Worship Wars

Is God concerned with how he is worshiped?  Does he leave His worship up to man to decide or has He prescribed the manner and means by which we are to approach Him?  Perhaps this is easy enough to answer in the Old Testament, but what about the New?  Before we jump ahead, the post below is a brief survey of God-prescribed worship in the Old Testament, with a mention of the very grave consequences for violating it.

When we read the Old Testament, it?s rather easy to see the emphasis upon worship. From Genesis onward, the focus is upon man?s relationship with God through the means that God has pres?


Interpreting the Speeches from Job: A Validation


In a post last year, I outlined some interpretive tips for properly understanding the speeches of Job, particularly those dialogues between he and his friends in chapters 2-27.  One of those tips was called, “take the good, leave the bad.”

Recently, when reading through 1 Corinthians, I ran across a citation from Job 5:13, which the Apostle Paul uses to support his case for the superiority of God’s wisdom over and against human wisdom.  In reading through this passage, it validates (thankfully!) this interpretive tip from the speeches in Job, namely that not all his friends say is incorrect or bad.  To read my thoughts on this in its entirety, see the link below:

In a forthcoming book (Lord-willing) on How to Study the Book of Job, I walk the reader through a series of keys to help them interpret and process through the speeches of Job?s friends, whic?


Circumcision, The New Covenant, and Baptism

Originally posted at theologybythebook.com

Genesis 17

Jeremiah 31

Colossians 2:11-12 11 In him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, 12 having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead.” 

Matthew 28:18-20 18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.


From the 1644 London Baptist Confession:

Chapter XXXIX.

That Baptism is an ordinance of the New Testament, given by Christ, to be dispensed only upon persons professing faith, or that are Disciples, or taught, who upon a profession of faith, ought to be baptized (Added later: “…and after to partake of the Lord’s Supper.”)

Acts 2:37, 38; 8:36-38; 18:8

 Chapter XL.

The way and manner of the(1) dispensing of this ordinance the Scripture holds out to be dipping or plunging the whole body under water: it being a sign, must answer the thing signified, which are these: first, the(2) washing the whole soul in the blood of Christ; secondly, that interest the saints have in(3) death, burial, and resurrection (of Christ) ; thirdly, together with a(4) confirmation of out faith, that as certainly as the body is buried under water, and rises again, so certainly shall the bodies of the saints by raised by the power of Christ, in the day of the resurrection, to reign with Christ.

1) Mat. 3:16; John 3:23; Acts 8:38
2) Rev. 1:5; 7:14; Heb. 10:22
3) Rom. 6:3-5
4) 1 Cor. 15:28, 29

Chapter XLI.

The persons designed by Christ, to dispense this ordinance, the Scriptures hold forth to a preaching Disciple, it being no where tied to a particular church, officer, or person extraordinarily sent, the commission enjoining the administration, being given to them under no other consideration, but as considered Disciples.

Isa. 8:16; Mat. 28:16-19; John 4:1-2; Acts 20:7; Mat. 26:26

Ephesians 4:15 "Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ"