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Resources from 2002

April

The Gospel for the Rest of Us

A pastor I follow on Twitter told a story recently. He was at the movies with his kids and having done that not too long ago with my three girls, the previews get a little bit longer when you’re a parent. Don’t they? They sit there and wait and they’re ready to see this movie. Well, that’s what this pastor was encountering with his sons. One of his...

October

December

The Greatest Story Ever Told

Sermon on Dec 28, 2002

Luke 2:8-20

We have been looking at the story of the birth of Jesus, especially as we find it in the gospel of Luke, and we come today to the familiar passage of the shepherds on the hillside of Bethlehem.  Now, you may just be at the point this morning of saying, “Enough of Christmas, already, it’s time to move on.”  But this is about our Savior, and we can...

The Greatest Story Ever Told

Sermon on Dec 21, 2002

Luke 2:1-7

If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to Luke chapter 2. We're continuing our study in four passages in the gospel of Luke, telling the story of the greatest story ever told.

Today we are in Luke chapter two in the first seven verses. Let's remember as we're here that Luke is telling this story to a friend. He...

John

John 4:1-26 Temptation at the Well

Please turn with me to the gospel of John, chapter 4.

The Pharisees heard that Jesus was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John, although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but His disciples. When the Lord learned of this, He left Judea and went back once more to Galilee. Now He had to go through Samaria. So He came...

John

John 6:1 to 15 What Difference Does a Few Thousand Make?

After these things Jesus went away to the other side of the Sea of Galilee (or Tiberias). A large crowd followed Him, because they saw the signs which He was performing on those who were sick. Then Jesus went up on the mountain, and there He sat down with His disciples. Now the Passover, the feast of...

The Greatest Story Ever Told

Sermon on Dec 13, 2002

Luke 1:46-54

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Luke, chapter 1, the 46th verse. We're working through this greatest story ever told this month, the stories immediately prior to and about the birth of Jesus Christ recorded in Luke chapters 1 and 2, and there are four particular passages that we're looking at. Derek has already introduced us to the passage in...

John

Sermon on Dec 10, 2002

John 3:22-26

John 3:22-26 Trust or Reject Him

Please open your Bibles to John 3:22, as we continue our study of John's gospel.

“After these things Jesus and His disciples came into the land of Judea, and there He was spending time with them baptizing. John also was baptizing in Aenon near Salim, because there was much water there; and people were coming and were being baptized— John had not...

Exodus

Exodus 31:1-18 Bezalel the Builder

Let's look to our passage in Exodus 31:1-18, where we get God's instructions regarding the builders of the tabernacle. Now, the Lord spoke to Moses, saying,

Now the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, "See, I have called by name Bezalel, the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. "I have filled him with...

The Greatest Story Ever Told

Sermon on Dec 7, 2002

Luke 1:26-45

Turn with me now to the gospel of Luke, chapter 1, and we'll pick up the reading at verse 26. Hear now the word of God.

‘Now in the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin's name was Mary...

John

John 3:1-21 Born-again Christians

We come now in our study to one of the most familiar passages in the Scripture in the third chapter of John. Hear now the inerrant, infallible word of God:

“Now there was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews; this man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, ‘Rabbi, we know that You have come from...

November

Sermon on Nov 27, 2002

Psalm 105 We Give Thanks

Thanksgiving 2000

I invite you to turn with me to Psalm 105. The contemplation of God's mercies to us is essential to our ability to thank Him as we ought.

Why are you thankful today? What are you here to give thanks for? Why do we give thanks? We may be here very mindful of family blessings of various sorts that God has...

John

Sermon on Nov 26, 2002

John 2:12-25

John 2:12-25 Cleanliness Is Next to Godliness

We've just been looking together in John, chapter two, at the story of the wedding in Cana of Galilee at which Jesus gave the first sign of His native glory and deity, the changing of water into wine-180 gallons of it. This, as John comments, was the first of His signs which He did in Cana of Galilee. Many have studied...

Exodus

Exodus 30:1-38 A Sweet Smell for the Lord

If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn to Exodus chapter 30. Let's begin with reading Exodus chapter 30: 1-10.

“Moreover, you shall make an altar as a place for burning incense; you shall make it of acacia wood. Its length shall be a cubit, and its width a cubit, it shall be...

James

Sermon on Nov 23, 2002

James 5:13-18

The Lord's Day November 24, 2002

Call to Worship O give thanks unto the Lord for He is good. His steadfast love endures forever. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so. Let us worship God.

Prayer of Adoration and Invocation Our Lord and our God, when we contemplate the sin of this world, and we contemplate Your mercy to us in Jesus Christ, our hearts cry out,...

John

John 2:1-11 Invitation to a Wedding

“On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee and the mother of Jesus was there; and both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding. When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to Him, "They have no wine." And Jesus said to her, "Woman, what does that have to do with us? My hour...

