We have now started a mid week meeting on Thursdays at 7.30 p.m., meeting at the home of the Pastor & family. Everyone is warmly welcome! Please contact us if you would like to come along. Last week we watched a video of Sinclair Ferguson preaching at a minister's conference. This week we studied the first part of ch. 1 of the Westminster Confession of Faith (WCF) and concluded with a time of prayer. If you are interested in Christianity, the WCF is an excellent place to start to learn what the Bible teaches. We would love to see you and will offer all the help that we can to explain God's word to you. The notes of our first study can be found below:
WCF Chapter 1 Of The Holy Scripture
1.1 General Revelation & Special Revelation.
God has revealed Himself in two ways: 1. Nature 2. Scripture. Psalm 19
General Revelation (Nature)
Although the light of nature and the works of creation and providence do so far manifest the goodness, wisdom and power of God, as to leave men inexcusable; yet are they not sufficient to give that knowledge of God and of His will, which is necessary unto salvation.
1. What is the light of nature? Man was made in the image of God (in knowledge righteousness and holiness) & still has this image imprinted upon him. Gen 1:26-27; 9:6
2. All people know of God's existence Rom 1:19, 20; Ps 19:1-3
3. Creation and providence show God's goodness, wisdom and power. Gen 1:31; Ps 145:16; Job 38:4-18; Ps 29:3-5
4. God's moral law is imprinted on men's conscience. Rom 2:14, 15.
5. Men & women suppress the knowledge of God Rom 1:18
6. They have no excuse for their disobedience Rom 1:20, 32
7. General revelation is not sufficient to save anyone 1 Cor 1:21; 2:13, 14
Special Revelation (Scripture)
Therefore it pleased the Lord, at sundry times and in divers manners, to reveal Himself, and to declare that His will unto His Church; and afterwards; and afterwards for the better preserving and propagating of the truth, and for the more sure establishing and comfort of the church against the corruption of the flesh, and the malice of Satan and of the world; to commit the same wholly unto writing; which makes the Holy Scripture to be most necessary; the former ways of God's revealing His will unto His people being now ceased.
1. God has spoken to us Heb 1:1, 2
2. God has committed His Word to writing (Holy Scripture) Exod 34:27 Prov 22:19-21; Luke 1:3-4;
3. Scripture alone reveals God's way of salvation 2 Tim 3:15; 2 Pet 1:19; Isa 8:19, 20; John 14:6
4. We need God's word as Christians 2:Tim 3:16-17; Matt 4:4, 7, 10; Rom 15:4; 1 Pet 2:2
5. God's former ways of speaking to His people have ceased Heb 1:1.2; Rev 22:18-19; 1 Cor 13:8-12.