This Week at Covenant Family Church

4.9.21

Hello brothers and sisters,

We return this Sunday to our usual schedule (lesson from 10-10:30am, worship at 11am, meal following). I will resume the sermon series in Matthew, preaching on the first of three parables recorded in Matthew 21-22. I will also resume the Bible survey (with the book of Judges) and the Jeremiah series in the evening (Jeremiah 10).

Remember that Jesus Christ is risen and reigning, bringing his enemies under him by his powerful word. We are not in the days of the judges, “when there was no king in Israel.” Our king is with us, to the end of the age. He has equipped us with the Word of God and prayer, powerful weapons which he makes effective in destroying strongholds (2 Cor. 10:10), overcoming rebellion in our hearts and in the world by his grace. May we not neglect them.

Recordings from Sunday

Here is the link to the audio recording of the sermon, “Risen and Conquering” (1 Corinthians 15:20-28), and here is the video of the worship service.

Here is the link to the audio recording of the evening sermon, “A Song of Resurrection Triumph” (Psalm 118), and here is the video of it.

Westminster Shorter Catechism, Q. 27

Q 27: Wherein did Christ’s humiliation consist?
Answer: Christ’s humiliation consisted in his being born, and that in a low condition, made under the law, undergoing the miseries of this life, the wrath of God, and the cursed death of the cross; in being buried, and continuing under the power of death for a time.

The eternal Son of God humbled himself for your salvation. As Philippians 2:1-11 says, though he was God, equal with the Father, yet he became a servant, in humility counting others more significant than himself. He looked not only to his interests, but also to the interests of others.

As the catechism has already explained and as Philippians 2 recounts, his estate of humiliation began when he took on human nature, being conceived in Mary’s womb and born of her. And not only did the one by whom all things were made become man, but he was born into a relatively poor family, had a manger for his cradle, was an exile as an infant, and grew up in an obscure little town as the son of a carpenter (Luke 2, Matt. 2). In addition, he submitted to the regulations of the Mosaic law as one of his people (Gal. 4:4, Luke 2:21-27).

While he never sinned, yet he experienced the misery of our fallen estate. He was “a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief” (Is. 53:3). He bore our sins and received our punishment, undergoing the wrath of God and the painful, shameful, and cursed death of the cross (Is. 53). We see his experience of God’s wrath particularly as he approached his death in the Garden of Gethsemane (Luke 22:44) and on the cross itself (Matt. 27:46). Yet in both places he continued to call on his Father and submit to his will, entrusting to his Father his spirit and his vindication. Then, after he died, his lifeless body was laid in the tomb and he continued in the state of the dead and under the dominion of death for a time (Rom. 6:9, Acts 2:24-27).

It is important to remember that Jesus undertook this work out of love for us and in willingly submission to his Father who sent him in love for us (Eph. 5:2, John 6:38). And while Jesus humbled himself during this time, yet this work was in fact a triumph. The cross – the epitome of shame and defeat – was actually the instrument by which our debt was canceled and by which demonic powers were disarmed and put to shame (Col. 2:14-15). And it was because Jesus so humbled himself that he was consequently exalted in supreme glory as Lord and Savior (Phil. 2:9-11).

Worship Details

Hymns & Psalms 
Hymn #389 “This Is the Day the Lord Has Made”
Psalm #32A “O Blessed Is the Man to Whom”
Hymn #369 “Shout, for the Blessed Jesus Reigns”
Hymn #474 “Blow Ye the Trumpet, Blow!”
Psalm #67A “O God, To Us Show Mercy”

Bible Texts, Sermon:
Old Testament Reading: Hosea 14
New Testament Reading: Luke 7:18-50
Sermon: “The Parable of the Two Sons” – Matthew 21:23-32

 

Pastor Peter Bringe
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