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Church Planting Principles / Talking Points

We are in the midst of a transitional time for the visible Church, in American culture in general and Presbyterianism in particular. Many mainline churches around us have fallen prey to liberalism of various types, while many evangelical churches look more like the culture than the church.

We don’t know...

When Jesus gives you a gift, it’s a good thing to consider why He gives you that gift, to understand what it’s for, to understand what it’s supposed to produce in your life and the life of the congregation. And that’s what Paul is talking about here. This whole section that we’re going to look at begins with Paul quoting loosely from a psalm. And he explains that...

This congregation that received this letter – and really, the letter sounds almost like a sermon. If you’ve ever heard people quote sections of the book of Hebrews, it sounds like a sermon. It has that sermonic role. Remember how Derek, he’d start off slow, you know, and then he’d build up speed and it was just like a freight train moving down! This book has that feel...

If you have your Bibles, I’d like you to turn with me to Acts chapter 20 verse 32.  My heart is filled with many very specific thanks and if I get started on those thanks I would leave someone out and so as much as I want to do that I am going to restrain myself.  I do think that I need to publically thank Anne and Sarah...

Pslam 119 Not By Bread Alone

Well tonight makes, I think, about twenty-four weeks in Psalm 119.  Even though there are only twenty-two sections you’ll remember that one Lord’s Day Evening we read through the entire psalm in one sitting, something that I don’t think I’ve ever heard anywhere else but here at First Presbyterian Church.  And then we did sort of a one message overview of the entire psalm and then for the...

This coming Lord's Day, we will (DV) bring to a conclusion our study of the book of Hebrews, looking at the glorious benediction and final words in Hebrews 13:20-25. "20 Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, 21 equip you with everything good that you may do...

Better: A Study of the Christian Life in Hebrews

If you have your Bibles, I’d invite you to turn with me to Hebrews chapter 13.  We’re going to be looking at the final verses of the book together as we come to the end of our exposition.  Over and over again in our study of this book we have said that it is emphasized that Jesus is better - Jesus is better than Moses, better than the...

1 Thessalonians 5:25  

25 Brothers, pray for us.

 

2 Corinthians 1:11-12

11 You also must help us by prayer, 

        so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many. 

                  12 For...

Pslam 119 Not By Bread Alone

If you have your Bibles, turn with me to Psalm 119 again to verse 161 as we come to the second to the last section of this psalm.  God willing, on the evening of the 15th, we will complete our journey through Psalm 119.  Now if you have Bibles that have headings for each of these sections you have seen an English rendering of the name...

Better: A Study of the Christian Life in Hebrews

If you have your Bibles, I’d invite you to turn with me to Hebrews chapter 13.  We’re going to be looking at verse 17 as we return to our study of this book and its last chapter.  If you were going to give a topic heading for Hebrews 13:17-19 it would be, “The Responsibility of the Congregation to Its Spiritual Leaders.”  And I think you could outline it...

Last Sunday morning I announced that our church is now debt free. This is a cause for thanksgiving to God and for a little explanation. When I arrived as your pastor back in the summer of 1996, you had just completed the Study Center, and we had significant debt on the books in association with that project. We paid that off in a couple of years,...

A Continuation of Ten Principles of Christian Giving:

Very often people ask or wonder "what are the basic biblical principles for Christian giving?" As we seek God's answer to that question and contemplate our own giving to the Lord's Church in response to the clear teaching of His Word, perhaps it would be wise and helpful to review those principles. First, I would encourage you to...

Pslam 119 Not By Bread Alone

If you have your Bibles, I would invite you to turn with me to Psalm 119, verses 153 to 160.  And you note, in the very opening words of this portion of Psalm 119 that the psalmist again is dealing with his own affliction and is crying out to God.  How often we encounter this theme in the psalms.  And so we should not be discouraged when we...

If you have your Bibles, I’d invite you to turn with me to the gospel of John.  We’re taking a break from our series in the book of Hebrews to look at the Gospel - what is the Gospel?  There are wonderful summarizing statements of the Gospel all through the New Testament; there is none more familiar, more beloved, or clearer than this one.  This passage comes in...

Better: A Study of the Christian Life in Hebrews

If you have your Bibles, I’d invite you to turn with me to Hebrews chapter 13.  We’re going to be looking at verses 15 and 16 today.  As we have worked our way through the book of Hebrews together, we have seen the theme repeated that we should continue to trust in Jesus.  William Hendriksen says that the exhortation and argument of the whole book can be summarized...

Pslam 119 Not By Bread Alone

Well we’re back in Psalm 119.  You may have forgotten; I did!  We were working on the sermon schedule and somebody said - I think it was Sean, he said, “Well Ligon, you need to finish the last four sections of Psalm 119.”  I said, “I’ve already finished Psalm 119.”  He said, “No you haven’t!”  And I looked back and he was right!  I hadn’t finished Psalm 119! ...

If you have your  Bibles, I’d invite you to turn with me to the book of Proverbs.  We’re going to take a break this morning from our series in the book of Hebrews to look at the text that has been chosen by the deacon stewardship committee for our theme verse for Commitment Sunday.  Today is the Lord’s Day on which we make our commitments to the support...

Better: A Study of the Christian Life in Hebrews

If you have your Bibles, I’d invite you to turn with me to Hebrews chapter 13 and look at verse 8.   Our reading is going to be from verses 8 to 14 but go ahead and allow your eyes to scan just a little bit back up the page all the way to verse 1 and notice something.  Before we do the reading, I want you to...

Commitment Sunday

Very often people ask or wonder "what are the basic biblical principles for Christian giving?" As we seek God's answer to that question and contemplate our own giving to the Lord's Church in response to the clear teaching of His Word, perhaps it would be wise and helpful to review those principles. First, I would encourage you to read the following passages in the Word of God...

If you have your Bibles, I’d invite you to turn with me to 2 Timothy chapter 4.  We’re going to look at Paul’s last written words to Timothy.  Now these aren’t Paul’s last words to Timothy because in this very passage we learn that Timothy is going to see Paul again.  But this is the last letter of Paul to his young mentee, Timothy, a man that he...

Better: A Study of the Christian Life in Hebrews

If you have your Bibles, I’d invite you to turn with me to Hebrews chapter 13.  We’re going to be looking today at just verse 7.  This might be called, “Finishing-Well Sunday.”  I was telling the elders just before we came in that by my calculations I’ve been able to have the privilege of serving the Lord’s Supper in this congregation along with them 137 times in the...

Better: A Study of the Christian Life in Hebrews

If you have your Bibles, I’d invite you to turn with me again to Hebrews chapter 13.  We’re going to be looking at verses 5 and 6.  Now already scanning the congregation, I note a number of people who are here tonight who were not here this morning, so if those who were here this morning will bear with me for just a very brief moment I’ll remind...

Better: A Study of the Christian Life in Hebrews

If you have your Bibles, I’d invite you to turn with me to Hebrews chapter 13.  We’re going to be looking at the fourth verse today, but before we look at that verse I want to ask you to look back to Hebrews 13:1 and follow your eyes down the page to verse 4 and actually go farther to verse 5 so that you understand the flow of...

Better: A Study of the Christian Life in Hebrews

If you have your Bibles, I’d invite you to turn with me to Hebrews 13.  We’re going to be looking at the first three verses this morning.  As we turn there, I’ll remind you that the last time we were together in this book in Hebrews 12, we were emphasizing the proper motivation for the Christian life - why it is that we do what we do.  Our...

Better: A Study of the Christian Life in Hebrews

If you have your Bibles, I’d invite you to turn with me to the book of Hebrews, chapter 12.  We’re coming to the end of this great chapter and it’s been a chapter about the living of the Christian life.  And in the final verses of this passage that we’re going to read together this morning, the emphasis is going to be on our motivation for living the...

Better: A Study of the Christian Life in Hebrews

If you have your Bibles, I’d invite you to turn with me to Hebrews chapter 12.  We’ll be looking at verses 12 to 17 this morning.  As we do so, I do want to bring you greeting from your Australian Presbyterian cousins. I’ve enjoyed being with them the last few days in Melbourne and in Sydney, speaking at the Presbyterian Theological College and also speaking at their General...

Better: A Study of the Christian Life in Hebrews

If you have your Bibles, I’d invite you to turn with me to Hebrews chapter 11.  As you’re doing so, I want you to be sure to look at the last verse of Hebrews 10.  You’ll remember last week, as we looked at Hebrews 10:26-39, we encountered a chilling warning passage, the main point of which is - if you turn your back on Jesus (because the whole...

Better: A Study of the Christian Life in Hebrews

If you have your Bibles, I’d invite you to turn with me to Hebrews chapter 10; we’re going to be looking at verse 26 and all the way to the end of the chapter.  This is a hard, sobering, but important passage of Scripture.  You may remember when we looked at Hebrews 6 together that I commented that Dr. Martin Lloyd-Jones, the pastor of the Westminster Chapter in...

Better: A Study of the Christian Life in Hebrews

If you have your Bibles, I’d invite you to turn with me to Hebrews chapter 10.  We’re going to be looking at verses 19 to 25 this morning as we continue our way through this glorious book.  This is one of those turning point passages that you encounter in books of the New Testament.  I know you’re familiar with them in the writings of the apostle Paul, for...

Better: A Study of the Christian Life in Hebrews

If you have your Bibles, I’d invite you to turn with me to Hebrews chapter 10 as we continue our way through this letter. The theme has echoed throughout the book that Jesus is a better Savior. He’s a better priest. He’s a better sacrifice. He’s the better mediator of a better covenant. And especially as we’ve looked at Hebrews 8, 9, and 10, the explanation of why...

Better: A Study of the Christian Life in Hebrews

If you’ll turn with me in your Bibles to the book of Hebrews, chapter 9, we will return after a one week break - it’s been two weeks since we’ve been in this passage - to the argument of the author of Hebrews.  And I’d invite you, even as you’re turning to Hebrews 9, to look at verses 15 to 28.  Go ahead and allow your eyes to...

