What is the Gospel? with Pastor John Fonville

What is the Gospel? with Pastor John Fonville

This week is part one of a two part series with John Fonville. In part one we focus on the gospel and law and gospel. In part two we discuss antinomianism and nomism. 

Episode Resources:

Paramount Church (you can find John’s sermons here) 

The Gospel Mystery of Sanctification by Walter Marshall

Assumed Evangelicalism: Some Reflections En Route to Denying the Gospel by David Gibson

Lordship Salvation with Pastor John Fonville – Theology Gals Episode 

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Understanding the Law

Understanding the Law

This week Coleen and Rachel discuss the division and uses of the law. 

Episode Resources:

Which Laws Apply? by R.C. Sproul

The Place of the Law by Guy Waters

God’s Law in Old and New Covenants OPC Q&A

Are Believers Under The Law As A Schoolmaster? R. Scott Clark 

The Reformed confessions teach that the pedagogical (second use) use of the law never disappears. Question 115 of the Heidelberg Catechism asks, “No one in this life can obey the Ten Commandments perfectly: Why then does God want them preached so pointedly?” Here is the answer: “First, so that the longer we live the more we may come to know our sinfulness and the more eagerly look to Christ for forgiveness of sins and righteousness.” Likewise, the Westminster Confession of Faith (19.6) states that the second use of the law remains of great use to the believer. The law helps believers to discover “the sinful pollutions of their nature, hearts and lives, so as, examining themselves thereby, they may come to further conviction of, humiliation for, and hatred against sin, together with a clearer sight of the need they have of Christ, and the perfection of His obedience.”” John Fonville 

“all three uses of the law (i.e., civil, pedagogical and normative) are always present in the believer’s life. However, these three uses do not function the same. To begin with, for unbelievers, the second use of the law is primary and the third use of the law does not even apply. For believers, the third use of the law becomes primary. In this sense, the law functions as a rule of life—guide of gratitude—providing the norms for the Christian life.” John Fonville 

“the law as a rule of life should be preached to guide believers in their gratitude (e.g., Titus 1:5-9; 2:2-10; 3:-12; 8-14). However, the law must never be preached to believers as a condition of life (i.e., a covenant of works: “Do this and live or else be cursed”).” John Fonville 

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Law & Gospel | Best Of Episode

Law & Gospel | Best Of Episode

This is a best of episode. We’ll return next week with new episodes. On this episode of Theology Gals, Coleen and Ashley discuss law and gospel. Why is understanding law and gospel important?

Episode Resources:

Yes Virginia, There Is A Law-Gospel Distinction by R. Scott Clark

Law, Gospel, And The Three Uses of the Law (1) by R. Scott Clark

Law, Gospel, And The Three Uses Of The Law (2) by R. Scott Clark

The Three Uses of the Law by R. Scott Clark

Law and Gospel by Michael Horton

Concerns About The Rhetoric: “X Is A Gospel Issue” by R. Scott Clark

The Indicative and The Imperative A Reformation View of Sanctification by Michael Horton

Calvin on Law and Gospel by Michael Horton

Heidelberg Catechism

Theology Gals – Lordship Salvation with Pastor John Fonville

“Ignorance of the distinction between the Law and Gospel is one of the principle sources of all the abuses which corrupt and still corrupt Christianity.” –Theodore Beza

“There is no point upon which men make greater mistakes than upon the relation which exists between the law and the gospel. Some men put the law instead of the gospel: others put the gospel instead of the law; some modify the law and the gospel, and preach neither law nor gospel: and others entirely abrogate the law, by bringing in the gospel. Many there are who think that the law is the gospel, and who teach that men by good works of benevolence, honesty, righteousness, and sobriety, may be saved. Such men do err. On the other hand, many teach that the gospel is a law; that it has certain commands in it, by obedience to which, men are meritoriously saved; such men err from the truth, and understand it not. A certain class maintain that the law and the gospel are mixed, and that partly by observance of the law, and partly by God’s grace, men are saved. These men understand not the truth, and are false teachers.” -Spurgeon

The Churches of the Reformation from the very beginning distinguished between the law and the gospel as the two parts of the Word of God as a means of grace. This distinction was not understood to be identical with that between the Old and the New Testament, but was regarded as a distinction that applies to both Testaments. There is law and gospel in the Old Testament, and there is law and gospel in the New. The law comprises everything in Scripture which is a revelation of God’s will in the form of command or prohibition, while the gospel embraces everything, whether it be in the Old Testament or in the New, that pertains to the work of reconciliation and that proclaims the seeking and redeeming love o God in Christ Jesus (Systematic Theology, [Grand Rapids, 4th edn. 1941], 612).Louis Berkhof

For Paul often means by the term law the rule of righteous living by which God requires of us what is his own, giving us no hope of life unless we completely obey him, and adding on the other hand a curse if we deviate even in the slightest degree. This Paul does when he contends that we are pleasing to God through grace and are accounted righteous through his pardon, because nowhere is found that observance of the law for which the reward has been promised. Paul therefore justly makes contraries of the righteousness of the law and of that of the gospel [Romans 3:21 ff.; Galatians 3:10 ff.; etc.] (Institutes, 2.9.4)

Also Mentioned:

Justin Peters The Hurt of Healing

Justin Peters Interviews Costi Hinn

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Evangelism | Episode 68

Evangelism | Episode 68

On this episode of Theology Gals, Coleen and Angela talk about Evangelism. Before the gals get to the topic, they discuss the recent speech by Chris Pratt at the MTV Awards. They conclude the episode with a discussion about our faith and social media.

Episode Resources:

Thinking Fellows Episode 27: Vocation

What Is Evangelism? Ligonier

Two Kingdoms with Dr. David VanDrunen | Theology Gals | Episode 32

First Catechism (Children’s Catechism)

Songs for Saplings (catechism music)

Children’s Catechism Resources

Telling People the Truth in Love: A Reformed Approach to Evangelism by Dr. Kim Riddlebarger

Understanding Islam and its History Adam Francisco  

Rod Rosenbladt on The Gospel for Those Broken by the Church

Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God J.I. Packer

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Law, Gospel & Grace in Parenting | Episode 57

Law, Gospel & Grace in Parenting | Episode 57

On this week’s episode of Theology Gals, it’s just Coleen. She talks about where the law, the gospel and grace fit into our parenting.

Episode Resources:

Being Dad with Scott Keith Theology Gals Episode

What I’ve Learned From Having a Son That’s an Atheist by Coleen Sharp

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