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Resources from 1997

December

Matthew

Turn with me in your Bibles if you will, to Matthew chapter 10.  If you remember in our previous studies of this particular chapter, in the first few verses Christ appoints an inner circle of twelve disciples and then in verses 5-15, He begins to give them specific instructions on what they are to do in their first mission journey on His behalf.  They are to go into...

Matthew

Would you please turn with me in your Bibles to Matthew chapter 10.  Last week we began to look at this passage in verses 1-4 where the Lord Jesus commissions His disciples, those who had been close to Him, those who had been following Him, those who had trusted in Him and in whom they had placed their hope.  Now these who had walked near with Him were...

Daniel

Sermon on Dec 13, 1997

Daniel 3:1-30

If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to Daniel, chapter 3 as we continue our study of this prophet of the exile as he speaks by the divine inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Daniel, chapter 3. Hear the word of God:

Daniel 3:1-30

Our Lord God, we thrill to hear this story and we thrill to realize that this...

Matthew

In our text today, we see Him commission His disciples to go out into the villages and towns of the surrounding region and preach the message of the kingdom.  So what we have in Matthew 10:1-4 is basically an ordination sermon, a message that the Lord Jesus Christ gives to His disciples as He commissions them to their first gospel task.  They had been called to Him as...

Matthew

If you have your Bibles, I would invite you to turn with me to Matthew chapter 9.  As we've studied Matthew chapter 5-9 together, we have stressed, over and again,  that Christ's word, His words of wisdom,  His teaching on the reality of the Christian life, is set side by side here with His deeds of power.  And so by word and deed, Matthew shows Him to be the Messiah,  the Son...

Daniel

Salt and Light

The Dream of Nebuchadnezzar

If you have your Bibles, I would invite you to turn with me to Daniel, chapter 2. Last week we commented on the context of the book of Daniel. We said that the book was set during the Babylonian exile of Judah. Jerusalem had been carried into Babylon as a punishment for sin, for rebellion against God. She had turned her back on her covenant God and she...

November

Matthew

If you have your Bibles, I would invite you to turn with me to Matthew chapter 9.  We've said, as we have been studying Matthew 8 and 9, that in Matthew 6 through 7, the Lord Jesus sets forth His doctrine of the Christian life.  He gives us a compendium on His  teaching,  on how believers are to live kingdom life in a fallen world.  In Matthew 8 and 9, His deeds of power are set...

Daniel

Take Time to be Holy

Resolution for Holiness

Sermon on Nov 29, 1997

Daniel 1:1-21

If you have your Bibles, I would invite you to turn with me to the book of Daniel.  The very first chapter of that book.  The book of Daniel is a great mystery to some and a great encouragement to others.  The context of this book is the Babylonian exile.  The people of God have, by the very beginning of this book, begun to reap the harvest of...

Sermon on Nov 26, 1997

Thanksgiving 1997 Psalm 107

Dr. Ligon Duncan

Before we turn to the Scriptures, I'd like to turn your attention to your order of service, and just point out, under the record of Thanksgiving as viewed by a citizen, exactly 150 years ago this Thanksgiving, John Munn, who was a native of Connecticut, recorded in his journal his experience of the first Thanksgiving in Canton, MS. If...

Matthew

Sermon on Nov 15, 1997

Matthew 9:1-8

If you have your Bibles, I’d invite you to turn with me to Matthew, chapter 9.  In our past studies, we have commented that in Matthew 5 through 7, we have the words of life from our Lord.  In Matthew 8 and 9, we have deeds of power by our Lord that we may see by His words and deeds that He is indeed the Christ, the Messiah, the Son of...

Matthew

If you have your Bibles, I would invite you to turn with me to Matthew chapter 8.  The Lord Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount is recorded from chapter 5 to chapter 7, giving us the words of life and the way of life.  Chapters 8 and 9 of Matthew, miracles, mighty attesting signs of the Lord Jesus Christ, are performed so that the word of life is set...

