October 5, 2016

October Spotlight! Christianity in Crisis: 21st Century

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Book Description:

Nearly two decades ago Hank Hanegraaff’s award-winning Christianity in Crisis alerted the world to the dangers of a cultic movement within Christianity that threatened to undermine the very foundation of biblical faith. But in the 21st century, there are new dangers—new teachers who threaten to do more damage than the last.

These are not obscure teachers that Hanegraaff unmasks. We know their names. We have seen their faces, sat in their churches, and heard them shamelessly preach and promote the false pretexts of a give-to-get gospel. They are virtual rock stars who command the attention of presidential candidates and media moguls. Through make-believe miracles, urban legends, counterfeit Christs, and twisted theological reasoning, they peddle an occult brand of metaphysics that continues to shipwreck the faith of millions around the globe:

“God cannot do anything in this earthly realm unless we give Him permission.”

“Keep saying it—‘I have equality with God’—talk yourself into it.”

“Being poor is a sin.”

“The Jews were not rejecting Jesus as Messiah; it was Jesus who was refusing to be the Messiah to the Jews!”

“You create your own world the same way God creates His. He speaks, and things happen; you speak, and they happen.”

Christianity in Crisis: 21st Century exposes darkness to light, pointing us back to a Christianity centered in Christ.

From the Preface:

“Having lost the ability to think biblically, postmodern Christians are being transformed from cultural change agents and initiators into cultural conformists and imitators. Pop culture beckons, and postmodern Christians have taken the bait. As a result, the biblical model of faith has given way to an increasingly bizarre array of fads and formulas.”

hank-hanegraaffAbout the Author:

Hank Hanegraaff is host of The Bible Answer Man, heard daily throughout the United States and Canada. He is president of the Christian Research Institute and author of many bestselling books, including The Prayer of Jesus and The Apocalypse Code

Pages: 432
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: March 3, 2009
ISBN: 0849900069

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October 13, 2016

Proof Positive (John 20:11-18)

Podcast Art JohnOn Sunday, October 2, 2016, Pastor Joe Troutman preached “Proof Positive” from John 20:11-18.

Just as Mary testified to the resurrection of Jesus, we the church must also testify, and God will use us as he used her and others in the early church, to draw sinners to himself.

1. Messengers of Hope—The presence of the angels hints at the fact that Jesus’s tomb is empty because he rose from death and walked out.

2. Whom Are You Seeking?—Do you seek one to take away your earthly problems, or a Savior and Lord who saves you from the wrath of his Father for your sins?

3. I Have Seen the Lord—If God can use Mary and the early church to testify to Christ’s resurrection and ascension, then he can use you, too.

Listen to “Proof Positive” (John 20:11-18) at mcopc.org.

October 12, 2016

Your Blest Grief Now (1 Peter 4:12-14)

Robert Mossotti

Mr. Robert Mossotti, OPC Licentiate

On Sunday, September 25, 2016, Mr. Robert Mossotti preached “Your Blest Grief Now” from 1 Peter 4:12-14.

1. Trials Are Certain—Suffering goes with faith because belief in Christ unites one to Christ, who first endured the cross before he won the crown.

2. Trials Are Fiery—Fiery trials test us. For the lost, they lead to destruction; for believers they lead to blessing and sanctification.

3. Trials Are Blessings—Christian sufferings are the birth pangs of the new creation; the Lord is purging sin from the universe—in part during this present age, and in full in the age to come.

Listen to “Your Blest Grief Now” (1 Peter 4:12-14) at mcopc.org.

October 11, 2016

The God Who Was Pierced (Zechariah 12:10-13:1)


On Sunday, September 18, 2016, Pastor Joe Troutman preached “The God Who Was Pierced” from Zechariah 12:10-13:1.

Jesus Christ endured the penalty we deserve for our iniquity. He was pierced to save us from our sins.

1. Look On Me—At Christ’s return, the non-elect Jews and Gentiles will weep and wail at the appearance of him whom they have collectively rejected him who now comes to judge them.

2. They Shall Mourn—The elect will also mourn, but their mourning will bring about repentance and faith.

3. To Cleanse Them From Sin—God took on a human nature to be pierced so that we who believe could be cleansed from our sin.

Listen to “The God Who Was Pierced” (Zechariah 12:10-13:1) at mcopc.org.

October 10, 2016

Joshua: No Falling Words (Focus on the Bible)

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4525-1&2 THESSBook Description:

This exposition is rooted first in a thorough analysis of the Hebrew text, employing helpful insights from archaeology and linguistics, and second in the major theological and literary themes discovered in each section. Finally the author brings the fragments together in an expository treatment ‘that is not ashamed to stoop to the level of application.’

dale-ralph-davisAbout the Author:

Dale Ralph Davis is Minister in Residence, First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, South Carolina. Prior to that he was pastor of Woodland Presbyterian Church, Hattiesburg, Mississippi and Professor of Old Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, Mississippi.

224 Pages
Publisher: Christian Focus
Publication Date: 2000, Reprinted 2010
ISBN: 9781845501372

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October 9, 2016

He is Risen; He is Risen Indeed! (John 20:1-10)

Podcast Art JohnOn September 11, 2016, Pastor Joe Troutman preached “He is Risen; He is Risen Indeed!” from John 20:1-10.

