Pastor's Blog (Page 3)

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Devoted to God: Introduction

One of the required reading assignments for our Men’s Leadership Class is Sinclair Ferguson’s book on sanctification called, Devoted to God: Blueprints for Sanctification, published by Banner of Truth. I chose this book because of its stated goal: “to provide a manual of biblical teaching on holiness developed on the basis of extended expositions of foundational passages in the  New Testament.” The key to growing in sanctification is growing in the knowledge of God, by means of His Word and Spirit.…

What Are the Means of Grace?

One of the phrases you will hear often at Reformation Presbyterian Church is “the ordinary means of grace.” What are the means of grace? Simply put, the means of grace are those ordinances God has graciously provided to bring us into communion with Him. The Westminster Larger Catechism brings this into focus for us in Q. 134: Q. What are the outward means whereby Christ communicates to us the benefits of His mediation?  A. The outward and ordinary means whereby…

Jay Adams – Asleep in Jesus

Dr. Jay Adams, often referred to as “the father of modern biblical counseling,” went home to be with the Lord today. He was an OPC pastor, a professor at Westminster Seminary in Philadelphia, and an author of many practical books related to the Christian life. He is perhaps best known for his classic, Competent to Counsel, which argued that pastors must not leave the work of counseling to psychologists and professionals, but have the tools available to them in the all-sufficient Scriptures…

Regional Church News – October 2020

The Presbytery of the Southeast met on October 16-17, 2020 for its fall stated meeting. A presbytery meeting is a meeting of the regional church–a gracious meeting of Christ with His people, as He works through His servants, the ministers and elders of the local churches in a particular geographic region. Our presbytery has churches in the states of Virginia, North and South Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky, and Tennessee. The meeting opened with a worship service, during which our stated clerk,…

The Church Resilient

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing (James 1:1-2). Every year during the month of November, the General Assembly of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church asks its member congregations to consider giving to the work of the whole church through the annual Thank Offering. The Thank Offering provides about a quarter…

Why Should We Teach Our Children the Catechism?

I will answer this question with a wonderful quotation from John Murray: Now everyone of you children should know The Shorter Catechism from the beginning to the end without a mistake by this age. Now that’s without joking at all. At the age of twelve you ought to know The Shorter Catechism from beginning to end without even making a mistake. You don’t know what you are missing! Get down to learning it, if you haven’t already learned it! It…

A Prayer for Our Times

Father, we give You thanks that You are our God and that You have established Your covenant of grace with us in the firm foundation laid for our faith at the cross and in the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. We give You thanks that we are adopted sons of God through Your Son, and that in Him we are heirs of eternal life and all the blessings of heavenly life in communion with You. We thank You for…

The Sons of God & the Daughters of Men (Gen. 6:1-4)

“Now it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them, that the sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose. And the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.” There were giants on the earth…

Families in Union with Christ

Last night’s Bible study was Lesson 23 in the series “Ephesians: Living in Union with Christ.” Focusing on Eph. 6:1-4, we considered what happens when the Gospel begins to transform the most basic human relationships–in marriage and in the family. The Word of God speaks first to husbands and wives, but it does not neglect children. God addresses children directly in His Word, as members of the family of God, as “the saints who are in Ephesus, and faithful in Jesus…

A Letter of Humble Petition

I and another minister on the session have signed a letter of humble petition that was sent to the governor of Virginia, Hon. Ralph S. Northam. I should note that we have signed this letter as Christians who happen to be ministers of the Gospel, not on behalf of Reformation Presbyterian Church, the Presbytery of the Southeast, or the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. However, such letters of humble petition are part of the history and tradition of the OPC, and are…

An Introduction to Family Worship

In the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, when parents bring their children before the Lord for baptism, they promise to teach them the Scriptures, pray regularly for and with them, and bring them up in “the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” I can think of no better means of fulfilling those vows than through the regular practice of family worship. This is the first in a series of posts I plan to write on the principles and practice of family worship…

What is Prayer? (Part 2)

In a previous post, I mentioned that one of my favorite books on prayer is Eric Alexander’s, Prayer: A Biblical Perspective. You can find that little volume at The Banner of Truth here. After offering a few thoughts about what prayer is NOT, he goes on to address what prayer actually is. He begins by insisting that prayer is very hard to define. While the Bible has a great deal to say about prayer, and sets it before us as the most…