September 1, 2017

September Spotlight! Reformation Sketches

Reformation Sketches Cover“The sketches in this book strive to show that the Reformation remains vitally important for Christians today,” writes W. Robert Godfrey. “Reformers and preachers of the sixteenth century were the best educated, godliest, and most faithful group of leaders the church has ever seen. In a remarkable way they combined commitment, learning, and orthodoxy. We need to continue to learn from them.”

In Reformation Sketches, Martin Luther and John Calvin receive most of Godfrey’s attention, but he also treats Philip Melanchthon, Peter Martyr Vermigli, the Heidelberg Catechism, and the Canons of Dort.

“A wonderfully written history of the Great Reformation. With the care of a scholar and the insights of professional maturity, Godfrey takes us on a journey into our heritage.”—John D. Hannah

“Godfrey is a wise and engaging historian of the Reformation. His sketches provide a compelling introduction to the Reformers, showing the relevance of their lives and thought for Christians today.”—Philip Graham Ryken

“Edifying history at its best—a thorough grasp of cultural and political circumstances influencing the church, a keen understanding of the doctrinal issues at stake, and a deep concern for the ongoing reformation of the contemporary church.”—Darryl G. Hart

About the Author

W. Robert Godfrey

Dr. W. Robert Godfrey

W. Robert Godfrey (Ph.D., Stanford University) is professor of church history and president at Westminster Theological Seminary in California (retired), and a Teaching Fellow with Ligonier Ministries. He is the author of John Calvin: Pilgrim and Pastor, and most recently, Learning to Love the Psalms

Binding: Paperback
Pages: 151
Publisher: P&R Publishing
Publication Date: 2003
ISBN: 0875525784

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August 14, 2017

The Bondage of the Will

Bondage of the Will CoverThe Bondage of the Will is fundamental to an understanding of the primary doctrines of the Reformation. In these pages, Luther gives extensive treatment to what he saw as the heart of the gospel.

Free will was no academic question to Luther: the whole gospel of the grace of God, he believed, was bound up with it and stood or fell according to the way one understood it. Luther affirms our total inability to save ourselves and the sovereignty of divine grace in our salvation. He upholds the doctrine of justification by faith and defends predestination as determined by the foreknowledge of God.

This accurate translation by J. I. Packer and O. R. Johnston captures the vitality of Luther’s treatise, thereby conveying its relevance to our lives today. The translators write, “Do we not stand in urgent need of such teaching as Luther here gives us – teaching which humbles man, strengthens faith, and glorifies God?”

About the Author

Martin Luther

Martin Luther (1483-1546)

Martin Luther, O.S.A., was a German professor of theology, composer, priest, monk and a seminal figure in the Protestant Reformation. (Read more at his Wikipedia entry)

322 Pages
Publisher: Fleming H. Revell
Publication Date: 2006
ISBN: 0800753429

July 5, 2017

God’s Glory Alone (The 5 Solas Series)

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Book Description

Historians and theologians have long recognized that at the heart of the sixteenth-century Protestant Reformation were five declarations (or “solas”) that distinguished the movement from other expressions of the Christian faith.

Five hundred years later, we live in a different time with fresh challenges to our faith. yet these rallying cries of the Reformation continue to speak to us, addressing a wide range of contemporary issues. The Five Solas series will help you understand the historical and biblical context of the five solas and how to live out the relevance of Reformation theology today.

In God’s Glory Alone—The Majestic Heart of Christian Faith and Life, David VanDrunen examines how the doctrine of God’s glory developed in Reformed theology and confessions. Then, he turns to the biblical story, beginning with the pillar of cloud and fire revealed to Israel, and culminating in Christ’s Second Coming. VanDrunen concludes by looking at today’s cultural challenges—such as distraction and narcissism—reflecting on how commitment to God’s glory alone fortifies us to live godly lives in this present evil age.

David VanDrunenAbout the Author

David VanDrunen (JD, Northwestern University School of Law; PhD, Loyola University Chicago) is Robert B. Strimple Professor of Systematic Theology and Christian Ethics at Westminster Seminary California. He is the author of Living in God’s Two Kingdoms: A Biblical Vision for Christianity and Culture and Natural Law and the Two Kingdoms: A Study in the Development of Reformed Social Thought.

Matthew Barrett (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminar) is tutor of Doctrine and Church History at Oak Hill Theological College in London, executive editor of Credo Magazine, and the author and editor of several books, including the 5 Solas Series.

