Daily Roundup

God’s Aim In Election, and Our Personal Holiness – After revealing his free electing grace toward sinners like us, what does God intend to do with his children now? What is the aim of our election?  A 6 minute video by Richard Gaffin, Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology (emeritus) at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia.

Five Verses on Adoption – The word “adoption” only occurs a few time in the New Testament.  Look at how it is used.

Your Ministry:  Did You Build That? – An episode of “Moore to the Point Audio” where Russel Moore talks about this question and how we should understand what God is doing in working all things together to shape us for his Kingdom’s sake.

3 Way Civil Union – It was only a matter of time.  Looks like America might be playing catch-up on the issue though.

Five Corrosives to Faith – We don’t typically loose our faith all at once, it is usually a slow slide.

The Highest Beauty – Do we see God’s holiness as beautiful?  We need too.

Christian Competence – The capacity “to do” is a donation from God and the energy we employ emanates from him.  Roger Salter writes a wonderful piece about our abilities being from God.

Quote:

Blessed be God for the news of a better world, where there will be no sin, change, nor defect for ever. And let us praise him, likewise, that He has appointed means of grace and seasons for refreshment here below, for a throne of grace, a precious Bible, and returning ordinances: these are valuable privileges; and so they appear to us when our hearts are in a lively frame. Then everything appears little and worthless, in comparison of communion with God. Oh, for a coal of fire from the heavenly altar to warm our frozen spirits! Oh, for a taste of love and glimpses of glory, that we might mount up as with eagle’s wings! Let us pray for each other. – John Newton

Daily Roundup

Multi-site Churches:  Paving the Road to a “Cult of Personality?” – You don’t say.

Big Church, Small Church – Another perspective on church size.

School of Theology – Derek Thomas of 1st Presbyterian Church, Columbia, SC has started a Theology Course.  Listen to the audio, download the handouts and grow in Christ.

The Fruits of Repentance – What does authentic repentance look like?

Confident in Our Adoption – Here is a 33 minute video sermon on Romans 8:13-17.

Quote:

The Fall of man is written in too legible characters not to be understood. Those that deny it, by their denying, prove it. The very heathens confessed and bewailed it. They could see the streams of corruption running through the whole race of mankind but could not trace them to the fountain-head. Before God gave a revelation of his Son, man was a riddle to himself. And Moses unfolds more in this one chapter (out of which the text is taken) than all mankind could have been capable of finding out of themselves, though they had studied to all eternity. – George Whitefield