Archive for May, 2016

May 24, 2016

Mission Accomplished (John 17:1-5)

On Sunday, May 22, 2016, Pastor Joe Troutman preached “Mission Accomplished” from John 17:1-5.

When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed.

By his perfect obedience to the Father’s will, the Son of God accomplished the mission to save sinners from death and damnation.

1. The Preeminence of Christ
2. The Obedience of Christ
3. The Pre-existence of Christ

Listen to “Mission Accomplished” (John 17:1-5) at mcopc.org.

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May 23, 2016

The Reason for Hope (1 Peter 3:13-17)

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

On Sunday, May 8, 2016, Pastor Joe Troutman preached “The Reason for Hope” from 1 Peter 3:13-17.

Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil.

Jesus Christ is the object of your hope, but he is also the One who gives you hope through his death and resurrection.

1. Harm?

2. Hope

3. Humility

Listen to “The Reason for Hope” (1 Peter 3:13-17) at mcopc.org.

May 10, 2016

Stones of Remembrance (Joshua 4:1-10)

Sermons JohnOn Sunday, May 1, 2016, Pastor Joe Troutman preached, “Stones of Remembrance” from Joshua 4:1-10.

God will not allow his people to forget his saving act of redemption through the life, death and resurrection of his Son.

1. Twelve Stones—Just as God desired the Israelites never forget the miraculous crossing of the Jordan River into the Promised Land, so he desires for us never to forget the miraculous saving work of his Son on the cross.

2. When Your Children Ask—The bread and wine of the Lord’s Supper, which we hold in our hands, takes us back to the most significant event in history, the death of the Son of God in the place of sinners. We need to be reminded of the good things that God has done for us, and God has instituted that memorials be set up to make us remember, so when our covenant children ask the meaning of the elements, we had best be ready to explain.

3. Obedience to the Lord—God has commanded you to remember what he has done in Christ for sinners, and we ought regularly to remind ourselves, lest we forget.

Listen to “Stones of Remembrance” (Joshua 4:1-10) at mcopc.org.

May 9, 2016

I Have Overcome the World (John 16:25-33)

Sermons JohnOn Sunday, April 24, 2016, Pastor Joe Troutman preached, “I Have Overcome the World” from John 16:25-33.

By his death, Jesus overcame the world, and we who were once of the world have been overcome by unmerited grace.

1. Types and Shadows—After Pentecost, by sending the Holy Spirit, Jesus’s disciples and all future believers will be told plainly about the Father by Christ through the Holy Spirit in conjunction with God’s word.

2. We Believe–The Father loves us, and we have become his children through the life, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit of adoption. Because of this, Jesus has given us permanent access to the Father.

3. Take Heart—As Jesus Christ has in the past conquered sin, death and hell on the cross, in him we will in the future conquer the world, the flesh and the devil through faith in him.

Listen to “I Have Overcome the World” (John 16:25-33) at mcopc.org.

May 2, 2016

From Sorrow to Joy (John 16:16-24)

Sermons JohnOn Sunday, April 17, 2016, Pastor Joe Troutman preached “From Sorrow to Joy” from (John 16:16-24).

We know true sorrow in this world, but if Jesus has died in our place and was raised to life, then we most assuredly can have true joy.

1. A Little While—Jesus wants the disciples to know that when the night is at its darkest and he has been arrested, tried and sentenced to death, and when darkness covers the land during his crucifixion, that he will come back to them after his resurrection.

2. Lamentations and Rejoicing—Because we believe he is risen, we have joy despite the trials of life.

Listen to “From Sorrow to Joy” (John 16:16-24) at mcopc.org.