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    Easy-Listening Legalism

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2022 50:00


    Jon and Justin follow up on the conversation last week about smuggling works into faith. Today's episode is a little different than the norm. The guys critique teaching from John Piper, John MacArthur, and Doug Wilson on the relationship between faith and works. Multiple excerpts and quotes are cited, all of which are available in the show notes. The reason for this episode is to defend the clarity of the gospel--that we are saved by Christ alone and receive his merits by faith alone, apart from any works we could ever do. Semper Reformanda: Jon and Justin talk about the legitimacy of critiquing doctrine that has been publicly taught and distributed. And then, the guys make a number of observations about the ways social and political concerns seem to be the tie that binds in many conservative Christian streams. Resources:Our episodes on the Law/Gospel DistinctionOur episode on "Smuggling Works into Faith" Full Show Notes Page

    Smuggling Works into Faith (with Mike Abendroth)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2022 41:58


    Jon and Justin are joined by Mike Abendroth, pastor of Bethlehem Bible Church and host of No Compromise Radio. The guys have a conversation about faith--and, in particular, how works are often smuggled into faith in the evangelical church. How do we appropriately define saving faith? How do we understand the relationship between faith and works? Why is it that obedience, love, and good works are regularly woven into the definition of faith? Semper Reformanda: Jon, Justin, and Mike talk more pointedly about Federal Vision, Lordship Salvation, final justification, and biblicism. What do all of these have in common? They all, in various ways, smuggle works into faith. Resources: No Compromise Radio Hosts What is the Law? Our episode: “Intro to Law and Gospel Distinction” Our episode: “Why I Left Lordship Salvation” Mike Abendroth’s Article: “My Pilgrimage from ‘Lordship’ to Law/Gospel” Our episode: “Do John Piper and Doug Wilson Obscure Faith Alone?” Mike Abendroth’s Book: “Gospel Assurance” Our episode: “A Critique of Lordship Salvation - Part 2” Mike Abendroth’s “Law & Gospel” Series on American Gospel

    I've Never Known Love Like This

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2022 42:42


    We all tend to buy into the world's definition of love. We view love as transactional. And, if we're honest, love is really about our self-gratification. This understanding of love robs us of true joy in our relationships and it robs us of peace before God. The love of God for us is unconditional, sacrificial, and steadfast. We know what love is by looking to God's love for us. And we love because he first loved us. If we understand these things better, our relationships with one another in the church and in our homes will profit. Jon and Justin talk about these things in today's episode. Semper Reformanda: Jon and Justin continue the conversation on love by talking about the necessity of the means of grace in the church. That's right. If you're wondering how these things are connected, give the episode a listen. Resources:Jon's Sermon on Relationships, Dating, and God’s Love

    Hard to Forgive

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2022 39:54


    In a fallen world, we sin against others--and we will be sinned against. Sometimes, we are sinned against in ways that are indescribably painful. In today's episode, Jon and Justin talk about forgiveness. It can be hard to forgive those who wrong us. And, yet, the teaching of the Scripture is clear. We are to forgive those who sin against us, as God in Christ has forgiven us. The guys have a compassionate and pastoral conversation about these matters. Semper Reformanda: Jon and Justin talk more about forgiveness, the clarity of the Scripture on the matter, and how this is obscured in our day. The guys finish with thoughts about how forgiveness cannot be based upon our assessment of the quality of another person's repentance. Resources:Our episode on "Repenting of Our Repentance" Ask Theocast on "What if I'm struggling to forgive? Can I still have assurance?"

    Church, Discernment, and Purity Culture

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2022 43:13


    In today's episode, the guys have a conversation about a very sensitive but important topic: sexuality. Over recent years and decades, there have been various approaches to how to handle issues of sexuality in the church. Jon and Justin talk honestly about their concerns regarding crass and crude language that is used to talk about sex--and the abuses of pastoral authority that often occur (e.g., Doug Wilson and Mark Driscoll). The guys also discuss their concerns with purity culture (Joshua Harris comes up here) and the very negative ways sex is portrayed in that kind of setting. There is a better and more biblical approach. Semper Reformanda: Jon and Justin talk more about abuses of pastoral authority that occur in the church when it comes to sex in marriage. Then, the guys talk about how we often try to use outside means to address a heart-level problem. Resources: Sexuality, Acceptance, and the Gospel

    When Two Baptists and Two Presbyterians Walk into a Podcast...

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2022 67:20


    Jon and Justin recently had the opportunity to be guests on the Guilt Grace Gratitude podcast. In this episode, two Baptists and two Presbyterians talk about confessionalism and the local church. The conversation is wide-ranging, including: confessions of faith, the objective work of Christ and his sufficiency, the law and the gospel, the ordinary means of grace, the mission of the church and the point of the Lord's Day gathering, the sacraments, the effects of revivalism and pietism, and much more. Resources: Guilt Grace Gratitude Podcast Our episode on Confessionalism What is Reformed Theology?

