Posts Tagged ‘Biblical Theology’

Count the Cost

by Bill Hier

Count The Cost (Are you Christ’s?)

Luke 14:26-27: “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.”

How often have we been directed to this Scripture and those which are in concord with it, yet have not actually given thought to what our Lord Jesus meant by these words? How many messages have been preached, and how many lessons have been taught, trying to explain away the plain sense of these words of our Lord?

Our dearly departed to glory brother, J.C. Ryle, gives the immediate sense of these words:

This expression must doubtless be interpreted with some qualification. We must never explain any text of Scripture in such a manner as to make it contradict another. Our Lord did not mean us to understand that it is the duty of Christians to hate their relatives. This would have been to contradict the fifth commandment. He only meant that those who follow Him must love Him with a deeper love even than their nearest and dearest connections, or their own lives.—He did not mean that it is an essential part of Christianity to quarrel with our relatives and friends. But He did mean that if the claims of our relatives and the claims of Christ come into collision, the claims of relatives must give way. We must choose rather to displease those we love most upon earth, than to displease Him who died for us on the cross. (J.C. Ryle, Expository Thoughts on the Gospel, Gospel of Luke, eSword edition).

This is NOT a call to hate our relatives…..




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Biblical Theology and Transfer of the Sabbath— Part 3

by Jon English Lee

*This post is the third and final in a series examining the transfer of the sabbath day. The previous posts can be found here and here.

To conclude this short series on the transfer of the Sabbath, I will look at the name given to the new covenant day of worship: the Lord’s Day. The title, “the Lord’s Day,” affirms the honor given to the day as the appointed time for the church to meet. The term is used by John in Revelation 1:10 without remark or explanation, showing that the term must have been in general use and well understood by the audience.[1] The very term demonstrates something special about the day. This term,…




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Biblical Theology and the Transfer of the Sabbath Part 2

February 17, 2016 Leave a comment

by Jon English Lee

*This post is the second in a series examining the transfer of the Sabbath day. The previous post can be found here.

Moving on to the New Testament, the same pattern remains: the change of day that was foreshadowed in the Old Testament is actualized in the resurrection of our Lord, and it is confirmed by apostolic example. The legitimacy of the change of day is shown by: (1) the honor conferred to the day by the Lord; (2) by the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost; (3) by the practice of the apostles; and (4) by the title given to the day (i.e., “Lord’s Day”).[1]

The first reason to affirm the transfer of the day of Sabbath observance from Saturday to Sunday is because of the honor given to it by the Lord. As a first example it should be noted that every recorded post-resurrection appearance of Jesus to the disciples happens on Sunday.[2] Jesus appears on the evening of the resurrection day (e.g., Jn 20:19). Likewise, eight days later (counting inclusively, as the Jews did) Jesus came to the disciples again on a Sunday (Jn 20:26). Jesus’s recorded appearances to the disciples appear on Sunday.




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Biblical Theology and the Transfer of the Sabbath, Part 1

February 10, 2016 Leave a comment

by Jon English Lee

It is often objected that there is no direct evidence of Sunday observance in the New Testament, and therefore there must not have been any command to continue any sort of weekly Sabbath observance in continuity with the Old Testament Sabbath.[1] However, this series will demonstrate that there is evidence for the change in day of worship both foreshadowed in the Old Testament and expressly demonstrated in the Lord’s Day (Sunday) worship by the New Testament church. Furthermore, the seemingly universal observance of Sunday in the early church indicates an early apostolic origin to the practice, perhaps even stemming from Jesus’s direct teaching.




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Coming Soon! Biblical Theology II with Dr. Richard Barcellos

November 25, 2015 1 comment



The time for our annual January modular course is fast approaching. It will be held January 4-8 in Owensboro, Kentucky. Dr. Richard Barcellos will be with us to teach Biblical Theology II. After talking with him about this course, I am assured that it will be a worthwhile time even for those who did not have the privilege of taking Biblical Theology I with us two years ago.

We want to invite both pastors and others who are interested in auditing this course to attend. We are able to provide free lodging and breakfast for those taking the course, on a limited and first come first serve basis. Our course numbers have been rising over the last several years. I would, therefore, encourage you to make known your plans to audit this course soon to make sure that we can provide you with free housing. We can provide lodging beginning January 2 if you would prefer not to travel on the Lord’s Day. Classes begin at 8:00 am on Monday.

Auditing will be free to pastors and members of churches that are church-partners of CBTS, but there will be a $50 auditing fee for all others.

For those of you who will be with us for the Lord’s Day preceding the course, let me add that Dr. Barcellos will be preaching in our morning worship on January 3. One of our Basic Training students, Scott Autry, will be preaching in the evening. In conjunction with our evening worship, we will also be awarding Scott his degree in the MAPS program.

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The Lord Reigns,
Dr. Sam Waldron
Dean, Covenant Baptist Theological Seminary


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Can a Sound Biblical Theology be Maintained without Calvinism?

Posted on October 6th, 2015, by Tom Nettles

My engagement with the “old view,” as my professor of theology called it, had a profound effect on my subsequent studies. How something apparently so commonly held and so clearly and vigorously affirmed could have sunk below the horizon in seventy years of denominational life puzzled, frustrated, and fascinated me. The answer, of course, did not come all at once, but gradually rose to the surface of my studies little by little, layer by layer, and nuance by nuance. Putting the whole story together, as far as I discern it at this point, involves a combination of many factors in the broader Christian world and from within Southern Baptist culture.

One of the slowly percolating and permeating influences came from the doctrinal and methodological narrative of one century from Charles Finney through Billy Sunday, a narrative that called for Southern Baptist interaction in the late nineteenth-century discussions of “Protracted Meetings” and full-time evangelists. This eventually sorted itself into Southern Baptist identity through the influence of L. R. Scarborough. The method had amalgamated…..




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In Defense of Systematic Theology

September 9, 2015 Leave a comment

by Eric Eyala

There has been a welcomed rise in the field of Biblical Theology, especially in the areas of the covenants and redemptive history. Sometimes, however there is a perceived superiority or even direct combativeness of Biblical Theology to Systematic Theology. Some even go so far as to offer a narrative type of theology as an alternative to the man-made doctrinal systematic structures that have plagued Christianity for so long. The problem with the disdain of Systematic over Biblical theology however is, as the old adage goes, “there is no need to reconcile friends.” Biblical and Systematic Theology live in harmony with one another and support and defend each other.




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