2019 Worship Service Videos

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November 10, 2019

Pastor MacLaren on Vacation! :)

November 3, 2019

Worship Service: 

https://youtu.be/XGgIPbe3qqU

Sermon: "Christ and Culture," Genesis 4:17-26. 

https://youtu.be/Av_e1XZBn78

Special Music: "Morning Sun," with Descant, Trinity Hymnal #287, sung by Pastor MacLaren. Updated 11/11/2019.

https://youtu.be/oT4gP3ASVQ8

October 27, 2019 

Worship Service: 

https://youtu.be/GXsR1nA9Cd8

Sermon: "East of Eden," Genesis 3:22-4:16. 

https://youtu.be/1yRo1Uz7Adw

Reformed Fellowship: "Effectual Calling," a discussion by Pastor MacLaren based on Dr. R. C. Sproul's book ESSENTIAL TRUTHS OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH. (October 31, 2019)

https://youtu.be/Tf3Anw_5H4Q

Special Music: "Morning Sun," Trinity Hymnal #287, sung by Pastor MacLaren.

https://youtu.be/A3OLxfcssiM

October 20, 2019 

Worship Service: 

https://youtu.be/B8iqT9P8lK0

Sermon: "The Serpent and the Son," Genesis 3:14-21. 

https://youtu.be/BOAga6LttzE

Reformed Fellowship: "Predestination and Reprobation," a discussion by Pastor MacLaren based on Dr. R. C. Sproul's book ESSENTIAL TRUTHS OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH. (October 24, 2019)

https://youtu.be/PttZ8zdf7Sg

October 13, 2019 

Worship Service: 

https://youtu.be/dbLz94Y_7CA

Sermon: "An Uncomfortable Conversation," Genesis 3:8-13. 

https://youtu.be/cwX-7zV9Lzo

Reformed Fellowship: "Predestination," a discussion by Pastor MacLaren based on Dr. R. C. Sproul's book ESSENTIAL TRUTHS OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH. (October 17, 2019)

https://youtu.be/06ORKbfb-vc

October 6, 2019 

Worship Service: 

https://youtu.be/mxhcS0igb34

Sermon: "The Forbidden Fruit," Genesis 3:1-7. 

https://youtu.be/iAQ0Vg0tJgY

Reformed Fellowship: "Salvation," a discussion by Pastor MacLaren based on Dr. R. C. Sproul's book ESSENTIAL TRUTHS OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH. (October 10, 2019)

https://youtu.be/jDEV8XH-fOA

September 29, 2019 

Worship Service: 

https://youtu.be/YUUjV8kI9u4

Sermon: "The Garden of Eden," Genesis 2:4-25. 

https://youtu.be/_4zXmlIfNKo

Reformed Fellowship: "The Unforgivable Sin" and "Syncretism," a discussion by Pastor MacLaren based on Dr. R. C. Sproul's book ESSENTIAL TRUTHS OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH. (October 3, 2019)

https://youtu.be/3C2FlktmQhA 

September 22, 2019 

Worship Service: 

https://youtu.be/uWog9xiE-Nw

Sermon: "Man in God's Image," Genesis 1:24-31. 

https://youtu.be/_fbQjKpEWhg

Homily: "Infant Baptism," Belgic Confession of Faith, Article 34b.

https://youtu.be/Z9mIBgW-7tw

 

September 15, 2019 

Worship Service: 

https://youtu.be/4OH4gbUlQK4

Sermon: "In the Beginning, God!," Genesis 1:1-5. The first words of the Bible are foundational for our understanding of the world and our own place in that world. The Bible tells us that we are God's creatures, and that he created all things by his word of power. Watch as Pastor MacLaren begins a new series of messages on the book of Genesis!

https://youtu.be/Q-vJH2dL1kY

Homily: "Christian Baptism," Belgic Confession of Faith, Article 34a.

https://youtu.be/9s3umQUd4AE

 

September 8, 2019 

Worship Service: 

https://youtu.be/YGyjf58wQfg

Sermon: "Christ Above All," John 21:15-25. Watch as Pastor MacLaren concludes his series of messages from the Gospel of John, "Light and Life in Jesus Christ."

https://youtu.be/Ku-66UI6R1o

Homily: "The Sacraments," Belgic Confession of Faith, Article 33.

https://youtu.be/0LOMEl2yrtU

Thursday Reformed Fellowship: "Human Conscience." Watch as Pastor MacLaren explains from his commentary on the book ESSENTIAL TRUTHS OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH by Dr. R. C. Sproul.

