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edwardsJonathan Edwards for the Church: The Ministry and the Means of Grace

William M. Schweitzer ed. 

Paperback, 310 pages

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The ‘Jonathan Edwards for the Church’ conference met in February 2014 in Durham, England. Not a dry academic, historical conference of little or no relevance to real life, this meeting heard papers that showed the relevance of Edwards for today’s church.

Foreword by Joel R. Beeke

Table of Contents:

The Means of Grace

1. Directing Souls: What Pastors today can Learn from Edwards’ Ministry – Gerald R. McDermott

2. Faithful Ministers are Conduits of the Means of Grace – William M. Schweitzer

3. When the Road is Rough: Staying with what Matters Most – Roy Mellor

4. Jonathan Edwards: Pastor-Apologist – Jeffrey C. Waddington

5. Jonathan Edwards: Missionary to the Indians – Jon D. Payne

6. The Influence of Jonathan Edwards on the Church in Britain – John J. Murray

7. Edwards on the Divinity, Necessity and Power of the Word of God in the World – Douglas Sweeney

8. Jonathan Edwards and the Bible: Christ, the Scope of Scripture – Stephen R.C. Nichols

9. Christ in the Song: How Edwards can help us recover the Song of Solomon – Nicholas T. Batzig

10. Our God is an Awesome God: Communicating Jonathan Edwards’ Vision of God’s Excellencies

Appendix: Wilt Thou Not Revive Us?: A Sermon on Psalm 85:6 – William Macleod

Endorsements  “This collection of essays does more than apply lessons from Edwards’ ministry, however: it is a much needed corrective to the current idea that the gathered church, worshipping God around God’s Word week by week, is somehow inadequate to the needs of contemporary society. On the contrary, the knowledge of God is ministered precisely through the local church, and Edwards is a guide to recovering that vision. The authors have done a great service in helping us catch it.” – Iain D Campbell, Free Church of Scotland, Isle of Lewis

“It is not always appreciated that Edwards labored within and for the church. His writings offer tremendous help and encouragement to those who, like Edwards, are called to serve the people of God. One challenge to modern readership is that Edwards’ output is both voluminous and diffuse. ‘Jonathan Edwards for the Church’ has done our generation the invaluable service of compiling and distilling Edwards’ wisdom on the ministry and the means of grace. The essays in this volume will challenge, refresh, and invigorate as they place us at the feet of one who committed his life and energies to the glory of the church’s Head, Jesus Christ.” – Guy Prentiss Waters, James M. Baird, Jr. Professor of New Testament Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, Mississippi, USA

The Unity and Diversity of Christ’s Beautiful Bride, Part Two

Taken from Dr. David Murray’s chapter in The Beauty and Glory of Christ’s Bride

Read Part One

Unity and diversity are biblical words that have been stolen by the world – the wordly church as well as the wordly world – emptied of biblical meaning, and filled with all kinds of false and perverse ideas. I want to reclaim these precious words and refill them with biblical meaning.

The Diversity of Christ’s Bride

If unity was stolen from the church by the ecumenical movement that burgeoned in the twentieth century, diversity has been stolen from the church by the homosexual movement in the twenty-first century. As a result, diversity is now taken to mean acceptance and approval of all kinds of ethics, moralities (or should I say immoralities?), sexualities, cultures, and religions. That is much more than tolerance; we are to accept and approve everyone and everything as equally valid.

As a result, when Christians hear the word diversity, their heresy antennae spring into action and they switch into fight-or-flight mode. We have to start with biblical views of unity. But on that strong foundation, we can also build a biblical view of diversity. The biblical concept is unity and diversity, or perhaps unity in diversity. That is why the apostle Paul’s body imagery is so accurate and powerful (1 Corinthians 12). The body is made up of many diverse parts, and yet it is united; it all works together in a wonderfully smooth way (most of the time).

I want to highlight a number of different kinds of biblical diversity, and I want to challenge you to pursue it with vigor, energy, and determination. I am going to briefly mention a few of these and focus a bit more attention on the last two, and especially on the last one.

