T4G Statement – Article 8 – The Gospel of Grace

A long while ago I began a journey blogging through the Together for the Gospel Statement. I am sure that anyone who remotely remembers that I once did this would have been convinced that I would never get back to it. Today I surprised even myself by deciding that I really am determined to finish this. Perhaps ironically, their third conference—T4G 2010—has recently begun accepting bookings. What has happened to the last three and a bit years since this statement was penned? One thing is for … [Read more...]

Sam Storms Feels Mark Dever is Confusing on the Lord's Supper

In the comments section of Sam Storms’ contribution to the baptism debate is a comment that is too good to leave there. Here is what the commentator said:Adrian,I think Sam might be misunderstanding Mark's position. He keeps referring to the idea that Mark would deny a [paedobaptist] (visiting his church, maybe even speaking in his pulpit) access to communion. Hence Sam writes:“One more thing should be noted. In his recent post, Dever indicated that he planned on having an Anglican and a Pre … [Read more...]

T4G Article 7 – The Atonement: An Introduction

Today, topically, with Easter upon us, we reach possibly one of the most controversial articles in the entire Together for the Gospel Statement — Article 7 on the atonement. Links to my posts discussing Articles 1-6 can be found in my last post entitled Loving God — A Guide for Beginners. The atonement is a subject that has come up on my blog many times over the last few years.A new book, Pierced for Our Transgressions, has sold out of its first print run in just three weeks. It will be ava … [Read more...]

T4G Articles 5-6 – Martyn Lloyd-Jones on the Trinity and Attributes of God

This Monday, I thought I would share a quote from the Doctor related to the subject of Articles 5 and 6 of the T4G Statement which cover the Trinity and the Attributes of God.“But I cannot understand the doctrine of the Trinity,” says someone, “and because I cannot understand it, I don’t believe it.”Stop for a moment and think about what you are trying to understand. God in three persons: Father, Son, Holy Spirit. That is the message of the Bible. Not “the ground of all being,” not “the ultimate, … [Read more...]

T4G Articles 5-6 – The Attributes of God and the Trinity

The next two articles in the Together for the Gospel Statement discuss the nature of God. The concept of the Trinity is so entwined with God’s attributes and who He is I have decided to roll these two articles into one. I have already posted an extensive set of notes and an audio on the attributes of God and the Trinity. In my talk I demonstrated that Jesus can be shown from the Bible to share every major attribute of God that theologians describe. Enough of these are also ascribed clearly to t … [Read more...]

T4G Article 4 – Ten Conclusions About Expository Preaching

Well, here it is. I finally draw to an end a series that could have run and run. Almost all my posts for the last month or so have been inspired by Article 4 of the T4G Statement, which is quoted in my post John Piper on Expository Preaching. As I have said, I am sure I will return frequently to this topic as it is, of course, never far from my mind — and in a way preaching is the over-arching theme of this blog.In this final post, I will list ten personal conclusions I have made, having spent t … [Read more...]

T4G Article 4 – Steve Weaver on Expository Preaching

At the beginning of this year, Steve Weaver posted a multi-part series on expository preaching. I thought I would share a few quotes from this series for you — it is well worth a read if you haven’t already found it."What role does prayer play in the preparation of an expository sermon? Prayer should both precede and permeate your study time. Whenever I open God's Word I almost always pray, "Open my eyes that I may see wondrous things from your law" (Psalm 119:18). But prayer is not just som … [Read more...]

T4G Article 4 – Lloyd-Jones on Applying Biblical Truth

I have been addressing the subject of expositional preaching for some time now. I shared a quote from Rick Warren about the vital need for us to learn to apply Scripture. It seems Martyn Lloyd-Jones agrees. This quote is taken once again from the excellent Logos ML-J library. “It is one thing to believe the truth, it is a very different thing to apply it. We did listen, and apply the truth, initially, otherwise we would not be Christians at all. But it is possible for us … to go on, content with … [Read more...]

T4G Article 4 – Rick Warren on the Point of Preaching

This continues our series on preaching, which is based on the fourth article of the Together for the Gospel Statement. The previous post in this series described some of the stereotyped differences in preaching between black and white preachers and what each can learn from the other. In the article I wrote for SermonCentral on technology and preaching, I ended by making the point that we must be careful not to fall into the trap of thinking the preacher’s task is over when we have unpacked a B … [Read more...]

T4G Article 4 – Multicolored Preaching

This continues our series on preaching, which is based on the fourth article of the Together for the Gospel Statement. The previous post in this series warned of some of the dangers of expository preaching.I found this fantastic quote from the pen of Thabiti Anyabwile over at Pure Church describing what preachers who are stereotypically black and those who are stereotypically white MUST learn from each other: “Black preaching” is stereotypically thought to be emotional, even cathartic, rhythmic, … [Read more...]