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Two Views on Infant Baptism

February 14, 2017 Leave a comment

Thabiti Anyabwile and Ligon Duncan Wade Into the Debate

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Event: TGC Council Colloquium

Date: May 25, 2012

Thabiti Anyabwile is a pastor of Anacostia River Church in southeast Washington, D.C., and a Council member of The Gospel Coalition. He is the author of several books, including Reviving the Black Church. Ligon Duncan is chancellor and CEO of Reformed Theological Seminary and a TGC Council member. He has co-authored, edited, or contributed to more than 35 books.

You can listen to this episode of The Gospel Coalition podcast here or watch it on video.

Editors’ note: Come hear from Anyabwile on “Gospel Freedom, Gospel Fruit” and Duncan on “The Reformed Tradition Beyond Calvin” at TGC’s upcoming 2017 National Conference, April 3 to 5 in Indianapolis. Register soon!

 

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Ligon Duncan on Why ‘No Creed But the Bible’ Is a Lousy Creed

What does it mean to be a confessional church? When making our case for a particular doctrine, is it fine to reference our confession of faith, or would it be best to just stick to Scripture? Isn’t the Bible enough for Christians in establishing our doctrine and practice? Should we demand church members subscribe to a particular view of a third-level doctrine?

These are among the practical questions that sit at the heart of confessional Christianity. I put these questions to Ligon Duncan, a longtime confessional Christian and TGC Council member. Duncan, former pastor of the historic First Presbyterian Church in Jackson, Mississippi, now serves as chancellor of Reformed Theological Seminary.

Is it biblical for the church to write and use confessions of faith?

Yes! It is absolutely biblical for a church to use a confession of faith. The famous shema of Deuteronomy 6:4—“Hear, O Israel: the LORD your God, the LORD is one”—is a confession of faith. It affirms the two ideas most basic to the Israel’s religion: that Yahweh exists, and that he is the one true God. In the New Testament, Paul calls these fundamental affirmations “trustworthy sayings.” Such basic statements highlighting the fundamental commitments of God’s people are found throughout Scripture.

What about writing confessions of faith? Again, yes. If you look at the history of creeds and confessions, you’ll see that human-created creeds and confessions arose out of the church’s desire to be faithful to Scripture’s clear teaching. Whenever false teachers were appealing to the Bible and twisting it to suit their own purposes, Christians defended the truth by clearly articulating their scriptural convictions with the most faithful language they could muster—and which the false teachers could not affirm. For instance, the word homoousios is not found in Scripture, but is designed to convey an indisputably scriptural idea about the deity of Christ and the consubstantiation of the Son with the Father. Arius and his company were unwilling to affirm it, and therefore that word was used to uphold biblical truth against heresy.

 

 

 

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Ligon Duncan on Why ‘No Creed But the Bible’ Is a Lousy Creed

Jeff Robinson and Ligon Duncan

What does it mean to be a confessional church? When making our case for a particular doctrine, is it fine to reference our confession of faith, or would it be best to just stick to Scripture? Isn’t the Bible enough for Christians in establishing our doctrine and practice? Should we demand church members subscribe to a particular view of a third-level doctrine?

These are among the practical questions that sit at the heart of confessional Christianity. I put these questions to Ligon Duncan, a longtime confessional Christian and TGC Council member. Duncan, former pastor of the historic First Presbyterian Church in Jackson, Mississippi, now serves as chancellor of Reformed Theological Seminary.

Is it biblical for the church to write and use confessions of faith?

Yes! It is absolutely biblical for a church to use a confession of faith. The famous shema of Deuteronomy 6:4—“Hear, O Israel: the LORD your God, the LORD is one”—is a confession of faith. It affirms the two ideas most basic to the Israel’s religion: that Yahweh exists, and that he is the one true God. In the New Testament, Paul calls these fundamental affirmations “trustworthy sayings.” Such basic statements highlighting the fundamental commitments of God’s people are found throughout Scripture.

What about writing confessions of faith? Again, yes. If you look at the history of creeds and confessions, you’ll see that human-created creeds and confessions arose out of the church’s desire to be faithful to Scripture’s clear teaching. Whenever false teachers were appealing to the Bible and twisting it to suit their own purposes, Christians defended the truth by clearly articulating their scriptural convictions with the most…

 

 

 

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Free Ebook-Better: A Study of the Christian Life in Hebrews

January 26, 2015 5 comments

better2by Dr. J. Ligon Duncan

Available in ePub and Kindle .mobi formats

Posted with the kind permission of Dr. J. Ligon Duncan, As preached at First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, Mississippi in 2013. Lightly edited. These are transcribed messages from First Presbyterian Church, and the reader should presume any error to be with the webmaster/transcriber/editor rather than with the original speaker..

One of America’s most renowned Presbyterian theologians, currently Chancellor of the Reformed Theological Seminary, delivered these sermons in 2013.

