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Living in Light of Two Ages

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Thursday
Oct042018

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

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

Wednesday
Oct032018

"From the Lord You Will Receive the Inheritance" -- Colossians 3:18-4:1

The Ninth in a Series of Sermons on Colossians

As Christians in 21st century America, we find ourselves increasingly at odds with much of our culture.  One place in particular where the tension is great concerns the nature and character of the family–which according to Scripture is the fundamental building block of human society.  Another related source of tension is the idea of calling, vocation, and the value of work–the task assigned to Adam in Eden.  Both matters are addressed in our text;  Colossians 3:18-4:1.  Paul instructs the Colossians in the proper relationship of husbands and wives, of parents and children, and servants to masters.  But he does so in the context of an entirely different cultural situation than our own, the Greco-Roman world of the first century.  But while the details of the cultural situation of Paul’s day are substantially different from our own, as we will see, much of what Paul says to the Colossians about family and work, has a direct impact upon our current circumstances.  So, there will be much for us here in terms of application.

We are continuing our series on Paul’s letter to the church in Colossae, which is the apostle’s response to an insurgent heresy facing the churches in the Lycus Valley of Asia Minor.  As best as we can tell, the Colossian Heresy seemed to be a combination of a heretical form of Judaism, mixed with some sort of local paganism.  Paul’s response to this challenge has been to reaffirm the supremacy of Jesus Christ, who is creator, sustainer, and ruler of all things.  It is Jesus who saves his people from God’s wrath on the day of final judgment through his death upon the cross.  As Paul explains to the Colossians, all those who trust in Jesus are united to him in heaven, as he renews God’s people in the original image in which Adam was created, and from which he (and we) had fallen.  Much of what Paul says about the role and purpose of the family echoes the creation account, as well as the cultural mandate, and flows directly out of his instructions to the Colossians as to how Christians participate in the new creation ushered in by Jesus’ death, resurrection, and ascension.
 
The Lordship of Jesus over all things will figure prominently in Paul’s discussion about family relationships along with that of servants and masters.  Those teaching the Colossian Heresy were advocating the worship of angels, seeking visions, and distorting the law of God, in a futile effort to take control over the invisible forces and fates of the universe (the unseen).  But learning secret religious principles and practicing rigorous self-denial may have the appearance of wisdom but does little to stop fleshly indulgence.  The pagan impulse to master unseen spirits and spiritual forces is a vain attempt to gain an upper hand over things already in subjection to Jesus.  After pointing out these spiritual principles and religious rules were nothing but the invention of men, Paul reminds the Colossians that Jesus has conquered death and the grave, and then ascended to the Father’s right hand, where his people are to set their hearts and minds so that we gain a heavenly perspective on earthly things.

In the second half of his letters, it is customary for Paul to offer a series of imperatives (commands) which flow from the believer’s right standing before God (justification).  In his Colossian letter, however, Paul’s focus is upon our union with Christ at the Father’s right hand (the indicative).  He describes the Christian life in terms of dying to sexual immorality and idolatry.  He speaks of putting off sins such as anger, malice, and lying.  He exhorts the Colossians to put on Christ, as one puts on clean clothes after a shower.  This struggle with sin, depicted with the metaphor of a change in clothing, characterizes the Christian life because all Christians are united to Jesus who renews us in his image, a life-long process which involves the striping off (like dirty clothes) of those sinful behaviors for which Jesus died and which characterized our old selves (what we were in Adam), yet which are inconsistent with what we have become in Christ (a new self).

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Monday
Oct012018

This Week at Christ Reformed Church (October 1-7)

Sunday Morning, October 7:  We will continue our study of Zechariah as part of our series on the Minor Prophets.  We will be considering the first "night vision" in Zechariah 1:7-17.  Our worship service begins at 10:30 a.m.

Note:  Our New Members Class continues this week @ 9:00 a.m., in room 601.  I'll be presenting a quick survey of the history of the Reformed Churches.

Sunday AfternoonWe are currently making our way through the Belgic Confession.  We have come to article 23, and the doctrine of justification.  Our afternoon service begins at 1:15 p.m.  

Wednesday Night Bible Study (October 3) @ 7:30 p.m.  We are continuing our series Apologetics in a Post-Christian Age.  We begin our discussion of the relationship between faith and reason.  

The Academy (October 5):  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.   Our lecture this week is "Ironic Judgments" (Reinhold Niebuhr and the Protestant liberal establishment).

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

Sunday
Sep302018

"Return to Me" -- Zechariah 1:1-6

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

Thursday
Sep272018

Apologetics in a Post Christian Age (Audio) -- Common Ground and Presuppositions (Part Three)

Here's the audio from the Wednesday night Bible Study:  Common Ground and the Role of Presuppositions--Part three

Tuesday
Sep252018

Mark and Brianna -- Congratulations!

Monday
Sep242018

This Week at Christ Reformed Church (September 24-30)

Sunday Morning, September 30:  We will begin our study of the Prophecy of Zechariah as part of our series on the Minor Prophets.  This week, we'll address the "Who?" "When?" "Why" and "What" questions, and then look at Zechariah's call for repentance in chapter 1:1-6.  Our worship service begins at 10:30 a.m.

Note:  Our New Members Class begins this week @ 9:00 a.m., in room 601.  We'll be talking about the history and ethos of Christ Reformed Church.

Sunday AfternoonWe are studying the Belgic Confession, and will be taking up article 22 which addresses the "Righteousness of Faith."  Our afternoon service begins at 1:15 p.m.  

Wednesday Night Bible Study (September 26) @ 7:30 p.m.  We are continuing our series Apologetics in a Post-Christian Age.  We'll be discussing common ground and the role of presuppositions--focusing upon the law of non-contradiction, causality, and sense perception.  

The Academy (September 28):  We return to our lecture/discussion series based upon Allen Guelzo's Teaching Company Course, The American Mind.   Our lecture this week is "Science Under the Cloud"  (the atomic age).

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

Monday
Sep242018

"From This Day On I Will Bless You" -- Haggai 2:10-23

Here's the audio from Sunday's sermon on the Minor Prophets from the Book of Haggai: 

Thursday
Sep202018

Apologetics in a Post Christian Age (Audio) -- Common Ground and Presuppositions (Part Two)

Here's the audio from the Wednesday night Bible Study:  We continued our study of, Common Ground and the Role of Presuppositions (Part Two)

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

 

Monday
Sep172018

This Week at Christ Reformed Church (September 17-23)

Sunday Morning, September 23:  We will wrap up our time in Haggai, as part of our series on the Minor Prophets.  We will cover Haggai 2:10-23, and consider the role of the ceremonial aspects of the law.  Our worship service begins at 10:30 a.m.

Sunday Afternoon:  Our pastoral intern, Mr. Yi Wang, will be conducting the service.  Our catechism service begins @ 1:15 p.m.

Wednesday Night Bible Study (September 19) @ 7:30 p.m.  We are continuing our series Apologetics in a Post-Christian Age.  We'll be discussing common ground and the role of presuppositions.  

The Academy:  Resumes on September 28, when we wrap up our lecture/discussion series based upon Allen Guelzo's Teaching Company Course, The American Mind. 

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