    Everyday Grace - New Podcast Announcement!

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 8, 2022 3:12


    In this short update, Jon and Justin announce Everyday Grace! A new daily short form podcast that features the pastoral work of the hosts as well as highlights from previous episodes of Theocast to help encourage listeners in Christ every day!

    What Happened to Preaching?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2022 39:39


    The guys continue the series on the means of grace by discussing preaching. What has happened to the preaching of the word of Christ? Jon and Justin begin by distinguishing preaching from teaching. Then, they consider the preaching event. It is an event. (Live streams and sermon audio is not preaching.) The guys conclude with a lengthy discussion on the content of preaching. Preaching is to extol and herald the person and work of Christ in the place of sinners, and preaching requires the right dividing of law and gospel. Semper Reformanda: Jon and Justin talk about some of the critiques that are raised against Christ-centered, redemptive-historical preaching, along with the false dichotomy introduced between grammatical-historical and redemptive-historical approaches to exegesis. (Warning: It's a passionate discussion.) Resources:Our episode on "Introduction to Law/Gospel Distinction"Our series on Covenant TheologyOur episode on "Is Your Theological System Any Good?"Our episode on "Legal Preaching"Our episode on "Christ-Centered Preaching"

    What Happened to Communion?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2022 39:25


    The sacrament of communion was given to us by God as a means of His grace. In the Lord's Supper, Jesus is really and spiritually present to minister to us. We are confirmed in the faith and in all the benefits of Christ's death. We are nourished, sustained, and strengthened through receiving the bread and the cup. In other words, the Table is for our assurance and for our growth in the faith. Sadly, this is not how communion is typically talked about in the church. What happened? Why is it not talked about this way? In today's episode Jon and Justin have a theological, historical, and biblical conversation about communion as a means of grace. Semper Reformanda: Jon and Justin discuss Reformed worship--and communion as a part of that. In addition, the guys give some thoughts regarding churches that do not observe communion regularly. Resources:Our episode on "What Happened to Baptism?"Our episode on "The Resting Heart Rate of the Christian Life"Ask Theocast on "What Are the Means of Grace?"1689 LBC 30.1"Truth We Can Touch" by Tim ChesterBarcellos's book on the Lord's Supper

    What Happened to Baptism?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 20, 2022 38:37


    The sacrament of baptism was given to us by God as a means of His grace. Baptism is about our union with Christ. It is a sign of being grafted into him in his life, death, and resurrection. It is a sign of the remission of our sins. It is a sign of God's promise to keep us unto salvation. Sadly, this is not how baptism is typically talked about in the church. What happened? Why is it not talked about this way? In today's episode Jon and Justin have a theological, historical, and biblical conversation about baptism as a means of grace. Semper Reformanda: Jon and Justin continue to discuss baptism as a sign of our union with Christ. In particular, the guys consider how pietism, revivalism, and Arminianism have affected how many have understood union with Christ--and thereby, baptism. Resources:Our episodes on Lordship SalvationOur episode "The Resting Heart Rate of the Christian Life"Our episode on "Leaving Pietism"

    God's Will Hunting

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 13, 2022 39:18


    In today's episode, the guys talk about God's will. Many Christians agonize over the will of God for their lives. Is there a secret will of God that we are called to discern? Can we make decisions that put us outside the will of God? Has God spoken to what His will is for our lives? Jon and Justin consider these things and more. Semper Reformanda: Jon and Justin continue the conversation on the will of God. What do we say to people who fear they have ruined their lives through a past sin? Resources:Our episode on "Mercy for Those Who Doubt"Our episode "What is Biblicism? Why Is It dangerous?"Our episode on "Leaving Pietism"

    I Come to the Garden Alone?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 6, 2022 40:52


    The title for today's episode comes from a 20th century hymn. That hymn is illustrative of the common mindset in the evangelical church--that the real stuff of the Christian life happens when we are alone. Is that what the New Testament teaches? How is it that we grow in the faith? How is it that we become mature in Christ? Jon and Justin consider these questions and discuss how the Christian life is inherently corporate, how devotion is church-shaped, and how the corporate realities of the gathered church drive our private lives. Semper Reformanda: Jon and Justin give some of their perspective on personal time of Bible reading and prayer. What are healthier ways to approach these things? How does the corporate life of the church help us devotional lives? Resources:Our episode on "How Not to Read Your Bible"Our episode "Have We Missed the Point of Church?"Our episode on "Leaving Pietism"Our episode on "Your Sanctification Is Not for You?"Our "Dazed and Confused" episode on Hebrews 12:1-14

