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Lesson 1: Systematic Theology: Lesson 1: Introduction (Part 1) (44:08)

(Following Pages Include: Handouts, Introduction (Part 2), Guest Post.)

 

Lesson 2: Systematic Theology: Lesson 2: The Doctrine of the Scripture (51:28)

(Following Pages all cover different aspects of the Doctrine of the Scriptures.)

 

Lesson 8: Systematic Theology: Lesson 8: The Existence of God (55:47)

(Following Pages all cover different aspects of God and His Attributes.)

 

Lesson 15: Systematic Theology: Lesson 15: God’s Simplicity (Part 1) (57:54)

(Because this lesson is so foundational to all the following lessons, I included a link.)

 

Lesson 21: Systematic Theology: Lesson 21: The Doctrine of God’s Will and Power (1:00:55)

(Following Pages continue with the Doctrine of God and His Attributes.)

 

Milestone Sermon: An Indictment (Part 1)

 

Lesson 24: Systematic Theology: Lesson 24, Part 1: The Doctrine of the Trinity (47:44)

(Following Pages (52)  continue with the Doctrine of the Trinity.)

 

Lesson 24, Part 53: Systematic Theology: Lesson 24, Part 53: The Biblical Approach to the Doctrine of the Trinity (42:53)

(Following Pages (19) continue with the Biblical Approach to the Doctrine of the Trinity)

 

 

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What a Glorious Day

A meditation on the Sabbath Day.

God has declared his love for me. He has loved me with an everlasting love. Before the foundations of the world he elected me to become a son of his love. In history he demonstrated his love by taking on flesh and dying for me (and rising to live for me forever). Today he dwells in me and is at work comforting and conforming me to the image of the Son. Tomorrow he will still be the same God of love for me. Forever, in the age to come, he will delight in me and allow me to delight in him without interruption. Eternal fellowship with the Father, with the Son, with the Holy Spirit, one Love communicated to me personally, three distinct and co-inhabiting and incomprehensibly glorious ways.

This is is the joy of not only my heart, but all God’s saints’ hearts! And it is our joy together. And it is a joy we share in and with Christ himself.

Christ has finished all the work that was needed to secure this love. He has done everything. There is nothing left to do. He is like an idealistic king who is so rich no one has to work ever again, everything is finished! We all have mansions. He is like the perfect husband. He has done all the work. All that is left for us is to enjoy the salary he made and use it to make his house beautiful. He is like the everlasting father and we are as little children at his table. Everything is provided for us. All the work is done. There is nothing left to finish. Christ has done everything!

The Sabbath Day is a day of rest. In it we stop our labor to consider his labor. It is a glorious day of glory wherein his glory shines like the sun and we glory in his glory.

Filled with this light of the gospel, we inevitably seek to live lives of obedience and discipleship. But this is no longer burdensome to us. It isn’t work. It is pure gratitude and thanksgiving. And although we often fall back into the old way of thinking, as if obedience is work, we always have Christ to remind us that he has already done everything. All that is left is for us to enjoy it.

Its as if his righteousness were a fountain of water. There isn’t anything to do to make it spring up on the hot summer’s day of the World’s heat. There is only one thing to do. To revel in it! To get wet, to drink it in, and to jump in its puddles.

What a day Sundays are for those who have faith. Glorious, undefiled joy – what other way is there to describe it?

May the Lord bless his people today and forever. Shower us with your Word through preaching. Refresh us. Amen.

Homosexuality and the SCOTUS Ruling

A message to Christians regarding homosexuality in a world full of misdirection and political self-interests. The logic of the gospel both confronts and comforts.

Many voices ring out in response to the SCOTUS ruling. They are stuffed with right-wing legal jargon, libertarian individualism, or the language of left-wing social engineering. The gospel stands apart from and in response to all these voices. The logic of the gospel is simple and elegant and addresses homosexuals as human beings made in God’s image.

Without further introduction, the logic of the gospel:

(1.) God is our Creator. Gender and sexuality are subject to his authoritative purposes. His purposes are revealed in his commands. The penalty for breaking his commands is death. A sinner is someone who has broken his commands, sin is commandment-breaking.

(2.) God has beautifully chosen to give sinners a way to escape both their sin and its penalty. Jesus Christ lived a life of righteousness to replace our sin and teach us how to live. He bled and died to pay the penalty for sin. He rose from the dead so that sinners might have hope of a new life without sin.

(3.) Homosexuality is sin, just like any other violation of God’s will, like stealing, coveting, false worship, heterosexual lusts, etc. It leads to death and alienation from God. But God has shown his love for sinners in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us. For anyone who trusts in Christ in the empowering help of the Spirit, they enjoy the benefits of Christ’s life and death and resurrection, and are washed clean from the corruption of guilt and shame.

This is the logic of the gospel.

The pressing issue of homosexuality is not states’ rights. The issue is not the government’s right to legislate morality. The issue is not social justice or a brave new world. The issue is communion with God.

Homosexual behavior dishonors God and destroys the lives of men and women. It intensifies guilt, it further mars God’s image in the soul of man, and it removes all hope of peace and happiness from a person’s life.

Do not assume that anyone in our modern culture is aware of or actively engaged in thinking along these lines. It is the nature of man to neglect this way of thinking, or to discount its importance, or to want to leave it as an unspoken assumption. There are many who hold this line, but don’t assume it! Many hold the line, but how many of them have become distracted by the less-pressing political issues!

The gospel is the power of God for salvation to all who believe. God is not interested in restoring the American Republic, nor is he interested in advancing a right wing social agenda, nor is he interested in standing up for the individual’s right to live life however a person chooses. God is at work relentlessly saving sinners. The means he has chosen is the confessional proclamation of eternal truth from his Word in churches throughout the nation. Let us engage in or support it as God gives gift and opportunity.

technical-difficultiesYep.  We are still having problems over here at Rod of Iron with WAV vs. MP3 files.  Our sound man from church hopes to fix it tonight.  Lord willing, we will be up and running again with the Systematic Theology Lessons next week.  This weekend, I’ll be a groomsman in the wedding of a very good friend of mine, so there will be no updates until next week.  Please check back then. – R. Price Jones

Systematic Theology Lesson 9: The Doctrine of God’s Attributes (57:12)

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January 16, 2013 Price Jones: The Doctrine of God’s Attributes

Downloadable Version via Dropbox: The Doctrine of God’s Attributes

This lesson deals with the Incommunicable Attributes of God, along with the Creator/Creature Distinction and Ontology.