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Confession Of Faith Explained

The seventh chapter of the confession of faith has to do with a very large subject, the subject of God's covenant with man. We might ask first of all what is a covenant? Well it's not a contract some people tend to think of the covenant today as a contract, which is an agreement between two equal parties and if one of the parties or the other fails to keep their part of it then the whole thing falls apart, but that's not the nature of a covenant in the Bible. A covenant in the Bible is a bond in blood sovereignly administered. Now there's a lot packed into that comment, but it really picks up what the confession. A bond in blood sovereignly administered. The confession says first of all that a covenant that God made was made as a voluntary condescension on God's part. That's the sovereign administration. In other words there would have been no covenant with us had God not initiated it and there would be no covenant with us if God did not keep it. So what is that covenant that the Bible points to? It is the the simple statement that God makes from Genesis to Revelation, “I will be your God and you will be my people.” That's the covenant. Every time you read that phrase “I will be your God and you will be my people” that is the motto, the signature of the covenant that God condescended to make with us.

The question is how does a holy God make a covenant with sinful people? That's what the next future paragraphs explain. He did it by creating the world and then coming into a relationship with man. He first of all made a promise to Adam that he would live if he obeyed and if he disobeyed he would die. Now the confession calls that a covenant of works. We're not understand from that that it was an entirely different covenant maybe it's better to think of it this way there is one covenant of redemption that God made with Jesus Christ before the foundation of the world. He said in other words my son you fulfill these conditions and I will give you all of these people as your possession forever. They will be saved forever, that's the covenant of redemption. It's one symphony we might say that has several movements and the first movement was in heaven, that pre-creation agreement then the second movement was God's putting Adam and Eve in the garden and saying these are the conditions you must keep. The third movement was the covenant of grace not a different covenant. The covenant of redemption with the third movement applied to now in history the application of that promise that God made to the son condition on the son's obedience that resulted in the salvation of his elect.

Now what are the conditions of that covenant? Well the conditions of it are faith and obedience, but those conditions are not meritorious that is when we believe when we obey it's not that God rewards us with the salvation that is promised in the covenant, it's rather that God has woven faith and obedience into the covenant of redemption as the instruments by which he is going to save us. By which he’s going to draw us to himself, by which he is going to get us to heaven. Paragraph four of the confession in chapter seven explains that Christ, the testator, the promissory of the covenant is the one who fulfills those conditions too so not only does God condescend to us to make a covenant he condescends to us in Jesus Christ and ultimately by the Holy Spirit to give us faith to give us repentance to give us the gift of obedience.

The final paragraph of this long chapter have to do with the old and new testaments. And basically what they say is that while the old and new testaments are different that is different in their clarity the New Testament is obviously clearer than the promises of the Old Testament; they are different in clarity they are the same in substance. It's not that they're a whole bunch of different covenants throughout the Bible or one major different coveted in the Old Testament and a different one of New Testament it is one covenant of redemption differently administered. That is the Old Testament anticipates what God's going to do in Jesus Christ and the New Testament explanation of how he fulfilled it. In the final paragraph there is this explanation of the sacraments in the old and New Testament which are particularly given to encourage us in the nature of the covenant and that God is fulfilling it and basically says that the lord's supper and baptism are a continuation of the sacraments of Passover and circumcision, respectively, in the Old Testament and the only difference is a matter of broadening and simplification that these sacraments are more broadly given. They're easier to carry out there. They're no longer bloody, they are reflective in other words of the broadening and the simplification and the clarity of the New Testament itself.

The covenant of god “I will be your God and you will be my people” is the good news of the Bible that God has become our God we have been made his people by the grace and the work of Jesus Christ.

What do Presbyterians Believe?

I'm the pastor of a Presbyterian Church and I want to answer the question: what do Presbyterians believe? People ask that question a lot. Many people aren't familiar with the beliefs of Presbyterians and I want to give you a little snapshot of what we actually believe. The first thing I should say is that Presbyterians are not all the same so it's not a monolithic denomination, but our church is a member of the PCA or the Presbyterian Church in America, which is a conservative Bible believing Presbyterian Church. Please don't confuse us with the PC USA which is the main line denomination which is progressive and liberal. If you’ve seen reports on the news about the Presbyterian church ordaining homosexuals then that's the PC USA not PCA and so we're a Bible believing Presbyterian church and that's really the first thing I should say about Presbyterians. We believe that the Bible alone is the word of God. We believe the Bible is the sufficient source of revelation for the Christian church and so it's our absolute final authority and everything we believe and practice. Now the word

