Modern Church History – important documents, Cambridge Declaration

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Jeremiah 6:16

NKJV

16 Thus says the Lord:

“Stand in the ways and see,
And ask for the old paths, where the good way is,
And walk in it;
Then you will find rest for your souls.
But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.

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Cambridge Declaration

“The gospel declares what God has done for us in Christ. It is not about what we can do to reach him.”


Under “Creeds and Confessions” at Theopedia.com, I found the Cambridge Declaration in a very readable format. Theopedia.com introduces the Declaration in this way:

“Formulated April 20, 1996, by a group of conservative evangelical theologians and pastors, The Cambridge Declaration of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals is a call to recover the historic Christian faith. The Five Solas of the sixteenth century Protestant Reformation form the outline of the declaration.”.


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Cambridge Declaration of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals

“Evangelical churches today are increasingly dominated by the spirit of this age rather than by the Spirit of Christ. As evangelicals, we call ourselves to repent of this sin and to recover the historic Christian faith…”

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For Study:

(This isn’t necessarily an endorsement of all the views of these authors or organizations.)

Reformation Essentials – Five Pillars of the Reformation by Michael Horton

Recovering Reformation Theology: Rejecting Synergism and Returning to Monergism by Bob DeWaay

The Five Solas of the Reformation: A Brief Statement by Gregg Strawbridge, Ph.D.

Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals’ posting of the Declaration

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Four minutes of your time:

James Montgomery Boice: “Here we stand”

 

Quote of the day – missionaries Carey and Martyn

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William Carey, The Shoemaker Who Became the Founder of Modern Missions - John Brown Myers, London 1887

“Is not the commission of our Lord still binding upon us? Can we not do more than now we are doing?”

William Carey

Pioneer missionary to India, author of An Enquiry into the Obligations of Christians to use Means for the Conversion of the Heathens.

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From A memoir of the Rev Henry Martyn, Sargent, John; London, Printed for R. B. Seeley and W. Burnside and sold by L. and G. Seeley, 1837“The spirit of Christ is the spirit of missions. The nearer we get to Him, the more intensely missionary we become.” 

Henry Martyn

Missionary to India and Persia

“Martyn also translated the New Testament and Psalms into Persian. Persian was spoken at the Moslem courts in India and was the language of judicial proceedings under the British government in Hindostan. Understood from Calcutta to Damascus, it seemed that a quarter of the globe could then understand the Persian language. Martyn’s New Testament was the first translation into Persian since the fifth century.” (quote from above link)

Source of Carey and Martyn quotes: Missions slogans and notables quotes from missionaries

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Do we have a heart for missions? Have we lost our first love? 

John 4:35

Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!