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.

Root Your Faith In The Old Testament

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I recently finished up the first part of a two part preface to a planned verse by verse exposition of the Gospel of John and this past Sunday, I started on part two. I don’t think that is so unusual, especially among churches where preaching and teaching is taken seriously. In churches devoted to expository preaching introductory messages are often preached before a new sermon series. What is unusual is that part one of this preface was a verse by verse exposition of all of the Servant songs of Isaiah and part two will be an exposition of all of the songs of ascent, Psalms 120-134. … Continue reading

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Reprise: So You Think You Are a Red Letter Christian?

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“Red Letter” Christianity is kind of a hot topic these days. If you spend much time in the Christian blogosphere (which presumably you do if you are reading this) you are sure to encounter writers, thinkers, the occasional pastor and especially commenters, who proudly proclaim themselves to be “Red Letter” Christians. Whether it is referring to those involved in the formal organization headed by Tony Campolo (I know he would likely object to the description a formal organization and him as the head but that’s what it is and that is what he is) or just to individuals who self identify that way the basic idea is that they follow Jesus’ teachings, the things in red typeface in red letter editions of the bible, as a kind of canon within the Canon.… Continue reading

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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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