Resources on Theology

Bavinck on Faith

By Charlie Wingard · February 19, 2014 · 0 Comments
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Encouraging words from Herman Bavinck on faith: “[Faith] opens our heart to the grace of God, to communion with Christ, to the power of the Holy Spirit, and thereby enables us to do great things. Faith breaks all self-reliance and fastens on to God’s promise. It allows the law to stand in all its grandeur and refuses to lower the moral ideal, but also refrains from any attempt, by observing it, to find life and peace; it seizes upon God’s mercy and relies on the righteousness and holiness accomplished in Christ on behalf of humans. It fosters humility, dependence, and trust and grants comfort, peace, and joy through the Holy Spirit; it generates gratitude in our hearts for the benefits…

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Our Greatest Need

By Charlie Wingard · January 8, 2014 · 0 Comments
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“If God had perceived that our greatest need was economic, he would have sent an economist. If he had perceived that our greatest need was entertainment, he would have sent us a comedian or an artist. If God had perceived that our greatest need was political stability, he would have sent us a politician. If he had perceived that our greatest need was health, he would have sent us a doctor. But he perceived that our greatest need involved sin, our alienation from him, our profound rebellion, our death; and he sent us a Savior.” – D.A. Carson, A Call to Spiritual Reformation: Priorities from Paul and His Prayers (Baker, 1992), 109.

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Definition of a Christian

By Charlie Wingard · December 17, 2013 · 0 Comments
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‘If you were to ask me to give a definition of a Christian I should say that he is on who, since believing in Christ, feels himself to be the happiest man in the world and longs for everyone else to be equally happy.” – Martyn Lloyd-Jones in Ian H. Murray’s The Life of Martyn Lloyd-Jones, 1899-1981 (Banner of Truth, 2013), 53.

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John Calvin on the Lord’s Supper

By Charlie Wingard · October 2, 2013 · 0 Comments
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A critical question in the historic controversies regarding the Lord’s Supper is: Where is Christ’s physical body when the Supper is served? The Western Church puts forward three major answers. First, Rome teaches that the body and blood of Christ are present not only in heaven, but also physically in the bread and wine. At the time of their consecration at the Mass, the bread becomes the actual body of Christ and the wine becomes the actual blood of Christ. The outward appearance of the bread and wine remain unchanged, but their substance (what the elements really are) is changed into Christ’s body and blood. This view is known as “transubstantiation.” (See Westminster Confession of Faith, 29.6). Second, Lutherans reject…

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The Lord Jesus Makes No Mistakes

By Charlie Wingard · September 28, 2013 · 0 Comments
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From Bishop Ryle: The Lord Jesus makes no mistakes in managing His friends’ affairs. He orders all their concerns with perfect wisdom. All things happen at the right time, and in the right way. He gives them as much of sickness and as much of health, as much of poverty and as much of riches, as much of sorrow and as much of joy, as He sees their souls require. He leads them by the right way to bring them to the city of habitation. He mixes their bitterest cups like a wise physician, and takes care that they have not a drop too little or too much. His people often misunderstand His dealings; they are silly enough to fancy…

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