A Helpful Definition of Regeneration

My studies this week led me to reflect on some Scripture texts that explain regeneration or new birth (e.g. John 1:13, 3:1-12). I also re-read the Westminster Confession of Faith's explanation of regeneration (Chapter 10 on "effectual calling"). The WCF's wording is super helpful and is an excellent summary of the Bible's teaching about this… Continue reading A Helpful Definition of Regeneration

The Goals of Effectual Calling (Hoekema)

I just read a helpful section of Anthony Hoekema's book, Saved by Grace. It's the part where he discusses the biblical doctrine of effectual calling. I don't really have to summarize it because Hoekema is concise and clear: ...A more complete definition of effectual calling, therefore, might be: that sovereign action of God through his… Continue reading The Goals of Effectual Calling (Hoekema)

The Need for an Effectual Call (Hoekema)

 I really like these reflections by Anthony Hoekema on the effectual call of God.  Hoekema first gives an objection, then a clear answer and an illustration.  This post is a bit longer than my usual ones, but it's not too tough to read/follow - and it's comforting! A final objection which could be raised is… Continue reading The Need for an Effectual Call (Hoekema)

They Shall Come To Me (Bunyan)

In John 6:37 Jesus said, "All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away" (NIV). These words of Jesus convey a precious relatity and a comforting promise. They are well worth memorizing! Here's how John Bunyan commented on these words in Come and Welcome… Continue reading They Shall Come To Me (Bunyan)

God Has Many Keys [or: The Lord Opened Her Heart] (Sibbes)

I've always loved the story in Acts about Lydia coming to faith in Christ when Paul was telling her about Jesus by the side of a river near Philippi.  Here's how Luke summarized it: "A God-fearing woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth from the city of Thyatira, was listening. The Lord opened her… Continue reading God Has Many Keys [or: The Lord Opened Her Heart] (Sibbes)