The Gospel and Work

Brian Colmery blessed us at our TGCLA EQUIP Meeting yesterday in Pasadena teaching us about the Gospel and Work. I wish we had an audio recording. Well, here are some resources we recommended to think through the topic to help you equip your church members for the glory of God in the work place.

Christians in the Workplace – Capitol Hill Baptist Church’s free Adult Sunday School material on the topic.

The Call: Finding and Fulfilling the Central Purpose of Your Life by Os Guiness

Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work by Tim Keller

The Gospel at Work: How Working for King Jesus Gives Purpose and Meaning to Our Jobs by Sebastian Traeger and Greg Gilbert

Gospel-Centered Work by Tim Chester

(This is a cross post with The Gospel Coalition Los Angeles)

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Suggested Verses for Children to Memorize and Internalize

This list is given by John Broadus, a Bible scholar and seminary professor in the 1800’s:

Passages for Learning by Heart

It is an excellent thing for the young to commit to memory many portions of Scripture. The following passages are recommended as suitable, and it is hoped that many will learn some of them, and add other selections as thought best.

The Ten Commandments, Exodus 20:1-17.
Psalms 1, 16, 19, 23, 24, 27, 32, 34, 51, 84, 90, 92, 95, 100, 103, 115, 116, 130, 139, 145.
Proverbs 3:1-20; 6:6-11; chapter 10; chapter 11, chapter 20;
Ecclesiastes, chapter 12.
Isaiah, chapter 40; chapter 53; chapter 55.
Matthew 5:3-16; chapter 6; chapter 7; chapter 25; 28: 18-20.
Mark 14:22-25; 32:2.
Luke 15:11-32; 16: 19-31; 18:1-14; 24: 13-3 5.
John 1:1-18; 14:1-15; 20: 1-2 3.
Acts 17:22-31; 20:17-3 8.
Romans 5:1-11; 8:28-39; chapter 12.
1 Corinthians, chapter 13; chapter 15;
2 Corinthians, chapter 5.
Ephesians 3:14-21; 6:10-20; Colossians 3:1-11; 4:2-6.
I Thess. 4:13-18; Titus 2:11-14.
Hebrews 4:14-16, 11:1 to 12:3.
1 John 1:5 to 2:6; 3:13-24; chapter 4.
Revelation 1:9-20; 7:9-17; 20:11-15; chapter 21; chapter 22.

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Some concise statements on the doctrine of original sin

A brother in Christ recently emailed me about original sin wanting resources on it. So I copied a few confessions on the doctrine and emailed it to him. If you want some brief, clear, statements on the doctrine with some bible references, here are some:

Baptist Faith and Message 2000:

III. Man

Man is the special creation of God, made in His own image. He created them male and female as the crowning work of His creation. The gift of gender is thus part of the goodness of God’s creation. In the beginning man was innocent of sin and was endowed by his Creator with freedom of choice. By his free choice man sinned against God and brought sin into the human race. Through the temptation of Satan man transgressed the command of God, and fell from his original innocence whereby his posterity inherit a nature and an environment inclined toward sin. Therefore, as soon as they are capable of moral action, they become transgressors and are under condemnation. Only the grace of God can bring man into His holy fellowship and enable man to fulfill the creative purpose of God. The sacredness of human personality is evident in that God created man in His own image, and in that Christ died for man; therefore, every person of every race possesses full dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love.

Genesis 1:26-302:5,7,18-2239:6; Psalms 1; 8:3-6; 32:1-5; 51:5; Isaiah 6:5Jeremiah 17:5Matthew 16:26Acts 17:26-31Romans 1:19-323:10-18,235:6,12,196:67:14-258:14-18,291 Corinthians 1:21-3115:19,21-22Ephesians 2:1-22Colossians 1:21-223:9-11.

