I am leading a seminar this Spring entitled "Foundations for Faith." We are walking through key questions of our statements of faith like the Westminster Shorter Catechism and Heidelberg Catechism. Here is the outline for the previous week's session entitled "Your Primary Purpose."
Westminster Shorter Catechism
Why did the incarnation of Jesus Christ take place?
During the Advent season, we remember that it was real flesh that Christ took; not the image of a body, but a true body. In the creation, man was made in God’s image; in the incarnation God was made in man’s image. Was there no other way for the restoring of fallen man but … Continue reading Why did the incarnation of Jesus Christ take place?
The Value of Hearing God’s Word Preached
In our increasing visual culture, some are calling for the church to minimize the role of preaching and the spoken Word. Amid debates like this, we anchor our hearts and ministries to simple passages like 1 Corinthians 1:21 that speak of the power of preaching God's Word.The Apostle Paul writes: "it pleased God through the … Continue reading The Value of Hearing God’s Word Preached
A Short Appeal for Catechizing as a Method for Family Discipleship
This morning our men's group studied what the Bible has to say about catechizing our children. This is a method of family discipleship that has come upon hard times in the church in the West because we have entrusted the spiritual nurture of our children to ministry professionals. We also are plagued with a sense … Continue reading A Short Appeal for Catechizing as a Method for Family Discipleship
God’s Guarding and Guiding Providence – Acts 27-28
God's Guarding and Guiding Providence - Click on link for Devotional Guide on Acts 27-28. What do we mean by God’s guarding and guiding providence? God is a providential Father who “works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will” (Ephesians 1:11). What are God’s works of providence? God's works of providence are his … Continue reading God’s Guarding and Guiding Providence – Acts 27-28