Are you thinking through the issue of when to baptize children? Here is a position paper I wrote on this topic for Crossroads Church. I hope it is of help to parents and pastors.
Childhood Baptism and Church Membership
“Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them (Ps 127:4).” At Crossroads Church, our quiver is overflowing! God has blessed our church family with many children and the number of children continues to grow. We have been entrusted with the important task of ministering to these little ones with the utmost wisdom, care, and intentionality. We recognize that God has given parents, especially Fathers, the primary responsibility for the spiritual oversight of their children (Deut 6:4–9; Eph 6:1–4). Therefore, we believe it is the local church’s responsibility to come alongside parents to equip parents for this important responsibility. As parents instruct their children in the truth of God’s word, we believe that God will work through this means to convict children of sin and, Lord willing, bring them to salvation. Continue reading “Childhood Baptism and Church Membership”
Sinclair Ferguson has given Christians a precious gift by writing The Whole Christ: Legalism, Antinomianism, & Gospel Assurance—Why The Marrow Controversy Still Matters. The book is about a controversy that arose among some Presbyterian churches in 18th-century Scotland. The controversy came to be known as the Marrow Controversy and it pertained to issues involving the nature of grace, the law, legalism and how to present the gospel appropriately to unbelievers. I am not going to summarize the book here, but I encourage you to read the whole thing. I simply want to highlight one of the treasures of the book from chapter 3. Continue reading “The Cross: The Persuasion of God’s Love Or the Plan of God’s Love?”
Every year billions of people gather across the world to celebrate Easter. For some, Easter is simply an opportunity to get together with family, paint eggs, and eat chocolate bunnies. Most people, however, celebrate Easter in remembrance of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. But is the resurrection of Jesus Christ worth celebrating? Is his resurrection anything more than just a neat fact of human history? Perhaps you have thought, ‘Okay I believe Jesus rose from the dead. But what difference does that make for my life?’ Here are three reasons why the resurrection of Jesus Christ matters for you and for me. Continue reading “Three Reasons Why the Resurrection of Jesus Matters”
This is part 3 of a series I began several weeks ago. I am on my fifth reason for why I trust the Bible. I am indebted to James White’s excellent book, The King James Only Controversy: Can You Trust Modern Translations?, for some of the content of this post.
5. I trust the Bible because of its textual reliability. From the outset, I acknowledge that we do not have the original hand-written manuscripts (autographs) of the prophets and apostles. All we have are copies of copies of copies of copies; you get the point. In fact, we have thousands of these copies of biblical manuscripts. But if we do not have the original hand-written manuscripts of the prophets and apostles, then how do we know that our modern English Bibles accurately reflect the original documents? Continue reading “Why I Trust the Bible (Part 3)”
Picking up where I left off in Part 1, this post is Part 2 in a series of reflections on why I trust the Bible.
4. I trust the Bible because the Bible tells me to. Isn’t this a circular argument? Yes, but every appeal to authority is a circular argument. We cannot escape it. If the Bible is the highest authority because it is the Word of God, then there is no greater authority to which I can appeal to justify my belief in the Bible. Perhaps you have heard someone say:
God said it.
I believe it.
That settles it. Continue reading “Why I Trust the Bible (Part 2)”
Everyone has a “Bible.” Not everyone has the book containing the old and new testaments that we call the Bible, but everyone has a “Bible.” If by Bible we mean an ultimate source of authority, then everyone has a Bible. Your Bible might be the power of human reason and rationality; it might be your parents; it might be your philosophy teacher; it might be another religious book; it might be the person you see in the mirror, but everyone has an ultimate source of authority. Everyone has a Bible.
I trust the Bible containing the old and new testaments as my ultimate source of authority. Why do I trust the Bible? In a series of posts, I will attempt to answer that question. Continue reading “Why I Trust the Bible (Part 1)”
Withstanding the apostles and Jesus himself, Saint Aurelius Augustine is arguably the greatest Christian theologian of the first millennium. His contributions to the understanding and development of Bible interpretation are incalculable. He was a man ahead of his time. Indeed many of the current debates on hermeneutics and postmodern literary criticism appeal to Augustine for insight on issues of meaning, role of the reader, and semiotics. Augustine’s hermeneutical reputation is often limited to his allegorical exegesis, yet his hermeneutics were much more sophisticated than merely allegorical interpretation. Continue reading “Hermeneutic of Love”
At Crossroads Church, we are bringing in the new year with five sermons from the passion narrative in Mark’s Gospel. We have been in an expository study through the Gospel of Mark for over a year and we are now nearing the end. As part of our gathered worship each Lord’s Day in January, we decided to make “All I have is Christ” our theme song for the month. We sang this song on each of the first two Sundays in January and we will sing it for the remaining three. Continue reading “All I Have is Christ”
You may recognize the tune.
- Jesus came to fulfill the law
Matthew 5:17 (ESV) — 17 “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.
- Jesus came to seek and to save the lost
Luke 19:10 (ESV) — 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” Continue reading “13 Reasons Why Jesus Christ Came”