Pre & Post Salvation: Who We Were & Are Now | Sunday Services [07/29/2012]

Sunday Seminary

Fabian Diaz continued in our series through the Shorter Catechism – A Baptist Version:

Q.4 What do the Scriptures principally teach?
A. The Scriptures principally teach what man is to believe concerning God, and what duty God requires of man (2 Timothy 1:13-16 | Micah 6:8)

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Sunday School:

The children, in their catechism, went through:

Q.78 Who will be saved?
A. Only those who repent of sin and believe in Christ. (Acts 2:37-38; 16:30-31 | John 3:16)

Q.79 What is it to repent?
A. To be sorry for sin, and to hate and reject it because it is displeasing to God. (Luke 19:8-10 | 1Thessalonians 1:9-10 | Isaiah 55:6-7)

Q.80 What is it to believe or have faith in Christ?
A. To trust in Christ alone for salvation. (John 14:6; 20:31 | Acts 4:12 | 1John 5:11-12)


Continuing our series through Ephesians, [July 29, 2012] we heard a message from Ephesians 2:11-13 entitled “Pre & Post Salvation: Who We Were & Are Now“.



  • Remember your spiritual condition before God before you were saved[Eph. 2:11]
    • this gives us great reason to praise and glorify God more
      • Paul’s preconversion state [1 Tim 1:15-17 | Gal. 1:13, 22-24 | 1 Cor. 1:26-31]
    • this will cause us to be humble [1 Cor. 15:9-10]
    • circumcision was the sign of the covenant God made with Abraham; the external sign pointed to an inner reality [Gen. 17:1-14 | Deut. 30:6; 10:16]
    • We have a spiritual circumcision in our heart [Col. 2:11, Phil 3:3]
  • We were deficient in 5 areas[Eph. 2:12]
    • 1 we were separated from Christ
      • no wisdom and knowledge [Col 2:3]
      • no atonement for sins/wrath [Rom 8:1]
    • 2 excluded from the commonwealth of Israel [Psa. 147:19 | Rom. 9:4]
    • 3 excluded from God’s covenants
    • 4 they had no hope
    • 5 they were without
  • The great reversal[Eph. 2:13]
    • now we are in Christ and he in us [Col. 1:27]
    • we are now apart of the people of God [1 Pet. 2:9-10]
    • we are now no longer strangers to God’s covenants [2 Cor. 1:20 | Gal. 3:29, 7, 9]
    • now we have hope
    • now we have God


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Related Sermons:

Israel & Church Continuity: One People [1 Pet. 2:9]

5 Privileges We Have In Christ [1 Pet. 2:9-10]

God’s Salvific Purpose: Grace, Mercy, Works | Sunday Services [07/22/2012]

Sunday Seminary

Jeff Robidou continued in our series through the Shorter Catechism – A Baptist Version:

Q.3 Are the Scriptures trustworthy in all that they affirm?
A. The Scriptures of both the Old and New Testaments, being Godbreathed, are infallible and inerrant in all their parts and are, therefore, trustworthy in all that they affirm concerning history, science, doctrine, ethics, religious practice, or any other topic. (2 Timothy 3:16 | 1 Thessalonians 2:13 | John 10:35b)

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Sunday School:

The children, in their catechism, went through:

Q.77 For whom did Christ obey and suffer?
A. Christ obeyed and suffered for those whom the Father had given him.


Continuing our series through Ephesians, [July 15, 2012] we heard a message from Ephesians 2:7-10 entitled “God’s Salvific Purpose: Grace, Mercy, Works“.


