But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Thou hast ravished my heart, my sister, my spouse; thou hast ravished my heart with one of thine eyes, with one chain of thy neck.” (Song of Solomon 4:9).

Samuel Rutherford The Trial and Triumph of Faith Sermon 24, pp. 260-261.

A Twofold Love of God, one of Good-will to the Person,...

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Sunday, 08 July 2018 23:00

Duties and Sins of the Fifth Commandment

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Thomas Vincent The Shorter Catechism of the Westminster Assembly Explained and Proved from Scripture

Q. 64. What is required in fifth commandment?

A. The fifth commandment requireth the preserving the honour and performing the duties belonging to every one, in their several places and relations, as...

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Sunday, 01 July 2018 23:00

Abstain From All Appearance of Evil

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Thomas Watson The Beatitudes: An Exposition of Matthew 5:1-12

4. A pure heart avoids the appearance of evil. “Abstain from all show of evil” (1 Thessalonians 5:22). A pure heart avoids that which may be interpreted as evil. He that is loyal to his prince not only forbears to have his...

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Sunday, 24 June 2018 23:00

The Lust of the Flesh

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Abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul.” 1 Peter 2:11

John Owen Temptation and Sin Works, vol. 6, exc. ch. 6.

The Lust of the Flesh.

First, In general it is said to lust: Gal. 5:17, “The flesh lusteth against the Spirit.” This word expresseth the...

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William G. T. Shedd, The Doctrine of Endless Punishment, Chapter 3, The Rational Argument.

Annihilationism is Speculative, Not Exegetical.

The chief objections to the doctrine of endless punishment are not Biblical but speculative. The great majority of students and exegetes find the tenet in the...

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Thursday, 14 June 2018 23:00

The Nature and Duration of Suffering in Hell

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William G. T. Shedd, The Doctrine of Endless Punishment, Chapter 2, The Biblical Argument, Part 3.
The Nature and Duration of the Suffering in Hell.

Having given the argument from Scripture, in proof that Sheol, Hades, and Gehenna, all denote the place of punishment for the wicked, we proceed to...

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Sunday, 10 June 2018 23:00

The Meaning of Sheol, Hades, and Hell

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imageWilliam G. T. Shedd, The Doctrine of Endless Punishment, Chapter 2, The Biblical Argument, Part 2.
 
Scriptural Terminology.

Having thus noticed the positive and explicit nature of Christ’s teaching, we now proceed to examine the terms employed in Scripture to denote the abode of the lost, and...

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Wednesday, 06 June 2018 23:30

Explicit Biblical Teaching on Endless Punishment

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William G. T. Shedd, The Doctrine of Endless Punishment, Chapter 2, The Biblical Argument, Part 1.
Christ Himself Taught the Doctrine of Endless Punishment.

The strongest support of the doctrine of Endless Punishment is the teaching of Christ, the Redeemer of man. Though the doctrine is plainly...

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imageWilliam G. T. Shedd, The Doctrine of Endless Punishment, Chapter 1, The History of the Doctrine.
 
Early Church.

The common opinion in the Ancient church was that the future punishment of the impenitent wicked is endless. This was the catholic faith; as much so as belief in the trinity. But as there...

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Sunday, 27 May 2018 23:00

Christ: Our Manna From Heaven

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I am the living bread, which came down from heaven: If any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever” (John 6:51).

Herman Witsius Economy of the Covenants Vol. 2, pp. 306-310.

XLVIII. Now let us consider the mystery of the manna. Paul teacheth us, that this food was sacramental, 1...

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Sunday, 20 May 2018 23:00

Proof that Presbyterianism is Biblical

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imageJus Divinum Regiminis Ecclesiastici The Divine Right of Church Government Conclusion, pp. 136-141.
What is meant by church government?

That particular form and order, which Christ has fixed in his Church, for the proper management thereof.

How does it appear that there is a particular form of...

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Sunday, 13 May 2018 23:00

The Doctrine of the Trinity

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Thomas Boston Works, vol. 1, pp. 142-148.

