Category «Theology»

Faith Both Justifies and Sanctifies

“Having purified their hearts by faith.” Acts 15:9 Faith is a heart-purifying grace. Faith is a virgin grace, of a pure and heavenly nature. Faith is in the soul, as medicine in the body, which works out the disease. Faith works out pride, self-love, and hypocrisy. Faith consecrates the heart. That which was before the …

Cut To The Heart

Throughout the history of God’s people, the Holy Spirit has moved at specific times in order to bring awakening to His covenant community. This session explores the reality of awakening in biblical history, considering various examples of awakening that occurred during the times of the Apostles and prophets. Some examples include the awakenings under Hezekiah, …

MacArthur and The Elders Write…

About the recent state order requiring churches in California to limit or suspend all meetings indefinitely. Therefore, in response to the recent state order requiring churches in California to limit or suspend all meetings indefinitely, we, the pastors and elders of Grace Community Church, respectfully inform our civic leaders that they have exceeded their legitimate …

Meditation

How can we turn our knowledge about God into the knowledge of God? The rule for doing this is demanding, but simple. It is that we turn each truth that we learn about God into the matter for meditation before God, leading to prayer and praise to God. Meditation is a lost art today, and …

Sinful Habits

In his book How to Say No to a Stubborn Habit, Erwin Lutzer writes: “We are responsible for our own sin—including those sins ‘which so easily beset us.’ The fact that we do something wrong habitually does not relieve us of responsibility. On the contrary, it may make the sin all the worse. So we …

The True Church

The church is found wherever the Holy Spirit has drawn together a few persons who trust Christ for their salvation, worship God in spirit, and have no dealings with the world and the flesh. The members may by necessity be scattered over the surface of the earth and separated by distance and circumstances, but in …

The Lord Will Provide!

“You have not passed this way before!” Joshua 3:4 “Abraham named the place Jehovah-Jireh (which means ‘the LORD will provide’)” Genesis 22:14 As you begin meditating on this verse, write deep in your heart this word with the strongest confidence: Jehovah-Jireh. This name tells you . . . that you can trust God always; that …

Act Like Men

I had the marvelous privilege this week to spend a few hours with some of the faithful brothers in our church, some of them who have come to the seminary and others who are part of our church congregation. These are young Black men that gave up a chunk of their time to sit with …

J. I. Packer-Salvation and Repentance

J. I. Packer went home to be with the Lord yesterday, July 17, 2020. He was 93 years old. Below is one of my favorites from him… J. I. Packer… To the question: What must I do to be saved? The old gospel replies: believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. To the further question: What …