The Prodigal Who Didn't Return (2 Samuel 18:1-33)
On Sunday, May 22, 2022, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "The Prodigal Who Didn't Return" from 2 Samuel 18:1-33. "God will never permit his Kingdom to fail because he loves each person in it." 1. On the Offensive (vs. 1-8) 2. An Unexpected End (vs. 9-18) 3. Messengers of Joy and Sorrow (vs. 19-33) mcopc.org/podcast
May 22, 2022
The Incredible Blessing of Forgiveness from God (Psalm 32)
On Sunday, May 15, 2022, Rev. Joe Keller preached "The Incredible Blessing of Forgiveness from God" (Psalm 32). 1. David's Experience with Concealing Sin (vs. 1-5) 1 Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. 2 Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit. 3 For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. 4 For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. Selah 5 I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah David's Exhortation to Confess Sin (vs. 6-11) 6 Therefore let everyone who is godly offer prayer to you at a time when you may be found; surely in the rush of great waters, they shall not reach him. 7 You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with shouts of deliverance. Selah 8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you. 9 Be not like a horse or a mule, without understanding, which must be curbed with bit and bridle, or it will not stay near you. 10 Many are the sorrows of the wicked, but steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in the Lord. 11 Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart! mcopc.org/podcast
May 15, 2022
The Israel of God (Matthew 2:13-23)
On Sunday, May 8, 2022, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "The Israel of God" from Matthew 2:13-23. "This passage calls us to confess Jesus as our King and Savior who gives salvation to all who repent and believe in him." 1. Into Exile (vs. 13-15) Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you, for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.” And he rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed to Egypt and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet, “Out of Egypt I called my son.” 2. From Weeping to Gladness (vs. 16-18) Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, became furious, and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had ascertained from the wise men. Then was fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet Jeremiah: “A voice was heard in Ramah, weeping and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be comforted, because they are no more.” 3. The Despised Branch of Jesse (vs. 19-23) But when Herod died, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, saying, “Rise, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who sought the child's life are dead.” And he rose and took the child and his mother and went to the land of Israel. But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there, and being warned in a dream he withdrew to the district of Galilee. And he went and lived in a city called Nazareth, so that what was spoken by the prophets might be fulfilled, that he would be called a Nazarene. mcopc.org/podcast
May 08, 2022
The Confusion of Our Enemies (2 Samuel 16:15-17:29)
On Sunday, May 1, 2022, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "The Confusion of Our Enemies" from 2 Samuel 16:15-17:29. "No matter how difficult your life may get, remember that God has ordained the defeat of all of his and our enemies." 1. Confounded by Counsel (vs. 16:15-17:14) 2. Protection and Provision (vs. 17:15-29) mcopc.org/podcast
May 01, 2022
Delivered from Despair (Psalm 22)
On Sunday, April 24, 2022, Rev. Joe Keller preached "Delivered from Despair" from Psalm 22. My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? Why are you so far from my deliverance and from my words of groaning? My God, I cry by day, but you do not answer, by night, yet I have no rest. But you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel. Our ancestors trusted in you; they trusted, and you rescued them. They cried to you and were set free; they trusted in you and were not disgraced. But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by mankind and despised by people. Everyone who sees me mocks me; they sneer and shake their heads: “He relies on the Lord; let him save him; let the Lord rescue him, since he takes pleasure in him.” It was you who brought me out of the womb, making me secure at my mother’s breast. I was given over to you at birth; you have been my God from my mother’s womb. Don’t be far from me, because distress is near and there’s no one to help. Many bulls surround me; strong ones of Bashan encircle me. They open their mouths against me— lions, mauling and roaring. I am poured out like water, and all my bones are disjointed; my heart is like wax, melting within me. My strength is dried up like baked clay; my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth. You put me into the dust of death. For dogs have surrounded me; a gang of evildoers has closed in on me; they pierced my hands and my feet. I can count all my bones; people look and stare at me. They divided my garments among themselves, and they cast lots for my clothing. But you, Lord, don’t be far away. My strength, come quickly to help me. Rescue my life from the sword, my only life from the power of these dogs. Save me from the lion’s mouth, from the horns of wild oxen. You answered me! I will proclaim your name to my brothers and sisters; I will praise you in the assembly. You who fear the Lord, praise him! All you descendants of Jacob, honor him! All you descendants of Israel, revere him! For he has not despised or abhorred the torment of the oppressed. He did not hide his face from him but listened when he cried to him for help. I will give praise in the great assembly because of you; I will fulfill my vows before those who fear you. The humble will eat and be satisfied; those who seek the Lord will praise him. May your hearts live forever! All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the Lord. All the families of the nations will bow down before you, for kingship belongs to the Lord; he rules the nations. All who prosper on earth will eat and bow down; all those who go down to the dust will kneel before him— even the one who cannot preserve his life. Their descendants will serve him; the next generation will be told about the Lord. They will come and declare his righteousness; to a people yet to be born they will declare what he has done. mcopc.org/podcast
April 24, 2022
If Christ Be Not Raised (1 Corinthians 15:1-20)
On Sunday, April 17, 2022, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "If Christ Be Not Raised" from 1 Corinthians 15:1-20. "Jesus Christ's resurrection from the dead is a fact of history, and it is essential to the Christian faith." 1. Of First Importance (vs. 1-11) 1 Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, 2 and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. 3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 6 Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. 7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. 8 Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me. 9 For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. 11 Whether then it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed. 2. If The Dead Are Not Raised (vs. 12-19) 12 Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. 14 And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. 15 We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. 17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 19 If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied. 3. But In Fact (v. 20) 20 But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. mcopc.org/podcast
April 17, 2022
Repaying Evil with Good (2 Samuel 16:1-14)
On Sunday, April 10, 2022, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "Repaying Evil with Good" from 2 Samuel 16:1-14. "Though God is not the origin or author of evil, he uses evil in this world for good, and very often repays evil with good." 1. The Appearance of Fruit (vs. 1-4) 1 When David had passed a little beyond the summit, Ziba the servant of Mephibosheth met him, with a couple of donkeys saddled, bearing two hundred loaves of bread, a hundred bunches of raisins, a hundred of summer fruits, and a skin of wine. 2 And the king said to Ziba, “Why have you brought these?” Ziba answered, “The donkeys are for the king's household to ride on, the bread and summer fruit for the young men to eat, and the wine for those who faint in the wilderness to drink.” 3 And the king said, “And where is your master's son?” Ziba said to the king, “Behold, he remains in Jerusalem, for he said, ‘Today the house of Israel will give me back the kingdom of my father.’” 4 Then the king said to Ziba, “Behold, all that belonged to Mephibosheth is now yours.” And Ziba said, “I pay homage; let me ever find favor in your sight, my lord the king.” 2. Curses Met with Grace (vs. 5-14) 5 When King David came to Bahurim, there came out a man of the family of the house of Saul, whose name was Shimei, the son of Gera, and as he came he cursed continually. 6 And he threw stones at David and at all the servants of King David, and all the people and all the mighty men were on his right hand and on his left. 7 And Shimei said as he cursed, “Get out, get out, you man of blood, you worthless man! 8 The Lord has avenged on you all the blood of the house of Saul, in whose place you have reigned, and the Lord has given the kingdom into the hand of your son Absalom. See, your evil is on you, for you are a man of blood.” 9 Then Abishai the son of Zeruiah said to the king, “Why should this dead dog curse my lord the king? Let me go over and take off his head.” 10 But the king said, “What have I to do with you, you sons of Zeruiah? If he is cursing because the Lord has said to him, ‘Curse David,’ who then shall say, ‘Why have you done so?’” 11 And David said to Abishai and to all his servants, “Behold, my own son seeks my life; how much more now may this Benjaminite! Leave him alone, and let him curse, for the Lord has told him to. 12 It may be that the Lord will look on the wrong done to me, and that the Lord will repay me with good for his cursing today.” 13 So David and his men went on the road, while Shimei went along on the hillside opposite him and cursed as he went and threw stones at him and flung dust. 14 And the king, and all the people who were with him, arrived weary at the Jordan. And there he refreshed himself. mcopc.org/podcast
April 10, 2022
Flee Toward, Not Away From (2 Samuel 15:13-37)
On Sunday, April 3, 2022, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "Flee Toward, Not Away From" from 2 Samuel 15:13-37. Rather than fleeing from something in fear, flee to Jesus in faith. 1. Fleeing to the King (vs. 13-29) 21 But Ittai answered the king, “As the Lord lives, and as my lord the king lives, wherever my lord the king shall be, whether for death or for life, there also will your servant be.” (Compare John 6:66-69) 2. Ascent in Mourning (vs. 30-31) 30 But David went up the ascent of the Mount of Olives, weeping as he went, barefoot and with his head covered. And all the people who were with him covered their heads, and they went up, weeping as they went. 31 And it was told David, “Ahithophel is among the conspirators with Absalom.” And David said, “O Lord, please turn the counsel of Ahithophel into foolishness.” 3. The Seeds of Victory (vs. 32-37) 32 While David was coming to the summit, where God was worshiped, behold, Hushai the Archite came to meet him with his coat torn and dirt on his head. 33 David said to him, “If you go on with me, you will be a burden to me. 34 But if you return to the city and say to Absalom, ‘I will be your servant, O king; as I have been your father's servant in time past, so now I will be your servant,’ then you will defeat for me the counsel of Ahithophel. 35 Are not Zadok and Abiathar the priests with you there? So whatever you hear from the king's house, tell it to Zadok and Abiathar the priests. 36 Behold, their two sons are with them there, Ahimaaz, Zadok's son, and Jonathan, Abiathar's son, and by them you shall send to me everything you hear.” 37 So Hushai, David's friend, came into the city, just as Absalom was entering Jerusalem. mcopc.org/podcast
April 03, 2022
Into the Wilderness (1 Samuel 27:1-28:2)
On Sunday, March 27, 2022, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "Into the Wilderness" from 1 Samuel 27:1-28:2. "Jesus Christ represented us in his temptations, trials and death so his righteousness is counted as the possession of all who believe in him." 1. A New Hero in Gath (27:1-7) 2. The Southern Campaign (27:8-12) 3. The Test in the Wilderness (28:1-2) mcopc.org/podcast
March 27, 2022
Weep with Those Who Weep (Job 2:11-13)
On Sunday, March 20, 2022, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "Weep with Those Who Weep" from Job 2:11-13. "Jesus Christ shared in our suffering, humbling himself by taking up a body of dust so that we can live with him forever in glory." 1. A Concerted Effort (v. 11) 11 Now when Job's three friends heard of all this evil that had come upon him, they came each from his own place, Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite. They made an appointment together to come to show him sympathy and comfort him. 2. Sharing Sorrows (v. 12) 12 And when they saw him from a distance, they did not recognize him. And they raised their voices and wept, and they tore their robes and sprinkled dust on their heads toward heaven. 3. Seven Days and Seven Nights (v. 13) 13 And they sat with him on the ground seven days and seven nights, and no one spoke a word to him, for they saw that his suffering was very great. mcopc.org/podcast
March 20, 2022
Confidence in Distress (Psalm 3)
On Sunday, March 13, 2022, Rev. Joe Keller preached "Confidence in Distress" from Psalm 3. 1 O Lord, how many are my foes! Many are rising against me; 2 many are saying of my soul, “There is no salvation for him in God.” Selah 3 But you, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head. 4 I cried aloud to the Lord, and he answered me from his holy hill. Selah 5 I lay down and slept; I woke again, for the Lord sustained me. 6 I will not be afraid of many thousands of people who have set themselves against me all around. 7 Arise, O Lord! Save me, O my God! For you strike all my enemies on the cheek; you break the teeth of the wicked. 8 Salvation belongs to the Lord; your blessing be on your people! Selah mcopc.org/podcast
March 13, 2022
Counterfeit King and Thief of Hearts (2 Samuel 14:25-5:12)
On Sunday, March 6, 2022, Pastor Joe Troutman preached, "Counterfeit King and Thief of Hearts" from 2 Samuel 14:25-5:12. "Jesus and his people will always face fierce opposition, but the Lord abides in you if you trust in Jesus Christ." 1. Beauty Masks the Beast (vs.14:25-33) 2. Stealing Hearts (vs. 15:1-6) 3. Counterfeit of the King (vs. 7-12) mcopc.org/podcast
