Five Points Blog

The Cup of Divine Love Never Empties


The sorrows of those who run after another god shall multiply; their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out or take their names on my lips. The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot. Psalm 16:4-5

The cruelties and hardships which men endure for their false gods is wonderful to contemplate; our missionary reports are a noteworthy comment on this passage; but perhaps our own experience is an equally vivid exposition; for when we have given our heart to idols, sooner or later we have had to smart for it. Near the roots of our self-love all our sorrows lie, and when that idol is overthrown, the sting is gone from grief. Moses broke the golden calf and ground it to powder, and cast it into the water of which he made Israel to drink, and so shall our cherished idols become bitter portions for us, unless we at once forsake them. Our Lord had no selfishness; he served but one Lord, and served him only. As for those who turn aside from Jehovah, he was separate from them, bearing their reproach without the camp. Sin and the Saviour had no communion. 

We, too, can make our boast in the Lord; he is the meat and the drink of our souls. He is our portion, supplying all our necessities, and our cup yielding royal luxuries; our cup in this life, and our inheritance in the life to come. As children of the Father who is in heaven, we inherit, by virtue of our joint heirship with Jesus, all the riches of the covenant of grace; and the portion which falls to us sets upon our table the bread of heaven and the new wine of the kingdom. Who would not be satisfied with such dainty diet? Our shallow cup of sorrow we may well drain with resignation, since the deep cup of love stands side by side with it, and will never be empty.

Charles Spurgeon, Psalm 16


The Nicene Creed


The historic, orthodox, apostolic church rests upon doctrine accurately discerned from Holy Scripture. These doctrinal statements do not have inherent authority, as Scripture does, but derived authority. That means in so far as they declare biblical truth, they carry authority to establish, sustain, guide, and correct Christ’s church till he returns.

In 325 AD, in the city of Nicea, Christians agreed upon this statement of apostolic teaching as they understood Holy Scripture. It’s called the Nicene Creed. As you read it, meditate on its truth-laden phrases. Notice its clarity. And feel its power to remind you of the verses of life-giving Scripture from which it comes.  Let this creed send you to exult in the triune God of its origin.

The Nicene Creed

I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible;

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, begotten of his Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father; by whom all things were made; who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; he suffered and was buried; and the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures, and ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of the Father; and he shall come again, with glory, to judge both the quick and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end.

And I believe in the Holy Ghost the Lord, and Giver of Life, who proceedeth from the Father and the Son; who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; who spoke by the Prophets.

And I believe in one holy catholic and Apostolic Church; I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins; and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. 

Amen.


Join us this Sunday for Bible Study Hour at 9:30am and for our morning worship service at 10:45am.


Where Does God Live?


Paul’s answer to the question, “Where does God live?” is surprising; God lives in us, his elect bride, the global and unified Church of Jesus Christ. The Apostle said, “In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit” (Ephesians 2:22). Mind stretching as it is, we are the household of God. He lives in us and among us.

Surely God dwells in Heaven. “Thus says the LORD: ‘Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool; what is the house that you would build for me, and what is the place of my rest?’” (Isaiah 66:1). 

And God dwells above and beyond the heavens, “But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain you; how much less this house that I have built!” (1 Kings 8:27).

For a time, God also dwelt in the temples built for him, “As the glory of the LORD entered the temple by the gate facing east, the Spirit lifted me up and brought me into the inner court; and behold, the glory of the LORD filled the temple” (Ezekiel 43:4-5).

And now that Christ has come, died, and risen to reign, God’s Spirit dwells in each believer, “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God?” (1 Corinthians 6:19).

Almighty God, who is spirit, dwells in all these spaces. But we often overlook how he dwells in our unity. He dwells in our collected presence. When the local church gathers, God is there in a way that is different than the ways he meets with us privately or universally. 

How does our blood-bought life together as the dwelling place of God shape you and your daily decisions?


Join us this Sunday for Bible Study Hour at 9:30am and for our morning worship service at 10:45am.


New Bible Study Hour Classes Beginning


Starting this Sunday, September 7, we have new Bible Study Hour classes (9:30 am) for adults that are starting. Cindy Verner will continue to teach a women's study on the Gospel of John (in Rooms C & D), and Mike Houston, elder, and Eric Leiendecker, deacon, will continue to lead the College & Career class (Room A). I will be teaching through the Old Testament book of Daniel in the sanctuary with some other elders. And two of our other elders, Mark Kakkuri and Kyo Oh, will be teaching a class on the doctrines of grace (in Rooms I & J).

Here is how Mark described the class he and Kyo will be teaching:

"The world should realize with increased clearness that Evangelicalism stands or falls with Calvinism."

Provocative, eh? Those 14 words are the first words of the first chapter of The Doctrines of Grace, the book that forms the basis of a new Bible Study Hour class that starts Sunday, September 7, in Rooms I & J at 9:30 a.m.

Kyo Oh and I will be teaching this class and we invite you to join us for an in-depth look at the gospel of Jesus Christ, a gospel of grace.

You should join us...

  • If you're new to Five Points, as this class will help explain more about our theological foundation.
  • If you're new to terms such as "Calvinism" or "reformed theology" or acronyms such as "TULIP" and want to know more.
  • If you're interested in seeing the glory of God and the gospel transform relationships.
  • If you love the gospel and are amazed at God's grace with you.
  • If you wonder what all the theological fuss is about.

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Christ Preaches Peace


Jesus Christ is a preacher. He preaches to Jews and to Gentiles, drawing out his own beloved people from every nation on earth. Paul writes to the Ephesians, “And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near” (Ephesians 2:17).

How does Christ preach? What does is his voice sound like? The word Paul uses in the above verse is not the common word for preaching. It is, rather, the word for preaching good news. It literally means “good newsing.” When did Christ preach this way? Some say when he walked upon the earth in his brief 3-year ministry. That’s true. But that cannot be all that Paul has in mind here because he pictures Christ preaching to those who are far and those near. 

The preaching Paul has in mind is Christ making his appeal for peace through the gospel going out, especially through his apostles. I get this from 2 Corinthians 5:20, “Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.” Paul views his own preaching of the gospel as God making his appeal through a mere man. When Paul gives the gospel, he is imploring the lost on Christ’s behalf.

Paul takes on the title “ambassador.” Like a man who is a citizen of a far away country comes in the official capacity to speak for the king of his country, so Paul is called to speak terms of peace on behalf of Jesus Christ to a lost and guilty world.

Each time you read the Bible, Christ is present, by his Spirit, proclaiming peace to you in the words the prophets and apostles have written. Do you hear the Preacher’s voice as you read?


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