Friday, April 16, 2010

Why I Love Jesus Christ

I love Jesus Christ because his blood has been sprinkled before God, providing true atonement (Heb 12:24).

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

The London Confession, 1644 (Part 7)

If you will but grasp the truths contained in this section of the London Confession, you will have a steady and increasing joy in your Christian life. Meditate on these Scriptural truths. It will do you more good than any counseling session.

XXVII. ALL believers are by Christ united to God; by which union, God is one with them, and they are one with Him; and that all believers are the sons of God, and joint heirs with Christ, to whom belong all the promises of this life, and that which is to come.
1 Thess.1:1; John 17:21, 20:17; Heb.2:11; 1 John 4:16; Gal.2:19.20.

XXVIII. THOSE that have union with Christ, are justified from all their sins by the blood of Christ, which justification is a gracious and full acquittance of a guilty sinner from all sin, by God, through the satisfaction that Christ hath made by His death for all their sins, and this applied (in manifestation of it) through faith.
1 John 1:7; Heb.l0:14, 9:26; 2 Cor.5:19; Rom.3:23; Acts 13:38,39; Rom.5:1, 3:25,30.

XXIX. ALL believers are a holy and sanctified people, and that sanctification is a spiritual grace of the new covenant, and an effect of the love of God manifested in the soul, whereby the believer presseth after a heavenly and evangelical obedience to all the commands, which Christ as head and king in His new covenant hath prescribed to them.
1 Cor.12; 1 Pet.2:9; Eph.l:4; 1 John 4:16; Matt.28:20.

XXX. ALL believers through the knowledge of that justification of life given by the Father and brought forth by the blood of Christ have as their great privilege of that new covenant, peace with God, reconciliation, whereby they that were afar off are made nigh by that blood, and have peace passing all understanding; yea, joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have received atonement.
2 Cor.5:19; Rom.5:9,10; Isa.54:10; Eph.2:13,14, 4:7; Rom.5:10,11.

XXXI. ALL believers in the time of this life, are in a continual warfare and combat against sin, self, the world, and the devil; and are liable to all manner of afflictions, tribulations and persecutions, being predestinated and appointed thereunto, and whatsoever the saints possess or enjoy of God spiritually, is by faith; and outward and temporal things are lawfully enjoyed by a civil right by them who have no faith.
Rom.7:23,24; Eph.6:10,11,etc.; Heb.2:9,10; 2 Tim.3:12; Rom.8:29; 1 Thess.3:3; Gal.2:19,20; 2 Cor.5:7; Deut.2:5.

XXXII. THE only strength by which the saints are enabled to encounter with all oppositions and trials, is only by Jesus Christ, who is the captain of their salvation, being made perfect through sufferings; who hath engaged His faithfulness and strength to assist them in all their afflictions, and to uphold them in all their temptations, and to preserve them by His power to His everlasting kingdom.
John 16:33,15:5; Phil.4:11; Heb.2:9,10; 2 Tim.4:18.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Worship the King

"Therefore Let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire" (Hebrews 12:29). Join us this Lord's Day to show our gratitude to God through our reverent worship.

Songs
O Worship the King (#46)
Hail, Thou Once Despised Jesus (#81)
Psalm 84
Psalm 95
Psalm 103b
All Creatures of Our God and King (#59)

Scripture Reading
Psalm 84

Sermon
Acceptable Worship - Hebrews 12:29

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Why I Love Jesus Christ

I love Jesus Christ because he was willing to endure such hostility from sinners against himself (Heb 12:3).

The London Confession, 1644 (Part 6)

To use a couple contemporary buzz-words (which are nevertheless good descriptions), this section of the confession is gloriously God-centered and gospel-centered. God's free grace is exalted as the source of our life in Christ Jesus!

