Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Podcast Wednesday: Joy, Wonder Woman, Debating, and more

How To Understand And Apply the New Testament Twelve Steps From Exegesis to Theology from Equipping You In Grace with Andy Naselli

The Rugged Marriage and Calvinist Batman talk about Leaving Your Church

Doctrine and Devotion on Joy

Russell Moore speaks with Senator Ben Sasse on how perpetual adolescence hurts the church

Popcorn Theology talks about Wonder Woman

Matt Slick speaks Wrath and Grace on Debating

I Know God Loves Me, but Does He Like Me? from John Piper

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Quotes from Chapter 3 of None Other

The following is from the third chapter of John MacArthur's book, None Other: Discovering the God of the Bible, which is titled, "The God of the Bible is Good and Powerful."

The existence of evil is not an issue that should put Christians on their heels. The answer to why God allows evil in the world is in the Bible. We can know it, we can thoroughly embrace it, and we can enjoy it. Its not an inadequate answer, either. It fully accounts for God's benevolence, His omnipotence, His holiness, and His wisdom. And it exalts His glory. In fact, the answer to the problem of evil begins and ends with God and His glory (pg.50).

Without Sin, God's wrath would never be on display. Without sinners to redeem, God's grace would never be on display. Without evil to punish, God's justice would never be on display. And He has every right to put Himself everlastingly on display in all His glory of all His attributes (pg.63).

God tolerates sin and evil because, in the end, it will bring Him more glory (pg.65).

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Quotes from Chapter 2 of None Other

The following is from the second chapter of John MacArthur's book, None Other: Discovering the God of the Bible, which is titled, "The God of the Bible is Sovereign."

We're never forced by our sovereign God to make the wrong choices that we make. God's sovereignty does not nullify our own personal responsibility for the sinful things we do (pg.29).

Evildoers do evil not because they are forced to, but by their own evil intent. So God will judge them for both the act and the motive, as well as, for their failure to give Him glory and worship Him (pg.33).

Christ died under God's authority, in His timing, and according to His plan (pg.34).

The new birth depends on a spiritual work of God. You cannot enter the kingdom unless you are born again, and people can't summon their own spiritual birth (pg.37).

God could have chosen any means to communicate His gospel to the world, but for reasons we can't fully comprehend, He chose us (pg.46).

God's sovereignty is one of several truths Scripture teaches about God are that inconceivable, incomprehensible, unfathomable, and unsearchable (pg.47).

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Do You Know Your Greatest Problem?

Desiring God:

Six Foundational Truths for Understanding the Good News of Christianity

1. God created us for his glory.

2. Therefore, it is our joyful duty to live for his glory.

3. All of us have failed to glorify God as we should.

4. Therefore, we are all dead in our sins and under God’s just condemnation.

5. God sent his Son to save sinners and bring them into his eternal joy.

6. All the benefits purchased through Christ’s death and resurrection are given to those united to him through faith.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

God's Fatherly Relation To Jesus

According to our Lord's own testimony in John's Gospel, God's fatherly relation to him implies four things.

First, fatherhood implies authority. The Father commands and disposes; the imitative which he calls his Son to exercise is the initiative of resolute obedience to his Father's will. "I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me." "I have..[completed] the work you gave me to do." "The Son can do nothing by himself." "My food is to do the will of him who sent me" (John 6:38; 17:4; 5:19; 4:34).

Second, fatherhood implies affection. "The Father loves the Son." "The Father hath loved me...I have obeyed my Father's commands and remain in his love" (John 5:20; 15:9-10).

Third, fatherhood implies fellowship. "I am not alone, for my Father is with me." "The one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases him" (John 16:32; 8:29).

Fourth, fatherhood implies honor. God wills to exalt his Son. "Father...Glorify your Son." "The Father...has entrusted all judgment to the Son, that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father" (John 17:1; 5:22-23).

Adapted from Knowing God by J.I. Packer

Saturday, June 17, 2017

God Satisfies, Idols Are Stupid

You shall have no other gods before me (Exodus 20:3).

The first commandment does away with atheism on one hand and pantheism or polytheism on the other. It assumes that there is one true God and no other. It also addresses the deep problem of the human heart: idolatry.

Everyone is a worshiper of someone or something. Idolatry is putting someone or something else in the place of God. Idolatry is exchanging the glory of the Creator for the creation, leading to a life of ignorance and moral corruption (Rom 1:18-25). Idols are not just on pagan altars but in the hearts of people (Ezek 14; Gal 5:19-20).

We must see our idols for what they are: they are stupid! After seeing this, we must crush them in repentance and turn to the living God instead. Idols will not satisfy. Only God will satisfy the human heart. We need to properly assess created things. Enjoy creation, steward creation, but worship the Creator!

What attribute of God comes to mind in the first command? Consider the command stated positively: “I shall be your only God.” What does this teach? It teaches that our God is a jealous God. He will not share His glory with another.

Adapted from Exalting Jesus in Exodus by Tony Merida

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Sale on a New Devotional About Knowing Who God Is

For one week Westminster Bookstore, Mark Jones's new book, God Is: A Devotional Guide to the Attributes of God is on sale for $13.00 for a single copy. The book is $11.00 each when you purchase 5 or more copies.

In addition, when you purchase the book, The Scars That Have Shaped Me: How God Meets Us in Suffering by Vaneetha Rendall Risner, you get free shipping on your order, which expires June 20.

Here is a list of other recommended books, which includes:

The Valley of Vision

None Other: Discovering the God of the Bible by John MacArthur

Knowing God by J.I. Packer

God Must Be The Priority

You shall have no other gods before me (Exodus 20:3).

To have a god, according to the sixteenth-century reformer Martin Luther, is “to trust and believe in that one with your whole heart. . . . You lay hold of God when your heart grasps him and clings to him.” And so, this first command tells us that, because God is our redeemer and because we are in relationship with him, we should grasp and cling to no one else besides the Lord. No other love should take priority over him; no other love should be placed alongside or substituted for him. No other love should be set in confrontation with the Lord in a test or trial. Because we are in relationship with God through his redeeming work, we are called to an exclusive devotion to and a thorough delight in him.

Adapted from the Gospel Transformation Bible