The Semper Reformata Podcast
Reprise: War - Famine - Death
Text: Revelation 6:1-8
You must not think of Revelation as linear history, – history written in advance for us. It is unlikely that’s the case. Revelation is not a history book, it is apocalyptic literature, and it is a series of scenes, overlapping in time, moving in parallel through the church age, and out into eternity to come, each scene revealing to us something more of God’s eternal plan and purpose, and each one ending further ahead in history, until at very end of the book we have the final state, a new heaven and earth. In this lesson we shall watch as the first four of the seals are opened, a passage often referred to as ‘The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse”…
This sermon was recorded at Templepatrick Reformed Church and is reproduced here with their kind permission.
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Stop telling Lies!14:55Paul has been teaching the Ephesian Christians that they must respond positively to their conversion. He sums this up in verse 24, “And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.” Having established this general principle, Paul gives us some very practical help, and he begins with the most basic problem of all our lives.Read the NOTES HERE.
The Difference19:10THE DIFFERENCE.Christian people should live ‘good’ lives. They should be ‘good’ people, – not in order to curry favour with God, or to get into heaven, – but out of a grateful response to what Christ has done for us, – out of gratitude for his saving goodness, for us on the cross. Our salvation, and our repentance and our new life in Christ will result in changed attitudes and changed lives and a completely different lifestyle from the unconverted world all around us. Paul, in these verses returns to a theme he has introduced in Ephesians 4:1. AMP: – …that is, to live a life that exhibits godly character, moral courage, personal integrity, and mature behaviour—a life that expresses gratitude to God for your salvation… We must be DIFFERENT. READ THE NOTES HERE.This podcast contains extracts from a sermon preached at Ballymacashon and recorded in studio.
Maturity, Integrity and Unity35:06Maturity, Integrity and UnityEphesians 4:13-16Paul has been reminding the Ephesians of the wonderful gifts that the risen and exalted Christ has given to the church, Grace and Growth and the precious Holy Spirit of God Himself. Being a believer, a member of the Body of Christ, is to KNOW Jesus, to have met him, and trusted him, and at the same time to BELIEVE in him, which will require a basic understanding of Christian teaching. So Paul insists that Jesus has given gifts to his church, through the Holy Spirit, for this reason: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, Paul is referring to our spiritual growth, as a result of Christ’s gracious gifts to his church. Let’s look at this principle.This sermon was preached at both Ballymacashon and TRC. It was recorded at Templepatrick Reformed Church and is reproduced here with their kind permission.Read the NOTES HERE
Growing Old Like Anna28:24Growing Old Like AnnaLuke 2:36-38 Now there was one, Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher.The events of Bethlehem had passed, all happening in God’s appointed time. Galatians 4:4Mary had given birth to her son, the promised baby, who was conceived by the Holy Ghost in the womb of a virgin. Jesus was eight days old when his parents brought him up to Jerusalem, as was customary among the Jews, for his ritual circumcision. Luke 2:21-23 It’s at this point that Anna appears in the Temple courts, and there before her an old man is holding a baby, speaking to the baby’s mother. Anna instantly recognised that this baby was different! He was the promised Messiah!Read the NOTESThis sermon was preached at both Ballymacashon and Templepatrick Reformed Church. It was recorded at TRC and is reproduced here with their kind permission.
The Use of the Media to Manipulate Minds and Change Society01:03:24The Use of the Media to Manipulate Minds and Change Society2 Timothy 1:3-8, & 1 Timothy 3:13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.What we watch affects our spiritual wellbeing. And what we are being served up by the entertainment industry is little more than the merciless destruction of the soul, dressed up in the attractive garb of amusement, and pimped to the public by agenda driven media companies. It is the stirring of the basest instincts of the sinful fallen nature of mankind, for profit. Media prostitutionREAD THE NOTES HEREThis address was given at Templepatrick Reformed Church on 19th January 2024 as part of their Winter Outreach series, and is reproduced here with their kind permission.
Catechism Class: LD52B The Last Word20:28Catechism Class: Lord's Day 52B The Last Word!Our very last look at the Heidelberg Catechism in this series. The last two questions in the catechism concern the ending to the Lord’s Prayer. It’s in the biblical text in Matthew, but not in Luke. It’s likely that these are two separate occasions, for in Matthew Jesus is teaching his disciples, in the Sermon on the Mount, while in Luke he has been praying, which prompts his disciples to ask him to teach them to pray also. Matthew Henry concludes that the differences in the two gospels is a key indication that we should be careful not to use the prayer rigidly as a ‘set prayer.’ But rather to make it the pattern of our daily prayers. So, what does our instructor in the Heidelberg Catechism teach us about the ending to the Lord’s Prayer?Read the NOTES HERE
Our Example of Christian Unity.29:36Christian UnityEphesians 4:4-6In this passage Paul specifically teaches us more about that organic unity – the ‘bond of peace’ that already exists among those who are truly his – those are are part of his kingdom through personal faith in Christ, having repented of their sins and trusted the Saviour. It seems to me that in this passage he uses the unity that exists within the Trinity – the Triune Godhead, to illustrate, and to epitomise the unity that should characterise Christ’s body, the church.This sermon was preached at both Ballymacashon and Templepatrick Reformed Church. It was recorded at Templepatrick and is used here with their kind permission.Read the NOTES.
Table-Talk - OVERWHELMED?12:48Table-Talk - OVERWHELMED?A Meditation on Psalm 62:2What do you do, where do you go, when life's circumstances overwhelm you? In Psalm 62, David has the answer...Music: "Out of my bondage, sorrow and night, Jesus I come."
Catechism Class: LD52 Temptation20:14Catechism Class: Lords Day 52 TemptationWould God ever lead us into temptation? Let’s not gloss over this. God is not capricious, he never changes, he never wants us to stumble and fall, but wants to bring us all to heavenly glory. Yet there are two parts to this petition, firstly that God in his mercy and grace does deliver us from all evil, but at the same time we are conscious of his sovereignty, for there is nothing that is outside his power and command. Everything that happens to us, whether good or bad, is in some sense ordained by God. READ THE NOTES