James

Sermon on Nov 16, 2002

James 5:7-12

James 5:7-12 Be Patient

If you have your bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to James Chapter 5 verse 7.

“Be patient, therefore, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. Behold, the farmer waits for the precious produce of the soil, being patient about it, until it gets the early and late rains. You too be patient; strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord...

John

Sermon on Nov 12, 2002

John 1:19-34

John 1:19-34 A Voice in the Boonies

Turn with me to the gospel of John. Everybody loves John's gospel. It's the gospel Billy Graham sends every recent, new-born convert to read. I was wondering as we were praying together this evening, when was your first experience of reading John's gospel? And you can never tire of John's gospel. Every time you read it, there is something new and...

Sermon on Nov 9, 2002

Psalm 10:4

Psalm 10:4 Why Prayerlessness is Serious The Reverend Iain Murray

We are thankful for our welcome today and thankful to God for the opportunity to worship with you. It's a great joy and confirmation that the communion of saints is a wonderful reality that we come from different parts of the earth and we belong together to the household of faith through our Lord Jesus Christ...

Exodus

Exodus 29:1-46 Preparations for Priests

We have been looking at this section of Exodus that runs from Exodus 24 through 40, with one interruption in 32, 33, and 34. This whole passage has to do with the right worship of God. Now you maybe wondering about that interruption, we’ll get there early next year God willing. And that interruption is about wrong worship. So the...

Malachi 3:8-12 Robbing God

Stewardship Sunday, November 3, 2002

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn to the book of Malachi, the last book of the Old Testament, to the third chapter. The stewardship committee has chosen Malachi 3:10 as this year's stewardship theme verse and it seems appropriate to look at that passage and its context in some detail. Malachi prophesied during what Old...

Exodus

The Lord's Day Morning

October 27, 2002

Exodus 28:1-45

“The Beauty of Holiness”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

From Exodus 24 on, we've said several times the focus is on the details of the worship of God. Exodus 24 is the great turning point of the book. It's the “swing chapter” or dividing point of the Book of...

James

Sermon on Oct 19, 2002

James 5:1-6

James 5:1-6 Worldliness and Riches

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to James chapter 5. We've been studying through the book of James for a number of months now, and in particular in the last three weeks we have seen James address the issue of worldliness. If you look at James 4:11, all the way through James 5:6, that compact section...

Exodus

Exodus 27:1-21 Mobile Church

That brings us to Exodus 27. So if you have your Bibles look with me there.

“Our Lord and our God teach us from Your word this night of Christ and of Your worship. We ask it in Jesus' name. Amen.”

I want to point you to three things. Exodus 27 divides into three parts. Verses 1-8...

James

James 4:11-17 Worldly Speaking and Christian Speaking

If you have your bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to James chapter 4.As we've worked through this very practical book, we noted that in James 1: 26 & 27 James actually gives us a three-point key to some of the important topics that he addresses for the rest of the book. He deals with the issue of worldliness...

Exodus

Exodus 26:1-37 Its Curtains

If you have your Bibles I would invite you to turn with me to Exodus chapter 26.

“O Lord, teach us wonderful things from Your word. Surprise us with the truth of Your word. We ask in Jesus' name. Amen”.

Curtains. A chapter on curtains. What does God intend us to learn? Well, in the midst of...

James

Sermon on Oct 5, 2002

James 4:6-10

James 4:6-10 The Christian Attitude/The Worldly Attitude

If you have your bibles I invite you to turn with me to James chapter 4. Since James began to talk about heavenly wisdom towards the end of James chapter 3 he has been slowly turning our attention to the issue of worldliness. Worldliness is a tremendous challenge. It's always a challenge for the Christian church, when the church dwells in...

September

Exodus

Exodus 25. 1-40 That I May Dwell Among Them

Now if we were going to outline this passage together we would divide it into four parts. The introduction to the building of the tabernacle and of all its furnishings is in verses 1-9. There we have the call for costly gifts to build the tabernacle. The second part of the chapter is in verses 10-22...

James

Sermon on Sep 28, 2002

James 4:1-5

James 4: 1-5 Worldliness in the Church

If you have your Bibles I would invite you to turn with me to James chapter 4. We've been working through this great book for a number of weeks now. We've seen how James deals with the always relevant subject of the Christian's response to trials in James chapter 1. We also seen how he defines true religion at the end...

Exodus

The Glory of the Lord Exodus 24:12-18

If you have your Bibles, please open to Exodus 24, as we continue to examine the book of the covenant, that application of the Ten Commandments to Israel, and the general applications that are universally applicable. The covenant code of laws is found in Exodus 20-23. The Ten Commandments give us the fundamental legal principles for Israel's...

James

Sermon on Sep 21, 2002

James 3:13-18

James 3:13-18 Heavenly Wisdom for Christian Living

If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to James chapter 3. We're continuing in our study of this great book this morning. Let me remind you where we've been so far. In James 1:1-18, James deals with the subject of trials and how he expects Christians to respond to them. He expects us to endure in...

