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Archive for September, 2012

In this section we will look at four catechisms: The Heidelberg Catechism of 1563 (a continental Reformed product), The Westminster Shorter Catechism of 1648 (a British Presbyterian product), An Orthodox Catechism of 1680 (a British Particular Baptist product), and The Baptist Catechism of 1693 (another British Particular Baptist product). We will study the Heidelberg and Orthodox Catechism and then the Shorter Catechism and the Baptist Catechism. The Orthodox Catechism is  [ Read More ]

Reformed Confessions on the Lord’s Supper as a Means of Grace (II)

Part I is here. The Westminster Confession of Faith (1647)   The seventeenth-century Reformed confession produced by the Westminster Assembly, The Westminster Confession of Faith (WCF), says in its chapter “Of Saving Faith”:   The grace of faith, whereby the elect are enabled to believe to the saving of their souls, is the work of the Spirit of Christ in their hearts, and is ordinarily wrought by the ministry of  [ Read More ]

Reformed Confessions on the Lord’s Supper as a Means of Grace (I)

In this section we will look at three confessions: The Belgic Confession of 1561 (a continental Reformed product), The Westminster Confession of 1647 (a British Presbyterian product), and The Second London Confession of 1677/89 (a British Particular Baptist product). Though it is thought by some that the seventeenth-century Particular Baptists were bare memorialists, it will become obvious that this is not the case. It will become clear as well that,  [ Read More ]

R. L. Dabney on Hebrews 4:9

This verse [Heb. 4:9] (with its context, which must be carefully read) teaches that, as there remains to believers under the Chris­tian dispensation a hope of an eternal rest, so there remains to us an earthly Sab­bath to foreshadow it. The points to be noticed in the explanation of the chapter are: That God has an eternal spiritual rest; that he invited Old Testament be­lievers to share it; that it  [ Read More ]

THE DECALOGUE IN THE THOUGHT OF KEY REFORMED THEOLOGIANS WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO JOHN OWEN 5

Part 1 here. Part 2 here. Part 3 here. Part 4 here. Conclusion   What can we conclude in light of the evidence presented? ·         Owen in the context of his own writings   Primary source documentation of Owen has been presented on (1) the perpetuity of the entire Decalogue from Jer. 31:33 and 2 Co. 3:3, (2) Matt. 5:17 as it relates to the perpetuity of the Decalogue under  [ Read More ]

Sermon: The Creator’s Sabbath (II)

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Part 1 here. Part 2 here. Part 3 here.   The Idea of Abrogation in Owen and Others   1. John Owen. Owen teaches that the whole law of Moses (even the moral element) has been abrogated. Commenting on Hebrews 7:18, 19, Owen says:   I have proved before that “the commandment” in this verse [Heb. 7:18] is of equal extent and signification with “the law” in the next. And  [ Read More ]

Sermon: The Creator’s Sabbath (I)

Here is part I of sermons on Genesis 2:1-3.

THE DECALOGUE IN THE THOUGHT OF KEY REFORMED THEOLOGIANS WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO JOHN OWEN 3

Part 1 here. Part 2 here.   The Multi-functional Utility of the Decalogue in Owen and Others   1. John Owen. Owen viewed the Decalogue as having more than one function. He did not view it as Old Covenant law alone. His understanding of the multi-functional utility of the Decalogue can be seen clearly in several places of his Hebrews commentary. For instance, commenting on Heb. 9:5 (referenced above), he  [ Read More ]

GRBC morning worship moving to local hotel

On Lord’s Day, September 23, 2012, Grace Reformed Baptist Church, Palmdale, CA, is moving its morning worship to a local hotel. We will be meeting at The Palmdale Hotel, 300 W. Palmdale Blvd. beginning at 9:30am. Since last November, we have been meeting in my (Richard Barcellos) living room. Our first meeting back in November 2011 had 25 people present. Our last month or so averages in the high 40s  [ Read More ]

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