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Resources by David Strain

Dr. David Strain was born in Glasgow, Scotland. He holds degrees from Duncan Jordanstone College of Art, Trinity College Glasgow/School of Divinity, the Free Church of Scotland College in Edinburgh, and Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson. He was ordained to the gospel ministry in the Free Church of Scotland in September 2003, and has held pastoral charges in London, England, and Columbus, MS. Since May 2013, David has served on the pastoral staff of First Presbyterian Church in Jackson and was installed as Senior Minister in May 2014. He was awarded a Doctor of Ministry degree from Reformed Theological Seminary (Jackson) in 2016.

Am I a missionary?

The typical image of a missionary involves intrepid westerners venturing into unexplored territory, risking life and limb in the cause of reaching distant tribes in exotic locations. The names of the missionary heroes of the past immediately come to mind: William Carey in India, Adoniram Judson in Burma, David Livingstone in Africa, Hudson Taylor in China, Jim Elliot in Ecuador. Praise God...

Now let me invite you to turn with me in your Bibles to the gospel according to Matthew, chapter 11. Matthew’s gospel chapter 11.  We’re going to be focusing our attention on the last section of the chapter, verses 25 to the end; you’ll find that on page 816 of the New Testament sections of your Bibles.  Before we read God’s Word, we’re going to bow our heads...

Now would you please turn with me in your copies of God’s Word to the book of Romans, chapter 15?  You’ll find it there on page 949 if you’re using one of the church Bibles.  Romans chapter 15.  We’re going to be reading from verse 8 through verse 13.  Before we do, let me pray first of all and then there will be a brief word by way...

Life Toward God

Paul Levy, a Welshman, has been at International Presbyterian Church (IPC) of Ealing, London, since 2003.

Zechariah Part 1: The Coming Kingdom

Now if you would please turn with me in your copies of God’s Word to the book of Zechariah, chapter 2.  If you’re using one of the church Bibles you’ll find that on page 793.  A good way to find Zechariah, remember, is to start with the gospel of Matthew and work backwards - Matthew, Malachi, then Zechariah.  Zechariah chapter 2.  And we’re going to read God’s Word...

Zechariah Part 1: The Coming Kingdom

Now let me invite you to turn with me in your copy of God’s Word to the book of Zechariah chapter 1.  Zechariah chapter 1.  You will find that on page 793 if you’re using the church Bible.  We’re going to be reading verses 7 through the end of the first chapter.  Before we do, let me invite you to turn with me to God for His help...

Now let me invite you please to take your copies of God’s Word in your hands and turn with me to the gospel according to John, chapter 6.  John’s gospel chapter 6.  You will find that on page 891 if you’re reading from one of the church Bibles.  We’re going to be focusing our attention this morning on the words of verses 16 to 21.  Before we read...

Zechariah Part 1: The Coming Kingdom

Now let me invite you once again to take your copies of God’s Word in hand and turn with me this time to the Old Testament Scriptures and to the prophecy of Zechariah.  You need to find Zechariah, actually start with the gospel of Matthew and then work backwards.  Matthew, Malachi, Zechariah.  I say that because if you’re like me, Zechariah is one of those books, one of...

Life Toward God

David Strain discusses upcoming Sunday evening sermon series on the book of Zechariah.

Scandalous Grace: Jesus' Meals with Sinners

If you would, take your copies of God’s Word or turn in your bulletin to the back of the bulletin where you’ll find our passage for this evening - John’s gospel chapter 2 and the first eleven verses; John 2:1-11.  

At the Table with Jesus

Who you eat with says a very great deal about you.  Who is welcome at your table speaks...

Now let me invite you please to turn with me in your copies of God’s Word to the letter of Jude, the letter of Jude which you will find on page 1027 in the church Bibles, just right before the book of Revelation.  In the book of Jude we’re going to read from verse 17 to the end of the chapter.  Before we do that let’s bow our...

Glory in His Face

Now would you please take your copies of God’s Word and turn with me in them to Matthew’s gospel chapter 25.  Matthew chapter 25. You’ll find our reading on page 830 if you’re using one of the pew Bibles.  Before we read God’s Word together let’s bow our heads and ask for His help in prayer.  Let’s pray.

Your Word, O Lord, is living and active.  It...

Now would you please take your copies of God’s Word and turn with me to the book of Revelation, chapters 4 and 5?  Revelation chapters 4 and 5 which is on page 1030.  And when you have your Bibles open before you, let’s turn to God together as we pray.  Let us all pray.

Our Father, we need now the help of the Holy Spirit to come...

Turn with me now please if you would in your copies of God’s Word to the first epistle of John chapter 1.  1 John chapter 1 on page 1020 in the church Bibles.  Then once you have your Bibles open let’s bow our heads and pray together.

O Lord, would You open our eyes that we might behold marvelous things out of Your Word.  In Jesus’ name,...

Glory in His Face

Now if you would please, take your Bibles and turn with me to the gospel of Luke, Luke’s gospel, chapter 22.

We’re going to read from verse 63 through 23 verse 5.  This is the Word of Almighty God:

“Now the men who were holding Jesus in custody were mocking him as they beat him.  They also blindfolded him and kept asking him, ‘Prophesy!  Who is...

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