God has – by grace alone – reconciled sinners to himself through Christ’s work (Rom. 5:10-11, 2 Cor. 5:18-20, etc.). Here’s how Herman Bavinck describes this gospel: “Because Christ by his death has covered our sin and averted God’s wrath, God changes his attitude towards the world into one of reconciliation, and he tells us… Continue reading Reconciled!
Sometimes people say that the doctrines of grace (aka Calvinism) are a hinderance to missions and evangelism. The reasoning goes like this: why share the gospel with someone if he might not be elect? Why share the gospel with someone if Jesus didn't die for him? While hypercalvinists might say "Good point!" to those questions, biblical Calvinists answer… Continue reading Unconditional Election: A Motive to Missions
I've often told people that if they do not constantly and clearly hear the gospel preached in their church, something is terribly wrong. They need to 1) pray, 2) lovingly approach the elders/pastor(s), and if change doesn't come over time, they need to 3) find a church that preaches the gospel constantly and clearly. By "gospel" I… Continue reading We Always Need the Gospel…Always
No gospel, no church: "The greatest need in the church today is the gospel. The gospel is not only news for a perishing world, it is the message that forms, sustains, and animates the church. Apart from the gospel, the church has nothing to say - that is, nothing to say that cannot be said… Continue reading No Gospel, No Church
Here's a small section of William Ames' (d. 1633) commentary on the Heidelberg Catechism, Lord's Day 15. "The Lord Christ suffered all the evil penalties that were owed to us on account of sins." "He suffered every kind of evil, as much spiritually as corporeally [bodily], in agony and horror of soul." "He suffered from… Continue reading The Suffering of Christ