Monthly Archives: August 2009

  • Communion of the Saints

    Before I left on vacation, I started to work through our beliefs and practices as they relate to the Lord’s Supper. I will pick up where I left off next week. This week, I thought I would fill you in on some of my vacation reflections.

    In some ways, we had three parts to our vacation. First, we celebrated with the Kemps the marriage of their son, Jesse, to Megan in Bozeman, Montana. It was a wonderful couple of days, and I had the privilege of spending time with a number of people from our church who made the trek, as well as meeting many new friends. From there, we journeyed north to a cabin in the woods. There were twelve of us for the first couple of days. Then down to nine for … Read More »

  • Why We Preach the Gospel to Believers

    By Joseph Randall

    Have you ever thought of the Gospel as merely a message unbelievers need to hear so that they might be converted to Christ? This way of understanding the Gospel could not be further from the truth. The Gospel is for believers! Once you are converted to Jesus Christ by the Gospel, you also grow in the grace of God by the power of the Gospel. You continually need to find your joy, value, and strength to grow in holiness in the Gospel.

    Your joy should be in the Gospel: What makes you happy? You may find a lot of joy in new toys, money, falling in love, marriage, newborn babies, success in a career, etc. But what God has done for you in the Gospel should always be your greatest joy because He … Read More »

  • Psalm Singing

    By Ben Rochester

    Why do we sing the Psalms? If you have not noticed, after the “assurance of pardon” in the worship service liturgy, we sing from the Psalter. We sing Psalms for two reasons. First, the Bible commands it. Second, the Spirit teaches us by the Psalms.

    Singing Psalms was an Old Testament practice. Jesus and the disciples sang a hymn before going to the Garden of Gethsemane (Mark 14:26). What they would have sung was the Passover Hallel(praise), which is Psalms 113-118.

    …through them, God teaches us how to approach Him in prayer.

    Paul taught that singing the Psalms is also a Christian practice. Two texts that teach this are Ephesians 5:19 and Colossians 3:16

    “…speaking one to another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord” Eph. 5:19

    “Let the word of Christ dwell … Read More »

  • The Lord’s Supper – Part II

    When the real presence of Christ is referred to in a discussion concerning the Lord’s Supper, one normally thinks that either Roman Catholicism or Lutheranism is being referred to. The reason for this is that many good folks in the Reformed community do not have a confessional, historical or reformed understanding of the topic. In fact, many are memorialists affirming that nothing takes place in the supper and that there is no presence of Christ when we gather to partake of the sacred meal. Some have gone a bit further and have said that there is a real “spiritual” presence of Christ in communion. This is not far enough, though, for there is a real presence of Christ in the supper wherein His church really feeds upon his body and blood. This has been the … Read More »