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Resources by Derek Thomas

The Lord's Day Morning

February 5, 2012

Giving That Hurts

2 Corinthians 8:9

The Reverend Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

I want us to think this morning about giving and giving to missions and tonight, even though there's something else that's a distraction today, but tonight at church, at six o’clock, we're going to think about going and the commission of Jesus to go into missions. But this...

The Lord's Day Evening

February 5, 2012

“Missional about Missions”

Matthew 28:16-20

The Reverend Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me if you would to Matthew's gospel, chapter 28, a very familiar passage known as the Great Commission, beginning in verse 16 through to the end of the chapter. Before we read these verses together, let's look to the Lord in prayer.

Our Father, we thank...

Wednesday Evening Prayer Meeting

February 1, 2012

The Reverend Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Well it's a great joy to be back. I've missed you and Rosemary is over there and she's missed you too. And maybe afterwards I hope to get an opportunity to say hello to those of you that I haven't already seen. I bring you the greetings of brothers and sisters at First Pres....

Wednesday Evening Prayer Meeting

February 1, 2012

The Reverend Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Well it's a great joy to be back. I've missed you and Rosemary is over there and she's missed you too. And maybe afterwards I hope to get an opportunity to say hello to those of you that I haven't already seen. I bring you the greetings of brothers and sisters at First Pres....

The Lord's Day Morning

May 22, 2011

“Feeling Blessed?”

2 Corinthians 13:14

The Reverend Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

I'm going to miss these songbirds for sure. Now turn with me to 2 Corinthians chapter 13. As you’re doing so, I neither believe in the doctrine of the secret rapture, nor for that matter in the any-moment return of Jesus, in that I think some Scripture prophecies need...

Christmas Series

The Lord's Day Evening

December 12, 2010

Luke 2:8-20

“Jesus: Adored by Shepherds”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Turn with me again to Luke chapter 2. We were here last Sunday evening and we were looking at this passage that's so very familiar to us from the point of view of the angels. The angel who spoke first of all to the shepherds and then to the multitude...

Christmas Series

The Lord's Day Evening

December 5, 2010

Luke 2:8-14

“Jesus: Adored by Angels”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Turn with me now to Luke chapter 2, Luke chapter 2, and we're going to be reading in a minute verses 8 through 14; Luke chapter 2 and verses 8 through 14.

I've always loved this time of year. Thirty-nine years ago when I first came to know the Lord...

The Lord's Day Morning

October 24, 2010

John 19:1-22

The Heart of the Cross” (2)

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Our help is in the name of the Lord who made the heavens and the earth. Let us worship God.

Lord our God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, we come into Your presence clothed in the righteous robe of the finished work and obedience of Jesus Christ...

The Lord's Day Morning

October 17, 2010

John 19:1-22

The Heart of the Cross” (1)

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Amen. Now please turn with me in your Bibles to gospel of John chapter 19.

As you may have heard at the beginning, Ligon is away for a couple of Sundays in South Africa and I thought I would do a two-part sermon looking at the 19...

The Gospel-Centered Life

The Lord's Day Evening

August 29, 2010

Colossians 1:15-23

“The Gospel-Centered Life: Keeping the Gospel in Focus”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord, who minister by night in the house of the Lord! Lift up your hands to the sanctuary and bless the Lord! May the Lord bless you from Zion, He who fills heaven and earth! Let's sing to...

The Gospel-Centered Life

The Lord's Day Evening

August 22, 2010

Romans 1:16-17

“The Power of the Gospel: For the World”

(Yes, It's Missions Sunday; It's Always Missions Sunday!)

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

...

The Lord's Day Morning

August 22, 2010

Hebrews 12:1-3

“Encouragement for the Weary: It's All About Jesus”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Our help is in the name of the Lord who made the heavens and the earth. Let us worship God!

Lord our God, we come into Your presence grasping again the name, the precious name of the Lord Jesus our Savior, our Prophet, our Priest, our...

The Gospel-Centered Life

The Lord's Day Evening

August 8, 2010

Luke 18:9-14

“Gospel Focus: Avoiding Pharisaism”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me tonight to the gospel of Luke.

We’re looking this summer, in a series which we have called, “The Gospel-Centered Life,” and tonight I want to attempt to address the issue of avoiding Pharisaism. And suitably we're going to read now the parable of the Pharisee and...

The Gospel-Centered Life

The Lord's Day Evening

July 25, 2010

Ephesians 2:8-9

“Gospel Entry: Grace”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me if you would to Ephesians chapter 2, Ephesians chapter 2. This summer, we began a number of weeks ago a series of studies on the theme of “The Gospel-Centered Life” and Jeremy and myself have been sharing this. I think I've got grace and Jeremy got sin....

The Lord's Day Morning

July 25, 2010

1 Kings 22:34

“There Is No Such Thing as Chance. Or Is There?”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me if you would to 1 Kings Chapter 22 — the first book of Kings and chapter 22.

Now let me ask you a question this morning — Do you believe in luck or chance or fortune? I think if...

The Gospel-Centered Life

The Lord's Day Evening

July 4, 2010

Isaiah 6

“Gospel Foundations: Holy God”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Praise waits for Thee in Zion, Lord, to Thee vows paid shall be. O Thou that hearer art of prayer, all flesh shall come to Thee. Let us worship God.

Now turn with me if you would to the prophecy of Isaiah and chapter 6. The prophecy of Isaiah chapter...

The Gospel-Centered Life

The Lord's Day Evening

June 27, 2010

2 Corinthians 5:16-6:2

“The Gospel-Centered Life (2): What the Gospel Is

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Praise waits for Thee in Zion, Lord, to Thee vows paid shall b,e for Thou the hearer art of prayer, all flesh shall come to Thee. Let us worship God.

Now if you weren't here last Sunday evening I did something which I'm not...

The Gospel-Centered Life

The Lord's Day Evening

June 20, 2010

Galatians 1:1-10

“What the Gospel Isn't

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Behold, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord who minister by night in the house of the Lord. Lift up your hands to the sanctuary and bless the Lord. May the Lord bless you from Zion, He who fills heaven and earth.

Now turn with me if...

From Eden to the New Heavens and Earth

Wednesday Evening Prayer Meeting

May 19, 2010

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Down on the table you’ll find a map. We’ll be referring to this map in a minute. This is a map of the temple, the so-called Ezekiel temple in chapters 40 through 48 of Ezekiel. Now turn with me to the prophet Ezekiel in your Bibles. If you don't have a Bible just snuggle up close...

The Lord's Day Morning

April 18, 2010

1 Peter 5:6-11

“Burdens Lifted at Calvary”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Praise waits for Thee in Zion Lord, to Thee vows paid shall be. O Thou that hearer are to prayer, all flesh shall come to Thee. Let us worship God.

Lord our God we come before You through the Gospel, through the shed blood of Christ, through the atoning...

From Eden to the New Heavens and Earth

Wednesday Evening Prayer Meeting

March 24, 2010

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me if you would to the book of Job, the book of Job. I had been in the ministry just a few years, well less than a year, and a lady, a young woman, the age of myself and Rosemary approximately, she began to attend the church. She was related to other members...

The Lord's Day Morning

March 21, 2010

Galatians 6:14

“Gazing At the Cross”

Mr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me to Galatians chapter 6, Galatians chapter 6 and I just have one verse this morning, verse number 14 — well known verse. Before we read it together let's look to God in prayer.

Father, we are a needy people. We thank You for the provision of
...

From Eden to the New Heavens and Earth: The Unfolding of Redemption in the Bible:

Wednesday Evening Prayer Meeting

February 17, 2010

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Well, good evening. As you can see from the bulletin my task this evening is to preach through sixty five chapters of the Old Testament. It would probably take an entire day for us to just read these two books of the Old Testament. As you can see my day got away from me with other...

The Lord's Day Evening

December 27, 2009

2 Peter 3:18

“The Last Words for the Last Sunday of the Year”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now as Ligon was explaining this morning, we’ll get back to 1 Samuel next Lord's Day evening, but since this is the final Lord's Day of the year, I thought it might be opportune for us to consider together a text that comes...

Christmas Series: Christmas Viewed from Afar

The Lord's Day Morning

December 20, 2009

1 Peter 1:3-12

“Christmas Viewed from Afar: Angels’ Eyes”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Turn with me now to 1 Peter, 1 Peter chapter 1. It's a great pleasure and privilege for me this year to have been asked to bring three Christmas messages. This is the third and final one and I bring to you this morning something by way...

Christmas Series: Christmas Viewed from Afar

The Lord's Day Evening

December 13, 2009

John 1:1-14

“Christmas Viewed From Afar: Heaven”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now I'm grateful to Ligon for giving me the honor and privilege this year of preaching a series of three Christmas, or Advent, sermons. And last week we were beginning about as far back from Christmas as we could possibly get, that is in Genesis 3:15 — Christmas from...

Christmas Series: Christmas Viewed from Afar

The Lord's Day Evening

December 6, 2009

Genesis 3:1-24

“Christmas Viewed from Afar: Eden”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now I've been given the privilege, and it is a privilege, to bring three Christmas-themed sermons over the next three weeks — beginning tonight and then again next Lord's Day evening, and then the following Sunday morning, the Sunday when the choir will do the Music of Christmas in...

The Lord's Day Morning

November 22, 2009

Psalm 42

“Fainting Fits and Gospel Cures”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made the heavens and the earth. Let us worship God.

Now turn with me to Psalm 42, to a psalm that reflects in many ways just what the choir have just sung, a prayer to God that seems to...

The Best Chapter in the Bible

August 30, 2009

The Lord's Day Morning
“No Separation”
Romans 8:35-39

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me to Romans 8 for the last time in this series, this summer series, as we've been working our way through what I've called The Best Chapter in the Bible. Before I read this precious text beginning at verse 5 of Romans 8, we need God's blessing. Let's...

The Best Chapter in the Bible

The Lord's Day Morning

August 16, 2009

“If God is For Us” (2)

Romans 8:33-34

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me to the eighth chapter of Romans once again as we continue our study of what we've called The Best Chapter in the Bible. We’re at the peroration of it, the closing section of it. There will be one more sermon as we finish off...

The Best Chapter in the Bible

The Lord's Day Morning August 9, 2009

Romans 8:31-32

“If God is for Us” (1)

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Amen. Now turn with me to Romans 8 as we continue in our exposition of what we've called The Greatest or Best Chapter in the Bible. And we come this morning to Romans 8 and verses 31 and 32.

Now, I want to ask a question: How...

The Best Chapter in the Bible

The Lord's Day Morning

August 2, 2009

“Golden Chain”

Romans 8:28-30

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Lord our God, we praise You for all the great things that You have done in calling us and regenerating us, forgiving us our sins, bringing us into union and communion with Jesus Christ. Our hearts brim up and well over with thanksgiving to You, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, for all...

The Best Chapter in the Bible

The Lord's Day Morning

July 26, 2009

Romans 8:26-27

“Spirit Power”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now, turn with me to the eighth chapter of Romans We’re continuing our series, summer series, on the eighth chapter of Romans — a series we've called “The Best Chapter in the Bible.” This morning, we come to verses 26 and 27 of Romans chapter 8. You’ll notice that it begins with...

The Best Chapter in the Bible

The Lord's Day Morning

July 19, 2009

Romans 8:18-25

“Hope of Glory”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, who alone does wondrous things. Let us worship God.

Lord, our God, we come into your presence in the name and by the merit of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The creation, the rocks and hills and rivers and seas praise Your...

The Lord's Day Evening

July 12, 2009

John 3:1-21

“A Bible Teacher”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now we continue this evening a series we began about a month ago of conversations, discourses, that our Lord Jesus Christ had with various people, and tonight we come to a very well-known, familiar passage. It's the passage about Nicodemus and it contains language that is part of our religious subculture...