The London Baptist Confession (1689):

Chapter 6: Of the Fall of Man, Of Sin, And of the Punishment Thereof

1._____ Although God created man upright and perfect, and gave him a righteous law, which had been unto life had he kept it, and threatened death upon the breach thereof, yet he did not long abide in this honour; Satan using the subtlety of the serpent to subdue Eve, then by her seducing Adam, who, without any compulsion, did willfully transgress the law of their creation, and the command given unto them, in eating the forbidden fruit, which God was pleased, according to his wise and holy counsel to permit, having purposed to order it to his own glory. 

Genesis 2:16, 17;  Genesis 3:12,13;  2 Corinthians 11:3 )

2._____ Our first parents, by this sin, fell from their original righteousness and communion with God, and we in them whereby death came upon all: all becoming dead in sin, and wholly defiled in all the faculties and parts of soul and body.  

Romans 3:23;  Romans 5:12, etc;  Titus 1:15;  Genesis 6:5;  Jeremiah 17:9;  Romans 3:10-19 )

3._____ They being the root, and by God’s appointment, standing in the room and stead of all mankind, the guilt of the sin was imputed, and corrupted nature conveyed, to all their posterity descending from them by ordinary generation, being now conceived in sin, and by nature children of wrath, the servants of sin, the subjects of death, and all other miseries, spiritual, temporal, and eternal, unless the Lord Jesus set them free.  

Romans 5:12-19;  1 Corinthians 15:21, 22, 45, 49;  Psalms 51:5;  Job 14:4;  Ephesians 2:3;  Romans 6:20 Romans 5:12;  Hebrews 2:14, 15;  1 Thessalonians 1:10 )

4._____ From this original corruption, whereby we are utterly indisposed, disabled, and made opposite to all good, and wholly inclined to all evil, do proceed all actual transgressions.  

(Romans 8:7;  Colossians 1:21;  James 1:14, 15; Matthew 15:19)

5._____ The corruption of nature, during this life, doth remain in those that are regenerated; and although it be through Christ pardoned and mortified, yet both itself, and the first motions thereof, are truly and properly sin.  

The Abstract of Principles (1858):

VI. The Fall of Man.
God originally created Man in His own image, and free from sin; but, through the temptation of Satan, Adam transgressed the command of God, and fell from his original holiness and righteousness; whereby his posterity inherit a nature corrupt and wholly opposed to God and His law. As a result they are under condemnation, and as soon as they are capable of moral action, become actual transgressors (Gen. 1:26-27; 3:1-7; Rom. 5:12-19; Eph. 2:1-3). 


The Gospel Coalition Confessional Statement:

The Fall We believe that Adam, made in the image of God, distorted that image and forfeited his original blessedness—for himself and all his progeny—by falling into sin through Satan’s temptation. As a result, all human beings are alienated from God, corrupted in every aspect of their being (e.g., physically, mentally, volitionally, emotionally, spiritually) and condemned finally and irrevocably to death—apart from God’s own gracious intervention. The supreme need of all human beings is to be reconciled to the God under whose just and holy wrath we stand; the only hope of all human beings is the undeserved love of this same God, who alone can rescue us and restore us to himself.


Grace Community Church and The Master’s College & Seminary:

We teach that in Adam’s sin of disobedience to the revealed will and Word of God man lost his innocence, incurred the penalty of spiritual and physical death, became subject to the wrath of God, and became inherently corrupt and utterly incapable of choosing or doing that which is acceptable to God apart from divine grace. With no recuperative powers to enable him to recover himself, man is hopelessly lost. Man’s salvation is thereby wholly of God’s grace through the redemptive work of our Lord Jesus Christ (Genesis 2:16-17; 3:1-19; John 3:36; Romans 3:23; 6:23; 1 Corinthians 2:14; Ephesians 2:1-3; 1 Timothy 2:13-14; 1 John 1:8).

We teach that because all men were in Adam, a nature corrupted by Adam’s sin has been transmitted to all men of all ages, Jesus Christ being the only exception. All men are thus sinners by nature, by choice, and by divine declaration (Psalm 14:1-3; Jeremiah 17:9; Romans 3:9-18, 23; 5:10-12). 

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9marks on Church Membership at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Session 1: Jonathan Leeman

Jonathan Leeman, editorial director for 9Marks, starts this years 9Marks at Southeastern conference by teaching from the book of Matthew.