XXII. FAITH is the gift of God, wrought in the hearts of the elect by the Spirit of God; by which faith they come to know and believe the truth of the Scriptures, and the excellency of them above all other writings, and all things in the world, as they hold forth the glory of God in His attributes, the excellency of Christ in His nature and offices, and of the power and fulness of the Spirit in its [His] workings and operations; and so are enabled to cast their souls upon His truth thus believed. Eph.2:8; John 6:29, 4:10; Phi1.1:29; Ga1.5:22; John 17:17; Heb.4: 11,12; John 6:63.

XXIII. ALL those that have this precious faith wrought in them by the Spirit, can never finally nor totally fall away; seeing the gifts of God are without repentance; so that He still begets and nourisheth in them faith, repentance, love, joy, hope, and all the graces of the Spirit unto immortality; and though many storms and floods arise, and beat against them, yet they shall never be able to take them off that foundation and rock, which by faith they are fastened upon; not withstanding, through unbelief, and the temptations of Satan, the sensible sight of this light and love, be clouded and overwhelmed for a time; yet God is still the same, and they shall be sure to be kept by the power of God unto salvation, where they shall enjoy their purchased possession, they being engraven upon the palms of His hands, and their names having been written in the book of life from all eternity.
Matt.7:24.25; John 13:10.10:28,29; 1 Pet.1:4.5,6; Isa.49:13.14,15,16.

XXIV. FAITH is ordinarily begotten by the preaching of the gospel, or word of Christ, without respect to any power or agency in the creature; but it being wholly passive, and dead in trespasses and sins, doth believe and is converted by no less power than that which raised Christ from the dead.
Rom.10:17; 1 Cor.1:28; Rom.9:16; Ezek.16:16; Rom. 3:12,1:16; Eph.1:19; Col.1.2:12.

XXV. THE preaching of the gospel to the conversion of sinners, is absolutely free; no way requiring as absolutely necessary, any qualifications, preparations, or terrors of the law, or preceding ministry of the law, but only and alone the naked soul, a sinner and ungodly, to receive Christ crucified, dead and buried, and risen again; who is made a prince and a Saviour for such sinners as through the gospel shall be brought to believe on Him.
John 3:14.15.1:12; Isa.55:1; John 7:37; 1 Tim.1:15; Rom.4:5.5:8; Acts 5:30.31,2:36; 1 Cor.1:22,24.

XXVI. THE same power that converts to faith in Christ, carrieth on the soul through all duties, temptations, conflicts, sufferings; and whatsoever a believer is, he is by grace, and is carried on in all obedience and temptations by the same.
1 Pet.l:5; 2 Cor.12:9; 1 Cor.l5:10; Phi1.2:12,13; John 15:5; Gal. 2:19.20.

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

We Bury Our Dead

It seems that I've talked with a few people about cremation vs. burial recently, so in light of those conversations, I thought it might be helpful to link to this piece by Russell Moore. Once again, the growing acceptance of cremation confirms the fundamentally pagan way of thinking that undergirds our society.

Note well Moore's conclusion, "Sometimes the 'culture wars' that really matter aren’t the ones you’re screaming about with unbelievers in the public square; they’re the ones in which you’ve already surrendered, and never even noticed."

What Makes Us Happy?

I enjoy poetry, and this little piece by contemporary author Dan Chiasson caught my attention. It is an excerpt from his work "Satellites." (For more information, click here.)

5. Next

If you can orbit the planet, why can’t you see
what makes the human heart happy?
Is it art or is it sex?
Or is it, as I suspect, just keeping going

from next thing to next thing
to next thing to next thing
to next to next to next to next
pulsating stupidly to outlast time?

Whatever else we may say about this poem, I love its frank questioning. The reason I like this questioning is that, if we are honest, it will drive us to Christ. What truly makes us happy? Are our hearts just pulsating stupidly to outlast time? If so, it will never work. We will die. But we know that in Christ God has become our salvation. He has risen, conquering sin and death. All who are united to Christ by faith will rise with him. This outlasts time, and it grounds true joy!