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Living in Light of Two Ages

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Sunday
Oct082017

"The LORD Roars from Zion" -- Amos 1:1-2

Here's the audio from this morning's sermon, the first in our series on the Minor Prophets from the Book of Amos.  Click Here

Sunday
Oct082017

This Week's White Horse Inn (Updated Website)

The Radical Reformation

According to a recent Pew study, 53% of American Protestants couldn’t identify Martin Luther as the one who started the Reformation, and fewer than 30% of white Evangelicals were unable to identify Protestantism as the faith which embraces the doctrine of justification by faith alone. On this program, the hosts will attempt to show that contemporary Christians, whether liberal or conservative, have more in common with the theology of the Anabaptist reformers than they do with the views of Luther and Calvin expressed in the great Reformation solas.

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Thursday
Oct052017

Apologetics in a Post Christian Age (Audio) Introduction -- Part 3

Here's the audio from our Wednesday Night Bible Study -- "Introduction to Apologetics -- Schools and Methods of Apologetics"  Part 3  Click Here

Wednesday
Oct042017

"And the Time Came" -- Daniel 7:15-28

The Fourteenth in a Series of Sermons on the Book of Daniel

Daniel’s vision in chapter 7 of the prophecy which bears his name, maps out the future of the four great ancient middle-eastern empires with uncanny accuracy.  Daniel’s vision dates from 550 BC–the first year that Belshazzar was king of Babylon–but covers historical developments until the rise of the Roman empire four centuries later.  In this amazing vision, Daniel sees four fierce and frightening beasts which represent the same successive empires which Nebuchadnezzar had seen in the vision of the metallic statue which YHWH had given to him (and recounted in Daniel 2): the Babylonian empire, the Persian empire, the Greek empire (under Alexander the Great and his successors), and then finally the fourth and most powerful and frightening beast of all, the Roman empire.  What makes Daniel’s vision so much more than a mere lesson in ancient near-eastern history is that this vision is given five centuries before these events actually occur.  But Daniel is also given a vision of the heaven court in session.  He sees one whom he describes as “the Ancient of Days” presiding, with one “like a Son of Man” being led into his presence, possessing a glory beyond all human comprehension, with thousands and tens of thousand attendants.  Daniel sees what so many of God’s people across the ages have desired to see–a glimpse of what heaven is like and what transpires in God’s presence.

What readers of the New Testament know, which Daniel did not, is that this one like “a Son of Man” whom Daniel sees is none other than Jesus Christ.  When interpreting Nebuchadnezzar’s dream of the metallic statue, Daniel describes what he sees (Daniel 2:44–45).  “And in the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that shall never be destroyed, nor shall the kingdom be left to another people.  It shall break in pieces all these kingdoms and bring them to an end, and it shall stand forever, just as you saw that a stone was cut from a mountain by no human hand, and that it broke in pieces the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver, and the gold. A great God has made known to the king what shall be after this. The dream is certain, and its interpretation sure.”

Coming a generation later, Daniel’s dream recounted in chapter 7 reveals the missing element of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream–who or what is the stone which crushes the metallic statue, specially the fourth empire?  Daniel reveals that it is YHWH who directs all of human history to the ends to which he has determined through the person and work of the Son of Man (Jesus)–the mysterious stone seen by Nebuchadnezzar.  No human empire, no matter how great it may appear to human eyes, will escape YHWH’s verdict which will be meted out in the heaven court on judgment day, when Jesus returns to raise the dead, judge the world, and make all things new.  God will crush all the kingdoms of this world which rise to challenge his divine authority.  Daniel, certainly, did not comprehend the full meaning of what he sees in his vision, but with the 20/20 vision of New Testament hindsight, we know that what Daniel saw was none other than the heavenly glory of the Lord Jesus–that “one like a Son of Man.”  

In both visions (Nebuchadnezzar’s in chapter 2, and Daniel’s in chapter 7), the fourth empire (Rome) plays the critical role as a future oppressor of God’s people.  The fourth beast (empire) of Daniel’s vision is the most frightening of all and does terrible harm to the people of God.  Yet YHWH will inevitably bring each of these empires to ruin (including Rome).  The reassurance that God controls and judges these empires is of great comfort to Daniel and the Jewish exiles then in Babylon who have been under the oppressive heel of a pagan empire (Babylon–the first beast) which forcibly took many of them from their homes in Judah 70 years or so previously.

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Monday
Oct022017

This Week at Christ Reformed Church (October 2-8)

Sunday Morning, October 8:  We begin our study of the Book of Amos.  We will be discussing the "who?" "when?" and "why?" questions of this remarkable prophecy.  Our worship service begins at 10:30 a.m.

Note:  Our on-going new member's class meets at 9:00 a.m.

Sunday Afternoon:  We take up Lord's Day 39 (Q & A 104) in our on-going study of the Heidelberg Catechism.  We will consider the fifth commandment and honoring our parents.  Our catechism service begins @ 1:15 p.m.

Wednesday Night Bible Study (October 4 @ 7:30 p.m.):  We will continue with our series, "Apologetics in a Post-Christian Age."  This week's lecture is "Schools and Methods of Apologetics" (Part Two)

The Academy (Friday October 6 @ 7:30 p.m.):   We resume our lecture/discussion series based upon Allen Guelzo's Teaching Company Course, The American Mind.  Our topic this week, "Old Princeton." 

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

Sunday
Oct012017

"A Man of God" -- 1 Kings 17:1-24

Here's the audio from this morning's sermon on Elijah, the fourth in our series introducing the minor prophets.

