Posts with the category “theology-thursday”

Theology Thursday
by Tim Canosa on February 21st, 2024
Q. 12. What special act of providence did God exercise toward man in the estate wherein he was created?A. When God had created man, he entered into a covenant of life with him, upon condition of perfect obedience; forbidding him to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, upon pain of death. Westminster Shorter CatechismWhat are the conditions necessary for life to thrive and exist on ea...  Read More
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Theology Thursday
by Tim Canosa on February 14th, 2024
Q.11. What are God’s works of providence?A. God’s works of providence are, his most holy, wise, and powerful preserving and governing all his creatures, and all their actions.Westminster Shorter CatechismWe are over 10 weeks into the Westminster Shorter Catechism. Written in the 1600’s, it was designed to teach people all they needed to know about what God has revealed in the Scriptures using what...  Read More
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Theology Thursday
by Tim Canosa on February 7th, 2024
Q.10. How did God create man?A. God created man male and female, after his own image, in knowledge, righteousness, and holiness, with dominion over the creatures.Westminster Shorter CatechismWell, nothing controversial here! But worth noting, for thousands of years, God’s people have celebrated His creative work and the order established therein. Honouring God’s intention for differences, between ...  Read More
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Theology Thursday
by Tim Canosa on January 31st, 2024
Q. 9. What is the work of creation?A. The work of creation is, God’s making all things of nothing, by the word of his power, in the space of six days, and all very good.Westminster Shorter CatechismI thought it might be worth spending another day on this Q/A of the catechism. The misconception of many, Christian and non-Christian, is that there is a war between Science and the Bible.And you can un...  Read More
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Theology Thursday
by Tim Canosa on January 24th, 2024
Q. 9. What is the work of creation?A. The work of creation is, God’s making all things of nothing, by the word of his power, in the space of six days, and all very good.Westminster Shorter CatechismBefore sexuality, gender and same sex marriage - the battleground was creation. For centuries it had been taken for granted that six days meant six days. That Genesis 1-3 was literal and so on. But from...  Read More
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Theology Thursday
by Tim Canosa on January 17th, 2024
Q. 8. How doth God execute his decrees?A. God executeth his decrees in the works of creation and providence.Westminster Shorter CatechismGoogle docs doesn’t like executeth… how sad. The Westminster Catechism was written by a bunch of very intelligent and godly men in the 17th century (1647). And yeah they use some big words and different words than common speech today. But more importantly, what d...  Read More
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Theology Thursday
by Tim Canosa on January 10th, 2024
Q.7. What are the decrees of God?A. The decrees of God are, his eternal purpose, according to the counsel of his will, whereby, for his own glory, he hath foreordained whatsoever comes to pass.Westminster Shorter CatechismWhy? Why does our earth exist? Why humans and their seeming uniqueness in our world? Why does gravity keep the planets spinning? Why do some live and some die? Why do empires ris...  Read More
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Theology Thursday
by Tim Canosa on November 22nd, 2023
Q. 6. How many persons are there in the Godhead?A. There are three persons in the Godhead; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost; and these three are one God, the same in substance, equal in power and glory.Westminster Shorter CatechismWhat do eggs and ice have in common? Both favourites of Youth Leaders to illustrate the Trinity. The truth is that no illustration from our world can truly captur...  Read More
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Theology Thursday
by Tim Canosa on November 15th, 2023
Q. 5. Are there more Gods than one?A. There is but one only, the living and true God.Westminster Shorter CatechismLong before John 3:16 (for God so loved) or Matthew 7:1 (judge not), Israel had a favourite Bible verse. It was called the ‘Shema’. Deuteronomy 6:4 - Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. For millennia, this is what differentiated Israel’s worship from the surrounding nati...  Read More
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Theology Thursday
by Tim Canosa on November 8th, 2023
Q. 4. What is God?A. God is a Spirit, infinite, eternal, and unchangeable in his being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness, and truth.Westminster Shorter CatechismIt’s a question that sounds like it would be coming out of the lips of someone who may have smoked something they shouldn’t have. What is God? It’s a profound question.In Exodus, God introduces humanity to His name. Yahweh. It me...  Read More
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Theology Thursday
by Tim Canosa on November 1st, 2023
Q.3. What do the Scriptures principally teach?A. The Scriptures principally teach what man is to believe concerning God, and what duty God requires of manWestminster Shorter CatechismAcross the centuries people have turned to the Bible for a variety of reasons. Still today - the likes of Jordan Peterson engage with the Scriptures as an interesting sociological and psychological document. Snippets ...  Read More
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Theology Thursday
by Tim Canosa on October 25th, 2023
Q. 2. What rule hath God given to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy him?A. The Word of God, which is contained in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, is the only rule to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy him.Westminster Shorter CatechismI don’t know about you - but I’m not great at being told how to do something. Give me a task - no worries. Let me figure it out. In my own way....  Read More
