On Friday, November 8, 2019, Dr. Chad Van Dixhoorn delivered lecture 1 at the DFW Reformation Conference: "The Westminster Assembly and Reformation Today."
Introduction and Opening Hymn, "The Lord's My Shepherd, I'll Not Want"
The Westminster Assembly and the Reformation of Preaching, 1643-1653
I. The Westminster Assembly
II. The Problem with Preachers: Quality and Quantity
III. Reformation by Immediate Action
IV. The Directory for Preaching and the Character of the Preacher
V. Seven Planks of Puritan Pulpit Theology
A. God's Ambassadors: Ordained Preachers
B. Trained Preachers
C. Godly Preachers
D. The Word of God
E. The Outward and Ordinary Means of Grace: Preaching
F. Christ-Centered Preaching
G. "The Spirit's Working"
Question & Answer Period
On Sunday, November 10, 2019, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "Of Fathers and Sons" from 1 Samuel 2:12-26.
By his grace, the Father will cause his children to grow in stature and favor with him for his glory and his people’s good.
1. Like Father, Like Sons
2. Growth in Grace
On Sunday, November 10, 2019, Harry Monroe taught on "The Coming of the Lord" from 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18.
Paul encourages the persecuted Thessalonian Christians by pointing them to the hope of the return of Christ.
On Sunday, November 3, 2019, Rev. Andrew Moody, Pastor of San Antonio Reformed Church, preached "Communion in Christ" from 1 Corinthians 10:16-17.
". . . we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread" (1 Corinthians 10:17b).
On Sunday, November 3, 2019, Harry Monroe lead the adult Sunday School class in a discussion on sanctification and brotherly love from 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12.
Paul addresses the church in Thessalonica, not the pagan culture outside the church. The world didn't believe about morality what the church believed. This is increasingly so in twenty-first century American culture as well. Faithfulness on the part of a church consists of both right doctrine as well as right behavior. In verses 3-8, Paul instructs the Thessalonians on maintaining their sanctification in terms of their abstaining from sexual immorality . In verses 9-12, Paul applies our calling to brotherly love: work to support yourself and mind your own business, so that your self-sufficiency will adorn your profession of faith before those outside the church.
On October 27, 2019, Pastor Joe Troutman preached on Hannah's Hymn from 1 Samuel 2:1-10. View the Orders of Worship.
God prevails against all his and our enemies, and because of that, he is worthy of all our worship.
1. His Eye Is On The Sparrow (vs. 1-3)
2. This Is My Father's World (vs. 4-8)
3. Wondrous King, All Glorious (vs. 9-10)
On October 20, 2019, Rev. Robert Mossotti preached on God's elect exiles from 1 Peter 1:1,2.
First Peter was written to Christians living in an environment such as ours. It was written to remind Christians who they are, and what they must do to remain who they are in a world filled with trials, with constant temptations to ungodliness, and to conformity to this present evil age.
Peter’s first letter can be divided into three overarching themes:
1. Christians are God’s chosen people elected to a high, divine purpose.
2. An exhortation to be holy in the midst of an ungodly and pagan world.
3. Taking up our cross and following after Christ’s pattern of life. Submitting to share in his sufferings, in order to share in his glory.
On October 20, 2019, Harry Monroe taught on a life pleasing to God from 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12.
Paul's teaching on how the Thessalonians in particular, but all Christians in general, should live in the midst of a pagan society. The focus is on the faithfulness of the church, not the transformation of the culture.
On October 13, 2019, Rev. Robert Mossotti preached "Something New Under the Sun" from Luke 24:13-27.
"They looked for an inheritance in this world, but instead ultimately received something better. They expected to receive the promises of God, but in receiving the Holy Spirit in Jesus Christ they received the God of the promise. They looked for the holy land, but received the Holy One. 'I am your exceedingly great reward.'"
On October 6, 2019, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "My Time is at Hand" from Matthew 26:17-29.
As with the Passover, but even more clearly with the Lord's Supper, it is the gospel proclaimed in visible words.
1. The Passover Feast [8:05]
2. The Passover Lamb [16:45]
On September 29, 2019, Harry Monroe taught on Paul's ministry to the Thessalonians from 1 Thessalonians 1:9-2:12.
1 Thessalonians 1:9-2:12 English Standard Version
9 For they themselves report concerning us the kind of reception we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, 10 and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.
