Read God’s Book

Read God’s Book continually; nay, never let the sacred volume be out of your hand.  Learn, so that you may teach.  Hold fast to the words of faith, according to sound doctrine, so that you may be able thereby to exhort and refute the gainsayers.  ‘Continue thou in the things that thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them’; and ‘Be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope and faith that are in you.’  Your deeds must not belie your words, lest, when you are speaking in church, some one may say to himself: ‘Why do you not practise what you preach?’

(Jerome, in A Clergyman’s Duties)

Joyful Tidings

“We teach with Christ and say, “Believe the gospel” (Mark 1:15). This Gospel is the joyful tidings of God’s favor and grace toward us, and of the forgiveness of our sins through Jesus Christ. This message faith accepts through the Holy Ghost; the believer does not behold his former righteousness or unrighteousness, but, like Abraham, “against hope believes in hope” (Rom. 4:18) with the whole heart depends entirely upon the grace, word and promise of the Lord, since he well knows that God is true and His promises can not fail.

Thereby the heart is renewed, converted, made spiritually minded, peaceful and joyous, a child of God is born. The believer approaches with full confidence the throne of grace (Heb. 4:16) and becomes a joint heir with Christ and of eternal life.”

(Menno Simons)

Grace, Justice, Free Will

“That teacher obtains my highest approbation who ascribes as much as possible to divine grace, provided he so pleads the cause of grace, as not to inflict an injury on the justice of God, and not to take away the free will of that which is evil.”
(Jacob Arminius)