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Article XXI – Judgment Begins With the Church

We affirm that God has declared “judgment must begin at the house of God” and thus, we Christians are to humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God, looking to judge ourselves lest we be chastened all the more (1 Peter 4:17; 5:6). We deny/reject that the church should continue disobeying God and delay repentance and reformation, or […]

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The Definition of Holiness

In this video, Joel Beeke defines holiness as: becoming more set apart unto God, and becoming less like the world. God is greatly concerned for our holiness, and He will continue to remove the dross in our lives, until we are made spotless on that glorious day at the marriage feast of the Lamb. As we make […]

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What Does Holiness Look Like?

What does holiness look like? In this video, Craig Houston points us to the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22-23. These are fruits that are to be desired by true Christian, and they want more of them in their life! The Christian living in holiness is living a Spirit-filled life, not a self-righteous and legalistic one. […]

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The Lord Disciplines Those He Loves

This weekend I’m in Kerrville Texas at the Love One Another conference put on by FORGE ministries. It’s such a privilege to speak on the love of God. I’ve learned a lot preparing for this conference, and from the messages we’ve heard already. Here is a shot transcript from my keynote titled “The Lord Disciplines […]

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A Conference on Love

I am in Texas this weekend speaking at a very unique conference hosted by FORGE Ministries titled, “Love One Another.” It just occurred to me last night: I’ve never been to a conference that was specifically designed to cover what Scripture says about love. How strange it is. I asked several people here at the […]

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​Article XX – God Requires Examination

We affirm that God enjoins us to “prove all things; hold fast that which is good” and “let every man prove his own work,” particularly when the people of God are not thriving according to the biblical requirements (Rom. 12:2; Gal. 6:4; Eph. 5:10, 17; 1 Thess. 5:21).  We deny/reject that elders who shepherd the flock of Christ have no need […]

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God’s Holiness is Why We Worship

Why should we worship God? We worship God because He is holy! When someone comes into contact with the holiness of God, the response is to worship. Kevin Swanson points to Isaiah 6, and Isaiah’s response when he sees the holiness of God.  To hear more from Kevin Swanson on the subject of holiness, come to […]

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How Sanctification of a Believer Changes a Church

When God sanctifies a people, he convicts them of their sin, and then gives them a heart of repentance so that they repent of it. When God sanctifies a believer, it does have an affect on the church. Dan Horn in this video points to 1 Corinthians 12, where it talks about the church as a body. […]

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​Article XX – God Requires Examination

We affirm that God enjoins us to “prove all things; hold fast that which is good” and “let every man prove his own work,” particularly when the people of God are not thriving according to the biblical requirements (Rom. 12:2; Gal. 6:4; Eph. 5:10, 17; 1 Thess. 5:21).  We deny/reject that elders who shepherd the flock of Christ have no need […]

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The Sabbath – A Day for Delight!

In Scripture, the Sabbath is meant to be a day for delighting in the Lord, and gathering together with the people of God. It is common today to hear people argue that the Sabbath has been abolished. But what does Scripture actually say?  A few years ago, my fellow elder (Dan Horn) and I went […]

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​The Perseverance of the Saints

In chapter 17 of the confession, it speaks about how the true Christian will persevere to the end, “and be eternally saved.” How can we be certain that “whom He justified, these He also glorified” (Rom. 8:30)? It is because our perseverance is not based on us and what we do, rather it is based […]

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Kentucky Clerk Sent to Jail for Simple Christian Perspective

Kim Davis, a clerk in Kentucky was just sent to jail because she would not issue a marriage license to two homosexuals. I don’t believe anything like this has happened in American history, where such a simple matter of Christianity was cause for imprisonment. For more information go to http://ift.tt/1QbC19V.  Christians are now put on notice […]

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​Article XIX – Satan is a Deceiver

We affirm the warning of Holy Scripture that since the Garden of Eden, Satan, the father of lies and deceiver of the brethren, has used and continues to use his subtle trickery to question God’s Word: “Yea, hath God said…?” (Gen. 3:1; Matt. 4:6; John 8:44; 2 Cor. 11:3, 14; Rev. 12:9).  We deny/reject that God’s people, corporately or individually, should embrace […]

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A Proud Heart and a Humble Christ are an Oxymoron

Joel Beeke, in this video, comments on a quote from John Calvin where it talks about how it is an oxymoron to say that one can be a follower of a humble Christ, yet has a proud heart. He asks an important question, “How can you stand at the cross, think about what your Savior […]

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Paul Washer on the Beauty and Power of the Gospel

Paul Washer does a wonderful job of explaining the biblical Gospel, and what happens in the lives of those who are truly saved. What is the Gospel? Scripture clearly declares that God is just and holy, and that man is fallen and sinful. God must punish a sinner for His sin, he cannot go against […]

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