Better: A Study of the Christian Life in Hebrews

If you have your Bibles, I’d invite you to turn with me to Hebrews chapter 9.  We continue to make our way through this epistle together.  The argument has been made already in this book that Jesus is a better High Priest and is a mediator of a better covenant.  One of the ways that the author of Hebrews argues that Jesus is a better priest is to...

Better: A Study of the Christian Life in Hebrews

If you have your Bibles, I’d invite you to turn with me to Hebrews chapter 8.  We’re beginning a new section of the book of Hebrews together, but I want to remind you where we’ve been already.  In Hebrews 6:20, the author has reminded us again - he mentioned it twice in chapter 5 but it’s in Hebrews chapter 6 verse 20 - he picks up on the...

Better: A Study of the Christian Life in Hebrews

The Lord's Day Morning

May 19, 2013

Better “The Guarantee of a Better Covenant” Hebrews 7:11-28

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Hebrews chapter 7 as we continue to work our way through this book together.В I'd remind you, we're going to be looking at verses 11 to 28 today, but I'd remind you...

Better: A Study of the Christian Life in Hebrews

The Lord's Day Morning

May 12, 2013

Better “Jesus and Melchizedek” Hebrews 7:1-10

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Hebrews chapter 7.В We’re going to be looking at verses 1 to 10 this morning as we continue to make our way through this great letter.В As you’re turning there, make sure and allow your...

Pslam 119 Not By Bread Alone

The Lord's Day Evening

May 12, 2013

Not by Bread Alone “My Flesh Trembles for Fear of You” Psalm 119:113-120

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Psalm 119.В We’re going to be looking at the stanza that runs from verses 113 to 120 tonight. And even though the word is...

Better: A Study of the Christian Life in Hebrews

The Lord's Day Morning

May 5, 2013

Better “Promise + Oath = Hope” Hebrews 6:13-20

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd ask you to turn with me to Hebrews chapter 6 as we continue our way through this book together.В We’re going to be looking at verses 13 to 20 today.В If you remember, last week we were looking at Hebrews...

Pslam 119 Not By Bread Alone

The Lord's Day Evening

May 5, 2013

Not by Bread Alone “Your Word Is a Lamp to My Feet” Psalm 119:105-112

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Psalm 119 again and we’ll be looking at verses 105 to 112. The psalmist is meditation on the Word of God, not simply...

Pslam 119 Not By Bread Alone

The Lord's Day Evening

April 28, 2013

Not by Bread Alone “How I Love Your Law” Psalm 119:97-104

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, turn with me to Psalm 119. We’re going to look at verse 97 through 104 tonight as we continue in our series, Not by Bread Alone. This section of Psalm 119 contains one...

Better: A Study of the Christian Life in Hebrews

The Lord's Day Morning

April 28, 2013

Better “Falling Away?” Hebrews 6:4-12

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Hebrews chapter 6 as we continue our way through this letter. And as you know, this is one of the great warning passages of Hebrews 6. Hebrews 6 verses 4 to 8, and then again that...

Better: A Study of the Christian Life in Hebrews

The Lord's Day Morning

April 7, 2013

Better “It's Hard to Explain” Hebrews 5:11-6:3

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Hebrews chapter 5. We’re going to be looking at verses 11 to the end of the chapter and then we're going to pick up in chapter 6 verse 1 and read to verse 3...

Pslam 119 Not By Bread Alone

The Lord's Day Evening

April 7, 2013

Not By Bread Alone “Forever Settled in the Heavens” Psalm 119:89-96

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Psalm 119. We’re going to be looking at verses 89 to 96 tonight. And I would remind you, that as we looked at Psalm 119 verses...

Pslam 119 Not By Bread Alone

The Lord's Day Evening

March 31, 2013

Not by Bread Alone “My Soul Longs for Your Salvation” Psalm 119:81-88

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Psalm 119. We’re going to be in verses 81 to 88 tonight. Spurgeon says of this passage, “This portion of the gigantic psalm sees the...

Better: A Study of the Christian Life in Hebrews

The Lord's Day Morning

March 31, 2013

Better “Heard Because of His Reverence” Hebrews 5:1-10

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Hebrews chapter 5. You know, without Easter, Christmas would be just another cold day in December. Easter changes everything. The resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ turns us inside out and turns the...

Better: A Study of the Christian Life in Hebrews

The Lord's Day Morning

March 24, 2013

Better

“Mercy and Grace in Time of Need”

Hebrews 4:14-16

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Hebrews chapter 4. We’re beginning a new section of this book today which speaks of Jesus as a better priest. And in chapters 4, 5, 6, and 7 we’ll see that...

Pslam 119 Not By Bread Alone

The Lord's Day Evening

 

March 24, 2013

 

Not by Bread Alone

“Back to the First Truths”

Psalm 119:73-80

 

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

 

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Psalm 119. We’re looking at the tenth section of this psalm. Each of the eight...

Pslam 119 Not By Bread Alone

The Lord's Day Evening

March 17, 2013

Not by Bread Alone

“It was Good to be Afflicted?”

Psalm 119:65-72

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, would you to turn with me to Psalm 119? We’re going to be looking, as Bill said, at verses 65 to 72. By the way, the choir sounded so good tonight...

Better: A Study of the Christian Life in Hebrews

The Lord's Day Morning

March 17, 2013

Better

“The Rest That Remains”

Hebrews 4:1-13

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Hebrews chapter 4 as we continue our way through this great book. You may remember the last time as we looked at Hebrews chapter 3 verses 7 to 19 we said that that section...

Pslam 119 Not By Bread Alone

The Lord's Day Evening

March 10, 2013

Not By Bread Alone

“The Lord is My Portion”

Psalm 119:57-64

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Psalm 119. We just sang it in that metrical version from the RPCNA Psalter and we're going to read it...

Better: A Study of the Christian Life in Hebrews

The Lord's Day Morning

March 10, 2013

Better

“Don't Stop Believing”

Hebrews 3:7-19

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Hebrews chapter 3. It's been three weeks since we've been in Hebrews together, so allow your eyes to look back to Hebrews 3:1-6. We’re going to be concentrating on verses 7 to 19 this morning,...

Pslam 119 Not By Bread Alone

The Lord's Day Evening

February 17, 2013

Not By Bread Alone

“My Comfort in My Affliction”

Psalm 119:49-56

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I would invite you to turn with me to Psalm 119. We’ll be looking at verses 49 to 56 tonight. In the Christian life we are called upon to be comforted even...

Better: A Study of the Christian Life in Hebrews

The Lord's Day Morning

February 17, 2013

Better

“More Glory Than Moses”

Hebrews 3:1-6

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Hebrews chapter 3. We’re going to be looking at verses 1 to 6 as we continue in a new chapter in our study of the book of Hebrews together. We've said all along that...

Better: A Study of the Christian Life in Hebrews

The Lord's Day Morning

February 10, 2013

Better

“Like His Brethren in All Things”

Hebrews 2:14-18

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Hebrews chapter 2. We’re going to be looking at verses 14 to 18 together today. There is a haunting phrase in Andrew Peterson's wrenchingly beautiful song, “You’ll Find Your Way.” Fathers, if...

Pslam 119 Not By Bread Alone

The Lord's Day Evening

February 10, 2013

Not by Bread Alone

“According to Your Promise”

Psalm 119:41-48

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Psalm 119. We’re going to be looking at the section which runs from verses 41 to 48 as we continue our way through this great...

Better: A Study of the Christian Life in Hebrews

The Lord's Day Morning

February 3, 2013

Better

“Surprised By Suffering?”

Hebrews 2:10-13

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Hebrews chapter 2. We’re going to be looking at verses 10 to 13 together this morning as we continue this series called, “Better.” We took the title of the series, “Better,” from the book of...

Pslam 119 Not By Bread Alone

The Lord's Day Evening

February 3, 2013

Not By Bread Alone

“Give Me Life in Your Ways, to the End, with a Whole Heart”

Psalm 119:33-40

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me again to Psalm 119. We've come to the section that runs from verses 33 to 40 which...

Better: A Study of the Christian Life in Hebrews

The Lord's Day Morning

January 27, 2013

Better

“By the Grace of God, He Tasted Death”

Hebrews 2:5-9

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Hebrews chapter 2. We’re going to be looking at verses 5 to 9 this morning as we continue this series in the letter or the sermon of the Hebrews. We've...

Pslam 119 Not By Bread Alone

The Lord's Day Evening

January 27, 2013

Not By Bread Alone

“Give Me Life. Strengthen Me in Sorrow. Enlarge My Heart.”

Psalm 119:25-32

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Psalm 119. We’re going to be looking at the fourth section of this alphabetical psalm, working its way through...

Pslam 119 Not By Bread Alone

The Lord's Day Evening

January 20, 2013

“Not By Bread Alone — Consumed with Longing…for God's Word”

Psalm 119:17-24

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Psalm 119 as we continue our way in this study called, “Not By Bread Alone.” We’re going to be looking at verses 17 to...

Better: A Study of the Christian Life in Hebrews

The Lord's Day Morning

January 20, 2013

“Better — Neglecting So Great a Salvation”

Hebrews 2:1-4

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Hebrews chapter 2. We’re going to be looking at verses 1 to 4 this morning as we continue our way through this great letter together.

Last week and the week before we...

Pslam 119 Not By Bread Alone

The Lord's Day Evening

January 13, 2013

“Not By Bread Alone — How Do You Keep Your Way Pure?”

Psalm 119:9-16

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd ask you to turn again to Psalm 119. Last Lord's Day Evening we began our journey through Psalm 119 in a series we're calling, “Not By Bread Alone,” that...

Better: A Study of the Christian Life in Hebrews

The Lord's Day Morning

January 13, 2013

“Better — More Excellent Than Angels”

Hebrews 1:4-14

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Hebrews chapter 1 as we continue to make our way through this great sermon, this great letter, together. This morning, we're going to be looking at verses 4...

Better: A Study of the Christian Life in Hebrews

The Lord's Day Morning

January 6, 2013

“Better: A Study of the Christian Life in Hebrews — I'd rather have Jesus than…angels”

Hebrews 1:1-4

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Hebrews chapter 1. We’re going to be looking at verses 1 to 4 this morning, but after our reading...

