About Joseph M. Fleener

Associate Pastor, Howick Baptist Church<br />Lover of Christ &amp; His Gospel, Husband to Mandy, Father to three wonderful children, Servant to the Local Church, Bible College Lecturer

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  • Joseph shared from A Puritan Theology: Doctrine for Life by Joel R. Beeke, Mark Jones
    Congregationalists, on the other hand, insisted that there was no ecclesiastical authority and power outside of assemblies in the local church. In the words of the Savoy Declaration, Christ gave the “power for the institution, order, and government of the church” to “particular societies or churches” (articles 1–4), and this gift comes “immediately from himself” and not through intermediaries (article 5). Thus, “besides these particular churches, there is not instituted by Christ any church more extensive or catholic entrusted with power for the administration of his ordinances,...
    Note: I'm enjoying the challenge of reading Puritan thought on ecclesiology.
  • Joseph shared from A Puritan Theology: Doctrine for Life by Joel R. Beeke, Mark Jones
    I shall never cease to be grateful to…Richard Sibbes, who was balm to my soul at a period in my life when I was overworked and badly overtired, and therefore subject in an unusual manner to the onslaughts of the devil…. I found at that time that Richard Sibbes…was an unfailing remedy. His books The Bruised Reed and The Soul’s Conflict quietened, soothed, comforted, encouraged and healed me. —MARTYN LLOYD-JONES1 
    Note: A great encouragement to read the Puritans. :-)
  • Joseph shared from A Puritan Theology: Doctrine for Life by Joel R. Beeke, Mark Jones
    Second, the third use of the law combats both Antinomianism and legalism. Antinomians wrongly appeal to justification by faith alone, which, though granted apart from works of the law, does not preclude the need for sanctification. One of sanctification’s most important elements is the daily cultivation of grateful obedience to the law. Moreover, neglect of the third use of the law can result in legalism, and often does, for we cannot live without law. When, as an alternative to God’s law, an elaborate man-made code is developed for believers to follow, covering every conceivable problem and...
    Note: So important and helpful.
  • Joseph shared from A Puritan Theology: Doctrine for Life by Joel R. Beeke, Mark Jones
    Samuel Crooke (1575–1649) put it this way: “From the commandment, as a rule of life, [believers] are not freed, but on the contrary, are inclined and disposed, by [their] free spirit, to willingly obey it. Thus, to the regenerate the law becomes as it were gospel, even a law of liberty.”34
    Note: A right understanding of the Christian's relationship to the Law is so essential to practical living
  • Joseph shared from A Puritan Theology: Doctrine for Life by Joel R. Beeke, Mark Jones
    Justification is the primary, fundamental blessing of the gospel; it meets our most basic spiritual need—forgiveness and reconciliation with God. We could not be adopted without it. But adoption is a richer blessing because it brings us from the courtroom into the family.
    Note: Amen! Oh that more Christians would understand the glory that is theirs in adoption.
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Joseph M. Fleener