Marriage and Divorce Part 2 – CRC Sunday Sermon

September 15, 2019
(links to hymns and the sermon are in blue font)

Responsive Reading
Psalm 135 (Trinity Hymnal #834)

Praise the Lord
Praise the name of the Lord;
praise him, you servants of the Lord,
you who minister in the house of the Lord,
in the courts of the house of our God.
Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good;
sing praise to his name, for that is pleasant,
For the Lord has chosen Jacob to be
his own, Israel to be his treasured possession.
I know that the Lord is great, that our
Lord is greater than all gods.
The Lord does whatever pleases him,
in the heavens and on the earth, in the 
seas and all their depths.
He makes clouds rise from the
ends of
 the earth;

he sends lightning with the rain and 
brings out the wind from his storehouses.
He struck down the firstborn of Egypt,
the firstborn of men and animals.
He sent his signs and wonders into
your midst, O Egypt, against Pharaoh
and all his servants.
He struck down many nations and killed
mighty kings — Sihon king of the Amorites,
Og king of Bashan and all the kings of Canaan — 
and he gave their land as an inheritance,
an inheritance to his people Israel.
Your name, O Lord, endures forever, 
your renown, O Lord, through all generations.
For the Lord will vindicate his people
and have compassion on his servants.
The idols of the nations are silver and
gold, made by the hands of men.
They have mouths, but cannot speak,
eyes, but they cannot see;
they have ears, but cannot hear, nor is
there breath in their mouths.
Those who make them will be like them,
and so will all who trust in them.
O house of Israel, praise the Lord; O
house of Aaron, praise the Lord;
O house of Levi, praise the Lord, you
who fear him, praise the Lord.
Praise be to the Lord from Zion, to him
who dwells in Jerusalem.
Praise the Lord.

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Is a Christian Absolutely Forbidden to Sue Their Church Leaders?

1 Corinthians 6:1-7 When one of you has a grievance against another, does he dare go to law before the unrighteous instead of the saints? (2) Or do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world is to be judged by you, are you incompetent to try trivial cases? (3) Do you not know that we are to judge angels? How much more, then, matters pertaining to this life! (4) So if you have such cases, why do you lay them before those who have no standing in the church? (5) I say this to your shame. Can it be that there is no one among you wise enough to settle a dispute between the brothers, (6) but brother goes to law against brother, and that before unbelievers? (7) To have lawsuits at all with one another is already a defeat for you. Why not rather suffer wrong? Why not rather be defrauded?

A pastor and his elders know full well that a man in their church has raped his 12 year old daughter, and has been doing so for years.  In violation of criminal law, they refused to report this crime to the police and instead covered it up, “counseling” the monster’s wife to keep it confidential and let them handle it.  Their way of “handling it” was largely to take some “band-aid” measures, then ignore it and permit it to happen again.  So let me ask our readers this question:

When the Lord gave us the instruction in 1 Cor 6 about not suing a brother in civil courts, did He intend for this instruction to be an absolute, all-encompassing prohibition in every case?  In other words, is the mother in the above (real-life) example forbidden by the Lord to sue her pastor and elders in civil court?

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Marriage and Divorce: Getting it Right – CRC Sunday Sermon

September 8, 2019
(links to hymns and the sermon are in blue font)

Responsive Reading
Psalm 24 (Trinity Hymnal #791)

The earth is the Lord’s, and everything
in it, the world, and all who live in it;
for he founded it upon the seas and
established it upon the waters.
Who may ascend the hill of the Lord?
Who may stand in his holy place?
He who has clean hands and a pure
heart, who does not lift up his soul to an
idol or swear by what is false.
He will receive blessing from the Lord
and vindication from God his Savior.
Such is the generation of those
who seek him, who seek your face,
O God of Jacob.
Lift up your heads, O you gates; be
lifted up, you ancient doors, that the King
of glory may come in.
Who is this King of glory? The Lord
strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle.
Lift up your heads, O you gates; be
lifted up, you ancient doors, that the King
of glory may come in.
Who is he, this King of glory? The
Lord Almighty – he is the King of glory.

Opening Hymn
All Praise to Christ (CRC #4)

Prayer
Focus this week: Aaron Christensen

Congregational Hymns
Come, People of the Risen King (HMA #27)

Offering Hymn
Whatever My God Ordains is Right

Scripture Reading
Deuteronomy 24

Preaching the Word
Marriage and Divorce – Getting it Right, Matthew 19:1-12
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Closing Hymn
God’s Amazing Word, CRC #10