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

Apologetic Report - Effectual Grace
Sunday, 26 March 2017 13:22

The Costly Battle of Christ’s Headship

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The truth of God has come to us on a sea of blood, both by the blood of Christ in redemption, and by the blood of the martyrs in Christian history, as they stood (at great cost) for the biblical truth of Christ’s Sovereign headship over His Church.

Text: Ephesians 5:23

Authors: John Samson...

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Saturday, 25 March 2017 00:20

What Does Semper Reformanda Mean?

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imageThis article by Dr. Robert Godfrey, was originally published in Tabletalk magazine.

The phrase ecclesia reformata, semper reformanda (the church reformed, always reforming) has been used so often as to make it a motto or slogan. People have used it to support a surprising array of theological and...

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Thursday, 23 March 2017 22:32

The Baptist Larger Catechism

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The Baptist Larger Catechism is a modern day adaptation of the Westminster Larger Catechism, a central catechism of Reformed Churches in the English speaking world.

pdf found at this link

Authors: John Samson...

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Wednesday, 22 March 2017 11:54

The Bible as Literature

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imageLeland Ryken (PhD, University of Oregon) served as professor of English at Wheaton College for nearly 50 years. He has authored or edited over fifty books, including The Word of God in English, the Christian Guides to the Classics series, J. I. Packer: An Evangelical Life, A Complete Handbook of...

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imageArticle entitled “Churches, Get a Calvinist Pastor!” by Tom Nettles (original source here)

Southern Baptists inherited the most compelling aspects of all the Baptist Calvinists that preceded them. James P. Boyce summarized this well. He encouraged every preacher to get theological...

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In terms of eschatology, Dr. Sam Storms and I are ammillennialists and so disagree with the post millennial view. In any discussion of these issues, it is so important to accurately portray an opposing position before engaging with it. So often, this is not the case and the result is a complete...

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Monday, 20 March 2017 01:17

The Gospel The True Christian

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Recording from the conference “Back to the Word of God” at Holmavatn Mission Center in Rogaland, Norway in January, 2014.

Paul Washer:

Introduction: Paul Washer preaches from 1 Timothy 3:14 – 4:16 about the importance of preaching the gospel. The gospel is the only message that...

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Friday, 17 March 2017 14:43

The Eternal Word: God the Son in Eternity Past

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Shepherd’s Conference 2017 – General Session 3

Text: John 1:1-3

Dr. Michael Reeves:

General Session 3 – Michael Reeves – Shepherds’ Conference 2017 from Grace Community Church on Vimeo.

Authors: John Samson...

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Friday, 17 March 2017 14:11

About Your Pastor When He Preaches

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Article by Kenneth Kuykendall (original source here)

What happens when your preacher preaches? I know… that’s a loaded question. I guess I should state it this way: Are you aware of what takes places when the pastor gets up to expound Scripture? More than likely, you are cognizant of...

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Sunday, 12 March 2017 23:12

Extra Biblical Sources

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Why Does the New Testament Cite Extra-biblical Sources?

Dr. John Piper

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“Sometimes we talk about textual matters. Joe from Santa Barbara, California, writes, “Jude 9, 14–15 confuse me. Where is Jude getting the information from in these verses? Paul usually quotes the...

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Friday, 10 March 2017 03:25

Jesus, Rock of Ages

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by Christy Nockels

JESUS, ROCK OF AGES I am not alone There’s a stone I’m built on There’s a love that will never let me go

He hears my every cry He knows how to understand me He is my one defense, day and night

Chorus: I rest my soul on the Rock of the ages (oh) And my feet stand...

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Wednesday, 08 March 2017 23:44

The Need of the Hour

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imageBy Dr. Michael Reeves

In 1516, something happened that would change Europe forever. Erasmus published his Greek New Testament, planting the seed of the Reformation. It was there that Martin Luther would discover the astonishing news of a gracious God and his free gift of righteousness.

