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)
Scripture Reading: 18 For you have not come to what may be touched, a blazing fire and darkness and gloom and a tempest 19 and the sound of a trumpet and a voice whose words made the hearers beg that no further messages be spoken to them. 20 For they could not endure the order that was given, “If even a beast touches the mountain, it shall be stoned.” 21 Indeed, so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, “I tremble with fear.” 22 But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering, 23 and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, 24 and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel. 25 See that you do not refuse him who is speaking. For if they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, much less will we escape if we reject him who warns from heaven. 26 At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.” 27 This phrase, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of things that are shaken—that is, things that have been made—in order that the things that cannot be shaken may remain. 28 Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, 29 for our God is a consuming fire. (Hebrews 12:18-29 ESV) 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 5, 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 8, 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 1, 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 4, 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 9, 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 8, 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 8, 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 6, 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 9, 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 8, 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 3, 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 6, 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 6, 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 8, 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 1, 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 1, 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 4, 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
Sanctify Yahweh, the Christ (1 Peter 3:13-17)
Rev. Robert Mossotti preaches "Sanctify Yahweh, the Christ" from 1 Peter 3:13-17. 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 9, 2020
The Lord is With Him (1 Samuel 18:6-16)
On Sunday, August 2, 2020, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "The Lord Is With Him" from 1 Samuel 18:6-16. "Righteous fear leads to right worship of God. Unrighteous fear leads to jealousy and rage." 1. Unjustified Jealousy 2. Unmitigated Success 3. Uninformed Awe Watch our lives stream Sunday mornings at 10:30AM at facebook.com/mcopcpublic Watch this sermon on YouTube, and subscribe to our channel, Mid Cities OPC. mcopc.org
August 2, 2020
A Friend Indeed (1 Samuel 18:1-5)
On Sunday, July 26, 2020, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "A Friend Indeed" from 1 Samuel 18:1-5.
July 26, 2020
Obtaining the Blessing (1 Peter 3:8-12)
On Sunday, July 19, 2020, Rev. Robert Mossotti preached "Obtaining the Blessing" from 1 Peter 3:8-12. Watch this sermon on our "Mid Cities OPC" YouTube channel. Our morning worship service is live streamed on Facebook each Sunday morning at 10:30 AM. It may also be viewed from the homepage of our church website.
July 19, 2020
The Greatest Hero of the Bible (1 Samuel 17)
On Sunday, July 5, 2020, Pastor Joe Troutman preached, "The Greatest Hero of the Bible, " from 1 Samuel 17. "The odds are in the church's favor because God has defeated our greatest enemy in the life, death and resurrection of his Only-Begotten Son." 1. Living in Fear 2. Ante-Hero 3. Binding the Strongman Watch this sermon on our "Mid Cities OPC" YouTube channel. Our morning worship service is live streamed on Facebook each Sunday morning at 10:30 AM. It may also be viewed from the homepage of our church website.
July 5, 2020
Grace: Music to Sinners' Ears (1 Samuel 16:14-23)
On Sunday, June 14, 2020, Pastor Joe Troutman preached, "Grace: Music to Sinners' Ears" from 1 Samuel 16:14-23. God's common grace reminds us he is good and loving despite the suffering we endure in life. 1. The Hard Providences of the Lord 2. Good Gifts from Above Watch this sermon on our "Mid Cities OPC" YouTube channel. Our morning worship service is live streamed on Facebook each Sunday morning at 10:30 AM. It may also be viewed from the homepage of our church website.
June 14, 2020
The Lord Looks on the Heart (1 Samuel 16:1-13)
On Sunday, June 7, 2020, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "The Lord Looks on the Heart" from 1 Samuel 16:1-13. "In spite of the fact that God looks on the heart, still he chooses imperfect and sinful people to receive his everlasting love." 1. Fear of Man All Over Again 2. Rejection and Election Watch this sermon on our "Mid Cities OPC" YouTube channel. Our morning worship service is live streamed on Facebook each Sunday morning at 10:30 AM. It may also be viewed from the homepage of our church website.
June 7, 2020
Fear of Man, or Fear of God? (1 Samuel 15:1-35)
On Sunday, May 31, 2020, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "Fear of Man, or Fear of God?" from 1 Samuel 15:1-35. "Because we don't fear God properly, we don't obey him fully. But Jesus sacrificed himself to save sinners who often fear people more than him." 1. Holy War 2. Obedience and Sacrifice 3. No Fear Watch this sermon on our "Mid Cities OPC" YouTube channel. Our morning worship service is live streamed on Facebook each Sunday morning at 10:30 AM. It may also be viewed from the homepage of our church website.
May 31, 2020
Fan into Flame (2 Timothy 1:3-7)
On Sunday, May 24, 2020, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "Fan into Flame" from 2 Timothy 1:3-7. "God calls you to fan into flame the gift of the Holy Spirit given to every believer by grace through faith in Jesus Christ." 1. Thanksgiving for Sincere Faith (vs. 3-5) 2. Growing the Gift (vs. 6-7) Watch this sermon on our "Mid Cities OPC" YouTube channel. Our morning worship service is live streamed on Facebook each Sunday morning at 10:30 AM. It may also be viewed from the homepage of our church website.
May 24, 2020
The Madness of King Saul (1 Samuel 14:24-52)
On Sunday, May 17, 2020, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "The Madness of King Saul" from 1 Samuel 14:24-52. "The Son of the King came to give his life as a ransom for his people so that we would not die as punishment for our sins." 1. Saul Swears Stupidly 2. Stubborn Salvation 3. A Survey of Saul's Service Watch this sermon on our "Mid Cities OPC" YouTube channel. Our morning worship service is live streamed on Facebook each Sunday morning at 10:30 AM. It may also be viewed from the homepage of our church website.
May 17, 2020
The God of Salvation (1 Samuel 14:1-23)
On Sunday, May 10, 2020, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "The God of Salvation" from 1 Samuel 14:1-23 "Nothing can prevent God from saving his people because God has fought the battles that won salvation for us." 1. Out of Hiding (vs. 1-5) 2. No Hindrances (vs. 6-15) 3. Return of the Hebrews (vs. 16-23) Watch this sermon on our "Mid Cities OPC" YouTube channel. Our morning worship service is live streamed on Facebook each Sunday morning at 10:30 AM. It may also be viewed from the homepage of our church website.
May 10, 2020
In Search of a Man After God's Own Heart (1 Samuel 13:1-23)
On Sunday, May 3, 2020, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "In Search of a Man After God's Own Heart" from 1 Samuel 13:1-23. The only true man after God’s own heart is Jesus Christ, God’s Son, who came to search for those who are lost. 1. Stolen Valor (vs. 1-7) 2. Stolen Authority (vs. 8-14) 3. Stolen Time (vs. 15-23) Watch this sermon on our "Mid Cities OPC" YouTube channel. Our morning worship service is live streamed on Facebook each Sunday morning at 10:30 AM. It may also be viewed from the homepage of our church website.
May 3, 2020
The LORD Will Not Forsake His People (1 Samuel 12:1-25)
"The Lord will never forsake his people, not because of how great or wonderful or lovable we are, but because of the honor of his own name." 1. A Judge in the Dock 2. Speaking from the Bench 3. The Chief Justice's Promise Watch this sermon on our "Mid Cities OPC" YouTube channel. Our morning worship service is live streamed on Facebook each Sunday morning at 10:30 AM. It may also be viewed from the homepage of our church website.
