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Living in Light of Two Ages

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Sunday
Mar102019

"For I Am a Great God" -- Malachi 1:6-2:9

Here's the audio from this Morning's Sermon on Malachi, part of our series on the Minor Prophets: Click Here

 

Friday
Mar082019

Apologetics in a Post Christian Age (Audio) -- Making the Case for Christianity (The Text of the New Testament)

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


Wednesday
Mar062019

"The Lord Might Fulfill His Word" -- 2 Chronicles 9:29-10:15

An Introduction to the Minor Prophets (3)

There is nothing so tragic and devastating as a civil war–families are divided, there is often extreme cruelty and revenge as those closest to you become your enemies and know your weaknesses.  There is often great destruction because your neighbor and former countrymen know what things you treasure the most.  But a civil war among the people of God is especially tragic when that people (Israel) have been established as a nation by YHWH, who rescued them from their bondage in Egypt and made a covenant with them at Mount Sinai, before leading them into the promised land, dividing it among the twelve tribes of Jacob.  Israel became a great kingdom under David and Solomon with an empire stretching from the Euphrates River in the north to the river of Egypt in the south.  YHWH granted them victory over their enemies.  But David and Solomon were now dead.  The rot of unbelief, resentment, and distrust had been simmering for generations and spread throughout the twelve tribes.  This division ate away at national unity to the point there was none.  After Solomon died, his son Rehoboam “reigned in his place.”  But Rehoboam acted foolishly at the beginning of his reign and was immediately challenged by a rival, Jereboam I, who was exiled to Egypt by Solomon.  As set out by Israel’s chronicler in chapters 10-12 of 2 Chronicles, we find a tragic tale of two kings, two kingdoms, and a terrible civil war.

We have begun a series on the Minor Prophets and we are doing some historical background and establishing some context for their varied ministries before we take up each of the prophets individually.  The first three prophets we will consider (Amos, Jonah, Hosea) were sent by YHWH to Israel (the Northern Kingdom), which was established by Jeroboam I after most of ten of Israel’s twelve tribes separated from the Southern Kingdom of Judah in a bloody civil war about 930 B.C.  In order to understand the ministry of these three prophets to Israel, as well as why YHWH gave them the particular message he did–a warning that the covenant curses were about to come upon Israel, unless his people repent–we need to know something about how and why the united nation of Israel under the rule of a Davidic king was tragically divided into two rival kingdoms.

There are several things we need to know about the course of redemptive history and the role God’s prophets play before we take up the individual books of the Minor Prophets (the Twelve as the Jews know them).  First and foremost is that a prophet is called by God and then given YHWH’s words to speak to his people.  Moses was the preeminent prophet in Israel’s history.  In many ways he is the model for all those prophets who YHWH sends after him–the writing prophets, which include the “Major Prophets” (Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel), and the “Minor Prophets” (Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi).  This also includes the non-writing prophets, men who exercise prophetic gifts but who leave no canonical books behind (men like Samuel, Nathan, Elijah, and Elisha).  We will encounter several additional non-writing prophets (Ahijah and Shemaiah) who speak God’s words to Israel’s kings.

As we saw from our way-too brief survey of the closing chapters of Deuteronomy (28-34), God established Israel as a nation by making a covenant with them at Mount Sinai–a covenant which was renewed on the plains of Moab before Israel entered the promised land after wandering for forty years in the wilderness of the Sinai desert.  YHWH’s covenant with Israel is administered as part of his gracious covenant, but the law (the Ten Commandments) and its pass/fail blessing/curse principle reflect God’s original covenant of works made with Adam in Eden.  God promises his blessing upon the condition of “faithful obedience,” but threatens covenant curses whenever his people forsake him, fall into unbelief and sin, and finally turn to other gods–the idols of their pagan neighbors.  

To read the rest of this sermon:  Click Here

Wednesday
Mar062019

Audio from Simonetta Carr's Author's Forum

Here's the audio from Simonetta Carr's Authors Forum as she discusses her new book, Broken Pieces:


You can order Broken Pieces Here: Broken Pieces

 

Monday
Mar042019

This Week at Christ Reformed Church (March 4-10)

Sunday Morning, March 10:  We are working our way through the Book of Malachi.  This morning we come to Malachi's second disputation dealing with the failures of the priesthood (1:6-2:9).  Our worship service begins at 10:30 a.m.

Sunday Afternoon:  The structure of the Heidelberg Catechism (guilt, grace, gratitude) is given us in the second question and answer.  We'll spend some time addressing the structure of the catechism and its importance for the Christian life.  Our afternoon service begins at 1:15 p.m.

Wednesday Night Bible Study: (March 6 @ 7:30 p.m.).  We are making the case for Christianity by looking at the text of the New Testament--is it reliable?

Friday Night Academy: (Friday, March 8 @ 7:30 p.m.).  We will be discussing Michael Horton's theology text, The Christian Faith.  We will be picking up our discussion on page 368, with the relationship between miracle and providence.

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

Sunday
Mar032019

"Great Is the Lord" -- Malachi 1:1-5

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

Thursday
Feb282019

Apologetics in a Post Christian Age (Audio) -- Making the Case for Christianity (B. B. Warfield, Part Three)

Wednesday
Feb272019

"If You Faithfully Obey" -- Deuteronomy 28:1-20

An Introduction to the Minor Prophets (2)

God’s prophets have a very difficult task–they bring God’s words to a disobedient people who do not want to hear them.  Those prophets whom we identify as “Minor Prophets” function as God’s process-servers, warning Israel of YHWH’s impending lawsuit against them.  These prophets have the unpopular task of declaring that the covenant curses threatened to Israel are soon to be meted out because the people of God have repeatedly broken YHWH’s covenant.  To fully understand the nature of their mission, we need to know something about Israel’s covenant with YHWH, as well as the nature of the covenant curses threatened to come upon God’s chosen people.  What are the legal charges YHWH is bringing against his people through the mouths of his prophets?

