Week 93

Week 93:

 

Weekly Hymn: In the Cross of Christ I Glory

 

Shorter Catechism for Young Children –

  • Q132 To what does your baptism bind you? /
    Answer: To be a true follower of Christ.

 

  • Q133 What is the Lord’s Supper? /                              

     Answer: The eating of bread and drinking of wine in remembrance of the sufferings and death of Christ.

 

Shorter Catechism –

  • Q88 What are the outward and ordinary means whereby Christ communicates to us the benefits of redemption? /

Answer:

The outward and ordinary means whereby Christ communicates to us the benefits of redemption are, his ordinances, especially the Word, sacraments, and prayer; all which are made effectual to the elect for salvation.

 

Bible Reading:

Mon – 10/9 – 2Peter 2:1-9 & Job 3

Tue – 10/10 – 2Peter 2:10-16 & Job 4

Wed – 10/11 – 2Peter 2:17-22 & Job 5

Thurs – 10/12 – 2Peter 3:1-9 & Job 6

Fri – 10/13 – 2Peter 3:10-18 & Job 7

Sat – 10/14 – 1John 1:1-4 & Job 8

Sun – 10/15 – Catch Up Day



Pastor’s Ponderings: October 2017

by John Armstrong
 
It’s here, the 500 th anniversary of Martin Luther posting his 95 Theses on the Castle Church door
in Wittenburg, Germany. That simple act of inviting an academic debate ended up being the
opening salvo of the Protestant Reformation, arguably the most influential event in Western
history in the last 500 years. So, what? How does that make any difference in my life today? I
could list out all kinds of ways the Reformation has changed the world you live in. We will be
talking about a number of these as I begin preaching a short series on the Reformation in mid-
October and November.
Recently, I had a chance to visit an aviary where a staff member was trying to get a waddling
(real term) of four ducks to stop following him and to get back in their little pond. He tried
herding them into the pond, but they would not go. Instead they would fly a short way away and
then regroup in order to follow the man. Sensing his opportunity, the man said, “You can lead
ducks to water, but you cannot make them swim.” I, of course, could appreciate the sentiment
and would have said the same thing, but I didn’t want to steal his opportunity. He took the
opportunity to modify the old idiom, “You can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make it
drink.” I really can’t think of a more poignant idiom than “you can lead a horse to water, but you
cannot make him drink.” Now, some of you may be wondering why I think that is sad and I’ll
tell you. Ask any pastor about their work and how that relates to the idiom of leading a horse to
water… or we would be more biblical to shift metaphors and talk about leading sheep to pasture.
You can lead the sheep to green pastures, but you cannot make them eat. The job of the pastor is
to care for and feed the sheep. As a pastor, I cannot make you feed upon the life-giving Word of
God. That is something you must want to do for yourself. It is my responsibility to present it to
you clearly and faithfully. It is my responsibility to appeal to your sensibilities in order for you
to desire the Word and to have it change your life. Now, you know, or you should know, I have
no power to make that happen. We are entering the realm of the Holy Spirit’s work. He is the
one who changes hearts. It is my calling to teach you stand upon the Word of God alone,
trusting by grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone, all for the glory of God alone. If those
things are true of you, you can say you are a Christian and more than that, you are reformed.
Understand, you need not be reformed in your theology to be a Christian. However, we believe
and we teach, without apology, the reformed faith which we believe is most faithful to the
Scriptures. We believe this is the faith once delivered to the Saints. Therefore, here we stand.
Are you reformed? Being a member of a Reformed church doesn’t make your reformed. The
Christian Education committee which is now the Committee on Discipleship Ministry has, since
its inception, been concerned about how we provide opportunities to ensure that our children
have the best preparation and that our adults are constantly steeped in Bible-centered, Christ-
centered, Gospel-centered teaching that is solidly reformed. Now, we come back to the idiom,
you can lead sheep to pasture, but you cannot make them eat. Let me say this one thing in
closing. Do not starve at the banquet. Feed and drink deeply, avail yourself of the marvelous
advantages that are yours because of the Reformation.


Week 92

Week 92:

 

Weekly Hymn: Come Christians Join and Sing

 

Shorter Catechism for Young Children –

  • Q130 Why should infants be baptized? /
    Answer: Because they have a sinful nature and need a Savior.

 

  • Q131 Does Christ care for little children? /                              

Answer: Yes; for he says, “Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.”

 

Shorter Catechism –

  • Q87 What is repentance unto life? /

Answer: Repentance unto life is a saving grace, whereby a sinner, out of a true sense of his sin, and apprehension of the mercy of God in Christ, doth, with grief and hatred of his sin, turn from it unto God, with full purpose of, and endeavor after, new obedience.

