As a church, we recently studied through the material of the “Gospel Shaped Church” by the Gospel Coalition, the series is titled “Gospel Shaped Worship.” The reason for our desire to work through this series was to make everyone in the church aware the biblical mandate we have in worshipping God. An Overview The word … Continue reading A Brief Devotion: Worship
The Celebration Growing up in South Africa, our yearly calendars recorded this event – exactly 40 days after Christ’s Resurrection! Today our calendars no longer record it. So what has happened? When did we decide that it is no longer necessary to have this recorded? Does that mean we no longer observe the remembrance of … Continue reading The Ascension
There are four “Servant Songs” of Isaiah that describe the service, suffering, and exaltation of the Servant of the Lord, the Messiah. And Isaiah predicts that this Servant of the Lord would deliver the world from the prison of sin. God’s Servant, the Messiah, faithfully completes all the work He is given to do! Acts 3:13 … Continue reading The Son, The Father, & The Cross
By Lucas Stoltz What is Lent? Simply put, Lent is a period of fasting, self-control, and self-denial traditionally observed by Catholics and some Protestant denominations (Anglican, Methodist). It begins with Ash Wednesday (a really weird practice of rubbing ashes on one’s forehead in the sign of a cross, which in its defence; the Bible does … Continue reading Why We Won’t be Observing Lent
By David Bester Your heart is a complex mix of desires, thoughts and intentions (Prov 20:5). It can be complicated to discern and it requires the careful application of scripture (Heb 4:12). Psalm 16 gives us insight into two desires that all of us have. Firstly, we all desire satisfaction. That means we seek to … Continue reading Two Desires from Psalm 16: Satisfaction & Security in the Lord
By Lucas Stoltz What is Evangelism? J Mack Stiles defines it as follows: “Evangelism is teaching the gospel with the aim to persuade.” I hope you can see that this definition does not require an immediate outward response. As walking down an aisle, raising a hand, or even praying a prayer may tell us that … Continue reading A Working Definition of Evangelism
By Lucas Stoltz Where does Halloween come from? Halloween is celebrated in all sorts of ways by all sorts of people around the world. Traditionally, it was known as All Hallows’ Eve, when the dead were remembered. But over time, it became cultural. And for the Western world, it has become extremely commercialized. Halloween decorations … Continue reading Understanding Halloween
By Lucas Stoltz The Necessity of Expository Preaching Expository preaching is all about Sola Scriptura, meaning Scripture alone. As we see in Acts 17:10-15, Paul proves and explains from the Scriptures, he doesn’t go to tradition, he doesn’t suck it out of his thumb, he turns to Scripture – God’s Word alone, Sola Scriptura! Expository … Continue reading Why Do Our Churches Need Expository Preaching?
By Lucas Stoltz It is fitting to respond to our country’s latest constitutional change, whereby South Africa legalized the use of Marijuana! Adults are now allowed to use, possess or cultivate cannabis in private for their own personal consumption. However, it is still rather cloudy (no pun intended) as to the finer details. But even … Continue reading Marijuana & the Christian Home
By David Bester This article aims to briefly discuss the Carnal Christian teaching and describe the false assurance of salvation it provides. It will then explore biblical assurance and explain Paul’s usage of the term “carnal” (fleshly) in 1 Corinthians 3:1-4. THE CARNAL MAN In Chafer’s work entitled “He that is spiritual”, he put forward … Continue reading The False Assurance Of Carnal Christianity
By Lucas Stoltz There has been much debate concerning the “gifts.” More specifically, the “sign gifts.” The ‘sign gifts’ refer to miracles like speaking in tongues, visions, healing, raising the dead, and prophesying. But to clarify for the purpose of this article, we agree that there is no question among believers whether or not they … Continue reading The Purpose of the Gifts
By Lucas Stoltz Just to clarify, this article is an overview of Islam, and not an in-depth study! The History of Islam Now, Islam is a religious system which began in the seventh century by ‘The Prophet’ Muhammad. Muhammad (c. AD 570—632) was from Mecca. He was an orphan and was raised by an uncle, a man … Continue reading An Overview of Islam
By Ps Lucas Stoltz The Doctrines of Grace help build up the believer, or at least, it should! The phrase “doctrines of grace” is used as a replacement for the term “Calvinism,” in order to remove the attention from John Calvin and instead focus on how the specific points are biblically and theologically sound. The … Continue reading The Doctrines of Grace & Christian Encouragement
Downloadable file here: Systematic Theology Matters! Systematic Theology Matters! By Ps Lucas Stoltz. Credit to QotQuestions.com “What is Systematic Theology.” And Wayne Grudem’s “What’s Systematic Theology and Why Bother?” 14 May 2016 - taken from the Gospel Coalition. As well as by: Stephen J. Wellum & Peter J. Gentry’s “Why All Christians Should Care about Systematic … Continue reading Systematic Theology Matters!
Downloadable file here: Why Jehovah Witnesses are dangerous and need the Gospel Why Jehovah’s Witnesses are dangerous and need the Gospel: By Ps Lucas Stoltz. Credit to Justin Taylor’s “The 11 Beliefs You Should Know about Jehovah’s Witnesses When They Knock at the Door,” 17 August 2017. And Joe Carter’s article “9 Things You Should … Continue reading Why Jehovah’s Witnesses are Dangerous & Need the Gospel