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December

Matthew

If you have your Bibles I’d invite you to turn with me to Matthew, chapter 27 as we continue our study through this great gospel. We’ve spent a number of weeks in Matthew 26, and if Matthew 26 is a prelude to the death of Christ, then Matthew 27 is the main movement for it. It records for us the final events immediately prior to the crucifixion, and...

Matthew

If you have your Bibles, I would invite you to turn with me to Matthew, chapter 26, the 69th verse of that chapter, as we come now to the end of this passage, which we have said all along is preparatory to the death of the Lord Jesus Christ. Every event recorded by Matthew, in Matthew, chapter 26 prepares us for what we are going to see in...

Genesis: The Foundations of the Faith

Genesis 33:1-20 The Meeting of the Brothers

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Genesis 33. We’ll study this chapter tonight which recounts the meeting between Esau and Jacob. This much-anticipated reunion of the brothers. Jacob wasn't much anticipating a positive experience in this reunion. And so there has been some tension building in the succeeding chapters as we...

Matthew

If your Bibles I’d invite you to turn with me to Matthew, chapter 26, the 57th verse, as we continue our study through the gospel of Matthew. All along in our study of Matthew 26 we have said that this chapter is a prelude to the death of Christ. In our last study we saw the betrayal of Christ by Judas and the desertion of Christ by the...

Genesis: The Foundations of the Faith

Genesis 32:24-32 A Stormy Walk — Clinging to God

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Genesis, chapter 32 as we continue our study in the life of Jacob. As we have worked through Genesis 30 and 31 and the first part of Genesis 32 we have said over and over that God is teaching Jacob to trust Him...

Matthew

If you have your Bibles, I’d invite you to turn with me to Matthew, chapter 26, as we continue our study in the gospel of Matthew. All along we have said that Matthew 26 provides us a prelude to the death of Christ and repeats a number of scenes over and over, two of which we’ll see again today. The sovereignty of God and the whole process is...

How Pilgrims Praise: Psalms of Ascent

Sermon on Dec 1, 1999

Psalm 129:1-8

Turn with me then in your Bibles to Psalm 129. These are the Ascent Psalms; we’ve been looking at them, Psalms 120-134; fifteen Psalms perhaps sung by the pilgrims of the Old Testament as they made their way to one of the great festivals and feasts in Jerusalem.

“A Song of Ascents.

‘Many times they have persecuted me from my youth up,’

Let Israel...

November

Genesis: The Foundations of the Faith

Genesis 32:1-23 The Fears of Jacob

If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to Genesis, chapter 32. When we were last together in our study of the life of Jacob, we had come to the end of Genesis 31. And we said there are at least four great scenes in Genesis 31. First of all in those first three verses...

Matthew

If you have your Bibles I’d invite you to turn with me to Matthew, chapter 26 as we continue our exposition of the gospel of Matthew. We’ve been in Matthew 26 for a number of weeks now, and we’ve observed a number of themes repeating themselves in this passage that is a prelude to the death of the Lord Jesus Christ, especially beginning with the passage describing the...

Sermon on Nov 25, 1999

Thanksgiving 1999 1 Thessalonians 5:18 The Grateful Heart Dr. Derek Thomas

Turn with me, if you would, in your Bibles to a text in 1 Thessalonians 5:18. While your doing that, I was just wondering, as Ligon and I were walking to the sanctuary this morning, how honored I am to be asked, as a citizen of the United Kingdom, to give the Thanksgiving Day sermon. And I...

Genesis: The Foundations of the Faith

The Covenant of Mizpah Genesis 31:43-55

If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to Genesis 31 and we’ll begin in verse 43 as we continue our study of the life of Jacob. As we said last week, Jacob had finally had enough, and he uncorked, rather indelicately, at Laban in his encounter in verses 22 through 42. And now we...

Matthew

If you have your Bibles I’d invite you to turn with me to Matthew, chapter 26. We continue our study in the gospel of Matthew today. You remember the last time we were in this gospel together, we were looking at Jesus’ institution of the Lord’s Supper. And at least in part, Jesus in that Lord’s Supper was pre-explaining to the disciplines the meaning of His death on...

How Pilgrims Praise: Psalms of Ascent

Sermon on Nov 10, 1999

Psalm 128:1-6

Now turn with me, if you have your Bibles with you, to Psalm 128. We’ve been looking together, as you remember, at these “Ascent Psalms.” We’ve come now to the ninth in the series of fifteen of them, from Psalms 120-134.  Let’s hear together the word of God.

“How blessed is everyone who fears the Lord,

Who walks in his ways.

When you shall...

Genesis: The Foundations of the Faith

Genesis 31:22-42 Laban's Pursuit

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Genesis 31. We’ll pick up with the second section of the chapter, beginning at the 22nd verse. Let me just remind you that there are three great scenes in this chapter. If it were put in the form of a play, no doubt the playwright would have...

Luke 16:1-13 Biblical Christian Stewardship

Our Lord and our God, we bow before You and we acknowledge You as the one eternal God, Father, and Holy Spirit. As You were in the beginning, are now and ever shall be, world without end. We praise You, O God. We come into Your presence, we come with thanksgiving in our hearts. We hardly can conceive the number and the weight...

How Pilgrims Praise: Psalms of Ascent

Sermon on Nov 3, 1999

Psalm 127:1-5

“A Song of Ascents, of Solomon.

Unless the Lord builds the house,

They labor in vain who build it;

Unless the watchman keeps awake in vain,

It is vain for you to rise up early,

To retire late,

To eat the bread of painful labors;

For He gives to His beloved even in his sleep.

“Behold, children are a...

October

Genesis: The Foundations of the Faith

Genesis 31:1-21 The Flight to Canaan

If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to Genesis, chapter 31. Last week's study provides the backdrop for the events which will occur here in the first half of Genesis 31. Indeed the whole of Genesis 31. And so as you turn to Genesis 31, you may want to sneak a peek at Genesis...

Matthew

If you have your Bibles, I’d invite you to turn with me to Matthew 26, if you’ll look at verses 26 through 29. It's appropriate that we look at this passage about the institution of the ordinance of the Lord’s Supper on this, the 482nd anniversary of the Reformation. About 482 years go, a little-known New Testament Professor from Wittenberg, mailed ninety-five propositions on a church door. This...

How Pilgrims Praise: Psalms of Ascent

Sermon on Oct 27, 1999

Psalm 126:1-6

Psalm 126 is part of a collection of psalms bearing the same title, A Song of Degrees, or, A Song of Ascents. And these are Psalms widely thought to have been collected together and used by the pilgrims of God, the children of God in the Old Testament, and especially at times of festival when they would have gathered together in Jerusalem for worship. Turn with...

Genesis: The Foundations of the Faith

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Genesis 30:25-43

The Prosperity of Jacob

If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to Genesis 30, and we’ll begin in verse 25. We continue our study in the life of Jacob. And it struck me, as I was reading through this passage again this week how much God emphasizes of His providence in this section of...

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