The birth of John the Baptist foreshadowed the birth of Christ, in order to bring sinners back to God.
Eagerly desiring the arrival of a child. (v.5-17)
Humbly being corrected by the Lord. (v.18-22)
Joyfully receiving God's gracious removal of disgrace. (v.23-25)
What do we need to know about pre-Christmas?
What are some other teachings that distract us? 1 Timothy 1:15
Why would others be inclined listen to us? Luke 2:52
Who is called to influence whom? 1 Timothy 4:14-16
The James series is paused in order to review the
Old Testament prophecy which foretold the birth
of our Savior.
In this near-December series, the kings of Israel are
reviewed, the noble and not-so-noble characters.
Further political and religious failings and trials are
explored as Kevin Pulliam shows the backdrop
against which the visions and prophecies of Isaiah
and others would come.
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
Backsliding: Am I?
Backsliding: What Else Do I Need To Know?
o It Is Not Every Time I Sinned!
o It Could Be A Failure To Hold Fast The Gospel!
o It Could Be A Failure To Live Out The Gospel!
o It Is Always Possible To Come Back!
Growth: The Opposite of Backsliding
o We Need To Be Alive
o We Need To Eat
o We Need To Breathe
o We Need Good Hygiene
o We Need Regular Exercise
o We Need Protection
o We Need People
Today: REVIVE YOUR BACKSLIDING CHILD, O LORD!
 CONSIDER THE GEOGRAPHY OF OUR TEXT
DEUTERONOMY 11 ~ 10For the land which you go to possess is not like the land of Egypt from which you have come, where you sowed your seed and watered it by foot, as a vegetable garden; 11but the land which you cross over to possess is a land of hills and valleys, which drinks water from the rain of heaven, 12a land for which the Lord your God cares; the eyes of the Lord your God are always on it, from the beginning of the year to the very end of the year.
Cf. PSALM 72 ~ 6He shall come down like rain upon the grass before mowing, Like showers that water the earth.
Cf. ISAIAH 44:3-4 ~ 3For I will pour water on him who is thirsty, and floods on the dry ground; I will pour My Spirit on your descendants, and My blessing on your offspring; 4They will spring up among the grass like willows by the watercourses.
Cf. ISAIAH 32 ~ 2A man will be as a hiding place from the wind, and a cover from the tempest, as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land . . . 15Until the Spirit is poured upon us from on high, and the wilderness becomes a fruitful field, and the fruitful field is counted as a forest.
Pastor teaches his family a selection from "the Proverb of the day." In this verse of Holy Scripture, the Holy Spirit teaches us that the parent-child relationship is one in which grace to believers produces gospel joy.
Pastor teaches his family a selection from "the Proverb of the day." In these five verses of Holy Scripture, the Holy Spirit teaches us that parents are to give God's covenant children God's own Fatherly instruction to be their heart's counselor and companion for life.
Leaven is like yeast, it is what causes bread to rise. Metaphorically leaven is used to describe, often times, the sinful influence of one or a group upon another. The Pharisees and Sadducees were such an influence upon those in the days that the Lord walked the earth, their influence being witnessed in the lives of Jesus' disciples. We witness this influence today upon the church in that we do not believe the written record, the Bible, to be trustworthy in regard to what it says, especially about our Lord. Beware!
Hannah (which means Grace) was afflicted by her adversary Peninnah, because Peninnah bore children, but the Lord prevented Hannah from bearing children. This was of the Lord, who gives his church a picture of Christ in the husband, Elkanah. Peninnah pictures the religious who are left to bear fruits of the flesh in religion. Elkanah does something for Hannah he does not do for Peninnah and her children. Elkanah gives Hannah "a worthy portion", which pictures the grace our God gives to his chosen people whom he loves. Being tormented by affliction, Hannah could not eat the spiritual food, which was Christ. But when her husband speaks to her comfortably, she eats. After she eats, then she is moved to a heaven-born prayer confessing, if you will Lord, then I shall bear eternal fruit of my husband.
A present and loving father is a powerful force for good. As we look at Galatians 4:1-7 we see that no matter what our relationship with our earthly Dad may be, in Christ we have a better father in heaven.