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Living in Light of Two Ages

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Friday
Oct172014

Friday Feature -- The "Coolest" Car Commerical Ever?

In light of the Bullitt car chase video a few weeks back, I thought this was apropos.   My wife is worried I'm gonna buy a blue turtleneck and a tweed sport coat.

Tuesday
Oct142014

"In the Beginning Was the Word" -- John 1:1-18

The Second in a Series of Sermons on the Gospel of John

In order to be a Christian one must believe in the doctrine of the Trinity and in the Deity of Jesus Christ.  And it is not an accident that in the Creed we confess, “I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.”  All of these doctrines are addressed in the “Prologue” of John’s Gospel when John identifies Jesus as God, yet distinct from the Father, and that God created all things through Jesus Christ, who is the eternal Word (logos) made flesh.
            
As we continue our new series on the Gospel of John.  Last week–the first in our series–we dealt with background materials regarding John’s Gospel including authorship (John wrote it!) and dating (between 80-85 AD) before we addressed the Gospel’s purpose statement in John 20:30-31–“now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.”  

Based upon John’s purpose statement, it is evident that throughout this gospel John is answering the question “who is Jesus?” and making his case as to why his readers should believe in Jesus so as to receive life in his name.  Given the likely circumstances under which this gospel was written–the chaos in Palestine after the Fall of Jerusalem–it is reasonable to conclude that John’s purpose statement is an indication that his gospel was written to equip Christians to bear witness about Jesus Christ, especially to those Jews and God-fearing Gentiles who had questions about Jesus’ identity, and who may have been wondering about the purposes of God after the Roman army captured Jerusalem and destroyed the Jewish temple in 70 AD.  If people in John’s day were asking “who is Jesus,” so too are people in our own, and as we will see John’s answer to this question is just as profound in our day as it was in his.

We will begin to work our way through the first 18 verses of chapter 1, the so-called “Prologue” to John’s Gospel–a prologue is an introduction to what follows.  Some speak of this prologue like a foyer (entrance) to a building because the first eighteen verses do serve as the entrance to the body of the gospel itself.  Another writer speaks of the prologue as “an introduction to the history of Jesus Christ.”  This too is a helpful way to look at this because John’s prologue informs us about Jesus’ true identity, so that when John opens his account of Jesus’ preaching and miracles in verse 19 of chapter 1, we already know a great deal about who Jesus is–he is the Word made flesh. 

To read the rest of this sermon, Click Here

Monday
Oct132014

This Week at Christ Reformed Church (October 13-19)

Sunday Morning (October 19):  As we continue with our current sermon series on 1 Peter, we come to 1 Peter 4:1-11.  We'll be discussing the Christian's hope in the face of judgment.  Our Lord's Day worship service begins at 10:30 a.m.

New Members Class (9:00 a.m.):  Our Fall new members class continues with a discussion of the sacraments and church membership. Inquirers welcome!

Sunday AfternoonWe are continuing our study of the Canons of Dort, and we are currently in the 3rd/4th Head of Doctrine.  We are discussing the means of grace and regeneration (article 17).  Our catechism service begins @ 1:15 p.m.

Wednesday Night Bible Study (October 8):  We continue our study of the Book of Romans with a rapid-fire "run through Romans."  Bible Study begins at 7:30 p.m.

New Academy Series:  Beginning Friday, October 17, @ 7:30 p.m. Prof. Ken Samples (pictured) will begin a six week series entitled, "If I Had Lunch with St. Augustine."  Here's the synopsis for the course:

The last and greatest of the men revered as the “Church Fathers” was Augustine of Hippo or “St. Augustine” (A.D. 354-430). Though Christianity has produced many prominent thinkers during the past two millennia, Augustine may be the most influential Christian thinker of all time outside of the New Testament. His significant influence, especially on Western Christianity, is directly tied to his profound work as a theologian, philosopher, apologist, and church bishop.  If you had lunch with the bishop, what would you ask him? What would you want to know about a man who was a great sinner who became a great saint?

Ken's first lecture is entitled, "Augustine’s Intellectual & Spiritual Pilgrimage." 

For more information and directions, check out the Christ Reformed website:  Christ Reformed Church

Sunday
Oct122014

"Safely Through the Waters" -- 1 Peter 3:18-22

Here's the audio from this morning' sermon:  Click Here

Sunday
Oct122014

This Week's White Horse Inn

Hospitality & Missions

During the first half of this program, Michael Horton will speak with Reverend Tim Blackmon about the practice of hospitality in his own church context in The Netherlands. Hospitality, he argues, is the appropriate response to a proper understanding of who God is and what he has done to save and rescue us. In the second half of the program, Michael Horton talks with Christopher Wright about his book, The Mission of God.