March 06, 2022
Serving the Heir-Apparent, or Serving the King? (2 Samuel 14:1-24)
On Sunday, February 27, 2022, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "Serving the Heir-Apparent, or Serving the King?" from 2 Samuel 14:1-24. "Jesus, the True Heir of David, whose throne God promised he would establish forever, shares his inheritance with all who believe in him." 1. An Attempted Parable 2. Discerning Good and Evil 3. The Prince Returns mcopc.org/podcast
February 27, 2022
The Iniquity of the Fathers (2 Samuel 13:1-39)
On Sunday, February 20, 2022, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "The Iniquity of the Fathers" from 2 Samuel 13:1-39. "We do not hate sin enough; but God so hated our sin, yet so loved us, that he sent his Son to suffer his hatred and pour out his love on us." 1. From Lust to Hatred (vs. 1-19) 2. Meditating on Murder (vs. 20-29) 3. Mourning a Lost Son (vs. 30-39)
February 20, 2022
God's King Who Will Restore the World (Psalm 2)
On Sunday, February 13, 2022, Rev. Joe Keller preached "God's King Who Will Restore the World" from Psalm 2 (CSB). 1 Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? 2 The kings of the earth take their stand, and the rulers conspire together against the Lord and his Anointed One: 3 “Let’s tear off their chains and throw their ropes off of us.” 4 The one enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord ridicules them. 5 Then he speaks to them in his anger and terrifies them in his wrath: 6 “I have installed my king on Zion, my holy mountain.” 7 I will declare the Lord’s decree. He said to me, “You are my Son; today I have become your Father. 8 Ask of me, and I will make the nations your inheritance and the ends of the earth your possession. 9 You will break them with an iron scepter; you will shatter them like pottery.” 10 So now, kings, be wise; receive instruction, you judges of the earth. 11 Serve the Lord with reverential awe and rejoice with trembling. 12 Pay homage to the Son or he will be angry and you will perish in your rebellion, for his anger may ignite at any moment. All who take refuge in him are happy. mcopc.org/podcast
February 13, 2022
Beloved of the Lord (2 Samuel 12:24-31)
On Sunday, February 6, 2022, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "Beloved of the Lord" from 2 Samuel 12:24-31. "God sent his only begotten and beloved Son so that all who belong to him would know that we are the beloved of the Lord." 1. Peace and Love (vs. 24-25) 24 Then David comforted his wife, Bathsheba, and went in to her and lay with her, and she bore a son, and he called his name Solomon. And the Lord loved him 25 and sent a message by Nathan the prophet. So he called his name Jedidiah, because of the Lord. 2. The Victor's Crown (vs. 26-31) 26 Now Joab fought against Rabbah of the Ammonites and took the royal city. 27 And Joab sent messengers to David and said, “I have fought against Rabbah; moreover, I have taken the city of waters. 28 Now then gather the rest of the people together and encamp against the city and take it, lest I take the city and it be called by my name.” 29 So David gathered all the people together and went to Rabbah and fought against it and took it. 30 And he took the crown of their king from his head. The weight of it was a talent of gold, and in it was a precious stone, and it was placed on David's head. And he brought out the spoil of the city, a very great amount. 31 And he brought out the people who were in it and set them to labor with saws and iron picks and iron axes and made them toil at the brick kilns. And thus he did to all the cities of the Ammonites. Then David and all the people returned to Jerusalem. 3. Beloved Children (1 John 3: 1-2) 1 See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2 Beloved, we are God's children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. mcopc.org/podcast
February 09, 2022
A Child of the Covenant (2 Samuel 12:16-23)
On Sunday, January 30, 2022, Pastor Joe Troutman preached “A Child of the Covenant” from 2 Samuel 12:16-23. "The covenant between God and his people is unbreakable because God keeps his as well as our part of the covenant." 1. Seeking the Lord (vs. 12-17) 16 David therefore sought God on behalf of the child. And David fasted and went in and lay all night on the ground. 17 And the elders of his house stood beside him, to raise him from the ground, but he would not, nor did he eat food with them. 2. Substitutionary Death (vs. 18-22) 18 On the seventh day the child died. And the servants of David were afraid to tell him that the child was dead, for they said, “Behold, while the child was yet alive, we spoke to him, and he did not listen to us. How then can we say to him the child is dead? He may do himself some harm.” 19 But when David saw that his servants were whispering together, David understood that the child was dead. And David said to his servants, “Is the child dead?” They said, “He is dead.” 20 Then David arose from the earth and washed and anointed himself and changed his clothes. And he went into the house of the Lord and worshiped. He then went to his own house. And when he asked, they set food before him, and he ate. 21 Then his servants said to him, “What is this thing that you have done? You fasted and wept for the child while he was alive; but when the child died, you arose and ate food.” 22 He said, “While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept, for I said, ‘Who knows whether the Lord will be gracious to me, that the child may live?’ 3. Judgment of Charity (v. 23) 23 But now he is dead. Why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he will not return to me.” mcopc.org/podcast
January 30, 2022
Two Fountains, Two Fruits, Two Destinies (Psalm 1)
On Sunday, January 23, 2022, Rev. Joe Keller preached, "Two Fountains, Two Fruits, Two Destinies" from Psalm 1. 1 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; 2 but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. 3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. 4 The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. 5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; 6 for the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish. mcopc.org/podcast
January 23, 2022
The Church's Glory (Zechariah 2:1-5)
On Sunday, January 16, 2022, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "The Church's Glory" from Zechariah 2:1-5. "God will rule and defend the city he has built of his own people, the church." 1. The Measuring Line (vs. 1-2) 1 And I lifted my eyes and saw, and behold, a man with a measuring line in his hand! 2 Then I said, “Where are you going?” And he said to me, “To measure Jerusalem, to see what is its width and what is its length.” 2. A City Without Walls (vs. 3-5) 3 And behold, the angel who talked with me came forward, and another angel came forward to meet him 4 and said to him, “Run, say to that young man, ‘Jerusalem shall be inhabited as villages without walls, because of the multitude of people and livestock in it. 5 And I will be to her a wall of fire all around, declares the Lord, and I will be the glory in her midst.’” mcopc.org/podcast
January 16, 2022
Two Ways (Psalm 1)
On Sunday, January 9, 2022, Rev. Joe Keller preached "Two Ways" from Psalm 1. 1 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; 2 but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. 3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. 4 The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. 5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; 6 for the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish. mcopc.org/podcast
January 11, 2022
Strengthened by Grace (2 Timothy 2:1-2)
On Sunday, January 2, 2022, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "Strengthened by Grace" from 2 Timothy 2:1-2. "Because Jesus died and has risen from the dead, you therefore, be strengthened by the grace of Jesus Christ." 1. Strength Training (v. 1) 1 You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, 2. Passing It On (v. 2) 2 and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also. mcopc.org/podcast
January 02, 2022
We Have Seen His Glory (John 1:14-18)
On Sunday, December 26, 2021, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "We Have Seen His Glory" from John 1:14-18. "God's only Son the eternal Word, became flesh so that we might behold his glory and worship him." 1. Of Human Flesh and Divine Glory (vs. 14, 15) 14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. 15 (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”) 2. Seeing Jesus is Seeing God (vs. 16-18) 16 For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father's side, he has made him known. mcopc.org/podcast
December 28, 2021
The Child Who Was Born to Die (2 Samuel 12:1-15)
On Sunday, December 19, 2021, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "The Child Who Was Born to Die" from 2 Samuel 12:1-15. "Unto us is born a Savior in the city of David, of the house and lineage of David, who is Christ the Lord, who died for our sins." 1. A Lamb like a Daughter 1 And the Lord sent Nathan to David. He came to him and said to him, “There were two men in a certain city, the one rich and the other poor. 2 The rich man had very many flocks and herds, 3 but the poor man had nothing but one little ewe lamb, which he had bought. And he brought it up, and it grew up with him and with his children. It used to eat of his morsel and drink from his cup and lie in his arms, and it was like a daughter to him. 4 Now there came a traveler to the rich man, and he was unwilling to take one of his own flock or herd to prepare for the guest who had come to him, but he took the poor man's lamb and prepared it for the man who had come to him.” 5 Then David's anger was greatly kindled against the man, and he said to Nathan, “As the Lord lives, the man who has done this deserves to die, 6 and he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity.” 2. Sin and its consequences 7 Nathan said to David, “You are the man! Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you out of the hand of Saul. 8 And I gave you your master's house and your master's wives into your arms and gave you the house of Israel and of Judah. And if this were too little, I would add to you as much more. 9 Why have you despised the word of the Lord, to do what is evil in his sight? You have struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and have taken his wife to be your wife and have killed him with the sword of the Ammonites. 10 Now therefore the sword shall never depart from your house, because you have despised me and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife.’ 3. True Sadness 11 Thus says the Lord, ‘Behold, I will raise up evil against you out of your own house. And I will take your wives before your eyes and give them to your neighbor, and he shall lie with your wives in the sight of this sun. 12 For you did it secretly, but I will do this thing before all Israel and before the sun.’” 13 David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.” And Nathan said to David, “The Lord also has put away your sin; you shall not die. 14 Nevertheless, because by this deed you have utterly scorned the Lord, the child who is born to you shall die.” 15 Then Nathan went to his house. And the Lord afflicted the child that Uriah's wife bore to David, and he became sick. mcopc.org/podcast
December 19, 2021
But for the Grace of God (2 Samuel 11:1-27)
On Sunday, December 12, 2021, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "But for the Grace of God" from 2 Samuel 11:1-27. "Christians can descend to great depths in our sinfulness; the good news is that Jesus descended to the hellish fires of God's wrath to save us." 1. Idle Hands (vs. 1-5) 2. The Craftiness of the King (vs. 6-19) 3. Collateral Damage (vs. 20-27) mcopc.org/podcast
December 12, 2021
God Does What Is Good (2 Samuel 10:1-19)
On Sunday, December 5, 2021, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "God Does What Is Good" from 2 Samuel 10:1-19. "God's plan is perfect, and his purposes are for the good of those who love him." 1. Kindness and Contempt (vs. 1-5) 1 After this the king of the Ammonites died, and Hanun his son reigned in his place. 2 And David said, “I will deal loyally with Hanun the son of Nahash, as his father dealt loyally with me.” So David sent by his servants to console him concerning his father. And David's servants came into the land of the Ammonites. 3 But the princes of the Ammonites said to Hanun their lord, “Do you think, because David has sent comforters to you, that he is honoring your father? Has not David sent his servants to you to search the city and to spy it out and to overthrow it?” 4 So Hanun took David's servants and shaved off half the beard of each and cut off their garments in the middle, at their hips, and sent them away. 5 When it was told David, he sent to meet them, for the men were greatly ashamed. And the king said, “Remain at Jericho until your beards have grown and then return.” 2. Behind and Before (vs. 6-14) 6 When the Ammonites saw that they had become a stench to David, the Ammonites sent and hired the Syrians of Beth-rehob, and the Syrians of Zobah, 20,000 foot soldiers, and the king of Maacah with 1,000 men, and the men of Tob, 12,000 men. 7 And when David heard of it, he sent Joab and all the host of the mighty men. 8 And the Ammonites came out and drew up in battle array at the entrance of the gate, and the Syrians of Zobah and of Rehob and the men of Tob and Maacah were by themselves in the open country. 9 When Joab saw that the battle was set against him both in front and in the rear, he chose some of the best men of Israel and arrayed them against the Syrians. 10 The rest of his men he put in the charge of Abishai his brother, and he arrayed them against the Ammonites. 11 And he said, “If the Syrians are too strong for me, then you shall help me, but if the Ammonites are too strong for you, then I will come and help you. 12 Be of good courage, and let us be courageous for our people, and for the cities of our God, and may the Lord do what seems good to him.” 13 So Joab and the people who were with him drew near to battle against the Syrians, and they fled before him. 14 And when the Ammonites saw that the Syrians fled, they likewise fled before Abishai and entered the city. Then Joab returned from fighting against the Ammonites and came to Jerusalem. 3. Defiance and Defeat (vs. 15-19) 15 But when the Syrians saw that they had been defeated by Israel, they gathered themselves together. 16 And Hadadezer sent and brought out the Syrians who were beyond the Euphrates. They came to Helam, with Shobach the commander of the army of Hadadezer at their head. 17 And when it was told David, he gathered all Israel together and crossed the Jordan and came to Helam. The Syrians arrayed themselves against David and fought with him. 18 And the Syrians fled before Israel, and David killed of the Syrians the men of 700 chariots, and 40,000 horsemen, and wounded Shobach the commander of their army, so that he died there. 19 And when all the kings who were servants of Hadadezer saw that they had been defeated by Israel, they made peace with Israel and became subject to them. So the Syrians were afraid to save the Ammonites anymore. mcopc.org/podcast