Paul's Ministry to the Thessalonians
2 For you yourselves know, brothers,[a] that our coming to you was not in vain. 2 But though we had already suffered and been shamefully treated at Philippi, as you know, we had boldness in our God to declare to you the gospel of God in the midst of much conflict. 3 For our appeal does not spring from error or impurity or any attempt to deceive, 4 but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not to please man, but to please God who tests our hearts. 5 For we never came with words of flattery,[b] as you know, nor with a pretext for greed—God is witness. 6 Nor did we seek glory from people, whether from you or from others, though we could have made demands as apostles of Christ. 7 But we were gentle[c] among you, like a nursing mother taking care of her own children. 8 So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us.
9 For you remember, brothers, our labor and toil: we worked night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you, while we proclaimed to you the gospel of God. 10 You are witnesses, and God also, how holy and righteous and blameless was our conduct toward you believers. 11 For you know how, like a father with his children, 12 we exhorted each one of you and encouraged you and charged you to walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory.
1 Thessalonians 2:1 Or brothers and sisters; also verses 9, 14, 17
1 Thessalonians 2:5 Or with a flattering speech
1 Thessalonians 2:7 Some manuscripts infants
On September 29, 2019, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "May Yahweh Establish His Word" from 1 Samuel 1:21-28, and 2:11.
God's Spirit conforms us to his will, grants our petitions, and makes us able to keep the vows we have taken before him.
1. A Cone of Uncertainty [10:46]
2. A Secret Resolve Revealed [18:10]
3. The Faithfulness of the Father [23:28]
Rev. Joe Troutman
21 Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The brothers who are with me greet you. 22 All the saints greet you, especially those of Caesar's household. 23 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.
Rev. Joe Troutman
14 Yet it was kind of you to share my trouble. 15 And you Philippians yourselves know that in the beginning of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, no church entered into partnership with me in giving and receiving, except you only. 16 Even in Thessalonica you sent me help for my needs once and again. 17 Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to your credit. 18 I have received full payment, and more. I am well supplied, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God.
Rev. Joe Troutman
10 I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. 11 Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. 12 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. 13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
Rev. Joe Troutman
8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. 9 What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me--practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
Rev. Joe Troutman
4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. 5 Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; 6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Rev. Joe Troutman
20 But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself. 4:1 Therefore, my brothers, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm thus in the Lord, my beloved.
Rev. Joe Troutman
17 Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us. 18 For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. 19 Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things.
Rev. Joe Troutman
12 Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 13 Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you. 16 Only let us hold true to what we have attained.
Rev. Joe Troutman
4 though I myself have reason for confidence in the flesh also. If anyone else thinks he has reason for confidence in the flesh, I have more: 5 circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; 6 as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless. 7 But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. 8 Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith-- 10 that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.
Rev. Joe Troutman
1 Finally, my brothers,rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you is no trouble to me and is safe for you. 2 Look out for the dogs, look out for the evildoers, look out for those who mutilate the flesh. 3 For we are the circumcision, who worship by the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh--
Rev. Joe Troutman
19 I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, so that I too may be cheered by news of you. 20 For I have no one like him, who will be genuinely concerned for your welfare. 21 For they all seek their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ. 22 But you know Timothy'sproven worth, how as a son with a father he has served with me in the gospel. 23 I hope therefore to send him just as soon as I see how it will go with me, 24 and I trust in the Lord that shortly I myself will come also. 25 I have thought it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus my brother and fellow worker and fellow soldier, and your messenger and minister to my need, 26 for he has been longing for you all and has been distressed because you heard that he was ill. 27 Indeed he was ill, near to death. But God had mercy on him, and not only on him but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow. 28 I am the more eager to send him, therefore, that you may rejoice at seeing him again, and that I may be less anxious. 29 So receive him in the Lord with all joy, and honor such men, 30 for he nearly died for the work of Christ, risking his life to complete what was lacking in your service to me.
Rev. Joe Troutman
12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. 14 Do all things without grumbling or questioning, 15 that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, 16 holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. 17 Even if I am to be poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all. 18 Likewise you also should be glad and rejoice with me.
Rev. Joe Troutman
5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Rev. Joe Troutman
18 What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice. Yes, and I will rejoice, 19 for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance, 20 as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death. 21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22 If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. 23 I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. 24 But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account. 25 Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all, for your progress and joy in the faith, 26 so that in me you may have ample cause to glory in Christ Jesus, because of my coming to you again.
