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October 14, 2014 by John Fonville 0 comments

Abba is not Daddy

James Barr carefully argues for the correct meaning of the Aramaic term, "abba," showing that this word doesn't mean, "daddy." Since “abba” doesn’t mean “daddy or papa” one must not use these infantile ideas when addressing his or her heavenly Father in prayer. Otherwise, one may be addressing God the Father without the honor that is due Him....Keep Reading

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May 8, 2013 by John Fonville 0 comments

The Role of Music in the Worship and Witness of the Church

The Bible sets forth a high view of the role of music in the church’s worship and witness and believers should as well. Why then does the church gather to sing? What is the role of music in the worship and witness of the church? This paper seeks to explore and answer this question....Keep Reading

Tags: music, worship, witness, mission, missional, missions, evangelism, singing

December 17, 2012 by John Fonville 0 comments

Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God

There often exists a widespread suspicion that belief in the sovereignty of God”"particularly election”"undermines or even inhibits zeal for missions and evangelism. Dr. J.I. Packer in his book, Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God, persuasively demonstrates that such a misunderstanding is, in his words, “nonsense.” Election, faith, the gospel and evangelism go hand in hand. It is of immeasurable benefit to know that God has chosen a people for Himself. Election instills confidence and guards against discouragement because God’s sovereign government prepares the way for and ensures the success of the proclamation of the gospel. ...Keep Reading

Tags: election, missions, gospel, evangelism, preaching, church planting, grace

July 11, 2011 by John Fonville 0 comments

The Mountain of Law vs. The Mountain of Grace

In Hebrews 12:18-24, the author of Hebrews expresses deep concern about where his readers stand in relation to the God who asks, “Adam, where are you?” To prevent his readers from a calamitous reversion to Jewish beliefs and practices, the author of Hebrews sets forth two contrasting relationships with God, determined by two antithetical covenants. By contrasting the old and new covenants, the author demonstrates the superiority of the new covenant over the old covenant. This superiority not only stresses the disastrous consequences of reverting under the old covenant (10:26-31; 12:25-29) but also provides the motivation for his readers to progress and move forward rather than drift and fall away from God (2:1-3; 3:12)....Keep Reading

Tags: sanctification, hebrews, perseverance, obedience, holiness, adam, judgment, jews, jewish, old covenant, new covenant, jesus, mediator, assurance, covenant theology

December 20, 2010 by John Fonville 0 comments

The Collapsing of the Covenants: Narrow is the Way that Leads to Destruction

Collapsing the covenants into one overarching theme of grace confuses law and gospel and effectively eliminates an explicit law-gospel distinction in Scripture....Keep Reading

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