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April

Rewire

You will have noticed as we read it through together, the passage divides into two neat sections, each part with three verses in each, both of which begin with a word of exhortation. Do you see that in the text? Verse 18 – the first exhortation. “Let no one deceive himself.” Then verse 21, the second exhortation – “Let no one boast in men.” Those are the two...

First is the guilt of the righteous. The righteous, the righteous one is Jesus. Jesus is the one who knew no sin. He knew no sin. There is nothing in Jesus that is selfish. There is nothing in Jesus that is unloving or impatient or rash. Everything about Jesus is pure and holy and spotless and upright. There is in the Biblical portraits of Jesus a captivating beauty...

January

Rewire

The great German reformer, Martin Luther, I think understood the inner logic of our passage when he used the old Latin phrase, “crux probat omnia;” “crux probat omnia” – the cross is the test of everything. The cross is the test of everything. You see for Christians, the cross of Jesus Christ isn’t simply the center and the foundation of our faith and devotion. It becomes the gauge and the standard by...

The Gospel for the Rest of Us

As you’re taking a seat, if you would take your Bibles and turn with me to the book of James. We’re finishing up chapter 3, tonight in our study in this wonderful New Testament book. James 3, and we’ll be looking at verses 13 to 18. You’ll find that on page 1012 if you’re using a pew Bible. And if you’re a visitor, great to have you...

December

Exodus

Exodus 17: 8-16 The Lord Is My Banner

If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to Exodus 17. Last week we came to the final stage on Israel's journey in the wilderness before they reach Sinai, but the oasis of Rephidim turned out to be yet another example of Israel's faithlessness and God's patience and mercy. Things are going to...

Romans

Romans 11:28 — 32 A Glimpse into the Decree

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Romans chapter 11 Today we come to the end of the argumentation of the first part of this great book. For eleven chapters Paul has been pressing an argument to us, making points about sin and judgment and atonement and justification and union with Christ and...

Exodus

Exodus 17:1-7 The Waters of Quarreling

If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to Exodus chapter 17, as we continue to work our way through this book. Tonight we are coming to the final stage of Israel's’ journey to Sinai. This is the last stop on the way to Sinai, but this oasis of Rephidim turns out to be yet...

Romans

All Israel Will Be Saved Romans 11:23 — 27

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Romans chapter 11, the 23 verse. We’ll actually begin reading in the 22 verse in order to catch a thought mid phrase from the apostle. We’re continuing to work our way through this great gospel of Romans. We've been looking at Romans 11...

Exodus

Manna and Quail Exodus 16:1-21

If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to Exodus chapter 16. In Exodus 16, we are barely a month out of Egypt and into the wilderness, and already the people have undergone a severe test. There has been a great provision for them by God; there has been a great victory at the sea. The...

Romans

A Warning Against Arrogance Romans 11:17-22

If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to Romans chapter 11 to the 17th verse as we continue to work our way through this great book. We are right in the thick of it now in one of the most difficult chapters in one of the most difficult sections of one of the most...

November

Romans

Romans 11:11-16 A Hardening for Mercy's Sake

This chapter has been the occasion of many disputes and interpretation over the matter of God's dealing with Israel and the end times. There would be some who come to this chapter and say that this chapter predicts that Israel will come together as a nation in the end time, that there will be an almost or complete...

Sermon on Nov 21, 2001

1 Thessalonians 5:18

Thanksgiving 2001 1 Thessalonians 5:18 In Everything Give Thanks

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to 1 Thessalonians 5. Since we're worshiping together on Thanksgiving morning, it seems appropriate that we think for a few moments about the distinctive nature of Christian thanksgiving. We know friends who perhaps have no saving faith in Jesus Christ that we might characterize as thankful...

Exodus

Exodus 15:22-27

The Test at Marah

If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to Exodus chapter 15. When we last left Israel they were singing and dancing at the Red Sea, singing God's praises by the sea, declaring Him to be great. Now, within three days everything has changed. For the mountain top to the valley, seventy-two hours. Here...

Matthew 25:14-30 The Joy of Stewardship

O, 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 redeemed from trouble. Let us worship God.

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light, O God, and this is all of Your doing, all of Your grace, and we have been...

October

Exodus

Exodus 15:1-21

The Songs of Moses and Miriam

If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to Exodus chapter 15. Verses 1 through 18 of this great chapter record for us the song of Moses and the people of Israel. Verse 21 is ascribed to Miriam and the women folk of Israel who apparently sing an antiphonal response to Moses...

Romans

Romans 11:6-10 The Hardening of Israel

If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to Romans chapter 11. As we continue with Paul in this great passage, you’ll remember Paul has opened Romans 11 with a big question, and that question is, "Has God rejected Israel?" To put it more pointedly, has God failed in His promises to Israel? We've already...

Exodus

Exodus 14: 15-31 The Lord Overthrows the Egyptians

If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to Exodus 14. We’re in the middle of this chapter. Two weeks ago we began the journey out of Egypt with Israel. It's an exciting story and we've already seen a couple of turns. It begins in Exodus 13 in verse 17 down to verse...

Romans

Sermon on Oct 13, 2001

Romans 11:1-5

Romans 11:1-5 A Remnant Believes, Just as Promised

If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to Romans chapter 11. We’re continuing to study our way through the entire book of Romans, and today we come to the 11th chapter which is the last chapter in the so called theological portion of the book. Chapters 12 through 16 are concerned...

Exodus

Exodus 14: 1-14 Saved to Worship

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Exodus chapter 14. Last week we did indeed begin our journey out of Egypt with Israel. It is an exciting story, and I hope to continue to bring to mind some things that you have missed in the past, though this story is very familiar to...

Romans

Romans 10:14-21 Faith Comes by Hearing

If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to Romans chapter 10. Last week we were in verses 1 through 13 and Paul went out of his way to stress the centrality of faith; we're not saved by our own works, we're not even saved by our own righteousness, we're saved by the righteousness of...

12 Keys to Spiritual Maturity

12 Keys to Spiritual Maturity Growing Down to Grow Up Philippians 2:5-11

Turn with me if you would to Philippians chapter 2, and we're going to pick up the reading at verse 5, and we're going to read to verse 11.

Have this attitude in yourselves, which was also in Christ Jesus, who although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a...

September

Exodus

Exodus 13: 17-22 The Bones of Joseph

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Exodus and to the 13 chapter. Tonight we begin the journey out of Egypt. It's an exciting story and even though you are very familiar with it, I hope to kindle something of your excitement and maybe even point out some things that you have...

Romans

The Two Ways of Righteousness Romans 10:1-13

If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to Romans chapter 10. We've been working our way through the book of Romans, and over the last number of weeks, have been in Romans chapter 9. At the end of Romans 9, beginning in verse 30 we really move into a new section of this...

Exodus

The Lord's Day Evening

September 23, 2001

“Because of What the Lord Did for Me”

Exodus 13:1-16

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Exodus chapter 13. Tonight we...

Romans

Why Would Someone Reject Salvation? Romans 9:30-33

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Romans chapter 9. When last we were together, we were in Romans 9, verses 22 through 29 in which Paul stressed the fact that God has a purpose: to reveal the glory of His mercy against the backdrop of evil. How timely that word of...

Romans

God's Purpose to Display His Mercy Against Evil Romans 9:22-29

If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to Romans 9. We come this morning with burdened hearts to the house of the Lord. It's not that there is just a national crisis; our own congregation has been touched in many ways. We have sons and daughter, and sons-in-law, and daughters-in-law...

12 Keys to Spiritual Maturity

12 Keys to Spiritual Maturity Unshakable Under Trial Genesis 49:20-50:28

Genesis 49 at verse 28, "All these are the twelve tribes of Israel, and this is what their father said to when he blessed them. He blessed them everyone with the blessing, appropriate to him. Then he charged them and said to them, ‘I am about to be gathered to my people; bury me with my fathers in...

12 Keys to Spiritual Maturity

Twelve Keys to Spiritual Maturity A Godly Home Colossians 3:18-21

In approaching these keys to spiritual maturity, it is very easy to convey two mistaken impressions.

The first one is the belief that the Christian life is about achieving some sort of whiz-bang, MTV, instant attainment thing. Just apply the magic formula, the correct set of mantras and, "Hey Presto" a mature Christian.

It's a bit like America...

12 Keys to Spiritual Maturity

12 Keys to Spiritual Maturity

2 Corinthians 5:6-21 An Evangelist's Heart

Dr. Derek Thomas

Now turn with me, if you would, to the second epistle of Paul, to the Corinthians in chapter 5. And we are going to pick up the reading at verse 6 and read through to the end of the chapter. 2 Corinthians 5 beginning at verse 6–This is the word of God:

6Therefore...

12 Keys to Spiritual Maturity

Sermon on Sep 13, 2001

August 19, 2001

I Corinthians 8

“Showing Strength in the Presence of the Weak

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me to I Corinthians, chapter eight. Now we are looking at keys, twelve of them, of spiritual maturity. We've had a little break over the last couple of weeks, but now we've come to number nine, and that is “Showing Strength in the Presence of the...

Romans

How Can God Condemn If We Can't Resist His Will?

Romans 9:19-23

If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to Romans chapter 9 as we continue to work our way through this great book and chapter. "If God chooses then our choices don't matter." Have you ever had somebody say that to you before? Maybe you said it yourself...

Romans

Isn't it Unfair for God to Choose Some and Not Others? Romans 9:14-18

If you have your Bibles with you I'd invite you to turn with me to Romans 9 as we continue through this great chapter. We are going to be looking at verses 14 to 18 today, but I'd ask you to look back at verses 1 through 13 and allow your eyes...

August

Romans

Can God's Promise Fail? Romans 9: 6-13

If you have your Bibles with you I'd invite you to turn with me to Romans chapter 9 as we continue to work through this great passage together. I’ll remind you that last week we saw a glimpse into Paul's own heart of compassion and that's very important for us to remember today for a couple of reasons...

Romans

Sermon on Aug 18, 2001

Romans 9:1-5

The Righteousness of God for Salvation Romans 9:1-5

If you have your bibles, I'd like to invite you to turn with me to Romans chapter 9. Today as we launch into a study of this great chapter a few preparatory remarks are in order. The first thing I want to say is this; this is a difficult passage. Don't let that put you off. It's...

Exodus

Plunder and Passover Exodus 12:33-51

If you have your Bibles, I would invite you to turn with me to Exodus chapter 12 verse 33. We come tonight to the last night of Israel in Egypt. The commencement of the Exodus and Caleb's words very appropriately set the stage for what we are going to hear. This passage is really a passage in which God recounts...

Romans

More Than Conquerers Romans 8:35-39

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Romans, chapter 8. Today we come to our final study in this great chapter. We’ll be looking at verses 35 to 39. But before your eyes fall on those verses, let me invite you back to verse 1. Let me outline where we have been so far...

Exodus

Celebration and Destruction Exodus 12:21-32

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Exodus, chapter 12 and the 21st verse. This passage implements the Passover as well as records for us the implementation of the tenth plague, and has implications for our understanding, of course, in what's happening in the Lord's Supper in the New Covenant.

We've...

Romans

God Has Justified Us, So Who Can Condemn Us? Romans 8:33-34

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you turn with me to Romans, chapter 8. We’ll be in the 33rd and 34th verses today. We are continuing in this section of Romans 8, which is the climax of Paul's argument in the first eight chapters of the book. When you get to...

July

12 Keys to Spiritual Maturity

12 Keys to Spiritual Maturity: In Love with Scripture - #6

2 Timothy 3:10-17

There are few greater privileges than to have the Bible in one's own language. Over 450 years ago, Erasmus expressed a hope that some day the farmer as he followed the plough and the weaver as he sat at the loom would cheer themselves as they studied the message of Scripture. Equally, William...

12 Keys to Spiritual Maturity

Sermon on Jul 29, 2001
12 KEYS TO SPIRITUAL MATURITY

David's Sin - Purity - #7

2 Samuel 11

The Bible is a book full of peaks and valleys of spiritual experience. Few valleys so deep and dark as that of 2 Samuel 11. The description of the fall of David is as tragic as it is gripping. The writer seems to slow down in the telling of the story of the great...

Romans

God Is For Us, So Who is Against Us? Romans 8:31-32

Please turn with me to Romans, chapter 8. When we come to Romans 8:31, we come to the culmination of Paul's argument in the first eight chapters of the book. From Romans 8:31 to 35 Paul will asked a series of four questions. And those four questions are meant to summarize the main arguments...

Romans

The Purpose of God Romans 8:28-39

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you turn with me to Romans, chapter 8. Romans, chapters 6 through 8 tell us what it looks like to live in the grace of God. What grace looks like in the life of a believer. And it doesn't tell us that grace means that there is no suffering and pain in...

Romans

The Spirit Intercedes For Us Romans 8:26-27

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Romans, chapter 8. This great chapter is a favorite of so many of us, and we turn to it time and again in our times of need. And no wonder, for this chapter not only shows us about the work of the Holy Spirit in...

12 Keys to Spiritual Maturity

Sermon on Jul 14, 2001

12 Keys to Spiritual Maturity: Letting go of Everything (#4)

1 Samuel 1

The wonderful thing about the Old Testament is that it stops to reflect on how the doctrines of grace impinge upon the lives of people, and not just "important" people, but ordinary people. In that sense, the Old Testament seems to have time to pause, to linger on the effect of God's truths upon the...

12 Keys to Spiritual Maturity

Sermon on Jul 9, 2001

12 Keys to Spiritual Maturity:

Praying When you don't Feel Like it (#5)

Jeremiah 20

I need to explain something about why we are looking at this passage. It is undoubtedly a very unfamiliar passage to most of you. We are studying together what I have called "Twelve Keys of Spiritual Maturity" and it wouldn't surprise me in the least if we were to conduct some kind of...

Romans

Present Sufferings/Future Glory

Romans 8:15-25

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to take them and turn with me to Romans, chapter 8. We've already said that in Romans 6 through 8, God is teaching us how it is that grace reigns in righteousness. In Romans, chapter 6, He teaches us the fountain, the source of all godliness, union with Christ. In Romans...

12 Keys to Spiritual Maturity

12 Keys to Spiritual Maturity:

Putting Sin to Death - #3

Colossians 3:5-11

Suppose a man to be a true believer, and yet finds in himself a powerful indwelling sin, leading him captive to the law of it, consuming his heart with trouble, perplexing his thoughts, weakening his soul as to duties of communion with God, disquieting him as to peace, and perhaps defiling his conscience and exposing...

June

Romans

Children of God Romans 8:12-17

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Romans, chapter 8. We've said that Romans, chapters 6 through 8 speak of the issue of how grace reigns in righteousness, and that Romans, chapter 8 in particular, discusses the role of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer. And in our first two studies...

Romans

Flesh and Spirit Romans 8:5-11

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Romans, chapter 8. For the summer months we're going to be in this great chapter. It's a chapter that many of us have turned to in time of need, a chapter of great encouragement. We said that there's a theme that runs throughout this chapter, and that...

Romans

Sermon on Jun 16, 2001

Romans 8:1-4

The Righteousness of God for Salvation Romans 8:1-4

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Romans, chapter 8. We plunge into a new section of this great book. Romans 6, 7 and 8 we've already said are part of a portion of this book in which Paul is emphasizing how grace reigns in righteousness. It's not that justification isn't...

12 Keys to Spiritual Maturity

Sermon on Jun 16, 2001

Colossians 3:1-4

12 Keys to Spiritual Maturity

A Spiritual Mind (#2)

Colossians 3:1-4

John Owen (1616-1683), was one of greatest of the Puritan preachers and teachers of the seventeenth century. Oliver Cromwell, the Chancellor of Oxford University appointed him Vice-Chancellor in 1652, a post which he held until 1657. His collected writings span some twenty-four volumes of packed, some would say prolix, sentences.

My first acquaintance with him came in...

12 Keys to Spiritual Maturity

Sermon on Jun 9, 2001

2 Peter 3:18

Twelve Keys to Spiritual Maturity

Desiring Spiritual Maturity (#1)

2 Peter 3:18

Last words are always important. Some of my favorite ones are by William Wallace (of Braveheart fame, the thirteenth century Scottish Patriot) whose final words, or, in this case, word was "Freedom!" I am also very fond of citing the final words of ‘Stonewall’ Jackson, who had been inadvertedly shot by his own men, "Let...

Exodus

The Feast of Unleavened Bread Exodus 12:14-20

If you have your Bibles, I would invite you to turn with me to Exodus chapter 12. Now if you will look at Exodus chapter 12, and especially beginning in verse 14, we are going to continue this study in a chapter that gives us instructions about Passover and the Lord's Supper. Last week we said our attention...

Romans

The Believer's Struggle with Sin (pt1) Romans 7:13-25

If you have your Bibles, I would invite you to turn with me to Romans 7. As we do so, let me just make three or four introductory remarks about this great passage. Paul, so far in Romans 7, especially in verses 7-12 has made it clear that the believer's attitude towards the law as a gauge...

May

Exodus

The Lord's Passover Exodus 12:1-13

If you have your Bibles, I would invite you to turn with me to Exodus chapter 12. For the next two weeks, our attention will move away from the plagues, and even the final plague which was introduced last week, and we will focus instead on the institution of the Passover, which is described throughout Exodus 12. The bulk of...

Romans

What Should We Think of the Law? Romans 7:7-12

If you have your Bibles, I would invite you to take them and turn with me to Romans chapter 7. We begin a new section of this chapter and book today. Paul has been speaking about the implications of justification. We have outlined some of those. In Romans chapter 5, he reminds us that there is...

Exodus

The Tenth Plague: Death of the Firstborn Exodus 11:1-10

If you’d take your Bibles and turn with me to Exodus, chapter 11, we come now to the final plague. Let's hear God's Word.

"Now the Lord said to Moses, ‘One more plague I will bring on Pharaoh and on Egypt; after that, he will let you go from here. When he lets you...

Romans

Sermon on May 19, 2001

Romans 7:1-6

The Newness of the Spirit Romans 7:1-6

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Romans, chapter 7. We’ll begin in verse 1. We move today into a new chapter of Romans, but not yet into a new section. In Romans 7, the first six verses, from 1 to 6, Paul has one more point to make about our union...

Apocalypse Now!

The angel said to me, "These words are trustworthy and true. The Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, sent His angel to show His servants the things that must soon take place."

"Behold, I am coming soon! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy in this book."

I, John, am the one who heard and...

Exodus

Exodus 10:21-29 The Ninth Plague: Darkness

If you have your Bibles, I'd like to direct your attention to the end of Exodus, chapter 10, picking up in verse 21. Today we come to the penultimate plague of the next to the last of this series of ten plagues.

We have seen three triads of plagues so far. The first three, the middle three...

Apocalypse Now!

As we have seen, the Book of Revelation is been about the triumph of God over the forces of evil. Every foe has been vanquished. Every opposition to the purposes of God has been rendered obsolete. Jesus is Lord!

This chapter continues that theme with a vision of the New Jerusalem given by "he who was seated on the throne" (21:5). The one who speaks identifies...

Romans

Slaves of Righteousness Romans 6:19-23

If you have your Bibles, I’d invite you to turn with me to Romans, chapter 6. Paul has made it very clear especially from Romans, chapter 3 to 5, that our justification is by God’s grace. In other words, the forgiveness that we have, the acceptance that we have with God, is the product of God’s work, not our own...

Ruth

Sermon on May 5, 2001

Ruth 3:1-18

Ruth 3

Single Moabite Woman (Widow) Seeks Attractive Young Man: Marriage Desired

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Amen. I'd invite you now to turn to the Book of Ruth (Ruth comes immediately after Judges — Joshua, Judges, Ruth), and turn with me to the third chapter of the Book of Ruth. And while you’re doing that, let me remind you of something...

Apocalypse Now!

And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven, having the key to the Abyss and holding in his hand a great chain. He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan, and bound him for a thousand years. He threw him into the Abyss, and locked and sealed it over him, to keep him from deceiving the nations anymore...

Exodus

Eighth Plague the Locusts Exodus 10:1-20

If you have your Bibles, I’d invite you to turn with me to Exodus 10. We come tonight to the eighth of the ten plagues. As we do, you know that we are already in the last triad. There are three three’s in the plagues. Plagues one through three, four through six, and seven through nine bear certain similarities...

Apocalypse Now!

After this I saw another angel coming down from heaven. He had great authority, and the earth was illuminated by his splendor. With a mighty voice he shouted:

"Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great! She has become a home for demons and a haunt for every evil spirit, a haunt for every unclean and detestable bird. For all...

Romans

Grace Under Fire Romans 6:15-18

If you have your Bibles, I’d invite you to turn to Romans 6. We’re going to be looking at Romans 6, verses 15 through 18 today. I’d like to remind you of a couple of things before we read this passage. From Romans, chapter 3 through 5, Paul has especially reminded us that our forgiveness, our acceptance with God is...

Exodus

The Sixth and Seventh Plagues: Boils and Hail Exodus 9:8-35

If you have your Bibles, I’d invite you to turn with to Exodus, chapter 9. We’ve worked through the first five plagues now, and it may be good to pause and review some of themes we’ve seen so far. First of all, we’ve emphasized on a number of occasions that the plague represents God’s redemptive...

Romans

Living in Christ Romans 6:8-14

If you have your Bibles, I’d invite you to turn with me to Romans, chapter 6. As you do so, I want to remind you of a fact that may catch you off guard. For six and a half chapters, the apostle Paul has been writing to us about various things. If you notice, that not one time has he told you do...

Apocalypse Now!

One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and said to me, "Come, I will show you the punishment of the great prostitute, who sits on many waters. With her the kings of the earth committed adultery and the inhabitants of the earth were intoxicated with the wine of her adulteries."

Then the angel carried me away in the Spirit...

Romans

United to Christ Romans 6:1-7

If you have your Bibles, I’d invite you to turn with me to Romans, chapter 6. We’ve been working our way through this great book, and in God’s good providence we come to a wonderful passage, which stresses the resurrection of our Savior and its implications for us. We remind you that in Romans, chapter 5, verse 20, if you want to sneak...

Apocalypse Now!

After this I looked and in heaven the temple, that is, the tabernacle of the Testimony, was opened. Out of the temple came the seven angels with the seven plagues. They were dressed in clean, shining linen and wore golden sashes around their chests. Then one of the four living creatures gave to the seven angels seven golden bowls filled with the wrath of God,...

Sermon on Apr 14, 2001

Romans 6:1-7

United to Christ Romans 6:1-7

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Romans, chapter 6. We've been working our way through this great book, and in God's good providence we come to a wonderful passage, which stresses the resurrection of our Savior and its implications for us. We remind you that in Romans, chapter 5, verse 20, if you want to...

Exodus

The Fifth Plague: Death of Livestock Exodus 9:1-7

If you have your Bibles, I’d invite you to turn with me to Exodus, chapter 9. We have studied the first four plagues now. After tonight we’ll be halfway home. And this is perhaps a good time to pause and review some of the great things that we have seen, and some trends that have already become...

Romans

Grace Reigns through Righteousness Romans 5:21

If you have your Bibles, I’d invite you to turn with to Romans, chapter 5. Before we hear the scripture this morning, I want to do two things. I want to remind you where Paul has come in his overall, and then I want to walk you through the five points of his argument that begin at the end...

Apocalypse Now!

Then I looked, and there before me was the Lamb, standing on Mount Zion, and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads. And I heard a sound from heaven like the roar of rushing waters and like a loud peal of thunder. The sound I heard was like that of harpists playing their harps. And they sang a new...

Exodus

The Third and fourth Plagues: Knats and Flies Exodus 8:16-32

If you have your Bibles, I’d invite you to turn with me to Exodus, chapter 8, as we continue to work our way through the various plagues of Egypt. We’re going to look at two tonight, both having to do with insects of some sort, the third and the fourth plagues. We’ve seen a number...

March

Apocalypse Now!

The Great Red Dragon

Revelation 12 & 13 Part One

'A great and wondrous sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head. She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth. Then another sign appeared in heaven: an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on his heads. His tail...

Romans

The Good News: There is an Alien Righteousness Romans 5:20-21

If you have your Bibles, I’d invite you turn to Romans, chapter 5, we’ll begin in this passage that we’ve been looking at for a few weeks. Romans 5:12 until the end of the chapter, there’s a passage in which Paul goes a long way to explaining why salvation has to be by grace alone...

Apocalypse Now!

Beasts of Land and Sea

Revelation 12 & 13 Part Two

And I saw a beast coming out of the sea. He had ten horns and seven heads, with ten crowns on his horns, and on each head a blasphemous name. The beast I saw resembled a leopard, but had feet like those of a bear and a mouth like that of a lion. The dragon gave the beast his power and his throne and great authority. One of...

Exodus

The Second Plague – Frogs Exodus 8:1-15

If you have your Bibles, I’d invite you to turn with me to Exodus 8. For the last couple of weeks, we have been looking at this cycle of plague accounts, which begins actually with the encounter in Exodus 7, verses 8 through 13 between Moses and the magicians or sorcerers of Egypt. In that particular encounter in...

Romans

Romans 5:18-19 The Parallels Between the Broken Covenant of Works and the Covenant of Grace

If you have your Bibles, I’d invite you to turn with me to Romans, chapter 5. We’re going to be looking at verses 18 and 19, but let me ask you to allow your eyes to roam back to verse 12, because you will remember that in verse 12...

Apocalypse Now!

'I was given a reed like a measuring rod and was told, "Go and measure the temple of God and the altar, and count the worshipers there. But exclude the outer court; do not measure it, because it has been given to the Gentiles. They will trample on the holy city for 42 months. And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for...

Exodus

The First Plague — The Nile Turned to Blood Exodus 7:14-15

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Exodus, Chapter 7. Tonight we're going to be looking at verses 14 through 25, in preparation for that you may allow your eyes to run back to verses 8 through 14 where we were the last time we were together. Exodus...

Apocalypse Now!

Then I saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven. He was robed in a cloud, with a rainbow above his head; his face was like the sun, and his legs were like fiery pillars. He was holding a little scroll, which lay open in his hand. He planted his right foot on the sea and his left foot on the land, and he gave a loud shout...

Romans

The Covenant of Grace Romans 5:15-17

If you have your Bibles, I’d invite you to turn with me to Romans 5, and look at verse 15. As we do so let me remind you where we have been. We said last week in Romans 5:12, Paul is beginning a new section of the book of Romans. He is recapitulating for us. He is actually providing...

Exodus

Moses, Aaron and the Sorcerers Exodus 7:8-13

If you have your Bibles, I’d invite you to turn with me to Exodus, the 7th chapter, and as you turn toward Exodus 7, verse 8, you might want to sneak a peak back at Exodus 6:10, through 7:7 and remind yourself of what we studied last. It’s been a month since we’ve been in Exodus together...

Romans

The Broken Covenant of Works brought Death into the World Romans 5:12-14

If you have your Bibles, I’d invite you to turn with me to Romans, chapter 5. It’s been a month since we’ve been in Romans together, so let me refresh your memories. In Romans 1 and 2 the apostle tells us what the problem is. Our problem. The problem of sin and estrangement...

February

Apocalypse Now!

Then the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared to sound them.

The first angel sounded his trumpet, and there came hail and fire mixed with blood, and it was hurled down upon the earth. A third of the earth was burned up, a third of the trees were burned up, and all the green grass was burned up.

The...

Apocalypse Now!

After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth to prevent any wind from blowing on the land or on the sea or on any tree. Then I saw another angel coming up from the east, having the seal of the living God. He called out in a loud voice to the four angels who...

Apocalypse Now!

I watched as the Lamb opened the first of the seven seals. Then I heard one of the four living creatures say in a voice like thunder, "Come!"

2 I looked, and there before me was a white horse! Its rider held a bow, and he was given a crown, and he rode out as a conqueror bent on conquest.

When the Lamb opened...

Exodus

The Lord's Plan Exodus 6:10-7:7

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Exodus, chapter 6. When we looked at Exodus, chapter 5, verses 15 through Exodus, chapter 6, verse 1, we saw that God's people responded to Moses’ and Aaron's announcement in a believing way. They worshiped God. But when Pharaoh immediately imposed heavier burdens upon the people, the...

Romans

Romans 5:9-11 Justification by Faith Means Freedom from God's Wrath

Through this great chapter in Paul’s book, in which he speaks to us of the implications of justification. True believers love to meditate upon the doctrine of justification. There are many reasons for that. Reminds us of what our Lord Jesus has done for us that we might be brought into friendship and fellowship with...

Apocalypse Now!

After this I looked, and there before me was a door standing open in heaven. And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, "Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this." At once I was in the Spirit, and there before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it. And...

Sermon on Jan 27, 2001

Ephesians 1 So You Are A Presbyterian Dr. James Baird

Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth. Serve the Lord with gladness. Come before Him with joyful singing. Know that the Lord Himself is God. It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves. We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. Give...

Exodus

Revelation of the Divine Name Exodus 6:2-9

If you would turn with me in your Bibles to Exodus chapter 6. Last week, we studied Exodus 5:15 through chapter 6, verse 1. And we saw the people of God responding to Moses and Aaron’s announcement of God’s redeeming purposes, initially with belief and with worship, but immediately following this, they experienced affliction. And it is that...

Romans

Sermon on Jan 20, 2001

Romans 5:6-8

Justification by Faith Flows From the Love of God Romans 5:6-8

If you have your Bibles, I’d invite you to turn with me to Romans, chapter 5. As we continue to work our way through this great book of Romans, let me remind you where we have come from. In chapters and 2 the apostle tells us what the problem is, what our predicament is. In chapter 3...

Exodus

The Foreman Grumble Against Moses Exodus 5:15-6:1

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Exodus, chapter 5. Last week we looked at Exodus 4:27 through 5:14, and we noted several themes there. In God's approaching Aaron, before Moses ever had to go find Aaron, and tell him that God was sending him on into Egypt, God provided tremendous providential...

Apocalypse Now!

"To the angel of the church in Thyatira write:

These are the words of the Son of God, whose eyes are like blazing fire and whose feet are like burnished bronze. I know your deeds, your love and faith, your service and perseverance, and that you are now doing more than you did at first.

Nevertheless, I have this against you...

Romans

Sermon on Jan 13, 2001

Romans 5:3-5

Justification by Faith Means the Ability to Rejoice in Sufferings Romans 5:3-5

If you have your Bibles, I’d invite you to turn with me to Romans, chapter 5 as we continue through this great book together. In Romans, chapter 1 and 2, Paul explains to us what our predicament is. What the big problem is. In Romans, chapter 3, he tells us the glorious news...

Exodus

The People Believe, Worship and are Afflicted Exodus 4:27-5:14

If you have your Bibles I’d invite you to turn with me to Exodus 4, verse 27. Now we’re continuing our study in Exodus. We have seen throughout this message of God’s deliverance, especially in the first eighteen chapters it is emphasized that we are redeemed by God, and we are within the first of three...

Apocalypse Now!

Sermon on Jan 6, 2001

Revelation 1:1

The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who testifies to everything he saw—that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it...

Romans

Sermon on Jan 6, 2001

Romans 5:1-2

Justification by Faith Means Peace with God Romans 5:1-2

If you have your Bibles, I’d invite you to take them in hand and turn with me to Romans, chapter 5. Throughout Romans 1 through 4 Paul has shown that God’s promises are obtained by faith. Beginning in Romans 5:1 he draws out the consequences of that great truth for the believer. And so today we...

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