December 05, 2021
A Feast in the Wilderness (John 6:1-15)
On Sunday, November 28, 2021, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "A Feast in the Wilderness" from John 6:1-15. "Jesus Christ, who is greater than Moses, leads his people from slavery, sin and death into the promised land of salvation." 1. Wilderness Testing (vs. 1-9) 6 After this Jesus went away to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of Tiberias. 2 And a large crowd was following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing on the sick. 3 Jesus went up on the mountain, and there he sat down with his disciples. 4 Now the Passover, the feast of the Jews, was at hand. 5 Lifting up his eyes, then, and seeing that a large crowd was coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread, so that these people may eat?” 6 He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he would do. 7 Philip answered him, “Two hundred denarii[a] worth of bread would not be enough for each of them to get a little.” 8 One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, said to him, 9 “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are they for so many?” 2. That Nothing May be Lost (vs. 10-15) 10 Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, about five thousand in number. 11 Jesus then took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated. So also the fish, as much as they wanted. 12 And when they had eaten their fill, he told his disciples, “Gather up the leftover fragments, that nothing may be lost.” 13 So they gathered them up and filled twelve baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves left by those who had eaten. 14 When the people saw the sign that he had done, they said, “This is indeed the Prophet who is to come into the world!” 15 Perceiving then that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, Jesus withdrew again to the mountain by himself. mcopc.org/podcast
November 28, 2021
A Seat at the King’s Table (2 Samuel 9:1-13)
On Sunday, November 21, 2021, Pastor Joe Troutman preached “A Seat at the King’s Table” from 2 Samuel 9:1-13. "If David showed steadfast love--hesed--to Jonathan's son because of a promise he made, how much more will God show steadfast love to his covenant people?" 1. Remembering the Covenant (vs. 1-4) 1 And David said, “Is there still anyone left of the house of Saul, that I may show him kindness for Jonathan's sake?” 2 Now there was a servant of the house of Saul whose name was Ziba, and they called him to David. And the king said to him, “Are you Ziba?” And he said, “I am your servant.” 3 And the king said, “Is there not still someone of the house of Saul, that I may show the kindness of God to him?” Ziba said to the king, “There is still a son of Jonathan; he is crippled in his feet.” 4 The king said to him, “Where is he?” And Ziba said to the king, “He is in the house of Machir the son of Ammiel, at Lo-debar.” 2. A Royal Invitation (vs. 5-8) 5 Then King David sent and brought him from the house of Machir the son of Ammiel, at Lo-debar. 6 And Mephibosheth the son of Jonathan, son of Saul, came to David and fell on his face and paid homage. And David said, “Mephibosheth!” And he answered, “Behold, I am your servant.” 7 And David said to him, “Do not fear, for I will show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan, and I will restore to you all the land of Saul your father, and you shall eat at my table always.” 8 And he paid homage and said, “What is your servant, that you should show regard for a dead dog such as I?” 3. An Unexpected Inheritance (vs. 9-13) 9 Then the king called Ziba, Saul's servant, and said to him, “All that belonged to Saul and to all his house I have given to your master's grandson. 10 And you and your sons and your servants shall till the land for him and shall bring in the produce, that your master's grandson may have bread to eat. But Mephibosheth your master's grandson shall always eat at my table.” Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants. 11 Then Ziba said to the king, “According to all that my lord the king commands his servant, so will your servant do.” So Mephibosheth ate at David's table, like one of the king's sons. 12 And Mephibosheth had a young son, whose name was Mica. And all who lived in Ziba's house became Mephibosheth's servants. 13 So Mephibosheth lived in Jerusalem, for he ate always at the king's table. Now he was lame in both his feet. mcopc.org/podcast
November 21, 2021
The Mysterious Ways of God (Revelation 10:1-11)
On Sunday, November 14, 2021, Dr. Ben Dunson preached "The Mysterious Ways of God" from Revelation 10:1-11. 1 Then I saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven, wrapped in a cloud, with a rainbow over his head, and his face was like the sun, and his legs like pillars of fire. 2 He had a little scroll open in his hand. And he set his right foot on the sea, and his left foot on the land, 3 and called out with a loud voice, like a lion roaring. When he called out, the seven thunders sounded. 4 And when the seven thunders had sounded, I was about to write, but I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Seal up what the seven thunders have said, and do not write it down.” 5 And the angel whom I saw standing on the sea and on the land raised his right hand to heaven 6 and swore by him who lives forever and ever, who created heaven and what is in it, the earth and what is in it, and the sea and what is in it, that there would be no more delay, 7 but that in the days of the trumpet call to be sounded by the seventh angel, the mystery of God would be fulfilled, just as he announced to his servants the prophets. 8 Then the voice that I had heard from heaven spoke to me again, saying, “Go, take the scroll that is open in the hand of the angel who is standing on the sea and on the land.” 9 So I went to the angel and told him to give me the little scroll. And he said to me, “Take and eat it; it will make your stomach bitter, but in your mouth it will be sweet as honey.” 10 And I took the little scroll from the hand of the angel and ate it. It was sweet as honey in my mouth, but when I had eaten it my stomach was made bitter. 11 And I was told, “You must again prophesy about many peoples and nations and languages and kings.” mcopc.org/podcast
November 14, 2021
God's Kingdom of Grace (2 Samuel 8:1-18)
On Sunday, October 7, 2021, Pastor Joe Troutman preached, "God's Kingdom of Grace" from 2 Samuel 8:1-18. "God graciously saves us from our enemies, and our only proper response is gratitude." 1. Victory in Every Direction (vs. 1-10) 1 After this David defeated the Philistines and subdued them, and David took Metheg-ammah out of the hand of the Philistines. 2 And he defeated Moab and he measured them with a line, making them lie down on the ground. Two lines he measured to be put to death, and one full line to be spared. And the Moabites became servants to David and brought tribute. 3 David also defeated Hadadezer the son of Rehob, king of Zobah, as he went to restore his power at the river Euphrates. 4 And David took from him 1,700 horsemen, and 20,000 foot soldiers. And David hamstrung all the chariot horses but left enough for 100 chariots. 5 And when the Syrians of Damascus came to help Hadadezer king of Zobah, David struck down 22,000 men of the Syrians. 6 Then David put garrisons in Aram of Damascus, and the Syrians became servants to David and brought tribute. And the Lord gave victory to David wherever he went. 7 And David took the shields of gold that were carried by the servants of Hadadezer and brought them to Jerusalem. 8 And from Betah and from Berothai, cities of Hadadezer, King David took very much bronze. 9 When Toi king of Hamath heard that David had defeated the whole army of Hadadezer, 10 Toi sent his son Joram to King David, to ask about his health and to bless him because he had fought against Hadadezer and defeated him, for Hadadezer had often been at war with Toi. And Joram brought with him articles of silver, of gold, and of bronze. 2. Grateful Dedication (vs. 11-14) 11 These also King David dedicated to the Lord, together with the silver and gold that he dedicated from all the nations he subdued, 12 from Edom, Moab, the Ammonites, the Philistines, Amalek, and from the spoil of Hadadezer the son of Rehob, king of Zobah. 13 And David made a name for himself when he returned from striking down 18,000 Edomites in the Valley of Salt. 14 Then he put garrisons in Edom; throughout all Edom he put garrisons, and all the Edomites became David's servants. And the Lord gave victory to David wherever he went. 3. Davidic Administration (vs. 15-18) 15 So David reigned over all Israel. And David administered justice and equity to all his people. 16 Joab the son of Zeruiah was over the army, and Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud was recorder, 17 and Zadok the son of Ahitub and Ahimelech the son of Abiathar were priests, and Seraiah was secretary, 18 and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over the Cherethites and the Pelethites, and David's sons were priests. mcopc.org/podcast anchor.fm/mcopc
November 07, 2021
By Grace Through Faith (Galatians 2:15-16)
On Sunday, October 31, 2021, Pastor Joe Troutman preached, "By Grace Through Faith" from Galatians 2:15-16. "You're justified in God's sight, not because of what you have done, but only because of what Christ has done on your behalf." 15 We ourselves are Jews by birth and not Gentile sinners; 16 yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified. 1. An Act of God's Free Grace 2. He Pardons All Our Sins 3. He Accepts Us As Righteous In His Sight mcopc.org
October 31, 2021
Sitting at the Feet of the LORD (2 Samuel 7:18-29)
On Sunday, October 24, 2021, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "Sitting at the Feet of the LORD" from 2 Samuel 7:18-29. "We can sit before the Lord in peace because we know Jesus Christ, who sits enthroned as the High King of Heaven." 1. A Posture of Humility (vs. 18-24) 18 Then King David went in and sat before the Lord and said, “Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my house, that you have brought me thus far? 19 And yet this was a small thing in your eyes, O Lord God. You have spoken also of your servant's house for a great while to come, and this is instruction for mankind, O Lord God! 20 And what more can David say to you? For you know your servant, O Lord God! 21 Because of your promise, and according to your own heart, you have brought about all this greatness, to make your servant know it. 22 Therefore you are great, O Lord God. For there is none like you, and there is no God besides you, according to all that we have heard with our ears. 23 And who is like your people Israel, the one nation on earth whom God went to redeem to be his people, making himself a name and doing for them great and awesome things by driving out before your people, whom you redeemed for yourself from Egypt, a nation and its gods? 24 And you established for yourself your people Israel to be your people forever. And you, O Lord, became their God. 2. Appealing to God's Word (vs. 25-29) 25 And now, O Lord God, confirm forever the word that you have spoken concerning your servant and concerning his house, and do as you have spoken. 26 And your name will be magnified forever, saying, ‘The Lord of hosts is God over Israel,’ and the house of your servant David will be established before you. 27 For you, O Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, have made this revelation to your servant, saying, ‘I will build you a house.’ Therefore your servant has found courage to pray this prayer to you. 28 And now, O Lord God, you are God, and your words are true, and you have promised this good thing to your servant. 29 Now therefore may it please you to bless the house of your servant, so that it may continue forever before you. For you, O Lord God, have spoken, and with your blessing shall the house of your servant be blessed forever.” mcopc.org/podcast
October 24, 2021
In You I Am Well Pleased (Mark 1:8-11)
On Sunday, October 17, 2021, Rev. Robert Mossotti preached, "In You I Am Well Pleased" from Mark 1:8-11. 1. The Spirit from Christ (v. 8) "I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” 2. The Spirit on Christ (vs. 9, 10) 9 In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 3. “In You I Am Well Pleased” (v. 11) 11 And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.” mcopc.org/podcast
October 17, 2021
The LORD is Building David's House (2 Samuel 7:1-17)
On Sunday, October 10, 2021, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "The LORD is Building David's House" from 2 Samuel 7:1-17. "God's promise of a Forever King is based on the enduring truth of his never-ending love for his people." 1. David's Plan (vs. 1-3) 1 Now when the king lived in his house and the Lord had given him rest from all his surrounding enemies, 2 the king said to Nathan the prophet, “See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwells in a tent.” 3 And Nathan said to the king, “Go, do all that is in your heart, for the Lord is with you.” 2. God's Refusal (vs. 4-7) 4 But that same night the word of the Lord came to Nathan, 5 “Go and tell my servant David, ‘Thus says the Lord: Would you build me a house to dwell in? 6 I have not lived in a house since the day I brought up the people of Israel from Egypt to this day, but I have been moving about in a tent for my dwelling. 7 In all places where I have moved with all the people of Israel, did I speak a word with any of the judges of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, saying, “Why have you not built me a house of cedar?”’ 3. God's Promises (vs. 8-17) 8 Now, therefore, thus you shall say to my servant David, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts, I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep, that you should be prince over my people Israel. 9 And I have been with you wherever you went and have cut off all your enemies from before you. And I will make for you a great name, like the name of the great ones of the earth. 10 And I will appoint a place for my people Israel and will plant them, so that they may dwell in their own place and be disturbed no more. And violent men shall afflict them no more, as formerly, 11 from the time that I appointed judges over my people Israel. And I will give you rest from all your enemies. Moreover, the Lord declares to you that the Lord will make you a house. 12 When your days are fulfilled and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. 13 He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. 14 I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son. When he commits iniquity, I will discipline him with the rod of men, with the stripes of the sons of men, 15 but my steadfast love will not depart from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away from before you. 16 And your house and your kingdom shall be made sure forever before me. Your throne shall be established forever.’” 17 In accordance with all these words, and in accordance with all this vision, Nathan spoke to David. mcopc.org/podcast
