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.

Loving The Unlovable: A Theology

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Over the past few years I have been honored to participate in the GAMA conference hosted by Hope Bible Church in Columbia, Maryland. And it is by far my favorite conference, sure Shepherd’s conference is great, and I have been blessed every time I have been to Together for the Gospel, But for my money GAMA is my favorite, and the reason is that there is no one famous. And that is a great encouragement, because the great teaching and preaching is coming from men who pastor small churches in our part of the world; God is at work building and equipping His church, even when you don’t hear about it.… Continue reading

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The Forgotten Qualification

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This should be a golden era for the church. Never before in church history has there been such unfettered access to the word of God, especially here in the West. Not to mention all of the great theological content that is available for free online, like many puritan writings, much from Charles Spurgeon, S. Lewis Johnson and so much more. But we are not in a golden era, and I am convinced that a large part of problem is a lack of qualified leadership in the church. To be clear when I say leadership, I mean pastoral leadership (eldership), and when I say qualified, I don’t mean talented or full of ability, I mean meeting the biblical character qualifications spelled out in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:6-9.Continue reading

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Reprise: Christian, Be Nice

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(This is the third time I’ve shared this post. And it is not that I am lazy or out of ideas, it is that I am truly heartbroken over the way some professing Christians act online.  Most of the social media vitriol, right now, seems to be around the issue of social justice, but it seems that the more the issue of the day changes the more the sin stays the same. And if you angrily used “social justice warrior” or “racist” as a pejorative defeater  this post is especially for you.)

As a Christian, and as a pastor, one of the things that frustrates, and quite frankly saddens, me the most is how some who claim the name of Christ behave on social media. Continue reading

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Fox News, Camels And Friendship With The World

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A while back Foxnews.com published an odd article.   This site has recently taken to publishing the odd article about archaeology (it always catches my eye when some one shares a link to an article about archaeology on social media) and this one was no exception.  The basic gist of the article was that some scholars from the university of Tel Aviv have dated the oldest camel bones ever found and they dated them to the 10th century BC, well after the era of the patriarchs and thus casting doubt on the reliability of the bible because camels figure in the narratives of Genesis. Continue reading

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

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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

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