Biblical Exposition

Title Author Description
Assurance of Salvation in Romans 8 D Steele & C Thomas Outline summary showing the unbreakable chain of salvation that forms our security as believers
Authority and Leadership D Dixon Most of Chapter 7 from Discipling Ministries: An Inside Look
Barely Saved R Sibbes Extracts from  sermon, "The Difficulty of Salvation," by Richard Sibbes, a great Puritan preacher of Cambridge from 1626 to his death.
Beyond Probation L Irons Justification doesn't depend on how well you're doing in being an obedient Christian. You're not "on probation", because Jesus has passed the probationary test on your behalf. A lengthy and closely-reasoned article, but you come to the end of it SO encouraged!
Checks on Power and Authority in the New Testament Dr H Bussell Key overview of examples of how authority was defined in the New Testament, with six questions to identify improper use of authority in churches today
Christ Died for the Sins of Christians, Too Dr R Rosenbladt Key answers the question, "What does the gospel matter to my Christian life?...What do I do now... is the rest left up to me?"
Christ Our Surety Dr R. Sibbes Passionate Puritan sermon on the "sweet consideration" of the "comfort we receive from Christ by way of His satisfaction" on our behalf of all God's demands
Christian Husbands W Doud How to be the husband of a happy wife
The Christian in Romans 7 A W Pink Romans 7 speaks of the Christian experience
Church Discipline in the URC URC Church Order Articles 51-66 of the Church Order of the United Reformed Churches in North America. (And yes, it is practiced when necessary.)
Church Offices in the URC URC Church Order Articles 1-4 of the Church Order of the United Reformed Churches in North America.
A Conversation in God's Kitchen M Spencer A simple yet profound and comprehensive approach to understanding the Bible that is a very helpful antidote to the wrongheaded hermeneutic we learned from G. Geftakys.
Death and Unconfessed Sin K Jones Key reassurance based on sound doctrine. Brief and punchy.
The Ecclesiology of Ephesians L Irons Sermon on the doctrine of church order in Ephesians
Firstborn from the Dead H Ridderbos Excerpted from Chapter 2, "Fundamental Structures" of  Paul: An Outline of His Theology, by Herman Ridderbos, influential Dutch theologian in the late 20th c.
Free to Be Righteous Dr D Hagner Extracts from "The Law in Paul's Letter to the Galatians,"  Modern Reformation, Sept/Oct 2003. Donald A. Hagner is a professor at Fuller Theological Seminary.
Fullness of the Time H Ridderbos Excerpted from Chapter 2, "Fundamental Structures" of  Paul: An Outline of His Theology, by Herman Ridderbos, influential Dutch theologian in the late 20th c.
The Galatian Crisis S Irons / F Bruner Key extracts from Frederick Bruner's excellent book, A Theology of the Holy Spirit, give a clear Scriptural response to G. Geftakys’ theology of "try harder, do more.".
Why Trying to Be Christian Makes Us Anxious, excerpt P Cary Excerpt from intro to Good News for Anxious Christians: 10 Practical Things You Don't Have to Do by Phillip Cary
Gospel Driven Sanctification J Bridges Key answer to performance-based Christianity. This article is a must-read! If you read only one article to correct G. Geftakys' misguided theology, this one is it. Jerry Bridges is a Navigator staff member and best-selling author.
A Healthy Church, excerpt from  Exposing Spiritual Abuse M Fehlauer Correctiing mistakes is what keeps a church healthy.
Hebrews 6 H A Ironside Key refutation of G. Geftakys' misinterpretation of Heb. 6. It  is not a call "to leave earlier Christian experience and go on to a deeper work of grace." It is a call to leave "the partial revelation of Judaism...for the full unfolding... of the new dispensation [perfection]." Quoting Darby, he shows that those who "fall away" were not believers.
Hermaneutics - What is it and why do Bible readers need it? Dr Ben Witherington Information sorely needed by FAM's, who were taught to "treat the Bible like a Ouija board".
The Importance of Using Our Minds Dr J R W Stott "The great doctrines of creation, revelation, redemption and judgment all imply that man has an inescapable duty to think."
In Christ, With Christ-Old Man, New Man H Ridderbos Excerpted from Chapter 2, "Fundamental Structures" of  Paul: An Outline of His Theology, by Herman Ridderbos, influential Dutch theologian in the late 20th c.
Is God's Grace Suspended Until We Act? B B Warfield Key study of grace by famous Princeton scholar and theologian. Read it and get blessed.
"I Will Restore" Anonymous Devotional thought on God's promise to restore us.
John Calvin on Church Discipline J Calvin Section from Calvin's Institutes. For a man reputed to be harsh, his treatment of this subject is amazingly moderate and gentle.
Justification by Faith and Its Consequences D Steel & C Thomas Taken from Romans, An Interpretive Outline.
