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

Effectual Grace - Apologetic Report
Friday, 10 November 2017 16:49

The Meaning of the Cross

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In this brief clip from his Ligonier teaching series Hath God Said?, Dr. R.C. Sproul considers the various ways the cross was viewed by people in the New Testament.

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Notice how the cross was viewed by people in the New Testament. All we know if we’re an observer, a spectator, a member...

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Friday, 10 November 2017 04:39

Conversion is More Than Head Knowledge

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image“Many persons row hard to get the ship to land by a notional belief in orthodox doctrine. This superstition is harder to deal with, but quite as dangerous as the belief in good works. It is quite as legal an idea for me to think to be accepted by believing good doctrine as to expect to be...

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Thursday, 09 November 2017 06:07

Charles Finney and his disturbing legacy

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imageDr. Michael S. Horton is Member of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals and cohost of the popular White Horse Inn radio program.

Article: The Disturbing Legacy of Charles Finney – original source here

No single man is more responsible for the distortion of Christian truth in our age than...

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Wednesday, 08 November 2017 19:30

Interpreting the Book of Revelation

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imageArticle: How Should We interpret the Book of Revelation? by Dr. Sam Storms (original source here)

Perhaps the single greatest controversy surrounding Revelation and the most important issue when it comes to interpreting the book, is the question of its structure. Many, perhaps most, evangelicals...

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Wednesday, 08 November 2017 19:21

When a Christian Dies

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imageArticle: 10 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE INTERMEDIATE STATE by Dr. Sam Storms (original source here)

I could have as easily entitled this post: ten things you should know about what happens when a Christian dies. So what happens when a Christian dies? The simple answer is that he/she enters...

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Wednesday, 08 November 2017 00:38

Defining Hell

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imageMichael Horton is the J. Gresham Machen professor of apologetics and systematic theology at Westminster Seminary California (Escondido, California), host of the White Horse Inn, national radio broadcast, and editor-in-chief of Modern Reformation magazine. He is the author of many books, including...

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Wednesday, 08 November 2017 00:22

The Ordinary Means of Soul Winning

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imageArticle by Buck Parsons (original source here)

One of the greatest tricks the devil has ever pulled is convincing the church that it needs to become like the world in order to win the world. In the twenty-first century, the church has been seduced by the world rather than turning the world upside...

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imageThe following is an article by Dr. Sinclair Ferguson: What Is the Greatest of All Protestant “Heresies”? (original source here)

Let us begin with a church history exam question. Cardinal Robert Bellarmine (1542–1621) was a figure not to be taken lightly. He was Pope Clement...

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Tuesday, 07 November 2017 03:24

Martin Luther and Sola Scriptura

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Authors: John Samson...

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Monday, 06 November 2017 12:50

The Holy Spirit’s Ministry

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imageArticle by Dr. Sinclair Ferguson (original source here)

The Reformers placed tremendous stress on the gifts of the Spirit to the whole body of Christ. John Calvin himself has rightly been described as “the theologian of the Holy Spirit” (B.B. Warfield). Yet Reformed Christians always...

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Sunday, 05 November 2017 08:55

Life And Light To All He Brings

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Text: John 1:4-5

The words in the text before us are thoroughly radical; though this fact is often obscured by the fact that so much in the passage is likewise hugely impactful.

Authors: John Samson...

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Saturday, 04 November 2017 20:57

The Scriptures by Thomas Watson

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(Original source here)

Q-II: WHAT RULE HAS GOD GIVEN TO DIRECT US HOW WE MAY GLORIFY AND ENJOY HIM?

A: The Word of God, which is contained in the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, is the only rule to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy him.

2 Tim 3: I6. ‘All Scripture is given by...

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Saturday, 04 November 2017 19:58

God is Love – Jonathan Edwards

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Dr. Dane Ortlund delivers an actual Jonathan Edwards sermon as part of Immanuel Nashville’s “Reformation 500” event // October 22, 2017

Reformation 500 Sunday – Dane Ortlund from Immanuel Nashville on Vimeo.

Authors: John Samson...

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Saturday, 04 November 2017 15:40

Particular Baptist Covenant Theology

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imageby Sam Renihan – Original source here)

The Particular Baptists emerged from the English Puritan movement within England’s parishes and universities. Several of the first-generation Particular Baptists attended Cambridge and Oxford and began their ministerial careers as priests in the...

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Friday, 03 November 2017 03:40

Interaction – The Reformation and Rome

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imagePastor Rick Phillips recounts his recent interaction about the Protestant Reformation with local Roman Catholic scholars in Greenville, SC (original source here):

Probably the most interesting Reformation celebration that I had the privilege of participating in last month took place in a Roman...

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Dr. James White, shooting from the hip regarding American seminaries today, the place of the local Church and the formation of a Biblical apologetic:

Authors: John Samson...

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Thursday, 02 November 2017 14:59

4 Reasons Churches Don’t Practice Church Discipline

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From the 9marks website: Article: 4 Reasons Churches Don’t Practice Church Discipline by Jeremy M. Kimble, Assistant Professor of Theological Studies at Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio, and a member of Grace Baptist Church. (original source here)

Some churches don’t practice...

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Thursday, 02 November 2017 08:57

Has the Roman Catholic Church Changed?

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Has the Roman Catholic Church changed since the 16th Century?

Dr. R.C. Sproul:

Authors: John Samson...

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Alien Intrusion: Unmasking A Deception:

My friend, Steven Bancarz interviews Gary Bates on the theme of UFOs, alien abductions and demonology.

Authors: John Samson...

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Thursday, 02 November 2017 03:41

What is a Church Covenant?

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imageArticle: Membership Matters – What is Our Church Covenant? By Matt Schmucker who was the founding executive director of 9Marks. He now organizes several conferences, including Together for the Gospel and CROSS, while serving as an elder at Anacostia River Church in Washington, D.C. (original...

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Wednesday, 01 November 2017 22:53

Biblical Leadership

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Truth and Life Conference 2011

Session 1 – Dr. John MacArthur – “Paul as an Example of Leadership”

Session 2 – Alexander Strauch – “Leading Through Conflict”

Session 3 – Voddie Baucham – “Leading as a Servant”

Session 4 –...

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Wednesday, 01 November 2017 22:42

Choosing and Training the Right Deacons and Elders

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Alexander Strauch – Choosing and Training the Right Deacons and Elders in the Local Church:

Training Prospective Elders 1

Training Prospective Elders 2

Authors: John Samson...

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Wednesday, 01 November 2017 05:09

Inclusion Not Replacement

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imageArticle “Replacement or Inclusion Theology?” by Dr. Sam Storms (at this link)

I was recently asked by a member at Bridgeway if I believe in what is called “replacement” theology. Although this is a massively complex subject, I tried to provide a brief answer. Here it is.

All...

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Tuesday, 31 October 2017 04:46

I Don’t Need Anyone to Teach Me! Really?

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image“Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire; he breaks out against all sound judgment.” – Proverbs 18:1

In some sectors of the internet, one can discover professing Christians who live their lives in isolation from the local Church.

Now, we all understand it when someone is...

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imageHere are a couple of insightful answers from Jonathan Leeman found at the 9marks ministry website:

Dear 9Marks,

I am a newly appointed missionary and am wrestling with the necessity of preaching in the church context. It’s a fad right now to do inductive style teaching in lieu of preaching in...

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