Session 1 Panel Discussion

Speakers gather together to discuss topics explored in Jonathan Leeman’s sermon.

Session 2: Mark Dever

Mark Dever, senior pastor of the Capitol Hill Baptist Church, talks about regaining meaningful church membership.

Session 2 Panel Discussion

Speakers gather together to discuss topics explored in Mark Dever’s sermon.

Session 3: Alistair Begg

Session 4: Ligon Duncan

Ligon Duncan, Chancellor of Reformed Theological Seminary, closes the first night of 9Marks at Southeastern from the book of Acts.

Session 4 Panel

Speakers gather together to discuss topics explored in Ligon Duncan’s Sermon.

Session 5: Thabiti Anyabwile

Thabiti Anyabwile, Assistant Pastor at Capitol Hill Baptist Church, teaches from 1 Corinthians 12.

Session 5 Panel

Speakers gather together to discuss topics explored in Thabiti Anyabwile’s sermon.

Session 6: Danny Akin

Danny Akin, President of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, closes the 9marks at Southeastern conference by talking about the blessings of being a part of the local church.

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Resources on Opposing Ethnic Prejudice

9Marks Journal on Ethnicity and Racism

Grace and Race resources from Redeemer Presbyterian Church

Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission’s resources on “racial reconciliation” and this page has more. Russ Moore on ways churches can change in ethnic diversity.

Desiring God on Racial Harmony

Southern Baptist Convention Resolution on Racial Reconciliation

“Bearing the Image: Identity, the Work of Christ, and the Church” Thabiti Anyabwile at T4G 2008.

The Gospel Coalition resources on Racial Harmony

9Marks interview with John Piper

How can Christians think biblically about race and ethnicity?

How can local churches work toward racial harmony?

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The Fruit of Meditation for the New Year (sermon handout for 1/4/15)

Psalm 1

Main Point: In 2015 you will either live in the path of blessing or the path of ruin. Walking the right path isn’t so simple so we ask 3 questions of Psalm 1 to help us choose correctly. We close with identifying the ultimate difference between the 2 people choosing the different paths.

1 – Will you receive or reject God-ignoring thoughts and unguarded companionship in 2015? (v. 1)

2 – Will you delight in and meditate on Scripture day and night in 2015? (v. 2)

3 – Will your life lived in 2015 be fruitful or empty on judgment day? (vv. 3-5)

The difference between the two groups of people (v. 6):


James 1:22 says, “But be doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” These questions are designed to help you continue to apply today’s message and passage to your life. We encourage you to thoughtfully answer these questions and discuss your answers with others. For more information about getting in a small group that uses these questions as the basis for discussion, prayer, and accountability, please call the church office at 562-866-1719.

  1. What stood out to you from the message/passage today? What questions do you still have about the passage/message?
  1. Why do you think God had you read and hear Psalm 1 preached at this point in your life? What’s going on in your life now that this passage/message addresses?
  1. What specific thing is God’s Spirit telling you to do in light of the passage/message? (The more specific the more helpful for you.) What is he telling our church to do?
  1. What blocks or hinders you from delighting fully in God’s Word? What gives this hindrance power in your life? What do you love about God’s Word?
  1. What specific plans will you make to more intentionally meditate on God’s Word day AND night? How will you share what you’re meditating on with others in and out of our church this year?
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Bible reading plan for 2015

Originally posted on Tim Chester:

I’ve posted this Bible reading plan before. We use it in The Crowded House Sheffield. If you’ve been using it then you’ll be interested in postcard-sized weekly reading plan for 2015. If you’re not reading through the Bible then the approach of the new year is a good time to review your Bible reading habits. Here are a couple of old posts on why that would be a good idea – Hearing God Speak and Must I Read My Bible Every Day?

This plan has a number of differences from other plans.

1. Flexibility

The plan specifies a number of chapters for each week rather than for each day. This makes it more flexible. You can read a chapter or two each day or you can read it in two or three sittings. Or you can set out reading a chapter a day and then catch up at the…

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