“…that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God.” Colossians 1:9b-10
Contained in this text is the overall purpose of this website. I intend with every publication to impart knowledge of the Lord and His will, and that not merely for the sake of knowledge, but so that through such knowledge, and through exhortations, those who read what is published here might be stirred up to “walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work”.
It is my intention to “earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.” Jude 1:3. This consists of refuting heresy, and both positively stating and defending the truth of Scripture.
This can neither be done apart from the five solas of the Reformation, nor the five points of Calvinism, as they are often called; because these are the two most concise and vital statements of Scriptural truth which the Church of Jesus Christ has been taught by the Word of God.
The five Solas are:
Sola Scriptura; Sola Gratia; Sola Fide; Solus Christus; Soli Deo Gloria.
In English, this essentially says:
Scripture alone (a) (teaches salvation) by grace alone, through faith alone (b), in Christ alone (c), to the glory of God alone (d)
(a) 2 Timothy 3:14-17; 2 Peter 1:17-21; (b) Romans 3:21-31; Ephesians 2:8-9; (c) Galatians 2:16; 6:14; Philippians 3:9; (d) 1 Corinthians 1:31; Jude 1:25.
The five points of Calvinism are:
Total Depravity (a); Unconditional election (b); Limited Atonement (c); Irresistible Grace (d); and Perseverance of the Saints (e)
(a) John 3:19-20; Romans 8:7-8; (b) Ephesians 1:4-5,11; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; (c) John 10:11,15,26-27; Isaiah 53:11; (d) Psalm 65:4; John 6:37,44; (e) Philippians 1:6; 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 cf. Psalm 89:24-37.
In all such exhortations and endeavours to teach the truth of God’s Word, I intend to honour the following verse in all things written here:
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17
I intend to put forth no doctrine, reproof, rebuke, or instruction, that in any way stands against the Word of God. I hold that Scripture is wholly sufficient for every such thing, as well as for the perfecting of the saints, and for every conceivable good work or duty without exception; and I see no addition from the minds of men as being either necessary or beneficial; but on the contrary, destructive and foolish:
Deuteronomy 4:6; 12:32; Proverbs 3:1-8; 30:2-6; Romans 11:33-36; 1 Corinthians 2:1-16; Revelation 22:18-19.
In practical terms, my goal for this website is for it to be a comprehensive collection of Reformed articles and expositions of Scripture concerning all of areas of doctrine and practice; from the fundamentals, to the finer points of the faith.
I also intend to address elements of doctrine and practice that have long ago become deformed and unscriptural, even within reformed camps, such as the doctrine of worship; and I intend to do so not merely for the sake of refuting error, but for exhorting God’s people unto right practice:
Matthew 28:20; Acts 20:20,27,35.
I aim to be as clear, accurate, and concise as possible in all things published here:
1 Corinthians 14:9; 2 Timothy 2:15.
It is my intention to be loving and gracious, whilst also rebuking sin and making no compromise with error at all:
Leviticus 19:17; Proverbs 9:7-10; 27:5-6; 28:23; Psalm 141:5; Matthew 7:1-5; 18:15-18; Jude 1:3.
I hope that by these writings the reader will be challenged and equipped to worship the Lord in Spirit and in truth; and to live lives that glorify Him more and more each day:
John 4:23-24; Colossians 1:9-10.
I aim also to strengthen the faith of every true saint who reads, and encourage every professing believer to examine himself whether he be in the faith, and to exhort every lost sinner unto repentance and faith:
Matthew 7:16-27; Mark 16:15-16; Acts 17:30-31; 2 Corinthians 13:5; Titus 3:4-8; James 2:14-26; 2 Peter 1:5-15; 1 John 3:4-10.
May the Lord add to this work His blessing, without which, this work will accomplish nothing; but with His blessing, mountains are cast down and valleys raised:
Psalm 127:1-2; Luke 17:6; John 15:5; Philippians 4:13.