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.

Sermon:

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“.

Outline:

  • 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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Related Sermons:

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.

 

Evangelism

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.

 

Tithing/Giving

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.

Scripture Memory Tools For You & Your Kids

During a past Sunday Seminary we talked about a resource that some in our church have used to help them memorize Scripture, from one verse, to one chapter, to entire books!

It is a method that helps you memorize verbatim text by practicing recall not mere repeating.

More details on this can be found here.

iPhone® / iPad® or Android® users may be interested in the “Fighter Verse App” which can help you memorize Scripture in your device of choice.

Scripture put to songs are also very helpful. For one example check out this free album from Sherri Youngward:

Lastly, here are some groups that set Scripture to music (we use Seeds Family Worship material in our kids Sunday School), which is another easy way to memorize Scripture. This post from D.A. Carson’s research manager Andy Naselli:

Jenni and I are frequently amazed at how easily our two-year-old daughter, Kara Marie, memorizes things. It’s amazing. So we’re trying to harness some of her brainpower by memorizing the Bible.

Jenni has taught Kara dozens of verses, and we’re using some additional resources to help these verses stick long-term. Texts in song are remembered long, so memorizing Scripture with music is especially helpful (though some of the songs mentioned below may be more “bumpy” than some prefer).

By the way, children are not the only ones who benefit from Scripture put to song. Dads and moms do, too! We frequently find ourselves meditating on verses like “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” or “Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, ‘children of God.’

1. Foundation and Fighter Verses (Children Desiring God)

  • Foundation Verses are strategically chosen Bible verses for children preschool through age five.”
    • The verses are available on little flashcards with a picture on one side and the verse and verse reference on the other.
    • Eleven of the 68 verses are put to music, and those MP3s are available for free.

  • Fighter Verses are “designed for school-age children through adults.”
    • All the verses are available as an app for the iPhone-iPad and Android.
    • The passages are available on flashcards.
    • The verses in sets D and E (including the entire Sermon on the Mount from Matt 5–7) are put to music on two CDs (samples 1234567). Some of these songs are a bit cheesy (e.g., there’s a Frank Sinatra impersonator), but putting Scripture to music like this can be so helpful for memorizing.

2. Hide ‘Em in Your Heart (Steve Green)

The DVDs are corny (probably very stylish in the 1980s), but the songs are clear, catchy, and singable.

3. Questions with Answers and Songs for Saplings (Dana Dirksen)

A mother and her children sing Bible verses and Q&A taken from a digest of the Westminster Shorter Catechism (Stephen Hildebrandt’s The Catechism for Young People). Some are more catchy than others (e.g., “How can you glorify God,” sample 3 here).

4. Seeds Family Worship

The music is louder and the words are harder to understand in these albums than those above. But some songs are memorable.

Here are some of their videos:

5. Hide the Word (Mark Altrogge, Forever Grateful Music)

Mark Altrogge, senior pastor of a Sovereign Grace Church in Pennsylvania, has set 182 Scripture passages to 9.1 hours of music. The genre is similar to Sovereign Grace Music, which has published several of Altrogge’s songs.

6. Hidden in My Heart: A Lullaby Journey through Scripture (Jay and Trina Stocker, BreakAway Music)

This CD is nice for playing when you put your child down for sleep. Mellow. (The translations vary from KJV to NLT to NKVJ to NIV.)

From the CD’s back cover:

One out of every ten Hidden In My Heart CDs is donated to Crisis Pregnancy Centers around the country. BreakAway Music strongly supports the ministry efforts of these centers.

 

If you like songs set to Scripture you might also enjoy the Rizers (whose CD you can get for free too):

Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You.

– Psalm 119:11 NKJV

 

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