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November 3, 2015

The Arian Heresy and Nicene Orthodoxy

The Council of Nicea ruling on the Arian Heresy.

The Council of Nicea ruling on the Arian Heresy.

On Sunday, November 1, 2015, Elder Wayne Wylie taught about the Arian Heresy and Nicene Orthodoxy.

Christianity faces more controversies and heresies than other religions because it is based on propositional doctrine rather than morality, as other religions are. “Contending for the faith” is a biblical duty intended to preserve the peace and purity of the church (Jude 3). In the ancient era of church history, the Faith needed to be stated more clearly in a formal way, hence the development of Nicene Orthodoxy.

The heresiarch Arius taught that Jesus was the first created being, and denied the “ontological Trinity,” which means he denied that God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit are of one divine essence. The councils which developed the Nicene Creed demonstrate the fact of the eternal generation of the Son, and the modern controversy over this teaching is due to a new understanding of the Greek root of the term translated “begotten” in reference to Christ.

Listen to “The Arian Heresy and Nicene Orthodoxy” at mcopc.org.

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November 3, 2015

Obtaining the Blessing (1 Peter 3:8-12)

Mr. Robert Mossotti, OPC Licentiate

Mr. Robert Mossotti, OPC Licentiate

On Sunday, November 1, 2015, OPC Licentiate Robert Mossotti preached “Obtaining the Blessing” from 1 Peter 3:8-12.

Peter details duties to various classes of believers earlier in his book, to church members in general in the present passage. He forbids contention and trifling with the peace of the church. As OPC church members, we have vowed to keep the peace and purity of the church. We are to love as siblings, being children of the same Father. We are to be tender-hearted and humble, counting others as more significant than ourselves. We are not to repay evil for evil, from within as well as from without the church.

The church has always been a mix of believers and unbelievers. Persecution can come from inside as well as outside the church. Fraternal strife between true brothers is also possible in the church.

We must leave justice to the Judge, and we are to bless our persecutors. Because of our union with him who received punishment without resistance, we are called to do likewise.

In commanding us to bless others that we might obtain a blessing, is Peter preaching an apostolic form of the prosperity gospel, by teaching us to seek blessing in exchange for something we do? It is important to not misinterpret Scripture. Our blessing is a matter of inheritance, not merit. Christ was cursed that we might be blessed.

A good tree produces good fruit. The fruit does not produce the tree. Only fruit-bearing trees inherit the blessing, even if the blessing is not earned by bearing fruit.

Listen to “Obtaining the Blessing” (1 Peter 3:8-12) at mcopc.org.