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Living in Light of Two Ages

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Monday
Jun042018

This Week at Christ Reformed Church (June 4-10)

Sunday Morning, June 10:  This week we will be taking a look at the tragic fall of Judah and the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple (2 Kings 25), as part of our series on the Minor Prophets.  What role does this tragic event play in redemptive history?  Our worship service begins at 10:30 a.m.

Sunday Afternoon:  We have come to Article 17 of the Belgic Confession and a discussion of Christ's role as redeemer.  Our catechism service begins @ 1:15 p.m.

Wednesday Night Bible Study (June 6 @ 7:30 p.m.):  We continue with our series, "Apologetics in a Post-Christian Age."  Our topic, "Common Ground and Presuppositions."  

The Academy:  On Hiatus until the Fall 

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

Sunday
Jun032018

"The Righteous By His Faith Shall live" -- Habakkuk 2:1-3:19

Here's the audio from this morning's sermon on Habakkuk from our series on the Minor Prophets:  Click Here

Sunday
Jun032018

This Week's White Horse Inn

Seeing Jesus in the Psalms

How are we to read and profit from the Book of Psalms? Is it simply a collection of 150 poems randomly thrown together, or is there some kind of order and structure to the book as a whole? What are the unifying themes of this book, and how does it speak of the person and work of Jesus Christ? On this program, Michael Horton discusses these issues with W. Robert Godfrey, author of Learning to Love the Psalms.

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Thursday
May312018

Apologetics in a Post Christian Age (Audio) -- The Knowledge of God (Part Three)

Here's the audio from our Wednesday night Bible Study:  The Acquired Knowledge of God -- What Do We Know About God from Nature?

Previous lectures in this series can be found here (scroll down): Apologetics in a Post Christian Age

Tuesday
May292018

"Christ in You, the Hope of Glory" -- Colossians 1:24-2:5

The Fourth in a Series of Sermons on Colossians

Paul is under house arrest in Rome awaiting his appearance before Caesar.  During this time, he will write letters to the churches in Philippi and Colossae, a circular letter to the church in Ephesus, and a personal letter to a man named Philemon–all of which are included in our New Testament.  Paul has heard from Epaphras–the pastor of the church in Colossae who is with Paul in Rome–that the church in Colossae is doing well, but that it is now facing a serious challenge from false teaching.  An unnamed false teacher (or teachers) was contending that the key to finding spiritual fulfillment is found in a mixture of pagan and Jewish practices, which, from what we glean from Paul’s response, included keeping Sabbaths, observing rigorous dietary laws, worshiping angels and seeking visions.  Paul describes this as a philosophy, a human tradition, and an extreme form of self-denial (asceticism).  Paul’s response is to affirm the supremacy of Jesus over all things.  As we have seen, and will see again, there is much in this letter which speaks to our own situation today–Christians in the midst of an increasingly pagan culture, with false religions and false teachers on every side.

We are continuing our series on Paul’s Epistle to the Colossians.  Last time we took up another of the so-called “Christ hymns” cited by Paul in the opening chapter, this time the hymn in Colossians 1:15-20.  Our study of this hymn happened to fit perfectly with the fact that it was also the first Sunday in Advent.  As we saw, this particular Christ hymn reveals a great deal about the person and work of Jesus, who, as the hymn affirms, is the very image of God and the creator of all things.  As firstborn from the dead, Jesus begins his work of new creation when he conquers sin and death in his resurrection.  It is Jesus who reconciles rebellious sinners unto God and then incorporates those reconciled into his church.  Since the Sundays in Advent focus upon the Incarnation of Jesus (his supernatural conception) leading up to Christmas (Jesus’ birth) it was quite appropriate to begin Advent by looking at one of the most important Christological passages in all the New Testament.  Just who it is who came to save us from our sins–Jesus, the very image of God, in whom God’s fulness was pleased to dwell, who is also firstborn from the dead, and head of his church.