    Prayer Requires Righteousness

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2022 35:22


    This is the second of at least two episodes from James 5. In James 5:16, the apostle writes that the prayer of a righteous person is effective. This raises the question: is righteousness required for prayer? If so, what kind of righteousness is James talking about? He gives the example of Elijah and how effective his prayers were. How are we to understand that? Jon and Justin discuss all of this--and more in today's podcast. Semper Reformanda: Jon and Justin talk about positional and personal righteousness. And, the guys go in on pietism and revivalism, in particular, as to how these things have resulted in confusion and have hindered us in approaching God. Resources:Our episode on "Do John Piper and Doug Wilson Obscure Faith Alone?"Our episode "Self + Righteousness = Rubbish (Are You Struggling With It?)"Our episode on "Why the Gospel Terrifies Christians"Our episodes on Lordship SalvationJon's two sermons on Faith and Healing

    Prayer for Healing

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2022 36:26


    This is the first of at least two episodes from James 5. In James 5:14, the apostle writes that if a person is sick he should have the elders of the church anoint him and pray for him. Then he says that the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. How are we to understand this? What kind of healing is in view? What is the prayer of faith? Jon and Justin consider these questions and more. Semper Reformanda: Jon and Justin talk in more depth about interpreting the Bible. They consider tools that help us interpret the Bible, as well as how we should approach debated passages. Resources:Our episode on James 2Our episode "Dying with Dignity"Our episode on "There Will Be Weakness"Jon's two sermons on Faith and Healing

    The Self-Validation Project (S|R)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 15, 2022


    Semper Reformanda: Jon and Justin continue to consider how a lot of teaching today communicates that the Christian life is a project of validating ourselves as legitimate. The guys talk about the effects of unhealthy introspection, as well as better motivations for Christian living.Resources:Our episode on James 2 "Faith Without Works Is Dead"Our episode on "How Pietism Ruins Good Works"Our episode on "Leaving Pietism"https://youtu.be/up6sUZD_kws

    The Self-Validation Project

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 15, 2022


    In the church, we can struggle to rightly understand and apply the grace of God in Christ. We know we need grace on the front end of salvation, but then, once in, we flip to an economy of merit. And now, we're just collecting stars and earning cookies. It is as though we think that through our working we can retroactively vindicate God's saving of us and turn ourselves into the kind of people God would've been happy to save in the first place. In this episode, Jon and Justin talk about how the Christian life is a project of self-validation for many.Semper Reformanda: Jon and Justin continue to consider how a lot of teaching today communicates that the Christian life is a project of validating ourselves as legitimate. The guys talk about the effects of unhealthy introspection, as well as better motivations for Christian living.Resources:Our episode on James 2 "Faith Without Works Is Dead"Our episode on "How Pietism Ruins Good Works"Our episode on "Leaving Pietism"https://youtu.be/1enVzZ9tGuo

    The Self-Validation Project

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 15, 2022 34:44


    In the church, we can struggle to rightly understand and apply the grace of God in Christ. We know we need grace on the front end of salvation, but then, once in, we flip to an economy of merit. And now, we're just collecting stars and earning cookies. It is as though we think that through our working we can retroactively vindicate God's saving of us and turn ourselves into the kind of people God would've been happy to save in the first place. In this episode, Jon and Justin talk about how the Christian life is a project of self-validation for many. Semper Reformanda: Jon and Justin continue to consider how a lot of teaching today communicates that the Christian life is a project of validating ourselves as legitimate. The guys talk about the effects of unhealthy introspection, as well as better motivations for Christian living. Resources:Our episode on James 2 "Faith Without Works Is Dead"Our episode on "How Pietism Ruins Good Works"Our episode on "Leaving Pietism"

    Is the Law Relevant Today?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 8, 2022


    In this third of three episodes on God's law, Jon and Justin talk about the threefold division of the law. This conversation is important for anyone who has ever wondered what to make of all the laws God gave to Israel in the Old Testament. What is binding for us today? What is not? What do some of these obscure sounding commands have to do with us in the new covenant era? In short, the confessional, Reformed understanding of the threefold division of the moral, ceremonial, and judicial law is very helpful for our understanding.Semper Reformanda: Jon and Justin consider the fourth commandment in depth regarding the Sabbath day. There is some division of opinion--even amongst Reformed types--as to what observance of the Lord's Day should look like. The distinction between the moral and ceremonial law is a factor, as is one's understanding of covenant theology.Resources:Our first episode in this series on Law & Gospel DistinctionOur second episode in this series on The Three Uses of the LawOur first episode in a series on Covenant TheologyOur first of three episodes on Implications of Covenant Theologyhttps://youtu.be/55hay4xXgGw

    Is the Law Relevant Today? (S|R)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 8, 2022