Different Diversities 

Just as there are various kinds of unity, there are different types of diversity:

  1. Gender diversity. This is the most obvious kind of diversity in any church. The church is not just made up of males or of females, but of both.
  2. Age diversity. Again, this is a pretty obvious type of diversity. Churches should reflect the demographic of our culture, with an even spread of ages from young to old.
  3. Intellectual diversity. One of the most beautiful sights in the world is seeing uneducated and highly educated Christians worshipping and fellowshipping together in Christian community.
  4. Vocational/economic diversity. The church should be a place where people from every socioeconomic group and occupation feel at home. One of the joys of ministry is seeing men from different backgrounds and with different incomes sitting together and working on spiritual and material matters in church courts.
  5. Gifting diversity. This is the area where Paul works out the principle of unity in diversity at greatest length in 1 Corinthians 12.
  6. Ability diversity. What I’m thinking about here is those who are often described as having special needs, as well as their caregivers. I cannot describe how much I have learned from people with depression, from special needs kids, and from their caregivers.
  7. Racial/cultural/national diversity. It is such an opportunity for the church to shine our dark world, especially given the recently revived racial tensions and divisions. It is one of my greatest dream to see far more churches, especially Reformed churches, that much more accurately reflect the racial, cultural, and national diversity of our society.

Pursuing Diversity 

How can we achieve this diversity? Here are some practical suggestions:

  1. Soak in the Bible’s diversity. We need to absorb the Bible’s equality themes: all peoples were created equally in the image of God (James 3:9); all people have the same human father (Acts 17:26); all peoples will be judged on the same level by God (Rom. 2:11); all believers are saved equally by the grace of God (Gal. 3:28); all believers have equal standing before God (Rom. 5:1); and all believers will love forever with God (Rev. 5:9).
  2. Love the Barrier Breaker and Bridge Builder. God sent Jesus to smash the walls that divide people from people and people from God. He smashed national barriers by sending the gospel to the nations to unite them.
  3. Confess our racism, culturalism, and nationalism. Few of us realize the innate and instinctive sense of proud superiority we have when we come into contact with people who come from different races, cultures, and nations. Ask God to show you this commonly latent sin and to convict you of it until you cry out for forgiveness and for powerful heart change.
  4. Study other people groups. Find out the background to the racial makeup of our society. Find out the present statistics that reflect the educational, moral, religious, economic, and judicial factors that contribute to the just grievances of minority communities.
  5. Admire their unique gifting and graces. One of the benefits of working at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary is coming into contact with Christians from so many nations and cultures and realizing over time how they surpass us in many areas of grace and gifting.
  6. Befriend. Why not reach out to a family in your neighborhood that is Hispanic, African American, or some other nationality or ethnicity? We cannot do much about major racial events, but we can show acts of kindness and love to the people on our doorsteps.
  7. Promote books and sermons by minority authors.
  8. Build church connections and relations. White pastors should be reaching out to black pastors. Perhaps we can sometimes visit their churches to express an interest and prayerful concern, and invite them to ours.
  9. Involve in leadership. Identify potential leaders in minority communities and train them to take on leadership roles in the church and other Christian institutions.
  10. Reduce cultural practices. Work to reduce merely cultural practices that are standing in the way of other cultures or races coming to worship in your church.

Motives for Diversity 

As I’m asking us to go against the grain of some of our hearts and our cultures, and as we tend to focus on what we will lose rather than what we might gain in such circumstances, let me close by highlighting the potential gains of pursuing biblical diversity:

  1. Sanctification: Attacking the sin of racism attacks one of the deepest and most pervasive sins in the human hearts.
  2. Resources: You will discover the unique gifts and graces that God has placed in other communities.
  3. Witness: Imagine the impact on the world if the Christian church led the way in reuniting black and white.
  4. Reincarnating the Lord Jesus Christ: Barrier-breaking words and actions imitate Christ and defeat the devil.
  5. Reforming the church: When we are forced to ask what parts of worship and practice are principle and what parts are preference, the unnecessary barriers of cultural preferences fall away.
  6. Fulfilling the plan of God: By bringing together the nations in one common salvation, we display the glory of God in the plan of God.
  7. Preparing for heaven: Growing in diversity affords us the opportunity to bring heaven to earth, to get a little foretaste of heaven (Rev. 5:9; 7:9).

