Posts Tagged: Reformed

How do scholars estimate when each book of the Bible was written?

How do scholars estimate when each book of the Bible was written?

SPROUL: There are different methods. The main method is through external sources, by looking at what the ancient extrabiblical writers would quote. For example, if a text of Scripture...

What are the essential ingredients of a true church?

What are the essential ingredients of a true church?

SPROUL: Well, I think you know at the sixteenth century with the rupture of the unity of the ecclesiastical situation, there was a huge debate on what is a...

How to Have a Better Prayer Life

How to Have a Better Prayer Life

When I think about the kind of one thing that someone can give themselves to for maybe a more rich prayer life Colossians 4:2 comes to mind, the call...

What characteristic of Martin Luther made him effective as God’s instrument to reform the church?

What characteristic of Martin Luther made him effective as God’s instrument to reform the church?

SPROUL: He was a beggar who found where he could get bread. And told everybody who would listen to him. I think that the biggest thing that I… how...

The Essential Difference between the Protestant and Roman Catholic Views of Assurance

The Essential Difference between the Protestant and Roman Catholic Views of Assurance

Here is the embodiment and summary of what had generally been taught in the Middle Ages but it had never been officially defined that God loves the lovely. “For...

Is God justified in punishing us for Adam’s sin? – R.C. Sproul

Is God justified in punishing us for Adam’s sin? – R.C. Sproul

It’s just that they’re born with a sin nature because they sinned in Adam. That’s the whole concept there that Adam was the perfect representative, not just for himself...

How can I avoid becoming prideful? – Burk Parsons

How can I avoid becoming prideful? – Burk Parsons

I recently wrote an article for Credo Magazine online and talked a little bit about my own experience in coming to understand the doctrine of salvation in Scripture and...

How to Prepare for Suffering

How to Prepare for Suffering

– [Paul Tripp] We trouble our trouble by unrealistic expectations of life. If you’re going to be prepared for the suffering that will surely come, you better have a...

Since heaven is perfect, why do we need the new heavens and new earth?

Since heaven is perfect, why do we need the new heavens and new earth?

When the Bible speaks about heaven, it speaks of it in different terms. Many times when the Bible uses the term ouranos, which is a Greek word for heaven,...

Luther Enslaved by Works Righteousness

Luther Enslaved by Works Righteousness

Now in Luther’s day, it was the ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle who summed it up, and whose message was so widespread. Aristotle said, “We become righteous by doing righteous...