Current Women’s Study: Westminster Shorter Catechism Study

In case you missed the announcements we’ve had during service over the past couple of week:

We invite all the ladies to meet with us on Wednesdays, starting at 7pm at Grace Church for Ladies’ Fellowship.

We will be going through “The Westminster Shorter Catechism: For Study Classes” (Spanish version here).

The Westminster Shorter Catechism: For Study Classes The Westminster Shorter Catechism: For Study Classes – by G. I. Williamson

La Confesion De Fe De Westminster (Spanish Edition) La Confesion De Fe De Westminster – by G I Williamson

Book will be provided for those committed to the study, while supplies last.

Childcare will be provided.

All church women are welcome to attend.

For more details please contact Gloria Vasquez.

Related Resources:

Pastor’s Jay’s blog:

“The Goal of Every Christian Woman”

 

Shorter Catechism [Baptist Version] Series

Paul’s Gospel Mystery Ministry | Sunday Services [09/16/2012]

Sunday Seminary

Pastor Jay gave a special message on “Ordo Salutis & Faith”.

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Sunday School:

The children, in their catechism, went through Q&A 88.

Sermon:

Pastor Jay continued in our series through Ephesians, we heard a message from Ephesians 3:7-11 entitled “Paul’s Mystery of the Gospel Ministry“.
  • 2 Characteristics of Paul’s ministry:
    • Paul’s appointment to the ministy (Eph. 3:7)
      • Paul was made a minister by God’s grace & power (Acts 9:11-16 | Eph. 1:1 | Rom. 1:5 | 1 Cor. 15:10)
      • True ministry is empowered by God (Col. 1:27-29)
    •  Paul’s purpose for the ministry (Eph. 3:8-11)
      • Paul never lost the wonder to be called a minister to manifest this mystery (1 Tim. 1:12)
      • A missionary purpose (Eph. 3:8)
        • We will never plumb the depths of the riches of Christ
      • Enlightenment of God’s plan (Eph. 3:9)
        • Jew and Gentile as one new man both reconciled to God
      • To make known His manifold wisdom to angelic host through the church (Eph. 3:10 | 1 Pet. 1:12)

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Delighting in the Trinity

One of the points I’ve been trying to make throughout our Sunday Seminary teaching on the doctrine of the Trinity is why we should delight in knowing God as Father, Son, and Spirit. Several news books have come out on that topic, one which I’d like to highlight here:

Delighting in the Trinity: An Introduction to the Christian Faith
By Michael Reeves

Product Description:
Why is God love? Because God is a Trinity.
Why can we be saved? Because God is a Trinity.
How are we able to live the Christian life? Through the Trinity.

Here is a portion of Pastor Tim Challies review of the book:

I have read several books on the Trinity in the past and have always enjoyed reading them. James White’s The Forgotten Trinity and Bruce Ware’s Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are biblical, systematic and powerful. I’ve read them, benefited from them, and often recommended them. I will continue to do so. The unique angle—and unique beauty—of Delighting in the Trinity is that it looks less at a concept and more at a relationship, less at a doctrine and more at the persons of the godhead. It is, at heart, an introduction to the Christian faith and the Christian life that seeks to show that both must be at all times rooted in the triunity of God. All that God is, all that God does, flows out of his triunity. It is the essential Christian doctrine. Reeves says that his book is

 

about growing in our enjoyment of God and seeing how God’s triune being makes all his ways beautiful. It is a chance to taste and see that the Lord is good, to have your heart won and yourself refreshed. For it is only when you grasp what it means for God to be a Trinity that you really sense the beauty, the overflowing kindness, the heart-grabbing loveliness of God. If the Trinity were something we could shave off God, we would not be relieving him of some irksome weight; we would be shearing him of precisely what is so delightful about him. For God is triune, and it is as triune that he is so good and desirable.

 

Like me, you have looked at the diagrams that attempt to display the Trinity and you’ve heard the various comparisons: It’s like the three states of water: liquid, steam and ice; it’s like an egg that has shell, white and yolk and yet is only one egg. But if we aren’t careful, our explanations can make the Trinity seem distant and difficult rather than imminent and delightful. “For all that we may give an orthodox nod of the head to belief in the Trinity, it simply seems too arcane to make any practical difference to our lives.” While we have a theological construct of the Trinity in our hearts and minds and statements of faith, it can make so little difference to our lives that God is a Trinity rather than one (or two, for that). What Reeves seeks to do, and what he does so well, is to introduce the Trinity not as a problem or a technicality, but as “the vital oxygen of Christian life and joy.”

 

And so he looks at Father, Son and Spirit, he looks at Creation, at salvation, at the Christian life, placing the triunity of God at the very center of it all. Consider this, the triune nature of the cross:

 

This God makes no third party suffer to achieve atonement. The one who dies is the Lamb of God, the Son. And it means that nobody but God contributes to the work of salvation: the Father, Son and Spirit accomplish it all. Now if God were not triune, if there was no Son, no lamb of God to die in our place, then we would have to atone for our sin ourselves. We would have to provide, for God could not. But—hallelujah!—God has a Son, and in his infinite kindness he dies, paying the wages of sin, for us. It is because God is triune that the cross is such good news.

