My King

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Reading: Psalm 145

Text: Psalm 145: 1 I will extol you, my God and King, and bless your name for ever and ever. (ESV)

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Introduction:

The Psalmist’s confidence:

The Psalmist’s commitment:

The Psalmist’s certainty:

  1. Glorious king:

Unsearchable greatness:

Power:

Majesty:

Everlasting:

  1. Gracious king:

Grace:

Slowness to anger:

Mercy:

Kind words:

  1. Good king:

Good to all:

Righteous:

Caring:

Faithful:

The tower of Babel

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Reading: Genesis 10 & 11

Text: Genesis 11: 4 Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be dispersed over the face of the whole earth.” (ESV)

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Introductions:

Moses’ objective:

Moses’ strategy:

  1. The origin of man’s rebellion:

Adam’s fall:

Adam’s nature:

  1. The nature of man’s rebellion:

Spiritual:

Universal:

Continuous:

  1. The consequences of man’s rebellion:

Divine attention:

Divine visitation:

Divine separation:

  1. The solution to man’s rebellion:

God’s restoring work:

God’s restraining grace:

God’s lasting faithfulness:

God’s chosen people:

Matthew 12: 1 – 14

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Reading: Matthew 12

Text: Matthew 12: 1 – 14 At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry, and they began to pluck ears of corn and to eat….. (ESV)

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Introduction:

A divisive subject:

A difficult balance:

  1. Malicious motives:

They blame Jesus:

They test Jesus:

They conspired against Jesus:

  1. Unbiblical approach:

Unwarranted rules:

Unloving legalism:

Unfair judgment:

Unbelieving hearts:

  1. Divine interpretation:

Necessity and mercy:

Ceremonial elements:

Worship priority:

  1. Christ’ self-revelation:

Greater than the temple:

Lord of the Sabbath:

Merciful helper:

Heidelberg Catechisms 78 – 80

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Reading: 1 Corinthians 11: 17 – 34

Text: 1 Corinthians 10: 16 – 17 The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread. (ESV)

Q. 78 Do the bread and wine become the real body and blood of Christ?

No. Just as the water of baptism is not changed into Christ’s blood and does not itself wash away sins but is simply a divine sign and assurance of these things, so too the holy bread of the Lord’s Supper does not become the actual body of Christ, even though it is called the body of Christ in keeping with the nature and language of sacraments.

Q. 79 Why then does Christ call the bread his body and the cup his blood, or the new covenant in his blood, and Paul use the words, a sharing in Christ’s body and blood?

Christ has good reason for these words. He wants to teach us that just as bread and wine nourish the temporal life, so too his crucified body and poured-out blood are the true food and drink of our souls for eternal life. But more important, he wants to assure us, by this visible sign and pledge, that we, through the Holy Spirit’s work, share in his true body and blood as surely as our mouths receive these holy signs in his remembrance, and that all of his suffering and obedience are as definitely ours as if we personally had suffered and made satisfaction for our sins.

Q. 80 How does the Lord’s Supper differ from the Roman Catholic Mass?

A. The Lord’s Supper declares to us that all our sins are completely forgiven through the one sacrifice of Jesus Christ, which he himself accomplished on the cross once for all. It also declares to us that the Holy Spirit grafts us into Christ, who with his true body is now in heaven at the right hand of the Father where he wants us to worship him.

But the Mass teaches that the living and the dead do not have their sins forgiven through the suffering of Christ unless Christ is still offered for them daily by the priests.

It also teaches that Christ is bodily present under the form of bread and wine where Christ is therefore to be worshipped. Thus the Mass is basically nothing but a denial of the one sacrifice and suffering of Jesus Christ and a condemnable idolatry

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Introduction:

The value of the Lord’s Supper:

The struggle with the Lord’s Supper:

The agent through the Lord’s Supper:

  1. Important clarifications:

The presence of Christ:

The sacrifice of Christ:

The worship of Christ:

  1. Important functions:

It teaches us:

It reassures us:

It declares to us:

  1. Important confirmations:

Sharing in Christ:

Sufferings of Christ:

United to Christ:

Genesis 8 – 9

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Reading: Genesis 8 & 9

Text: Genesis 8: 1 But God remembered Noah and all the beasts and all the livestock that were with him in the ark. And God made a wind blow over the earth, and the waters subsided. (ESV)

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Introduction:

  1. The preservation of Noah:

God’s remembrance:

God’s intervention:

God’s timing:

  1. The worship of Noah:

Divine model:

Divine approval:

  1. The covenant with Noah:

God’s promise:

God’s repetition:

God’s principle:

God’s sign:

  1. The failing of Noah:

Personal failure:

Family consequences:

Divine providence:

Matthew 11: 25 – 30

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Reading: Matthew 11

Text: Matthew 11: 25 – 30 At that time Jesus declared, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. Come to me, all who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (ESV)

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Introduction:

  1. The lordship of the Father:

Over all things:

In salvation:

  1. The will of the Father:

Different message:

Gracious message:

Simple message:

  1. The Son of the Father:

Special relationship:

Loving relationship:

  1. The knowledge of the Father:

Only by the Son:

Only through the Son:

  1. The message of the Father:

Handed over to the Son:

Proclaimed by the Son:

Points to the Son:

Heidelberg Catechisms 75 – 77

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Reading: 1 Corinthians 11: 17 – 34

Text: 1 Corinthians 10: 16 – 17 The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread. (ESV)

Q.75 How does the holy supper remind and assure you that you share in Christ’s one sacrifice on the cross and in all his benefits?