 

September 1, 2019 

Worship Service: 

https://youtu.be/g55P-jxw2Ck

Sermon: "Resurrection and Evangelism," John 21:1-14. As the apostle John concludes his gospel account, he tells us of an experience on the Sea of Tiberias where the disciples went fishing with Peter, but caught nothing. As morning broke, a mysterious figure on the shore told them to cast their nets on the right side of the boat, and much to their great surprise and delight, their nets were filled with a great catch of fish. Who was this mysterious stranger, and what was the significance of this amazing experience? Watch as Pastor MacLaren explains in this sermon from his series of messages from the Gospel of John, "Light and Life in Jesus Christ."

https://youtu.be/nyBgmDT3vhk

Thursday Reformed Fellowship: "Human Depravity." We all admit to making "mistakes," and there is always room for improvement. But are the defects of our life merely superficial or do they reflect a much deeper problem? Watch as Pastor MacLaren explains from his commentary on the book ESSENTIAL TRUTHS OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH by Dr. R. C. Sproul.

https://youtu.be/gC02tasstVE

August 25, 2019 

Worship Service: 

https://youtu.be/nyxRSoYrDzg

Sermon: "Tangible Proof," John 20:19-31. Thomas thought he was burned once when he believed in Jesus, he wasn't going to be "burned" again. So when claims of the resurrection began circulating among the disciples, Thomas was not buying it. He insisted that he needed "tangible proof" that Jesus rose from the dead, and without that extraordinary evidence, he was not going to be convinced. When the moment came for Thomas to meet the risen Lord, his demands were swallowed up in confession and worship. Watch as Pastor MacLaren explains in this sermon from his series of messages from the Gospel of John, "Light and Life in Jesus Christ."

https://youtu.be/CBDN5haPyg4

Homily: "Church Discipline," Belgic Confession of Faith, Article 32.

https://youtu.be/_sxRltzyKR8

Thursday Reformed Fellowship: "Original Sin!" Many believe that people are basically good and that our imperfections may be corrected by a change in our environment or through education, meditation, and medication. The Bible has a completely opposite description of our human condition. We are wicked to the very core of our being, and every aspect of our lives is corrupted by our "sin." Can such a view be true? Watch as Pastor MacLaren explains from his commentary on the book ESSENTIAL TRUTHS OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH by Dr. R. C. Sproul.

https://youtu.be/AppLsBe_Yao

August 18, 2019 

Worship Service: 

https://youtu.be/CAz-iMFaJn0

Sermon: "Making Sense of the Resurrection," John 20:1-18. The Gospel of John invites us to see the evidence of the empty tomb through the eyes of the apostle and determine for ourselves that Jesus has indeed risen from the dead. The resurrection is a fact of history, but it is more than that. It is also a declaration of our reconciliation with God. Watch as Pastor MacLaren explains in this sermon from his series of messages from the Gospel of John, "Light and Life in Jesus Christ."

https://youtu.be/LmcCjkX6vkM

Homily: "Church Officers," Belgic Confession of Faith, Article 31.

https://youtu.be/RzMz6_V8Sns

Thursday Reformed Fellowship: "That's a Sin!" Have you ever heard someone say, "That's a sin!" They are usually describing something so offensive that there just is no better way of describing it than as a "sin." But what really is "sin?" Who gets to determine what is sinful or morally evil? Watch as Pastor MacLaren explains from his commentary on the book ESSENTIAL TRUTHS OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH by Dr. R. C. Sproul.

https://youtu.be/RYnFxd_aD1U

August 11, 2019 

Worship Service: 

https://youtu.be/_v9JkVjpbnc

Sermon: "The 'Death Certificate' of Jesus," John 19:31-42. The Gospel of John tells us some interesting things about the burial of Jesus that are not recorded in the other gospels. It is the occasion for two "secret" disciples to boldly reveal themselves as followers of Jesus. It is also the means whereby the apostle John affirms to us the fact of Jesus' real death as a man.

https://youtu.be/vDhvai4HTP0

Homily: "Church Polity," Belgic Confession of Faith, Article 30.

https://youtu.be/1yW4RUZYSCA

Thursday Reformed Fellowship: "Still Our Ancient Foe." Pastor MacLaren discusses the presence of Satan and demons in the world and shows how they were defeated decisively at the cross of Christ. This video also contains Pastor MacLaren's reflections on the recent deaths of two prominent men in the OPC and the challenge of depression in the lives of God's people.

https://youtu.be/sntt3YnUYrs

August 4, 2019 

Worship Service: 

https://youtu.be/jiKqgyj0SEY

Sermon: "It Is Finished!" John 19:16-30. 

