Recently, I have come in contact with many who argue that Sunday worship was a Pagan practice adopted by the church after the conversion of Constantine, but that is absurdly false. Not only do I believe there is Scriptural support that shows the importance of Sunday in New Testament Worship (Acts 2:14, 41; 20:7; 1 … Continue reading Yes, the Early Church Worshipped on Sunday.
Andrew Fuller was fully aware of the state of his denomination as he entered the pulpit. From the beginning of his pastoral ministry, Fuller set out to correct the many extremes that had overtaken the Baptists in his day. As noted earlier, the General Baptists by 1750 had almost dwindled to nothing because of the … Continue reading Andrew Fuller: Balance in a Time of Extremes
501 Years ago today, an Augustinian monk Martin Luther, nailed his famous 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. Hoping to simply debate the matters which he addressed, little did Luther know that God was providentially moving to bring His church out darkness and back into the light (post tenebras … Continue reading Soli Deo Gloria: Why 501 Years later, the Reformation still Matters.
William Kiffin was one of the most influential and outstanding of the Particular Baptist leaders in 17th century England. In the 1630’s around the age of 21, Kiffin began his sixty-year pastorate at the Devonshire Square Particular Baptist Church. Kiffin’s ministry can be seen as one that was religiously radical, and politically moderate. Kiffin argued … Continue reading Kiffin, Knollys, and the Formation of Baptist Ecclesiology
In 1832 James Hudson Taylor was born in England to a devout Methodist home. As a young teen, Taylor had grown somewhat cold to his parent’s religion, but after fervent prayer from his mother and the miraculous work of God’s providence Hudson Taylor would come to know the Lord. His conversion happened as a teenager. … Continue reading Totally Surrendered: The Life of Hudson Taylor
And the men marveled, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?” -Matthew 8:27 There is so much debate today regarding who Jesus was. Was he a teacher, prophet, good man, or God? Many religions have made attempt after attempt to try and disprove that Christ was the God-Man … Continue reading Who is this Jesus: God, Man, or Both?
In light of the fear of persecution that many early Christians faced it in no way undercut the missional nature of the church, and the desire by many to see the gospel spread throughout the world. It would seem as though the persecution of their fellow Christians would have undermined the courage of other Christians … Continue reading We are all Called to be Missionaries according to the Early Church
“The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our sons forever, that we may observe all the words of this law.” – Deuteronomy 29:29 In the previous two blogs, we have looked at the two wills of God, namely his secret will and his revealed will. This is … Continue reading Let’s Dive Deeper: A Brief Theology on the Two Wills of God pt. 3
“The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our sons forever, that we may observe all the words of this law.” – Deuteronomy 29:29 In the last blog we looked at part one of this brief theology regarding the two wills of God, namely the secret will of … Continue reading Let’s Dive Deeper: A Brief Theology on the Two Wills of God pt. 2
One of the first major heresies to threaten the church was Gnosticism. Gnosticism taught that there was a higher and secret spiritual knowledge (gnosis) passed down by Jesus, and that only those who have obtained this knowledge would ultimately be saved. Though there was much variance of belief within Gnostic thinking, prominent and universal views among … Continue reading What we can Learn from Irenaeus and the “Rule of Faith”