Author interview with Martyn McGeown

New author interview!

Rev. McGeown talks about his new book, Micah: Proclaiming the Incomparable God, published earlier this month. 

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Micah has arrived in house!

Rev. McGeown's book Micah: Proclaiming the Incomparable God has arrived! And our packers are busy at it this morning getting out the books to our book club members. 

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Jehovah’s Good Requirements

Sneak Peak of Chapter 13: Jehovah’s Good Requirements in Micah: Proclaiming the Incomparable God
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6. Wherewith shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before the high God? shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves of a year old?
7. Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, or with ten thousands of rivers of oil? shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?
8. He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? (Micah 6:6–8)


In chapter 6, Micah, in the name of Jehovah, announces Jeho­vah’s controversy with his people. In that controversy Jehovah cries out to his people: “O my people, what have I done unto thee?” (v. 3). Jehovah even declares: “Testify against me!” (v. 3). In so doing, Jehovah strongly protests his righteousness and the people’s treachery. Then Jehovah proves from history that he has always been faithful to Judah. He brings as “Exhibit A” his deliverance of his people from Egypt, his sending them Moses, Aaron, and Miriam, and his protection of them in the wilderness. Jehovah’s “Exhibit A” to us is the cross of Jesus Christ. Surely, then, neither they nor we have any excuse for ingratitude toward God.

The text contains a kind of dialogue between the prosecu­tion and the defense in Jehovah’s controversy or lawsuit. Judah responds to Jehovah in verses 6–7. She shows in her response that she recognizes the majesty and holiness of God, for she speaks of him as “the high God” (v. 6) and she confesses sin: “my transgres­sion…the sin of my soul” (v. 7). But her response to Jehovah is false: she does not know (or claims not to know) how she should approach God. Micah, in Jehovah’s name, responds to Judah’s question (whether it is a sincere question or not, or whether it is a question designed to escape blame or not). “He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee” (v. 8).

JEHOVAH’S GOOD AND CLEAR REQUIREMENTS

Before we look at the three requirements, we need to ask and answer some questions. The first question is: what are these requirements generally? The text says two things about them: they are good, and they are clear.

First, they are good. “He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good” (v. 8). We are not interested here in what seems good to us, or even in what seems good to society. We are interested in what is good to Jehovah. Good in the Bible is defined by what is pleas­ing to God, not what is pleasing to us, and not what is pleasing to the greatest number of people. Because God is the good God, what is good and pleasing to him will also be good for us: it will be good for us spiritually and will bring us blessedness.

12. And now, Israel, what doth the Lord thy God require of thee, but to fear the Lord thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the Lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul,
13. To keep the commandments of the Lord, and his stat­utes, which I command thee this day for thy good? (Deut. 10:12–13)

Second, they are clear. “He hath shewed thee, O man” (Mic. 6:8). Jehovah is not a God who is impossible to serve because we do not know what he requires. He has shown us (each of us) what is good and what he requires. Jehovah has declared that to all of his people, not just to a select few. One does not require great insights, learning, or degrees in theology to know it. Jeho­vah’s requirements are clearly recorded for us in scripture that we might know them. Our calling is to do these things in thankful­ness to him.

The second question we need to ask is: for whom are these requirements, or from whom does God require them? The text explains that these are what God requires from us, his people. “He hath shewed thee…what doth the Lord require of thee… thy God” (v. 8). This text is not directed to the Philistines, the Moabites, or the Babylonians. It is directed to the people of God: “my people” (vv. 3, 5).

This text is therefore not directed to the modern society in which we live, for God does not call all the inhabitants of the world in general to live the Micah 6:8 life. That would be impos­sible. God calls the church (believers, Christians) to live this way. For one thing, how can unbelievers walk humbly with their God? The calling of an unbeliever is not Micah 6:8 but repent and believe in Jesus Christ. Only then will you be able to live accord­ing to these requirements.
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Micah: Proclaiming the Incomparable God

Coming late November 2018

Endorsement from Rev. Jerome Julien:

As Rev. Martyn McGeown points out in the introduction of this book, Micah is often neglected in our study of scripture and preaching. This book is known for the prophetic statement about the birth of Christ in Bethlehem, the familiar words of chapter 6:8, and the comforting words of chapter 7:18. This volume is about to change this.

A cursory look at these pages tells us that there is so much material here for study and preaching. A more careful read beyond this will be a real eye-opener. Micah focuses on our great God who judges sin, but also has given his only-begotten Son for the pardoning of our sins.

The author began this work as a series on sermons. In a practical way he gives to us his careful exegesis, but not in a way that is over our heads. He has done his homework—and very well. These seventeen chapters will give the reader a glimpse into what this little-known prophet has to say to the church today. As in all good preaching, we as believers are led to Christ, and the Church to greater faithfulness in this difficult age.

The believer who delights to know God’s word (every believer should, of course) and the man called of God and ordained to proclaim the great truths of scripture will find these pages to be spiritually enriching.

