The Fourth Word: The Lord’s Day – duty & delight

The Westminster Larger Catechism has a lot to say about this commandment, from Scripture.  And what they have to say will likely make us squirm.  First, Westminster gives us an overview of what the Fourth Commandment requires of us.  Q&A 116:  The fourth commandment requireth of all men the sanctifying or keeping holy to God …

The Third Word: God’s Name, our blasphemy, and the Word made flesh (1)

A homily on the Third Commandment:  “You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.”  We’re continuing to use the Westminster Larger Catechism’s exposition of the Ten  Commandments.  That exposition is always biblical, thorough, and convicting. Q. 112. What is required in the third commandment? A. The third commandment requires, that …

The Second Commandment: our failure, Christ’s fulfillment (4)

A fourth and final homily on the Second Commandment:  “You shall not make for yourself a carved image – nor bow down to them nor serve them.”  That’s an abbreviated version of the Second Commandment.  In Exodus 20, the LORD our God gives us the reason for this commandment in these words:  “For I, the …

The Second Commandment: our failure, Christ’s fulfillment (3)

Homily #3 on The Second Commandment:  “You shall not make for yourself a carved image – nor bow down to them nor serve them.” So we’re continuing to use the Westminster Larger Catechism, and its biblical exposition of the Ten Commandments.  This morning, let’s consider some of the sins forbidden in the Second Commandment. [A. …

The Second Commandment: our failure, Christ’s fulfillment (part 2)

Another homily on The Second Commandment:  “You shall not make for yourself a carved image – nor bow down to them nor serve them.” We’re continuing to use the Westminster Larger Catechism’s thorough and biblical exposition of the Ten Commandments – to show us our sin, that we would repent and flee to our gracious …

The Second Commandment: our failure, Christ’s fulfillment (part 1)

A homily on the Second Commandment:  “You shall not make for yourself a carved image – nor bow down to them nor serve them.” We’re continuing in the Westminster Larger Catechism’s biblical exposition of the Ten Commandments.  The psalmist says that God’s commandment is exceedingly broad (Ps 119:96) – meaning perfectly comprehensive.  And Westminster does …

One more First Commandment FAIL: legalism and the deification of man

A homily on the First Commandment:  You shall have no other gods before Me… The Westminster Larger Catechism gives an extensive explanation of the sins forbidden in the First Commandment, and this will be our last week on this commandment.  One of the ways in which we can violate this commandment, according to Westminster, is …

First Commandment FAIL #3: “bold & curious searching into His secrets”

Another homily on the First Commandment:  You shall have no other gods before Me… Let’s continue with the biblical exposition of this commandment, found in the Westminster Larger Catechism (A. 108).  “The sins forbidden in the first commandment are… bold and curious searching into His secrets…”  Well, that one phrase would condemn us all!  It’s …

Another First Commandment FAIL: ignorance of the one true God

A homily on the First Commandment:  “You shall have no other gods before Me…” We’re continuing to use the Westminster Larger Catechism, which gives a thorough and biblical exposition of each of the Ten Commandments.  If you think you’re keeping God’s Law just fine, thank you, you’ve never read the Larger Catechism.  I commend it …

“Yielding ALL obedience & submission to Him with the WHOLE man” – Fail!

In our Lord’s Day worship service, we read a summary of the Ten Commandments (Ex. 20) and the Great Commandment (Mt. 22).  I then highlight one of the commandments in a brief homily, to show us our sin and drive us to Christ – to prepare us for the confession of sin and assurance of …