John Chester

About John Chester

John serves the saints of Piedmont Bible Church, a Grace Advance church plant in Haymarket Virginia, as their shepherd, a position he has held since 2012 and hopes to serve in the rest of his life. Prior to being called to ministry John worked as a lacrosse coach, a pizza maker, a writer, a marketing executive, and just about everything in between. John is a graduate of The Master’s Seminary and The Grace Advance Academy. He hails from The City of Champions, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, and is unbelievably blessed to be married to his wife Cassandra.

Back to the Basics: The Constitution of Man Pt. 3

Today I am wrapping up the series on the constitution of man I began February 1. You can read the first instalment here and part 2 here.  While it may seem an unimportant topic, it is essential to have a right understanding of the constitutional makeup of man if you are to have a scriptural view of man.  This topic impacts other important areas of the christian life and worldview often in unexpected ways.  This post focuses on the dichotomy view of man, which I believe is the biblically correct view. 

Although certainly not universally held, the predominant view throughout church history has been the dichotomist view. … Continue reading

Back To The Basics: The Constitution of Man Pt 2

This week I am continuing the series on the constitution of man I began February 1. You can read the first instalment here.  While it may seem an unimportant topic, it is essential to have a right understanding of the constitutional makeup of man if you are to have a scriptural view of man.  This topic impacts other important areas of the christian life and worldview often in unexpected ways.  This post focuses on the trichotomy view of man the third and final post in this short series will examine the dichotomy view.

As stated previously the trichotomy view holds that man is an amalgam of body, soul and spirit. … Continue reading

Back to the Basics: The Constitution of Man Pt.1

vitruvian_manThe constitution of man is a question that has vexed the Christian mind for centuries.  Perhaps because of the intimacy of the question or perhaps because of the seemingly contradictory biblical data it has been hotly debated for centuries.  The question is whether man is a monism, dichotomy or trichotomy.

This question is at the heart of biblical anthropology.  All other areas of anthropology, from the meaning of the imagio Dei to the nature of original sin are all affected by the constitution of man.

Far from being and esoteric and impractical theological question, a proper understanding of the constitution of man has far reaching implications. … Continue reading

Reprise: Why I Am A Dispensationalist

I originally wrote this around the time when the horrifically unnecessary reboot of the Left Behind series was hot news in the Christian blogosphere.  Around that time in certain corners of the reformed community it was in vogue to assert that all dispensationalists were chart obsessed simpletons.  I recently had a conversation with a committed amillennial brother who could neith articulate why he was committed to his position (other than listing who also holds/held the same position) and he had never heard anyone give any actual reasons for holding to dispensationalism.  And where there is one, there are more, so I thought this (very) short discussion may be helpful to some in thinking through their eschatological position, or at least as a discussion starter.Continue reading

Let’s Help Josh!

josh_familyI love small churches.  They are alive with a vibrant sense of family.  They break bread together. They can actually, in a meaningful way, fulfill the one another commands of the New Testament.  [That is not to say that large churches don’t have a heart to do this, or that there are no ways to do these things in large churches, or that large churches are unconcerned with these things, they are.  In fact when I was part of a large church, a constant focus of the leadership was what can be done foster these things happen organically in a small church.]

But larger churches have one huge advantage over small churches, resources. … Continue reading