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Resources from 2003

December

Christmas Series: Getting a Handel on Christmas

Sermon on Dec 27, 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 27, 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 20, 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 17, 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 13, 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 6, 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 2, 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 29, 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 24, 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...

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...

Psalms Book 2

Sermon on Nov 22, 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...

Adoption

Sermon on Nov 18, 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 11, 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 25, 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...

1 John

Sermon on Oct 18, 2003

1 John 2:7-11

Let's ask the Holy Spirit to give us illumination and understanding in the word that he has caused to be written. Let's pray together.

Our Father, we come before you now as a needy people. Lord Jesus, we want to love You and to emulate Your love. Holy Spirit, would You to come and to make this word which we are about to read, Your word,...

Psalms Book 2

Now, we pick up this evening in the study of the second book of Psalms to Psalm 47. Before we read it together, let's once again come before God in prayer and ask for the help and illumination of the Spirit to make these words known and clearer to us. Let's pray.

We come, O Lord, again into Your presence. “We dare not trust the sweetest frame,...

Adoption

Sermon on Oct 14, 2003

Hebrews 12:5-13

Hebrews 12:5-13 Studies on Adoption: Discipline

Now turn with me, if you have a Bible with you, to the twelfth chapter of Hebrews. We have been studying together over the last number of weeks the wonderful doctrine of Adoption: that God in His mercy and grace brings us into union and fellowship with Jesus Christ, justifies us by faith alone in Christ alone, and constitutes us, His...

Psalms Book 2

Sermon on Oct 11, 2003

Psalm 46:1-11

Psalm 46 The Christian Experience of Divine Support in Time of Trouble

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me tonight to Psalm 46. We’re working our way through the second book of the Psalms on Sunday evenings, and that will take us from Psalm 42 eventually to Psalm 72. And over and over we're asking what we learn about Christ in these...

1 John

Sermon on Oct 11, 2003

1 John 2:3-6

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to 1 John chapter 2. We’re going to be looking at verses 3-6 today as we continue to work our way through this great book of Scripture. Let's refresh our memory of what we've learned so far. In chapter 1, especially from verse 5 to the end of the chapter, John is responding to false teaching...

Adoption

Sermon on Oct 7, 2003

1 John 3:6

1 John 3:6, 5:18 A New Relationship to Sin

Now if you have a Bible near you, would you turn with me to 1 John chapter 3, and we're going to read a couple of verses from chapter 3 and another, from chapter 5. And if you’d also keep your finger in Romans 6, for we’ll be alluding to that in a few moments. But before we...

Psalms

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Psalm 45. We’re working our way through the second book of the Psalms, Psalms 42 to 72, on Sunday evenings, and over and over we have been asking and will continue to ask, “What does this psalm teach me about Christ and what does this song teach me about Christian experience?” Over the last three...

Psalms Book 2

If you have your Bibles, I’d invite you to turn with me to Psalm 45.  We’re working our way through the second book of the Psalms, Psalms 42 to 72, on Sunday evenings, and over and over we have been asking and will continue to ask, “What does this psalm teach me about Christ and what does this song teach me about Christian experience?” Over the last three...

September

Adoption

Sermon on Sep 30, 2003

Romans 8 I'm A Child of the King

Now turn with me if you would to the eighth chapter of Romans, Romans chapter 8. I want us in particular this evening to focus our thoughts, as we have been considering the doctrine of adoption. How God in His mercy and grace has brought us, as the children of wrath that we are by nature - for Jesus, you...

Psalms Book 2

Sermon on Sep 27, 2003

Psalm 44:1-26

Turn with me to the forty-fourth psalm as we continue to work our way through the second book of the Psalms, from Psalm 42 all the way to Psalm 72.  I do need to pause and say that tonight our brother Ed Bowman is here with us.  And I don’t mean to embarrass you, Ed, but he’s right up front, and I know that many of you are...

1 John

Turn with me to 1 John, and look at chapter 1 before we begin to look at chapter 2. If you don't have your Bibles, the pew Bible is available to you, and 1 John is towards the end of the New Testament right before the book of Revelation and before the book of Jude and, of course, 2nd and 3rd John, and so right towards...

Psalms

Sermon on Sep 27, 2003

Psalm 44 The Christian Experience of Dark Providence

Turn with me to the forty-fourth psalm as we continue to work our way through the second book of the Psalms, from Psalm 42 all the way to Psalm 72. I do need to pause and say that tonight our brother Ed Bowman is here with us. And I don't mean to embarrass you, Ed, but he's right up front,...

Adoption

Sermon on Sep 23, 2003

Hebrews 2:10

Hebrews 2:10 What's in a Name?

Turn with me now, if you would, to the book of Hebrews and the second chapter. We have been considering together the doctrine of adoption, and we've looked at some general aspects of that marvelous truth as we found it in some passages, in particular, in Galatians and Ephesians. Last week we drew particular attention to the truth that in our adoption...

