PROOF: FINDING FREEDOM THROUGH THE INTOXICATING JOY OF IRRESISTIBLE GRACE – Daniel Montgomery and Timothy Paul Jones (2014)

Intoxicating joy?  Irresistible grace?  The title is enough to draw the most lackluster reader in.  But once readers crack the massive door, they will be pleasantly surprised with what they find inside this elegantly decorated “castle.” Proof: Finding Freedom Through the Intoxicating Joy of Irresistible Grace is a cleverly designed roadmap which underscores the importanceContinue reading “PROOF: FINDING FREEDOM THROUGH THE INTOXICATING JOY OF IRRESISTIBLE GRACE – Daniel Montgomery and Timothy Paul Jones (2014)”

REPENTANCE – J.C. Ryle

J.C. Ryle was a man who would have been hated in this generation.  This cannot be stated too  strongly.  For instance, consider a man such as Mark Driscoll, a man who makes mistakes like anyone.  But Driscoll is a bold preacher.  He calls sin for what it is and urges sinners to repent.  That boldContinue reading “REPENTANCE – J.C. Ryle”

HEAVEN’S DRAGNET – Jonathan Edwards (1751)

The text is Matthew 13:47-50.  The missionary to the Stockbridge Indians sets his doctrine up in advance: The fisherman that cast the net are ministers of the gospel whom Christ appoints to gather men into his church. Edwards draws an immediate contrast between the righteous and the unrighteous: “So God will save his saints andContinue reading “HEAVEN’S DRAGNET – Jonathan Edwards (1751)”

TRUE GRACE, DISTINGUISHED FROM THE EXPERIENCE OF DEVILS – Jonathan Edwards (1752)

On September 28, 1752, Jonathan Edwards was invited to preach a sermon before the Presbyterian Synod of New York.  His son-in-law, Aaron Burr (who had recently married his daughter Esther) was the president of the College of New Jersey and undoubtedly had an influence in the invitation that Edwards received. James 2:19 is the textContinue reading “TRUE GRACE, DISTINGUISHED FROM THE EXPERIENCE OF DEVILS – Jonathan Edwards (1752)”

GRACE WORKS – Douglas Bond (2014)

Several months ago, I titled a sermon  Grace Works, based on Titus 2:11-14.   Verse 11  reminds us that grace has appeared in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ.  This grace has saved us.  This grace has transported every believer from death to life.    This grace saves us, sanctifies us, and secures our future with Christ.  Indeed, grace works!  SoContinue reading “GRACE WORKS – Douglas Bond (2014)”

SEEING BEAUTY AND SAYING BEAUTIFULLY – John Piper (2014)

“A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.”  So says King Solomon in Proverbs 25:11.  These wise words are the biblical basis for John Piper’s new book, Seeing Beauty and Saying Beautifully.  Nearly fifteen years ago, Dr. Piper embarked on a series of books called, The Swans Are NotContinue reading “SEEING BEAUTY AND SAYING BEAUTIFULLY – John Piper (2014)”

BLOOD WORK – Anthony Carter (2013)

I have an aversion to blood.  A recent trip to the hospital to pray with a friend before surgery was a vivid reminder of my problem.  My intent was to be strong for my friend; to be a source of encouragement.  But as the nurse completed the IV, the “rock of strength” crumbled. But whenContinue reading “BLOOD WORK – Anthony Carter (2013)”

CALVIN ON THE CHRISTIAN LIFE – Michael Horton (2014)

John Calvin is numbered among the maligned.  He was a target in the 16th century and he continues to attract the attention of the uninformed today.  Yet Calvin’s life was a pilgrimage characterized by God’s providential grace.  It was God’s providential grace that led him from place to place, equipping him for a lifetime of ministry. Continue reading “CALVIN ON THE CHRISTIAN LIFE – Michael Horton (2014)”

FROM HEAVEN HE CAME AND SOUGHT HER – David Gibson and Jonathan Gibson, Ed. (2013)

Definite atonement is one of those pesky doctrines that prove controversial.  Ever since the formal response by the Dutch Calvinists at the Synod of Dort, the church has been wrestling with the finer points that concern the extent of the atonement. The first verse of Samuel Stone’s majestic hymn, The Church’s One Foundation is aContinue reading “FROM HEAVEN HE CAME AND SOUGHT HER – David Gibson and Jonathan Gibson, Ed. (2013)”

A DIVINE AND SUPERNATURAL LIGHT – Jonathan Edwards (1734)

Jonathan Edwards would have been rightly horrified at the anti-intellectualism of the 21st century church; a rugged anti-intellectualism that has the church by the throat.  When he preached the sermon, “A Divine and Supernatural Light” in 1734 he could have never predicted the opposition to the Christian mind in our days. Edwards presents his doctrineContinue reading “A DIVINE AND SUPERNATURAL LIGHT – Jonathan Edwards (1734)”