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December

Christmas Series: Getting a Handel on Christmas

Sermon on Dec 28, 2003

Isaiah 53:5-6

Isaiah 53:5 - 6 Surely He Has Borne Our Griefs Dr. Derek Thomas

Turn with me now to the prophecy of Isaiah, chapter 53, and we will read together verses 3-6 and then verse 8. Before we do so, let's ask God the Holy spirit to shine His light on these words to enable us to understand and comprehend and believe. Let's pray together.

O Lord, we come...

Christmas Series: Getting a Handel on Christmas

Sermon on Dec 28, 2003

Isaiah 60:1-3

Isaiah 60. 1 to 3 Arise, Shine, For Your Light Has Come Dr. Derek Thomas

Hear the word of God:

" Arise, shine; for your light has come, And the glory of the LORD has risen upon you. "For behold, darkness will cover the earth And deep darkness the peoples; But the LORD will rise upon you...

Christmas Series: Getting a Handel on Christmas

Sermon on Dec 21, 2003

Isaiah 52:7 Good Tidings

Gospel is a word derived from an Anglo-Saxon word, godspell, which means “the story concerning God.” Especially the story of God's salvation.

In the New Testament that word that is behind our English gospel or between that is the equivalent of the word gospel very often in the New Testament, good news, is the Greek work uangelion, from which we get, ...

Christmas Series: Getting a Handel on Christmas

Sermon on Dec 18, 2003

Isaiah 50:6

Father, again, we come into Your presence. This is Your word You caused it to be written. Come Holy Spirit and illuminate these words to us. They speak so tenderly and deeply of Christ and it is Him who we would see. We would indeed see none but Jesus only. We ask it in Jesus’ name, amen.

This is God's word:

I gave...

Christmas Series: Getting a Handel on Christmas

Sermon on Dec 14, 2003

Isaiah 35:5-6

Isaiah 35:5-6; 40:11 Opening the Eyes of the Blind Dr. Derek Thomas

Now last week we began a series of sermons based on the text, or in this case some of the texts, of George F. Handel's Messiah. And we've been concentrating primarily upon the Isaiahnic texts, the texts of the prophecy of Isaiah, and we heard a rendition so beautifully given to us this evening, from Isaiah...

Christmas Series: Getting a Handel on Christmas

Sermon on Dec 7, 2003

Isaiah 7:14

Isaiah 7:14 A Virgin With Child

Please turn with me in your Bibles to Isaiah chapter 7 Over the next four weeks, on each of the Lord's Days in December, and on one of the Wednesday evenings, Derek and I are going to be working through these texts of the various recitatives and choruses of Handel's Messiah, exploring this testimony to the person and work of Jesus...

Christmas Series: Getting a Handel on Christmas

Isaiah 9:6 A Child Is Born

If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to Isaiah 9:6. This morning we began a series on “Getting a Handel on Christmas”–thanks to Derek Thomas for that title–by looking at a promise and prophecy from Isaiah 7:14. And we commented that this part of the Christmas story begins with an invasion, an attempt to conquer Judah, the...

Christmas Series: Getting a Handel on Christmas

Sermon on Dec 3, 2003

Zechariah 9:9-10

Zechariah 9:9-10 Rejoice Greatly

If you have your Bibles, please turn with me to Zechariah chapter nine. This is our first in a series of studies in Getting a Handel on Christmas As you look at these words, let me read you again the words that were sung earlier this evening. The libretto that was prepared for Handel's Messiah by his friend, Charles Jennens of Leicestershire, was based...

November

Psalms Book 2

Sermon on Nov 30, 2003

Psalm 51:1-19

Turn with me to Psalm 51. We’re working our way through the Second Book of the Psalms–that is, Psalms 42 to 72–on Sunday evenings. And the last time we were together, last Lord's Day evening, we were in Psalm 50. And that Psalm exhorted us to remember that the mighty God, the covenant Lord of His people, has summoned the whole world to court. And in that Psalm...

1 John

Amen. If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to 1 John chapter 2 as we continue to work our way through this letter of the Apostle John to the church. As we've worked through this letter over the last several months, we have said that over and over John's concern is to show us what the marks of a true Christian are. What's...

Adoption

Sermon on Nov 25, 2003

Romans 8:18-25

Romans 8:18-25 Sons Displayed In Glory

Turn with me now, if you would, to Romans chapter 8, Romans chapter 8. We've been ranging over a number of texts, dealing as we have been with the series theme of adoption. This glorious theme, that God in His marvelous grace has brought us into a living relationship with Himself, adopted us into His household and family that we should be...

Psalms Book 2

Sermon on Nov 23, 2003

Psalm 50:1-23

I'd invite you to take your Bibles and turn with me to Psalm 50. Before you get to 50, allow your eyes to fall upon Psalm 49, and remember from a couple of weeks ago, as we continue to go through the second book of the Psalms, a couple of weeks ago we were looking at Psalm 49 which is a very different kind of psalm. It sounds...

1 John

I'd invite you to turn with me to 1 John chapter 2 and to the 18th verse as we continue to make our way through this letter. Over the last number of weeks, we have seen John digress from a plan that he has been pursuing in the first two chapters to give, first, a word of encouragement and, then, a word of exhortation. A couple of...

Adoption

Sermon on Nov 19, 2003

Romans 8:26-39

Romans 8:26-39 God's Care for His Children

Turn with me now to Romans chapter 8, Romans chapter 8, a section of Scripture that is probably one of the most well-known, favorite passages, I'm sure, to many of you. We’ll pick it up at verse 26. Romans 8:26:

“In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should,...

1 John

We come now in our study of the epistle of 1 John to chapter 2, and we’ll be looking at verses 15 through 17. Let's come to the Lord together in prayer before we look at this passage.

Lord, we find ourselves on our knees, a needy people. We find ourselves disappointed. We find ourselves hurting. We find ourselves full of experiences of joy. We find...

Adoption

Sermon on Nov 12, 2003

Romans 8:13

Romans 8:13 Putting Sin to Death

Turn with me now, if you would, to Romans chapter 8–Paul's epistle to the Romans, chapter 8–and we're going to pick up the reading at verse 12. Before we read together the word of God, let's come before Him in prayer.

Our Father in heaven, this is Your word. It is a light that shines in a dark place. We thank You...

Psalms Book 2

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Psalm 49, as we continue to work our way through the Second Book of the Psalms–that is, Psalm 42-72–on Sunday evenings. The last time we were together in the Second Book of the Psalms we were in Psalm 48, and we were surrounded by our enemies, but we were safe in Zion and smiling on...

1 John

Turn with me to 1John chapter 2, as we continue our study through this great book. Now, it's been almost a month since we've been together in 1 John, so we should perhaps remind ourselves of what we've seen so far. This book is a book about the Christian life. In fact, John tells us in this book that to live the Christian life is to experience a...

Adoption

Galatians 5:1-15 The Obligations of Adoption: Liberty Not License Dr. Ligon Duncan

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you turn with me to Galatians chapter 5, as we continue to work through the series that Derek began back in September on the doctrine of adoption.

Tonight we're going to be looking at the subject of what our adoption is to lead to in terms of living ...

October

Psalms Book 2

Sermon on Oct 26, 2003

Psalm 48:1-14

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Psalm 48. We’re working our way through the second book of the Psalms on Sunday evenings. Over and over we've said that we want to ask what these Psalms teach us about Christ and what these Psalms teach us Christian experience. Derek walked with you through that glorious Psalm 47 with its opening words, “O...

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