186 pages
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2015
ISBN: 978-0-310-51580-7

June 8, 2017

Luther in Love

Status: Checked Out

Luther in Love CoverBook Description

Discovering that love and marriage are complex sacrificial and yet intensely beautiful, Katharina von Bora, fearful of discovery, secretly pens a memoir of her apostasy, her forbidden marriage to Martin Luther, his dangerous life and turbulent legacy, their trials and tragedies, and their joys and triumphs.

Douglas Bond

Douglas Bond

About the Author

Douglas Bond, husband of Cheryl and father of six, is author of more than twenty-five books, a hymn-writer, and an award-winning teacher. He speaks at churches, schools and conferences, directs the Oxford Creative Writing Master Class, and leads church history tours, including tours of Luther’s Germany. www.BondBooks.net

Book Details

337 pages
Publication Date: 2017
Publisher: Ink Blots Press
ISBN: 978-1-945062-02-5

April 18, 2017

Dispatches from the Front | Episode 2: A Bold Advance (Albania, Kosovo & Montenegro)

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DVD Description

A Bold Advance is set in the rugged regions of Albania, Kosovo and Montenegro among people deeply wounded by war and brutal dictatorships. Yet here in this scarred land are those who have been changed inside-out by the power of Christ. Their faces and stories declare that the message of the Cross crushes all barriers—even those raised by mosques and minefields. Hike the mountain trails with pioneer men and women who are reaching the hard-to-reach people and loving them into the Kingdom. From Albania’s lawless frontier to Montenegro’s “Mountains of the Damned” to the killing fields of Kosovo, Dispatches from the Front: A Bold Advance is another Macedonian call to action and a reminder that the Gospel still shakes the gates of Hell.

Source: Frontline Missions International

Tim Keesee

Tim Keesee, filmmaker and host of Dispatches from the Front

About Frontline Missions International

Radical Rescue Work

The cross is central in the Frontline logo, but more importantly it is at the heart of our message and mission. We believe in the centrality and finality of Christ’s work on the cross – of His radical rescue work for all of us. Knowing its life-giving power, we desire that all people hear this Good News. Many have heard it often, but many more have never heard it even once. So we focus on those with the least opportunity to hear, going to them with urgency, joy, and confidence because we have been sent by our King.

Bibles & Gospel Literature

Bible smuggling was our earliest passion, and it is still a great privilege to put the Bible into people’s hands for the first time in places like the Horn of Africa and Central Asia. In addition, Frontline Missions has published commentaries, devotionals, and Christian classics such as Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress and Tozer’s The Pursuit of God in Russian, Arabic, Uzbec, Croation, Polish, Mandarin, and Turkish.

Advocacy for Persecuted Christians

FMI is dedicated to being a voice for persecuted believers in other countries, along with our ongoing efforts to take the Gospel into restricted access countries. Many of these persecuted believers are on the frontlines, witnessing for Christ in areas that are hostile to the Gospel. They are shining as lights in very dark areas of the world that are dominated by hostile religions and totalitarian regimes. You can partner with Frontline by staying informed through our regular Persecution Updates and by appealing to members of Congress and the U.S. State Department to put pressure on foreign governments to stop persecuting believers and to honor the most basic of human rights: freedom of religion. You can also write directly to officials of foreign governments to make such appeals.

Mercy Ministries

The Gospel is a specific message about a specific Person – the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. However, the Gospel message is adorned by acts of mercy. As we have received grace, we share it with others. Frontline Missions shares both the message and the mercy of the Gospel by providing assistance to refugees, orphans, and people with special needs.

Church Planting

In parts of the world where there is the least Light, “church” rarely means a building with a steeple. Instead, “church” is gatherings of believers meeting in an apartment or a mud hut, or even under a mango tree. We are committed to planting vibrant, Word-centered churches – not Western-style transplants, but churches that will take root in native soil. Whether this is done by Chinese, Arabs, Uzbeks, or Americans, Frontline is supporting and serving indigenous church planting movements.

Creative Access

In most countries hostile to the Gospel, it is not possible to get a “missionary” visa – but it is possible for believers to go in and stay in those countries if they bring needed skills with them. Through teaching, community development, medicine, business, and horticulture, Frontline Missions is developing platforms for work and witness in the world’s difficult places.