The Best Chapter in the Bible

The Lord's Day Morning

July 12, 2009

Communion Sunday

Romans 8:14-17

“Lovers of Abba”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel who alone does wondrous things. Let us worship God. All honor and blessing with angels above and thanks never ceasing for infinite love. Our Father in Heaven, we come before you this morning desiring to mingle our voices with the angels...

The Best Chapter in the Bible

The Lord's Day Morning

June 28, 2009

Romans 8:12-13

The Best Chapter in the Bible (4): “Killing Fields”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, who alone does wondrous things, and blessed be His glorious name forever. May His glory fill the whole earth. May our lips pour forth His praise. Let us worship God.

Lord our God, as we come...

Encounters with Jesus

The Lord's Day Evening

June 21, 2009

Mark 10:17-31

“A Rich Young Man”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Please be seated. Now let me add, if I may, just a footnote to Alan's wonderful report of General Assembly. In a couple of months I will have been ordained in the Christian ministry for thirty-one years, and I have to say that the debate that I witnessed with Ligon...

The Best Chapter in the Bible

The Lord's Day Morning

June 21, 2009

Romans 8:9-11

The Best Chapter in the Bible (3):

“Always Mind”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Dr. Ligon Duncan:

“Praise the Lord! People from every nation, laud Him, all of you! For His lovingkindness is great toward us, and the truth of the Lord is everlasting. Praise the Lord!” Let us worship God.

Our Lord and our God, we...

The Best Chapter in the Bible

The Lord's Day Morning

June 14, 2009

Romans 8:5-8

The Best Chapter in the Bible (2): “Never Mind”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

“O come, let us worship and bow down. Let us kneel before the Lord, our maker, for He is our God and we are the people of His pasture, the flock under His care.” Let us worship Him.

Our Lord and our God, we come...

Encounters with Jesus

The Lord's Day Evening

June 14, 2009

Mark 8:22-31

Encounters with Jesus: A Blind Man: “Blind Man in Bethsaida”

The Reverend Mr. Nathan D. Shurden

In Mark 8 we're on our second installment of our summer series “Encounters with Jesus.” And we find ourselves in the Gospel of Mark tonight, half way through the book of Mark. Mark 8 — sixteen chapters in the Gospel of Mark,...

The Best Chapter in the Bible

The Lord's Day Morning

June 7, 2009

Romans 8:1-4

The Best Chapter in the Bible (1): “No Condemnation”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me in your Bibles to the eighth chapter of Romans, and let me explain a little of the unusual circumstances that we have this morning.

Now when Ligon asked me to preach a series of sermons, twelve weeks or so over...

Encounters with Jesus

The Lord's Day Evening

June 7, 2005

Matthew 15:21-28

“The Syrophoenician Woman”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Turn with me in your Bibles to Matthew 15, and we will be reading in a moment from verse 21 through to verse 28. We begin tonight a series of sermons, studies of encounters that Jesus had with various people. It's designed to be a series that particularly focuses on evangelism,...

The Lord's Day Morning

May 3, 2009

II Samuel 11

“Can a Christian Fall Into Serious Sin?”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me if you would to II Samuel 11. Before we read this passage, let's once again look to God in prayer.

Lord our God, we bow once again before the Scripture. It searches us, it knows us through and through, it points the...

Radio Series: Hymns of the Faith

Hymns of the Faith

“My God, How Wonderful Thou Art”

Psalm 113

A Presentation of First Presbyterian Church

Jackson, Mississippi

With

Dr. Ligon Duncan, Dr. Derek Thomas, and Dr. Bill Wymond

Dr. Wymond: Good morning, this is “Hymns of the Faith,” brought to you by Jackson's First Presbyterian Church. The minister of the First Presbyterian Church is Dr. Ligon Duncan. Stay tuned for “Hymns of the Faith.” And...

Radio Series: Hymns of the Faith

Hymns of the Faith

“For the Beauty of the Earth”

A Presentation of First Presbyterian Church Jackson, Mississippi With

Dr. Ligon Duncan, Dr. Derek Thomas, Dr. Bill Wymond

Dr. Wymond: Good morning! This is “Hymns of Faith,” brought to you by Jackson's First Presbyterian Church. The minister of the First Presbyterian Church is Dr. Ligon Duncan. Stay tuned for “Hymns of the Faith.” Here with “Hymns of Faith”...

Radio Series: Hymns of the Faith

Hymns of the Faith “Of the Father's Love Begotten”

A Presentation of First Presbyterian Church Jackson, Mississippi With

Dr. Ligon Duncan, Dr. Derek Thomas, Dr. Bill Wymond

Dr. Duncan: Thank you, Bill. It's great to be with you and with Derek on Hymns of the Faith. And we're into an age of hymn writing this morning from which we don't have many remains that still circulate commonly in...

The Lord's Day Morning

April 5, 2009

Psalm Sunday

Psalm 40

"Preaching the Gospel to Ourselves Every Day"

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

The Call to Worship: Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel who alone does wondrous things, and blessed be His glorious name forever. May His glory fill the whole earth! May His lips pour forth praise! Let us worship God.

Lord, our God, we...

Radio Series: Hymns of the Faith

Hymns of the Faith “Spirit of the Living God”

A Presentation of First Presbyterian Church Jackson, Mississippi With

Dr. Ligon Duncan, Dr. Derek Thomas, Dr. Bill Wymond

Dr. Duncan: Thank you, Bill Wymond, and it's great to be with you and Derek here on “Hymns of the Faith.” Derek, good morning.

Dr. Thomas: Good morning.

Dr. Duncan: How are you doing?

Dr. Thomas: Very well, thank you.

Dr....

Radio Series: Hymns of the Faith

Hymns of the Faith “Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart!”

A Presentation of First Presbyterian Church

Jackson, Mississippi

With

Dr. Ligon Duncan, Dr. Derek Thomas, and Dr. Bill Wymond

Dr. Wymond: Good morning! This is “Hymns of Faith,” brought to you by Jackson's First Presbyterian Church. The minister of the First Presbyterian Church is Dr. Ligon Duncan. Stay tuned for “Hymns of the Faith.” Here with “Hymns of Faith”...

Radio Series: Hymns of the Faith

Hymns of the Faith “The Sands of Time are Sinking!”

A Presentation of First Presbyterian Church

Jackson, Mississippi

With

Dr. Ligon Duncan, Dr. Derek Thomas, and Dr. Bill Wymond

Dr. Wymond: Good morning! This is “Hymns of the Faith,” brought to you by Jackson's First Presbyterian Church. The minister of the First Presbyterian Church is Dr.LigonDuncan. Stay tuned for “Hymns of the Faith.”… And now here with “Hymns...

Radio Series: Hymns of the Faith

Hymns of the Faith “I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say”

A Presentation of First Presbyterian Church Jackson, Mississippi With

Dr. Ligon Duncan, Dr. Derek Thomas, Dr. Bill Wymond

Dr. Wymond: Good morning! This is “Hymns of Faith,” brought to you by Jackson's First Presbyterian Church. The minister of the First Presbyterian Church is Dr. Ligon Duncan. Stay tuned for “Hymns of the Faith.” Here with “Hymns of...

Radio Series: Hymns of the Faith

Hymns of the Faith “How Sweet and Awesome Is the Place”

A Presentation of First Presbyterian Church

Jackson, Mississippi

With

Dr. Ligon Duncan, Dr. Derek Thomas, and Dr. Bill Wymond

Dr. Wymond: Good morning! This is “Hymns of the Faith,” brought to you by Jackson's First Presbyterian Church. The minister of the First Presbyterian Church is Dr. Ligon Duncan. Stay tuned for “Hymns of the Faith.” And now...

Radio Series: Hymns of the Faith

Hymns of the Faith “Jesus, Thy Blood and Righteousness”

A Presentation of First Presbyterian Church

Jackson, Mississippi

With

Dr. Ligon Duncan, Dr. Derek Thomas, and Dr. Bill Wymond

Dr. Wymond: Good morning! This is “Hymns of the Faith,” brought to you by Jackson's First Presbyterian Church. The minister of the First Presbyterian Church is

Dr. Ligon Duncan.

Dr Duncan: Thank you, BillWymond! This is LigonDuncan, and...

Radio Series: Hymns of the Faith

Hymns of the Faith “Come, Ye Sinners, Poor and Wretched”

A Presentation of First Presbyterian Church

Jackson, Mississippi

With

Dr. Ligon Duncan, Dr. Derek Thomas, and Dr. Bill Wymond

Dr. Wymond: Good morning! This is “Hymns of the Faith,” brought to you by Jackson's First Presbyterian Church. The minister of the First Presbyterian Church is

Dr. Ligon Duncan. Dr. Duncan: Thank you, BillWymond. It's great to...

Radio Series: Hymns of the Faith

Hymns of the Faith “Day of Judgment! Day of Wonders!”

A Presentation of First Presbyterian Church

Jackson, Mississippi

With

Dr. Ligon Duncan, Dr. Derek Thomas, and Dr. Bill Wymond

Dr. Wymond: Good morning! This is “Hymns of the Faith,” brought to you by Jackson's First Presbyterian Church. The minister of the First Presbyterian Church is

Dr. Ligon Duncan. Dr. Duncan: Thank you, BillWymond! This is LigonDuncan,...

The Lord's Day Evening

February 15, 2009

Missions Conference 2009

Psalm 47

“Getting Excited About Missions”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Please turn with me in your Bibles to Psalm 47. With our Missions Week now impending, this evening I thought we would look at this Psalm with a view to getting excited about missions because, as we will see in the Psalm, God is all about missions;...

Radio Series: Hymns of the Faith

Hymns of the Faith

“Hail the Day That Sees Him Rise”

A Presentation of First Presbyterian Church Jackson, Mississippi With

Dr. Ligon Duncan, Dr. Derek Thomas, Dr. Bill Wymond

Dr. Wymond: Good morning! This is “Hymns of the Faith,” brought to you by Jackson's First Presbyterian Church. The minister of the First Presbyterian Church is Dr. Ligon Duncan. Stay tuned for “Hymns of the Faith.” And now here...

Radio Series: Hymns of the Faith

Hymns of the Faith “Thou Who Wast Rich Beyond All Splendor”

A Presentation of First Presbyterian Church Jackson, Mississippi With

Dr. Ligon Duncan, Dr. Derek Thomas, Dr. Bill Wymond

Dr. Duncan: Thank you, Bill Wymond. Good morning, this is Ligon Duncan and Derek Thomas, good morning to you.

Dr. Thomas: Good morning.

Dr. Duncan: It's great to be with you two friends on Hymns of the Faith and...

Radio Series: Hymns of the Faith

Hymns of the Faith “Lift High the Cross”

A Presentation of First Presbyterian Church

Jackson, Mississippi

With

Dr. Ligon Duncan, Dr. Derek Thomas, and Dr. Bill Wymond

Dr. Wymond: Good morning! This is “Hymns of the Faith,” brought to you by Jackson's First Presbyterian Church. The minister of the First Presbyterian Church is

Dr. Ligon Duncan. Dr. Duncan: Thanks, BillWymond! It's a delight to be with you...

Radio Series: Hymns of the Faith

Hymns of the Faith Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates”

A Presentation of First Presbyterian Church

Jackson, Mississippi

With

Dr. Ligon Duncan, Dr. Derek Thomas, and Dr. Bill Wymond

Dr. Wymond: Good morning! This is “Hymns of the Faith,” brought to you by Jackson's First Presbyterian Church. The minister of the...

Radio Series: Hymns of the Faith

Hymns of the Faith Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming

A Presentation of First Presbyterian Church

Jackson, Mississippi

With

Dr. Ligon Duncan, Dr. Derek Thomas, and Dr. Bill Wymond

Dr. Wymond: Good morning! This is “Hymns of the Faith,” brought to you by Jackson's First Presbyterian Church. The minister of the First Presbyterian Church is Dr. Ligon Duncan. Stay tuned for “Hymns of the Faith.”… And...

The Lord's Day Evening

December 28, 2008

Psalm 90

“How Christians Should Approach the New Year”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me to the Ninetieth Psalm…Psalm 90. We are taking a break for this Lord's Day evening from our study in the book of Nehemiah. This is the last Sunday evening service of 2008, and I thought it might be useful for us to contemplate...

Radio Series: Hymns of the Faith

Hymns of the Faith “What Child is This”

A Presentation of First Presbyterian Church

Jackson, Mississippi

With

Dr. Ligon Duncan, Dr. Derek Thomas, and Dr. Bill Wymond

Dr. Wymond: Good morning! This is “Hymns of the Faith,” brought to you by Jackson's First Presbyterian Church. The minister of the First Presbyterian Church is Dr. Ligon Duncan. Stay tuned for “Hymns of the Faith.”…Here with “Hymns of the Faith”...

Christmas Series: Christmas Viewed from Afar

Wednesday Evening

December 17, 2008

Genesis 3:8-19

“Christmas from Afar”

Dr. Derek W.H. Thomas

Now turn with me if you would to Genesis 3. We’re not going to read the whole chapter, but we're going to read what constitutes the First Lesson of the traditional Nine Lessons and Carols service. This will be the opening Lesson, I suspect, on Sunday evening, as we have done for many, many...

The Lord's Day Evening

December 7, 2008

Ordination and Installation of Elders and Deacons

John 13:15-16

“Called to Serve: Not so much a promotion;

Rather, an opportunity to be humble”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Please open your Bibles to John's Gospel, chapter 13, and we're going to read verses 15 and 16. [And, yes…the children were to be dismissed during the singing of that [laughter],...

Radio Series: Hymns of the Faith

Hymns of the Faith “God, All Nature Sings Thy Glory”

A Presentation of First Presbyterian Church

Jackson, Mississippi

With

Dr. Ligon Duncan, Dr. Derek Thomas, and Dr. Bill Wymond

Dr. Wymond: Good morning! This is “Hymns of the Faith,” brought to you by Jackson's First Presbyterian Church. The minister of the First Presbyterian Church is Dr. Ligon Duncan. Stay tuned for “Hymns of the Faith.”… And now here...

Radio Series: Hymns of the Faith

Hymns of the Faith “O Word of God Incarnate”

(John 1)

A Presentation of First Presbyterian Church

Jackson, Mississippi

With

Dr. Ligon Duncan, Dr. Derek Thomas, and Dr. Bill Wymond

Dr. Wymond: Good morning! This is “Hymns of the Faith,” brought to you by Jackson's First Presbyterian Church. The minister of the First Presbyterian Church is Dr. Ligon Duncan. Stay tuned for “Hymns of the Faith.”… And now...

The Lord's Day Morning

November 9, 2008

Luke 19:1-10

“What Every Businessman Should Know in a Time of Economic Uncertainty — Jesus!”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me to Luke 19 — the familiar story of Zacchaeus. Before we read the passage together, let's look to God in prayer. Let us all pray.

Lord our God, this is Your word. You caused it to be...

Radio Series: Hymns of the Faith

Hymns of the Faith “Exalt the Lord, His Praise Proclaim”

Psalm 135

A Presentation of First Presbyterian Church

Jackson, Mississippi

With

Dr. Ligon Duncan, Dr. Derek Thomas, and Dr. Bill Wymond

Dr. Wymond: Good morning! This is “Hymns of the Faith,” brought to you by Jackson's First Presbyterian Church. The minister of the First Presbyterian Church is Dr. Ligon Duncan. Stay tuned for “Hymns of the Faith.”… And...

Radio Series: Hymns of the Faith

Hymns of the Faith

“Holy God, We Praise Your Name ”

Psalm 103

A Presentation of First Presbyterian Church

Jackson, Mississippi

With

Dr. Ligon Duncan, Dr. Derek Thomas, and Dr. Bill Wymond

Dr. Wymond: Good morning! This is “Hymns of the Faith,” brought to you by Jackson's First Presbyterian Church. The minister of the First Presbyterian Church is Dr. Ligon Duncan. Stay tuned for “Hymns of the Faith.”…...

Radio Series: Hymns of the Faith

Hymns of the Faith “Before Jehovah's Awesome Throne”

Psalm 100

A Presentation of First Presbyterian Church

Jackson, Mississippi

With

Dr. Ligon Duncan, Dr. Derek Thomas, and Dr. Bill Wymond

Dr. Wymond: Good morning! This is “Hymns of the Faith,” brought to you by Jackson's First Presbyterian Church. The minister of the First Presbyterian Church is Dr. Ligon Duncan. Stay tuned for “Hymns of the Faith.”… Here now with...

Radio Series: Hymns of the Faith

Hymns of the Faith “Of the Father's Love Begotten”

A Presentation of First Presbyterian Church

Jackson, Mississippi

With

Dr. Ligon Duncan, Dr. Derek Thomas, and Dr. Bill Wymond

Dr. Wymond: Good morning! This is “Hymns of the Faith,” brought to you by Jackson's First Presbyterian Church. The minister of the First Presbyterian Church is Dr. Ligon Duncan. Stay tuned for “Hymns of the Faith.”… Here with “Hymns of...

Radio Series: Hymns of the Faith

Hymns of the Faith “Give to Our God Immortal Praise”

Psalm 103

A Presentation of First Presbyterian Church

Jackson, Mississippi

With

Dr. Ligon Duncan, Dr. Derek Thomas, and Dr. Bill Wymond

Dr. Wymond: Good morning! This is “Hymns of the Faith,” brought to you by Jackson's First Presbyterian Church. The minister of the First Presbyterian Church is Dr. Ligon Duncan. Stay tuned for “Hymns of the Faith.”

Dr....

Radio Series: Hymns of the Faith

Hymns of the Faith “When Morning Gilds the Skies”

A Presentation of First Presbyterian Church

Jackson, Mississippi

With

Dr. Ligon Duncan, Dr. Derek Thomas, and Dr. Bill Wymond

Dr. Wymond: Good morning! This is “Hymns of the Faith,” brought to you by Jackson's First Presbyterian Church. The minister of the First Presbyterian Church is Dr. Ligon Duncan. Stay tuned for “Hymns of the Faith.”… And now here with...

Radio Series: Hymns of the Faith

Hymns of the Faith

“To God Be the Glory”

A Presentation of First Presbyterian Church

Jackson, Mississippi

With

Dr. Ligon Duncan, Dr. Derek Thomas, and Dr. Bill Wymond

Dr. Wymond: Good morning! This is “Hymns of the Faith,” brought to you by Jackson's First Presbyterian Church. The minister of the First Presbyterian Church is Dr. Ligon Duncan. Stay tuned for “Hymns of the Faith.”… Here with “Hymns of...

Radio Series: Hymns of the Faith

Hymns of the Faith

“O Worship the King”

Psalm 104

A Presentation of First Presbyterian Church

Jackson, Mississippi

With

Dr. Ligon Duncan, Dr. Derek Thomas, and Dr. Bill Wymond

Dr. Wymond: Good morning! This is “Hymns of the Faith,” brought to you Jackson's First Presbyterian Church. The minister of the First Presbyterian Church is Dr. Ligon Duncan. Stay tuned for “Hymns of the Faith.”… And now here with...

Radio Series: Hymns of the Faith

Hymns of the Faith

“The Lord's My Shepherd”

Psalm 23

A Presentation of First Presbyterian Church

Jackson, Mississippi

With

Dr. Ligon Duncan, Dr. Derek Thomas, and Dr. Bill Wymond

Dr. Wymond: Good morning! This is “Hymns of the Faith,” brought to you by Jackson's First Presbyterian Church. The minister of the First Presbyterian Church is Dr. Ligon Duncan. Stay tuned for “Hymns of the Faith.”… Here with “Hymns...

Radio Series: Hymns of the Faith

Hymns of the Faith “This is My Father's World”

A Presentation of First Presbyterian Church

Jackson, Mississippi

With

Dr. Ligon Duncan, Dr. Derek Thomas, and Dr. Bill Wymond

Dr. Wymond: Good morning! This is “Hymns of the Faith,” brought to you by Jackson's First Presbyterian Church. The minister of the First Presbyterian Church is Dr. Ligon Duncan. Stay tuned for “Hymns of the Faith.”… And now here with...

The Lord's Day Morning

August 3, 2008

Luke 7:36-50

“Extravagant Love for Jesus #2”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Amen. Now turn with me if you would to Luke's Gospel chapter 7, and we're going to read from verse 36 to the end of the chapter…Luke 7, beginning at verse 36. And before we read this passage, we need once again the help of the Holy Spirit. Let's...

The Lord's Day Morning

July 27, 2008

Mark 14:1-9

“Extravagant Love for Jesus #1”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

“Sing unto God, with high affections raise,” that's what the choir was singing! “With high affections raise,” and that's what we're going to be thinking about.

The next couple of weeks Ligon is away, and I thought we’d do a little series of two sermons, both of which deal...

Radio Series: Hymns of the Faith

Hymns of the Faith “The God of Abraham Praise”

A Presentation of First Presbyterian Church

Jackson, Mississippi

With

Dr. Ligon Duncan, Dr. Derek Thomas, and Dr. Bill Wymond

Dr. Wymond: Good morning! This is “Hymns of the Faith,” brought to you by Jackson's First Presbyterian Church. The minister of the First Presbyterian Church is Dr. Ligon Duncan. Stay tuned for “Hymns of the Faith.”…. And now with “Hymns...

Ezra

The Lord's Day Evening

July 13, 2008

Ezra 10:18-44

“Named in Public–Guilty as Charged!”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Please be seated. Now if you’re visiting with us this evening, I almost feel as though I must apologize once again. It's a list of names in the text this evening. Those of us who have been here in...

Ezra

The Lord's Day Evening

July 6, 2008

Ezra 10:1-17

“Repentance in the Rain”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Dr. Thomas: Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made the heavens and the earth. Let us worship God.

Reverend Billy Joseph: With boldness we do approach Your throne, O God, but we approach because...

Radio Series: Hymns of the Faith

Hymns of the Faith

“The Church's One Foundation”

A Presentation of First Presbyterian Church

Jackson, Mississippi

With

Dr. Ligon Duncan, Dr. Derek Thomas, and Dr. Bill Wymond

Dr. Wymond: Good morning! This is “Hymns of the Faith,” brought to you by Jackson's First Presbyterian Church. The minister of the First Presbyterian Church is Dr. Ligon Duncan. Stay tuned for “Hymns of the Faith.”….Here with “Hymns of the Faith”...

Ezra

The Lord's Day Evening

June 22, 2008

Ezra 9:1-15

“Prayer”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Please be seated. You may be wondering why we have had a couple of hymns tonight that were dark and melancholy, and that's because the passage before us in Scripture tonight is dark and melancholy, and brooding. It's about sin. We’re going to...

Radio Series: Hymns of the Faith

Hymns of the Faith “O Sacred Head, Now Wounded”

Isaiah 53

A Presentation of First Presbyterian Church

Jackson, Mississippi

With

Dr. Ligon Duncan, Dr. Derek Thomas, and Dr. Bill Wymond

Dr. Wymond: Good morning! This is “Hymns of the Faith,” brought to you by Jackson's First Presbyterian Church. The minister of the First Presbyterian Church is Dr. Ligon Duncan. Stay tuned for “Hymns of the Faith.”… Here with...

Ezra

The Lord's Day Evening

June 15, 2008

Ezra 8:21-36

“Road Trip to Jerusalem”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me if you would to the book of Ezra…the book of Ezra once again. We come tonight to chapter eight, and we will pick up the reading at verse 21. We’ll be reading through to the end...

Radio Series: Hymns of the Faith

Hymns of the Faith “I Greet Thee, Who My Sure Redeemer Art”

A Presentation of First Presbyterian Church

Jackson, Mississippi

With

Dr. Ligon Duncan, Dr. Derek Thomas, and Dr. Bill Wymond

Dr. Wymond: Good morning! This is “Hymns of the Faith,” brought to you by Jackson's First Presbyterian Church. The minister of the First Presbyterian Church is Dr. Ligon Duncan. Stay tuned for “Hymns of the Faith”… and...

Ezra

The Lord's Day Evening

June 8, 2008

Ezra 8:15-20

“Priests”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me if you would once again to the book of Ezra. We are in chapter 8 of the book of Ezra. We were looking last week at the list of names from twelve different families who were returning with Ezra...

Radio Series: Hymns of the Faith

Hymns of the Faith “How Firm a Foundation”

Isaiah 40-42

A Presentation of First Presbyterian Church

Jackson, Mississippi

With

Dr. Ligon Duncan, Dr. Derek Thomas, and Dr. Bill Wymond

Dr. Wymond: Good morning! This is “Hymns of the Faith,” brought to you by Jackson's First Presbyterian Church. The minister of the First Presbyterian Church is Dr. Ligon Duncan. Stay tuned for “Hymns of the Faith”….. And now here...

Radio Series: Hymns of the Faith

Hymns of the Faith “O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing”

A Presentation of First Presbyterian Church

Jackson, Mississippi

With

Dr. Ligon Duncan, Dr. Derek Thomas, and Dr. Bill Wymond

Dr. Wymond: Good morning! This is “Hymns of the Faith,” brought to you by Jackson's First Presbyterian Church. The minister of the First Presbyterian Church is Dr. Ligon Duncan. Stay tuned for “Hymns of the Faith.”…. Here with...

Ezra

The Lord's Day Evening

June 1, 2008

Ezra 8:1-14

“More Names - Returnees”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Turn with me now if you would to the book of Ezra, chapter 8, and shortly we’ll be reading together the opening fourteen verses of Ezra 8.

A couple of weeks ago we made a transition from chapter...

PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IN AMERICA

GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2008

“The Theology of Suffering”

Dr. Derek W.H. Thomas

Well, thank you for coming along today to this seminar. The title of the seminar is “The Theology of Suffering.” And I have a number of things I want to say by way of theological summary of what the Bible teaches on suffering, but before I do that, I...

Ezra

The Lord's Day Evening

May 25, 2008

Ezra 7:11-28

“A Letter from Artaxerxes”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me once again to the book of Ezra…the book of Ezra. We’re in the seventh chapter. We began last Lord's Day evening to look at the opening section of chapter 7, where we were introduced for the...

Ezra

The Lord's Day Evening

May 18, 2008

Ezra 7:1-10

“Ezra — Entering Halfway Through the Book”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me once again, if you would, to the book of Ezra, and we come this evening to the first ten verses of chapter seven…Ezra 7:1-10. Before we read the passage together, let's look to...

Ezra

The Lord's Day Evening

May 11, 2008

Ezra 6:19-22

“Passover — Passed Over”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me if you would once again to the book of Ezra. The book of Ezra of course in our English canon occurs fairly early on, but historically of course it occurs right at the end, almost at...

Radio Series: Hymns of the Faith

Hymns of the Faith

"Holy, Holy, Holy”

Revelation 4, Isaiah 6

A Presentation of First Presbyterian Church

Jackson, Mississippi

With

Dr. Ligon Duncan, Dr. Derek Thomas, and Dr. Bill Wymond

Dr. Wymond: This is “Hymns of the Faith” brought to you by Jackson's First Presbyterian Church. The minister of the First Presbyterian Church is Dr. Ligon Duncan. Stay tuned for “Hymns of the Faith.” …. And now here...

Ezra

The Lord's Day Evening

May 4, 2008

Ezra 6:16-18

“Dedication”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me, if you would, to the book of Ezra, chapter 6. We’ll be reading in a few moments verses 16, 17, and 18… a relatively short reading this evening, but a very significant event. We’re going to go back two...

Radio Series: Hymns of the Faith

Hymns of the Faith

"From All That Dwell Below the Skies”

Psalm 117

A Presentation of First Presbyterian Church

Jackson, Mississippi

With

Dr. Ligon Duncan, Dr. Derek Thomas, and Dr. Bill Wymond

Dr. Wymond: Good morning! This is “Hymns of the Faith” brought to you by Jackson's First Presbyterian Church. The minister of the First Presbyterian Church is Dr. Ligon Duncan. Stay tuned for Hymns of the Faith…..And...

Ezra

The Lord's Day Evening

April 20, 2008

Ezra 6:1-15

“Behold — The Temple!”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Please be seated. Now turn with me once again to the book of Ezra. We come this evening to chapter 6. The people of God have been in captivity in Babylon; 586-587 B.C. was a devastating year in the life...

Ezra

The Lord's Day Evening

April 13, 2008

Ezra 5:3-17

“Bureaucratic Meddling”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Please be seated. Now turn with me once again to the book of Ezra (Ezra 5), and we're going to read the whole chapter together. Two weeks ago we were looking together at the opening two verses which summarize for us the...

Radio Series: Hymns of the Faith

Hymns of the Faith

“Fairest Lord Jesus”

A Presentation of First Presbyterian Church

Jackson, Mississippi

With

Dr. Ligon Duncan, Dr. Derek Thomas, and Dr. Bill Wymond

Dr. Wymond: Good morning! This is “Hymns of the Faith” brought to you by Jackson's First Presbyterian Church. The minister of the First Presbyterian Church is Dr. Ligon Duncan. Stay tuned for “Hymns of the Faith.” … And here with “Hymns of...

Ezra

March 23, 2008

Ezra 4:1-24

“Opposition — 2”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me, if you would, to the book of Ezra, the book of Ezra. We are in the 4th chapter of the book of Ezra. We began last Lord's Day evening to...

Radio Series: Hymns of the Faith

Hymns of the Faith

“Christ the Lord Is Risen Today”

A Presentation of First Presbyterian Church

Jackson, Mississippi

With

Dr. Ligon Duncan, Dr. Derek Thomas, Dr. Bill Wymond

Dr. Wymond: Good morning! This is “Hymns of Faith,” brought to you by Jackson's First Presbyterian Church. The minister of the First Presbyterian Church is Dr. Ligon Duncan. Stay tuned for “Hymns of the Faith.” Here with “Hymns of Faith”...

Ezra

March 16, 2008

Ezra 4:1-5

“Opposition — 1”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me, if you would once again, to the book of Ezra. And we come this evening to chapter 4. We've just sung together, “If Thou But Suffer God to Guide Thee”. It's what the people of God needed to do at this point in...

Radio Series: Hymns of the Faith

Hymns of the Faith

“Crown Him with Many Crowns”

A Presentation of First Presbyterian Church

Jackson, Mississippi

With

Dr. Ligon Duncan, Dr. Derek Thomas, and Dr. Bill Wymond

Dr. Wymond: Good morning! This is “Hymns of Faith,” brought to you by Jackson's First Presbyterian Church. The minister of First Presbyterian Church is Dr. Ligon Duncan. Stay tuned for “Hymns of the Faith.” And now with “Hymns of the...

Ezra

The Lord's Day Evening

March 9, 2008

Ezra 3:8-13

Building for God

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me, if you would once again, to the book of Ezra. It's been a couple of weeks since we were in the book of Ezra. We are picking it up...

Radio Series: Hymns of the Faith

Hymns of the Faith “Jesus Shall Reign”

Psalm 72

A Presentation of First Presbyterian Church

Jackson, Mississippi

With

Dr. Ligon Duncan, Dr. Derek Thomas, and Dr. Bill Wymond

Dr. Wymond: Good morning! This is “Hymns of the Faith,” brought to you by Jackson's First Presbyterian Church. The minister of the First Presbyterian Church is Dr. Ligon Duncan. Stay tuned for “Hymns of the Faith”….and here with “Hymns of...

Radio Series: Hymns of the Faith

Hymns of the Faith “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name!”

A Presentation of First Presbyterian Church

Jackson, Mississippi

With

Dr. Ligon Duncan, Dr. Derek Thomas, and Dr. Bill Wymond

Dr. Wymond: Good morning! This is “Hymns of the Faith,” brought to you by Jackson's First Presbyterian Church. The minister of the First Presbyterian Church is Dr. Ligon Duncan. Stay tuned for “Hymns of the Faith.” And now...

Ezra

The Lord's Day Evening

February 17, 2008

Ezra 3:1-7

“Worship — The Goal of Missions”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now if you have your Bible with you or one in a pew just in front of you, turn with me to the book of Ezra, and the third chapter, and we're going to read down through verse...

Radio Series: Hymns of the Faith

Hymns of the Faith “Amazing Grace!”

I Chronicles 17:17

A Presentation of First Presbyterian Church

Jackson, Mississippi

With

Dr. Ligon Duncan, Dr. Derek Thomas, and Dr. Bill Wymond

Dr. Wymond: Good morning! This is “Hymns of the Faith”, brought to you by Jackson's First Presbyterian Church. The minister of the First Presbyterian Church is Dr. Ligon Duncan. Stay tuned for “Hymns of the Faith.” And now here with...

Ezra

The Lord's Day Evening

February 10, 2008

Ezra 2:1-70

“Pilgrims Have Names!”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Last Sunday evening we began a brand new series on the books of Ezra and Nehemiah. Originally they were one book in the Hebrew canon. Somewhere in the fourth century A.D., they were separated out into two separate books, but we’ll...

Ezra

The Lord's Day Evening

February 3, 2008

Ezra 1:1-11

“Freedom!”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me if you would to the book of Ezra, the first chapter of the book of Ezra. You’ll find it in your pew Bibles on page 389.

We begin tonight a new series of sermons on the books...

Radio Series: Hymns of the Faith

Hymns of the Faith “O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus!”

A Presentation of First Presbyterian Church

Jackson, Mississippi

With

Dr. Ligon Duncan, Dr. Derek Thomas, and Dr. Bill Wymond

Dr. Wymond: Good morning! This is “Hymns of the Faith,” brought to you by Jackson's First Presbyterian Church. The minister of the First Presbyterian Church is Dr. Ligon Duncan. Stay tuned for “Hymns of the Faith.” And now...

Radio Series: Hymns of the Faith

Hymns of the Faith "All Creatures of Our God and King”

Psalm 148

A Presentation of First Presbyterian Church

Jackson, Mississippi

With

Dr. Ligon Duncan, Dr. Derek Thomas, and Dr. Bill Wymond

Dr. Wymond: Good morning! This is “Hymns of the Faith” brought to you by Jackson's First Presbyterian Church; and the minister of the First Presbyterian Church is Dr. Ligon Duncan. Stay tuned for “Hymns of...

Radio Series: Hymns of the Faith

Hymns of the Faith

“Whate'er My God Ordains is Right”

A Presentation of First Presbyterian Church

Jackson, Mississippi

With

Dr. Ligon Duncan, Dr. Derek Thomas, and Dr. Bill Wymond

Dr. Wymond: Good morning! This is “Hymns of the Faith” brought to you by Jackson's First Presbyterian Church. The minister of the First Presbyterian Church is Dr. Ligon Duncan. Stay tuned for “Hymns of the Faith.” And now with...

Radio Series: Hymns of the Faith

Hymns of the Faith “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence”

A Presentation of First Presbyterian Church

Jackson, Mississippi

With

Dr. Ligon Duncan, Dr. Derek Thomas, and Dr. Bill Wymond

Dr. Wymond: Good morning! This is “Hymns of the Faith,” brought to you by Jackson's First Presbyterian Church. The minister of the First Presbyterian Church is Dr. Ligon Duncan. Stay tuned for “Hymns of the Faith.”… And now here...

Christmas Series: Nine Lessons and Carols

The Lord's Day Evening

December 30, 2007

John 1:1-18

Nine Lessons and Carols

The Ninth Lesson

God with God

Dr. Derek Thomas

We come this evening to the Ninth and final Lesson in the series known as “The Service of Nine Lessons and Carols.” Over the month of December, through the Sundays of December (bar one of the services, where we had the “Music of Christmas”) we've been...

Radio Series: Hymns of the Faith

Hymns of the Faith

"God Moves in a Mysterious Way”

A Presentation of First Presbyterian Church

Jackson, Mississippi

With

Dr. Ligon Duncan, Dr. Derek Thomas, and Dr. Bill Wymond

Dr. Wymond: Good morning! This is “Hymns of the Faith” brought to you by Jackson's First Presbyterian Church. The minister of the First Presbyterian Church is Dr. Ligon Duncan. Stay tuned for “Hymns of the Faith.”… Here now with...

Radio Series: Hymns of the Faith

Hymns of the Faith

Hark! the Herald Angels Sing”

A Presentation of First Presbyterian Church

Jackson, Mississippi

With

Dr. Ligon Duncan, Dr. Derek Thomas, and Dr. Bill Wymond

Dr. Wymond: Good morning! This is “Hymns of the Faith,” brought to you by Jackson's First Presbyterian Church. The minister of the First Presbyterian Church is Dr. Ligon Duncan. Stay tuned for “Hymns of the Faith.”…..And now here is...

Christmas Series: Nine Lessons and Carols

Wednesday Evening

December 19, 2007

Psalm 22

Nine Lessons and Carols

“Great Prophecies of the Messiah in the Old Testament”

Dr. Derek W.H. Thomas

Now turn with me if you would to Psalm 22. And first of all, a word of explanation. On Wednesday evenings in December, to complement the “Nine Lessons” that occupy for Sunday...

Christmas Series: Nine Lessons and Carols

The Lord's Day Morning

December 16, 2007

Luke 1:26-38

Nine Lessons and Carols

The Fifth Lesson

Offspring of a Virgin

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn in your Bibles if you would to the Gospel of Luke We are looking at this extraordinary liturgy that's been around now for over a hundred years or so from Cambridge, the Nine Lessons and Carols, and these Lord's Days...

Radio Series: Hymns of the Faith

Hymns of the Faith

“Away in a Manger”

A Presentation of First Presbyterian Church

Jackson, Mississippi

with

Dr. Ligon Duncan, Dr. Derek Thomas, and Dr. Bill Wymond

Dr. Wymond: Good morning! This is “Hymns of the Faith” brought to you by First Presbyterian Church. The minister of the First Presbyterian Church is Dr. Ligon Duncan. Here with “Hymns of the Faith” is Dr. Ligon Duncan.

Dr. Duncan: Thank...

Christmas Series: Nine Lessons and Carols

The Lord's Day Evening

December 9, 2007

Isaiah 11:1-9

Nine Lessons and Carols

The Fourth Lesson

Christmas for Animal Lovers?

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Please be seated. Now as Ligon reminded us this morning this is “Isaiah day”... (or “I-zaa-ah” day!) It's fascinating why in the Nine Lessons and Carols why they chose the particular texts that they chose. For example, many of us, I suppose, if...

Radio Series: Hymns of the Faith

Hymns of the Faith

O Little Town of Bethlehem

A Presentation of First Presbyterian Church

Jackson, Mississippi

with

Dr. Ligon Duncan, Dr. Derek Thomas, Dr. Bill Wymond

Dr. Wymond: Good morning! This is “Hymns of the Faith,” brought to you by Jackson's First Presbyterian Church. The minister of the First Presbyterian Church is Dr. Ligon Duncan. Stay tuned for “Hymns of the Faith.” Here with “Hymns of the...

Pilgrim's Progress - Christiana's Story

Now if you have your Bibles with you, turn with me to the final chapter of the book of Revelation, Revelation 22; and in a moment or two we're going to read the opening verses.

We come tonight to what is the final session in our study of Part II of Pilgrim's Progress, the story of Christiana (the wife of Christian), and the four sons...

Christmas Series: Nine Lessons and Carols

The Lord's Day Morning

December 2, 2007

Genesis 3:8-19

Nine Lessons and Carols The First Lesson

Christmas from Afar

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Amen. Now turn with me if you would to Genesis 3, and we're going to read together…as part of our Advent celebration here at First Presbyterian Church, we're going to read...

Radio Series: Hymns of the Faith

Hymns of the Faith

“Once in Royal David's City”

A Presentation of First Presbyterian Church

Jackson, Mississippi

with

Dr. Ligon Duncan, Dr. Derek Thomas, Dr. Bill Wymond

Dr. Duncan: Thank you, Bill Wymond. It's good to be with you and Derek again to talk about Hymns of the Faith. Good morning, Derek. Merry Christmas!

We are looking at one of (at least here at First Presbyterian Church)…one of...

Pilgrim's Progress - Christiana's Story

Now turn with me if you would first of all to the map. If there are hardened “Bunyanites” here who have now learnt to bring their map with them on Wednesday nights, we have one more lesson to go next week. We need to get to heaven! We need to cross the River and get to the Celestial City, and we’ll do that next week.

But...

The Lord's Day Evening

November 25, 2007

Jonah 2:9

“Learning Theology the Hard Way!”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Please be seated. Now this evening we are going to turn to the book of Jonah. The book of Jonah — the story not so much about a big fish, but the story about a big God.

Now, I learnt a pneumonic for the minor prophets “Heaven Just Ain't...

The Lord's Day Morning

November 25, 2007

Hebrews 9:11-14

“Always Keeping Jesus at the Center of Everything

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me in your Bibles to the book of Hebrews, and the ninth chapter. And as you’re doing that, let me take this opportunity to welcome back many of our college students…and I see scattered here and there throughout the congregation, back for Thanksgiving....

Radio Series: Hymns of the Faith

Hymns of the Faith

“We Gather Together”

A Presentation of First Presbyterian Church

Jackson, Mississippi

With

Dr. Ligon Duncan, Dr. Derek Thomas, and Dr. Bill Wymond

Dr. Wymond: Good morning! This is “Hymns of the Faith,” brought to you by Jackson's First Presbyterian Church. The minister of First Presbyterian Church is Dr. Ligon Duncan. Here with “Hymns of the Faith” is Dr. Ligon Duncan.

Dr. Duncan: It's great...

Pilgrim's Progress - Christiana's Story

Wednesday Evening November 20, 2007

Ephesians 6

Pilgrim's Progress Part 2 - Christiana's Story

Vanity Fair to Doubting Castle

Dr. Derek W.H. Thomas

Now turn with me if you would, first of all to Ephesians 6. In Pilgrim's Progress, as we've seen now on a number of occasions, and we will see again before we're done...

Radio Series: Hymns of the Faith

Hymns of the Faith

“Let Us Love and Sing and Wonder”

Lamentations 3:22, 23

A Presentation of First Presbyterian Church

Jackson, Mississippi

With

Dr. Ligon Duncan, Dr. Derek Thomas, and Dr. Bill Wymond

Dr. Wymond: Good morning! This is “Hymns of the Faith,” brought to you by First Presbyterian Church. The minister of the First Presbyterian Church is Dr. Ligon Duncan. Stay tuned for “Hymns of the Faith.”

...

Radio Series: Hymns of the Faith

Hymns of the Faith

“Day by Day and with Each Passing Moment”

A Presentation of First Presbyterian Church

Jackson, Mississippi

With

Dr. Ligon Duncan, Dr. Derek Thomas, and Dr. Bill Wymond

Dr. Wymond: Good morning! This is “Hymns of the Faith,” brought to you by Jackson's First Presbyterian Church. The minister of the First Presbyterian Church is Dr. Ligon Duncan. Stay tuned for “Hymns of the Faith.”

Dr....

Pilgrim's Progress - Christiana's Story

Now turn with me, if you have a Bible with you, to Isaiah 66, and I'm going to read the opening two verses of Isaiah 66. Before we read the passage, let's pray together.

Father, this is Your word holy men of old wrote as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. Help us again to read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest, and all for...

Pilgrim's Progress - Christiana's Story

Now turn with me if you would to Romans 5, and we are going to read together the closing verses of Romans 5, beginning at verse 18. Now the reason we're reading these particular verses is because in the particular section of Pilgrim's Progress Part II that we're considering this evening, we are going to see Bunyan emphasizing the doctrine of justification, and Bunyan emphasizing more than just...

Radio Series: Hymns of the Faith

Hymns of the Faith

“Great Is Thy Faithfulness”

Lamentations 3:22, 23

A Presentation of First Presbyterian Church

Jackson, Mississippi

With

Dr. Ligon Duncan, Dr. Derek Thomas, and Dr. Bill Wymond

Dr. Wymond: Good morning! This is “Hymns of Faith” brought to you by First Presbyterian Church. The minister of First Presbyterian Church is Dr. Ligon Duncan. Stay tuned for “Hymns of Faith.”…And now here with “Hymns of Faith”...

Pilgrim's Progress - Christiana's Story

We’re going to begin by reading a Scripture together. It's a Scripture that Bunyan cites. There is a point in tonight's part of the story where Mercy, the companion of Christiana, is outside the gates, the Wicket Gate. She hasn't yet entered, and she fears that she may not get in. She fears that the day of reckoning might come, and she is outside. And Bunyan cites a...

Radio Series: Hymns of the Faith

Hymns of the Faith

“A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”

Psalm 46:1

A Presentation of First Presbyterian Church

Jackson, Mississippi

With

Dr. Ligon Duncan, Dr. Derek Thomas, and Dr. Bill Wymond

Dr. Wymond: Good morning! This is “Hymns of the Faith,” brought to you by First Presbyterian Church. The minister of the First Presbyterian Church is Dr. Ligon Duncan. Stay tuned...

Radio Series: Hymns of the Faith

Hymns of the Faith “If Thou But Suffer God to Guide Thee”

Psalm 55

A Presentation of First Presbyterian Church

Jackson, Mississippi

With

Dr. Ligon Duncan, Dr. Derek Thomas, and Dr. Bill Wymond

Dr. Wymond: Good morning! This is “Hymns of the Faith”, brought to you by First Presbyterian Church. The minister of First Presbyterian Church is Dr. Ligon Duncan, and I give you now Dr. Ligon Duncan...

Radio Series: Hymns of the Faith

Hymns of the Faith

“Our God, Our Help in Ages Past”

Psalm 90

A Presentation of First Presbyterian Church

Jackson, Mississippi

With

Dr. Ligon Duncan, Dr. Derek Thomas, and Dr. Bill Wymond

Dr. Wymond: Good morning! This is “Hymns of the Faith,” brought to you by Jackson's First Presbyterian Church. The minister of the First Presbyterian Church is Dr. Ligon Duncan. Stay tuned for “Hymns of the Faith.”

...

Pilgrim's Progress - Christiana's Story

Well, good evening. We come now to a brand new series that will last through October and November. Somewhere at the entrance and exit points there’ll be an outline of the seven lessons in the Second Part of Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress.

I'm not going to go very far down the journey tonight…just going to introduce the story and a little bit of background, and give you...

Revelation

The Lord's Day Evening

September 30, 2007

Revelation 3:7-13

“A Letter from Jesus”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Please be seated. Now turn with me if you would to the last book of the Bible, the book of Revelation — a book that often intimidates and frightens and terrifies, because of its use of apocalyptic imagery involving colors and numbers and so on — but we're in none...

To the End of the Earth

Wednesday Evening

September 26, 2007

Acts 28:17-31

“Preaching from Prison”

Dr. Derek W.H. Thomas

Now turn with me if you would to the final chapter of The Acts of The Apostles, chapter 28. As you’re doing that, let me just remind you this is the final lesson in The Acts of The Apostles. I always feel, when I come to the end of a study, I want to...

Radio Series: Hymns of the Faith

Hymns of the Faith

"Now Thank We All Our God”

I Chronicles 29:13

A Presentation of First Presbyterian Church

Jackson, Mississippi

With

Dr. Ligon Duncan, Dr. Derek Thomas, and Dr. Bill Wymond

Dr. Wymond: Good morning! This is “Hymns of the Faith,” brought to you by First Presbyterian Church. The minister of the First Presbyterian Church is Dr. Ligon...

To the End of the Earth

Wednesday Evening

September 19, 2007

Acts 28:1-16

“Rome at Last”

Dr. Derek W.H. Thomas

As we return once again to The Acts of The Apostles, we come to the final chapter, Acts 28.