James

James 3:3-12 Talk Burns

If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to James chapter 3 as we continue our studies in the book of James. James 1 verses 1-18 deals with the subject of trials, and especially how the Christian is to respond to trials. James 1:19-27 identifies for us true Christianity, distinguishing it from false or simply claimed Christianity. And, in fact,...

Exodus

Exodus 24:1-11 The Glory Blood of the Covenant

If you have your Bibles, I would invite you to turn with me to Exodus 24. During the summer on Wednesday evenings, we worked through the Book of the Covenant. Now, keep your finger at Exodus 24, and turn back to Exodus 20, and look at verse 22. The Book of the Covenant begins in that verse...

James

James 3:1-2 Warning to Aspiring Teachers

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to James chapter 3 as we continue through this book. In the very first chapter James spoke of trials and how the Christian would respond to them. How God uses those trials. In the end of James, chapter 1, he talked about how to tell the difference between someone who...

Exodus

Exodus 23:20-33 Loyalty to God

If you have your Bibles, please open to Exodus chapter 23, beginning at verse 20, hear the word of God:

"Behold, I am going to send an angel before you to guard you along the way and to bring you into the place which I have prepared. "Be on your guard before him and obey his voice; do...

August

John

Sermon on Aug 31, 2002

John 1:1-18

John 1:1-18 The Word From Above

We are going to look at the gospel of John, and the series is going to be called, “That You May Believe.” Many of you, of course, will be familiar that that is the purpose of John's gospel, because it's in the 20th chapter that “these things are written so that you may believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”

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James

Sermon on Aug 31, 2002

James 2:14-26

James 2:14-26 Faith Always Bears Fruit

If you have your Bibles I would invite you to turn with me to James, chapter two, as we continue our way through this great little book together. The first week we were in James we looked at the first verse and the words of greetings and we said, even then, that the very language that James used in his greetings, language...

Exodus

Exodus 23:10-19 The Parties You Have to Go To

If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to Exodus chapter 23. Tonight we come to the penultimate message in this series on the book of the covenant. We started all the way back in Exodus 20, immediately after the 10 commandments with that section beginning in verse 22 which is the...

Men and Women After God's Own Heart: The Fellowship of the Ring

Sermon on Aug 24, 2002

Psalm 128 What Does an “Ideal” Marriage Look Like?

We come this evening to the end of our series that's taken us for a good part of this summer, the last three months on family and marriage and children, and tonight I want us to answer the question, “What does an ideal marriage look like?” We turn for our instruction to Psalm 128. Hear the Word of God.

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James

James 2:1-13 Favoritism: A Contradiction of Christian Living

Amen! If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to James chapter two as we continue to work our way through this great book together. We have looked at the first chapter together now, and it has become apparent to us that there are two grand themes that are being dealt with, two great topics that...

Exodus

Sermon on Aug 21, 2002

Exodus 23:1-9

Exodus 23:1-9 Justice and Neighbor Love

The Ten Words give us the fundamental principles for Israel's society and the covenant code here in Exodus 21, 22, and chapter 23 specifically applies those principles to the social context in which Israel found herself. And so the code is at least, in part, a temporary and derivative application of those general principles. And you don't have to...

Sermon on Aug 19, 2002

Women : The biblical position on church officers (2)

Last week, we began answering the question "why do we not have female church officers at First Presbyterian Church?" So far, we've said the following: the simple answer is "because that is what the Bible teaches." The New Testament consistently teaches that the ministry of the word and rule in the church is to be exercised only by qualified...

Sermon on Aug 19, 2002

Women: The biblical position on church officers (1)

As we are in the midst of an officer election cycle, we often hear questions about why we do not have female church officers at First Presbyterian Church. Sometimes these questions are asked critically by friends at other churches who do ordain women to office. Sometimes, these questions are raised inquisitively by congregation members who simply want to know whether...

Men and Women After God's Own Heart: The Fellowship of the Ring

Divorce: Grounds, Prevention, Coping, Recovery Deuteronomy 24:1-4, Malachi 2:13-17

We are continuing our summer long series on marriage and the family, and today it is my task to speak to you on divorce. It would be impossible to talk about marriage and family in any kind of complete way without touching on this painful subject. The issue is ubiquitous, even in our congregation, but also in our culture.

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James

James 1:19-27 The Essence of Christian Living

If you have your Bibles I would invite you to turn with me to James chapter one as we continue through this great book together. In the very words of greetings the first week we were studying this book, we said that James was preparing us for the trials of the Christian life, even as he called us the twelve tribes...

Sermon on Aug 14, 2002

1 Timothy 3:8

The Lord's Day August 15, 2004

I Timothy 3:8-13 Why We Need Deacons and What Kind of Deacons We Need

If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to I Timothy, chapter 3.This morning we are going to look at the subject of why we need deacons and what kind of deacons we need.Now, before those of you who are not standing for the...

