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Living in Light of Two Ages

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Sunday
Oct282018

"Solus Christus" -- A Sermon for Reformation Sunday

 

Here's the audio from this morning's sermon on Solus Christus based on Isaiah 52:13-53:12 and Romans 3:21-26:  Solus Christus

 

Thursday
Oct252018

Apologetics in a Post Christian Age (Audio) -- Faith and Reason (Part Three)

Here's the audio from the Wednesday night Bible Study: Faith and Reason -- Part Three

Tuesday
Oct232018

"Continue Steadfastly In Prayer" -- Colossians 4:2-18

The Tenth and Final in a Series of Sermons on Colossians

Whenever we preach through a letter such as Paul’s letter to the church in Colossae, we can become so preoccupied with its message and application to our own situation, it is easy to forget that these letters were intended to be read aloud to a congregation composed of first century Christian believers–our brothers and sisters in Christ–with whom we will spend an eternity.  When we come to the end of a New Testament letter such as this, if we take the time to consider this material, we can gain a fascinating glimpse into the lives of those people who served this church, who worshiped in this church, as well as learning of their comings and goings while at the same time witness our Lord’s faithfulness to his people two thousand years ago in the midst of a very pagan first century Greco-Roman world.

Paul was imprisoned in Rome when his letter to Colossians was written.  Not sure of the outcome of his appeal to Caesar, Paul he makes no comment on whether or not he plans to visit the cities of the Lycus Valley (Colossae, Laodicea, and Hieropolis).  Paul had never been to Colossae (2:1) and did not know personally many of the Christians there–in contrast to his letters to Philippi or Ephesus, cities in which he had stayed and therefore knew well many of the members of the church to which he was writing.  In light of the present uncertainties, Paul’s messengers Tychicus and Onesimus will come to Colossae in person and fill them in the details which Paul is not able to include in his letter.  But it becomes obvious that as we read Paul’s closing words to the Colossians, we are indeed reading someone else’s mail.
 
We now wrap-up our ten part series on Paul’s letter to the Colossians.  Next time we’ll begin a new series on Galatians, likely the first canonical letter written by Paul, as early as 47-48 AD.  As we wrap up our time in Colossians this week, we will do something a bit differently.  Given the personal nature of this closing section, we will begin by looking at Paul’s closing comments (vv. 7-18) before we turn to Paul’s exhortation to the Colossians to continue in prayer and to be faithful in their Christian witness, found in vv. 2-6.  The application in this section speaks directly to us and our situation, so verses 2-6 are a more suitable place to end our time in this epistle.

The closing material (vv. 7-18) contains a number of directives to the Christians in Colossae as Paul has much to say, but little space and time to do so.  He commissions two messengers to take this letter to Colossae (vv. 7-9).  He also sends a series of greetings (in vv. 10-15).  Next, Paul directs that this letter is to be forwarded to the church in Laodicea (v. 16) because, presumably, as a neighboring church to Colossae, the Laodiceans faced the same false teaching as the Colossians.  Finally, Paul exhorts a man named Archippus about his ministry (v. 17), before sending his blessing to the Colossians (v. 18).

Paul wraps up by endorsing the messengers he is sending back to Colossae, two men named Tychicus and Onesimus.  In verses 7-9, Paul details that “Tychicus will tell you all about my activities.  He is a beloved brother and faithful minister and fellow servant in the Lord.  I have sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are and that he may encourage your hearts, and with him Onesimus, our faithful and beloved brother, who is one of you. They will tell you of everything that has taken place here.”  Tychicus plays a prominent role in Paul’s later ministry.  According to Acts 20:4, Tychicus was from “Asia” (Asia Minor–Turkey) and accompanied Paul on his final visit to Jerusalem (to bring famine relief to the Jewish Christians from their Gentile brothers and sisters in Greece).  Paul speaks quite highly of Tychicus, calling him a beloved brother and faithful minister.  He too is a fellow servant of the Lord–recalling Paul’s previous discussion about how all Christians are servants of Jesus, their true and heavenly master

To read the rest of this sermon:  Click Here

Monday
Oct222018

This Week at Christ Reformed Church (October 22-28)

Reformation Sunday and Our Twenty-Third Anniversary!

Sunday Morning, October 28:  Our Sermon for Reformation Sunday is on Solus Christus, from Romans 3:21-26.  Our worship service begins at 10:30 a.m.

Note:  Our New Members Class continues this week in room 601 @ 9:00 a.m.  Our topic this week is, "Why do we worship like we do?"

Sunday AfternoonWe have come to article 25 in the Belgic Confession which focuses upon Christ as the fulfillment of the law.  Our afternoon service begins at 1:15 p.m.  

Wednesday Night Bible Study (October 24) @ 7:30 p.m.  We continue our series Apologetics in a Post-Christian Age.  We are discussing the relationship between faith and reason--focusing this time on differences between evidentalists and presuppositionalists.  

The Academy (October 26):  We are working our way through the concluding lectures in our lecture/discussion series based upon Allen Guelzo's Teaching Company Course, The American Mind.   This week's lecture is "Integration and Separation" on the Civil Rights movement.

