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, 10 November 2019 22:00

The Importance of Parental Consent in Marriage

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Why do fathers give their daughters away in wedding ceremonies? Is this just an empty tradition, or does it have a deep theological and moral basis? The Protestant reformation of the purity of the Christian faith had implications not just for doctrine, worship, and the church, but also in...

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Thursday, 07 November 2019 22:00

The Spiritual Meaning of the Noahic Covenant

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Francis Roberts (1609-1675)
Mysterium & Medulla Bibliorum
The Mystery and Marrow of the Bible Book 3, Chapter 2.

Of the Discovery and Administration of the Covenants of Promise in the Second Period of Time—From Noah till Abraham.

II. The Spiritual Meaning of the Noahic Covenant.

II. What the...

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Sunday, 03 November 2019 22:00

God’s Grace in the Noahic Covenant

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Francis Roberts (1609-1675)
Mysterium & Medulla Bibliorum
The Mystery and Marrow of the Bible Book 3, Chapter 2.

Of the Discovery and Administration of the Covenants of Promise in the Second Period of Time—From Noah till Abraham.

APHORISM. III.

These two Covenants of God, established with...

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Sunday, 27 October 2019 23:00

The Sign of the Noahic Covenant

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Francis Roberts (1609-1675)
Mysterium & Medulla Bibliorum
The Mystery and Marrow of the Bible Book 3, Chapter 2.

Of the Discovery and Administration of the Covenants of Promise in the Second Period of Time—From Noah till Abraham.

APHORISM II.

The Lord God having destroyed the wicked Old World...

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Sunday, 20 October 2019 23:00

The Establishment of the Noahic Covenant

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Francis Roberts (1609-1675)
Mysterium & Medulla Bibliorum
The Mystery and Marrow of the Bible Book 3, Chapter 2, part 1.

Of the Discovery and Administration of the Covenants of Promise in the Second Period of Time—From Noah till Abraham.

The second remarkable period of time wherein the Lord...

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Monday, 14 October 2019 01:00

The Nature of God’s Covenant

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Francis Roberts (1609-1675)
Mysterium & Medulla Bibliorum The Mystery and Marrow of the Bible Book 1, Chapter 2.

Of the Name, General Nature, and Distribution of God’s Covenant.

APHORISM I.

The names given to God’s Covenant with his Church in Scripture, are principally two, namely,...

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Sunday, 06 October 2019 23:00

A Short Catechism On Worship

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DR. OWEN’S INSTRUCTION IN THE WORSHIP OF GOD, BY WAY OF QUESTION AND ANSWER; WITH AN EXPLICATION AND CONFIRMATION OF THOSE ANSWERS (1667).

Q. 1. What doth God require of us in our dependence on him, that he may be glorified by us, and we accepted with him?

A. That we (a) worship him (b...

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Thomas Cartwright Confutation of the Rhemists’ Interpretation of 2 Thessalonians 2:15 pp. 530-534.

Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle. (2 Thessalonians 2:15)

Upon this, that the Apostle affirmeth that he gave...

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Sunday, 22 September 2019 23:00

A Capella Objections Answered

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In our first post we began with practical observations. The second post made the positive case for exclusively vocal,  a capella praise in corporate worship. And our previous post was a list of quotes from church history about the rejection of instrumental music in the church. In...

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Sunday, 15 September 2019 23:00

The History of Instrumental Music in the Church

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In our last post we saw how the Regulative Principle of Worship (RPW) is the standard by which we should approach the question of instrumental music in the corporate worship of the church. We demonstrated how instrumental music—as part of the ceremonial worship of the old covenant—has...

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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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