Monday, May 25, 2015

MEMORY WORK: This Week's Catechism Questions (5/24/2015)

This Week's Memory Work:

First Catechism Questions:
FCQ. 142 – What will God do to the unbelievers on the last day? He will cast them into the lake of fire, along with Satan and his angels. 
FCQ. 143 – What will the lake of fire be like? It will be an awful place, where the lost will suffer for their sins forever.

Shorter Catechism Questions:
SCQ. 7 – What are the decrees of God? The decrees of God are, his eternal purpose, according to the counsel of his will, whereby, for his own glory, he has foreordained whatsoever comes to pass.



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UPCOMING EVENTS: This Week's Announcements (5/24/2015)

Upcoming Events / Announcements

June 6 - Men's Book Study - 8am
June 8 - Western Reformed Seminary Graduation - wrs.edu
June 22-24 - Vacation Bible School - Jesus: The Only Super Hero 
July 23-30 - GWP Youth Summer Camp

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SAVE THE DATE: Men's Book Study (6/6/2015)

Men, save the morning of Saturday, June 6 at 8am to join us for our continuing study of J.I. Packer's Concise Theology.
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Sunday, May 24, 2015

For My Name’s Sake - Pastor Tito Lyro - 1 Samuel 12:20-22

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Friday, May 22, 2015

For His Name's Sake - 1 Sam. 12:20-22

What's in a name? Why were you named the way you were? I was named the way I was because my father didn't want his son to have a name that would lend itself to a nickname (his own long name bothered him). He was also enamored with the social policies of Josip Tito, the Yugoslavian dictator. I bet each one of you has a story to tell regarding your name. Names are important because they represent who their bearers are.
God often appeals to his name as the basis for his faithfulness to us. As we will see in a moment, our whole relationship with God is based upon the glory of his name.

I. Two Commands in the Passage: Don't Fear and Follow.

A. Do not fear, 20.

1. The Israelites were afraid that, as the result of their sin of asking for a king, God would destroy them, 19.

a. Their reaction was a very human reaction.

b. They were expecting God to act like we naturally act.

1) They were under the impression that the only reason God kept them around was because of the way they performed.

2) Now that they messed up God was going to discard them.

c. It is actually a very arrogant thought to think that our performance is what secures God's relationship with us.

2. Samuel replies to them, "Yes, what you did was wicked, evil, really bad, but don't despair. Continue following the Lord."

a. Notice that Samuel doesn't excuse their sin.

b. He acknowledges that sin is sin and God should indeed pulverize the sinner, but… he doesn't, which bring us to the second command.

B. Follow the Lord, 20b-21.

1. Samuel refocuses their thinking – instead of focusing on the punishment you think you are going to receive from the Lord, concentrate on following him, 20b.

2. Following the Lord is a single-minded activity, 21a – do not turn aside.

3. The reason for that is that any other pursuit is meaningless, 21b.

a. Notice that Samuel says that pursuing something other the Lord is to pursue nothing.

1) The word "nothing" at the end of v. 21 is the same word used in Gen. 1:1 where it is translated "without form."

2) This word means "out of order" or "wasteland" and is translated earlier in v. 21 as "empty things."

b. Notice that Samuel says that pursuing other things will not profit or deliver you because they CANNOT do so.

Ecc. 1:12-14 – I, the Preacher, was king over Israel in Jerusalem. And I set my heart to seek and search out by wisdom concerning all that is done under heaven; this burdensome task God has given to the sons of man, by which they may be exercised. I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and indeed, all is vanity and grasping for the wind.

Ecc. 12:13 – Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man's all.

C. The reason the people of God don't have to fear and can focus on following the Lord is that he will not leave them nor forsake them.

II. The Reason for the Commands: The Lord Will not Forsake His People, 22.

A. This is not a promise that is limited to those people who were listening to Samuel 3,000 years ago, 22a.

B. This is a promise for his people throughout the ages.

Heb. 13:5-6 – Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you." So we may boldly say: "The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?"

2 Tim. 2:10-13 – Therefore I endure all things for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. This is a faithful saying: for if we died with Him, we shall also live with Him. If we endure, we shall also reign with Him. If we deny Him, He also will deny us. If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself.

C. Why is this promise true? Two reasons:

1. The relationship between God and his people is determined by God and not the people.

a. In the immediate context, the people of God is the covenant people of Israel.

1) God didn't call them to be his people because of their performance, or might, or benefit that he could draw from them.

2) As a matter of fact, God explicitly says otherwise.

Dt. 7:6-8 – For you are a holy people to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples on the face of the earth. The Lord did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any other people, for you were the least of all peoples; but because the Lord loves you, and because He would keep the oath which He swore to your fathers, the Lord has brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you from the house of bondage, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.

3) Since God didn't enter this relationship with them based on their performance or even on whom they are, then their performance or who they are will not sever the relationship either.

b. In the context of the whole Bible, the people of God to whom he is always faithful is his elect.

1) God, only because he wanted to do so, chose a people to himself.

2) He did that in eternity past when all things only existed in his mind.

3) He did not choose them because he saw something worthy in them, but because he saw something worthy in himself.

4) This chosen people consists of more people than can be counted.

5) Scriptural proof, 22c.

Eph. 1:11-12 – In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory.

1 Cor. 1:26-31 – For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence. But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption—that, as it is written, "He who glories, let him glory in the Lord."

Rev. 7:9-10 – After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, saying, "Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!"

2. God is always faithful to himself, 22b.

a. Notice how Samuel says that one of the reasons that God will not forsake them is "for his great name's sake."

b. When the Bible speaks of the name of God, it is not just referring to a personal name.

c. It is referring to whom he is, to his character, his attributes, what he is made known by.

Ex. 33:18-23 – And he said, "Please, show me Your glory." Then He said, "I will make all My goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before you. I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion." But He said, "You cannot see My face; for no man shall see Me, and live." And the Lord said, "Here is a place by Me, and you shall stand on the rock. So it shall be, while My glory passes by, that I will put you in the cleft of the rock, and will cover you with My hand while I pass by. Then I will take away My hand, and you shall see My back; but My face shall not be seen."

Ex. 34:5-7 – Now the Lord descended in the cloud and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the Lord. And the Lord passed before him and proclaimed, "The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children's children to the third and the fourth generation."

WLC 112 – Q. 112. What is required in the third commandment? The third commandment requires, that the name of God, his titles, attributes, ordinances, the word, sacraments, prayer, oaths, vows, lots, his works, and whatsoever else there is whereby he makes himself known, be holily and reverently used in thought, meditation, word, and writing; by an holy profession, and answerable conversation, to the glory of God, and the good of ourselves, and others. 

d. God promised to be our God and that we would be his people.

e. To forsake us would be to go against who he is.

f. In the contrary to merit way that God saves his people, we see his name magnified

Is. 49:9-11 – For My name's sake I will defer My anger, and for My praise I will restrain it from you, so that I do not cut you off. Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction. For My own sake, for My own sake, I will do it; for how should My name be profaned? And I will not give My glory to another.

Ez. 36:22-28 (clearly seen in New Covenant) – Therefore say to the house of Israel, 'Thus says the Lord God: "I do not do this for your sake, O house of Israel, but for My holy name's sake, which you have profaned among the nations wherever you went. And I will sanctify My great name, which has been profaned among the nations, which you have profaned in their midst; and the nations shall know that I am the Lord," says the Lord God, "when I am hallowed in you before their eyes. For I will take you from among the nations, gather you out of all countries, and bring you into your own land. Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them. Then you shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; you shall be My people, and I will be your God.

D. Therefore, God doesn't forsake us.

1. Word translated "forsake" means to leave fallow, uncultivated, to throw down, to hand over, to give up, to leave off, to leave unheeded, to overrun.

2. This is word is used to describe what Israel did to God.

Dt. 32:15 – But Jeshurun grew fat and kicked; you grew fat, you grew thick, you are obese! Then he forsook God who made him, and scornfully esteemed the Rock of his salvation.

3. And that is exactly what God doesn't do.

III. Back to the Commands.

A. With this idea of the unconditional, electing love of God in mind, let's think again about the two commands in this passage.

B. We don't have to be paralyzed by fear of being forsaking by God.

C. The notion that God's love for us is not performance based actually frees us to following him more faithfully – true in sports or other performances.

2 Tim. 1:7 – For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

D. The notion that God's love for us is not performance based allows to serve him in humility – to the praise of his name.

Conclusion
So, what's in a name? In the great name of God is the hope of our salvation.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

A Word from Pastor Tito -- Worshiping the Lord

The Lord has blessed us with a lot of visitors at church who are not just coming once.  They are hanging around.  It is great to get to meet new people and worship the Lord with them.  The increased attendance, however, presents some challenges for us.  The specific challenge I want to address with you is the tight space and noise level during our Sunday morning worship service.
When we meet together on the Lord's Day, we are meeting to worship the most holy and awesome God who created heaven and earth and all that in them is.  In thinking of worship, I often think of that scene in the book of Isaiah with the mighty creatures who stand before the Lord day and night in awe and reverence.  Even those mighty angels did not dare take the worship of the Lord lightly.  Or, I think of Moses taking his sandals off in reverence for the holiness of the presence of the Lord.  The prophet Habakkuk speaks of the seriousness of worship when he says, "… the Lord is in His holy temple.  Let all the earth keep silence before Him" (Hab. 2:20).
We begin, then, addressing the challenge of noise and space by realizing that our worship gathering is the most solemn, most important, and most awesome thing we do every week.  As we realize the weightiness of where we are and what we are doing, our minds and bodies are able to worship the Lord in spirit and in truth.
What are things we can do to deal with the tight space and noise challenge and improve our worship experience?  Let me suggest a few things:
  • Pray – pray during the week for yourself, for your children, for me, for those who will be sitting around you, for Nick and Darin as they lead the responsive reading, for Emily as she plays the piano;
  • Arrive early – if you are providentially hindered from attending Sunday school, try to arrive at church with enough time to find a good seat; then, pray before the service;
  • Refrain from carrying conversations with people around you during the service – every little noise gets magnified by other little noises;
  • Silence your phone – not just on vibrating, but on silence; I guarantee you that the world will survive your being off the grid for an hour;
  • Find a place to sit on the pews – it is much more comfortable than the chairs in the back; it would be great if we could fill out all the pews, even the first one;
  • Take care of all your needs before the announcements – water, bathroom, coffee, etc.;
  • Avoid getting up and walking around during the worship service – our morning worship service is usually an hour long, so nobody will die of thirst, hunger, or bladder explosion;
  • If you have children, train them to participate in all elements of worship – your children will not behave during the worship service if they are not expected to behave at all times; therefore, the best way to train your children for worship on Sunday is to be consistent with them at home during the other seven days;
  • If your child needs a spanking because they are being disobedient, don't be embarrassed; take him out, apply the means of grace to his backside, and bring him back to worship his Lord (just a reminder that if you tell them to be quiet and they don't follow your instruction, they are disobeying you);
  • If you don't have children, be patient with those who do and are trying to help their little ones worship their Lord;
  • Use the offertory time (that's when we take the offering) also to offer prayers instead of catching up on the week with those around you;
  • Make the effort to engage actively in every element during the worship service (pray, sing, read, give, listen, and eat).

These tips will help us love the Lord with all our being as we worship him and will help us love our neighbors as ourselves as we create an environment that is conducive to serious, weighty, awesome, reverent worship.


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Monday, May 18, 2015

MEMORY WORK: This Week's Catechism Questions (5/17/2015)

This Week's Memory Work:

First Catechism Questions:
FCQ. 142 – What will God do to the unbelievers on the last day? He will cast them into the lake of fire, along with Satan and his angels. 
FCQ. 143 – What will the lake of fire be like? It will be an awful place, where the lost will suffer for their sins forever.

Shorter Catechism Questions:
SCQ. 7 – What are the decrees of God? The decrees of God are, his eternal purpose, according to the counsel of his will, whereby, for his own glory, he has foreordained whatsoever comes to pass.
 


