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September 21, 2016

It Is Finished (John 19:16b-30)

Podcast Art JohnOn Sunday, August 28, 2016, Pastor Joe Troutman preached “It Is Finished” from John 19:16b-30.

Our Great High King Jesus Christ gave up his life on our behalf so we wouldn’t suffer the excruciating wrath for our sins.

1. What Is Written—Jesus Christ was indeed the King of the Jews, and the High King of Heaven.

2. Jesus’s Mother, Brothers and Sisters—Jesus loves his mother to the end and obeys the Law to honor her. He died to enable us to likewise obey his commands.

3. Authority To Lay It Down—Throughout his life and even in his death, Jesus proved he was the long-awaited Messiah, the King–not just of the Jews—but the true King of Heaven to whom we all will bow the knee, whether we believe in him or not, when he returns. This High King humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death on an accursed cross through which he suffered his Father’s wrath for sins that were not his own.

Listen to “It Is Finished” (John 19:16b-30) at mcopc.org.

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June 16, 2016

Through Their Word (John 17:20-26)

Sermons JohnOn Sunday, June 12, 2016, Pastor Joe Troutman preached “Through Their Word” from John 17:20-26.

“I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world. O righteous Father, even though the world does not know you, I know you, and these know that you have sent me. I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.”
Jesus Christ unifies us, he secures us, he sanctifies us, and he sends us out by his word.

You and all members of Christ’s church must diligently preserve and pass along the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints.

1. Those Who Will Believe
2. That the World May Believe
3. I Made Known to Them

Listen to “Through Their Word” (John 17:20-26) at mcopc.org.

June 14, 2016

I Am Praying for Them (John 17:6-10)

Sermons JohnOn Sunday, May 29, 2016, Pastor Joe Troutman preached “I Am Praying for Them” from John 17:6-10.

“I have manifested your name to the people whom you gave me out of the world. Yours they were, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything that you have given me is from you. For I have given them the words that you gave me, and they have received them and have come to know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. I am praying for them. I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are yours. All mine are yours, and yours are mine, and I am glorified in them.”

The Son delights in the gift given to him by his Father, the church. He came for her, he died for her and he continues to pray for her.

1. The Father’s Gift
2. Manifesting the Name
3. Giving Knowledge
4. Praying for Them

Listen to “I Am Praying for Them ” (John 17:6-10) at mcopc.org.

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.

March 30, 2016

The Once and Future King (Matthew 21:1-11)

Sermons JohnOn Sunday, March 20, 2016, Pastor Joe Troutman preached “The Once and Future King” from Matthew 21:1-11.

Jesus humbly enters Jerusalem as King, and in less than one week he will be crucified in the place of sinners like you and me.

1. The Lord Has Need of Them (1-5)—By his  “Triumphal Entry” into Jerusalem on the foal of a donkey, Jesus provides one more sign that he is the King they await, so they might repent and believe (Isaiah 62:11). Their need is our need. Just as he gave them signs they needed to believe he is the Messiah, so he provides what we need to repent and believe.

2. Hosanna (6-9)—Second Temple Judaism of Jesus’s day saw Roman occupation as a new Egyptian bondage. National zeal heightened during the annual Passover feast. Jesus’s riding on a donkey did show him coming as a king, but as one who comes to serve (See 2 Kings 9:13; Psalm 118).

3. The King Enters His City (10-11)—Jesus came to die on a cross for the very people who put him there—sinners like you and me. He will return not to be sacrificed but to judge and once for all conquer all his and our enemies.

Listen to “The Once and Future King” (Matthew 21:1-11) 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 4, 2015

The Incense Altar and the Census Tax (Exodus 30)

Chuck Cain On July 26, 2015 the Adult Sunday School Class reviewed the incense altar and the census tax in Exodus 30.

The first is a description of the incense altar. One would wonder why it is described here rather than in Chapter 25, where the other four furniture items inside the tabernacle are described (the ark of the covenant, the mercy seat, the bread table, and the lamp). This description forms an inclusio with 27:20-21 which speaks of the priests’ daily tending to the lamps; whereas, 30:7-8 speaks of the priests’ daily tending to burning incense. In the midst of this inclusio in Chapters 28-29 is the description of the priests’ garments and consecration. This is to say that a description of the priests’ daily duties serve as bookends surrounding their ordination.

