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Reformed Forum supports the church in presenting every person mature in Christ (Colossians 1:28) by providing Reformed theological resources to pastors, scholars, and anyone who desires to grow in their understanding of Scripture and the theology that faithfully summarizes its teachings.

    Mark Sanders | Ministering to Those Affected by Sexual Sin

    Mark Sanders | Ministering to Those Affected by Sexual Sin

    We welcome Mark Sanders, President of Harvest USA, for an enriching dialogue on confronting and healing from sexual brokenness within the church. As our society grapples with rapidly evolving norms around gender and sexuality, the church is called to respond with both theological depth and compassionate outreach. Harvest USA stands at the forefront of this mission, offering resources, discipleship, and education to equip believers to address these challenges through the lens of Reformed theology.
    Throughout this conversation, Camden Bucey and Mark Sanders discuss the significance of understanding our identity in Christ and how it shapes our approach to sexual ethics. They discuss the "Harvest Tree" model—a comprehensive biblical framework employed by Harvest USA to aid individuals and families in navigating sexual brokenness with biblical fidelity. The episode also spotlights new initiatives from Harvest USA, including free courses designed to assist parents in raising sexually faithful children and addressing gender confusion with grace and truth.
    Listeners will gain insights into the theological underpinnings that guide Harvest USA's ministry, emphasizing the importance of a proper ecclesiology and a biblically grounded anthropology. This episode not only addresses the pressing issues of our time but also offers hope and direction for the church to minister effectively in a culture of confusion and search for identity.
    Join us for an enlightening discussion that bridges deep theological concepts with practical application, illuminating the path toward healing and wholeness in Christ amidst a world of sexual and gender confusion.
    Visit harvestusa.org for more resources and information on how you can engage with this important ministry.
    00:07 Introduction
    04:06 The History and Ministry of Harvest USA
    10:04 Reformed Theological Anthropology
    25:47 Courses Available through Harvest
    30:37 Discipling Your Children
    37:35 The Tree Model
    44:32 Thoughts from the Front Line
    54:10 Additional Resources
    57:18 Conclusion
    This is Christ the Center episode 851 (https://www.reformedforum.org/ctc851)

    • 59 min
    Chad Vegas and Jonathan Master | Training and Equipping Missionaries

    Chad Vegas and Jonathan Master | Training and Equipping Missionaries

    Christ the Center is on the road as Camden Bucey speaks with two guest from the Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary Conference. This episode explores Reformed theology and its profound impact on missions. Camden is joined by Chad Vegas, founding pastor of Sovereign Grace Church and founding board chairman of Radius International, along with Jonathan Master, president of Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, to explore the vital relationship between theological education and missionary work.
    The conversation covers a broad spectrum, from the excitement surrounding the seminary’s annual spring conference to the innovative partnership between Greenville Seminary and Radius International, aimed at equipping the next generation for church planting among unreached language groups. Chad Vegas also shares his personal journey from a dispensationalist background to embracing Reformed theology and the inception of Radius International. This episode sheds light on the challenges and strategies of missionary work, emphasizing the necessity of a solid biblical foundation, cultural sensitivity, and the indispensable role of the local church in sending and supporting missionaries. Join us for an engaging discussion that reaffirms the vital role of Reformed theology in advancing the gospel to the ends of the earth.
    [00:00:07] Introduction
    [00:06:35] Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and a Focus on Missions
    [00:08:35] Radius International and Church Planting among Unreached Groups
    [00:12:43] Missionary Training and Biblical Foundations
    [00:18:13] Historical and Theological Foundations of Missions
    [00:23:22] A Personal Journey to Reformed Theology
    [00:39:13] Development of Radius International
    [00:48:24] Missionary Work and Cultural Engagement
    [00:58:46] Evolving Role of Reformed Theology in Modern Missions
    [01:10:09] Future Directions for Presbyterian Missions
    This is Christ the Center episode 850 (https://www.reformedforum.org/ctc850)

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Summary of Christian Doctrine: Summary of Christian Doctrine: The Doctrine of the Church and the Means of Grace

    Summary of Christian Doctrine: Summary of Christian Doctrine: The Doctrine of the Church and the Means of Grace

    This week on Theology Simply Profound, Rob and Bob discuss Louis Berkhof’s little book, Summary of Christian Doctrine. We continue our discussion of chapter XXIII, “The Doctrine of the Church and the Means of Grace.” In this episode, we get into various aspects of the church: the visible and invisible distinction, church discipline, and others.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Vos Group #87 — Deuteronomy and the Temptation of Jesus

