Trinity

Excerpt from Concise Theology “This is what the LORD says—Israel’s King and Redeemer, the LORD Almighty: I am the first and I am the last; apart from me there is no God” (Isaiah 44:6). The Old Testament constantly insists that there is only one God, the self-revealed Creator, who must be worshiped and loved exclusively (Deut. 6:4-5; Isa. 44:6– 45:25). The New Testament agrees (Mark 12:29-30; 1 Cor. 8:4; Eph. 4:6; 1 Tim. 2:5) but speaks of three personal agents, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, working together in the manner of a team to bring about salvation (Rom. 8; Eph. 1:3-14; 2 Thess. 2:13-14; 1 Pet. 1:2). The historic formulation of the Trinity (derived from the Latin word trinitas, meanin

One-Anothering and Home Groups

Small groups are vitally important in the church. It is where we learn to know one another, and serve and love one another. We need each other. We are commanded to one another one another. Biblical truth embraced by faith will make itself known in deepening godly community- authentic relationships. “Iron sharpens iron, So one man sharpens another.” (Prov 27:17) If we know God, we will love one another, deeply, from the heart. Our home groups must be a place to develop that godly community of grace. Perhaps a place to find, or to be, a friend that sticks closer than a brother. We live in a world that is tearing us apart, literally. The nuclear family has gone atomic, and we are scattered

WCF 2:2 God is independent from and sovereign over all creatures.

"God hath all life, glory, goodness, blessedness, in and of Himself; and is alone in and unto Himself all-sufficient, not standing in need of any creatures which He hath made, nor deriving any glory from them, but only manifesting His own glory in, by, and unto, and upon them. He is the alone fountain of all being, of whom, through whom, and to whom are all things and hath most sovereign dominion over them, to do by them, for them, or upon them whatsoever Himself pleaseth. In His sight all things are open and manifest, His knowledge is infinite, infallible, and independent upon the creature, so as nothing is to Him contingent, or uncertain. He is most holy in all His counsels, in all His

WCF 1:9-10 The self-interpreting Scriptures are the final word for the Church

"The infallible rule of interpretation of Scripture is the Scripture itself: and therefore, when there is a question about the true and full sense of any Scripture (which is not manifold, but one) it must be searched and known by other places that speak more clearly." "The supreme judge by which all controversies of religion are to be determined, and all decrees of councils, opinions of ancient writers, doctrines of men, and private spirits, are to be examined; and in whose sentence we are to rest; can be no other but the Holy Spirit speaking in the Scripture." WHAT DO THESE ARTICLES TEACH? 1) Scripture is her own interpreter. You cannot cut diamonds except with diamonds. To use a lower st

WCF 1:8 - The Purpose, infallible Original and Translation of the Bible

"The Old Testament in Hebrew (which was the native language of the people of God of old), and the New Testament in Greek (which at the time of the writing of it was most generally known to the nations), being immediately inspired by God, and by His singular care and providence kept pure in all ages, are therefore authentical; so as, in all controversies of religion, the Church is finally to appeal unto them. But, because these original tongues are not known to all the people of God, who have the right unto, and interest in the Scriptures, and are commanded, in the fear of God, to read and search them, therefore they are to be translated into the vulgar language of every nation unto which th

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