The burning of incense likely symbolizes prayer, both of the people’s prayer to God and our Lord’s intercession for his people. The linkage of incense and prayer is found in other passages such as Psalm 141:1-2, Luke 1:5-11, and Revelation 5:8 and 8:3-4.

Note that the design, as well as the name, of this article of furniture is almost identical to that of the bronze altar in the courtyard. They are both square and have horns. Perhaps this is to remind us that a life of prayer depends on a sacrifice for sin.

The second subject discussed in Chapter 30 is the census tax. In Exodus 30:11-16 the LORD tells Moses that when a census is taken each person is to pay a half-shekel tax to “ransom his life” (verse 12) and “to make atonement for your lives” (verses 15 and 16) “that there be no plague among them when you number them.” These frightening statements are likely a reminder that the people are not their own, they belong to God who has redeemed them. The taking of a census could tempt pride in numbers and achievement. The tax would remind them that they were bought with a price (1 Corinthians 6:19-20 and 7:23).

In 2 Samuel 24 David confesses that he has sinned after taking a census of the people. Likely the sin was the failure to require each person to pay the census tax. Also see Matthew 17:24-27 where it is recorded that Christ paid the half-shekel tax both for himself and Peter. — Chuck Cain

Listen to “The Incense Altar and the Census Tax” (Exodus 30) at mcopc.org.

July 21, 2015

Consecration of the Priests and the Altar (Exodus 29)

Chuck CainOn Sunday, July 19, 2015, the Adult Sunday School Lesson completed a review of Exodus 29 regarding consecration of the priests and the altar.

Three animal sacrifices are identified as part of the ceremony. In each case the blood of the animal is applied in various ways to the altar.

The first sacrifice is a bull for the sin offering. Curtain organs are burned on the altar. The remainder is burned outside the camp. Hebrews 13:11-12 identifies this practice as a foreshadowing of Jesus being crucified outside the city as a sacrifice for our sin.

The second sacrifice is a ram for the burnt offering. This offering represented full commitment of the priests and the people.

The third sacrifice is a ram for the fellowship offering. This offering is also identified elsewhere as a peace offering or wave offering. In this case after specified organs are burned on the altar, the breast and thigh are eaten by the priests symbolizing a fellowship meal between them (and the people) and God.

The order of these three offerings differs in Leviticus as identified by J. A. Motyer. In Exodus 29 the order highlights individual need for being forgiven. In Leviticus 1-5 the order is burnt offering (1:3), fellowship offering (3:1), and sin offering (4:2-3) highlighting the order of divine desire. In Leviticus 6-7 the order is burnt offering (6:9), sin offering (6:25), and fellowship offering (7:11) highlighting the order of priestly ministry.

Exodus 29 states that the consecration ceremony for the priests was to last seven days.
The chapter closes with the highly important and oft repeated statement, “I will dwell among the people of Israel and will be their God. And they shall know that I am the LORD their God, who brought them out of the land of Egypt that I might dwell among them. I am the LORD their God.”

Listen to “Consecration of the Priests and the Altar” (Exodus 29) at mcopc.org.

March 23, 2015

Amalekites Concluded (Exodus 17:8-16), Jethro Advises Moses (Exodus 18:1-27)

Chuck CainOn March 22, 2015, Chuck Cain taught the Adult Sunday School class on the Israelites’ battle with the Amalekites in Exodus 17:8-16. Joshua’s military success due to dependence on the Lord as Aaron and Hur assisted Moses in holding up the staff of God during the fight (Exodus 17:9-13), concluding with Yahweh’s stated intention to one day judge Amalekites for opposing Israel in the wilderness (Exodus 17:14-16). Later, King Saul’s line would lose the kingship of Israel for disobeying the Lord’s command to utterly destroy Amalek (1 Samuel 15:1-35).

Then, in Exodus 18, we learn of Jethro, Moses’ Midianite father-in-law who brings Moses’ wife and children to him (Exodus 18:1-7). Moses declares Yahweh’s deliverance of Israel from the Egyptians to Jethro, who rejoices and offers sacrifice in response, acknowledging Yahweh as greater than all gods, providing a good picture of evangelism (Exodus 18:8-12). Finally, Jethro advises Moses to delegate his judicial responsibilities to others who judge smaller matters among the people, reserving the more difficult issues for Moses, and together they advised the Israelites by the Law of God, and so they were able to endure such a tremendous task under the guidance of God (Exodus 18:13-27). Listen here.