Pslam 119 Not By Bread Alone

The Lord's Day Evening

January 6, 2013

“Not by Bread Alone Blessed are Those Who Walk in the Word”

Psalm 119:1-8

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you do have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Psalm 119 as we begin a new series together in this wonderful psalm. Last year, as we were finishing our way...

An Ancient Christmas: The Coming of Jesus in the Old Testament

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Psalm 110. Today, this morning and tonight, we're bringing to a conclusion our series this December in, “An Ancient Christmas,” where we've studied the coming of Jesus in the Old Testament. We've looked at prophecies that have stretched back to the very beginning of human history in Genesis 3 in the promise of a seed...

An Ancient Christmas: The Coming of Jesus in the Old Testament

[“O Sacred Head, Now Wounded”] Keep your hymnals out because I want you to look at the bottom of the page of the hymn you just sang because that hymn, I was going to say that is has the trifecta but it has the double-trifecta. Let me tell you what I mean by that. Not only is that hymn based upon a rich Biblical meditation on the passion...

Christmas Eve Family Carol Service

December 24, 2012

“Why Did Jesus Come at Christmas Time?”

Ephesians 5:2

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Ephesians chapter 5 verse 2, if you don't, there are pew Bibles in front of you and I'd invite you to...

An Ancient Christmas: The Coming of Jesus in the Old Testament

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Ezekiel chapter 34 as we continue working our way through this series, “An Ancient Christmas: The Coming of Jesus in the Old Testament.” In the year 597 BC, Ezekiel was called to the ministry by a river in Babylon with a vision of the glory of God. Ezekiel as a teenager would perhaps have heard...

An Ancient Christmas: The Coming of Jesus in the Old Testament

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Micah chapter 5, and we're going to look at verses 1 to 5 together tonight, as we continue in our series, “An Ancient Christmas: The Coming of Jesus in the Old Testament.” Before we read this passage together, I want to tell you just a little bit about Micah and his ministry. Micah is known...

An Ancient Christmas: The Coming of Jesus in the Old Testament

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Isaiah 42, as we continue our series, “An Ancient Christmas: The Coming of Jesus in the Old Testament.” You will have perhaps noticed a pattern in the messages from the Old Testament, a pattern of problem, promise, and provision. We see that, for instance, as we looked at the very first in this series, the...

An Ancient Christmas: The Coming of Jesus in the Old Testament

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Isaiah chapter 9. We’re going to give special attention to verses 6 and 7, but I want to read Isaiah 9:1-7 so that you have an appreciation of the context. Last Sunday morning we began our series, “An Ancient Christmas: The Coming of Jesus in the Old Testament,” by looking at the story of Adam...

An Ancient Christmas: The Coming of Jesus in the Old Testament

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Isaiah chapter 10. We’re going to read a section that runs from Isaiah 10:33 all the way to 12:6. We’re looking tonight in our series called, “An Ancient Christmas,” at a passage, especially Isaiah 11:1-10, which speaks of the prophecy of a branch. Now this branch prophecy is an important Messianic prophecy in the Old...

An Ancient Christmas: The Coming of Jesus in the Old Testament

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Genesis 3. We’re beginning this morning our month-long December series, “An Ancient Christmas: The Coming of Jesus in the Old Testament.” And just as David said as he was reading Jeremiah 7 this morning that those who do not know their need and their brokenness are not in a position to adequately rejoice at the...

An Ancient Christmas: The Coming of Jesus in the Old Testament

If you have Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Isaiah chapter 7. We’re going to read the whole chapter tonight so that you have the context of the very famous verse, Isaiah 7:14, in mind as we explain it. This is the second of our series, “An Ancient Christmas: The Coming of Jesus in the Old Testament.” And this prophecy dates from more than six...

Romans

Now let me go ahead and tell you something. Tonight's message is really a one-point message. Now there will be four steps in that one-point message but it's really a one-point message! And I can sum up that one-point message in the final line of the little song that we're going to sing at the end of the service. “Christ-bought freedom. Grace-wrought holiness.” And here's the one-point message...

Romans

The Lord's Day Morning

November 25, 2012

“Our Concern, Desire, Purpose, and Fruit”

Romans 15:22-29

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Romans chapter 15. We’ll be looking at verses 22 to 29 today. Last Lord's Day Evening, we looked at Romans 13 verses 1...

The Lord's Day Evening

November 25, 2012

“On Christian Freedom”

Romans 14:13-23

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

Now let me go ahead and tell you something. Tonight's message is really a one-point message. Now there will be four steps in that one-point message but it's really a one-point message! And I can sum up that one-point message in the final line...

The Lord's Day Morning

November 25, 2012

“Our Concern, Desire, Purpose, and Fruit”

Romans 15:22-29

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Romans chapter 15. We’ll be looking at verses 22 to 29 today. Last Lord's Day Evening, we looked at Romans 13 verses 1 to 7 and thought about what the Christian response ought...

Enduring Trials in Light of Jesus' Return

The Lord's Day Morning

November 18, 2012

“Enduring Trials in Light of Jesus’ Return: Double Benediction”

2 Thessalonians 3:16-18

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to the second letter to the Thessalonians, chapter 3, and we're going to be looking at the final three verses of this letter. We've come to the end of our...

The Lord's Day Evening

November 18, 2012

“A Christian Response to the 2012 Elections”

Romans 13:1-7

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

One of my interns pointed out to me that four of the sermons in the Romans series had, for one reason or another, not been recorded, so we had an entire series of messages covering from Romans 1 all the way to Romans 16, but...

Enduring Trials in Light of Jesus' Return

The Lord's Day Morning

November 18, 2012

“Enduring Trials in Light of Jesus’ Return: Double Benediction”

2 Thessalonians 3:16-18

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to the second letter to the Thessalonians, chapter 3, and we're going to be looking at the final three verses of this letter. We've come to the end of our...

Enduring Trials in Light of Jesus' Return

The Lord's Day Morning

November 11, 2012

“Enduring Trials in Light of Jesus’ Return: Working Night and Day”

2 Thessalonians 3:6-15

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to 2 Thessalonians chapter 3, verses 6 to 15. You’ll see, if you’re using the pew Bible, a page number for that passage, as we continue our way...

Enduring Trials in Light of Jesus' Return

The Lord's Day Morning

November 11, 2012

“Enduring Trials in Light of Jesus’ Return: Working Night and Day”

2 Thessalonians 3:6-15

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to 2 Thessalonians chapter 3, verses 6 to 15. You’ll see, if you’re using the pew Bible, a page number for that passage, as we continue our way...

The Lord's Day Morning

November 4, 2012

“Happy Giving: Because You Want To”

2 Corinthians 9:5-7

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to 2 Corinthians chapters 8 and 9. The stewardship committee has chosen 2 Corinthians 9 verse 7 as our theme verse this year: “Each one must give as he has decided in his...

Psalms Book 5

If you have your Bibles, I would invite you to turn with me to Psalm 150. Sixteen years and two months ago, on September 1, 1996, I preached my first Sunday evening sermon as the minister of First Presbyterian Church on Psalm 1. Sixteen years and two months later, here we are at Psalm 150! Now if I had preached it all the way through, we could have...

Psalms Book 5

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Psalm 149 as we continue towards the end of the Psalter and as we continue through this series of praise psalms that began with 146. It's entirely possible that this psalm flows out of the final verse of the psalm that we looked at last Lord's Day Evening, Psalm 148 verse 14. “He has raised...

Enduring Trials in Light of Jesus' Return

The Lord's Day Morning

October 28, 2012

“Enduring Trials in Light of Jesus’ Return: Pauline Prayer Request”

2 Thessalonians 3:1-5

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

A very appropriate hymn for this Lord's Day. Four hundred and ninety-five years ago on Wednesday, Martin Luther nailed his ninety-five points of debate on the church door of the castle church in Wittenberg, Germany, and sparked the Protestant Reformation. Five...

Enduring Trials in Light of Jesus' Return

The Lord's Day Morning

October 28, 2012

“Enduring Trials in Light of Jesus’ Return: Pauline Prayer Request”

2 Thessalonians 3:1-5

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

A very appropriate hymn for this Lord's Day. Four hundred and ninety-five years ago on Wednesday, Martin Luther nailed his ninety-five points of debate on the church door of the castle church in Wittenberg, Germany, and sparked the Protestant Reformation. Five...

Enduring Trials in Light of Jesus' Return

The Lord's Day Morning

October 21, 2012

“Enduring Trials in Light of Jesus’ Return: Early Benediction”

2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to 2 Thessalonians chapter 2, if you’ll look with me at the last two verses in that chapter. You will notice immediately it's just one sentence; these two verses comprise...

Psalms Book 5

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Psalm 148. This psalm is one of five nature psalms that you find in the Psalter. It is a psalm that, like the other nature poems, handles its material in such a way to reflect all praise to God. So instead of nature worship, it is a call for nature to worship God. Instead of...

Enduring Trials in Light of Jesus' Return

The Lord's Day Morning

October 21, 2012

“Enduring Trials in Light of Jesus’ Return: Early Benediction”

2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to 2 Thessalonians chapter 2, if you’ll look with me at the last two verses in that chapter. You will notice immediately it's just one sentence; these two verses comprise...

Enduring Trials in Light of Jesus' Return

The Lord's Day Morning

October 14, 2012

“Enduring Trials in Light of Jesus’ Return: Saved through Sanctification”

2 Thessalonians 2:13-15

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to 2 Thessalonians chapter 2. We’re going to be looking at verses 13 to 15 together today. In the Christian life, there are certain truths that we need to...

Enduring Trials in Light of Jesus' Return

The Lord's Day Morning

October 14, 2012

“Enduring Trials in Light of Jesus’ Return: Saved through Sanctification”

2 Thessalonians 2:13-15

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to 2 Thessalonians chapter 2. We’re going to be looking at verses 13 to 15 together today. In the Christian life, there are certain truths that we need to...

