Weary in well doing

Sermon read last Sunday (23/4/2017) at CERC Singapore. Originally preached by Rev. Carl Haak….a MUST if you are getting weary in prayer or any of the disciplines of the Christian life.

Sermon on Galatians 6:9

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Respect for the Word of God

ALL Scripture is inspired by God. ALL Scripture needs to be obeyed.

Young Calvinists

Many people today claim to love the Word of God. They talk about the beauty of the Bible, especially its poetry and rhythmic flow. Many of these same people, however treat it as irrelevant, in much the same way that we would treat a magazine of the 1970s.  In other words, they treat it with contempt while still claiming to love it. When it comes to such issues as women in office, homosexuality, or premarital sex we often hear something like this: “The Bible might have said that back in Paul’s day but we live in a different era now, so those rules don’t apply anymore.”  Still others cherry-pick which parts of the Bible they will adhere to. Doing that is nothing new. Thomas Jefferson is well known for going through the Bible with knife and cutting out the miracles and other parts of Scripture that he didn’t believe in…

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Thy way is in the sanctuary, thy way is in the sea.

Psalm 77:13, 19.

13 Thy way, O God, is in the sanctuary: who is so great a God as our God?

19 Thy way is in the sea, and thy path in the great waters, and thy footsteps are not known.
Can we synthesize these two verses? Deuteronomy 29:29, “ The secret things belong unto the Lord our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.”

Who God is and what he does is revealed in his word and understood in his sanctuary—the instituted true church where the whole counsel of God is preached and taught. But having said this, much of his providential dealings in history and in the lives of his children is hidden “in the sea”—unknown or barely discernible like the tangled back of a tapestry, which is all that we see, instead of the beautiful finished work which is on the other side, planned and known  by the artist, God himself.

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Devotions

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Why the title?

Because according to I Tim.6:3 doctrine and godliness can’t be separated.

What you know and believe affects how you live. Just look at the lives of idolaters and those who follow false religions like Islam.

Doctrine means teaching. Biblical doctrine concerns teaching about God and how to live.

Why so important? Because truly knowing God is eternal life (John 17:3).

All of the Bible tells about Christ (John5:39). So Scripture confronts us with God and his truth.

Without God we would cease to exist (Acts 17:25).

Without eternal life we are orphans, bereft of a heavenly father and destined for a godless, dark, abysmally painful hell.