Paul, you remember, was caught in a storm. It was a wonderfully exciting account, as we read last week in chapter 27. Luke of course was on board the ship, so we're given a very,...

Radio Series: Hymns of the Faith

Hymns of the Faith “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty”

Psalm 103, Psalm 150

A Presentation of First Presbyterian Church

Jackson, Mississippi

With

Dr. Ligon Duncan, Dr. Derek Thomas, and Dr. Bill Wymond

Dr. Wymond: Good morning! This is “Hymns of the Faith” with Ligon Duncan, Derek Thomas, and Bill Wymond. And we now go to our moderator, Ligon Duncan.

Dr. Duncan: Thank you, Bill. This is Ligon...

To the End of the Earth

Wednesday Evening

September 12, 2007

Acts 27:1-14

“Peril at Sea”

Dr. Derek W.H. Thomas

Well, it's a joy to be with you again as we continue now in The Acts of The Apostles. Some of you have a map in the back of your Bibles of Paul's missionary journeys, and in particular the journey to Rome that we want to look at. It's a fairly complicated journey, and...

To the End of the Earth

Wednesday Evening

September 9, 2007

Acts 25:13-26:32

“King Agrippa — Almost Persuaded”

Dr. Derek W.H. Thomas

This is a lengthy section of Scripture that we have to read. It's all one narrative. This is Paul's defense. It's not strictly a trial, but it is a defense. It is, in technical language, an apologia. This is Paul's apology; this is Paul preaching the gospel, and preaching the gospel...

To the End of the Earth

The Lord's Day Evening

August 26, 2007

Acts 25:1-12

To the Ends of the Earth

“Porcius Festus”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now as we come to Acts 25, you remember two weeks ago Paul is in prison; and he is in prison in the barracks of the garrison that is stationed in Caesarea, and under the authority of Governor Felix. And we ended the portion that we...

The Lord's Day Morning

April 22, 2007

II Chronicles 33:1-20

“The Prodigal Son”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now from the beauty of Brahms's Requiem to the ugliness of Judean kings, 700 years or so before Christ. Turn in your Bibles now, if you would this morning, to II Chronicles 33. And I want us this morning to examine together the life–biography, if you like–of what has been...

To the End of the Earth

The Lord's Day Evening

August 12, 2007

Acts 24:1-27

To the Ends of the Earth

“Governor Felix — The Procrastinator”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me once again to The Acts of The Apostles and we come this evening to chapter 24 — chapter 24 of The Acts of The Apostles — and we're going to read together the first 27 verses of this chapter....

To the End of the Earth

The Lord's Day Evening

July 29, 2007

Acts 23:12-35

To the Ends of the Earth

“The Conspiracy”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me if you would to Acts 23, and we're going to pick up the reading this evening at verse 12, and we’ll be reading through to the end of the chapter.

Paul has given what was always bound to be an unsuccessful defense...

The Lord's Day Morning

July 29, 2007

Psalm 24

“Heart Failure”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Amen. Now turn with me if you would to Psalm 24…the Twenty-fourth Psalm. Before we read the Psalm together, let's once again look to the Lord in prayer. Let us all pray.

Lord, we bow again in Your presence. We come confessing that without You we can do nothing. Come, Holy Spirit,...

To the End of the Earth

The Lord's Day Evening

July 22, 2007

Acts 22:30-23:11

To the Ends of the Earth

“Brothers, I Am a Pharisee”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me, if you would, to The Acts of The Apostles. We come this evening to a consideration of the opening verses of Acts 23. We’re going to read together the closing verse of Acts 22; but before we read this...

To the End of the Earth

The Lord's Day Evening

July 8, 2007

Acts 21:37-22:30

To the Ends of the Earth

“Fathers and Brethren”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now if you have your Bibles with you, turn with me once again to The Acts of The Apostles. And this evening we are in chapter 21, and we’ll be reading through into the twenty-second chapter of The Acts of The Apostles.

Paul, as you...

To the End of the Earth

The Lord's Day Evening

July 1, 2007

Acts 21:27-36

To the Ends of the Earth

“Paul Chained in the Holy City!”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now we continue in our studies in The Acts of The Apostles and we come to chapter 21. And last Lord's Day evening we were seeing and determining — and questioning, perhaps, a little — of what on earth the Apostle Paul...

To the End of the Earth

The Lord's Day Evening

June 24, 2007

Acts 21:15-26

To the Ends of the Earth

“Paul, James, and Legal Issues: Christianity Gets Complicated”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Please be seated. Now turn with me once again to The Acts of The Apostles. We pick up the reading this evening in the twenty-first chapter, at the fifteenth verse.

We left the Apostle Paul last Lord's Day evening. He...

To the End of the Earth

The Lord's Day Evening

June 17, 2007

Acts 21:1-14

To the Ends of the Earth

Let the Will of the Lord Be Done

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me if you would to The Acts of The Apostles and we find ourselves this evening in chapter 21, and we're about to read the first fourteen verses of Acts 21. We left the scene last Lord's...

To the End of the Earth

The Lord's Day Evening

June 10, 2007

Acts 20:13-38

A Solemn Charge

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now to Acts 20. The week before we were at the beginning of this great monumental chapter, the twentieth chapter of Acts, where Paul is now going to address once again the Ephesian elders at a place called Miletus. We’re going to pick up the reading at the thirteenth verse and...

The Incomparable Christ: Exposition of Colossians

The Lord's Day Morning

June 10, 2007

Colossians 3:16

“Sing As Though Your Life Depended On It”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Amen. Now turn with me if you would to Paul's Epistle to the Colossians…Colossians, chapter three, and our reading this morning will be in the sixteenth verse. Colossians 3:16. Before we read this verse together, let's look to God in prayer. Let us all pray.

Father,...

To the End of the Earth

The Lord's Day Evening

May 27, 2007

Acts 20:1-12

To the Ends of the Earth

A Deadly Sermon

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me if you would to The Acts of The Apostles once again, and tonight we are in the twentieth chapter. We have been now for a number of weeks following the ministry of the Apostle Paul in the great city of Corinth,...

To the End of the Earth

The Lord's Day Evening

May 20, 2007

Acts 19:21-41

To the Ends of the Earth City Riot

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Please open your Bibles to Acts 19 beginning at verse 21, and we're reading through into the first verse of the next chapter. Before we read that together, let's look to God in prayer. Let's pray.

Father, we are thankful again for the Scriptures for the...

To the End of the Earth

The Lord's Day Evening

May 13, 2007

Acts 19:1-22

To the Ends of the Earth

The Gospel Comes to Ephesus

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me to Acts 19. We made a brief visit last week to Ephesus, but then Paul made that whirlwind journey, you remember, taking all the way from Ephesus to Caesarea, and then perhaps to Jerusalem; and certainly north to Antioch,...

To the End of the Earth

The Lord's Day Evening

May 6, 2007

Acts 18:18-28

To the Ends of the Earth

Priscilla, Aquila, and Apollos”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Please be seated. Now turn with me to The Acts of The Apostles, and we pick up the reading once again in the eighteenth chapter of Acts. We left Paul last week in the great and extremely important city of Corinth, and tonight we're...

To the End of the Earth

The Lord's Day Evening

April 29, 2007

Acts 18:1-17

To the Ends of the Earth

Do Not Be Afraid

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Turn with me to Acts, chapter eighteen…Acts 18, and we come this evening to a very important point in the missionary activity of the Apostle Paul, but also an important juncture in the spread of the gospel and the departure of Paul from the...

To the End of the Earth

The Lord's Day Evening

April 22, 2007

Acts 17:16-34

To the Ends of the Earth Worship, Piccadilly Style in Ancient Greece

or, “Jerusalem and Athens: What Do They Have in Common?”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now to The Acts of The Apostles, as we've been studying this great book together on these last number of months now; and we come this evening to Acts 17 and the...

To the End of the Earth

The Lord's Day Evening

April 15, 2007

Acts 17:10-15

To the Ends of the Earth

How to Listen to a Sermon

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now, last Lord's Day I didn't quite get to where I was intending to get to. We got delayed, you and I, in the sights and sounds of Thessalonica. And Paul, as we have seen now so many times… (who would want...

To the End of the Earth

The Lord's Day Evening

April 8, 2007

Acts 17:1-15 To the Ends of the Earth The Resurrection: Is It Such a Big Deal?

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Please be seated. Now turn with me once again to The Acts of The Apostles. We were in Acts 16 last Sunday evening, in the great city of Philippi. And Paul and Silas had been imprisoned, you remember, in the...

To the End of the Earth

The Lord's Day Evening

April 1, 2007

Acts 16:16-40

To the Ends of the Earth Prison Time

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

We come tonight again to the sixteenth chapter. We began to look at this chapter together last Sunday evening. Luke is giving us here cameo portraits. I think Luke, as a historian, just relished in describing certain events and certain characters, and the details of certain...

To the End of the Earth

The Lord's Day Evening

March 25, 2007

Acts 16:1-15

To the Ends of the Earth Come Over and Help Us!

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

As we continue in our study of The Acts of The Apostles, we have been following Paul and Barnabas (and we've learnt now of John Mark also), who have made their way back from the Jerusalem Council to Antioch. And there was something...

To the End of the Earth

The Lord's Day Evening

March 18, 2007

Acts 15:36-41

To the Ends of the Earth

Brotherly Love Strife

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me once again to The Acts of The Apostles–or The Acts of The Holy Spirit, or even The Acts of The Risen Christ–because as we have been studying this great book together it is indeed what we have been discovering: that the...

To the End of the Earth

The Lord's Day Evening

March 11, 2007

Acts 15:21-35

To the Ends of the Earth

The Letter

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me if you would to The Acts of The Apostles Last Lord's Day evening we were in the first part of Acts 15. We said then a number of things, but we said that Acts 15 falls, of course, in the middle of...

The Lord's Day Morning

March 4, 2007

I Chronicles 21:1-30

“Numbers”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me to II Chronicles, chapter 21. And you may find that in your pew Bibles somewhere before you, or you may join with me in your own Bible. But before we read the passage together, let's come before God in prayer.

Father, we thank You again for the Scriptures...

To the End of the Earth

The Lord's Day Evening

March 4, 2007

Acts 15:1-21

To the Ends of the Earth Cutting Cost

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now we continue this evening in our studies in The Acts of The Apostles, and we find ourselves at the very center of The Acts of The Apostles. There's a reason why this particular incident that we are going to begin to look at tonight and...

To the End of the Earth

The Lord's Day Evening

February 18, 2007

Mission Conference 2007

Acts 14:21-28

To the Ends of the Earth Mission Report

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me if you would once again to The Acts of The Apostles and chapter 14. Tonight we have two missionaries reporting. One is called Saul, who recently has begun to call himself Paul, and the other is Barnabas. And they've...

To the End of the Earth

The Lord's Day Evening

February 11, 2007

Acts 14:1-20

To the End of the Earth

A Tale of Three Cities

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me if you would once again to The Acts of The Apostles… “The Acts of the Risen, Ascended Christ…The Acts of the Holy Spirit”… as we see the Lord Jesus marching across the geography of the Middle East and what...

To the End of the Earth

The Lord's Day Evening

First Presbyterian Church

February 4, 2007

Acts 13:13-52

To the Ends of the Earth Preaching Jesus!

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me once again to The Acts of the Apostles…or “The Acts of the Holy Spirit,” or “The Acts of the Risen and Ascended Lord.” As we have seen, Christ, as it were, is marching from Jerusalem to Samaria to Judea,...

Radio Series: Hymns of the Faith

Hymns of the Faith “For All the Saints”

A Presentation of First Presbyterian Church

Jackson, Mississippi

With

Dr. Ligon Duncan, Dr. Derek Thomas, and Dr. Bill Wymond

Dr. Wymond: Good morning! This is “Hymns of the Faith,” brought to you by Jackson's First Presbyterian Church. The minister of the First Presbyterian Church is Dr. Ligon Duncan. Stay tuned for “Hymns of the Faith.” And now here with “Hymns...

