Unpacking the Incarnation with J. I. Packer


How the Reformation Rediscovered Happiness


10 Things You Should Know about the Resurrection


How God Became a Man – What Jesus Did for Thirty Years


What Does it Mean to Pray in the Name of Jesus?


The Essential Warfare for Holiness

One of the great points the Puritans saw in Scripture is the connection between happiness and holiness. For them, to be perfectly holy would be to be perfectly happy. Pastor John, how would you articulate this connection between happiness and holiness?

Find the answer at: https://pjcockrell.wordpress.com/2016/08/02/the-essential-warfare-for-holiness/

10 Things You Should Know about the Lordship of Christ

Vern S. Poythress:

1. Christ is Lord over all because he is God.

The Father is God; the Son is God; and the Holy Spirit is God. God rules over all things by his providential control (Ps. 103:19). Therefore it is also true that each person in the Godhead rules over all. Christ rules over all. This rule is comprehensive not only in its extent (over all of space, all of time, and all areas of human activity), but in its details—over each sparrow, each hair of the head, and each atom.


Why the Church Is Vitally Important for Every Christian



This post by Stephen J. Nichols is adapted from the ESV Student Study Bible.

What Does the Bible Have to Say about the Church?

Mention the church to a group of Christians and you are likely to get a mixed response. Some might say that, while they do love Jesus, they don’t love the church. Others might respond, “Of course we love the church.”

God has ordained the church, a fellowship of the flawed, to carry out his purpose and will in the world. When we consider the biblical teaching on the church, we realize the church is vitally important for growing in Christ. Like a branch that grows because of its connection to the tree, we thrive when we stay connected to the church.

To explore this issue, it is necessary to consider what the Bible says about the church.

The Church in the Bible: Old Testament Life and Worship

Read on: https://pjcockrell.wordpress.com/2016/07/08/why-the-church-is-vitally-important-for-every-christian/

How Big is Your God?


Sam Storms posts on Scott Christensen’s, What About Free Will? Reconciling our Choices with God’s Sovereignty (P&R, 284pp.). In Chapter Three, titled, “How Big is Your God?” Christensen describes God’s sovereignty in these terms:

When the Bible unfolds God’s supreme control it speaks of a glorious choreographer who causally determines the course of history in a way that is not conditioned by anything his creation or creatures do. Rather the whole panorama of the cosmos is entirely dependent upon his meticulous guidance. His foreordination of all things was forever settled before the foundations of the earth were laid and nothing can change this fact. He neither established his plan by consulting the future choices of his creatures nor does he alter it by considering what they have already done.

Continue: https://pjcockrell.wordpress.com/2016/07/02/how-big-is-your-god/

10 Reasons Jesus Came to Die