Accidental Hyper-Calvinists

One of the most common views of salvation in evangelicalism is an Arminian view of the place of God in initiating salvation in a person coupled with a non-Arminian understanding of God’s place in retaining salvation in that same person. In other words, under this view, God is not seen as the first mover in an individual’s faith in Christ, but he is relied upon to keep a person “once saved, always saved.”

The view that a person who is saved will always be saved is a biblical one. Scripture is filled with promises of God’s perfect hold on those who are believers in Christ (John 10:28-29).… Continue reading

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

Grace in 3D – Part 2

In the first part of this series, we looked at an often-overlooked role of grace: its empowerment for spiritual growth in a believer.

But this is not the only part of God’s grace toward Christians that gets overlooked. The other major work of “grace” in the Christian life is God’s empowerment for ministry.

The foremost example of this is the apostle Paul, who repeatedly cited the grace of God that was give to him for the particular ministry to which he was called: taking the gospel to the nations (Romans 1:5; 15:15-16; 1 Cor. 3:10; 15:10; Galatians 2:9; Ephesians 3:2, 7-8).… Continue reading

Marks of a Good Church

Recently, I went to South Africa. My wife and I were visiting a couple that we knew from seminary who are now doing gospel work in Nelspruit, South Africa. Our goal in going was to come alongside them in their church plant for encouragement, support, uplifting, and some Bible-training with their church. It was a precious time to be with them and I am grateful to the Lord of their friendship and work in the Lord.

While we were there, focused on serving them, I was taken aback at how strangely churchcomfortable I was. This “comfort” was not certainly not due to culture, as South Africa definitely has a different culture and way of doing life than my NW Arkansas culture.… Continue reading