The Reformations of the 16th century was no less than the rebirth and resurrection of the church of Jesus Christ from false doctrine that laid an impossible burden on people and robbed christ of his glory as the all sufficent Savior of sinners through personal faith in him. The recovery of key doctrine is expressed in later adopted mottos of the five solas- Scripture alone, Grace aloe, faith alone, Christ alone for the glory of God alone.
In this episode, Dr. Venema wraps up our series on Heidelberg Catechism Q&A 80 by reflecting on the ongoing legacy and relevancy of Q&A 80 for today and answers the question of whether its critiques are still valid when considering contemporary Roman Catholicism.
11/19/2023 - Evening Service - Whence This Faith
I. Its Source
II. Its Means
III. Its Object
Lords Day - 25
Scripture : John 6: 35 John 8: 12 John 10: 9. 11. 14. John 11: 25 John 14: 6 John 15: 5 John 8: 58
Psalters : 99, 164, 241, 120
In this episode, we kick off a three-part series on Question and Answer 80 in the Heidelberg Catechism. Led by President of Mid-America, Dr. Cornelis Venema, this series begins with an overview of the history of the Catechism and the origins specifically of Q&A 80, which deals with what it calls the "popish mass."
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Theme: Having been Given the Promised Land, through Sacramental Purity, The Commander of the Lord's Army Comes to Lead Israel into the Promised Land.
I. God Calls Joshua to Circumcise the New Generation of Israelites who Had Not been Circumcised in the wilderness – vv. 1-9
A. The Canaanites Terrified Because of Israel Crossing the Jordan – v. 1
B. Joshua Called to Apply the Covenant Membership Sacrament – vv. 2-3
C. Those Born In the Wilderness Had Not Received the Sign of Covenant Membership – vv. 4-5
D. God Rolls Away the Reproach of Egypt from Israel – vv. 6-9
II. Having Been Initiated into the Covenant, Israel Celebrates the Feast of the Passover – vv. 10-12
A. Israel Celebrates the Passover in the Promised Land – v. 10
B. After Israel Eats the Produce of the Promised Land, the Manna Stopped – vv. 11-12
III. The Commander of the Lord's Army Comes to Lead Israel Into the Promised Land – vv. 13-15
A. Joshua Asks if God's Representative is on Israel's Side – v. 13
B. The Commander of the Lord's Army Doesn't Choose Israel's Side; Israel Must Choose the Lord's Side – v. 14
C. The Commander of the Lord's Army Commands Joshua's Reverence – v. 15
On this Reformation Sunday, Pastor Brewer preaches on the holy sacrament of the Lord's Table, comparing the views of the elements held in the Roman church, the Lutheran denomination, and the Calvinist reformed church.
In the early 1500's the various church reform movements led by Luther, Zwingli and Tyndale tore apart the political landscape of Europe. Although many recognized the corruption and moral laxity of the Roman Catholic Church, they only advocated clean- up actions within. Why was it necessary to separte from Papal Rome? At an Imperial Diet at Speyer John Calvin's letter to the Emperor Charles V was read. In it he sets forth the necessity of reformation and why the Protestants are not guilty of schism. On the contrary, the Papists had so corrupted the church in the vital areas of worship and salvation that a total reformation was needed. The church needed to return to the Bible as its standard and authority. So the Protestant Reformation was a necessity in order to rescue the church from the fatal disease of extraneous doctrine and practice that had engulfed the Roman Catholic Church.