Exodus

Exodus 22:16-31 God's Concern for Community

We have said over and over that the Book of the Covenant is distinct from the Ten Commandments; it applies the principles set forth in the Ten Commandments to specific social and economic context in Israel. The Ten Commandments were written with the finger of God. The Book of the Covenant was given to Moses and written down on...

James

Sermon on Aug 10, 2002

James 1:2-18

James 1:2-18 The Christian and Trials

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be...

Men and Women After God's Own Heart: The Fellowship of the Ring

Sermon on Aug 10, 2002

Hebrews 12:1-2

Hebrews 12:1-2 Will I Still Love Him When His Hair Falls Out?

If you’re visiting with us this evening, we are in a series of sermons on Marriage and Family, and we've been looking at some fairly sensitive issues on marriage, the home, family, children, and the like. Turn with me tonight to Hebrews chapter 12:

“Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us,...

Exodus

Exodus 21:33-22:15 What God Says About Dogs, Cows & Property Rights

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn to Exodus 21:33 as we continue our study of the Book of the Covenant, that the name given to this section of Scripture by Moses himself in Exodus 24:7. It refers basically to end of Exodus 20 through the end of Exodus 23:33. And...

Men and Women After God's Own Heart: The Fellowship of the Ring

1 Thessalonians 4:3-6 Waiting Until I Get Married

In our series on marriage and the family, we come to a somewhat delicate issue that is appropriate and timely and must be considered in the pulpit of the church. I want to say, there are some aspects of this subject that are probably best dealt with in a different setting, and a more intimate setting, but let me try...

Which Way? Finding God's Way in the Maze of Life

Sermon on Aug 3, 2002

The Lord's Day Morning June 27, 2004

I Timothy 1:6-11 “The Law in the Christian Life”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan

If you have your Bibles, I invite you to turn with me to I Timothy, chapter one, and we’ll be looking at verses six through eleven today. We’re continuing to work through this book, which is the first of the Pastoral Epistles. It's written by an apostle who...

James

Sermon on Aug 3, 2002

James 1:1

James 1:1 Permanent Servant of Jesus

If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to the book of James in the New Testament right after Hebrews as we begin a study of this great book together. I want to say a couple of things by way of introduction as we begin this study, and the first is to draw your attention to the author...

July

Exodus

Exodus 21:18-32 What Does “An Eye for An Eye” Really Mean?

If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to Exodus chapter 21. We are continuing through our summer long study of the book of the covenant. That is a section of Exodus from chapter 20 to 23, and it is often called a covenant code. It gives us a public...

Men and Women After God's Own Heart: The Fellowship of the Ring

Sermon on Jul 27, 2002

2 Samuel 11 Why is Bathsheba so Attractive to Older Men?

Now turn with me, if you would, in your Bibles to 2 Samuel 11, and hear now the word of God. 2 Samuel 11

Our Father in heaven, many of us here have read this chapter many, many times, and we still find it hard to believe, that the prince, your servant David, could sin in this...

Romans

Romans 16:21-27 Greetings to the Church and Glory to God

If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to Romans chapter 16. Today we come to our last study in Romans for now, a study that began April 2, 2000, a little longer than 100 sermons and two and one quarter years ago. I do want to say, though, we haven't...

Men and Women After God's Own Heart: The Fellowship of the Ring

Sermon on Jul 20, 2002

Judges 13 When Husbands are so, well — Chauvinist!

Now just recently someone just said to me, “I have nothing against women. I think every man should own one.” I won't tell you who he was, but he was only kidding, I think.

Why are men so chauvinistic? Here in this chapter we have a beautiful illustration of it. I was going to call this sermon, Mrs. Manoah,...

Romans

Romans 16:17-20 A Warning Against Schismatics and an Expression of Hope

If you have your Bibles, I would invite you to turn with me to Romans, chapter 16. We have been in Romans, 16 for the last couple of weeks and at the end of this month, on the last Lord's day of this month, God willing, we will complete our study of...

Exodus

Exodus 21:1-11 What About Slavery

If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to Exodus chapter 21. We’re continuing our study through the Book of the Covenant, that is that section of Scripture that runs from towards the end of Exodus chapter 20 through Exodus chapter 24. The introduction of the Book of the Covenant we studied the last time when...

Romans

Romans 16:3-16 Ministry in the Family of God.

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Romans 16. We are continuing to work through the book of Romans on Sunday morning. Over the next two or three weeks, God willing, we'll come to an end of this book and begin an exposition of the book of James together. We started...

Men and Women After God's Own Heart: The Fellowship of the Ring

Sermon on Jul 5, 2002

Proverbs 5 I Don't Love You Anymore

Turn with me if you would to the Book of Proverbs to chapter 5. We’ll be picking up at verse 15.

“Drink water from your own cistern, running water from your own well. Should your springs overflow in the streets, your streams of water in the public squares? Let them be yours alone, never to be shared with strangers. May your...

