Manhood and Womanhood Defined According to the Bible

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The topic of manhood and womanhood is still strongly debated and still greatly impacts our society. For Christians, there is no doubt that the Bible must be the last word. But what does it teach about true manhood and womanhood? And how does its teachings affect our roles in the home, the church and the wider society? Noted pastor, author and Bible scholar John Piper looks at these important questions in a positive, sensitive light–with conclusions that encourage men and women to live out their unique differences in a fulfilling, godly way.

Excerpt

“Over the years I have come to see from Scripture and from life that manhood and womanhood are the beautiful handiwork of a good and loving God.  He designed our differences and they are profound” (p. 13-14).

John Piper examines gender issues from a biblical perspective, showing how the teaching of true biblical manhood and womanhood affects the roles of men and women in the home, the church, and the wider society.

Table of Contents

Foreword By Elisabeth Elliot
1. What’s the Difference?
2. The Meaning of Masculinity
3. The Meaning of Femininity
4. The Biblical Vision of Complementarity
5. A Closing Challenge to Men and Women

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The Wonders of Divine Love By Frederick

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Faber says men in the modern era accept God’s existence; but deny His sovereigntyin practice. Though composed in mid-19th century; this book is absolutely on target today, for man’s tendency to arrogate to himself the prerogatives of God, although strong in Faber’s time, is epidemic today. A real eye-opener!

“Faber sketches, in prose that verges on being actually too gorgeous, both “what it is to be a creature” and “what it is to have a creator.” This book is kind of a spirituality of createdness, and succeeds better than any other book I know at showing the implications of the mere existence of God. Faber was so Roman Catholic that he worried the pope, and this book is full of phrases like ”the composition of this work has been a charity towards souls,” which can be a barrier for Protestant readers; but it’s a barrier well worth climbing, because Faber’s gifts are so unique that there’s just not a Protestant Faber out there anywhere.” – Fred Sanders, professor of theology in the Torrey Honors Institute at Biola University

A Review:

This book is amazing–so beautifully explained and prayerfully put together. The language used through out is poetic and evocative of the subject. He uses lots of imagery, drawing correlation between the spiritual world and the natural world, to great effect.

The love of God and reverence for all His creation reverberates through this book, and a lot of it, though it was written long ago, seems completely applicable to the world we live in now. I would recommend this book highly to anyone and everyone!


Click here for a copy: The Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God

The Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God seeks to restore what we have lost. In this treatment of many of the Bible’s passages regarding divine love, noted evangelical scholar D. A. Carson not only critiques sentimental ideas such as “God hates the sin but loves the sinner,” but provides a compelling perspective on the nature of God and why He loves as He does. Carson blends his discourse with discussion of how God’s sovereignty and holiness complete the biblical picture of who He is and how He loves.

The Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God

It makes for an easy read, despite some deep theology.

In doing away with trivialities and cliches, this work gets to the heart of this all-important doctrine of the love of God from an unflinching evangelical perspective. Yet it does so without losing its personal emphasis: for in understanding more of the comprehensive nature of God’s love as declared in His Word, you will come to understand God and His unending love for you more completely.

A Review By Tim Challies

Until I read this book I would not have considered God’s love as a particularly difficult doctrine. The Trinity is a difficult doctrine to understand, impossible even. The eternal nature of God—that is another difficult or impossible one. But the love of God? I wouldn’t have thought of it as such. But this book convinced me otherwise.

Carson begins by outlining five reasons why this is a difficult doctrine. First, he suggests that while most people believe that God is a loving Being, this belief is set within a foundation other than Scripture. Second, many complementary truths about God are disbelieved by many within our culture (and our churches). Third, postmodernism reinforces a sentimental, syncretistic and pluralistic view of God. Fourth, the church has fallen into believing a sentimentalized version of God’s love that is not consistent with God as presented in Scripture. And fifth, the church portrays this as a simple doctrine and overlooks certain important distinctions that prove it to be difficult.

From this foundation, Carson builds the book around four themes: the distortion of the love of God; the fact that God is love; God’s love and God’s sovereignty; and God’s love and God’s wrath. As we would expect from Carson, he goes straight to the source—to God’s revelation of Himself in Scripture—to correct false assumptions and provide a deep discussion of what God’s love entails. He defends the compatibility of seemingly-opposite characteristics of God (that God can be perfectly loving and yet perfectly just in His wrath) and examines how God’s love interacts with His sovereignty in human affairs.

It is rare to find so much depth in such a short book. At the same time it is also nice to be able to learn so much without having to wade through hundreds of pages of text. This book could as easily have been hundreds or thousands of pages long. Carson does a wonderful job of highlighting the most important issues while confining himself to a limited word count. I highly recommend it.