We continue to establish some background for our series on the Minor Prophets.  We move from considering the role which God’s prophets play in redemptive history (our topic last time), to the specific terms of the covenant God established with his people at Mount Sinai (Exodus 20), which is then renewed with them before the people entered the promised land as recounted in the final chapters of the Book of Deuteronomy (28-34)–a portion of which we will survey.

Recall that the people of Israel wandered through the wilderness of the Sinai desert for forty long years after leaving their bondage in Egypt.  Led by the cloud by day and pillar of fire by night, miraculously they passed through the Red Sea on dry ground as those same waters destroyed the armies of Pharaoh.  Israel was established as a nation when God gave them his law at Mount Sinai, making a national covenant between himself and his people–a covenant grounded in promised blessings upon their obedience, with covenant curses threatened should God’s people disobey him.  Because of their disobedience many Israelites died in the wilderness without ever seeing the land which the Lord promised to give them.  By the time we get to the closing chapters of Deuteronomy, the entire nation has passed through the wilderness and is now assembled on the plains of Moab, to the east of the Jordan River, just outside Canaan.  Soon the people will cross the river and enter the “promised land.”
        
Before the people of Israel can enter Canaan under YHWH’s command to drive the Canaanites from his land, their covenant with their LORD must be renewed.  Moses, their covenant mediator and the preeminent prophet in Old Testament, will read the terms of YHWH’s covenant to the assembled people, who, as Moses tells them in Deuteronomy 30:19, now stand before the Lord facing a fundamental choice between loving YHWH and obeying his commandments, or disobeying him and coming under his curse.  The choice the Israelites faced that day was simple–life or death.  Moses wrote down everything he said to Israel from the law of God as a binding record of God’s covenant and its requirements–that record of YHWH’s renewed covenant is the Book of Deuteronomy.

The scene in the closing chapters of Deuteronomy is dramatic and poignant.  After forty years in the wilderness, God’s people are finally about to enter the promised land and receive the inheritance YHWH promised to them.  This scene also has a certain poignancy about it, because Moses was prevented from entering the land because of his sin against YHWH.  This is the last day of his life.  Moses is 120 years old, and preparing YHWH’s covenant people for his death.  Israel is about to enter the land of promise, but Moses will not be joining them.  A successor must be appointed (Joshua) and the people must be reminded of the terms of their covenant with YHWH.  They must know what they must do to possess the land they are about to enter, and they must know what to do to remain in possession of it.  The terms of the covenant were given them first at Mount Sinai when the people assembled at the foot of the mountain while Moses, Aaron, and the elders were given the two tables of God’s law, and then renewed on this day at Moab, including hearing again the promise of blessing and threat of curse.

To read the rest of this sermon:  Click Here

Monday
Feb252019

This Week at Christ Reformed Church (February 25-March 3)

Sunday Morning, March 3:  We take up the last of the Minor Prophets -- the Book of Malachi.  We will introduce the book and ask and answer the questions, “Who?” “When?” “Why?” and “What?”  Our worship service begins at 10:30 a.m.

Sunday Afternoon:  We are tackling the first question and answer of the Heidelberg Catechism.  This week, we'll be discussing how and why the Catechism can affirm "all things must work together for my good."  Our afternoon service begins at 1:15 p.m.

Wednesday Night Bible Study: (February 27 @ 7:30 p.m.).  We continue to "make the case for Christianity."  This week we'll continue our discussion of the apologetic methodology of B. B. Warfield. 

Author's Forum: Join us on Friday, March 1 at 7:30 p.m. for our guest author, Simonetta Carr.  Simonetta will be discussing her book, Broken Pieces and the God Who Mends Them: Schizophrenia through a Mother's Eyes. This is a free lecture and open to all who wish to attend.

“When a son, sister, or grandchild begins to behave in unexpected and disturbing ways, family members hope it is simply a phase. For some, it is instead a lifetime illness—schizophrenia. 

The diagnosis of schizophrenia can bring shock, fear, and worry to everyone involved. But in the midst of the numerous challenges, hope doesn’t have to die. 

Simonetta chronicles her experience of caring for a son with schizophrenia, along with all the struggles, questions, and fervent prayer that went with it. But this isn’t one person’s story. She has provided information and wisdom from psychiatrists, pastors, parents, and people who successfully live with schizophrenia, uncovering the gospel in each situation and sharing hard-won insights on how to care and advocate for those we love.”

Simonetta Carr was born in Italy and has lived and worked in different cultures. She worked first as an elementary school teacher and then as a home-schooling mother for many years. The author of a number of books, including the award-winning series Christian Biographies for Young Readers, she writes a regular column, "Cloud of Witnesses," for the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, has contributed to newspapers and magazines around the world, and has translated the works of several authors from English into Italian and vice versa. She lives in San Diego with her family, where she is a member and Sunday school teacher at Christ United Reformed Church.

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

Sunday
Feb242019

"Then the Lord My God Will Come" -- Zechariah 14:1-21 

Here's the audio from this morning's sermon on Zechariah 14 from our series on the Minor Prophets:  Click Here

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