This article studies the phrase "justification by faith," focusing on the preposition “by.” This study is done from four perspectives: scriptural, theological, experiential, and polemical.
This article considers the life of the Dutch theologian, Herman Bavinck.
How does regeneration and the believer’s justification by faith relate to the believer’s union with Christ? Chapter 30 explores how the Puritans answered this question. The authors consider the chief blessing that Christians receive, faith, and thus union with Christ as it relates to the ordo salutis (order of salvation).
In this chapter Beeke considers some theological foundations of family worship. These foundations, he argues, are rooted in the very being of God.
Why is John Calvin important today? What did he teach and does that encourage remembrance in the church of Jesus Christ? Beeke identifies twelve roles of Calvin that make him relevant for the church today: his role as educator, socio-theologian, evangelist, pastor, pietist, commentator, churchman, trinitarian, preacher, Christian, theologian, and exegete.
Chapter 1 treats the life and times of Peter Waldo (c. 1140-1217). He was a wealthy merchant who lived in Lyons, France. Waldo learned that he could approach God through the Mediator, Jesus Christ. Some of Waldo’s followers worked to spread the gospel and were persecuted. A remnant of his followers were later called “the Waldensians.”
Chapter 1 divides the first century of church history into roughly three periods.
It is certain that some people will go to hell and some to heaven. Who will go where? From Matthew 7 this article answers this question.
This article traces the historical origin of Calvinism. The author looks at the context of the degraded state of the church under the Roman Catholic Church, the response of the reformers, and the spread of Calvinism.
In the time between the early church and the Reformation, Genesis 1 and the creation account has been read in two different ways: literally or allegorically. The author discusses the influences behind an allegorical interpretation, and concludes that Christians should understand this text literally.
What was John Calvin and Martin Luther's stance on the age of the earth? This article shows that the reformers also believed that Genesis 1 and the creation account must be read literally. God created the earth in six days, which makes the earth around six thousand years old. The author laments the fact that some people read Genesis 1 allegorically.
This article shows that church discipline is a sign of the true church, and that God uses it to promote godliness in His children.