 

 

 

Table of Contents

I’d Rather Have Jesus than Angels – Hebrews 1:1-4
More Excellent Than Angels – Hebrews 1:4-14
Neglecting So Great a Salvation – Hebrews 2:1-4
By the Grace of God, He Tasted Death – Hebrews 2:5-9
Surprised By Suffering? – Hebrews 2:10-13
Like His Brethren in All Things – Hebrews 2:14-18
More Glory Than Moses – Hebrews 3:1-6
Don’t Stop Believing – Hebrews 3:7-19
The Rest That Remains – Hebrews 4:1-13
Mercy and Grace in Time of Need – Hebrews 4:14-16
Heard Because of His Reverence – Hebrews 5:1-10
It’s Hard to Explain – Hebrews 5:11-6:3
Falling Away? – Hebrews 6:4-12
Promise + Oath = Hope – Hebrews 6:13-20
Jesus and Melchizedek – Hebrews 7:1-10
The Guarantee of a Better Covenant – Hebrews 7:11-28
The Mediator of a Better Covenant – Hebrews 8:1-13
The Holy Spirit is Signifying This – Hebrews 9:1-14
For This Reason He Is the Mediator of the New Covenant – Hebrews 9:15-28
Once for All – Hebrews 10:1-18
Draw Near, Hold Fast, Consider How – Hebrews 10:19-25
If We Go on Sinning Wilfully – Hebrews 10:26-39
Faith is. . . ? – Hebrews 11:1-7
By Faith, Abraham and Sarah. . . – Hebrews 11:8-19
By Faith, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, and Moses. . . – Hebrews 11:20-29
He Disciplines Us for Our Good – Hebrews 12:1-3
The Good of Discipline – Hebrews 12:1-11
Preparation for God’s Presence – Hebrews 12:12-17
Mt. Zion – Hebrews 12:18-29
Love The Brethren – Hebrews 13:1-3
Honor Marriage – Hebrews 13:4
Don’t Fall in Love with Money – Hebrews 13:5-6
Those Who Led You – Hebrews 13:7
Let Us Go to Jesus – Hebrews 13:8-14
Live Life as a Sacrifice of Praise – Hebrews 13:15-16
Obey Your Leaders – Hebrews 13:17
Pray for Preachers – Hebrews 13:18-19
The Great Shepherd of the Sheep – Hebrews 13:20-25

 

 
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Free Ebook-Exposition of the Epistle to the Romans (9-16)

November 17, 2014 Leave a comment

romans916_0by Dr. J Ligon Duncan

Available in ePub and Kindle .mobi formats

One of America’s most renowned Presbyterian theologians, currently Chancellor of the Reformed Theological Seminary, delivered these sermons in 2001-2002. There are nearly 50 sermons contained in these concluding 8 chapters of sermon manuscripts. If you missed them, click here for the first 8 chapters >>> Expositon to the Epistle to the Romans 1-8.

Posted with the kind permission of Dr. J. Ligon Duncan, As preached at First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, Mississippi. Lightly edited. These are transcribed messages from First Presbyterian Church, and the reader should presume any error to be with the webmaster/transcriber/editor rather than with the original speaker..
Table of Contents

ROMANS 9
The Righteousness of God For Salvation – Romans 9: 1-5
Can God’s Promises Fail? – Romans 9: 6-13
Isn’t It Unfair for God to Choose Some and Not Others? – Romans 9:14-18
How Can God Condemn If We Can’t Resist His Will? – Romans 9:19-23
God’s Purpose to Display His Mercy Against the Backdrop of Evil – Romans 9:22-29
Why Would Someone Reject Salvation? – Romans 9:30-33

ROMANS 10
The Two Ways of Righteousness – Romans 10:1-13
Faith Comes by Hearing – Romans 10:14-21

ROMANS 11
A Remnant Believes, Just as Promised – Romans 11:1-5
The Hardening of Israel – Romans 11:6-10
A Hardening for Mercy’s Sake – Romans 11:11-16
A Warning Against Arrogance – Romans 11:17-22
All Israel Will Be Saved – Romans 11:23-27
A Glimpse Into the Decree – Romans 11:28-32
Let Us Love and Sing and Wonder – Romans 11:33-36

ROMANS 12
A Call to Give Yourself to God – Romans 12:1-2
A Call to Humility and Service – Romans 12:3-8
A Call to Love and Other-centeredness – Romans 12:9-10
A Call to Diligence – Romans 12:11-16
A Call to Seek Peace – Romans 12:17-21

ROMANS 13
A Christian Response to the 2012 Elections – Romans 13:1-7
A Call to Fulfill the Law Through Love – Romans 13:8-10
A Call to Live in Light of the Coming End – Romans 13:11-14

ROMANS 14
A Warning Against Judging Brothers (1) – Romans 14:1-12
A Warning Against Judging Brothers (2) – Romans 14:1-12
On Christian Freedom – Romans 14:13-23