October 10, 2021
Celebration or Contempt (2 Samuel 6:12-23)
On Sunday, October 3, 2021, Pastor Joe Troutman preached, "Celebration or Contempt" from 2 Samuel 6:12-23. "The Lord's presence with his people is something we should celebrate, and Jesus Christ has set his people free to join in." 1. Benedictions 12 And it was told King David, “The Lord has blessed the household of Obed-edom and all that belongs to him, because of the ark of God.” So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed-edom to the city of David with rejoicing. 13 And when those who bore the ark of the Lord had gone six steps, he sacrificed an ox and a fattened animal. 14 And David danced before the Lord with all his might. And David was wearing a linen ephod. 15 So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with shouting and with the sound of the horn. 16 As the ark of the Lord came into the city of David, Michal the daughter of Saul looked out of the window and saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord, and she despised him in her heart. 17 And they brought in the ark of the Lord and set it in its place, inside the tent that David had pitched for it. And David offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the Lord. 18 And when David had finished offering the burnt offerings and the peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the Lord of hosts 19 and distributed among all the people, the whole multitude of Israel, both men and women, a cake of bread, a portion of meat, and a cake of raisins to each one. Then all the people departed, each to his house. 2. Maledictions 20 And David returned to bless his household. But Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David and said, “How the king of Israel honored himself today, uncovering himself today before the eyes of his servants' female servants, as one of the vulgar fellows shamelessly uncovers himself!” 21 And David said to Michal, “It was before the Lord, who chose me above your father and above all his house, to appoint me as prince over Israel, the people of the Lord—and I will celebrate before the Lord. 22 I will make myself yet more contemptible than this, and I will be abased in your eyes. But by the female servants of whom you have spoken, by them I shall be held in honor.” 23 And Michal the daughter of Saul had no child to the day of her death. mcopc.org/podcast
October 03, 2021
The Great Exchange (Zechariah 3:1-4)
On Sunday, September 19, 2021, Pastor Joe Troutman preached “The Great Exchange” from Zechariah 3:1-4. "Jesus, our Great High Priest, the Mediator between God and Man, exchanged his righteousness for our filthy sins." 1.The Accuser (vs. 1-2) 1 Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right hand to accuse him. 2 And the Lord said to Satan, “The Lord rebuke you, O Satan! The Lord who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you! Is not this a brand plucked from the fire?” 2. The Accused (v. 3) 3 Now Joshua was standing before the angel, clothed with filthy garments. 3. The Acquittal (v. 4) 4 And the angel said to those who were standing before him, “Remove the filthy garments from him.” And to him he said, “Behold, I have taken your iniquity away from you, and I will clothe you with pure vestments.” mcopc.org/podcast
September 19, 2021
Never Forget (Joshua 4:1-10)
On Sunday, September 12, 2021, Pastor Joe Troutman preached, "Never Forget" from Joshua 4:1-10 Scripture Reading: Luke 22:14-20 14 And when the hour came, he reclined at table, and the apostles with him. 15 And he said to them, “I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. 16 For I tell you I will not eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” 17 And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he said, “Take this, and divide it among yourselves. 18 For I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” 19 And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 20 And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood. “God’s saving act of redemption in the death, burial and resurrection of his Son is a historical fact, and we must never forget it.” 1. Twelve Stones (vs. 1-5) 4 When all the nation had finished passing over the Jordan, the Lord said to Joshua, 2 “Take twelve men from the people, from each tribe a man, 3 and command them, saying, ‘Take twelve stones from here out of the midst of the Jordan, from the very place where the priests' feet stood firmly, and bring them over with you and lay them down in the place where you lodge tonight.’” 4 Then Joshua called the twelve men from the people of Israel, whom he had appointed, a man from each tribe. 5 And Joshua said to them, “Pass on before the ark of the Lord your God into the midst of the Jordan, and take up each of you a stone upon his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the people of Israel, 2. When Your Children Ask (vs. 6-8) 6 that this may be a sign among you. When your children ask in time to come, ‘What do those stones mean to you?’ 7 then you shall tell them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord. When it passed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. So these stones shall be to the people of Israel a memorial forever.” 8 And the people of Israel did just as Joshua commanded and took up twelve stones out of the midst of the Jordan, according to the number of the tribes of the people of Israel, just as the Lord told Joshua. And they carried them over with them to the place where they lodged and laid them down there. 3. A Second Stack (vs. 9-10) 9 And Joshua set up twelve stones in the midst of the Jordan, in the place where the feet of the priests bearing the ark of the covenant had stood; and they are there to this day. 10 For the priests bearing the ark stood in the midst of the Jordan until everything was finished that the Lord commanded Joshua to tell the people, according to all that Moses had commanded Joshua. The people passed over in haste. www.mcopc.org/podcast
September 12, 2021
Our God is a Consuming Fire (2 Samuel 6:1-11)
On Sunday, September 5, 2021, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "Our God is a Consuming Fire" from 2 Samuel 6:1-11. Our God, infinite in holiness and infinitely different from us became one of us so we could be made holy like him. 1. National holiday (vs. 1-5) David again gathered all the chosen men of Israel, thirty thousand. 2 And David arose and went with all the people who were with him from Baale-judah to bring up from there the ark of God, which is called by the name of the Lord of hosts who sits enthroned on the cherubim. 3 And they carried the ark of God on a new cart and brought it out of the house of Abinadab, which was on the hill. And Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, were driving the new cart, 4 with the ark of God, and Ahio went before the ark. 5 And David and all the house of Israel were celebrating before the Lord, with songs and lyres and harps and tambourines and castanets and cymbals. 2. Without reverence and awe (vs. 6-11) And when they came to the threshing floor of Nacon, Uzzah put out his hand to the ark of God and took hold of it, for the oxen stumbled. 7 And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Uzzah, and God struck him down there because of his error, and he died there beside the ark of God. 8 And David was angry because the Lord had broken out against Uzzah. And that place is called Perez-uzzah to this day. 9 And David was afraid of the Lord that day, and he said, “How can the ark of the Lord come to me?” 10 So David was not willing to take the ark of the Lord into the city of David. But David took it aside to the house of Obed-edom the Gittite. 11 And the ark of the Lord remained in the house of Obed-edom the Gittite three months, and the Lord blessed Obed-edom and all his household. mcopc.org/podcast
September 05, 2021
God: A Breaking Flood (2 Samuel 5:17-25)
On Sunday, August 29, 2021 Pastor Joe Troutman preached “God: A Breaking Flood” from 2 Samuel 5:17-25. "God has broken through the power of his and our enemies by pouring out the floodwaters his wrath upon Jesus Christ, as the just judgment for our sin." 1. The Stronghold (vs. 17-19) 17 When the Philistines heard that David had been anointed king over Israel, all the Philistines went up to search for David. But David heard of it and went down to the stronghold. 18 Now the Philistines had come and spread out in the Valley of Rephaim. 19 And David inquired of the Lord, “Shall I go up against the Philistines? Will you give them into my hand?” And the Lord said to David, “Go up, for I will certainly give the Philistines into your hand.” 2. Baal-Perazim (vs. 20-24) 20 And David came to Baal-perazim, and David defeated them there. And he said, “The Lord has broken through my enemies before me like a breaking flood.” Therefore the name of that place is called Baal-perazim. 21 And the Philistines left their idols there, and David and his men carried them away. 3. From Geba to Gezer (vs. 22-25) 22 And the Philistines came up yet again and spread out in the Valley of Rephaim. 23 And when David inquired of the Lord, he said, “You shall not go up; go around to their rear, and come against them opposite the balsam trees. 24 And when you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the balsam trees, then rouse yourself, for then the Lord has gone out before you to strike down the army of the Philistines.” 25 And David did as the Lord commanded him, and struck down the Philistines from Geba to Gezer.
August 29, 2021
The Conquest Continues (2 Samuel 5:1-16)
On Sunday, August 15, 2021, Pastor Joe Troutman preached “The Conquest Continues” from 2 Samuel 5:1-16. “David, the Lord’s anointed, ascended the throne of Israel and conquered Jerusalem so that his Son, Jesus, the Lord’s Anointed, could conquer sin by ascending the cross.” The shepherd of Israel (vs. 1-5) Then all the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron and said, “Behold, we are your bone and flesh. 2 In times past, when Saul was king over us, it was you who led out and brought in Israel. And the Lord said to you, ‘You shall be shepherd of my people Israel, and you shall be prince over Israel.’” 3 So all the elders of Israel came to the king at Hebron, and King David made a covenant with them at Hebron before the Lord, and they anointed David king over Israel. 4 David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years. 5 At Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months, and at Jerusalem he reigned over all Israel and Judah thirty-three years. A Whole Host of Help (vs. 6-10) 6 And the king and his men went to Jerusalem against the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land, who said to David, “You will not come in here, but the blind and the lame will ward you off”—thinking, “David cannot come in here.” 7 Nevertheless, David took the stronghold of Zion, that is, the city of David. 8 And David said on that day, “Whoever would strike the Jebusites, let him get up the water shaft to attack ‘the lame and the blind,’ who are hated by David's soul.” Therefore it is said, “The blind and the lame shall not come into the house.” 9 And David lived in the stronghold and called it the city of David. And David built the city all around from the Millo inward. 10 And David became greater and greater, for the Lord, the God of hosts, was with him. Yahweh Establishes His King (vs. 11-16) 11 And Hiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David, and cedar trees, also carpenters and masons who built David a house. 12 And David knew that the Lord had established him king over Israel, and that he had exalted his kingdom for the sake of his people Israel. 13 And David took more concubines and wives from Jerusalem, after he came from Hebron, and more sons and daughters were born to David. 14 And these are the names of those who were born to him in Jerusalem: Shammua, Shobab, Nathan, Solomon, 15 Ibhar, Elishua, Nepheg, Japhia, 16 Elishama, Eliada, and Eliphelet.
August 15, 2021
Unintended Consequences (2 Samuel 4)
On Sunday, August 8, 2021, Pastor Joe Troutman preached “Unintended Consequences” from 2 Samuel 4. “What might be unintended consequences for us are not unintended for God, who uses all things to bring about the salvation if his people.” 1. Saul in Shambles (vs. 1-4) When Ish-bosheth, Saul's son, heard that Abner had died at Hebron, his courage failed, and all Israel was dismayed. Now Saul's son had two men who were captains of raiding bands; the name of the one was Baanah, and the name of the other Rechab, sons of Rimmon a man of Benjamin from Beeroth (for Beeroth also is counted part of Benjamin; the Beerothites fled to Gittaim and have been sojourners there to this day). Jonathan, the son of Saul, had a son who was crippled in his feet. He was five years old when the news about Saul and Jonathan came from Jezreel, and his nurse took him up and fled, and as she fled in her haste, he fell and became lame. And his name was Mephibosheth. 2. Davidic Determination (vs. 5-12) Now the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, Rechab and Baanah, set out, and about the heat of the day they came to the house of Ish-bosheth as he was taking his noonday rest. And they came into the midst of the house as if to get wheat, and they stabbed him in the stomach. Then Rechab and Baanah his brother escaped. When they came into the house, as he lay on his bed in his bedroom, they struck him and put him to death and beheaded him. They took his head and went by the way of the Arabah all night, and brought the head of Ish-bosheth to David at Hebron. And they said to the king, “Here is the head of Ish-bosheth, the son of Saul, your enemy, who sought your life. The Lord has avenged my lord the king this day on Saul and on his offspring.” But David answered Rechab and Baanah his brother, the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, “As the Lord lives, who has redeemed my life out of every adversity, when one told me, ‘Behold, Saul is dead,’ and thought he was bringing good news, I seized him and killed him at Ziklag, which was the reward I gave him for his news. How much more, when wicked men have killed a righteous man in his own house on his bed, shall I not now require his blood at your hand and destroy you from the earth?” And David commanded his young men, and they killed them and cut off their hands and feet and hanged them beside the pool at Hebron. But they took the head of Ish-bosheth and buried it in the tomb of Abner at Hebron.
