The Reformed Worship Service: Why we do what we do in church.
Here is the now completed series of B.R.I.D.G.E. Ministries (Laredo, Texas) podcasts covering the doctrines of grace (the so called TULIP acrostic). I was very privileged to be a part. I believe the series will be a great blessing and richly informative to those who listen to it. – Pastor John
- The Sovereignty of God – Dr. John Frame
- Total Depravity – Pastor Jeff Durbin, Apologia Church, Tempe, AZ
- Unconditional Election – Pastor John Samson, King’s Church, Peoria, AZ
- Limited Atonement – Dr. James White, Alpha & Omega Ministries
- Irresistible Grace – Dr. Tim Trumper, former professor at Westminster Theological Seminary and the founder of From His Fullness Ministries
- Perseverance of the Saints – Dr. Joel Beeke, President of Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary and founder/editor of Reformation Heritage Books
Pastor John’s book “The Five Solas – Standing Together Alone” is available in paperback at this link and in audio and eBook form here. In this short (2 minute, 24 second) video he explains the reason for writing the book:
THE FIVE SOLAS
Sola Scriptura: The Bible is the sole written divine revelation and alone can bind the conscience of believers absolutely.
Sola Gratia: Our salvation rests solely on the work of God’s grace for us.
Sola Fide: Justification is by faith alone. The merit of Christ, imputed to us by faith, is the sole ground of our acceptance by God, by which our sins are remitted, and imputed to Christ.
Solus Christus: Christ is the only mediator through Whose work we are redeemed.
Soli Deo Gloria: To God alone belongs the glory.
FUTURE SPANISH TRANSLATION
Please join with us in prayer as we seek to have the book published in Spanish.
This recording is a project I have been working on for quite some time, seeking to answer the question, “How can we know the Bible is the word of God?”
Transcript of The Dividing Line. March 6, 2018 at the 9:00 minute mark, Dr. James White.
“I believe very, very strongly that the central act of worship of the Church is the full and careful and balanced ministry of the word of God to the people of God, gathered together to hear what God has to say. So meaningful, sound, solid exegesis – everything we do before and after – if there is anything after – is simply meant to heighten and to prepare us, to put us in the proper frame of mind to be obedient and to have hearing ears. Anything that we put into that worship service that closes our ears, distracts us, in any way shuts down our ability to hear the word is wrong – it is going the wrong direction. And the most important thing that a shepherd of the sheep can do is to faithfully communicate not just the part of the message you think is all fire important but if you really believe that all scripture (not just some) but all scripture is theopneustos (God breathed) then you need to deliver all of it… all of it. And that means covering some stuff that ain’t going to make people see gold-dust coming out of the ceiling. I mean there is some tough stuff to handle – there is some difficult stuff in there. And that means there are going to be services that are highly instructional, there are going to be services that are incredibly uplifting, there are going to be services that do bring you into the very presence of God in heaven and there are others that absolutely smack you down into the dirt, when you realize how much of God’s grace you take for granted, and how few of the duties are ours we actually pursue with the proper zeal of redeemed people. In other words, it is going to be balanced. And the balance is determined not by us but by what is found in the Scriptures given to us by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit – that canon of Scripture God has given to us – that… that is where our balance is to be found.”