Whats Your Capacity? Whats Your Role?

One of the tragedies of the modern church is that we just don't seem to understand a lesson the Moses learnt from his father-in-law. Sadly we fail to realise that not every godly Christian leader should aspire to be the so-called "number one" leader of a church. Many churches are started and do not grow because the person at the helm was never meant to be in such a role. Perhaps in some cases that leader could be helped to birth a church by despite branching out on his own remaining under the … [Read more...]

David Pask on Discipleship

Good sermons on discipleship are few and far between. Last Sunday David Pask, who is an elder at Jubilee Church, London preached this outstanding introduction based on 1 Corinthians 4:14-16. You can download the sermon Imitate Me as an mp3 or you can watch it online here: … [Read more...]

New Word Alive (2009) – Places Still Available!

NWA1 30th March - 4th April 2009 Speakers include Don Carson, Terry Virgo, Vaughan Roberts Please note that New Word Alive 1 does not have a children’s or youth programme for those aged 5-18.NWA2 4th April - 9th April 2009 Speakers include Don Carson, Terry Virgo, Liam Golligher Please note that New Word Alive 2 is for all ages, but does not have a separte student trackI will be there for some of both weeks and plan on hosting a bloggers meet up session for existing bloggers, those thinking o … [Read more...]

When God Demands the Impossible

"Repent and turn from all your transgressions, lest iniquity be your ruin. Cast away from you all the transgressions that you have committed, and make yourselves a new heart and a new spirit! Why will you die, O house of Israel? For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Lord God; so turn, and live.” Ezekial 19:30-32In the above verse we see a classic example of God commanding us to do something we simply cannot. When I read this recently everything inside me yelled out "but I C … [Read more...]

Jonathan Edwards on Perseverance of the Saints

Jonathan Edwards teaches the doctrine of perseverance in this passage, which is about as far removed from the easy believism most understand when they say "once saved always saved" as you can get. " . . .as soon as ever a soul has put forth one act of faith towards Jesus, it becomes interested in his righteousness, and so in all the benefits that are purchased by it. The soul is thenceforward united to Christ, and Christ is his and all that he has. When a soul has believed in Christ, God stands … [Read more...]

Jonathan Edwards on Irresistible Grace

The shocking nature of the doctrine that God's grace is irresistible was hammered home to me by this quote. If this notion does not make you grateful to God that YOU should be so blessed by him, I don't know what will. . . .the Calvinistical notion of sovereign and arbitrary grace, whereby some, with the very same sincerity of endeavors and the same degree of endeavors and the same use of means, shall have the success which is denied others; and although all things are exactly equal in both … [Read more...]

Jonathan Edwards on Limited Atonement

There is none of the five points of calvinism that are associated with more confusion than the one commonly called Limited Atonment or particular atonement. The problem comes because we do not tend to understand exactly what Calvinists have historically meant by this point, nor do we understand the alternatives on either side. Logic can be very treacherous when it comes to doctrinal understanding. So, in the following quote from Edwards we will find him steering a middle ground between two … [Read more...]

Jonathan Edwards on Unconditional Election

Jonathan Edwards masterfully argues that it is necessary that God determined that at least one individual would be saved, or else there would have been the risk that Jesus work would have been done in vain. The implication of this argument is of course that once you have accepted that at least one person was chose effectually by God to be saved, it is surely easy to believe that all Chrisitans were in fact chosen by God before the foundation of the world without anything in us cause him to be … [Read more...]

Jonathan Edwards on Total Depravity

I am planning on sharing some short quotes from Jonathan Edwards on the five points of Calvinism. Here is the first on the "T" of the so-called "TULIP". He simply defines Total depravity: . . . the Calvinistic doctrine of the total depravity and corruption of man's nature, whereby his heart is wholly under the power of sin, and he is utterly unable, without the interposition of sovereign grace, savingly to love God, believe in Christ, or do anything that is truly good and acceptable in God's … [Read more...]

John Piper on Baptism with the Holy Spirit

John Piper shares some interesting perspectives on the fullness of the holy Spirit in a sermon he gave last november. It is intruiging how he endeavours to sidestep the issue of identifying baptism with the Holy Spirit as either conversion or a second blessing. Piper seems keener that we are all open to more infusions of the Holy Spirit whatever our theological position. He is discussing John 1:25-34Jesus immerses people in the Spirit. That’s what the word baptize means. There are pictures in t … [Read more...]