To the End of the Earth

The Lord's Day Evening

January 28, 2007

Acts 13:1-12

To the End of the Earth

Catching the Vision for Missions

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me to The Acts of the Apostles, and we begin now at what is going to be the theme of the rest of The Acts of the Apostles: the missionary journeys of the Apostle Paul.

We are moving away now...

To the End of the Earth

The Lord's Day Evening

January 14, 2007

Acts 12:1-19a

To the End of the Earth

The Great Escape

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me if you would in your Bibles to The Acts of the Apostles. We began last Lord's Day evening to pick up once again our exposition of Acts that had been on a Wednesday evening for a few months, and last week...

To the End of the Earth

The Lord's Day Evening

January 7, 2007

Acts 11:19-30

To The End of the Earth Call Them ‘Christians!’

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me to The Acts of the Apostles. We’re now in chapter 11. As it so happens in the providence of God, this passage is a bridging passage between what has gone before and, in many ways, what is about to...

Radio Series: Hymns of the Faith

Hymns of the Faith

“All People That On Earth Do Dwell”

Psalm 100

A Presentation of First Presbyterian Church

Jackson, Mississippi

With

Dr. Ligon Duncan, Dr. Derek Thomas, and Dr. Bill Wymond

Dr. Wymond: Good morning! This is “Hymns of the Faith” brought to you by First Presbyterian Church. The minister of the First Presbyterian Church is Dr. Ligon Duncan. Stay tuned for “Hymns of the Faith.”

Dr....

The Lord's Day Evening

December 31, 2006

Watch Night Service

Psalm 90

“Teach Us to Number Our Days”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now, Watch Night Services...we're cheating just a little bit, because Watch Night Services usually take place beginning around eleven o’clock at night and ending at midnight at the New Year; and for the 17-18 years or so I was in Belfast, that was our practice,...

Luke's Christmas Liturgy

The Lord's Day Evening

December 24, 2006

Philippians 2:6-11

Jesus Is God and Man

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

[Dr. Duncan]:

Our Lord and our God, our hearts rejoice at the very thought of Your gracious sending of Your Son into this world for the salvation of all who rest and trust in Him. Grant that this Christmas and always we would trust the Savior and...

Christmas Series: Luke's Christmas Liturgy

Now turn with me in your Bibles to the second chapter of Luke's Gospel, and we're going to look at The Gloria. We've just heard Pergolesi's rendition of the angels’ song at Bethlehem.

Now let's set a scene. It's the nighttime. An angel has appeared to shepherds on the hillsides of Bethlehem. The hillsides of Bethlehem are strewn with sheep, lambs.... The temple sacrifices in...

Christmas Series: Luke's Christmas Liturgy

The Lord's Day Evening

December 10, 2006

I John 4:1-3; II John 7

Jesus Became a Man

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now these Sunday mornings in December we've been looking, and will continue to look, at four of the songs that we find in the Gospel of Luke, all referring to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ — His birth and incarnation. And then...

Christmas Series: Luke's Christmas Liturgy

The Lord's Day Morning

December 3, 2006

Luke 1:46-55

“Luke's Christmas Liturgy:

Magnificat: Mary Was a Shorter Catechism Girl”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Amen, and as Ligon was saying earlier, of course, the choir has just been singing what is the text this morning, The Magnificat, the song of Mary. So turn with me now in your Bibles to Luke 1, and we're going to read...

To the End of the Earth

Wednesday Evening

November 29, 2006

Acts 11:1-18

To the Ends of the Earth

First Church Jerusalem

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now, if you have your Bibles with you, turn with me if you would once again to The Acts of the Apostles, and we come tonight to the eleventh chapter. We’re going to read together in a few minutes the first eighteen verses.

But before I do...

To the End of the Earth

Tuesday Evening

November 21, 2006

Acts 10:1-8; 23b-48

To the Ends of the Earth

All Change!

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now, if you have your Bibles turn with me to The Acts of the Apostles; and if you don't, on the back, I understand, of the bulletin this evening, a fairly lengthy reading from Acts 10. You remember that last week we were looking together at this...

The Lord's Day Morning November 19, 2006

II Samuel 23:1-7 “David's Last Words”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now if you have your Bibles with you, take out your Bible to the Old Testament to II Samuel 23. Before we read the first seven verses of this chapter, let's look again to God in prayer.

Lord our God, we thank You for the Scriptures that holy men of...

The Lord's Day Evening November 19, 2006

Colossians 2:16-23 “Reformed Worship: From Babbling to Sweet Harmony”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Please be seated. Now, if you arrived a little late for this evening's service and you've been wondering how come I'm not preaching so early, that's because we're doing a Reformation Day service reflecting the liturgy of John Calvin in the 1540's in Geneva...

The Lord's Day Evening November 19, 2006

Colossians 2:16-23 “Reformed Worship: From Babbling to Sweet Harmony”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Please be seated. Now, if you arrived a little late for this evening's service and you've been wondering how come I'm not preaching so early, that's because we're doing a Reformation Day service reflecting the liturgy of John Calvin in the 1540's in Geneva...

To the End of the Earth

Wednesday Evening

November 15, 2006

Acts 10:9-23

To the Ends of the Earth Pork — the Other White Meat

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me once again to The Acts of the Apostles, or The Acts of Jesus Christ, or even The Acts of the Holy Spirit. Turn with me to chapter ten, and we're going to read together verses 9-23.

Now I know that...

To the End of the Earth

Wednesday Evening

November 8, 2006

Acts 9:32-43

To the Ends of the Earth The Dead Shall Rise

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

As you’re turning to Acts 9 — and if you don't have your Bibles with you, the text is printed on the bulletin for this evening. Now before we read Acts 9 together, let's pray.

Father, again we bow our heads and hearts and spirits in...

To the End of the Earth

Wednesday Evening

November 1, 2006

Acts 9:12b -31

To the Ends of the Earth

A Basket Case!

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me if you would once again to The Acts of the Apostles, and we're in chapter nine. We pick it up at verse 19b. the second half of verse [19]. In some of your Bibles that verse is cut in two, beginning a...

To the End of the Earth

Wednesday Evening

October 25, 2006

Acts 9:1-12a

To the Ends of the Earth Saul of Tarsus

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now take out your hymn sheet once again that's on the desk in front of you and turn back just for a second to Hymn 483, We Sing the Glorious Conquest. We sang that hymn, of course, because it's based on the chapter we're going to...

To the End of the Earth

Wednesday Evening

October 18, 2006

Acts 8:26-40

“To the Ends of the Earth The Great Search”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now we're in The Acts of the Apostles, and we've been following the account that Luke provides for us of this extraordinary godly man, Philip. We’re going to have to bid farewell to Philip tonight. We’ll catch him one more time — Acts 21 (I'm speaking off...

To the End of the Earth

Wednesday Evening

October 11, 2006

Acts 8:9-25

Buying Your Way to Power

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me once again to The Acts of the Apostles, a series which we began–oh, I don't know when we began it. We began it when we were back on Sunday nights in the temporary sanctuary, and now we've moved it here for the fall...and we're in the eighth...

To the End of the Earth

Wednesday Evening

September 27, 2006

Acts 8:1-8 Philip Preaching Christ in Samaria

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me if you would to the Acts of the Apostles. Once again as we continue to unfold the narrative that Luke provides for us of the spread of the church from Jerusalem to Judea, to Samaria, and to the ends of the earth And we’ll see now tonight...

To the End of the Earth

Wednesday Evening

September 20, 2006

Acts 7:54-8:1a

To the Ends of the Earth: "The First Christian Martyr”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now let's go to Acts 7. We’re going to pick up the story at verse 54, and read through into chapter eight and verse one. If you think you have problems, then listen to this. Before we read this passage together, let's pray.

Father, again we...

To the End of the Earth

Wednesday Evening

September 13, 2006

"Stephen's Sermon" Part 2

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Turn with me now, if you would, to Acts 7 once again. We were looking at this chapter a week ago. It's a long chapter.

We saw last week how Stephen, this godly man, this man who is described for us by Luke as "full of the Holy Spirit", one of the seven chosen...

To the End of the Earth

Wednesday Evening

September 6, 2006

Acts 7:1-53 "Stephen's Sermon" (Part 1)

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Open your Bibles please to Acts 7. This week we come to the story of Stephen this godly man, this man who is described for us by Luke as "full of the Holy Spirit", one of the seven chosen to help relieve the apostles in the dispute that has arisen...

To the End of the Earth

The Lord's Day Evening

August 27, 2006

Acts 6:8-15

Angelic Stephen

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Please turn with me now to The Acts of the Apostles, and to chapter six. We've been looking at The Acts of the Apostles now and we've come this evening to the account of Stephen. It is a seminal portion of The Acts of the Apostles.

We were looking last Lord's Day...

To the End of the Earth

The Lord's Day Evening

August 20, 2006

Acts 6:1-7

To the End of the Earth (12): Seven Wise Men

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me, if you would, to The Acts of the Apostles, chapter six. . I'm going to tell you a problem in the church of the New Testament where evidently love was in short supply. This is in Acts 6, and we're...

To the End of the Earth

The Lord's Day Evening

July 30, 2006

Acts 5:33-42

“To the End of the Earth (12): Leave These Men Alone!”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me, if you would, to The Acts of the Apostles, and the fifth chapter. Our reading this evening begins at the end of the chapter, beginning at verse 33. You will recall that the apostles have been imprisoned for the...

To the End of the Earth

The Lord's Day Evening

July 23, 2006

Acts 5:12-32

“To the End of the Earth (11): Prison Break!”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me to The Acts of the Apostles; and we come this evening to chapter five, and beginning at the twelfth verse–Acts 5:12.

This is God's word. This is not like reading our favorite book. These are God's words breathed out by God,...

To the End of the Earth

The Lord's Day Evening

July 16, 2006

Acts 4:32-5:11

“To the End of the Earth (10): Field of Dreams”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

We’re looking at The Acts of the Apostles, and we come tonight to the section that begins in verse 32 of chapter 4, and we’ll be reading through into the fifth chapter and the narrative of Ananias and Sapphira.

This is God's holy, inerrant...

To the End of the Earth

The Lord's Day Evening

July 9, 2006

Acts 4:23-31

“To the End of the Earth (9): Praying Boldly”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Last week, indeed a week before, remember we've been looking at the healing of the cripple, the man who is described as “being over forty years of age,” a cripple from birth, taken by his family — brothers, perhaps...relatives — to the temple area in...

To the End of the Earth

The Lord's Day Evening

July 2, 2006

Acts 4:1-22

“To the End of the Earth (8): The Cost of Discipleship”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me if you would to The Acts of the Apostles once again; and we have a fairly lengthy reading from Acts 4, and we're going to read together the first 22 verses of Acts 4.

Let's pray together.

Father, again...

Finding God in Hard Places

The Lord's Day Morning July 2, 2006

I Kings 17:17-24 “Finding God in Hard Places (2): A Grieving Widow”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me to I Kings, chapter 17. Last week we began a series, just two sermons while Ligon's on vacation...a series that I call generally, “Finding God in Hard Places.” And last week we were looking at Hezekiah–Hezekiah's sickness. It was a...

To the End of the Earth

The Lord's Day Evening

June 25, 2006

Acts 3:11-26

A New Testament Sermon on an Old Testament Text

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me, if you would, to the third chapter of Acts — The Acts of the Apostles, or The Acts of Jesus Christ, or perhaps even The Acts of the Holy Spirit.

And last Lord's Day evening we were looking together at the...

To the End of the Earth

The Lord's Day Evening

June 11, 2006

Acts 2:42-47

To the End of the Earth How They Love One Another!

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me in the New Testament to The Acts of the Apostles. We began to look at the Book of Acts about a month ago, and we come now this evening to the closing section of chapter 2, and beginning at...