  • God is God centered and wants to display His glory (John 9:3, Ex. 4:11, Eze. 36:22)
  • The purpose of God in salvation is to put His grace and mercy on display(Eph. 2:7 | Rom. 2:4)
    • in the ages to come He will use us as trophies of His grace and kindness towards us in Christ Jesus
    • God’s glory is compatible with our future blessings ( Rom. 9:22-23)
    • The nature of grace in the age to come (Eph. 2:8)
      • grace is unmerited sovereign favor freely given
      • grace is the whole of our salvation
      • faith is the instrument by which salvation is appropriated by God
      • faith is not a work (Rom. 4:16)
      • “not of ourselves” refers to al the above
      • faith is a gift (Phil. 1:29 | Acts 18:27)
    • not saved by any works (Rom. 9:12-13 | Gal. 2:16 | Rom. 4:5)
      • God does it this way so that noone may boast (Eph. 2:9 | Rom. 3:27 | 2 Cor. 10:17)
  • The second purpose of God in our salvation is to bring about good works (Eph. 2:10)
    • God recreated us for this in Christ Jesus
    • Good works are not the basis but the result of salvation (James 2:14-26 | Titus 3:5-8, 2:14 | Col. 1:9)
      • What kind of works are these?
        • works consistent with Gal. 5:22-23
        • works are obedience to God’s command (1 John 2:3)
      • God ordained our good works
        • we should be faithful to do whatever works God had given us.

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Faith, Works, & Justification: An Exegesis of James 2:14-26

Beginning Shorter Catechism in Sunday Seminary

Starting this Sunday [June 24, 2012] we will begin going through “The Shorter Catechism – A Baptist Version” [PDF download] during our Sunday Seminary time [2pm every Sunday]. Every family will be provided with this catechism.

Pastor Jay said the following regarding this new study:

I would highly encourage as many as can, to attend the study because it will present us with historic Christianity, what the church has believed for hundreds of years, and will place us squarely in the glorious doctrines of the reformed faith, with men such as John Owen, C.H. Spurgeon, and Jonathon Edwards.

The catechism will enhance your view of Scripture by presenting the Christian faith in an orderly compilation of the doctrines the Bible teaches as well as Scripture proofs from where the doctrines are derived.

We must always remember that the catechism or confession or any other human book is not perfect and not infallible. The Bible is the primary source of life and practice and serves as our absolute standard of authority while the catechism serves as a helpful guide and tool for the Christian’s growth.

These tools have been invaluable for myself and my family, and I think that you will be blessed by them as well, as you attend and lean the catechism. I would encourage all men to teach these things to their wives and children and use these valuable resources as a way to guide and lead your family.

I wanted to leave you with a very simple but profound question from the catechism:
Q3: What do the Scriptures principally teach?
A: The Scriptures principally teach what man is to believe concerning God, and what duty God requires of man. 2 Tim 1:13

I am persuaded that the use of a good Catechism in all our families will be a great safeguard against the increasing errors of the times, and therefore I have compiled this little manual from the Westminster Assembly’s and Baptist Catechisms, for the use of my own church and congregation.  Those who use it in their families or classes must labour to explain the sense; but the words should be carefully learned by heart, for they will be understood better as years pass.

― C. H. Spurgeon

Distinctives of SJCC Practice – New Sunday Seminary Info

Some of the topics the elders will be going over during our new 2PM Sunday Seminary class:

Expositional Preaching

Why we preach verse by verse what are the pros and cons of preaching this way verses other ways.  Why we engage in preach exegetically. Why we do not use the pulpit to preach ourselves.  Why we believe there is so much value in preaching God’s word accurately.  What are the different ways people are preaching today.  These issues and more will be covered under the section of Expositional Preaching.



This section is not geared towards a particular method of evangelism but in the importance of the church’s engaging in evangelism.  We will explore the various kinds of evangelism that SJCC engages in.  We will explore the many implications evangelism has for every Christian.


Ordinances of the Church

We will be discussing the theological and practical importance of properly administering the ordinances of the church.  We will also develop the importance baptism and membership, regeneration and the Lord’s Supper and how these function as an import part of God’s ordained means of grace by which he strengthens us in our sanctification.



We will be discussing the important place of financially supporting the gospel in the local church though giving.  We will learn why we do not demand a tithe and why we also emphasize giving.  With so many abuses in this area of the Church, the topic has great relevance for our lives today.

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