Be Being Filled with the Spirit | Sunday, Jan. 13

Sunday Seminary:

Week two of our new series through The 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith, Pastor Jay led us through the first chapter and paragraph 2-8:

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Sunday School:

The children, in their catechism, went through Q&A 113.

As well as continuing in the catechism, they will be working on memorizing Psalm 23 (NKJV), which we also sang during our congregational worship singing time. Below is a rough version of it you can hear to help you memorize it (will get a better version next week or so):

Psalm 23:

The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord
Forever.

Sermon:

Pastor Jay continued in our series through Ephesians, we heard a message from Ephesians 5:18-20 entitled “Be Being Filled with the Spirit“.
filled with the spirit
  • 2 Commands:
    • Do not be drunk with wine (Eph. 5:18)
    • Be filled with the Spirit (Eph. 5:18)
  • 2 Results:
    • Being a worshipful people (Eph. 5:19)
    • Being a thankful people (Eph. 5:20)

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Know the Word of God

by William “Billy” F. Leonhart III

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(Note: These are my modified notes from this past week‘s Kids’ Catechesis lesson at SJCC)

 

Know the Bible Word

 

Q.112: How do we know the Word of God?

A. We are commanded to hear, read, and search the Scriptures.

2Timothy 3:14-17; Acts 17:11; 1Timothy 4:13

Memorize Scripture

2Timothy 3:14-17

14You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them, 15and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 16All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work” (NASB).

Paul’s disciple Timothy had a godly mother and grandmother who cared for him enough to teach him what the Bible said (2Timothy 1:5; 3:15). At that time, the only Scripture they had available to them was the Old Testament, but Timothy was taught from the Old Testament nonetheless. His mother and grandmother read to him and probably had him memorize large portions of Scripture, much like how we have our children memorize things like the Lord’s Prayer and Psalm 23.

Why do we have our children memorize Scripture? We have them memorize Scripture so that they can have it in their minds and in their hearts for when they need it most. “Your word I have treasured in my heart, that I may not sin against you” (Psalm 119:11; NASB). When we are confronted with temptation, it is good for us to have memorized the word of God so that we can remember it and not sin.

When Jesus was in the wilderness being tempted by Satan, Satan tried to convince Jesus to do what he wanted Him to do by quoting improperly interpreted Scripture to Him. Jesus, having memorized Scripture Himself, was able to respond with correctly interpreted Scripture (Matthew 4:1-11). If we want to be like Jesus and not sin, we need to treasure God’s word in our hearts. We need to memorize Scripture.

 

Search Scripture

Timothy’s mother and grandmother likely used other methods to train him in the word. It is likely that he was shown how to search the Scriptures to see if the things he was being taught were true. After all, Paul wrote to him: “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work” (2Timothy 3:16-17; NASB). Timothy needed to know how to search “all Scripture.” We also have other examples of godly men and women searching the Scriptures to see if they were being taught truth.

Acts 17:11

Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so.” (NASB).

The church at Berea were considered “noble-minded” by Luke, the author of Acts, because “they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether [the things the apostles were teaching them] were so.” No one is expected to just take the teachings of a man at face-value. We must believe only those religious teachings that line up with the word of God. If it does not line up with God’s word, it is not true.

Why do we need to test truth claims with the Bible? God’s word is the final authority on all matters to do with faith and obedience (LBCF 1677/1689, Chapter 1, Paragraph 1). If we want to know what we should believe about God, the Christian life, and the church, we must read the Bible. If we want to know how to obey God and glorify Him, we must read the Bible. This does not mean we cannot trust what men say about God to be true, but God expects us to take what we learn about Him from men and compare it to the Bible to make sure it is the truth.

 

Read Scripture

Of course, Timothy could not have learned to search the Scriptures if he had not first read Scripture. Many of our children are learning to read. But do we know why we have historically placed such an emphasis on literacy in Western societies?In the 16th century, a man named Martin Luther translated the New Testament into the language of his people. It was the first time since the Latin Vulgate, at the beginning of the Middle Ages, that the entire New Testament had been translated into the common language.

Luther was so eager to see how the people of his country were learning from this New Testament that he went on a tour of his native Saxony. To his surprise, most of them had not even begun to read his translation of the New Testament. The reason: most of the people of Saxony could not read! Appalled, Luther wrote to the princes of Saxony and told them that they had a duty to God to educate the people so that they could read God’s word. This was the beginning of the modern education movement. We need to learn to read so that we can read God’s word.

It’s not just important that we learn how to read God’s word. It’s important that we start to read it regularly. Our church has started a Bible reading campaignthis year and many of our members are taking part in it. We are encouraging parents to read the Bible with their families every night. Each of our members is encouraged, regardless of the reading plan they use, to “cherish the word of God,” “teach [their] children the word of God,” and “engage in regular Bible reading.” It is very important that we read the Bible regularly.

 

Hear Scripture

1Timothy 4:13

Until I come, give attention to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation and teaching” (NASB).

Even if our children can’t read, yet, or if they can’t read well, they can still hear the word of God. They can hear the word of God in their homes, they can recite to themselves the passages we have them memorize, and they can sit under the preached word at church. At SJCC, when our pastor gets up to preach, we read a passage of the Bible, first. Then, he explains what we’ve just read. This is a perfect time for our children to hear the word of God.

Also, as their parents, we all know how to read and yet we come every week to hear the word of God. Why do we come to hear the word of God preached if we can just read it? God speaks to us in a special way when we come to hear His word proclaimed on the Lord’s Day. It is very important that we be attentive in these times. We can listen, take notes, and discuss our families’ questions about the sermon when we get home. These things are very important for our relationships with God. As we grow in our knowledge of God, we will grow in our relationship with Him, too.

 

Meditate on Scripture

Psalm 1:2

“But his delight is in the law of the Lord,

And in His law he meditates day and night.” (NASB).

According to Psalm 1, the righteous man meditates on God’s law day and night. If we want to be like the righteous man, we ought to meditate on God’s law ourselves. The Scripture we memorize, the Scripture we search, the Scripture we read, and the Scripture we hear… upon these things we are called to meditate day and night.

In meditating on God’s word, we will have effectively stored it up as treasure in our hearts. We will find ourselves thinking about, talking about, and even singing about God’s word throughout the day. As we learn to think, speak, and do the things written in God’s word, we will draw closer to Him and be less and less inclined toward sin. These are the things Paul wanted Timothy to dwell on as he ministered to the church of God at Ephesus.

 

Walking In Wisdom | Sunday Jan. 6

Sunday Seminary:

We began a new series through The 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith. Pastor Jay led us through an intro and the first chapter and paragraph:

CHAPTER 1; OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES

Paragraph 1. The Holy Scripture is the only sufficient, certain, and infallible rule of all saving knowledge, faith, and obedience,1 although the light of nature, and the works of creation and providence do so far manifest the goodness, wisdom, and power of God, as to leave men inexcusable; yet they are not sufficient to give that knowledge of God and His will which is necessary unto salvation.2 Therefore it pleased the Lord at sundry times and in diversified manners to reveal Himself, and to declare (that) His will unto His church;3 and afterward for the better preserving and propagating of the truth, and for the more sure establishment and comfort of the church against the corruption of the flesh, and the malice of Satan, and of the world, to commit the same wholly unto writing; which makes the Holy Scriptures to be most necessary, those former ways of God’s revealing His will unto His people being now completed.4

1 2 Tim. 3:15-17; Isa. 8:20; Luke 16:29,31; Eph. 2:20
2 Rom. 1:19-21, 2:14,15; Psalm 19:1-3
3 Heb. 1:1
4 Prov. 22:19-21; Rom. 15:4; 2 Pet. 1:19,20

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Sunday School:

The children, in their catechism, went through Q&A 112.

As well as continuing in the catechism, they will be working on memorizing Psalm 23 (NKJV).

 

Sermon:

Pastor Jay continued in our series through Ephesians, we heard a message from Ephesians 5:15-17 entitled “Walking In Wisdom“.
redeeming the time
  • How we walk in wisdom: 
    • 1. Walk circumspectly not foolishly (Eph. 5:15 | 1 Tim. 6:11-12 | 2 Tim. 2:3-4)
      • Know your enemy:
        • The world (Rom.  12:2 | 1 John 2:15-17)
        • Yourself (Rom. 7:14-25 | Gal. 5:16-21)
        • The devil (1 Pet. 5:8 | Eph. 6:12)
      • Walk in wisdom
        • Gospel wisdom (1 Cor. 2:6-10 | James 3:13-17)
    • 2. Redeem time (Eph. 5:16 | Col. 4:5)
      • Making the most of every opportunity to do God’s will (Ps. 139:16; 90:9-12 | Phil. 1:9-11)
      • Remember we live in a present evil age (Gal. 1:4 | John 9:4)
    • 3. Understand God’s will
      • The will of God is clearly seen in the Bible (Eph. 1:5-6; 6:5-6 | 1 Thes. 4:3 | Rom. 12:2)
      • All of God’s commands are His will
      • God also has a will of decree (Eph. 1:11)