April 26, 2020
The King Enthroned (1 Samuel 11:1-15)
On Sunday, April 19, 2020, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "The King Enthroned" from 1 Samuel 11:1-15. "Saul's victory over the enemies of God's people, and the grace he shows to those who opposed him, point to Christ, whose victory and grace are unlimited." 1. Terrible terms (vs. 1-3) 2. Dread of the Divine (vs. 4-9) 3. Struck and Scattered (vs. 10-11) 4. Grace at Gilgal (vs. 12-15) Watch this sermon on our "Mid Cities OPC" YouTube channel. Our morning worship service is live streamed on Facebook each Sunday morning at 10:30 AM. It may also be viewed from the homepage of our church website.
April 19, 2020
He is Risen! He is Risen, Indeed! (John 20:1-10)
On Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "He is Risen! He is Risen, Indeed!" from John 20:1-10. Jesus Christ is risen from the dead, and if you believe in him, you already have been resurrected from sin and death, and you will live forever. 1. On the First Day 2. Seeing the Signs 3. That He Must Rise www.mcopc.org
April 12, 2020
Long Live the King! (1 Samuel 10:17-27)
On Sunday, April 5, 2020, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "Long Live the King!" from 1 Samuel 10:17-27. The cry, "Long live the king!", unconsciously or not, is a cry for lasting permanence, stability and government that only King Jesus can provide. 1. I Brought You Out 2. the Hiding Heir 3. Men of Valor versus Worthless Men mcopc.org
April 5, 2020
The Significance of Signs (1 Samuel 10:1-16)
On Sunday, March 29, 2020, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "The Significance of Signs" from 1 Samuel 10:1-16. Despite the establishment of earthly authority, God still reigns as King, and he alone saves his people from their enemies. 1. A Series of Signs 2. God is with You 3. Another Heart Watch this sermon at the Mid-Cities OPC YouTube channel.
March 29, 2020
An Ever-Present Help In Trouble (John 6:16-21)
On Sunday, March 22, 2020, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "An Ever-Present Help In Trouble" from John 6:16-21. Jesus Christ is able to rescue those who are in the midst of the storms of life because he is God, who controls the winds and waves. 1. Every Stormy Wind 2. Reason For Fear 3. Do Not Be Afraid
March 22, 2020
The Man Who Would Be King (1 Samuel 9:1-27)
On Sunday, March 15, 2020, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "The Man Who Would Be King" from 1 Samuel 9:1-27. God's purposes in establishing a King was not fulfilled in the choice of Saul or David, but in the coming of King Jesus. 1. About This Time 2. Their Cry Has Come To Me 3. Make Known The Word of God
March 15, 2020
The Stone the Builders Rejected (1 Samuel 8:1-22)
On Sunday, March 8, 2020, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "The Stone the Builders Rejected" from 1 Samuel 8:1-22. Though God's people have rejected him throughout our history, the Son of God was rejected by his Father so that we might be acceptable to him. 1. A Cry for Justice 2. The Cost of a King 3. Like the Nations
March 8, 2020
Church History, Week 8
On Sunday, February 23, 2020, Mr. John West taught lesson eight in his Sunday School series on Church History.
February 23, 2020
The Return of the Lost Ark (1 Samuel 6:1-7:2)
On Sunday, February 23, 2020, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "The Return of the Lost Ark" from 1 Samuel 6:1-7:2. God is not dependent on, and cannot be constrained by humans, but freely made a covenant with his people and will not break that covenant. 1. Reasonable Plan 2. Mission Accomplished 3. God's Glory Revealed
February 23, 2020
The God We Worship (Genesis 1:1-5; John 1:1-5)
On Sunday, February 16, 2020, Rev. Harry Monroe (SBC) preached on "The God We Worship" from Genesis 1:1-5 and John 1:1-5.
February 16, 2020
Church History, Week 7: AD 1400-1600
On Sunday, February 16, 2020, Mr. John West lead a discussion on the historical events in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries that lead up to and culminated in the Protestant Reformation. Church History, Week 7: Difficult Topics of the Time (AD 1400-1600) 1408: John Wycliffe’s English version of the Bible published; 1415: Jan Hus—Burned at the stake; 1439: Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Church leaders agree to a reunification under Rome, Kevian Rus (Russia) forms new Russian Orthodox Church; 1453: Fall of Constantinople, end of the Eastern Roman Empire; 1456: Gutenberg produces first printed Bible; 1478: The Spanish Inquisition begins; 1492: Spain’s monarchs, Ferdinand and Isabella, give Jews three months to convert or be banished. Columbus departs west for China; 1497: In Scotland, children are required by law to attend school. 1502: Johann Tetzel appointed by Cardinal Giovanni de Medici, later Pope Leo X, to preach the Indulgence; 1512: Michelangelo completes the Sistine Chapel ceiling; 1517: Martin Luther posts his Ninety-Five Theses; 1521: Diet of Worms, Luther refuses to recant; 1523: Zwingli begins the Swiss Reformation; 1524: William Tyndale travels to Germany and in two years releases first printed English New Testament; 1525: Anabaptist movement begins with Conrad Grebel. Influences Menno Simons, founder of the Mennonites;1527: Michael Sattler and Anabaptist leader is martyred for the Schleitheim Confession of Faith; 1529: Protestants emerge at the Diet of Speyer; 1531: League of Schmalkalden formed, Protestants against Rome; 1534: Henry VIII—Church of England established via the Act of Supremacy; 1536: Institutes of the Christian Religion published by John Calvin; 1549: Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury produces the Book of Common Prayer; 1555: Charles V agrees to the Peace of Augsburg, granting Lutheranism official status within the empire; 1559: Establishment of the French Protestant Church, later known as the Huguenots; 1560: Scots Confession ratified by the newly recognized sovereign parliament of Scotland; 1562: Frederick III encourages the development of the Heidelberg Catechism by Olevianus & Ursinus; 1563: Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion are issued summarizing the official doctrine of the Church of England; 1572: 24 August, St. Bartholomew’s Day, 3,000 Protestants massacred in Paris. Within three days, 10,000 Huguenots are killed across France; 1589: Moscow becomes an independent Patriarchate, recognized by the Eastern Orthodox Church as the fifth most honored office; 1590: William Shakespeare begins publishing plays with the Taming of the Shrew; 1598: Edict of Nantes by Henry IV ends religious wars in France by decreed tolerance between Catholics and Protestants.
February 16, 2020
New Covenant Temples, Priests and Sacrifices (1 Peter 2:4-12)
On Sunday, February 9, 2020, Rev. Robert Mossotti preached "New Covenant Temples, Priests and Sacrifices" from 1 Peter 2:4-12.
February 9, 2020
Church History, Week 6: Schism, Crusades, Monks and Dissidents
On Sunday, February 9, 2020, Mr. John West taught the sixth lesson in his series on Church History. Week 6: AD 1100-1400 The Schism Crusades and Monasteries | Early Crusades | Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109) | Peter Abelard (1079-1142) | Peter Lombard (1096-1160) | Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153) Straying from the Gospel | The capture of Jerusalem by Saladin Monks and Dissidents | Francis of Assisi | Thomas Aquinas (1224-1274) | John Wycliffe (1330-1384) | Jan Hus (1371-1402)
February 9, 2020
The Heavy Hand of God (1 Samuel 5:1-12)
On Sunday, February 2, 2020, Rev. Joe Troutman preached "The Heavy Hand of God" from 1 Samuel 5:1-12. God in his mercy destroys idols to show the world he is the God of grace. 1. Bow before the LORD | 2. Severe Mercy | 3. Search for a Solution
February 2, 2020
Church History, Week 5: The Middle Ages
On Sunday, February 2, 2020, Mr. John West continued his series on Church History, discussing the Middle Ages. Week 5: AD 400 through AD 1200 Monastic Influences: Antony (AD 251-356) | Monastic Evangelism in Scotland | Ninian (d. 432) and Columba (521-597) | Benedict's Rule, AD 530 (Near Rome) | Gregory and Mohammed: Challenges in the middle years | Latin and Greek: The "flat icon" controversy and early schism Charlemagne, Vladimir and the Crusades: Christmas Day, AD 800: Pope Leo III crowns Charlemagne Emperor Augustus | Prince Vladimir (AD 950-1015) Charlemagne and the Eastern Churches | The Great Schism | The Crusades and Monasteries Upcoming Subjects: AD 1200 to the Reformation | The Great Awakenings | Coming to America | Evangelicalism and Pentecostalism | Protestant Uncertainty | Revolutions and Counterrevolutions | The Modern Church | Where Do We Go From Here?