https://youtu.be/acQ5aCOaO9U

July 28, 2019 

Worship Service: 

https://youtu.be/g-t3gKwOFlk

Sermon: "Behold the Man!" John 19:1-16. In his pagan pragmatism, Pilate sought to save Jesus from crucifixion by having him mocked and beaten. He knew Jesus was innocent of any capital crimes and posed no threat to Caesar. Perhaps a view of the bloodied and bruised "King of the Jews" would be enough to satisfy the crowd's lust for blood. But he failed to appreciate the depths of hatred toward "the Lord's Christ" (cf. Psalm 2), and finally turned Jesus over to be crucified. Yet in the midst of great pain and humiliation, we see in Jesus his divine nature and matchless love. Watch as Pastor MacLaren continues his series of sermons from the gospel of John, "Light and Life in Jesus."

https://youtu.be/N6g5nJaukEM

Thursday Reformed Fellowship: "Christians in Flesh and Spirit."

https://youtu.be/zTVkpQnMFJ4

July 21, 2019 

Worship Service: 

https://youtu.be/4JqjNEsR2Ug

Sermon: "The King of the Jews," John 18:28-40. Pilate was in a very difficult position. He saw that Jesus was not guilty of any crimes worthy of death, but the Jews were intent on having him executed. They were putting great pressure on him to do what they wanted. Watch as Pastor MacLaren shows how the interview between Jesus and Pilate showed something of the nature of Christ's kingdom and the meaning of truth. See also how the trial of Jesus really becomes God's trial of us.

https://youtu.be/ahxsqLUc3rU

Homily: "The Marks of a True Christian," Belgic Confession of Faith, Article 29b.

https://youtu.be/RB3g19fg99U

Thursday Reformed Fellowship: "Man as Body and Soul." Many Evangelicals believe that our human nature is composed of three parts, body, soul, and spirit. They point to Scripture passages like that in 1 Thessalonians 5:23 for support, and argue that man's soul is morally neutral and capable of thinking obediently and choosing to follow God. The spirit of man however is dead to God and needs to be revived by the new birth. Pastor MacLaren will show from the Scriptures that this is not so. God has composed us of two parts, body and soul. This distinguishes the Christian faith from paganism and from compromises with humanistic faiths.

https://youtu.be/2TULrlvYI50

July 14, 2019 

Worship Service: 

https://youtu.be/66zHZLUUUCQ

Sermon: "Psychoanalyzing Peter," John 18:12-27.  The apostle Peter has been the subject of more armchair pyschoanalysis by pastors and bible teachers than any other New Testament character. In part, it's because Peter is the common man, a man filled with passion and enthusiasm, but at times also a man that is prone to fail and do some embarrassing things. The apostle John joins the three other gospel accounts in telling us about Peter's denial that he knew Jesus when Jesus was placed on trial. It's a particularly sad and troubling story, but John tells it with a twist. Watch as Pastor MacLaren shows what John wants us to learn from Peter's big "mistake."

https://youtu.be/kvNVyYf9db4

Homily: "The Marks of a True Church," Belgic Confession of Faith, Article 29a.

https://youtu.be/xy59X8KS3Oc

Thursday Reformed Fellowship: "Man in God's Image." The Christian faith is unique in its description of man as made in the image of God.  The nature of this "image" has major consequences for our ability to distinguish man from beast, and to see how man can relate really and truly to God. Watch as Pastor MacLaren introduces the idea of the image of God in mankind. This video was recorded on July 19, 2019 at First Presbyterian Church in Perkasie, PA (www.firstchurchopc.org).

https://youtu.be/E1y0fYRW3eU

July 7, 2019 

Worship Service: 

https://youtu.be/5x4oPTH8ZAQ

Sermon: "Glory and Grace!," John 18:1-14.  The betrayal and arrest of Jesus become the occasion for a glimpse of both the transcendent glory and amazing grace of Jesus Christ.

https://youtu.be/A3jdVILH8pw

 

Thursday Reformed Fellowship: "Sanctified by the Spirit." Pastor MacLaren brings together two topics in this one video, yeah, even three! First he will map out a theological landscape for you to see where the Reformed Faith fits in the broad theological/religious landscape. Second, he will discuss the work of the Spirit in sanctifying the church. And finally, he will show that our knowledge of ourselves is mutually informed by our knowledge of God. 

https://youtu.be/Z90ToWusA4w

June 30, 2019 

Worship Service: 

https://youtu.be/5955IAcCsKk

Sermon: "The Unity of the Church," John 17:11-26.  The ecclesiastical landscape is scattered with a plethora of churches, chapels, fellowships, denominations, and associations. Yet, we confess that the Church is "one holy, catholic, and apostolic church." Where is the unity of the church? Was the prayer of Jesus for the unity of his elect lost on the church?