Psalms Book 5

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Psalm 147. We’re coming close to the end, not just to the fifth book of the Psalter but of the entire Psalter, and you can feel, in these final psalms, that the arranger is building to a crescendo of praise to God. This psalm, like many other praise psalms, begins and ends with an exhortation...

Psalms Book 5

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Psalm 146, the first of the final hallelujahs of the Psalter. These psalms supply us with the substance of the praise that we will be giving to God forever. In that day, when we stand before Him for the first time to begin never-ending worship, none of us will say, “Lord, I wish the preacher...

Enduring Trials in Light of Jesus' Return

The Lord's Day Morning

September 30, 2012

“Enduring Trials in Light of Jesus’ Return: The Man of Lawlessness”

2 Thessalonians 2:1-12

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to 2 Thessalonians chapter 2. We’re going to be looking at verses 1 to 12. And as we said before the service, this is one of those passages...

Enduring Trials in Light of Jesus' Return

The Lord's Day Morning

September 30, 2012

“Enduring Trials in Light of Jesus’ Return: The Man of Lawlessness”

2 Thessalonians 2:1-12

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to 2 Thessalonians chapter 2. We’re going to be looking at verses 1 to 12. And as we said before the service, this is one of those passages...

Enduring Trials in Light of Jesus' Return

The Lord's Day Morning

September 23, 2012

“Enduring Trials in Light of Jesus’ Return: What We Pray for You”

2 Thessalonians 1:11-12

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to 2 Thessalonians chapter 1 verses 11 and 12. The apostle Paul often fills his letters with prayers that he prays for the congregation that he's writing,...

Psalms Book 5

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Psalm 145. As you turn there, I would mention that this is the last of the psalms of David. We've gotten to that point in the Psalter. And it's an acrostic psalm, like seven others that we find in the Psalter. That is, each of its stanzas begins with a consecutive letter of the Hebrew...

Enduring Trials in Light of Jesus' Return

The Lord's Day Morning

September 23, 2012

“Enduring Trials in Light of Jesus’ Return: What We Pray for You”

2 Thessalonians 1:11-12

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to 2 Thessalonians chapter 1 verses 11 and 12. The apostle Paul often fills his letters with prayers that he prays for the congregation that he's writing,...

Enduring Trials in Light of Jesus' Return

The Lord's Day Morning

September 16, 2012

“Enduring Trials in Light of Jesus’ Return: You? Worthy of the Kingdom of God?”

2 Thessalonians 1:5-10

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to 2 Thessalonians chapter 1. We’re going to be looking at verses 5 to 10. This is a passage about persecution and it's the passage...

Psalms Book 5

If you have your Bibles with you, I'd invite you to turn with me to Psalm 144. This psalm draws on phrases and words and ideas found in a number of other psalms, at least four, but puts them together in a unique way. It's a royal psalm; a psalm of David. It's a psalm for he and his successor kings lifted up in petition to the Lord...

Enduring Trials in Light of Jesus' Return

The Lord's Day Morning

September 16, 2012

“Enduring Trials in Light of Jesus’ Return: You? Worthy of the Kingdom of God?”

2 Thessalonians 1:5-10

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to 2 Thessalonians chapter 1. We’re going to be looking at verses 5 to 10. This is a passage about persecution and it's the passage...

Psalms Book 5

If you have your Bibles now, turn with me to Psalm 143. Psalm 143 is the last of what the church has called, for hundreds of years, the penitential psalms. There are seven of those psalms that have been grouped together and called penitential, meaning that when you read the psalm you find a prominent theme of self-confessed guilt. The psalmist realizes he's guilty and that he deserves...

Enduring Trials in Light of Jesus' Return

The Lord's Day Morning

September 9, 2012

“Enduring Trials in Light of Jesus’ Return: What We’re Thankful For”

2 Thessalonians 1:3-4

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to 2 Thessalonians chapter 1. We’ll be looking at verses 3 and 4 today as we continue our way through Paul's letter. Last week we looked at Paul's...

Enduring Trials in Light of Jesus' Return

The Lord's Day Morning

September 9, 2012

“Enduring Trials in Light of Jesus’ Return: What We’re Thankful For”

2 Thessalonians 1:3-4

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to 2 Thessalonians chapter 1. We’ll be looking at verses 3 and 4 today as we continue our way through Paul's letter. Last week we looked at Paul's...

Psalms Book 5

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Psalm 142. This psalm is a companion of Psalm 57 and it's very similar to psalms 140 and 141 where we find a faithful person praying for protection from persecutors. Now this psalm is what is called a complaint or an individual lament, which means that it is a poem about a distressing situation which...

Enduring Trials in Light of Jesus' Return

The Lord's Day Morning

September 2, 2012

“Enduring Trials in Light of Jesus’ Return: More than Hello”

2 Thessalonians 1:1-2

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you’ll turn with me in your Bibles to 2 Thessalonians, we’ll begin together a new series. We've been working together through 1 Thessalonians for a number of months and we concluded that study last Lord's Day, and so today we...

Enduring Trials in Light of Jesus' Return

The Lord's Day Morning

September 2, 2012

“Enduring Trials in Light of Jesus’ Return: More than Hello”

2 Thessalonians 1:1-2

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you’ll turn with me in your Bibles to 2 Thessalonians, we’ll begin together a new series. We've been working together through 1 Thessalonians for a number of months and we concluded that study last Lord's Day, and so today we...

Psalms Book 5

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Psalm 141. Jesus taught us to pray, “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil,” or, “the evil one,” and David's prayer in this psalm anticipates and maybe even prefigures obedience to that command of Jesus to pray, “Lead us not into temptation.” Last week, when we were looking at Psalm 140, we...

Living in Light of Jesus' Return

The Lord's Day Morning

August 26, 2012

“Living Life in Light of Jesus’ Return: A Parting Request, Greeting, Charge, and Blessing”

1 Thessalonians 5:25-28

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to 1 Thessalonians chapter 5. As we come to the end of this letter, we've studied it all along under the rubric of “Living Life...

Living in Light of Jesus' Return

The Lord's Day Morning

August 26, 2012

“Living Life in Light of Jesus’ Return: A Parting Request, Greeting, Charge, and Blessing”

1 Thessalonians 5:25-28

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to 1 Thessalonians chapter 5. As we come to the end of this letter, we've studied it all along under the rubric of “Living Life...

Covenant Theology

August 22, 2012

2012 Convocation

Reformed Theological Seminary

Jackson, Mississippi

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

It's a joy to be with you, friends. This is a formal academic occasion and perhaps calls for a more formal academic address. My address will be somewhere between an academic address and preaching; I will be unable to resist drifting into preaching as we tackle this subject. I...

Psalms Book 5

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Psalm 140. We’re with David and in trouble again. In this psalm, and it's a lament, David is lamenting a specific situation or set of situations in which he finds himself. There are men who have evil in their hearts, who intend malice towards him, who are slandering him, who are endangering him, and he's...

Living in Light of Jesus' Return

The Lord's Day Morning

August 19, 2012

“Living Life in Light of Jesus’ Return: A Benediction for Sanctification”

1 Thessalonians 5:23-24

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to 1 Thessalonians chapter 5. We’re going to be looking at verses 23 and 24 together. You may want to look back at verse 22 because it will help...

Living in Light of Jesus' Return

The Lord's Day Morning

August 19, 2012

“Living Life in Light of Jesus’ Return: A Benediction for Sanctification”

1 Thessalonians 5:23-24

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to 1 Thessalonians chapter 5. We’re going to be looking at verses 23 and 24 together. You may want to look back at verse 22 because it will help...

Living in Light of Jesus' Return

The Lord's Day Morning

August 12, 2012

“Living Life in Light of Jesus’ Return: A Timely Incitement”

1 Thessalonians 5:16-22

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to 1 Thessalonians chapter 5. We’ll begin at verse 16 as we continue our way through this short letter, perhaps the first of the New Testament, the first of...

The Lord's Day Evening

August 12, 2012

“Pastors and People”

1 Thessalonians 5:12-13

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

I'd invite the rest of you to turn with me in your Bibles to 1 Thessalonians chapter 5. As we were looking at this passage a couple of weeks ago, I knew that this is exactly where I wanted to come again for this service and so I...

Living in Light of Jesus' Return

The Lord's Day Morning

August 12, 2012

“Living Life in Light of Jesus’ Return: A Timely Incitement”

1 Thessalonians 5:16-22

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to 1 Thessalonians chapter 5. We’ll begin at verse 16 as we continue our way through this short letter, perhaps the first of the New Testament, the first of...

Living in Light of Jesus' Return

The Lord's Day Morning

August 5, 2012

“Living Life in Light of Jesus’ Return: A Pastor's Exhortations”

1 Thessalonians 5:12-15

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to 1 Thessalonians chapter 5. We’re going to be looking at four brief verses today, from verse 12 to 15, of this passage. John Stott, in his wonderful commentary...

Psalms Book 5

Turn in your Bibles if you have them, with me, to Psalm 139. I too have been looking forward to this psalm but also in some sense dreading it. It's hard to live up to Psalm 139. It's so exalted; it's very precious in our hearts. We just had a funeral here this last week and one of the verses out of this psalm was the family verse...

Living in Light of Jesus' Return

The Lord's Day Morning

August 5, 2012

“Living Life in Light of Jesus’ Return: A Pastor's Exhortations”

1 Thessalonians 5:12-15

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to 1 Thessalonians chapter 5. We’re going to be looking at four brief verses today, from verse 12 to 15, of this passage. John Stott, in his wonderful commentary...

Living in Light of Jesus' Return

The Lord's Day Morning

July 22, 2012

“Living Life in Light of Jesus’ Return: A Thief in the Night”

1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to 1 Thessalonians chapter 5 as we continue our way through this letter of the apostle Paul. As you’re turning there, let me remind you that at...

Living in Light of Jesus' Return

The Lord's Day Morning

July 22, 2012

“Living Life in Light of Jesus’ Return: A Thief in the Night”

1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to 1 Thessalonians chapter 5 as we continue our way through this letter of the apostle Paul. As you’re turning there, let me remind you that at...

