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

Sunday, 19 January 2020 22:00

The Sanctity of Truth | John Murray

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John Murray Principles of Conduct Chapter 6

THE SANCTITY OF TRUTH

What is truth?” said Pilate. The irony of his question is that truth, “the truth,” stood before him. The tragedy of Pilate’s bewilderment was the complete absence of comprehension regarding the stupendous...

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Theodore Beza

Sermons upon the Three Chapters of the Canticle of Canticles (1587)

First Sermon upon the First Chapter

It is written as followeth in the title of the third book of Solomon:

“The Canticle of Canticles, or Song of Songs, of Solomon.” (Songs 1:1).

The principal points handled in...

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Thursday, 09 January 2020 22:00

Family Religion Part 3: The Application

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A Church in the House

A Sermon Concerning Family Religion

Preached in London, April 16, 1704 by Matthew Henry

Full sermon pdf here.

With the church that is in their house.1 Corinthians 16:19

III. The Application.

That which now remains, is to address myself to you upon the whole matter by...

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Sunday, 05 January 2020 22:00

Family Religion Part 2: The Motivation

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A Church in the House

A Sermon Concerning Family Religion

Preached in London, April 16, 1704 by Matthew Henry

Full sermon pdf here.

With the church that is in their house.1 Corinthians 16:19

II. Motivation to family religion.

I come now, II. To offer some motives to persuade you thus to...

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Sunday, 29 December 2019 22:00

Family Religion Part 1: What Is Family Religion?

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A Church in the House

A Sermon Concerning Family Religion

Preached in London, April 16, 1704 by Matthew Henry

Full sermon pdf here.

With the church that is in their house.1 Corinthians 16:19

Among the salutations presented by the Apostle Paul in his first epistle to the Corinthians, was...

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Sunday, 22 December 2019 22:00

Must We Always Tell the Truth?

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James Henley Thornwell Discourses on Truth (1855)

Discourse IV. Sincerity.

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true—think on these things.” (Philippians 4:8)

Speculative Truth and Practical Truth.

Truth may be considered in two leading aspects, either as having reference to the...

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Sunday, 15 December 2019 22:00

A Mother’s Care Over Her Child

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William Gouge Of Domestical Duties 6.9-16, pp. 367-377.

§ 6.9. Of a Mother’s Care Over Her Child While It is in Her Womb.

The first age of a child is the infancy thereof. I will therefore first show how therein parents must procure the temporal good of their children, and then their...

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Monday, 09 December 2019 07:00

Scriptural Rules Governing Indifferent Things

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A Dispute Against the English Popish Ceremonies pt. 4, ch. 3, pp. 375–379

Every thing which is indifferent in the nature of it, is not by and by indifferent in the use of it. But the use of a thing indifferent ought evermore to be either chosen or refused, followed or forsaken,...

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Sunday, 01 December 2019 22:00

Should We Pray to the Saints in Heaven?

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Zacharias Ursinus Commentary on the Heidelberg Catechism pp. 542-548

The objections which the Papists bring against us in favor of the Invocation of the Saints.

Obj. 1.

The saints, on account of their virtues, are to be honored with the worship either of adoration (λατρε&io...

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Sunday, 24 November 2019 21:00

Spiritual Worship in the Old Testament

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John Calvin Commentary on Psalm 50:14

God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” John 4:24

Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High.” Psalm 50:14

These verses [Psalm 50:14-15] cast light upon the preceding...

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Martin Luther The Estate of Marriage Works, vol. 45, pp. 17-22.

1. Male and Female.

So God created man…male and female he created them.” (Genesis 1:27). From this passage we may be assured that God divided mankind into two classes, namely, male and female, or a he and a she. This...

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Peter Martyr Vermigli (1499-1562) Common Places Part 2, ch. 10, § 17-26, pp. 431-437

Whether it be lawful for children to marry without the consent of their parents.

§17 Now shall it be very well to see whether it be lawful for children to contract matrimony without consent of their...

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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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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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