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Holding Firm to the Confession of Our Faith

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Holding Firm to the Confession of Our Faith:

In February 2014 I started a series at Howick Baptist Church for the Sunday PM services on doctrine.

“Holding Firm to the Confession of Our Faith” Taking our cue from Jude 3, we plan to spend the first two terms (at least) looking at those doctrines which are essential to Biblical Christianity (Scripture, God, Trinity, Christ, Salvation, Hell, etc.) asking the questions: “What does the Bible say on this subject/doctrine?”; “How can we clearly summarise this truth?”; “Why is it important for us to understand this and hold firmly to it?” Our goal is to cover one area of doctrine per night therefore, not exhausting the subject but providing a clear, succinct overview.

Helpful Resources (Items in bold are recommended and/or my preferred):

Historical Christian Confessions:

Modern Confessions:

Catechisms:

Systematic Theologies:

Stand Church History Books

  1. Part #1: The Scriptures (MP3, PDF)

2. Part #2: The Trinity (MP3, PDF)

3. Part #3: The Attributes of God (MP3, PDF)

    • Books
      • Bavinck, H., John Bolt, and John Vriend. Reformed Dogmatics 2, God and Creation / Herman Bavinck ; John Bolt, General Ed. ; John Vriend, Transl. [from the Dutch]. Reformed Dogmatics. Grand Rapids, Mich: Baker Academic, 2004.
      • Erickson, Millard J. God the Father Almighty: A Contemporary Exploration of the Divine Attributes. Grand Rapids, Mich: Baker Books, 1998.
      • Erickson, Millard J. What Does God Know and When Does He Know It?: The Current Controversy Over Divine Foreknowledge. Grand Rapids, Mich: Zondervan, 2003.
      • Kaiser, Walter C. The Majesty of God in the Old Testament: A Guide for Preaching and Teaching. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2007.
      • Michael, Sally, and Fred Apps. God’s Names. Phillipsburg, N.J.: P&R Pub, 2011. (Fantastic for children!)
      • Muller, Richard A. Post-Reformation Reformed Dogmatics Vol. 3, The Divine Essence and Attributes. Post-Reformation Reformed Dogmatics. Grand Rapids, Mich: Baker Academic, 2003.
      • Oliphint, K. Scott. God with Us: Divine Condescension and the Attributes of God. Wheaton, Ill: Crossway, 2012.
      • Packer, J. I. Concise Theology: A Guide to Historic Christian Beliefs. Wheaton, Ill: Tyndale House, 1993.
      • Pink, Arthur Walkington. The Attributes of God. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1975.
      • Reymond, Robert L. A New Systematic Theology of the Christian Faith. Nashville: T. Nelson, 1998.
    • Online Articles:

4. Part #4: What is Man? (MP3, PDF)

5. Part #5: The Person of Christ (MP3, PDF)

6. Part #6: The Wok of Christ (MP3, PDF)

7. Part #7: The Holy Spirit (MP3, PDF)

8. Part #8: Our Great Salvation (MP3, PDF)

9. Part #9: Baptism & The Lord’s Supper (MP3, PDF)

10. Part #10: The Church – Membership & Discipline (MP3, PDF)

11. Part #11: The Church – Offices: Elders & Deacons (MP3, PDF)

12. Part #12: Eschatology (MP3, PDF)

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