Book Brief: Work by Dan Doriani

workDan Doriani is currently serving as VP of Strategic Academic Projects and Professor of Theology at Covenant Theology Seminary.

Work is essential to every single human being. Dan Doriani in this book helps unpack the Biblical and Theological understanding of Work. Throughout, he shows how work relates to the gospel and that God’s people should strive for God-centered work! He looks at the history of work through the lens of many in history inside and outside the church. This will be a helpful book to refer back to time and time again. In the appendix, Doriani gives principles for various professions/occupations. Grab a copy of Work and put it to good use!

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Carey-Fuller Conference 2019

The Carey-Fuller Conference is named for two men who greatly exemplify the best of our Calvinistic Baptist heritage found in the Particular Baptists and early Southern Baptists. This conference is focusing on the three “Es” where our Baptist heritage is desperately needed in connection with biblical, confessional Calvinism: evangelism, exposition, and ecclesiology. Our aim is to equip the church with biblical teaching centered upon the Word of God within a historic Baptist, confessional framework. Furthermore, there is a vast mine to be untapped when it comes to lessons to learn from Baptist history.

The theme of the 2019 Carey-Fuller conference was “Appointed to Believe: The Nature of Saving Faith.” In these sessions, you will find excellent expositions concerning the gracious nature of saving faith and the glorious doctrine of justification by faith alone. History shows us practical implications of these truths as found in sessions dealing with William Carey, Andrew Fuller, and C.H. Spurgeon.

Carey – Fuller Conference 2019 Sessions


Jake Stone is a native of Gulfport, MS and has lived on the MS Gulf Coast his entire life. Pastor Jake began to serve full-time at New Testament beginning in August 2011 and this began the relaunch and revitalization process of the church. Jake is a graduate of William Carey University in Hattiesburg, MS. Follow Jake on Twitter @ntbcpastor.

15 Quotes from Foundations of the Christian Faith

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James Montgomery Boice was the pastor of Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia until his death in 2000. He also wrote a book called “The Doctrines of Grace” which was heavily influential in my life.

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1. Knowledge of God takes place in the context of Christian piety, worship, and devotion (pg. 9).

2. A weak god produces no strong followers, nor does he deserve to be worshiped. A strong God, the God of the Bible, is a source of strength to those who know Him (pg. 12).

3. To know God would require change (pg. 19).

4. The church did not create the canon; if it had, it would place itself over Scripture. Rather the church submitted to Scripture as a higher authority (pg. 34).

5. The power of the living Christ operating by means of the Holy Spirit through the written Word changes lives (pg. 56).

6. A God who needs to be defended is no God. Rather, the God of the Bible is the self-existent one who is the true defender of His people (pg. 95).

7. Because God knows, believers can rest (pg. 134).

8. The blessings of salvation come, not by fighting against God’s ways or by hating Him for what we consider to be an injustice, but rather by accepting His verdict on our true nature as fallen beings and turning to Christ in faith for salvation (pg. 204).

9. The initiating cause in salvation is God’s free grace, but the formal cause is, and has always been, the death of the mediator (pg. 259).

10. In the act of propitiation, we have the great good news that the one who is our Creator, but from whom we have turned in sin, is nevertheless at the same time our Redeemer (pg. 322).

11. Only after we have come to appreciate the meaning of the Cross can we appreciate the love behind it. Seeing this, Augustine once called the Cross “a pulpit” from which Christ preached God’s love to the world (pg. 337).

12. To confess that Jesus is the Christ is to confess the Christ of the Scriptures. To deny that Christ, by whatever means, is heresy – a heresy with terrible consequences (pg. 445).

13. If we are secure in Christ, although we may stumble and fall, we know that nothing will ever pluck us out of Christ’s hand (pg. 464).

14. Living by grace actually leads to holiness, for our desire is to please the one who has saved us by that grace (pg. 492).

15. Perseverance means that once one is in the family of God, he or she is always in that family (pg. 534).

For more information on Foundations of the Christian Faith, visit Intervarsity Press here.


Evan Knies is from West Monroe, LA. He is married to Lauren and father to Maesyn. He serves as Minister of Students at Bullitt Lick Baptist Church in Shepherdsville, KY. He also serves as the Executive Assistant of the Nelson Baptist Association. He is a graduate of Boyce College and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. You can follow him on Twitter @Evan_Knies

 

15 Quotes from Reformed Preaching by Joel Beeke

1. The Truth of Christ must be brought home to the heart by the Holy Spirit in order to produce love (pg. 23).

2. Faith opens a window to see into heaven, but experiential knowledge brings a foretaste of heaven into the soul (pg. 48).

3. Reformed preaching is declaring biblical truth to promote biblical spirituality as it was rediscovered in the Reformation of the sixteenth century (pg. 58).

4. Preaching Christ is the only way to give solid comfort to suffering people (pg. 60).

5. The holiness of a minister’s heart is not merely an ideal; it is absolutely necessary for his work to be effective. Holiness of life be his consuming passion (pg. 67). reformedpreachingimage

6. If a man teach uprightly and walk crookedly, more will fall down in the night of his life than he built in the day of his doctrine (pg. 69).

