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The Ruling Elder PDF Print E-mail

Historically, Presbyterian church polity has distinguished between pastors or ministers[1] and ruling elders. In drawing this distinction, it has not been the intention to deny that pastors or ministers are elders, nor to suggest that they have no function, so far as rule in the church is concerned. Rather, the purpose has been to emphasise the distinction between those who preach and expound the Word of God and those whose primary function is to exercise rule or oversight in the church.

Purity Of Worship PDF Print E-mail
No part of Christian worship is more plainly warranted by the Oracles of God, than the ordinance of the singing of psalms. The ancient Hebrews practised it at the Red sea, before their system of ceremonial worship was prescribed them by God, Ex. 15. It was preferred to the most pompous sacrifices, even while the ceremonial observances remained in their vigour, Ps. 69:30-31. The divine obligation to it, remained in full force, when the ceremonial law, with all its rites, was abolished, Ps. 47:1, 5-7; 67:4 and 100:1, 4; Eph. 5:19 with 2:14-15; Col. 3:16, with 2:16-17; James 5:13. We have it enforced with the most engaging example of the angels who kept their first estate, Job 38:6-7; Luke 2:13-14; Rev. 5:11-12. Of apostles and saints, Acts 16:25, 1 Cor. 14:15; Ex. 15; Judges 5; Luke 1; 1 Sam. 2; Isa. 35:10; Jer. 31:12; Rev. 4:8-9; 5:9-10; 7:10, 12; 14:3; 15:3 and 19:1-7. Nay, of our Redeemer himself, Matt. 26:30. This exercise, performed in a manner suited to the dignity of the glorified state, will be the everlasting employ of established angels and ransomed men, Isa. 26:19; 51:11; Rev. 5:9-13.
Preaching Christ From Old Testament Historical Narrative Texts PDF Print E-mail

The Centrality Of Christ In Preaching

Every serious-minded Reformed pastor wants to see his congregation grow in grace under his ministry. He wants to see the members develop in their understanding of the truth and in holy living. He wants to see the congregation strengthened in unity and in mutual service. He wants to see godly families and strong marriages. He wants to see children growing up into Christ, in fulfillment of God's covenant promise. He wants to see young people coming to spiritual maturity and taking their places actively in the congregation. He wants to see qualified men equipped to serve capably in the special offices. He wants to see outreach into the community, that results in members added from without, who are solid additions to the congregation. He wants to see sinners brought to repentance, the weak strengthened, the discouraged fortified, the sorrowing comforted, the despairing uplifted, the burdened relieved. In short, he wants to see a people united in the thankful worship of the Lord, both on the Lord's Day and in their day-to-day living in the world.

Maintaining Doctrinal Integrity PDF Print E-mail

 Paul writes the second epistle to Timothy from prison in Rome. For the second time he had been sent to appear before Nero to “give answer” for his faith and missionary labours. All had forsaken him. “No man stood with me”, he writes (4:16). This faithful preacher was suffering persecution, facing a martyr's death, but still holding fast to his faith. Timothy, meanwhile, was in Ephesus, weeping at the news of such developments (1:4).

John Knox, & Godís Will Concerning Sinners PDF Print E-mail
It is a common sentiment in evangelical preaching, that God the Father wills that each and every sinner upon earth should believe in Christ as his or her own Saviour.
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