In Psalm 3, we study the first of the lamenting Psalms. King David is fleeing from his son Absalom who is trying to overthrow him as King. What hurts the most? For David it was a favored son trying to kill him and his family. Can you give that hurt of yours to God? God is on the throne, Christ is reigning and as we give him that place in our hearts and lives we allow him to be our shield. David points ahead to Christ as the one who fights his battles and even allows him to rest (sleep) while fleeing from his son. We need to put our faith and confidence in the Lord were we allow him to take our worst hurt and rest in his presence like David did.
In Mathew 28:19 Jesus sends his disciples to make disciples of all Nations and this is what we are about. This Sunday we celebrated two steps in discipleship baptism and Covenant membership. In this sermon Pastor Raphael explains the gospel, the need for baptism, and how as believers we should engage with baptism. He also covers how teaching and observing what Christ commands happens best in the context of covenant membership.
As we prepare for believer’s baptism there are many questions to be answered on what baptism is and its significance in the Christian life. Baptism says something about God’s faithfulness, our sonship to Him and our union with Christ and his Church. We hope you have a Great week.
This is the last message in the book of Ruth, which is all about the God moving us from emptiness to fullness. He did it for Boaz, Ruth and Naomi and he does that for us today through Jesus Christ by his providence. To be constantly aware of His work in our lives we need to meditate on Providence the fact that God cares, loves and rules even in tragic circumstances.
At City church, we are a church planting church, this means that we will help asses, coach, train and support church planters and church planting efforts all over the world. Today we had Winston Coltart who wants to plant a church in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. He is a Westminster Seminary graduate who is about to start a year-long church planting residency in Nashville, TN and plans to be back in Zimbabwe and to begin planting efforts. For more information on how you can support them go to http://citychurchpa.org/churchplanting/.
Ruth chapter four describes a public hearing between two men. Boaz (who symoblizes Jesus Christ, the True Redeemer) and a nameless man who counts for nothing (a pseudon redeemer, symoblizing our flesh). The story shows how Christ confronts, confounds, and ultimately conquers our flesh. His redemption is for us full, free, and eternal. Who is going to govern your life- yourself or your Savior?
The book of Ruth is about God is continuing his work of moving Naomi from emptiness to fullness. In chapter 3 Naomi wants rest for Ruth, she sends her to Boaz the redeemer who fights for Ruth’s rest. Here we learn that God constantly call us out of our rest to fight for those who have no rest.