Training Leaders

William Carey, Hudson Taylor, and other missionary trailblazers led the way in crossing continents and cultures with the Gospel. People of every nation, tongue, and tribe came to Christ, churches sprang up, and they – in turn – began sharing the Gospel with their own people. Today there is a whole new, diverse missionary force that Christ has raised up from among many peoples. Frontline Missions is coming alongside this next generation of indigenous church leaders as they take the Gospel to their people – providing training, connecting them with a network of other regional leaders, and equipping them with tools for Bible study and exposition.

Dispatches From The Front

This documentary series has been called “a front row seat on the front lines.” The Dispatches from the Front DVD series is about opening windows to Christ’s Kingdom all over the world. These episodes are not scripted, staged, or re-created. The writing and filming unfold in the moment – moments that reveal the unstoppable power of the Gospel in every place.

Frontline Experience

The Frontline Experience (FX) is a training and orientation program that serves the Church and advances the Gospel by equipping men and women to serve Christ in hard-to-reach places.

Source: FrontlineMissions.info/About

DVD Details

Running Time: Approximately 54 minutes
Widescreen
Copyright 2010, Frontline Missions International

April 17, 2017

Dispatches from the Front | Episode 1: Islands on the Edge (Southeast Asia)

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DVD Description

A pioneer missionary once wrote, “Some want to live within the sound of church or chapel bell; I want to run a rescue shop within a yard of Hell.” Dispatches from the Front: Islands on the Edge takes you where there are no church buildings or chapel bells, yet the Gospel is unstoppable and Christ’s Kingdom is advancing even in the face of persecution, desperate poverty, and Asia’s secret slave trade. Travel to the islands of Southeast Asia––from the towering city of Singapore to the squalid encampments of Borneo. Ferry through Cambodia’s remote river country, visit a Buddhist monastery where people with AIDS are living and dying, and rejoice with new believers in a house church in Indonesia. Here is an inside look at the radical rescue work of the Gospel on the frontier of human need.

About Frontline Missions International

Radical Rescue Work

The cross is central in the Frontline logo, but more importantly it is at the heart of our message and mission. We believe in the centrality and finality of Christ’s work on the cross – of His radical rescue work for all of us. Knowing its life-giving power, we desire that all people hear this Good News. Many have heard it often, but many more have never heard it even once. So we focus on those with the least opportunity to hear, going to them with urgency, joy, and confidence because we have been sent by our King.

Bibles & Gospel Literature

Bible smuggling was our earliest passion, and it is still a great privilege to put the Bible into people’s hands for the first time in places like the Horn of Africa and Central Asia. In addition, Frontline Missions has published commentaries, devotionals, and Christian classics such as Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress and Tozer’s The Pursuit of God in Russian, Arabic, Uzbec, Croation, Polish, Mandarin, and Turkish.

Advocacy for Persecuted Christians

FMI is dedicated to being a voice for persecuted believers in other countries, along with our ongoing efforts to take the Gospel into restricted access countries. Many of these persecuted believers are on the frontlines, witnessing for Christ in areas that are hostile to the Gospel. They are shining as lights in very dark areas of the world that are dominated by hostile religions and totalitarian regimes. You can partner with Frontline by staying informed through our regular Persecution Updates and by appealing to members of Congress and the U.S. State Department to put pressure on foreign governments to stop persecuting believers and to honor the most basic of human rights: freedom of religion. You can also write directly to officials of foreign governments to make such appeals.

Mercy Ministries

The Gospel is a specific message about a specific Person – the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. However, the Gospel message is adorned by acts of mercy. As we have received grace, we share it with others. Frontline Missions shares both the message and the mercy of the Gospel by providing assistance to refugees, orphans, and people with special needs.

Church Planting

In parts of the world where there is the least Light, “church” rarely means a building with a steeple. Instead, “church” is gatherings of believers meeting in an apartment or a mud hut, or even under a mango tree. We are committed to planting vibrant, Word-centered churches – not Western-style transplants, but churches that will take root in native soil. Whether this is done by Chinese, Arabs, Uzbeks, or Americans, Frontline is supporting and serving indigenous church planting movements.

Creative Access

In most countries hostile to the Gospel, it is not possible to get a “missionary” visa – but it is possible for believers to go in and stay in those countries if they bring needed skills with them. Through teaching, community development, medicine, business, and horticulture, Frontline Missions is developing platforms for work and witness in the world’s difficult places.