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UPCOMING EVENTS: This Week's Announcements (5/17/2015)

Upcoming Events / Announcements

May 23 - Mother/Daughter Banquet @ Lacey Community Center - 4pm
June 6 - Men's Book Study - 8am
June 8 - Western Reformed Seminary Graduation - wrs.edu
June 22-24 - Vacation Bible School - Jesus: The Only Super Hero 
July 23-30 - GWP Youth Summer Camp

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Sunday, May 17, 2015

A Strange Coronation - Pastor Tito Lyro - 1 Samuel 12

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Friday, May 15, 2015

A Strange Coronation - 1 Sam. 12

Introduction

There are few things in the world more pompous than a royal coronation.  The preparations for Queen Elizabeth II's coronation started 16 months before the actual coronation.  On the day of the coronation, three million people lined the streets of London on the route the crown princess was going to take to Westminster Abbey.  750 commentators broadcast the event live in 39 languages.  The whole ceremony was an exercise in exaggerations.  The speeches extolled the virtues of the newly crowned queen.

Now let's go back about 3,000 years (Elizabeth II was crowned in 1953) and consider another royal coronation: Saul's coronation.  Let's read the rest of the chapter.

I.             Review of Where We Are

A.  Up to chapter 8 or so, things are happening at the same time as the events in the book of Judges.

1.   Verses 6-12 follow the cyclical pattern of Judges – more on it later.

2.   Samuel is the last judge in the sense of the book of Judges.

B.  1-2 Samuel provides the transition from decentralized government and worship to a established king in David and a centralized place of worship in Jerusalem.

C.  1-2 Samuel is all about the covenant with David in 2 Samuel 7.

D.  The people of Israel demanded a king to lead them in the place of God and God gave them Saul.

1.   We have been dealing with this issue since chpt. 8.

2.   Now we finally have the official coronation of King Saul in Gilgal.

        a.    Gilgal was a place of covenantal importance since the days of Joshua when Israel would go there to renew their allegiance to the Lord.

       b.   Here, however, Gilgal is not so much a place where Israel renews her faithfulness to the Lord (though they were supposed to, 11:14), but where God renews his faithfulness to them, 12:22.

E.   Two weeks ago, we saw that chpt. 12 was organized in the shape of a covenant.

1.   We saw that that was the case because God speaks to his people in that way.

2.   He especially does that when he is saying something very important.

WCF 7:1 – The distance between God and the creature is so great that although reasonable creatures do owe obedience unto him as their Creator, yet they could never have any fruition of him, as their blessedness and reward, but by some voluntary condescension on God's part, which he hath been pleased to express by way of covenant.

{TRANSITION: As we work our way through this passage, we will see that the Holy Spirit establishes Samuel's credentials as the covenant messenger, God's credentials as the author of the covenant, and Israel's credentials as the covenant-breaking party.  Then he reminds us of the terms of the covenant and the seriousness of if and ends the chapter with the faithfulness of the Lord.}

II.          Samuel's Credential as the Covenant Messenger: Above Reproach, 1-5.

A.  Israel has no objective, logical reason not to listen to Samuel.

1.   He lived his life before them, 2.

2.   Yes, his kids didn't turn out well, but they know that it wasn't because Samuel neglected them, 2.

3.   Now he is old and ready to move on.

"Samuel's speech was something of a retirement speech.  Though he remained alive for perhaps another thirty years, he no longer led Israel as judge and military commander.  Instead, he led Israel by speaking the Word of God to the king."  Peter Leithart

B.  While in chpt. 8 Samuel described the king as taking, taking, taking, here he says that he himself did not take, 3.

1.   He was not like the kings of the nations.

2.   Nor was he like his sons.

C.  So, Israel knows that when Samuel speaks he has her best interest in mind, 5.

III.       God's Credentials as the Covenant-Maker: Impeccable and Marked by Grace and Compassion, 6-11.

A.  God's faithfulness in redeeming Israel from the bondage of slavery shows that he can be trusted, 6-8.

B.  God's faithfulness in providing judges shows that he can be trusted, 9-11.

1.   We see here the typical Judges cycle.

2.   Sin à Misery à Cry out to God à Deliverance à Sin.

C.  We are hard on Israel for missing the point of God's faithfulness and acting contrary to all the evidence they had, but we tend to do the same thing.

1.   God has delivered us and blessed us time and again, and once he delivers us we forget about it and go back to trusting whatever it was we were trusting before.