February 2, 2020
Let Him Who Has No Sword (Luke 22:35-38)
On Sunday, January 26, 2020, Rev. Robert Mossotti preached "Let Him Who Has No Sword" from Luke 22:35-38. A topical sermon addressing the ethics of Christians taking up arms to defend innocent lives in this time when church shootings have become all too frequent, and a possibility for which every congregation must prepare. 1. Let Him Buy A Sword 2. Calvinism Versus Fatalism 3. The Sixth Commandment 4. Sword Control
January 26, 2020
Church History, Week 4: Augustine to the 6th Century
On Sunday, January 26, 2020, Mr. John West taught on Church History from the time of Augustine to the sixth century. Week 4: Augustine to the 6th Century Augustine and his work against Pelagius | Recap of Augustine--birth to death | Writings of Augustine--truly prolific, over 100 manuscripts (132ish) | Augustine's doctrines of grace: grace comes to those to whom God chooses to send it | Pelagius's doctrines of sin and grace: "If I ought, I can." | The contrast between the two | The shortest description of the conclusion: Augustine wins. Councils of Ephesus and Chalcedon | How did we get to this controversy? | Seven sessions from November to July before concluding | Ephesus--AD 431 (8 canons, one of which officially condemns Pelagianism) November to July/ 7 sessions | Continuing controversy: Eutyches and Dioscorus | Chalcedon: 4th ecumenical council, AD 451--Chalcedonean Creed, the early age of orthodoxy | The aftermath: continued challenges in the region. Upcoming subjects: Middle ages to the Reformation | The Great Awakenings | Coming to America | Evangelicalism, Pentecostalism | Protestant Uncertainty | Revolutions and Counterrevolutions | The Modern Church | Where do we go from here?
January 26, 2020
Church History, Week 3: The Second through Fourth Centuries
On Sunday, January 19, 2020, Mr. John West taught on Church History in the 2nd through the 4th centuries. Week 3 -- The 2nd through 4th centuries More persecution and heresy. Who were Justin, Origen and Tertullian? | Who was Flavius Justinus? | What was the origin of Origen? | Does it really matter how we think about the Trinity? That's Modalism, Patrick! Emperors and a summer palace | In the fourth century, how many Emperors would there be before Nicaea? | What happened in 325 AD? | What happened 62 years later in 387 AD? | What is common about the conversions of Justin Martyr and Augustine and many today? Upcoming subjects: Early Middle Ages | The Reformation | The Great Awakenings | Coming to America| Evangelicalism, Pentecostalism | Protestant Uncertainty | Revolutions and Counterrevolutions | The Modern Church | Where Do We Go From Here?
January 19, 2020
Eyes to Behold the Glory (1 Samuel 4:12-22)
On Sunday, January 12, 2020, Rev. Joe Troutman preached "Eyes to Behold the Glory" from 1 Samuel 4:12-22. God gives sight to the spiritually blind, and hearts to the spiritually dead, because he must be glorified. 1. He Who Has Eyes | 2. Departure of Glory | 3. The Stones Will Cry Out
January 12, 2020
Church History, Week 2: The Early Years
On Sunday, January 12, 2020, Mr. John West taught the second lesson in his series on Church History. Week 2 -- The Early Years | 1. What led to the early expansion of the Church? | Persecutuion--The Jewish rebellion and sacking of Jerusalem--1st Century | 2. What was one of the chief requests that was the sticking point with early believers? | Who is Lord? | 3. Why are we so surprised today by persecution? | Does persecution equal growth? | Two early examples of persecuted believers--Ignatius and Polycarp | Lyon: A persecuted city | 4. What is a common problem we share with the 2nd century?--false teachings | Why do we seem today to fear persecution, but not false teaching? Upcoming subjects: Week 3: The Middle Ages | Week 4: The Reformation | Week 5: The Great Awakenings | Week 6: Coming to America | Week 7: Evangelicalism, Pentecostalism | Week 8: Protestant Uncertainty | Week 9: Revolutions and Counterrevolutions | Week 10: The Modern Church | Week 11: Where Do We Go From Here?
January 12, 2020
An Eternal Band of Brothers (1 Peter 1:22-2:3)
On Sunday, January 5, 2020, Rev. Robert Mossotti preached "An Eternal Band of Brothers" from 1 Peter 1:22-2:3. 1. Purified by Truth 2. Loving One Another 3. Imperishable Seed, Imperishable People
January 5, 2020
Church History Introduction
On Sunday, January 5, 2020, Mr. John West introduced his Sunday School series on Church History. Week 1 -- Why Study Church History and the Issues Why study Church history? Because our story is historical We're part of that history, and it is both an encouragement and education. We were given examples in the Old Testament Church history is a lens to view our beliefs. Often, Church history is a magnifying lens if we look. Sometimes, we need another example. What is your definition of "Church"? In Matthew In Acts (1:8; 2; 8:12; 10-11; 28:16) Does the "Church" include the Old Testament nation of Israel? Frequently, that depends on whom you ask. Some of the heresies we have revisited: God created Jesus Two Gods in the Bible God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are three people or three manifestations The God of the Bible is the same as the God of the Koran Upcoming Subjects Week 2--The Early Years Week 3--The Middle Ages Week 4--The Reformation Week 5--The Great Awakenings Week 6--Coming to America Week 7--Evangelicalism, Pentecostalism Week 8--Protestant Uncertainty Week 9--Revolutions and Counterrevolutions Week 10--The Modern Church Week 11--Where do we go from here?
January 5, 2020
Our Only Hope (Genesis 32:22-32)
On Sunday, December 29, 2019, Rev. Todd Wagenmaker preached "Our Only Hope" from Genesis 32:22-32. He is pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church in Fort Worth, Texas.
December 30, 2019
Concluding 2 Thessalonians (2 Thessalonians 3:1-18)
On Sunday, December 29, 2019, Mr. Harry Monroe concluded his series on Paul's letters to the church at Thessalonica, which he began in September of 2019. Pray for Us (3:1-5) Warning Against Idleness (3:6-15) Benediction (3:16-18) Beginning Sunday, January 5, 2020, our newly ordained deacon, Mr. John West, will begin a teaching series on American church history.
December 30, 2019
The Son of the Most High (Luke 1:26-38)
On Sunday, December 22, 2019, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "The Son of the Most High" from Luke 1:26-38. God's Son, begotten from all eternity, took up human flesh, being born of a virgin, to cover the sins of his people. 1. The Favored One (vs. 26-28) 2. The Virgin Birth (v. 29-38)
December 28, 2019
Stand Firm (2 Thessalonians 2:13-17)
On Sunday, December 22, 2019, Mr. Harry Monroe expounds Paul's encouragement to the Thessalonians from 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17. Paul distinguishes his readers in the church at Thessalonica from the unbelievers who reject the truth, to whom he referred in the previous passage, and urges them to stand firm in the traditions taught by the apostles, praying that God will comfort and establish them.
