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The Persecution of the Church and a Primer on Membership in the PCA
Weekend Newsletter: March 12, 2022
This Week’s Sermon
I’m really enjoying preaching through the Sermon on the Mount! Last week, I preached about Jesus’ teaching that his disciples should serve as salt and light in the world. In a very difficult week of ministry, I clung to Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 5:11–16.
Here is the introduction from the sermon notes:
In the Beatitudes, Jesus offers some of the most beautiful teaching in the entire Bible about the kingdom of heaven. Jesus does not want us to misunderstand what he is teaching, though. While he stated all of the beatitudes as timeless principles, he does not want us to think that the kingdom of heaven is little more than a set of platitudes. In this next section, then, Jesus begins to turn the attention of the disciples away from an external admiration for the kingdom of heaven, to an internal motivation to lay hold of the kingdom of heaven by faith, regardless of the consequences. Here, Jesus is beginning to draw the disciples in to understand their own role in the kingdom, since discipleship bears witness to Jesus in the world.
And here is the full sermon (transcript here):
This week, I continued my series on Presbyterianism with a primer on membership in the PCA. This article walks through the importance of church membership, as well as the rights, privileges, and responsibilities of members:
Have a blessed Lord’s Day tomorrow!