In an age of information overload, people can struggle with their beliefs and actions. Still, the faithful believer must be sure of theirs because God's Word will often contradict conventional wisdom. Join co hosts Andrea Schwartz and Dr Roberts as they bring the Wisdom of God's Law Word to bear on the wisdom of the age. Used with permission from the Chalcedon Foundation.
2 Peter 1:16-21
For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty. For He received from God the Father honor and glory when such a voice came to Him from the Excellent Glory: "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." And we heard this voice which came from heaven when we were with Him on the holy mountain.
And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts; knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.
Because God's infinite majesty can be seen in the heavens, we ought to moved to awestruck humility to think that such a God would care for us and call us to rule this world in His stead – the very thing we have failed to do through sin, bringing ultimate fulfillment and restoration only through Christ.
I. The Majesty of God in the Beauty of Creation vv 1-2
II. The Majesty of Man made in God's Image vv 3-4
III. The Majesty God Intended, Broken then Restored vv 5-9; Heb 2:5-9
Commandments 6,7,8 of progressive Christianity says Christianity is more about the "journey" than right belief, that meeting needs is more important than upholding the institution of the church, and that peacemaking is more important than power. Again the root problem is their denial of the authority of Scripture which tells us how the Christian should live, that the church is the means by which we are united to Christ, and that peace will not come unless one submits themselves to the authority of Christ and His church.
WCF 1:1. Although the light of nature, and the works of creation and providence, do so far manifest the goodness, wisdom, and power of God, as to leave men inexcusable;a yet are they not sufficient to give that knowledge of God, and of his will, which is necessary unto salvation; therefore it pleased the Lord, at sundry times, and in divers manners, to reveal himself, and to declare that his will unto his Church;c and afterwards, for the better preserving and propagating of the truth, and for the more sure establishment and comfort of the Church against the corruption of the flesh, and the malice of Satan and of the world, to commit the same wholly unto writing; which maketh the holy Scripture to be most necessary; those former ways of God's revealing his will unto his people being now ceased 4. The authority of the holy Scripture, for which it ought to be believed and obeyed, dependeth not upon the testimony of any man or church, but wholly upon God (who is truth itself), the Author thereof; and therefore it is to be received, because it is the Word of God. 10. The Supreme Judge, by which all controversies of religion are to be determined, and all decrees of councils, opinions of ancient writers, doctrines of men, and private spirits, are to be examined, and in whose sentence we are to rest, can be no other but the Holy Spirit speaking in the Scripture
Scripture: Luke 19:45–20:8
Sermon: "Jesus Christ, The Cleansing Priest"
Speaker: Pastor Sam Lee
Date: November 26, 2023
Maranatha Bible Church (San Ramon, CA)
Please visit our website at www.mbcbayarea.com
Solomon had to take decisive action to clean house after being crowned king following his father David's death. He killed Adonijah and Joab while banishing Abiathar, the priest. These men were threats to the advancement of the Lord's will. We must be willing to be decisive as well.
In chapter 10, we are bombarded with a series of seemingly disjointed wisdom sayings that leave us saying amen while simultaneously scratching our heads wondering, "Okay... but why?" By heeding the Teacher's admonitions, the wise student will learn the meaning behind this both simple and abstract chapter.
The Protestant Reformation recovered a number of fundamental truths. These are expressed in the five solas. At the foundation of the recovery of the gospel was the recover of God's Word to the people in translations based on the Greek and Hebrew, read and preached. All doctrine taught must be based on the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments. This podcast looks at four statements of the Reformers and one from today. God's Word of the Holy Bible as the supreme and sufficient authority was recovered. We must guard this truth in all generations.
Hebrews 13:17; 1 Pet. 5:1-5; Eph. 4:11-16 – Church Membership (1) – Sermon Outline
Intro: Christ has constructed His Church to assemble together in local groups with ordained Elders.
Need: Church government is hardly understood in the Church today, and many so-called churches no longer have membership, and many who claim to be Christians refuse to join as members either due to bad experiences in previous churches, conviction that membership is unbelief, or simple un-submissiveness. The issue is very serious and the Church is on the brink of losing her form and identity due to disobedience.
Theme: God commands His people to submit to Elders who shepherd their souls, and holds those ruling Elders accountable for how well they shepherd His sheep.
The Biblical Worldview: Creation, Fall, Redemption in Christ.
God initiates redemption, bringing us to repentance and faith (justification) and then growing us in faith and good works (sanctification) until He returns (glorification).
Baptism initiates one into the visible church, but when joining a different local/particular church, submission to the Eldership of the church must be officially formalized.
There are very few righteous grounds for members leaving their particular/local church, or for Elders to leave the flock God has called them to shepherd.