This Week at Covenant Family Church


Hello brothers and sisters,

Below is info about our midweek meeting, the weekly catechism question, and details for worship on Sunday. Sorry I don’t have a short video recorded. I do plan to get back to recording them soon and have one for you next week.

Also, this Sunday I plan to bring a sign up sheet for our annual shepherding visits. I believe Thursday evenings and Saturday afternoons are generally good times, but if a different time would work better, let us know.

Last Sunday’s lesson on Proverbs 12:25-28 can be found on YouTube here and Sermon Audio here Next Sunday Elder Stahl will begin a Sunday school series on the plan of salvation, based on a book by that name by B.B. Warfield. Last Sunday’s sermon, “Do Not Despise These Little Ones” (Matthew 18:5-14), can be found at this link. And the video of the evening sermon, “Be Appalled, O Heavens” (Jeremiah 2:1-22) is available here and the audio recording here.

You can read the most recent blog post, “The Call of Jeremiah and the Mission of the Church,” at this link: It is adapted from my first sermon on Jeremiah.

Men’s Meeting and Midweek Meeting
We postponed last night’s midweek book study, but I forgot that the follow Wednesday (the 20th) is the third Wednesday when we have our monthly men’s meeting. So we will meet to discuss the final chapter of Machen’s book on the 27th. Next Wednesday, the 20th, we will have our monthly men’s meeting. I am still formulating the topic, but the discussion will focus on doing things. Something like: what are things we would like to do this year (personally and as a church) and how can we help each other do the things we are already doing but not as well as we would like?

Westminster Shorter Catechism, Q. 14

Q 14: What is sin?
Answer: Sin is any want of conformity unto, or transgression of, the law of God.

The apostle John gave us a simple definition of sin when he said that “sin is lawlessness” (1 John 3:4). Sin is defined by the law of God. If it is not a violation of God’s law, it is not a sin. But God’s law requires perfect conformity. It is a perfect rule of righteousness, showing us what is right, revealing to us the will of God. As Paul says, the law is “holy and righteous and good” (Rom. 7:12). It is not an arbitrary law, but an expression of God’s holy character and our place in God’s design. Any departure from this law is a departure from righteousness, a deviation from our duty, a rebellion against God, and a basis for judgment.

Our catechism mentions two ways we fall short of God’s law. First, there is “want [lack] of conformity unto … the law of God.” This lack of conformity is found in our sins of omission, not doing what the law commands. The law calls us to fulfill our duties, to move unto active service unto God and man, and failure to do our duty is sin. This lack of conformity is also found in original sin, our innate hostility against God’s law in our fallen state. It is sinful for our nature to be hostile to God, out of accord with his will. This is described in Romans 8:7, “For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot.” Sin is deeper than our actions. It also refers to our desires, our mindset, our heart. Unlawful desires that spring into our minds are sin. We ought to confess them to God and mortified them, seeking the renewal of our minds and hearts.

Second, we fall short through “transgression of the law of God.” This refers to sins of commission, doing that which is forbidden. He has given us a good deal of freedom within his law, as he gave to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Yet, God has also set boundaries with his law, guardrails to our path. To violate these boundaries is sin and a manifestation of pride and a lack of faith in God. Instead, let us say with Psalm 119:32, “I will run in the way of your commandments when you enlarge my heart!” As God renews our minds and hearts by his grace, we are enabled to not merely stay on the path, but to run eagerly in the good and righteous way of his commandments.

Worship Details

Psalm #9B “Sing Praise to the LORD”
Hymn #253 “There Is a Fountain Filled with Blood”
Psalm #46C “God Is Our Refuge and Our Strength”
Hymn #351 “Built on the Rock the Church Doth Stand”
Hymn #469 “How Sweet and Awesome Is the Place”

Bible Texts, Sermon:
Old Testament Reading: Proverbs 25:1-15
New Testament Reading: Galatians 5:25-6:10
Sermon: “Church Discipline” – Matthew 18:15-20


Pastor Peter Bringe