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Walking As Light | Sunday Dec. 30

Sunday Seminary:

Jason Delgado continued our series through the Shorter Catechism – A Baptist Version going through Q&A 32:

Q.32: What is effectual calling?

A: Effectual calling is the work of God the Father’s power and grace, whereby He, by His word and Spirit, invites and draws His elect unto Jesus Christ; convincing them of their sin and misery, enlightening their minds in the knowledge of Christ, and renewing their wills, thereby persuading and enabling them to embrace Jesus Christ, freely offered to all in the gospel.

[2 Tim. 1:8-9 | 1 Cor. 1:9 | Rom. 8:29-30 | 2 Thes. 2:13-14 | James 1:18 | 1 Pet. 1:23-25 | John 1:12-13; 6:44-45, 63; 16:8-11 | Matt. 11:25-28; 16:16-17 | Acts 26:18 | Eze. 36:26-27 | Ps. 110:3 | Phil. 2:13 | Deut. 30:6]

View or download the notes from Sunday Seminary.

Effectual Calling

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And Pastor Jay’s teaching from last week on Q&A 30-31:

Q.30: How are God’s elect made partakers of the redemption purchased by Christ?

A: God’s elect are made partakers of the redemption purchased by Christ, by God the Father’s effectual application of it to them by His Holy Spirit. [Rom. 8:29 | John 1:11-12 | Titus 3:5-6]

Q.31: How does the Father by the Spirit apply to His elect the redemption purchased by Christ?

A: The Father by the Spirit applies to His elect the redemption purchased by Christ, by working faith in them, and uniting them to Christ in their effectual calling. [John 6:37-39 | Eph. 1:29 | Phil. 1:29 | John 1:12-13 | 1 Cor. 1:9 | John 6:44]

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Sunday School:

The children, in their catechism, went through Q&A 111.

As well as continuing in the catechism, they will be working on memorizing Psalm 23 (KJV).

 

Sermon:

Pastor Jay continued in our series through Ephesians, we heard a message from Ephesians 5:8-14 entitled “Walking As Light“.
You Are The Light Of The World
  • Why we should walk as children of light? (1 John 1:5-7; 2:1, 10-11 | John 3:19-21 | Eph. 5:8; 4:1, 17, 25-29, 31-32; 5:2 | Lev. 19:2 | Phil. 2:14) 
    • Because we were darkness (Eph. 2:1-3 | 2 Cor. 4:4 | Col. 1:22 | Matt. 6:23)
    • The Spirit is given to us (Eze. 36:26-27 | Eph. 1:13, 18-21 | Rom. 6:18 | Col. 1:13 | 1 Pet. 2:9 | Rom.  13:12)
  •  How do we walk as children of light? (Eph. 5:9-12)
    • goodness (Rom. 15:14) – to be benevolent concerning others, sympathetic, compassionate, tenderhearted 
    • righteousness (1 Tim. 6:11 | 1 John 3:7 | Titus 2:11-12) – Walking in obedience to God
    • truth (1 Tim. 2:4 | Eph. 4:15, 25 | Ps. 51:6) 
    • learn what is pleasing to the Lord (Col. 1:10 | 2 Cor. 5:9 | Phil. 4:18 | Col. 3:20)
    • don’t participate in unfruitful deeds but expose them (Eph. 5:6 | 1 Pet. 2:11)
      • by living holy lives
      • by speaking against evil
  •  What will the results be when we walk as children of light? (Eph. 5:13-14 | Is. 60:1 | 2 Cor. 4:1-6)

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Sins to Kill & 2 Motivations | Sunday [Dec.16]

Sunday Seminary:

Jason Delgado continued our series through the Shorter Catechism – A Baptist Version going through Q&A 24-27:

View or download the notes from Sunday Seminary.

