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Benefits Of Ecclesiology: Avoiding Proud Individualism and Authoritarianism

Ecclesiology reminds us that we need other believers. It opposes the mindset of radical individualism, independence, and autonomy. Yet it also opposes the total or absolute subordination of individuals to the authority of a leader. For example, the teaching that the church is Christ’s body presses upon us the reality...
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Benefits Of Ecclesiology: Employing God’s Method of Evangelism

By a chain of rhetorical questions, Paul leads us to the conclusion that the church’s ministry is crucial for the conversion of sinners: “How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And...
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Benefits of Ecclesiology: Following God’s Revelation instead of Human Ideas

Paul says, “Ye are God’s building. According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation. . . . For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ” (1 Cor. 3:9–11). We must build...
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The Names of the Spirit

At times the Bible gives to the Spirit names or titles related to works he does or graces he gives, such as the Spirit of wisdom, the Spirit of truth, the Spirit of holiness, the Spirit of life, the Spirit of adoption, the Spirit of faith, the Spirit of grace,...
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Why Study Anthropology?

Theology is both an academic discipline and a spiritual discipline. For this reason, it demands much of us. It is worthwhile, therefore, to start our study of anthropology by asking why this labor deserves our time and trouble. Why should we study the doctrine of man? Its Importance in the...
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Common Objections to Theology

The question of why we do theology presses hard against us in this age. A number of objections are raised against the discipline of systematic theology. Though we deal with them individually here, we realize that in many cases they appear in combinations. Each objection rejects theology as a valuable...
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Assurance Must Be Actively Pursued as a Duty

Westminster Confession 18.3 says that “it is the duty of every one to give all diligence to make his calling and election sure” (cf. 2 Peter 1:10). As concerned souls, we should never rest until we can say that God is our God. In a sermon on particular election, Charles...
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The Sealer of Our Souls

The Complete Works of Richard Sibbes, meticulously edited with a 110- page memoir by Alexander Grosart, was published by James Nichol of Edinburgh in the 1860s and reprinted by the Banner of Truth Trust. Sibbes’s most famous work, The Bruised Reed, which has done so much good in healing troubled...
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The Indwelling Spirit

The Complete Works of Richard Sibbes, meticulously edited with a 110- page memoir by Alexander Grosart, was published by James Nichol of Edinburgh in the 1860s and reprinted by the Banner of Truth Trust. Sibbes’s most famous work, The Bruised Reed, which has done so much good in healing troubled...
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The Place of the Law in the Christian Life

As seen above, the Law’s end is in Christ’s work, but the Law is not abolished, nor does the experience of God’s grace detract from the authority and permanence of the Law of God. So, how did the Puritans work out the implications of this in Christian experience? First, the...
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