7. The law is no means for sinners to find justification before God, but it is also no enemy of grace (pg. 75).

8. Preachers who preach casually convey the impression that they do not have anything really important to say (pg. 77).

9. The church today desperately needs preachers whose private prayers season their pulpit messages, and who continually remind themselves that awakening, heart engaging, life-transforming preaching does not depend on ministerial eloquence, self-generated passion, or powers of persuasion, but on the sovereign good pleasure of God operating through the ministry of the Holy Spirit (pg. 81).

10. Half-hearted piety slowly bleeds away the minister’s strength (pg. 83).

11. If the heart of the preacher is increasingly sanctified toward God, his preaching gains new depths and nuances that reflect his spiritual growth (pg. 85).

12. Preaching is the instrument and the authority that the Spirit uses in His saving work of illuminating, converting, and sealing sinners (pg. 112-113).

13. The true knowledge of God results in pious activity that aims to go beyond personal salvation to embrace the glory of God (pg. 117).

14. Where God’s glory is not served, true piety cannot exist (pg. 117).

15. Effective preaching does not merely inform people about God; it glorifies God (pg. 388).


Evan Knies is from West Monroe, LA. He is married to Lauren and Father to Maesyn. He serves as Minister of Students at Bullitt Lick Baptist Church in Shepherdsville, KY. He also serves as the Executive Assistant of the Nelson Baptist Association. He is a graduate of Boyce College and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. You can follow him on Twitter @Evan_Knies

30 Quotes from “Church in Hard Places” by Mez McConnell and Mike McKinley

Church in Hard Places is available on Amazon (here). It is an excellent new book by Mez McConnell and Mike McKinley. Below are 30 quotes from the Church in Hard Places. 

  1. The one unique thing that a local church has to offer to people mired in poverty is the gospel of Jesus Christ (pg. 28).
  2. The gospel word is the message of God to people who are caught in the complex patterns of personal sin and systematic challenges that comprise poverty (pg. 28).
  3. The church is at the heart of God’s saving plan. His love does not rest on a multitude of isolated individuals, but it calls out and creates a people who can now be called “God’s people” 1 Pet. 2:9-10 (pg. 31).
  4. God has designed the church to be the vehicle that takes his saving message to the world (pg. 31).
  5. Local churches teach the Word of God week in and week out, both to disciple believers and to evangelize believers (pg. 31).
  6. A local church is a community of the reconciled-those reconciled to God and to each other (pg. 31).
  7. A false or even an incomplete gospel is like a sugar pill. It might fool the patient into thinking he will get better, but it doesn’t have the power to cure him (pg. 38).
  8. The gospel is profound and beautiful enough to occupy the most brilliant scholar, but it is also simple enough for a child to understand and believe (pg. 38).
  9. The Bible challenges us to own our sin and take responsibility for the things that we have done (pg. 45).
  10. Poverty, violence, and injustice are real problems at a personal and societal level. But they fare the symptoms of the spiritual disease we all carry around with us. Treating the symptoms is good and noble, but without the gospel cure, the patient will surely die (pg. 52).
  11. True doctrine is life giving and sanctifying; false teaching destroys the soul (pg. 67).
  12. The local church is God’s primary evangelism strategy (pg. 87).
  13. Local churches do local evangelism (pg. 88).
  14. God has chosen the local church, and no other human organization, to be his kingdom representative to the world (pg. 88).
  15. The church is central to the purposes of God and is of benefit to the world around us-even today in our increasingly hostile culture (pg. 88).
  16. A culture that despises any kind of authority needs to see healthy models of leadership and submission. And the best place for people to see this modeled is in the local church (pg. 92).
  17. We cannot transform sinners; we can only teach and persuade them of the truths of the gospel as revealed in the Bible. The rest depends on prayer and the sovereign, electing grace of God’s Holy Spirit (pg. 99-100).
  18. If a church hopes to see people from needy places come to Christ, then they must be sure that those people are welcomed into a full place in the life of the congregation (pg. 125).
  19. Healthy practices of membership and discipline play a crucial role in cultivating and protecting the distinctiveness of a church (pg. 128).
  20. We must be aware of our motivations because they can come back to haunt us if we don’t thin deeply before we engage in any kind of ministry (pg. 139).
  21. People are dying without Christ; that’s the bottom line (pg. 141).
  22. Micromanaging does not equip people or build a team; delegating authority does (pg. 148).
  23. Leaders in established positions can too easily project the sense that only they have the skills and knowledge necessary for leadership (pg. 161).
  24. Churches and institutional leaders need to stop overlooking those who lack professional qualifications or who don’t fit into their social circle (pg. 161).
  25. Our job is not to fix whole cultures, but to share the good news and to disciple those God draws to himself (pg. 166).
  26. Discipleship without deep friendship is merely club membership (pg. 170).
  27. Starbucks sells coffee, Listerine makes mouthwash, and the church holds out the gospel and trains people to obey by doing the work of ministry (pg. 174).
  28. Deeds of mercy can also show the power of the gospel to change us (pg. 174).
  29. Feeding a lazy man simply encourages his sin and enables him to avoid the consequences of his actions (pg. 177).
  30. Mercy ministry needs to be done in the context of relationships and accountability (pg. 179).

Evan Knies is married to Lauren and is a student at SBTS. You can follow him on Twitter @Evan_Knies.