https://youtu.be/wDZtGYcBfQU

June 23, 2019 

Worship Service: 

https://youtu.be/UI2smZOMV7k

Sermon: "The Mediator of the Elect," John 17:6-19.  The night before his crucifixion, Jesus prays commits the safety and well-being of his disciples to his heavenly Father. His prayer is specifically concerned with the disciples as distinguished from the rest of the world. If Jesus prays for the elect in this way, will he not also die specifically for his elect as well?

https://youtu.be/Xe2prqsrnoY

Belgic Confession of Faith: "No Salvation Outside the Church!" Belgic Confession of Faith Article 28. 

https://youtu.be/Y8lAtXt2uck

Thursday Reformed Fellowship: "The Holy Spirit as Comforter." 

https://youtu.be/qGW1OFCSnAw

June 16, 2019 (Trinity Sunday)

Worship Service: 

https://youtu.be/1L3_b7t5_mw

Sermon: "This Is Eternal Life," John 17:1-5.  As the planet Jupiter is crowned with an amazing aurora borealis, so all of creation is crowned with the splendor of God's glory. It is amazing however that on the eve of his horrific death by crucifixion, Jesus was most concerned with the glory of God and the well-being of his disciples. His great prayer on the night in which he was betrayed gives us a true glimpse into his personal glory and the future of his kingdom.

https://youtu.be/gCw2jlDTRIo

Belgic Confession of Faith: "The True Catholic Church!" Belgic Confession of Faith Article 27. The Roman Catholic Church argues that it is the true church by virtue of its historical, institutional union with the early church. By so doing, it intends to portray the Protestant churches as schismatic and not part of the "Catholic" church. Is an institutional, historical connection more authentic than a spiritual, faithful connection?

https://youtu.be/3oOdu4p9Mtw

Thursday Reformed Fellowship: "Tongues and Spirit Baptism." Do you speak in tongues? Many believe that the experience of speaking in tongues is evidence of the Spirit's baptism in one's life, and that this experience enables you to worship God more personally and witness to others more powerfully. But is the present experience of speaking in tongues what was present in the early church, and it that how God wants us to live today?

https://youtu.be/9CCprAjfJrY

June 9, 2019 (Pentecost Sunday)

Worship Service: 

https://youtu.be/q0ofx8n1oMI

Sermon: "Christus Victor," John 16:16-33.  Are you confused by the many different opinions about Jesus? One church says this, and another says that. Who is right? How do we properly understand what he was teaching? The first disciples often had trouble understanding Jesus, particularly the spiritual nature of his message. They tended to interpret everything in its most basic, literal sense, and from the perspective of their own inherited theological traditions. Consequently, they often missed the main point of what Jesus was saying. That continues to be a problem in the church today, as people read the Bible to support their own beliefs and opinions rather than sincerely listening to Jesus and understanding him in the context of his glorious person and work. Watch as Pastor MacLaren puts together the jigsaw puzzle of Jesus' teaching so that the great picture of redemption can be clearly seen....

https://youtu.be/vM573h9ZT4s

Belgic Confession of Faith: "The Saints Preserve Us!" Why should you pray to the saints for their protection, when you have the glorious Son of Man, Jesus Christ, exalted above the heavens as our great high priest, to pray for us? The saints themselves forbid any honors to them, but direct us to Jesus.

https://youtu.be/gqMqcdomvOg

Congregational Hymn: "Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation," Trinity Hymnal #342.

https://youtu.be/xD9iwtMLDcM

June 2, 2019 (Seventh Sunday of Easter)

Worship Service: 

https://youtu.be/Md8cMEhBi0k

Sermon: "The Spirit as Evangelist," John 16:4-15.  When we think of great evangelists in the history of the church, we might think of men like George Whitefield or Charles Spurgeon or Billy Graham, but the real Evangelist that truly changes hearts and lives is the Holy Spirit. Jesus encouraged the church with the promise of the Holy Spirit following his ascension into heaven. Watch as Pastor MacLaren explains something of the Spirit's evangelistic ministry in this sermon.

https://youtu.be/9CvaU-vFZFg

Reformed Fellowship: "The Illumination of the Spirit." A meditation based on Dr. R. C. Sproul's book, ESSENTIAL TRUTHS OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH, chapter 40.

https://youtu.be/3bJBKOuwhA0

Congregational Hymn: "Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation," Trinity Hymnal #342.

https://youtu.be/xD9iwtMLDcM

May 26, 2019 (Sixth Sunday of Easter)

Worship Service: 

https://youtu.be/FSTZ_bZPPDo

Sermon: "The Problem of Persecution," John 15:18-16:4. The persecution of Christians around the world has become particularly intense, so intense that it meets the UN requirements to be described as "genocide." While the intensity of persecution rises and falls over time, the presence of persecution for Christians should be no surprise. Watch as Pastor MacLaren shows how Jesus Warned his disciples of what they would face. 