Click here for a copy: A Hermeneutical Manual: Opening Scripture

In his Hermeneutical Manual, Patrick Fairbairn calls readers to a sober examination of the Bible. He follows the historic Protestant practice of allowing the Scriptures to stand as their own witness and interpreter. The author explains the “analogy of faith,” in understanding the Bible. As summarized in the Westminster Confession (1:9), this principle states: “The infallible rule of interpretation of Scripture is the Scripture itself; and therefore, when there is a question about the true and full sense of any Scripture it must be searched and known by other places that speak more clearly.”

Opening Scripture

Patrick Fairbairn (1805-1874) was a gifted and faithful servant of Christ best known for his commentaries and works on Prophecy and Typology. This lesser known work deserves a place alongside those other great works.

Sinclair Ferguson says, “I have a copy of Fairbairn and often wondered why it hasn’t been reprinted . . . I suspect the title has put publishers off (hermeneutical plus manual being a bit much for today’s readers!). I think Fairbairn was really an extraordinarily able man and a great servant of the church.

Roger Nicole contends: “It is high time that in the midst of controversies in which all kinds of accusations are leveled against the use of the Old Testament by New Testament authors the painstaking work of Patrick Fairbairn and his monumental scholarship be once again taken into consideration.”


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1. The Work Of The Ministry

The Work of the Ministry, perhaps Griffith Thomas’ greatest book. The substance of that book was delivered as lectures at Wycliffe Hall.

Excerpt from a biographer:

His addresses on Pastoralia, in view of his varied experiences in different spheres and his wide reading, must have been specially helpful. Much of what he then gave was reproduced later in The Work of the Ministry. The second part on Preaching is unrivalled in its grasp of the subject and its suggestiveness. “Think yourself empty, read yourself full, write yourself clear, pray yourself keen—then enter the pulpit and let yourself go!” It would be hard to better that as a general counsel.

2. The Importance of Christian Scholarship

This article contains three lectures given at meetings of the Bible League in CaxtonHall, Westminster, London on June 17, 1932.

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Introduction

Modern Teaching

“Religious Education”

I. The Importance of Christian Scholarship for Evangelism

II. The Importance of Christian Scholarship for Defense of the Faith

III. The Importance of Christian Scholarship for the Building Up of the Church

3. The Religious Life of Theological Students

Delivered as an address at the Autumn Conference at Princeton Theological Seminary on October 4, 1911. Dr. Warfield shows the importance for those preparing for the ministry to grow both as scholars and as people of God. (15 Pages)

Review:

In his address called The Religious Life of Theological Students, delivered at Princeton Theological Seminary on the 4th of October 1911, Benjamin B. Warfield stressed the need for servants of God to be both learned and religious. The man without learning, Warfield noted, no matter with what other gifts he may be endowed, is unfit for his duties. Because he was addressing students in particular, the burden of his lecture was on their “religious” or spiritual life—that is, Warfield was warning these students about the dangers of studying apart from worship, of seeking knowledge apart from godliness. Severing knowledge and godliness is indeed perilous to the soul. Apart from godliness, knowledge merely puffs up into vanity and pride; apart from knowledge, godliness proves thin and unstable, tossing one about by every wind of doctrine.

Dr. L. Michael Morales, Reformation Bible College


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1. The Doctrine of Repentance by Thomas WatsonThe Doctrine Of Repentance

One of the easiest to read Puritans, Thomas Watson, explains what true Christian repentance looks like in the believers life. A quote from the Foreword: “Repentance is never out of season…”

Knowing what repentance is, and actually repenting, are essential to true Christianity. Few better guides have existed in any area of spiritual experience than Thomas Watson. A good case could be made out for believing that “repentance” is one of the least used words in the Christian church today. In a world that will not tolerate the mention of sin, and in churches where it has been defined only in sociological terms, the biblical teaching on repentance has inevitably been ignored. Knowing what repentance is, and actually repenting are essential to true Christianity. Jesus Christ himself said that if we do not repent, we will perish! It is vital, therefore, to read and study what Scripture has to say about this theme.
Watson was a master of both Scripture and the human heart, and wrote with a simplicity and directness that keeps his work fresh and powerful for the twentieth century. Watson shows what gospel repentance is: Repentance is a grace of God’s Spirit whereby a sinner is inwardly humbled and visibly reformed.
For a further amplification, know that repentance is a spiritual medicine made up of six special ingredients:
1. Sight of sin
2. Sorrow for sin
3. Confession of sin
4. Shame for sin
5. Hatred for sin
6. Turning from sin
If any one is left out it loses its virtue.

2. A Lifting Up For The Downcast By William Bridge

Depression is not unique to our times. To encourage the depressed, Bridge wrote this choice book and filled it with the kind of rich encouragement which our generation too rarely hears.