The...

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Wednesday, 08 March 2017 21:23

Eschatology Overview

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imageLast weekend, Dr. Sam Waldron taught five lectures on eschatology (along with a question and answer session) at Grace Community Church in Gilbert, Arizona. The sessions can now be heard on sermon audio at this link.

Dr. Waldron also taught a Sunday School lesson “The One Olive Tree”...

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imageThis excerpt is taken from Foundations of Grace by Steven Lawson

The doctrines of grace are a cohesive system of theology in which the sovereignty of God is clearly displayed in the salvation of elect sinners. Not only is God acknowledged to reign over all of human history, both micro and macro, but...

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Wednesday, 08 March 2017 02:52

5 Reasons I’m a Calvinist

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imageArticle by Stephen Altrogge (original source here)

What comes to your mind when you hear the word “Calvinist”? A grumpy, cold-hearted person who only wants a select few people to get into heaven? An annoying guy who won’t stop rambling on about Romans 9? That awful, sterile,...

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Tuesday, 07 March 2017 06:39

Psalm 91 and the Word of Faith

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Pastor Elly Achok Olare has become a very precious friend of mine in recent months. He and I share a very similar background in that we were both once pastors in the word of faith movement. I was recently asked a question about Psalm 91 and its proper interpretation and...

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Tuesday, 07 March 2017 02:54

The Bible and “Youth Ministry”

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Voddie Baucham on Youth and Age Segregated Ministry:

Time Stamp – For Questions: 0:01:13 Institutional Sacred Cows 0:02:14 Follow the Money 0:05:15 History of the Sunday School Movement 0:06:43 Expansion of the Youth Ministry 0:07:37 What about kids whose parents don’t teach them? 0:11:19...

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Monday, 06 March 2017 22:24

The Church and the Reformation

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Article: Ecclesiastical Eclipse: Evangelicalism and the Reformation by Bruce Baugus (original source here)

The Reformation’s heritage–a topic of intensifying reflection as this quincentenary year rolls on–will be the theme of the Evangelical Theological Society’s annual...

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Friday, 03 March 2017 23:17

Repentance in the Gospel of John

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image“The no-lordship teachers commit the word-concept fallacy, assuming that, because a particular word is not used, then the concept denoted by that word must be absent.” – Keith Throop

From the Grace to you website (original source here)

One argument against repentance that is...

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Friday, 03 March 2017 21:45

3 Reasons Why Every Christian Needs the Church

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Article by Nicholas Davis (original source here)

When you become a disciple of Jesus, you are not the only disciple in this world. There are others whom Jesus has also called, and we all belong to one another. Christianity is not a religion for those who would like to walk alone. We may need to make...

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Friday, 03 March 2017 00:03

Exclusive Psalmody Examined

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imageArticle by Brandon Craig: Exclusive Psalmody: is it Biblical? Is it the only Reformed position? (Part 1) (Original source here)

This is the first part in a series on Exclusive Psalmody. For those who are unaware Exclusive Psalmody (referred to as EP from here on out) is the claim that we are only...

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Wednesday, 01 March 2017 14:00

For Whom Did Christ Die?

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Authors: John Samson...

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Wednesday, 01 March 2017 13:51

Ephesians 1

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Steven Lawson: To the Praise of His Glory: God’s Grand Design of Redemption

A biblical view of salvation centers on God. Before the foundation of the world, He graciously chose a people for Himself while justly passing over others “to the praise of his glorious grace” (Eph....

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Wednesday, 01 March 2017 04:26

Dan Phillips on A. W. Pink

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Authors: John Samson...

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imageBy Pastor Dan Phillips (original source here)

(Dan Phillips earned his MDiv in Old Testament at Talbot Theological Seminary in 1983. He’s had many jobs since his youth: tying trout flies, cook, working as an investigator, hosting a talk show, IT education and support, and teaching in various...

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