Biblical diversity is a positive, not a negative. It is an addition, not a subtraction. It is an advantage, not a disadvantage.

Book Review

China_front__43442.1400532889.1280.1280Review by Books at a Glance of China’s Reforming Churches 

No one, even fifty years ago, would have dreamed of referring to China as “the next Christendom.” But the work of God in the advance of the gospel in that country over the past few decades is nothing short of astonishing, and all sides – peasants, governmental officials, and outside onlookers alike – have taken notice of the growing prominence of the Christian church in that notoriously atheist country. China, believe it or not, is now home to more evangelical Christians than any other nation in the world, and among them a specifically Reformed Christianity is making unprecedented advance also, as it has around the globe in our generation.

China’s Reforming Churches book provides both a historical look at Presbyterianism in China and an assessment of the current state of affairs, orienting readers to church development needs and the basic outlines of Reformed Christianity in China today. While laying out the challenges and opportunities facing the church, the authors argue that assisting this reformation in China should be a central objective of the Presbyterian and Reformed mission to China in this generation.

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DutchAangaande Mij en Mijn Huis: Het Geloof Gestalte Geven in Het Gezin

Joel R. Beeke

Hardcover, 189 pages

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Praktisch en concreet

Aangaande mij en mijn huis wil ouders antwoord geven op vragen rondom de invulling van de christelijke levensovertuiging in het gwezinsleven.

  • Hoe voorkomen we wereldgelijkvormigheid?
  • Hoe dragen we het Evangelie over op onze kinderen?
  • Hoe geven we gestalte aan de huisgodsdienst?
  • Hoe geven we als gezin de kerkdiensten een plaats?

Beeke geeft op praktische wijze antwoord op deze vragen. Heel concreet wordt duidelijk gemaakt waarom het belangrijk is het geloof in het gezinsleven gestalte te geven, en hoe ouders dat kunnen doen.

Dr. Joel R. Beeke is hoogleraar systematische theologie en preekkunde aan het Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary en predikant van de Heritage Netherlands Reformed Congreation te Grand Rapids.

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italianSoli Deo Gloria: Un’intoroduzione al Calvinismo

Joel R. Beeke

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“Sembre esserci in giro un popolare equivoco il quale il calvinismo sarebbe si un’imponetente strutta intellettuale, che pero costringerebbe i credenti reiformati a cercare altrove gli strumenti per esprimere la pieta pracitca. Il ministero di Joel Beeke e stato animato dalla volonta di dimostrare la conclusione opposta, e questo libro ha lo stesso intento. E scritto in modo caldo, pastorale e coinvolgente, e in esso vengono affrontati molti importanti aspetti del calvinismo, considerato come pracitca oltre che come fede.” – Michael Horton 

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santidadLa Santidad- El llamamiento de Dios a la santificación

Joel R. Beeke

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Tenemos aquí un tratado de fácil lectura y enfoque moderno de una de las enseñanzas más importantes de la Escritura. La santidad es primordialmente una cuestión de relación, y su poder radica esencialmente en el Espíritu Santo que habita en el creyente. Su fruto es de suprema importancia para el progreso del verdadero cristianismo. Con una simplicidad que refleja el modelo bíblico, el Dr. Beeke nos proporciona un destacado resumen de esta doctrina bíblica, con una presentación válida para lectores de todas las edades.