https://youtu.be/34PIo1AQgKA

Belgic Confession: "Our Only and Glorious Mediator," Belgic Confession of Faith, Article 26a. 

https://youtu.be/dmdthic-I4Q

Reformed Fellowship: "The Inner Testimony of the Spirit."

https://youtu.be/B_txcxQZqUo

Congregational Hymn: "Gracious Spirit, Dwell with Me," Trinity Hymnal #335.

https://youtu.be/LW7sS9u9Yeg

May 19, 2019 (Fifth Sunday of Easter)

Worship Service: "Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness." Join the congregation of First Presbyterian Church as we worship the Lord our Maker and Redeemer!

https://youtu.be/_yF_P39di2Y

Sermon: "Life Lessons from the Vineyard!" John 15:1-17. A tour of Napa Valley in Northern California offers a great appreciation for the complexity and beauty of viticulture. However, in the end, what is important is the glass of wine produced by the vineyard, and not the bucolic setting. Jesus urged his disciples to learn the lessons of the vineyard and to abide in him as the true vine.  

https://youtu.be/lBRNoZ5ahqk

Special Music: "Morning Sun," Trinity Hymnal #287  A contemporary, triumphant hymn by James C. Ward celebrates the glory of the resurrection of Jesus Christ with words of great comfort for the church. Watch as Pastor MacLaren sings this from the Trinity Hymnal of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church.

https://youtu.be/BMHWZafR0Fk

Reformed Fellowship: "The Ascension of Jesus into Glory." 

https://youtu.be/7Z79Gql0fjs

May 12, 2019 (Fourth Sunday of Easter)

Worship Service: Jesus is risen from the dead--this is a message of life and salvation for all of God's people. Join us as we worship the Lord who has literally risen from the dead in bodily form, ascended into heaven, and presently reigns over the heavens and the earth. Since he is risen, we too may rise to new life and live to the glory of God. 

https://youtu.be/siqCqSECM_w

Sermon: "The Spirit of Truth!" John 14:15-31. Over the last century a lot of attention has been given to the work of the Holy Spirit. Many enthusiasts have wanted a return to the early powers revealed by the Spirit's presence: tongues, prophecies, healings. But Jesus outlines a different mission for the Spirit when he calls him the Spirit of truth. Watch as Pastor MacLaren continues his series of messages from the gospel of John.

https://youtu.be/g9-VCoRD8po

Belgic Confession: "Fulfillment in Christ." 

May 5, 2019 (Third Sunday of Easter)

Worship Service: Jesus is risen from the dead--this is a message of life and salvation for all of God's people. Join us as we worship the Lord who has literally risen from the dead in bodily form, ascended into heaven, and presently reigns over the heavens and the earth. Since he is risen, we too may rise to new life and live to the glory of God. 

https://youtu.be/nnziZxneggY

Sermon: "Show Us the Father!" John 14:1-14. The many different varieties of religious beliefs in the world bear silent testimony to man's religious quest to know God. Yet, that same variety testifies to the fact that for many in the world today, the true God is unknown. How can we fulfill that deep desire within us to have a relationship with God that is meaningful and fully satisfying? To that quest, Jesus says, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me," John 14:6-7. Watch as Pastor MacLaren explains this text in his series of sermons on the gospel of John

https://youtu.be/j7Pl1eB7oPQ

"The Reformed Faith and Anti-Semitism:" A statement on the Chabad of Poway California Synagogue shooting by Pastor MacLaren.

https://youtu.be/PUmS2kcrgL4

April 28, 2019 (Second Sunday of Easter)

Worship Service: Jesus is risen from the dead--this is a message of life and salvation for all of God's people. Join us as we worship the Lord who has literally risen from the dead in bodily form, ascended into heaven, and presently reigns over the heavens and the earth. Since he is risen, we too may rise to new life and live to the glory of God. 

https://youtu.be/GoXQYZ5V1ok

Sermon: "A New Commandment," John 13:1-20. President Ronald Reagan once quipped that the eleventh commandment was, "Thou shalt not speak evil of a fellow Republican." That isn't quite what Jesus had in mind when he spoke to his disciples of a "new" commandment. Watch as Pastor MacLaren shows how this new commandment is uniquely designed to protect the church in an evil age.

https://youtu.be/CbA5EBH2FQ8

Belgic Confession: "Unworthy Servants," It is very humbling to take on our lips the words given to us by Jesus that despite all that we have done for him, we still remain "unworthy servants." Even our best efforts to please God are tainted and corrupted by the sin that remains within us, so any claim made that we or others may have "works of supererogation," or good works that more than satisfy God's perfect standard, is evidence of incredible pride and foolishness. Watch as Pastor MacLaren continues his exposition of the Belgic Confession of Faith in this video recorded at First Presbyterian Church OPC in Perkasie, PA on April 28, 2019.