Highly recommended.

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Bible Study Season

As a new society season of the study of the Bible approaches, please consider the materials that the Reformed Free Publishing Association has available.

Study Guides:
Ruth, Malachi, Acts, Romans, Philippians, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, Hebrews, James, and 1 Peter.

Commentaries:
A Pilgrim's Manual (1 Peter)
The Coming of Zion's Redeemer (Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi)
Faith Made Perfect (James)   
Studies in the Book of Genesis   
Justified unto Liberty (Galatians)     
Knowing God in the Last Days (2 Peter)                                                                   
Redeemed with Judgment (Isaiah)                                         
Righteous by Faith Alone (Romans)
Unfolding Covenant History (5-volume series on the Old Testament)
Walking in the Way of Love (1 Corinthians)

Topical:
End-times, creation, heresies (e.g., common grace), marriage, church history, the parables, and many more.

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"The best symbolical statement of the Calvinistic system of doctrine"

An orthodox commentary on the confession, that is, one that is in wholehearted accord with the teachings of the confession, and resolutely faithful to them, will be profitable to Reformed Christians and churches in the twenty-first century, not only for invaluable instruction in the Reformed faith, but also for the maintenance and defense of Reformed orthodoxy. Founded on holy scripture, the Belgic Confession determines sound doctrine for Reformed churches and believers. This doctrine is rich, lovely, and powerful. The confession also authoritatively exposes contemporary heresies. As they read this commentary which proclaims the doctrine and authority of the confession, all believers who love the Reformed faith will be faithfully guided in the truth of the “old paths.”

THE BELGIC CONFESSION
a commentary
(volume 1)

$31.95 retail  |  368 pages  |  hardcover
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Belgic Confession (volume 1) by David J. Engelsma

An orthodox commentary on the confession, that is, one that is in wholehearted accord with the teachings of the confession, and resolutely faithful to them, will be profitable to Reformed Christians and churches in the twenty-first century, not only for invaluable instruction in the Reformed faith, but also for the maintenance and defense of Reformed orthodoxy. Founded on holy scripture, the Belgic Confession determines sound doctrine for Reformed churches and believers. This doctrine is rich, lovely, and powerful. The confession also authoritatively exposes contemporary heresies. As they read this commentary which proclaims the doctrine and authority of the confession, all believers who love the Reformed faith will be faithfully guided in the truth of the “old paths.”

THE BELGIC CONFESSION
a commentary
(volume 1)

$31.95 retail  |  368 pages  |  hardcover
Coming early June 2018...

 

 

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"I wrote the book for the believer"

Rev. Nathan Langerak, a new author for the RFPA, was interviewed on his book, Walking in the Way of Love: A Practical Commentary on 1 Corinithains

"Sit down" with Rev. Langerak as he talks about his new book and why he chose to write a book on 1 Corinthians. 

 

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Love: "A More Excellent Way"

 

First Corinthians is scripture's detailed treatment of Christian love. According to the theme text of the epistle (12:21), love is a "more excellent way." It is more excellent in itself, and it is more excellent for all who walk on that way. In that more excellent way the believer, saved by grace alone, is called to walk. 

Walking in the Way of Love is a commentary on and application of the words  of 1 Corinthians for the believer and the true church of Jesus Christ to teach them about the vitally important way of love, as that contradicts the chatter of the world and apostate church about love.

The commentary is laid out with believers in mind. Each chapter of the book focuses on a single aspect of the main theme of love. The chapters are designed to stand alone. Each chapter begins with an introduction to help the reader see the particular subject of the chapter in its immediate and larger context in the epistle of 1 Corinthians.

by Nathan J. Langerak (New Author!)

432 pages, Hardcover

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Nathan Langerak is a minister in the Protestant Reformed Churches in America. He lives in Crete, Illinois, with his wife, Carrie, and six children. He has served as pastor of Crete Protestant Reformed Church since 2007.

 

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Walking in the Way of Love

                           

Walking in the Way of Love: A Practical Commentary on 1 Corinthians for the Believer (Volume 1)

by Nathan J. Langerak (New Author!)

432 pages, Hardcover

Coming January 2018!

A love that disciplines impenitent sinners; a love that will not fellowship with the impenitent sinner; a love that will not endure false doctrine or those who teach it; a love that suffers the loss of all earthly things, including earthly friendships, goods, and standing for the sake of the truth; a love that says what the apostle Paul says at the end of his great book on love, “If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha,” is true love. It is God’s love and Christ’s love manifesting itself in the believer. These and many other hard things belong to the way of love as revealed by the Holy Spirit and in which 1 Corinthians calls the believer to walk.

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Nathan Langerak is a minister in the Protestant Reformed Churches in America. He lives in Crete, Illinois, with his wife, Carrie, and six children. He has served as pastor of Crete Protestant Reformed Church since 2007.

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