The Semper Reformata Podcast
Matthew 26v17-30 The Lord's Supper
Matthew 26v17-30 The Lords SupperHoly Communion: The Lord's Supper, its nature and observation.This recording was made at Ballymacashon, and has some echo. Read the notes here.
Catechism Class: LD28 Q75 TAKE - EAT!
Catechism Class: LD28 Q75 TAKE - EAT!We are looking at Lord’s Day 28, Q5, where the catechist asks us, How does the Lord's supper signify and seal to you that you share in Christ's one sacrifice on the cross and in all his gifts? The answer states, In this way: Christ has commanded me and all believers to eat of this broken bread and drink of this cup in remembrance of him. With this command he gave these promises: First, as surely as I see with my eyes the bread of the Lord broken for me and the cup given to me, so surely was his body offered for me and his blood poured out for me on the cross.Second, as surely as I receive from the hand of the minister and taste with my mouth the bread and the cup of the Lord as sure signs of Christ's body and blood, so surely does he himself nourish and refresh my soul to everlasting life with his crucified body and shed blood.The disciples were commanded by Jesus, to TAKE the bread and wine and to EAT/DRINK it. We explore the significance of those two aspects of our participation in the Lord's Supper.Read the NOTES HERE.
The History & Danger of Technocracy, and a Christian ResponseA lecture recorded live at Templepatrick Reformed Church and used with their kind permission.Technocracy: Agenda 2030 and the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’ looms. Who is behind this agenda and what is their ultimate aim? A basic examination of the history and economic philosophy of ‘The Technocracy,’ and its modern incarnations in globalist organisations and movements; their schemes and plans for the future of mankind, and the evil forces that drive them. Finally, a plea to Christians, to be alert and watchful, to engage in spiritual warfare, (not carnal) and to trust in God. READ: Psalm 2:1-5 John 8:32 And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free..The subject is Technocracy and Technocrats.Read the NOTES HEREOTHER WORLDVIEW LECTURES:The Gender AgendaMalthusianismCovid : Fear Vs Faith
Behold the Lamb of God
Behold the Lamb of God'John 1:29-34 Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.In this study we want to look at the passage which contains an absolute gem of a verse. Let’s spend a little time exploring its brightness, and exploring its riches.A sermon preached at Ballymacashon and Templepatrick, and recorded at Templepatrick Reformed Church, - audio used with their permission.Read the NOTES HERE.
Catechism Class: LD27 Q74 Babies and Baptists!
LD27 Babies and Baptists!The Catechism teaches us that we are to baptise believers, and the infant children of those believers. Here’s that question - Q74: “Should infants, too, be baptised?” The answer is, “Yes. Infants as well as adults belong to God's covenant and congregation. Through Christ's blood the redemption from sin and the Holy Spirit, who works faith, are promised to them no less than to adults. Therefore, by baptism, as sign of the covenant, they must be incorporated into the Christian church and distinguished from the children of unbelievers. This was done in the old covenant by circumcision, in place of which baptism was instituted in the new covenant.” In this episode Bob attempts to explain Covenant Baptism so that Credo Baptists, - and others - who disagree with the catechist, may at least understand why.Check out the NOTES here.
The Great Commission
The Great Commission - Matthew 28:18-20Jesus, reminds us of his omnipotence, and commissions his disciples to go into the whole world and make disciples. They are to TEACH - Christian ministry is a teaching work, for we make disciples by teaching the doctrines of the faith, so that sinners will come under conviction of sin, repent and trust the Saviour. After that teaching ministry and related to it, comes Baptism (and Holy Communion) - the Christian call to ministry is a call to Word and Sacrament. The sacraments are visual aids of the gospel, illustrations of our Christ focussed cross c centred message.Jesus also tells us how baptism is to be done, with a Trinitarian formula, we baptise in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. In our current climate of woke hatred for the Bible and Christianity we will not fond it easy to obey the Great Commission, but we have a cast iron promise from Christ, that He IS with us - right until the end of the world.This address was recorded at Ballymacashon, so it contains extraneous sounds, echo, and a yapping dog at a neighbouring house!READ THE NOTES HERE.
Catechism Class: LD27 Q72 and 73 WHAT! Baptism Saves You?
Catechism Class: Lord's Day 27 Q72-73 Baptism Saves You?In this episode we diverge from our normal lessons to look at a perplexing passage from 1st Peter 3:18, where Peter tells us that "Baptism now saves you..." Whatever can he mean? we know that baptism cannot save us! Doesn't Peter know that?Yes, he does, and if we put the verse in context we will learn HOW baptism saves us, by pointing us away from itself, from the physical act of washing (in whatever format) to Christ, just as the water of the flood saved Noah, by compelling him to enter the ark for safety.Read the NOTES HERE.
Why Jesus Came
WHY JESUS CAMEA sermon preached at Templepatrick Reformed Church, on Lord's Day evening, 25th December 2022, based on Colossians 1:12-1412 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: 13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: 14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
Planning for 2023?
It's New year's DayBut more importantly it is The Lord's Day, 1st January 2023, and many will be looking ahead to what the year will bring and making plans. Here's a passage from James 4:13-17People sometimes say, “I don’t need God, tomorrow will be rosy, failure is not on my agenda.” They will think that you make your own future. That’s the very attitude that James is dealing with here. Listen to the podcast - and have a very blessed and peaceful year in 2023.