Jul 242010
 

What did you teach?

What did you learn?

Did you hear the Gospel?

The Westminster Confession of Faith

Chapter II

Of God, and of the Holy Trinity

I. There is but one only, living, and true God,who is infinite in being and perfection, a most pure spirit, invisible, without body, parts, or passions; immutable, immense, eternal, incomprehensible, almighty, most wise, most holy, most free, most absolute; working all things according to the counsel of His own immutable and most righteous will, for His own glory; most loving, gracious, merciful, long-suffering, abundant in goodness and truth, forgiving iniquity, transgression, and sin; the rewarder of them that diligently seek Him; and withal, most just, and terrible in His judgments, hating all sin,and who will by no means clear the guilty.

II. God has all life, glory, goodness , blessedness, in and of Himself; and is alone in and unto Himself all-sufficient, not standing in need of any creatures which He has made, nor deriving any glory from them,but only manifesting His own glory in, by, unto, and upon them. He is the alone fountain of all being, of whom, through whom, and to whom are all things; and has most sovereign dominion over them, to do by them, for them, or upon them whatsoever Himself pleases.In His sight all things are open and manifest, His knowledge is infinite, infallible, and independent upon the creature, so as nothing is to Him contingent, or uncertain. He is most holy in all His counsels, in all His works, and in all His commands. To Him is due from angels and men, and every other creature, whatsoever worship, service, or obedience He is pleased to require of them.

III. In the unity of the Godhead there be three Persons of one substance, power, and eternity: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost. The Father is of none, neither begotten nor proceeding; the Son is eternally begotten of the Father;  the Holy Ghost eternally proceeding from the Father and the Son.

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  2. Restoration by Re-creation: The Restoration of the the Twelve Acts 1:15-26 … I am interpreting the book of Acts with the aid of my ammillennial theology. In other words, if the Kingdom is present… what would we expect to see fulfilled and unfolding in the church… remembering that the church was Jewish born…exclusively so. The premilers have done this for years… time someone answered. It is the time of my life.

  3. Spending the next three weeks talking about church life…what it is and what its not. Essentially a call to engage in God’s plan for edification and equipping.

  4. Someone, don’t know who yet, will preach on Philippians 4:4-9

  5. a question for the pastors – if they care to illuminate my ponder, i’d appreciate input…

    as you conduct a wedding ceremony, do you or would you allow a very secular love song to be crooned as the bride and groom celebrate their one-ness of faith with the Eucharist?
    If there was a mix-up (pre-mature breaking into song by an unbelieving, but eager soloist) would you stop the proceedings and give a little firm, but gentle education on just what was going on before the Lord at that moment? Or just smile and be “gracious?”

  6. BrianD, any Believer could build their life on that admonition, eh? (your Philippian ref.)

  7. ok, this makes a list of 5 little doggies in a row – i’m done for the day 😀

  8. Looking forward to reading answers to Em’s question. As a wannabe pastor, I honestly don’t know what I’d. Guess it depends upon how far into the song the soloist is before I realize what’s happening (?).

  9. Wonderful morning at Mount Olivet. We worked in pre-service children’s ministry, then heard a good message from Isiah 40 by the lead youth pastor (Pastor Martin is on sabbatical).
    Then, after service a couple came up to us saying they are from Phoenix Preacher and recognized us from our Gravitar. How fun! We met SomeJesusDude and his wife and had a nice lunch fellowship! We’ve met two PP friends this week! Nancy in NJ on Monday and SomeJesusDude today. How cool is that?

    Em, I’m not a pastor, but I would vote for the ‘be gracious’ response, then tighten up regulations for future weddings. 🙂

  10. Although I was not “the preacher” today, I couldn’t help but interject some preaching into the final verse of “In Christ Alone” this morning. I kept playing while I drew specific attention to the following words, then we repeated the verse.

    “No power of hell, no scheme of man, could ever pluck me from His hand;
    Til He returns and calls me home, here in the power of Christ I’ll stand!”

