Sunday, March 31, 2013

For Resurrection Sunday

Q.  What does the resurrection of Christ profit us?
A.  First, by His resurrection He has overcome death, that He might make us partakers of the righteousness which He has obtained for us by His death;
second, we also are raised up by His power to a new life; and,
third, the resurrection of Christ is to us a sure pledge of our blessed resurrection.
   -- The Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day Seventeen, 1563
He is Risen! He is risen Indeed!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

For the Lord's Day

“Until our consciences are bound by Scripture so that our actions are the product of conviction, we will be the victims of fluctuating fancies and susceptible to the “security” that is offered in conformity to a long list of human taboos. Convinced, grace-filled, spirit-led obedience to God’s Law really is the pathway to freedom. Remember, the law is not the dynamic of our sanctification, God’s love for us is not on the basis of duty, but neither does His love for us free us from duty.”  ~  Alistair Begg, Pathway to Freedom

Sunday, March 10, 2013

For the Lord's Day

 Love without righteousness is immorality, though today in some religious circles is it called the “new morality.” Righteousness without doctrine is legalism. This is the kind of religion that existed in Christ’s day in Judaism and against which he was so outspoken. Doctrine without love is a bitter orthodoxy. It is the kind of truth that is rigorously perfect, in a sense, but which does not win anyone. All three of these elements [Love, Righteousness, and Doctrine] must be present in the life of any true and growing Christian.” James Montgomery Boice, in the Preface to The Epistles of John

Sunday, March 3, 2013

For the Lord's Day - Communion Sunday

“The Lord’s Supper is not for all indiscriminately as the gospel is. The Lord’s Supper is chiefly commemoration and communion. It is for those who discern the Lord’s body, who can commemorate his death in faith and love. And since the supper is also Communion it is obviously for those who commune with Christ and with one another in the unity of the body which is the church…. It is part of the whole counsel of God that those conditions be clearly and insistently set forth, to the end that those who are eligible partake and those who are not refrain.”  -- John Murray, Collected Writings