Shekinah Church – Our 52nd Year

We are a community of Christian believers, who are in association with John Knox Presbyterian Church. We are committed to:

  • The Bible as our only rule of faith and practice. It is inerrant, infallible, inspired by God in its original autographs, and preserved by Him for His people throughout the ages.
  • The Westminster Standards, which include the doctrines of grace, which are known by the acronym T.U.L.I.P
  • The preaching of The Word, the exercise of Church discipline, and the right celebration of the sacraments.

THE FIVE SOLAS OF THE REFORMATION

Sola scriptura (“by Scripture alone“) Rev. Koehler’s sermon

Solus Christus(“through Christ alone“) Rev. Koehler’s sermon

Sola gratia (“by grace alone“) Rev. Koehler’s sermon

Sola fide (“by faith alone“) Rev. Koehler’s sermon

Soli Deo gloria (“glory to God alone“) Rev. Koehler’s sermon

T.U.L.I.P

Total Depravity Rev. Koehler’s sermon

Unconditional Election Rev. Koehler’s sermon

Limited Atonement Rev. Koehler’s sermon

Irresistible Grace Rev. Koehler’s sermon

Perseverance of the Saints Rev. Koehler’s sermon

 

WESTMINSTER LARGER CATECHISM QUESTION OF THE WEEK

Agreed upon by the Assembly of Divines at Westminster, with the assistance of commissioners  from the Church of Scotland, as a part of the covenanted uniformity in religion between the Churches of Christ in the kingdoms of Scotland, England, and Ireland and approved Anno 1648, by the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, to be a directory for catechising such as have made some proficiency in the knowledge of the grounds of religion, with The Proofs from the Scripture.  Assembly at Edinburgh, July 2, 1648. Sess. 10. Act approving the Larger Catechism.

Question 122
What is the sum of the six commandments which contain our duty to man?
The sum of the six commandments which contain our duty to man, is, to love our neighbour as ourselves, (Matt. 22:39) and to do to others what we would have them to do to us. (Matt. 7:12)

Question 123
Which is the fifth commandment?
The fifth commandment is, Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee. (Exod. 20:12)

Question 124
Who are meant by father and mother in the fifth commandment?
By father and mother, in the fifth commandment, are meant, not only natural parents, (Prov. 23:22,25, Eph. 6:1–2) but all superiors in age (1 Tim. 5:1–2) and gifts; (Gen. 4:20–22, Gen. 45:8) and especially such as, by God’ s ordinance, are over us in place of authority, whether in family, (2 Kings 5:13) church, (2 Kings 2:12, 2 Kings 13:14, Gal. 4:19) or commonwealth. (Isa. 49:23)

Question 125
Why are superiors styled Father and Mother?
Superiors are styled Father and Mother, both to teach them in all duties toward their inferiors, like natural parents, to express love and tenderness to them, according to their several relations; (Eph. 6:4, 2 Cor. 12:14, 1 Thess. 2:7–8,11, Numb. 11:11–12) and to work inferiors to a greater willingness and cheerfulness in performing their duties to their superiors, as to their parents. (1 Cor. 4:14–16, 2 Kings 5:13)

Question 126
What is the general scope of the fifth commandment?
The general scope of the fifth commandment is, the performance of those duties which we mutually owe in our several relations, as inferiors, superiors, or equals. (Eph. 5:21, 1 Pet. 2:17, Rom. 12:10)

Question 127
What is the honour that inferiors owe to their superiors?
The honour which inferiors owe to their superiors is, all due reverence in heart, (Mal. 1:6, Lev. 19:3) word, (Prov. 31:28, 1 Pet. 3:6) and behaviour; (Lev. 19:32, 1 Kings 2:19) prayer and thanksgiving for them; (1 Tim. 2:1–2) imitation of their virtues and graces; (Heb. 13:7, Phil. 3:17) willing obedience to their lawful commands and counsels; (Eph. 6:1–2,6–7, 1 Pet. 2:13–14, Rom. 13:1–5, Heb. 13:17, Prov. 4:3–4, Prov. 23:22, Exod. 18:19,24) due submission to their corrections; (Heb. 12:9, 1 Pet. 2:18–20) fidelity to, (Tit. 2:9–10) defence, (1 Sam. 26:15–16, 2 Sam. 18:3, Esther 6:2) and maintenance of their persons and authority, according to their several ranks, and the nature of their places; (Matt. 22:21, Rom. 13:6–7, 1 Tim. 5:17–18, Gal. 6:6, Gen. 45:11, Gen. 47:12) bearing with their infirmities, and covering them in love, (1 Pet. 2:18, Prov. 23:22, Gen. 9:23) that so they may be an honour to them and to their government. (Ps. 127:3–5, Prov. 31:23)

