Dr. Bruce Bickel has invited Rev. Jeffrey A. Stivason, Ph.D. to be our teacher for a new series on “Devoted to God: Blueprints for Sanctification.”  This study is based upon Sinclair Ferguson’s book of the same title, first published in June 2016.  The Rev. Ferguson is no stranger to many of us as he is a teaching fellow with Ligonier Ministries. Sinclair Ferguson is a former minister of First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, South Carolina.  As well as serving on the preaching team in St. Peter’s Free Church of Scotland in Dundee, he continues to serve as Professor of Systematic Theology at Redeemer Seminary in Dallas, Texas.  His book, “Devoted to God: Blueprints for Sanctification” can be obtained through the Banner of Truth Trust.

Sinclair Ferguson

In the Introduction Sinclair Ferguson writes, “I set out with a distinctive goal: to provide a manual of biblical teaching on holiness developed on the basis of extended expositions of foundational passages in the New Testament. By the end of the book we will have worked our way together through some of the most important biblical blueprints for building an entire life of holiness. There is a wise adage that ‘it takes the whole Bible to make a whole Christian’. That of course is true. For another way of describing sanctification might be: learning how ‘to glorify God and enjoy him forever’.”


Rev. Stivason

The Rev. Jeffrey A. Stivason, Ph.D, is the pastor of Grace Reformed Presbyterian Church in Gibsonia PA. Dr. Stivason is a gifted preacher and teacher and a compassionate shepherd.  He has been serving the Lord as a minister of the Gospel since 1995.  During that time, he has planted two churches, the most recent one being Grace RP Church, which formally constituted in January of 2010.  He has published articles and reviews in the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, The Westminster Theological Journal, The Presbyterion, The Confessional Presbyterian and others. Dr. Stivason is also a contributor to the Jonathan Edwards Encyclopedia and author of, From Inscrutability to Concursus, published by  P&R Publishing.  He is also the Managing Editor for the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals program Theology on the Go, which is hosted by Place for Truth (placefortruth.org).

This new series began on Friday, May 26, 2017.  It would be helpful for us all to obtain a copy of Sinclair Ferguson’s book to follow along with Jeff Stivason’s teaching each week. You can obtain a copy through Banner of Truth. We will have limited copies in our Lending Library at the Barn. Please join us for this in-depth series as we build a strong and reliable structural framework for practical Christian living. All teaching is led by Jeff Stivason unless otherwise noted. Here is a link to our Bible Study Resources to further enhance our study of God’s powerful word.

Week 11 – August 4, 2017 – This Completes this Series – Please Join us for “The Christological Pattern of the Christian Life” Starting August 11, 2017

Lesson Plan: 2017-08-04 Keep Going

Audio: Keep Going

Transcript: 2017-08-04 Transcript – Keep Going

Week 10 – July 28, 2017 –

Lesson Plan: 2017-07-28 The Law & Me

Audio: The Law & Me

Transcript: 2017-07-28 Transcript – The Law and Me

Week 9 – July 21, 2017 –

Lesson Plan: 2017-07-21 In for the Kill

Audio: In for the Kill

Transcript: 2017-07-21 Transcript – In For the Kill

Week 8 – Friday, July 14, 2017 –

Lesson Plan: 2017-07-14 The Place of Good Works by Bishop John Rodgers

Audio: The Place of Good Works

Transcript: 2017-07-14 Transcript – The Place of Good Works

Week 7 – Friday, July 7, 2017 –

Lesson Plan: 2017-07-07 Rhythm, Blues, & Allegro

Audio: Rhythm, Blues, & Allegro

Transcript: 2017-07-07 Transcript – Rhythm Blues & Allegro

Week 6 – Friday, June 30, 2017 –

Lesson Plan: 2017-06-30 Glorifying Faith by the Rev. Ted Wood

Audio: Glorifying Faith

Transcript: 2017-06-30 Transcript – Glorifying Faith

Week 5 – Friday, June 23, 2017 –

Lesson Plan: 2017-06-23 #5 I’m Fighting Whom?

Audio: I’m Fighting Whom?

Transcript: 2017-06-23 Transcript – I’m Fighting Whom

Week 4 – Friday, June 16, 2017 –

Lesson Plan: 2017-06-16 #4 It’s All in the Dying

Audio: It’s All in the Dying

Transcript: 2017-06-16 Transcript – It’s All in the Dying

Week 3 – Friday, June 9, 2017 –

Lesson Plan: 2017-06-09 #3 The Grammar of Union

Audio: The Grammar of Union

Transcript: 2017-06-09 Transcript – The Grammar of Union

Week 2 – Friday, June 2, 2017 –

Lesson Plan: 2017-06-02 #2 The Transformation

Audio: The Transformation

Transcript: 2017-06-02 Transcript – The Transformation

Week 1 – Friday, May 26, 2017 –

Lesson Plan: 2017-05-26 #1 The Foundations

Audio: The Foundations

Transcript: 2017-05-26 Transcript – The Foundations


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