Posts from January 2021

Posts from January 2021

Devoted to God: Chapter 3

In this chapter, Sinclair Ferguson introduces us to the theme of union and communion with Christ, which he calls “the heart of sanctification, the soul of devotion, and the strength of holiness” (p. 55). He does this by turning our attention to a single verse of Scripture, but one that is a mountaintop of the New Testament: I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I…

Devoted to God: Chapter 2

“The gospel turns the duty of doing and experiencing God’s will into a delight.” These are the final words of this chapter of Sinclair Ferguson’s excellent book on sanctification, Devoted to God: Blueprints for Sanctification. What do you think about that statement? Does it surprise you to find the phrase “duty of doing” in the same sentence as the words “gospel” and “delight”? The purpose of this book is to set before us the pattern of the Scriptures as the mold by…

The Wonderful Works of God

One of the books I have committed to reading this year is The Wonderful Works of God, by Herman Bavinck. The book is Bavinck’s own abridgment of a much more thorough exposition of systematic theology, his four volume Reformed Dogmatics. Bavinck’s desire is to put a full textbook of the Christian faith into the hands of ordinary believers. The title of the book comes from Acts 2:11, which summarizes the testimony of the early church as a proclamation of “the wonderful works of God.”…