Category Archives: Theology

Grace Community Church (San Antonio, Texas) Sermon, February 22, 2015 – Tim Conway: Cain Or Christ – Hatred Or Love? (1 John 3:10-18)

From I’ll Be Honest: It’s easy to say, “I’m not like Cain, I didn’t put a knife in my brother.” However, hatred is more subtle than sticking a knife in your brother. Hatred begins in your heart and manifests itself in many ways that are all contrary to Christ and love.

10 By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother.

11 For this is the message that you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. 12 We should not be like Cain, who was of the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own deeds were evil and his brother’s righteous. 13 Do not be surprised, brothers, that the world hates you. 14 We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brothers. Whoever does not love abides in death. 15 Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.
16 By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. 17 But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? 18 Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.

gcc from near the door

Grace Community Church (San Antonio, Texas) -John Dees: Is THere A Cultural Key In Evangelism?

From I’ll Be Honest: Often people will ask if there is a cultural key in evangelism to win souls to Christ in other countries. However, to preach the Gospel is the same all over the world – whether idolatry in India or idolatry in the USA. Whether false ways of salvation in the USA or false ways of salvation in India – the spiritual condition of man is the same. The outward things and customs are different, but man’s need is the same in every country. The need is for us to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ and not to walk in craftiness (2 Cor. 4:2).

gcc from near the door

Grace Community Church (San Antonio, Texas) Sunday School, February 22, 2015 – Scott Hayne: God Desires Your Nearness (Heb. 10:19-25)

“19 Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, 20 by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”

gcc from near the door

Grace Community Church (San Antonio, Texas) – Tim Conway: What Kind Of Savior Is Jesus?

From I’ll Be Honest: In this “Ask Pastor Tim,” Tim responds to the following question that was sent in: “Why does God make it so hard for his people to make it into his kingdom? He throws most of his OWN people into the lake of fire forever to be tormented with no hope of getting out. I understand he gives us a way out. But I also understand it’s extremely difficult and not many will actually be able to do it. What kind of savior is Jesus anyways?”

gcc from near the door

Donald McLeod: Theology

“God is not simply a great sight, the object of speculative curiosity. The revelation of His glory and the whole theological process which legitimately follows from it is holy ground. We cannot stand as superiors over God or His Word. We may not coldly and detachedly analyse and collate the great self-revealing deeds and p 130 utterances of Jehovah. We may not theologise without emotion and commitment. The doctrine must thrill and exhilarate. It must humble and cast down.… Theology has lost its way, and, indeed its very soul, if it cannot say with John, “I fell at his feet as dead” (Rev. 1:17).” – quoted in Reymond, R. L. (1998). A new systematic theology of the Christian faith (pp. 128–130). Nashville: T. Nelson.

Grace Community Church (San Antonio, Texas) January 24, 2015 – Tim Conway: Men’s Systematic Theology Study #9 (Biblical Paradoxes And Contradictions?)

Using Robert Reymond’s “A New Systematic Theology of the Christian Faith” as the supplementary textbook after the primary text, the Holy Scriptures.  Please check the GCC Livestream channel for streaming availability of future classes.

Today’s class: Chapter Four – Paradox as a Hermeneutical Category (Part 2).

“Christians believe that their God is rational, that is, that he is logical. This means that he thinks and speaks in a way that indicates that the laws of logic—the law of identity (A is A), the law of noncontradiction (A is not non-A), and the law of excluded middle (A is either A or non-A)—are laws of thought original with and intrinsic to himself. This means that his knowledge is self-consistent. And because he is a God of truth he will not, indeed, he cannot lie (see Tit. 1:2; Heb. 6:18). Accordingly, just because God is rational, self-consistent, and always and necessarily truthful, we should assume that his inscripturated propositional revelation to us—the Holy Scripture—is of necessity also rational, self-consistent, and true. That this view of Holy Scripture is a common Christian conviction is borne out, I would suggest, in the consentient willingness by Christians everywhere to affirm that there are no contradictions in Scripture. The church worldwide has properly seen that the rational character of the one living and true God would of necessity have to be reflected in any propositional self-revelation which he determined to give to human beings, and accordingly has confessed the entire truthfulness (inerrancy) and noncontradictory character of the Word of God. Not to set the goal of quarrying from Scripture a harmonious theology devoid of paradoxes is to sound the death knell not only to systematic theology but also to all theology that would commend itself to men as the truth of the one living and rational God.”

Reymond, R. L. (1998). A new systematic theology of the Christian faith (pp. 109–110). Nashville: T. Nelson.

Grace Community Church (San Antonio, Texas) – Tim Conway: It Is Difficult For Americans To Enter Heaven (Mark 10:23)

23 And Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How difficult it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!”

Grace Community Church (San Antonio, Texas) – Tim Conway: Do You Believe In The True Christ?

“To deny a fact about Christ is to deny Christ.”

Grace Community Church (San Antonio, Texas) January 24, 2015 – Tim Conway: Men’s Systematic Theology Study #8 (Are There Paradoxes In The Bible?)

Using Robert Reymond’s “A New Systematic Theology of the Christian Faith” as the supplementary textbook after the primary text, the Holy Scriptures.  Please check the GCC Livestream channel for streaming availability of future classes.

Today’s class: Chapter Four – Paradox as a Hermeneutical Category.

“Christians believe that their God is rational, that is, that he is logical. This means that he thinks and speaks in a way that indicates that the laws of logic—the law of identity (A is A), the law of noncontradiction (A is not non-A), and the law of excluded middle (A is either A or non-A)—are laws of thought original with and intrinsic to himself. This means that his knowledge is p 110 self-consistent. And because he is a God of truth he will not, indeed, he cannot lie (see Tit. 1:2; Heb. 6:18). Accordingly, just because God is rational, self-consistent, and always and necessarily truthful, we should assume that his inscripturated propositional revelation to us—the Holy Scripture—is of necessity also rational, self-consistent, and true. That this view of Holy Scripture is a common Christian conviction is borne out, I would suggest, in the consentient willingness by Christians everywhere to affirm that there are no contradictions in Scripture. The church worldwide has properly seen that the rational character of the one living and true God would of necessity have to be reflected in any propositional self-revelation which he determined to give to human beings, and accordingly has confessed the entire truthfulness (inerrancy) and noncontradictory character of the Word of God. Not to set the goal of quarrying from Scripture a harmonious theology devoid of paradoxes is to sound the death knell not only to systematic theology but also to all theology that would commend itself to men as the truth of the one living and rational God.”

Reymond, R. L. (1998). A new systematic theology of the Christian faith (pp. 109–110). Nashville: T. Nelson.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASe5Chxfi20

Grace Community Church (San Antonio, Texas) January 11, 2015 – Tim Conway: Men’s Systematic Theology Study #7 (The Nature Of Biblical Truth)

Using Robert Reymond’s “A New Systematic Theology of the Christian Faith” as the supplementary textbook after the primary text, the Holy Scriptures.  Please check the GCC Livestream channel for streaming availability of future classes.

Today’s class: Chapter Four.

Christians should be overwhelmed by the magnitude of this simple truth that they take so much for granted – that the eternal God has deigned to share with us some of the truths that are on his mind. He condescends to elevate us poor undeserving sinners by actually sharing with us a portion of what he knows. – Robert L. Reymond (pg. 102 in A New Systematic Theology of the Christian Faith)

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 278 other followers

%d bloggers like this: