Of the two offices ordained and appointed by God, the second—that of deacons—is by far the least understood and appreciated in the church. The diaconate (or sanction of deacons) has suffered many distortions, abuses, and neglect throughout much of church history in a surprisingly pervasive manner. Ephesians 4:16 reminds us that the local body of Christ will fulfill its purpose only "when each part is working properly." This calls for a rediscovery of the diaconate and must begin with a return to the written word of God.
This book aims to rediscover the importance, value, and blessing that God has intended for and through the diaconate by way of a careful study of God’s written word.
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This article seeks to examine the evidences particular to John 1:1 that disclose the identity of Jesus Christ. It brings together a wealth of scholarship, both classic and contemporary, to reinforce the technical basis upon which theological conclusions are drawn. There is no doubt that John presents Christ as God, this article will demonstrate that reality from a grammatical and contextual analysis.
Is there a biblical distinction between all of life as worship and worship events, between worship in daily life and in church gatherings, or between private and corporate worship? What are the implications of such distinctions? How might a better understanding of these distinctions improve one’s perspective of worship and assist believers in becoming better worshipers of God in spirit and truth? Answers to these and similar questions are addressed in this short booklet.
For all who subscribe to a high view of God in the majesty of His sovereign Lordship over all creation are faced at times with challenging questions that provoke deeply emotional and sentimental angst. In light of a full embrace of the absolute sovereign grace of God through Christ in the election of sinners to glory by predestination, this short booklet seeks to reverently address the question, "Does God actively choose creatures for judgment?"
Christian liberty (or freedom) is a subject of no little concern. Calvin said that “wise and skillful persons are aware that this is one of the most important doctrines connected with salvation.”
As in no other place in the Bible, the book of Galatians addresses the substance of legalism and Christian liberty. This is presented in light of the centrality of Christ, redemption by grace alone, and justification through faith alone in Christ alone.
In Galatians chapter five, Paul links human choices and actions with spiritual realities. His strong prohibition against circumcision demonstrates this point. It is not as though the physical act of circumcision mechanically changes any spiritual reality, but the ground, purpose, and motive for subjecting one’s self to it has a definite connection to the heart, the seat of human volition, and thus publishes the object of the soul’s faith.
The intention here is to provide a biblical survey of the doctrine of Christian liberty.
In a world of postmodernism, community-defined relativism, and various debates concerning the nature and meaning of truth, Christians perhaps more than ever are challenged concerning the conception and constitution of what has historically remained the definitive Christian “rule of faith,” namely the Bible. This article, then, surveys the key questions and concepts of the canon of Scripture.
This is an index of 51 verses containing specific instances of the Greek word translated "one another" (allelon). These declarations and commands are particularly couched within the context of the New Testament Church. The index is divided into the various explicit responsibilities of the members of the NT church to “One Another.”
We, as Christians, ought to be mindful of why we do what we do, including why we assemble regularly as a local church to worship—and when. A related question, that is not typically addressed, is "why do we meet on Sunday?" Some, in an effort to advocate obedience to the Decalogue (commonly referred to as the "Ten Commandments"), insist that Christians should worship corporately on Sabbath (Saturday on the Roman calendar). This article seeks to briefly, though thoughtfully, understand the full counsel of God on this matter.