Church Membership: Building the Walls of Jerusalem

“Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem.” –Psalm 51:18 A Simple Definition Church membership is a way of saying, “I am a Christian, and this is my church.”  To flesh that out a bit more, church membership means saying, “I am a Christian. I care about the local …

How to Interpret Revelation

By Sam Caldwell Some Initial Helps The key to understanding the book of Revelation is this: there are seven main sections of Revelation that all picture the same period from different angles. This article is devoted to proving that this is the most biblical, faithful, and fruitful way of interpreting this Christ-exalting book of the Bible.  …

Deacons: Qualifications, Duties, Rewards

By Sam Caldwell Preliminary Thoughts Stepping into any official church office (elder or deacon) should be approached in the fear of God. And it should also be approached alongside regular church life. Being made a deacon (or elder) does not mean the man should stop being himself. In fact, it usually means that he needs …

The Most Vital Quality in a Leader

“Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes the brother…” 1 Corinthians 1:1 In the first verse of 1 Corinthians, we find that Paul is humble enough to co-author with a brother. He writes…with “Sosthenes the brother.” Sosthenes’s voice does not come through loudly in this letter, as far as we can discern, …

Be Small

“Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus, an apostle called, separated to the gospel of God…” Romans 1:1 Paul – the simple name of a small man. “Paul” means “small.” Notice that all words pertaining to Paul in Romans 1:1 are passive. Paul is simply – and in everything – acted upon by Christ. He is the pawn and …

The Sun-Judged Soul

Here is a brief devotional about an illuminating word in the New Testament. The one true living God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all. What makes manifest is light, and our God has come to make our crookedness – and the way out of it – manifest. This pure Light teaches …

Did Christ “descend into hell”?

The widespread version of the “Apostle’s Creed” says that Christ “was crucified, dead, and buried. He descended into hell. The third day He rose again from the dead.” Should biblical Christians affirm or deny the phrase, “He descended into hell”?  Since this issue has deep implications for salvation, pastoral care, and discipleship, it is important …

Predestination, Part 4: Some Questions

In the first article on predestination, we discussed how to approach a difficult doctrine (see: https://rgfellowship.church/predestination-election-and-reprobation-part-1).  In the second article, we defined the terms “predestine, election, reprobation, God’s sovereignty, man’s responsibility, and compatibilism” (see: https://rgfellowship.church/predestination-part-2-defining-terms).  In the third article, we looked at the major proof texts on the doctrine of predestination (see: https://rgfellowship.church/predestination-part-3-texts-that-prove-election-and-reprobation).  Here, let’s consider some questions …

Predestination, Part 3: Texts that Prove Election and Reprobation

Here we will consider the two branches of God’s sovereign predestining decree – election and reprobation. Instead of offering extensive commentary, here we just want to list the pertinent texts. I will put the phrases that relate immediately to predestination in bold. These are not texts for us to grind with in theological debates; they …