Rev. Joe Troutman
15 Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from good will. 16 The latter do it out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. 17 The former proclaim Christ out of rivalry, not sincerely but thinking to afflict me in my imprisonment. 18 What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice. Yes, and I will rejoice,
Rev. Joe Troutman
12 I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, 13 so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ. 14 And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.
Rev. Joe Troutman
9 And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, 10 so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
Rev. Joe Troutman
7 It is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I hold you in my heart, for you are all partakers with me of grace, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel. 8 For God is my witness, how I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus.
Rev. Joe Troutman
3 I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, 4 always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.
On Sunday, September 26, 2010, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "Feasting and Fasting" from Matthew 9:14-17.
Jesus is your Bridegroom, and he lavishes upon you, as his Bride, precious gifts.
1. To Fast or Feast? (vs. 14-15)
2. Clothing and Wineskins (vs. 16-17)
On Sunday, September 19, 2010, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "Follow Me" from Matthew 9:9-13.
Jesus calls sinners--undeserving of his favor--into his service, and he loves us in spite of our continued sin, and he conforms us to his image.
1. The Call (v. 9)
2. Sitting with Sinners (vs. 10-11)
3. Mercy (vs. 12-13)
On Sunday, September 12, 2010, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "The Forgiveness of Sins" from Matthew 9:1-8.
The Great Physician is the healer of souls, and to all who believe in him, he promises the forgiveness of sins.
1. Triage (vs. 1-2)
2. Who Blasphemes? (vs. 3-5)
3. The Authority of the Son of Man (vs. 6-8)
On September 5, 2010, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "Binding the Strongman" from Matthew 8:28-34.
Jesus comes as conquering King to set his people free, and not even Satan himself can stand against King Jesus.
1. The Demons Shudder (vs. 28-29)
2. From Bondage to Freedom (vs. 30-32)
3. The Children of Wrath (vs. 33-34)
On August 29, 2010, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "Following Jesus Through the Storm" from Matthew 8:18-27.
Jesus committed himself to die on the cross in our place so that we would be able to follow him through the trials of life.
1. To Follow Jesus (vs. 18, 19, 21)
2. The Cost (vs. 20, 22-24)
3. The Son of Man (vs. 25-27)
On August 22, 2010, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "Raising Up Children from Stones" from Matthew 8:5-17.
Jesus is the promised offspring of Abraham who blesses the nations by healing them of sin.
1. Children from Stones (vs. 5-13)
2. The Blessings on the Family (vs. 14-15)
3. The Purpose of Jesus's Ministry (vs. 16-17)
On Sunday, August 8, 2010, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "A True Confession" from Matthew 7:21-29.
Being in the church does not guarantee your acceptance by Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit must first give you the ability to confess Jesus as the Messiah.
1. A False Confession (vs. 21-23)
2. True Wisdom (vs. 24-27)
3. Authority (vs. 28-29)
On August 1, 2010, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "The Narrow Gate" from Matthew 7:12-20.
Life as a Christian is difficult, but we are able to follow Jesus, not in our strength, but because of what Jesus has done for us on the cross.
1. Summing Up (v. 12)
2. Two Gates (vs. 13-14)
3. False Prophets (vs. 15-20)
On July 25, 2010, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "The Giver of Good Things" from Matthew 7:7-11.
If the desire of our hearts is to seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness, Jesus promises that his Father will answer our prayers.
1. The Promises of Jesus (vs. 7-8)
2. The Goodness of Your Heavenly Father (vs. 9-11)
On Sunday, July 18, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "Judging and Judgment" from Matthew 7:1-6.
Jesus Christ was judged and condemned in our place so that we may proclaim salvation to sinners, that they might escape the coming wrath at the Last Day of Judgment.
1. Condemnation (vs. 1-2)
2. Hypocrisy (vs. 3-5)
3. Rejected Mercy (v. 6)
On July 4, 2010, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "Where is Your Treasure?" from Matthew 6:19-24.
We who have been redeemed by Jesus Christ find our security, not in earthly treasures, but in our Father in heaven.
1. Heavenly Treasure (vs. 19-21)
2. Heavenly Vision (vs. 21-23)
3. Heavenly Master (v. 24)
On June 27, 2010, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "Day of Dependence" from Matthew 6:16-18.
