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Studying the Doctrine of Justification

The doctrine of justification is central to the beliefs of Christianity. Have you ever had the opportunity to study it before either at church or on your own? If not, I would like to encourage you to learn more about it. It can lead to deeper joy as you come to understand the gospel better, and it can be a part of being ready to give a defense for the hope that is in you. (1 Peter 3:15) We should be able to give a biblical answer to the question: how is one justified before God? Or to put it another way, how does man’s guilty standing before God because of sin change to a righteous standing?

There is great benefit in studying this topic. Studying this and other topics of Christian doctrine helps us to better understand our faith, protect against false teachings, be better prepared to defend the faith, and grow in the knowledge of God. Yes, it can take time, but it is time well spent. Since we have the Holy Spirit and the word of God, I know that my sisters in Christ can do this work. You don’t need to be a theologian to do it, but the work might turn you into a mini-theologian! May our work lead to praise and worship to God’s glory. […]

Reformation Day and the Doctrine of Justification

Today is Reformation Day. Each year on October 31, Reformation Day is celebrated by Protestants who wish to commemorate an important event that happened four hundred ninety-nine years ago. On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther, who at that time was a Roman Catholic priest and theology professor, nailed his Ninety-five Theses to a church door in Wittenberg, Germany. In doing so, Luther invited debate over the selling of indulgences. Amongst other things, he took issue with some within the Roman Catholic Church that preached “that as soon as the money clinks into the money chest, the soul flies out of purgatory.” (95 Theses #27) Many mark October 31, 1517 as the beginning of the Protestant Reformation.

The Reformation happened for a reason, well many reasons actually. It had a profound impact on individual lives and countries in Europe, and was a true turning point in church and world history. […]

Do You Take This Verse #2

About eighteen months ago I introduced a new series called “Do You Take This Verse?”. It was to be a regular blog feature, but life and other writing endeavors intervened. Well finally, I am able to return to it and share the second post in the series. Lord willing, the next one won’t take another eighteen months!

The name of the series is a play on words that brings together what has been traditionally asked during a marriage ceremony (“Do you take this woman/man?”) with the idea of living out Bible verses in our marriages.

My hope for this series is to lift up God’s word and see it applied in our lives to the fullest. That includes in our marriages. While there are some verses in the Bible that we would be quick to apply to marriage, there are many more that could be applied that we may not immediately put into that category. It’s fruitful to consider those relevant verses and examine how well we live them in our roles as wives. It is a God honoring exercise that can have a profound impact on our sanctification and relationships.

The first verse in this series was 1 Corinthians 10:31. It seemed like a very appropriate place to start. If you’d like to read that post, you can find it here. Today we are going to look at Philippians 2:3.

“Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves;” (Philippians 2:3)

Before we look at how this verse could be lived out in marriage, let’s take a look at it in context. That, as always, is primary. […]