Christology 101 – The Doctrine of Christ



The last chapter of the confession dealt with the covenant God made with His elect, the covenant of grace. In this chapter of the confession, the authors take a close look at the mediator of the covenant: Christ. 1 Timothy 2:5 says, “For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus.” Christ is the God-Man. He is fully God, yet fully man. It is a great mystery how two distinct complete and distinct natures are joined in one person “without conversion, composition, or confusion.”

It was absolutely necessary for Christ to come and be the surety of the covenant, to pay the price of redemption for those whom God elected to save before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:3-14). God is a holy God, and He will “by no means clear the guilty” (Exodus 34:7). Christ willingly undertook this task. He lived a life of perfect obedience to His Father, a life that we could never live. He bore our sins, “made sin and a curse for us,” and paid the penalty that we deserved. “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Cor. 5:21). God’s wrath had to be satisfied, the penalty must be paid, and Christ did so on behalf of His people.

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Books Every Family Should Read

Sinclair Ferguson has written three really excellent books for children on Polycarp, Irenaeus and Ignatius, all whom were friends and evangelized by John-the disciple of Jesus. I read them after purchasing them at the Banner of Truth Ministers Conference. They are very nicely illustrated and good for children.

These are indispensable books for the Christian family. I highly encourage you to get them and read them to your family.

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The God Who Disciplines Sons

Are you being disciplined by God? Does your church participate in discipline the way the Bible explains? The answer to the first question will reveal whether or not you are a Christian, and the answer to the second question will reveal whether you are in a faithful or unfaithful church. Far from being something that ought to be avoided at all costs, discipline is a sign that we are God’s children: “For whom the LORD loves He chastens and scourges every son whom He receives” (Heb. 12:6).

It is critical that we examine our lives to see if we are being chastised by the Lord, and to embrace sound doctrine on the matter so that we can communicate this aspect of His glory in the world.

At The Church Discipline Conference, I will be giving a message explaining this whole matter of the discipline of God in more detail. I hope that you will be able to join me! 

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Article X – The Church Is Essential for Biblical Family Life

We affirm that biblical involvement in local churches including her worship services, meetings, preaching, ordinances, relationships, evangelism, prayers and instruction, is  required for the equipping of individuals and families to fulfill their God ordained mission (Rom. 12:10, 13; 15:5; 1 Cor. 11:33; 12:25; Eph. 4:11-12; 5:19; 1 Thess. 4:18; 5:11; Heb. 10:24-25; James 5:16; 1 Peter 4:10).

We deny/reject that the family can replace the church, that the local church should play a minor role in the life of a family, or that the family should neglect the church of the Lord Jesus Christ.

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Transitioning from Childhood to Adulthood in the Church

We have many young people in our church who have moved past the childhood stage and are now in a new season of life. It seems like yesterday that all we had were little children in the church. It was like preaching to a gigantic children’s church.

We still have lots of children, but now we have lots of young adults. Parents and pastors eventually have to face different forms of this transition. It feels like it happens at lightning speed, and it is easy to catch you off guard. (more…)

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$5 Fatherhood Sale

As Father’s Day quickly approaches, we are offering a sale on our resources on the topic of fatherhood. One of our objectives here at the NCFIC is to work for the restoration of the biblically defined role of fathers who diligently teach their children.

From now until June 20th, all resources on fatherhood will be $5! We have listed the resources below for your convenience:

Building a Godly Home, Vol. 3 – Normally $13.95, now only $5
Building a God-Centered Family – Normally $7.95, now only $5
A New Kind of Father – Normally $24.95, now only $5
Fatherhood MP3 – Normally $29.95, now only $5
Preparing Boys for Battle – Normally $15.95, now only $5

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God’s Covenant and the Gospel

God’s covenant with man magnifies the mercy and grace of God. The first paragraph speaks of this infinite gap between God and man. It is a gap that man can never bridge, it’s impossible. Though man are to obey and honor God in all things, we could never obtain eternal life by obedience.

Thus, the only way that man could be saved is “by some voluntary condescension on God’s part, which he hath been pleased to express by way of covenant.” When Adam fell, all of mankind, from Adam and Eve to all of the generations after them, were brought under a curse.

It is only by, referring to the covenant of grace, “the grace of this covenant that all the posterity of fallen Adam that ever were saved did obtain life and blessed immortality.” It is important that we understand the covenants which God has voluntarily established. Are you grounded in a biblical understanding of God’s covenant? Download the lecture on chapter 7 of the 1689 London Baptist Confessing of Faith.

