Hearing and Speaking the Word of God

“If theology is to speak adequately of the gospel of Jesus Christ, it must be thoroughly committed to hearing the powerful witness of the tremendous Word that always speaks against us so that we can learn to stop speaking against it.” (A Half Century of Theology, p. 74). This quotation is taken from Berkouwer’s account …

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God ‘Blesses’ Us Through ‘His Word.’ He ‘Blesses’ Us In ‘The Spirit.’

Psalm 147:1-20‘The Lord builds up Jerusalem. He gathers the exiles of Israel. he heals the broken-hearted and binds up their wounds’(2-3). This is much more than the building of the city of Jerusalem with bricks and mortar. This is God building up His people in their ‘most holy faith’(Jude 20). This is God blessing His …

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Inerrancy – within the context of the ministry of the Holy Spirit in the life of faith

I don’t readily use the word “inerrancy”, because other people generally mean something different from what I mean. My problem is with the context within which inerrancy is normally set. If we set the idea of inerrancy within the context of the ministry of the Holy Spirit in our life of faith, I have no …

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The Holy Spirit And The Holy Scriptures

We begin with a simple and yet profoundly helpful illustration from James Philip."The black plastic disc (for those who are more familiar with compact disc, he's speaking about the vinyl record - you can replace 'black plastic disc' with 'compact disc'!) that is put on the gramophone turntable has a voice within it, and when we put it on …

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God’s love, God’s Son, God’s command, God’s purpose

‘When the Holy Spirit comes on you... you will be My witnesses... to the ends of the earth’ (Acts 1:8).This great advance of the Gospel - Salvation reaches ‘the Gentiles’ (Acts 10:45; 11:1,18) - is a movement of ‘the Spirit’ (Acts 11:12).The Spirit speaks through the Word (Acts 10:44; 11:15).In God’s Word, we read of(a) …

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