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Westminster Confession Of Faith – Lord’s Day 22

Westminster Confession Of Faith – Lord’s Day 22

Chapter 14 – Of Saving Faith
I. The grace of faith, whereby the elect are enabled to believe to the saving of their souls, is the work of the Spirit of Christ in their hearts; and is ordinarily wrought by the ministry of the Word: by which also, and by the administration of the sacraments, and prayer, it is increased and strengthened.
II. By this faith, a Christian believes to be true whatsoever is revealed in the Word, for the authority of God himself speaking therein; and acts differently, upon that which each particular passage thereof contains; yielding obedience to the commands, trembling at the threatenings, and embracing the promises of God for this life, and that which is to come. But the principle acts of saving faith are, accepting, receiving, and resting upon Christ alone for justification, sanctification, and eternal life, by virtue of the covenant of grace.
III. This faith is different in degrees, weak or strong; may be often and many ways assailed and weakened, but gets the victory; growing up in many to the attainment of a full assurance through Christ, who is both the author and finisher of our faith.

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The Silence Of God by Andrew Peterson & Friends

An one-shot version of The Silence Of God by Andrew Peterson supported by Audrey Assad and Jordan Hamlin.

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Building Project Part 2 (preparing for worship at MGPC 28/5/17)

Song: Take My Life And Let It Be
Call to Worship
Song: Your Love So High
Prayer Of Confession
Song: God Whose Almighty Word
Affirming our Faith: The Apostles’ Creed
Song: Now To Him Who Loved Us
Bible Reading: 2 Corinthians 9:1-15 – In chapters 8 and 9 generous giving on behalf of the poor Christians in Jerusalem is urged.
Bible Memorisation: Proverbs 3: 7 and 8
Song: Bashan’s Mountains
Bible Reading: 1 Kings 6
Sermon: Building Project Part 2 (Mark Lewis)
Song: Arise, My Soul Arise
Pastoral Prayer:
Tithes & free will offerings
Closing Blessing
Song: How Great Is Our God

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Pastors Lead With The Gospel And Through The Gospel (via Dave Harvey)

Dave Harvey at Sojourn Network reminds me that a minister of the Gospel does not find his identity and self-worth in ministry of the Gospel, but in the Gospel I minister.

If you long to be in pastoral ministry, the starting place is the gospel. You must know the gospel, love the gospel, and delight daily in the glory of the gospel. The gospel should be aimed first at your own struggles and fear and sins. Your love of approval must be smothered by the resplendent weight of the gospel. Your fear of criticism must be crucified by the retelling of the gospel. The gospel is of help through you because it has been applied to you.
There is no pastoral ministry without the gospel. Reach for nothing more, accept nothing less.

Read more here.

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Pastoral Leadership Capital (via Marty Duren)

A couple of articles by Marty Duran about ‘Pastoral Leadership Capital’ which is a term for the trust that a pastor can build with a congregation that enables needed change to be implemented, or even mis-steps to be forgiven and moved on from.

There are two parts here and here.

Part one.

In my opinion, Pastoral Leadership Capital shares some components of business-oriented leadership capital, but likely gains more through the relational experiences unique to pastoring. Pastoral Leadership Capital is gained through ministry in times of grief (funerals, loss of jobs, loss of health), times of joy (visiting during new births, weddings), personal discipleship, compassion, long-tenure, and other life-sharing events or journeying together spiritually. In most instances, this differs from business.
When a pastor says, “I think God is leading us to…” make a certain change or take on a certain challenge, perhaps unconsciously, the congregation evaluates whether said pastor has enough capital to “buy” their involvement. Has he “earned” the right to ask for their support and lead the endeavor? The pastor may have intellectual capacity, understand the church’s power dynamics, and be of sound financial mind. But, how long has he been on the field? Has he walked them through the valley of the shadow of death? Has he earned trust?
If not, the pastor may be leading on hopes and wishes rather than capital.

Read the whole post here.

Part two.

The flip side of good decisions that increase capital are bad decisions that destroy it. Bad decisions that eat away at your capital like fees through a checking account. Blunders—accidental or simply unwise—reduce available capital. Carnality, ignoring the family, and other things that undermine credibility could lead to an account balance so far underwater the pastor’s own family would struggle with a vote of confidence.
Building capital can be arduous. Do not allow fees to consume it leaving you nothing to spend when needed.
Every “win” of leadership earns capital for future leadership decisions. And, the better your decisions the quicker you may see your spent capital replenished. Smart investments lead to good rewards.

Read the whole post here.

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Footy Tipping 2017 – NRL Round 12 / AFL Round 10

Shortened round in the NRL because of State of Origin Game 1.
I’ll tip Queensland, but it’s the most even looking series for a while.
Hoping existing combinations get Queensland up while NSW get used to each other.
The AFL still looks like it could be anyone’s competition this year.
Collingwood got an unexpected boost last week as they start a run where victories should come more easily.

NRL (last round 6/8; season tally 56/88)
New Zealand

AFL (last round 6/8; season tally 50/80)
Port Adelaide
Western Bulldogs
North Melbourne
Greater Western Sydney