Continuing our series through Ephesians, [Sunday, May 20, 2012] we heard a message from Ephesians 1:5-6 entitled “Trinitarian Salvation: The Father – Decreeing Salvation – Part II“.
The Salvific Work of the Father: Decreeing Redemption – Part II
- Election is part of God’s sovereign decree (Eph. 1:11 |Is. 46:9-11 | Matt. 10:29 | Prov. 16:33 | Ps. 139:16 | Dan. 4:34-35)
- We were predestined to be God’s own children [adoption] (Eph. 1:5)
- What is this adoption that we are predestined to?
- Israel was adopted as a nation as God’s first-born son (Ex. 4:22 | Hos. 11:1 | Rom. 9:4)
- We are all individually God’s children (2 Cor. 6:18)
- This wasn’t always our condition, we were born a child of wrath (Eph. 2:2-3)
- The privileges of adoption:
- We can call God our father (Rom. 8:15 | Matt. 6:9 | Mark 14:36)
- God, our father, will take care of our needs (Matt. 6:32-33)
- Gives us assurance of salvation (Rom. 8:15-16)
- We have an inheritance from our Father (Rom. 8:17)
- Responsibilities of adoption:
- Personal holiness (Phil. 2:15 | Eph. 5:8 | 2 Cor. 6:18-7:1)
- The means of our adoption is through Jesus Christ (Eph. 1:5)
- Our election was according to the pleasure of God (Eph. 1:5 | Matt 11:25-27 | Luke 12:32)
- Election magnifies the grace of God (Eph. 1:6 | Luke 1:28)
- Dealing with objections to election (1 Tim. 2:4)
Continuing our series through Mark, [Friday, May 18, 2012], our last Friday service, we heard a message from Mark 4:10-12 entitled “The Purpose of Parables“.
The Purpose of Parables:
- The Setting (Mark 4:10)
- Jesus addresses His followers/disciples and His Apostles (The same people as in Mark 3:31-35)
- The mysteries of the Kingdom must be revealed by God (Mark 4:11 | John 6:65 | 1 Cor. 2:14-16 | Matt. 16:13-17)
- A mystery in the Bible is something that was previous concealed
- The hardening of Israel and bringing in the Gentiles (Rom. 11)
- Christ indwelling Gentiles (Col. 1:26-27)
- Gentiles are fellow heirs with the Jews (Eph. 3:5-6)
- The mystery of the Kingdom was for Jesus ‘ followers to know that He was the Messiah and Jesus was bringing the Kingdom spiritually and that he would one day bring it tangibly
- The outsiders get everything in parables (Mark 4:11-12 | Is. 6:9-11)
- Jesus spoke plainly to them and they accused him of using the power of Beelzebul (Matt. 12:24)
- When the non-elect harden themselves then God will harden them, in judgement, in their harden state (Rom. 1:18-32 | 2 Thes. 2:9-12 | Rom. 11:7-10, 9:16-18)
- God does not hardened them apart from their depravity
- How should this affect us?
- It should humble us (Matt. 11:25-27)
- It should cause us to see ourselves as children of God, wanting to do whatever He commands (Col. 3:12-13)
- This should cause us to take heed to the Scriptures (Heb.2:1-4)
Trinitarian Salvation – The Father: Decreeing Salvation
This past Friday (May 18, 2012) Pastor Jay announced that it would be our last Friday night service. Listen to the announcement he gave and what we have planned (Wednesday Men’s Discipleship starting June 13, 2011) for the future (the audio messes up for a couple seconds but is fine after that):
UPDATE: Men’s Study will now meet weekly @ 6pm on Wednesdays (except for Small Group Fellowship days which is the first Wednesday of every month.)
Our church is catechizing our children (in Sunday School). Many of you have expressed a desire to be catechized as well. After all, if we are going to be leading our children through a catechism, isn’t it only right that we have been through the same process? Well, you’ve asked for it, so here it is.
This Friday (April 13, 2012), Sovereign Joy will begin hosting a new study for the men of the church. Robert Cardona and Billy Leonhart will be leading the men through a study of the Second London Baptist Confession of Faith (1689) and the Baptist Catechism (1695). (Note: Though the leaders of the study hold to the teachings of these documents, we do not desire to force anyone to become confessional.) The purpose of the study is to familiarize you with these historic documents and demonstrate how to lead others through confessions and catechisms. Heads of households, husbands, and / or anyone discipling or hoping to disciple others someday should derive great benefit from the study.
The hour-long, weekly study will begin at 6pm sharp. The first week Robert will be covering the history and the philosophy behind the 1689 LBCF. The reading for the first week is optional. We are encouraging all who have the text prior to the first meeting to read the prefaces to both the Confession and the Catechism and to read the original “Letter to the Reader” of the Confession. We hope you are able to make it. May God bless you.
Required text for the study:
The Baptist Confession of Faith & The Baptist Catechism, Ed. James Renihan
Recommended texts for the study:
1689 Baptist Confession of Faith: A Modern Exposition, Sam Waldron
A Scriptural Exposition of the Baptist Catechism, Benjamin Beddome
Continuing our series through Ephesians, [Sunday, May 13, 2012] we heard a message from Ephesians 1:4 entitled “Trinitarian Salvation: The Father – Decreeing Salvation“.
The Salvific Work of the Father: Decreeing Redemption
- The Sovereign Divine Election of God:
- God has always worked like this:
- God choose Noah, Abram, Issac over Ismael, Jacob over Esau, Israel over any other nation (Deut. 7:7-8)
- 6 Elements of Divine Election (first 3 this week)
- 1) We are Chosen in Christ (Eph. 1:4 | 2 Thes. 2:14)
- “Choose“: to select out of a mass of people
- Covenant of Redemption (John 6:37-39)
- 2) Chosen in Eternity Past (Eph. 1:4 | John 17:24)
- God’s Salvation cannot be Thwarted (Rom. 8:28-30)
- “Foreknew“: God setting His love on His people in eternity past (Jer. 1:5 | Amos 3:2 | Matt. 7:22-23)
- It is not based on anything in us (faith, good works, etc.) (Rom. 9:11-16 | Titus 3:5 | 2 Tim. 1:9)
- 3) Chosen to be Holy and Without Blameless Before Him in Love (Eph. 1:4)
- The ethical implications that election should lead us to (1 Thes. 1:3-4 | Col. 3:12-13)
… continued next week.