Each of us is given certain talents and opportunities in this life. Christianity teaches that these come from God, and that even life itself is a precious gift from God. If life is given by a loving Creator, it follows that living in accordance with the purposes of the Author of life will lead to living the fullest, happiest life. I believe someday I’ll be evaluated and rewarded by God according to what I’ve done with this life I’ve been entrusted with. This is exciting, but sobering. It challenges me to make the most of opportunities I have now, and try to live in more focused way.
But I’m also so glad to know that the gospel of Christ I have come to trust in, offers a fresh start with God every day– the forgiveness of my past mistakes and missed opportunities. Through Christ, I am given daily a new chance to move forward with my God. His love for me is steady–it does not fluctuate based on my performance! His Spirit is at work within me, and He will see me through to the end. What a loving, faithful Savior we have.
I think my God-given talents are in the areas of creative communication– music (singing/songwriting), writing and teaching. I want to develop and use these gifts more and more, so that they hopefully have a positive impact on others. My message is not unique, but I am a unique messenger. We each have our own voice, and should use it to sing the praises of the One who alone is Original and worthy of all praise.
This blog is one means I hope to do that, through my writing. I also play a Taylor acoustic guitar and write songs. I worship at North Shore Baptist Church. I have been working on an virtual (online) Masters in Religion degree from Reformed Theological Seminary. My wife Faith is a very lovely and gracious person. We have no kids at this time.
In this blog I desire to be one of many who are proclaiming the truth of the gospel of Jesus Chris via the Internet. This site will be especially focused on promoting the reformed “doctrines of grace”, also known by the acrostic “T.U.L.I.P.” The classic, rich biblical truths found in these teachings paint a portrait of God and of Christian life that properly show God as central to salvation and sanctification (or, in simple words, He is the one that saves believers and makes us like Him, from beginning to end).
Reformed doctrines honor and glorify God by crediting Him alone as the One whose power transforms lives, through the radical, free, powerful grace that comes to us through Jesus Christ. They offer meaty, substantive insights from the Scriptures– a bracing antidote to the weak, man-centered teaching altogether too prevalent in these days. These doctrines have sometimes been maligned by detractors as a man-made system. They have been accused of being erroneous– even heretical; a detriment, rather than a blessing to the church. I believe the critics are wholly off-target in such an assessment. For the reformed truths were not discovered or derived from any place other than the teachings of inspired Scripture. They present biblical truths that sometimes appear contradictory or irreconcilable to our finite minds– such as, how can God be sovereign over all things, including salvation, yet man still held responsible for his choices? Yet such teachings are only apparently contradictory– for the great reformed truths God has graciously revealed to humanity through the Bible cannot be grasped by human reasoning alone, but are nonetheless to be accepted and obeyed, by the faith God gives.
May this site then, lead many to discover and study these old truths of “Calvinism” for themselves– and decide whether or not they are the teaching of the Bible. If after careful examination one is not yet convinced they are not biblical, then by all means do not adopt them–just yet. This isn’t to say that I believe that individual judgments on these matters are the final arbiter; it is my prayer that the Spirit may use reformed teaching perhaps discovered by means of this site to convince all that these doctrines are indeed of God, and thus help people to embrace them, and be full of godly joy and fruit in applying them.
Blessings to all in Christ’s name,
Alexander M. Jordan