Psalms Book 2

Sermon on Sep 20, 2003

Psalm 43:1-5

Psalm 43 A Plea for Justice

If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to Psalm 43, but allow your eyes to drift a few verses back to Psalm 42 and verse 6. We’re working our way through the second book of the Psalms. That second book entails Psalms 42-72, and we're going through those Psalms on Sunday evenings. And over and over...

1 John

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to 1 John 1. We’ll begin looking at the eighth verse today. For a couple of weeks now, we've been looking at the book of 1 John as part of a series on 1st, 2nd, and 3rd John; and we've already said that 1 John is a book which deals with...

Adoption

Sermon on Sep 16, 2003

Galatians 4:1-7

Galatians 4:1-7 God Sent His Son

Now turn with me, if you would, to Galatians chapter 4 And we are considering together the doctrine of adoption: how God takes us who are the fallen sons of Adam, sinners by nature and by choice, and He brings us into His household, into His family; constitutes us with all of the legal entitlements of the children of God; that...

Adoption

Sermon on Sep 13, 2003

Galatians 4:6

Galatians 4:6 Abba — What's in a Name?

Now turn with me to Galatians chapter 4. We were here last Wednesday evening. We saw the Apostle Paul making three assertions. First of all, that there are these folks whom he describes as “under the Law”; under the Old Covenant; first of all, “under tutors and guardians,” as he describes them; a bit like being in kindergarten, but more...

Psalms Book 2

Sermon on Sep 13, 2003

Psalm 42:1-11

I invite you to turn with me to Psalm 42.  On Sunday evening, August 17, 1997—right about a year after I came to First Presbyterian Church—we finished a year-long study of the first book of the Psalms: Psalm 1 through Psalm 41.  And, of course, in Psalm 41 we dealt with the calamities and comforts of God’s people in a fallen world.  I said then that we would...

Psalms

Sermon on Sep 13, 2003

Psalm 42 The Christian Experience of Desiring God

I invite you to turn with me to Psalm 42. On Sunday evening, August 17, 1997–right about a year after I came to First Presbyterian Church–we finished a year-long study of the first book of the Psalms: Psalm 1 through Psalm 41. And, of course, in Psalm 41 we dealt with the calamities and comforts of God's people in a...

1 John

We’re continuing to work our way through this book and the two small letters of 2nd and 3rd John that follow it. The last time we were to together we said that John in this book shows us how the Christian life expresses itself doctrinally, relationally, and morally. That is, how it expresses itself in the truth that we believe, in the love that we show...

Song of Solomon

Turn with me to the Song of Solomon, or the Song of Songs, as it is sometimes called. We are going to pick up the reading in the second chapter beginning at verse 3, and we’ll be reading through into the third chapter. The Song of Solomon comes just before the Book of Isaiah and just after Ecclesiastes, and I can believe that there are many of you...

Adoption

Sermon on Sep 9, 2003

Ephesians 3:1-6

Ephesians 1:3-6 Determined Treasure from Eternity

Turn in your hymnals just for a second. We’ll get to the Bible in just a minute, but turn back to your hymnals to #525, “A Child of the King,” and verse 3. “I once was an outcast, stranger on Earth, a sinner by choice, and an alien by birth. But I've been adopted; my name's written down; an heir to a...

1 John

Sermon on Sep 6, 2003

1 John 1:1-4

I invite you to turn with me to 1 John, verses 1-4. Today we are beginning a new sermon series on the little books of 1, 2, and 3 John. Our focus is going to be on the Christian life. We want to consider how true Christians are manifested by what they believe and how they relate to one another in the world, and by how they live...

August

An Empty Life? (A series on Ecclesiastes)

Sermon on Aug 30, 2003

Ecclesiastes 12:1-14

Lord, you have been our refuge from generation to generation, before the mountains were brought forth, or ever the earth and the world were made. You are God from everlasting and world without end. You satisfy us with Your mercy and that soon. You comfort us in the years of adversity. You show Your servants Your work and their children Your glory and so we worship you. Let...

Biblical Manhood and Womanhood

Thinking and Living Biblically in a Gender-neutral Society Biblical Manhood and Womanhood series First Presbyterian Church Jackson, MS Dr. J. Ligon Duncan

Ephesians 5:22

How These Biblical Definitions of Manhood and Womanhood Apply in the Home and the Church

If you have your Bibles, I would invite you to turn with me to Ephesians chapter 5. All summer long the view that we have been proponing in our...

Biblical Manhood and Womanhood

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 especially. We’ll have an opportunity tonight to refer back to an...

Song of Solomon

Hear the word of God in the Song of Solomon, chapter 8, beginning at verse 5:

“Who is this coming up from the wilderness leaning on her beloved?" Beneath the apple tree I awakened you; there your mother was in labor with you, there she was in labor and gave you birth. Put me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on...

