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.

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It is an opinionated world these days. Everyone seems to have an opinion about everything. It has always been like that. What seems to have changed these days, is that now most everyone seems to want to share their opinion, it even seems that many feel compelled to share their opinion. I get this from the world in the age of social media, but believers in Christ should know better. Ninety-nine times out of a hundred, the only appropriate comment for a Christian to make is no comment.

Before we get to the 99 times, I want to address the one.Continue reading

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Reprise: You’re Using It Wrong: 1 Peter 3:7

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One of the most counter cultural elements of the Christian life is the living out of the youredoingitwrongbiblically mandated roles within marriage.  The notion that wives should submit to their husbands is often met with shrieks of patriarchy and misogyny, without ever considering that there is not one single command directed to husbands to compel their wives to submit; in fact they are commanded to not be harsh with them (Col 3:19).  And the notion that husbands are to live sacrificially for their wives (Eph 5:25) and are solely responsible for supporting his whole family (1 Tim 5:8) are equally unpopular. … Continue reading

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Christian, Back Away From The Outrage

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Last Thursday afternoon I received a number of very curious messages, mostly via Facebook messenger, and they were curious in two ways. First, they all said the exact same thing, down to the capitalization and spacing error, “Can you please send this to all your contacts.can (sic) you believe this?” It seems I was being bombarded with a good old-fashioned chain letter via 21st century technology.  And the second thing that I found so curious was what I was supposed to find so unbelievable; attached to the message was a video explaining that the unbelieving administration at a secular university (that I had never heard of before) in a small town 1300 miles away from the church was acting like the unbelieving administration of a secular college. Continue reading

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The Church and Racism

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This past weekend, about 70 miles from the church, a deadly riot occurred.  This murderous riot was planned and organized by the white supremacists and racists of the “alt-right.”  And make no mistake the “alt-right” is racist to its core, and God hates racism, as much as He hates all other sin.  And what God hates the church should hate too. And the church must denounce it unqualified terms.  The “alt-right” is evil, kinism is evil, white-supremacy is evil, neo-nazis are evil.

As the people of Israel were instructed in Amos 5:15 the church, God’s covenant people in the present age, ought to hate evil and love good and pursue justice.… Continue reading

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Proverbs for the Internet Age

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The internet is a blessing and a curse. It puts an amount of information literally unimaginable to previous generations right at your fingertips.  Almost every sermon preached in the developed world is available online (and that is both good and bad, as there are both good and bad sermons) these days. There is an enormous amount of the work of the great theologians and pastors of the past available online. More seminaries (again there are good and bad seminaries) are making video or audio recordings of their classes available online. And of course, there are also a wealth of good, sound, theological and apologetics blogs out there.Continue reading

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