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Theology Thursday
by Tim Canosa on October 18th, 2023
Q1. What is the chief end of man?A. Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.Westminster Shorter CatechismOver the coming weeks/months - it’s going to be Theology Thursdays using the Westminster Shorter Catechism as our textbook. This helpful document was put together by some faithful Christians in the 16th century to help God’s people learn what the Bible says about well… every...  Read More
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Theology Thursday
by Tim Canosa on September 20th, 2023
Q1. What is the chief end of man?A. Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.Westminster Shorter CatechismOver the coming weeks/months - it’s going to be Theology Thursdays using the Westminster Shorter Catechism as our textbook. This helpful document was put together by some faithful Christians in the 16th century to help God’s people learn what the Bible says about well… every...  Read More
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Theology Thursday
by Tim Canosa on September 13th, 2023
39 He answered, “A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a sign! But none will be given it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. 40 For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. 41 The men of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for they repented at...  Read More
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Theology Thursday
by Tim Canosa on September 6th, 2023
3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures1 Corinthians 15:3-4This is the second last week in our Biblical Theology series where we have traced many themes as they develop across history and the Scriptures. It seems fitting that we s...  Read More
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Theology Thursday
by Tim Canosa on August 30th, 2023
Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.James 1:12On Thursdays we are delving into Biblical Theology, that is tracing themes as they unfold across the Bible and history. Today, we consider the theme of Christian trials.And the trial begins in the garden of Eden. Have yo...  Read More
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Theology Thursday
by Tim Canosa on August 23rd, 2023
19 The Lord has established his throne in heaven,    and his kingdom rules over all.20 Praise the Lord, you his angels,    you mighty ones who do his bidding,    who obey his word.21 Praise the Lord, all his heavenly hosts,    you his servants who do his will.22 Praise the Lord, all his works    everywhere in his dominion.Praise the Lord, my soul.Psalm 103:19-22At the heart of Biblical Theology (t...  Read More
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Theology Thursday
by Tim Canosa on August 16th, 2023
23 Can an Ethiopian change his skin    or a leopard its spots?Neither can you do good    who are accustomed to doing evil.Jeremiah 13:23Today we look at a Biblical Theology of sanctification. Now there’s a big Christian word. A helpful one. Sanctification (theologically speaking) refers to the ongoing work of God in the sinner to change them to become more like Jesus - that is, to sin less and to ...  Read More
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Theology Thursday
by Tim Canosa on August 2nd, 2023
9 For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, 10 and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority. 11 In him you were also circumcised with a circumcision not performed by human hands. Your whole self ruled by the flesh was put off when you were circumcised by Christ, 12 having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were al...  Read More
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Theology Thursday
by Tim Canosa on July 26th, 2023
“Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city.Revelation 22:14Genesis has a lot about blessing. God promises that Abraham will be blessed and all nations blessed through him. But we often have a confused relationship with this word blessed. What does it mean to be blessed? What does it mean for Abraham? What doe...  Read More
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Theology Thursday
by Tim Canosa on July 19th, 2023
19 When Moses had proclaimed every command of the law to all the people, he took the blood of calves, together with water, scarlet wool and branches of hyssop, and sprinkled the scroll and all the people. 20 He said, “This is the blood of the covenant, which God has commanded you to keep.” 21 In the same way, he sprinkled with the blood both the tabernacle and everything used in its ceremonies. 22...  Read More
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Theology Thursday
by Tim Canosa on July 12th, 2023
18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has be...  Read More
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Theology Thursday
by Tim Canosa on July 5th, 2023
14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, 15 and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the ser...  Read More
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Theology Thursday
by Tim Canosa on June 28th, 2023
18 The Jews then responded to him, “What sign can you show us to prove your authority to do all this?”19 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.”20 They replied, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and you are going to raise it in three days?” 21 But the temple he had spoken of was his body. 22 After he was raised from the dead, his disci...  Read More
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Theology Thursday
by Tim Canosa on June 7th, 2023
Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul.1 Peter 2:11We are doing a series on Biblical Theology. Tracing Biblical themes as they are revealed throughout the Bible and reach their ultimate expression in the person, work and effects of Jesus.At the beginning of human history we were in God’s place, as God’s people under God’...  Read More
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Theology Thursday
by Tim Canosa on May 31st, 2023
