Studies in James

CPRC Mens’ Bible Study group start a new series of studies on February 20th (DV) using the RFPA study guide available here.


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Respectable Sins (9) answers

Respectable Sins (9) Worldliness/resume

respectable sins

  1. Worldliness is a mind-set that has no thought of God—every thought and aim is limited to self and gaining something on earth whether possessions, indulging lusts, getting glory for self or seeking to merit with a false god or even the true God. It accepts worldly practices and attitudes e.g. sexual mores, feminism, political correctness. Scriptural examples are: Achan, Samson, Absalom, Simon Majus, Ananias and Sapphira.
  2. It is sinful and dangerous because it excludes God (hence ignores the first commandment), is ungodly (Jude 15), it falls short of the glory of God (definition of sin), ignores responsibility to God and ends up in hell (outer darkness and exclusion from God’s presence). It is backsliding, side-tracks the believer, and may lead to apostasy in the hypocrite. It is also very sad for the believer who loses his appreciation of all God’s good gifts, the world around him and whose world becomes lack-lustre.
  3. Major areas of compromise are sexual mores that are unchaste and demean marriage, entertainment with living for pleasure (TV and movies), making money your god and not sharing, Sabbath-breaking.
  4. An idol today is any object or objective of one’s affection that takes first place, place of devotion and dominates thoughts, use of time and worship.
  5. The antidote to worldliness is the word of God/means of grace, mortifying lusts, focus on Christ’s coming and the great commission (Matthew 6:33, I John 3:3), covenant affection for God as Bridges says,” We need an increased affection for God that will expel from our hearts our affections for the things of this world.”
  6. The two great theological foundations for our progressive sanctification are justification (imputed righteousness) and sanctification (the Spirit indwelling).
  7. Ungodliness is living without God and is an attitude where life objective is other than pleasing God.
  8. Unrighteousness is firstly a state of fallen man but also actions characterised by transgression of God’s commandments in thought, word and deed.
  9. Pride exhibits itself as atheism, unwillingness to listen, be corrected or chastened, self-righteousness, independence, blaming others, un-forgiveness, a “look at me” attitude, inordinate desire to correct others and argue, believing lies and false doctrine and denying the truth of Scripture.The only things we can boast about are knowing God (Jer.9:23-24), the cross and that our names are written in heaven.
  10. Selfishness can be counteracted by praying for others, conversing with others and listening, centring on them, sharing all you have, giving generously, serving and being hospitable.
  11. Hypocritical judgment is condemned but righteous, word-centred judgment with mercy is commended.
  12. The Christian faith is the only religion in which the heart is changed and men are actually made holy (like Christ). All other man-made religion is window-dressing, outward conformity to man-made standards that are actually godless and demon-inspired (Jer.31:33-34).

That is the end of this series of Bible Studies.

Lord-willing we start studies in James on February 20th.


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Many are called but few are chosen.




Matthew 22:14 with a stroke explodes the notion of hyper-Calvinists that only convicted sinners, or the elect are called by the gospel. You cannot know who your audience are! Only in the sense that the call is the effectual call is this correct. But in the sense that the external call of the gospel*, preached by men, with the command to repent and believe is to go to all nations promiscuously, they are wrong. Christ clearly differentiates between the outward preached call* to the many, and the inward effectual call** from death to life that he accomplishes in the few. One asterisk* equates with the outward call and two** to the inward call.

This is corroborated in the Canons of Dort Heads III/IV Articles 8-10.

Article 8. As many as are called** by the gospel, are unfeignedly called**. For God hath most earnestly and truly shown in his Word, what is pleasing to him, namely, that those who are called** should come to him. He, moreover, seriously promises eternal life, and rest, to as many as shall come to him, and believe on him.

Article 9. It is not the fault of the gospel, nor of Christ, offered therein, nor of God, who calls men by the gospel*, and confers upon them various gifts, that those who are called* by the ministry of the word, refuse to come, and be converted: the fault lies in themselves; some of whom when called*, regardless of their danger, reject the word of life; others, though they receive it, suffer it not to make a lasting impression on their heart; therefore, their joy, arising only from a temporary faith, soon vanishes, and they fall away; while others choke the seed of the word by perplexing cares, and the pleasures of this world, and produce no fruit. – This our Savior teaches in the parable of the sower. Matthew 13.

Article 10. But that others who are called* by the gospel, obey the call, and are converted, is not to be ascribed to the proper exercise of free will, whereby one distinguishes himself above others, equally furnished with grace sufficient for faith and conversions, as the proud heresy of Pelagius maintains; but it must be wholly ascribed to God, who as he has chosen his own from eternity in Christ, so he confers upon them faith and repentance, rescues them from the power of darkness, and translates them into the kingdom of his own Son, that they may show forth the praises of him, who hath called** them out of darkness into his marvelous light; and may glory not in themselves, but in the Lord according to the testimony of the apostles in various places.


The year ahead, the life ahead.

 alpha and omega

As we enter a new year 2016. We need, as God’s people, redeemed in Christ’s blood, to be confident in this: that God is for us (Romans 8:32), that God is with us (Hebrews 13:5), that God will help us (Psalm 124:8), that we can expect good (Genesis 32:12, Numbers 10:29,Psalm73:1), that all things will work for our good (Romans 8:28), that God will bless us (Psalm 21:6), that by meditating on the word of God and obeying it we shall have success (Joshua 1:8), all our days and good works are ordained by Christ who is the Alpha and Omega of all of them (Psalm 139:16, Eph.2:10, Rev.1:8).

Our part? Take in the word of God by every possible means


and Pray without ceasing (I Thess. 5:17).







A new running workout:

ON = 20 seconds
OFF = 10 seconds


REPEAT 8 times

That’s the formula for a tabata workout—the super high-intensity workout protocol developed by Japanese exercise physiologist Izumi Tabata, who in 1998 published an influential research paper based on his work with speed skaters. When these athletes followed maximum-effort bouts of exercise with very short rest periods, there was an unexpected finding: “They showed significant improvement in VO2 max, compared to people doing endurance activity,” says Bob Otto, exercise physiologist and director of the human performance lab at Adelphi University. “Their ability to tolerate lactate acid was greater as well.”

Why? Probably because the short, high-intensity bouts of exercise quickly use up your ATP, your short-term energy system. The even shorter periods of rest force your body to respond by more efficiently processing oxygen, thereby raising your VO2. The short duration of the workouts makes them ideal for winter treadmill sessions or brief periods outdoors.

Two important caveats. First, to do these correctly you have to follow the protocol: That’s a 100 percent effort for 20 seconds, and a rest of only 10 seconds, repeated eight times. “These are intense workouts,” he says. If you need to start with three or four reps instead of eight, that’s fine. Make sure that you warm up and cool down thoroughly.

Second, if you’re training for a spring half marathon or full marathon, the Tabata-style workouts are not a replacement for long runs.

But one Tabata-type session, done correctly once every two weeks, Otto says, can help you maintain and probably improve on the VO2 max and LT capabilities you had going into the winter.