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

Purely Presbyterian - Apologetic Report
Sunday, 08 September 2019 23:00

A Concise Case for A Capella Worship

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Statement of the Question.

Is instrumental music acceptable in new covenant worship? To answer this question we must be precise about what we are trying to investigate. The question is not whether instrumental music may be enjoyed in private, nor whether it may be used in secular, non-ecclesiastical...

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Thursday, 05 September 2019 23:00

Practical Considerations on A Capella Worship

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Is instrumental music acceptable in new covenant worship? To answer this question we must be precise about what we are trying to investigate. The question is not whether instrumental music may be enjoyed in private, nor whether it may be used in secular, non-ecclesiastical social gatherings. It...

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Sunday, 01 September 2019 23:00

Circumstances of Worship Musical Instruments

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John L. Girardeau Instrumental Music in the Public Worship of the Church pp. 105-120.

3. Instrumental music is doctrinally excluded from the public worship of the church by the Confession of Faith.

The passage which is appealed to in support of [instrumental music in public worship] is as follows:

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Sunday, 25 August 2019 23:00

Did Jesus Descend into Hell?

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Zacharias Ursinus Commentary on the Heidelberg Catechism CHRIST’S DESCENT INTO HELL

Question 44. Why is there added, “he descended into hell?”

Answer. That in my greatest temptations, I may be assured, and wholly comfort myself in this, that my Lord Jesus Christ, by his...

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Friday, 23 August 2019 13:30

Christ’s Impeccability

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W.G.T. Shedd Dogmatic Theology Vol. II, Christology, ch. 5, pp. 330-349.

The doctrine of Christ’s person is not complete without considering the subject of his impeccability. That he was sinless is generally acknowledged. But the holiness of the God-man is more than sinlessness. The last Adam...

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Sunday, 18 August 2019 23:00

The Confession of Cyril Lukaris (1629)

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Cyril Lukaris was was the Patriarch of Alexandria (1602-1620) and the Patriarch of Constantinople from 1620 until his death in 1638. He corresponded with several European Protestants for many years, eventually resulting in his acceptance of the Reformed Faith. He was accused of treason against...

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Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me,in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.” (2 Timothy 1:13).

Zacharias Ursinus Commentary on the Heidelberg Catechism, pp. 129-133.

IV. WHAT DO THE TERMS ESSENCE, PERSON, AND TRINITY SIGNIFY, AND IN WHAT...

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Wednesday, 07 August 2019 23:00

Who May Preach?

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Thomas HallThe Pulpit Guarded, pp. 1-7

The Thesis

That private persons (though they be gifted, yet) may not preach in a constituted Church without a Call.

Private Persons

First, by private persons, I mean such as the Apostle calls the flock, the people of God, hearers, such as must obey their...

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Sunday, 04 August 2019 23:00

Pastor and Teacher: Distinct Church Offices

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John Owen The True Nature of a Gospel Church and its Government, ch. 6.

Of the Office of Teachers in the Church, or an Inquiry into the State, Condition, and Work of those called Teachers in the Scripture.

The Lord Christ hath given unto his Church pastors and teachers (Eph. 4:11). He “hath...

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Sunday, 28 July 2019 23:00

Comparison of the Old and New Covenants

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Zacharias Ursinus Commentary on the Heidelberg Catechism, pp. 96-101.

OF THE COVENANT OF GOD.

It has been shown, that a Mediator is one who reconciles parties that are at variance, as God and men. This reconciliation is called in the Scriptures a Covenant, which has particular reference to the...

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Sunday, 21 July 2019 23:00

Marriage Duties

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Thomas Gataker Marriage Duties

To the hopeful young couple, the right worshipful Mr. Robert Cooke esquire, and the virtuous gentlewoman, Mistress Dorothy Cooke, his wife; many comfortable days in God’s fear and favor to their mutual and eternal good.

Wives, submit yourselves unto your...

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Sunday, 14 July 2019 23:00

Head Coverings in Worship?

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Head Coverings in Worship?

Preached on the Lord’s Day of March 18, 2018 by Pastor Michael Ives, of the Presbyterian Reformed Church of Rhode Island

Transcribed from the recording by Paul Barth.

Part of the practice that our Presbytery has adopted is that in the public worship of God, women have...

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Sunday, 07 July 2019 23:00

The Manner of Christ’s Coming

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Christopher LoveThe Penitent Pardoned, pp 172-180.