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korean청교도 신학의 모든 것 (A Puritan Theology)

Joel R. Beeke

Hardcover, 1200 pages

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이 책은 청교도 연구와 17세기 신학 전체에 대한 학문적 연구를 제시한, 초기 근대 개혁주의 신학의 연구에 있어서 획을 긋는 책이다. 청교도 신학에 대한 견고한 개괄을 제공하고, 경직되고 이성주의적이며 획일적인 사고의 근거 없는 믿음과는 구별된 신자의 삶을 제시하면서, 1차 자료와 2차 문헌도 훌륭하게 파악한다.

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Fathomless Ocean of Love

Written by Ruth Bryan taken from Seasons of the Heart

And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God. – Ephesians 3:19

Though we have had so many feasts upon a precious Jesus, we find each time as much freshness as though we had never partaken before. This has been very striking to me; things of earth often repeated grow stale, but the same view of a precious Jesus a thousand times over is ever new. How often has the Divine Spirit testified in our souls “of the sufferings of Christ – and the glory that would follow.” How often have we, by faith, beheld His bloody sweet in the garden and spent sweet, solemn moments at the foot of the cross. Yet, when Jesus shows Himself again to us in either of those sacred positions, is He not as a lamb newly slain? And is not His sacrifice a sweet-smelling aroma – as fragrant as though but just offered, without spot unto God? Oh yes, He is ever the same, without sameness, and will be to all eternity. The glories, beauties, and excellences of His person are infinite. And from these boundless sources our finite minds will be feasted forever and ever. We “shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make [us] drink of the river of thy pleasures.”

Oh that my poor, contracted heart were more enlarged into this our fathomless ocean of love and loveliness! Oh to abide in Him forever! “One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in his temple.” Chrsit is our true temple; in Him we may inquire of the Lord concerning all our hard cases and have an answer of peace. In Him we see the beauty of the Lord, even all His divine attributes harmonizing and glorified in saving poor sinners. This is seeing the King in His beauty, and beauty indeed it is in the eye of a sin-sick soul to see the holy Jehovah “a just God, and a Savior” too.

The Unity and Diversity of Christ’s Beautiful Bride, Part One

Taken from Dr. David Murray’s chapter in The Beauty and Glory of Christ’s Bride

Unity and diversity are biblical words that have been stolen by the world – the wordly church as well as the wordly world – emptied of biblical meaning, and filled with all kinds of false and perverse ideas. I want to reclaim these precious words and refill them with biblical meaning.

The Unity of Christ’s Bride

The idea of Christian unity has been so perverted over the years by liberal Christianity that there is considerable confusion, both inside and outside the church, about what it is. Another sad consequence is that those who are orthodox have overreacted to the abuses by rarely speaking about Christian unity, except to criticize it, and even more rarely working for it. However, we must not let the precious vocabulary and principles of Christian unity fall into neglect or be stolen form us by those who have deliberately twisted and misused them.

Firstly, we must distinguish six types of Christian unity

  1. Spiritual unity is the unity that all Christians have in Christ. We may differ in a multitude of ways, yet all those who are truly born again are united to Christ by His Holy Spirit and, through Him, to one another.
  2. Doctrinal unity is oneness on what we believe the Bible to teach, usually defined by one of the historic confessions of faith, such as the Belgic Confession or the Westminster Confession of Faith.
  3. Practical unity is unity in what we understand to be the implications and practical applications of the doctrines on which we agree. The unity we aspire to is agreement among Christians and churches on what the Christian life and church life should look like.
  4. Experiential unity is oneness in our experience of salvation and the Lord’s communion with us. We all know Christians to whom we can confide about spiritual things because they believed the same things we do regarding the importance of the Holy Spirit’s work in convicting us of sin, drawing us to Christ, regenerating us, and so on.
  5. Liturgical unity is agreement as to how we understand worship to be conducted both in spirit and content.
  6. Ecclesiastical unity might also be called institutional unity. It is the unity that different churches formally and officially enjoy at a denominal level, or more locally and informally on a congregational love.

