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Westminster Confession Of Faith – Lord’s Day 18

Westminster Confession Of Faith – Lord’s Day 18

Chapter 11 – Of Justification (Paragraphs 1-3)
I. Those whom God effectually calls, he also freely justifies: not by infusing righteousness into them, but by pardoning their sins, and by accounting and accepting their persons as righteous; not for any thing wrought in them, or done by them, but for Christ’s sake alone; not by imputing faith itself, the act of believing, or any other evangelical obedience to them, as their righteousness; but by imputing the obedience and satisfaction of Christ unto them, they receiving and resting on him and his righteousness by faith; which faith they have not of themselves, it is the gift of God.
II. Faith, thus receiving and resting on Christ and his righteousness, is the alone instrument of justification; yet is it not alone in the person justified, but is ever accompanied with all other saving graces, and is no dead faith, but works by love.
III. Christ, by his obedience and death, did fully discharge the debt of all those that are thus justified, and did make a proper, real, and full satisfaction to his Father’s justice in their behalf. Yet inasmuch as he was given by the Father for them, and his obedience and satisfaction accepted in their stead, and both freely, not for any thing in them, their justification is only of free grace, that both the exact justice and rich grace of God might be glorified in the justification of sinners.

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Guardians 2

Interesting revisitation of the first movie’s themes, spending time on the subjects of family and parenthood.
Don’t know if it actually does the work to justify the emotional payoffs that it claims.
Nor does it really advance the characters or their story arcs (apart from Peter Quills) far beyond the first movie.

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A Kingdom Established (preparing for worship at MGPC 30/4/17)

Song: This Is Our Glad Announcement
Welcome: Roger Bannister
Call to Worship
Song: We Sing The Praise Of Him Who Died
Prayer Of Confession
Song: All I Have Is Christ
Affirming our Faith: The Apostles’ Creed
Song: Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow
Bible Reading: 2 Corinthians 5: 1 – 21 – Because Christians are new creations in Christ, the Christian ambition is to please Christ, the Christian goal is to live for Christ, and the Christian ministry is to urge reconciliation with God through Christ.
Bible Memorisation: Proverbs 3: 5 and 6
Song: You Gave Your Life / If Christ Be God
Bible Reading: 1 Kings 2: 1 – 12
Sermon: A Kingdom Established (Gary Ware)
Song: Restore, O Lord
Announcements: Roger Bannister
Pastoral Prayer: Roger Bannister
Tithes & free will offerings
Closing Blessing
Song: Now Thank We All Our God

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Cake Number 5

We had a birthday dinner for my five year old grandson tonight.
Feature of the get together was this cake made by his auntie Rachel.

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The Heat Is On

Saw this in my colleague’s office today.
It may be a long winter.
Still wearing shorts, though.

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Footy Tipping 2017 – NRL Round 9 / AFL Round 6

So, back to Thursday night again.

NRL (last round 5/8; season tally 41/56)
North Queensland
Gold Coast

AFL (last round 7/9; season tally 31/45)
Greater Western Sydney
Port Adelaide
North Melbourne
West Coast

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The Creeping Trend Of Church Absenteeism (via Murray Lean)

Helpful article about church absenteeism by Murray Lean at Gospel Coalition Australia.
It’s most pitched toward leaders, but the content is helpful for everyone concerned about personal and corporate spiritual growth and well-being.
Among the accessible content is a list of the downsides that sporadic attendance cultivates:

  • Loss of the “spurring-on effect” of regular interaction with other believers
  • Gaps in the continuity of systematic Bible teaching
  • Inability to commit to serving in Sunday ministries, especially children’s programmes
  • Impact on children who miss the regularity of involvement in their weekly Sunday groups
  • Increase in the workload on the “committed core” who are faithfully there week by week
  • General discouragement of the rest of the church family who miss out on the fellowship of friends
  • Poor example to children and less mature Christians
  • General devaluation of the Lord’s Day
  • Weakening of overall connection with and commitment to the local church family, and enhancing the privatizing of faith

And there’s also a list of suggestions about how to respond pastorally:

  • Remind people from the pulpit of the positives of regular attendance, including its impact on others in the church family
  • Preach relevant passages that reinforce commitment to the local church, and also the harm caused by absenteeism
  • Ask yourself whether there are good reasons why people can’t be in church regularly e.g. Does the time of the service need to be more family friendly? Is the preaching boring?
  • Make a note of people who are irregular attenders and speak personally (and gently) with them about it. Some might have good reasons for their irregularity. (This obviously requires some form of record keeping.)
  • Use elders, small group leaders and pastoral carers in this process
  • Work at building fellowship within the church family e.g. meals, hospitality, creating a space for mingling after services

Read the whole post here.