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The Principles of Protestantism, Part 2 – Introduction

Introduction: Christianity in America today is in rapid decline

It should be clear to anyone who pays attention to various polls and statistics that are conducted concerning the present health of the Christian church in America that it is in decline. In spite of a number of high profile mega churches in various parts of the country, the overall numbers of people committing themselves to the Christian church is decreasing. Polls should never be a determining factor for analyzing what the church is doing by way of service to the Lord. But there is one thing that is rather interesting about them. They seem to suggest that Americans are fundamentally a spiritually minded people, way more so than their European counterparts. But when it comes to defining what they believe in terms of historic orthodox definitions of the Christian faith that is entirely a different story. The point is that most Americans find little reason to identify, or even associate with any sort of historic expression of the Christian faith. Continue reading

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Romans, I. Paul’s Introduction, 1:1-17

I. Paul’s Introduction, 1:1-17

A. Paul greets the Roman church, 1:1-7

Paul introduces us to his book by first introducing us to himself in its opening verse. Although never having had the opportunity to meet these saints formally in their church, yet, Paul was known publically as the apostle of Jesus Christ. Paul was also known by those Roman believers who came to minister to him in prison. But Paul greets the Roman church not only as an apostle but as a believer too. In Paul’s greeting it is clear that his aim was to put forth the great doctrines of the faith to the believers in the Roman church. This is evident in his statement concerning the promises of Scripture; concerning the deity of God’s Son; concerning the Lordship of Jesus Christ; concerning the power of God; concerning the Holy Spirit; concerning the resurrection, and other things that pertain to the obedience of the Christian faith. Continue reading

Paul’s Epistle to the Romans – An Introduction and Outline

An Introduction and Outline to Paul’s Epistle to the Romans

Preface

This Introduction and overview to Romans have come from an interest I have had for many years in the study of the book. I was blessed, in the providence of God at an early stage of my spiritual pilgrimage, to have studied this book at length. For a period of about two years, I read and studied the entire epistle, using the well-known commentary on it by Charles Hodge. I’m greatly indebted to God for the labors of this man, not only in that particular commentary, but in all of his life long work for the church of Jesus Christ. Hodges commentary combines several elements of study on Romans. It is both technical and devotional. It is doctrinal and practical. And it is exegetical as well as expositional. As I read through Romans, using Hodges commentary, I composed an entire volume of notes on every passage that struck a particular chord with me. I remember that I was especially interested in those passages of Scripture that was concerned with practice in the Christian life. Continue reading