August 08, 2021
I Know Whom I Have Chosen (John 13:18-30)
On Sunday, August 1, 2021, Pastor Joe Troutman preached, "I Know Whom I Have Chosen" from John 13:18-30. "All things happen so that the salvation of God's elect will infallibly come to pass." 1. That You May Believe That I Am He (vs. 18-20) 18 I am not speaking of all of you; I know whom I have chosen. But the Scripture will be fulfilled, ‘He who ate my bread has lifted his heel against me.’ 19 I am telling you this now, before it takes place, that when it does take place you may believe that I am he. 20 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever receives the one I send receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.” 2. The Bitter Bread of Betrayal (vs. 20-22) 21 After saying these things, Jesus was troubled in his spirit, and testified, “Truly, truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me.” 22 The disciples looked at one another, uncertain of whom he spoke. 3. In the Bosom of Jesus (vs. 23-30) 23 One of his disciples, whom Jesus loved, was reclining at table at Jesus' side, 24 so Simon Peter motioned to him to ask Jesus of whom he was speaking. 25 So that disciple, leaning back against Jesus, said to him, “Lord, who is it?” 26 Jesus answered, “It is he to whom I will give this morsel of bread when I have dipped it.” So when he had dipped the morsel, he gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot. 27 Then after he had taken the morsel, Satan entered into him. Jesus said to him, “What you are going to do, do quickly.” 28 Now no one at the table knew why he said this to him. 29 Some thought that, because Judas had the moneybag, Jesus was telling him, “Buy what we need for the feast,” or that he should give something to the poor. 30 So, after receiving the morsel of bread, he immediately went out. And it was night.
August 01, 2021
You Are Not Able (Joshua 24:14-28)
On Sunday, July 25, 2021, Pastor Joe Troutman preached, "You Are Not Able" from Joshua 24:14-28. "God keeps his side of the covenant, and, through Christ's death, burial and resurrection, God keeps your side of the covenant as well." 1. Covenantal Charge 14 “Now therefore fear the Lord and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness. Put away the gods that your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. 15 And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” 2. Good Intentions 16 Then the people answered, “Far be it from us that we should forsake the Lord to serve other gods, 17 for it is the Lord our God who brought us and our fathers up from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery, and who did those great signs in our sight and preserved us in all the way that we went, and among all the peoples through whom we passed. 18 And the Lord drove out before us all the peoples, the Amorites who lived in the land. Therefore we also will serve the Lord, for he is our God.” 3. A Witness 19 But Joshua said to the people, “You are not able to serve the Lord, for he is a holy God. He is a jealous God; he will not forgive your transgressions or your sins. 20 If you forsake the Lord and serve foreign gods, then he will turn and do you harm and consume you, after having done you good.” 21 And the people said to Joshua, “No, but we will serve the Lord.” 22 Then Joshua said to the people, “You are witnesses against yourselves that you have chosen the Lord, to serve him.” And they said, “We are witnesses.” 23 He said, “Then put away the foreign gods that are among you, and incline your heart to the Lord, the God of Israel.” 24 And the people said to Joshua, “The Lord our God we will serve, and his voice we will obey.” 25 So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day, and put in place statutes and rules for them at Shechem. 26 And Joshua wrote these words in the Book of the Law of God. And he took a large stone and set it up there under the terebinth that was by the sanctuary of the Lord. 27 And Joshua said to all the people, “Behold, this stone shall be a witness against us, for it has heard all the words of the Lord that he spoke to us. Therefore it shall be a witness against you, lest you deal falsely with your God.” 28 So Joshua sent the people away, every man to his inheritance.
July 26, 2021
Organized Religion (1 Peter 5:1-14)
On Sunday, July 11, 2021, Rev. Robert Mossotti preached "Organized Religion" from 1 Peter 5:1-14. 5 So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: 2 shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; 3 not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock. 4 And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory. 5 Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” 6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, 7 casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. 8 Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 9 Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. 10 And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. 11 To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen. 12 By Silvanus, a faithful brother as I regard him, I have written briefly to you, exhorting and declaring that this is the true grace of God. Stand firm in it. 13 She who is at Babylon, who is likewise chosen, sends you greetings, and so does Mark, my son. 14 Greet one another with the kiss of love. Peace to all of you who are in Christ.
July 11, 2021
Blessed by the Firstborn Son (Matthew 19:13-15)
On Sunday, July 4, 2021, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "Blessed by the Firstborn Son" from Matthew 19:13-15. “Jesus Christ died in place of each of you who believes in him, and he shares with you the blessings he has received from his Father.” 1. Seeking a Blessing (v. 13) Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people, 2. Let Them Come (v. 14) but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” 3. The Blessing of the Firstborn Son (v. 15) And he laid his hands on them and went away.
July 04, 2021
True Israel (Galatians 3:6-9)
On Sunday, June 27, 2021, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "True Israel" from Galatians 3:6-9. "Everyone who believes in Jesus Christ is a child of Abraham, and so is a member of True Israel." 1. By Faith, Abraham (v. 6) . . . 6 just as Abraham 'believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”'? 2. By Faith, You (vs. 7-8) 7 Know then that it is those of faith who are the sons of Abraham. 8 And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “In you shall all the nations be blessed.” 3. By Faith, Blessings (v. 9) 9 So then, those who are of faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.
June 27, 2021
The Steadfast Love of the Lord (2 Samuel 2:1-11)
On Sunday, May 23, 2021, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "The Steadfast Love of the Lord" from 2 Samuel 2:1-11. 1. King of Judah (vs. 1-4a) After this David inquired of the Lord, “Shall I go up into any of the cities of Judah?” And the Lord said to him, “Go up.” David said, “To which shall I go up?” And he said, “To Hebron.” 2 So David went up there, and his two wives also, Ahinoam of Jezreel and Abigail the widow of Nabal of Carmel. 3 And David brought up his men who were with him, everyone with his household, and they lived in the towns of Hebron. 4 And the men of Judah came, and there they anointed David king over the house of Judah. 2. Words of Encouragmnt (vs. 4b-7) When they told David, “It was the men of Jabesh-gilead who buried Saul,” 5 David sent messengers to the men of Jabesh-gilead and said to them, “May you be blessed by the Lord, because you showed this loyalty to Saul your lord and buried him. 6 Now may the Lord show steadfast love and faithfulness to you. And I will do good to you because you have done this thing. 7 Now therefore let your hands be strong, and be valiant, for Saul your lord is dead, and the house of Judah has anointed me king over them.” 3. Seeds of Diskord (vs. 8-11) 8 But Abner the son of Ner, commander of Saul's army, took Ish-bosheth the son of Saul and brought him over to Mahanaim, 9 and he made him king over Gilead and the Ashurites and Jezreel and Ephraim and Benjamin and all Israel. 10 Ish-bosheth, Saul's son, was forty years old when he began to reign over Israel, and he reigned two years. But the house of Judah followed David. 11 And the time that David was king in Hebron over the house of Judah was seven years and six months.
May 23, 2021
Confessions and Lamentations (2 Samuel 1:1-27)
On Sunday, May 16, 2021, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "Confessions and Lamentations" from 2 Samuel 1:1-27.
May 16, 2021
I Am the Resurrection and the Life (John 11:17-27)
On Sunday, May 9, 2021, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "I Am the Resurrection and the Life" from John 11:17-27. 17 Now when Jesus came, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days. 18 Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles off, 19 and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them concerning their brother. 20 So when Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, but Mary remained seated in the house. 21 Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But even now I know that whatever you ask from God, God will give you.” 23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” 24 Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” 25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” 27 She said to him, “Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who is coming into the world.”
May 09, 2021
Your Most Holy Faith (Jude 20-23)
On Sunday, Aprill 11, 2021, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "Your Most Holy Faith" from Jude 20-23. "Your most holy faith is a faith in which god shows mercy to sinners who deserve judgment." 1. Building, Praying, Waiting (vs. 20-21) But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life. 2. Keep Yourselves (v. 21) . . . keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life. 3. Mercy (22-23) And have mercy on those who doubt; save others by snatching them out of the fire; to others show mercy with fear, hating even the garment stained by the flesh.
April 30, 2021
Be Watched Over and Watch Yourselves (2 John 4-11)
On Sunday, April 25, 2021, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "Be Watched Over and Watch Yourselves" from 2 John 4-11. The truth that Jesus Christ is the Son of God who came in the flesh is the essence of the Christian faith. 1. Believing the Truth (vs. 4-6) 4 I rejoiced greatly to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as we were commanded by the Father. 5 And now I ask you, dear lady—not as though I were writing you a new commandment, but the one we have had from the beginning—that we love one another. 6 And this is love, that we walk according to his commandments; this is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, so that you should walk in it. 2. Keeping Watch (vs. 7-9) 7 For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh. Such a one is the deceiver and the antichrist. 8 Watch yourselves, so that you may not lose what we have worked for, but may win a full reward. 9 Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God. Whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. 3. Home Security (vs. 10-11) 10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house or give him any greeting, 11 for whoever greets him takes part in his wicked works.
April 25, 2021
Out of Death's Strong Bands (Matthew 27:62-28:15)
On Sunday, April 4, 2021, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "Out of Death's Strong Bands" from Matthew 27:62-28:15. "Because he is the eternal Son of God, death couldn't hold Christ captive; on the third day, he broke its bonds and set his captive people free." 1. Attempting to Contain (27:62-66) 62 The next day, that is, after the day of Preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate 63 and said, “Sir, we remember how that impostor said, while he was still alive, ‘After three days I will rise.’ 64 Therefore order the tomb to be made secure until the third day, lest his disciples go and steal him away and tell the people, ‘He has risen from the dead,’ and the last fraud will be worse than the first.” 65 Pilate said to them, “You have a guard of soldiers. Go, make it as secure as you can.” 66 So they went and made the tomb secure by sealing the stone and setting a guard. 2. Breaking the Bond (28:1-10) 28 Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. 2 And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. 4 And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. 5 But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. 6 He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. 7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you.” 8 So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9 And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.” 3. Attempting to Conceal (28:11-15) 11 While they were going, behold, some of the guard went into the city and told the chief priests all that had taken place. 12 And when they had assembled with the elders and taken counsel, they gave a sufficient sum of money to the soldiers 13 and said, “Tell people, ‘His disciples came by night and stole him away while we were asleep.’ 14 And if this comes to the governor's ears, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.” 15 So they took the money and did as they were directed. And this story has been spread among the Jews to this day.
