"...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)

The Christian's Divine Assignment

Text: Ephesians 6:21-24

Paul's last words in Ephesians highlight the divinely enabled courage to preach and the faithful character needed to be greatly used by God.

July 30, 2017  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Passing Inspection

Text: Ephesians 6:10-20

An overview of each piece of the armor God provides for His people. Knowing that it is vital to have each in place so that you may stand against the devil's schemes, the question is, 'Christian, do you have the whole armor on?'

July 23, 2017  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

The Armor: A Guided Tour

Guest Ministry at Apologia Church, Tempe, Arizona.

Text: Ephesians 6:10-20

An overview of each piece of the armor of God:

July 17, 2017  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

The Sword of the Spirit

Test: Ephesians 6:17b; Matthew 4:1-11

The Sword of the Spirit: What is it and how do we use it?

July 16, 2017  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

A Letter From Dr. Sproul

I received a wonderful letter in the mail today from Dr. R.C. Sproul. It did my heart much good to learn I encouraged this man of God.

July 12, 2017  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

The Helmet of Hope

Ephesians 6 refers to the helmet of salvation. In 1 Thessalonians 5, the helmet is called the hope of salvation. Biblical hope is a certain expectation of the future. How assured are you regarding your salvation? Only when you are fully assured can you truly say you have put on the helmet.

July 09, 2017  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

The Five Solas: A Pastor's Feedback

"Honestly, I cannot tell you how much I loved your book! As a pastor who is desperately trying to lead my people into a greater understanding of Scripture and how they relate to these glorious truths of the Reformation, this book is such a valuable tool. In New England pews, there is a strong sentiment even among Biblical evangelical churches towards Rome. Many fail to see the damaging effects of their theology, mostly out of ignorance of what separated Rome from true Biblical Christianity during the Reformation, summed up in the five solas. Therefore having a tool like this book that is clear, concise and most importantly, soaked with Scripture's truth helps tremendously in teaching my people in a way that is not intimidating. I have found that laymen who are not accustomed to reading large, thick, old and difficult works will simply never read them, no matter how highly and passionately you encourage them. Your book however, provides something that a layman will not only be more inclined to read, but also understand. I can tell you purposely left out many of the Reformed "buzz words" that can turn off a layman who may not be as familiar with the terminology. As a pastor, my priority is shepherding and growing my people, but finding materials that are usable in the context of a reforming church is a very tough thing. This is why I am so thankful for your book and I am looking forward to seeing how God will utilize it in the lives of my people! I plan on buying a case of them to give away at my church and would highly recommend that any pastor who is seeking to lead their congregation into a greater understanding of these glorious truths do the same!"

- Pastor Tim Howard, Eastford Baptist Church, Eastford, Connecticut

(available from Solid Ground Christian Books)

July 07, 2017  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Interview on the Five Solas

Iron Sharpens Iron - July 5, 2017 Chris Arnzen interviews John Samson on his new booklet “The Five Solas: Standing Together, Alone!” at this link.

July 06, 2017  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

The Helmet of Salvation

Text: Ephesians 6:17

When Paul writes to the church at Ephesus and says “take the helmet of salvation”, he is not commanding them to be saved, for they are already saved (Eph. 2:8,9), but to understanding the biblical doctrine of salvation: to know it inside out, being rooted and grounded in the truth of it. One of the best ways to do this is by gaining an understanding of what theologians refer to as the “ordo salutis” or order of salvation.

July 02, 2017  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink