Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Ch 10-11: Concluding Sproul's Holiness of God

This week at Theology for Breakfast we will be finishing the last two chapters in the extended version of the Holiness of God. I emailed out these chapters to those who may not have the extended version. Please come tomorrow as we discuss them. Also make sure to get our next book to study, "Knowing Scripture" by Sproul.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Ch 9: God in the hands of Angry Sinners

As we conclude our book, RC recalls the famous sermon by Jonathan Edwards, Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God." In it, Edwards gives a vivid illustrations of the reality that it is only by God's grace that keeps sinners out of hell. This is an attempt to get people to awaken from their sleep and realize the great severity in God wrath that awaits them if they remain in their sin. A proper understanding of God's holiness will demand that God must punish sin, or he would not be just. If we are to properly understand God's holiness we need to realize his demands are perfection. If we trust in our selves then hell awaits, we need to trust in the only remedy, Jesus Christ, they perfect one who died for our sins. However, people today would rather go on rejecting God and then judge him, all while in reality God is holding them up being patient, which is meant to lead them to repentance. If we reject a God of wrath who judges sinners, then the God we worship is not a Holy God. RC states, '"if we say "My God is a God of love not wrath." But a God of love who has no wrath is no God. He is an idol of our own making as much as if we carved Him out of stone." We need to accept God on his terms and who he is. He adds, "We may dislike giving our attention to God’s wrath and justice, but until we incline ourselves to these aspects of God’s nature, we will never appreciate what has been wrought for us by grace." The only remedy is reconciliation through faith in Christ which is by grace alone. RC discuses the reality in this chapter. Have it read for tomorrow as we conclude the book study.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Ch 8: Be Ye Holy

The command from God to all mankind, who are made in the image of God, is to "Be Holy for I am Holy." This is something that is not a option, but our obligation to our creator by virtue of being creatures. The problem is we can not do this perfectly and Sin.  Yet the bible can still call us as "saints" for us who are in Christ. Since we are now in Christ, we who are saints are to "present ourselves as holy and pleasing, which is our spiritual act of worship." We will still struggle with sin in this life, but now, by having a renewed mind and by the work of the Holy Spirit in  us, we now can seek to grow in godliness and sanctification in this life and bear fruit for God. God promises that we who have been justified will be sanctified and will also be glorified. RC Sproul will discuss this truth and the motivation for the believer to grow in godliness. Read ch. 8 for tomorrow.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

No Theology for Breakfast this week (1/22)

This week, 1/22, we will not have Theology for Breakfast. Jeff is out of town and not arriving back until Wednesday evening. We will get back into it on February 12th. Until then, have chapter 8 read, called "Be Ye Holy."

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Ch. 7: War and Peace with a Holy God

We are continuing our book study of the Holiness of God. We will be in chapter 7 this week as we consider War and Peace with God. By nature we are sinners who are at war with God. Sproul writes, "The struggle we have with a holy God is rooted in the conflict between God’s righteousness and our unrighteousness. He is just and we are unjust. This tension creates fear, hostility, and anger within us toward God. The unjust person does not desire the company of a just judge. We become fugitives fleeing from the presence of One whose glory can blind us and whose justice can condemn us. We are at war with Him unless or until we are justified. Only the justified person can be comfortable in the presence of a holy God." Despite being rebels with the God of the universe, God, in his love, sends his Son Jesus, to bring peace to those who were once his enemies. We will ponder this truth this Wednesday at 6:30am at Fairmount Restaurant. See you then!

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Ch 6: Holy Justice part 2

This week for Theology for Breakfast, we will continue chapter 6 and discuss God's Holy Justice. Check out this video in addition to chapter 6 for our discussion tomorrow. See you at 6:30am

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Ch 6: Holy Justice

Often when people come to the bible, there can be a misconception where people look at the God in the Old Testament and a mean God of wrath, while the New Testament God is a nicer and loving God. In our chapter today we consider passages in the Old Testament where God brings judgement and we will seek to make sense of it in light of his holiness. We will see, as Sproul says, that "We experience the grace of an infinite God, but grace is not infinite. God sets limits to His patience and forbearance. He warns us over and over again that someday the ax will fall and His judgment will be poured out." For those in Christ, God showers his grace on them, while still being justice and bringing his Judgement for sin, on our substitute, Jesus Christ. Please read Chapter 6 for our next meeting on 11/27.  This is one of the longer chapters, so we will likely do this in two parts. See you tomorrow at Fairmont at 6:30am.