Jesus Christ is risen from the dead. If we believe in him, we have already been raised spiritually, and will be raised physically when he returns.

1. On the First Day—Christ’s resurrection was so significant to the early Christians, that they began observing the Sabbath on the first day of the week. Everything has shifted with the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

2. Seeing the Signs—The resurrection is the greatest sign that Jesus Christ is God. The signs of Jesus’ resurrection lead John to believe.

3. That He Must Rise—Christ’s resurrection is the new creation. Your rising in him makes you a new creation. You have been changed, and you will be changed.

Listen to “He is Risen; He is Risen Indeed!” (John 20:1-10) at mcopc.org

October 9, 2016

Him Whom They Have Pierced (John 19:31-42)

Podcast Art JohnOn September 4, 2016, Pastor Joe Troutman preached “Him Whom They Have Pierced” from John 19:31-42.

A thousand years and more before the Son of God became man, God promised that a Savior would atone for his peoples’ sins.

1. Not a Bone Broken—Since it was the day of Preparation, and so that the bodies would not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken and that they might be taken away. So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first, and of the other who had been crucified with him. But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs (John 19:31-33).

2. Pierced for Our Transgressions—But one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once there came out blood and water. He who saw it has borne witness—his testimony is true, and he knows that he is telling the truth—that you also may believe. For these things took place that the Scripture might be fulfilled: “Not one of his bones will be broken.” And again another Scripture says, “They will look on him whom they have pierced” (John 19:34-37).

3. Lo, in the Grave He Lay—After these things Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus, and Pilate gave him permission. So he came and took away his body. Nicodemus also, who earlier had come to Jesus by night, came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds in weight. So they took the body of Jesus and bound it in linen cloths with the spices, as is the burial custom of the Jews. Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid. So because of the Jewish day of Preparation, since the tomb was close at hand, they laid Jesus there (John 19:38-42).

Listen to “Him Whom They Have Pierced” (John 19:31-42) at mcopc.org.

September 21, 2016

It Is Finished (John 19:16b-30)

Podcast Art JohnOn Sunday, August 28, 2016, Pastor Joe Troutman preached “It Is Finished” from John 19:16b-30.

Our Great High King Jesus Christ gave up his life on our behalf so we wouldn’t suffer the excruciating wrath for our sins.

1. What Is Written—Jesus Christ was indeed the King of the Jews, and the High King of Heaven.

2. Jesus’s Mother, Brothers and Sisters—Jesus loves his mother to the end and obeys the Law to honor her. He died to enable us to likewise obey his commands.

3. Authority To Lay It Down—Throughout his life and even in his death, Jesus proved he was the long-awaited Messiah, the King–not just of the Jews—but the true King of Heaven to whom we all will bow the knee, whether we believe in him or not, when he returns. This High King humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death on an accursed cross through which he suffered his Father’s wrath for sins that were not his own.

Listen to “It Is Finished” (John 19:16b-30) at mcopc.org.

September 20, 2016

Who Is Your King? (John 19:7-16a)

Podcast Art JohnOn Sunday, August 21, 2016, Pastor Joe Troutman preached, “Who Is Your King?” from John 19:7-16a.

Jesus Christ, the God-Man, sits enthroned as King of heaven and earth, and our salvation comes from him alone.

1. He Has Made Himself—Leaders think he’s a man trying to make himself God, but he was really God who made himself man.

2. Whose Authority?—By submitting to Pilate’s authority to be crucified, Jesus submitted to his Father’s authority.

3. Behold, Your King—We look to earthly leaders to deliver us from our deepest fears, but Jesus is the true King who alone can save those who repent and believe.

Listen to Who Is Your King? (John 19:7-16a) at mcopc.org.

September 8, 2016

Christ the Lord: The Reformation and Lordship Salvation

christ-the-lord-coverStatus: Available

Book Description:

This compelling question is central to a debate taking place among evangelicals today. Michael Horton, a preeminent voice for reformation in the church, has drawn together a group of leaders in the evangelical church to answer this question once and for all.

W. Robert Godfrey
Michael Horton
Alister McGrath
Kim Riddlebarger
Rick Ritchie
Rod Rosenbladt
Paul Schaefer 
Robert Strimple

These writers draw on Scripture, theology, and church history to address the Lordship salvation issue. They explain their positions clearly, taking care to avoid promulgating legalistic rules people need to follow to be considered Christian. But neither do they convey the feeling that rules no longer matter.

Source: WTS Books

Michael-Horton-15About the Editor:

Michael Horton is the president of White Horse Inn, a multi-media catalyst for Reformation. He is editor-in-chief of Modern Reformation magazine and co-host of the nationwide radio broadcast, White Horse Inn. His books include Putting Amazing Back into Grace, Christless Christianity, and The Gospel-Driven Life. Dr. Horton is also the J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics at Westminster Seminary California. He serves as the associate pastor of Christ United Reformed Church in Santee, California, and lives in Escondido, California, with his wife Lisa and four children.

Source: White Horse Inn

Publication Date:
Publisher: Wipf and Stock
ISBN 10: 1606083686
ISBN 13: 9781606083680

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