"I believe in God the Father Almighty"...

Here's a post by Michael Foster giving you four good reasons to make plans now to attend the 2012 Clearnote Fellowship Conference, "I Believe in God the Father Almighty."

Tim Bayly

Tim serves Clearnote Church, Bloomington, Indiana. He and Mary Lee have five children and fifteen grandchildren.


One teensy quibble:

The breakout session I need and the one I want are at the same time

But I've already got my plane ticket sp I guess I'm coming anyway. :-0

Tim, I stumbled upon an old comment you made on a website. I'm looking for direction in theological training, and I'll not forget this point you have made. Thanks.

"My own recommendation is that no one seek an academic degree in theology. Rather, men with a love for God who are called and gifted by the Holy Spirit for ministry in the Word and Sacrament should give themselves to the work of the pastorate. There, theology is anything but academic.

I have no objection to dilettantism in, for instance, physics and astronomy and exegesis. But dilettantism in the study of God is as toxic as plutonium."

Dear Fay, may God give you wisdom concerning theological training. My advice? Read. First, the Bible; then books from the past; and finally, maybe a few books from the present. Begin with Galatians and Luther's commentary on it. Then Watson's Body of Divinity with Packer's Knowing God. Then T. C. Hammond's In Understanding Be Men (you'll have to find it used), followed by Calvin's Institutes (Battles edition). And so on.

Find an orthodox church officer who's willing to answer questions by e-mail and get clarification from him when you hit the wall. (And if you're a woman, always copy his wife and/or your husband when you e-mail him.)

And as you do these things, don't forsake woman's work of Godliness shown many places in Scripture and spoken of explicitly in 1Timothy 5:4 ff. And if you're unable to have children because you're single or otherwise, be a spiritual mother to the Covenant family's children.

May God lead you to bless the church as one of our mothers in Israel.


The world of today is the world of yesterday and Scripture. We too sacrifice our children to our own gods of autonomy, self-determination, convenience, and choice. Cannot the church bring herself to see this as an evangelistic opportunity? A gospel-centered and missional gold mine?

The Fatherhood of God is the most potent doctrine in theology for Christian witness today. The father-hatred and father-hunger of our culture are such fertile soil for the gospel, and what an unbelievably tender introduction to Christian faith is found in the love of the Father for His only-begotten Son and the only-begotten Son for the Father. This is pure doctrine just waiting to be used by the man or woman of faith today.

The submission and obedience of the Son toward His Heavenly Father, that obedience which ended with Him naked on the cross pouring out His lifeblood for those made in the image and likeness of their father Adam–this contains a potent message for those in bondage to rebellion because their fathers abandoned them and left them naked and bloody and alone in the wilderness.

A transcript for the first sermon, preached by Tim Bayly on July 6, 2012, is available here:http://todayorthatday.wordpress.com/2013/01/12/killing-the-father/

And he looked at us and he said to us from his chair, he said, I don’t have to do anything. He said, I don’t have to take any message. He said, you’re my message now. And, and we came to an understanding of what it means to be a son. What does it mean to be a son? Fundamentally, it means to love your father so much that there’s nothing you want to do more than to do his will.

The aspect that we had missed was huge, almost the very heart of fatherhood. What had we ignored? Well, we had ignored this very aspect: fruitfulness! The fact that all fatherhood is generative, produces generations. Fatherhood which is not generative—which does not produce children, generations, sons, daughters—fatherhood without generations is unworthy of the name!

This is true of spiritual fatherhood as well as physical fatherhood. God the Father eternally begets the Son. The Son begets children for his Father through his union with his bride, the church. The human children of God beget further children for their Father who is in heaven by their fruitfulness. And so what we find is that seed and propagation lie at the heart of sonship. The Father’s seed produces a son; the seed of the son produces further children, and so on and so on, with the children of God producing seed both physically and spiritually for their Father.

A transcript for the second sermon, preached by David Bayly on July 6, 2012, is available here: http://todayorthatday.wordpress.com/2013/01/21/the-father-and-the-son/

You’re a Christian, you’re a son of God, you claim all the privileges of being a son but you will not obey your Father? You live as a slave to your sins—your lust, your greed, your alcohol, your food—you cling to your bitterness, you cling to your pride—but you claim the rights of a son: inheritance from God, relationship with God? What about the duties of a son?

[You] are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh—for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are being led by the Spirit of God…

Led not in some mystical, “what side of the street should I walk down” kind of nonsense, but led by the Spirit of God into obedience to God;

“All who are being led by the Spirit of God, these”—and these alone—”are sons of God.”

A transcript for the third sermon, preached by Stephen Baker on July 7, 2012 and titled Adopted by the Father, is available here: http://todayorthatday.wordpress.com/2013/01/25/like-father-like-son/

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