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  1. Sharon Reformed Church. Street Address: 6858 State Route 10 Sharon Springs, New York 13459. Mailing Address: PO Box 92 Sharon Springs, New York 13459. Office: 518-234-2387 Sunday Service: 11:00 am. Rev. Paul Ferenczy, Interim Pastor. You may reach a church elder at the following email address:

  2. May 30, 2021 · The Heart of Sylvania Church. Sylvania is a Bible-saturated, Gospel-driven, missions-oriented, reformed, Southern Baptist church in Tyler, TX, whose aim is to see Jesus supremely treasured ( Matthew 13:44) not only here in Tyler and Smith County, but in every people group in every nation on earth. And we’d love for you to join us.

  3. Church blog — Winnsboro Reformed Church › news

    Apr 19, 2021 · Physical Eden may have been lost temporarily, but spiritual Eden is accessible right now. When we gather, that gathering is an act of faith through which we look forward to a physical gathering of all God’s people one day in perfect communion with God in a future Eden yet to be realized. One day Eden will encompass the entire earth.

  4. This will be a test for many men right now. It will cost! It cost the apostles and early Christians. It cost the Reformers and Puritans. It cost some who had to separate from apostasy. It is costing some of you right now! Another essential in reforming a church is: there must be men with some boldness and determination.

  5. Why I Believe We Are Not Living in “The ... - Covenant Reformed › why-i-believe-we-are-not
    • Introduction
    • What Does Matthew Really Mean?
    • Bad Translations
    • The Use of Coming in The Old Testament
    • The Use of “Coming” in Revelation 2-3
    • Heaven & Earth Shaking Terminology
    • The Last Days and The Disciples Expectation
    • Specific Uses of The “Last Days”
    • Conclusion

    Christians have been debating views of the end times since the second century. Though certain positions have been recognized as heresy (and vigorously condemned), the historic church has not made a particular view of the “Last Days” a test of orthodoxy. All true Christians will agree that Jesus is going to come back. All agree that He will resurrect His saints, judge evil and usher in the eternal state. However, in regards to the details, sincere, godly men coming to the same passages, have arrived at different conclusions. Thus the church has made room for a variety of positions. In different ages, some views have enjoyed more popularity than others. But the issue must never be “which view has the most proponents” but rather, “which view best interprets the Scriptural data in a proper manner.” This principle is especially important when considering the New Testament phrase, “the Last Days.” Many Christians are so certain that they already understand what it means, they never really...

    Matthew 24 is one of the best known prophetic passages in the New Testament. But just what exactly is Jesus prophesying here? Many assume it is His second coming. But is this necessarily so? The greater context is clearly the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD. In Matthew 23:29 Jesus pronounces judgment on the Pharisees with the time table set in verse 36. He then weeps for the coming desolation of Jerusalem in verses 37-39. In 24:1-3 The disciples marvel at the beauty of the temple. Jesus then predicts that the temple, and the city will be destroyed. the disciples then ask “when will this happen?” Everything from that point on is Jesus answer to their question. The only real reason why this passage is assumed to refer to the Second Coming, and not the events of 70 AD seems to be the prophetic imagery in 27-31. Since these events “obviously” did not happen in 70 AD, the entire passage must therefore be manipulated to make the Second Coming fit into the schema of events that Jesus det...

    So many people look at Matthew 24 with preconceived ideas, that it has actually skewed the translation from the Greek. For example, in Matthew 24:30 states that the tribes of the earth will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds with power and great glory. Many immediately conclude this must be a clear reference to the Second Coming. And if one just looked at the English translation, this would appear to be the case. The phrase seems to say that “everybody in the world will see Jesus in the sky.” However, the phrase “tribes of the earth” is actually better translated “tribes of the land.” In Greek, the words “land” and “earth” are interchangeable. But in this context, “land is better because this phrase is a common referent to the land of Israel (Abbot-Smith 91).” Thus it is not the entire earth that is mourning, but rather Israel. This changes the entire perspective on the passage. If it is the whole earth that mourns, this suggests a universal event. But if it is only Israel that...

    But the text does talk about the Lord Jesus’ coming doesn’t it? What else could His coming be except when He returns? Contemporary Christians, influenced by 150 years of millenarian agitation, are preconditioned to interpret the term “coming” almost exclusively in regards to the Second Coming. Yet the Scriptures themselves do not necessarily use the term in that way. Though there indeed will be a physical, bodily return of Christ at the fulfillment of time (e.g. Acts 1:11), Christ can also said to “come” many times in history. The term does not require a physical appearance because it is a metaphor for Christ exercising His power and dominion over the world and judging the nations. For example, the phrase “coming on clouds” is a well known Old Testament term for God coming in salvation to His elect and judgment on His enemies. (Psa 104:3, Isa 19:1, Nah 1:3). “God’s coming on the clouds of heaven is an almost commonplace Scriptural symbol for His presence, judgment, and salvation” (C...

    Substantiating evidence for this understanding of the Lord’s coming is found in the Seven Letters to the churches in Revelation two and three. Jesus specifically warns /promises the churches in 2:5, 16, 3:3, 3:11 that He is coming soon. In each case, the context is coming in judgment. This judgment cannot be at the end of the world since it involved activities occurring right up to the coming itself. It cannot refer to the future at all because none of these churches now exist! It must refer to something that happened within the lifetimes of those specific churches. While some have argued that the churches represent the entire array of Church history, no one has ever agreed which church represents which age. Even the best argument, that these churches are symbolic of the problems of all churches in all ages, fails to do justice to the text itself. Seven historical churches are encouraged, exhorted and warned of impending judgment. Jesus promises specifically to come to four of them....

