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

Regeneration and Total Transformation (Ferguson)

When we think about being "born again" or "born from above" (John 3:1-8) it's good to remember that this new birth is extensive. When the Holy Spirit powerfully gives new life to a person the whole and entire person is affected. Here's how Sinclair Ferguson wrote about this so well: ...The Spirit’s work in regeneration… Continue reading Regeneration and Total Transformation (Ferguson)

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)

Some Great Quotes by Abraham Kuyper

While looking for a certain quote, I was reading through my highlights in To be Near unto God by Abraham Kuyper. I had forgotten some of the great lines in this helpful book. If you've not read it, and you want to read some Kuyper, I recommend it! Here are some of my favorite shorter… Continue reading Some Great Quotes by Abraham Kuyper

Psalm 119: The Breath of the New Heart (McCheyne)

Psalm 119 has always been one of my favorite Psalms. I love how the Psalmist talks about the beauty and power of God's word, precepts, commands, and laws. Speaking of Psalm 119, Robert Murray MCheyne called it "the breathing of the new heart" in a sermon on Romans 7:22-25. After mentioning how an unbeliever has… Continue reading Psalm 119: The Breath of the New Heart (McCheyne)