    Vos Group #87 — Deuteronomy and the Temptation of Jesus

    In this installment of Vos Group, we turn to p. 336 of Vos’s book Biblical Theology: Old and New Testaments, focusing on the temptations of Jesus Christ. This discussion ventures into the heart of Jesus’s wilderness temptations, offering a rich, theological analysis that challenges and enlightens. We consider the strategic use of Old Testament quotations by Jesus during his confrontation with Satan, underscoring the deep, theological significance of these moments.
    This episode not only unpacks the unique messianic nature of Jesus’s temptations but also firmly opposes a moralizing interpretation, instead highlighting the redemptive work accomplished through Christ’s victory over sin. Through a careful examination of Jesus as the obedient Son and true Israel, this episode reveals the layers of meaning in these biblical narratives, connecting them to broader themes of redemption, covenant theology, and the Christian life. As we understand Jesus’s role as the mediator who binds and spoils the strong man, this episode encourages believers to find their identity in Christ, resting in his victorious work on our behalf.
    00:07 Introduction
    04:44 Jesus' Temptation as a Prime Example of His Earthly Ministry
    08:43 The Wilderness Temptation
    17:10 The Temple Temptation
    23:05 The Mountain Temptation
    28:44 The Emphases of Matthew and Luke
    38:38 Overcoming in Jesus and Entering Paradise
    45:01 Looking Ahead
    48:11 Conclusion

    • 48 min
    Zack Groff and Scott Cook | The History of the PCA Standing Judicial Commission

    Zack Groff and Scott Cook | The History of the PCA Standing Judicial Commission

    Reformed Forum exhibited at the Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary conference in Greer, SC. This episode offers a deep dive into the Confessional Presbyterian Journal's latest issue, with a special focus on the 50th anniversary of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) and the historical development of the PCA's Standing Judicial Commission (SJC). Camden Bucey brings together Rev. Zachary Groff, pastor of Antioch Presbyterian Church, and Dr. Scott Cook, visiting professor of apologetics at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, both of whom are deeply involved in the Confessional Presbyterian Journal.
    The conversation starts with an exploration of the journal itself, highlighting its dedication to addressing pressing issues in the church through a blend of pastoral scholarship and rigorous theological analysis. The latest issue's theme revolves around the PCA's 50th anniversary, offering a collection of articles that reflect on the denomination's history, mission, and theological commitments.
    Zachary Groff provides an overview of the journal's contents, emphasizing the significance of the PCA's commitment to the Great Commission and its historical context. He mentions various contributions that examine the PCA's foundation, its growth, and its ongoing theological debates, particularly those concerning the church's mission and the inclusivity of nations in God's plan through Christ.
    Dr. Scott Cook focuses on the specific topic of the PCA's Standing Judicial Commission, outlining its origin and evolution. He describes the initial challenges faced by the PCA in maintaining discipline and order within its rapidly growing community. Cook traces the SJC's development back to the 1980s, a period marked by significant debate and eventual compromise within the denomination. He articulates the tension between the desire for a grassroots, decentralized approach to church governance and the practical need for an efficient, centralized judicial body to handle disciplinary cases. This part of the conversation sheds light on the broader issues of polity and ecclesiastical authority within the PCA and offers insights into how the denomination has navigated these challenges over the years.
    Throughout the episode, the guests underscore the Confessional Presbyterian Journal's role in fostering informed theological conversation and community engagement within the Reformed tradition. The discussion not only celebrates the PCA's past achievements but also critically examines its struggles and future directions, particularly in the realms of theological fidelity, church discipline, and mission​​.
    00:00:07 - Introduction
    00:03:38 - Guest Introductions: Rev. Zachary Groff and Dr. Scott Cook
    00:07:35 - In-depth Look at the Confessional Presbyterian Journal
    00:23:00 - The Formation and Significance of the PCA's Standing Judicial Commission
    00:27:06 - Challenges and Future Directions for the PCA
    00:56:35 - The Development of the SJC: From Concept to Reality
    01:00:20 - The Challenges and Controversies of Implementing the SJC
    01:04:26 - Reflecting on Growth and the Future of the PCA
    01:12:23 - Reflecting on PCA's Place in the Reformed World
    This is Christ the Center episode 848 (https://www.reformedforum.org/ctc848)

    • 1 hr 25 min
    Summary of Christian Doctrine: The Doctrine of the Church and the Means of Grace

    Summary of Christian Doctrine: The Doctrine of the Church and the Means of Grace

    This week on Theology Simply Profound, Rob and Bob discuss Louis Berkhof’s little book, Summary of Christian Doctrine. We begin a discussion of chapter XXIII, "The Doctrine of the Church and the Means of Grace."  We'll spend a few episodes discussing this chapter to dig a little deeper into the nature of the church.

    • 46 min

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