December 28, 2019
He Is God And We Are Not (1 Samuel 4:1b-11)
On Sunday, December 15, 2019, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "He Is God And We Are Not" from 1 Samuel 4:1b-11. God will not let his people manipulate him like some magical force. He is God who keeps his word and brings victory over sin and death. 1. Stone vs. Water (1b-2) 2. Wrong Answer to the Right Question (vs. 3-4) 3. Victory in Defeat (vs. 5-11)
December 28, 2019
Man of Lawlessness (2 Thessalonians 2)
On Sunday, December 15, 2019, Mr. Harry Monroe worked through the Apostle Paul's teaching about the Man of Lawlessness from 2 Thessalonians 2. A teaching troubled the Thessalonians that the Day of the Lord had already come. Paul explains.
December 28, 2019
Onward and Upward, Pilgrims! (1 Peter 1:13-21)
On Sunday, December 8, 2019, Rev. Robert Mossotti preached "Onward and Upward, Pilgrims!" from 1 Peter 1:13-21.
December 28, 2019
The Westminster Assembly and Pastoral Care
On Saturday, November 9, 2019, Dr. Chad Van Dixhoorn delivered the lecture, "The Westminster Assembly and Pastoral Care" at the 2019 DFW Reformation Conference. mcopc.org
December 5, 2019
The Westminster Assembly and Worship
On Saturday, November 9, 2019, Dr. Chad Van Dixhoorn delivered the lecture "The Westminster Assembly and Worship" at the 2019 DFW Reformation Conference. mcopc.org
December 5, 2019
Final Instructions and Benediction (1 Thessalonians 5:12-28)
On Sunday, December 1, 2019, Mr. Harry Monroe taught about Paul's final instructions and benediction to the Thessalonian church from 1 Thessalonians 5:12-28. Review of chapters 1-4 Discussion of the difference one's millennial view makes. In short, one's millennial view affects their understanding of Old Testament prophecy, and the nature of the Kingdom of God. Reformed confessions present the Kingdom as both present and future at the same time. An improper focus on one's millennial view can lead believers to harmful behaviors. Verses 12-13 Concerning the Elders: The Thessalonians should lovingly respect the elders. They elders labor among the believers; they are over them in the Lord (a ministerial, not magisterial authority); they admonish believers. Believers should be a peace among themselves, for drama drains the elders. Verses 14-15 Concerning One Another: Admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with all. There is an obligation to understand Scripture and the moral responsibility we all have, but there is also an obligation to understand the people that are pare of our congregation. Verses 16-22 In all of their poverty, the Thessalonians had (and we have) the gospel, forgiveness, eternal life, certainty about the resurrection, so in the midst of deep hardship they had hope and could rejoice. Verses 23-28 The wording of Paul's benediction provokes debate about whether man has three parts (body, soul and spirit) or two parts, a union of body and soul (the biblical teaching). But Paul meant only to assure believers that the Lord will sanctify them completely at his return.
December 2, 2019
Yahweh Calling (1 Samuel 3:1-4:1a)
On Sunday, December 1, 2019, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "Yahweh Calling" from 1 Samuel 3:1-4:1a. God breaks through the corruption and evil of the world to call sinners to himself by the preaching of his word. 1. The Rarity of the Word (vs. 1-2) 2. The Call of the Prophet (vs. 3-14) 3. The Piercing Prophecy (3:15-4:1a) mcopc.org
December 2, 2019
A Forever High Priest (1 Samuel 2:27-36)
On Sunday, November 24, 2019, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "A Forever High Priest" from 1 Samuel 2:27-36. Though turmoil and tragedy befall God's people, God brings resolution to our troubles through Jesus Christ, our Great High Priest. 1. Revelation 2. Revocation 3. Resolution www.mcopc.org
November 25, 2019
Survey of Millennial Views
As Mr. Harry Monroe continues teaching through 1 Thessalonians, we begin chapter 5, and after a brief review and introduction, he presents a survey of the various views Christians have taken over the interpretation of Revelation 20:4-6 as it relates to the biblical doctrine of last things (eschatology). Teaching on the return of Christ is not given in Scripture for the purpose of satisfying our curiosity about the future, but to confirm us in the assurance of God's sovereignty and his faithfulness to his promises to redeem his people and to consummate the kingdom he inaugurated at his first coming. www.mcopc.org
November 25, 2019
Our Imperishable Inheritance in Christ (1 Peter 1:3-12)
On Sunday, November 17, 2019, Rev. Robert Mossotti preached "Our Imperishable Inheritance in Christ" from 1 Peter 1:3-12. www.mcopc.org
November 17, 2019
The Coming of the Lord, part 2 (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)
On Sunday, November 17, 2019, Mr. Harry Monroe continued teaching on "The Coming of the Lord" from 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18. www.mcopc.org
November 17, 2019
The Westminster Assembly and the Reformation of Preaching, 1643-1653
On Friday, November 8, 2019, Dr. Chad Van Dixhoorn delivered lecture 1 at the DFW Reformation Conference: "The Westminster Assembly and Reformation Today." Introduction and Opening Hymn, "The Lord's My Shepherd, I'll Not Want" The Westminster Assembly and the Reformation of Preaching, 1643-1653 I. The Westminster Assembly II. The Problem with Preachers: Quality and Quantity III. Reformation by Immediate Action IV. The Directory for Preaching and the Character of the Preacher A. Scholar B. Worshiper C. Orator D. Apologist E. Pastor F. Servant V. Seven Planks of Puritan Pulpit Theology A. God's Ambassadors: Ordained Preachers B. Trained Preachers C. Godly Preachers D. The Word of God E. The Outward and Ordinary Means of Grace: Preaching F. Christ-Centered Preaching G. "The Spirit's Working" Question & Answer Period
November 13, 2019
Of Fathers and Sons (1 Samuel 2:12-26)
On Sunday, November 10, 2019, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "Of Fathers and Sons" from 1 Samuel 2:12-26. By his grace, the Father will cause his children to grow in stature and favor with him for his glory and his people’s good. 1. Like Father, Like Sons 2. Growth in Grace
November 13, 2019
The Coming of the Lord (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)
On Sunday, November 10, 2019, Harry Monroe taught on "The Coming of the Lord" from 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18. Paul encourages the persecuted Thessalonian Christians by pointing them to the hope of the return of Christ.
November 13, 2019
Communion in Christ (1 Corinthians 10:16-17)
On Sunday, November 3, 2019, Rev. Andrew Moody, Pastor of San Antonio Reformed Church, preached "Communion in Christ" from 1 Corinthians 10:16-17. ". . . we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread" (1 Corinthians 10:17b).
November 4, 2019
Sanctification and Brotherly Love (1 Thessalonians 4:1-12)
On Sunday, November 3, 2019, Harry Monroe lead the adult Sunday School class in a discussion on sanctification and brotherly love from 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12. Paul addresses the church in Thessalonica, not the pagan culture outside the church. The world didn't believe about morality what the church believed. This is increasingly so in twenty-first century American culture as well. Faithfulness on the part of a church consists of both right doctrine as well as right behavior. In verses 3-8, Paul instructs the Thessalonians on maintaining their sanctification in terms of their abstaining from sexual immorality . In verses 9-12, Paul applies our calling to brotherly love: work to support yourself and mind your own business, so that your self-sufficiency will adorn your profession of faith before those outside the church.
November 4, 2019
Hannah's Hymn (1 Samuel 2:1-10)
On October 27, 2019, Pastor Joe Troutman preached on Hannah's Hymn from 1 Samuel 2:1-10. View the Orders of Worship. God prevails against all his and our enemies, and because of that, he is worthy of all our worship. 1. His Eye Is On The Sparrow (vs. 1-3) 2. This Is My Father's World (vs. 4-8) 3. Wondrous King, All Glorious (vs. 9-10)
October 28, 2019
God's Elect Exiles (1 Peter 1:1,2)
On October 20, 2019, Rev. Robert Mossotti preached on God's elect exiles from 1 Peter 1:1,2. First Peter was written to Christians living in an environment such as ours. It was written to remind Christians who they are, and what they must do to remain who they are in a world filled with trials, with constant temptations to ungodliness, and to conformity to this present evil age. Peter’s first letter can be divided into three overarching themes: 1. Christians are God’s chosen people elected to a high, divine purpose. 2. An exhortation to be holy in the midst of an ungodly and pagan world. 3. Taking up our cross and following after Christ’s pattern of life. Submitting to share in his sufferings, in order to share in his glory.
