Archive for March 23rd, 2015

March 23, 2015

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

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

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

March 23, 2015

Announcements for Week of March 22, 2015

Robert Mossotti, OPC Licentiate

Robert Mossotti, OPC Licentiate

The following are the announcements for the week of March 22-28, 2015:

Our next North Tarrant County Galatians Bible Study will be this Tuesday, March 24, from 7-8PM. The study will be taught by OPC Licentiate, Robert Mossotti (subscribe to Robert’s SermonAudio podcast). Call the church for location (phone number below map in sidebar).

Next Sunday evening, March 29, we will host the DFW-Area Combined Worship Service.

The March Library Spotlight is James Bannerman’s The Church of Christ. “In the last one hundred and fifty years no other Westmisnter Calvinist has defended and exposited Presbyterian church polity like him, and the Church of Christ remains unparalleled, especially for its elucidation of church power.”–Rev. Dr. A. Craig Troxel, pastor of Bethel OPC, Wheaton, IL.

March 23, 2015

Grief Undone: A Journey with God and Cancer

Grief Undone Cover

Status: Available

Publisher’s Description

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

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

Elizabeth Groves About the Author

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

Book Details

224 Pages

Publisher: New Growth Press

Publication Date: March 2015

ISBN 10: 1939946522

ISBN 13: 9781939946522

(HT: WTS Books)

March 23, 2015

Doing the Work of God (John 6:22-29)

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

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

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

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

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