https://youtu.be/7piMZO_esUw

April 21, 2019 (Easter Sunday)

Worship Service: Jesus is risen from the dead--this is a message of life and salvation for all of God's people. Join us as we worship the Lord who has literally risen from the dead in bodily form, ascended into heaven, and presently reigns over the heavens and the earth. Since he is risen, we too may rise to new life and live to the glory of God. 

https://youtu.be/1iRl0D4vqiA

Sermon: "Risen with Christ," Colossians 3:1-4. The evidence for the resurrection is overwhelming. Jesus rose from the dead, not just in our hearts or spiritually, but really, physically, and permanently. This great event in history, in time, demonstrated the deity of Christ and his completed work of atonement. But do we understand how the resurrection of Jesus empowers our daily walk in this world today? Are you living in the life and power of that resurrection? Watch as Pastor MacLaren shows from Colossians 3:1-4 how the resurrection of Jesus has implications for how we live today.

https://youtu.be/2jOpFr_tyKo

Special Music: "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross," Trinity Hymnal #252. One of the greatest hymns of the Christian church reflects on the significance of Christ's death for us. Pastor MacLaren sings the hymn with assistance from the congregation of First Church. Background vocals are provided by Pastor MacLaren.

https://youtu.be/2KovD9Fo6bo

April 14, 2019

Worship Service:

https://youtu.be/DkI6lLUBlDA

Sermon: "Love's Perfect Example," John 13:1-20. A bare exhortation to love one another would not have had the effect of the dramatic action Jesus took to impress on them the importance of Christian service.

https://youtu.be/md2chi--4Q0

Special Music: "O Sacred Head, Now Wounded," Trinity Hymnal #247. This moving hymn reflects on the amazing sacrifice made by the Lord Jesus for sinners like us. It was sung by Pastor MacLaren with background vocals added afterwards by Pastor MacLaren.

https://youtu.be/2UtHcTALRhg

April 7, 2019

Worship Service: Includes the sermon and homily in their context within the worship service.... Also includes our Hymn of the Month, "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross."

https://youtu.be/OJlD4jGCEog

Special Music:  "Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart," Trinity Hymnal #338.

https://youtu.be/ZI9AUBwVsY4

Sermon: "A Summary Judgment," John 12:37-54. It's an amazing thing. The greatest communicator who ever lived, backed by the most powerful miracles ever performed in all of history, is largely rejected by his audience. Such is the inveterate evil of the human heart, that even at the preaching and miracles of Jesus, they will not believe. Watch as Pastor MacLaren continues his series of messages from the gospel of John.

https://youtu.be/CFdI8qk96DI 

March 31, 2019

Worship Service: Includes the sermon and homily in their context within the worship service.... Also includes our Hymn of the Month, "And Can It Be That I Should Gain."

https://youtu.be/ZH_MF-d3q58

Sermon: "Who Is This 'Son of Man?'" The problem with interpreting the Bible is not so much with the Bible but with the interpreter. Your presuppositions regarding the Bible shape your understanding of its message. Jesus admonished those who questioned his credentials as the 'Son of Man' by simply urging them to walk in the light while it is day. Watch as Pastor MacLaren shows how Jesus is the true Son of Man....

https://youtu.be/dcmZfwSrkIc

Homily: "The New Man in Christ," Belgic Confession of Faith Article 24a. The difference between the Romanist and the Reformed views of the Christian life could not be more pronounced. One is rooted in works righteousness, the other in grace. 

https://youtu.be/z_6cTSD99LI

Reformed Fellowship: "The Only Begotten, Baptized Christ," Pastor MacLaren continues his discussion of themes developed in Dr. R. C. Sproul's book, ESSENTIAL TRUTHS OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH, chapters 30-31. 

https://youtu.be/cRcWV1ZUBzE

March 24, 2019

 

Sermon: "A Different Kind of King," John 12:12-26.

https://youtu.be/cJeGZezTGDg

Confession of Faith: "Only Christ's Righteousness," Belgic Confession of Faith Article 23 b. 
https://youtu.be/ikMnfQoyJpk

March 17, 2019

Worship Service: We have no higher duty, or delight, than to worship the Lord together on the Lord's day. What can compare with a taste of the glory to come for those who are united to Christ by a living faith?

