Friday, April 29, 2011

Love and Betrayal Again

"And it was night" (John 13:30).

So ends the scene in the Word of God presenting Jesus' last supper with his disciples. We return this Lord's Day to John 13:1-30 as Jesus displays his deep love in the face of betrayal by Judas. It would be an incredibly dark and depressing story were it not for the love of Jesus, quietly but powerfully demonstrating that he is the Anointed One who takes away the sin of the world. Join us to praise him.

Songs
Psalm 1
Doxology
Come, Ye Sinners (#300)
Come, Let Us to the Lord Our God (#330)
How Sweet and Awful Is the Place (#238)

Scripture Reading
Old Testament: Genesis 40; Psalm 144
New Testament: Matthew 23:23-39

Sermon
Love and Betrayal (Part 2) - John 13:1-30

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

What Does the Word "Law" Mean in the Scriptures?

A very important observation - 

In both the Old and New Testaments, the word law focuses on the commands and regulations of the Mosaic covenant. In most instances the word law does not refer to instruction in a general sense but concentrates on what God demands that his people do. In both the Old and New Testaments this is apparent, for verbs like "keep" and "do" are linked with the law.

Thomas Schreiner, 40 Questions About Christians and Biblical Law

Friday, April 22, 2011

By a Man Came Resurrection

Jesus was declared to be the Son of God in power by his resurrection from the dead. All of us who belong to him rejoice in him this coming Sunday, and we invite you to come and see and put your trust in the Lord!

Songs
Christ, the Lord, Is Risen Today (#156)
Doxology
Jesus, in His Heavenly Glory (#170)
Arise, My Soul, Arise (#174)
Thine Be the Glory (#162)

Scripture Reading
John 20:1-23

Sermon
By a Man Came Resurrection - 1 Corinthians 15:20-23

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

New Location

As announced on our website, HCBC is moving our Sunday services to Colorado Springs Charter Academy at 2577 N. Chelton Rd. We are grateful for the time we spent at James Irwin Charter School, and now we are looking forward to worshiping and serving the Lord together at our new location. Join us!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Love and Betrayal

Before this week, I had never seen what a classic story of love and betrayal is found in John 13. Christ's faithful, forgiving, serving love is set in the context of cruel betrayal by one of his closest associates. If you have any love for the love of Christ, this passage will compel you to worship. Join us this Lord's Day.

Songs
O Father, Thou Whose Love Profound (#29)
Glory Be to the Father
Jesus Loves Me (#719)
Let Us Love (#483)
May the Mind of Christ My Savior (#476)

Scripture Reading
Old Testament: Genesis 39; Psalm 119:1-16
New Testament: Matthew 23:1-22

Sermon
Love and Betrayal (Part 1) - John 13:1-30

Friday, April 08, 2011

Not Believing and Believing

An astounding scene unfolds before our eyes - Jesus cries out that "whoever believes" will not remain in darkness...and he does it standing before a crowd who "could not believe." In fact, it was a crowd that in a short time would call for his crucifixion. What is going on here? Join us this Lord's Day as the Gospel of John shows us Jesus as the only Savior of the world.

Songs
Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing (#243)
Glory Be to the Father
He Was Wounded for Our Transgressions (#149)
O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus (#249)
Amazing Grace (#247)

Scripture Reading
Old Testament: Genesis 37; Psalm 81
New Testament: Matthew 22:23-46

Sermon
Not Believing and Believing - John 12:37-50

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Slave

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Last night I was greatly edified and challenged by John MacArthur's recent book Slave. I commend it to you. I liked this quote from Charles Spurgeon.

Every true Christian pronounces this phrase, "Jesus our Lord," with the emphasis of unreservedness. We desire that Christ Jesus should be our Lord in everything and Lord over every part of our being....He who truly loves Jesus, and who knows that he is one of those who are redeemed by him, says with all his heart that Jesus is Lord, his absolute Sovereign, his Despot, if that word be used in the sense of Christ having unlimited monarchy and supreme sway over the soul. Yea, O "Jesus our Lord," thou shalt be the autocratic, imperial Master of our heart, and of the whole dominion of our manhood!

The book closes with its major point: "To be a Christian is to be a slave of Christ."

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Study the Law

In 40 Questions about Christians and Biblical Law, Thomas Schreiner gives four reasons why it is important for Christians to study the role of the law in the Bible.

  • First, one's understanding of the law determines how one puts the whole Bible together.
  • Second, those who study the role of the law will have a firmer grasp of...theological systems (dispensationalism, covenant theology, theonomy, or Lutheranism).
  • Third, the role of the law is closely related to justification.
  • Fourth, the law relates to the will of God.
"To sum up," he says, "the study of the law is intellectually challenging, theologically crucial, and practically relevant. It cannot be dismissed as an academic enterprise that is unrelated to the everyday lives of believers."

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Context, Context, Context

I thank the Lord for Carl Trueman, for this reason - he understands the churchly shape of the Christian faith, hence he has a sharp eye for how "unchurched" American Christianity really is. Here he states something that all American evangelicals (including fundamentalists) need to take to heart.

Schism is an ecclesiological word.  It has no meaning outside of a church context.

Give Attention to the Public Reading of Scripture

Excellent advice from A. W. Tozer on the public reading of Scripture.

To read the Bible well in public we must first love it. 

Read his thoughts here.

Jesus before Pilate

In light of our series of sermons through the Gospel of John, and in light of the approaching remembrance of our Savior's crucifixion and resurrection, I thought you might enjoy this video about the oldest available written piece of the New Testament, known as P52.

Friday, April 01, 2011

Unexpected Effects

The domino effect shows us how one action can spread to have tremendous impact. Jesus said that he would be "lifted up" in death, and the effects of that action are truly cosmic in scope. Through his shameful death, Jesus is glorified, the Father is glorified, Jesus' followers from all over the world are honored, and the ruler of this world is cast out. Glory shines through judgment. Join us this Lord's Day to see Jesus high and lifted up.

Songs
Come, Thou Almighty King (#63)
Glory Be to the Father
Hallelujah! What a Savior (#128)
O Sacred Head Now Wounded (#139)
Glory Be to God the Father (#72)

Scripture Reading
Old Testament: Genesis 35; Psalm 9
New Testament: Matthew 22:1-22

Sermon
The Hour Has Come - John 12:20-36

True Religion Is...

Here is a thought-provoking post from Paul Helm, challenging Jonathan Edwards' idea that true religion consists in great part in the affections. Helm argues that Edwards' claim is both exaggerated and unclear. He concludes, "The Religious Affections is an important book, but in my view it would be unwise to take its teaching on what true religion consists in very seriously."

Read the whole thing, and then go to the Scriptures!

Update: Sean Lucas responds.

Update 2: Paul Helm offers a surrejoinder.