The Glorious Body of Christ II: The Preeminent Head - Col. 1:18

The best and most important thing about the Church is that Jesus Christ is the head of the Church. Since this is true, then when you get into a conversation about the Church, you should quickly find yourself talking about how wonderful Jesus is. But sadly, when many people think about the Church, they don’t think first and foremost about Jesus. Often center stage is taken by famous Christians, scandalous sins, or hot cultural topics. The Church has taken on something of a life of its own apart from Jesus, and that’s a problem!But Colossians 1:18 reminds us that the…

Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2020 by CJ Bowen

The Glorious Body of Christ I: You Are the Body of Christ - 1 Cor. 12:27

The ancient fathers of the Church said this: “Outside the Church, there is no salvation.” This conviction was repeated by men such as Luther and Calvin at the time of the Reformation, and the Westminster Confession of Faith (our church’s doctrinal standard) echoes this as well (25.2). Many of these men make the comparison between the Church and the Ark of Noah to make the point clear: if you are not on the ark, you die. If you are not in the Church, you die.The reason for this strong statement is found in the teaching of 1 Cor. 12:27, that…

Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 by CJ Bowen

Christmas Carol Theology: Joy to the World

In the early part of the eighteenth century, Isaac Watts published a book of imitation psalms, intending to make the presence of Christ explicit in the psalms of David. His version of Psalm 98, written to celebrate the second coming of Christ, became instead one of the most famous Christmas carols in the English-speaking world. The later verses of Watts’ “psalm” became known as “Joy to the World”. Looking carefully at the lyrics, we discover many rich applications of Psalm 98 to the work of Christ, begun at His first advent, and continuing to His second.Verse one open with the…

Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 by CJ Bowen