https://youtu.be/4g3CEXI8jyo

Sermon: "An Extravagant Love," John 11:55-12:11. Often we express love in ways that suit our personalities and experiences. Some are lavish in their expressions, others more reserved. As Jesus entered the last days of his life on earth, one of his disciples gave an extravagant expression of her thankfulness and love to him. Some criticized her harshly for this "waste," but Jesus saw the beauty in it. Watch as Pastor MacLaren continues his study in the gospel of John....

https://youtu.be/8J8WWzg2ArI

Confession of Faith: "Christ Our Righteousness," Belgic Confession of Faith Article 23a. Rome tells its "faithful" that the righteousness of Christ must be supplemented by your good works, or by those of the saints on your behalf, if you wish to enter heaven. The gospel points us solely and entirely to the righteousness of Christ which alone is able to make us right in the sight of God. Thus, Rome provides a partial Savior, who in the end saves no one. Watch as Pastor MacLaren explains this....

https://youtu.be/UU6ETCqtWL4

Men's Reformed Fellowship: "The Virgin Birth of Christ."  The virgin birth of Jesus has come under withering criticism from liberal theologians and scholars who are skeptical of the Bible's supernatural origins and nature. Such criticism was decisively answered by Dr. J. Gresham Machen about a century ago, who showed that their criticism arose from their naturalistic, pagan assumptions. Watch as Pastor MacLaren explains something of the biblical support for the virgin birth of Jesus, as well as the nature and necessity of that birth for our redemption.

https://youtu.be/wSB2y22zrH8

March 10, 2019

Worship Service: The congregation of First Presbyterian Church OPC in Perkasie, PA gathers every Lord's Day to worship our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Forsake the world, flee the wrath of God, and join the elect of the Lord who trust in his grace alone for salvation. You will be blessed beyond your wildest dreams, and you will see the glory of God!  

https://youtu.be/cESU1nvxPaA

Sermon: "Raised on the Fourth Day," John 11:38-54. Lazarus was dead--really dead. But Jesus assured Martha, and all today who read this account in John 11, that everyone who believes in him will see the glory of God, even in the death of a dear friend, even in the determination of one's enemies. Do you wish to see the glory of God in your life? Watch as Pastor MacLaren shows from John 11 something of the glory of God in the most distressing moments of life.

https://youtu.be/r7WCa86RM9A 

Confession of Faith: "The Instrument of Faith," Belgic Confession of Faith Article 22b. Are we saved by our faith or because of our faith? There is a significant difference between the two that is lost on many in Evangelical churches. Watch as Pastor MacLaren continues his study on the Belgic Confession of Faith....

https://youtu.be/2fPc-Fm-r9o

Men's Reformed Fellowship: "The Sinlessness of Christ." In our modern world, we rarely talk about "sin," as that is religious language that infers an obligation before God. Even more, it describes acts against God's revealed norms that make us vulnerable to divine judgment. We are very much aware of our "shortcomings," "addictions," and "bad habits," but "sins" against God are not so much recognized as ignored and suppressed. Watch as Pastor MacLaren develops the idea of the sinlessness of Jesus Christ and the implications of that for our faith and life. chapter 28 in ESSENTIAL TRUTHS OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH. 

https://youtu.be/nkagSGFzi-0

Men's Reformed Fellowship: "The Humanity of Christ." Pastor MacLaren picks up his Commentary on Dr. R. C. Sproul's book, ESSENTIAL TRUTHS OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH in this video recorded on March 7, 2019.

https://youtu.be/mlc3opiSZ0o

 

Congregational Hymn: "And Can It Be That I Should Gain," Trinity Hymnal #455 (Hymn of the Month).

February 17, 2019

Worship Service: "I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart; before the gods I sing your praise; I bow down toward your holy temple and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness, for you have exalted above all things your name and your word. On the day I called, you answered me; my strength of soul you increased." 

https://youtu.be/-I87TsqrNss

Sermon: "Resurrection and Life," John 11:17-37. "Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” She said to him, “Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who is coming into the world.” Indeed, do you believe this? 

https://youtu.be/KydwKqozMnk

Confession of Faith: "Justified by Faith Alone," Belgic Confession of Faith Article 22a.

https://youtu.be/LdHpO2dtyEY

Congregational Hymn: "My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less," Trinity Hymnal #521

https://youtu.be/xC3MXTm-GhU

February 10, 2019

Worship Service:

https://youtu.be/QJKYMQ6q2Fs

Sermon: "Lazarus Sleeps," John 11:1-16.

Confession of Faith: "Christ's Satisfaction for Our Sins," Belgic Confession of Faith Article 21b.

