The Mission of God

Posted by on Jul 23, 2011 in Media

This is sermon #78 in the Luke series. In this sermon on Luke 19:1-10 Dave preaches on the Sovereignty of God in salvation, effectual calling, and the mission of God.

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Review of the Deity of Christ

Posted by on Jul 22, 2011 in Book Reviews, Reviews

The Deity of Christ is part of a series of books titled Theological in Community edited by Christopher W. Morgan and Robert A. Peterson. The purpose of this series is to assemble a team of scholars to explore key theological themes and apply them to contemporary concerns. Every volume in this series explores the Bible, history, systematic theology and practical theology.

The deity of Christ is important today because of the expansion of Islam, religious pluralism and cults. Chapter nine of this book is my opinion is the most helpful chapter in this book because it explains how the deity of Christ is under attack by cults.

The deity of Christ is important to understand because it explains that Jesus is God in the flesh (John 8:58, 1:1, 14; 10:30-33, 1 John 4:2-3). John states in 1st John 4:2-3 that anyone who acknowledges Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God.”  John 1:1 plainly teaches that the Word was God and the Word became flesh. Jesus taught continually through the book of John that “I Am” which is a clear claim to the fact that He is the Son of God and the Son of Man.  When Jesus said I Am the bread of life for example in John 6 and noted that only by eating of him, only through him may one come to the Father. This teaching upset the Jews because they could not get past the humanity of Christ—John 6:42, “Is not this Jesus, the Son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know?”

The deity of Christ is important to understand because it includes the Trinity (One God who exists in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit who are all coeternal and of the same nature), Monotheism (that there is only one God in all existence), the hypostatic union of Christ (That Jesus is both God and man), and the sufficiency of the sacrifice of Christ. Understanding the deity of Christ is so important because the deity of Christ distinguishes biblical Christianity from Jehovah’s Witnesses, Islam, etc.

The Deity of Christ is a helpful treatment on an important topic. This book will help you think through an issue that is considered fundamental to biblical Christianity. Reading this book will help you develop a biblical worldview on the Deity of Christ and help you defend your faith. I encourage you to pick this up and be challenged and learn to defend the deity of Christ against the attacks of by Islam, Jehovah’s Witnesses and more.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Crossway as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Review of Redeeming Sociology

Posted by on Jul 21, 2011 in Book Reviews, Reviews

Redeeming Sociology A God Centered Approach is written by Vern Sheridan Poythress, Professor of New Testament interpretation at Westminster Theological Seminary. Dr. Poythress challenges believers in this book on the foundations of their relationships and shows the importance of a biblical worldview as it relates to relationships. This book is very well-written and while it is highly technical and academic, the author’s explanations are easy to understand.

The crux of the argument of this book focuses on three attributes or perspectives of lordship: authority, control and presence. The author explains that authority means that God is the Lord and He has authority over all his relationships to human beings and over all our relationships to one another. God controls the relationships that He controls everything in human relationship and institution and artifact and culture throughout the world. The final aspect the author touches on is that God is presence in his wisdom and truth in the midst of human meanings, purposes and attempts at control.

Dr. Poythress in my opinion accomplishes the goal of his book in that he helps equip believers to think through the foundation for how one approaches a variety of relationships. Relationships are often messy and often time’s believers struggle to live out the truth of the Lordship of Jesus in their relationships with fellow believers and non-Christians.

In the last chapter Dr. Poythress gives biblical teaching on “living in relationships” and explains that in every relationship the believer is to depend on God. Relationships take many different shapes and forms depending on how a person was raised, their life experiences and more, but this book goes beyond just what one has experienced in their life and goes to the foundations for why we think and act the way we do. Jesus is Lord and His Lordship begins with who He is, and what He has done in His death, burial and resurrection. The truth of Christ ought to extend down into every fabric of every part of our lives as we seek to grow not only in knowledge of Him but in implementing His life into our daily lives and then reflect His life which dwells within us through the work of the Holy Spirit into our relationships with others. I recommend you pick up this excellent book by Dr. Poythress and learn what it means to have a biblical worldview in regards to relationships.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Crossway as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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