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Resources from 1998

May

Genesis: The Foundations of the Faith

If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn again to Genesis, chapter 1. We’ll begin tonight in verse 24 as we zero in on the sixth day. We've already said that Genesis lays the groundwork, the foundation not only for the book of Exodus, not only the rest of the Old Testament, but for all of the Scriptures. We've said that for the first two verses...

Matthew

If you have your Bibles, I would invite you to turn with me to Matthew, chapter 13.  We will begin in verse 24.  In the midst of our study of Matthew 13, we have said that in this passage are contained seven parables, all focused on the subject of the kingdom.  Each of these parables is designed to bring to Jesus' disciples certain facts, certain truths about the...

Hebrews

Sermon on May 13, 1998

Hebrews 2:5-9

The last time we were together we looked at Hebrews, chapter 2, the first four verses where the application of the first chapter is drawn.  You remember that the first chapter is spent giving us arguments for Jesus’ superiority over the angels.  And we have surmised at least a couple of reasons for that.  It may well be that these people had a view that Jesus was one...

Genesis: The Foundations of the Faith

If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to the very first chapter again, Genesis, chapter 1. One of the elders said to me, given the fact that we took two weeks to cover verses 1 and 2, that we were all going to be dead before I finished the book of Genesis. So we're going to see how far we can get tonight...

Matthew

Please turn with me in your Bibles to Matthew, chapter 13.  Matthew 13 contains seven great parables of the Lord Jesus Christ.  In each of those parables He speaks about the nature of the kingdom.  Remember that the disciples were expecting a Messiah, and they were expecting the kingdom,  but they were gradually learning from Jesus that the Messiah was different from the way they had expected Him.  And they...

Hebrews

If you have your Bibles, I’d invite you to turn with me to Hebrews, chapter 2.   As you look through Hebrews, chapter 1 and you see the arguments laid out there the focus is on the superiority of Christ, Christ is given various titles in the first few verses of the first chapter of Hebrews.  He is called the heir of all things. He’s called the One through...

April

Genesis: The Foundations of the Faith

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn again with me to Genesis, chapter 1, and we’ll look again at the first couple of verses. We said as we started our study that Genesis means origins or beginnings and it lays the groundwork not only for the book of Exodus but for the rest of scripture. The principles, the foundation that is set forth there is...

Matthew

Turn with me in your Bibles to Matthew chapter 13, as we continue our study in this great gospel.  We already said that in Matthew 11, the majesty of Christ was set forth in each of the events recorded there.  In Matthew 12, His character is over and over again contrasted with the character of His opponents, the Pharisees and the scribes.  And in Matthew chapter 13, Matthew...

Hebrews

If you have your Bibles, I would invite you to turn with me to Hebrews 1 and we will see if we can make some headway in this chapter tonight.  We have said all along that the congregation to whom the author of Hebrews is writing had complete confidence in the authority of the Old Testament.  But apparently, they had run across some people who were interpreting the...

Ruth

Ruth 1 and 2

“When Life Tastes Bitter”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

This morning we're going to look together at the Book of Ruth, chapters 1 and 2. Let's read together just now the first chapter.

“In the days when the judges ruled, there was a famine in the land. And a man from Bethlehem
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Ruth

Ruth 2

“Models of Love”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Let's open in prayer.

Our Father, we thank You for the certainty and the assurance of Your overruling providence in every aspect and every detail of our lives. And we pray this morning that we might be enabled to discern the signature of your providence at work just now. Help...

Matthew

If you have your Bibles, I’d invite you to turn with me to Matthew chapter 12. Throughout this chapter the Lord Jesus' character is contrasted with the character of the Pharisees. In each successive event that is recorded, we see what is in Jesus' heart revealed by His words and actions, and conversely, we see what is in the hearts of the Pharisees by their words and actions...

Hebrews

The Essenes had messianic expectations too.  They believed there was a messiah coming.  But, in fact, they believed it was more complex than just one messiah.  They believed there were going to be thee human figures associated with the messianic age.  First there was going to be a great prophet, perhaps the one mentioned in Malachi.  Then there was going to be a kingly messiah; then there was...

Matthew

If you have your Bibles I’d invite you to turn with me to Matthew chapter 12.  Matthew chapter 11 in each of the events that it records gives us a picture of the majesty of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Matthew chapter 12 gives us a contrast between the character of Christ and His opponents.  And each of the passages that are recorded in that great chapter, we see...

Genesis: The Foundations of the Faith

If you have your Bibles, I would invite you to turn to the first chapter of the Bible, Genesis, chapter 1. Genesis means origin or beginning. And this book, the book of Genesis, lays the groundwork, not only for the book of Exodus which logically and necessarily follows from it, but also for the rest of Scripture. Matthew Henry, a long time ago, said "Genesis is a...

Hebrews

Let me recap some of the things we have said about this book.  We have said that this book is about persevering in the faith, and that this particular congregation of Christians were Jewish Christians in their background.   They were very much familiar with the approach to religion of Judaism and they were, perhaps, being influenced by the Essene community, that was near the Dead Sea .  This...

Matthew

If you have your Bibles, I would invite you to turn with me to Matthew, chapter 12.  Throughout this chapter, we see the character of the Lord Jesus Christ contrasted clearly with the character of his opponents. Though His opponents, the Pharisees, were reputed to be among the most religious, among the most pious men in Israel in their day, in fact, we see throughout this chapter that it is their hearts...

Hebrews

If you have your Bibles, I’d invite you to turn with me again to the Book of Hebrews as we continue that study.  We have said already that the Book of Hebrews is about persevering in the faith.  And that it reminds us of the various challenges to Christian faith and it points us to the one sure foundation and source of power for vital Christianity and that...

March

Daniel

Please turn with me in your Bibles to Daniel, chapter 12. Tonight we come to the last chapter of Daniel and the conclusion of the study of this great book. We have observed a number of times now that Daniel 1 through 6 records God's sovereignty in the life of Daniel, and Daniel 7 through 12 gives us a glimpse of the spiritual realities that lie behind his...

Hebrews

Sermon on Mar 25, 1998

Hebrews 1:1-4

If you have your Bibles, I’d invite you to turn with me again to Hebrews 1.  Let me just remind you of a few things from last week. 

Remember that we said that Hebrews is about persevering in the faith.  That is the challenge this congregation was facing.  They had made a profession of faith in Christ.  They were walking in Christ.  There were committed professing...

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