The Church – apparent contradictions

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Ephesians 1: 15 – 23; Ephesians 4: 1 – 16

(Ephesians 4: 15, 16) Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love. (ESV)

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  1. Visible/invisible
  2. Militant/triumphant
  3. Local/universal
  4. Sanctified/sanctifying
  5. Organism/organisationaled in His Word

Heidelberg Catechism 37 to 39

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Isaiah 53

(verse 3) He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. (ESV)

Question 37. What dost thou understand by the words, “He suffered”?
Answer. That he, all the time that he lived on earth, but especially at the end of his life, sustained in body and soul, the wrath of God against the sins of all mankind: that so by his passion, as the only propitiatory sacrifice, he might redeem our body and soul from everlasting damnation, and obtain for us the favour of God, righteousness and eternal life.

Question 38. Why did he suffer under Pontius Pilate, as judge?
Answer. That he, being innocent, and yet condemned by a temporal judge, might thereby free us from the severe judgement of God to which we were exposed.

Question 39. Is there anything more in his being crucified, than if he had died some other death?
Answer. Yes [there is]; for thereby I am assured, that he took on him the curse which lay upon me; for the death of the cross was accursed of God.

The Church – message

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

2 Corinthians 5

(verse 20) Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. spirit and truth. (ESV)

Heidelberg Catechism 35 and 36

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Luke 1: 26 – 38

(verse 35) The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God. (ESV)

Question 35. What is the meaning of these words – “He was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary”?
Answer. That God’s eternal Son , who is, and continueth true and eternal God, took upon him the very nature of man, of the flesh and blood of the Virgin Mary, by the operation of the Holy Ghost; that he might also be the true seed of David, like unto his brethren in all things, sin excepted.

Question 36. What profit dost thou receive by Christ’s holy conception and nativity?
Answer. That he is our Mediator; and with His innocence and perfect holiness, covers in the sight of God, my sins, wherein I was conceived and brought forth.

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Jesus Christ the person

  1. Jesus is truly God
  2. Jesus is truly man
  3. Jesus is truly holy

Prayer

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Matthew 6

(verses 5 – 19) Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. (ESV)

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  1. God’s Name
  2. God’s Kingdom
  3. God’s Will
  4. God’s Provision
  5. God’s Forgiveness
  6. God’s Protection

Heidelberg Catechism 33 and 34

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

John 8: 12 – 59

(verse 36) So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. (ESV)

Question 33. Why is Christ called the only begotten Son of God, since we are also the children of God?
Answer. Because Christ alone is the eternal and natural Son of God; but we are children adopted of God, by grace, for his sake.

Question 34. Wherefore callest thou him our Lord?
Answer. Because he hath redeemed us, both soul and body, from all our sins, not with gold or silver, but with his precious blood, and hath delivered us from all the power of the devil; and thus hath made us his own property.

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Jesus Christ the Son of God

  1. Christ’s Sonship – eternal, natural
  2. Christ’s brothers – predestined, by grace, through Christ
  3. Christ’s redemption – costly, complete
  4. Christ’s Lordship – our creator, our redeemer, our preserver, ordained by God