In giving the reading and preaching of the Word prominence in our worship, we make clear that it is not our words, but God’s that change the hearts of men and women. “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account" (Hebrews 4:12-13).
The first words of the Bible are, “In the beginning, God…” (Genesis 1:1). This is the obvious place to begin with the history of this doctrine of creation. Moses penned these words for a people who were wanting to know more about who God is and what he had done for them. So, the Westminster divines saw it fit to include in chapter 4 of the confession Of Creation with scripture proofs from Genesis 1. Hebrews 11:3 is also used as a scripture proof to show that creation came from God and that was the standard Biblical position going into the New Testament.
Ryle ends his call to simplicity by saying again that preaching simply is not simple. It takes hard work. It takes knowing your people. It takes brains and strategy to find the most effective illustration. It takes knowing our Bibles thoroughly well.
Conferences have a way of encouraging you and providing motivation before you head back in to your ministry, vocation, school, etc. It can serve like a battery charger as you interact and pray with other people who share similar burdens and challenges. Unfortunately for many however, conferences serve as the mountain peak of their Christian life. Many just live from conference to conference, hoping that they will hear a message that can keep them going until the next big conference.
Thomas encouraged us with a simple call to ask for the Holy Spirit, as our Lord Jesus tells us to do from this passage in the gospel of Luke. He said, “Ask God to give you God.” I would encourage you also to look at that passage and simply ask God for God.
We see how the world seeks to connect to the deepest levels of human consciousness and seek to replicate it, abandoning the tried and true methods that God Himself established to meet with us. We believe that if God should exist and if we are to meet Him, He is only to be found in the extraordinary. It does not occur to us that God seeks to meet us in what we consider the boring things.
Isaiah 53:7-8 is an extraordinary prophecy. He opened not his mouth. This doesn’t mean he didn’t say anything. It means he did not protest. Jesus never said, "This isn’t fair or stop!" He takes the punishment for you and me.
There are places and seasons when we need to do things differently, organize our priorities, fast, and rededicate. But, we should never misunderstand rededication for repentance. Repentance is daily. It is essential for our salvation. It is routine for a Christian. The result is that our sins will be blotted out, we will bear fruit (Matthew 3:8).
On October 31, 1517, one of the most monumental things in human history occurred. Martin Luther posted his 95 theses on the church door in Wittenburg, Germany. This was the start the Protestant Reformation.
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For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. John 8:36
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Attended Redeemer Presbyterian Church near Kansas City yesterday. Wonderful Lord's Day Worship.
The1646 was at Twin Lakes Fellowship last week. Blog on the experience coming soon.