Instruction

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the Peacemakers

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.”  – Matthew 5:9 The word “pax” in Latin means peace. In the English language, we get the word “to pacify” or “pacifist” from it. Yet when Christ speaks of those who are “peacemakers” here, he does not mean those who are passive or…

Hunger and thirst

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.” Matthew 5:6 Hunger and thirst are common, daily experiences for us. When we are hungry and thirsty, we may put up with it for a time, but there’s a desire to leave those feelings, to leave that temporary state of being…

Blessed are the Meek

“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” – Matthew 5:5 As we continue to consider God’s blessings in the Beatitudes, we come today to His blessing of those who are meek. It’s common today, when we read or hear a person described as “meek”, to connect that with “weak” in our minds,…

Christianity and Pluralism

The Roman Empire is perhaps the most famous empire in human history. It was not nearly the most massive (its two million square miles doesn’t even stand up to America’s four million), nor could it boast the greatest wealth, or military prowess, or population. Yet to historians, Rome dominates the stage because she lasted. Over…

Why do we have presbyteries?

As we continue our study on What is the Church?, it’s easy to say we enjoy our local church. Many are involved in various kinds of ministry in the church, knowing the reasons why our church exists, promoting its mission and vision. We recently considered how the local church is governed by a minister and…

The Office of the Ruling Elder

“The elders who are among you I exhort, I who am a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that will be revealed: Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but…

Rome and the Visible Church

Thus far in our series on “What is the Church?”, we’ve been enlightened and encouraged in our study of the visible church (those throughout the world that profess the true religion, and their children) and the invisible church (the whole number of Christ’s elect). These two aspects of the church are important to know and…

The Invisible Church

“But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect,” Hebrews 12:22-23 When…