Published on October 23rd, 2017 | by Janell Zuercher0
Worship: October 29th, 2017
On October 29th, Reformation Sunday, Dr. Guy Waters preached a message on Justification By Faith Alone. He is a professor at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, MS. Dr. Waters received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania; his M.Div. from Westminster Theological Seminary; and his Ph.D. from Duke University. Prior to coming to RTS Jackson, he taught at Duke Divinity School and Belhaven College. In 2003, he became a teaching elder in the Mississippi Valley Presbytery (PCA).
9:45 am Children’s Sunday School
10:00 am Youth and Adult Sunday School 11:00 am Late Worship Service
6:00 pm KCARC Joint Worship Service and Dessert Fellowship
Text: Romans 3:21-4:8
 But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it—  the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction:  for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,  and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,  whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins.  It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.  Then what becomes of our boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? By a law of works? No, but by the law of faith.  For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law.  Or is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles also? Yes, of Gentiles also,  since God is one—who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith.  Do we then overthrow the law by this faith? By no means! On the contrary, we uphold the law.
[4:1] What then shall we say was gained by Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh?  For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God.  For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.”  Now to the one who works, his wages are not counted as a gift but as his due.  And to the one who does not work but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness,  just as David also speaks of the blessing of the one to whom God counts righteousness apart from works:  “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered;  blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not count his sin.”
Hymn of Adoration: # 92 A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
Hymn or Spiritual Songs: # 455 And Can It Be That I Should Gain
Hymn of Response: # 524 Thy Works, Not Mine, O Christ
Dismissal Hymn: # 469 How Sweet and Awesome is the Place (vs 6)
Additional Readings: The Westminster Shorter Catechism Q/A’s 33-36
Q. 33. What is justification?
A. Justification is an act of God’s free grace, wherein he pardoneth all our sins, and accepteth us as righteous in His sight, only for the righteousness of Christ imputed to us, and received by faith alone.
Q. 34. What is adoption?
A. Adoption is an act of God’s free grace,a whereby we are received into the number, and have a right to all the privileges, of the sons of God.
Q. 35. What is sanctification?
A. Sanctification is the work of God’s free grace, whereby we are renewed in the whole man after the image of God, and are enabled more and more to die unto sin, and live unto righteousness.
Q. 36. What are the benefits which in this life do accompany or flow from justification, adoption, and sanctification?
A. The benefits which in this life do accompany or flow from justification, adoption, and sanctification, are, assurance of God’s love, peace of conscience, joy in the Holy Ghost, increase of grace, and perseverance therein to the end.
Full Liturgy for October 29th, 2017 (PDF)