A Brief Overview of Covenant Theology

Written By Victor Stanley Jr.

Though this system is rooted in ancient ideas, it was more fully systematized in the Westminster Confession of 1647. Those responsible for fleshing out the system of Covenant Theology include John Owen (d. 1683), Jonathan Edwards (d. 1758), and many of the other Reformers of the 16th century, and the Puritan theologians of the 17th and 18th centuries.

The most foundational beliefs of this system can be narrowed down to four general concepts. First is that Covenant Theology is rooted in the ancient belief that the Church inherited Israel’s place as God’s chosen people. Second is that Covenant Theology views the Bible with the person and work of Christ as the focal point of all of scripture. Third is Covenant Theology’s treatment of the earthly promises to Israel as spiritual promises to the Church. Finally, Covenant Theology treats more of Israel’s law as applicable to the Church. Continue reading “A Brief Overview of Covenant Theology”

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Leadership & The Gospel

Written By Victor Stanley Jr.

Christian leaders must always look to scripture as the basis for leadership. With the focal point of scripture being the gospel, it only makes sense to consider what implications the gospel has with regard to leadership. For most Christians the gospel consists of the story or message of Jesus Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection along with the fact of him being God. Furthermore, it teaches that belief in this message brings about the moment of salvation, which is the conversion of an unbeliever. However, this view of the gospel is narrow in that it leaves out the bulk of the teachings found in the New Testament writings of the Apostles and the teachings of Jesus.  Continue reading “Leadership & The Gospel”

The Beginnings of Leadership

Written By Victor Stanley Jr.

Most Christian leaders would agree that they should look to Jesus as the example of a perfect leader. However, to truly understand what it means to lead like Christ, one must consider the theological implications of several doctrines. Three such doctrines that should inform a person’s idea of leadership are: man and the imago dei, the kingship of Christ, and the Trinity. While many begin a discussion on leadership by discussing the character traits of great leaders, how to cultivate those traits, and strategies for putting those traits to work, the Christian should start with two questions: who is God, and who is man. Continue reading “The Beginnings of Leadership”