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Resources from 2001

July

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 15, 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 10, 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...

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...

June

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...

12 Keys to Spiritual Maturity

Sermon on Jun 17, 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...

Romans

Sermon on Jun 17, 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 10, 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 20, 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...

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...

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