Archive for ‘Sacramental Theology’

June 30, 2015

Strengthened by Grace (2 Timothy 2:1-2)

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

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

On Sunday, June 28, 2015, Pastor Joe Troutman preached Strengthend by Grace (2 Timothy 2:1-2).

Because Jesus Christ has died and risen, you therefore be strengthened by the grace of God.

1. Strength Training—The ordinary means of grace—the Word, sacraments and prayer—point us to the Person and Work of the Lord Jesus Christ, and are the way God strengthens the faith of believers in Christ. Although a passive command, the call to be strengthened by God’s grace is not a call to inactivity, but to active dependence on the Lord who strengthens us by his grace.

2. Passing It On—The gospel preached by the apostles has been entrusted to our care. Our strengthening by his means of grace is not merely for our individual benefit, but to enable us to preserve the apostolic gospel and to pass it on to future generations.

Listen toStrengthened by Grace (2 Timothy 2:1-2) at mcopc.org.

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May 8, 2015

Putting Amazing Back Into Grace: Embracing the Heart of the Gospel

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Description

What does it mean to be “saved by grace”? Now revised and updated, this classic reminds readers of the Reformation’s radical view of God and his saving grace, the liberating yet humbling truth that we contribute nothing to our salvation. It lays out the scriptural basis for this doctrine and its implications for a vibrant evangelical faith. Horton’s accessible treatment will inspire readers with a fresh amazement at God’s grace.

Source: Amazon

Michael-Horton-15About the Author

Dr. Horton has taught apologetics and theology at Westminster Seminary California since 1998. Also host of the White Horse Inn (a weekly broadcast) and editor-in-chief of Modern Reformation magazine, he has written many books, including The Christian Faith: A Systematic Theology for Pilgrims on the Way and Pilgrim Theology: Core Doctrines for Christian Disciples. Receiving degrees from Biola University, Westminster California, and Wycliffe Hall, Oxford and the University of Coventry, he completed a two-year post-doctoral research fellowship at Yale University before joining the faculty.

Source: Westminster Seminary California

Publication Date: 2002
Publisher: Baker Books

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April 22, 2015

Institutes of the Christian Religion (Battles Translation) (2 Volumes)

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Publisher’s Description

This is the definitive English-language edition of one of the monumental works of the Christian church. Under Dr. McNeill’s personal supervision labored a whole corps of expert Latinists and Calvin scholars. All previous editions—in Latin, French, German, and English—have been collated; references and notes have been verified, corrected, and expanded; and new bibliographies have been added. The translator and his associates have taken great care to preserve the rugged strength and vividness of Calvin’s writing. They have not, however, hesitated to break up overly long sentences to conform to modern English usage or, whenever possible, to render heavy Latinate theological terms in simple language. The result is a translation that achieves a high degree of accuracy and at the same time is eminently readable.

Long recognized for the quality of its translations, introductions, explanatory notes, and indexes, the Library of Christian Classics provides scholars and students with modern English translations of some of the most significant Christian theological texts in history. Through these works–each written prior to the end of the sixteenth century–contemporary readers are able to engage the ideas that have shaped Christian theology and the church through the centuries.

John_Calvin_by_HolbeinAbout the Author

John Calvin (1509–64) was a prominent French theologian during the Protestant Reformation and the father of the theological system known as Calvinism. (from Theopedia.com).

About the Editor

John T. McNeill was an ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church in Canada. He taught at Westminster Hall; Queen’s University, Ontario; Knox College, Toronto; the University of Chicago; and Union Theological Seminary, New York. McNeill authored many books, and was one of the general editors of The Library of Christian Classics.

Book Details

2 Volumes | 1,822 Pages
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
Publication Date: January 1960

Source: WTS Books

March 15, 2015

The Meaning and Mode of Baptism

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Description

The sound of the immersionist’s voice heard everywhere. Very few voices are raised in opposition. Obviously, some immersionists speak overmuch on the subject; but just as truly, most of those who disagree with them say far too little. Who knows whether the times are not now ripe for a fresh study? The words “one Lord, one faith, one baptism” (Eph 4:5) clearly indicate there is only one baptism. As a consequence, the meaning is single and the mode is single. (HT: Christian Book Distributors)

About the Author

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Jay E. Adams is known for his many books on counseling and frequent appearances at conferences on Christian living and counseling issues. He served for many years on the faculties of Westminster Theological Seminary and Westminster Seminary in California. He is currently the dean of the Institute for Nouthetic Studies, a distance-learning institution that provides international training in biblical counseling. (HT: PRPBooks)