Ecclesiology Notes for Weeks 1&2

Three weeks of ecclesiology will bring our Systematic Theology series to a close.  For those of you keeping up with the notes, here’s the material I used for weeks 1&2.

Ecclesiology Weeks 1&2

Audio for Systematic Theology, Week 62 – Ecclesiology Part 1

Audio for Systematic Theology, Week 63 – Ecclesiology Part 2


Angels and Demons — New Notes!

We are continuing our study of Systematic Theology and here are the notes for the last three weeks:

Angelology Part 3

Demonology Part 1

Demonology Part 2

I appreciate all the positive feedback.  These appear to be subjects that have piqued the interest of our listeners.  And that’s good.  Anytime God’s word make people sit up and pay attention, that’s a positive thing.  Thanks again.


Angelology Notes for Weeks 1&2

I guess the title tells you what to expect in this post.  :-) Here are the notes for the first two weeks of our teaching on Angelology as we continue our Systematic Theology series Angelology Weeks 1&2 notes And if you’re looking for the audio for these two lessons, just click the players:



The Doctrines of Grace from SGBC Mesquite

The Mesquite meeting of the Sovereign Grace Bible Conference occurred in late June, 2014.    Audio from that meeting is hitting the Internet, bit by bit, and the whole conference will be posted on the main conference site:

But, in the meantime, here’s audio from the five nights of teaching on The Doctrines of Grace, following the TULIP acrostic.

Lesson 1 (Introduction and Total Depravity)

Lesson 2 (Total Depravity to Unconditional Election)

Lesson 3 (Unconditional Election to Limited Atonement)

Lesson 4 (Limited Atonement to Irresistible Grace)

Lesson 5 (Irresistible Grace to Perseverance of the Saints)

These audio files are hosted on the GCA Archive site. Here is a direct link to the Doctrines of Grace folder on the site.  Just scroll down to the bottom of the page:



References from July 6 Message

Yesterday morning we looked at several Bible passages that pointed toward the virgin birth.  I’ve had a couple of requests to post my notes, or at least provide a list of references, for those who weren’t able to keep notes.  And I’m happy to oblige.  So, here are the references, in the order they were presented in the message, along with a couple of notes and quotes that I relied upon:

Genesis 3: 8-15

Genesis 12:1-3

Genesis 48:8-22

Genesis 49:8-10

1 Chronicles. 5:1-2

2 Kings 15:37-16:9

Isaiah 7:1-16

virgin–from a root, “to lie hid,” virgins being closely kept from men’s gaze in their parents’ custody in the East. The Hebrew, and the Septuagint here, and Greek ( Matthew 1:23 ), have the article, the virgin — some definite one known to the speaker and his hearers.

It’s possible that the primary prophecy concerns Messiah as a promise of deliverance to Judah – and to Israel as a whole. But, the immediate prophecy concerning a child reaching an age of knowledge may refer to Shear-jashub, whom God specifically told Isaiah to take with him. There’s no reason for the boy to be there unless maybe he is the direct object of the timeframe given by God, a foreshadow of the one who would be born by a virgin and be the redeemer and deliver of the people.

Barnes writes, “Of both her kings – Ahaz took the silver and gold that was found in the temple, and sent it as a present to the king of Assyria. Induced by this, the king of Assyria marched against Damascus and killed Rezin, 2 Kings 16:9. This occurred but a short time after the threatened invasion of the land by Rezin and Remaliah, in the “third” year of the reign of Ahaz, and, consequently, about one year after this prophecy was delivered. Pekah, the son of Remaliah, was slain by Hoshea, the son of Elah, who conspired against him, killed him, and reigned in his stead. This occurred in the fourth year of the reign of Ahaz, for Pekah reigned twenty years. Ahaz began to reign in the seventeenth year of the reign of Pekah, and as Pekah was slain after he had reigned twenty years, it follows that he was slain in the fourth year of the reign of Ahaz – perhaps not more than two yearn after this prophecy was delivered; see 2 Kings 15:27, 2 Kings 15:30; 2 Kings 16:1. We have thus arrived at a knowledge of the time intended by Isaiah in Isaiah 7:16. The whole space of time was not, probably, more than two years.

Luke 2:21-40

Matthew 1:18 and forward.

And here’s a direct link to the message:



The latest GCA messages …

While I was away in Texas last week, three messages were preached at GCA.  I wanted to give everyone an opportunity to hear them, so I thought I’d assemble them here on the blog.  Let’s post them in chronological order, shall we?

First, on Sunday, June 22, our friend Elder Barney Johnson came up from Alabama to preach a very enjoyable and insightful message called “Mending Nets.”  Here’s the link:

Then, on Wednesday, June 25, GCA member Robert Stone presented a message on “Unfeigned Love.”  Good stuff, indeed. Plus, as a bonus for a Wednesday night, Robert and his wife, Jill, sang and played a song together.

And finally, Alex Franzone spoke on Sunday, June 29, presenting a message he called “The Family Secret.”  And, as always, Alex brought doctrine, insight, and humor together to preach on the sovereignty of the God of the Bible.

I’m very grateful for the capable men standing in the pulpit and boldly proclaiming the gospel of God’s free and sovereign grace.


The 5th Annual Sovereign Grace Bible Conference in Mesquite, TX.

It’s conference time again.  I always enjoy the opportunities to travel and speak at these gatherings.  The fellowship is always sweet and the preaching and teaching is consistently solid and biblical.  In a matter of mere weeks I’ll be making my way down to Texas again.  If you’re in the area, come say hello.  The folk at Saint’s Chapel will great you warmly.

Here’s the flyer and itinerary for the week.

Conference flyer.pdf

Conference Schedule.pdf