Total Dependence on God for Prayer | Bunyan’s Confession

“And verily, may I but speak my own experience, and from that tell you the difficulty of praying to God as I ought, it is enough to make your poor, blind, carnal men to entertain strange thoughts of me.  For, as for my heart, when I go to pray, I find it so loth to go to God, and when it is with him, so loth to stay with him, that many times I am forced in my prayers, first to beg of God...
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2nd London Confession 1.2-1.6 Scripture Continued

I am watching lectures by James Renihan on the 2nd London Confession.  I have learned that after dealing with the necessity of Scripture, the Second London Confession covers: The definition of Scripture 1.2-1.3 The authority of Scripture 1.4-5 The perfection of Scripture 1.6 The perspicuity (clarity) of Scripture 1.7 This outline is largely derived from B.B. Warfield, and serves as a helpful...
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When God’s Word is like Storm or Cloud | A Contrast to Assurance

When I study the old doctrine of assurance, I am enlightened to know that assurance falls under “man’s acts’ in the confession (2nd London).  Assurance is preceded there by:  faith, repentance, good works, and perseverance.  All of these things are given by God (graces), but they are exercised by people.  Assurance follows these things but instead of being under the list of...
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Scripture & the Mission of Bringing It to People | 2nd London Confession Ch.1.1

I am presently viewing lectures on the Second London Confession by James Renihan through the Institute of Reformed Baptist Studied (Continuing Education) online program.  The following is some overflow that interacts with the subject of last Sunday’s sermon.  I share for those who seek to see how the matter of the necessity of conscious and conspicuous faith in Jesus Christ is an important...
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Against Hypercalvinism | A Message by Lloyd-Jones on the Responsibility of Evangelism that is Thoroughly Calvinistic

I listened to this sermon while doing some yardwork today. I happened upon it and it was on the responsibility of evangelism. It really aids us in thinking through the reformed evangelism of Jesus in Mark. I highly recommend taking a listen to it; I know I had to repent of my hypercalvinistic tendencies and be reminded of how important it is to offer the gospel and plead with people to come to...
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Building a Foundation for Trust | What Things Must Precede the Call to Trust in Jesus

Faith in Jesus Christ is absolutely necessary for salvation, and it must be faith only in Jesus Christ.  The problem is that instead of understanding who people are without God; and instead of beginning with God; and instead of talking about the law and the spirit of the law to deal with sin; and instead of calling people to repentance practically speaking, we have become more interested in...
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