BIBLICAL FOOT CARE
“He will keep the feet of His saints” [1 Samuel 2:9]
The way is slippery, and our feet are feeble, but the Lord will keep our feet. If we give ourselves up by obedient faith to be His holy ones, He will Himself be our guardian. Not only will He charge His angels to keep us, but He Himself will preserve our goings.
He will keep our feet from falling, so that we do not defile our garments, wound our souls, and cause the enemy to blaspheme.
He will keep our feet from wandering, so that we do not go into paths of error, or ways of folly, or courses of the world’s custom.
He will keep our feet from swelling through weariness, or blistering because of the roughness and length of the way.
He will keep our feet from wounding: Our shoes shall be iron and brass, so that even we tread on the edge of the sword, or on deadly serpents, we shall not bleed, or be poisoned.
He will also pluck our feet out of the net. We shall not be entangled by the deceit of our malicious and crafty foes. With such a promise as this, let us run without weariness, and walk without fear. He who keeps our feet will do it effectually. [C. H. Spurgeon. Cheque Book]
THE STAND OF THE F.P. CHURCH
For the next few weeks, we shall carry one of the characteristics of the F.P. Church.
Last week: Presbyterian in Government.
Today: FUNDAMENTAL IN DOCTRINE
The F.P.C. believes in the divine authority and verbal inspiration of the Word of God, and the great fundamentals of the Christian faith, which come from it. The Bible is the sole foundation upon which Christianity is built. These doctrines are recorded officially in the Free Presbyterian Church Book of Church Order, including the historic Westminster Confession of Faith. Please note that these articles are just a brief summary of the stand of the church.
Next: Evangelical In Outreach
“There are three things which men never ought to trifle with – a little poison, a little false doctrine, and a little sin.” [Bishop J.C. Ryle]
EVERY CHURCH MEMBER SHOULD. . . .
BE PUNCTUAL. Make it a matter of conscience to be in your place before the service starts. It is not right to keep the Lord waiting. He is the King!
BE REGULAR. Attending all the services you can. Don’t miss the special message the Lord has for you each time. A vacant pew is depressing to the pulpit, but a hearing people make a preaching minister.
BE DEVOTIONAL. Do not come to church as a mere hearer, much less a spectator, but as a worshipper. Throw into every part of the service the whole energy of your being. Expect a blessing, and thirst for it.
BE SOCIAL. Let your heart embrace in its sympathy all who worship with you, and let your countenance reveal it. Be courteous to strangers. Give them a welcome that will induce their return.
BE LIBERAL. Bear your own fair share of the church’s financial obligations, and give to the Lord the first fruits of your increase. Give a helping hand to every worthwhile benevolent enterprise.
BE PRAYERFUL. Remember that all true blessings come from above, and must be sought by prayer. United prayer is peculiarly acceptable to God, therefore, let attendance at the prayer meeting be the norm. May we be known as prayer warriors?
BE EARNEST. Keep watch for the souls of others. When the service is over talk to others about divine things. You may clinch a sermon by a personal appeal. Look out for souls and never miss an opportunity for doing well.
“We avow our firmest belief in the verbal inspiration of all Holy Scripture as originally given. To us the Bible does not merely contain the Word of God, but is the Word God.” [Spurgeon’s Catechism]
Rejection of verbal inspiration of Scripture leads to the belief in the infallibility of human reason, that then dictates which parts of the Bible are to be believed and which are to be rejected. A Bible not verbally inspired is valueless – you may spend your life building faith upon a portion that is in error. A Bible not verbally inspired is truthless. It claims to be God’s Word. If not, it is a lie.
All Scripture is inspired and profitable. [2 Tim. 3:16]. All Writers are inspired and prophetic [1 Peter1:21]. Every Word is inspired and pure [Prov.30:5. Matt. 4:4]. Every tittle, (Smallest mark in Hebrew) is inspired and preserved [Matt. 5:18]