The Lawful Use of God’s Law

In 1 Timothy 1, Paul urges Timothy to “charge some that they teach no other doctrine” (v.3). He then indicates the nature of their error in verse 7, “desiring to be teachers of the law, understanding neither what they say nor the things which they affirm.”

The heretics desired to be “teachers of the law” but distorted the truth.  In verse 8, Paul makes an important declaration: “But we know that the law is good if one uses it lawfully.” A proper understanding of the lawful uses of God’s law is a helpful corrective to the antinomian and legalistic tendencies in the church today.

The first use of the law is the civil use. Click to read more about “The Lawful Use of God’s Law”

A Necessary Distinction

The doctrines of justification and sanctification are both necessary components of the Christian faith.  There is no such thing as a justified but unsanctified sinner and no such thing as a sanctified but unjustified sinner.  Both are essential.

There is, however, a tendency in the church to confuse the doctrines, to combine the doctrines, and to fail to recognize the distinction between the two.  Justification is concerned with Christ’s work for the sinner as the ground of acceptance with our holy God.  Sanctification is the work of the Spirit in the justified sinner whereby he is conformed more and more into the image of the Lord Jesus. Click to read more about “A Necessary Distinction”

The Judgment of the Sheep and the Goats (Mt 25:31-46)

The question of good works and the final judgment is one that often perplexes the people of God. The teaching of Jesus in Matthew 25 is relevant as it is a clear statement of the judgment of the sheep and the goats. There are several reasons why the traditional, Protestant understanding of justification by faith alone is consistent with Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 25. Click to read more about

Surrey Reformed Baptist Church Bible Study and Church Plant – Fall 2017 Update

Fall 2017 | Update

Much has happened since our Spring 2017 update — and we give all glory and thanks to the Lord who has enabled us to get much accomplished as we advance with the work connected to the Surrey Reformed Baptist Church Plant (SRBC).

One of the most recent events occurred 12 Sept 2017 when the Bible study & prayer time, held every Tuesday now at 7:30PM, moved location from the Pacific Inn to Rosemary Heights Elementary School. Click to read more about “Fall 2017 Update”

Regeneration

You Must Be Born Again – What must you do to be born again?

In North America, many people make the unbiblical distinction between “Christian” and a “born-again Christian.” The Bible teaches that if a man is not born again, he is not a Christian at all.

In John 3, a man named Nicodemus questioned Jesus Christ Click to read more about “Regeneration”