To the End of the Earth

The Lord's Day Evening

May 28, 2006

Acts 2:14-41

“The ‘This is That’ Sermon ”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me to The Acts of the Apostles, and the second chapter, and I'm going to read from verse 14 through to verse 41, and before we do so, let's pray.

Our Father, we thank You again for the Scriptures that holy men of old wrote...

To the End of the Earth

The Lord's Day Evening

May 21, 2006

Acts 2:1-13

“To the End of the Earth (3): Pentecostal Fire”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now, if you have your Bibles with you, turn with me once again to The Acts of the Apostles, which we began to look at a couple of weeks ago; and this evening we find ourselves in the opening verses of chapter two. We’re going...

To the End of the Earth

The Lord's Day Evening

May 14, 2006

Acts 1:12-26

“Then They Were Twelve Again”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me, if you would, to The Acts of the Apostles, and on Sunday evenings now for a while we’ll be going through this glorious book. The Acts of the Apostles, that tells us the story of the early church, focuses as it does initially on the...

To the End of the Earth

The Lord's Day Evening

May 7, 2006

Acts 1:1-11

“Gazing into Heaven: The Ascension of Jesus””

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Today we begin a new series on The Acts of the Apostles and, as you can imagine, this will take us a little while to get through the 28 chapters of The Acts of the Apostles. We’re going to look this evening at the opening, the first...

How Pilgrims Praise: Psalms of Ascent

Now turn with me, if you would, to Psalm 130, what is for me a favorite Psalm. And that, of course, says a whole lot about me, I suppose, that one of my favorite Psalms begins “Out of the depths....”

As it happens, as I was driving down here this evening, John Rutter's Requiem was playing on the radio. And the second part of John Rutter's Requiem...

The Lord's Day Evening

Easter Sunday

April 16, 2006

Mark 16:1-8

“Up From the Grave He Arose”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now I want you, as you open up your Bible or the pew Bible in front of you, as you open it up to Mark 16, I want you to do something for me. I want you to take your bulletin and cover over verses 9-20....

Mark

The Lord's Day Evening

Easter Sunday

April 16, 2006

Mark 16:1-8

“Up From the Grave He Arose”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now I want you, as you open up your Bible or the pew Bible in front of you, as you open it up to Mark 16, I want you to do something for me. I want you to take your bulletin and cover over verses 9-20....

Mark

The Lord's Day Evening

April 9, 2006
Mark 15:33-41
“Calvary”
Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

We come once again to Mark's Gospel, and we're in chapter 15, beginning this evening to read at verse 33, and we’ll be reading through to the end of the chapter. Before we do so, let's once again come before God in prayer.

O Lord our God, we humble ourselves in Your presence....

Mark

The Lord's Day Evening

April 2, 2006
Mark 15:16-32
“Is This the King?”
Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Please be seated. Now we come this evening and next week to consider together the account in Mark's Gospel of the crucifixion, and as we do so...it is always a solemn thing to ponder and reflect on the manner of Jesus’ death, but as we do so tonight we want...

Mark

“The Lord's Day Evening

March 26, 2006
Mark 15:1-15
“Suffered Under Pontius Pilate”
The Reverend Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me once again in the Gospel of Mark, as we come now this evening to the fifteenth chapter and we now move into the final day in the earthly life of Jesus. We’re going to be reading Mark 15, and we're going to read together...

Mark

The Lord's Day Evening

March 19, 2006
Mark 14:27-31; 66-72
“Failure!”
Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now we return this evening, once again to the Gospel of Mark, and we're in the close of the fourteenth chapter. That means we only have two more chapters left in Mark. Chapter fifteen, of course, will take us through the trial before Pontius Pilate, and especially the crucifixion of our Lord;...

The Lord's Day Evening

February 19, 2006
Missions Conference 2006
II Corinthians 4:1-18
“Sovereign Seeks Helpers Unconcerned for Personal Gain:
Must Be Willing to Die for the Cause”
Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

I love missions week, and I love missions week because it brings us into contact with our brothers and sisters whom we know and love and pray for, and whose pictures have been on the...

Mark

The Lord's Day Evening

February 12, 2006
Mark 14:43-65
“The Silence of The Lamb”
Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me once again to the Gospel of Mark and we're in chapter 14, beginning at verse 43. Now, these past number of weeks we have been following our Lord and His disciples in the upper room and preparing for Passover, and now latterly, in the last...

Mark

The Lord's Day Evening

February 5, 2006
Mark 14:32-42
“Dark Gethsemane”
Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me, if you would, in the Gospel of Mark to chapter 14. And I need to explain, in passing over the section from verse 26-31...this is the foretelling by Jesus of Peter's denial. The reason I'm doing that is because I'm going to come back to it later. In...

Mark

The Lord's Day Evening

January 29, 2006
Mark 14:22-26
“The Last Supper”
Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now tonight as we continue in the Gospel of Mark, we're in the fourteenth chapter. We are still in the upper room where Jesus and the disciples have just begun the preparation for the celebration of the Passover meal, and last week we were looking at the incident in which Jesus...

Mark

The Lord's Day Evening

January 22, 2006
Mark 14:12-21
“Selling Your Soul to Satan”
Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Please be seated. Now let's give our attention to the reading of the Scriptures, the word of God in the Gospel of Mark; and we've come this evening to the fourteenth chapter, where we're going to pick it up at verse 12 of Mark 14; and before we read...

Mark

The Lord's Day Evening

January 15, 2006
Mark 14:1-11
“How Do I Tell Jesus I Love Him?”
Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Please be seated. Now, How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds, that's about as perfect a hymn, I think, as has ever been written; and I have made it known in the past, I think, that I want it sung at my funeral. So if...

Christmas Series: A Festival of 9 Lessons and Carols

Now turn with me, if you would, to the Gospel of John and the very first chapter. And as you’re doing that, let me wish you a Merry Christmas — what's left of it. I trust that you’re not too full of what my son calls tryptophan, which is the chemical in turkey which makes you sleepy. I want us now to take up this evening briefly...

Christmas Series: A Festival of 9 Lessons and Carols

Turn with me to Luke 2 and our text for this evening. Our series of sermons is based on the text of the Nine Lessons and Carols service; our text this evening is Luke 2 and verses 8 through 16. Well, actually we’ll take it just a little bit further than that, and probably go down all the way to verse 20, at least in our comments. But...

Christmas Series: A Festival of 9 Lessons and Carols

Now turn with me if you would to the prophecy of Isaiah, and the ninth chapter, and we’ll be reading together the first seven verses of Isaiah, chapter nine. Just by way of reminder, this is a series of sermons and themes based on the King's College, Cambridge, Service of Nine Lessons and Carols. We began it last Lord's Day and it will last through to...

Christmas Series: A Festival of 9 Lessons and Carols

A Festival of 9 Lessons & Carols

The Lord's Day Evening

December 4, 2005
 
Genesis 22:15-18
“The Son of Promise”
Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas
 

Amen. Now turn with me to the Book of Genesis, and chapter 22, and we're going to look and read together verses 15-18. Before we...

Mark

Wednesday Evening
November 30, 2005
Mark 13:1-37
“Back to the Future (Part 2)”
Dr. Derek W.H. Thomas

Now turn with me, if you would, to Mark 13. This is, as I said, one of the most, if not the most...it's certainly one of a half dozen chapters in the Bible that I would regard as the most difficult to interpret, and there are a wide range of opinions...

Mark

Tuesday Evening
November 22, 2005
Mark 13:1-11
“Back to the Future”
Dr. Derek W.H. Thomas

Now turn with me, if you would, to Mark, chapter 13. In Mark 13 we begin what will turn out to be a two-part study of the thirteenth chapter of Mark's Gospel. I was asked to do the bulletin a week ago or so (because this was Thanksgiving week, and so on), and...

Mark

Wednesday Evening
November 9, 2005
Mark 12:21-44
“How Much Should I Give?”
Dr. Derek W.H. Thomas

Now turn with me, if you would, to the Gospel of Mark and chapter 12, and as it so happens I think Mr. Rogers paved the way for me in his prayer tonight. This is a passage purportedly about, as he put it, money, but I figure it's about something more than...

Mark

Wednesday Evening
November 2, 2005
Mark 12:35-40
“Hearing Jesus Gladly”
Dr. Derek W.H. Thomas

Now turn with me if you would to the Gospel of Mark once again, and we are at the end, or almost at the end, of chapter twelve. We pick it up this evening at verse 35, and we’ll be reading through to verse 40, but we’ll be concentrating more on the first part...

Mark

Wednesday Evening
October 19, 2005
Mark 12:28-34
“ The Greatest Commandment"
Dr. Derek W.H. Thomas

Turn with me now again to the Gospel of Mark, and we're in chapter 12. We have been following our Lord as He has been making these daily incursions, we might say...that's what they are, assaults on the kingdom of darkness...into Jerusalem on this the final week of His earthly life. He has,...

Mark

Wednesday Evening
October 12, 2005
Mark 12:13-27
“Questions, Questions, Questions!”
Dr. Derek W.H. Thomas

Now turn with me, if you would, to the Gospel of Mark, and again to chapter twelve. We pick up the reading this evening at verse thirteen of Mark, chapter twelve. We have been following...before I say that, let me echo Billy's words and say how wonderful it is to see Skip Copeland back...

Mark

Wednesday Evening
October 5, 2005
Mark 11:27-12:12
“The Napa Valley Parable!”
Dr. Derek W.H. Thomas

Turn with me, if you would, first of all to the prophecy of Isaiah and to chapter five, and as we shall see in a minute, Jesus seems to be basing the parable that we’ll be looking at this evening on the opening verses of Isaiah 5, the so-called “Parable of the Vineyard.”

...

Mark

Wednesday Evening
September 28, 2005
Mark 11:12-25
“Upset Over a Tree”
Dr. Derek W.H. Thomas

Turn with me now, if you would, to the Gospel of Mark once again. We began last Wednesday...we began in Mark 11, and we were looking together at the triumphal entry as Jesus and His disciples come from the region of Bethphage and Bethany to the Mount of Olives. And Jesus gave instructions...

Pilgrim's Progress

Now turn with me, if you would, to Revelation, chapter 22. We come this evening to the end of our summer journey that has taken us through the first part of Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress — probably the only part of Pilgrim's Progress most of us have read.

We began when we encountered Christian in his home village, bowed down beneath an enormous burden that he was...

Pilgrim's Progress

Now turn with me, if you would, to the prophecy of Isaiah.

Isaiah 33 is like a psalm — it feels like a psalm, it reads like a psalm. It's a depiction of the judgment that will befall Assyria, who at this point in Judah's history is their most inveterate enemy, and the prophet is foreseeing a day when Assyria will be no more, when sin...

Pilgrim's Progress

Turn with me in your Bibles to Psalm 88. As those of you who have been with us all summer will remember, we are looking through John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress, using that as a window, a portal through which to view the truths in passages of Scripture to which it alludes. And tonight we come to the Castle of Giant Despair, so-called Doubting-Castle; and the text for...

The Lord's Day Morning August 28, 2005

Lamentations 3:21-24 "The Faithfulness of God"

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me if you would to the Book of Lamentations. The Book of Lamentations...it comes by way of a conclusion to the Book of Jeremiah, often thought to be written by Jeremiah, and we're going to look this morning at what is probably one of half a dozen...

Pilgrim's Progress

Now, if you have your Bibles at hand turn with me to Ecclesiastes, chapter one. Ecclesiastes, chapter one. And the reason, of course, why we're going to read a few verses from Ecclesiastes 1 is because there we will come across the use of the word vanity. And as we have been pursuing these summer weeks Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan, allowing that to be the window...

Pilgrim's Progress

Please turn with me in your bibles to Ephesians six and verse 18.

As you will know, if you've been with us throughout the summer, we began...oh, three months ago, now...in Pilgrim's Progress, John Bunyan's famous allegorical interpretation of the Christian life, and we've been working our way through the First Book of Pilgrim's Progress, stopping at various locations along the way.

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