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CHRISTIAN THOUGHT

Dr. Horton on the Need for a Modern Reformation

I think this post from Dr. Horton communicates the sentiments of Emmaus Christian Fellowship quite well. As I read it, I found myself saying, “amen, amen, and amen!” A modern reform is needed indeed, and I believe this is the way. http://www.modernreformation.org/default.php?page=articledisplay&var1=ArtRead&var2=1384&var3=main via Dr. Horton on the Need for a Modern Reformation « On the ...Read More

LIFE ISSUES

From Your Heart, Forgive

It is true that it can be difficult to forgive someone who has wronged you, but forgiveness is the Christian way! Jesus said, “Pray then like this… ‘forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.’” (Matthew 6:12, ESV) In my short time in pastoral ministry I have noticed that Christians sometimes struggle to ...Read More

Suffering and Comfort in Christ

This is for my brothers and sisters in Christ who are struggling with trials of various kinds right now. 2 Corinthians 1 was in our Bible reading plan today, and I wanted to be sure that you were encouraged by it. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of ...Read More

Waiting on the Lord

Psalm 130 (ESV) A SONG OF ASCENTS. “1 Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD! 2 O Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my pleas for mercy! 3 If you, O LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? 4 But with you there ...Read More

What should we expect from Christ when our hearts are full of sorrow and confusion?

Luke 24:13-35 What should we expect from Christ when our hearts are full of sorrow and confusion? Introduce the text I. The Narrative A. Scene 1 – Two discouraged men on the road to Emmaus (Vs.13-14) B. Scene 2 – Jesus joins the two men and asks them questions (Vs. 15-24) C. Scene 3 – ...Read More

SPIRITUAL GROWTH

CHURCH LEADERSHIP

CHURCH LIFE

CHURCH PRACTICES

The Liturgy of Emmaus Explained

Episode 23 Joe Anady and Mike Thezier provide an overview of the liturgy (order of worship) of Emmaus Christian Fellowship and seek to explain the biblical and theological rationale behind it. Listen in to find out why we do what we do in our corporate worship on the Lord’s Day.

Membership Required?

Episode 22 Joe Anady and Mike Thezier discuss the membership process at Emmaus Christian Fellowship and why membership in a local church is so important and biblical.

Foundational Teachings on Church Associations from the 2016 ARBCA GA

I was blessed to attend the General Assembly (GA) of the Association of Reformed Baptist Churches of America (ARBCA) this year. It was hosted by Grace Reformed Baptist Church in Rockford, Illinois from May 26-28. The host church went above and beyond in showing hospitality. It was truly an excellent experience. Mike and I recorded ...Read More

The Christian Sabbath: The Law is Good

My objective in this short series on the Christian Sabbath is to persuade you to believe that the fourth commandment – “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy” (Exodus 20:8, ESV) – applies to the Christian today just as the other nine commandments do. It is true that we are not justified by the keeping ...Read More

The Christian Sabbath: Our Confession

The fourth of the Ten Commandments is this: “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, ...Read More

OUTREACH

Preaching the Gospel with Precision

I decided to read a couple of Spurgeon’s sermons today. It’s been some time since I have done so, but I think it is a good habit to read and to learn from those who are considered to be the best. Spurgeon was indeed a great preacher. Some would say the “Prince of Preachers”, and ...Read More

FAMILY

Resources to Help Better Understand the Baptist Catechism

Church, I wanted to share with you three resources that I have found useful in my studying of the Baptist Catechism. While two of the three resources are based on the Westminster Shorter Catechism, you will see that the WSC and Baptist Catechism are very similar. A majority of the differences are in regards to ...Read More

The Ordinary Christian Family by Tedd Tripp

Tedd Tripps wonderfully explains that when the family dynamic is in proper biblical order it acts as a school of theology, school of social relationship, and school of the gospel.  I appreciated the article and thought you might as well. The Ordinary Christian Family by Tedd Tripp One of my adult sons recently commented to me that the ...Read More