Justification Vindicated R Traill Excerpted from pamphlet written in 1690s to refute the charge that the doctrine of justification leads to a lawless life
Justified by Works at the Judgment Day? L Irons Key brief essay by Lee Irons on what will happen to the believer at the Great Day of Judgment.
Learning What We Already Know A Hartman Gleaning treasures of encouragement from the too-familiar 23rd Psalm
Living As Heirs L Irons Key sermon on Eph. 5:5-8 Should we doubt our salvation or "sonship" when we struggle?
Magic Books, Grocery Lists and Silent Messiahs: How rightly approaching the Bible shapes the entire Christian Life M Spencer Michael Spencer makes you want to start reading the Bible. He describes the common practice of looking for verses to provide specific guidance as "the magic Book approach," but goes on to give a great nutshell introduction to rightly approaching the Bible.
Making Sense Out of Suffering Dr P Kreeft Key encouragement to understanding why God let it all happen. Most of Chapter 7 from Dr. Peter Kreeft's book, Making Sense Out of Suffering
The Mind In the Christian Life Dr J R WStott Faith is neither credulity nor optimism, but reasonable trust in the character and promises of God.
The Mystery of Christ H Ridderbos Excerpted from Chapter 2, "Fundamental Structures" of  Paul: An Outline of His Theology, by Herman Ridderbos, influential Dutch theologian in the late 20th c.
A New Creation Dr M Horton Key explanation of what Christians should expect the normal Christian life to be like.
The Office of Ruling Elder Dr R B Kuiper  Analysis of bishop and presbyter in NT. Excerpted from chapter 18 of The Glorious Body of Christ.
An Organism and an Organization Dr R B Kuiper G. Geftakys says, "The assembly is an organism, not an organization." Dr. Kuiper shows that the church is both. Excerpted from chapter 18 of The Glorious Body of Christ.
Paths of Righteousness Dr J I Packer Helpful corrective to the notion that a specific verse from the Bible will stand out and indicate God's will for each decision.
A Pastor's Authority R C Stedman Expounds the Greek in Heb 13:17, defines the scriptural limits of pastoral authority, and concludes, "...The clear thrust is that leaders are persuaders whose ability to persuade arises...from a personal walk which evokes respect."
On Perfectionism D Sable Key pithy (and very brief) corrective to G. Geftakys' doctrine of Christian perfection
Preacher of Good Tidings Dr R B Kuiper "Do good and be good" is not good news. The gospel is what God has done and is doing for them. Excerpted from chapter 18 of The Glorious Body of Christ.
The Progress of the Gospel L Irons Sermon on Phil.1:12-28. Paul shows that our difficulties are not obstacles to be overcome or stoically endured, but flipped upside down to be seen as opportunities.
Quotations on Rewards S Irons Reformed sources speak about rewards
A Real Marriage J Vanvonderen Key Ephesians teaching on marriage is about reversing and escaping the curse
Reminders From the Heart of God J Vanvonderen 8 brief reminders of the goodness and love of God towards us
Revealed in the Flesh H Ridderbos Excerpted from Chapter 2, "Fundamental Structures" of  Paul: An Outline of His Theology, by Herman Ridderbos, influential Dutch theologian in the late 20th c.
Righteousness for the Unrighteous L Irons "Since there is no righteousness in us, we must go outside ourselves to find a righteousness that will be acceptable in the sight of God. Thanks be to God for His free gift of grace, an overabundant supply of righteousness for the unrighteous."
The Room J Harris A story showing that any rewards we may receive are insignificant compared to God's love for us in Christ.
Some Thoughts on Legalism M Spencer A blog by Michael Spencer inspired by a Bible study on "Why earrings are wrong."
Special Offices S Irons / Dr R B Kuiper Addresses the distinction between clergy and laity
The Thousand-Year Reign of the Saints Dr W Hendriksen Rev 20:4-6 Excerpted from More than Conquerors, pages 191-192, an amillenial interpretation of the Book of Revelation, pp 191-192
The Two Natures B B Warfield Key look at the "carnal & the spiritual natures" by Princeton scholar
The Universal Office Dr R B Kuiper "In other organizations a limited number of persons is wont to hold office, [but] in the church every single member is an officer."
What is "God's Will"? D McCartney & C Clayton Key study. "God does indeed know the next step for each of our lives, but there is no mandate in Scripture by which we should seek to know it.  On the contrary, we are explicitly commanded to avoid all kinds of divination." Excerpted from Let the Reader Understand: Scripture and Guidance
What Is Sanctification? L Irons Sermon on Phil 2:12-13. "Paul isn't concerned so much with the...do's and don'ts of the Christian life", as this passage is often taught.
Who I Am In Christ N Anderson I am accepted, I am secure, and I am significant: 35 things that are true about me in Christ
Who's Calling? J Budziszewski Humorous but helpful treatment of finding the will of God.
Wisdom Along the Way Dr J I Packer Helpful corrective to the notion that a specific verse from the Bible will stand out and indicate God's will for each decision.
Last updated July, 2006


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