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Dr. Beeke in Manila 2

As I go over my notes, I am writing down highlights of the things that have impacted me.

Day 1 Part II

Calvin’s View of Piety is inseparable from Scriptures—it is the whole of life!

Two Areas

Theological – Calvin’s view of piety is rooted in the mystical union with Christ.

There is a double theological bond:

God-side: the Holy Spirit’s bond between the believer and Christ

Believer-side: walking by faith

There is also the notion of double cleansing: justification and sanctification

Ecclesiological – piety in the church

Believers are nourished in the church through

 the Preached Word. In the sermon there are two ministers: the external minister (pulpit) and the internal minister (the Holy Spirit)

 the Sacraments. The exercise of piety

 Psalter. The singing of the psalms: Reformed church is a “people of the psalms”

Practical Christian Living

– Prayer. Practice of faith.

– Repentance. The fruit of faith and prayer.

– Self-denial. Sacrificial dimension of piety

– Cross-bearing. Outward Christ-likeness.

– Present and future life.

– Obedience.


Dr. Beeke in Manila

Highlights of the conference.

Day 1 (May 4)

8:00 A.M. Being one of the earlier registrants, I had no difficulty finding my name in the list. I got my ID, program sheet and meal tickets for thetwo-day seminar. The number of attendees exceeded the limit for the conference. By this time I had met friends and pastors that I know around MM.

9:00 A.M. Session 1 started albeit a liitle late. After a warm welcome and introduction of Dr. Joel Beeke, president of Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, the excitement of hearing him was in the faces of the attendees.

Dr. Beeke started with the Reformation and the marrow (heartbeat) of Reformed Theology.

Is it predestination?

Is it the covenant?

is it our union with Christ?

It is the sovereignty of God — not a cold one but a warm, personal, fatherly sovereignty in the Lord Jesus Christ. He is God for all of life!

Dr. Beeke gave an exposition of the five solas of the Reformation and TULIP, likewise.

At the end of two sessions, he showed the difference between Luther’s thoughts and the rest of the Reformers’ views on the following:

The Lord’s Supper, Luther insisted on the real, physical presence of the Lord’s body.

The Use of the Law, Calvin emphasized the third use of the Law as didactic, Luther sees the second use of the Law as primary.

How to be right with God. Luther didn’t want sanctification to take the place of justification.



The resurgence of Calvinism. From Time Magazine’s article on “10 Ideas Changing the World Right Now.”