Christian Thanksgiving | Sunday, May 5

Sunday Seminary:

Continuing in our series through The 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith, Pastor Jay led us through chapter 13 “Of Sanctification”.

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Children’s Sunday School:

The kids went through question 130 & 131 in their catechism:

 

Sermon:

Pastor Jay continued with our new series through Philippians, we heard a message from Philippians 1:3-6 entitled “Christian Thanksgiving“.
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  • A Thankful…
    • Remembrance
    • Participation
    • Confidence

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Philippians: Verse by Verse

On Sunday, Pastor Jay will be preaching, verse by verse, through Philippians. You can listen to his past messages here (below):

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Womanly Dominion [more than a gentle & quiet spirit]

As Pastor Jay had mentioned earlier this month, his wife went to the 22nd annual Emmanuel Baptist Church Ladies’ Conference. Christian highly recommends checking out the conference audio/video and the book on the same theme. She writes:

We need a refresher course, as women, on why we are doing the things we do, in order to ensure that we are serving from pure hearts that seek to please Christ and obey His Word; not out of fear of man, obeying the dictates of our hearts or the pressure from the world telling us who we are and what we should do. The Womanly Dominion Conference at Emmanuel Baptist Church was a refreshing look at a woman’s high calling at home, at church, and in society. Mark Chanski’s, the author of Womanly Dominion, More than a Gentle and Quiet Spirit, presented the material of his book in a very honest, helpful, and biblically objective manner. A pastor for 27 years, married for three decades, and with five children of his own, Pastor Chanski empathizes with the joys, challenges,and capabilities of a woman of dominion.

 

My favorite aspect of the conference was that it was directed toward women but from a trusted pastor’s perspective. I had the privilege of enjoying this conference with my daughter and mother-in-law, and the biblical teaching and practical counsel ministered to each of our very different spheres of life. All women, young or mature, single or married, will benefit from this exhortation to “win it” and “play your position” as a woman with her God-ordained responsibilities in her unique role as woman.

 

– Christina Jesuroga

Here is his book on this subject:

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Here is the conference audio/video:

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[they are sermons #6-10]

Mark ChanskiMark Chanski has labored as a full-time Pastor since 1986 in churches in Ohio and Michigan. He has been Pastor of the Reformed Baptist Church of Holland, Michigan, since 1994. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Cornerstone University, and a Master of Divinity degree from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. He teaches Hermeneutics for the Reformed Baptist Seminary in Easley, SC. Mark is married to his wife Dianne, and has fathered their four sons and one daughter, whose ages stretch from 24-14 (born 1983 to1994).

Philippians Intro | Sunday, April 21

Sunday Seminary:

Continuing in our series through The 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith, Pastor Jay led us through chapter 11 “Of Justification”.

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Sunday School:

The children went through some church history, specifically John Calvin.

As well as continuing in the catechism, they will be working on memorizing Psalm 1 (NKJV)

Sermon:

Pastor Jay started up a new series through Philippians, we heard a message from Philippians 1:1-2 entitled “Introduction: History, Occasion & Purpose“.
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Election, Effectual Call & Infant Death

Here is the post  I, Jason Delgado, promised during this past Sunday Seminary, when I was teaching on the Baptist Confession of 1689, chapter ten and paragraph three. We made it through chapter ten but I can see how paragraph three could use a lot more explanation (even taking up two Sunday Seminaries). But, I decided to point you to several resources.

First, here is the audio and powerpoint from Sunday:

Here is the powerpoint that was used:

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What The 1689 Confession Says:

3. Elect infants dying in infancy are regenerated and saved by Christ through the Spirit,10 who works when and where and how he pleases.11 The same is true of every elect person who is incapable of being outwardly called by the ministry of the Word.
10 John 3:3, 5, 6. 11 John 3:8.

Commentary:

“This paragraph addresses an issue that can be very emotionally charged.  The very first five words, elect infants dying in infancy, are enough to send sparks a flying in some quarters.  It is rather assumed in this day and age that all babies are born “innocent,” and therefore of course all babies go to heaven.  But if we stop and think about the words elect infants we are reminded that only those whom God chooses are his.  All babies are born into sin (Ps. 51:5) and inherit the same sin nature as everyone.  This means that if an infant is to go to heaven, then God had to regenerate them and save them.  And God only does this work in those who are elect.  The atonement accomplished by Christ is God’s provision for his decree of election.  Without the atonement, no infant who died could ever be saved.  So though the Confession only has two words to cover Christ’s work, by Christ, they are certainly the most important of the words….

So we can be hopeful that all infants will be in heaven, and we can be certain elect infants will be saved, but in doing so we must be clear in our thinking.  In having this hope, we can’t just throw the doctrine of imputed sin out the window simply because we can’t bear the thought of an infant going to hell.  We must always think biblically and do so consistently.  Two things we want to be clear on here: if all infants or any infant goes to heaven, it is only because they are elected.  If there is such a thing as a non-elect infant, then the non-elect infant will go to hell due to their imputed sin from their first parents.  And let’s beware that this very issue is where we ourselves are tested from within and by Arminians in the Biblical belief of imputed sin.  However, we are not to let emotions dictate doctrine, but only the Word of God.

There is a way to deal with this emotional issue biblically that is full of hope.  We just need to be precise and clear on the topic, and this is exactly what the Confession helps us do.  This is important, and it is immensely practical.  We know those who have lost infants or have children who are mentally incapacitated from birth.  In those situations, there is a real need for true and sound biblical comfort.  To be perfectly clear, the Confession is not denying that all infants go to heaven; it is merely saying if they go to heaven it is because they are elect.  This is a sound Biblical position.”

1689Commentary.org, Chapter 10, Section 3 of 4

Resources I Promised:

I would be more explicit than the 1689 Confession, as would Pastor Jay, and say that I believe that all babies who died would have been elect and thus would go to Heaven. Let me recommend the resources in the same way I did on my wife’s blog on November 18, 2008, which was just weeks after two of my girls had died:

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“…There is not one verse that says ‘Babies go to Heaven’ or anything like that, so a look at the entire scope of the Bible is needed to answer the question. Earlier this year (before my wife got pregnant) I became more convinced than ever, that when a baby dies it goes to Heaven. I came to this conclusion from many implicit references in the Bible (again there are no explicit references about this).

safe in the arms of GodI decided to give you the arguments and writings of one who has already written about this (no need re-inventing the wheel, right?). So I recommend the following resources to you from Pastor John MacArthur.

You can [read or] listen for free to his sermon series, “What Happens to Babies Who Die?” (which include Jesus Loves The Little Children, and two sermons that get deeper into answering the question that I really recommend listening to both The Salvation of Babies Who Die, Part 1 & The Salvation of Babies Who Die, Part 2)

If you are more of the book nerd type then you can get this in book form (called, “Safe in the Arms of God”)….”

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