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Sunday
Oct012017

This Week's White Horse Inn (Updated Website)

Glory to God Alone

As we have seen over the past few weeks, Scripture alone reveals that our redemption was accomplished by the work of Christ alone, and is received by grace through faith alone. In short, God gets all the credit for our salvation from start to finish. As Paul says in Rom 11:35-36, “Who has given him a gift that he might be repaid? For of him and through him and to him are all things, to whom be the glory forever.” On this program, the hosts conclude their discussion of the solas of the Reformation by taking a look at the famous slogan: Soli Deo Gloria, “to God alone be glory.”

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Thursday
Sep282017

Apologetics in a Post Christian Age (Audio) Introduction -- Part 2

Here's the audio from our Wednesday Night Bible Study -- "Introduction to Apologetics - Schools and Methods of Apologetics?"  Part 2.  Click Here

Wednesday
Sep272017

"One Like a Son of Man" -- Daniel 7:1-18

The Thirteenth in a Series of Sermons on the Book of Daniel

The second half of the Book of Daniel is much different from the first half.  The first six chapters of Daniel recount the career of the Hebrew prophet including a number of events associated with Daniel and his three Hebrew comrades (Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego), two Babylonian kings (Nebuchadnezzar and Belshazzar) and one Persian king (Darius the Mede–also known as Cyrus).  The second half of the Book of Daniel (chapters 7 through 12) opens with a dramatic vision given by YHWH to Daniel which maps out the next six centuries of ancient near-eastern history.  Yet in the following chapters, Daniel continues to recount some of the most fantastic and difficult visions in all the Bible.  But the literary hinge between the two halves of Daniel is chapter 7.  As one writer puts it, the nature of Daniel’s dramatic vision makes this “the single most important chapter of the Book of Daniel.”  Chapter 7 includes what yet another writer describes as the “the key to history.”  These are grandiose comments, but after we have spent some time in this chapter, I think you will see why these opinions are appropriate.  The vision given Daniel in chapter 7 points us to a mysterious figure–“One like a Son of Man”–who is indeed the key to understanding all of human history.

Daniel’s vision of four strange beasts as recorded in chapter 7, covers the same time frame in human history (the 5th century BC-the 1st century AD) as the vision which YHWH gave previously to Nebuchadnezzar, recounted in Daniel 2.  But this vision is YHWH’s revelation of the all-conquering king (Jesus) around whom all of human history ultimately centers.  The subsequent visions given Daniel in chapters 8-12 speak of the great empires which arise after Babylon falls (the Persian, Greek, and Roman empires), while also foretelling of the rebuilding of Jerusalem (after the Jewish exiles return home from Babylon), the rise of an Antichrist figure (described as a blaspheming “little horn” who is the arch-enemy of God’s people), before the visions take us forward to the end of the age and the general resurrection when all the dead (believing and unbelieving) are raised bodily on the day of final judgment.

As we return to our series on the Book of Daniel, this week and next, we will explore in some detail the amazing vision given Daniel by YHWH while Belshazzar was in the first year of his reign as king of Babylon–specifically, the year 550 BC, which also happened to be the very same year that a relatively unknown Persian king (Darius) rose to became leader of the Medo-Persian empire (taking the royal name Cyrus), which will conquer Babylon in 539 BC (as we saw in chapters 5-6 of Daniel).  

The first half of the Book of Daniel tells the story of Daniel’s life in exile and his service in the royal court, from the time he was kidnaped from his home in Judah (605 BC) until late in his life (539 BC), when he served as a trusted advisor, first to Nebuchadnezzar and then Cyrus.  Daniel served the latter toward the end of Daniel’s life, when the Persian king was wrestling with the question, “what to do with the sizable population of Jews living as exiles in Babylon, but who anxious to return to their homeland, rebuild the capital city (Jerusalem) and the temple of YHWH?”  The central message throughout the first half of Daniel, is that YHWH is sovereign over all kings and empires, seen in the fact that he gave his prophet Daniel great gifts of the Spirit to protect from harm while in exile, and to interpret the dreams which YHWH gave to the leaders of that very same nation (Babylon) YHWH used to punish his disobedient people (Israel), before bringing down the Babylonian empire because of its on-going persecution of the people of God, along with Babylon’s zeal in worshiping false gods.  The first half of Daniel ends with Daniel returning to the royal court near the end of his life, this time serving a Persian king in the period immediately before Cyrus issues his famous decree to allow the Jews to return home. 

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Monday
Sep252017

This Week at Christ Reformed Church (September 25-October 1)

 

Sunday Morning, October 1:  We wrap up our background studies in preparation for our series on the Minor Prophets.  This coming Lord's Day we will consider the ministry to Israel of the prophet Elijah (1 Kings 17).  Our worship service begins at 10:30 a.m.

Note:  Our on-going new member's class meets at 9:00 a.m.

Sunday Afternoon:  We come to Lord's Day 38 (Q & A 103) in our study of the Heidelberg Catechism.  We will consider the Fourth Commandment and proper celebration of the Lord's Day.  Our catechism service begins @ 1:15 p.m.

Wednesday Night Bible Study (September 27 @ 7:30 p.m.):  We have begun a new series, "Apologetics in a Post-Christian Age."  This week's lecture is "Schools and Methods of Apologetics."

The Academy (Friday September 29 @ 7:30 p.m.):   We resume our lecture/discussion series based upon Allen Guelzo's Teaching Company Course, The American Mind.  Our topic this week, "American Romanticism." 

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

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