    Jon and Justin consider the fourth commandment in depth regarding the Sabbath day. There is some division of opinion--even amongst Reformed types--as to what observance of the Lord's Day should look like. The distinction between the moral and ceremonial law is a factor, as is one's understanding of covenant theology.Resources:Our first episode in this series on Law & Gospel DistinctionOur second episode in this series on The Three Uses of the LawOur first episode in a series on Covenant TheologyOur first of three episodes on Implications of Covenant Theologyhttps://youtu.be/f5Nv148wQMk

    Is the Law Relevant Today?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 8, 2022 38:40


    In this third of three episodes on God's law, Jon and Justin talk about the threefold division of the law. This conversation is important for anyone who has ever wondered what to make of all the laws God gave to Israel in the Old Testament. What is binding for us today? What is not? What do some of these obscure sounding commands have to do with us in the new covenant era? In short, the confessional, Reformed understanding of the threefold division of the moral, ceremonial, and judicial law is very helpful for our understanding. Semper Reformanda: Jon and Justin consider the fourth commandment in depth regarding the Sabbath day. There is some division of opinion--even amongst Reformed types--as to what observance of the Lord's Day should look like. The distinction between the moral and ceremonial law is a factor, as is one's understanding of covenant theology. Resources:Our first episode in this series on Law & Gospel DistinctionOur second episode in this series on The Three Uses of the LawOur first episode in a series on Covenant TheologyOur first of three episodes on Implications of Covenant Theology

    Intro to Three Uses of the Law

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 1, 2022


    In this second of three episodes on God's law, Jon and Justin talk about the three uses of the law. In considering the three uses of the law, we are essentially answering the question, "Why did God give the law?" The first use of the law is to show us our sin and drive us to Christ. The second use is to teach all men right and wrong--and to restrain our corruption. The third use is to serve as the guide for our living in Christ. Without these uses in view, we are prone to make all kinds of errors in our application and understanding of God's law.Semper Reformanda: Jon and Justin consider how the uses of the law are often collapsed in our day and the resulting fallout of this confusion. In contending for the uses of the law, we are simply seeking to use the law lawfully (1 Timothy 1:8).Resources:First episode in this series: "Intro to Law and Gospel Distinction"Our episode on "What Must I Do to Be Saved?"Our episode on "John Piper on Holiness"Our episode on "Following Jesus Is Not the Gospel"Our episode on "Faith Without Works is Dead: James 2"https://youtu.be/AG-ZMlbZ4Fg

    Intro to Three Uses of the Law

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 1, 2022 36:16


    In this second of three episodes on God's law, Jon and Justin talk about the three uses of the law. In considering the three uses of the law, we are essentially answering the question, "Why did God give the law?" The first use of the law is to show us our sin and drive us to Christ. The second use is to teach all men right and wrong--and to restrain our corruption. The third use is to serve as the guide for our living in Christ. Without these uses in view, we are prone to make all kinds of errors in our application and understanding of God's law. Semper Reformanda: Jon and Justin consider how the uses of the law are often collapsed in our day and the resulting fallout of this confusion. In contending for the uses of the law, we are simply seeking to use the law lawfully (1 Timothy 1:8). Resources: First episode in this series: "Intro to Law and Gospel Distinction"Our episode on "What Must I Do to Be Saved?"Our episode on "John Piper on Holiness"Our episode on "Following Jesus Is Not the Gospel"Our episode on "Faith Without Works is Dead: James 2"

    Intro to Three Uses of the Law (S|R)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 1, 2022


    Jon and Justin consider how the uses of the law are often collapsed in our day and the resulting fallout of this confusion. In contending for the uses of the law, we are simply seeking to use the law lawfully (1 Timothy 1:8).Resources:Our episode on "What Must I Do to Be Saved?"Our episode on "John Piper on Holiness"Our episode on "Following Jesus Is Not the Gospel"Our episode on "Faith Without Works is Dead: James 2"https://youtu.be/o53abKNLFwE

    Intro to Law and Gospel Distinction

    Play Episode Listen Later May 25, 2022 33:21


    In this first of three episodes on God's law, Jon and Justin talk about the distinction between the law and the gospel. The law and the gospel are both contained in the Old and New Testaments, respectively. The law and the gospel are distinct and ought not be mixed--and, yet, they are complementary in God's economy of salvation. The guys introduce the listener to this historically Reformed doctrine and consider why it is so important. Semper Reformanda: Jon and Justin consider how covenant theology and law/gospel distinction complement one another in a Reformed theological framework. The guys talk about how useful these tools are for rightly understanding the Scriptures. Resources:Our episode on "What Must I Do to Be Saved?"Our episode on "Are You a Legalist or an Antinomian?"Our episode on "The Law, the Gospel, and Sanctification"

    Intro to Law and Gospel Distinction (S|R)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 25, 2022


