Archive for April, 2016

April 15, 2016

For Your Good He Has Gone (John 15:4b-15)

IMG_0017-0On Sunday, April 10, 2016, Pastor Joe Troutman preached “For Your Good He Has Gone” from John 15:4b-15.

Jesus’s going away and his sending of the Spirit means that great numbers of people gain a true understanding of salvation that never would have otherwise.

1. Lack of understanding—Jesus’s presence among his disciples has shielded them from persecution. The questioning disciples are troubled that he is leaving and that they will face persecution. Jesus’s Farewell Discourse (John 14-17) is intended to assuage their grief over his departure, and to prepare them for what is coming.

2. Convicting the World—The Holy Spirit will convict of sin on a greater—indeed, a global—scale than Jesus’s preaching ministry could.

3. A Guide to the Truth—The Holy Spirit illuminates the revelation previously given by Jesus during his ministry. New Testament believers have a greater understanding of God’s word than the Old Testament saints ever had. This is the result of the work of the Holy Spirit illuminating the word of God to his people. Had Christ never sent the Holy Spirit, Christianity would have never influenced the world for Christ the way it has and continues to do.

Listen to “For Your Good He Has Gone” (John 15:4b-15) at mcopc.org.

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April 14, 2016

Out of This World (John 15:18-16:4a)

Sermons JohnOn Sunday, April 3, 2016, Pastor Joe Troutman preached “Out of This World” from John 15:18-16:4a.

Jesus loved you enough to be hated by the very people he created, so that he would die for those he called out of the world.

1. Hatred of the World—We can expect to receive from the world no better treatment than it gave to our Lord.

2. A Pilgrim People—To be a pilgrim people called out of the world will necessarily involve hardship (Philippians 3:19-20; Ephesians 2:18-19).

Listen to “Out of This World” (John 15:18-16:4a) at mcopc.org.

April 13, 2016

No Greater Love (John 15:9-17)

Sermons JohnOn Sunday, March 27, 2016, Pastor Joe Troutman preached “No Greater Love” from John 15:9-17.

Christ demonstrated the greatest love for his friends by laying down his life and by taking it up again on the third day.

1. So I Have Loved You—Christ’s immeasurable love is the ground of our ability to love one another.

2. Servants No Longer—Christ died for sinners to reconcile between God and his creations that he might reveal the reasons for his commands with us as friends.

3. I Chose You—He chose them to go and bear the fruit of gospel ministry, the building of the church numerically and spiritually through the preaching of the gospel.

Listen to “No Greater Love” (John 15:9-17) at mcopc.org.

April 3, 2016

Inspiration and Authority of the Bible

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Book Description

If the Bible is written by fallible human beings, how can its words convey divine revelation? Perhaps the greatest challenge of Warfield’s lifetime was the modernist skepticism of biblical inspiration and authority. Modern biblical scholars showed that textual and linguistic analysis proved the human authorship of the Bible, and from there proceeded to strip miracles of their power, texts of their authenticity, and God of his historical intervention in the lives of individuals. Warfield responded to modernist and higher biblical critics by showing that intellect of the biblical authors not only remained fully operational and engaged, but that God also worked through human words and texts to convey divine revelation.

B. B. Warfield’s volume on divine revelation and biblical inspiration defined the parameters of the twentieth century understanding of biblical infallibility, inerrancy, and the trustworthiness and authority of Scripture. He pioneered a view of biblical inspiration and authority which remains widely held today by many Reformed and evangelical Christians. Revelation and Inspiration contains ten of Warfield’s most influential articles on the subject, as well as two appendices—one on the divine origin of the Bible and the other on the canonicity of the New Testament.

Source: Monergism.com

BB Warfield

Benjamin Breckinridge Warfield (1851-1921)

About the Author

Pastor, biblical scholar, and eminent theologian, Benjamin Breckinridge Warfield was born near Lexington, Kentucky in 1851. He studied at the College of New Jersey and afterwards enrolled as a student at Princeton Theological Seminary. He completed his seminary degree in 1876, and afterwards spent two additional years of study abroad under leading European theological tutors. After returning to America, Warfield served as pastor at First Presbyterian Church, Baltimore, Maryland (1877-78). In 1878 he accepted a call to serve as a Professor of New Testament at Western Theological Seminary in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, where he remained for the next nine years.

Following the sudden and premature death of A. A. Hodge in 1887, Warfield accepted the call to Princeton and began a distinguished teaching and publishing career that would conclude with his death in 1921. Warfield was a competent linguist and gifted exegete; his studies in textual transmission and the related field of biblical criticism provided a strong scriptural foundation for his work as Professor of Polemic and Didactic Theology at Princeton. Warfield’s individual mastery of theological encyclopedia represents the highpoint in the history of the gifted faculty who helped establish Princeton’s reputation for profound scholarship and eminent piety.

Warfield devoted his life to meticulous research, learned and pious publications, and caring for his invalid wife, Annie Pierce Kinkead, who he had married in 1876. She had suffered severe nervous trauma when they had been caught in a violent thunderstorm while walking in the Harz mountains in Germany not long after their marriage. Warfield’s domestic responsibilities limited his involvement in denominational activities and travels beyond Princeton. His time spent in study, however, paid rich dividends of lasting value for the Christian church through the steady stream of articles, reviews, lectures, collections of sermons, and monographs that flowed from his pen. Several of his books are published by the Trust: Counterfeit Miracles, Faith and Life, Biblical Doctrines, The Saviour of the World, and Studies in Theology.

Warfield sought to perform his work at Princeton as a continuation of the spirit and theological contours of Charles Hodge’s legacy. As editor of The Princeton Review for over twenty years, he helped re-establish the journal as a major presence in the world of theological academia. As a theologian, Warfield’s efforts were often drawn to an apologetic defence of the reliability of the Scriptures and the intellectual truth claims of biblical doctrine. Scientific naturalism, theological liberalism, and the effects of autonomous human reason were all brought under the searchlight of Scripture and exposed for the different species of unbelief that they each were. Warfield’s evidentialist approach to biblical apologetics places emphasis on the facts of divine revelation and the ability of the human mind to interpret the data in a way that should lead to responsive faith, but never at the expense of omitting the need for the work of the Holy Spirit in illumination and regeneration for the data to be properly interpreted and Christ embraced with genuine saving faith.

[Based upon James Garretson’s short memoir of Warfield in Princeton and the Work of the Christian Ministry, Volume 2.]

Source: Banner of Truth Trust

Book Details

446 Pages
Publisher: P&R Publishing Company
Publication Date: 1948
ISBN 10: 087552527X
ISBN 13: 9780875525273

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