Coram Deo – Pastor Daniel Baldesi
Coram Deo, inspired by Pastor David, will be my “Pastor’s Post”. Coram Deo is pronounced (ˈko.ram Dey-oh) and is the Latin phrase “In the Presence of God”. The meaning of Coram Deo is the idea of Christians living in the presence of, under the authority of, and to the honor and glory of God.
This is my second post. I know that most of you have not received the first one but I am trying to get these out to everyone. I am going to try to put a family devotional or personal devotional together for y’all each week. They will mostly come from the Baptist Confession and the Baptist Catechism(the one that was handed out a few Sundays ago). This week’s devotional is on Scripture. I have a main focus passage then the statement from the confession with supporting verses and then questions from the catechism with the answers and supporting verses. This can be read “as is” with the family or you can stretch this out to a couple days with by looking into all the supporting verses. Remember family worship does not need to be complicated or complex. you can simply read a passage of scripture together and pray but I encourage you as we have more time at home to do more and grow more in maturity in Christ. Feel free to email me if you have questions or suggestions.
How from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. (2Ti 3:15-17)
1. The Holy Scriptures are the only sufficient, certain, and infallible standard of all saving knowledge, faith, and obedience.(1) The light of nature and the works of creation and providence so clearly demonstrate the goodness, wisdom, and power of God that people are left without excuse; however, these demonstrations are not sufficient to give the knowledge of God and his will that is necessary for salvation.(2)Therefore, the Lord was pleased at different times and in various ways to reveal himself and to declare his will to his church.(3) To preserve and propagate the truth better and to establish and comfort the church with greater certainty against the corruption of the flesh and the malice of Satan and the world, the Lord put this revelation completely in writing. Therefore, the Holy Scriptures are absolutely necessary, because God’s former ways of revealing his will to his people have now ceased.(4)
( 1)2 Timothy 3:15–17; Isaiah 8:20; Luke 16:29, 31; Ephesians 2:20. (2)Romans 1:19–21; Romans 2:14,15; Psalm 19:1–3.(3)Hebrews 1:1. (4)Proverbs 22:19–21; Romans 15:4; 2 Peter 1:19, 20.
1. Q. How may we know there is a God?
A. The light of nature in man and the works of God plainly declare there is a God (Rom. 1:19,20; Ps. 19:1, 2, 3; Acts 17:24); but his word and Spirit only do it fully and effectually for the salvation of sinners (1 Cor. 2:10; 2 Tim. 3:15,16).
2. Q. What is the word of God?
A. The holy scriptures of the Old and New Testament are the word of God, and the only certain rule of faith and obedience (2 Tim. 3:16; Eph. 2:20).
3. Q. May all men make use of the holy scriptures?
A. All men are not only permitted, but commanded and exhorted to read, hear, and understand the holy scriptures (John 5:38; John 17:17,18; Rev.1:3; Acts 8:30).
4. Q. What things are chiefly contained in the holy scriptures?
A. The holy scriptures chiefly contain what man ought to believe concerning God, and what duty God requireth of man (2 Tim. 1:13; 3:15,16).