A while ago, I received a request to provide a list of some trustworthy online Bible study resources. The background to this is Reformed people venturing out into cyberspace to research passages, only to be led off the track by resources that are not faithful. I replied to this request and thought it worth sharing here as well. The list below does not imply my endorsement of everything published on each of these sites. While all of these resources come from a Reformed orientation (all of them are managed by confessionally Reformed and Presbyterian believers) they still need to be used with discernment. We ought always to have the spirit of the Bereans, testing everything against the Scriptures to see whether these things are really so (Acts 17:11). Here’s the list:
- http://theseed.info/ — presently has 1384 Reformed sermons on a wide variety of Scripture passages and Lord’s Days from the Heidelberg Catechism. This resource should get more attention as a Bible Study aid.
- http://www.ligonier.org/ — the teaching ministry of R.C. Sproul.
- http://thirdmill.org/ — has heaps of resources, both regarding Scripture and theology. Some are at a seminary level, but I think a lot of it will be accessible to regular folk.
- https://www.monergism.com/ — a comprehensive collection of older Reformed writings, including commentaries.
- https://reformedbooksonline.com/ — includes links to dozens of online commentaries. Run by a couple of my acquaintances from the US, both solid men.
I know there are only five links there, but in those five links are thousands of pages of biblical exposition and other study aids. Enjoy!
I’ve just added a new page to the “Sermons” section — five sermons in Afrikaans. Thanks to Len De Vente for translating these!
One of the things I do with my catechism students is regular Q & A sessions. Rather than having me ask all the questions with them (hopefully) giving the answers, we turn the tables around every now and then. They’re welcome to come to class with whatever questions and I do my best to answer them. Of course, the questions are limited to things pertaining to the Bible, theology, ethics, church life — you know, areas where I might be reasonably expected to know a thing or two. I always enjoy these opportunities to engage the youth of the church and find out what’s on their minds.
Over the years I’ve been doing this, I’ve noticed a pattern. Many of the questions have to do with either the beginning or the end. Young people seem to think a lot about what we could call the bookends of Christian theology: protology (the doctrine of creation) and eschatology (the doctrine of the last things). I suspect that young people are not alone in this regard. Just yesterday, in fact, an 80 year old sister in the church approached me after the service with a question about the new heavens and new earth.
Today I want to share some of the material I’ve prepared on the topic of eschatology, particularly some of the sermons I’ve preached on it.
For my pre-confession students I’ve prepared this eschatology outline. It’s basically a summary of Louis Berkhof’s eschatology chapter in Manual of Christian Doctrine.
I’ve preached at least four sermons on the doctrine of the last things:
Mark 13 includes Mark’s version of the so-called Olivet Discourse. Is Jesus talking about the destruction of Jerusalem or the end of the world?
Who is the “man of lawlessness” in 2 Thessalonians 2? How can Scripture speak about his appearing first and yet describe Christ’s coming as sudden and unexpected?
What about the 1000 years mentioned in Revelation 20? Is this a literal 1000 year reign of Christ? Does it take place before or after his return?
Some day I hope to preach a series of sermons on the entire book of Revelation…but since I just started on John, I think that will be quite some time in the future.
I have just uploaded a sermon translated into Spanish. You can find it here. It was translated by Rev. Matt Van Dyken, a URCNA missionary serving in Tepic, Mexico.