Biblical and Theological Resources

I just wanted to list some free online resources for those who are interested in Biblical and Theological Studies from a Reformed perspective. These resources have been a tremendous blessing to me over the past several years. THE THEOLOGY PROGAM – MICHAEL PATTON (Video Series) Michael Patton is the director and teacher of The Theology Program (TTP). He holds a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary and an ordination from Stonebriar Community Church. TTP Instructors are Michael Patton, Th.M. and Rhome Dyck, Th.M. The Theology Program is copyrighted and published by Reclaiming the Mind Ministries, Frisco, TX Soteriology Trinitarianism Ecclesiology and Eschatology Principles of Biblical Teaching Humanity and Sin Bibliology and Hermeneutics     BIBLICAL TRAINING (www.biblicaltraining.org) Biblical Training provides seminary level classes via audio and video for free from the following pastors and professors: Dr. Greg Beale Dr. Craig Blomberg Dr. Darrell Bock Dr. Gerald Bray Dr. Bryan Chapell Dr. Wayne Grudem Dr. George Guthrie Dr. Paul House Prof. I. Howard Marshall Dr.

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“Thou Has Conquered, O Thou Galilean”

“Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD and against his Anointed, saying, “Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us.” He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision. Then he will speak to them in his wrath, and terrify them in his fury, saying, “As for me, I have set my King on Zion, my holy hill.” (Psalm 2:1-6 ESV) From the Garden of Eden to the present day, mankind’s quest for autonomy continues.  Nations and leaders do their best to break free from the Sovereign rule of God.  They defiantly cry out in vain, “We do not want this man to reign over us.” (Luke 19:14). But the Lord has set His King in Zion, and every knee will bow in submission to this Sovereign King without exception: “Therefore God has highly exalted

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The Judas Branch

Who are the branches that are cut off in John 15:2?  Listen to Art Azurdia as he explains: “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3 Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you.4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. 5 I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. 7 If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 By

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Memorizing Scripture – John Piper

My testimony can be summed up in eight short sentences. Memorizing Scripture makes meditation possible at times when I can’t be reading the Bible, and meditation is the pathway of deeper understanding. Memorizing Scripture strengthens my faith because faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of Christ, and that happens when I am hearing the word in my head. Memorizing Scripture shapes the way I view the world by conforming my mind to God’s viewpoint. Memorizing Scripture makes God’s word more readily accessible for overcoming temptation to sin, because God’s warnings and promises are the way we conquer the deceitful promises of sin. Memorizing Scripture guards my mind by making it easier to detect error—and the world is filled with error, since the god of this world is a liar. Memorizing Scripture enables me to hit the devil in the face with a force he cannot resist, and so protect myself and my family from his assaults. Memorizing

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Debunking The Blessed Life by Robert Morris

Chris Rosebrough exposes the unbiblical false teaching of the Blessed Life by Robert Morris.  What I find amazing is that many pastors are giving this book to their congregation.  But since sound doctrine and theology are no longer important to these mega-church, seeker friendly pastors, its really not that surprising. Sadly, most church goers are not even able to discern the gross unbiblical errors of this book because their pastors have been feeding them milk from the pulpit and they are untrained in the word to discern good from evil. “About this we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. But solid food

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Book Review: From Your Head To Your Heart

      In her new book “From Your Head To Your Heart – The Change You Long For Is Just 18 Inches Away“, Maria Durso shares the story of how in 1975, she was instantaneously changed by the power of the gospel.  Although Maria was a new creation in Christ and experienced the transforming power of the gospel, she continued to doubt the fact that God really loved her. But Maria received a new revelation that changed her life forever, thus the reason for this book. We praise God for His amazing grace that transforms the lives of wicked sinners.  But that is where the praise for the book ends.  I do not doubt the author’s sincere desire to minister the gospel to others, but sincerity is not enough when it comes to sound biblical doctrine.  If a house is built upon a faulty foundation, it doesn’t matter how solid the material used to build might be, if the foundation is faulty, the whole house is faulty. “According to the grace of

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Baptism of the Spirit Subsequent to Salvation – Fact or Fallacy?

What does Scripture teach on the subject of “second blessing” theology?  Is there biblical support for the Baptism of the Holy Spirit subsequent to salvation?  Most Charismatics and Pentecostals would say yes.  After all, that is what their pastors and leaders preach and teach.  But is it biblical?  Can it stand up under the scrutiny of examination in light of Scripture alone?  Second Blessing Theology is not new.  It has been around for hundreds of years, even prior to Pentecostalism.  There have always been groups throughout Church history that have gone beyond what is written in scripture and have placed undue burdens on the backs of God’s people. Why is this issue important?  Does it really matter what one believes about the Baptism of the Spirit?  I have seen first hand the condemnation and grief that this false teaching has on many faithful Christians who have been told by pastors that Jesus is not enough.  You need more than Calvary and the

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The Battle for Sexual Purity – John Piper

There are two types of men who struggle and fight against sexual sin:  Men who are honest enough to admit it, and men who lie about it and deny it.  I do not mean that all men are viewing porn, or falling into sexual sin. But every man must struggle and fight against this formidable foe in order to remain pure. “I love Jesus” is simply not enough to keep us from destroying our marriages, ministries, and very lives. If Samson, David, and Solomon gave into to sexual temptation, let’s not deceive ourselves and think that we are any better.  By God’s grace we can, like Joseph, flee Potiphar’s house, and not fall prey to the seductive voice of sexual sin or give in to her relentless pursuit. “For at the window of my house I have looked out through my lattice, and I have seen among the simple, I have perceived among the youths, a young man lacking sense, passing along the street near her corner, taking the road to her house in

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Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God – Jonathan Edwards

On July 8, 1741, at the height of the First Great Awakening in the New England town of Enfield Connecticut, theologian and pastor Jonathan Edwards preached his famous sermon, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”.  Stephen Williams who was in attendance wrote the following in his diary: “We went over to Enfield where we met dear Mr. Edwards of Northampton who preached a most awakening sermon from these words, Deuteronomy 32:35, and before the sermon was done there was a great moaning and crying that went out through the whole House…. ‘What shall I do to be saved,’ ‘Oh, I am going to Hell,’ ‘Oh, what shall I do for Christ,’ and so forth. So yet the minister was obliged to desist, the shrieks and cry were piercing and amazing.  After some time of waiting the Congregation was still, so yet a prayer was made by Mr. W. and after that we descended from the pulpit and discoursed with the people, some

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Tetelestai! Jesus Sat Down.

“TETELESTAI! Jesus sat down!” Jesus sat down is our only hope for forgiveness of sins. Jesus sat down is our only hope for eternal life. It is because of TETELESTAI that Jesus sat down. “And every priest stands daily at his service, offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet. For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.” (Hebrews 10:11-14 ESV) Jesus sat down. Why? Because his single sacrifice perfects forever all who trust in Christ alone for salvation. There remains no more sacrifice for sins. TETELESTAI! There was no place to sit down in the temple because there was no TETELESTAI. The priests had to continually stand and offer up sacrifices for their own sins and the sins

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