Matthew

If you have your Bibles, I would invite you to turn with me to Matthew, chapter eight.  The Lord Jesus' Sermon on the Mount is recorded in Matthew chapters 5 to 7.  The words of life are set forth there.  In Matthew chapters 8 and 9, as we have already begun our study of them, we see the Lord Jesus performing miracles, attesting signs, signs that set forth...

October

Matthew

Having spoken the words of life in the Sermon on the Mount, the Lord Jesus now demonstrates His power by the performance of miracles, signs which attest to who He is, signs which prove the truth of His teaching, signs which prove the claims that He is, indeed, the Christ.  And so, by words and deeds, He is shown the Messiah.  The passage which we’re going to look...

Matthew

If you have your Bibles, I would invite you to turn with me to Matthew chapter 7.  Today, we come to the conclusion of this great Sermon on the Mount.  Since Matthew 7:13, Christ has been calling on all who will hear Him to enter into the kingdom.  Don’t simply stand and admire the teaching of the kingdom.  Don’t simply stand and say that the teaching of the...

Matthew

If you would turn with me in your Bibles to Matthew chapter 7.  We will continue our study in the Sermon the Mount.  The concluding section of this great sermon last begins in 7:13-14, where  we found there an urgent exhortation for all of us to enter into the kingdom.  Jesus didn’t simply want people to stand around and admire the beautiful vision of the Christian life that...

September

Matthew

Would you please turn with me in your Bibles to Matthew chapter 7 as we continue our study of the Sermon on the Mount.  Today we come to the final section, the final division of this sermon, beginning here in verse 13 of Matthew chapter 7.  The Lord Jesus starts to apply and conclude the message that He has been sharing with His disciples.  We have seen the...

Matthew

Sermon on Sep 20, 1997

Matthew 7:12

Please turn with me in your Bibles to Matthew chapter 7.  We continue our study in our Lord’s Sermon on the Mount.  We have been for these past three weeks and today concluded, four weeks studying the first verses of Matthew chapter 7.  And in this passage, we have learned that our Lord’s righteousness extends to the relationships that we have with others.  Our Lord is not simply...

Matthew

Would you please turn with me in you Bibles, to Matthew chapter 7.  We come to another passage concerning prayer in verses 7-11, and this passage may seem to have little direct connection with the verses that we have just studied, but in fact, their relationship is obvious if you give it a little reflection.  Christ has just been instructing His disciples on how they are to relate...

Matthew

Sermon on Sep 6, 1997

Matthew 7:6

If you have your Bibles, I would invite you to turn with me to Matthew chapter 7.  Last week we said that Matthew 7:1-5, was one of the most familiar, but one of the most misunderstood passages in the Sermon on the Mount.  Well, today in Matthew 7:6, we come to what is just a plain difficult passage.  It is a passage that we often scratch our heads...

August

Matthew

Would you please turn with me in your Bibles to Matthew chapter 7. This week we enter into a new section of the Sermon on the Mount. Having addressed the issues of the Christian's character, and his influence and his righteousness, and his piety, and his right ambition, the Lord Jesus now turns His attention to our heart attitudes in a series of relationships. Our relationships with our...

Matthew

Our songs have been songs of hope and trust in the living god, and we come to Matthew 6, and the Lord Jesus’ discussion of anxiety and its antidote. We’ll begin in verse 25, but you’ll notice that the first word, or therefore, points you back to the immediately preceding verses, and so these passages are tied together in thought. Matthew 6, beginning at verse 25, hear God’s...

Matthew

If you have Bibles, please open to Matthew chapter 6 and we will continue our study of Jesus' teaching about true religion. In fact, from Matthew 6, verse 1, down to verse 18, we have seen the Lord Jesus Christ address the issue of giving, of praying, and of fasting. And it is interesting in contrast to the Pharisees the Lord Jesus hasn’t said, well to make sure...