In treating of the doctrine of Christ’s coming again, the other query is this, how or after what manner shall this coming of Christ be? But I will come again.

Now in the resolving of this question, I shall confine my answers to these six...

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Thursday, 04 July 2019 23:00

Christ’s Coming Again to Judge

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Christopher LoveThe Penitent Pardoned, pp 181-185.

Christ’s coming again to judge the world is not on­ly a dreadful doctrine to a Felix [Acts 24:25], but may make thee a Christian to tremble in these cases.

First, the doctrine of Christ’s coming may make men tremble, who are guilty of...

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Sunday, 30 June 2019 23:00

Premillennialism Refuted

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Christopher LoveThe Penitent Pardoned, pp. 150-172.

Introduction.

Take heed of bold and adventurous conjectures, about the manner of Christ’s coming to judge the world by vain and carnal corruptions of a temporal Kingdom of Christ. Many are very peremptory about it, and there be strange...

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Sunday, 23 June 2019 23:00

The Importance of Catechesis

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Zacharias Ursinus Commentary on the Heidelberg Catechism, pp. 10-16.

I. What is catechising, or the system of catechisation? II. Has it always been practiced in the church, or what is its origin? III. What are the principal parts thereof? IV. Why is it necessary? V. What is its design?

I. WHAT IS...

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Zacharias Ursinus Commentary on the Heidelberg Catechism, pp. 6-9.

IV. WHAT ARE THE EVIDENCES BY WHICH THE TRUTH OF THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION, OR THE DOCTRINE OF THE CHURCH IS CONFIRMED?

There are a great number of arguments which go to establish the truth and certainty of the teachings of the...

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John Calvin, Commentary on Matthew 19:10-12.

10 His disciples say unto him, If the case of the man be so with his wife, it is not good to marry. 11 But he said unto them, All men cannot receive this saying, save they to whom it is given. 12 For there are some eunuchs, which...

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Wednesday, 05 June 2019 23:00

7. Rome Cannot Alter its Claim to Supremacy

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J.A. Wylie Book I. The History of the Papacy. Chapter VII. That the Church of Rome Neither has Nor Can Change Her Principles on the Head of the Supremacy.

We have shown in the foregoing chapter, that nothing in all past history is better authenticated than the fact that the Papacy has claimed...

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Sunday, 02 June 2019 23:00

6. The Canon Law

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J.A. Wylie Book I. History of the Papacy. Chapter VI. The Canon Law.

It would be bad enough that a system of the character we have described should exist in the world, and that there should be a numerous class of men all animated by its spirit, and sworn to carry into effect its principles. But this...

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Thursday, 30 May 2019 05:00

5. Foundation and Extent of the Supremacy

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J.A. Wylie Book I. History of the Papacy. Chapter V. Foundation and Extent of the Supremacy.

This is the favourable point for taking a view of the character of the Papacy,–its lofty pretensions and claims, and the foundation on which all these are based. The conflict waged by the seventh...

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Sunday, 26 May 2019 23:00

4. Progress of the Temporal Sovereignty

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J.A. Wylie Book I. History of the Papacy. Chapter IV. Progress of the Temporal Sovereignty.

We left the Papacy, at the opening of the ninth century, reposing beneath the shadow of the Carlovingian monarchy. One grand stage in its progress had been accomplished. The battle for the temporal...

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Sunday, 19 May 2019 23:00

3. Rise of the Temporal Sovereignty

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J.A. Wylie Book I. History of the Papacy. Chapter III. Rise of the Temporal Sovereignty.

Over the abyss in which the Roman empire of the west had been engulfed there now floated the portentous form of the Papacy. If the idolatrous nations, in their victorious march from the Upper Danube to southern...

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J.A. Wylie Book I. History of the Papacy. Chapter II. Rise and Progress of Ecclesiastical Supremacy.

The first pastors of the Roman Church aspired to no rank above their brethren.[1] The labours in which they occupied themselves were the same as those of the ordinary ministers of the gospel. As...

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Sunday, 05 May 2019 23:00

1. The Origin of the Papacy

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J.A. Wylie Book I. History of the Papacy. Chapter I. Origin of the Papacy.

The Papacy, next to Christianity, is the great fact of the modern world. Of the two, the former, unhappily, has proved in some respects the more powerful spring in human affairs, and has acted the more public part on the...

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