Friday, August 26, 2005

Church Schedule

August 28, 2005

Sermon Subject: Communion

September 11, 2005

Communion Sabbath
Sermon Subject: Communion

September 18, 2005

Sermon Subject: Grace and the Law

September 25, 2005

Sermon Subject: Grace and the Law

Communion study this coming Sabbath.

This Sabbath, we will be studying the subject of Communion. Like many theological subjects, our study starts with the book of Genesis. Can you think of any places in the book of Genesis that have anything to do with the subject of Communion?

Friday, August 19, 2005

The Lost Son Problem

The Father in the Luke 15 story represents God, while the good son represents unregenerate good people like the Pharisees, and the bad son represents unregenerate bad people like the tax collectors.

There is a potential problem with this passage since God the Father is NOT the father of unregenerate people. At least that is what I used to believe, and in a sense I was right.

God the Father is the father of his people and his people only. However, is it possible for a person to be unregenerate and still be one of his people? The answer to this question is yes. Take the children of Israel for example who were the people of God even if most of them were unsaved. Or take children who are brought up in a Christian home. They are part of God's covenant people. This does not mean that they are saved, and this does not mean that they will be saved. But they are part of the Covenant, and are in one sense God's children. It was not until the youngest son in the Luke 15 story was saved that he truly had a relationship with his father. At the end of the story, the older "good" son who has "no need for repentance" is still a son of his father, but he does not have the kind and quality of relationship that his younger brother now has.

A person brought up in a Christian home has certain blessings that a person who is not part of the Covenant does not have. But if he is not changed by the Holy Spirit so that he repents like the Lost Son did, he will not only lose the taste of Heaven that he had in his Christian home, but he will also be spending eternity in Hell. We are left with the implied question at the end of the Lost Son story: Will the older son repent? Or to look at it another way, will the "good people" who are in no need of repentance truly repent? Being a son of God in the covenantal sense is not good enough. Being a son of God in the eternal sense is enough.

The lost sheep, lost coin, and lost son are stories about the people of God, people of the Covenant. The lost sheep, lost coin, and lost son, all represent the "bad" people with whom Jesus spent so much time. They were people of the Covenant, but they were people who lived like they were not the people of God. They were obviously bad. Jesus is criticized by "good people" for this kind of ministering. These "good" people who lived like they were in no need of repentence are seen in the story as the other sheep, other coins, and the good son. Heaven is thrilled when the lost are found, but the same is not said about the ones who live as if they are neither lost, nor in need of true repentence.

These stories do not primarily have to do with unsaved people who have never been part of God's covenant people. These stories have to do with God's covenant people, people of the church. Being part of the Covenant does not guarantee Heaven for anyone. Only the truly repentant who have been truly changed from the inside out by the Holy Spirit (the changing agent) will be spending eternity in Heaven.

Saturday, August 13, 2005

The Lost Son

If the Father represents God, and the good son represents unregenerate good people,(like the Pharisees) and the bad son represents unregenerate bad people,(like the tax collectors) and only the people of God are sons of the Father, how does this story of the Lost Son make any sense whatsoever?

We start off the story with one father and two unsaved sons, and we end up with one father, one saved son, and one unsaved son.

And even though the so called good son is still unregenerate at the end of the story, the father makes it clear that he is still a son.

How does all of this fit if only the people of God can be considered sons.

Does this story mean that everyone is a son of God?

Thursday, August 11, 2005

This coming Sabbath

This Sabbath, I hope to continue our study of the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the lost son. These three stories are very difficult to explain from a dispensational perspective or even from a Baptist perspective for that matter.

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Fathers leading families

It is about time for our family worship to start. Actually, we are late getting together this morning, but that is a different story. How many Christian fathers out there lead their family in family worship on a regular basis? If not, why not?

Saturday, August 06, 2005

Psalm Singing

We only sing Psalms at Covenant Family Fellowship. One of the things that I like about Psalm singing is that we are singing from the word of God on a regular basis. The word of God is powerful and without error. Can the same be said of hymns?

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Foreknowledge and preaching this past Sabbath

I enjoyed being able to preach again at Trinity Reformed Presbyterian Church. The main issue that I talked about was foreknowledge. When Paul is talking about foreknowledge in Romans 8, he is talking about much more than knowing something beforehand. Paul is talking about God's active desire to know people intimately.

God's foreknowledge here has to do with God knowing someone beforehand out of a desire to know that person initmately forever, not God looking down the road to see if that someone will accept Him.