The Good News This is one of those passages of Scripture that I worked on memorizing, since it summarizes the gospel so succinctly. I agree about Rev. Plummer - tell us how you feel. Haha!
America consumes so much death through their entertainment (books, music, film, games, etc), but get so far away from it in real life. No matter how numb we become to it in media, we still are never prepared for it in real life apart from the comforting truth of Scripture. Even then, it is very hard.
Praise God for the two words, "but God"! Death has lost its sting. As you say, we didn't have "a lotta help" though.
Calvinism vs Fatalism A lot better the second time through. Missed some of the bigger points due to my kiddos distracting me. Good points on why Calvinism is not fatalism, and how God uses means. Exposed mysin of idolizing those means over Christ at the end. I have to be on guard for that. Thank you for your labors!
Images, Icons Show Hatred to God, Not Love Historically, Baptists used to hold to the same principles regarding worship as the Westminster Confession and Catechism too. It used to be that Baptists would never put crosses or spires on their Church Meeting places either for this same reason, and certainly never Christmas trees, nor pictures of "Jesus", nor holiday idols called manger scenes.
"... But the acceptable way of worshipping the true God, is instituted by himself, and so limited by his own revealed will, that he may not be worshipped according to the imagination and devices of men, nor the suggestions of Satan, under any visible representations, **or any other way not prescribed in the Holy Scriptures**."
- 1689 London Baptist Confession, also adopted by Charleston Baptist Assoc. of South Carolina in the 1700s.
Important Sermon! Very relevant as to what God desires rather than the vain desires of churches today. And even more relevant during this season of great superstition as we approach closer to what is blasphemously called Christmas, largely by professing Christians. Dare we talk about the use of decorated trees, and quite a few in churches? Pray tell, what example of do we have in scripture of this, other than from the heathen nations and Babylon's idolatry?
The Second Commandment cannot be of "secondary importance", without considering the grave threat, from God himself, in the commandment. Should we provoke God while claiming to worship the Son?
Great Sermon! We were very blessed by this sermon. We have been very blessed as a family in coming to an understanding of covenant baptism. I pray that our credo baptist brethren would come to see the blessing of covenant baptism also, for the good of their walk with the Lord and for the benefit of their households. Thank you for the reminder that our children are the Lords. It does my heart good to think of the Lord's love and care for the children of those in covenant with Him.