Pastor walks his children through Westminster Shorter Catechism question 8—especially explaining how God sovereignly carries out His own purposes, because He is a (the) true and living God.
Q8. How doth God execute His decrees? God executeth His decrees in the works of creation and providence.
Reading: Genesis 17:1-14; Mark 10: 13-16
Text: Lord's Day 27
Your children are baptised because they are God's children
The modern objections to this
The Scriptural foundations for this
The practical implications of this
In this episode, Dr. Cornelis Venema provides an in-depth examination of Question and Answer 80 of the Heidelberg Catechism, focusing on its critique of the Catholic Mass. Dr. Venema high-lights two major critiques made by the Catechism against the Mass. First, charging the Mass constitutes an unbiblical, repetitive sacrifice, undermining the completeness of Christ's once-for-all sacrifice on the cross. Second, critiquing the Mass as an idolatrous worship of the physical bread and wine of the Eucharist, charging that elevating and adoring the elements leads to idolatry. In addition to discussing these two major critiques, Dr. Venema examines the relationship between Question and Answer 80 and the Council of Trent, the 16th-century Catholic council that affirmed the doctrine of transubstantiation and the sacrificial nature of the Mass.
Pastor walks his children through Westminster Shorter Catechism question 7—especially explaining how God purposes from all eternity, in Himself, for His glory, everything comes to pass—and how this is especially for our good.
Q7. What are the decrees of God? The decrees of God are His eternal purpose, according to the counsel of His will, whereby, for His own glory, He hath foreordained whatsoever comes to pass.
Reading: Romans 6:1–14; BC Article 34A
Text: Lord's Day 26
In the sacrament of baptism the Lord guarantees us His covenant promises.
These promises point:
First, to the significance of the blood of Christ
Secondly, to the work of the Spirit of Christ
In this episode, we kick off a three-part series on Question and Answer 80 in the Heidelberg Catechism. Led by President of Mid-America, Dr. Cornelis Venema, this series begins with an overview of the history of the Catechism and the origins specifically of Q&A 80, which deals with what it calls the "popish mass."
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Pastor walks his children through Westminster Shorter Catechism question 5—especially explaining how the only God there can be is the Triune God Who has revealed Himself in Jesus Christ.
Q5. Are there more Gods than one? There is but one only, the living and true God.
Pastor John continues his study of the Westminster Shorter Catechism.
Q37. What benefits do believers receive from Christ at death?
A: The souls of believers are at their death made perfect in holiness,(1) and do immediately pass into glory;(2) and their bodies, being still united to Christ,(3) do rest in their graves(4) till the resurrection.(5)
(1) Heb. 12:23.
(2) II Cor. 5:1, 6, 8; Phil. 1:23; Luke 23:43.
(3) I Thess. 4:14.
(4) Isa. 57:2.
(5) Job 19:26-27.
KEACH'S BAPTIST CATECHISM
GOD MAKES UNRIGHTEOUS PEOPLE RIGHTEOUS
SUMMARY: "Justification is one of the most central purposes of God in redeeming His elect. As an act of free grace, God pardons us of sin, and He accepts us as righteous, by giving us a righteous which is found in Christ— a righteousness that we receive by faith alone. This is God's way of making unrighteous people righteous, and unholy people holy; which is the only way that people can hope to stand in the presence of God forever in glory."
Question 35: "What is Justification?"
Answer: "Justification is an act of God's free grace, wherein he pardons all our sins, and accepts us as righteous in his sight, only for the righteousness of Christ imputed to us, and received by faith alone."
I. AN ACT OF FREE GRACE THROUGH PARDON.
II. AN ACT OF ACCEPTANCE AS RIGHTEOUS.
A. Righteousness of Christ Imputed.
B. Righteousness received by faith alone.
Hebrews 7:20 – 28
Hebrews 9: 23 – 28
1 John 1: 8 – 2:2
BCF Article 26
The ascended Christ is interceding for you in heaven:
Need for His intercession;
Content of His intercession;
Results of His intercession.
The devil specializes in twisting and perverting God's Word, as he seeks to overthrow the Gospel, and destroy the exclusivity of Christ's finished work to save us.
No perversion is more wide-spread and destructive than that of the Roman Catholic false religion. They appoint priests other than Christ, who sacrifice the Mass, which blasphemes the Lord Jesus' death.
Romanists twist Scripture to make up a doctrine called transubstantiation, claiming that the bread and the wine of the Lord's Table are converted by the power of their so-called priests, into the actual physical body and blood of Jesus.
But Christ was clear: the Lord's Table is a remembrance of His physical body and blood, which were sacrificed for the forgiveness of sin, only one time. Christ has already presented them to God in heaven for us.
The Romanists falsely claim that their so-called priests sacrifice the Mass, transforming it into Christ's body and blood, and that the Mass continues to work our redemption, propitiate God for our crimes, and cleanse us of our sins.
But Christ has already done all this once for all!
The fundamental error of the Romanists is their denial that Christ's sacrifice at Calvary has already perfected His people, has already forgiven our sins, and has already obtained our eternal redemption.
Thus, they create a monstrous and blasphemous sacrificial system, not approved by God, because there is in fact no more offering for sin.
Because the Mass claims to repeat those things that Christ has already finished, the Mass denies the efficacy of Christ's sacrifice. As Hebrews put it, where there is forgiveness of sin, there is no more offering for sin!
Read: John 5:19–30; Heb 2:14-18
Text: Lord's Day 17
The significance of Christ's resurrection for everyday life.
Looking at this significance, we will consider that Christ's resurrection:
Points us to the riches of our life in Christ
Gives us the power to fight the battle of faith
Enables us to live by hope
KEACH'S BAPTIST CATECHISM
INTRO TO THE BENEFITS OF REDEMPTION
I. THE BENEFIT OF JUSTIFICATION.
A. Imputed Righteousness — (of Christ Alone).
B. Not Infused Righteousness — (Christ's Righteousness and Ours Together).
II. The benefit of Adoption.
A. Man subconsciously makes a distinction between biological and adopted children.
B. God makes no distinction between biological and adopted children..
III. The benefit of Sanctification.
A. A New Standing With God.
B. Made Holy, in the Image of Christ.