Why not use the six types of Christian unity to examine yourself and your church, locally and denominationally, to see if there are any areas where you can pursue Christian unity more zealously and wisely?

Comments on Unity

Here are several observations about these six types of unity.

  1. The greatest and closest unity is when we can enjoy all six kinds of unity in the greatest degree. It really is one of the highest human blessings on earth to experience this kind of fellowship with God’s people.
  2. We can have the five outward kinds of unity without spiritual unity. There can be doctrinal, practical, liturgical, and ecclesiastical unity without any spiritual unity, that is, without one or both parties being spiritually united to Christ.
  3. If there is no unity in areas 2-6, then we have to question if there is any spiritual unity. Not everyone who names the name of Christ is a Christian.
  4. There can be spiritual unity without much of the other five kinds of unity. Although it is worrying when we differ so much from other Christians in areas 2-6, it is not necessary to conclude that they are not united to Christ. As someone has said when we get to heaven, we’ll be surprised at who is there, even more surprised at who is not there, and most surprised of all that we are there.
  5. We are obliged to work toward unity on both a personal and ecclesiastical level. What are you and I doing to advance and improve unity among Christians on a personal level and on a church level? Christ prayed for the unity of His people in John 17. What are you doing to answer Christ’s prayer?
  6. We can enjoy more Christian unity on a personal level than on an institutional or ecclesiastical level. Christians can probably enjoy closer fellowship with other Christians who are different than churches can – it is just much simpler and easier in a personal and informal manner to accept and work with remaining differences than it is on an institutional and formal level.
  7. We must distinguish between primary and secondary matters if we are to enjoy unity in the church. All truth is important, but not all truth is equally important. If we say it’s all or nothing – if he/she.they don’t agree with me on everything, then I will totally separate from them and can enjoy no fellowship with them – that is going to make for a very lonely, if not a solitary, life.
  8. Christian unity is glorious and beautiful. Christian disunity, unnecessary as it is, is an ugly blot on the bride of Christ. It is an offense to God, but it is also an offense to the world and creates one of the greatest hindrances to evangelism.

Christians working hard to unite in love of the truth and of one another is the most compelling and persuasive argument to the world: “See how they love one another”.

Read Part 2 on the diversity of Christ’s Bride next week. 

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building 1Building a Godly Home, Volume 1: A Holy Vision for Family Life

William Gouge

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In the first volume, A Holy Vision for Family Life, we hear the voice of a wise and loving mentor, calling us to the old paths laid out for the family in the Bible. Here is Gouge’s helpful exposition of Ephesians 5:21–6:4, where he lays out the wife’s voluntary submission to her husband, the husband’s sacrificial love for his wife, the child’s obedient honoring of parents, and the parents’ nurturing leadership of their children. Reading it is like sitting down to coffee with a gentle grandfather and wise pastor. Come and allow your family to benefit from such wise counsel.

 

building 2Building a Godly Home, Volume 2: A Holy Vision for a Happy Marriage

William Gouge

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In the second volume, A Holy Vision for a Happy Marriage, we find detailed counsel about the most important relationship in the family—husband and wife. Gouge carefully addresses what a fit marriage is and the proper way to enter into one. He then discusses the mutual duties married couples share in order for marriage to survive and thrive, as well as the duties specific to men and women respectively. Not only does he give detailed treatment of how these responsibilities are best expressed and too often hindered, but he also provides ample biblical motivation to set us on the right course. Christian husbands and wives will find much encouragement in this book.

 

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William Gouge

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In the third volume, A Holy Vision for Raising Children, Gouge offers wise and practical advice to both children and parents on how to relate to each other with love and honor. Drawing from a wealth of biblical principles and examples, he fleshes out how a household of affectionate authority provides for children and prepares them to live as God’s servants in the world. Fathers, mothers, sons, and daughters will find much here to challenge and guide them.