Of the Holy Trinity

This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth. For there are three that bear record in heaven, the...

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Q. 77. Wherein do justification and sanctification differ?

A. Although sanctification be inseparably joined with justification, yet they differ, in that God in justification imputeth the righteousness of Christ; in sanctification his Spirit infuseth grace, and enableth to the exercise thereof; in...

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Sunday, 29 April 2018 23:00

Natural Theology | Herman Witsius

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Herman Witsius Economy of the Covenants Vol. 1, pp. 345-351.

VII. But this [effectual] calling is given, partly externally, by a persuasive power, called moral suasion; partly internally, by a real supernatural efficacy, which changes the heart. The external call is, in some measure, published by...

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Thomas Boston Works, vol. 2, pp. 460-465.

For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:13).

I come now to handle the questions in the Catechism concerning the...

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Sunday, 15 April 2018 23:00

Why Did Christ Partake of the Sacraments?

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Herman Witsius Economy of the Covenants Between God and Man Volume 1, Book 2, Chapter 10, pp. 271-280.

After what manner Christ Used the Sacraments.

I. Thus far we have at large treated of those things that relate to the covenant between Christ and the Father; and might seem to have completely...

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John Brown of Haddington Systematic Theology, pp. 309-315.

Christ’s Mediatorial Dominion Distinguished from his Natural Supremacy.

Besides that natural supremacy and dominion over all things equally with his Father and the Holy Ghost, Christ hath also a mediatorial dominion, or...

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Sunday, 01 April 2018 23:00

Why Did Christ Only Mention the Second Table?

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And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? And he said unto him,…if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments…Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou...

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Sunday, 25 March 2018 23:00

Theological Certainty: Assurance of Salvation

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Can Christians have assurance of salvation? The Westminster Confession (18:1) states “such as truly believe in the Lord Jesus, and love him in sincerity, endeavoring to walk in all good conscience before him, may in this life be certainly assured that they are in a state of grace, and may...

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The question is not whether women may teach publicly in the church, for all orthodox Christians agree that Scripture prohibits women from holding office in the Church and from doing duties reserved for church officers (1 Cor. 14:34-35; 1 Tim. 2:11-15). Rather, the question is if women may otherwise...

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Sunday, 11 March 2018 23:00

God is Not the Author of Sin

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WCF 3.1 God from all eternity did, by the most wise and holy counsel of his own will, freely and unchangeably ordain whatsoever comes to pass (Rom 9:15, 18; 11:33; Eph 1:11; Heb 6:17); yet so as thereby neither is God the author of sin (James 1:13, 17; 1 John 1:5), nor is violence offered to...

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Wednesday, 07 March 2018 22:00

Proof that the Apostle Paul Wrote Hebrews

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John Owen 
Of the Penman of the Epistle to the Hebrews.

Outline

§ 1. Knowledge of the penman of any part of Scripture not necessary. Some of them utterly concealed. The Word of God gives authority unto them that deliver it, not the contrary. Prophets in things wherein they are not actually...

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Sunday, 04 March 2018 22:00

Pollution of the Body by Original Sin

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Anthony Burgess Treatise on Original Sin Part 3, Chapter 7.

Of the last Subject of Inhesion, or Seat of Original Sin, the Body of a Man.

And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus...

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Wednesday, 28 February 2018 22:00

The Sinfulness of the Imagination

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Anthony Burgess Treatise on Original Sin Part 3, Chapter 6, Sections 1-20.

And God saw that every imagination of the thoughts of mans heart was only evil, and that continually.” (Genesis 6:5).

SECT. I.

This Text explained and vindicated against D. J. Taylor, Grotius, the Papists and...

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Sunday, 25 February 2018 22:00

Pollution of the Affections by Original Sin

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Anthony Burgess Treatise on Original Sin Part 3, Chapter 5, Sections 9-19.

Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.” (Colossians 3:2).

SECT. IX.

The Pollution of the Affections in respect of the Conflict between the natural Conscience and Them.

Again, the great and...

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