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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.

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August 9, 2015

Old Testament Eschatology (Genesis 2; Revelation 2)

Mr. Robert Mossotti

Mr. Robert Mossotti

On Sunday, August 2, 2015, Mr. Robert Mossotti taught about Old Testament Eschatology in the Adult Sunday School Class. His texts were Genesis 2 and Revelation 2.

What is “eschatology?” When did mankind first have an eschatology? Was it when the prophets spoke of a coming Suffering Servant, or the Day of the Lord? Or was it when the promise was given of the arrival of David’s greater son, or even all the way back when our first parents received the promise of the Seed of the Woman just after the Fall?

Source: Sermon Audio

Listen to “Old Testament Eschatology” (Genesis 2; Revelation 2) at mcopc.org.

August 9, 2015

Welcome to a Kingdom (1 Peter 3:1-7)

Mr. Robert Mossotti, OPC Licentiate

Mr. Robert Mossotti, OPC Licentiate

On Sunday, August 2, 2015, Mr. Robert Mossotti preached “Welcome to a Kingdom” from 1 Peter 3:1-7.

Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives, when they see your respectful and pure conduct. Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear—but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious. For this is how the holy women who hoped in God used to adorn themselves, by submitting to their own husbands, as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord. And you are her children, if you do good and do not fear anything that is frightening. Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered. (1 Peter 3:1-7 ESV)

Listen to “Welcome to a Kingdom” (1 Peter 3:1-7) at mcopc.org

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August 6, 2015

Honor the Emperor (1 Peter 2:13-25)

Mr. Robert Mossotti, OPC Licentiate

Mr. Robert Mossotti, OPC Licentiate

On Sunday, July 26, 2015, Robert Mossotti preached “Honor the Emperor” from 1 Peter 2:13-25.

Sermon Details

The sermon today is divided into three parts, the first deals with verses 13 to 17, and it is called, “Dual Citizens;” the second part covers verses 18 to 23, and it is called, “Respecting the Boss;” and the last part covers verses 24 and 25 and it is called, “Sin and Righteousness.”

Source: Sermon Audio

Sermon Text

Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God. Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.

Servants, be subject to your masters with all respect, not only to the good and gentle but also to the unjust. For this is a gracious thing, when, mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly. For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God. For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls (1 Peter 2:13-25 ESV).

Listen to “Honor the Emperor” (1 Peter 2:13-25) at mcopc.org.

July 22, 2015

New Covenant Temples, Priests and Sacrifices (1 Peter 2:4-12)

Robert Mossotti, OPC Licentiate

Robert Mossotti, OPC Licentiate

On Sunday, July 19, 2015, Robert Mossotti preached about New Covenant Temples, Priests and Sacrifices from 1 Peter 2:4-12.

“As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For it stands in Scripture: ‘Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious, and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.’ So the honor is for you who believe, but for those who do not believe, ‘The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone,’ and ‘A stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense.’

“They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do. But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation” (1 Peter 2:4-12 ESV).

We are the earthly dwelling place of God because we are united to Christ, the long-awaited Temple of God among men. For this reason, we have a duty to keep our temple clear of “money changers,” and must submit to Christ’s sanctifying work when we neglect this duty. Those who insist on offering their own sacrifices must repent and trust in the sacrifice of Christ alone.

Listen to “New Covenant Temples, Priests and Sacrifices” (1 Peter 2:4-12) at mcopc.org .
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July 13, 2015

An Eternal Band of Brothers (1 Peter 1:22-2:3)

Robert Mossotti

Robert Mossotti

On Sunday, July 12, 2015, licentiate Robert Mossotti preached the sermon “An Eternal Band of Brothers” from 1 Peter 1:22-2:3:

Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God; for “All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord remains forever.” And this word is the good news that was preached to you. So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation—if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.

Just as Christ’s Kingdom is made up of living beings, so too, his Kingdom is made up of loving beings. While your living brings you into the Kingdom, it is your loving that shows you truly belong there.

1. Purified by the Truth—The word of God, by which we are spiritually born, will sanctify the believer and fortify him against temptation (see also Psalm 119:1-16).

2. Loving One Another—Believers purified by the word of God have genuine love for their brothers in the Lord (cf. 1 John 4:20).

3. Imperishable Seed, Imperishable People— The imperishable gospel brings believers to life by which they will bear the fruit of love for one another.

Listen to “An Eternal Band of Brothers” (1 Peter 1:22-2:3) at mcopc.org.

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