Men's Reformed Fellowship: "The Covenant of Works," Chapter 24.

https://youtu.be/jDJkcMMzdIY

February 3, 2019

Worship Service:

https://youtu.be/2TAcAcCPfGI

Sermon: "My Sheep, My Credentials," John 10:22-42. If your life is overcome by guilt, fear and anxiety, perhaps it is because you have not appreciated the assurance Jesus gives his disciples: "My Sheep hear my voice and follow me. I give to them eternal life... and no one will snatch them out of my hand."

https://youtu.be/lBxH9tq55Ms

Special Music: "To You, O Lord, I Fly," Trinity Hymnal (rev.) #692. This beautiful hymn is a prayer based on Psalm 16. The background vocals were added by Pastor MacLaren. 

https://youtu.be/lxQipWp2BvI

Congregational Hymn: "," Trinity Hymnal (rev.) #.

Organ Prelude: "Alas, and Did My Savior Bleed," First Church is blessed with wonderful hymns to assist us in our worship. This hymn is a meditation on the death of Jesus in preparation for a communion service. Our organist is Heidi Wolfskill, who plays an arrangement of this moving hymn.

https://youtu.be/LAu-u8E2EfA

Men's Reformed Fellowship: "Covenant." The "covenant" is a very significant concept with the Scriptures that we need to understand. It has an impact on a wide range of things, from the plan of redemption to our meditation on Scripture, the preaching of God's word, and the order of worship. Pastor MacLaren develops this concept in this video based on Dr. R. C. Sproul's book ESSENTIAL TRUTHS OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH.

https://youtu.be/5Gjq0HnAVnE

January 27, 2019

Worship Service:

https://youtu.be/M-wdHMN1sUY

Sermon: "The Good Shepherd," John 10:1-21. Jesus is the good shepherd of the sheep! He knows us, calls us by name, defends us, and gives us the abundant life.

https://youtu.be/fPlU-FI_jeo

Congregational Hymn: "Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us," Trinity Hymnal (rev.) #599.

https://youtu.be/ajxpnuLveZU

January 20, 2019

Worship Service:

https://youtu.be/BIs1AjSU8qk

Sermon: "Now I See!" We take our eyesight for granted and fail to appreciate how wonderful it is to see a sunset or look on the smiling face of a loved one.  This is one of the great blessings given to us by our Creator. While it is a tragic thing to be born blind, it is even more tragic to be blind even while we "see." May the miracle of Jesus open your eyes to see things you've never seen before, even the very kingdom of God!

https://youtu.be/MT_cmBGLrwQ

Congregational Hymn: "The Light of the World Is Jesus," Trinity Hymnal (rev.) #476.

https://youtu.be/X4Et-YO_rR0

Men's Reformed Fellowship: "The Will of God," Pastor MacLaren continues his commentary on Dr. R. C. Sproul's book, ESSENTIAL TRUTHS OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH, chapter 22.

https://youtu.be/xKb-ueKZhrA

January 13, 2019

Worship Service:

https://youtu.be/dH66-xAEybs

 

Sermon: "Who's Fault Is That?" When tragedy strikes, we tend to look for someone to blame. Is God angry with me? Who's responsible for what happened? This is true whether we are talking about a natural disaster, a personal failure, or even a birth defect. Who's to blame? This question was posed to the Lord Jesus as he and his disciples came across a man born blind. Pastor MacLaren takes us through the conversation that ensued between Jesus and his disciples, and then considers the amazing miracle of healing that took place. 

https://youtu.be/bT_B5CDf5J8

Special Music: "Children of the Heavenly Father," Trinity Hymnal (rev.) #131. Pastor MacLaren sings this beautiful, comforting hymn from the revised Trinity Hymnal of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Background vocals were supplied subsequently by Pastor MacLaren.
https://youtu.be/pohsWis8D9c

Men's Reformed Fellowship: "Miracles." Pastor MacLaren continues his commentary on Dr. R. C. Sproul's book, ESSENTIAL TRUTHS OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH, chapter 21.

https://youtu.be/7rwK_JUycoM

January 6, 2019

Worship Service: “Oh sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth! Sing to the Lord, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day. Declare his glory among the nations,his marvelous works among all the peoples!”

https://youtu.be/9jKPQ2LrWOU

Sermon: "Jesus: The Alpha and Omega of Our Faith," John 8:48-59. With the arrival of a new year, our thoughts turn to the temporal nature of our existence and the relentless movement of time. We have a beginning, and we will have an end to life in this world, but there is One who stands above time, yet has submitted Himself to time, so that we might live for eternity. Watch as Pastor MacLaren points us to "Jesus, the Alpha and Omega of our Faith."   

https://youtu.be/1ay7hN4ug7E

Men's Reformed Fellowship: "Providence," Pastor MacLaren continues his commentary on Dr. R. C. Sproul's book, ESSENTIAL TRUTHS OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH, chapter 20.

https://youtu.be/Wq5_Wodzrg8

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