  

Bible Reading:

Mon – 10/2 – 1 Peter 4:1-11 & Song of Songs 6

Tue – 10/3 – 1 Peter 4:12-19 & Song of Songs 7

Wed – 10/4 – 1 Peter 5:1-7 & Song of Songs 8:1-7

Thurs – 10/5 – 1 Peter 5:8-14 & Song of Songs 8:8-14

Fri – 10/6 – 2 Peter 1:1-11 & Job 1

Sat – 10/7 – 2 Peter 1:12-21 & Job 2

Sun – 10/8 – Catch Up Day



Week 90

Week 90:

 

Weekly Hymn: All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name

 

Shorter Catechism for Young Children –

  • Q126 What sign is used in baptism? /
Answer: The washing with water.

 

  • Q127 What does this signify? /                              

Answer: That we are cleansed from sin by the blood of Christ.

 

Shorter Catechism –

  • Q85 What doth God require of us, that we may escape his wrath and curse, due to us for sin? /

Answer: To escape the wrath and curse of God, due to us for sin, God requires of us faith in Jesus Christ, repentance unto life, with the diligent use of all the outward means whereby Christ communicates to us the benefits of redemption.

  

Bible Reading:

Mon – 9/18 – James 5:1-6 & Ecclesiastes 7:15-29

Tue – 9/12 – James 5:7-12 & Ecclesiastes 8

Wed – 9/13 – James 5:13-20 & Ecclesiastes 9

Thurs – 9/14 – 1Peter 1:1-9 & Ecclesiastes 10

Fri – 9/15 – 1Peter 1:10-16 & Ecclesiastes 11

Sat – 9/16 – 1Peter 1:17-25 & Ecclesiastes 12

Sun – 9/17 – Catch Up Day



Week 89

Week 89:

 

Weekly Hymn: Be Thou My Vision

 

 

Shorter Catechism for Young Children –

  • Q124 Who appointed these sacraments? /
Answer: The Lord Jesus Christ.

 

  • Q125 Why did Christ appoint these sacraments? /                                  
 Answer: To distinguish his disciples from the world, and to comfort and strengthen them.

 

Shorter Catechism –

  • Q84 What doth every sin deserve? /

Answer: Every sin deserves God’s wrath and curse, both in this life, and that which is to come.

  

Bible Reading:

Mon – 9/11 – James 2:1-13 & Ecclesiastes 3:1-15

Tue – 9/12 – James 1:14-26 & Ecclesiastes 3:16-22

Wed – 9/13 – James 3:1-12 & Ecclesiastes 4

Thurs – 9/14 – James 3:13-18 & Ecclesiastes 5

Fri – 9/15 – James 4:1-10 & Ecclesiastes 6

Sat – 9/16 – James 4:11-17 & Ecclesiastes 7:1-14

Sun – 9/17 – Catch Up Day



Week 88

Week 88:

 

Weekly Hymn: 235 All Glory, Laud and Honor

 

Shorter Catechism for Young Children –

  • Q122 How many sacraments are there? /
    Answer: Two
  • Q123 What are they? / 

Answer: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.

Shorter Catechism –

  • Q83 Are all transgressions of the law equally heinous? /

Answer: Some sins in themselves, and by reason of several aggravations, are more heinous in the sight of God than others.

 

Bible Reading:

