Portrait of a Calvinist

The Calvinist is the man who sees God: God in nature, God in history, God in grace. Everywhere he sees God in His mighty stepping, everywhere he feels the working of His mighty arm, the throbbing of His mighty heart. The Calvinist is the man who sees God behind all phenomena and in all that occurs recognizes the hand of God, working out His will. [The Calvinist] makes the attitude of the soul to God in prayer its permanent attitude in all its life activities; [he] casts himself on the grace of God alone, excluding every trace of dependence on self from the whole work of his salvation.

– B. B. Warfield, quoted in Living for God’s Glory, p. 41.

Sovereignty of God = Bedrock

God’s sovereignty is to all other doctrines what the granite formation is to the other strata of the earth. It underlies and sustains them, but it crops out only here and there. So this doctrine should underline all our preaching, and should be definitely asserted only now and then.

– Charles Hodge, quoted in Living for God’s Glory: An Introduction to Calvinism by Joel Beeke, pp. 39-40.

The Precautious Church

Unfortunately, for many churches and Christians, evangelism and missions is an appendix rather than a core component of their task. Such churches tend to be precautious rather than prevailing, busy preserving the faith within, not propagating it without. Precautious churches know little about taking risks and a lot about minimal survival. They exist largely to meet the needs of church members. For them community means the church is a subculture that is closed to outsiders. Lost people are neither pursued evangelistically nor welcomed enthusiastically.

A Well-Ordered Church, pp. 125-126.

Divine Election the Basis of Our Worship

When the godly perceive that the beginning, middle, end [of their salvation], yes, everything proceeds only from God according to His eternal election…it will then stir up the soul to return everything to God and in all things to honor and glorify Him, most heartily thanking Him.

– Wilhelmus à Brakel, quoted in Boekestein & Hyde, A Well-Ordered Church, p. 93.


The sense and certainty of this election afford to the children of God additional matter for daily humiliation before Him, for adoring the depth of His mercies, for cleansing themselves, and rendering grateful returns of ardent love to Him who first manifested so great love towards them. The consideration of this doctrine of election is so far from encouraging remissness in the observance of the divine commands or from sinking men in carnal security, that these, in the just judgement of God, are the usual effects of rash presumption or of idle and wanton trifling with the grace of election, in those who refuse to walk in the ways of the elect.

– Canons of Dort 1.13

Sermon Text for September 27th – 1 Corinthians 1:18-25

Derek Fekkes will be bringing the word this Sunday. The title of his sermon is “The Gospel Is Practical”. Here’s his text:

18 For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written,

“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,

and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”

20 Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. 22 For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, 24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

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