 

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First published in 1700, The Christian’s Reasonable Service (De Redelijke Godsdienst) ran through twenty Dutch editions in the eighteenth century alone! The title is derived from Romans 12:1, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” It expresses what God requires from man, and particularly from the Christian, that he serve Him in Spirit and in truth—intelligently, rationally, and in harmony with and response to God’s revelation of Himself, His Word. With a decidedly Puritan flavor and representing  Reformed experiential religion at its best, Wilhelmus à Brakel systematically moves through the major doctrines of the Bible in hopes of seeing the minds of God’s people renewed for the purpose of promoting godliness. Throughout his work, but particularly in the practical application of each doctrine, à Brakel strives unceasingly to exalt the name of Jesus as the name that the Father has given above every other name—there being no other name given under heaven among men whereby we must be saved (Acts 4:12).

Endorsement  “Wilhelmus à Brakel’s The Christian’s Reasonable Service is a tremendously insightful work that showcases the marriage between scholastic precision and a warm pastoral piety. À Brakel not only challenges the mind as he plumbs the depths of the teachings of Scripture, but he also challenges the heart as readers must grapple with the truth and its implications for their growth in grace. Not only can historians read à Brakel to learn about historic Reformed theology, but scholars, pastors, and laymen can all benefit from a close reading of these wonderful volumes.” — J. V. Fesko, Academic Dean and Associate Professor of Systematic Theology, Westminster Seminary California

Psalms-3D-web__15411__49014.1440011677.1280.1280Psalms: Journible The 17:18 Series, 2 Volume Set

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Why the 17:18 series?  In Deuteronomy 17, Moses is leaving final instructions concerning the future of Israel. As a prophet of God, Moses foretells of when Israel will place a king over the nation (v. 14). In verse 18, the king is commanded to not simply acquire a copy of the law (the entire book of Deuteronomy) from the “scroll publishing house,” but to hand write his own copy of the law. Thirty-four hundred years later, educators are “discovering” that students that physically write out their notes by hand have a much greater retention rate than simply hearing or visually reading the information. Apparently, God knew this to be true of the kings of Israel also. From such understanding came the conception of this series of books.

How to Use These Books  Each book is organized so that you can write out your very own copy of Scripture. You will be writing the Bible text only on the right hand page of the book. This should make for easier writing and also allows ample space on the left page to write your own notes and comments. From time to time a question or word will be lightly printed on the left page; these questions are to aid in further study, but should not interfere with your own notes and comments.

Endorsement “There is an old proverb that says ‘Thoughts disentangle themselves when passing over the lips and through the finger tips.’ The 17:18 Series which encourages us to actually write out the words of Scripture will be a tremendous tool in putting that proverb into action in our daily lives. I am happy to commend this project.” -Jerry Bridges

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Many Christians mistakenly believe that true Christians don’t get depressed, and this misconception heaps additional pain and guilt onto Christians who are suffering from mental and emotional distress. Author David P. Murray comes to the defense of depressed Christians, asserting that Christians do get depressed! He explains why and how Christians should study depression, what depression is, and the approaches caregivers, pastors, and churches can take to help those who are suffering from it. With clarity and wise biblical insight, Dr. Murray offers help and hope to those suffering from depression, the family members and friends who care for them, and pastors ministering to these wounded members of their flock.

Endorsement “If I felt depressed, Christians Get Depressed Too is the first place I would turn. If I had a family or church member fighting depression, it is the first book I would hand out. This clear, concise, and compassionate book by my esteemed colleague, Dr. David Murray, who has worked in pastoral ministry with many depressed Christians, is disarmingly simple and eminently practical. In these few pages covering the crisis, complexity, condition, causes, and cures of depression, together with advice for the caregiver, you will find a world of sound, wise, scriptural advice for handling a variety of cases of depression. If you fight depression, read and re-read this usable, balanced, and timely book; if you don’t fight depression, read it to be informed how to relate to your friends that do, and give a copy to each of them.” – Dr. Joel R. Beeke

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What does a true pastor look like, and what constitutes a faithful ministry? How can we identify the life and labors of one called by God to serve in the church of Jesus Christ? To address these questions, Rob Ventura and Jeremy Walker examine how the apostle Paul describes his pastoral relation to the people of God in Colossians 1:24–2:5. By discussing these essential attitudes, qualities, and characteristics of a faithful minister of Christ, A Portrait of Paul provides gospel ministers an example of what they should be, and demonstrates for churches the kind of pastors they will seek if they desire men after God’s own heart.

