Continuing in our study of apostolic preaching, we note other features which come to the fore in Peter's preaching at Pentecost.
It is Christian and adoring, fervent, ardent, urgent, full of Christ. It is applied and direct, spoken boldly and plainly. It is affectionate and gracious, holding out gospel hope. It is blessed and fruitful, owned by the Holy Spirit to the salvation of thousands.
It is an enduring example, and gives us a great confidence.
Greetings and welcome! This is our worship service for November 26, 2023. Today we continue our series in the Book of Philippians with commands that are impossible to follow on our own, but the promise of God is sure. Thanks for joining us!
God has reached out to all sinners everywhere in 4 gracious actions that welcome sinners into His grace. God has given us His word, He has given us Jesus Christ our Lord, the Lord of all. He has given understanding to certain men whose minds are darknened by sin. And He has given His people command to preach this gospel to sinners wherever they may meet them . The imperative which flows out of this is - Believe the gospel. Will you repent and believe the gospel of Christ.
Pastor walks his family through "T.H.I.N.K. Before You Speak." Is it true? Is it helpful? Is it important? Is it necessary? Is it kind? On each point, he spends some time helping them work out how to evaluate the question biblically. Building this skill in biblically wise speech is something he often spends time working with people on in remedial counseling. It would serve us all well if we proactively developed this skill, before we have a relationship that ends up in need of remedy.
If we are to be Godly older people, we must start early in life. Psalm 71 gloriously sets out the antidotes to the many challenges of ageing. We consider 7 clear instructions to enable believers to age gracefully, leading useful, purposeful lives, right through our later years.
Written for those struggling with various trials,
the book of James points out issues that God's
people must continue to grow in.
Praising God by how we live is the goal in the
midst of difficulties.
Kevin Pulliam continues the James series.
Luke's Introduction to his gospel tells us five things about his inspired gospel. It tells us who this gospel is written for. It's given to make us know "those things which are most surely believed among us". Third, that all of God's ministers to this day, speak according to God's revealed word. Because fourth, it is the inspired word of God. And finally, he writes this gospel to make us wise unto salvation in Jesus Christ.
God declared himself the Almighty God (El Shaddai) to Abraham. He told Abraham this to confirm that he would bring his promised seed through Isaac, Sarah's Son. God declares his blessing upon Abraham. These blessings are given in the Covenant God establishes with Abraham. It's a Covenant of Grace, pictured in circumcision, which God alone does in the heart through the regeneration of the Holy Ghost.
Our risen Lord appeared to his disciples many times in the forty days before his ascension. Often times he gave them his Commission for them to preach the gospel. On this occasion however, we see him preparing them for the fulfillment of the Great Commission. This appearance should be a great encouragement to our hearts as the Church of God. It shows us the nearness of our Lord and how engaged he is in the lives of his children. It shows us how that he prepares and instructs his children as members of his body, the church.
WCF 2.1 There is but one only(1) living and true God, (2) who is infinite in being and perfection,(3) a most pure spirit,(4) invisible,(5) without body, parts,(6) or passions;(7) immutable,(8) immense,(9) eternal,(10) incomprehensible,(11) almighty,(12) most wise,(13) most holy,(14) most free,(15) most absolute,(16) working all things according to the counsel of His own immutable and most righteous will,(17) for His own glory;(18) most loving,(19) gracious, merciful, long-suffering, abundant in goodness and truth, forgiving iniquity, transgression, and sin,(20) the rewarder of them that diligently seek Him;(21) and withal, most just, and terrible in His judgments;(22) hating all sin,(23) and who will by no means clear the guilty.(24)
(1) Deut. 6:4; 1 Cor. 8:4,6.
(2) 1 Thess. 1:9; Jer. 10:10.
(3) Job 11:7,8,9; Job 26:14.
(4) John 4:24.
(5) 1 Tim. 1:17.
(6) Deut. 4:15,16; John 4:24; Luke 24:39.
(7) Acts 14:11,15.
(8) James 1:17; Mal. 3:6.
(9) 1 Kings 8:27; Jer. 23:23,24.
(10) Ps. 90:2;1 Tim. 1:17.
(11) Ps. 145:3.
(12) Gen. 17:1; Rev. 4:8.
(13) Rom. 16:27.
(14) Isa. 6:3; Rev. 4:8.
(15) Ps. 15:3.
(16) Exod. 3:14.
(17) Eph. 1:11.
(18) Prov. 16:4; Rom. 11:36.
(19) 1 John 4:8,16.
(20) Exod. 34:6,7.
(21) Heb. 11:6.
(22) Neh. 9:32,33.
(23) Ps. 5:5,6.
(24) Nah. 1:2,3; Exod. 34:7. (WCF 2:1 WCS)
Since grace was shown to their exiled King, then God had not abandoned His exiled people; later in Jesus, the new and better Jehoiachin, there is more grace to come.
The exiled king was brought out of prison. (v.31)
The exiled king received kindness, while in exile. (v.32-33)
The exiled king had his daily needs met, until the day of his death. (v.34)
When our king is in exile, is there hope for us?
What will happen to those in slavery? Heb. 2:14-15
When does more grace come to us? Jer. 31:2, Gal. 4:4
How did God provide for us? 2 Sam. 7:1-16, Heb.12:28
When God manifests his grace toward the Sinner, they are made New Creatures. They see all things new. Having Abraham as our example, we see the fruit of faith wrought in every child, made to stand upon justified ground. In Christ, we see what the justified sees.
How Can He Do it?
How can God grant any at anytime undeserved blessings and favor?
Jesus, Jesus, Jesus…
(Romans 8:28-32; Romans 3:25)
Trouble walking in?
A few answers for the daily needs of the family of God.
A good understanding… have they that do or live out His principal ways.
How often do we frequent (study) the wondrous works of God?
The life (Jesus) and power (His word) of faith — extend — through the believer to touch those — who hear Him and see what He sees. Faith doesn't extend to others, from us, it's the same life and power of faith that feeds and powers our faith that reaches those that will trust and believe. For the life (Jesus) and power (His word) of faith are what's needed for them to believe and trust. They need Jesus and His message to believe and trust.
We often give the wrong impression and idea of grace when we tell people that God accepts us — as though He approves of us — as we are. It would be best when we explain it, to explain it correctly. How then? God accepts and welcomes us — despite the way we are — because He receives us — when He saves us — because of His redeeming grace through Christ. We are adopted, accepted, and approved only in Christ — on the merit of Christ's righteous life and love and not our own. He accepts Christ and because we trust Jesus, God credits His righteous life and love for ours. So what we are, what we've done and will ever do was adequately judged and condemned through the substitutionary life and death of Jesus. And this He does (accept us) with the eternal intent to transform us into the likeness of Jesus. He has gone as far as predestining it to be — our