Exodus

Exodus 20:22-26 How to Worship

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Exodus Chapter 20 and the 22nd verse. We are beginning tonight a summer study on the book of the Covenant, from Exodus 20, verse 22 to Exodus 23, verse 33.

Now, this is about the time in the book of Exodus when commentators and...

Exodus

Exodus 21:12-17 Capital Punishment: Biblical or Barbaric?

If you have your Bible I'd invite you to turn with me to Exodus chapter 21:12, as we continue our summer long study of the book of the covenant. The book of the covenant begins at the end of Exodus chapter 20 and runs all the way to Exodus chapter 24. It is that book of laws in...

June

Men and Women After God's Own Heart: The Fellowship of the Ring

Deuteronomy 6:4-9 The Family Altar Dr. Duncan

Our subject today is family worship. It is a vital subject and I want to try and look at the whole issue of family religion with you for a moment, so that we can put family worship in context. Many Puritan sermons used to spend 40-60% of the message in application, and that's going to be the case today, although I...

The Lord's Day Morning June 30, 2002

Romans 16:1-2 Phoebe: The Ministry of Women in the Early Church Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

Amen. Please open your Bibles to Romans chapter 16. Romans 16 is a chapter filled with greetings and personal commendation, and you might be tempted to think that it is somewhat extraneous in terms of giving you any profitable direction for day-to-day Christian life; and...

Romans

Romans 16:1-2 Phoebe: The Ministry of Women in the Early Church

Romans 16 is a chapter filled with greetings and personal commendation, and you might be tempted to think that it is somewhat extraneous in terms of giving you any profitable direction for day-to-day Christian life; and if you think that, you’re wrong because there is much to learn not only from the commendation that...

Ruth

Sermon on Jun 22, 2002

Ruth 4:1-22

Ruth 4

The Perfect Marriage?

Dr. Derek Thomas

I am going through a series of sermons on marriage and the family, as you know. This one, I gave the title, “The Perfect Marriage?” There is a question mark in the title—do take note. I could have called it, I suppose, “How to Discover Mr. or Miss Right,” or I suppose, “How to...

Men and Women After God's Own Heart: The Fellowship of the Ring

Sermon on Jun 22, 2002

Ruth 4 The Perfect Marriage?

I am going through a series of sermons on marriage and the family, as you know. This one, I gave the title, “The Perfect Marriage?” There is a question mark in the title—do take note. I could have called it, I suppose, “How to Discover Mr. or Miss Right,” or I suppose, “How to Discover Mr. or Mrs. Right—Finding the Love of Your...

Men and Women After God's Own Heart: The Fellowship of the Ring

Genesis 29:31 Marrying the Right Woman or Man Derek Thomas

31. Now the LORD saw that Leah was unloved, and He opened her womb, but Rachel was barren.

Now, this is Ann Landers, and it's dated June 13, 2002, so it's right up-to-date.

“Dear Ann Landers, I have a small Chihuahua, Fluffy, and I love her dearly. Unfortunately, she is afraid of my boyfriend, Chip. Last summer, Chip...

Men and Women After God's Own Heart: The Fellowship of the Ring

Genesis 2:18-25/Ephesians 5:22 Fit to be Tied: Roles, Rules and Responsibilities

I'd like to invite you to turn with me in your Bibles to Ephesians, chapter 5. We’re continuing in a series that Derek Thomas is taking the main part of the load in. He began it last week with an excellent message setting forth some of the basic principles about marriage and family out of Genesis 1...

Sermon on Jun 8, 2002

The Lord's Day Morning June 9, 2002

1 Timothy 3 Why We Need Elders and Why Kind of Elders We Need

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan

If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to 1 Timothy chapter 3. This morning we're going to look at the subject of why we need elders and what kind of elders we need. And this is an obviously...

Exodus

Exodus 20: 18-21 The Fear of God

If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to Exodus chapter 20, verses 18 through 21. Today we come to the last in our series on the ten words. We've already seen how exceedingly rich the application of these commands are to our daily lives, and we barely scratched the surface of so much...

Men and Women After God's Own Heart: The Fellowship of the Ring

Men are From God and Women Too Genesis 1:24

Turn with me in your Bibles to the Book of Genesis, Chapter 1, beginning at verse 24, and then we’ll read five or six verses from Chapter 2. First of all from Genesis 1:24. This is the Word of God.

Then God said, "Let the earth bring forth living creatures after their kind: cattle and creeping things and beasts
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May

Romans

Romans 15:30-33 “A Call to Prayer”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan

We come to the end of this great chapter and this section of the book of Romans, and in verses 30-33, what we find is a prayer request from Paul to the Roman Christians. And, as you know, Paul very frequently requests prayers in his letters. For instance, in Ephesians chapter six, verses...