October 21, 2019
A Life Pleasing to God (1 Thessalonians 4:1-12)
On October 20, 2019, Harry Monroe taught on a life pleasing to God from 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12. Paul's teaching on how the Thessalonians in particular, but all Christians in general, should live in the midst of a pagan society. The focus is on the faithfulness of the church, not the transformation of the culture.
October 21, 2019
Something New Under the Sun (Luke 24:13-27)
On October 13, 2019, Rev. Robert Mossotti preached "Something New Under the Sun" from Luke 24:13-27. "They looked for an inheritance in this world, but instead ultimately received something better. They expected to receive the promises of God, but in receiving the Holy Spirit in Jesus Christ they received the God of the promise. They looked for the holy land, but received the Holy One. 'I am your exceedingly great reward.'"
October 17, 2019
Paul's Longing to See the Thessalonians Again (1 Thessalonians 2:17-20)
On October 13, 2019, Harry Monroe taught on Paul's longing to see the Thessalonians again from 1 Thessalonians 2:17-20.
October 17, 2019
My Time is at Hand (Matthew 26:17-29)
On October 6, 2019, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "My Time is at Hand" from Matthew 26:17-29. As with the Passover, but even more clearly with the Lord's Supper, it is the gospel proclaimed in visible words. 1. The Passover Feast [8:05] 2. The Passover Lamb [16:45]
October 16, 2019
Sufferings of the Thessalonians (1 Thessalonians 2:13-16)
On October 6, 2019, Harry Monroe taught on the sufferings of the Thessalonians from 1 Thessalonians 2:13-16.
October 16, 2019
Paul's Ministry to the Thessalonians (1 Thessalonians 1:9-2:12)
On September 29, 2019, Harry Monroe taught on Paul's ministry to the Thessalonians from 1 Thessalonians 1:9-2:12. 1 Thessalonians 1:9-2:12 English Standard Version 9 For they themselves report concerning us the kind of reception we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, 10 and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come. Paul's Ministry to the Thessalonians 2 For you yourselves know, brothers,[a] that our coming to you was not in vain. 2 But though we had already suffered and been shamefully treated at Philippi, as you know, we had boldness in our God to declare to you the gospel of God in the midst of much conflict. 3 For our appeal does not spring from error or impurity or any attempt to deceive, 4 but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not to please man, but to please God who tests our hearts. 5 For we never came with words of flattery,[b] as you know, nor with a pretext for greed—God is witness. 6 Nor did we seek glory from people, whether from you or from others, though we could have made demands as apostles of Christ. 7 But we were gentle[c] among you, like a nursing mother taking care of her own children. 8 So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us. 9 For you remember, brothers, our labor and toil: we worked night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you, while we proclaimed to you the gospel of God. 10 You are witnesses, and God also, how holy and righteous and blameless was our conduct toward you believers. 11 For you know how, like a father with his children, 12 we exhorted each one of you and encouraged you and charged you to walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory. Footnotes: 1 Thessalonians 2:1 Or brothers and sisters; also verses 9, 14, 17 1 Thessalonians 2:5 Or with a flattering speech 1 Thessalonians 2:7 Some manuscripts infants
October 15, 2019
May Yahweh Establish His Word (1 Samuel 1:21-28; 2:11)
On September 29, 2019, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "May Yahweh Establish His Word" from 1 Samuel 1:21-28, and 2:11. God's Spirit conforms us to his will, grants our petitions, and makes us able to keep the vows we have taken before him. 1. A Cone of Uncertainty [10:46] 2. A Secret Resolve Revealed [18:10] 3. The Faithfulness of the Father [23:28]
October 15, 2019
Saintly Greetings and Benedictions (Philippians 4:21-23)
Rev. Joe Troutman 21 Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The brothers who are with me greet you. 22 All the saints greet you, especially those of Caesar's household. 23 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.
October 21, 2018
The God Who Provides (Philippians 4:19-20)
Rev. Joe Troutman 19 And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. 20 To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.
October 14, 2018
Partners in Trouble (Philippians 4:14-18)
Rev. Joe Troutman 14 Yet it was kind of you to share my trouble. 15 And you Philippians yourselves know that in the beginning of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, no church entered into partnership with me in giving and receiving, except you only. 16 Even in Thessalonica you sent me help for my needs once and again. 17 Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to your credit. 18 I have received full payment, and more. I am well supplied, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God.
October 7, 2018
Content in All Things through the Strength of Christ (Philippians 4:10-13)
Rev. Joe Troutman 10 I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. 11 Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. 12 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. 13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
September 30, 2018
Thinking and Doing (Philippians 4:8-9)
Rev. Joe Troutman 8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. 9 What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me--practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
September 16, 2018
Rejoice! The Lord Is at Hand (Philippians 4:4-7)
Rev. Joe Troutman 4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. 5 Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; 6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
September 9, 2018
Our Citizenship Is in Heaven (Philippians 3:20-4:1)
Rev. Joe Troutman 20 But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself. 4:1 Therefore, my brothers, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm thus in the Lord, my beloved.
August 26, 2018
Two Ways to Walk (Philippians 3:17-19)
Rev. Joe Troutman 17 Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us. 18 For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. 19 Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things.
August 12, 2018
Press On (Philippians 3:12-16)
Rev. Joe Troutman 12 Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 13 Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you. 16 Only let us hold true to what we have attained.
August 5, 2018
Count it as Rubbish; Counted as Righteous (Philippians 3:4-11)
Rev. Joe Troutman 4 though I myself have reason for confidence in the flesh also. If anyone else thinks he has reason for confidence in the flesh, I have more: 5 circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; 6 as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless. 7 But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. 8 Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith-- 10 that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.
July 8, 2018
Put No Confidence in the Flesh (Philippians 3:1-3)
Rev. Joe Troutman 1 Finally, my brothers,rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you is no trouble to me and is safe for you. 2 Look out for the dogs, look out for the evildoers, look out for those who mutilate the flesh. 3 For we are the circumcision, who worship by the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh--
July 1, 2018
Complete What Is Lacking (Philippians 2:19-30)
Rev. Joe Troutman 19 I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, so that I too may be cheered by news of you. 20 For I have no one like him, who will be genuinely concerned for your welfare. 21 For they all seek their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ. 22 But you know Timothy'sproven worth, how as a son with a father he has served with me in the gospel. 23 I hope therefore to send him just as soon as I see how it will go with me, 24 and I trust in the Lord that shortly I myself will come also. 25 I have thought it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus my brother and fellow worker and fellow soldier, and your messenger and minister to my need, 26 for he has been longing for you all and has been distressed because you heard that he was ill. 27 Indeed he was ill, near to death. But God had mercy on him, and not only on him but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow. 28 I am the more eager to send him, therefore, that you may rejoice at seeing him again, and that I may be less anxious. 29 So receive him in the Lord with all joy, and honor such men, 30 for he nearly died for the work of Christ, risking his life to complete what was lacking in your service to me.
June 17, 2018
We Can Work It Out (Philippians 2:12-18)
Rev. Joe Troutman 12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. 14 Do all things without grumbling or questioning, 15 that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, 16 holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. 17 Even if I am to be poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all. 18 Likewise you also should be glad and rejoice with me.