    Jon and Justin consider how covenant theology and law/gospel distinction complement one another in a Reformed theological framework. The guys talk about how useful these tools are for rightly understanding the Scriptures.Resources:Our episode on "What Must I Do to Be Saved?"Our episode on "Are You a Legalist or an Antinomian?"Our episode on "The Law, the Gospel, and Sanctification"https://youtu.be/3qKeMrcC_xM

    Intro to Law and Gospel Distinction

    Play Episode Listen Later May 25, 2022


    In this first of three episodes on God's law, Jon and Justin talk about the distinction between the law and the gospel. The law and the gospel are both contained in the Old and New Testaments, respectively. The law and the gospel are distinct and ought not be mixed--and, yet, they are complementary in God's economy of salvation. The guys introduce the listener to this historically Reformed doctrine and consider why it is so important.Semper Reformanda: Jon and Justin consider how covenant theology and law/gospel distinction complement one another in a Reformed theological framework. The guys talk about how useful these tools are for rightly understanding the Scriptures.Resources:Our episode on "What Must I Do to Be Saved?"Our episode on "Are You a Legalist or an Antinomian?"Our episode on "The Law, the Gospel, and Sanctification"https://youtu.be/RDjkKGIu0xQ

    Stop Trying to Make Sense of Suffering (S|R)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2022


    Jon and Justin continue the conversation on suffering by considering less-than-good ways suffering is talked about and dealt with in the church. We have a gentle, patient, and merciful Savior. This should inform how we interact with one another in the midst of pain. Resources: Our episode on "There Will Be Weakness" Our episode on Two Kingdoms Our episode on "The Quest for Religious Experience" https://youtu.be/Evn5RFBwjV0

    Stop Trying to Make Sense of Suffering

    Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2022


    Often in the church, we try to figure out exactly what God is doing when we are going through difficult things. Simply put, we shouldn't do that. The secret things belong to the Lord, and we are not privy to the counsel of God when it comes to our suffering. In today's episode, Jon and Justin aim to point out things that God has clearly revealed and promised to us in his Word. We do have an unshakable hope in the Lord Jesus Christ, and this is what we cling to--in the midst of joy or pain. Semper Reformanda: Jon and Justin continue the conversation on suffering by considering less-than-good ways suffering is talked about and dealt with in the church. We have a gentle, patient, and merciful Savior. This should inform how we interact with one another in the midst of pain. Resources: Our episode on "There Will Be Weakness" Our episode on Two Kingdoms Our episode on "The Quest for Religious Experience" https://youtu.be/Uv8C6wTY8y4

    Stop Trying to Make Sense of Suffering

    Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2022 44:39


    Often in the church, we try to figure out exactly what God is doing when we are going through difficult things. Simply put, we shouldn't do that. The secret things belong to the Lord, and we are not privy to the counsel of God when it comes to our suffering. In today's episode, Jon and Justin aim to point out things that God has clearly revealed and promised to us in his Word. We do have an unshakable hope in the Lord Jesus Christ, and this is what we cling to--in the midst of joy or pain. Semper Reformanda: Jon and Justin continue the conversation on suffering by considering less-than-good ways suffering is talked about and dealt with in the church. We have a gentle, patient, and merciful Savior. This should inform how we interact with one another in the midst of pain. Resources:Our episode on "There Will Be Weakness"Our episode on Two KingdomsOur episode on "The Quest for Religious Experience"

    Gospel Power for the Weary

    Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2022 40:48


    In today's episode, Jon and Justin aim to have a pastoral conversation with two groups of people in view. First, those who are beat down and weary, who are seeking to find rest. And second, those who have found rest in Christ but still wrestle with what that rest means for their Christian lives. Where does the power for sanctification come from? What do we do now that we know Christ has done everything for our salvation? Semper Reformanda: Jon and Justin have a fun conversation about Jesus, calming down, assessing ourselves honestly, looking to God's Word, and loving our brothers and sisters. Resources: Our episode on "How Pietism Ruins Good Works" https://youtu.be/19OhlchARt0 Our episode on "Your Sanctification Is Not for You?" https://youtu.be/nfDuTYz3pnA Our episode on "Have We Missed the Point of Church?" https://youtu.be/JLHz0Cgga4s Our episode on "What Is--and Is Not--the Gospel" https://youtu.be/NmrZA951WYU