Exodus

Sermon on May 26, 2002

Exodus 20:17

Exodus 20:17 #10 - No Coveting

If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to Exodus 20:17. Today, we come to the tenth of the C. And, looking at the big picture from what we have seen already, we can tell that there is an upward, an outward - and we'll see today - an inward focus of these...

Joshua

Sermon on May 25, 2002

Joshua 24 Reconsecration

In Joshua 24, we come to the end of our studies in the book of Joshua. In the text this evening, verse 15, we find the well known words, "As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord," and that gives me a wonderful opportunity for me to say that this chapter serves as beautiful bridge between the studies of Joshua and what...

Joshua

Sermon on May 18, 2002

Joshua 23 Joshua's Farewell Speech

Joshua is about 100 years old, but he's not too old to preach sermons. In fact, in the closing chapters of the book of Joshua he preaches three sermons. And Joshua is dying as he lived. The concerns that have been Joshua's burden all of his life are still the same concerns and burdens with which he departs from this life. There is...

Exodus

Sermon on May 12, 2002

Exodus 20:16

Exodus 20:16 Commandment #9: No False Testimony

If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to Exodus 20:16. We are continuing our study through the ten words this morning, the words that God spoke to Israel and wrote with His own finger. We are in the second table of the law, and over and over we have seen the lesson repeated...

Joshua

Sermon on May 11, 2002

Joshua 22 When Good Intentions are Misunderstood

One Friday, in February 1674, a certain farmer's daughter, Anne Beaumont, wanted to go to a nearby town, Gamlingay to hear John Bunyan preach. Apparently, Anne had been offered a ride by someone who failed to arrive. It would have been impossible for her to walk because of the weather and some local flooding.

Just then Bunyan himself arrives, passing through...

Romans

Romans 15:14-21 The Goal of Paul's Mission

If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to Romans chapter 15 and to the 14th verse. We have now worked our way through a marvelous section of the book of Romans chapters 12 through 15 in which Paul spells out something of the Christian way of life.

Last week we...

Exodus

Exodus 20:15 Commandment #8 - No Theft

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Exodus, chapter 20, and the 15th verse. I am so appreciative of the many folks who encouraged me in the wake of last Sunday's sermon on the seventh commandment. Many of you even asked that I continue the application this week. You don't know...

Joshua

Joshua 13-21 Marching as to War: “Possessing the Promised Land

“So the Lord gave Israel all the land which He had sworn to give to their fathers and they possessed it and lived in it. And the Lord gave them rest from every side according to all that He had sworn to their fathers, and no one of all their enemies stood before them The Lord...

Romans

Romans 15:7-13 Accept One Another, As Christ has Accepted You

If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to Romans chapter 15. As we come to Romans 15, verses 7 through 13, you need to realize we are coming to the end of this long argument in the book of Romans. For fifteen chapters, Paul has been bringing home a sustained...

Exodus

Sermon on Apr 28, 2002

Exodus 20:14

Exodus Commandment # 7 — The Scarlet Letter

If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to Exodus 20:14. We're continuing to work our way through the ten words, the ten commands, which are the summary of God's revelation of His moral law to the people of God in the Old Testament. They came from God 's own lips to His...

Joshua

Sermon on Apr 27, 2002

Joshua 11 & 12 When God is like a Wild Animal

I said last week that you cannot make sense of Joshua apart from the cross of Jesus Christ. In particular, the battles, the warfare, the bloodshed, the (at times) "scorched earth" policy where no survivors, "nothing that breathed" (11:11) survived–these things that we have read about in our Bibles tonight are deeply disturbing. If they are not...

Romans

Romans 15:1-6 Putting Others First, As Jesus Did Dr. Derek Thomas

Turn with me if you would to Romans chapter 15 as we try and pick up in the exposition of Romans. Coming now this evening to chapter 15 and verses 1 through 6. Hear the word of God.

“Now we who are strong ought to bear the weaknesses of those without...

Exodus

Sermon on Apr 21, 2002

Exodus 20:13

Exodus 20:13 #6 - Do No Immoral Killing.

If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to exodus chapter 20. We're continuing in our study of the ten words this morning. Those ten commands which are the summary expression of the moral law of God, spoken by God Himself to the people of Israel at Mt. Sinai. But once again we...

Joshua

Sermon on Apr 20, 2002

Joshua 10 Marching as to War: The Sun stands still

Can the Bible be trusted? Is it fatally flawed by out-worn concepts and ideas? Can we possibly believe in giant fish swallowing a man for three days and then spitting him up on the shore–alive! Did God really provide manna from heaven for forty years? Was the Red Sea really divided in the way Cecil B. de Mill...

Exodus

Sermon on Apr 14, 2002

Exodus 20:12

Exodus 20:12 #5 — Honor Parental Authority

If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to Exodus 20, as we continue to make our way through these ten words. These ten commands, spoken by God Himself directly to His people at Sinai, recorded by Moses in his five books of the law are given to us for our instruction, Paul said...

