Concerning Monastic Vows – part 45

Scripture Text: Matthew 5:33–37

These older widows had promised to not remarry so that they could receive assistance from the church. Remarrying was seen as breaking that “oath”—the same word translated as “faith.”

Concerning Monastic Vows – part 43

Scripture Text: Galatians 3:22–26

We have a shared promise through Christ since we are all sons of God through faith in him. As such, all believers are joint heirs of the promise made to Christ, the Seed of Abraham.

Concerning Monastic Vows – part 42

Scripture Text: 2 Peter 3:15–18

It is remarkably easy to take a verse or two from the Bible and construct a doctrine or a whole way of life. The safeguard to doing this, or falling prey to its adherents, is to, as we say, “be in the Word”—all of God’s Word.

Concerning Monastic Vows – part 41

Scripture Text: Titus 3:5

Our works, actions, and lifestyles do not make us right with God. Jesus Christ justifies us before God. This is why faith alone in the grace of God alone merits his forgiveness and salvation.

Concerning Monastic Vows – part 39

Scripture Text: John 14:6

Be sure that your commitments depend upon God’s promises, power, and faithfulness, instead of your own. Be doubly certain that you do not imagine keeping your promises is the way to salvation.

Concerning Monastic Vows – part 37

Scripture Text: 2 Timothy 2:14–16

The Word of God must be proclaimed with clarity, putting useless arguments aside in favor of the gospel. The best way to accomplish this is to cut a straight path through the Scripture.

Concerning Monastic Vows – part 35

Scripture Text: 1 John 5:1–5

Everyone who believes in Christ overcomes the world through faith. There is no need to leave the world in order to do so. There is no need for us to go to additional lengths in order to be forgiven.

Concerning Monastic Vows – part 33

Scripture Text: Luke 14:26–27

Are you willing to follow Jesus? If it means you would lose the civil right to buy and sell, to make a living, to provide for your family, would you still follow Jesus?

Concerning Monastic Vows – part 31

Scripture Text: Mark 10:29–30

I have known people who refused to work on Sunday. Some employers understood; others did not. I heard of one man who would not work on the Lord’s Day and as a result, lost his job.

Concerning Monastic Vows – part 28

Scripture Text: Matthew 19:29

God’s commandments forbid the forsaking of parents. Yet in this teaching of Jesus about leaving one’s family—even children—for him, it is clear that Jesus is using hyperbole to make his point.

Concerning Monastic Vows – part 27

Scripture Text: 2 Peter 1:3–8

Does our virtuous lifestyle add anything to faith? To be sure, we are to furnish our faith with virtue, knowledge, self-control, endurance, godliness, and brotherly and godly love.

Concerning Monastic Vows – part 26

Scripture Text: Philippians 2:3–5

We are not justified before God because of a particular lifestyle, no matter how holy or special it may seem. God is able to make a child holy while that child, as yet, has no occupation.

Concerning Monastic Vows – part 25

Scripture Text: 2 Peter 3:14–18

How may a person of faith be found on that Day “without spot or blemish”? Even more, how may one be certain that their life is so blameless that they are at peace with God?

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