Matthew

May all our hearts be drawn to God as we meditate on that vision of the glory of the new heavens and the new earth. If you have your Bibles, I would invite you to turn with me to Matthew chapter 6. We have been studying in the Sermon on the Mount and in the last few weeks, have been particularly noting Jesus’ contrast between true religion and...

July

Matthew

Turn with me in your Bibles to Matthew chapter 6 as we continue our study in the Lord’s Sermon on the Mount.  The last time we were together in this passage, we were looking at our Lord’s teaching, contrasting what He expected His disciples to do in prayer with that which the Pharisees were practicing.  This week, we will begin to look at the prayer itself, the prayer...

Matthew

Sermon on Jul 12, 1997

Matthew 6:5-8

If you have your Bibles, please turn with me to Matthew chapter 6, as we continue our study of this great Gospel of Matthew and of the Sermon on the Mount.  Last time we were together in this passage, we looked at the first four verses of Matthew chapter 6 and saw the Lord’s teaching on Christian giving.  You remember that as we studied chapter 5, the first...

June

Matthew

Sermon on Jun 28, 1997

Matthew 6:1-4

Please turn with me in your Bibles to Matthew chapter 6.  We have been studying the Gospel of Matthew and in particular the Sermon on the Mount for the past few weeks.  Concentrating on chapter 5 and Jesus’ teaching on the law.  In that passage, Christ had contrasted His proper understanding of the law with the Pharisees misinterpretation of the law, and in particularly in Matthew 5:17-48, we...

Matthew

Please turn with me in your Bibles to Matthew chapter 5 verse 43 as we continue our study of the Sermon on the Mount. We’ve said that throughout chapter 5 from verse 17 all the way down to the end of the chapter in verse 48, the Lord Jesus Christ is setting forth the righteousness of His kingdom, that is, He’s setting forth the kind of life that...

Matthew

Please turn with me in your Bibles to Matthew chapter 5. We have been studying the Sermon on the Mount for the past few weeks, and specifically, since we began our study of Matthew 5 verses 21 and following, we have seen Christ applying the principles of the righteousness of His kingdom, calling His people to true godliness and trying to raise the awareness of those caught up...

May

Matthew

Please turn with me in your Bibles to Matthew 5, verse 33. 5:33. We have been studying the Lord’s Sermon on the Mount. We saw in verses 17-20 that Lord set forth the principle of the righteousness of His kingdom. In that passage, He said that the righteousness demanded of His citizens, the citizens of His kingdom, was far beyond that righteousness expected by the Pharisees.

In...

Matthew

Please turn with me in your Bibles to Matthew chapter 5, as we continue our study of the Sermon on the Mount.  We have said the last two weeks that from Matthew 5, verse 21, to Matthew 5, verse 48, Christ is applying the general principals that He taught in verses 17-20 to six specific issues in human relationships.  Over and over we have said that Christ stresses...

Matthew

Please turn with me in your Bibles to Matthew chapter 5. This passage we read this morning is one of those passage’s that reminds us why it’s good to preach through books of the Bible because preachers would like to skip passages like these. There are two reasons I’m encouraged coming to a passage like this today. The first one is these are the words of our Lord...

Matthew

Turn with me in your Bibles to Matthew chapter 5 as we continue our study of the sermon on the mount. We are in a section from Matthew 5 verse 17 all the way down to verse 48 where the Lord Jesus sets forth the law of His kingdom, the righteousness of His kingdom. We knew what the Pharisees were teaching in the land of Israel in His...

Matthew

If you will turn in your Bibles to Matthew 5. We’ve been studying the Sermon on the Mount for the past few weeks and we’ve said so far that the Sermon on the Mount is our Lord’s word to us about what it means to be a Christian in the world in which He’s placed us. For us that means what it means to be a Christian in...

April

Matthew

Please turn with me in your Bibles to Matthew chapter 5. We continue our study in the Beatitudes. The last three weeks, we have looked at the character of the Christian as it is described in the Beatitudes. Today, I want to look at the blessings that are listed in the Beatitudes. We have seen eight blessings pronounced. Seven of them pronounced upon character qualities of the Christian...