Psalms Book 5

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Psalm 138. As you’re turning there, allow yourself to look at the headings of the next several psalms. In fact, if you’d look at the headings of the psalms from 138 all the way to 145. Tonight we are beginning a group of eight psalms, all of which are attributed to David. These are the...

Living in Light of Jesus' Return

The Lord's Day Morning

July 15, 2012

“Living Life in Light of Jesus’ Return: A Reason for Hope”

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to 1 Thessalonians chapter 4. We’re going to begin in verse 13 today. In this passage, Paul is speaking about the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ....

Living in Light of Jesus' Return

The Lord's Day Morning

July 15, 2012

“Living Life in Light of Jesus’ Return: A Reason for Hope”

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to 1 Thessalonians chapter 4. We’re going to begin in verse 13 today. In this passage, Paul is speaking about the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ....

Psalms Book 5

Psalm 137 is not for the faint of heart. It's a sobering lament and it's a song of resolve and it's a song of curse. It's set in the context of I think what is fair to say the most traumatic event that the Old Testament church ever experienced. The exile to Babylon simply sucked the air out of the life of the Old Testament people of God...

Living in Light of Jesus' Return

The Lord's Day Morning

July 8, 2012

“Living Life in Light of Jesus’ Return: A Call to Brotherly Love and Neighborly Witness”

1 Thessalonians 4:9-12

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to 1 Thessalonians chapter 4 verse 9. You remember last Lord's Day the apostle Paul gave us a sober but timely word about sexual...

Psalms Book 5

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Psalm 136. As you turn there you’ll notice how many phrases and how many similarities there are between this psalm and the psalm that we studied last Lord's Day Evening, Psalm 135. There are a few items I want to draw to your attention, some of them that you will see in the psalm itself...

Living in Light of Jesus' Return

The Lord's Day Morning

July 8, 2012

“Living Life in Light of Jesus’ Return: A Call to Brotherly Love and Neighborly Witness”

1 Thessalonians 4:9-12

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to 1 Thessalonians chapter 4 verse 9. You remember last Lord's Day the apostle Paul gave us a sober but timely word about sexual...

Psalms Book 5

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn in them with me to Psalm 135 as we continue to make our way through the fifth book of the Psalms. Every verse of this psalm either echoes or quotes or is quoted by some other part of Scripture. The psalmist himself rummages through the inspired Scriptures of the Old Testament and pulls together themes out of the...

Living in Light of Jesus' Return

The Lord's Day Morning

July 1, 2012

“Living Life in Light of Jesus’ Return: A Call to Sexual Purity”

1 Thessalonians 4:3-8

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to 1 Thessalonians chapter 4. We’re going to be looking at verses 3 to 8. A number of years ago when Phil Ryken was beginning to write...

Living in Light of Jesus' Return

The Lord's Day Morning

July 1, 2012

“Living Life in Light of Jesus’ Return: A Call to Sexual Purity”

1 Thessalonians 4:3-8

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to 1 Thessalonians chapter 4. We’re going to be looking at verses 3 to 8. A number of years ago when Phil Ryken was beginning to write...

Living in Light of Jesus' Return

The Lord's Day Morning

June 24, 2012

“Living Life in Light of Jesus’ Return: A Call to Christian Living”

1 Thessalonians 4:1-2

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to 1 Thessalonians chapter 4. We’re going to be looking at the first two verses of this chapter. As we've worked through this letter together we've said...

Living in Light of Jesus' Return

The Lord's Day Morning

June 24, 2012

“Living Life in Light of Jesus’ Return: A Call to Christian Living”

1 Thessalonians 4:1-2

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to 1 Thessalonians chapter 4. We’re going to be looking at the first two verses of this chapter. As we've worked through this letter together we've said...

Psalms Book 5

And so with that, let me get you to turn in your Bibles to Psalm 134. We've come all the way from Kedar and Meshech to MountZion. You know, we've been working our way from Psalm 120 here to Psalm 138 in the Psalms of Ascents and the pilgrims have made their way all the way to Jerusalem and we're now coming to the final of the Songs...

Living in Light of Jesus' Return

The Lord's Day Morning

June 17, 2012

“Living Life in Light of Jesus’ Return: A Good Report of Faith and Love”

1 Thessalonians 3:6-13

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to 1 Thessalonians chapter 3 as we continue our way through this the first letter of the apostle Paul. As you’re turning there to 1...

Living in Light of Jesus' Return

The Lord's Day Morning

June 17, 2012

“Living Life in Light of Jesus’ Return: A Good Report of Faith and Love”

1 Thessalonians 3:6-13

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to 1 Thessalonians chapter 3 as we continue our way through this the first letter of the apostle Paul. As you’re turning there to 1...

Living in Light of Jesus' Return

The Lord's Day Morning

June 10, 2012

“Living Life in Light of Jesus’ Return: A Pastor Who Loves His People”

1 Thessalonians 2:17-3:5

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to 1 Thessalonians chapter 2. We’re going to read to the end of that chapter and then into the first few verses of 1 Thessalonians chapter...

Living in Light of Jesus' Return

The Lord's Day Morning

June 10, 2012

“Living Life in Light of Jesus’ Return: A Pastor Who Loves His People”

1 Thessalonians 2:17-3:5

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to 1 Thessalonians chapter 2. We’re going to read to the end of that chapter and then into the first few verses of 1 Thessalonians chapter...

Psalms Book 5

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Psalm 133. Psalm 133 has been sung at Presbyterian General Assembly for probably close to five hundred years now and if you've ever been to a Presbyterian General Assembly you’ll know why it needs to be sung there because unity is not something that Presbyterians are known for at their General Assembly. It used to...

Psalms Book 5

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Psalm 132 as we continue our way not only through the fifth book of the Psalms but through the songs of ascent. This psalm recalls several themes together in one compass. First of all, it recalls David's desire to build a temple for the Lord and that takes you back to 2 Samuel 7. You...

Living in Light of Jesus' Return

The Lord's Day Morning

June 3, 2012

“Living Life in Light of Jesus’ Return: A Word at Work in You”

1 Thessalonians 2:13-16

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to 1 Thessalonians chapter 2. We’re going to be looking at verses 13 to 16 today as we continue our way through this, perhaps, the first...

Living in Light of Jesus' Return

The Lord's Day Morning

June 3, 2012

“Living Life in Light of Jesus’ Return: A Word at Work in You”

1 Thessalonians 2:13-16

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to 1 Thessalonians chapter 2. We’re going to be looking at verses 13 to 16 today as we continue our way through this, perhaps, the first...

Living in Light of Jesus' Return

The Lord's Day Morning

May 27, 2012

“Living in Light of Jesus’ Return: A Gospel Attested by Conduct”

1 Thessalonians 2:1-12

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn to Paul's letter to the Thessalonians, the first letter to the Thessalonians, chapter 2, and we're going to be looking at verses 1 to 12 this morning. I want to...

Living in Light of Jesus' Return

The Lord's Day Morning

May 27, 2012

“Living in Light of Jesus’ Return: A Gospel Attested by Conduct”

1 Thessalonians 2:1-12

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn to Paul's letter to the Thessalonians, the first letter to the Thessalonians, chapter 2, and we're going to be looking at verses 1 to 12 this morning. I want to...

Psalms Book 5

If you’d take your Bibles in hand and turn with me to Psalm 131, we're continuing our way through the fifth book of the Psalms together. And as we're working through the fifth book of the Psalms, we are also working through the psalms of ascents, those songs that were sung by the pilgrims on the way to Jerusalem during the great, holy festivals. And this psalm is...

Living in Light of Jesus' Return

The Lord's Day Morning

May 20, 2012

“Living Life in Light of Jesus’ Return: A Turn to God from Idols”

1 Thessalonians 1:7-10

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to 1 Thessalonians chapter 1. We’re going to be looking at verses 7 to 10 today but I want to pick up reading in verse 6...

Living in Light of Jesus' Return

The Lord's Day Morning

May 20, 2012

“Living Life in Light of Jesus’ Return: A Turn to God from Idols”

1 Thessalonians 1:7-10

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to 1 Thessalonians chapter 1. We’re going to be looking at verses 7 to 10 today but I want to pick up reading in verse 6...

Living in Light of Jesus' Return

The Lord's Day Morning

May 13, 2012

“Living Life in Light of Jesus’ Return: A Gospel with Power”

1 Thessalonians 1:4-6

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to 1 Thessalonians chapter 1. We’re going to be looking at verses 4 to 6 together this morning as we continue our way through this wonderful letter of...

Psalms Book 5

It's hard to sing that song and not go on to the fifth stanza where the resolution comes, but we’ll be able to sing that, God willing, at the end of the service tonight. I love Luther's rendition of Psalm 130. You can sense his own investment in the truth of this psalm even in the way he paraphrases it, in the way that he roots it in...

Living in Light of Jesus' Return

The Lord's Day Morning

May 13, 2012

“Living Life in Light of Jesus’ Return: A Gospel with Power”

1 Thessalonians 1:4-6

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to 1 Thessalonians chapter 1. We’re going to be looking at verses 4 to 6 together this morning as we continue our way through this wonderful letter of...

Living in Light of Jesus' Return

The Lord's Day Morning

May 6, 2012

“Living Life in Light of Jesus’ Return: A Reason to be Thankful”

1 Thessalonians 1:1-4

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to 1 Thessalonians chapter 1. We’re going to be looking at the first four verses together today as we begin a journey in this wonderful letter.

Do...

Living in Light of Jesus' Return

The Lord's Day Morning

May 6, 2012

“Living Life in Light of Jesus’ Return: A Reason to be Thankful”

1 Thessalonians 1:1-4

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to 1 Thessalonians chapter 1. We’re going to be looking at the first four verses together today as we begin a journey in this wonderful letter.

Do...

175 and Counting

The Lord's Day Evening

April 22, 2012

“175 and Counting: The Providence of God”

Acts 27

The Reverend Dr. William K. Wymond

Some years ago, I was visiting a great aunt of mine and she told me that she had something special for me, something from family history that she wanted to give me. So she left the room and came back with this old fashioned, metal lockbox....

