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This was a powerful sermon tonight from Ligon Duncan at the Shepherd’s Conference.

Here’s my rough notes.

Ligon Duncan’s Sermon: How do we know God is for us?

Romans 8:32

Four points:

  1. The Father’s Love
  2. The Son’s Worth
  3. Wrath’s Curse
  4. Grace’s Substitute

There are very few sentences more profound than the sentence in Romans 8:32.  This is true even in consideration of other passages in the Bible.

Paul wrote these words in order to shepherd and feed the people God has called him to minister to.  It is meant for the people of God.  It is meant for our good.

Herman Bavinck’s massive study began his study on the doctrine of God with these words:  “Mystery, is absolutely essential to Dogmatics.”  Why?  Because God is infinite and will stretch our imagination and that is a good thing.  If we comprehend everything about God, it couldn’t be true.  There is a mystery in this passage.

There’s a third reason to wrestle with deep things of the verse:  It was given for a very practical purpose.  It answers the question how do we know God is for us?  You want to know why God is for you?  Listen to this: “He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?” (Romans 8:32)

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Are you are at the Shepherd’s Conference?  Need book recommendations to use your 40 dollars gift cards on at the Conference bookstore?  Let us help. =)

My favorite publisher is Presbyterian and Reformed.

Here’s the books I recommend with links to my reviews.

The Flow of the Psalms by O. Palmer Robertson

 

The Flow of the Psalms

Short Summary: What an amazing resource on the structural flow of the Psalms and how it enriches our interpretation of the Psalms!  A life time of study is put into this work from Dr. Robertson.  My review is found here.

Purchase: Westminster | Amazon

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Note: Currently the book is not in stock with Amazon but Grace Books do have this book on sale.

Sanctification The Christian Pursuit of God-Given Holiness Riccardi

Michael Riccardi. Sanctification: The Christian Pursuit of God-Given Holiness.  Sun Valley, CA: Grace Books, 2015. 78 pp.

This is a short book on sanctification by Michael Riccardi, the pastor of local outreach at Grace Community Church where John MacArthur is the Senior Pastor.  It is true that you shouldn’t just a book by its cover—nor by its size.  While it is only 78 pages long, the content of the book is packed with biblical truths that would sanctify readers.  Riccardi’s chief purpose in the book is to argue that beholding the glory of Christ is foundational and the motivation that fuel Christian sanctification.  His thesis is well argued and for the last two weeks since reading the book it has left me renewed and in awe of Christ’s glory and it’s connection with our sanctification.

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