• Read through the Bible, Part 3

    Posted Jan 24th, 2016 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Read through the Bible 2016 With | Comments Off on Read through the Bible, Part 3

    Genesis 44 – Exodus 10, Matthew 11:16 – 14:21 By the time we ended our reading in the OT this week we were wading with Israel in the depths of Egyptian bondage. Originally Egypt looked promising. Funny, how that is. Egypt always looks promising. It always looks like the promised land but never actually makes …

  • Marriage as a Covenant

    Posted Jul 21st, 2011 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Believe What We Believe With | No Comments Marriage as a Covenant

    Agreement about the nature of marriage is hard to find, even in the church. What’s more, even those who would espouse a particular view of the nature of marriage often belie that view by their practices. If marriage is going to be reformed we need to start by understanding the nature of it designed by …

  • Covenant of Works

    Posted Jul 16th, 2011 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Believe What We Believe With | No Comments

    In an effort to provide classification and clarification to the teachings of Scripture, Reformed theology has recognized in Scripture three distinct covenants which offer the needed categories for rightly dividing the word of truth. Those three form the heart of Reformed theology and are referred to as the covenant of redemption (pactum salutis), the covenant …

  • The Covenant of Grace

    Posted Feb 7th, 2010 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Believe What We Believe With | No Comments

    As far as sheer volume is concerned, the covenant of grace is the dominant theme of Scripture. From the third chapter of Genesis to the final pages of Revelation, the Bible chronicles for us the outworking of the covenant of grace in history. Simply put, the covenant of grace is God’s remedy to Adam’s representative …

  • The Covenant of Works

    Posted Jan 31st, 2010 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Believe What We Believe With | No Comments

    In an effort to provide classification and clarification to the teachings of Scripture, Reformed theology has recognized in Scripture three distinct covenants which offer the needed categories for rightly dividing the word of truth. Those three form the heart of Reformed theology and are referred to as the covenant of redemption (pactum salutis), the covenant …

  • Covenant Theology

    Posted Jan 24th, 2010 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Believe What We Believe With | No Comments

    Last week we noted that the covenantal ethos that permeates scriptures is also present in the surrounding culture in which the Bible was given. This is nothing less than gracious accommodation on God’s part, speaking to us and revealing himself in ways that we can understand. We might, though, go even back a little further …

  • What Is A Covenant?

    Posted Jan 15th, 2010 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Believe What We Believe With | No Comments

    The idea of God relating to us covenantally doesn’t appear out of thin air. In fact, the form of many of the Biblical covenants is nearly identical to older, secular covenants of the ancient Near East. This became the context for God’s gracious revelation to his people. God in his mercy has condescended to speak …

  • Covenant Theology II

    Posted Jan 10th, 2010 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Believe What We Believe With | No Comments

    Last week we introduced this series on Covenant Theology. Before we get into the particulars, let’s see if we can’t make the case for the importance of such a theology. For starters we need to remember that Covenant Theology is not a sub-set of a larger system, like Christology (the doctrine of Christ) or Ecclesiology …

  • Covenant Theology I

    Posted Jan 7th, 2010 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Do What We Do With | No Comments

    Although this began as a section to explain “Why We Do What We Do” I think it is a good place to also explain “What We Believe and Why We Believe It.” We just finished TULIP and for the next couple of months we will investigate covenant theology. There are several reasons why I think …

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