June 10, 2018
Have this Mind (Philippians 2:5-11)
Rev. Joe Troutman 5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
June 3, 2018
Content to Live, Content to Die (Philippians 1:18b-26)
Rev. Joe Troutman 18 What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice. Yes, and I will rejoice, 19 for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance, 20 as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death. 21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22 If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. 23 I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. 24 But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account. 25 Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all, for your progress and joy in the faith, 26 so that in me you may have ample cause to glory in Christ Jesus, because of my coming to you again.
April 29, 2018
Appointed to Be a Prisoner (Philippians 1:15-18a)
Rev. Joe Troutman 15 Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from good will. 16 The latter do it out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. 17 The former proclaim Christ out of rivalry, not sincerely but thinking to afflict me in my imprisonment. 18 What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice. Yes, and I will rejoice,
April 22, 2018
Unexpected Advance of the Gospel (Philippians 1:12-14)
Rev. Joe Troutman 12 I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, 13 so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ. 14 And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.
April 15, 2018
Paul’s Prayer for the Philippians (Philippians 1:9-11)
Rev. Joe Troutman 9 And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, 10 so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
April 8, 2018
Co-Partakers of Grace (Philippians 1:7-8)
Rev. Joe Troutman 7 It is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I hold you in my heart, for you are all partakers with me of grace, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel. 8 For God is my witness, how I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus.
March 25, 2018
From Concept to Completion (Philippians 1:6)
Rev. Joe Troutman 6 And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
March 18, 2018
Partners in the Gospel (Philippians 1:3-5)
Rev. Joe Troutman 3 I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, 4 always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.
March 11, 2018
Grace to You and Peace (Philippians 1:2)
Rev. Joe Troutman 2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
March 4, 2018
To All the Saints (Philippians 1:1)
Rev. Joe Troutman 1 Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, with the overseers and deacons:
February 25, 2018
The Fruit of Faith (Matthew 21:17-22)
On Sunday, October 23, 2011, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "The Fruit of Faith" from Matthew 21:17-22. "Those who don't bear fruit, like the fig tree, will be cursed. But those who believe in Jesus Christ will bear fruit, especially the fruit of worship." 1. In Search of Fruit (vs. 17-19) 2. Faith Yields Fruit (vs. 20-22) mcopc.org
October 23, 2011
The King Comes Home (Matthew 21:12-17)
On Sunday, October 16, 2011, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "The King Comes Home" from Matthew 21:12-17. "The house of the King is a house of prayer and worship, and in order to make true worshipers, the King himself will be offered up as a sacrifice." 1. The True Owner of the House (vs. 12-14) 2. The Unfaithful Tenants (vs. 15-16) 3. The Children of the House (vs. 16-17) mcopc.org
October 16, 2011
Christ Will Not Break a Bruised Reed (Matthew 12:15-21)
On Sunday, December 26, 2010, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "Christ Will Not Break a Bruised Reed" from Matthew 12:15-21. "Jesus Christ was broken and crushed so that bruised sinners like you and me who believe in Christ can be saved from our sins." 1. A Generous God 2. A Gentle Servant 3. The Gentiles' Hope mcopc.org
December 26, 2010
With Healing in His Wings (Matthew 12:9-14)
On Sunday, December 19, 2010, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "With Healing in His Wings" from Matthew 12:9-14. "Jesus came, Jesus lived, Jesus died, all for the purpose of showing mercy, so that everyone who calls upon his name will be saved. 1. A Merciless Trap (vs. 9-12) 2. The Cost of Mercy (vs. 13-14) mcopc.org
December 19, 2010
A Prayer for Enlightenment (Ephesians 1:15-23)
On Sunday, November 28, 2010, Rev. Mike Rasmussen preached "A Prayer for Enlightenment" from Ephesians 1:15-23. 15 For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, 16 I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, 18 having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might 20 that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. 22 And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.
November 28, 2010
The Least in the Kingdom (Matthew 11:7-19)
On Sunday, November 21, 2010, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "The Least in the Kingdom" from Matthew 11:7-19. "Jesus says that the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than the prophet John because believers now live in the full light of the gospel." 1. A Prophet (vs. 7-10) 7 As they went away, Jesus began to speak to the crowds concerning John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind? 8 What then did you go out to see? A man dressed in soft clothing? Behold, those who wear soft clothing are in kings' houses. 9 What then did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. 10 This is he of whom it is written, “‘Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way before you.’ 2. The Least is Greater Than a Prophet (vs. 11-15) 11 Truly, I say to you, among those born of women there has arisen no one greater than John the Baptist. Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. 12 From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and the violent take it by force. 13 For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John, 14 and if you are willing to accept it, he is Elijah who is to come. 15 He who has ears to hear, let him hear. 3. A Friend of the Least (vs. 16-19) 16 “But to what shall I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to their playmates, 17 “‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn.’ 18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ 19 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is justified by her deeds.”
November 21, 2010
The One Who is to Come (Matthew 11:1-6)
On Sunday, November 14, 2010, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "The One Who is to Come" from Matthew 11:1-6. "In the face of John's doubt, Jesus reminds him of who he is and what he has done, and he gives that same assurance to everyone who believes in him." 1. Doubt (vs. 1-3) When Jesus had finished instructing his twelve disciples, he went on from there to teach and preach in their cities. 2 Now when John heard in prison about the deeds of the Christ, he sent word by his disciples 3 and said to him, “Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?” 2. Proof (vs. 4-6) 4 And Jesus answered them, “Go and tell John what you hear and see: 5 the blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them. 6 And blessed is the one who is not offended by me.”
November 14, 2010
The Cross Divides and Reconciles (Matthew 10:34-42)
On Sunday, November 7, 2010, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "The Cross Divides and Reconciles" from Matthew 10:34-42. "Jesus took up his cross which set his Father against him, so that sinful people could find life in him and be reconciled to his Father." 1. Divided by the Cross (vs. 34-37) 34 “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. 36 And a person's enemies will be those of his own household. 37 Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 2. Take Up Your Cross (vs. 38-39) 38 And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39 Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. 3. Unified by the Cross (vs. 40-42) 40 “Whoever receives you receives me, and whoever receives me receives him who sent me. 41 The one who receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet's reward, and the one who receives a righteous person because he is a righteous person will receive a righteous person's reward. 42 And whoever gives one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward.”
November 7, 2010
Have No Fear (Matthew 10:26-33)
On Sunday, October 31, 2010, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "Have No Fear" from Matthew 10:26-33. "Have no fear when you confess your faith in Christ, because God, who has power over life and death, has become your heavenly Father." 1. Proclaim (vs. 26-27) 26 “So have no fear of them, for nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. 27 What I tell you in the dark, say in the light, and what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops. 2. Proper Fear (vs. 28-31) 28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. 29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. 30 But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. 3. Confession or Denial (vs. 32-33) 32 So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, 33 but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.
October 31, 2010
Sheep in the Midst of Wolves (Matthew 10:16-25)
On Sunday, October 24, 2010, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "Sheep in the Midst of Wolves" from Matthew 10:16-25. Jesus desires for wolves to become sheep, and so he sends out his disciples to bear witness to the salvation that comes through him alone. 1. Sent to Bear Witness (vs. 16-20) 2. For Jesus’s Name Sake (vs. 21-23) 3. Discipleship (vs. 24-25)
October 24, 2010
Jesus and the Gates of Hell (Matthew 16:13-21)
On Sunday, October 17, 2010, Rev. Clarence Mays preached "Jesus and the Gates of Hell" from Matthew 16:13-21.
