August 1, 2016

August Spotlight! Charles Hodge (Bitesize Biographies)

Status: Available

Charles Hodge CoverBook Description:

Charles Hodge lived during an era of great crisis in the United States. Living for most of the nineteenth century, he would witness the abolition tumult of pre-war America, the bloody War Between the States, and the ongoing struggle of Reconstruction. His own Presbyterian Church would experience its greatest division during his lifetime. Though a peacemaker by demeanor, he understood that there was also a time to take a stand. This he did, battling against a rising tide that was beginning to erode the sacred shorelines of historic Christianity.

About the Author:

S Donald Fortson IIIS. Donald Fortson III is Professor of Church History and Practical Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte, North Caroline, USA. He is also an adjunct Professor at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Charlotte. Dr. Fortson is author of several books and articles on American Presbyterianism.

 

 

Source: Back Cover

128 Pages
Publisher: EP Books
Publication Date: 2013
ISBN: 978-085234-927-4

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August 22, 2016

Compliance and Punishment (John 18:38b-19:6)

Podcast Art JohnOn Sunday, July 31, 2016, Pastor Joe Troutman preached “Compliance and Punishment” from John 18:38b-19:6.

Jesus’s perfect compliance to his Father’s will resulted in his execution so all traitors who believe might be forgiven.

1. Judge’s Verdict—Even a corrupt heathen like Pontius Pilate could see Jesus was innocent.

2. Leader’s Volition—Jesus—THE Truth—exposed the Jewish leaders’ lies, and they willed his death.

3. Son’s Victory—That which man intends for evil—the Jews’ crucifixion of Christ, as well our own sins—God intends for good, that all who repent and believe may be saved.

Listen to “Compliance and Punishment” (John 18:38b-19:6) at mcopc.org.

August 22, 2016

Are You A Christian, Or A Zombie? (1 Peter 4:1-6)

Robert Mossotti

Mr. Robert Mossotti, OPC Licentiate

On Sunday, July 24, 2016, Mr. Robert Mossotti preached “Are You A Christian, Or A Zombie?” from 1 Peter 4:1-6.

Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same way of thinking, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, so as to live for the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for human passions but for the will of God.

For the time that is past suffices for doing what the Gentiles want to do, living in sensuality, passions, drunkenness, orgies, drinking parties, and lawless idolatry. With respect to this they are surprised when you do not join them in the same flood of debauchery, and they malign you; but they will give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.

For this is why the gospel was preached even to those who are dead, that though judged in the flesh the way people are, they might live in the spirit the way God does.

Listen to “Are You A Christian, Or A Zombie?” (1 Peter 4:1-6) at mcopc.org.

August 20, 2016

King of Truth (John 18:28-38)

Podcast Art John On Sunday, July 17, 2016, Pastor Joe Troutman preached “King of Truth” from John 18:28-38.

Then they led Jesus from the house of Caiaphas to the governor’s headquarters. It was early morning. They themselves did not enter the governor’s headquarters, so that they would not be defiled, but could eat the Passover. So Pilate went outside to them and said, “What accusation do you bring against this man?”

They answered him, “If this man were not doing evil, we would not have delivered him over to you.”

Pilate said to them, “Take him yourselves and judge him by your own law.”

The Jews said to him, “It is not lawful for us to put anyone to death.” This was to fulfill the word that Jesus had spoken to show by what kind of death he was going to die.

So Pilate entered his headquarters again and called Jesus and said to him, “Are you the King of the Jews?”

Jesus answered, “Do you say this of your own accord, or did others say it to you about me?”

Pilate answered, “Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have delivered you over to me. What have you done?”

Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.”

Then Pilate said to him, “So you are a king?”

Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world—to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.”

Pilate said to him, “What is truth?”

After he had said this, he went back outside to the Jews and told them, “I find no guilt in him.

Listen to “King of Truth” (John 18:28-38) at mcopc.org.

August 19, 2016

Yeses and Noes (John 18:12-27)

Podcast Art JohnOn Sunday, July 10, 2016, Pastor Joe Troutman preached “Yeses and Noes” from John 18:12-27.

So the band of soldiers and their captain and the officers of the Jews arrested Jesus and bound him. First they led him to Annas, for he was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, who was high priest that year. It was Caiaphas who had advised the Jews that it would be expedient that one man should die for the people.

