Womanly Dominion [more than a gentle & quiet spirit]

As Pastor Jay had mentioned earlier this month, his wife went to the 22nd annual Emmanuel Baptist Church Ladies’ Conference. Christian highly recommends checking out the conference audio/video and the book on the same theme. She writes:

We need a refresher course, as women, on why we are doing the things we do, in order to ensure that we are serving from pure hearts that seek to please Christ and obey His Word; not out of fear of man, obeying the dictates of our hearts or the pressure from the world telling us who we are and what we should do. The Womanly Dominion Conference at Emmanuel Baptist Church was a refreshing look at a woman’s high calling at home, at church, and in society. Mark Chanski’s, the author of Womanly Dominion, More than a Gentle and Quiet Spirit, presented the material of his book in a very honest, helpful, and biblically objective manner. A pastor for 27 years, married for three decades, and with five children of his own, Pastor Chanski empathizes with the joys, challenges,and capabilities of a woman of dominion.

 

My favorite aspect of the conference was that it was directed toward women but from a trusted pastor’s perspective. I had the privilege of enjoying this conference with my daughter and mother-in-law, and the biblical teaching and practical counsel ministered to each of our very different spheres of life. All women, young or mature, single or married, will benefit from this exhortation to “win it” and “play your position” as a woman with her God-ordained responsibilities in her unique role as woman.

 

– Christina Jesuroga

Here is his book on this subject:

Womanly-Dominion-More-Than-A-Gentle-and-Quiet-Spirit

Here is the conference audio/video:

EBC womens conf prev

[they are sermons #6-10]

Mark ChanskiMark Chanski has labored as a full-time Pastor since 1986 in churches in Ohio and Michigan. He has been Pastor of the Reformed Baptist Church of Holland, Michigan, since 1994. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Cornerstone University, and a Master of Divinity degree from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. He teaches Hermeneutics for the Reformed Baptist Seminary in Easley, SC. Mark is married to his wife Dianne, and has fathered their four sons and one daughter, whose ages stretch from 24-14 (born 1983 to1994).

Election, Effectual Call & Infant Death

Here is the post  I, Jason Delgado, promised during this past Sunday Seminary, when I was teaching on the Baptist Confession of 1689, chapter ten and paragraph three. We made it through chapter ten but I can see how paragraph three could use a lot more explanation (even taking up two Sunday Seminaries). But, I decided to point you to several resources.

First, here is the audio and powerpoint from Sunday:

Here is the powerpoint that was used:

Listen to or download the audio:

 

What The 1689 Confession Says:

3. Elect infants dying in infancy are regenerated and saved by Christ through the Spirit,10 who works when and where and how he pleases.11 The same is true of every elect person who is incapable of being outwardly called by the ministry of the Word.
10 John 3:3, 5, 6. 11 John 3:8.

Commentary:

“This paragraph addresses an issue that can be very emotionally charged.  The very first five words, elect infants dying in infancy, are enough to send sparks a flying in some quarters.  It is rather assumed in this day and age that all babies are born “innocent,” and therefore of course all babies go to heaven.  But if we stop and think about the words elect infants we are reminded that only those whom God chooses are his.  All babies are born into sin (Ps. 51:5) and inherit the same sin nature as everyone.  This means that if an infant is to go to heaven, then God had to regenerate them and save them.  And God only does this work in those who are elect.  The atonement accomplished by Christ is God’s provision for his decree of election.  Without the atonement, no infant who died could ever be saved.  So though the Confession only has two words to cover Christ’s work, by Christ, they are certainly the most important of the words….

So we can be hopeful that all infants will be in heaven, and we can be certain elect infants will be saved, but in doing so we must be clear in our thinking.  In having this hope, we can’t just throw the doctrine of imputed sin out the window simply because we can’t bear the thought of an infant going to hell.  We must always think biblically and do so consistently.  Two things we want to be clear on here: if all infants or any infant goes to heaven, it is only because they are elected.  If there is such a thing as a non-elect infant, then the non-elect infant will go to hell due to their imputed sin from their first parents.  And let’s beware that this very issue is where we ourselves are tested from within and by Arminians in the Biblical belief of imputed sin.  However, we are not to let emotions dictate doctrine, but only the Word of God.