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Friday
Oct102014

Friday Feature -- Crank Calling an "Apostle" and a "Prophetess"

The "Prophet" Julia and the "Apostle" Emeka in action!  Love the ram's horn.  By the way, don't let your kids handle hamsters!  (h.t. Richard Wolfe)

Tuesday
Oct072014

It's Good to Be the Queen

Tuesday
Oct072014

"So That You May Believe" -- John 20:30-31

The First in a Series of Sermons on the Gospel of John

It was Augustine who supposedly said of the Gospel of John, “John’s Gospel is deep enough for an elephant to swim and shallow enough for a child not to drown.”  Whether Augustine said this or not, the sentiment is certainly true.  John is a remarkable Gospel which can instruct a child and yet challenge the greatest of theologians.  It is to this gospel that we now turn our attention as we begin a new series on the Gospel of John.

In years past we have made our way through the gospels of Matthew and Mark, and we have covered John’s epistles (1, 2, 3 John) as well as the Book of Revelation, which I believe was also written by John.  But we’ve never covered John’s Gospel, which is different in style and structure from the so-called synoptic gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke).  The reason for these differences–which is expressed in the Gospel’s purpose statement (our New Testament lesson; John 20:30-31)–is that John’s gospel is written for the purpose of answering the question “who is Jesus?”  Or more specifically, John answers the question “who is the Messiah, the Christ, the Son of God?”  

Christians would not ask these questions because they already knew the answer.  Since these were questions Jews and non-Christians would be asking, it is clear that the Gospel of John was written to equip Christians to evangelize those who were asking about Jesus, including Jews, Jewish proselytes, and God-fearing Gentiles.  In may ways, John’s gospel reflects a time of chaos.  After the events of AD 70, Jews were asking the question, “what would become of the people of God after the temple was destroyed and Jerusalem had been occupied by the Romans?”  Furthermore, after the loss of their homeland the Jews had been dispersed throughout the Mediterranean world, and were encountering Christians in virtually every city in which there was a synagogue.  In answering the question “who is Jesus” John is not only addressing one critical question many Jews were asking, but he also directs his readers to trust (believe) in that one whose own body is the greater temple (John 2:21).  The coming of Jesus Christ (the true temple), is God’s answer to all of these questions regarding the fate of the nation of Israel.
 
John’s gospel was not intended to replace the synoptic gospels, nor was it intended to serve as an evangelistic tract to give to unbelievers (and Jews).  But it was written to offer Christians instruction about how to answer the question Jews and God-fearers were asking about Jesus’ identity and about God’s purpose for his people.  Who is this Jesus in whom Christians were trusting?  What were Jews to do now that the temple was destroyed and they had been cast from the promised land.  How is Jesus their Messiah?  And how are Christians to relate to Jesus now that he has ascended into heaven?  This is why John’s gospel is structured as it is, and this is why this gospel is every bit as relevant to us now as it was to John’s original audience.  Living in an age of religious chaos and uncertainty as we now do, we too need to listen to John’s answer to the question many are still asking, “who is Jesus?”

To read the rest of this sermon:  Click Here

Monday
Oct062014

This Week at Christ Reformed Church (October 6-12)

Sunday Morning (October 12):  We are continuing our current sermon series on 1 Peter.  This coming Lord's Day we'll be covering 1 Peter 3:18-22, and discussing baptism.  Our Lord's Day worship service begins at 10:30 a.m.

New Members Class (9:00 a.m.):  Our Fall new members class continues with a discussion of why we worship the way we do.  Inquirers welcome!

Sunday AfternoonWe are continuing our study of the Canons of Dort, and we are currently in the 3rd/4th Head of Doctrine.  We will be considering the effects of regeneration upon the human will (article 16).  Our catechism service begins @ 1:15 p.m.

Wednesday Night Bible Study (October 8):  We begin our study of the Book of Romans.

Friday Night Academy (October 10):  Special Academy Guest Lecture:  Dr. Rod Rosenbladt will be our special guest, lecturing on the "Trinity and the Nicene Creed."

New Academy Series:  Beginning Friday, October 17, Prof. Ken Samples will begin a six week series entitled, "If I Had Lunch with St. Augustine."  Here's the synopsis for the course:

The last and greatest of the men revered as the “Church Fathers” was Augustine of Hippo or “St. Augustine” (A.D. 354-430). Though Christianity has produced many prominent thinkers during the past two millennia, Augustine may be the most influential Christian thinker of all time outside of the New Testament. His significant influence, especially on Western Christianity, is directly tied to his profound work as a theologian, philosopher, apologist, and church bishop.  If you had lunch with the bishop, what would you ask him? What would you want to know about a man who was a great sinner who became a great saint?

For more information and directions, check out the Christ Reformed website:  Christ Reformed Church

Sunday
Oct052014

“If You Should Suffer for Righteousness’ Sake” --1 Peter 3:8-17

Here's the audio from this morning's sermon:  click here

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