Simon Peter followed Jesus, and so did another disciple. Since that disciple was known to the high priest, he entered with Jesus into the courtyard of the high priest, but Peter stood outside at the door. So the other disciple, who was known to the high priest, went out and spoke to the servant girl who kept watch at the door, and brought Peter in. The servant girl at the door said to Peter, “You also are not one of this man’s disciples, are you?”

He said, “I am not.”

Now the servants and officers had made a charcoal fire, because it was cold, and they were standing and warming themselves. Peter also was with them, standing and warming himself.

The high priest then questioned Jesus about his disciples and his teaching. Jesus answered him, “I have spoken openly to the world. I have always taught in synagogues and in the temple, where all Jews come together. I have said nothing in secret. Why do you ask me? Ask those who have heard me what I said to them; they know what I said.”

When he had said these things, one of the officers standing by struck Jesus with his hand, saying, “Is that how you answer the high priest?”

Jesus answered him, “If what I said is wrong, bear witness about the wrong; but if what I said is right, why do you strike me?”

Annas then sent him bound to Caiaphas the high priest.

Now Simon Peter was standing and warming himself. So they said to him, “You also are not one of his disciples, are you?”

He denied it and said, “I am not.”

One of the servants of the high priest, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, asked, “Did I not see you in the garden with him?”

Peter again denied it, and at once a rooster crowed.

Listen to “Yeses and Noes” (John 18:12-27) at mcopc.org.

August 19, 2016

The Cup of the Father’s Wrath (John 18:1-11)

Podcast Art JohnOn Sunday, July 3, 2016, Pastor Joe Troutman preached “The Cup of the Father’s Wrath” from John 18:1-11.

When Jesus had spoken these words, he went out with his disciples across the brook Kidron, where there was a garden, which he and his disciples entered.

Now Judas, who betrayed him, also knew the place, for Jesus often met there with his disciples. So Judas, having procured a band of soldiers and some officers from the chief priests and the Pharisees, went there with lanterns and torches and weapons.

Then Jesus, knowing all that would happen to him, came forward and said to them, “Whom do you seek?”

They answered him, “Jesus of Nazareth.”

Jesus said to them, “I am he.”

Judas, who betrayed him, was standing with them. When Jesus said to them, “I am he,” they drew back and fell to the ground. So he asked them again, “Whom do you seek?”

And they said, “Jesus of Nazareth.”

Jesus answered, “I told you that I am he. So, if you seek me, let these men go.”

This was to fulfill the word that he had spoken: “Of those whom you gave me I have lost not one.”

Then Simon Peter, having a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant and cut off his right ear. (The servant’s name was Malchus.) So Jesus said to Peter, “Put your sword into its sheath; shall I not drink the cup that the Father has given me?”

Listen to “The Cup of the Father’s Wrath” (John 18:1-11) at mcopc.org.

August 18, 2016

Christ Is Formed In You (Galatians 4:17-19)

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Pastor Joe Troutman preaching at San Antonio Reformed on June 21, 2015. HT: Billie Moody

On Sunday, June 26, 2016, Pastor Joe Troutman preached “Christ Is Formed In You” from Galatians 4:17-19.

They make much of you, but for no good purpose. They want to shut you out, that you may make much of them. It is always good to be made much of for a good purpose, and not only when I am present with you, my little children, for whom I am again in the anguish of childbirth until Christ is formed in you!

Listen to “Christ Is Formed In You” (Galatians 4:17-19) at mcopc.org.

August 18, 2016

Baptism Saves You?

Robert Mossotti

Mr. Robert Mossotti, OPC Licentiate

On Sunday, June 19, 2016, Mr. Robert Mossotti preached “Baptism Saves You?” from 1 Peter 3:21-22.

Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers having been subjected to him.

Listen to “Baptism Saves You?” (1 Peter 3:21-22) at mcopc.org.

July 1, 2016

The Last Days According to Jesus

LDAJ coverStatus: Available

Book Description:

While apocalyptic references appear throughout Scripture, it’s the prophetic words of Christ that often attract the most attention from both skeptics and scholars. In this classic title, The Last Days According to Jesus, Dr. R.C. Sproul points us to passages where Jesus’ teaching has been misread, ridiculed, and dismissed, offering careful exegesis to compare and contrast various eschatological views. Though much of the future is uncertain, Dr. Sproul reminds us that we can be certain “the future belongs to the people of God and to the kingdom of Christ.”