  11. We were out of town this weekend, so we did not attend church, but the discussion around the breakfast table this morning centered around “keeping the faith” while being in the world. I told my kids, who want so much to feel “in”, that when I follow Jesus most closely, I feel like an alien in this world; that I know I’ve drifted when I feel too comfortable. I hope I’m not the only one who feels this way.. 😉

  12. EM,

    I would never interrupt a wedding ceremony for the sake of rebuke, but if I had a good relationship with the couple I might bring it up later if it seemed appropriate. And yes I would hope to educate couples as to what communion is and why incorporating it into a wedding ceremony has little to do with the couple’s sexual attraction to each other and everything to do with the love they are to model to one another as demonstrated upon the cross by our loving Savior.

  13. Em,
    Pertaining to your question, I have conducted ceremonies for over 15 years and I have therefore developed more of an opinion of my existence there!
    One, I have been invited by the parties to ‘officiate’ their most precious ceremony.
    Two, I’m not the one ‘In Charge.’
    Three, I want to be there to bless the couple and truthfully represent Christ.
    Four, I will allow just about anything that isn’t blatantly sinful or disrespectful.

    Therefore, I would allow the song as it’s what the party desires. However, As the party is entertained by the ‘Gentiles’ (LOL!) I would let them all know just what they are doing by participating in communion.

    Just my thought,

  14. thank your for thots on the wedding soloist – still pondering… but, if anyone is planning a wedding, it gave the impression that the communion bread and cup that the groom was serving his bride was an interruption – it brought it down to the level a symbolic candle-lighting IMO

    FYI – i did keep my mouth closed and silently prayed Xenia’s prayer, “Lord, have mercy” 😉

  15. Today’s message: “Obedient Love”…from 1 John 4:20-5:5. Loving one another is both a characteristic of the Christian & a command from our King. Notes are here.

    Em –
    From your description, what took place sure sounds inappropriate. I don’t think I personally would have stopped everything in it’s tracks, but at the same time I like to know the details of the weddings I officiate. I would have suggested something more appropriate in advance of the actual ceremony, explaining the reason why.

  16. Secular love songs can be used to enter or to exit… not during the body of the service… Contrary to what was said above…. when I am officiating a wedding I am ‘in charge’ the service is a holy service unto the LORD.

    The communion could never be SUNG over by an eager soloist… if there was some mistake I might pause and reset but I would not rebuke the person.

    But marriage is a covenantal act and requires due respect. Some use the word sacrament… I probably agree in content but defer in word usage.

    Weddings are not ceremonies in my world …they are holy celebrations of what God has done… Peace to all

  17. “…I would hope to educate couples as to what communion is and why incorporating it into a wedding ceremony has little to do with the couple’s sexual attraction to each other and everything to do with the love they are to model to one another as demonstrated upon the cross by our loving Savior.”

    There it is. Great point Ryan.

  18. i really appreciate the input on my question…
    BD,”when I am officiating a wedding I am ‘in charge’ the service is a holy service unto the LORD.”
    it was a Baptist minister from the couple’s church and an outdoor venue set up for weddings. i’m sure that complicated things – but i would like to think that the pastor’s role would be that of being in charge of everything that it is symbolic of what we believe.
    granted some popular love songs celebrate love and could be sung to the Lord, Himself (Song of Solomon), but not this one… just testing my old lady viewpoint, i guess…

  19. RE: weddings and music

    Personally, I like all songs at wedding to be Christ focused. I see the ceremony as a sort of worship service but I think people are are different stages of maturity. If they want a secular song during communion, I would allow it. I might try to explain to them in advance that the communion time really ought to be about Jesus but if a particular song has some importance or significance to a couple,,.I say for for it. I would rather “keep” them in church and fellowship rather than quibble over some song…but I am a radical..who the hell listens to what I have to say any way!

  20. Just started 2Timothy.
    Paul encouraging Timothy even though Paul was facing execution.

    We need the same admonitions, fan into flame the gift God has given us, don’t be afraid of men or ashamed of the Gospel. God gave us a spirit of power and love and a saved mind.
    Join me in the sufferings for Christ.

    I’m examining this with my pre mil, pre trib theology, and having the time of my life. 🙂

  21. A great message from Isaiah 40 at a Mt. Olivet, brunch with Paige and Mark and then home to enjoy some racing on TV with my wife. A fantastic day of strengthening from the Lord, fellowship with new friends and relaxation after a week that stretched us well beyond comfort.

    The Lord is good!

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