Mon – 9/4 – Hebrews 12:14-29 & Proverbs 29:15-27

Tue – 9/5 – Hebrews 13:1-8 & Proverbs 30

Wed – 9/6 – Hebrews 13:9-25 & Proverbs 31

Thurs – 9/7 – James 1:1-11 & Ecclesiastes 1

Fri – 9/8 – James 1:12-18  & Ecclesiastes 2:1-16

Sat – 9/9 – James 1:19-27  & Ecclesiastes 2:17-26

Sun – 9/10 – Catch Up Day



Pastor’s Ponderings: September 2017

by John Armstrong
 
“Where are we going?” “When are we going to get there?” “Are we there yet?” If you have
ever taken a long car trip with children, you may have heard these questions, over and over
again. They are questions you would expect people to ask. Of course, “are we there yet,” is a
little irritating because the answer is obvious. However, there is a time and a place to ask the question “are
we there yet”. Every organization whether it be a family on vacation or at home, a
company in the market place, or a church serving its community, every organization needs to be
asking some basic questions. Who are we? What is our purpose? Where are we as an
organization headed? When are we going to reach our goals? How are we going to get there and
how will we know we’ve arrived? This is not only true for organizations it is true for individuals
as well. We in the church do well to keep this in mind, because the church is the body of Christ.
People who trust by faith in Jesus Christ, come together as individuals to make up the church.
I’m talking about you and me and I’m talking about our need as a church to grow in discipleship.
I have just finished the preaching series on the “one another” passages. The point of the series
was to get us focusing on the areas where we need to grow as a congregation. Growth in love,
humility, unity, and encouragement. I could say the series was about the places where you need
to grow as a disciple of the Lord Jesus and I would be completely accurate, but the truth is we all
need that growth so I’ll speak in terms of “we,” just keep in mind, you are included.
Over the Summer months the Session has been praying and preparing for strategic planning that
we plan to do this Fall. It is our intention, the Lord willing, that we will have an updated
Strategic Plan in place for implementation at the start of 2018. We are asking you to join us in
prayer for Faith Church. Pray for a clear vision and a strong desire to see the kingdom of God
advancing in our hearts and in the hearts of those to whom we have the opportunity to share the
gospel. There are a lot of great things we are involved in as a church. I’ve said many times and
will continue to say it, this is a generous church. My prayer is that God will grow us in our
generosity not only with our financial resources, but also with our resources of time and talents.
The more we know Jesus, the more we will want to know Him and follow Him. Growth in
Christlikeness, Lord make it so here that we would be a church marked by love, humility, unity,
and encouragement. I’m sharing my desires as your pastor. These are things the Lord is laying
on my heart. It is my prayer that you too will be moved by the Lord to desire these things as
well. May He lead and guide us to that place He would have us to be for His glory. May He
show us the evidence of His work in our lives that we would be encouraged to walk as disciple-
making disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ.


Week 87

Week 87:

 

Weekly Hymn: Come People of The Risen King

 

Shorter Catechism for Young Children –

  • Q120 What is the sixth petition? /

Answer: “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”

 

  • Q121 What do we pray for in the sixth petition? /                                

Answer: That God would keep us from sin.

 

Shorter Catechism –

  • Q82 Is any man able perfectly to keep the commandments of God? /

Answer: No mere man, since the fall, is able in this life perfectly to keep the commandments of God, but doth daily break them in thought, word, and deed.

 

Bible Reading:

Mon – 8/28 – Hebrews 10:1-18 & Proverbs 26:17-28

Tue – 8/29 – Hebrews 10:19-39 & Proverbs 27:1-14

Wed – 8/30 – Hebrews 11:1-16 & Proverbs 27:15-27

Thurs – 8/31 – Hebrews 11:17-31 & Proverbs 28:1-14

Fri – 9/1 – Hebrews 11:32-40  & Proverbs 28:15-28

Sat – 9/2 – Hebrews 12:1-13 & Proverbs 29:1-14

Sun – 9/3 – Catch Up Day



Week 86

Week 86:

 

Weekly Hymn: Crown Him With Many Crowns

 

Shorter Catechism for Young Children –

  • Q118 What is the fifth petition? /

Answer: “And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.”

 

  • Q119 What do we pray for in the fifth petition? /                                 

  Answer: That God would pardon our sins for Christ’s sake, and enable us to forgive those who have injured us.

 

Shorter Catechism –

  • Q81 What is forbidden in the tenth commandment? /

Answer: The tenth commandment forbids all discontentment with our own estate, envying or grieving at the good of our neighbor, and all inordinate motions and affections to anything that is his.

 

Bible Reading:

Mon – 8/21 – Hebrews 7:1-10 & Proverbs 23:19-35

Tue – 8/22 – Hebrews 7:11-28 & Proverbs 24:1-22

Wed – 8/23 – Hebrews 8:1-6 & Proverbs 24:23-34

Thurs – 8/24 – Hebrews 8:7-13 & Proverbs 25:1-14

Fri – 8/25 – Hebrews 9:1-10 & Proverbs 25:15-28

Sat – 8/26 – Hebrews 9:11-28 & Proverbs 26:1-16

Sun – 8/27 – Catch Up Day



Week 85

Week 85:

 

Weekly Hymn: Holy, Holy, Holy

 

Shorter Catechism for Young Children –

  • Q116 What is the fourth petition? /

Answer: “Give us this day our daily bread.”

 

  • Q117 What do we pray for in the fourth petition? /                                   

Answer: That God would give us all things needful for our bodies and souls.

 

Shorter Catechism –

  • Q80 What is required in the tenth commandment? /

Answer: The tenth commandment requires full contentment with our own condition, with a right and charitable frame of spirit toward our neighbor, and all that is his.

 

Bible Reading:

Mon – 8/14 – Hebrews 3 & Proverbs 20:16-30

Tue – 8/15 – Hebrews 4:1-11 & Proverbs 21:1-16

Wed – 8/16 – Hebrews 4:12-16 & Proverbs 21:17-31

Thurs – 8/17 – Hebrews 5 & Proverbs 22:1-16

Fri – 8/18 – Hebrews 6:1-12 & Proverbs 22:17-29

Sat – 8/19 – Hebrews 6:13-20 & Proverbs 23:1-18

Sun – 8/20 – Catch Up Day