A quote from the book:A Lifting Up For The Downcast

“Suppose that a man have sinned greatly against his conscience, or against his light, against his knowledge, hath he not just cause or reason then to be cast down, and to be quite discouraged? No; for if there be a sacrifice for such a sin as this is, then a man hath no reason to be quite discouraged; cause to be humbled … but no reason to be discouraged. … Do you not think that Peter, when he denied his Lord and Master, sinned against his conscience, against his light, and against his knowledge? … for though your sin be great, is not God’s mercy great, exceeding great? Is not the satisfaction made by Christ great? …Is Jesus Christ only a Mediator for small sins? Will you bring down the satisfaction of Christ, and the mercy of God, to your own model? Has not the Lord said concerning pardoning mercy, that His ‘thoughts are not as our thoughts, but as the heavens are greater than the earth, so are his thoughts (in this respect) beyond our thoughts’?”


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The Moslem Christ By Samuel M Zwemer
What do Moslems believe about Jesus? What are the deep significances attached to the names they assign Jesus in the Koran? What does the Koran teach about Christ’s life, deeds, teachings, his crucifixion and his Coming Again? And how does any Christian reach a Moslem with the truth of who Christ really is without alienating them? All this and much more is answered in this scholarly yet very readable work by a Christian missionary to the Moslem World.

The Moslem Jesus is an essay on the life, character, and teachings of Jesus Christ according to the Qur’an and the Orthodox traditions. Islam is the only of the great non-Christian religions which gives a place to Christ in its book, and yet it is also one of the non-Christian religions which denies His deity. This volume provides a gateway to understanding what Islam teaches about Christ and ends with a chapter on how to preach to Muslims about Christ with this knowledge.

About the Author

Samuel Zwemer was a missionary to Arabia from 1890—1913, and then served in Egypt until 1929. Loving the Mohammedans passionately and knowing their religion thoroughly, with an almost perfect command of Arabic and an accurate knowledge of the Koran, he was known as the lion-hearted missionary who confounded the Arabs out of their own scriptures with the truth of Christ. Samuel Zwemer worked tirelessly for an enlargement of the missionary force to the Moslem world. After returning to the USA, he taught at Princeton Theological Seminary until 1952.


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1. The Doctrine of Justification By James Buchanan

Doctrine of Justification by James Buchanan

‘The doctrine of justification by faith is like Atlas: it bears a world on its shoulders, the entire evangelical knowledge of saving grace … This is still the best text book on the subject…’ – J. I. Packer

“James Buchanan’s ‘Doctrine of Justification’ is THE classic work on this cardinal doctrine by which a church stands or falls. After lucidly covering the historical development of the doctrine through the Old Testament, the apostolic age, the scholastic divines, the Reformation and Counter Reformation, and in the Church of England, Buchanan expounds the doctrine itself by covering the scriptural meaning of the term, its relation to the law and justice of God, its relation to the mediatorial work of Christ, its relation to grace and works, and more. The chapter on justification in relation to the work of the Holy Spirit is alone worth the price of the book. Throughout, Buchanan systematizes the doctrine of justification in an orthodox Reformed manner that is fully reliable, is consistent with all the doctrines of grace, and is still relevant to the burning issues of our day, such as the New Perspective. A new introduction by Dr. Gerald Bilkes on the New Perspective is also a great help. If you can only afford to read one book on justification, read this definitive work.” – Joel R. Beeke

2. The Religious Affections By Jonathan Edwards

Religious Affections by Jonathan Edwards

A Treatise Concerning Religious Affections is a famous publication written in 1746 by Jonathan Edwards

describing his philosophy about the process of Christian conversion in Northampton, Massachusetts during the Great Awakening, which emanated from Edwards’ congregation starting in 1734

The author’s object in this book is to distinguish between true and false religion by showing the marks of a saving work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. In his Preface, Edwards stresses the importance of using “our utmost endeavors clearly to discern … wherein true religion does consist.” For “till this be done, it may be expected that great revivings of religion will be but of short continuance.”

3. Commentary on Galatians and Ephesians By John Calvin

Commentary on Galatians and Ephesians is an impressive commentary. Calvin is regarded as one of the Reformation’s

Galatians and Ephesians by John Calvin

best interpreters of scripture. He frequently offers his own translations of a passage, explaining the subtleties and nuances of his translation. He has a penchant for incorporating keen pastoral insight into the text as well. He always interacts with other theologians, commentators, and portions of the Bible when interpreting a particular passage. Further, this volume also contains informative notes from the editor. Calvin’s Commentary on Galatians and Ephesians should not be ignored by anyone interested in those books or John Calvin himself.

“The fundamental issue for John Calvin, from the beginning of his life to the end, was the issue of the centrality and supremacy and majesty of the glory of God.” — John Piper