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!2 Corinthians 5:17We are doing a series on Biblical Theology. Tracing Biblical themes as they are revealed throughout the Bible and reach their ultimate expression in the person, work and effects of Jesus.In the beginning God created humanity in His own image. We were made to reflect His goodness and gr...  Read More
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Theology Thursday
by Tim Canosa on May 24th, 2023
14 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, 15 that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.” John 3:14-15We are doing a series on Biblical Theology. Tracing Biblical themes as they are revealed throughout the Bible and reach their ultimate expression in the person, work and effects of Jesus.By Numbers 21 (in the Bible), Israel had been w...  Read More
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Theology Thursday
by Tim Canosa on May 17th, 2023
3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures1 Corinthians 15:3-5We are doing a series on Biblical Theology. Tracing Biblical themes as they are revealed throughout the Bible and reach their ultimate expression in the person, work and e...  Read More
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Theology Thursday
by Tim Canosa on May 10th, 2023
He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.Luke 24:25-27Thursdays are for theology and for the next few months we are going to spend Thursdays expl...  Read More
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Theology Thursday
by Tim Canosa on March 29th, 2023
Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”“How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!”John 3:3-4We are working through a Theology Thursday series on Reformed Theology or what is sometimes called “Calvinism.” In the early 1600’s some Christians ca...  Read More
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Theology Thursday
by Tim Canosa on March 22nd, 2023
That is why we labor and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, and especially of those who believe.1 Timothy 4:10We are working through a Theology Thursday series on Reformed Theology or what is sometimes called “Calvinism.” In the early 1600’s some Christians came up with a simple acronym TULIP that captured five basic points of what the Bible sa...  Read More
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Theology Thursday
by Tim Canosa on March 15th, 2023
Not only that, but Rebekah’s children were conceived at the same time by our father Isaac. Yet, before the twins were born or had done anything good or bad—in order that God’s purpose in election might stand: not by works but by him who calls—she was told, “The older will serve the younger.” Just as it is written: “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.”What then shall we say? Is God unjust? Not at all!...  Read More
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Theology Thursday
by Tim Canosa on March 8th, 2023
What shall we conclude then? Do we have any advantage? Not at all! For we have already made the charge that Jews and Gentiles alike are all under the power of sin. As it is written:“There is no one righteous, not even one;    there is no one who understands;    there is no one who seeks God.All have turned away,    they have together become worthless;there is no one who does good,    not even one....  Read More
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Theology Thursday
by Tim Canosa on March 1st, 2023
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.Romans 8:28-...  Read More
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Theology Thursday
by Tim Canosa on February 22nd, 2023
God’s goal is to manifest His glory. He manifests His glory in all that He does, most remarkably in displaying His moral excellence to His creatures and evoking their praise for its beauty and for the benefit it brings them (cf. Eph. 1:3). God’s glory is that which makes Him appear glorious to angels and men.Joel R. Beeke, Living for God’s Glory: An Introduction to Calvinism (Lake Mary, FL: Reform...  Read More
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Theology Thursday
by Tim Canosa on February 15th, 2023
Salvation is all of grace and all of God. Life must come from God before the sinner can arise from the grave.Joel R. Beeke, Living for God’s Glory: An Introduction to Calvinism (Lake Mary, FL: Reformation Trust Publishing, 2008), 137.I doubt I will ever forget the moment when my whole view of salvation changed. I was in our lounge room. Reading. I think Allita was making dinner or something like t...  Read More
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Theology Thursday
by Tim Canosa on February 8th, 2023
“Faith lays hold of Christ and grasps Him as a present possession, just as the ring holds the jewel.”Martin LutherWhat makes Christianity so different from every other religion? What is perhaps the greatest difference between Roman Catholicism and Protestantism? It is this, that salvation is found in sola fide (faith alone).In every other major religious system, it is your works or merits which de...  Read More
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Solus Christus
by Tim Canosa on February 2nd, 2023
The centrality of Christ is the foundation of the Protestant faith. Luther said that Jesus Christ is the “center and circumference of the Bible”—meaning that who He is and what He did in His death and resurrection is the fundamental content of Scripture.Joel R. Beeke, Living for God’s Glory: An Introduction to Calvinism (Lake Mary, FL: Reformation Trust Publishing, 2008), 140.It was Nicolas Copern...  Read More
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Theology Thursday
by Tim Canosa on January 26th, 2023
Solus Christus — The doctrine that Christ is the only mediator between God and human beings apart from a priestly class or sacraments.Jeremy Thompson, Lists from Church History, Faithlife Biblical and Theological Lists (Bellingham, WA: Faithlife, 2022).A reminder that in our Theology Thursday blogs, we are looking at the five Solas of the Protestant Reformation. The Sola’s are something of a summa...  Read More
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