Category Archives: Theology

Grace Community Church (San Antonio, Texas) Sermon, September 21, 2014 – Tim Conway: God’s Light Exposes The False Christian (1 John 1: 5-6)

5 This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.

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Grace Community Church (San Antonio, Texas) September 20, 2014 – Tim Conway: Men’s Systematic Theology Study #2

Using Robert Reymond’s “A New Systematic Theology of the Christian Faith” as the supplementary textbook after the primary text, the Holy Scriptures. The next class is scheduled for October 4 at 9am Central time. Please check the GCC Livestream channel for streaming availability.

Today’s class: Chapter One.

Grace Community Church (San Antonio, Texas) Sermon, August 31, 2014 – Tim Conway: Some Thoughts On Walking With God (1 John 1:1-4)

1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— 2 the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us— 3 that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. 4 And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.

David Platt On “Heaven Is For Real”

R.W. Glenn: The Outrageous Love Of God

Arturo Azurdia III: God Saves Bad People

Amen and amen.

Grace Community Church (San Antonio, Texas) September 6, 2014 – Tim Conway: Men’s Systematic Theology Study #1

Using Robert Reymond’s “A New Systematic Theology of the Christian Faith” as the supplementary textbook after the primary text, the Holy Scriptures. The next class is scheduled for September 20 at 9am Central time. Please check the GCC Livestream channel for streaming availability.

James White: The Gospel For Islam

Delivered at the conclusion of a debate with a Muslim several years ago.

More White at aomin.org.

Oxymoron 101: “The Bible Without Theology”

Perusing used book stores in South Texas is not quite like doing so in the Shangri-La of used (theological) book stores, that being Grand Rapids, Michigan. One can still smell the  racks of 19th Century commentary series available at Baker Book House….the biblical dictionary/encyclopedia sets lining the walls at Reformation Heritage Books…and the treasures at Credo Books in an old warehouse antique shop downtown. The “Religion/Philosophy” section at Half Price Books pales in comparison, although a treasure may be found if one looks hard enough, such as F.F. Bruce’s New International Commentary on the New Testament volume on Colossians, Philemon and Ephesians for $3(!).  Perhaps one of the brethren at Grace Community Church has a lead on a good bookstore or two in San Antonio…. ;)ff bruce

Having access to quality books at good prices was something we did not take for granted because many do not have such access. Almost every used book store will have titles, however, which are less than worthwhile (Reformation Heritage is the exception. They have absolutely no lightweight stuff in their new book section, nor is there any pap in the used book selection. Highly, highly recommended). Whilst perusing the selections at Half Price Books today, I ran across a book that, shall we say, is not one I will move to the front of the wish list ahead of Turretin or Bavinck. The book?

bible-without-theology“The Bible Without Theology.” Yes, it’s true. “The Bible Without Theology.”

If ever there were an oxymoron, this is it.

Let’s see, when does the Bible become a book of theology? We must wait until Genesis 1:1 before theology enters the Scripture:

1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.

If ever a statement of theology was written in history, that is it. If the Bible is a book without theology, then it must by definition be a book without God. And, from the descriptions on the back of the dust cover, it may well be a book without God. “He…challenges scholars’ assumptions of Scripture as monotheistic…” It is not just “scholars” who read Scripture as monotheistic – it has been the clear understanding of the people of God from the beginning that God’s revelation of himself is one which is monotheistic and in no way polytheistic.

Then, the author “proposes treating biblical narrative as myth rather than historical fact.” Once one opens up that can of worms, one cannot hold to any truths at all if narrative passages are not in fact narrative, but mythological. Were Adam and Eve in fact removed from the Garden? If a narrative passage such as that is mere myth, then what meaning could a prophetic passage have such as we see in Revelation about  a form of return to Eden with the coming of the New Jerusalem – is that beyond myth? Did Cain kill Abel? Did the Israelites really cross the Jordan? Where does this end?

Also, the author assumes that only that with whom he differs have presuppositions: he “advocates stripping away the theological and historiographic biases that underlie modern biblical scholarship in order to arrive at a nontheological historical reading of the Bible.” A “nontheological historical reading of the Bible?” Yet, he brings no “biases” to the interpretive table? Not having read the book, I would assume there is a fair degree of hyperbole in the title, possibly meant as an attention-getting means for those disaffected with theological study. Even so, what appears to be implied here is that nobody has gotten the meaning of the Bible correct until the author of this book came along. Nobody? Well, when one removes “theology” from the study of Scripture and when one determines narrative passages to be mythological, well, then, one probably can have a Bible without theology. In that case, then, what one ends up with is neither the Bible nor theology.

Theology is not something to avoid for the one who claims to have bowed the knee to Christ – it is something which will enhance worship and which will result in affirming Paul’s “Oh, the depths of the riches” concerning God in Romans 11. Praise God that he (God) desires us to be students of theology – to be students of him, as we are also children of his!

Grace Community Church (San Antonio, Texas) Sunday School, June 29, 2014 – Zeek Coleman: You Must Be Born Again (John 3:3-7)

3 Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” 4 Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” 5 Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’

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