You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the LORD your God brought you out from there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm. Therefore the LORD your God commanded you to keep the Sabbath day.Deuteronomy 5:15 ESV
The nineteenth LORD’s Day has been a long day for us all. From the Sunday school teaching, morning and afternoon message, the commemoration of the LORD’s supper, to the congregational meeting, we have seen God’s covenantal faithfulness to His people. God refreshed His people with His mercies in Christ.
SOME Excerpts and Lessons from TODAY’s MEssages
BASIC DISCIPLINES OF A CHRISTIAN LIFE "THE CHRISTIAN SABBATH: HAS THE DAY CHANGED?" 1. The day of Sabbath is an eternal law. 2. The Lord's day continues and carries a Sabbatarian language If God has the prerogative to command us HOW to worship Him, it is also rightful that God commands us WHEN to garher to worship
“The Sabbath was instituted at creation. It belongs therefore to the order of things. Which God established for men from the beginning. It is like the institution of labor, marriage, and fruitfulness.”John Murray
Text: Rom 12:1-2 Sanctification Christian Life is dependent on the great Christian Doctrines 1. WHAT BIBLICAL SANCTIFICATION IS NOT? 1a. SANCTIFICATION IS NOT A MECHANICAL OBEDIENCE TO THE LAW 1b. SANCTIFICATION IS NOT AN EXPERIENCE TO RECEIVE 1c. SANCTIFICATION IS NOT A PASSIVE ABIDING IN CHRIST 2. WHAT BIBLICAL SANCTIFICATION IS? 2a. CHRISTIAN CONDUCT AND PRACTICE IS ALWAYS AN OUTWORKING IN DOCTRINE AND TEACHING 2b. CHRISTIAN SANCTIFICATION IS ALWAYS BASED ON TRUTH 2c. CHRISTIAN SANCTIFICATION SHOULD BE INEVITABLE IN THE LIGHT OF HIS DOCTRINE. 2d. DOCTRINE ALWAYS DETERMINES THE EXACT NATURE OF OUR CONDUCT IN DETAIL
“The Christian conduct is not solely based on the “what” but primarily on the “why.” Spiritual growth of the Christian life doesn’t happen cheap and easy.”
Text: John 18:10-11 "THE STEPS OF THE LORD and THE CHRISTIANS" 1. THE STEPS OF THE LORD - Submission to the will of the Father 2. THE STEPS OF THE CHRISTIANS - Following the Lord's steps "Having our way is the source of all our sorrow here on earth"
As the Father mixed and prepared the bitter cup for Christ, so as the cup of sorrow (challenges, persecution, trials) that was prepared by God for all Christians.
“There is no unnecessary pang, pain, trouble and turmoil – It is divine necessity for a Christian’s fiery trial.”
The Significance of Christ's Resurrection Text: 1 Corinthians 15:12-16 Message: The Resurrection of Christ as the essential component of the gospel is the foundation of the Christian faith and testimony. I. The Resurrection of Christ is the foundation of the Christian faith If Christ did not rise from the dead... o The Christian hope of future resurrection is loss o The Christian proclamation of Christ is vain o The Christian belief in Christ is worthless II. The Resurrection of Christ is the basis of the Christian Testimony [John Gill] "To be false witnesses for men, or in the name of men, is against the ninth commandment, and a sin of no ordinary magnitude; but to be a false witness of God, is a much higher sin." The Christian message and testimony is meaningless without the resurrection.
“Upon a life I did not live, upon a death I did not die, I risk my whole eternity on the resurrection.”C.H. Spurgeon
It is impossible to overemphasize the importance of Christ’s resurrection. In light of the Scriptures, this is no exaggeration. The resurrection is the foundational doctrine of Christianity and one truth upon which the entire Christian faith either stands or falls. Thus, it is an absolutely essential doctrine and a non-negotiable truth. To deny Christ’s resurrection is to reject the gospel.Paul Washer
Blessed Lord’s Day!
SOLI DEO GLORIA!