A Baptist Catechism – Question #4

Question:  What Is The Word Of God?

Answer:  The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, being given by divine inspiration, are the Word of God, the only infallible rule of faith and practice.

Scriptures:

2 Peter 1:21 – For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 – All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

Isaiah 8:20 – To the teaching and to the testimony! If they will not speak according to this word, it is because they have no dawn.

Matthew 5:17-18 – “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished.”

1 Corinthians 2:13 – And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual.

Psalm 19:7-8 – The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the LORD are right,         rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.

*From the Desiring God Website, edited and annotated by John Piper.

A Baptist Catechism – Question #3

Question:  How Do We Know There Is A God?

Answer:  The light of nature in man, and the works of God, plainly declares that there is a God; but his word and Spirit only, do effectually reveal him unto us for our salvation.

Scripture:

Romans 1:18-20 – For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.

Psalm 19:1-2 – The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge.

2 Timothy 3:15 – and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

1 Corinthians 1:21-24 – For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.

1 Corinthians 2:9-10 – But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”— these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God.

Matthew 11:27 – All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

*From the Desiring God Website, edited and annotated by John Piper

A Baptist Catechism – Question #1

Question:  Who is the First and Best Being?

Answer:  God is the first and best being.

Scripture:

Isaiah 44:6 – Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts:  “I am the first and I am the last; besides me there is no god.

Psalm 8:1 – O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens.

Psalm 96:4 – For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; he is to be feared above all gods.

Psalm 97:9 – For you, O LORD, are most high over all the earth; you are exalted far above all gods.

1 Samuel 2:2 – There is none holy like the LORD:  for there is none besides you; there is no rock like our God.

*From the Desiring God Website, edited and annotated by John Piper

Daily Roundup

A Strange Thirst – Here is some food for thought on what we desire from God.

God’s Amazing Grace Part 3– Charles Quarles looks at the theology behind John Newton’s hymn.

Why The Sovereignty of God is Important – Even in the midst of tragedy, our outlook on God’s sovereignty should be our calm in the midst of the storm.

The Baptist Catechism with Notes by John Piper – Written in 1677, “The Baptist Catechism” was patterned after the Heidelberg and Westminster catechisms to teach Reformed doctrine from a Baptist perspective.  Download it from Desiring God.

All Hail the Power of Chance? – What kind of power does chance actually have?  Here is an interesting perspective.

In What Ways Can The Younger Compromise With The Older in The Local Church? – Brian Croft, as usual, offers up some good advice.

Quote:

Hence we learn how absolutely we are dependent on God in this great matter of the eternal salvation of our souls. We are dependent not only on his wisdom to contrive a way to accomplish it, and on his power to bring it to pass, but we are dependent on his mere will and pleasure in the affair. We depend on the sovereign will of God for every thing belonging to it, from the foundation to the top-stone. It was of the sovereign pleasure of God, that he contrived a way to save any of mankind, and gave us Jesus Christ, his only-begotten Son, to be our Redeemer. Why did he look on us; and send us a Saviour, and not the fallen angels? It was from the sovereign pleasure of God. It was of his sovereign pleasure what means to appoint. His giving us the Bible, and the ordinances of religion, is of his sovereign grace. His giving those means to us rather than to others, his giving the awakening influences of his Spirit, and his bestowing saving grace, are all of his sovereign pleasure. When he says, “Let there be light in the soul of such an one,” it is a word of infinite power and sovereign grace. – Jonathan Edwards