View Power-point on Google Drive/Docs:

Offices of Christ: Prophet | Priest | King

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Sunday School:

The children, in their catechism, went through Q&A 110 and also recited the Lords Prayer, which you can watch or listen to:

[audio:http://mp3.sa-media.com/preview4/121712650353/121712650353.mp3]

As well as continuing in the catechism, they will be working on memorizing Psalm 23.

 

Sermon:

Pastor Jay continued in our series through Ephesians, we heard a message from Ephesians 5:3-7 entitled “Sins to Kill & 2 Motivations to Kill Them“.
kill sin
  • Sins we need to rid of our lives [Eph. 5:3-4]
    • Immorality: fornication, sexual immorality, any illicit sexual relation (adultery, homosexuality, harlotry, prostitution, incest, etc…) [Matt. 5:27-28, 31-32; 15:18-20; 19:8-9 | 1 Cor. 5:1-2, 9-12; 6:13-20]
      • God is very specific about what sexual immorality is [Lev. 18]
    • Impurity: a state of moral and spiritual uncleanness that was characteristic of ones pre-Christian life [1 Thes. 4:7-8 | Rom. 6:19]
    • Greed: when you want more of something that is not rightfully yours [Eph. 4:19 | 2 Tim. 3:4]
  • How can we flee sexual immorality?
    • Know this is God’s will [1 Thes. 4:3-5]
    • Take no prisoners [Matt. 5:29-30]
      “Be killing sin or sin will be killing you” – John Owen
    • Know and believe the gospel [Rom. 6:13-14]
    • Marriage [1 Cor. 7:1-2]
  • Additional sins to abstain from:
    • Filthiness: behavior that flouts acceptable social and moral standards (shameful behavior, filthy talk, obscenities, etc…)
    • Silly talk: foolish/moronic talking
    • Course jesting: dirty speech/jokes [Titus 2:7]
  • Two compelling motivation to mortify sin [Eph. 5:5-6 | 1 Pet. 1:14-16]
    • No inheritance in Christ kingdom [1 Cor. 6:9-11 | 1 John 3:9]
    • Because of these things the wrath of God comes [Rom. 1:18-32]
  • Therefore do not be partakers in their sinful lifestyles [Eph. 5:7 | Titus 2:11-13]

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Imitate God | Sunday [12/09/2012]

Sunday Seminary

Pastor Jay continued our series through the Shorter Catechism – A Baptist Version:

Q23: How did Christ, being the Son of God, become man?

A: Christ, the Son of God, became man, by taking to Himself a true body and a reasonable soul, being conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit, in the womb of the Virgin Mary, and born of her, yet without sin.

[Heb. 2:14 | Matt. 26:38 | Luke 1:27, 31, 35, 42 | Gal. 4:4 | Heb. 4:15; 7:26]

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Sunday School:

The children, in their catechism, are learning the Lord’s Prayer and prayer in general (the version in the Catechism [Question 96]). This past Sunday there went through questions 108 & 109.

 

Sermon:

Continuing our series through Ephesians, we heard a message from Ephesians 5:1-2 entitled “Imitate God“.
be-imitators-of-god

Outline:

  • We can’t imitate Him in everything (incommunicable attributes)
  •  We can be imitators of God (communicable attributes)
    •  Holiness (1 Pet. 1:15 | Eph. 4:24)
    •  Mercy (Luke 3:35 | Eph. 4: 1)
    •  Forgiving (Eph. 4:32)
    •  etc…
  •  Imitate – to mimic, to be like
  •  As beloved children – this is the reason/motivation (Eph. 1:5 | Heb. 8:10)
  •  Walk – symbolizes a lifestyle (Eph. 4:1, 17
  •  Love – this is the essence of the Christian life (Rom. 13:8-10 | Mark 12:30 | John 13:34 | Lev. 19:18)
  •  We love as Christ loves us, sacrificially –  (Phil. 2:3-8 | 1 John 3:10-15 | John 10:18)
  •  How? (1 John 3:16 | Acts 20:24 | John 10:10-15)
  •  Christ sacrifice was not only an example but it accomplished redemption (Eph. 5:2 | 2 Cor. 5:12 | Heb. 10:10-18 | 1 John 4:10 | Rom. 4:25 | 1 Pet. 3:24 | Is. 53:10-11)
  •  How can you sacrificially love the brethren more than you have?

 

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