There is a way to deal with this emotional issue biblically that is full of hope.  We just need to be precise and clear on the topic, and this is exactly what the Confession helps us do.  This is important, and it is immensely practical.  We know those who have lost infants or have children who are mentally incapacitated from birth.  In those situations, there is a real need for true and sound biblical comfort.  To be perfectly clear, the Confession is not denying that all infants go to heaven; it is merely saying if they go to heaven it is because they are elect.  This is a sound Biblical position.”

1689Commentary.org, Chapter 10, Section 3 of 4

Resources I Promised:

I would be more explicit than the 1689 Confession, as would Pastor Jay, and say that I believe that all babies who died would have been elect and thus would go to Heaven. Let me recommend the resources in the same way I did on my wife’s blog on November 18, 2008, which was just weeks after two of my girls had died:

Jasons Babies Melody and Madison

“…There is not one verse that says ‘Babies go to Heaven’ or anything like that, so a look at the entire scope of the Bible is needed to answer the question. Earlier this year (before my wife got pregnant) I became more convinced than ever, that when a baby dies it goes to Heaven. I came to this conclusion from many implicit references in the Bible (again there are no explicit references about this).

safe in the arms of GodI decided to give you the arguments and writings of one who has already written about this (no need re-inventing the wheel, right?). So I recommend the following resources to you from Pastor John MacArthur.

You can [read or] listen for free to his sermon series, “What Happens to Babies Who Die?” (which include Jesus Loves The Little Children, and two sermons that get deeper into answering the question that I really recommend listening to both The Salvation of Babies Who Die, Part 1 & The Salvation of Babies Who Die, Part 2)

If you are more of the book nerd type then you can get this in book form (called, “Safe in the Arms of God”)….”

What is the Mission of the Church? [Recommended FREE Audiobook]

Pastor Jay has said before that we could all benefit from growing in our understanding of the doctrine of the church (Ecclesiology). Well, through Nov. 30, 2012 you can download a FREE audiobook that will help:

What is the Mission of the Church?

Making Sense of Social Justice, Shalom and the Great Commission

Author Kevin DeYoung & Greg Gilbert
Narrator Adam Verner
Runtime 8.9 Hrs. – Unabridged
Publisher christianaudio

“Christians today define mission more broadly and variably than ever before. Are we, as the body of Christ, headed in the same direction or are we on divergent missions?

 

Some argue that the mission of the Church is to confront injustice and alleviate suffering, doing more to express God’s love for the world. Others are concerned that the church is in danger of losing its God-centeredness and thereby emphasize the proclamation of the gospel. It appears as though misunderstanding of mission persists.

 

Kevin DeYoung and Greg Gilbert believe there is a lot that evangelicals can agree on if only we employ the right categories and build our theology of mission from the same biblical building blocks. Explaining key concepts like kingdom, gospel, and social justice, DeYoung and Gilbert help us to get on the same page—united by a common cause—and launch us forward into the true mission of the church.”

Get it FREE!

Current Women’s Study: Westminster Shorter Catechism Study

In case you missed the announcements we’ve had during service over the past couple of week:

We invite all the ladies to meet with us on Wednesdays, starting at 7pm at Grace Church for Ladies’ Fellowship.

We will be going through “The Westminster Shorter Catechism: For Study Classes” (Spanish version here).

The Westminster Shorter Catechism: For Study Classes The Westminster Shorter Catechism: For Study Classes – by G. I. Williamson

La Confesion De Fe De Westminster (Spanish Edition) La Confesion De Fe De Westminster – by G I Williamson

Book will be provided for those committed to the study, while supplies last.

Childcare will be provided.

All church women are welcome to attend.

For more details please contact Gloria Vasquez.