175 and Counting

The Lord's Day Morning

April 15, 2012

“175 and Counting: The Disputed Gospel”

Romans 5:8

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Romans chapter 5, and especially verse 8, although I'd like you to look from verse 6 to 10. We’re going to pick up three other phrases right around Romans 5:8 to help us...

175 and Counting

The Lord's Day Morning

April 8, 2012

“175 and Counting: In Defense of the Resurrection”

1 Corinthians 15:1-26

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to 1 Corinthians chapter 15. We’re going to read verses 1 to 26 today. I was thinking as we sang the first hymn this morning that, that hymn was a sermon...

175 and Counting

The Lord's Day Morning

April 1, 2012

“175 and Counting: God, Suffering and Evil”

Genesis 50:20

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Genesis chapter 50 verse 20. We’re going to be looking at four passages this morning, one in Genesis 3, the one here in Genesis 50, then one in Acts chapter 2, and...

175 and Counting

The Lord's Day Morning

March 25, 2012

“175 and Counting: Marriage, it relates to Christ and the Church”

Ephesians 5:22-33

The Reverend Mr. Joshua M. Rieger

If you would, turn with me in your...

175 and Counting

The Lord's Day Morning

March 18, 2012

“175 and Counting: No Other Name”

Acts 4:12

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to open them with me to Acts chapter 4 verse 12, although we're also going to look back at verse 11 because it's very important for the topic that we're going to be looking at today. We've been...

Psalms Book 5

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Psalm 129 as we continue our way through these songs of ascents which are part of the fifth book of the Psalms. We began with the first of the songs in the fifth book of the Psalter, Psalm 107, and God willing we will continue all the way through to the one hundred fiftieth and...

Psalms Book 5

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to open them with me to Psalm 128 and as you do, glance up to Psalm 127, the last of the psalms of ascents that we were in, in this study of the fifth book of the Psalms. And you’ll notice especially from verses 3 to 5 themes there that reappear here in Psalm 128. We’re reminded that “children are...

175 and Counting

The Lord's Day Morning

March 11, 2012

“175 and Counting: The Bible Tells Me So”

2 Timothy 3:16-17

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to...

Psalms Book 5

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Psalm 127 as we continue to make our way through the fifth book of the Psalms, the final section of the Psalms that begins with 107 and specifically through the Psalms of Ascents that we have been looking at for the last couple of weeks together on the Lord's Day Evening. We are in Psalm...

175 and Counting

The Lord's Day Morning

March 4, 2012

“175 and Counting: What's at Stake in the Beginning?”

Genesis 1:1

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Genesis chapter 1. We’re going to give our attention today to one particular verse and the truths that we learn from it. Genesis 1:1. It provides such an important foundation...

175 and Counting

The Lord's Day Morning

February 26, 2012

“175 and Counting: Shaped by the Promises of God”

Proverbs 3:1-12

The Reverend Mr. Joshua M. Rieger

This April will mark this church's 175th anniversary. Now last week, if you were here for the early service, you would have noticed that we didn't have power. By the second service you had power, but there was a poll across the street...

Psalms Book 5

If you have your Bibles, I would invite you to turn with me to Psalm 126 as we continue our way through the fifth book of the Psalms together. And as you’re turning there, to Psalm 126, I want to make a lost and found announcement. When Barbara Porter sat down tonight, there was an ancient Bible sitting on this front pew. It's inscribed 1854, affectionately to someone...

175 and Counting

The Lord's Day Morning

February 19, 2012

“175 and Counting: Built on the Rock”

Matthew 7:21-29

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Matthew chapter 7 as we begin a series on Biblical themes called, “175 and Counting.” I want us to look especially at Jesus’ word in Matthew 7:24, but if you have your...

Psalms Book 5

If you have your Bibles, please turn with me to Psalm 125 as we continue our way through the fifth book of the Psalms. The psalmist again, and we've seen this already several times — look back at Psalm 121. “I lift my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come?” And then again in Psalm 123. “To You I lift up my eyes.” As the...

Luke

The Lord's Day Morning

February 12, 2012

“Carried Up into Heaven”

Luke 24:50-53

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Luke 24, the last few verses of the gospel of Luke, beginning in verse 50, and we're going to read from verses 50 to 53, as we come to this, the end of our study...

Psalms Book 5

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Psalm 124. In 1582, a Scottish minister named John Durie was imprisoned because of his faithful preaching of the Gospel and when he was released from prison a couple of hundred of his friends and congregants met him at the gates of the prison as they left and they began to walk up the high...

Luke

The Lord's Day Morning

January 22, 2012

“Jesus Stood Among Them”

Luke 24:36-49

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Luke 24. We’re going to look at verses 36 to 49 together this morning. The passage begins with the words, “As they were talking about these...

Luke

The Lord's Day Morning

January 15, 2012

“Did Not Our Hearts Burn within Us?”

Luke 24:13-35

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to the gospel of Luke, the twenty-fourth chapter. We have been in the gospel of Luke together since 2009, which is a good argument for coming to Sunday evening worship so you can...

Psalms Book 5

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Psalm 123 as we continue through the fifth book of the Psalms together. And specifically right now, since we came to Psalm 120, we are in those Psalms of Ascent which were used by pilgrims on their way to Jerusalem for festival. As we look at Psalm 123, I want you to notice two or...

Luke

The Lord's Day Morning

“Seven Miles with Jesus”

Luke 24:13-27

January 8, 2012

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Luke chapter 24. We’ll begin today in the thirteenth verse. The story of the disciples walking to their homes in Emmaus is one of the great resurrection stories. Of the eleven resurrection stories, none is...

Luke

The Lord's Day Morning

January 1, 2012

“Perplexed. Frightened. Incredulous…Marveling!”

Luke 24:1-12

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to the gospel of Luke, the twenty-fourth chapter. Today, on the first Lord's Day of the new year, we come to the last chapter of the gospel of...

Psalms Book 5

Turn with me in your Bibles to Psalm 122. This psalm is well-known to us because I think all, or at least most of us, love it when Bill Wymond and Connie Wadsworth and the choir sing that beautiful excerpt from C. Hubert Parry's, “I was glad when they said unto me, ‘Let us go into the house of the LORD!’” as the choral introit on Sunday mornings...

Christmas Series

The Lord's Day Morning

December 25, 2011

“John — On Christmas”

John 1:1-14

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to the gospel of John. We’ll be looking at John 1 verses 1 to 14 this morning. John does not begin his gospel with an account of the nativity of Christ. You’ll find accounts of Jesus’...

Christmas Series

The Lord's Day Morning

December 4, 2011

“The Best Gift of Christmas”

Matthew 1:18-23

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to the gospel of Matthew, Matthew chapter 1. We’re going to be looking together at verses 18 to 23 today. For the last number of years we have focused on themes during December relating to the...

The Lord's Day Evening

December 4, 2011

“Called to Serving and Shepherding”

Acts 6:1-6; 1 Peter 5:1-4

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

As the children make their way to their classes, let me invite you to take your Bibles in hand and I'd like you to keep your bulletin close by as well and have it open to the section which is marked, “Guide to the...

Luke

The Lord's Day Morning

November 27, 2011

“On The Sabbath They Rested”

Luke 23:50-56

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Luke 23. We’re going to be looking at verses 50 to 56 today, so we’ll come to the end of the chapter as we continue our way through the gospel of Luke. We've been...

Psalms Book 5

Take your Bibles in hand and turn with me to Psalm 121. We continue our way through the songs of ascent. We said the last time, in describing the meaning of that term, that is probably refers to the pilgrims on their way from various parts of Israel ascending to Jerusalem, which is on a mountain, coming up from the valleys and the byways and the highways on...

Psalms Book 5

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Psalm 120. Bill Wymond and Josh Rieger and I regularly look for serviceable, metrical psalm versions that would work with tunes that are familiar to it if we don't have one in the Trinity Hymnal. And I believe — Josh, am I right? — that Bill Wymond wrote that text that we just sang tonight...

Luke

The Lord's Day Morning

November 20, 2011

“Father, Into Your Hands I Commit My Spirit”

Luke 23:44-49

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Luke chapter 23 as we continue to make our way through the gospel of Luke. The last two times before this time we've been together we've been in a passage in...

Psalms Book 5

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Psalm 119. If you weren't here last Lord's Day evening we read all one hundred and seventy-six verses of Psalm 119. I was told by those who were clocking it that it took about twenty-four minutes to read the psalm out loud and then we just very briefly meditated on the overall content of that...

Luke

The Lord's Day Morning

November 13, 2011

“Remember Me”

Luke 23:39-43

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Luke chapter 23 as we continue our way through the gospel of Luke together. I can remind you, a couple of weeks ago when we were last in the gospel, we were looking at the passage immediately...

The Lord's Day Morning

November 6, 2011

“The Reasons for Giving”

1 Chronicles 29:9

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan

If you’d take your Bibles in hand and turn with me to 1 Chronicles...

Psalms Book 5

If you have your Bibles, I would invite you to turn with me to Psalm 119. We've been working through the fifth book of the Psalms, the longest book or section of the Psalms, for a number of weeks now, and for a couple of months the ministers have been asking me, and other friends have been asking me, “What are you going to do with Psalm 119?”...

Psalms Book 5

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Psalm 118, in many ways, the perfect compliment for what we studied together this morning in the gospel of Luke because the psalm that we're about to read is the last song that Jesus sang before He was crucified. Let's pray.

Our Lord and our God, any time we're reading and hearing Your...

Luke

The Lord's Day Morning

October 30, 2011

“Father, Forgive Them”

Luke 23:32-38

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Luke chapter 23 as we continue to work our way through Luke's gospel. We’ll be beginning in verse 32. As we do, this brief section describes the beginning of the crucifixion itself, and it's very interesting...

Psalms Book 5

If you have your Bibles, I would invite you to turn with me to Psalm 117. This very short psalm, one psalm removed from a very long psalm, is a jewel and quoted in the New Testament — quoted in the New Testament in a very, very important passage on a very, very important topic because it's succinctly explains something about the plan of God in history that...