April 08, 2021
The Lord Has Preserved Us (1 Samuel 30:16-31)
On Sunday, March 21, 2021, Pastor Joe Troutman preached, “The Lord Has Preserved Us” from 1 Samuel 30:16-31. “God so loves his people, that none of those he gave to his Son will ever be lost, but infallibly will be preserved for eternity.” 1. Eat, Drink and Be Merry (vs. 16-18) 16 And when he had taken him down, behold, they were spread abroad over all the land, eating and drinking and dancing, because of all the great spoil they had taken from the land of the Philistines and from the land of Judah. 17 And David struck them down from twilight until the evening of the next day, and not a man of them escaped, except four hundred young men, who mounted camels and fled. 18 David recovered all that the Amalekites had taken, and David rescued his two wives. 2. Full Recovery (vs. 19-31) 19 Nothing was missing, whether small or great, sons or daughters, spoil or anything that had been taken. David brought back all. 20 David also captured all the flocks and herds, and the people drove the livestock before him, and said, “This is David's spoil.” 21 Then David came to the two hundred men who had been too exhausted to follow David, and who had been left at the brook Besor. And they went out to meet David and to meet the people who were with him. And when David came near to the people he greeted them. 22 Then all the wicked and worthless fellows among the men who had gone with David said, “Because they did not go with us, we will not give them any of the spoil that we have recovered, except that each man may lead away his wife and children, and depart.” 23 But David said, “You shall not do so, my brothers, with what the Lord has given us. He has preserved us and given into our hand the band that came against us. 24 Who would listen to you in this matter? For as his share is who goes down into the battle, so shall his share be who stays by the baggage. They shall share alike.” 25 And he made it a statute and a rule for Israel from that day forward to this day. 26 When David came to Ziklag, he sent part of the spoil to his friends, the elders of Judah, saying, “Here is a present for you from the spoil of the enemies of the Lord.” 27 It was for those in Bethel, in Ramoth of the Negeb, in Jattir, 28 in Aroer, in Siphmoth, in Eshtemoa, 29 in Racal, in the cities of the Jerahmeelites, in the cities of the Kenites, 30 in Hormah, in Bor-ashan, in Athach, 31 in Hebron, for all the places where David and his men had roamed. Watch on YouTube
March 21, 2021
Strengthened in the Lord (1 Samuel 30:1-15)
On Sunday, March 14, 2021, Pastor Joe Troutman preached, "Strengthened in the Lord" from 1 Samuel 30:1-15 "God graciously has provided everything we need in order to be strengthened in him." 1. Desperation and Despair (1-6) Now when David and his men came to Ziklag on the third day, the Amalekites had made a raid against the Negeb and against Ziklag. They had overcome Ziklag and burned it with fire and taken captive the women and all who were in it, both small and great. They killed no one, but carried them off and went their way. And when David and his men came to the city, they found it burned with fire, and their wives and sons and daughters taken captive. Then David and the people who were with him raised their voices and wept until they had no more strength to weep. David's two wives also had been taken captive, Ahinoam of Jezreel and Abigail the widow of Nabal of Carmel. And David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because all the people were bitter in soul, each for his sons and daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God. 2. Divine Direction (7-10) And David said to Abiathar the priest, the son of Ahimelech, “Bring me the ephod.” So Abiathar brought the ephod to David. And David inquired of the Lord, “Shall I pursue after this band? Shall I overtake them?” He answered him, “Pursue, for you shall surely overtake and shall surely rescue.” So David set out, and the six hundred men who were with him, and they came to the brook Besor, where those who were left behind stayed. But David pursued, he and four hundred men. Two hundred stayed behind, who were too exhausted to cross the brook Besor. 3. From Dead to Delivered (11-15) They found an Egyptian in the open country and brought him to David. And they gave him bread and he ate. They gave him water to drink, and they gave him a piece of a cake of figs and two clusters of raisins. And when he had eaten, his spirit revived, for he had not eaten bread or drunk water for three days and three nights. And David said to him, “To whom do you belong? And where are you from?” He said, “I am a young man of Egypt, servant to an Amalekite, and my master left me behind because I fell sick three days ago. We had made a raid against the Negeb of the Cherethites and against that which belongs to Judah and against the Negeb of Caleb, and we burned Ziklag with fire.” And David said to him, “Will you take me down to this band?” And he said, “Swear to me by God that you will not kill me or deliver me into the hands of my master, and I will take you down to this band.”
March 14, 2021
Deliverance Through Rejection (1 Samuel 29:1-11)
On Sunday, March 7, 2021, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "Deliverance Through Rejection" from 1 Samuel 29:1-11. "The sinless Son of God was despised and insulted, mocked and rejected, so that sinners like you and me can be delivered from his Father's wrath." 1. Pass in Review (vs. 1-3) Now the Philistines had gathered all their forces at Aphek. And the Israelites were encamped by the spring that is in Jezreel. As the lords of the Philistines were passing on by hundreds and by thousands, and David and his men were passing on in the rear with Achish, the commanders of the Philistines said, “What are these Hebrews doing here?” And Achish said to the commanders of the Philistines, “Is this not David, the servant of Saul, king of Israel, who has been with me now for days and years, and since he deserted to me I have found no fault in him to this day.” 2. Devil of War (vs. 4-5) But the commanders of the Philistines were angry with him. And the commanders of the Philistines said to him, “Send the man back, that he may return to the place to which you have assigned him. He shall not go down with us to battle, lest in the battle he become an adversary to us. For how could this fellow reconcile himself to his lord? Would it not be with the heads of the men here? Is not this David, of whom they sing to one another in dances, ‘Saul has struck down his thousands, and David his ten thousands’?” 3. Angel of God (vs. 6-11) Then Achish called David and said to him, “As the Lord lives, you have been honest, and to me it seems right that you should march out and in with me in the campaign. For I have found nothing wrong in you from the day of your coming to me to this day. Nevertheless, the lords do not approve of you. So go back now; and go peaceably, that you may not displease the lords of the Philistines.” And David said to Achish, “But what have I done? What have you found in your servant from the day I entered your service until now, that I may not go and fight against the enemies of my lord the king?” And Achish answered David and said, “I know that you are as blameless in my sight as an angel of God. Nevertheless, the commanders of the Philistines have said, ‘He shall not go up with us to the battle.’ Now then rise early in the morning with the servants of your lord who came with you, and start early in the morning, and depart as soon as you have light.” So David set out with his men early in the morning to return to the land of the Philistines. But the Philistines went up to Jezreel.
March 08, 2021
Double, Double, Toil and Trouble (1 Samuel 28:3-25)
On Sunday, February 28, 2021, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "Double, Double, Toil and Trouble" from 1 Samuel 28:3-25. "Rejecting the word of the Lord brings death, but delighting in his word brings everlasting life." 1. Fear and Loathing in Gilboa (vs. 3-7) 3 Now Samuel had died, and all Israel had mourned for him and buried him in Ramah, his own city. And Saul had put the mediums and the necromancers out of the land. 4 The Philistines assembled and came and encamped at Shunem. And Saul gathered all Israel, and they encamped at Gilboa. 5 When Saul saw the army of the Philistines, he was afraid, and his heart trembled greatly. 6 And when Saul inquired of the Lord, the Lord did not answer him, either by dreams, or by Urim, or by prophets. 7 Then Saul said to his servants, “Seek out for me a woman who is a medium, that I may go to her and inquire of her.” And his servants said to him, “Behold, there is a medium at En-dor.” 2. Desperately Seeking Samuel (vs. 8-14) 8 So Saul disguised himself and put on other garments and went, he and two men with him. And they came to the woman by night. And he said, “Divine for me by a spirit and bring up for me whomever I shall name to you.” 9 The woman said to him, “Surely you know what Saul has done, how he has cut off the mediums and the necromancers from the land. Why then are you laying a trap for my life to bring about my death?” 10 But Saul swore to her by the Lord, “As the Lord lives, no punishment shall come upon you for this thing.” 11 Then the woman said, “Whom shall I bring up for you?” He said, “Bring up Samuel for me.” 12 When the woman saw Samuel, she cried out with a loud voice. And the woman said to Saul, “Why have you deceived me? You are Saul.” 13 The king said to her, “Do not be afraid. What do you see?” And the woman said to Saul, “I see a god coming up out of the earth.” 14 He said to her, “What is his appearance?” And she said, “An old man is coming up, and he is wrapped in a robe.” And Saul knew that it was Samuel, and he bowed with his face to the ground and paid homage. 3. Return of the King's Prophet (vs. 15-25) 15 Then Samuel said to Saul, “Why have you disturbed me by bringing me up?” Saul answered, “I am in great distress, for the Philistines are warring against me, and God has turned away from me and answers me no more, either by prophets or by dreams. Therefore I have summoned you to tell me what I shall do.” 16 And Samuel said, “Why then do you ask me, since the Lord has turned from you and become your enemy? 17 The Lord has done to you as he spoke by me, for the Lord has torn the kingdom out of your hand and given it to your neighbor, David. 18 Because you did not obey the voice of the Lord and did not carry out his fierce wrath against Amalek, therefore the Lord has done this thing to you this day. 19 Moreover, the Lord will give Israel also with you into the hand of the Philistines, and tomorrow you and your sons shall be with me. The Lord will give the army of Israel also into the hand of the Philistines.” Read the rest at Biblegateway.
March 06, 2021
Into the Wilderness (1 Samuel 27:1-28:2)
On Sunday, February 21, 2021, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "Into the Wilderness" from 1 Samuel 27:1-28:2. "Jesus Christ represented us in his temptations, trials and in his death so that his righteousness is counted as the possession of all who believe in him." 1. A New Hero in Gath 2. The Southern Campaign 3. The Test in the Wilderness
February 22, 2021
The Weight of Lies (1 Samuel 24:8-22)
On Sunday, January 24, 2021, Pastor Joe Troutman preached, "The Weight of Lies" from 1 Samuel 24:8-22.
February 10, 2021
Anointing the Lord's Anointed (John 12:1-8)
On Sunday, January 17, 2021, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "Anointing the Lord's Anointed" from John 12:18.
February 09, 2021
"Do Not Be too Eager to Deal Out Death" (1 Samuel 24:1-7)
On Sunday, January 10, 2021, Pastor Joe Troutman preached, "Do Not Be too Eager to Deal Out Death" from 1 Samuel 24:1-7.
February 08, 2021
Our Own Worst Enemy (1 Samuel 25)
On Sunday, January 31, 2021, Pastor Joe Troutman preached, "Our Own Worst Enemy" from 1 Samuel 25. "Jesus Christ restrains his and our enemies, which frequently includes ourselves." 1. Feast Followed by Famine 2. Calm, Cool and Collected 3. Folly's Final Fling Watch this sermon on YouTube.
January 31, 2021
The End is Near (1 Peter 4:7-11)
On Sunday, January 3, 2021, Rev. Robert Mossotti preached, "The End is Near" from 1 Peter 4:7-11.
January 03, 2021
Are You a Christian or a Zombie? (1 Peter 4:1-6)
On Sunday, December 27, 2020, Rev. Robert Mossotti preached "Are You a Christian or a Zombie?" from 1 Peter 4:1-6. Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same way of thinking, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, 2 so as to live for the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for human passions but for the will of God. 3 For the time that is past suffices for doing what the Gentiles want to do, living in sensuality, passions, drunkenness, orgies, drinking parties, and lawless idolatry. 4 With respect to this they are surprised when you do not join them in the same flood of debauchery, and they malign you; 5 but they will give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. 6 For this is why the gospel was preached even to those who are dead, that though judged in the flesh the way people are, they might live in the spirit the way God does.
December 27, 2020
The True King Has Come! (Matthew 2:1-12)
On Sunday, December 20, 2020, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "The True King Has Come!" from Matthew 2:1-12. "The Kingship of Jesus threatened Herod, and it threatens us, too, but the response of faith is to fall down and worship him." 1. In Search of the King "Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, 'Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him'.” (vs. 1-2) 2. The Disbelief of God's People "When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him..." (v. 3) 3. Gentiles Worship Jesus "When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh." (vs. 10-11)
December 20, 2020
Rock of Escape (1 Samuel 23:15-29)
On Sunday, December 13, 2020, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "Rock of Escape" from 1 Samuel 23:15-29. "Jesus Christ is a Rock of Escape for everyone who in true faith calls upon his name." 1. God, Save By Your Name (vs. 15-18) 15 David saw that Saul had come out to seek his life. David was in the wilderness of Ziph at Horesh. 16 And Jonathan, Saul's son, rose and went to David at Horesh, and strengthened his hand in God. 17 And he said to him, “Do not fear, for the hand of Saul my father shall not find you. You shall be king over Israel, and I shall be next to you. Saul my father also knows this.” 18 And the two of them made a covenant before the Lord. David remained at Horesh, and Jonathan went home. 2. Strangers Have Arisen (vs. 19-24a) 19 Then the Ziphites went up to Saul at Gibeah, saying, “Is not David hiding among us in the strongholds at Horesh, on the hill of Hachilah, which is south of Jeshimon? 20 Now come down, O king, according to all your heart's desire to come down, and our part shall be to surrender him into the king's hand.” 21 And Saul said, “May you be blessed by the Lord, for you have had compassion on me. 22 Go, make yet more sure. Know and see the place where his foot is, and who has seen him there, for it is told me that he is very cunning. 23 See therefore and take note of all the lurking places where he hides, and come back to me with sure information. Then I will go with you. And if he is in the land, I will search him out among all the thousands of Judah.” 24 And they arose and went to Ziph ahead of Saul. 3. Delivered From Every Trouble (vs. 24b-29) Now David and his men were in the wilderness of Maon, in the Arabah to the south of Jeshimon. 25 And Saul and his men went to seek him. And David was told, so he went down to the rock and lived in the wilderness of Maon. And when Saul heard that, he pursued after David in the wilderness of Maon. 26 Saul went on one side of the mountain, and David and his men on the other side of the mountain. And David was hurrying to get away from Saul. As Saul and his men were closing in on David and his men to capture them, 27 a messenger came to Saul, saying, “Hurry and come, for the Philistines have made a raid against the land.” 28 So Saul returned from pursuing after David and went against the Philistines. Therefore that place was called the Rock of Escape. 29 And David went up from there and lived in the strongholds of Engedi.
December 13, 2020
The New Covenant
On Sunday, December 13, 2020, Rev. Robert Mossotti concluded his Sunday School series critiquing Dispensational theology with a presentation of the New Covenant.