 

He says a page later,

 

“The more trinitarian the salvation, the sweeter it is.”

 

Here’s the rub: If you are to delight in God, you must delight in the God who is, which is to say, the triune God. And if you gaze at this God, you will be filled with delight. And this is exactly what this book does—it draws the heart and mind to the Trinity, the source of all delight.

 

And so, this book is about delighting in the Trinity not as a theological construct, but as the very essence, the very joy, of the Christian faith. The Trinity is not merely a doctrine that separates Christianity from the other religions of the world, but a doctrine that describes the reality of the God who is.

You can listen to the author talk more about the book on the most recent episode of the Connected Kingdom podcast (with Tim Challies and David Murray):

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And the other book I’ve been recommending:

Forgotten Trinity, The
Forgotten Trinity, The – by James R. White

 

May we delight in our, great and glorious, triune God!

Jason Delgado

Mystery of the Gospel Revealed | Sunday Services [09/09/2012]

Sunday Seminary

Jason Delgado continued our series through the Shorter Catechism – A Baptist Version:

Q.7 How many persons are there in the Godhead
A. There are three persons in the Godhead: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit;1 and these three are one God, the same in substance, equal in power and glory. (Matt. 28:19 | 2 Cor. 13:14 | John 10:30 | Acts 5:3-4)

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Sunday Seminary – TRINITY Part 2 – 09092012

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Sunday School:

The children, in their catechism, went through Q&A 87.

Sermon:

Pastor Jay continued in our series through Ephesians, we heard a message from Ephesians 3:1-6 entitled “The Mystery of the Gospel Revealed“.
  • Suffering for the sake of the mystery
  • Stewardship of the mystery
  • Content of the mystery

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The Nature, Necessity, & Effects of Regeneration | Sunday Services [09/02/2012]

Sunday Seminary

Jason Delgado continued our series through the Shorter Catechism – A Baptist Version:

Q.6 Are there more Gods than one?
A. There is but one only, the living and true God. (Deut. 6:4 | Jer. 10:10)

Notes:  Monotheism: There is only one God (Gen. 1:1 | Ex. 8:10; 9:14; 15:11 | Deut. 4:35, 39; 6:4-5; 32:39 | 1 Sam. 2:2 | 2 Sam. 7:22; 22:32 | 1 Kings 8:23, 59-60 | 1 Chron. 17:20 | 2 Chron. 15:3 | Ps. 86:8-10 | Isa. 37:20; 40:18, 25; 43:10; 44:6-8; 45:5-6, 14, 21-22; 46:5, 9 | Jer. 10:6-7, 10 | Mic. 7:18 | John 5:44; 17:3 | Rom. 3:30; 16:27 | 1 Cor. 8:6 | Gal. 3:20 | Eph. 4:6 | 1 Tim. 1:17; 2:5 | 1 Thes. 1:9 | James 2:19 | Jude 25 | 1 John 5:20-21)

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Sunday Seminary – TRINITY – 09022012

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Sunday School:

The children, in their catechism, went through Q&A 86:

Q.86 What does Christ do for His people?
A. He does the work of a prophet, a priest, and a king

Sermon:

Pastor Jay preached a special message entitled “The Nature, Necessity, & Effects of Regeneration“.
  • The Nature of Regeneration
    • Definition: A secret act of God by which He sovereignly implants new life
    • In light of Eph. 2:1-3 how can we be saved of these things are true? Eph. 2:4-5, 10 | Col. 2:13 | 2 Cor. 5:17
    • Sometimes spoken of as dying and rising (Rom. 6:3)
    • Sometimes spoken of as a purification (Eze. 36:25-27)
  • The Necessity of Regeneration
    • You must be born again to enter God’s kingdom (John 3:3-8)
    • God sovereignly regenerates (2 Cor. 4:3-6)
      “Infants do not induce, or cooperate in, their own procreation and birth; no more can those who are “dead in trespasses and sins” prompt the quickening operation of God’s Spirit within them (see Eph. 2:1-10). Spiritual vivification is a free, and to man mysterious, exercise of divine power (John 3:8), not explicable in terms of the combination or cultivation of existing human resources (John 3:6), not caused or induced by any human efforts (John 1:12-13) or merits (Titus 3:3-7), and not, therefore, to be equated with, or attributed to, any of the experiences, decisions, and acts to which it gives rise and by which it may be known to have taken place.” – J.I. Packer
       
  • The Effects of Regeneration:
    • a life characterized by not continuing in sin (1 John 3:9-10, 6)
    • a life characterized by practicing righteousness (1 John 2:29)
      • Keeping His commandments (John 2:3)
      • Pursue holiness (1 Pet. 1:13)
      • Walk in the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23 | Titus 3:8 | Eph. 6:4)
    • a life characterized by loving the brethren (1 John 4:7, 3:11 | Rom. 13:8 | Lev. 19:18)
      • prefer others above ourselves (Phil. 2:3-4)
      • hospitality 1 Pet. 4:9, Rom. 12:13
      • obeying God’s commands (1 John 5:2)
    • a life characterized by overcoming the world ( 1 John 5:1)
    • God will keep us apostasy (1 John 2:19-20)
    • You believe Jesus is the Christ (1 John 5:1)

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