Lord’s Day 31

Reuben Bredenhof

Jesus the King entrusts us with the two keys of his kingdom

  1. The preaching of the holy gospel
  2. Church discipline

Scripture readings: Matthew 16:13-28, Matthew 18:10-20

Christ gives the keys of the kingdom with purpose

  1. For the sinner’s redemption
  2. For the church’s sanctification
  3. For the Lord’s glorification

Scripture readings: 1 Corinthians 5, 2 Corinthians 2

Wes Bredenhof

The church has received keys from her king

  1. The identity of those keys
  2. The manner in which those keys are to be used

Scripture reading: 1 Corinthians 5, 2 Corinthians 1:23-2:17

George van Popta

The good news that Christ our Passover Lamb has been sacrificed

This good news:

  1. Proclaimed
  2. Rejected
  3. Defended

Scripture reading: 1 Corinthians 5

Jeremy Segstro

Who is admitted into the upside-down Kingdom?

  1. Those with ears to hear
  2. Those with hearts to repent

Scripture reading: Matthew 5

Clarence Stam

Christ sets his church under the discipline of the Holy Spirit

  1. It is the discipline of the Word of Christ
  2. It is the discipline of the love of Christ

Scripture readings:  Hebrews 4:1-13, Revelation 3:14-22

B. Holwerda

Christ and the key-power of the church

These keys signify:

  1. The authority of the church
  2. The seriousness of the church
  3. The salvation of the church

Scripture reading: Luke 12:35-48

R.H. Bremmer

In his church’s key-ministry, Christ sets redemption in sharp focus

We see this:

  1. In relation to preaching
  2. In relation to discipline
  3. In relation to God himself

Scripture readings: Isaiah 22:15-25, Matthew 16:13-20

Eric Kampen

Through the preaching and discipline of the church we learn whether we are saved or not

We see this by considering:

  1. Preaching
  2. Discipline

Scripture readings: Matthew 18:15-20, John 3:16-21, 2 Thessalonians 3:6-14

K. Dijk

Watchers on Zion’s walls.  They are:

  1. Appointed by Christ
  2. Charged with his duty
  3. Working for his glory

Scripture reading: Ezekiel 33:1-9

Walled city or open court?

  1. Why not the last?
  2. Why only the first?

The ministry of the keys and God’s judgment

  1. Why does God judge according to this witness?
  2. How does God judge according to this witness?