2.   Someone might say, "My life has not been marked great deliverance. As a matter of fact, I've had a very hard life.  I don't really see the faithfulness of the Lord.  I've prayed for him to make my life easier and he hasn't answered.  I have no proof of his faithfulness."

           a.    To that we say, what about the cross?

           b.   What about eternal life?

           c.    What about deliverance from the guilt of your sins?

         d.   What about the Spirit of God dwelling in you testifying to your spirit of the goodness of God?

3.   If, after considering these questions, you still doubt the faithfulness of God, then you may want to consider that your faith is not real.

{TRANSITION: So far so good.  The messenger of the covenant is blameless and trustworthy, the Maker of the covenant is gracious and compassionate.  How about Israel?}

IV.        Israel's Credentials as Covenant-Keepers:  Not so Good, 9, 12, 16-19.

A.    Throughout her entire history, God delivered Israel from the enemy; therefore, it stands to reason that when Nahash started threatening Israel, the people would cry out to God because it worked every other time – but they don't, 9.

B.    Sin is always contrary to fact, 9.

1.   Despite all the evidence they had, the people of Israel still thought it would be better to have a king like the nations instead of having the Lord.

2.   That is exactly what we do when we sin.

         a.    We act contrary to all the evidence we have concerning God.

     b.   So we can't really make sense of sin or justify it because it is not reasonable.

C.  Sin is always deceitful, 19.

Jam. 1:14-15 – But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.  Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.  Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren.

1.   We keep on telling ourselves that sin will pay off this times, that it will satisfy this time, and it might satisfy for that moment, but it leave a bitter taste no matter what.

2.   Not is sin deceitful, but also our hearts are deceitful.

Jer. 17:9 – The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?

D.  Sin doesn't fulfill, 21.

Jam. 1:15 – Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.

Pro. 13:15 – Good understanding gains favor, but the way of the unfaithful is hard.

V.           A Reminder of the Terms of the Covenant, 13-15.

A.  Obey and be blessed, 13-14.

B.  Disobey and be cursed, 15.

1.   This is really not rocket science.

       a.    You obey God and you will generally experience the blessings of following his precepts.

       b.   You disobey God and you will generally experience the curses of ignoring his precepts.

1)   True in marriage.

2)   True in raising kids.

3)   True in relationships.

4)   True in rebellion.

2.   Notice that a bad king is just a reflection of the heart of the people, 14b.

VI.        A Sign That the Lord Means Business, 16-19.

A.  It was the dry season, so this type of storm was not common at all.

B.  It was also harvest season and a storm of this magnitude would ruin the grain on the stock that was ready to be harvested.

C.  Notice that God follows the pattern he follows throughout the Bible – the miraculous sign was not an end in itself but an authentication of his Word.

VII.     At the End of the Day, What Really Matters Is That God Is Faithful, 20-23.

A.  Don't think that you are beyond the reach of God's grace, 20-21.

1.   Someone might think. "I've sinned so badly and messed up beyond hope; there is no hope for me."

2.   That's not the case at all.

3.   As long as God is God, there is hope for the sinner.

B.  God is incredibly faithful to you because he is immovably faithful to himself, 22.

1.   His covenant faithfulness to us is based on his covenant faithfulness to himself.

Ez. 36:22-28 – Therefore say to the house of Israel, 'Thus says the Lord God: "I do not do thisfor your sake, O house of Israel, but for My holy name's sake, which you have profaned among the nations wherever you went.  And I will sanctify My great name, which has been profaned among the nations, which you have profaned in their midst; and the nations shall know that I am the Lord," says the Lord God, "when I am hallowed in you before their eyes.  For I will take you from among the nations, gather you out of all countries, and bring you into your own land.  Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols.  I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.  I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.  Then you shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; you shall be My people, and I will be your God.

2.   This is also the basis for his unconditional election of us.

Eph. 1:11-12 – In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory.

The Conclusion of the Matter: Serve God Faithfully, 24-25.

The effect that this truth that God in Jesus Christ is incredibly faithful to you must result in your serving him faithfully.  When your eyes are opened to the grace of God in Jesus Christ, the consequence of it is worship and service.




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