Thursday, October 31, 2013

Read "Charity and Its Fruits" and Practice It

If love is so great a thing in Christianity, so essential and distinguishing, yea, the very sum of all Christian virtue, then surely those that profess themselves Christians should live in love and abound in the works of love, for no works are so becoming as those of love.

Do not make an excuse that you have not opportunities to do anything for the glory of God, for the interest of the Redeemer's kingdom, and for the spiritual benefit of your neighbors. If your heart is full of love, it will find vent; you will find or make ways enough to express your love in deeds. When a fountain abounds in water it will send forth streams. Consider that as a principle of love is the main principle in the heart of a real Christian, so the labor of love is the main business of the Christian life.

Jonathan Edwards, Charity and Its Fruits

Today, over at the Religious Affections Ministries website, Scott Aniol has posted my recommendation that every believer read this book.  You can read the book recommendation here.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Gentle Love

Love will dispose men to meekness and gentleness in their carriage toward their neighbors, and not to treat them with passion or violence or heat of spirit; but with moderation and calmness and kindness. It will check and restrain everything like a bitter spirit; for love has no bitterness in it, but is a gentle and sweet disposition and affection of the soul.

Jonathan Edwards, Charity and Its Fruits

Friday, October 25, 2013

Come to the Feast

Through the prophet Isaiah the Lord promised a day of peace and joy in which he himself would provide a banquet of life for all peoples.

On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples
a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine,
of rich food full of marrow, of aged wine well refined. (Isaiah 25:6)

When the Lord gave of himself in the person of his Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, he called upon all men to seek true food.

Do not labor for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. (John 6:27)

That true food was none other than Christ himself.

I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. (John 6:35)

Wisdom invites us to this feast this Lord's Day. Come to know the Holy One. Come to know true life.

Songs
Holy, Holy, Holy (3)
Come, Children, Learn to Fear the Lord
How Lovely, Lord of hosts, to Me (Psalm 84)
On Jordan's Stormy Banks I Stand (649)

Scripture Reading
Old Testament: Numbers 7:18-53; Psalm 141
New Testament: Luke 22:24-38

Sermon
Worship, Wisdom, and Work series: The Knowledge of the Holy One - Proverbs 9:1-18

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Humble Love

Love will dispose to walk humbly amongst men; for a real and true love will incline us to high thoughts of others and to think them better than ourselves. It will dispose men to honor one another, for all are naturally inclined to think highly of those they love, and to give them honor; so that by love are fulfilled these precepts, "Honor all men" (1 Peter 2:17), and "Let nothing be done through strife or vain-glory; but in lowliness of mind, let each esteem other better than themselves" (Phil 2:3).

Jonathan Edwards, Charity and Its Fruits

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Just Love

If men have a sincere love to their neighbors it will dispose them to all acts of justice towards those neighbors--for real love and friendship always dispose us to give those we love their due and never to wrong them. "Love worketh no ill to his neighbor" (Rom 13:10).

Jonathan Edwards, Charity and Its Fruits

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Chalcedon in the Cradle

This past Lord's Day we had some great theological discussion going on at church. Here's a snippet of one conversation.

Boy #1 (4 years old) mused: God is a nickname for Jesus.

Boy #2 (5 years old) responded indignantly: God is not a nickname!

Boy #3 (4 years old) said with finality: Jesus IS God.

We love hearing the young ones learn to speak of our Lord. We love passing on the faith, complete and entire, that God has graciously given us. To that end, this past Lord's Day we officially adopted the creed of Chalcedon as an official part of our church's confession of faith. May not only our young ones but also the whole world come to know Jesus Christ as perfect in Godhood and perfect in manhood, truly God and truly man.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Loving Wisdom

Walking the path of the "strange" woman is the model of the foolish way that leads to death. So what's the alternative?

The alternative is a different woman, strong and beautiful. Whoever finds her finds life and will know God's delight.

Join us to seek her tomorrow!

Songs
O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing (#69)
Jesus, the Name High Over All (#31)
How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds (#39)
Be Thou My Vision (#462)

Scripture Reading
Old Testament: Numbers 7:1-17; Psalm 140
New Testament: Luke 22:1-23

Sermon
Worship, Wisdom, and Work series: Loving Wisdom - Proverbs 8

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Exalted on My Abasement

"Love to God will dispose us to walk humbly with Him, for he that loves God will be disposed to acknowledge the vast distance between God and himself....A true Christian delights to have God exalted on his own abasement, because he loves Him."

Jonathan Edwards, Charity and Its Fruits

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Your Will Be Done

"Love will dispose our hearts to submission to the will of God, for we are more willing that the will of those we love should be done, than of others."

Jonathan Edwards, "Charity and Its Fruits"

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Essential Virtue

"In [1 Corinthians 13] we observe that something is spoken of as of special importance, and as peculiarly essential in Christians, which the apostle calls charity. And this charity, we find, is abundantly insisted on in the New Testament by Christ and His apostles--more insisted on, indeed, than any other virtue." 

Jonathan Edwards, "Charity and Its Fruits"

Friday, October 11, 2013

Enough Already?

Alright, alright, we've heard this before. Enough already. Why does the father in Proverbs keep harping on the wicked woman? Does he think his son is stupid?

If any "son," including us, thinks this way, then he doesn't understand the way of wisdom. The repetition is an invitation to meditation, to understanding, to prudence, knowledge, and discretion. I don't believe that the Holy Spirit gives us this particular, repeated example accidentally.

In order to be formed in the way of wisdom, to have our desires trained and aimed at the true knowledge of God, we need the repetition that we will hear from God's word this Lord's Day. Join us to hear and respond to our God!

Songs
God Himself Is Present
Psalm 33
Come Ye that Fear the Lord
Now Thank We All Our God (5)

Scripture Reading
Old Testament: Numbers 6:13-27; Psalm 139
New Testament: Luke 21:20-38

Sermon
Worship, Wisdom, and Work series: The Way of Wisdom - Proverbs 6:20-7:27