Posts tagged ‘Faith’

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.

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November 23, 2015

By Grace Through Faith (Galatians 2:15-21)

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

On Sunday, November 15, 2015, Pastor Joe Troutman preached “By Grace Through Faith” from Galatians 2:15-21.

You are justified in God’s sight not because of what you have done, but only by what Christ has done for you, and imputed to you by God’s free grace.

1. By God’s Free Grace—It doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile, all are justified by grace through faith in Christ. Justification is, in God’s Court, your being declared righteous. If our righteousness is filthy rags, then justification by God is a gift.

2. He Pardons All Our Sins—In the case of your standing before the Lord, it is impossible to plead innocence. If you only ever committed the least sin, you stand condemned by the Law, because it is holy, good and demands perfection from you. Your heart is sinful and wicked, so every good thing you do is marred by your own self-seeking interests. These acts come from a state of sin. They cannot prove that you are righteous, because you are not so in and of yourself. They only prove your unrighteousness. But the Bible says that those who repent of their sins and believe will receive a pardon.

3. He Accepts Us as Righteous in His Sight—When you are justified, Jesus Christ’s righteousness is imputed to you. The holy God chose to love elect sinners and so imputes his Son’s righteousness to them.

Listen to “By Grace Through Faith (Galatians 2:15-21)” at mcopc.org.

March 23, 2015

Grief Undone: A Journey with God and Cancer

Grief Undone Cover

Status: Available

Publisher’s Description

Grief Undone is the breathtakingly honest, yet hopeful account of how Elizabeth (Libbie) and Al Groves walked with God through Al’s terminal cancer. Their true story—saturated with in-the-moment Scriptural reflections, blogs, and fervent prayers—paints a stunning picture of how faith transforms the human experience of suffering. But Grief Undone is more than the chronicle of one family’s courage in the face of cancer. At its core, Grief Undone tells a story about the God who is with his people through each and every circumstance in life. Grief Undone will inevitably display the beauty of Christ’s sustaining love for his people through trials that seemed too hard to bear. Though grief threatens to undo us, we find that we are not destroyed, but sustained by God’s presence.

Story-driven and real, Grief Undone avoids the usual traps of being preachy, gratuitous, or dismissive in the face of suffering and grief. Modeling rather than teaching about healthy and God-honoring grief, Grief Undone is uniquely practical for those who are grieving as well as the pastors, counselors, and friends who seek to help them.

Elizabeth Groves About the Author

Elizabeth W. D. Groves, MAR, teaches Hebrew at Westminster Theological Seminary and is the author of the minibook Becoming a Widow: The Ache of Missing Your Other Half. She has four children, who were ages thirteen and up when her husband Al died in 2007, and two granddaughters born after his death.

Book Details

224 Pages

Publisher: New Growth Press

Publication Date: March 2015

ISBN 10: 1939946522

ISBN 13: 9781939946522

(HT: WTS Books)

March 23, 2015

Doing the Work of God (John 6:22-29)

Podcast Art JohnOn Sunday, March 22, 2015, Pastor Joe Troutman preached “Doing the Work of God” from John 6:22-29.

The only work you are required to do to obtain salvation is to believe in Jesus Christ, and your belief in him is a gift of God.

Will Work for Food—The crowds following Jesus seemed committed to him by their efforts to continue following him, but their only motive was for earthly, rather than spiritual food. They seek to obtain the bread of life by their work, but Jesus will teach them that the work of God is a gift.

Faith is a Work—God’s Law demands perfect obedience, but God is merciful, so the work that brings eternal life is a gift from God. We cannot earn favor by doing good works. Faith is the work which comes from God (Ephesians 2:8-9); All are unable to come to Jesus unless God the Father draws them (John 6:44). Through the gift of faith, the righteousness of Christ is credited to sinners, making it as if they have given perfect obedience. Faith which clings to Christ will produce good works, which are gifts of God themselves, and they are a guarantee that your eternal inheritance will come.

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March 21, 2015

The Christian Life: A Doctrinal Introduction

Christian Life Doctrinal Intro CoverStatus: Available

Publisher’s Description

Christian doctrine matters for Christian living. This is one of the most important growth points of the Christian life, writes Sinclair B. Ferguson. From this starting point, The Christian Life expounds such key biblical themes as grace, faith, repentance, new birth and assurance with clarity and contagious enthusiasm. Christian doctrines are life-shaping, explains the author, because they show us the God we worship.

Widely used and appreciated since its first appearance, The Christian Life not only expounds the teaching of Scripture, but outlines its meaning for practical Christian living. It is, as J. I. Packer writes in his preface, theology that is practical, applying Bible teaching with insight and wisdom to the condition of plain people. Christian beginners will get the benefit and the Lord’s older sheep, grown tough and stringy maybe, will find themselves edified and perhaps tenderized too.

Sinclair FergusonAbout the Author

Dr. Sinclair B. Ferguson is senior minister of the historic First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, S.C., and a distinguished visiting professor of systematic theology at Westminster Theological Seminary in Dallas, Texas. He has been an editor and a trustee with the Banner of Truth Trust publishing house and has been a prolific author. His published titles include The Holy Spirit, Grow in Grace, Let’s Study Philippians, John Owen on the Christian Life, and, for children, The Big Book of Questions and Answers and The Big Book of Questions & Answers About Jesus. Dr. Ferguson and his wife, Dorothy, have been married for thirty-six years. They have four children.

Book Details

201 Pages

Publisher: Banner of Truth

Publication Date: in 1981

ISBN 10: 0851515169

ISBN 13: 9780851515168