This Week at Covenant Family Church

2.21.24

Hello brothers and sisters,

This Sunday, I will preach on the seventh commandment (“You shall not commit adultery.”), Exodus 20:14. During the 10:00-10:30 am lesson time, I will give a lesson on the Old/New School controversy of the 1830s in the Presbyterian church. In the evening at 6:30 pm, the evening service will be held at the same location and the sermon will conclude the series on the Gospel of John, “Feed My Sheep and Follow Me” (John 21:15-25).

This evening, the midweek study will continue with chapter 4 of Reformed Worship by Jonty Rhodes at 6:00 pm at the Bringe home, with singing, prayer, and a study.

Recordings from Last Sunday

Sunday Lesson: An Educated Ministry and the Founding of Princeton Seminary

Morning Sermon: The Sixth Commandment (Exodus 20:13)

Evening Sermon: The Disciples Go Fishing (John 21:1-14)

Sermon Series Plans

In the mornings, I am preaching through the Ten Commandments. This series will conclude on March 17th. I plan to preach individual sermons on the following two Sundays (traditionally known as Palm Sunday and Easter) and then to begin a new series on the book of Acts.

In the evenings, the series on the Gospel of John will conclude this Sunday. After that, I plan to go to the Old Testament (since I will be switching to the New Testament in the morning). In particular, the next series will be on a minor prophet, probably Zephaniah.

Home Life of Archibald Alexander

One point I made on Sunday during the church history lesson was that Princeton Seminary’s first three professors not only made a beneficial impact on the church through their students, but also through their families. Here is a more extended version of a quote I shared during the lesson. It is by J.W. Alexander on the home life of his father, Archibald Alexander (1772-1851), in The Life of Archibald Alexander D.D., p. 406-408:

“He was addicted to sacred music, and as both he and Mrs. Alexander were gifted with clear and pleasing voices, the hours of family intercourse were enlivened by many a psalm and sacred song. …

 

“Nothing more characterized him than his fondness for communicating instruction, on every subject, even the most elementary, within his reach. It might be the alphabet, or Hebrew and Syriac grammar, or geometry and surveying, in which he was fully versed, or metaphysics; he was unwearied and delighted, if only he had willing learners; and he had the art of making every learner willing. …

 

“Before dismissing the matter of family training, we ought to mention his constant and animated conversations with his children. It was his solace, at home and by the way. Without the slightest appearance of plan, but with an easy and spontaneous flow, he was, during some hours of every day, pouring forth a stream of useful information, on all subjects, but chiefly on religion. The whole wealth of his extended reading and observation seemed at one time or another to be distilled in these familiar interviews. All the romantic and stirring events of his early mountain life, the tales of Indian massacres, to which his grandmother had fallen a victim, his journeys in new countries, and his schoolboy days, came in for their share. He excelled in graphic narration, and attracted the attention of guests and strangers, even when directly addressing himself to babes. As soon as a child could comprehend the subject, he began with the beautiful stories of the Bible, and repeated them again and again, until the little ones were perfectly acquainted with them long before they could make use of books.”

Log College Press

If you are interested in digging deeper into the writings of 18th-19th century American Presbyterians, the Log College Press is one helpful online resource. They have a library of free PDFs, including about 20,000 works by over 1,900 authors, available here. You might want to start with this page: Where Do I Start?

Morning Worship Details

Hymns & Psalms
Hymn #115 “All Creatures of Our God and King”
Hymn #473 “Jesus Sinners Doth Receive”
Psalm #19B “Jehovah’s Perfect Law Restores the Soul”
Psalm #119D “My Soul Has Cleaved to Dust”
Hymn #645 “Jesus, Thou Joy of Loving Hearts”

Bible Texts, Sermon:
Old Testament Reading: Proverbs 5
New Testament Reading: 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12
Sermon: “The Seventh Commandment” – Exodus 20:14

Evening Worship Details

Hymns & Psalms
Hymn #76 “Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven”
Hymn #160 “Shepherd of Tender Youth”
Hymn #599 “Savior, like a Shepherd Lead Us”

Bible Texts, Sermon:
Old Testament: Jeremiah 23:1-8
New Testament: 1 Peter 5
Sermon: “Feed My Sheep and Follow Me” (John 21:15-25)

 

Pastor Peter Bringe