Matthew

Pleaseturn with me in your Bibles to Matthew, chapter 5. We continue our study in The Beatitudes, the first portion of the Sermon on the Mount. We have said so far in our study of the first five beatitudes that these blessings are blessings upon certain aspects of Christian character. Jesus describes for us, incidentally as He gives these blessings, what a Christian looks like. And this, simultaneously...

Matthew

Turn with me in your Bibles to Matthew chapter 5 as we continue our study of the Sermon on the Mount together. We have said that in this great sermon, our Lord Jesus Christ tells us what it means to live as Christians in the world where He has placed us. In our case, in this pluralistic, secularized world. How do you live as a Christian? The Lord...

March

Matthew

Sermon on Mar 29, 1997

Matthew 5:1-5

Turn with me in your Bibles to Matthew chapter five. We continue our study in the Gospel of Matthew, today coming to the Sermon on the Mount, perhaps the most familiar extended passage in the whole of the Scriptures. The first great discourse recorded for us by Matthew. Matthew records five of Jesus’ discourses, and this is the first of them. And this great sermon has to do...

Matthew

Turn with me in your Bibles to Matthew chapter 4 as we continue our study in Matthew’s gospel. In chapter 1, we saw the identity of our Lord set forth through His genealogy. In chapter 2, we saw Him worshipped by shepherds and by the Gentile, the Magi from the east who had come to Him. In chapter 3, we saw His baptism, and in that baptism and...

Matthew

Turn with me in your Bibles to Matthew chapter 4 as we continue our study in Matthew'’ gospel. We continue in the first days of Jesus’ ministry in Galilee as He calls His first disciples into active service. Hear the word of the living God, God’s holy, inerrant and inspired Word, beginning in verse eighteen.

Matthew 4:18-21

Our Father we thank You for this Your Word...

Matthew

How lovely is His dwelling place. Please turn with me in your Bible to Matthew chapter 4. We enter a new section of the Gospel of Matthew today as we begin in verse 12 of Matthew chapter 4. In chapter 1, we saw the origins of our Savior. We saw His identity set forth. David’s son is David’s Lord. He is the appointed Messiah. The one that God...

February

Matthew

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And after He had fasted forty days and forty nights, He then became hungry. And the tempter came and said to Him, "If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread." But He answered and said, "It is written, 'MAN SHALL NOT LIVE ON BREAD ALONE, BUT...

Matthew

Turn with me in your Bibles to Matthew chapter 3, as we continue our study in this gospel. Matthew chapter 3, beginning in verse 13. Hear God’s holy and inspired word.

"Then Jesus arrived from Galilee at the Jordan coming to John, to be baptized by him. But John tried to prevent Him, saying, "I have need to be baptized by You, and do You come...

January

Matthew

Please turn with me in your Bibles to Matthew chapter 2. As we have opened this glorious gospel in the last few weeks, we have seen Matthew in the genealogy tell us of the origins of our Savior and the recounting of the story of His virgin birth. He has witnessed to the divinity of our Savior and His almighty and all sufficient saving power. And in the...

Matthew

Matthew 2:1-12 Jesus born in Bethlehem: According to Scripture

 

Would you please turn with me in your Bibles to Matthew chapter 2. As we continue our study in the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew. Last week we concentrated on the circumstances of Jesus’ birth and the nature of our Savior. Some of the things that Matthew teaches us about who He...

Matthew

Turn with me in your Bibles to Matthew chapter 1. Last week, we saw some of the truths about our Savior set forth in the genealogy and this week, we attend God’s Word to us about His virgin birth. Matthew chapter 1, beginning in verse 18.

"Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows. When His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they...

Matthew

Please turn with me in your Bibles to Matthew chapter 1 as we begin an exposition of this great Gospel.  Let’s hear the word of the living God beginning in verse 1 of Matthew 1. 

“The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. To Abraham was born Isaac; and to Isaac, Jacob; and to Jacob, Judah and his...

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