    Gospel Power for the Weary

    Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2022


    In today's episode, Jon and Justin aim to have a pastoral conversation with two groups of people in view. First, those who are beat down and weary, who are seeking to find rest. And second, those who have found rest in Christ but still wrestle with what that rest means for their Christian lives. Where does the power for sanctification come from? What do we do now that we know Christ has done everything for our salvation? Semper Reformanda: Jon and Justin have a fun conversation about Jesus, calming down, assessing ourselves honestly, looking to God's Word, and loving our brothers and sisters. Resources: Our episode on "How Pietism Ruins Good Works" https://youtu.be/19OhlchARt0 Our episode on "Your Sanctification Is Not for You?" https://youtu.be/nfDuTYz3pnA Our episode on "Have We Missed the Point of Church?" https://youtu.be/JLHz0Cgga4s Our episode on "What Is--and Is Not--the Gospel" https://youtu.be/NmrZA951WYU https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYL-Um-74z0

    Gospel Power for the Weary (S|R)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2022


    Jon and Justin have a fun conversation about Jesus, calming down, assessing ourselves honestly, looking to God's Word, and loving our brothers and sisters. Resources:Our episode on "How Pietism Ruins Good Works" https://youtu.be/19OhlchARt0 Our episode on "Your Sanctification Is Not for You?" https://youtu.be/nfDuTYz3pnA Our episode on "Have We Missed the Point of Church?" https://youtu.be/JLHz0Cgga4s Our episode on "What Is--and Is Not--the Gospel" https://youtu.be/NmrZA951WYU https://youtu.be/9Q-_Ap0gMDg

    John Piper on Holiness

    Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2022 53:38


    In this episode, Jon and Justin discuss a message recently given by John Piper on Christ's death and the holiness of the believer. The guys interact with clips from the message and seek to consider it from a biblical, confessional, and Reformed perspective. At Theocast, we are in complete agreement that Christ's work has secured the holiness of the saints. Significant things to consider along these lines are: union with Christ; the active obedience of Christ; the relationship of justification and sanctification; and the proper way to preach the law and the gospel. Semper Reformanda: Jon and Justin continue the conversation on the holiness of believers. The guys consider better--and more biblical--ways to pursue and instill holiness in the church. Resources:Our episode on Hebrews 12 https://theocast.org/dazed-and-confused-hebrews-121-14-and-holiness/Our episode on "Your Sanctification Is Not for You" https://theocast.org/your-sanctification-is-not-for-you/Our episode on "Piper and Wilson Obscuring the Gospel" https://theocast.org/do-john-piper-and-doug-wilson-obscure-faith-alone/

    John Piper on Holiness (S|R)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2022


    Jon and Justin continue the conversation on the holiness of believers. The guys consider better--and more biblical--ways to pursue and instill holiness in the church.Resources:Our episode on Hebrews 12 https://youtu.be/QvdOXbBlnv4Our episode on "Your Sanctification Is Not for You" https://youtu.be/nfDuTYz3pnAOur episode on "Piper and Wilson Obscuring the Gospel" https://youtu.be/Z7tlAGv8c3khttps://youtu.be/n3T5Hqe-ebw

    John Piper on Holiness

    Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2022


    In this episode, Jon and Justin discuss a message recently given by John Piper on Christ's death and the holiness of the believer. The guys interact with clips from the message and seek to consider it from a biblical, confessional, and Reformed perspective. At Theocast, we are in complete agreement that Christ's work has secured the holiness of the saints. Significant things to consider along these lines are: union with Christ; the active obedience of Christ; the relationship of justification and sanctification; and the proper way to preach the law and the gospel.Semper Reformanda: Jon and Justin continue the conversation on the holiness of believers. The guys consider better--and more biblical--ways to pursue and instill holiness in the church.Resources:Our episode on Hebrews 12 https://youtu.be/QvdOXbBlnv4Our episode on "Your Sanctification Is Not for You" https://youtu.be/nfDuTYz3pnAOur episode on "Piper and Wilson Obscuring the Gospel" https://youtu.be/Z7tlAGv8c3khttps://youtu.be/0Fzvr3cxybY

    Following Jesus Is Not the Gospel

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 27, 2022


    Following Jesus is not the gospel. There are a number of things that are fruits of regeneration and fruits of the gospel that are not the gospel. Biblically speaking, the gospel has nothing to do with us whatsoever. The gospel is completely about the person and work of Jesus Christ, our substitute and mediator. Jon and Justin talk about the fruit of the gospel, the order of salvation, and justification from a confessional, reformed perspective. Semper Reformanda: The guys talk about the legitimacy of using confessions and of critiquing the doctrine of notable figures. Then, they go into more depth on some of the ways justification is under assault in our day. Resources: Our episode on "What must I do to be saved?" Our episode on Take up your cross Our episode on biblicism Our episode on how pietism ruins good works https://youtu.be/lJlHlwndPQ0

    Following Jesus Is Not the Gospel (S|R)

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 27, 2022


    The guys talk about the legitimacy of using confessions and of critiquing the doctrine of notable figures. Then, they go into more depth on some of the ways justification is under assault in our day. Resources: Our episode on "What must I do to be saved?" Our episode on Take up your cross Our episode on biblicism Our episode on how pietism ruins good works https://youtu.be/GAQTzT77WuY

