Bonhoeffer uses a similar phrase 'worldly Christianity'. It's J Gresham Machen that I want to line up most closely with. See his Christianity and culture here. Having done commentaries on Proverbs (Heavenly Wisdom) and Song of Songs (Heavenly Love), a matching title for Ecclesiastes would be Heavenly Worldliness. For my stance on worldliness, see 3 posts here.

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The final session of the conference was led by Sinclair Ferguson. He took us this time to Romans 16:25-27 (Now to him who is able to establish you in accordance with my gospel, the message I proclaim about Jesus Christ, in keeping with the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past, by the command of the eternal God, so that all the Gentiles might come to the obedience that comes from to the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ! Amen.) and spoke chiefly about how we are strengthened in the gospel. Paul says it is)
1. According to my gospel and the preaching of the gospel
2. According to the revelation of the mystery kept secret for long ages but now disclosed
3. According to the command of God
It has been God's intention to strengthen us, we were told. The goal of this strengthening is the eternal glory of God in Christ. Like Jonathan Watson he drew attention to the phrase in Romans 10 usually translated of whom they heard but better taken as whom they heard. What a call to preaching Christ that is. There was a lot more of that sort as our minds were helped to correctly expound the text, to scale the theological heights and our hearts were warmed with the truth.
taffia session last night and the opportunity to speak with so many is always a great privilege.
The chief end of the minister is to glorify God.



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