Source: Ligonier Ministries

About the Author:

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Dr. R.C. Sproul

Dr. R.C. Sproul is copastor of Saint Andrew’s Chapel in Sanford, Fla., and chancellor of Reformation Bible College. He is author of one hundred books….

Source: Ligonier Ministries

Dr. Sproul serves as Co-Pastor of Saint Andrew’s Chapel. He is recognized throughout the church for his articulate defense of the holiness of God, divine sovereignty, and other essential doctrines of the Christian faith. Dr. Sproul holds degrees from Westminster College, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, and the Free University of Amsterdam, and his teaching can be heard on the program Renewing Your Mind, which is available on hundreds of radio outlets in the United States and worldwide. Dr. Sproul also serves as the chairman of Ligonier Ministries, president of Reformation Bible College and Ligonier Academy of Biblical and Theological Studies, and he has written over ninety books, including Defending Your Faith, Abortion: A Rational Look at an Emotional Issue, The Truth of the Cross, Truths We Confess, and commentaries on John, Romans, Acts, and 1-2 Peter in the Saint Andrew’s Expositional Commentary series.

Source: St. Andrews Chapel

272 Pages
Publisher:Baker
Publication Date:October 6, 2015
ISBN:9780801018589

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June 29, 2016

Watchman Fellowship Profile Notebook

Watchman Fellowship Profile NotebookStatus: Available for reference in library only.

Book Description:

Arlington, Texas based counter cult educational and evangelistic ministry, Watchman Fellowship, provides this custom notebook which contains every Profile published by Watchman Fellowship bimonthly since 1993 — over 450 pages!

These Profiles are 4-page briefings on new religious movements, the occult, cults, New Age spirituality, and related doctrines and practices. New Profiles will be added to the Notebook six-times per year as they continue to be published on an ongoing basis.

Watchman Fellowship is largely staffed by traditionalist Southern Baptists who subscribe to a Dispensational Premillennial view of eschatology. Not every view espoused by Watchman Fellowship necessarily reflects the views of the session of Mid-Cities Presbyterian Church.

Source: Watchman Fellowship Profile Notebook Page

About the Author:

Watchman Fellowship is an independent Christian research and apologetics ministry focusing on new religious movements, cults, the occult and the New Age.

David Henke founded Watchman Fellowship in Columbus, Georgia in 1979. Today, Watchman Fellowship has grown to several offices in the United States.

Watchman Fellowship serves the Christian and secular community as a resource for education, counseling, and non-coercive intervention and evangelism training. We accomplish these tasks through our church presentations, personal counseling, this website, and other activities. We have served almost every denomination including Baptist, Presbyterian, Methodist, Episcopal, Assemblies of God, Church of God, Lutheran, Nazarene, non-denominational, etc., as well as schools, law enforcement agencies, and civic groups.

Concerning a person’s right to choose, we believe that a real choice is one based on access to all the information, and understanding both or all sides. The counterfeit groups typically try to block their members and the public from having access to this information. We have found that most cults will use deception, control, cover up, and dishonesty with their own members and the people they are trying to convert. This deception includes some or all of the following: the group’s history, false prophesy, false scholarship, a distortion of true church history and doctrine, and destructive practices of the group.

Our name, Watchman Fellowship, is often confused with the Watchtower Society title used by the Jehovah’s Witnesses. However, we are in no way affiliated with them. Our name is taken from the Old Testament book of the Bible, Ezekiel.

“Now as for you, son of man, I have appointed you a watchman for the house of Israel; so you will hear a message from My mouth, and give them warning from Me.” (Ezekiel 33:7)

As Christians, we do believe that “we are our brother’s keeper.” Like the watchman on the wall (Ezekiel 3:17), we have the responsibility to sound a warning against the deception and destructive spiritual abuse practiced by counterfeit groups. In sounding such warning Watchman Fellowship also has a principled commitment to accuracy.

Source: About Us Page

Book Details:

450+ Pages
Publisher: Watchman Fellowship
Publication Date: 2016

Source: Watchman Fellowship Profile Notebook Page

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