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

Men’s Study Begins Wednesday

Starting this Wednesday [June 13, 2012] our Men’s Study will begin meeting weekly @ 7pm. We will be going through “Redemption Accomplished and Applied” by John Murray.

Physical books are in and will be for sale at our book table for $10.

Alternatively, you may purchase this book for the Kindle.

 

About the book [via Monergism]:

Murray explores the biblical passages dealing with the necessity, nature, perfection, and extent of the atonement, and goes on to identify the distinct steps in the Bible’s presentation of how the redemption accomplished by Christ is applied progressively to the life of the redeemed.

  • PART I – Redemption Accomplished
  • PART II – Redemption Applied
    • THE ORDER OF APPLICATION
    • EFFECTUAL CALLING
    • REGENERATION
    • FAITH AND REPENTANCE
    • JUSTIFICATION
    • ADOPTION
    • SANCTIFICATION
    • PERSEVERANCE
    • UNION WITH CHRIST
    • GLORIFICATION

One of the best, most concise, theologically sound and helpful expositions of the atonement ever produced. John Murray’s Redemption Accomplished and Applied should be required reading for every Christian. At just under 200 pages, Murray offers page after page of devotional and scholarly study that is nearly unparalleled in its clarity, usefulness and theological depth. Read this book, re-read this book and keep it close at hand.

Men’s Confession & Catechism Class

UPDATE: Men’s Study will now meet weekly @ 6pm on Wednesdays (except for Small Group Fellowship days which is the first Wednesday of every month.)

Men,

Our church is catechizing our children (in Sunday School). Many of you have expressed a desire to be catechized as well. After all, if we are going to be leading our children through a catechism, isn’t it only right that we have been through the same process? Well, you’ve asked for it, so here it is.

This Friday (April 13, 2012), Sovereign Joy will begin hosting a new study for the men of the church. Robert Cardona and Billy Leonhart will be leading the men through a study of the Second London Baptist Confession of Faith (1689) and the Baptist Catechism (1695). (Note: Though the leaders of the study hold to the teachings of these documents, we do not desire to force anyone to become confessional.) The purpose of the study is to familiarize you with these historic documents and demonstrate how to lead others through confessions and catechisms. Heads of households, husbands, and / or anyone discipling or hoping to disciple others someday should derive great benefit from the study.

The hour-long, weekly study will begin at 6pm sharp. The first week Robert will be covering the history and the philosophy behind the 1689 LBCF. The reading for the first week is optional. We are encouraging all who have the text prior to the first meeting to read the prefaces to both the Confession and the Catechism and to read the original “Letter to the Reader” of the Confession. We hope you are able to make it. May God bless you.

Required text for the study:

The Baptist Confession of Faith & The Baptist Catechism, Ed. James Renihan

Recommended texts for the study:

1689 Baptist Confession of Faith: A Modern Exposition, Sam Waldron

A Scriptural Exposition of the Baptist Catechism, Benjamin Beddome

Greek Class Info

We are looking to start somewhere around the first week of August.

The following books will be needed to start:

Basics of Biblical Greek Grammar, Third Edition

by William D. Mounce
Zondervan / 2009 / Hardcover

Basics of Biblical Greek Workbook, Third Edition

by William D. Mounce
Zondervan / 2009 / Trade Paperback

 

It would be helpful but not mandatory to get the latest edition of the book, so don’t worry if you have an older version.

In addition, you may also want you can get the flash cards for vocabulary memorization:

Basics of Biblical Greek Vocabulary Cards

by William D. Mounce
Zondervan / 2004 / Other

 

Alternatively, you can make your own Greek flash cards by writing them on a blank card with the English definition on the back, or get a app for smart phones that works like a flashcard:

 

Bible Flashcards
Bible Flashcards for Android

 

Screen shots:

 

iPhones can us this method.

The goal of this class will be to help the student read the Greek New Testament and therefore it will be an in-depth study of Koine Greek. This is not an impossible language to learn but it will require a reasonable amount of time and effort (you will probably need to study 2-4 hours per week depending on how well you do in languages). If you are able to do this and willing then I am very excited to have you take the class, it should be an edifying experience and with a little bit of hard word you can be reading and translating portions of the Greek NT in 3-6 months. The NT was written in Koine Greek in the original languages and it will be very rewarding to read the Bible in the original language in which it was written.

Pastor Jay Jesuroga

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