Joshua

Sermon on Apr 13, 2002

Joshua 9 When God Makes Up for Our Stupidity

The people of God can do the most stupid things. There is a story of a man from Utah who married a woman after courting her in an AOL chatroom for six months. He proposed and she accepted. They met briefly, twice. The wedding took place in April 1996. Present at the ceremony in the Ritz Carlton Hotel were...

Exodus

Exodus 20:8 #4 - The Command (Blessing) We Love to Hate

If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to Exodus chapter 20. We're continuing our study through the ten words which God spoke to Israel and which he gave to Moses, these ten commands. And we've come to the fourth command. It is the commandment we love to hate. Really...

Joshua

Sermon on Apr 6, 2002

Joshua 8:1-34

Joshua 8 The Defeat of Ai

There is something altogether beautiful, yes, beautiful about the opening verse of this chapter. No matter what you make of the rest of this chapter, there is something absolutely beautiful about this opening verse. I don't know about you, but I imagine Joshua was feeling a little discouraged. The city of Ai had failed to be taken. Some of his men had...

Romans

Romans 14:1-12 A Warning Against Judging Brothers (part 2)

If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to Romans chapter 14. We started looking at this passage last week , working our way through a marvelous section of the book of Romans. Romans 12 through 15 is a tremendous portion of this great gospel. It spells out the way of the...

March

Joshua

Joshua 7:16-27 The Morphology of Sin and Temptation

Michael has been married for 25 years. He has three children; one is away from home and working. Two are in college. Michael is a successful businessman, in the eyes of the world. His business requires him to take frequent trips away from home for several days at a time. During one of these trips he finds himself lured to...

Romans

Romans 14:1-2 A Warning Against Judging Brothers (1)

If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to Romans chapter 14. If you came in and did not pick up an outline and you want you, you still have an opportunity to pick one up and some of the entrances. If you don't have one, you may want to let someone who...

Exodus

Sermon on Mar 24, 2002

Exodus 20:7

Exodus 20:7 #3 — Do Not Wrongly Take God's Name

If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to Exodus chapter 20 and the 7th verse. For the last few weeks we have been looking at the Ten Commandments themselves. Before that we tried to give some sort of a context for the ten commands by looking at Exodus chapter...

Joshua

Sermon on Mar 23, 2002

Joshua 7:1-15

Joshua 7:1-15 How Achan's Sin Was Found Out

On September 17, 1791, Major General Arthur St. Clair headed north from what is now Cincinnati, Ohio, to establish a fort at the head of the Maumee River where he was to be soundly defeated by the Shawnee Indians. He had been brought almost out of retirement by President George Washington. He took one look at the opposition, whom he...

Romans

Romans 13:11-14 A Call to Live Life in Light of the Coming End

If you have your Bibles, I'd like to invite you to turn with me to chapter 13. We are working our way through a marvelous section of the book of Romans in which Paul spells out the Christian way of life. Two weeks ago we considered Romans 13:1 through 7, regarding our...

Romans

Romans 13:8-10 A Call to Fulfill the Law Through Love

If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to Romans chapter 13. We are working our way through a marvelous section of the book of Romans in which Paul spells out the Christian way of life. Last week we considered Paul's directives regarding our conduct in relation to the state and...

Exodus

Exodus 20:4-6 #2 No Idols

If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to Exodus chapter 20. For the last few weeks we have been studying in Exodus 19 and 20, giving background to the ten commandments. Last week we finally came to the first word, the first command, the first directive. We said a number of things about. We said...

Joshua

Joshua 5:1-12 Ouch! Dr. Derek Thomas

Imagine that you were some great military leader preparing your men for battle in the hours that follow. How would you go about it? Stonewall Jackson prayed with his men. Henry V, before the battle of Agincourt, walked amongst them and spoke words of courage, rallying them to "stiffen the sinews and summon up the blood." You may remember the great scenes...

Joshua

Sermon on Mar 6, 2002

Joshua 5:13-6:27

Joshua 5:13–6:27 There Was No Battle at Jericho!

The really amazing thing about the battle of Jericho is that there was no battle! It is something which is summarized for us in Joshua 6:2, when the Lord says to Joshua: "See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and it's fighting men." When we turn to the pages of the...

Exodus

Exodus 20:3 #1 No God But God

If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to Exodus chapter 20. Today we come to the first word of direction in the ten words, or Ten Commandments. We've spent a number of weeks in Exodus chapter 19 and in Exodus 20 verses 1 and 2, giving introduction to these ten words and now...

Joshua

Joshua 3 & 4 Crossing the Jordan

In our earlier studies in the Book of Joshua we have begun to notice that there are a number of themes which are important for us to try and grasp if we are to understand what this book is essentially about.

The first is that when God makes His covenant promises He always keeps them. He had promised to give...

February

Romans

Romans 12: 17-21 A Call to Seek Peace

If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to Romans chapter 12 as we continue to work our way through this great book of the gospel written by the Apostle Paul under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. In this whole chapter Paul has been delivering practical direction for Christian living. The things...

