Study

We Need More Knowledge, Not Less

  • 27 August 2015

Knowledge should lead to worship. The true knowledge of God will result not in our being puffed up with conceit at how knowledgeable we are, but in our falling on our faces before God in sheer wonder and crying, “O the depths of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!” Whenever our knowledge becomes dry or leaves us cold, something has gone wrong. For whenever Christ opens the Scriptures to us and we learn from him, our heart should be aglow within us. The more we know God the more we should love him.

The Whole Counsel Of God

  • 29 October 2014

Mark Dever, Senior Pastor of Captiol Hill Baptist Church, preached 66 sermons on every book of the Bible. The Old Testament sermon series was made into the book Promises Made.  The New Testament Overview series formed the book Promises Kept. The entire series available online and the links posted below.

Know doctrine, know life. No doctrine, no life.

  • 12 April 2013
Ideas have consequences.
 
What we think affects how we live. Orthodoxy (right belief) leads to orthopraxy (right behaviour). 
 
Sometimes this is obvious and sometimes it isn’t. We sometimes struggle to apply the weightier themes in the bible to specific aspects of our daily lives. Does it really matter what I think about doctrines like election, the trinity or substitutionary atonement? Does a correct understanding of  these things really affect how I live? Can’t I just love Jesus and be good?
 
Lets see what the bible has to say.
 
Titus 3:4-8
 
In Titus 3:4-8, Paul sets forth some of the big, old, orthodox Christian doctrines - the nature of God, salvation, grace, mercy, regeneration, indwelling of the Spirit, justification, adoption, eternity. We are then told to insist on these things. Why? Notice the “so that” in verse 8. So that we will devote ourselves to good works.
 
 

Why Studying the Bible Won’t (Necessarily) Change Your Life

  • 3 February 2012

From Trevin Wax:

“Bible study won’t change your life.”

OK, I admit to indulging in a bit of overstatement to shock you into recognizing what should be obvious: just because you know the Bible doesn’t mean the Word will bear fruit in your life. It is possible to know the Scriptures, read the Scriptures, revere the Scriptures, and study the Scriptures and miss the point entirely.

Take the liberal scholar who knows the Greek New Testament better than most orthodox pastors. He can quote whole sections of the Bible in its original languages. Definitions of biblical words tumble out of his mouth as he effortlessly places everything in historical context. And yet he does not believe in the Jesus he reads about in the pages of the Bible. Sure, he is endlessly fascinated by the communities that gave us such an interesting artifact of study. But to him, his job is to immerse himself into a world of fables and dreams. The Bible is an epic story with no bearing on reality today.
 

6 Reasons Theology Matters

  • 28 January 2012

Theology is simply the study of God. We are all “theologians” in this sense. Every time we open our Bibles or reflect upon some aspect of Christianity (or any religion for that matter) we are “doing theology”. Yet many in the church feel theology is only for the academics. In this blog Kevin DeYoung offers 6 good reasons why theology is important for everyone.

 

On Reading

  • 1 October 2011

Looking over everything I’ve bookmarked recently, I noticed a few articles and quotes related to reading. I don’t just mean reading the Bible, though that is our main priority. I mean reading books, commentaries, articles etc. from Christian and non-Christian authors, scholars and pastors, both past and present.