When we genuinely embrace the conviction of our need for the Spirit, we give ourselves to the work of prayer and the work of preaching.
Wright majors on the skills one must develop to perform acts of holiness, but misses the relational heart of Christian obedience.
This book is an instant classic—historical theology at its best.
If the thesis of this book is true, then it is entirely possible that the work of 9Marks and other church-strengthening organizations is in vain.
1. Baptism identifies us with Christ. 2. Baptism doesn’t save; it announces salvation. 3. Baptism is an individual announcement. 4. Baptism is also a church announcement. 5. Baptism follows belief.
There’s a push in evangelical circles to understand justification. This is good. But let’s make sure we haven’t neglected sanctification.
Your doctrine of conversion will push or drive—like an engine—your ministerial practices in this direction or that.
Mailbag #25: Thinking through Church Budgets; My Congregation Demands an “Altar Call”; Tricky Membership SituationBy Jonathan Leeman | 12.22.2015
— How do you lead a church through thinking through the budget in a way that obeys God? Further, how do you do this in a way that is “above-reproach” when leading the overall church through polity change? — My congregation begs for me to do a weekly “altar call,” but I am opposed to them. What should I do? — An elderly couple with health problems wants to join our church—but they won’t ever be able to attend. What do you think?
Mailbag #24: What Happens to Infants Who Die; Thinking through Civil Disobedience; Calling Out False Teachers by NameBy Jonathan Leeman | 12.14.2015
— What happens to infants who die? Do they go to heaven? — How should Christians think through the category of “civil disobedience”? — Should pastors call out false teachers by name?
Mailbag #21: Must Preachers Be Seminary-Trained?; Baby Dedications; Elders Disagreeing Over CalvinismBy Jonathan Leeman | 11.23.2015
— Should we expect preachers to be seminary-trained? — Do baby dedications violate the regulative principle? — I’m a Calvinist, but does this mean all my fellow elders must be as well?
He was a man, and she was a woman. Similar, yet different—and she hated it.
Church, raise up young Christians. Don’t pass it off to a book. But then, take advantage of every possible good book out there to help make that happen.
A strict diet of evangelistic programs produces malnourished evangelism.
The Puritan doctrine of preparation underscores the central truth of conversion, which is that God saves guilty sinners by Christ alone.
Here’s what happens when Scripture’s story of sonship tells us who we are.