Sufficiency of Scripture for Pastoral Ministry, 3, lessons

July 29, 2019

In the previous two posts we considered what 2 Timothy 3:14-17 teaches us about the sufficiency of Scripture for pastoral ministry. We considered the saving wisdom Scripture gives, v.15, the divine origin of Scripture, v.16, the wide-ranging purposes Scripture serves, v.16, and the complete equipping Scripture provides, v.17. in this third and final post on this subject I want lay out some of the practical and pastoral implications of this doctrine of the sufficiency of Scripture. First of all, this ought to move those of us who are gospel ministers to a more fervent love for our Bibles. What a…

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The Sufficiency of Scripture for Pastoral Ministry, Part Two

July 12, 2019

In the previous post we began a consideration of 2 Timothy 3:14-17, focusing specifically on what this passage teaches us about the sufficiency of Scripture for pastoral ministry. The passage gives us at least four reasons to be confident in the scriptures and shape our ministries by the scriptures and faithfully to teach and to preach the scriptures. The first two mentioned in the last post were the saving wisdom Scripture gives (v.15), and the divine origin of Scripture (v.16a). Now let’s consider two more reasons to stick with Scriptures. The third is… The Wide Ranging Purposes Scripture Serves In…

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The Sufficiency of Scripture for Pastoral Ministry

July 12, 2019

2 Timothy 3:14-17, “But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have know the Holy Scriptures which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” Here in these verses,  2 Timothy 3:14-17, the Apostle Paul gives those who are ministers…

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Distracted by Theology?

September 11, 2018

I’d be the first person to tell you that sound theology is not only a good thing, it is vital for the health of the Christian and the life of the local Church.  You can’t talk about any aspect of Biblical truth without theology.  As soon as you try to answer the question, “Who is Jesus?”, you are talking about an aspect of theology. However, it is possible to disconnect theology from its source and destination and to study it as an end in and of itself.  Learning theology ought to come from a heart that loves God and wants…

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The Man In The Iron Cage

October 12, 2017

Many of you are familiar with John Bunyan’s classic allegory, The Pilgrim’s Progress.  In this work, Bunyan brings his considerable biblical knowledge and personal experience to bear in telling this grand story that illustrates the Christian life and all of its joys and sorrows, encouragements and difficulties.  If you’ve never read it, it should be on your “must read” list. One of the most interesting parts of the whole book is when Christian visits the house of the Interpreter.  During his stay, the Interpreter takes him to various rooms and shows him people and situations that all have a deeper…

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Church history

Evangelical Misconceptions About Church History, part one, Jeffery Smith

September 1, 2017

One of the subjects I’ve been teaching of late in our Adult Sunday School class is church history. One of the challenges often faced in seeking to commend an appreciation of church history and historical theology is misconceptions about church history that are often found in Evangelicals. In this and the two posts following I hope to address several of these misconceptions. Misconception One: After the Apostles the church did nothing but decline in its doctrine and understanding of the truth.  Sometimes there’s the false idea that, after the Apostles, the church, in every respect, began to decline in its…

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Parents, Teach Your Children That They Must Obey

August 7, 2017

All of us at EBC heard a great message yesterday from the Fifth Commandment.  Pastor Smith opened it up for us, showing children the requirement to obey their parents.  Talking more on this topic afterwards, this thought came to my mind: one of the biggest implications of this command is that parents ought to require obedience of their children.  In other words, parents must have a willingness to command their children and teach their children that they must obey. Parents can easily fall into these kinds of ruts: telling your child to do something three or four times (and getting…

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