    Some may argue that the earth shaking, heavens trembling terminology in Matthew 24 does not fit 70 AD. But this is typical prophetic imagery used throughout the Old Testament in regards to God bringing judgment against a nation. The Bible is a divine book, but it is also literature. God inspired the authors to write in literary styles that were well known and well understood. For comparisons see the following texts: Isaiah 13:9-10, 34:4, Amos 8:9, Ezekiel 32:7-8. In each instance, the same “heaven shaking” phraseology is used to describe the judgment on a historical nation. In each case, God did do just as He had promised, but the signs did not “literally” come true. This is figurative, prophetic language used in the Scriptures to describe the cosmic judgment by the Ruler of Creation. It is especially relevant in regards to Israel because it was the end of one age and the beginning of another. “What Jesus is saying in Matthew 24, therefore, in prophetic terminology immediately recog...

    The disciples fully understood that they were living in a time of transition between one age and the age that was to come (Russell 255). The transition between the end of the Old Covenant and the beginning of the New was the outpouring of the covenant curses upon an apostate Israel. The first sign of Israel’s impending destruction was at Pentecost when the Holy Spirit came in power and gave the gift of tongues. Contemporary debates about tongue speaking seldom address the fundamental reason why God gave this gift in the first place. Tongue speaking was a fulfillment of prophecy that God had removed His covenant from Israel, given it to the despised Gentiles and was about to bring judgment against them. Paul specifically teaches this in 1 Corinthians 14:21 when he quotes Isaiah 28:11: “By men of strange tongues and by the lips of strangers will I speak to this people, and even so they will not listen to me…” The context of Isaiah 28 is the beginning of God’s covenantal judgment on Is...

    The specific phrase “last days” (or “latter times”) occurs 9 times in the New Testament in the writings of Paul, James, Peter, John and Jude. A careful investigation of each of the occurrences shows that in context, the best understanding must refer to the impending judgment on Israel in 70 AD. For example in 1 Timothy 3:14-4:6 Paul warns Timothy of the importance of sound doctrine to the household of God because the Spirit has predicted that in “later times” some will fall away from the faith (1 Tim 4:1). Paul tells Timothy this so that he can warn the brethren and if he does so, he will be commended as a faithful servant of Christ Jesus (1 Tim 4:6). But if the later times is in reference to a future event 2,000+ years in the future, why is Paul addressing the situation in Timothy’s church? Why should the Apostle Paul warn Timothy of something that neither he nor his people would ever see? Yes, it might be relevant to us, but what about the last two thousand years of Church history...

    If the above understanding of the “last days” is correct, then it has profound effects on our concept of Christianity and its relationship to the world around us. Rather than defeat, we ought to expect to see the Lord Jesus lead His church to victory. The assumption that Christian progress in the world will be ultimately undermined by an end times apostasy is no longer valid. Yes, apostasy and heresy come, but Christ is greater than either and has already defeated and disarmed their ruler (Col 2:15). Christians ought to expect the gospel to go forth with power, to meet the devils of this age and scatter them to the pit. There is nothing that stands between the Christian church and the victorious fulfillment of the Great Commission of Matthew 28:19-21 than our own obedience. Some may complain that this sounds like Postmillennialism. Though that discussion is beyond the scope of this paper it must be answered, if this is what the Bible teaches, so what? Though now largely out of favor...

  6. What Is Keeping You From Your Church? – › 2020/10/12 › what-is-keeping-you

    Oct 12, 2020 · You will find other things to fill your Sunday mornings and commitment to your church will wax and wane. Many of you have very good reasons for not venturing out into public spaces right now. Some of you find yourselves right in the middle of the risk categories and as a result, you are making the right choice by staying out of public spaces.

  7. Reformed Theology Family Issues : Reformed › r › Reformed

    Reformed Theology Family Issues. Basically my brother thinks that reformed theology is from Hell and that Calvin is in Hell right now with everyone who believes in it. He thinks that I'm going to Hell if I don't repent of believing in it. He keeps arguing saying how the Calvinist God creates robots and sends them to Hell and that God has faith ...

  8. Strange Fire Conference: John MacArthur, “Reformed Theology ... › 2013/10/17 › strange

    Oct 23, 2013 · John MacArthur’s church, Grace Community Church has been hosting the Strange Fire Conference. I was reading notes from the first day of the conference and these words spoke out to me: * * * The Contrast of Reformed Theology. By contrast, Reformed theology, sound doctrine, is not a haven for false teachers. It’s not where false teachers reside.

  9. Leaving CERC (Christ Evangelical Reformed Church) – WIDOWED AT 25 › 2021/04/10 › leaving

    Apr 10, 2021 · Building the right culture for the right people is essential; as maybe, right now, the mentioned church’s culture may work for the majority part of the church but it may probably not work for the rest minority of the group that dares not in speaking up, afraid of the majority’s approval & fear to be excluded from being the part of the body.

  10. I'm tired. : Reformed › r › Reformed

    I'm the worship director for a 500 member non-dom but mostly reformed church in a small town, where many people are farmers, ranchers, and "good ol' boys." I've needed to be reminded that although the life style, worldview, and choices of many members of my congregation are not those that I grew up in, the Holy Spirit is still in control.

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