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5 Motives for Family Worship

We know family worship is commanded in Scripture, but what should our motive be? It cannot be just obedience, for hypocrites do just that. In this article, J.H. Merle D’Aubigne presents five motives for family worship. You can also download the PDF version of this article.


Chapter 1—Family Worship: Motives for Family Worship

Motives for Family Worship

J.H. MERLE D’AUBIGNE (1794-1872)

As for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. —Joshua 24:15
Let me die the death of the righteous, and let my last end be like his! —Numbers 23:10

We have said, my brethren, on a former occasion, that if we would die His death, we must live His life. It is true that there are cases in which the Lord shows His mercy and His glory to men who are already lying on the death- bed, and says to them, as to the thief on the cross, “Today shalt thou be with me in paradise” (Luke 23:43). The Lord still gives the Church similar examples from time to time for the purpose of displaying His sovereign power by which, when He is pleased to do so, He can break the hardest hearts and convert the souls most estranged52 to show that all depends on His grace, and that He hath mercy on whom He will have mercy. Yet these are but rare exceptions on which you cannot rely absolutely; and if you wish, my dear hearers, to die the Christian’s death, you must live the Christian’s life. Your heart must be truly converted to the Lord; truly prepared for the kingdom; and trusting only in the mercy of Christ, desirous of going to dwell with Him. Now, my brethren, there are various means by which you can be made ready in life to obtain at a future day a blessed end. It is on one of the most efficacious53 of these means that we wish to dwell today. This mean54 is Family Worship; that is, the daily edification which the members of a Christian family may mutually enjoy. “As for me and my house,” said Joshua to Israel, “we will serve the LORD” (Josh. 24:15). We wish, my brethren, to give you the motives which should induce us to make this resolution of Joshua and the directions necessary to fulfill it.

Why Family Worship?

1. To Bring Glory to God

But, my brethren, if the love of God be in your hearts, and if you feel that being bought with a price, you ought to glorify God in your bodies and spirits, which are His, where do you love to glorify Him rather than in your families and in your houses? You love to unite with your brethren in worshipping Him publicly in the church; you love to pour out your souls before Him in your closets. Is it only in the presence of that being with whom God has connected you for life and before your children that you cannot think of God? Is it, then, only, that

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My Father Was Shot Down Seventy Years Ago Today

On May 29, 1945, my father, Bill Brown, was shot down over enemy waters. He was shot down by “friendly fire.” He had to crawl out of his plane, open his parachute, and safely land in the enemy waters.

My dad has said, when reflecting on this situation, “Even in desperate situations like this one just south of Tokyo Bay, I knew the Lord went before me and that He would spare me at His pleasure-so there was nothing to fear.” Later, a submarine called the Pipefish came and picked him up.

Throughout the whole situation, the words of his father were etched in his mind:

“Son, the Lord goes before you.” 

Here are some books in our bookstore on Iwo Jima:
Preparing Boys for Battle
Moment of Courage
Coming In On a Wing and a Prayer

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Seven Objectives of the NCFIC

We have seven objectives at the NCFIC. The first and foremost is to preserve the spread of the true Gospel from one generation to the next, through biblically-ordered, Gospel-preaching, Christ-exalting churches and families.

Secondly, to rely on the Scriptures alone, and obey the Bible as fully sufficient for the ordering of the church and the family.

Thirdly, to focus churches and families on the Word of God by restoring the practice of teaching the whole counsel of God through exegetical preaching of Scripture. In the church by biblically-qualified elders, and daily instruction in homes by fathers and mothers.

The fourth objective is to establish the central importance of the local church for the equipping of individuals and the families.

And the fifth objective is to revive the biblically-defined role and the functionality of fathers who diligently teach their children.

And number six: to recover the relationally-rich nature of the local church as the family of God in all of its fellowship and hospitality.

And number seven: to plant biblically-sound churches, that will likewise plant other churches, to perpetuate faithfulness to the Word of God in matters of church and family life.

Our prayer is for churches and families that exist for the glory of God alone.

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A Vision for Daughters

For a 4 min audio version of this, click here: Vision for Daughters – Scott Brown (04:34).