When believers fast, we trust that Jesus Christ, through his death and resurrection, has given us everything we need for faith and life.
On June 13, 2010, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "When You Pray, Part 4" from Matthew 6:12-15.
For all who believe in Jesus Christ, because of his death and resurrection, our sins are forgiven, and we have victory over evil.
1. Deep in debt (vs. 12, 14-15)
2. The Hour of Trial (v. 13)
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On June 6, 2010, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "When You Pray, Part 3" from Matthew 6:10-11.
Jesus teaches us to pray for his will to be done, and for our daily bread, so that we will be content for all that God has done for us.
1. God's Glorious Will (v. 10b)
2. God Glorified in Our Needs (v. 11)
On May 30, 2010, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "When You Pray, Part 2" from Matthew 6:9-10a.
We can pray that our Father in Heaven be glorified because we have been redeemed by our Lord Jesus Christ.
1. Our Glorious Father and King (v. 9a)
2. God's Glorious Name (v. 9b)
3. God's Glorious Kingdom (v. 10a)
On May 16, 2010, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "When You Pray" from Matthew 6:5-8.
Jesus Christ teaches us to pray because he has gained access for us to his Father's throne by his death, by his resurrection and by his ascension.
1. Not Like the Hypocrites (v. 5)
2. Not Like the Pagans (v. 7)
3. Like the Sons of God (vs. 6,8)
On May 9, 2010, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "Praised by Men or Praised by God?" from Matthew 6:1-4.
Jesus obeyed his Father by selflessly giving his life for us so that we could be obedient to the Father and selflessly give to others.
1. Fair Warning (v. 1)
2. Hypocrisy in Giving (v.s 2)
3. Secrecy in Giving (v. 3-4)
On April 18, 2010, Pastor Joe Troutman preached on being as good as your word from Matthew 5:33-37.
Jesus proved that his word was true by dying in our place, and rising from the dead on the third day, just as he foretold.
1. Do Not Swear in Vain (v. 33)
2. No Oath at All (vs. 34-36)
3. Yes or No (v. 37)
On April 11, 2010, Pastor Joe Troutman preached on keeping your marriage vows from Matthew 5:31-32.
Jesus intends for marriage to be a reflection of his love for the church. He loved his church enough to die for her.
1. Legal Notice (v. 31)
2. Divorce as Adultery (v. 32)
On April 4, 2010, Pastor Joe Troutman preached on adultery in the heart from Matthew 5:27-30.
Our sin, even in its most hidden form, requires drastic measures: namely, the death of Jesus Christ on the cross, and his triumph over sin and death in his resurrection.
1. Sexual Covetousness (vs. 27-28)
2. Drastic Measures (vs. 29-30)
On March 28, 2010, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "Murder in the Heart" from Matthew 5:21-26.
Jesus Christ gives grace to those who humbly walk with him, so that we can be forgiven, and can forgive others.
1. The Person Who is Angry (vs. 21-22)
2. The Person Who Has Made Another Angry (vs. 23-26)
On March 21, 2010, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "Fulfilled" from Matthew 5:17-20.
Jesus came to bring freedom from the oppressive requirements the Scribes and Pharisees added to the Law. At the same time, he shows us that the requirements of the Law are even more strict than they taught.
1. To Fulfill (v. 17)
2. Until All is Accomplished (vs. 18-19)
3. Greater Righteousness (v. 20)
On March 14, 2010, Pastor Joe Troutman preached on salt and light from Matthew 5:13-16.
Disciples who are faithful to Jesus are as useful to the world as salt on food, or as light in darkness.
1. The Salt of the Earth (v. 13)
2. The Light of the World (vs. 14-16)
On March 7, 2010, Pastor Joe Troutman preached the third sermon in a series on the Beatitudes from Matthew 5:9-12.
Because God made peace with you through Jesus's life and death, you are able to make peace with others, but you should expect persecution for Jesus's account.
1. Peacemakers (v. 9)
2. Those Who Are Persecuted (vs. 10-12)
On February 28, 2010, Pastor Joe Troutman preached the second of two parts on the Beatitudes from Matthew 5:6-8.
We become citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven by the life and death of Jesus, and Jesus is teaching us to be what we have become.