Training Leaders

William Carey, Hudson Taylor, and other missionary trailblazers led the way in crossing continents and cultures with the Gospel. People of every nation, tongue, and tribe came to Christ, churches sprang up, and they – in turn – began sharing the Gospel with their own people. Today there is a whole new, diverse missionary force that Christ has raised up from among many peoples. Frontline Missions is coming alongside this next generation of indigenous church leaders as they take the Gospel to their people – providing training, connecting them with a network of other regional leaders, and equipping them with tools for Bible study and exposition.

Dispatches From The Front

This documentary series has been called “a front row seat on the front lines.” The Dispatches from the Front DVD series is about opening windows to Christ’s Kingdom all over the world. These episodes are not scripted, staged, or re-created. The writing and filming unfold in the moment – moments that reveal the unstoppable power of the Gospel in every place.

Frontline Experience

The Frontline Experience (FX) is a training and orientation program that serves the Church and advances the Gospel by equipping men and women to serve Christ in hard-to-reach places.

Source: FrontlineMissions.info/About

DVD Details

Running Time: Approximately 50 minutes
Widescreen
Copyright 2009, Frontline Missions International
Some material is of an intense nature and may not be suitable for all audiences.

April 13, 2017

Good Intentions, Poor Execution (Job 4)

16997905_1330160643709280_7690010696290514539_nOn Sunday, February 26, 2017, Pastor Joe Troutman preached “Good Intentions, Poor Execution” from Job 4.

The retribution your sin deserves was taken by Jesus Christ in his suffering and death on the cross.

1. Accusations and Innuendo—Eliphaz’s remarks confuses suffering with punishment and riches with reward. But God does not deal with his people according to their sins.

2. Not So New, and Not So Special—The religion Eliphaz advances is graceless. It misunderstands God and Man. God is just and the justifier of those who believe in Jesus Christ.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN to “Good Intentions, Poor Execution” (Job 4) at mcopc.org.

April 12, 2017

A Day to Lament (Job 3)

IMG_3879On Sunday, February 19, 2017, Pastor Joe Troutman preached “A Day to Lament” from Job 3.

Jesus Christ rights the wrongs of a sin-cursed world by his death on the cross.

1. Creation Undone—As if his trials parallel the Fall of Adam, so Job wishes he’d never been born, even to the extent that God had never created the world in the first place.

2. Why, Oh Why?—Job assumes joy will only return to him by means of his own death. He wouldn’t take his own life, but endured his trials.

3. A Greater Than Job—The undoing of creation and relief from suffering in death find their ultimate expression in the death of Christ for fallen sinners, which sufferings result in eternal life and joy in Christ.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN to “A Day to Lament” (Job 3) at mcopc.org.

April 12, 2017

Weep With Those Who Weep (Job 2:11-13)

IMG_3690On Sunday, February 12, 2017, Pastor Joe Troutman preached “Weep With Those Who Weep” from Job 2:11-13.

Jesus Christ shared our suffering humbling himself by taking a body of dust so we can live forever with him in glory.

1. A Concerted Effort—Knowing Job needs help, three friends deliberately arranged to visit him in his trouble.

2. Sharing Sorrows—Job’s friends express their grief and sorrow for Job.

3. Seven Days and Seven Nights—As the friends shared in Job’s sufferings, as Christ shared in ours, even as our sufferings complete his own, so are we to share the suffering of others.

Listen to “Weep With Those Who Weep” (Job 2:11-13) at mcopc.org

April 4, 2017

Faith Alone: The Evangelical Doctrine of Justification

Status: Available

Faith Alone The Evangelical Doctrine of JustificationBook Description

The Reformers broke with the Roman Catholic Church when they insisted that people are justified by faith alone. Today, many Protestants fail to grasp that keystone of faith, and yet the biblical, Reformation view of the doctrine of justification is vital for us to grasp the power of the gospel and proclaim it far and wide. In Faith Alone, R. C. Sproul clearly explains the doctrine of salvation, including why Protestantism and Roman Catholicism split over justification in the first place and why that division remains an uncrossed chasm.

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Dr. R.C. Sproul

About the Author

R. C. Sproul has served the church as a seminary professor, pastor, and author of more than one hundred books. He is the founder and chairman of Ligonier Ministries and the chancellor of Reformation Bible College, and his teaching can be heard daily on the program Renewing Your Mind, which broadcasts around the world. Dr. Sproul is also executive editor of Tabletalk magazine and general editor of the Reformation Study Bible.

262 Pages
Publisher: Baker Books
Publication Date: 1995
ISBN: 9780801019494