Luke

The Lord's Day Morning

October 23, 2011

“Weep for Yourselves”

Luke 23:26-31

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Luke 23. We’ll be looking at verses 26 to 31. Luke has us following along the way with Christ on the way to the cross. As you look at this passage together, I'd like you to...

Luke

The Lord's Day Morning

October 16, 2011

“Before Herod and Pilate”

Luke 23:6-25

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Luke chapter 23. We’re going to be looking at verses 6 to 25 together. I would invite you, as you’re turning there, to look immediately prior to this section that we're going to read, and...

Psalms Book 5

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Psalm 116 as we continue to make our way through the fifth book of the psalms. This psalm is the personal tribute of a person who has experienced an overwhelming answer to prayer and it supplies us words to pray and to praise with when we can't find the words we need to lift up...

Psalms Book 5

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Psalm 115. As we read this psalm together tonight, I want to point out several parts of the passage as we look through it.

The opening declaration of the psalm is the destination to which the psalm is going even though it is stated out front. Now how do I make that argument? Because...

Luke

The Lord's Day Morning

October 9, 2011

“Are You the King of the Jews?”

Luke 23:1-5

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Luke chapter 23. We’ll be looking at verses 1 to 5 this morning as we continue through the gospel of Luke. I'd invite you also, as you’re turning there to Luke 23:1-5,...

Psalms Book 5

If you have your Bibles, please turn with me to Psalm 114. This psalm is a remarkable recounting of the redemption of God, of His people, in the exodus. And it's marked by exuberance. I dare say that the exuberance of the text of this psalm is every bit the match for Miriam and the women on the shores of the Red Sea. If you look at the...

Luke

The Lord's Day Morning

October 2, 2011

“Beaten and Questioned”

Luke 22:63-71

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Luke chapter 22. We’ll be reading from the sixty-third verse to the end of the chapter as we continue to work our way through the gospel together. Luke is showing us the mistreatment that Jesus endured...

Psalms Book 5

As we continue our way through the fifth book of the Psalms, I'd invite you to turn with me to Psalm 113. This psalm is a part of a set of psalms known as the Egyptian Hallel, a series of praise songs that are related to the Passover celebration and which praise God for His work of creation and redemption. And tonight as we look at this psalm...

Psalms Book 5

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Psalm 112. I'd like you to keep your finger there at Psalm 112. I want to show you something about the two psalms on either side of it. If you allow yourself to look back at the beginning of Psalm 111, it begins with that ascription, “Praise the LORD” that Paul referred to in the...

Luke

The Lord's Day Morning

September 18, 2011

“I do not know Him. I am not one of them. And I don't know what you are talking about.”

Luke 22:54-62

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Luke 22 as we continue our way through the gospel together. Last week we were looking at the betrayal...

The Lord's Day Evening

September 11, 2011

“The Mission of the Church: Discipleship”

Matthew 28:19-20

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Matthew 28. I know that most of you can say these verses by heart, but I want you to keep your Bibles in hand because we're going to look at a number of passages...

Luke

The Lord's Day Morning

September 11, 2011

“Betrayal”

Luke 22:47-53

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to open them with me to Luke chapter 22 as we continue our way through the gospel of Luke. The last time we were with the Lord Jesus in Luke we were with Him as He prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane and...

Psalms Book 5

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Psalm 111 as we continue our way through the fifth book of the Psalms. Hebrew poetry, unlike our poetry, is not based on rhyming, but you will find various devices in Hebrew poetry that indicate that it has an elevated sort of aesthetic style. One thing that you will find in Hebrew poetry is parallelism...

Luke

The Lord's Day Morning

September 4, 2011

“While They Were Sleeping”

Luke 22:39-26

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Luke chapter 22 as we continue our way through this gospel together. We are, this morning, on holy ground as we come upon the Lord Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane. Luke, simply says, that...

Psalms Book 5

As we continue to work our way through the fifth book of the Psalms, we have come tonight to Psalm 110, one of the most quoted Psalms in the New Testament. It is referenced at least fourteen times in the New Testament and when it is referenced it is always applied to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. In fact, in our study of Luke, we have seen...

Luke

The Lord's Day Morning

August 28, 2011

“I Have Prayed For You”

Luke 22:28-38

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Luke chapter 22. We’re going to be looking at verses 28 to 38 today. The last time we were together in Luke we were looking at a very embarrassing discussion amongst the disciples who...

Luke

The Lord's Day Morning

August 14, 2011

“This Do in Remembrance of Me”

Luke 22:14-19

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Luke chapter 22. We’ll be looking at verses 14 to 19 today. When we looked at the first part of this chapter last week, we said that it was the last Passover, and...

Luke

The Lord's Day Morning

August 7, 2011

“Prepare the Passover”

Luke 22:1-13

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Luke chapter 22. We have reached the crescendo of the gospel of Luke. From Luke 22 to the end of this book, we will consider the sufferings and death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ....

Luke

The Lord's Day Morning

July 24, 2011

“My Words Will Not Pass Away”

Luke 21:25-38

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Luke chapter 21 as we continue to make our way through the gospel of Luke together. We’re going to be looking at verses 25 to the end of the chapter together today, and...

Luke

The Lord's Day Morning

July 17, 2011

“Hated By All On Account of My Name”

Luke 21:5-24

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to the gospel of Luke. We’re in the twenty-first chapter as we continue our way through this gospel together, and we've come to a section in Luke in which Luke records Jesus’...

Luke

The Lord's Day Morning

July 10, 2011

“Don't Fake Religion”

Luke 20:45 - Luke 21:4

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Luke chapter 20 as we continue our way together through the gospel of Luke. Today, we come to the end of Luke 20 and verse 45 and we’ll read through to Luke 21...

Luke

The Lord's Day Morning

July 3, 2011

“What Jesus Believed About the Resurrection”

Luke 20:27-44

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Luke chapter 20. We’ll be looking at verses 27 to 44 today as we continue our way through the gospel of Luke. Let me remind you that the passage that we're going to...

Psalms Book 5

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Psalm 109. Psalm 109 is a hard psalm. It is the last of the imprecatory psalms. That is, it is a psalm of imprecation of curse. It calls down God's curse on the wicked. And it is well that it is the last of the imprecatory psalms because it is perhaps the strongest and certainly...

Luke

The Lord's Day Morning

June 26, 2011

“Rendering to Caesar and God”

Luke 20:19-26

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Luke chapter 20 as we continue our way through the gospel of Luke together. The last time we were together we looked at the parable of the wicked tenants. The event that we're studying...

Psalms Book 5

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Psalm 108 as we continue our way through the fifth book of the Psalms together. And the last time we were together, we were at Psalm 107 and so we continue tonight in the next psalm. This psalm, as some of you may know, is put together from two other psalms in the Psalter. It...

Luke

The Lord's Day Morning

June 19, 2011

“Rejection”

Luke 20:9-18

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Luke chapter 20 as we continue our way through the gospel of Luke together.

Now let's look at Luke 20, verses 9 to 18. And remember, we're in the final week of Jesus’ life. This parable is told...

Psalms Book 5

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Psalm 107 as we begin our journey through the fifth book of the Psalms together. This psalm, that begins the fifth book of the Psalter, is a call for the redeemed to give thanks. The context is the return of the people of God from exile and you see that in the very first words...

Luke

The Lord's Day Morning

June 5, 2011

“In the Temple”

Luke 19:45-20:8

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Luke 19. We’ll begin right at the end of the chapter at verse 45 and continue on to Luke 20 verse 8. It is Monday of what we call Holy Week. On the Sunday of that...

Luke

The Lord's Day Morning

May 8, 2011

“Kingdom Investments”

Luke 19:11-27

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I would invite you to turn with me to Luke 19. We’re going to be looking at verses 11 to 27. In my old New American Standard Version this parable is called “The Parable of Money Usage.” Perhaps in the Bible that you’re looking at...

Luke

The Lord's Day Morning

May 1, 2011

“Today Salvation Has Come to This House”

Luke 19:1-10

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you’d turn with me in your Bibles to Luke chapter 19, we are coming to a passage that is very familiar to you. Perhaps you first heard or sung about this passage in Vacation Bible School as a child if you grew up in...

Luke

The Lord's Day Morning

April 24, 2011

“The Third Day He Will Rise Again”

Luke 18:31-34

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Luke chapter 18. We’re going to be looking especially at verses 31 to 34. As you turn there, I'd invite you to turn back — keep your finger in Luke 18 —...

Luke

The Lord's Day Morning

April 17, 2011

“Your Faith Has Made You Well”

Luke 18:35-43

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Luke chapter 18. We’re working our way through the gospel of Luke together and I'd like to direct your attention to verses 35 to 43. Now for those of you who are very...

Luke

The Lord's Day Morning

April 10, 2011

“The Poor Man (Who Thought He Was Rich)”

Luke 18:18-30

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Luke chapter 18 as we continue to make our way through the gospel of Luke together. And as you’re turning there, I want you to see a couple of things that...

Luke

The Lord's Day Morning

April 3, 2011

“Entering the Kingdom of Heaven Like a Child”

Luke 18:15-17

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, let me invite you to turn with me to Luke chapter 18. We’re continuing our way through the gospel of Luke together, and we're looking at a short passage today in verses 15 to 17. As you’re turning to...

Luke

The Lord's Day Morning

March 27, 2011

“The Man Who Thought He Was Righteous (but wasn't)

and the Man Who Thought He Wasn't ( but was!)”

Luke 18:9-14

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Ducan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Luke chapter 18 as we continue to make our way through the gospel of Luke together. This is one of...

Luke

The Lord's Day Morning

March 20, 2011

“Always Pray. Don't Lose Heart.”

Luke 18:1-8

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Luke chapter 18. We’re going to be looking at verses 1 to 8. This passage is connected with the passage that we studied last Lord's Day, a passage that dealt with the final judgment...

Luke

The Lord's Day Morning March 13, 2011 “What You Must Know About the Second Coming” Luke 17:22-37 The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Luke 17 as we continue to work our way through the gospel together. And I want you to note just a couple of things about this passage before we read it...

