"...if anyone makes the assistance of grace depend on the humility or obedience of man and does not agree that it is a gift of grace itself that we are obedient and humble, he contradicts the Apostle who says, "What have you that you did not receive?" (1 Cor. 4:7), and, "But by the grace of God I am what I am" (1 Cor. 15:10). (Council of Orange: Canon 6)

You Can't Walk Like That!

Ephesians 4:17-19

The Apostle Paul, assuming that the Christian converts in Ephesus were properly schooled in Christ, insists that they abandon their former worldly lifestyle.

November 27, 2016  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

The English Reformation

In this session, Dr. Michael Reeves highlights his teaching series The English Reformation and the Puritans as he discusses why he, and why all Christians, should care about the English Reformers.

November 22, 2016  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

God's Definition of Growth

Text: Ephesians 4:11-16

God's definition of growth and success stands in stark contrast to the world's. Only when a pastor and church views growth as God does, will they seek to achieve that objective and please the Lord.

November 20, 2016  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Delighting in the Trinity

Dr. Michael Reeves is president and professor of theology at Union School of Theology in Oxford, England. He is the author of a number of books, including The Unquenchable Flame: Discovering the Heart of the Reformation and Does the Reformation Still Matter?

2016 TGC Atlantic Canada - Michael Reeves - "Why the Trinity is so Delightful"

2016 TGC Atlantic Canada - Michael Reeves - "How the Trinity Shapes the Gospel"

2016 TGC Atlantic Canada - Michael Reeves - "How the Trinity Transforms the Christian Life"

November 19, 2016  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink


It was suggested to me that putting the teachings on the Doctrines of Grace (the TULIP) at one place where they can be linked to would be very helpful. If that is the case, let me do so here. - JS

Let me say, the issues involved here are extremely important. Where we stand on these things says much about our view of God and how Sovereign He is, our view of man and how 'free' he is, our understanding of salvation and how secure it is, of God's intention in the cross, the work of atonement, what exactly regeneration is and how it happens, as well as how to have true assurance. What we understand by means of the TULIP also greatly impacts our worship and our view of missions.

Somehow, the five points of Calvinism (or what are also called the Doctrines of Grace) came to be summarized (in the English language at least) under the acronym TULIP.

T - Total depravity
U - Unconditional election
L - Limited atonement
I - Irresistible grace
P - Perseverance of the saints

As I mention in the teaching that follows, these terms are probably not the best ones to use to describe the Bible's teaching, but they are the way the TULIP has been understood historically.

Here then are the five teachings, each lasting approximately one hour:

Hour 1. The "T" in the TULIP, "TOTAL DEPRAVITY":


Hour 3. The "L" in the TULIP, "LIMITED ATONEMENT"

Hour 4. The "I" in the TULIP, "IRRESISTIBLE GRACE"


November 19, 2016  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

The Great Awakening

The 2016 Men Who Rocked the World Conference was September 23–24, 2016 at Grace Community Church. Dr. Steve Lawson's theme throughout was The God-Centered Pursuit of the Revivalists.

Session 1: The Great Awakening (Overview)

Session 1 - The Great Awakening from Grace Community Church on Vimeo.

Session 2: Jonathan Edwards (Part 1)

Session 2 - Jonathan Edwards I from Grace Community Church on Vimeo.

Session 3: Jonathan Edwards (Part 2)

Session 3 - Jonathan Edwards II from Grace Community Church on Vimeo.

Session 4: George Whitefield (Part 1)

Session 4 - George Whitefield I from Grace Community Church on Vimeo.

Session 5: George Whitefield (Part 2)

Session 5 - George Whitefield II from Grace Community Church on Vimeo.

November 19, 2016  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Seven Things the Reformation Gave Us

I had the privilege of once again hosting Dr. James White's dividing line program and got to cover some important material today (Thursday). I sought to show how western civilization has been positively impacted by the Protestant Reformation. We owe a great debt of gratitude to the men and women of the Reformation whose sacrifices have been instrumental in giving us many of the civil and religious liberties we presently enjoy. - JS

November 03, 2016  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Marks of a Healthy Church: A Live Interview with Mark Dever and Jonathan Leeman

Ligonier Ministries: On November 2 we were joined by Dr. Mark Dever, senior minister of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., and Dr. Jonathan Leeman, editorial director of 9Marks and editor of the 9Marks Journal. Together we discussed several marks of a healthy church and why reform in the local church is still needed today.

November 03, 2016  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink