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Introducing A Theology of Hope: A Biblical Exposition of the Lord’s Prayer

By Dr. John M. Frame

Introducing the Applied Theology Series

In this series, you’ll learn a Trinitarian theology of faith, hope, and love by understanding and applying to your life what the Bible teaches about: 1) Faith found in the Apostles’ Creed, 2) Hope found in the Lord’s Prayer, and 3) Love found in the Ten Commandments. You’ll learn from God’s Word that:

A mind that is renewed by faith and a heart that is aflame with hope results in a life that honors God by loving him and others deeply and well.

Introducing the soon-to-be-released book and course: 

Theology of Hope: A Biblical Exposition of the Lord’s Prayer

You’ll learn how to develop a strong hope rooted in the rich, biblical truths found in the Lord’s Prayer that will help you apply God’s Word to all areas of your life. You’ll be equipped to:

  • Understand the purpose and value of the prayer
  • Explain the meaning of honoring the Father’s name
  • Pray for God’s kingdom to come and will to be done
  • Learn the nature and value of prayer for daily bread
  • Describe why and how we pray for our forgiveness
  • Demonstrate how to pray for deliverance from evil

About the Applied Theology Project
The Applied Theology Series provides you accessible, affordable seminary-level teaching designed to help you learn how to apply theology to your life and ministry in practical ways – with the goal of helping you better know, love, serve, and honor God as LORD in all of life. Seminary professors John Frame and Steve Childers combine their almost 90 years of teaching and ministry experience to help you apply theology to life and ministry.

Read the New Introduction to a Theology of Hope by Dr. John Frame below!


Introduction to a Theology of Hope
A Biblical Exposition of the Lord’s Prayer 
Dr. John M. Frame

In this book and course we continue our project of summarizing the Christian faith in the concepts of faith, hope, and love (1 Cor. 13:13). Following the Enchiridion of St. Augustine, we are expounding faith using the Apostles’ Creed, hope using the Lord’s Prayer, and love using the Ten Commandments. So the present volume is about hope and will explain it by expounding the Lord’s Prayer (Matt. 6:9-13, Luke 11:2-4).

In Scripture, hope is not a temperamental optimism, nor is it a scientific process of analyzing our circumstances, weighing the chance of positive against the chance of negative ones. Rather, it is a sure and certain trust that all will be well, grounded in God’s own sure revelation.

Such a hope leads us to pray, not because we fear that God will not keep his word, but because we are sure that he will. That confidence authorizes us to pray, knowing that our prayer will be effective, knowing that God fully intends to answer us favorably.

So our hope is based on a conviction from Scripture that our future is governed by a loving heavenly Father who will certainly provide for us his family, forgive our iniquities, and heal all our infirmities.

The Lord’s Prayer identifies God as precisely that kind of Father, glorious in his heavenly being and in his holy name. In prayer, we trust that his kingdom will certainly come and bring to our world universal obedience to his will.

The power and love of this great father will meet all of our needs, most amazingly the need we have for forgiveness of our sins against him. And he not only forgives us; he gives us new hearts, that we may forgive others as he has forgiven us.

To be sure, there is evil in the world until the final judgment, but our Father gives us victory over it, and one day that victory will be visible: all will see the triumph of God’s kingdom in power and glory, forever.

That is the biblical theology of hope. Over the past fifty years or so, theologians have discussed a different “theology of hope,” in which hope is linked to uncertainty rather than certainty. But like so many modern theological ideas, this view turns everything upside down.

The biblical theology of hope is based on certainty—not the certainty of temperamental optimism or of scientific rationalism, but the comforting words of our Father in Heaven, found in his sure word to us.

Dr. John M. Frame
Emeritus Professor of Systematic Theology and Philosophy
Reformed Theological Seminary


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What is God?
The Lordship Catechism Learner Guide for Adults and Children

By Drs. John Frame and Steve Childers

In the Spring of 2021, a new catechism was launched – The Lordship Catechism. Like many catechisms before it, it contains echoes of previous catechisms. The authors and compilers, Drs. John Frame and Steve Childers, draw from many ancient, and traditional formulations of Christian doctrine.

One of the unique features of the Lordship Catechism is that it is a joint adult and children’s catechism that is designed for both: 1) church leaders’ seminary-level theological education (in the “Going Deeper” sections), and 2) children’s instruction in all the basic truths of the Christian faith.

The Lordship Catechism Learner Guide for Adults and Children includes:

  • key verses for Bible memory work and study
  • brief, accessible “mind for truth” commentary
  • gospel-centered “heart for God” prayers and hymns
  • practical “life for ministry” applications for real life

In this excerpt from the Lordship Catechism Learner Guide question “What is God?”, you’ll learn from Scripture the meaning and practical application of Jesus’ statement, “God is spirit.”

About the Applied Theology Project
The Applied Theology Project provides you accessible, affordable seminary-level teaching designed to help you learn how to apply theology to your life and ministry in practical ways – with the goal of helping you better know, love, serve, and honor God as LORD in all of life. Seminary professors John Frame and Steve Childers combine their almost 90 years of teaching and ministry experience to help you apply theology to life and ministry through books, audios, videos, courses, and now–The Lordship Catechism!

Read the Lordship Catechism Learner Guide answer to the question “What is God?” below.


LORDSHIP CATECHISM LEARNER GUIDE

Exposition and commentary by John Frame and Steve Childers

Question: What is God?
Answer: God is spirit and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.

Scripture Verses for memory and study

  • “God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4:24)
  • “True worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him.” (John 4:23)
  • “To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.” (1 Tim. 1:17)A

A Mind for Truth
When Jesus tells us what God is like he says, “God is spirit” (John 4:24). Although God is everywhere, we cannot see and touch him because he is invisible and does not have a body. Even though we cannot see and touch the wind, we know it is real and powerful. And even though we cannot see and touch God, we also know that he is real and powerful.

God made everything, visible and invisible, but he himself was not created and is not made of anything we can see or touch. God’s invisible spirit is the only spirit that is not created. We have a spirit, too, that God created. God also created other spirits like angels.

Jesus has always existed in spirit as God’s invisible Son before he was born in Bethlehem with a body. And Jesus’ spirit is not made of anything we can see or touch. Although Jesus’ invisible spirit is still invisible in heaven, as it was before he had a body, he now also has a physical body in heaven. So when Jesus says “God is Spirit,” he is referring to God’s invisible spirit that has always existed as God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

God created us with a physical body that we can see and an invisible spirit that we cannot see. Sometimes the Bible calls our invisible spirit our “soul.” Our spirit is that invisible part of us that thinks about things, feels things, and decides to do things. We cannot see our invisible spirit’s thoughts (such as our questions or ideas), or feelings (such as our sadness or happiness), or decisions (such as our decision to obey or disobey).

God created our spirit to be a lot like his spirit so that we could know, love, and honor God “who is spirit” with our whole spirit–including what we think, how we feel, and what we do. That’s what true worship is and that’s what God really wants from us.

Jesus says, “True worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him” (John 4:23). This means that we should worship God with our whole heart–including all our thoughts, feelings, and actions. We do this when we sing, pray, and learn God’s word at church services, with our family, and by ourselves. We should also worship God with our whole heart in everything we do. (1 Cor. 10:31)

A Heart for God  

Prayer:
Our loving heavenly Father, we thank you for teaching us that you are spirit and you want us to worship you in spirit with our whole heart. We praise you for making us with a body we can see and a spirit that we cannot see so that we can know you, love you and honor you. We confess that we do not love you and honor you as much as we want to and know that we should. Thank you for forgiving us and loving us through your Son, Jesus, even when we don’t love and worship you with our whole heart. Please help us, by your Holy Spirit, to honor you and love you more with all our thoughts, feelings, and actions both in church services and everywhere, all the time. Amen.

Hymn:
Immoral, Invisible, God Only Wise
Walter Chalmers Smith (1824-1908)

Immortal, invisible, God only wise,
In light inaccessible hid from our eyes,
Most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,
Almighty, victorious, Thy great name we praise.

Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light,
Nor wanting, nor wasting, Thou rulest in might;
Thy justice like mountains high soaring above
Thy clouds which are fountains of goodness and love.

To all life Thou givest, to both great and small;
In all life Thou livest, the true life of all;
We blossom and flourish as leaves on the tree,
And wither and perish, but nought changeth Thee.

Great Father of Glory, pure Father of Light
Thine angels adore Thee, all veiling their sight;
All laud we would render, O help us to see:
’Tis only the splendor of light hideth Thee.

Immortal, invisible, God only wise,
In light inaccessible hid from our eyes,
Most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,
Almighty, victorious, Thy great name we praise.

A Life for Ministry
When you lose something that you love a lot, something that is very special to you, you look everywhere to try to find it. The Bible teaches that God lost something that he loves a lot, something that is very special to him, and he is searching throughout the whole world to find it again. Jesus tells us that what God, our heavenly Father, lost and is searching for is our wholehearted love for him and worship of him. (John 4:23)

How do we love and worship God with our whole heart?

One way is by believing things about God that are true. The Bible tells us true things about what God is like and what he does in the world. We show our love for God and honor him when we believe what the Bible teaches about him is true.

Another way we love and worship God is by sharing with him all the feelings of our heart. When we feel happy, God loves it when we share our happy feelings with him. And when we’re sad, God loves it when we share our sad feelings with him.

We also love and worship God by what we do and do not do. In the Bible, God gives us his commandments, including the Ten Commandments, to teach us things that we should do and things that we should not do to show our love for him and for others.

We should love and worship God with our whole heart–including what we believe, how we feel, and what we do–not only in church services, but everywhere and all the time.


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Introducing the Lordship Catechism Learner Guide for Adults and Children

By Drs. John Frame and Steve Childers

In the Spring of 2021, a new catechism was launched – The Lordship Catechism. Like many catechisms before it, it contains echoes of previous catechisms. The authors and compilers, Drs. John Frame and Steve Childers, draw from many ancient, and traditional formulations of Christian doctrine.

One of the unique features of the Lordship Catechism is that it is a joint adult and children’s catechism that is designed for both: 1) church leaders’ seminary-level theological education (in the “Going Deeper” sections), and 2) children’s instruction in all the basic truths of the Christian faith.

The Lordship Catechism Learner Guide for Adults and Children includes:

  • key verses for Bible memory work and study
  • brief, accessible “mind for truth” commentary
  • gospel-centered “heart for God” prayers and hymns
  • practical “life for ministry” applications for real life

In this excerpt from the Lordship Catechism Learner Guide question “Who is God?”, you’ll learn how both adults and children can develop a mind for truth, a heart for God, and a life for ministry rooted in God’s Lordship as Creator, Redeemer, and Restorer.

About the Applied Theology Project
The Applied Theology Project provides you accessible, affordable seminary-level teaching designed to help you learn how to apply theology to your life and ministry in practical ways – with the goal of helping you better know, love, serve, and honor God as LORD in all of life. Seminary professors John Frame and Steve Childers combine their almost 90 years of teaching and ministry experience to help you apply theology to life and ministry through books, audios, videos, courses, and now–The Lordship Catechism!

Read the Lordship Catechism Learner Guide answer to the question “Who is God?” below.


LORDSHIP CATECHISM LEARNER GUIDE

Exposition and commentary by John Frame and Steve Childers

Question: Who is God?
Answer: God is LORD, the one and only Creator, Redeemer, and Restorer of all things visible and invisible.

Scripture Verses for Bible Memory Work and Study

  • “I am the LORD … and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great acts of judgment. I will take you to be my people, and I will be your God, and you shall know that I am the LORD your God.” (Exod. 6:6-7)
  • “The LORD our God, the LORD is one. You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.” (Deut. 6:4-5)
  • “God has made him [Jesus] both Lord and Christ.” (Acts 2:36)
  • “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Rom. 10:9)

Mind for Truth
When God appeared to Moses in a burning bush, Moses asked God to tell him his name so he could know who God is and what he is like.

God told Moses his personal name when he said, “I am the LORD” (Exod. 6:6). The way we say God’s special name that he gave to Moses in his language sounds like “Yahweh.” But the way we usually say God’s special name today in our language is to call God LORD.

In the New Testament we learn that God gives his special name “Lord” to his Son Jesus Christ. (Acts 2:36, Rom. 10:9)

Throughout the Bible God reveals who he is and what he does as LORD so we can know him, love him, and honor him as LORD. And God is LORD over everything, but there are three specific ways that God reveals who he is and what he does as LORD.

First, God reveals himself as LORD of Creation. The LORD is the one and only God who created all things that are visible and invisible, and who is now sustaining and ruling over all things he created so that his kingdom paradise will come on the earth forever.

God also reveals himself as LORD of Redemption. The LORD is the one and only God who redeems his fallen people and creation from their captivity to evil that entered the world through Satan when he enticed humanity to sin. Through God’s crucified and risen Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, God is redeeming his fallen people and creation from all their bondage to evil and sin.

Lastly, God reveals himself as LORD of Restoration. The LORD is the one and only God who is restoring his fallen and redeemed humanity and creation by the transforming presence and power of his Holy Spirit. By his Spirit, God is already restoring his people to himself by giving them a new heart and a new birth. And at the return of Jesus, God promises to fully restore all things lost in humanity and creation so that all things will flourish under his rule as LORD forever.

Heart for God  
The Bible teaches us to know, love, and honor God as our Triune Lord for:
1) who he is as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and for
2) what he does as the Creator, Redeemer, and Restorer of us and all things.

Prayer:
Praying to God the Father as Lord of Creation
Praise the Father for his amazing plan and for his beautiful creation of everything visible and invisible to be part of his plan for the world.

Praying to God the Son as Lord of Redemption
Praise Jesus, God’s Son, for his birth, life, death, resurrection, and ascension back to heaven so we can be forgiven and accepted by God.

Praying to God the Spirit as Lord of Restoration
Praise the Holy Spirit for living inside us and giving us a new heart with new desires so we can be restored to be more like Jesus and so the whole world can also be restored.

Hymn: At the Name of Jesus

At the Name of Jesus
Ev’ry knee shall bow,
Every tongue confess him
King of Glory now.
‘Tis the Father’s pleasure
We should call him Lord,
Who from the beginning
Was the mighty word.

Creation
At his voice creation
Sprang at once to sight,
All the angel faces,
All the hosts of light,
Thrones and dominations,
Stars upon their way,
All the heav’nly orders
In their great array.

Redemption
Humbled for a season
To receive a name
From the lips of sinners
Unto whom he came,
Faithfully he bore it
Spotless to the last,
Brought it back victorious,
When from death he passed.

Restoration
In your hearts enthrone him;
There let him subdue
All that is not holy,
All that is not true:
Crown him as your Captain
In temptation’s hour:
Let his will enfold you
In its light and pow’r.

Brothers, this Lord Jesus
Shall return again,
With his Father’s glory,
With his angel train;
For all wreaths of empire
Meet upon his brow,
And our hearts confess him
King of Glory now.

Life for Ministry
In the Bible, God reveals that he is Lord over everything. As Lord, God the Father is our Creator who made everything. After Adam and Eve sinned, God the Father sent Jesus, his only Son, to be our Redeemer so we can be forgiven and know God as Lord. And God sent the Holy Spirit to be our Restorer so we can know, love, and honor God as Lord with our whole heart.

Believing the Lord of Creation with our Minds (The Lyrics)
One way we can know, love, and honor God the Father as our Creator is by what we believe. There are a lot of lies that people believe about who God is, what God does, and what is right and wrong. When God created everything, he designed the way the world and humans are supposed to live and he revealed to us what is right and wrong. We honor God the Father as our Creator by believing that his word revealed to us in the Bible is true.

Obeying the Lord of Redemption with our Lives (The Dance)
We can know, love, and honor God the Son as our Redeemer by how we live. There are a lot of wrong ways that people live. Through Jesus as our Redeemer, God forgives us for all the wrong ways that we live and he shows us the right ways we should live. We honor Jesus the Son as our Redeemer by obeying his will revealed to us in God’s Word, the Bible. 

Worshiping the Lord of Restoration with our Hearts (The Music)
We can know, love, and honor God the Spirit as our Restorer by what we love. There are a lot of things that people love and enjoy more than God. Through God’s Holy Spirit, he gives us new hearts with new desires to love and enjoy him above everything else in the world. We honor the Holy Spirit as our Restorer by worshiping and enjoying God as Lord above everything.


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