Theology

How To See God

  • 28 April 2016

The Bible has some interesting things to say about the importance of God’s Word and how it relates to His personal presence with us.

Everyone wants to experience a deeper intimacy with God and feel a greater sense of His presence and be filled with more of His Spirit. And the Bible tells us that the main way that happens is through His Word, the Bible.

It is helpful to think of this in trinitarian categories - God’s word as a revelation of God, more specifically of Jesus Christ and, more specifically again, the Spirit of Christ.

GOD

Our Basis Of Doctrine: Part 11 - The natural immortality of the soul

  • 26 October 2015

This is an ongoing series of blog posts in which we provide a brief overview of our church’s Basis of Doctrine as set out in the Church Constitution, by defining, explaining and proving from Scripture the various doctrines expressed. This is not meant to be an exhaustive study, so there is much that won’t be stated or defended. Click here to view our Basis of Doctrine.

How Paul interpreted Jesus

  • 20 May 2015

Matt Perman:
 
“One thing you still lack. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven and come, follow me” (Luke 18:22).

Is this something that God commands every Christian to do?

Many are puzzled by that question, because if we say “yes,” it immediately seems impractical. On the other hand, if we say “no,” we seem to be diminishing the force of Jesus’ command.

What was the Purpose of the OT Tabernacle?

  • 4 May 2015

Sam Storms provides 3 reasons for the Tabernacle:

First, the exquisite construction of the tabernacle and the aesthetic perfection of its furnishings and the intricate design sewn into the embroidered material, together with the veil and the gold and the variety of colors throughout were all designed to serve as a visual sermon declaring the beauty of God. Everything in the tabernacle and later in the Temple pointed to the glory and grandeur and splendor of God.

Our Basis Of Doctrine: Part 9 - Justification by Faith

  • 20 April 2015

This is an ongoing series of blog posts in which we provide a brief overview of our church’s Basis of Doctrine as set out in the Church Constitution, by defining, explaining and proving from Scripture the various doctrines expressed. This is not meant to be an exhaustive study, so there is much that won’t be stated or defended. Click here to view our Basis of Doctrine.

Who Am I?

  • 13 January 2014
Who am I?
 
I was born into this world just like everyone else (Luke 2:7). My mum can tell you some amazing stories but unfortunately for me there was no shortcut to the top. Growing up through my childhood I became strong, increasing in wisdom and stature (Luke 2:40,52). My father taught me the carpentry trade; it was the family business (Mark 6:3). I remember on my way to Galilee on one occasion, I passed through Samaria and being weary from the journey I sat down at Jacob’s well and asked a lady to give me a drink (John 4:6). When my close friends took me to where they had recently buried their brother… I cried (John 11:35). In Capernaum I spoke to a centurion and I had to marvel at his faith as I hadn’t seen anything like it before (Matt 8:10). Before the most important moment of my life I was really troubled (John 12:27). I remember shortly before I died being thirsty (John 19:28).
 
Clients of the family business would say I was the carpenter’s son (Matt 13:55).
 
People in the area knew me as Mary’s son (Mark 6:3).
 
 

Know doctrine, know life. No doctrine, no life.

  • 12 April 2013
Ideas have consequences.
 
What we think affects how we live. Orthodoxy (right belief) leads to orthopraxy (right behaviour). 
 
Sometimes this is obvious and sometimes it isn’t. We sometimes struggle to apply the weightier themes in the bible to specific aspects of our daily lives. Does it really matter what I think about doctrines like election, the trinity or substitutionary atonement? Does a correct understanding of  these things really affect how I live? Can’t I just love Jesus and be good?
 
Lets see what the bible has to say.
 
Titus 3:4-8
 
In Titus 3:4-8, Paul sets forth some of the big, old, orthodox Christian doctrines - the nature of God, salvation, grace, mercy, regeneration, indwelling of the Spirit, justification, adoption, eternity. We are then told to insist on these things. Why? Notice the “so that” in verse 8. So that we will devote ourselves to good works.
 
 

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