Question 128
What are the sins of inferiors against their superiors?
The sins of inferiors against their superiors are, all neglect of the duties required toward them; (Matt. 15:4–6) envying at, (Numb. 11:28–29) contempt of, (1 Sam. 8:7, Isa. 3:5) and rebellion (2 Sam. 15:1–12) against, their persons (Exod. 21:15) and places, (1 Sam. 10:27) in their lawful counsels, (1 Sam. 2:25) commands, and corrections; (Deut. 21:18–21) cursing, mocking (Prov. 30:11,17) and all such refractory and scandalous carriage, as proves a shame and dishonour to them and their government. (Prov. 19:26)

Question 129
What is required of superiors towards their inferiors?
It is required of superiors, according to that power they receive from God, and that relation wherein they stand, to love, (Col. 3:19, Tit. 2:4) pray for, (1 Sam. 12:23, Job 1:5) and bless their inferiors; (1 Kings 8:55–56, Heb. 7:7, Gen. 49:28) to instruct, (Deut. 6:6–7) counsel, and admonish them; (Eph. 6:4) countenancing, (1 Pet. 3:7) commending, (1 Pet. 2:14, Rom. 13:3) and rewarding such as do well; (Esth. 6:3) and discountenancing, (Rom. 13:3–4) reproving, and chastising such as do ill; (Prov. 29:15, 1 Pet. 2:14) protecting, (Job 29:13–16, Isa. 1:10,17) and providing for them all things necessary for soul (Eph. 6:4) and body: (1 Tim. 5:8) and by grave, wise, holy, and exemplary carriage, to procure glory to God, (1 Tim. 4:12, Tit. 2:3–5) honour to themselves, (1 Kings3:28) and so to preserve that authority which God hath put upon them. (Tit. 2:15)

Question 130
What are the sins of superiors?
The sins of superiors are, besides the neglect of the duties required of them, (Ezek. 34:2–4) and inordinate seeking of themselves, (Phil. 2:21) their own glory, (John5:44, John 7:18) ease, profit, or pleasure; (Isa. 56:10–11, Deut. 17:17) commanding things unlawful, (Dan. 3:4–6, Acts 4:17–18) or not in the power of inferiors to perform; (Exod. 5:10–18, Matt. 23:2,4) counseling, (Matt. 14:8, Mark 6:24) encouraging, (2 Sam. 13:28) or favouring them in that which is evil; (1 Sam. 3:13) dissuading, discouraging, or discountenancing them in that which is good; (John 7:46–49, Col. 3:21, Exod. 5:17) correcting them unduly; (1 Pet. 2:18–20, Heb. 12:10, Deut. 25:3) careless exposing, or leaving them to wrong, temptation, and danger; (Gen. 38:11,26, Acts 18:17) provoking them to wrath; (Eph. 6:4) or any way dishonouring themselves, or lessening their authority, by an unjust, indiscreet, rigorous, or remiss behaviour. (Gen. 9:21, 1 Kings 12:13–16, 1 Kings 1:6, 1 Sam. 2:29–31)

Question 131
What are the duties of equals?
The duties of equals are, to regard the dignity and worth of each other, (1 Pet. 2:17) in giving honour to go one before another; (Rom. 12:10) and to rejoice in each others’ gifts and advancement, as their own. (Rom. 12:15–16, Phil. 2:3–4)

Question 132
What are the sins of equals?
The sins of equals are, besides the neglect of the duties required, (Rom. 13:8) the undervaluing of the worth, (2 Tim. 3:3) envying the gifts, (Acts 7:9, Gal. 5:26) grieving at the advancement or prosperity one of another; (Numb. 12:2, Esth. 6:12–13) and usurping pre-eminence one over another. (3 John 9, Luke 22:24)

Question 133
What is the reason annexed to the fifth commandment, the more to enforce it?
The reason annexed to the fifth commandment, in these words, That thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee, (Exod. 20:12) is an express promise of long life and prosperity, as far as it shall serve for God’ s glory and their own good, to all such as keep this commandment. (Deut. 5:16, 1 Kings 8:25, Eph. 6:2–3)

 

 

 

The Apostles’ Creed

The basic creed of Reformed churches, as most familiarly known, is called the Apostles’ Creed. It has received this title because of its great antiquity; it dates from very early times in the Church, a half century or so from the last writings of the New Testament

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, the Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord:

Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried;

He descended into hell. [See Calvin]

The third day He arose again from the dead;

He ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting.

Amen.