Presbyterian like many other denominations does communicate something about what Presbyterians believe. The word Presbyterian refers to our church government and that is we are ruled by a plurality of elders. There's not just one autocratic pastor, but there's a session of elders that govern the local church and they're connected in presbyteries and in a General Assembly, which is the national court of the church. But as Presbyterians we believe in the sovereignty of God and salvation. We are not saved by any good things that we have done. We're not even saved by our own will, but we are saved by God's will who chooses to show mercy upon us. God saw us in our sin and he opened our blind eyes and opened our deaf ears and he enabled us to come effectively to Christ. He gave us the gift of faith and repentance so we're saved by God's sovereign grace. Presbyterians also believe that creation is good that all of life can be lived to the glory of God. God cares not only about a small sphere of your life, but he cares about everything, there's no sacred secular dualism in our understanding of the world because Jesus is the Lord not only of the church but of all creation.

Presbyterians have confessions and creeds I'll leave it here to the historical confessions and creeds of the Christian church we affirm the apostle's creed in the Nicene creed which really affirm our belief in the Trinity that there is one God who eternally exists in three divine persons, the father, the son, and the Holy Spirit. Presbyterians also believe in the Westminster confession of faith and the larger and shorter catechisms and these are the subordinate standards of our church that means they’re subordinate to the word of God, the Bible alone is the word of God. This is what we believe the Bible teaches and you could study our confession of faith in our catechisms to see what we believe the Bible teaches about the scripture about God and about man and about sin all salvation about Jesus about the church. This confession of faith will answer those questions for you. You can find a free copy online just Google it and you'll be able to find information about what Presbyterians believe. Presbyterians are evangelicals, at least our church is an evangelical Presbyterian church. We affirm all the evangelical essentials. We believe the Bible is the word of God, we believe every person must be born again, we believe the gospel should be proclaimed to everybody, we believe in missions. I love the motto of the Presbyterian church in America. it goes like this, we are a denomination  seeking to be faithful to the holy scriptures, true to the reformed faith and obedient to the great commission and so that really summarizes what our denomination is all about. really the best way to learn what Presbyterians believe is to attend a Presbyterian church and meet some other Presbyterians. I’d love to answer any questions you have about what we believe. First and foremost Presbyterians are Christians. We belong to Jesus Christ and our identity is found in him and not in our denomination, but we are secondarily Presbyterians and people often want to know. I would love to answer any questions that you might have, thank you and may God bless you.

A Churchgoer Finds Jesus

Let me tell you about the time I found Jesus. I was a wild man in my younger days and didn’t care about anyone but myself. I hung out with lots of people I thought were my friends, but they really only hung out with me because we were drinking buddies. I would stay out late, shared my bed with multiple women but never really had purpose to my life.

One afternoon after a long night of drinking and staying up late I was approached by a young women who I knew in our town. She was a friend of my parents and I didn’t ever really pay her much attention. She asked if I was happy. At that point in time I wasn’t feeling that well and I knew it wouldn’t help to lie to her and I said no, I’ve don’t know if I’ve ever truly been happy. She asked if I would go to an event with her and I obliged.

She drove me to the Covenant Presbyterian Church’s summer picnic. I wasn’t sure what to think when we pulled up. These weren’t the kind of people I was used to hanging out with. They had their life together, and were laughing and enjoying each other’s company, not like how I had interacted with people in the past.

Joan took me over to meet the Pastor. He was a nice man, looked to be in his mid 40s. He had a very gentle way about him and always used a calm voice. He asked him again if I was happy. I said I it had been a long time. He lead me over to the buffet table and told me to help myself. I enjoyed being around these people. They raised my spirits and I felt comfortable in their presence.

When everyone had sat down after getting their food we all held hands and Pastor said grace. I hadn’t ever been religious or been around religious people but his words really spoke to me. I had heard about Jesus but didn’t know much about him. When the prayer was finished we all continued to eat and I felt like part of the group. Pastor asked if I would join them at their gathering next week and I said I would.

That was the beginning of a beautiful relationship with the Covenant Presbyterian Church and I feel like I’m closer to Jesus and a better man for it. I no longer participate in the activities I thought I enjoyed when I was younger. I now have a clearer head and would much rather help other people and would much rather learn about my faith. The woman I met, Joan all those years ago is now my wife. I credit her with saving my life. She was the first person to introduce me to Jesus and I am thankful to her for that. I continue to attend Covenant Presbyterian Church and would recommend it to others that are searching to be happy.

I'd recommend anyone looking to get back in the church to find a mentor, and get yourself a Bible.  Find one or of course, there are lot's of bibles for sale online -- whatever you do: seek the Lord.


Why Jesus Doesn't Want You to Become Sick and Broke

I want to talk to you today about why Jesus became sick and broke.