Exodus

Exodus 20:1-2 Grace Before Law

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Exodus 20. Today we are beginning an exposition of what has been called in the English language for the last 500 years, the Ten Commandments. In the Hebrew Bible this section is known as the Ten Words or the Ten Pronouncements, but as begin to study them...

Romans

Romans 12:11-16 A Call to Diligence

If you have your Bible's I'd invite you to turn with me to Romans chapter 12. Let's remind ourselves where we've been in Romans chapter 12. In verses 1 and 2, Paul sets forth a Magna Carta for Christian life. It's a grand declaration of some first principles for Christian living and he continues in verses 3 through 8...

Exodus

Exodus 19: 16-25 Life with God: Meeting God

If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to Exodus chapter 19. As we prepare to look at our text, the first thing that I want to remind you of is where we are. We are before the mountain of God. We’re in the wilderness of Sinai and we are about to see...

Life With God

Exodus 19: 16-25 Life with God: Meeting God

If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to Exodus chapter 19. As we prepare to look at our text, the first thing that I want to remind you of is where we are. We are before the mountain of God. We’re in the wilderness of Sinai and we are about to see...

Joshua

Sermon on Feb 16, 2002

Joshua 2:1-24 #3. Rahab, a Scarlet Cord and a Lie!

Was it right or wrong?

This is what many of you want to know! Was Rahab justified in telling this bald-faced lie or not? There's no way around it: it was a lie. Is this the Bible's answer to the question that Corrie ten Boom faced: you have hidden some Jews in the attic and the Nazis are...

Romans

Romans 12:9-10 A Call to Love and Other-Centeredness

If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to Romans chapter 12. As we go back to the book of Romans, remember where we have been. This is Paul's great declaration about the first principles of Christians living. You can't get more practical than Paul is here. You can't get more theological than Paul is here...

January

Romans

Romans 12:3-8 A Call to Humility and Service

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Romans chapter 12, as we continue to work through this great passage together. Last week we looked at Romans 12 verses 1 and 2. In this passage Paul makes a grand declaration about Christian living and we've said this whole second section of the...

Life With God

Exodus 19:7-15 Preparation for a Divine Encounter

If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to Exodus chapter 19. We are before the mountain of God in the wilderness of Sinai and the Lord has already spoken words to Moses. Words which He intended for the people. Words of grace and responsibility. What we are witnessing, when we are looking at...

Exodus

Exodus 19:7-15 Preparation for a Divine Encounter

If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to Exodus chapter 19. We are before the mountain of God in the wilderness of Sinai and the Lord has already spoken words to Moses. Words which He intended for the people. Words of grace and responsibility. What we are witnessing, when we are looking at...

Joshua

Joshua 1:10-18 Captain Joshua! Attenshun!

Then Joshua commanded the officers of the people, saying, "Pass through the midst of the camp and command the people, saying, ’Prepare provisions for yourselves, for within three days you are to cross this Jordan, to go in to possess the land which the LORD your God is giving you, to possess it." And to the Reubenites and to the Gadites and to...

Romans

Romans 12:1-2 A Call to Give Yourself to God

If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to Romans chapter 12, as we continue our series of Romans. Paul is going to make a grand declaration about the first principles of Christians living. He's going to issue a Christian manifesto on living the Christian life. You can't get more practical or...

Exodus

Exodus 19:1-6 On Eagles’ Wings

If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to Exodus chapter19. In chapters 1 through 18, the story has been recounted of how God has rescued Israel out of Egypt for four hundred and thirty years. Israel had been in Egypt for many of those years. The people of Israel had been the slaves of Pharaoh...

Life With God

Sermon on Jan 19, 2002

Exodus 19:1-6

Exodus 19:1-6 On Eagles’ Wings

If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to Exodus chapter19. In chapters 1 through 18, the story has been recounted of how God has rescued Israel out of Egypt for four hundred and thirty years. Israel had been in Egypt for many of those years. The people of Israel had been the slaves of Pharaoh and the Egyptians....

Joshua

Joshua 1:1-9 Be Strong and Courageous

Joshua chapter 1. Now it came about after the death of Moses, the servant of the Lord that the Lord spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ servant, saying, "Moses My servant is dead; now therefore arise, cross this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them, to the sons of Israel. Every place...

Exodus

Exodus 18: 1-27 The Wise Counsel of Jethro

I'd like to invite you to turn with me to Exodus chapter 18. Israel is now all but at the mountain. Last week we came to the final stage on Israel's road to Mt. Sinai as she makes her way through the wilderness to this encounter to God at the Mountain of the Lord. You’ll remember that...

Romans

Romans 11:33-36 Let Us Love and Sing and Wonder

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Romans chapter 11. We've been studying through this gospel of the apostle Paul to the Romans for a number of months now. We have worked our way through almost the whole of the first eleven chapters, the section of the book that is...

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