I am looking forward to getting a hold of John Piper’s new Tulip DVD and study guide and sinking my teeth in. I also hope to share it with lots of other Christians, maybe even making it a weekly study thing. Let me know if you want to borrow it or join with me in studying it.
Here is a little taste for the Tulip web page. I have watched the first message online and it was an amazing introduction and explanation. Piper highlights the vital need for the Church to understand Tulip.
1. “The Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and that it has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct” (Article One, “Bethlehem Affirmation of Faith”).
2. Right thinking about what the Bible teaches about God and man and salvation really matters. Bad theology dishonors God and hurts people. Churches that sever the root of truth may flourish for a season, but they will wither eventually or turn into something besides a Christian church.
3. The work of the Holy Spirit, and the pursuit of his work in prayer, is essential for grasping the truth of Scripture.
We impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who possess the Spirit. The unspiritual man does not receive the gifts of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. The spiritual man judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one. “For who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.
4. Thinking is essential for grasping Biblical truth.
Brethren, do not be children in your thinking; yet in evil be infants, but in your thinking be mature.
Think over what I say, for the Lord will grant you understanding in everything.
5. God ordains that there be teachers in the church to help the body grasp and apply the truth of Scripture.
And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ.
Remember those who led you, who spoke the word of God to you; and considering the result of their conduct, imitate their faith.