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The Importance of Correct Doctrine

The Importance of Correct Doctrine

1 Corinthians. 15:1-4
Paul is going to correct some error in Corinth about the doctrine of the resurrection and to teach such a great truth will mean that Paul will have to explain and expound the doctrine of the resurrection. In many sections of the visible church today, the preaching of Christian Doctrine is studiously avoided!

1. Excuses for Avoiding Doctrinal Preaching and Teaching.

  1. That Doctrine is divisive, and that therefore we should avoid it! Doctrine is very important to the Lord, for His Word is full of it! Correct biblically sound doctrine is God’s Truth, and unity without truth is false unity, for it is not based on the Word of God.
  2. That all that we need is a simple belief in Christ, and we should go no further! It is absolutely true that all that we need to come to Christ and be saved is a simple childlike trust in Him. But the Lord expects each of His people to GROW IN GRACE, and to learn more. 1 Cor. 3:2
  3. That doctrine leads to dogma, and dogma to intolerance! I would argue that doctrine does, without doubt lead to more certainty in the faith, and I would further argue that in this so called ‘age of tolerance’ what the church really needs is to be MORE CERTAIN about what it believes, and not less certain!

Paul had obviously encountered these arguments himself, for he opens this chapter with a rigorous defence of Christian Doctrine! Let us see:- Read more…

Where art thou, Adam? Genesis 2:7-10, 16-25, 3:6-9

Where art thou, Adam?

Reading: Genesis 2:7-10 16-25.3:6-9

Heidelberg Catechism LORD’S DAY 3

6. Did God create man thus, wicked and perverse? – No, but God created man good and after His own image, that is, in righteousness and true holiness, that he might rightly know God his Creator, heartily love Him, and live with Him in eternal blessedness, to praise and glorify Him.
7. From where, then, does this depraved nature of man come? – From the fall and disobedience of our first parents, Adam and Eve, in Paradise, whereby our nature became so corrupt that we are all conceived and born in sin.
Text Genesis 3:9 And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?

Adam is hiding in the Garden! Adam is ashamed and God calls out to the man, “Where are you Adam?” But why was Adam so ashamed? What had Adam squandered when he surrendered to sin? Perhaps the man was ashamed because of:- Read more…

The Semper-Reformata Podcast #1

I’ve been playing with my makeshift audio studio all week and here’s my first attempt to produce an entertaining and informative programme. (Yes I know – ‘entertainment’ is not flavour of the month in some reformed circles). Please listen and offer constructive criticism! But don’t be tooooooo critical – it’s my first attempt! Read more…

The Christian’s Perfect Comfort – Isaiah 66:13

The Christian’s Great Comfort

Text: Isaiah 66:13

Heidelberg Catechism: Lords’ Day 1. Q2. How many things are necessary for you to know, that in this comfort you may live and die happily?
Three things: First, the greatness of my sin and misery. Second, how I am redeemed from all my sins and misery. Third, how I am to be thankful to God for such redemption.

Comfort is available for those who are coping with life, and those who have reached life’s end, but the only source of comfort is Christ, who has redeemed us, and bought us back from the slavery of sin, and we are no longer our own, but we are his, and we are thus fully surrendered to the sovereign will of God, knowing that his way is always perfect, and nothing in this world can ever separate us from him and his love. The Catechism informs us that only three things are necessary for us to know to have this kind of comfort. We must know:- Read more…

Sexual Freedom!

Originally posted on Fole Reformed Pulpit:

The way, the truth and the life!

The way, the truth and the life!

Lance was an exuberant participant amidst the day’s festivities, in a ‘Gay Pride Parade’ in Houston, Texas, raucous revelry, perverse promiscuity, orgiastic opulence, he cavorted in the ethos of liberated excess. A member of an evangelistic team, inviting people to a Bible study conducted for people interested in deliverance from such excesses, found Lance cocky, idealistic, and tragically self-assured. He, Lance that is, wasn’t long ‘out of the closet’. The two men were as different as chalk and cheese. The Christian only recently married, Lance was appalled at his mission and the Christian evangelist no less appalled at Lance’s. They quickly became friends. The tensions of likes and dislikes, similarities and differences, comparisons and contrasts had to be delicately balanced for plain comradeship to become genuine, sincere openness.

The relationship grew in fits and starts. Lance periodically attended Bible study, but always left infuriated…

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The Out-Working of Our Salvation – Philippians 2:12-18

Salvation Worked Out.

Text: Philippians 2:12-18
Jesus said, ‘if you love me, keep my commandments…’. So when Paul writes to the Philippians about Christian obedience, maybe it’s worth spending some time examining what he Has said… Read more…

Continual Repentance

I read this poem in The Valley of Vision, a book of Puritan Prayers, complied by Arthur Bennett and published by Banner of Truth.  I find the phrase, “I need to repent of my repentance” really challenging!

O God of Grace,

You have imputed my sin to my substitute, and have imputed his righteousness to my soul, clothing me with a bridegroom’s robe, decking me with jewels of holiness. But in my Christian walk I am still in rags; my best prayers are stained with sin; my penitential tears are so much impurity; my confessions of wrong are so many aggravations of sin; my receiving the Spirit is tinctured with selfishness.

I need to repent of my repentance; I need my tears to be washed; I have no robe to bring to cover my sins, no loom to weave my own righteousness; I am always standing clothed in filthy garments, and by grace am always receiving change of raiment, for you always justify the ungodly; I am always going into the far country, and always returning home as a prodigal, always saying, “Father, forgive me,” and you are always bringing forth the best robe.

Every morning let me wear it, every evening return in it, go out to the day’s work in it, be married in it, be wound in death in it, stand before the great white throne in it, enter heaven in it shining as the sun.

Grant me never to lose sight of the exceeding sinfulness of sin, the exceeding righteousness of salvation, the exceeding glory of Christ, the exceeding beauty of holiness, the exceeding wonder of grace.

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