Related Resources:

Pastor’s Jay’s blog:

“The Goal of Every Christian Woman”

 

Shorter Catechism [Baptist Version] Series

Delighting in the Trinity

One of the points I’ve been trying to make throughout our Sunday Seminary teaching on the doctrine of the Trinity is why we should delight in knowing God as Father, Son, and Spirit. Several news books have come out on that topic, one which I’d like to highlight here:

Delighting in the Trinity: An Introduction to the Christian Faith
By Michael Reeves

Product Description:
Why is God love? Because God is a Trinity.
Why can we be saved? Because God is a Trinity.
How are we able to live the Christian life? Through the Trinity.

Here is a portion of Pastor Tim Challies review of the book:

I have read several books on the Trinity in the past and have always enjoyed reading them. James White’s The Forgotten Trinity and Bruce Ware’s Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are biblical, systematic and powerful. I’ve read them, benefited from them, and often recommended them. I will continue to do so. The unique angle—and unique beauty—of Delighting in the Trinity is that it looks less at a concept and more at a relationship, less at a doctrine and more at the persons of the godhead. It is, at heart, an introduction to the Christian faith and the Christian life that seeks to show that both must be at all times rooted in the triunity of God. All that God is, all that God does, flows out of his triunity. It is the essential Christian doctrine. Reeves says that his book is

 

about growing in our enjoyment of God and seeing how God’s triune being makes all his ways beautiful. It is a chance to taste and see that the Lord is good, to have your heart won and yourself refreshed. For it is only when you grasp what it means for God to be a Trinity that you really sense the beauty, the overflowing kindness, the heart-grabbing loveliness of God. If the Trinity were something we could shave off God, we would not be relieving him of some irksome weight; we would be shearing him of precisely what is so delightful about him. For God is triune, and it is as triune that he is so good and desirable.

 

Like me, you have looked at the diagrams that attempt to display the Trinity and you’ve heard the various comparisons: It’s like the three states of water: liquid, steam and ice; it’s like an egg that has shell, white and yolk and yet is only one egg. But if we aren’t careful, our explanations can make the Trinity seem distant and difficult rather than imminent and delightful. “For all that we may give an orthodox nod of the head to belief in the Trinity, it simply seems too arcane to make any practical difference to our lives.” While we have a theological construct of the Trinity in our hearts and minds and statements of faith, it can make so little difference to our lives that God is a Trinity rather than one (or two, for that). What Reeves seeks to do, and what he does so well, is to introduce the Trinity not as a problem or a technicality, but as “the vital oxygen of Christian life and joy.”

 

And so he looks at Father, Son and Spirit, he looks at Creation, at salvation, at the Christian life, placing the triunity of God at the very center of it all. Consider this, the triune nature of the cross:

 

This God makes no third party suffer to achieve atonement. The one who dies is the Lamb of God, the Son. And it means that nobody but God contributes to the work of salvation: the Father, Son and Spirit accomplish it all. Now if God were not triune, if there was no Son, no lamb of God to die in our place, then we would have to atone for our sin ourselves. We would have to provide, for God could not. But—hallelujah!—God has a Son, and in his infinite kindness he dies, paying the wages of sin, for us. It is because God is triune that the cross is such good news.

 

He says a page later,

 

“The more trinitarian the salvation, the sweeter it is.”

 

Here’s the rub: If you are to delight in God, you must delight in the God who is, which is to say, the triune God. And if you gaze at this God, you will be filled with delight. And this is exactly what this book does—it draws the heart and mind to the Trinity, the source of all delight.

 

And so, this book is about delighting in the Trinity not as a theological construct, but as the very essence, the very joy, of the Christian faith. The Trinity is not merely a doctrine that separates Christianity from the other religions of the world, but a doctrine that describes the reality of the God who is.

You can listen to the author talk more about the book on the most recent episode of the Connected Kingdom podcast (with Tim Challies and David Murray):

[audio:http://www.challies.com/mint/pepper/tillkruess/downloads/tracker.php?url=http%3A//www.challies.com/sites/all/files/podcast/meeting-mike-reeves.mp3]

And the other book I’ve been recommending:

Forgotten Trinity, The
Forgotten Trinity, The – by James R. White

 

May we delight in our, great and glorious, triune God!

Jason Delgado

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