Have you ever wondered why Adam is called “a type of the One who was to come” (Rom. 5:14)? Have you ever wondered why Jesus is called the “last Adam” (1 Cor. 15:45)? Have you written off the story of the Garden of Eden as a simple “children’s church” story never to be revisited again? The theology of Eden is the foundation for the theology of the rest of the Bible. Get the Garden wrong, and you get everything else wrong. Listen along and learn about this vital interaction between God and man and how it hits right at the heart of the gospel!
The Puritan Richard Sibbes says this about God’s work in the believers heart to wean it from the world, “Men cherish young plants at first, and fence them about to keep them from hurt, but when they are grown, they remove them, and then leave them to the wind and weather, so God besets His children first with props of inward comforts, but afterwards exposes them to storms and winds, because they are better able to bear it. Therefore let no man think himself the better because he is free from troubles. It is because God sees him not fit to bear greater.” In struggle and trial have you ever asked the question why? Have you ever wondered if trial may be one of the most pungent platforms for you as a believer to preach the gospel? Would you believe that the greatest threat to your holiness isn’t trial, but the every day things of life? Listen along and seek to realign your heart to find contentment in Christ alone!
Are you delighting in God’s will for your life? Are circumstances drawing you closer to God or pushing you away? Do circumstances determine your joy in God? Are you content? The Puritan Jeremiah Burroughs once said, “Christian contentment is that sweet, inward, quiet, gracious frame of spirit, which freely submits and delights in God’s wise and fatherly disposal in every condition.” If we were honest, contentment with submission and delight is an extreme challenge to our hearts. It is a pure act of faith at the end of the day, and without faith it is impossible to please God. Too often we grumble, gripe, and complain about God’s providence in our lives. Listen along and learn from Philippians 4:10-13 about the true nature of Christian contentment.