Endorsements  “The apostle Paul has always been a hero whom I look to as a model for my ministry. His unrelenting faithfulness in the worst kinds of trials is a remarkable example to every pastor and missionary. In the midst of suffering, hardship, and (in the end) the abandonment of his own friends and fellow workers, Paul remained steadfast, dynamic, and utterly devoted to Christ. This invaluable study of Paul’s life from Rob Ventura and Jeremy Walker is a wonderful, powerful, soul-stirring examination of Paul’s self-sacrifice and his unfaltering service to the church. It will both motivate and encourage you, especially if you’re facing trials, opposition, or discouragement in your service for Christ.”—John MacArthur, Pastor/Teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California and President of The Master’s College and Seminary

“In this dual-authored portrait of Paul as a minister of the gospel, Ventura and Walker have captured the very essence of ministry. On every page, we are forced to reflect upon the dimensions of apostolic ministry and urged to comply. Packed with exposition and application of the finest sort, these pages urge gospel-focused, Christ-centered, God-exalting, Spirit-empowered, self-denying ministry. I warmly recommend it.”—Derek W. H. Thomas, John Richards Professor of Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, Mississippi

 

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Light out of Darkness

And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. – Genesis 1:3–4

SUGGESTED FURTHER READING: 2 Corinthians 4:3–6

It was proper that the light, by which the world was to be adorned with excellent beauty, should be created first. It was not by inconsideration or by accident that the light preceded the sun and the moon. We are prone to tie the power of God to those instruments which he employs. The sun and moon supply us with light. According to our notions, we so value their power to give light that if they were taken away from the world, it would seem impossible for any light to remain. But the Lord, by the very order of creation, holds the light, which he imparts to us without the sun and moon. Further, it is certain from the context that he created the light to be interchanged with darkness.

And God saw the light. Moses introduces God here as surveying his work that he might take pleasure in it. But Moses also does that to teach us that God has made nothing without reason and design. We ought not to understand these words as if God did not know that his work was good till it was finished. But the meaning of the passage is that the work, such as we now see it, was approved by God. Therefore nothing remains for us but to acquiesce in this judgment of God. This admonition is useful. For whereas man ought to apply all his senses to admiring contemplation of the works of God, we see what license he allows himself in detracting from them.

FOR MEDITATION: God’s creative power should never cease to amaze us. He speaks and light immediately exists. We commonly take light for granted and attribute its presence entirely to the means by which God provides it. But we should rather see it as a blessing from our Father and, as Calvin says, apply all our senses in admiring contemplation of it.

– Taken from 365 with Calvin 

Review – Fighting Satan

Review of Fighting Satan by Dave Jenkins

fightingSpiritual warfare is a topic that many Christians struggle to understand. It’s no surprise that this particular issue is so misunderstood in the Church today, since we live in a culture that promotes new age, occultism, and more. In certain quarters of the Church, a form of spiritual warfare exists that in my opinion that promotes the work of Satan and demons over the supremacy of Christ. It is for this and many other reasons, I was excited to read Fighting Satan Knowing His Weaknesses, strategies, and Defeat by Dr. Joel Beeke.

In this book which has four parts, the author explores in part one knowing the enemy: the personality and history of Satan. Here he looks at Satan in the Bible and in church history. In part two, the author considers knowing’s Satan’s weaknesses: fighting Satan offensively and defensively. In part three, the author helps readers understand Satan’s strategies and skill, and confronting four major strategies of Satan. In the final part of the book, the author considers the relevance of spiritual warfare on our lives as believers, church members, and citizens.

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