1. Those Who Hunger and Thirst (v. 6)
2. The Merciful (v. 7)
3. The Pure in Heart (v. 8)
On February 21, 2010, Pastor Joe Troutman preached the first of two parts on the Beatitudes from Matthew 5:1-5.
Jesus teaches what it means to be a citizen of the Kingdom of Heaven, and we are called to believe because of who he is, and what he has done for us.
1. Jesus Begins to Teach (vs. 1-2)
2. Blessed are the Poor in Spirit (v. 3)
3. Blessed are Those Who Mourn (v. 4)
4. Blessed are the Meek (v. 5)
On February 14, 2010, Pastor Joe Troutman preached on the power of the word from Matthew 4:12-25.
Common words spoken by God with the witness of the Holy Spirit in our hearts call us to repentance and faith in Christ Jesus.
1. Fulfilling (vs. 12-17, 23a)
2. Calling (vs. 18-22)
3. Healing (vs. 23b-25)
On February 7, 2010, Pastor Joe Troutman preached on the temptation of Jesus from Matthew 4:1-11.
Jesus was tempted in the wilderness, so that through his death and resurrection, sinners like you and I may be able to resist the devil to the very end of our lives.
1. Put to the test (vs. 1-2)
2. If you are the Son of God (vs. 3-7)
3. If you will worship me (vs. 8-11)
4. It is written (vs 4, 6, 7, 10)
On January 31, 2010, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "The Lamb of God" from Matthew 3:13-17.
Jesus fulfilled all righteousness for his people by receiving John's baptism of repentance so that he can identify with his people.
1. The Humiliation and Exaltation of Identification [5:50]
2. The Reason for Identification [15:06]
On January 24, 2010, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "Elijah Who Is To Come" from Matthew 3:1-12.
The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand. The King sits on his throne as judge. Therefore, all people everywhere, are commanded to repent.
1. John the Preacher (vs. 1-3) [7:43]
2. John the Prophet (vs. 4-10) [16:25]
3. John the Baptist (vs. 11-12) [21:21]
On January 17, 2009, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "The Israel of God" from Matthew 2:13-23.
This passage call us to confess Jesus as our King and our Savior, who gives salvation to everyone who will repent of their sins and believe in him.
1. Into Exile (vs. 13-15) [9:01]
2. From Weeping to Gladness (vs. 16-18) [14:49]
3. The Despised Branch of Jesse (vs. 19-23) [22:55]
On January 3, 2010, Rev. Professor Elliott Greene preached "An Undying Affection" from John 14:27-31.
An undying affection is what the Christ represents, is and wants to be sincerely in us. God saves us through his Son’s affection. We are being kept by Christ’s faithful love for his Father of which we have become partakers.~Elliott Greene (paraphrased)
In 2010, Elliott Green was assistant pastor and missionary at New St. Peter's Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Dallas, Texas. He was also Associate Professor of Biblical and Pastoral Theology at Redeemer Seminary in Dallas, and principal of Tyrannus Hall for Pastoral Development. Today, Dr. Greene is Seminarian in Residence at Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Houston, Texas.
On December 27, 2009, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "His Own Received Him Not" from Matthew 2:1-12.
The Kingship of Jesus threatened Herod, but it threatens us as well. It threatens our sovereignty over our own lives. But the response of faith is to fall down before Christ, and worship him.
1. In Search of the King (vs. 1-2) [7:09]
2. The Disbelief of God's People (vs. 3-8) [10:47]
3. Gentiles Worship Jesus (vs. 9-12) [17:23]
On December 13, 2009, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "The Long-Awaited King" from Matthew 1:1-17.
Jesus is the true Son of Abraham, which makes him true Israel; he is also the true Son of David, which makes him the true King of Israel.
1. The Son of Abraham
2. The Son of David
On December 6, 2009, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "A Long-Awaited Son" from Ruth 4:13-22.
God oversees even the sufferings in our lives, in order to carry out his great plan of salvation.
1. The Birth of a Son (v. 13) [4:10]
2. A Blessing to Naomi (vs. 14-16) [7:54]
3. A Bigger Picture (vs. 17-22) [16:40]
On November 22, 2009, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "Ruth's Redemption" from Ruth 4:1-12.
Ruth's redemption rested, and ours rests, in God's hands alone,
1. A Meeting in the Gate (vs. 1-6) [8:11]
2. Boaz Redeems Ruth (vs. 7-12) [15:29]
On November 15, 2009, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "Proposal for Redemption" from Ruth 3:6-18.
