5 Minutes in Church History: As John Calvin Spoke from the Pulpit

In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols discusses the lesser known pastoral side of John Calvin.John Calvin’s sermons on Ephesians are a wonderful text. In the introduction to the Banner of Truth Trust’s edition of these sermons, the editors note that as we think about Calvin’s writings, we have his sermons, his commentaries, and his Institutes of the Christian Religion, but: “In these pages, we hear Calvin. Not as we do in his Institutes, which were so carefully … [Read more...]

WWUTT: Election?

Take heart Christian, you are elect! According to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in the sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and for sprinkling with His blood. (1 Peter 1:2) In love, God predestined you for His glory! In love, He predestined us for adoption to Himself as Sons and daughters through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of His will to the praise of His glorious grace! (Ephesians 1:4-5) Your name was written before the foundation of the world in … [Read more...]

WWUTT: Why You Believe or Don’t Believe In God?

In Matthew 16, Jesus asked his disciples: “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”They answered, “Well some say John the Baptist, or Elijah or another prophet.”And He said, “But who do you say that I am?”Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God!”And Jesus said, “Blessed are you, Simon, son of Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 16:13-20) Anyone who worships Jesus as God believes because God ha … [Read more...]

WWUTT: God Doesn’t Make Anyone Believe?

In John 15:16, Jesus said, “You didn’t choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit…” Now, some have argued that this doesn’t apply to everyone, only the Disciples. God appoints His messengers, but He does not appoint people to believe in that message. So, when Paul said, “But when He who bad set me apart before I was born, and who called me by His grace, was pleased to reveal His Son to me in order that I might preach…” (Galatians 1: 15-16) Or when God said … [Read more...]

My Armor 15: “Debating” Christianity with an Atheist

[display_podcast]What does the Bible say in regard to discussing Christianity with not just non-believers, but atheists?Most atheists become convinced of their stance toward God from an intellectual point of view.  But remember- there are a lot of really bright, intelligent atheists; and there are a lot of really bright, intelligent Christians.  The thing is that Biblical facts are true regardless of people’s brainpower. 1 Corinthians 1:18-21 (Living Bible) says:18 I know very well h … [Read more...]