ROMANS 15
Accept One Another – Romans 15:7-13
The Goal of Paul’s Mission – Romans 15:14-21
Our Concern, Desire, Purpose, and Fruit – Romans 15:22-29
A Call to Prayer – Romans 15:30-33

ROMANS 16
Phoebe and the Ministry of Women in the Early Church – Romans 16:1-2
Ministry in the Family of God – Romans 16:3-16
A Warning Against Schismatics and an Expression of Hope – Romans 16:17-20
Greeting to the Church and Glory to God – on Romans 16:21-27

 

 
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Free Ebook-Exposition of the Epistle to the Romans

November 5, 2014 1 comment

romans18bby Dr. J. Ligon Duncan

Available in ePub and Kindle .mobi formats

Posted with the kind permission of Dr. J. Ligon Duncan, As preached at First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, Mississippi. Lightly edited. These are transcribed messages from First Presbyterian Church, and the reader should presume any error to be with the webmaster/transcriber/editor rather than with the original speaker..

One of America’s most renowned Presbyterian theologians, currently Chancellor of the Reformed Theological Seminary, delivered these sermons in 2000-2001. There are over 50 sermons in the first eight chapter alone and, Lord willing we will be posting chapters 9-16 soon.

 

 

 

Table of Contents

ROMANS 1
Greetings from an Apostle – Romans 1:1-7
Paul’s Prayer Report – Romans 1:8-10
Paul’s Purpose to Preach – Romans 1:11-15
Paul’s Good News (The Theme of Romans) – Romans 1:16-17
We Have No Excuse – Romans 1:18-20
We Know God, But Don’t Glorify Him – Romans 1:21-23
God Gave Them Over (1) – Romans 1:24-25
God Gave Them Over (2) – Romans 1:26-27
God Gave Them Over (3) – Romans 1:28-32

ROMANS 2
We Have No Excuse – Romans 2:1-3
Contempt for God’s Kindness – Romans 2:4
God Will Judge Justly – Romans 2:5-11
God’s Righteous Judgment on All – Romans 2:12-16
The Jew’s Confidence Empty – Romans 2:17-20
The Jew’s Failure – Romans 2:21-24
The Difference Between Inward and Outward Righteousness – Romans 2:25-29

ROMANS 3
Objection Overruled (1) – Romans 3:1-4
Objection Overruled (2) – Romans 3:5-8
All Are Under Sin – Romans 3:9-18
The Law Can’t Save You – Romans 3:19-20
The Righteousness Which Comes by Faith (1) – Romans 3:21-26
Justification by Grace Through Faith – Romans 3:21-26
God, in the Gospel of His Son – Romans 3:21-26
Justification by Grace Through Faith (2) – Romans 3:21-26
The Instrument by Which We Receive the Righteousness of God: Faith – Romans 3:27-31
Faith Alone – Romans 3:27-31
The Implication of Justification – Romans 3:27-31

ROMANS 4
The Bible Says Abraham Was Justified by Faith! – Romans 4:1-3
David Understood Justification by Faith – Romans 4:4-8
Faith and the Covenant Sign of Circumcision – Romans 4:9-12
Faith and the Law – Romans 4:13-15
Faith, Grace and the Spiritual Seed – Romans 4:16-17
Abraham’s Faith and Ours – Romans 4:18-25

ROMANS 5
Justification By Faith Means Peace with God – Romans 5:1-2
Justification By Faith Means the Ability to Rejoice in Suffering – Romans 5:3-5
Justification By Faith Flows from the Love of God – Romans 5:6-8
Justification By Faith Means Freedom From God’s Wrath – Romans 5:9-11
The Broken Covenant of Works Brought Death into the World – Romans 5:12-14
The Covenant of Grace Stands in Bold Contrast to the Broken Covenant of Works – Romans 5:15-17
The Parallels Between the Broken Covenant of Works and the Covenant of Grace – Romans 5:18-19
The Law, the Covenant of Works, and Grace – Romans 5:20-21
Grace Reigns in Righteousness – Romans 5:21

ROMANS 6
United to Christ – Romans 6:1-7
Living in Christ – Romans 6:8-14
Under Grace – Romans 6:15-18
Slaves of Righteousness – Romans 6:19-23

ROMANS 7
The Newness of the Spirit – Romans 7:1-6
What Should We Think of the Law? – Romans 7:7-12
The Believer’s Struggle with Sin – Romans 7:13-25

ROMANS 8
Delivered by the Spirit by Death of Christ – Romans 8:1-4
Flesh and Spirit – Romans 8:5-11
Children of God – Romans 8:12-17
Present Suffering/ Future Glory – Romans 8:18-25
The Spirit Intercedes for Us – Romans 8:26-27
The Purpose of God – Romans 8:28-39
God is for Us, So Who is Against Us? – Romans 8:31-32
God Has Justified Us, So Who Can Condemn Us? – Romans 8:33-34
More than Conquerors – Romans 8:35-39

 

 

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