We may plan for the future, but God directs our steps, and he promises to work everything out for the good of those who love him.
1. Ruth's Proposal (vs. 6-9) [6:43]
2. Boaz's Response (vs. 10-15) [15:03]
3. Ruth's Return (vs. 16-18) [24:42]]
On November 8, 2009, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "Rest For Your Souls" from Ruth 3:1-5.
God promises rest for his people, and he provides it through the Lord Jesus Christ.
1. The Reason for Naomi's Plan [6:38]
2. The Plan Itself [10:39]
3. True Rest [16:10]
On November 1, 2009, Pastor Joe Troutman preached " " from Ruth 2:14-23.
God is able and willing to do exceedingly more than all that his people can ask or imagine.
1. God's Care for Ruth and Naomi
2. Overabundance of Blessing
3. Our Kinsman-Redeemer
On October 25, 2009, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "Under the Wings of the Lord" from Ruth 2:1-13.
God caused everything that happened to Ruth to happen, so that she would come under his protective care, and he has done the same thing for all who believe.
1. Gleaning in the Fields (vs. 1-11)
2. The Favor of the Lord (vs. 12-13)
On October 18, 2009, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "The Hand of the Lord" from Ruth 1:8-22.
God graciously empties Naomi, and us, of everything that we have and rely upon that is not him, so that he can fill us by his grace.
1. Coming Back Empty (vs. 8-14)
2. Words of Faith (vs. 15-18)
3. The Promise of Harvest (vs. 19-22)
On October 11, 2009, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "There and Back Again" from Ruth 1:1-7.
In God's providence, difficult times are designed to bring his people to repentance and faith, so that we may receive his abundant mercy.
1. Departure (vs. 1-2) [7:45]
2. Tragedy (vs. 3-5) [17:38]
3. Return (vs. 6-7) [21:48]
On October 4, 2009, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "Large Letters" from Galatians 6:11-18.
We are prone as sinful human beings to point out our own works to show how much we love God, but Paul teaches that we should point to Christ and his cross, to show how much God loves us.
1. Boasting in the Flesh (vs. 11-13) [5:23]
2. Boasting in the Cross of Christ (vs. 14-16) [14:17]
3. The True Marks of Faith (vs. 17-18) [25:15]
On September 20, 2009, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "Bear One Another's Burdens " from Galatians 6:1-5.
Just as Jesus Christ bore the burden of our sin and guilt on the cross, we are to bear one another's burdens, even gently restoring another sinner.
1. Bearing each other's burdens (vs. 1-2) [7:46]
2. Bearing your own load (vs. 3-5) [22:49]
On July 5, 2009, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "Not a Slave, But a Son,” from Galatians 4:1-7.
At just the right moment in history, God sent his Son to redeem us in order that we might be born again, and become God's own children.
1. Temporary Provision (vs. 1-3) [6:29]
2. Permanent Status (vs. 4-5) [12:05]
3. Our First Gift as God's Children (vs. 6-7) [17:39]
On June 28, 2009 Pastor Joe Troutman preached "Adopted, and Co-Heirs " from Galatians 3:23-29.
Through faith in Christ, you have become the adopted sons and daughters of God. United in the same family, and co-heirs of the eternal inheritance.
1. Before Faith Came [7:27]
2. Now That Faith Has Come [14:08]
On May 17, 2009, Pastor Joe Troutman preached, "Bewitched, But Not Forsaken" from Galatians 3:1-5.
The Holy Spirit by the power of God's word has set you free from enslavement. Do not fall again under any spell that would seek to entrap you.
1. A Portrait of Christ [8:16]
2. Alive by the Spirit [14:58]
3. Bewitched, but not Forsaken [22:40]
On April 26, 2009, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "Walking in Step With the Gospel" from Galatians 2:11-14.
While it can never be done with full consistency, you, like the Apostle Peter, are called to walk according to the truth of the gospel.
1. A Stumbling Stone [6:28]
2. The Rock of Offence [22:07]
On April 12, 2009 Pastor Joe Troutman preached "Freedom" from Galatians 2:1-10.
The truth of the gospel is that Jesus Christ has set you free, and you are free indeed.
1. Up to Jerusalem [7:15]
2. Freedom From [12:45]
3. Freedom To [21:48]