December 13, 2020
Into His Hand (1 Samuel 23:1-14)
On Sunday, December 6, 2020, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "Into His Hand" from 1 Samuel 23:1-14. "The Enemy desires to lure you into his hands, but by faith in Jesus Christ you are safely in the hands of the Lord." 1. "I Will Give" (vs. 1-5) 1 Now they told David, “Behold, the Philistines are fighting against Keilah and are robbing the threshing floors.” 2 Therefore David inquired of the Lord, “Shall I go and attack these Philistines?” And the Lord said to David, “Go and attack the Philistines and save Keilah.” 3 But David's men said to him, “Behold, we are afraid here in Judah; how much more then if we go to Keilah against the armies of the Philistines?” 4 Then David inquired of the Lord again. And the Lord answered him, “Arise, go down to Keilah, for I will give the Philistines into your hand.” 5 And David and his men went to Keilah and fought with the Philistines and brought away their livestock and struck them with a great blow. So David saved the inhabitants of Keilah. 2. God Did Not Give (6-14) 6 When Abiathar the son of Ahimelech had fled to David to Keilah, he had come down with an ephod in his hand. 7 Now it was told Saul that David had come to Keilah. And Saul said, “God has given him into my hand, for he has shut himself in by entering a town that has gates and bars.” 8 And Saul summoned all the people to war, to go down to Keilah, to besiege David and his men. 9 David knew that Saul was plotting harm against him. And he said to Abiathar the priest, “Bring the ephod here.” 10 Then David said, “O Lord, the God of Israel, your servant has surely heard that Saul seeks to come to Keilah, to destroy the city on my account. 11 Will the men of Keilah surrender me into his hand? Will Saul come down, as your servant has heard? O Lord, the God of Israel, please tell your servant.” And the Lord said, “He will come down.” 12 Then David said, “Will the men of Keilah surrender me and my men into the hand of Saul?” And the Lord said, “They will surrender you.” 13 Then David and his men, who were about six hundred, arose and departed from Keilah, and they went wherever they could go. When Saul was told that David had escaped from Keilah, he gave up the expedition. 14 And David remained in the strongholds in the wilderness, in the hill country of the wilderness of Ziph. And Saul sought him every day, but God did not give him into his hand.
December 06, 2020
Left Behind: Bad, or Good?
On Sunday, December 6, 2020, Rev. Robert Mossotti attempted to demonstrate that, contrary to the Dispensationalist doctrine of the rapture of the church, the Scriptures teach that . . . 1) . . . Christ's return will be apparent to all (Matthew 24:29-31), rather than secret . . . 2) . . . that all of the wicked as well as the righteous dead will rise (1 Corinthians 15:51-52), 3) . . . and that those who are taken are the wicked taken in judgment (Matthew 24:37-44), 4) . . . and those "left behind" are the saints who have been delivered from their enemies once and for all (2 Thessalonians 1:5-10).
December 06, 2020
Baptism Saves You? (1 Peter 3:21-22)
On Sunday, November 29, 2020, Rev. Robert Mossotti preached "Baptism Saves You?" from 1 Peter 3:21-22. 21 Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers having been subjected to him.
November 29, 2020
New Heaven and New Earth (Isaiah 60; Revelation 21)
On Sunday, November 29, 2020, Rev. Robert Mossotti continued his series critiquing Dispensationalism, discussing the New Heaven and New Earth from Isaiah 60 and Revelation 21.
November 29, 2020
God's History of Grace (Joshua 24:1-13)
On November 22, 2020, Pastor Joe Troutman preached, "God's History of Grace" from Joshua 24:1-13. The mighty deeds of Jesus Christ have washed us clean of sin, and he remembers them no more. 1. From Abraham to Egypt (vs. 1-4) "Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel to Shechem and summoned the elders, the heads, the judges, and the officers of Israel. And they presented themselves before God. 2 And Joshua said to all the people, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘Long ago, your fathers lived beyond the Euphrates, Terah, the father of Abraham and of Nahor; and they served other gods. 3 Then I took your father Abraham from beyond the River and led him through all the land of Canaan, and made his offspring many. I gave him Isaac. 4 And to Isaac I gave Jacob and Esau. And I gave Esau the hill country of Seir to possess, but Jacob and his children went down to Egypt." Even hard providences are part of his plan. The captivity was not an error, but a blessing. Israel's time in slavery set them up for deliverance. We forget what God does for us because we demand too much too soon. 2. Out of Africa (vs. 5-7) "5 And I sent Moses and Aaron, and I plagued Egypt with what I did in the midst of it, and afterward I brought you out. 6 “‘Then I brought your fathers out of Egypt, and you came to the sea. And the Egyptians pursued your fathers with chariots and horsemen to the Red Sea. 7 And when they cried to the Lord, he put darkness between you and the Egyptians and made the sea come upon them and cover them; and your eyes saw what I did in Egypt. And you lived in the wilderness a long time." If you have faith in Christ, this is how he looks at your sin: it is rebellion. This is how he remembers it: Though God could have brought up their sin, he doesn't do it. His focus is not on their performance, but on his deliverance. 3. The Conquest (vs. 8-13) "8 Then I brought you to the land of the Amorites, who lived on the other side of the Jordan. They fought with you, and I gave them into your hand, and you took possession of their land, and I destroyed them before you. 9 Then Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab, arose and fought against Israel. And he sent and invited Balaam the son of Beor to curse you, 10 but I would not listen to Balaam. Indeed, he blessed you. So I delivered you out of his hand. 11 And you went over the Jordan and came to Jericho, and the leaders of Jericho fought against you, and also the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Girgashites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. And I gave them into your hand. 12 And I sent the hornet before you, which drove them out before you, the two kings of the Amorites; it was not by your sword or by your bow. 13 I gave you a land on which you had not labored and cities that you had not built, and you dwell in them. You eat the fruit of vineyards and olive orchards that you did not plant.’" "Just like Abraham, we were deserving of nothing but judgment before the Lord called us to himself. Because of our sin, the only thing that we deserve is his curse. But God has blessed us. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, has defeated all of our enemies. The things of this life that we can be so afraid of, the Lord has already taken care of them for us, and we who are in Jesus Christ, we know that there can be no true harm that can befall us who believe in Jesus Christ."
November 22, 2020
The Tent of David, Part 3 (Amos 9:11-12; Acts 15:16-17)
On Sunday, November 22, 2020, Rev. Robert Mossotti presented part 3 in his series on critiquing Dispensational hermeneutics, "The Tent of David, Part 3" based on Amos 9:11-12 and its apostolic use in Acts 15:16-17. “In that day I will raise up the booth of David that is fallen and repair its breaches, and raise up its ruins and rebuild it as in the days of old, that they may possess the remnant of Edom and all the nations who are called by my name,” declares the Lord who does this." (Amos 9:11-12) “‘After this I will return, and I will rebuild the tent of David that has fallen; I will rebuild its ruins, and I will restore it, that the remnant[b] of mankind may seek the Lord, and all the Gentiles who are called by my name, says the Lord..." (Acts 15:16-17) mcopc.org facebook.com/MCOPCpublic instagram.com/MidCitiesOPC twitter.com/mc_opc
November 22, 2020
Loyalty and Its Costs (1 Samuel 22:6-23)
On Sunday, November 15, 2020, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "Loyalty and Its Costs" from 1 Samuel 22:6-23. "Jesus Christ's loyalty to his covenant people cost him his life, but gave us eternal life." 1. Loyalty of Self-Interest Now Saul heard that David was discovered, and the men who were with him. Saul was sitting at Gibeah under the tamarisk tree on the height with his spear in his hand, and all his servants were standing about him. 7 And Saul said to his servants who stood about him, “Hear now, people of Benjamin; will the son of Jesse give every one of you fields and vineyards, will he make you all commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds, 8 that all of you have conspired against me? No one discloses to me when my son makes a covenant with the son of Jesse. None of you is sorry for me or discloses to me that my son has stirred up my servant against me, to lie in wait, as at this day.” 9 Then answered Doeg the Edomite, who stood by the servants of Saul, “I saw the son of Jesse coming to Nob, to Ahimelech the son of Ahitub, 10 and he inquired of the Lord for him and gave him provisions and gave him the sword of Goliath the Philistine.” 2. Loyalty of Love 11 Then the king sent to summon Ahimelech the priest, the son of Ahitub, and all his father's house, the priests who were at Nob, and all of them came to the king. 12 And Saul said, “Hear now, son of Ahitub.” And he answered, “Here I am, my lord.” 13 And Saul said to him, “Why have you conspired against me, you and the son of Jesse, in that you have given him bread and a sword and have inquired of God for him, so that he has risen against me, to lie in wait, as at this day?” 14 Then Ahimelech answered the king, “And who among all your servants is so faithful as David, who is the king's son-in-law, and captain over[a] your bodyguard, and honored in your house? 15 Is today the first time that I have inquired of God for him? No! Let not the king impute anything to his servant or to all the house of my father, for your servant has known nothing of all this, much or little.” 16 And the king said, “You shall surely die, Ahimelech, you and all your father's house.” 17 And the king said to the guard who stood about him, “Turn and kill the priests of the Lord, because their hand also is with David, and they knew that he fled and did not disclose it to me.” But the servants of the king would not put out their hand to strike the priests of the Lord. 18 Then the king said to Doeg, “You turn and strike the priests.” And Doeg the Edomite turned and struck down the priests, and he killed on that day eighty-five persons who wore the linen ephod. 19 And Nob, the city of the priests, he put to the sword; both man and woman, child and infant, ox, donkey and sheep, he put to the sword. 3. Loyalty of Gratitude 20 But one of the sons of Ahimelech the son of Ahitub, named Abiathar, escaped and fled after David. 21 And Abiathar told David that Saul had killed the priests of the Lord. 22 And David said to Abiathar, “I knew on that day, when Doeg the Edomite was there, that he would surely tell Saul. I have occasioned the death of all the persons of your father's house. 23 Stay with me; do not be afraid, for he who seeks my life seeks your life. With me you shall be in safekeeping.”
November 17, 2020
The Tent of David, Part 2 (Amos 9:11-12; Acts 15)
On Sunday, November 15, 2020, Rev. Robert Mossotti continued his Sunday School series critiquing Dispensationalism, teaching on "The Tents of David, Part 2" from Amos 9:11-12, and Acts 15. “In that day I will raise up the booth of David that is fallen and repair its breaches, and raise up its ruins and rebuild it as in the days of old, that they may possess the remnant of Edom and all the nations who are called by my name,” declares the Lord who does this. (Amos 9:11-12) After they finished speaking, James replied, “Brothers, listen to me. Simeon has related how God first visited the Gentiles, to take from them a people for his name. And with this the words of the prophets agree, just as it is written, “‘After this I will return, and I will rebuild the tent of David that has fallen; I will rebuild its ruins, and I will restore it, that the remnant[b] of mankind may seek the Lord, and all the Gentiles who are called by my name, says the Lord, who makes these things known from of old.’ (Acts 15:13-18)
November 15, 2020
Refuge for the Fugitive (1 Samuel 21:1-22:5)
On Sunday, November 8, 2020, Pastor Joe Troutman preached, "Refuge for the Fugitive" from 1 Samuel 21:1-22:5). "God is our refuge, and our safety and peace is found nowhere else but in him." 1. Bread and a Blade (21:1-9) Then David came to Nob, to Ahimelech the priest. And Ahimelech came to meet David, trembling, and said to him, “Why are you alone, and no one with you?” 2 And David said to Ahimelech the priest, “The king has charged me with a matter and said to me, ‘Let no one know anything of the matter about which I send you, and with which I have charged you.’ I have made an appointment with the young men for such and such a place. 3 Now then, what do you have on hand? Give me five loaves of bread, or whatever is here.” 4 And the priest answered David, “I have no common bread on hand, but there is holy bread—if the young men have kept themselves from women.” 5 And David answered the priest, “Truly women have been kept from us as always when I go on an expedition. The vessels of the young men are holy even when it is an ordinary journey. How much more today will their vessels be holy?” 6 So the priest gave him the holy bread, for there was no bread there but the bread of the Presence, which is removed from before the Lord, to be replaced by hot bread on the day it is taken away. 7 Now a certain man of the servants of Saul was there that day, detained before the Lord. His name was Doeg the Edomite, the chief of Saul's herdsmen. 8 Then David said to Ahimelech, “Then have you not here a spear or a sword at hand? For I have brought neither my sword nor my weapons with me, because the king's business required haste.” 9 And the priest said, “The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom you struck down in the Valley of Elah, behold, it is here wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod. If you will take that, take it, for there is none but that here.” And David said, “There is none like that; give it to me.” 2. King of the Country (21:10-22:2) And David rose and fled that day from Saul and went to Achish the king of Gath. 11 And the servants of Achish said to him, “Is not this David the king of the land? Did they not sing to one another of him in dances, ‘Saul has struck down his thousands, and David his ten thousands’?” 12 And David took these words to heart and was much afraid of Achish the king of Gath. 13 So he changed his behavior before them and pretended to be insane in their hands and made marks on the doors of the gate and let his spittle run down his beard. 14 Then Achish said to his servants, “Behold, you see the man is mad. Why then have you brought him to me? 15 Do I lack madmen, that you have brought this fellow to behave as a madman in my presence? Shall this fellow come into my house?” David at the Cave of Adullam 22 David departed from there and escaped to the cave of Adullam. And when his brothers and all his father's house heard it, they went down there to him. 2 And everyone who was in distress, and everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was bitter in soul, gathered to him. And he became commander over them. And there were with him about four hundred men. 3. Mission to Moab (22:3-5) And David went from there to Mizpeh of Moab. And he said to the king of Moab, “Please let my father and my mother stay with you, till I know what God will do for me.” 4 And he left them with the king of Moab, and they stayed with him all the time that David was in the stronghold. 5 Then the prophet Gad said to David, “Do not remain in the stronghold; depart, and go into the land of Judah.” So David departed and went into the forest of Hereth. mcopc.org facebook.com/MCOPCpublic twitter.com/mc_opc instagram.com/midcitiesopc
November 08, 2020
Words of Life (Galatians 3:1-5)
On Sunday, November 1, 2020, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "Words of Life" from Galatians 3:1-5 . . . "O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? It was before your eyes that Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified. 2 Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by hearing with faith? 3 Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh? 4 Did you suffer so many things in vain—if indeed it was in vain? 5 Does he who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you do so by works of the law, or by hearing with faith--. . . ?
