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The Messiah Ministers to Hurting People.

Matthew 12:14-21

Jesus cares for you, and in this passage Matthew reminds us of Isaiah’s prophecy, one of the ‘servant songs’ which speak of the coming Messiah, about Jesus, in which we are told that God’s Servant will never break the bruised reed or quench the smoking wick. It’s a message of comfort for us.

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Heidelberg Catechism – Lord’s Day 4.

LORD’S DAY 4

* Before you begin. Read Ps. 5:5-6

9. Does not God, then, do injustice to man by requiring of him in His Law that which he cannot perform?
No, for God so made man that he could perform it;[1] but man, through the instigation of the devil, by willful disobedience deprived himself and all his descendants of this power.[2]

[1]Eph. 4:24. [2]Rom. 5:12.

10. Will God allow such disobedience and apostasy to go unpunished?
Certainly not,[1] but He is terribly displeased with our inborn as well as our actual sins, and will punish them in just judgment in time and eternity, as He has declared: “Cursed is everyone that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.”[2]

[1]Heb. 9:27. [2]Deut. 27:26; Gal. 3:10; *Rom. 1:18; *Mt. 25:41.

11. But is not God also merciful?
God is indeed merciful,[1] but He is likewise just;[2] His justice therefore requires that sin which is committed against the most high majesty of God, be punished with extreme, that is, with everlasting punishment both of body and soul.

[1]Ex. 34:6-7. [2]Ex. 20:5; Ps. 5:5-6; II Cor. 6:14-16; *Rev. 14:11. Read more…

For This Purpose. 1 John 3:4-10

For this Purpose
Text: 1 John 3:4-10
The key to understanding this passage is to grasp the meaning of two verses, verse five and verse eight. And those verses are specifically about PURPOSE. But when John talks about purpose here, he doesn’t talk about himself, or me or you, he talks about Jesus! What was HIS purpose? So, let us see…

1. Christ was MANIFESTED. V5 and verse 8.
The first thing we will observe is that both these verses tell us that ‘Christ was manifested’ in the AV. Now we need to be careful with this, for John is certainly concerned to protect the church’s doctrinal fidelity. The ESV reads, 5 You know that he appeared to take away sins, and in him there is no sin.    The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. He appeared. He was incarnate among us, God, in the person of Christ, the blessed second person of the Trinity, took upon himself the veil of human flesh and dwelt among men. John explains this clearly in his gospel. John 1:1-14. John has no doubt about who and what Jesus was. His manifestation was the coming of that second person of the Trinity, Jesus Christ, into this world. He makes the same point in chapter one of this letter. Ok, then we can now ask, WHY was Christ manifested?

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Heidelberg Catechism – Lord’s Day 3.

 

LORD’S DAY 3

* Before you begin. Read Genesis 3.

6. Did God create man thus, wicked and perverse?
No,[1] but God created man good and after His own image,[2] that is, in righteousness and true holiness, that he might rightly know God his Creator, heartily love Him, and live with Him in eternal blessedness, to praise and glorify Him.[3]

[1]Gen. 1:31. [2]Gen. 1:26-27. [3]II Cor. 3:18; Col. 3:10; Eph. 4:24.

7. From where, then, does this depraved nature of man come?
From the fall and disobedience of our first parents, Adam and Eve, in Paradise,[1] whereby our nature became so corrupt that we are all conceived and born in sin.[2]

[1]Gen. 3 (The whole chapter). Rom. 5:12, 18-19. [2]Ps. 51:5; *Ps. 14:2-3.

8. But are we so depraved that we are completely incapable of any good and prone to all evil?
Yes,[1] unless we are born again by the Spirit of God.[2]

[1]Jn. 3:6; Gen. 6:5; Job 14:4; Isa. 53:6. [2]Jn. 3:5; *Gen. 8:21; *II Cor. 3:5; *Rom. 7:18; *Jer. 17:9. Read more…

Can Mrs Jones Preach in Church?

The Mothers’ Day Dilemma: Can Mrs Jones Preach in Church?

We have now passed the non-Christian, card-industry invented festival of Mothers’ Day, so I wonder if it is now safe to make a few comments about the practices of some churches (some of whom claim to be bible-believing evangelicals) of allowing the services on that ‘festival’ to be conducted, and preached, by women. To be totally up-front, I believe that there is no excuse for such a practice, and that the use of an artificial ‘festival’ to introduce non-Biblical worship into the Christian church is sinful, and that churches who do so should repent of it and seek to obey God’s Word alone in their worship.

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Parentage, Potential and Purity. 1 John 3:1-3

The Christian’s Parentage, Potential and Purity

Text: 1 John 3:1-3. We turn the page in our study of 1st John, and we come to chapter 3, and John talks about what we already are, as Christians, – what we will be, and what we ought to be.

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Heidelberg Catechism. Lord’s Day 2

FIRST PART – OF MAN’S MISERY

LORD’S DAY 2

* Before you begin. Read. Psalm 19:7-11, Matthew 5:17-20

3. From where do you know your misery?
From the Law of God.[1]

[1]Rom. 3:20; *Rom. 7:7.

4. What does the Law of God require of us?
Christ teaches us in sum, Mt. 22: “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”[1]

[1]Lk. 10:27. *Deut. 6:5. *Gal. 5:14.

5. Can you keep all this perfectly?
No,[1] for I am prone by nature to hate God and my neighbour.[2]

[1]Rom. 3:10-12, 23; I Jn. 1:8, 10. [2]Rom. 8:7; Eph. 2:3.

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