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A Scriptural Formula For Holy Living

Aaron Armstrong, author of Awaiting a Savior: The Gospel, the New Creation, and the End of Poverty, posted this last week over at Blogging Theology. I found this personally helpful; perhaps you will also.

“In his book Living for God’s Glory, Joel Beeke offers several diagnostic questions based on 1 Corinthians that provide, as he calls it, a biblical formula for holy living before God and man. When contemplating a course of action, he suggests we test it with these questions: Continue reading

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Prove all things by the Word of God

These words, written by John Wycliffe, are as true today as they were when he penned them in the mid 14th century.

“The true Christian was intended by Christ to prove all things by the Word of God, all churches, all ministers, all teaching, all preaching, all doctrines, all sermons, all writings, all opinions, all practices. These are His marching orders. Prove all by the Word of God; measure all by the measure of the Bible; compare all with the standard of the Bible; weigh all in the balances of the Bible; examine all by the light of the Bible; test all in the crucible of the Bible. That which can abide the fire of the Bible, receive hold, believe, and obey. That which cannot abide the fire of the Bible, reject, refuse, repudiate, and cast away. This is the flag which He nailed to the mast. May it never be lowered!

A church which does not honour the Bible is as useless as a body without life, or a steam engine without fire. A minister who does not honour the Bible is as useless as a soldier without arms, a builder without tools, a pilot without compass, or a messenger without tidings. Stand fast on old principles. Do not forsake the old paths. Let nothing tempt you to believe that multiplication of forms and ceremonies, constant reading of liturgical services, or frequent communions, will ever do so much good to souls as the powerful, fiery, fervent preaching of God’s Word. If men want to do good to the multitude, if they want to reach their hearts and consciences, they must attack them through their ears; they must blow the trumpet of the everlasting Gospel loud and long; they must preach the Word.”

~ John Wycliffe

[For a contemporary take on this theme, listen to John McArthur’s comments by scrolling down in the right-hand column to the HBC Video collection and click on the top image.]

God Justifies the Ungodly, by C.H.Spurgeon

The following is an extended 1excerpt from chapter three of C.H. Spurgeon‘ s  classic “ALL OF GRACE”.

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“THIS MESSAGE is for you. You will find the text in the Epistle to the Romans, in the fourth chapter and the fifth verse:

To him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.

I call your attention to those words, “Him that justifieth the ungodly”.  They seem to me to be very wonderful words. Are you not surprised that there should be such an expression as that in the Bible, “That justifieth the ungodly” I have heard that men that hate the doctrines of the cross bring it as a charge against God, that He saves wicked men and receives to Himself the vilest of the vile. See how this Scripture accepts the charge, and plainly states it! By the mouth of His servant Paul, by the inspiration of the Holy Ghost He takes to Himself the title Continue reading

What’s in a Church Mission Statement?

Hills Bible Church is a very young church. We started planning in February 2009. Commencing in May of that year, a small group of men and women began meeting in private homes to worship and in November of the same year, having outgrown private homes, we commenced worship in our current location.

One of the primary reasons Hills Bible Church came into being was our concern over the tendency in many churches to accept a fairly low level of Biblical literacy. Though many church programs covered a wide range of interests, the theological knowledge of their members was minimal. Bible teaching was poor to non-existant and many churches were more concerned with social justice than they were the gospel.

Hills Bible Church was founded in an effort to counteract this trend. Our Mission Statement summarises this well. It appears under our blog Masthead (above) and is elaborated below.

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