But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Sunday, 20 May 2018 23:00

Proof that Presbyterianism is Biblical

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What is meant by church government?

That particular form and order, which Christ has fixed in his Church, for the proper management thereof.

How does it appear that there is a particular form of...

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Sunday, 13 May 2018 23:00

The Doctrine of the Trinity

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Thomas Boston Works, vol. 1, pp. 142-148.

Of the Holy Trinity

This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth. For there are three that bear record in heaven, the...

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Q. 77. Wherein do justification and sanctification differ?

A. Although sanctification be inseparably joined with justification, yet they differ, in that God in justification imputeth the righteousness of Christ; in sanctification his Spirit infuseth grace, and enableth to the exercise thereof; in...

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Sunday, 29 April 2018 23:00

Natural Theology | Herman Witsius

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Herman Witsius Economy of the Covenants Vol. 1, pp. 345-351.

VII. But this [effectual] calling is given, partly externally, by a persuasive power, called moral suasion; partly internally, by a real supernatural efficacy, which changes the heart. The external call is, in some measure, published by...

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Thomas Boston Works, vol. 2, pp. 460-465.

For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:13).

I come now to handle the questions in the Catechism concerning the...

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Sunday, 15 April 2018 23:00

Why Did Christ Partake of the Sacraments?

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Herman Witsius Economy of the Covenants Between God and Man Volume 1, Book 2, Chapter 10, pp. 271-280.

After what manner Christ Used the Sacraments.

I. Thus far we have at large treated of those things that relate to the covenant between Christ and the Father; and might seem to have completely...

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John Brown of Haddington Systematic Theology, pp. 309-315.

Christ’s Mediatorial Dominion Distinguished from his Natural Supremacy.

Besides that natural supremacy and dominion over all things equally with his Father and the Holy Ghost, Christ hath also a mediatorial dominion, or...

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Sunday, 01 April 2018 23:00

Why Did Christ Only Mention the Second Table?

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And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? And he said unto him,…if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments…Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou...

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Sunday, 25 March 2018 23:00

Theological Certainty: Assurance of Salvation

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Can Christians have assurance of salvation? The Westminster Confession (18:1) states “such as truly believe in the Lord Jesus, and love him in sincerity, endeavoring to walk in all good conscience before him, may in this life be certainly assured that they are in a state of grace, and may...

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The question is not whether women may teach publicly in the church, for all orthodox Christians agree that Scripture prohibits women from holding office in the Church and from doing duties reserved for church officers (1 Cor. 14:34-35; 1 Tim. 2:11-15). Rather, the question is if women may otherwise...

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Sunday, 11 March 2018 23:00

God is Not the Author of Sin

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WCF 3.1 God from all eternity did, by the most wise and holy counsel of his own will, freely and unchangeably ordain whatsoever comes to pass (Rom 9:15, 18; 11:33; Eph 1:11; Heb 6:17); yet so as thereby neither is God the author of sin (James 1:13, 17; 1 John 1:5), nor is violence offered to...

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Wednesday, 07 March 2018 22:00

Proof that the Apostle Paul Wrote Hebrews

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John Owen 
Of the Penman of the Epistle to the Hebrews.

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§ 1. Knowledge of the penman of any part of Scripture not necessary. Some of them utterly concealed. The Word of God gives authority unto them that deliver it, not the contrary. Prophets in things wherein they are not actually...

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Sunday, 04 March 2018 22:00

Pollution of the Body by Original Sin

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Anthony Burgess Treatise on Original Sin Part 3, Chapter 7.

Of the last Subject of Inhesion, or Seat of Original Sin, the Body of a Man.

And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus...

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Wednesday, 28 February 2018 22:00

The Sinfulness of the Imagination

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Anthony Burgess Treatise on Original Sin Part 3, Chapter 6, Sections 1-20.

And God saw that every imagination of the thoughts of mans heart was only evil, and that continually.” (Genesis 6:5).

SECT. I.

This Text explained and vindicated against D. J. Taylor, Grotius, the Papists and...

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Sunday, 25 February 2018 22:00

Pollution of the Affections by Original Sin

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Anthony Burgess Treatise on Original Sin Part 3, Chapter 5, Sections 9-19.

Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.” (Colossians 3:2).

SECT. IX.

The Pollution of the Affections in respect of the Conflict between the natural Conscience and Them.

Again, the great and...

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Wednesday, 21 February 2018 22:00

The Nature and Corruption of the Affections

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Anthony Burgess Treatise on Original Sin Part 3, Chapter 5, Sections 1-8.

Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.” (Colossians 3:2).

This Text opened.

The exceeding great pollution of the will by Original Sin being largely discovered, both in the acts of it, as...

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Sunday, 18 February 2018 22:00

The Bondage of the Will

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Anthony Burgess Treatise on Original Sin Part 3, Chapter 4, Section 5.

Of the Natural Servitude and Bondage of the Will, with a brief Discussion of the Point of Free will.

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If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed” (John 8:36).

Hitherto we...

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Wednesday, 14 February 2018 22:00

Pollution of the Will by Original Sin

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Anthony Burgess Treatise on Original Sin Part 3, Chapter 4, Section 4.

SECT. IV.

The Defilement of the Will in its Affections and Properties, or the sinful Adjuncts inseparably cleaving unto it.

So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy”...

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Sunday, 11 February 2018 22:00

The Corruption of the Will in All its Operations

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Anthony Burgess Treatise on Original Sin Part 3, Chapter 4, Section 3.

SECT. III.

The Corruption of the Will in all its several Operations.

These doctrinal introductions thus abstracted, let us proceed to open this noisome sepulcher, this dead and defiled will, which hath been spiritually...

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Wednesday, 07 February 2018 22:00

The Nature and Capacity of Man’s Will

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Anthony Burgess Treatise on Original Sin Part 3, Chapter 4, Sections 1-2.

SECT. I.

The will is the proper subject and seat of all our sin.

Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God” (John 1:13).

The original pollution of the...

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Sunday, 04 February 2018 22:00

Pollution of the Memory by Original Sin

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Anthony Burgess Treatise on Original Sin Part 3, chapter 3, sections 8-10.

SECT. VIII.

Wherein the memory of man is polluted.

This sure foundation then being said, let us proceed to shew wherein the memory of man is so greatly polluted.

Natural Forgetfulness vs. Moral Forgetfulness.

First, very...

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Wednesday, 31 January 2018 22:00

The Nature of Memory and its Weakness

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Anthony Burgess Treatise on Original Sin Part 3, chapter 3, sections 1-7.

Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth.” (2 Peter 1:12)

The original pollution of the Mind and Conscience...

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Sunday, 28 January 2018 22:00

Defilement of a Troubled Conscience

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Anthony Burgess Treatise on Original Sin Part 3, chapter 2, section 7.

SECT. VII.

The Defilement of Conscience when Troubled and Awakened.

Hitherto we have been declaring the defilement of conscience naturally by original sin, as it is quiet, stupid, and senseless. The next thing to be done (wherein...

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Wednesday, 24 January 2018 22:00

Pollution of the Conscience With Original Sin

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Anthony Burgess Treatise on Original Sin Part 3, chapter 2, section 6.

Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.” (Romans 2:1).

SECT. VI.

The Pollution of...

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Sunday, 21 January 2018 22:00

The Corrupt and Counterfeit Conscience

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“…their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another” (Romans 2:15).

SECT. IV.

The Corruption of Conscience in Accusing and Excusing.

The next is that even in those actions of conscience which...

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