture-Alone Life

The issue of authority is the foundational issue of the Reformation.

God’s Word over us is the final authority. God’s Word under us is the foundation of promises. For either of these to be effective, we must have God’s Word in us. The Reformation exploded out of a desert of biblical truth. The people were starving for the gospel and God’s Word. That’s why translating the... Continue Reading

The Christian’s Duty to Hold Firm

It is the Christian’s duty to hold firm to the uniqueness of God and of His Christ

“In our day, where pluralism reigns in the culture, there is as much satirical hostility to the idea of one God as there was in Nietzsche’s satire. But today, that repugnance to monotheism is not a laughing matter. In the culture of pluralism, the chief virtue is toleration, which is the notion that all religious... Continue Reading

Before Calvin

What if critics of 2k had to think about the relationship between the church and magistrates before emperors got religion

“So long as a Protestant city council supports our guy, John Calvin, we forget about the problems of a religious magistrate? It’s our civil government. And so long as that Cadillac CTS that only gets 13.8 mpg is a comfortable ride to church, we forget about the price of gas or limits on fossil fuels?... Continue Reading

Why the Reformation Still Matters

None of the goodness or relevance of the Reformation’s insights have faded over the last five hundred years.

At the beginning of the sixteenth century, Europe had been without a Bible the people could read for something like a thousand years. Thomas Bilney had thus never encountered the words “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” (1 Tim. 1:15). Instead of the Word of God, they were left to the understanding... Continue Reading

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