With reference to church attendance at FGBC, as of June 28th we are no longer scheduling attendance for morning and evening services, but have gone back to a first come first serve basis. This took effect on Sunday, June 28.

There have been those who have expressed a willingness to not attend as their presence would take away from the ability of a member to attend, but no one needs to worry about that anymore. We will be using the balcony (ideal for one family unit – husband, wife, kids) and the fellowship hall as overflow (after 50 in the sanctuary), so we will be able to safely accommodate more persons at the church building while still maintaining physical distancing recommendations. There will still be no nursery for younger children at this time.

The Wednesday night Bible study and the bi-weekly Saturday morning theology study are not running over the summer, and will resume in September, God willing.

 

It is common for persons to have various interests in various things. When persons have such interests, they typically learn about what they’re interested in. This may mean reading a book on the subject, watching a documentary, or just getting involved in the activity or topic that interests them. It is often the case that those things that interest people have specific words or terminology associated with the topic. Hockey lovers know what a “hat trick” is; foodies know what a “soufflé” is; gardeners know what a “perennial” is.

Christians profess to worship and adore God Almighty. He, therefore, should be the supreme interest of all Click to read more about “What Interests You?”

The genius of Particular Baptist covenant theology is seen in the 2nd London Confession of Faith 1677/1689 (2LCF) Chapter 7. In paragraph 1, the general necessity of God’s working through covenant is stated. It is because of “voluntary condescension on God’s part” that he establishes the covenant of grace to bring the “reward of life” to his elect. In paragraph 2, the essential elements of the covenant of grace are highlighted:
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The covenant of redemption was pretemporal; the covenant of works was established by God for Adam and his posterity in the Garden of Eden. The Westminster Confession of Faith 7:2 (WCF) gives a helpful summary statement of the covenant of works: “The first covenant made with man was a covenant of works, wherein life was promised to Adam, and in him to his posterity, upon condition of perfect and personal obedience.” Though this paragraph is absent from the 2LCF, this should not be understood as a rejection of the covenant of works by the Particular Baptists. The 2LCF refers to the covenant of works in 7:3, 19:6, and 20:1 and thereby affirms its biblical status. Therefore, as confessional Baptists, we must reject the current tendency represented in various theological camps to do away with the covenant of works. One’s view of the covenant of works will affect one’s view of the covenant of grace and the doctrine of justification by faith alone. Click to read more about “The Covenant of Works”

In the 2nd London Confession of Faith, chapter 2:1, we read concerning God: “The Lord our God is but one only living and true God…without body, parts, or passions…” The denial of passions with reference to God is referred to as the doctrine of divine impassibility.

A Statement of the Doctrine

A standard definition of impassibility is, “That divine attribute whereby God is said not to experience inner emotional changes, whether enacted freely from within or effected by his relationship to and interaction with human beings and the created order.” Click to read more about “What does ‘God…without passions’ Mean?”