Now when Jude-- before Jesus-- came to this Earth, he was not broke. No, he was walking on the streets of gold. He was not broke. When he was on this earth, he was not broke. Did you know that Jesus was never sick a day in his life until the last day? The only day he was ever sick was the last day of his life. His natural life on this earth-- the only day that he was broke-- was the last day.

When Jesus was born, remember the story of the wise men who came to visit Jesus and they brought gifts: gold, frankincense and myrrh-- expensive gifts.  Joseph and his family became very wealthy overnight. Now these were gifts from very rich people. He had enough which might take his whole family down into Egypt. There was probably enough money to keep his family living well throughout their entire youth to adolescence of Jesus and until he left home.

Now we don't know that for sure, but he had a lot of money. Lots of money. Jesus did not grow up poor like some people grow up . But he became poor. In second Corinthians 89 it says, For we know the grace of our lord Jesus Christ, though he was rich. Yet for our sake he became poor. So that we through his poverty, might be made rich.

Now the word rich means more than enough. Here's the deal: if you have $10 left over at the end of the month, you're rich to some degree that's a degree of wealth. That's what most people in this country-- out of 320,000,000 people in this country, I guarantee you probably  60 or 70 percent of them do not have $10 left over at the end of the month when they pay the bills. Amen.

So if you have $10 left over (hat you don't need for your bills), you're Rich. Now there are different degrees of wealth. There's. Bill Gates wealth, Warren Buffett wealth and there's a guy across the street wealth. The guy who's worked all of his life, has some money saved, has this house paid for, pays bills and has some extra money to go on vacation. Compared to most people,he's rich. There's different degrees of.

My intention is to get everybody to the point: where they have money left over. Once we get you to the point where you have money left over every month, then we're going to take you up. God wants you live in abundance. Jesus said that You might have life and have it more abundantly. Abundance is when you have lots of money left over at the end of the month and that's where one should live.

He wants to live in abundance. As a matter of factm everything he did was pointing toward abundance. Christ has redeemed us from the curse law being made.  The blessing of Abraham can come on the gentiles until you watch that blessing brings abundance. It brings more than just $10 left over to end of the month. It brings lots of money left over at the end of the month. It brings money left over.

Now we're not talking about billions of dollars here. I'm talking about plenty of money. I'm talking about money where you could live anywhere you want, drive any kind of a car you want, go to any restaurant you want and order anything you want.  You're not ordeing off the cheap side of the menu-- order anything you want, buy any thing you want.  That's the point now-- there's different degrees of abundance.  The guy across the street, again, can go on vacation, buy new car when he wants to and he's living in abundance. Bill Gates. on the other hand, he might buy something else. That's real abundance.

The Jewish people : 85 percent of the Jewish people in this country live in what I call absolute abundance. That's what God wants people to live. Now, Jesus became poor. He paid the price for poverty so that we could be rich. The devil has no right to keep you poor because Jesus paid the price. Amen.

Now as far as the sickness part of it goes, that's in Isaiah Chapter 53. Isaiah 53 says-- right here, he bore our griefs and carried our sorrows-- sorrows means our pain and our sickness. He bore it. Now Jesus was only sick the last day of his life on this Earth. That was the only day. But I'll tell you what, that day he was very ill.  He was beaten to within an inch of his life. He was sick as sick could be-- absolutely totally sick., suffering, almost dying.  The lashes --  that's how they did it back then. But he took that so that we could live in health.

I'm telling you people, we are not called to be sick. We are called to live in health. We are not called to live in sickness and disease.

This week alone we've had two people healed at stage 4 cancer! Glory to God! That's the way it's supposed to work. We've had the people healed of melanomas, brain tumors. breast cancer (that spread all the way through their bodies down to 50 pounds), people raised up off their death beds. The reason for was because Christ bore our sorrows.  He bore our sickness and he bore our pain. We are healed because of the suffering of Jesus.

We are made rich because of the suffering of Jesus.  We're saved because of the suffering of Jesus. The day Jesus went to the cross, provision for your abundance happened.  The day Jesus went to the cross-- now here's here's some of what you think about: the devil has no legal right to your soul, to your health or to your finances. No legal right! The only time the devil has a right to your health or your finances is if you open your mouth and give it. I'm not giving the devil the right to my finances. I'm not giving the devil the right to my health. The minute you say we get sick all the time: you're given the devil the right to your health.

Did you say I can't afford that?  You're give the devil the legal right to your finances. Keep your mouth shut. Keep your mouth shut and watch your words. I'm telling you I can't emphasize this enough. I talk about this all the time.  The only thing standing between you and the devil is Jesus, and if you open your mouth Jesus will step aside. Watch your words as long as you want your words your off limits to the devil.