How women conduct their daily lives exerts enormous power for good or for ill in the world. It all hinges upon the matter of worldliness, whether they are of God or of the world. God established womanhood for His glory and it is one of the most powerful forces in the world. It cannot be underestimated. The Bible makes it clear that a women’s view of beauty is at the heart of her influence. John Adams captured this when he said,

“From all that I had read of history and government, of human life and manners, I had drawn this conclusion, that the manners of women were the most infallible barometer to ascertain the degree of morality and virtue in a nation…The Jews, the Greeks, the Romans, the Dutch, all lost their public spirit, their republican principles and habits, and their republican forms of government, when they lost the modesty and domestic virtues of their women.”1 (more…)

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A Church Controversy Solved

There is a protective influence in a local church when it embraces a historic confession of faith. This is why, for many years, we have been encouraging churches to adopt a confession of faith to lead them and to protect them.  We even produced a video resource for families to equip them in the Baptist Confession of 1689 called Family Foundations in Sound Doctrine.  One of the churches listed on the NCFIC network, which holds to the Second London Baptist Confession of 1689, recently experienced some controversy over the doctrine of the perseverance of the saints. Some men in the church were concerned about certain passages that seemed to say you could be truly saved and then lose your salvation, and began to discuss and defend this position with the church leaders. 

The leadership of the church was in full agreement with chapter 17 of the confession titled, “The Perseverance of the Saints.”  The elders asked the congregation to send them the passages that they struggled with that seemed to say a saved person could lose their salvation.  Then they spent several Sundays preaching through those difficult passages. Here is one of those messages focusing on: Hebrews 6:1-6, 2 Peter 2:21-22, and Galatians 5:4.  The sermon below, preached by Steve Grutzius, may be helpful to other Pastor’s facing a similar situation.

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NCFIC Declaration: Article IX – The Church and the Family Provide Overlapping Jurisdictions

We affirm that the local church and the family are separate, yet provide overlapping jurisdictions so that each member of the family who is a member of a local church is under the instruction and correction of that local body, where delegated divine authority is exercised for the equipping, maturation, admonition, and strengthening of the family and for the restraint of evil, while at the same time the local church must acknowledge and uphold the jurisdiction of the family (Matt. 16:18; 18:15-17; 28:19; 1 Cor. 4:15; 5:11-13; 7:3-5; Eph. 4:12; 5:22-33; 6:1-4; 1 Thess. 5:12-13; 1 Tim. 3:1, 14-15; 5:17; Titus 1:7, 9; Heb. 13:7, 17; 1 Peter 5:3).

We deny/reject as unscriptural the concept of the autonomous family in total isolation from or insubordinate to the church, as well as the tyrannical church that tramples on or belittles the legitimate exercise of authority within the family.

 

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Father-Daughter Retreat 2015

Our church recently had its annual Father-Daughter Retreat. It has been such a blessing to be able to do these. We have been hosting them for many years, and I am always very thankful for how they have shaped our families.

Over the course of the retreat, we had times of teaching and exhortation, fellowship, and on Saturday afternoon we went canoeing. Here are some pictures from the retreat. My favorite are the ones with my daughter Claudia, and my granddaughter Iona.

Here are the messages from the Father-Daughter retreat:
Beauty – Scott Brown (51:27)
Boldness – Dan Horn (50:16)
Contentment – Dan Horn (38:53)
Edification – Mike Davenport (35:29)
Industry – Jason Dohm (1:07:56)
Vision for Daughters – Scott Brown (04:34)

 

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Sin Affects Everything

Every person you pass by, every member of your family, and every little baby before its born and after have one thing in common: they are all affected by sin. All are conceived with a sin nature (Ps. 51:5), and are “by nature children of wrath” (Eph. 2:3).

Adam was, “by God’s appointment,” the representative head of all mankind. When he sinned, the guilt of it was imputed to all mankind, and the sin nature is passed on to all the generations after him. All men are conceived in sin (Ps. 51:5), meaning that all men have a sin nature from the moment of conception. We are, as the confession states, “utterly indisposed, disabled, and made opposite to all good, and wholly inclined to all evil.”

This corruption does not cease to exist when God saves a sinner. It still remains! There is still that war that wages on in the soul of the regenerate. Although their sins have been pardoned and they have been declared righteous through Christ (justification), and by the power of the Holy Spirit are being made holy and mortifying their sins (sanctification), the corruption still remains. It will not be gone until we are glorified and in the presence of God (1 John 3:2).

This doctrine has major implications for our personal lives and the lives of our families. This week, we are making the sixth lecture available from Family Foundations in Sound Doctrine available to you to download. Follow this link to be taken to the download page for the lecture on chapter 6 of the confession.

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