The Lord's Day Morning

February 27, 2011

“The Mission of God and the Mission of God's People”

John 17:18

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to John chapter 17. As we prepare for the Missions Conference this week, I want to direct your attention to one sentence of a large prayer that Jesus prayed, not...

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The Lord's Day Morning

February 20, 2011

“The Kingdom of God”

Luke 17:20-21

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Luke, Luke chapter 17. Just two verses this morning. We want to look especially at this idea of the kingdom of God and make sure we understand that Jesus means by it. The kingdom of...

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The Lord's Day Morning

February 13, 2011

“Got Gratitude?”

Luke 17:11-19

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Luke chapter 17 as we continue our way through this gospel together. We’re going to be looking at verses 11 to 19 together this morning. As you turn to Luke 17, let me remind you that this...

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The Lord's Day Morning

February 6, 2011

“Attitude Check”

Luke 17:7-10

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Luke chapter 17. We’re going to be looking at verses 7 to 10. As you turn there, I want to remind you that the passage that we're going to read today takes place in the context in...

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The Lord's Day Morning

January 23, 2011

“Temptation, Sin and Faith”

Luke 17:1-6

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to Luke chapter 17 as we continue our way through the gospel of Luke together. If you take a glance at these first six verses in Luke 17, I want to remind you that as we've...

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The Lord's Day Morning

January 16, 2011

“The Poor Man (Who Thought He Was Rich)”

Luke 16:19-31

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Luke chapter 16 as we continue our way through the gospel of Luke together. I would remind you that in Luke 16 Jesus has been dealing especially with the problem of...

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The Lord's Day Morning

January 9, 2011

“What the Law Shows about Our Hearts”

Luke 16:14-18

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

Amen. If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to open with me to Luke chapter 16 as we continue our way through the gospel; Luke chapter 16, looking at verses 14 to 18.

Now by way of introduction, I would remind you that the...

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The Lord's Day Morning

January 2, 2011

“Wholly Devoted”

Luke 16:1-13

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Luke chapter 16 as we continue our way through the gospel of Luke. This is a hard parable. The commentators sometimes wrestle with this to understand what Jesus is speaking about. It's hard for a number of...

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The Lord's Day Morning

December 19, 2010

Luke 15:11-32

“A Father's Prodigal Love for a Prodigal”

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. We will give thanks to You, O Lord, among the people. We will...

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The Lord's Day Morning

December 12, 2010

Luke 15:1-10

“What Makes Angels Rejoice?”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to Luke 15. We’re going to be looking at the first ten verses together this morning. In Luke 15, Jesus tells three stories. The first of those three stories you’ll see in verses 4 to 6, the second...

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The Lord's Day Morning

December 5, 2010

Luke 14:25-35

“What Will Jesus Cost You?”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to the gospel of Luke to the fourteenth chapter. We’re going to be looking at verses 25 to 35 today as we continue our way through this gospel together. Before we read the Word, I want you...

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The Lord's Day Morning

November 28, 2010

Luke 14:7-24

“Why was I a Guest?”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Luke chapter 14. We’re going to be looking at verses 7 to 24 today. And as you get to that passage in your Scripture, I'd like you to take your hymnals back out and turn right...

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The Lord's Day Morning

November 21, 2010

Luke 14:1-6

“Jesus Cared about the Lord's Day. A lot.”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to the gospel of Luke, chapter 14, as we continue our way through this great gospel. And we come to a passage where Jesus is addressing a group of Pharisees with whom He is...

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The Lord's Day Morning

November 14, 2010

Luke 13:31-35

“Jesus’ Compassion and Our Indifference”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Luke chapter 13 as we continue our way through this gospel. I want you to be on the lookout for three things as we read this passage from verses 31 to 35.

First, I want you...

The Lord's Day Morning

November 7, 2010

Stewardship Sunday

Matthew 6:19-21

“The Treasure Test”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

That is a radical hymn [Take My Life and Let It Be]. Many of us have sung that hymn dozens, if not hundreds, of times. If we really believed what we were singing and lived like it, everybody around us would know it. And that's really what...

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The Lord's Day Morning

October 31, 2010

Reformation Sunday

Luke 13:22-30

“The Narrow Door”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

The Lord is our rock and shield and deliverer, my God, my rock in whom I take refuge; He is our shield and the horn of our salvation and stronghold; we call upon the Lord and He saves us. In our distress we call upon the Lord, we cry...

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The Lord's Day Morning

October 10, 2010

Luke 13:18-21

“What Is the Kingdom of God Like?”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

Amen. If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Luke, chapter 13 as we continue our way through the gospel together. In this passage Jesus tells two parables, two short stories describing what the kingdom of God is like.

We should be...

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The Lord's Day Morning

October 3, 2010

Luke 13:6-17

“Suspended Judgment and a Reason for Judgment”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to Luke chapter 13 as we continue our way through the gospel of Luke. And as you turn to Luke 12:6-17, which is the passage we're going to give close attention to today, allow your...

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The Lord's Day Morning

September 26, 2010

Luke 13:1-5

“The Message of Repentance Clothed in Tragedies”

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. So let us worship Him!

If you have your Bibles I'd invite you...

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The Lord's Day Morning

September 19, 2010

Luke 12:49-59

“Jesus: The Dividing Line”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Luke chapter 12. We’ll be looking at verse 49 to the end of the chapter. As you look through this passage, let me give you a few clues along the way to help you follow the train...

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The Lord's Day Morning

September 12, 2010

Luke 12:35-48

“Be Ready”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to the gospel of Luke, to the twelfth chapter. We’re working our way through this gospel together. The last two Lord's Days we have looked at sections of Luke chapter 12 that dealt with the overarching subject of covetousness, a...

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The Lord's Day Morning

September 5, 2010

Luke 12:22-34

“The Cure for Covetousness”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

As we continue to prepare for worship, I want you to take your bulletins in hand if you would. Notice in the middle of the order of service this morning, you will be singing with the choir during the offertory. At that time you’ll sing John Rutter's arrangement of the...

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The Lord's Day Morning

August 29, 2010

Luke 12:13-21

“Life Isn't Stuff (so don't worship Stuff)”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sits at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things which are above, not on things which are on the earth, for you have died and your life is...

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The Lord's Day Morning

August 15, 2010

Luke 12:8-12

“What Our Tongues Tell”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to Luke chapter 12 as we continue our way through Luke's gospel. We’ll be looking at verses 8 to 12. Let me outline the passage for you...

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The Lord's Day Morning

August 8, 2010

“No Fear”

Luke 12:4-7

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

God is our refuge and strength, our very present help in time of trouble, therefore we will not fear though the earth should change and the mountains slip into the sea. The Lord of hosts is with us. The God of Jacob is our God. Let us worship Him!

Lord, You are...

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The Lord's Day Morning

August 1, 2010

Luke 12:1-3

“The Leaven of Hypocrisy”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to Luke chapter 12. We’re going to look at a brief passage this morning, just the first three verses of Luke chapter 12. As you turn there you may want to allow your eyes to roam back over...

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The Lord's Day Morning

July 18, 2010

Luke 11:37-54

“The Marks of a Pharisee (and the Remedy)”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to Luke chapter 11 as we come back to this passage that we looked at last week. We said it was a very awkward dinner conversation and we did a brief overview about what...

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The Lord's Day Morning

July 11, 2010

Communion Sunday

Luke 11:37-54

“A Very Awkward Dinner Conversation”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

As we continue to prepare for worship today, as you will have already noticed, we will be worshipping in word and sacrament as we come to the Lord's Table. The Lord's Table is for all those who trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, who have professed Him...

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The Lord's Day Morning

July 4, 2010

Luke 11:29-36

“How Are Your Eyes?”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you’d take your bulletins in hand I want to point out a few things to you about the service today. It is July the fourth. It is the day that we, as citizens of the United States and as Christians, express thanksgiving to God for the freedoms, the very...

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The Lord's Day Morning

June 27, 2010

Luke 11:14-28

“Jesus: Ruler of the Ruler of Demons”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

Sing to the Lord a new song all the earth. Tell of His salvation from day to day. Declare His glory among the nations and His marvelous works among all the peoples for great is the Lord and greatly to be praised. He is to be feared...

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The Lord's Day Morning

June 20, 2010

Luke 11:5-13

“Don't Stop Praying (and if you have, start again)”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

Oh give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good! His steadfast love endures forever. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom He has delivered from trouble and gathered from the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and...

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The Lord's Day Morning

June 13, 2010

Luke 11:1-4

“How to Pray (5): Deliver Us”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

We’re today, in the sermon, at the end of a five part series on the Lord's Prayer. Around the time of Christ's life on earth, it was very common for Jewish rabbis to be asked by their followers, their disciples, how to pray or to be taught to...

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The Lord's Day Morning

June 6, 2010

Luke 11:1-4

“How to Pray (4): Forgive Us”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

O give thanks unto the Lord for He is good. His steadfast love endures forever. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so. Let us worship God.

Thank you, Derek. As we continue to prepare to worship let me invite you to take your hymnals in hand and...

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The Lord's Day Morning

May 30, 2010

Luke 11:1-4

“How to Pray (3): Daily Bread”

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.

If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to...

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The Lord's Day Morning

May 23, 2010

Luke 11:1-4

“How to Pray (2): Kingdom Come”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

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 praise God.

As we prepare to worship today we are going to be in the Lord's Prayer again. I want...

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The Lord's Day Morning

May 16, 2010

Luke 11:1-4

“How to Pray (1): Holy Father”

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!

If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn...

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The Lord's Day Morning

May 9, 2010

Mother's Day

Luke 10:38-42

“It's Not About Martha. It's About You.”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

As we continue to prepare for worship, let me invite you to take your hymnals in hand and turn to number 115. Our opening song of praise is “All Creatures of Our God and King,” a glorious text set to one of the most beautiful...

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The Lord's Day Morning

May 2, 2010

Luke 10:25-37

“What Shall I Do to Inherit Eternal Life?”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it. Let us worship God.

Lord our God, we have just sung of choirs of angels who sing Your praise and glory in the heavens above and we with feebler...