O God, do not remain quiet [Psalms]

October 28, 2009

Ps 83

Psalm 83 is the last of the psalms of Asaph, probably written by members of the Asaph choir. The psalm calls on God to thoroughly rout the enemies surrounding His people. The prayer looks far beyond the original circumstances to the final miraculous victory God will provide for Israel when he overthrows all enemies, ushers in the kingdoms and causes the nations to seek Him.

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Keeping Constant against Error [1 Timothy]

October 25, 2009

1 Tim 1.1-7

In this message, we look at ground we have already covered in 1 Timothy. We emphasize a major theme of the book, calling pastors and leaders to a vigilant ministry against error and foolish teaching that might crop up in the church. The opening paragraphs are an echo of Paul’s farewell message to Ephesus, Ac 20.28-31. His urgency to Timothy is an urgency every member of the church needs to receive and share: put a stop to error and false teaching creeping into the church.

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The Inheritance of Sin (2) [Basic Theology]

October 25, 2009

We continue our lesson on inherited sin with a look at the penalty for it, the transmission of it, the remedy for it, and some attacks against the doctrine. The teaching of the Bible is that man inherited his sin nature from his father, Adam, that he is thus totally depraved, corrupt in every part of his being, and in desperate need of righteousness he cannot produce or obtain by his own efforts.

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Access Into This Grace [Romans]

October 25, 2009

Rm 5.2

Besides peace with God (Rm 5.1), the blessings of justification include the blessings of permanent access to permanent standing in the presence of God and the hope of eternal presence in perfect communion with the glorious God who made us. This is something worth boasting about!

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The Inheritance of Sin (1) [Basic Theology]

October 18, 2009

Our study now moves to the subject of Inherited Sin (Ryrie’s term for Sin Nature or Original Sin). In this lesson we define terms and look at Scriptural evidence for the doctrine. The lesson concludes with a discussion of total depravity.

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Peace with God [Roman]

October 18, 2009

Rom 5.1

As we turn to Romans 5, the focus shifts to the blessings that now belong to the justified. One commentator finds 15 new blessings of salvation in the first eleven verses of the chapter. The first blessing is peace with God, something quite different from the peace of God. What it means for the justified is that the war is over, God’s wrath against the believer is poured out on Christ, never to be aroused again.

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The Gospel for Thanksgiving [Guest Speakers]

October 12, 2009

Tom Nieman

Dr. Nieman gave us a comprehensive overview of the Gospel for our Thanksgiving service. He emphasized the love of God as opposed to all other gods and the wickedness and unthankfulness of men in choosing other gods over Him. It is not that God cannot be known by men, nor that He has not been known, but that men have chosen not to know Him. Yet God’s arms are outstretched still, ready to receive those who will believe.

The Pastor’s Goal [1 Timothy]

October 11, 2009

1 Tim 1.5

Paul’s first instruction to the pastor is to command men not to teach false doctrine or foolish doctrine. If a pastor faithfully fulfills this instruction, he is often seen as negative, unloving, unpastoral. Yet it is this very command that has as its goal the production of mature Christian love out of the direct fruits of correcting error – a pure heart, a good conscience and unfeigned faith.

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The Glory of the Son [Guest Speakers]

October 11, 2009

Tom Nieman

Jn 17

Pastor Nieman’s second message presents our Lord, having just washed his disciples feet, kneeling at His Father’s feet, praying for the restoration of his glory and the positioning of His disciples in Him – glorified by our position and exalted together in Him by His love. We are finding Pastor Nieman to be ‘the preacher of glory’, a theme that clearly has stirred his heart.

I Saw the Lord [Guest Speakers]

October 11, 2009

Tom Nieman

Isa 6

Our speaker for Thanksgiving Day (Monday, Oct 11) is pastor Tom Nieman, retired pastor of Galilee Baptist Church in Kent, WA. He preached two messages for us this morning as well.

Pastor Nieman’s first message comes to us from Isaiah 6, a passage in which we find Isaiah’s motivation for enduring in the ministry in the midst of a people whose hearts were far from God. Isaiah’s day was not unlike our day. Our motivation needs to come from the same kind of vision of God that Isaiah had. Our God is over all, evil shall not triumph in this world.

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