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Living in Light of Two Ages

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Sunday
Nov252018

"The Branch" -- Zechariah 6:1-15

Here's the audio from this morning's sermon on Zechariah 6:1-15, part of our series on the Minor prophets: Click Here

Monday
Nov192018

Luther and Calvin on the End Times (Part One)

 

Here's the audio from my Friday night Academy Lecture, "Luther and Calvin on the End Times," Part One

My lectures are based upon my chapter "The Eschatology of the Reformers" from Reformation Theology:  A Systematic SummaryYou Can Purchase Reformation Theology here

Monday
Nov192018

Thanksgiving Week at Christ Reformed Church (November 19-25)

Sunday Morning, November 25:  We conclude our time in the "Night Visions" of Zechariah--part of our series on the Minor Prophets.  Who is the "Branch" yet to come as foretold by Zechariah?  Our text is Zechariah 6:1-15.  Our worship service begins at 10:30 a.m.

Sunday AfternoonHow can you tell a true from a false church?  How can you tell a true from a false Christian?  Join us for our discussion of article 29 of the Belgic Confession.  Our afternoon service begins at 1:15 p.m. 

Thanksgiving Service, November 22 @ 10:00 a.m.  Join us for a service of thanksgiving and prayer.  Rev. Lenzner will be preaching and leading our service.

Wednesday Night Bible Study:  Resumes November 28

The Academy:  Resumes November 30

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

Sunday
Nov182018

"The Curse" -- Zechariah 5:1-14

Here's the audio from this morning's sermon on Zechariah 5:1-14, from our series on the Minor Prophets.

Friday
Nov162018

What's Wrong in America and How to Fix It

This is well worth your time.  Arthur Brooks and Ben Sasse tackle a host of important issues raised in Ben's new book, Them

Thursday
Nov152018

Apologetics in a Post Christian Age (Audio) -- The Witness of the Holy Spirit (Part Three)

Here's the audio from the Wednesday night Bible study:  The Witness of the Spirit -- Sproul, Frame, and Warfield

Wednesday
Nov142018

"Not by Works, But Through Faith" -- Galatians 2:15-21

The Third in a Series of Sermons on the Book of Galatians

Paul opens his letter to the churches of Galatia by taking direct aim at the false gospel which those identified as Judaizers were preaching to the Galatians–and which many Galatians were embracing!  The Apostle exposes the deceitful tactics the Judaizers used to infiltrate the Galatian churches spying on the liberty which Christians enjoyed.  In response, Paul lays out the specifics of the gospel revealed to him by Jesus Christ–a gospel not of works, but of faith in Jesus.

No doubt, Paul was angry when he wrote Galatians.  During his second missionary journey, Paul traveled throughout the region of Galatia, preaching Christ crucified–publicly placarding Christ (Galatians 3:1) to all who would listen.  God graciously granted Paul the privilege of seeing many Gentiles converted from paganism to faith in Jesus, the Son of God.  Many Jews who lived in the region also came to believe that Jesus Christ was Israel’s Messiah as promised throughout the Old Testament.  They too embraced the same Savior the Gentiles had through faith.  It was not long after Paul left the region that a group of false teachers, known to us as Judaizers, infiltrated these churches, undermining Paul’s authority and distorting the gospel which he had just preached to them.  The so-called gospel these Judaizers were proclaiming was a different gospel from that preached by Paul, which was, in reality, no gospel at all.

The Judaizers were a group of Jews who apparently converted to Christianity once convinced that Jesus was Israel’s Messiah.  But as zealous Jews, and fully committed to the law of Moses, they were not eager to see the ways of their fathers overturned.  In addition to faith in Jesus Christ, they contended, Gentile converts to Christianity must also submit to circumcision and keep elements of the ceremonial law in order to be justified, just as they were doing.  Paul describes how these Judaizers deceptively entered into the Galatian churches by spying on the liberty that the Gentile Christians were enjoying.  They had even been able to pressure Peter and Barnabas into withdrawing from Gentile believers who did not keep ceremonial aspects of the Mosaic Law such as the dietary laws.  

In chapter 2:11-14 of this epistle, Paul recounts how he was forced to confront Peter to his face in Antioch, since Peter was hypocritically living as a Gentile–Peter had acquired a taste for pork chops and honey-baked ham–but after a visit from a group of Judaizers, Peter began insisting that Gentile converts keep the dietary laws that he had given up keeping.  “Do as I say, not as I do,” became Peter’s motto, a reaction arising from his fear of the Judaizers.  As Paul saw it, Peter’s actions compromised the gospel, since the gospel has nothing to do whatsoever with human merit, circumcision, and the obedience to the law of Moses, but is instead based upon the life, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

In verses 15-16 of Galatians 2, we come to the very heart of Paul’s argument he will use throughout the rest of the letter.  The apostle defines the gospel as a doctrine of justification by grace alone through faith alone, on account of Christ alone.  Paul writes, “we ourselves are Jews by birth and not Gentile sinners; yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified.”  Verse 16 has been correctly identified as “the doctrine of justification in a nutshell.”  This is one of the clearest definitions in all of Scripture regarding the doctrine of justification, that is, of how we as sinners obtain a “right standing” before God. 

To read the rest of this sermon: Click Here

Monday
Nov122018

This Week at Christ Reformed Church (November 12-18)

Sunday Morning, November 18:  We are working our way through the "Night Visions" of Zechariah as part of our series on the Minor Prophets.  This week we come to Zechariah 5:1-14 and the visions of a flying scroll and a woman in a basket.  What do these mean?  Our worship service begins at 10:30 a.m.

Sunday AfternoonWhy are Christians obligated to join Christ's church?  We will tackle that question when we take up article 28 of the Belgic Confession.  Our afternoon service begins at 1:15 p.m.   

Wednesday Night Bible Study (November 14) @ 7:30 p.m.  We continue our series Apologetics in a Post-Christian Age.  We are discussing the work of the Holy Spirit in relation to Christian evidences.  This week we will consider B. B. Warfield's concept of the Witness of the Spirit. 

The Academy (November 16):  We begin a short series on the Eschatology of the Reformers.  What did Luther and Calvin believe about the end times?

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

Sunday
Nov112018

"The Lord of the Whole Earth" -- Zechariah 4:1-14

Here's the audio from this week's sermon on the Minor Prophets from the Book of Zechariah: Click Here

Thursday
Nov082018

Apologetics in a Post Christian Age (Audio) -- "The Witness of the Holy Spirit" (Part Two)

Here's the audio from the Wednesday night Bible Study: 

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