    Following Jesus Is Not the Gospel

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 26, 2022 43:19


    Following Jesus is not the gospel. There are a number of things that are fruits of regeneration and fruits of the gospel that are not the gospel. Biblically speaking, the gospel has nothing to do with us whatsoever. The gospel is completely about the person and work of Jesus Christ, our substitute and mediator. Jon and Justin talk about the fruit of the gospel, the order of salvation, and justification from a confessional, reformed perspective. Semper Reformanda: The guys talk about the legitimacy of using confessions and of critiquing the doctrine of notable figures. Then, they go into more depth on some of the ways justification is under assault in our day. Resources:Our episode on "What must I do to be saved?"Our episode on Take up your crossOur episode on biblicismOur episode on how pietism ruins good works

    Stop Taking Jesus Out of the Bible

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 20, 2022 48:11


    We believe that all of the Bible--from Genesis to Revelation--is a testimony about Jesus. We believe there is law and gospel in the Old and New Testaments. These convictions are historical, confessional, Reformed convictions. Yet, many in our day get very nervous about seeing Christ in all of the Bible and of understanding the Scriptures in terms of law and gospel. Our fear is that, at the end of it, well-meaning people discourage the saints from seeing Christ for them in all of the Scriptures. Jon and Justin talk about this on today's episode. Semper Reformanda: Jon and Justin continue to talk (passionately) about the tendency of many to remove Jesus from many passages of the Bible. Then the guys talk about how effective the heralding of Christ actually is. Resources: Introduction to Covenant Theology: https://youtu.be/iCfzmujnlHo Desiring God Article: https://www.desiringgod.org/messages/exposition-or-imposition The Master's Seminary Article: https://blog.tms.edu/is-christ-in-every-verse Grace To You Article: https://www.gty.org/library/articles/A235/reexamining-the-eternal-sonship-of-christ #reformedtheology #preachingChrist #theocast

    Stop Taking Jesus Out of the Bible (S|R)

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 20, 2022


    Jon and Justin continue to talk (passionately) about the tendency of many to remove Jesus from many passages of the Bible. Then the guys talk about how effective the heralding of Christ actually is.Resources:Introduction to Covenant Theology: https://youtu.be/iCfzmujnlHoDesiring God Article: https://www.desiringgod.org/messages/exposition-or-impositionThe Master's Seminary Article: https://blog.tms.edu/is-christ-in-every-verseGrace To You Article: https://www.gty.org/library/articles/A235/reexamining-the-eternal-sonship-of-christhttps://youtu.be/J2qqYMYKOQE

    Stop Taking Jesus Out of the Bible

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 20, 2022


    We believe that all of the Bible--from Genesis to Revelation--is a testimony about Jesus. We believe there is law and gospel in the Old and New Testaments. These convictions are historical, confessional, Reformed convictions. Yet, many in our day get very nervous about seeing Christ in all of the Bible and of understanding the Scriptures in terms of law and gospel. Our fear is that, at the end of it, well-meaning people discourage the saints from seeing Christ for them in all of the Scriptures. Jon and Justin talk about this on today's episode.Semper Reformanda: Jon and Justin continue to talk (passionately) about the tendency of many to remove Jesus from many passages of the Bible. Then the guys talk about how effective the heralding of Christ actually is.Resources:Introduction to Covenant Theology: https://youtu.be/iCfzmujnlHoDesiring God Article: https://www.desiringgod.org/messages/exposition-or-impositionThe Master's Seminary Article: https://blog.tms.edu/is-christ-in-every-verseGrace To You Article: https://www.gty.org/library/articles/A235/reexamining-the-eternal-sonship-of-christhttps://youtu.be/KfFeQNVPtkg

    Exciting Update: Gospel Advancement

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 13, 2022 39:06


    Jon and Justin talk about the start of a new network of confessional Baptist churches, called the Grace Reformed Network. The guys explain the need for the network, as well as the theological positions of the network. If you'd like to learn more, please visit gracereformednetwork.org Semper Reformanda: Jon and Justin talk more personally about what led to starting the Grace Reformed Network and the need for more confessional churches.