October 17, 2010
Sending Out Laborers (Matthew 9:35-10:15)
On Sunday, October 10, 2010, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "Sending Out Laborers" from Matthew 9:35-10:15. Out of compassion for the lost, Jesus sends us to proclaim the precious gospel of the kingdom to those who are harassed and helpless. 1. Compassion (9:35-38) 2. Authority (10:1-4) 3. The Word (10:5-15)
October 10, 2010
Bursting the Bonds (Matthew 9:18-34)
On Sunday, October 3, 2010, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "Bursting the Bonds" from Matthew 9:18-34. Jesus breaks the power of sickness, death and Satan’s kingdom, because he came to set free sinners like you and me. 1. A Dead Girl Rises (vs. 18-19, 23-26) 2. Always Unclean (vs. 20-22) 3. Two Blind Men (vs. 27-31) 4. A Muted Man (vs. 32-34)
October 3, 2010
Feasting and Fasting (Matthew 9:14-17)
On Sunday, September 26, 2010, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "Feasting and Fasting" from Matthew 9:14-17. Jesus is your Bridegroom, and he lavishes upon you, as his Bride, precious gifts. 1. To Fast or Feast? (vs. 14-15) 2. Clothing and Wineskins (vs. 16-17)
September 26, 2010
Follow Me (Matthew 9:9-13)
On Sunday, September 19, 2010, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "Follow Me" from Matthew 9:9-13. Jesus calls sinners--undeserving of his favor--into his service, and he loves us in spite of our continued sin, and he conforms us to his image. 1. The Call (v. 9) 2. Sitting with Sinners (vs. 10-11) 3. Mercy (vs. 12-13)
September 19, 2010
The Forgiveness of Sins (Matthew 9:1-8)
On Sunday, September 12, 2010, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "The Forgiveness of Sins" from Matthew 9:1-8. The Great Physician is the healer of souls, and to all who believe in him, he promises the forgiveness of sins. 1. Triage (vs. 1-2) 2. Who Blasphemes? (vs. 3-5) 3. The Authority of the Son of Man (vs. 6-8)
September 12, 2010
Binding the Strongman (Matthew 8:28-34)
On September 5, 2010, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "Binding the Strongman" from Matthew 8:28-34. Jesus comes as conquering King to set his people free, and not even Satan himself can stand against King Jesus. 1. The Demons Shudder (vs. 28-29) 2. From Bondage to Freedom (vs. 30-32) 3. The Children of Wrath (vs. 33-34)
September 5, 2010
Following Jesus Through the Storm (Matthew 8:18-27)
On August 29, 2010, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "Following Jesus Through the Storm" from Matthew 8:18-27. Jesus committed himself to die on the cross in our place so that we would be able to follow him through the trials of life. 1. To Follow Jesus (vs. 18, 19, 21) 2. The Cost (vs. 20, 22-24) 3. The Son of Man (vs. 25-27)
August 29, 2010
Raising Up Children From Stones (Matthew 8:5-17)
On August 22, 2010, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "Raising Up Children from Stones" from Matthew 8:5-17. Jesus is the promised offspring of Abraham who blesses the nations by healing them of sin. 1. Children from Stones (vs. 5-13) 2. The Blessings on the Family (vs. 14-15) 3. The Purpose of Jesus's Ministry (vs. 16-17)
August 22, 2010
A True Confession (Matthew 7:21-29)
On Sunday, August 8, 2010, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "A True Confession" from Matthew 7:21-29. Being in the church does not guarantee your acceptance by Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit must first give you the ability to confess Jesus as the Messiah. 1. A False Confession (vs. 21-23) 2. True Wisdom (vs. 24-27) 3. Authority (vs. 28-29)
August 8, 2010
The Narrow Gate (Matthew 7:12-20)
On August 1, 2010, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "The Narrow Gate" from Matthew 7:12-20. Life as a Christian is difficult, but we are able to follow Jesus, not in our strength, but because of what Jesus has done for us on the cross. 1. Summing Up (v. 12) 2. Two Gates (vs. 13-14) 3. False Prophets (vs. 15-20)
August 1, 2010
The Giver of Good Things (Matthew 7:7-11)
On July 25, 2010, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "The Giver of Good Things" from Matthew 7:7-11. If the desire of our hearts is to seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness, Jesus promises that his Father will answer our prayers. 1. The Promises of Jesus (vs. 7-8) 2. The Goodness of Your Heavenly Father (vs. 9-11)
July 25, 2010
Judging and Judgment (Matthew 7:1-6)
On Sunday, July 18, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "Judging and Judgment" from Matthew 7:1-6. Jesus Christ was judged and condemned in our place so that we may proclaim salvation to sinners, that they might escape the coming wrath at the Last Day of Judgment. 1. Condemnation (vs. 1-2) 2. Hypocrisy (vs. 3-5) 3. Rejected Mercy (v. 6)
July 18, 2010
Where is Your Treasure? (Matthew 6:19-24)
On July 4, 2010, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "Where is Your Treasure?" from Matthew 6:19-24. We who have been redeemed by Jesus Christ find our security, not in earthly treasures, but in our Father in heaven. 1. Heavenly Treasure (vs. 19-21) 2. Heavenly Vision (vs. 21-23) 3. Heavenly Master (v. 24)
July 4, 2010
Day of Dependence (Matthew 6:16-18)
On June 27, 2010, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "Day of Dependence" from Matthew 6:16-18. When believers fast, we trust that Jesus Christ, through his death and resurrection, has given us everything we need for faith and life.
June 28, 2010
Believing in Jesus (John 2:23-3:21)
On June 20, 2010, Rev. Clarence Mays preached "Believing in Jesus" from John 2:23-3:21.
June 21, 2010
When You Pray, Part 4 (Matthew 6:12-15)
On June 13, 2010, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "When You Pray, Part 4" from Matthew 6:12-15. For all who believe in Jesus Christ, because of his death and resurrection, our sins are forgiven, and we have victory over evil. 1. Deep in debt (vs. 12, 14-15) 2. The Hour of Trial (v. 13) 3. Doxology We apologize for the low quality of this week's recording.
June 14, 2010
When You Pray, Part 3 (Matthew 6:10-11)
On June 6, 2010, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "When You Pray, Part 3" from Matthew 6:10-11. Jesus teaches us to pray for his will to be done, and for our daily bread, so that we will be content for all that God has done for us. 1. God's Glorious Will (v. 10b) 2. God Glorified in Our Needs (v. 11)
June 7, 2010
When You Pray, Part 2 (Matthew 6:9-10a)
On May 30, 2010, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "When You Pray, Part 2" from Matthew 6:9-10a. We can pray that our Father in Heaven be glorified because we have been redeemed by our Lord Jesus Christ. 1. Our Glorious Father and King (v. 9a) 2. God's Glorious Name (v. 9b) 3. God's Glorious Kingdom (v. 10a)
May 31, 2010
A Theology of Suffering (Job 38:1-11)
On May 23, 2010, US Army Chaplain, Rev. Paul Berghaus preached "A Theology of Suffering" from Job 38:1-11.