In this way: Christ has commanded me and all believers to eat this broken bread and to drink this cup in remembrance of him. With this command come these promises:

First, as surely as I see with my eyes the bread of the Lord broken for me and the cup shared with me, so surely his body was offered and broken for me and his blood poured out for me on the cross.

Second, as surely as I receive from the hand of the one who serves, and taste with my mouth the bread and cup of the Lord, given me as sure signs of Christ’s body and blood, so surely he nourishes and refreshes my soul for eternal life with his crucified body and poured-out blood.

Q. 76 What does it mean to eat the crucified body of Christ and to drink his poured-out blood?

It means to receive with a believing heart the entire suffering and death of Christ and thereby to receive forgiveness of sins and eternal life. But it means more. Through the Holy Spirit, who lives both in Christ and in us, we are united more and more to Christ’s blessed body. And so, although he is in heaven and we are on earth, we are flesh of his flesh and bone of his bone. And we forever live on and are governed by one Spirit, as the members of our body are by one soul.

Q. 77 Where does Christ promise to nourish and refresh believers with his body and blood as surely as they eat this broken bread and drink this cup?

In the institution of the Lord’s Supper: “The Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed
took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, ‘This is my body that is [broken]* for you. Do this in remembrance of me.’ In the same way he took the cup also, after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood, Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.’ For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.” This promise is repeated by Paul in these words:

“The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a sharing in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a sharing in the body of Christ? Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread.”

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Introduction:

Historical reasons:

Uncomfortable language:

Biblical balance:

  1. Christ’s remembrance:

His person:

His work:

  1. Christ’s command:

Only believers:

All believers:

  1. Christ’s reassurance:

His work for me:

His offer to me:

  1. Christ’s Spirit:

Unites us:

Governs us:

The Flood

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Reading: Genesis 6: 9 – 7: 24

Text: Genesis 7: 16 And those that entered, male and female of all flesh, went in as God had commanded him. And the Lord shut him in. (ESV)

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Introduction:

A doubted event:

An historical event:

A theological event:

  1. Reasons for the flood:

The corruption of man:

The unrepentance of man:

  1. The nature of the flood:

Divine judgment:

Universal judgment:

Sudden judgment:

  1. The salvation from the flood:

God’s favour:

God’s provision:

God’s instructions:

God’s covenant:

  1. Lessons from the flood:

The truthfulness of God:

The severity of God:

The timing of God:

The day of God:

The grace of God:

Matthew 11: 20 – 24

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Reading: Matthew 11

Text: Matthew 11:20 Then he began to denounce the cities where most of his mighty works had been done, because they did not repent.you, and more than a prophet. (ESV)

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Introduction:

  1. Christ’s requirement:

Change of mind:

Change of heart:

Change of life:

  1. Christ’s sovereignty:

In revelation:

In salvation:

  1. Christ’s judgment:

Day of judgment:

Degrees of judgment:

  1. Christ’s people:

Greatly privileged:

Greatly challenged:

  1. Christ’s compassion:

His reasoning:

His yearning:

His waiting:

Heidelberg Catechisms 72 – 74

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Reading: Genesis 17: 1 – 14

Text: Mark 10: 13 – 16 And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them. (ESV)

Q. 72: Does this outward washing with water itself wash away sins?

No, only Jesus Christ’s blood and the Holy Spirit cleanse us from all sins.

Q. 73: Why then does the Holy Spirit call baptism the water of rebirth and the washing away of sins?

God has good reason for these words. To begin with, God wants to teach us that the blood and Spirit of Christ take away our sins just as water removes dirt from the body. But more important, God wants to assure us, by this divine pledge and sign, that we are as truly washed of our sins spiritually as our bodies are washed with water physically.

Q. 74: Should infants also be baptized?

Yes. Infants as well as adults are included in God’s covenant and people, and they, no less than adults, are promised deliverance from sin through Christ’s blood and the Holy Spirit who produces faith. Therefore, by baptism, the sign of the covenant, they too should be incorporated into the Christian church and distinguished from the children of unbelievers. This was done in the Old Testament by circumcision, which was replaced in the New Testament by baptism.

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Introduction:

  1. God’s cleansing:

The guilt of sin:

The power of sin:

  1. God’s will:

To teach:

To assure:

  1. God’s promise:

His deliverance:

His Spirit:

  1. God’s children:

His covenant:

His people:

His promise:

His sign: