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Rise Up And Walk (via Ron Block)

A meditation on faith by Ron Block.

Faith isn’t something we drum up or fight for. We don’t pull up our faith-bootstraps and try to believe. Faith is more than intellectual assent to ideas about God; it is the outcome of any real moment of intimate contact with him.
When we are fearful or unbelieving, when we look at the future with trepidation, or when our mind is spinning with past losses, what can we do? Well, what do we do when we are cold? We pull our chairs up to the hearth and get closer to the fire. We step into the warmth and light of the sun.

Read the whole post at The Rabbit Room.


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Faith And Repentance (via Sinclair Ferguson)

Sinclair Ferguson considers faith and repentance.
Because they can be experienced differently and distinctly we might think they are separate.
But that is unhelpful.
From Ferguson:

In grammatical terms, then, the words repent and believe both function as a synecdoche — the figure of speech in which a part is used for the whole. Thus, repentance implies faith and faith implies repentance. One cannot exist without the other.
But which comes first, logically? Is it repentance? Is it faith? Or does neither have an absolute priority?
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We cannot separate turning from sin in repentance and coming to Christ in faith. They describe the same person in the same action, but from different perspectives. In one instance (repentance), the person is viewed in relation to sin; in the other (faith), the person is viewed in relation to the Lord Jesus. But the individual who trusts in Christ simultaneously turns away from sin. In believing he repents and in repenting believes.

Read the whole post at Ligonier.


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The Legacy Of Faith (preparing for MGPC 4/5/2014)

Songs of preparation: How Fervently I Love The LORD (Psalm 116) and I Stand In Awe Of You.
Worship begins: All Hail The Power Of Jesus Name.
The prayer of adoration and confession will give thanks for the faithful example of those who came before us, confess when we have not been encouragements to faith and ask God for the ability to trust his promises to the end.
Song of testimony and assurance: Before The Throne Of God Above.
Confession of faith: The Apostles’ Creed and May The Mind Of Christ My Saviour.
From God’s Word:

John’s Gospel, chapter 10:22-42 contains Jesus’ declaration that he ‘and the Father are one’.
Hebrews 11:1 is this month’s verse for memorisation.
Song for children: Who’s The King Of The Jungle?
Sermon text: Hebrews 11:8-22
With a brief survey of Abraham’s life, including examples from his family, the writer demonstrates that faith in God’s promises has always involved actions in life that are not dependent upon seeing the fullness of the promise. He further demonstrates how this faith spans generations, each one growing from the testimony of those who came before.
The writer bids us consider how the promises of God give shape to the priorities and purposes of our lives.
After the sermon there will a presentation by a representative from Gideons International.
After our pastoral prayer and the giving of our tithes and offerings worship will conclude as we sing Standing On The Promises.