For more information on Christ Reformed Church you can always find us here (Christ Reformed Church), or on Facebook (Christ Reformed on Facebook).

Christ Reformed Church's first service in Mike Horton's living room!

Sunday
Oct212018

"Flee to Zion" -- Zechariah 1:18-2:13

Here's the audio from today's sermon on Zechariah from our series on the Minor Prophets: Click Here

Thursday
Oct182018

Apologetics in a Post Christian Age (Audio) -- Faith and Reason (Part Two)

Here's the audio from last night's Bible study.  We continued with our discussion of:  Faith and Reason -- Part Two

Monday
Oct152018

This Week at Christ Reformed Church (October 15-21)

Sunday Morning, October 21:  As part of our series on the Minor Prophets, we return to our study of the prophecy of Zechariah.  We'll be considering the second and third "night visions" from Zechariah 1:18-2:13 and focusing upon the glories of Zion.  Our worship service begins at 10:30 a.m.

Note:  Our New Members Class continues this week in room 601 @ 9:00 a.m.  We'll be discussing the basics of Reformed church government--rule by elders.

Sunday AfternoonWe are currently making our way through the Belgic Confession.  We'll be tackling article 24 and the confession's discussion of sanctification.  Our afternoon service begins at 1:15 p.m.  

Wednesday Night Bible Study (October 17) @ 7:30 p.m.  We are continuing our series Apologetics in a Post-Christian Age.  We continue our discussion of the relationship between faith and reason.  

The Academy (October 19):  We are working our way through the concluding lectures in our lecture/discussion series based upon Allen Guelzo's Teaching Company Course, The American Mind.   This week's lecture is "Mass Culture and Mass Consumption" which deals with the rise of a distinctly American form of "pop" culture.

For more information on Christ Reformed Church you can always find us here (Christ Reformed Church), or on Facebook (Christ Reformed on Facebook).

Thursday
Oct112018

"The Lion of Princeton" -- Podcast Discussion on B. B. Warfield

I was recently a guest on the podcast "Equipping You in Grace" hosted by Dave Jenkins

You can listen here:  The Lion of Princeton -- Podcast

Here's some of the ground we covered:

A brief sketch of B.B. Warfield’s life and importance to American evangelicalism and the greater Body of Christ. 

What can we learn from how B.B. Warfield’s approach to dealing with and responding to criticism? 

How Warfield’s work on the doctrine of Scripture helps Christians respond to attacks on the doctrine of Scripture today.

What Christians today can learn from B.B. Warfield’s response to attacks on the person and work of Christ along with his approach to engaging these and other issues.

What B.B. Warfield can teach those deeply committed to the task and work of theology in the local church about loving and caring for our wives and families.

What contributions the Old Princeton theologians like Warfield made to the Church of his time and continued to make on the Church today.

Monday
Oct082018

Know Anyone in Sioux Falls?

I'll be speaking at the Fall Conference at Christ Reformed Church (URCNA) in Sioux Falls SD (October 12-13), and then preaching on Sunday, October 14.

If you live in the Sioux Falls area or know anyone who does, here's the conference schedule and information (Beginning Look at the End Times):


Fall Conference 2018 Schedule

Friday - October 12, 2018


  • 6:00 PM - Registration
  • 6:30 PM - Dinner is served. (pre-register to reserve your dinner).
  • 7:30 PM - Session 1: Is the Millennium Literal or Figurative?  
    • In this introductory lecture on the millennial question (Revelation 20), Dr. Riddlebarger emphasizes the importance of the hotly debated issue by arguing for a proper interpretation of Scripture over against idle speculation. 

Saturday - October 13, 2018


  • 8:00 AM - Registration
  • 8:30 AM - Session 2: Where Do We See Christ in the Old Testament?  
    • We consider the historic argument for a Christ-centered reading of the Old Testament, which compared and contrasted to dispensationalism. 
  • 10:00 AM - Session 3: What Happens to Israel?  
    • Romans 9-11 are expounded to show the future of the nation of Israel.
  • 11:30 AM - Session 4: Questions & Answers
    • Ask Dr. Riddlebarger your questions about eschatology.

Sunday - October 14, 2018


  • 10:15 AM - Catechism Class - Session 5: What are the Signs of the End?   
    • Here Dr. Riddlebarger focuses on what has taken place already in redemptive history and what remains to be fulfilled - the already and the not yet. 
  • 11:15 AM - Morning Worship - Session 6: The Antichrist Today   
    • In his sermon from the epistles of John, Dr. Riddlebarger explains the Antichrist and what this means for us today. 
  • 12:45 PM - Fellowship Lunch is Served.  All are welcome to attend!
  • 6:15 PM - Evening Worship - Ending the Lord's Day like we began it: in worship
Sunday
Oct072018

"Gracious and Comforting Words" -- Zechariah 1:7-17

Here's the audio from this morning's sermon on Zechariah, part of our series on the Minor Prophets