    There Will Be Weakness (S|R)

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 6, 2022


    Jon and Justin answer listener questions on Two Kingdoms doctrine and also on views of eschatology as it relates to the redemptive-historical framework of Scripture.Resources:Our episode on triumphalismOur episode on Two KingdomsOur episode eschatology (Left Behind?)FREE EBOOK Theocast.org/primerhttps://youtu.be/5CByyISfvCY

    There Will Be Weakness

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 6, 2022


    We are often made to think that the Christian life is one where we move from triumph to triumph--and from spiritual experience to spiritual experience. But that is not reality. It is not the promise of the Scripture. This side of the resurrection, we are learning to trust Christ in the midst of weakness and the battle against the flesh. We are learning to depend more upon grace. It is not a bad thing for us to come to a place where we know Christ is all we have. The guys consider all of this in today's episode.Semper Reformanda: Jon and Justin answer listener questions on Two Kingdoms doctrine and also on views of eschatology as it relates to the redemptive-historical framework of Scripture.Resources:Our episode on triumphalismOur episode on Two KingdomsOur episode eschatology (Left Behind?)FREE EBOOK Theocast.org/primerhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZY8uVFMAE0c

    There Will Be Weakness

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 6, 2022 43:53


    We are often made to think that the Christian life is one where we move from triumph to triumph--and from spiritual experience to spiritual experience. But that is not reality. It is not the promise of the Scripture. This side of the resurrection, we are learning to trust Christ in the midst of weakness and the battle against the flesh. We are learning to depend more upon grace. It is not a bad thing for us to come to a place where we know Christ is all we have. The guys consider all of this in today's episode. Semper Reformanda: Jon and Justin answer listener questions on Two Kingdoms doctrine and also on views of eschatology as it relates to the redemptive-historical framework of Scripture. Resources:Our episode on triumphalismOur episode on Two KingdomsOur episode eschatology (Left Behind?) FREE EBOOK Theocast.org/primer

    Exciting Update: Gospel Advancement (S|R)

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 5, 2022


    Jon and Justin talk more personally about what led to starting the Grace Reformed Network and the need for more confessional churches.Resources:https://youtu.be/Nk0wWgX49Rw

    Exciting Update: Gospel Advancement

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 5, 2022


    Jon and Justin talk about the start of a new network of confessional Baptist churches, called the Grace Reformed Network. The guys explain the need for the network, as well as the theological positions of the network. If you'd like to learn more, please visit gracereformednetwork.org.Semper Reformanda: Jon and Justin talk more personally about what led to starting the Grace Reformed Network and the need for more confessional churches.https://youtu.be/8_uoihF7Lqo

    What Must I Do to Be Saved?

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 30, 2022


    Jon and Justin seek to answer the question, "What must I do to be saved?" This is a question that was posed to Jesus at numerous points. The apostles also addressed this question repeatedly. The guys consider two parables from the Lord Jesus: the Good Samaritan and the Rich Young Man; and also a passage from the apostle Paul: Romans 2:6-13. Reformed categories of law and gospel are essential if we are going to rightly understand these passages.Semper Reformanda: Jon and Justin consider how obedience is talked about in a context where law and gospel are confused. The guys talk about so much of what is preached is effectively easy-listening legalism and prosperity theology.Resources:Our episode on What Is-and Is Not-the Gospel?Our episode on Law/Gospel DistinctionOur episode on Why the Gospel Terrifies Christianshttps://youtu.be/5nmMk0cdWJo

    What Must I Do to Be Saved? (S|R)

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 30, 2022


    Jon and Justin consider how obedience is talked about in a context where law and gospel are confused. The guys talk about so much of what is preached is effectively easy-listening legalism and prosperity theology.Resources:Our episode on What Is-and Is Not-the Gospel?Our episode on Law/Gospel DistinctionOur episode on Why the Gospel Terrifies Christianshttps://youtu.be/F6vEtYEz4W0

    What Must I Do to Be Saved?

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 30, 2022 43:12


    Jon and Justin seek to answer the question, "What must I do to be saved?" This is a question that was posed to Jesus at numerous points. The apostles also addressed this question repeatedly. The guys consider two parables from the Lord Jesus: the Good Samaritan and the Rich Young Man; and also a passage from the apostle Paul: Romans 2:6-13. Reformed categories of law and gospel are essential if we are going to rightly understand these passages. Semper Reformanda: Jon and Justin consider how obedience is talked about in a context where law and gospel are confused. The guys talk about so much of what is preached is effectively easy-listening legalism and prosperity theology. Resources:Our episode on What Is-and Is Not-the Gospel?Our episode on Law/Gospel DistinctionOur episode on Why the Gospel Terrifies Christians

    Left Behind? (A Conversation on Eschatology)

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 23, 2022 41:40


    Jon and Justin have a discussion on views of eschatology and how it has affected modern biblical interpretation. Do historical Dispensational views contradict the clear teaching of Scripture on the atoning work of Christ? Is one's view on eschatology a measure of orthodoxy? Should our views of eschatology drive the rest of our theology, or is it the other way around? Semper Reformanda: Jon and Justin talk in more depth about eschatology and hermeneutics. What should guide us in formulating our views on eschatology? Resources:Our episode on "Is Your Theological System Any Good?""A Case for Amillennialism" by Kim Riddlebarger

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