Won’t you join me this fall for a study of The Ten Commandments? How can a list of Do Not’s encourage us? Only if we see them through the lens of a warm-hearted Calvinist. A legalist just piles on another burden. An antinomian throws you into uncertain territory to figure out how to live yourself. A reconstructionist forces the law onto everyone. A dispensationalist tosses them all out the window as part of another time and place. But, Christians who understand evangelical obedience burst into praise, and are motivated by the blessings and promises that come with reaping what they sow.
After being kicked out of his church and barred from preaching, Thomas Watson wrote books by candlelight and with a quill and ink. You can buy “The Ten Commandments” from www.banneroftruth.org. I will try to pull out the essence of his teaching, but there is so much more there for you. It would be good to have on your bookshelf or ebook list.
My other main source will be the Middle Elementary teacher manual, “God’s Grace in the Law.” You can purchase it at www.gcp.org. I am teaching elementary Sunday School and using this material. Of course, I will also be using the three main Protestant Confessions of Faith and their Catechisms: The London Baptist Confession, The Westminster Confession, The Heidelberg Confession. So our applications will be largely how to teach this evangelical obedience to our children so their hearts are strangely warmed toward loving their Savior or they see their own sin. Of course, we want to also and motivate them to tell the truth, remain sexually pure, and to be content without being lazy.
Do you know what evangelical obedience is? Do you practice it? Is your heart strangely warmed?
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