This Week at Covenant Family Church

10.22.20

Brothers and sisters,

Grace, mercy, and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Below is your weekly update.

Last night at the men’s meeting we talked about the reformation of the church, in preparation for Reformation Day on the 31st. We talked about biblical reformations (e.g. 2 Chron. 15, 17, 34, Neh. 8-10), the Protestant Reformation, and the need for reformation today. Something I continued to think about after the meeting is the question of how to reform the church today. The primary means given in Scripture, as we see in the biblical examples of reformation, is the word of God, faithfully read, preached, and taught. Ephesians 4:1-16 also speaks of how Christ builds up his church, through the work of pastors and teachers and through every part of the body doing its task. There is work for each of us to do to maintain the truth and worship of God and to edify the brethren. I am reminded of T.S. Eliot’s words in the play, “The Rock,” where he wrote,

I will show you the things that are now being done,
And some of the things that were long ago done,
That you may take heart. Make perfect your will.
Let me show you the work of the humble. Listen.

 

The lights fade; in the semi-darkness the voices of WORKMEN are heard chanting.

 

In the vacant places
We will build with new bricks
There are hands and machines
And clay for new brick
And lime for new mortar
Where the bricks are fallen
We will build with new stone
Where the beams are rotten
We will build with new timbers
Where the word is unspoken
We will build with new speech
There is work together
A Church for all
And a job for each
Every man to his work.

Blog

The Liberty of the Church
In this post I explain that it is important for the well being of a nation for its civil government to protect and bless the church of Jesus Christ. The church of Christ is a blessing to the nations, and Jesus takes the treatment of his church personally.

Video and Audio Recordings

Politics, Justice, and Election Day (6 min.)
There is so much more to say, but in the video I mention a few important things the Bible teaches about politics.

Sunday Lesson: Man and Woman in the Church – Part 1 (36 min.): video link / audio link
In this lesson we continue our series on a Christian view of gender by looking particularly at man and women in the church. We didn’t finish the lesson, so I will continue with it this coming Sunday.

Worship and Sermon: “Walking on the Stormy Sea”: video link (of the worship service) / audio link (of the sermon)

Evening Sermon: “Return to the Lord” (35 min.): video link / audio link
In this sermon, God asserts his faithfulness and calls his wayward people to return to him. Specifically, he exhorts them to bring in the full tithe to his house.

Westminster Shorter Catechism, Q. 2

Q 2: What rule hath God given to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy him?
Answer: The Word of God, which is contained in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, is the only rule to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy him.

Not only has God purposefully created and designed us for the end of glorifying and enjoying him, but he has also told us how to do so. He has not left us to guess what glorifies God. He has not left us to stumble around in the dark. Rather, he has revealed his will for us, a rule to direct us unto his glory and our delight.

This rule is the word of God. This word came to his people in various ways, both written and spoken. But since revelation culminated with Christ and his apostles (Heb. 1:1-2), God’s word is now is found only and wholly in the written word of God, the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments. This is why the answer says the word of God is “contained in the Scriptures.” This does not mean that only some of Scripture is God’s word. It is contained in Scripture, not in the way that an egg contains a yoke, but in the way that this email contains my weekly update (the email is my weekly update, and all my weekly update is in this email). The Larger Catechism makes this clear by saying, “The holy scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the word of God, the only rule of faith and obedience.”

We find this clearly taught in 2 Timothy 3:15-17. And because Holy Scripture is God’s word, it is of supreme authority. Because it is the only form of special revelation, it is necessary for knowledge of salvation. Because the whole counsel of God concerning doctrine and duty is given in Scripture, it is a sufficient rule of faith and life. Because God gave it to direct us, those things in it which are necessary for salvation are clear enough that even “the simple” may understand them (Ps. 119:130).

Pilgrim Heritage Celebration: November 22nd
This November will be the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrim’s arrival at Cape Cod and the signing of the Mayflower Compact. This year’s speakers will be John Huffman, Jeff Hamann, and Peter Bringe. It will be held on Sunday, November 22nd. The program will begin at 2pm. Let me know if you have questions. 

Missionary Visit: November 18th
On November 18th, we will have a visit from the Robbins family at the Stahl home at 7pm. David Robbins, his wife Rashel, and children Joshua (13), Emma (11), Hannah (10), and Moru (4) have served as OPC missionaries in rural Karamoja, Uganda since 2016. David is one of the evangelists at Nakaale Presbyterian Church and has focused on leadership training and translating Reformed confessions.

Sunday Evening Sermon
I am preaching on Sunday evenings at 7pm via our church’s YouTube livestream. The sermon will also be recorded and posted on Sermon Audio. The series is on the book of Malachi, and the sermon this Sunday evening will be “Fearing God in Ungodly Times” (Malachi 3:13-4:3).

Midweek Meeting
On Wednesday evenings (7pm), we meet for a study at my house. We are working through a video series, Puritan: All of Life to the Glory of God. We also take time to take prayer requests and pray together. (On the third Wednesday of the month, this is replaced by our monthly men’s meeting.) On the 28th we will return to, and finish, the video series with “Practical Conclusions” by Joel Beeke.

Other Church Events
Nov. 5 – Session Meeting at the Stahl’s home, 7pm
Nov. 18 – Missionary visit from Robbins family (Uganda), 7pm
Nov. 22 – Pilgrim Heritage Celebration

Worship Details

Hymns & Psalms 
Hymn #92 “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”
Hymn #554 “From Depths of Woe I Raise to Thee”
Psalm #124B “Now Israel May Say and That in Truth”
Hymn #348 “Jesus, with Thy Church Abide”
Psalm #125 “Like Zion’s Mountain Shall They Be”

Bible Texts, Sermon:
Old Testament Reading: Psalm 119:97-112
New Testament Reading: 1 Timothy 3:10-4:8
Sermon: “Tradition and the Word of God” – Matthew 15:1-9

 

Pastor Peter Bringe
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