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Living in Light of Two Ages

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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!

Tuesday
May222018

"The Image of the Invisible God" -- Colossians 1:15-23

The Third in a Series of Sermons on Paul's Letter to the Colossians

Whatever the Colossian Heresy was exactly, Paul’s answer to it is to show forth the supremacy of Jesus over all things.  To do that, Paul utilizes an early Christian hymn which speaks of Jesus as the very image of God and the creator of all things, who, in his work of new creation, delivers his people from the consequences of Adam’s fall–sin and death-reconciling them to God and calling them into his church, of which, He, Jesus, is the head.  The content of this hymn provides Christians with some of the most important teaching about Jesus found anywhere in the New Testament–a so called “high” Christology–and sets the stage for much of what follows in the balance of Paul’s letter to the church in Colossae.  Paul utilizes this hymn to set forth Jesus as the only one in whom true spiritual fullness is found (contrary to the false teachers promoting the Colossian heresy), as well as to make the point that because Jesus is creator of all things, he is that one who delivers his people from the realm of darkness (vain philosophy, human traditions, religious legalism).  

As we continue our series on Colossians, we will take up a passage loaded with doctrinal content about the person and work of Jesus.  In his incarnation, the second person of the Holy Trinity, Jesus, takes to himself a true human nature in the womb of the virgin, conceived by the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit.  While the gospels focus upon the events surrounding the miraculous conception and birth of Jesus, the New Testament epistles often focus upon the meaning of Jesus’ person and work, including a discussion of Christ’s two natures–one human, one divine–yet which exist in one person, Jesus the Christ, along with detailed reflection upon his saving work on the cross and in his bodily resurrection from the dead.  All of this is found in the “Christ hymn” of Colossians 1:15-20.  
No sooner had the apostolic churches been founded, these churches soon encountered those who either misunderstood, or else intentionally distorted, what was revealed about Jesus in the gospels, and which was proclaimed and taught by the apostles.  The Colossian heresy is one of those instances in which false teaching arose in one of these newly-founded churches in the Lycus Valley in Asia Minor.  When this false teaching was brought to Paul’s attention by Epaphras, the founding pastor of the church in Colossae, the apostle responds with this letter, the Epistle to the Colossians.  As F. F. Bruce puts it, “the intelligent appreciation for the doctrine of Christ is the best safeguard against most forms of heretical teaching and certainly against that which was currently threatening the peace of the Colossian Christians.”  The same holds true today.  The more we know about the person and work of Jesus, the more successful we will be in our witness to others, the greater our personal devotion to him, and the better our response to those who challenge our faith, much as the Colossians were experiencing.

In Colossians 1:15-20, part of our text this morning (we will get as far as verse 23), we come to another of the so-called “Christ hymns” found throughout the writings of Paul.  We recently covered a similar Christ hymn, the so-called Carmen Christi of Philippians 2:6-11, which, you may recall has a similar literary structure as well as similar content which uses highly exalted language of Jesus drawn from the Old Testament.  We do not know if these hymns were used in Christian worship before Paul incorporated them into his letters.  It is certainly a possibility that Paul composed them when writing the letters in which they appear, but they do seem to predate Paul.  Both Christ hymns identify Jesus as one with YHWH (i.e., Jesus is God), both speak of his incarnation (Jesus taking to himself a true human nature), and in both Philippians 2 and here, Paul draws heavily upon Old Testament passages which foretell, or prefigure the coming of Jesus as Israel’s Messiah and the Son of God.  If we wish to be good students of Paul, we need to train ourselves to look for these echoes and allusions to the Old Testament (especially from the Psalms) which are found throughout his letters.

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Monday
May212018

This Week at Christ Reformed Church (May 21-May 27)

Sunday Morning, May 27:  We move ahead into the Book of Habakkuk, as part of our series on the Minor Prophets.  We will take up Habakkuk's lament about unanswered prayer and YHWH's response (Habakkuk 1:1-17).  Our worship service begins at 10:30 a.m.

Sunday Afternoon:  We are going through the Belgic Confession.  We will be addressing Article 15, and the doctrine of original sin.  Our catechism service begins @ 1:15 p.m.

Wednesday Night Bible Study (May 23 @ 7:30 p.m.):  We continue with our series, "Apologetics in a Post-Christian Age."  This week our lecture will address "The Innate Knowledge of God and Its Biblically Defined Content"

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
May202018

“The Lord Has Taken Away the Judgments Against You” -- Zephaniah 3:1-20

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

Sunday
May202018

This Week's White Horse Inn

The Rhetoric of Love

Too often in our media-saturated culture, political opponents are invited to spar with each other on radio and television news segments, not in order to actually work through their differences, but instead as almost a kind of blood-sport. The fact that these exchanges frequently produce “more heat than light” is actually part of the entertainment value. But how are we being shaped in the process? Do we belittle our political and religious opponents, and talk over them as if their views don’t matter? What does the New Testament have to say about our rhetoric? On this program Michael Horton discusses this subject with Doug Jones, author of A Rhetoric of Love.

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Thursday
May172018

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

Here's the audio from our Wednesday night Bible Study: The Intuitional Knowledge of God -- First Principles and the Religious Apriori

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

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