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TableTalk – With What Body?

With What Body Shall We Be Raised?

Text. Daniel 12:1-3, 1st Corinthians 15:35-45

This week’s ‘TableTalk’ is very different.  In this study I am going to look at a subject which can be upsetting, if not downright alarming. It is not suitable for children, or those who are nervous, for it will evoke images of the lost dead.  We shall ask firstly, is there a difference between the resurrection body of the lost, and the resurrection body of the saved, and secondly, will there be a difference between my present body and my future, resurrection body?  When we search the scriptures, we are confronted with two marked contrasts. 

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What a difference between:

1 The Resurrection Body of the Saved and that of the LostDaniel 12:1-3,  

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The Aftermath – Acts 16:35-38

The Mission at Philippi is Concluded (for now)

Acts 16:35-38

A new day has dawned.  When we left the apostles in our last study, they were at the Prison Officer’s home. Acts 16:34 But the following morning finds them back at the prison.  The disciples and the prisoners hadn’t run away when the prison doors were opened, for their confidence was in the Lord.  Now, what will the new day bring for them?  There’s a very simple sequence of events.

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1  Freedom is Granted to the Prisoners. v35  

So the town councillors have sent the police round to the prison to instruct the gaoler that the imprisonment of the apostles was to be ended.  These ‘officers’ or ‘sergeants’ were the ‘Lictors,’ the rod-bearers – the very same minor government officials who had beaten them the day before.  Now they must go to the prison to arrange their release.   But they were sent by the magistrates…     

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Catechism Class: The Purpose and Structure of the Lord’s Prayer.

The Lord’s Prayer – Overview

Text. Matthew 6:9

Heidelberg Catechism: Lord’s Day 45C2 – Q119 

The catechist has introduced us to the Lord’s Prayer, which is the model prayer for all our prayers.  So we move on now to look at the model prayer itself, and before we begin to examine the petitions in the prayer, let’s make a few important general observations about it.

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What Must I Do To Be Saved?

Praise, Panic and Prayer. 

Acts 16:25-34

What must I do to be saved?”  The prison officer’s question has been written in the minds of thousands of people, and I’ve no doubt has been instrumental in awakening people to their need of salvation.  So, it is our responsibility to read the passage, in context, and with a correct understanding of the work of God in salvation and the correct response of men and women to that work of God.  However, we start with…

1 Praise in Their Reversal. 25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them,

Now, let’s remind ourselves, again, of the condition of these two prisoners.  They are, obviously, in prison and from a natural viewpoint, it’s a serious reversal, a set-back.  Let’s review the previous verses, Acts 16:22-24 

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The General Resurrection of the Dead.

“The 1st and 2nd Resurrections of the Dead”

Text. John 5:24-30

We are going to look at the subject of The Resurrection of the Dead.  The problem is that as soon as we speak of the resurrection, Christians will disagree.  Is there one resurrection? Or two, or three, or even four?  And when we sort all that out, how on earth will we be able to be resurrected from the dead if we have been cremated, or eaten by lions (as many first century Christians were) or lost at sea and eaten by fish…  all that is the huge task that lies ahead of us in this Bible Study.

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What Would Luther Make of Us?

What Would Luther Think of Us?

Text: “For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes …For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, the just shall live by faith.”  

Romans 1:16-23 

Michael Horton:  “… today’s Protestants actually have little to be proud of as we survey the movement as a whole. The content of our messages and the shape of our worship services are largely determined by cultural preferences, marketing strategies, and crowd-pleasing techniques from the entertainment industry, rather than by Scripture. At the end of the day, what we’re left with is a kind of narcissistic spirituality that caters to the desires and felt needs of the masses, rather than a transcendent word that confronts, challenges, and rescues fallen sinners“.

Would Luther recognise modern worship?
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Catechism Class: Lord’s Day 45C Q118-119

Catechism Class: Heidelberg Catechism Lord’s Day 45C, Q118-119

LD45C –  What should We Ask God For When We Pray? 

Before we look at Q118 and 119, let;’s remind ourselves of what we learned about prayer already from our instructor in the catechism.  Firstly, we learned WHY God requires us to pray, because prayer is a mark of our gratitude to God, and because  prayer is a means of Christian growth.  Finally because prayer brings Glory to Almighty God.  

Then in our second look at LD45, we saw what our prayers should consist of, – we called it ‘the Marrow of Prayer.’  Prayer should be made with obedience, with repentance and humility, and with confidence that God will always answer according to his will and purpose.  

But we are also encouraged to ASK our Heavenly Father for His grace to help us in our times of need, for him to turn his face toward us and regard us in our helplessness and favour our prayers, even though we do not deserve such love as he so freely lavishes upon us. 

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Martin Luther and the Indulgences.

What did Martin Luther find so Objectionable about the Indulgence?

Text .  Romans 5:8-9

Around 500 years ago, Martin Luther, an Augustinian monk, was becoming more and more concerned about a scandal that was happening in a town near where he lived where a religious huckster was selling supposed ‘spiritual blessings’ for money -, possibly the very first ‘faith and prosperity teacher in the church, trading money for supposed and highly dubious spiritual blessings.’  The year was 1517, and throughout some of the regions of Germany an indulgence had been proclaimed, to raise funds for the completion of St Peter’s basilica in Rome.  The cleric who was raising the funds (there’s a lot of political intrigue going on behind the scenes) was Albert of Mainz, and his claims for the indulgence were extravagant to say the least.

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(Roland Bainton in ‘Here I Stand’)  “The instructions given to the indulgence sellers declared that a plenary indulgence had been issued by His Holiness Pope Leo X to defray the expenses of remedying the sad state of the blessed apostles Peter and Paul and the innumerable martyrs and saints whose bones lay mouldering, subject to constant desecration from rain and hail. Subscribers would enjoy a plenary and perfect remission of all sins. They would be restored to the state of innocence which they enjoyed in baptism and would be relieved of all the pains of purgatory, including those incurred by an offence to the Divine Majesty.  Those securing indulgences on behalf of the dead already in purgatory need not themselves be contrite and confess their sins.”

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History Podcast – Rev Sandy Peden.

Condensed Peden History Series – Coming soon on The Semper Reformata Podcast

Sandy Peden – ‘The Prophet of the Covenant’ was one of the leading preachers among the Presbyterian Covenanters of Scotland in the seventeenth century. His life and testimony is an inspiration to persevere for Christ through the darkest of times.

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On this new series of talks on Sandy Peden, Bob McEvoy will do an introduction to his life, in the hope that you will become interested in Covenanter history, and explore more.

Listen to the series TRAILER here: https://anchor.fm/bob-mcevoy/episodes/History-Podcast-Trailer—Rev-Sandy-Peden-eoesoc Or search for The Semper Reformata Podcast on your preferred podcast platform.

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Praise, Panic and Prayer.

Acts 16:25-34

What must I do to be saved?”  The prison officer’s question has been written in the minds of thousands of people, and I’ve no doubt has been instrumental in awakening people to their need of salvation.  So, it is our responsibility to read the passage, in context, and with a correct understanding of the work of God in salvation and the correct response of men and women to that work of God.  However, we start with…

1 Praise in Their Reversal. 25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them,

Now, let’s remind ourselves, again, of the condition of these two prisoners.  They are, obviously, in prison and from a natural viewpoint, it’s a serious reversal, a set-back.  Let’s review the previous verses, Acts 16:22-24 

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