May 24, 2010
When You Pray (Matthew 6:5-8)
On May 16, 2010, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "When You Pray" from Matthew 6:5-8. Jesus Christ teaches us to pray because he has gained access for us to his Father's throne by his death, by his resurrection and by his ascension. 1. Not Like the Hypocrites (v. 5) 2. Not Like the Pagans (v. 7) 3. Like the Sons of God (vs. 6,8)
May 17, 2010
Praised by Men or Praised by God? (Matthew 6:1-4)
On May 9, 2010, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "Praised by Men or Praised by God?" from Matthew 6:1-4. Jesus obeyed his Father by selflessly giving his life for us so that we could be obedient to the Father and selflessly give to others. 1. Fair Warning (v. 1) 2. Hypocrisy in Giving (v.s 2) 3. Secrecy in Giving (v. 3-4)
May 9, 2010
How to Love Your Enemy (Matthew 5:43-48)
On Sunday, May 2, 2010, Rev. Joe Troutman preached "How to Love Your Enemy" from Matthew 5:43-48. Jesus commands us to love our enemies, because God loved us while we were his enemies, and gives us his Spirit to make this possible. 1. Hatred versus Love (verses 43-44) 2. Sons of the Father (verses 45-47) 3. Perfection (verse 48) mcopc.org
May 2, 2010
As Good as Your Word (Matthew 5:33-37)
On April 18, 2010, Pastor Joe Troutman preached on being as good as your word from Matthew 5:33-37. Jesus proved that his word was true by dying in our place, and rising from the dead on the third day, just as he foretold. 1. Do Not Swear in Vain (v. 33) 2. No Oath at All (vs. 34-36) 3. Yes or No (v. 37)
April 18, 2010
Keeping Your Marriage Vows (Matthew 5: 31-32)
On April 11, 2010, Pastor Joe Troutman preached on keeping your marriage vows from Matthew 5:31-32. Jesus intends for marriage to be a reflection of his love for the church. He loved his church enough to die for her. 1. Legal Notice (v. 31) 2. Divorce as Adultery (v. 32)
April 11, 2010
Adultery in the Heart (Matthew 5:27-30)
On April 4, 2010, Pastor Joe Troutman preached on adultery in the heart from Matthew 5:27-30. Our sin, even in its most hidden form, requires drastic measures: namely, the death of Jesus Christ on the cross, and his triumph over sin and death in his resurrection. 1. Sexual Covetousness (vs. 27-28) 2. Drastic Measures (vs. 29-30)
April 4, 2010
Murder in the Heart (Matthew 5:21-26)
On March 28, 2010, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "Murder in the Heart" from Matthew 5:21-26. Jesus Christ gives grace to those who humbly walk with him, so that we can be forgiven, and can forgive others. 1. The Person Who is Angry (vs. 21-22) 2. The Person Who Has Made Another Angry (vs. 23-26)
March 29, 2010
Fulfilled (Matthew 5:17-20)
On March 21, 2010, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "Fulfilled" from Matthew 5:17-20. Jesus came to bring freedom from the oppressive requirements the Scribes and Pharisees added to the Law. At the same time, he shows us that the requirements of the Law are even more strict than they taught. 1. To Fulfill (v. 17) 2. Until All is Accomplished (vs. 18-19) 3. Greater Righteousness (v. 20)
March 22, 2010
Salt and Light (Matthew 5:13-16)
On March 14, 2010, Pastor Joe Troutman preached on salt and light from Matthew 5:13-16. Disciples who are faithful to Jesus are as useful to the world as salt on food, or as light in darkness. 1. The Salt of the Earth (v. 13) 2. The Light of the World (vs. 14-16)
March 15, 2010
Blessed Are . . . Part 3 (Matthew 5:9-12)
On March 7, 2010, Pastor Joe Troutman preached the third sermon in a series on the Beatitudes from Matthew 5:9-12. Because God made peace with you through Jesus's life and death, you are able to make peace with others, but you should expect persecution for Jesus's account. 1. Peacemakers (v. 9) 2. Those Who Are Persecuted (vs. 10-12)
March 8, 2010
Blessed Are...Part 2 (Matthew 5:6-8)
On February 28, 2010, Pastor Joe Troutman preached the second of two parts on the Beatitudes from Matthew 5:6-8. We become citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven by the life and death of Jesus, and Jesus is teaching us to be what we have become. 1. Those Who Hunger and Thirst (v. 6) 2. The Merciful (v. 7) 3. The Pure in Heart (v. 8)
March 1, 2010
Blessed Are... Part 1 (Matthew 5:1-5)
On February 21, 2010, Pastor Joe Troutman preached the first of two parts on the Beatitudes from Matthew 5:1-5. Jesus teaches what it means to be a citizen of the Kingdom of Heaven, and we are called to believe because of who he is, and what he has done for us. 1. Jesus Begins to Teach (vs. 1-2) 2. Blessed are the Poor in Spirit (v. 3) 3. Blessed are Those Who Mourn (v. 4) 4. Blessed are the Meek (v. 5)
February 22, 2010
The Power of the Word (Matthew 4:12-25)
On February 14, 2010, Pastor Joe Troutman preached on the power of the word from Matthew 4:12-25. Common words spoken by God with the witness of the Holy Spirit in our hearts call us to repentance and faith in Christ Jesus. 1. Fulfilling (vs. 12-17, 23a) 2. Calling (vs. 18-22) 3. Healing (vs. 23b-25)
February 15, 2010
The Temptation of Jesus (Matthew 4:1-11)
On February 7, 2010, Pastor Joe Troutman preached on the temptation of Jesus from Matthew 4:1-11. Jesus was tempted in the wilderness, so that through his death and resurrection, sinners like you and I may be able to resist the devil to the very end of our lives. 1. Put to the test (vs. 1-2) 2. If you are the Son of God (vs. 3-7) 3. If you will worship me (vs. 8-11) 4. It is written (vs 4, 6, 7, 10)
February 8, 2010
The Lamb of God (Matthew 3:13-17)
On January 31, 2010, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "The Lamb of God" from Matthew 3:13-17. Jesus fulfilled all righteousness for his people by receiving John's baptism of repentance so that he can identify with his people. 1. The Humiliation and Exaltation of Identification [5:50] 2. The Reason for Identification [15:06]
January 31, 2010
Elijah Who Is To Come (Matthew 3:1-12)
On January 24, 2010, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "Elijah Who Is To Come" from Matthew 3:1-12. The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand. The King sits on his throne as judge. Therefore, all people everywhere, are commanded to repent. 1. John the Preacher (vs. 1-3) [7:43] 2. John the Prophet (vs. 4-10) [16:25] 3. John the Baptist (vs. 11-12) [21:21]
January 24, 2010
The Israel of God (Matthew 2:13-23)
On January 17, 2009, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "The Israel of God" from Matthew 2:13-23. This passage call us to confess Jesus as our King and our Savior, who gives salvation to everyone who will repent of their sins and believe in him. 1. Into Exile (vs. 13-15) [9:01] 2. From Weeping to Gladness (vs. 16-18) [14:49] 3. The Despised Branch of Jesse (vs. 19-23) [22:55]
January 18, 2010
An Undying Affection (John 14:27-31)
On January 3, 2010, Rev. Professor Elliott Greene preached "An Undying Affection" from John 14:27-31. An undying affection is what the Christ represents, is and wants to be sincerely in us. God saves us through his Son’s affection. We are being kept by Christ’s faithful love for his Father of which we have become partakers.~Elliott Greene (paraphrased) In 2010, Elliott Green was assistant pastor and missionary at New St. Peter's Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Dallas, Texas. He was also Associate Professor of Biblical and Pastoral Theology at Redeemer Seminary in Dallas, and principal of Tyrannus Hall for Pastoral Development. Today, Dr. Greene is Seminarian in Residence at Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Houston, Texas.
January 4, 2010
His Own Received Him Not (Matthew 2:1-12)
On December 27, 2009, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "His Own Received Him Not" from Matthew 2:1-12. The Kingship of Jesus threatened Herod, but it threatens us as well. It threatens our sovereignty over our own lives. But the response of faith is to fall down before Christ, and worship him. 1. In Search of the King (vs. 1-2) [7:09] 2. The Disbelief of God's People (vs. 3-8) [10:47] 3. Gentiles Worship Jesus (vs. 9-12) [17:23]
December 28, 2009
The Long-Awaited King (Matthew 1:1-17)
On December 13, 2009, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "The Long-Awaited King" from Matthew 1:1-17. Jesus is the true Son of Abraham, which makes him true Israel; he is also the true Son of David, which makes him the true King of Israel. 1. The Son of Abraham 2. The Son of David
December 14, 2009