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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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).

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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

 

Book Briefs: Mere Calvinism

prpbooks_images_covers_hi-res_9781629956145.jpgJim Orrick is a professor at Boyce College in Louisville, Kentucky, as well as the author of A Year with George Herbert: A Guide to Fifty-Two of His Best Loved Poems.

Why is Mere Calvinism an important work? 

Mere Calvinism is the most helpful and accessible book on the Doctrines of Grace. Everyone can read this book and benefit from it. I think other works on the Doctrines of Grace can be very helpful, but they can miss a personal/pastoral element to the work. However, this cannot be said of Mere Calvinism. It is pastoral and personal on every page. This book shows that the Doctrines of Grace are not dull or dead, but the Doctrines of Grace are living doctrines! Throughout the work, Orrick shows that the Doctrines of Grace relate to everyday life and they should cause us to find joy in God!

Chapters in Mere Calvinism: 

1. Calvinism: More Than the Five Points 

2. Total Depravity: We Have Received a Bleak Diagnosis

3. Unconditional Election: The Father Planned for the Success of the Gospel 

4. Limited Atonement: The Son Secured the Salvation of His People 

5. Irresistible Grace: The Holy Spirit Supernaturally Calls the Elect 

6. Perseverance of the Saints: God Brings All His Children to Heaven 

7. What If?: Less Than the Five Points 

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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

Building Faith & Counting Costs: The Cost of Discipleship in a Society that Takes Faith for Granted

 

By David Brown 

buildingfaithpicFor which one of you, when he wants to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if he has enough to complete it? (Luke 14:28)

In his excellent commentary on Luke’s Gospel New Testament scholar David E. Garland wrote: “ Many who come to Christ have no idea in advance what this decision will eventually cost them.”[i] The church, he continued, often makes the problem worse by soft-selling the requirements of discipleship in an effort to keep attendance high and conflict low.[ii] As a pastor I agree with Garland completely. Pastors have sometime emphasized unity within the church body at the expense of unity with Christ.

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Book Briefs: Defending Substitution

By Evan Knies

Simon Gathercole is the lecturer in New Testament studies in the Faculty of Divinity of the University of Cambridge and Fellow and director of studies in theology at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. He is also the author of several other books.

Brief Summary:

Defending Substitution is a short (128 pages), but needed work. As Gathercole points out, substitution is vital to what the New Testament says about the death of Christ and the gospel message. It also has important pastoral implications such as Christian assurance or perseverance of the saints. Gathercole describes substitutionary atonement as “instead of us”. Because of Adam, all men sin, fall short, and are rebels against God (Romans 5:12). Thus because of mans rebellion, he needs a substitute to stand in his place for him. Gathercole throughout this work goes through the Old Testament priesthood through to the priesthood of Christ, showing that sinners needed a mediator to stand in his place, because he could not stand for himself. Christ took the cross, instead of us. He took God’s wrath, instead of us. He died in accordance with scriptures, instead of us. He rose in accordance with the scriptures. Gathercole throughout this work will help you understand the substitutionary view of the atonement, its implications from the Old Testament to King Jesus (who died once for all), and help you rejoice because Christ died “instead of us”.

Why Should You Read This?
1. It will make you a better student of the Bible. Gathercole goes from the Old Testament to the New Testament. It will help you think about the entire Bible’s theology of atonement.
2. It will help you share the gospel more clearly. If you want confidence that Christ is our substitute and want help explaining this with solid Biblical evidence, this is a great book for you.
3. It will challenge you and also help you care for your brothers and sisters in Christ, since you know that you need a substitute, and they need a substitute just as much as you do. This should help us individually by leveling the playing field, killing pride, and loving one another so that you are an example of Jesus Christ to a lost and dying world.

Friend, You only get one life and it will soon pass. Only what is done for Jesus Christ will last.


Evan Knies is from West Monroe, Louisiana. He is currently an undergraduate student at Boyce College. You can follow him on Twitter @Evan_Knies.