A Neglected Grace: Family Worship in the Christian Home by Jason Helopoulos

Publisher’s Synopsis: “Pastor Jason Helopoulos calls parents and church leaders to reclaim the practice of family worship. This indispensable means of grace directs our children to seek Christ daily, preparing them to go out into the world as fully functioning Christian adults, who love Christ and see all of life in relation to Him.” Nerd ...Read More

Age of Opportunity: A Biblical Guide to Parenting Teens by Paul David Tripp

Publisher’s Synopsis: “Are you hoping to merely survive your teenagers? With compassion, wit and wisdom, Tripp uncovers the heart issues affecting families during the often chaotic adolescent years. Gain assurance of God’s provision for parenting success and discover ways to seize the countless opportunities to deepen communication, learn, and grow with your teens.” Nerd Factor: ...Read More

This Momentary Marriage: A Parable of Permanence by John Piper

Publisher’s Synopsis: “The chasm between the biblical vision of marriage and the common human conception is—and has always been—gargantuan. Reflecting on over forty years of matrimony, John Piper exalts the biblical meaning of marriage over its emotion, exhorting couples to keep their covenant as a display of Christ’s covenant-keeping love for the church. He aims ...Read More

The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God by Timothy Keller

Publisher’s Synopsis: “Based on the acclaimed sermon series by New York Times bestselling author Timothy Keller, this book shows everyone—Christians, skeptics, singles, longtime married couples, and those about to be engaged—the vision of what marriage should be according to the Bible. Modern culture would have you believe that everyone has a soul mate; that romance ...Read More

When Sinners Say “I Do”: Discovering the Power of the Gospel for Marriage by Dave Harvey

Publisher’s Synopsis: “Marriage is the union of two people who arrive at the altar toting some surprisingly large luggage. Often it gets opened right there on the honeymoon, sometimes it waits for the week after. The Bible calls it sin and understanding its influence can make all the difference for a man and woman who ...Read More

Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp

Publisher’s Synopsis: “Written for parents with children of any age, this insightful book provides perspectives and procedures for shepherding your child’s heart into the paths of life. Shepherding a Child’s Heart gives fresh biblical approaches to child rearing.” Nerd Factor: Low Emmaus Staff Comments: If I could recomend only one book to parents, this would ...Read More

CHURCH HISTORY

“How God Became Jesus” – Recommended Podcast Episode

Brothers and Sisters, Do you remember how a few Sundays ago I spent a good bit of time introducing the Gospel of John, talking about different views concerning authorship and the dating of the book? All of that eventually lead to the comment, by way of application, that “we Christians need to learn to think ...Read More

The Unfolding of the History of Redemption

Teaching Outline – Genesis 4 – 11 The Unfolding of the History of Redemption 3/18/2012 Intro What can we know about the unfolding of the history of redemption from Genesis 4 through 11? The hostility between the seed of the woman and the seed of the serpent is real and it is clearly visible in ...Read More

BIBLICAL STUDIES

“How God Became Jesus” – Recommended Podcast Episode

Brothers and Sisters, Do you remember how a few Sundays ago I spent a good bit of time introducing the Gospel of John, talking about different views concerning authorship and the dating of the book? All of that eventually lead to the comment, by way of application, that “we Christians need to learn to think ...Read More

Holy War

I always appreciate the insights gained from Michael Horton and the rest of the contributors on The White Horse Inn, but I found this episode to be particularly insightful. I would imagine that most Christians have, at some time in their lives, puzzled over the texts in Joshua where God commands the people of Israel ...Read More

GOD

Sermon: Selected Texts: The Perfections of God

Old Testament Reading: Micah 5 “Now muster your troops, O daughter of troops; siege is laid against us; with a rod they strike the judge of Israel on the cheek. But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who ...Read More

Sermon: Selected Texts: The Nature of God

Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 7:1–17 “In the days of Ahaz the son of Jotham, son of Uzziah, king of Judah, Rezin the king of Syria and Pekah the son of Remaliah the king of Israel came up to Jerusalem to wage war against it, but could not yet mount an attack against it. When the ...Read More

JESUS CHRIST

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"Him we proclaim,
warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom,
that we may present everyone mature in Christ."
(Colossians 1:28, ESV)

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