November 01, 2020
DFW Ref-Con 2020 | Lecture 4: Are Orthodox Presbyterians Evangelical?
On Sunday, November 1, 2020, Dr. Darryl G. Hart delivered lecture 4 of the DFW Reformation Conference 2020. Lecture 4: Are Orthodox Presbyterians Evangelical? Dr. Darryl G. Hart is the Distinguished Associate Professor of History at Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan. After earning his BA in film at Temple University, he earned his MAR in Church History at Westminster Theological Seminary, his MTS in US Religious History at Harvard, and his MA and Ph.D. in US History from Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Hart is the definitive scholar on the life of J. Gresham Machen, authoring Defending the Faith: J. Gresham Machen and the Crisis of Conservative Protestantism in Modern America (2003), along with Between the Times: the Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Transition, 1945-1990 (2011), and Calvinism: A History (2013), among numerous other books on the history of the church, Reformed worship, Evangelicalism and politics. He is an elder at Hillsdale OPC.
November 01, 2020
DFW Ref-Con 2020 | Lecture 3: Machen and Evangelicalism
On Saturday, October 31, 2020, Dr. Darryl G. Hart delivered lecture 3 at the DFW Reformation Conference 2020. Lecture 3: Machen and Evangelicalism. Ways Machen’s legacy influenced American Protestantism after his death in 1937. Dr. Darryl G. Hart is the Distinguished Associate Professor of History at Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan. After earning his BA in film at Temple University, he earned his MAR in Church History at Westminster Theological Seminary, his MTS in US Religious History at Harvard, and his MA and Ph.D. in US History from Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Hart is the definitive scholar on the life of J. Gresham Machen, authoring Defending the Faith: J. Gresham Machen and the Crisis of Conservative Protestantism in Modern America (2003), along with Between the Times: the Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Transition, 1945-1990 (2011), and Calvinism: A History (2013), among numerous other books on the history of the church, Reformed worship, Evangelicalism and politics. He is an elder at Hillsdale OPC.
October 31, 2020
DFW Ref-Con 2020 | Lecture 2: Machen and Mainline Protestantism
On Saturday, October 31, 2020, Dr. Darryl G. Hart delivered lecture 2 of the 2020 DFW Reformation Conference. Lecture 2: Machen and Mainline Protestantism. Machen’s critique of Protestant liberalism and the controversy that led to the founding of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Dr. Darryl G. Hart is the Distinguished Associate Professor of History at Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan. After earning his BA in film at Temple University, he earned his MAR in Church History at Westminster Theological Seminary, his MTS in US Religious History at Harvard, and his MA and Ph.D. in US History from Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Hart is the definitive scholar on the life of J. Gresham Machen, authoring Defending the Faith: J. Gresham Machen and the Crisis of Conservative Protestantism in Modern America (2003), along with Between the Times: the Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Transition, 1945-1990 (2011), and Calvinism: A History (2013), among numerous other books on the history of the church, Reformed worship, Evangelicalism and politics. He is an elder at Hillsdale OPC.
October 31, 2020
DFW Ref-Con 2020 | Lecture 1: Machen and Old School Presbyterianism
On Friday, October 30, 2020, Dr. Darryl G. Hart delivered lecture 1 of the 2020 DFW Reformation Conference. Lecture 1: Machen and Old School Presbyterianism -- An overview of Machen’s life, connecting him to nineteenth-century Presbyterian history. Dr. Darryl G. Hart is the Distinguished Associate Professor of History at Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan. After earning his BA in film at Temple University, he earned his MAR in Church History at Westminster Theological Seminary, his MTS in US Religious History at Harvard, and his MA and Ph.D. in US History from Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Hart is the definitive scholar on the life of J. Gresham Machen, authoring Defending the Faith: J. Gresham Machen and the Crisis of Conservative Protestantism in Modern America (2003), along with Between the Times: the Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Transition, 1945-1990 (2011), and Calvinism: A History (2013), among numerous other books on the history of the church, Reformed worship, Evangelicalism and politics. He is an elder at Hillsdale OPC.
October 31, 2020
God's Kingdom, Or Mine? (1 Samuel 20:24-42)
On Sunday, October 25, 2020, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "God's Kingdom, Or Mine?" from 1 Samuel 20:24-42. "The Son of Jesse, who is David's greater Son, establishes his Kingdom by calling sinners out of the kingdom of darkness and into the Kingdom of light." 1. A Seat at the Table (vs. 24-29) 2. Test Time (vs. 30-34) 3. The Kingdom to Come (vs. 35-42)
October 25, 2020
The Tents of David (Amos 9:11-12; Acts 15)
On Sunday, October 25, 2020, Rev. Robert Mossotti continued his series on Dispensationalism with a lesson on "The Tents of David" from Amos 9:11-12 and Acts 15.
October 25, 2020
Remember Jesus Christ (2 Timothy 2:8-13)
On Sunday, October 18, 2020, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "Remember Jesus Christ" from 2 Timothy 2:8-13. "Jesus Christ is worthy of remembrance because he has been raised from death for the salvation of his people." 1. Remember Jesus Christ (vs. 8-10) 2. A Trustworthy Saying (vs. 11-13) mcopc.org facebook.com/MCOPCpublic twitter.com/mc_opc instagram.com/midcitiesopc https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCz4lI4IyiOhAdhT5CFI87pA
October 18, 2020
"Return," or "Saved"? (Isaiah 10:22; Romans 9:27)
On Sunday, October 18, 2020, Rev. Robert Mossotti continued his Sunday School series on Dispensationalism. "For though your people Israel be as the sand of the sea, only a remnant of them will return. Destruction is decreed, overflowing with righteousness." (Isaiah 10:22) "And Isaiah cries out concerning Israel: 'Though the number of the sons of Israel be as the sand of the sea, only a remnant of them will be saved...'" (Romans 9:27) mcopc.org facebook.com/MCOPCpublic twitter.com/mc_opc instagram.com/midcitiesopc https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCz4lI4IyiOhAdhT5CFI87pA
October 18, 2020
The Christian's One Thing (Psalm 27)
On Sunday, October 11, 2020, Rev. John Shaw, General Secretary of the Committee on Home Missions and Church Extension, preached "The Christian's One Thing" from Psalm 27. The 27th psalm is . . . a psalm of conflict a psalm of confidence a psalm of courage We see the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ . . . in worship (Psalm 27:4) in his word (Psalm 27:4,11)
October 11, 2020
Hosea 2 According to Peter's Vision (Hos 2:14-18;Acts 10:9-16)
On Sunday, October 11, 2020, Rev. Robert Mossotti continued his series on Dispensationalism. Gentile inclusion among God's chosen fulfills Old Testament prophecies of the Israelites' return to the promised land. Scriptures treated: Philippians 1:29 Acts 5:31; 11:18 2 Timothy 2:25 Hebrews 3:18-4:2 Hosea 2:14-18 Acts 10:9-16 Ephesians 2:11-3:6
October 11, 2020
All the Promises (1 Samuel 20:1-23)
On Sunday, October 4, 2020, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "All the Promises" from 1 Samuel 20:1-23. "Just as with David and Jonathan, God's covenant with us is irrevocable, and binds us to himself, no matter how severely tested." 1. David's Dilemma (vs. 1-11) 2. Continuing the Covenant (vs. 12-17) 3. Producing the Plan (18-23)
October 04, 2020
God's Patience Waits (1 Peter 3:18-20)
On Sunday, September 27, 2020, Rev. Robert Mossotti preached "God's Patience Waits" from 1 Peter 3:18-20.
September 27, 2020
Dispensationalism (Selected Scriptures)
On Sunday, September 27, 2020, Rev. Robert Mossotti continued the introduction to his Sunday School series on Dispensationalism. Dispensationalism teaches that the Old Testament prophets must be taken literally; otherwise, the interpreter must allegorize the Scriptures, which is characteristic of liberal theology. Reformed covenant theology teaches that Christ himself and the Apostles' use of the Old Testament in the New Testament must inform the way the Old Testament prophets are to be interpreted. Hosea 6:1,2 Israel = Christ & the church in him; Hosea 11:1 (cf. Matt. 2:15) The Exodus applied to Christ's childhood experience. Romans 2:28-29; Galatians 3 The Singular Seed of Abraham--the Lord Jesus Christ--is foundational to the plural seed of Abraham--the church. Romans 11:19-21 For dispensationalism, the Old Testament is the key to interpreting the New Testament; for Reformed covenant theology, the New Testament is the key to interpreting the Old Testament; In the New Testament, Jewishness has been redefined; Christ is the New Israel.
September 27, 2020
In Troubled Times, Call Out to the Lord (Lamentations 1:1-22)
On Sunday, September 20, 2020, Elder Greg Huteson preached "In Troubled Times, Call Out to the Lord" from Lamentation 1:1-22.
September 20, 2020
In Defense of David (1 Samuel 19:8-24)
On Sunday, September 13, 2020, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "In Defense of David" from 1 Samuel 19:8-24. God shows himself to be our true King by defending us, and restraining all his and our enemies. 1. Victory and Envy (8-10 ) 2. Intrigue and Artifice (11 -17) 3. Obstinence and Omnipotence (18-24)
September 13, 2020
Brotherly Intercession (1 Samuel 19:1-7)
On Sunday, August 30, 2020, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "Brotherly Intercession" from 1 Samuel 19:1-7. "God provides an Intercessor to preserve his people, for we can do nothing to save ourselves." 1. The Hiding Place 2. Divine Intervention 3. Saul Solemnly Swears
August 30, 2020
The World Turned Upside Down (Job 21)
On Sunday, August 23, 2020, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "The World Turned Upside Down" from Job 21. "When Christians suffer in this life, it is only because God uses our suffering to make us more like the Suffering Servant, Jesus Christ."
August 23, 2020
The Snares of Death (1 Samuel 18:17-30)
On Sunday, August 16, 2020, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "The Snares of Death" from 1 Samuel 18:17-30. "God ensures that all who belong to him will escape the snares of death." 1. The LORD’s Battle 2. The Snare Hits a Snage 3. Continually an Enemy Our website: mcopc.org Subscribe to our "Mid Cities OPC" YouTube channel. Follow us on Twitter @mc_opc Follow us on Instagram @midcitiesopc Like our Facebook page at facebook.com/mcopcpublic
August 16, 2020