This time out, we will see another similar (if unintended) connection between Paul’s discussion of Jesus as “the hope of glory,” and that one in whom hidden mysteries are revealed, and this, the second Sunday of Advent.  Traditionally, the second Sunday of Advent is devoted to John the Baptists’s role in pointing Israel to the coming of the Messiah–focusing upon the expectation and hope that the promised redeemer would finally come to save his people.  And so, when in Colossians 1:27 Paul speaks of Jesus as the hope of glory, and then in chapter 2:3 points out that in Jesus the wisdom and knowledge of God are revealed, we are directed by Paul to consider the incarnation as the revelation of God’s glory, and whose return at the end of the age is the hope of all believers in Jesus.  Such hope is a good thing to consider, especially in light of the fact that this is the second Sunday in Advent.

As we turn to our text, Colossians 1:24-2:5, we come to a new section of the Colossian letter in which the Apostle Paul describes the nature of the mystery revealed to him–that in Jesus’ incarnation and messianic mission to Israel, God has fulfilled his promise to redeem his people from sin’s guilt and its power.  To accomplish this, Jesus (who is the creator of all things and the very image of God) took to himself a true human nature in the womb of the virgin and came to earth to reconcile sinners to God through his once for all sacrifice for sin–his blood shed for us upon the cross, reminding us of the difficult but obvious truth that Jesus must suffer and die to save us from our sins.  As that one entrusted to preach this message to the Gentiles, Paul explains the hardships he has endured for the cause of Christ and his church–including the Christians in Colossae.  As Paul told the Colossians (v. 23), it is to this work of preaching that God has called Paul as a minister of the gospel.

To read the rest of this sermon, Click Here

Monday
May282018

This Week at Christ Reformed Church (May 28-June 3)

Sunday Morning, June 3:  We continue our time in the Book of Habakkuk, with the prophet's declaration that "the righteous shall live by his faith" (2:4).  We will pick up in Habakkuk 2:1, and then survey the balance of the prophecy.  Our worship service begins at 10:30 a.m.

Sunday Afternoon:  We will be discussing Article 16 of the Belgic Confession, dealing with the doctrine of predestination.  Our catechism service begins @ 1:15 p.m.

Wednesday Night Bible Study (May 30 @ 7:30 p.m.):  We continue with our series, "Apologetics in a Post-Christian Age."  Our topic, "The Acquired Knowledge of God."  

The Academy:  On Hiatus until the Fall   

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

Sunday
May272018

"The Oracle That the Prophet Habakkuk Saw" -- Habakkuk 1:1-17

Here's the audio from this morning's sermon on the Minor Prophets from Habakkuk

Sunday
May272018

This Week's White Horse Inn

Christianity & The Culture of Marketing

In today’s consumer culture, the customer is king. But do all our consumer preferences end up determining our identity? Are we merely the sum of our choices? And what if it turns out that many of our preferences have been formed and shaped by a culture of marketing? Who are we then? On this program, the hosts will explore these issues and will also discuss the ways in which churches in our time have bought into various manipulative strategies from the culture of marketing (originally aired Sept. 6th, 2015).

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Friday
May252018

Apologetics in a Post Christian Age (Audio) -- The Knowledge of God (Part Two)

Here's the audio from our Wednesday night Bible Study:  The Content of the Innate and Acquired Knowledge of God--A Biblical Catalogue

Previous lectures in this series can be found here (scroll down): Apologetics in a Post Christian Age

Thursday
May242018

My Wife and I Are Thrilled to Announce . . .

My wife Micki and I are thrilled to announce the engagement of our youngest son, Mark Thomas, to Ms. Brianna Lynch.

Mark is a graduate of CSUF (B.A.), has completed his graduate degree (M.S.) in emergency management at CSULB, and currently works for California State Parks.  Brianna is a graduate of Biola University, and is currently completing her Master of Medical Science, Physician's Assistant Studies, at Marshall B. Ketchum University in Fullerton.  Brianna was a lifelong member at Delta Oaks OPC in Pittsburg, CA., before transferring to Christ Reformed Church earlier this year.

Mark pulled off a surprise proposal at Crystal Cove with the help of a couple of friends. Now the hard work of planing a wedding begins.

Mark and Brianna (Bee) are a great match!  We are thrilled and praising God!