An Empty Life? (A series on Ecclesiastes)

Sermon on Aug 23, 2003

Ecclesiastes 11

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Ecclesiastes 11. Solomon, who calls himself the Preacher, who was the king in Jerusalem in this book, the Preacher has been arguing to us that apart from God, apart from a faith relationship in God, life is empty and meaningless. And contrary to what we often hear today as believers, he furthermore says that the...

Song of Solomon

We've come to the final section of chapter 8:8-14. In verse 7, we've just read, “Many waters cannot quench love nor will rivers overflow it. If a man were to give all of the riches of his house for love, it would be utterly despised.” “Money can't buy you love,” sang the Beatles. Well let's hear now the Word of God as we find it in chapter 8...

Biblical Manhood and Womanhood

Thinking and Living Biblically in a Gender-neutral Society Biblical Manhood and Womanhood series First Presbyterian Church Jackson, MS Dr. J. Ligon Duncan

19 Objections to Complementarianism 1 Timothy 2:8-15

Some of you may be here for the first time, so let me just walk you through just two or three things by way of introduction, we’ll look at the Scripture together and then I'm going to try to...

An Empty Life? (A series on Ecclesiastes)

Sermon on Aug 16, 2003

Ecclesiastes 10

If you’d turn with me to Ecclesiastes, chapter 10, this has been summer with Solomon here at First Presbyterian Church. The Book of Ecclesiastes on Sunday mornings, Song of Solomon on Sunday evenings, and, bless their hearts, the singles in the Crossroads Class have been studying the Book of Proverbs. They've been “Solomoned” to death this summer, but I hope we've gotten some wisdom out of all of...

Song of Solomon

These summer evenings we've been in the Song of Solomon and tonight we're reading from chapter 6 into chapter eight. Last week, at the beginning of chapter six, we left them in beds of spices and gathering lilies, and we delicately passed over what that actually meant, keeping to the metaphor instead. Now, we begin with the man, who loves poetry, but he's not such a great poet...

An Empty Life? (A series on Ecclesiastes)

Turn with me to Ecclesiastes, chapter 9. The author of this Book of Ecclesiastes, he called himself the Preacher, has a thesis and his thesis is: Life is empty; life is vain; life is meaningless; life is futile; life is frustrating; life is trivial; life is without satisfaction. And furthermore he says people attempt to fill that emptiness; they attempt to get relief from the lack of satisfaction...

Song of Solomon

Turn with me to the Song of Solomon. We’re in chapter 5 and we’ll just go into the first three verses of chapter 6. Last week we held our breath and closed our eyes as we went through chapter 4; it was the couple's wedding night and the delicacy of the description was breath taking.

Now, another scene opens up before us, and one in which...

Biblical Manhood and Womanhood

Thinking and Living Biblically in a Gender-neutral Society Biblical Manhood and Womanhood series First Presbyterian Church Jackson, MS

1 Timothy 2:11-15, 1 Corinthians 14Silent in the Church: Why Can't Women Preach?”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan

As we began the study of the subject of Christian Manhood and Womanhood this summer, there were several reasons given for the importance of undertaking this survey.

One is we want...

Biblical Manhood and Womanhood

Thinking and Living Biblically in a Gender-neutral Society Biblical Manhood and Womanhood series First Presbyterian Church Jackson, MS Dr. J. Ligon Duncan

1 Timothy 2:11-15, 1 Corinthians 14Silent in the Church: Why Can't Women Preach?”

As we began the study of the subject of Christian Manhood and Womanhood this summer, there were several reasons given for the importance of undertaking this survey.

One is we want...

Song of Solomon

Turn with me to the Song of Solomon to chapter 3 and we will pick it up at verse 6 and read through into the first verse of chapter 5. The section begins with a question that draws us out into the wilderness somewhere, and in the distance, there is what we might call a palanquin, a grand chair being carried by a group of beefy men...

An Empty Life? (A series on Ecclesiastes)

Please turn in your Bibles to Ecclesiastes, chapter 8. Solomon is not a linear thinker. Following the train of his logic can sometimes be difficult, and I confess openly to you this morning, following his logic in this chapter has escaped me altogether. But there is a main point in this chapter and that is what I want us to focus on.

Let us hear now...

July

Biblical Manhood and Womanhood

Sermon on Jul 29, 2003

1 Peter 3:1-7

Thinking and Living Biblically in a Gender-neutral Society Biblical Manhood and Womanhood series First Presbyterian Church Jackson, MS Dr. J. Ligon Duncan

1 Peter 3:1-7 The “S”ubmission Word–What is it, what it isn't. Biblical Submission for Christian Wives

I invite you to turn with me to 1 Peter 3, verses 1-7 Tonight we're talking about the dreaded “S” word, the word “submission,” the issue of submission–what it is...

An Empty Life? (A series on Ecclesiastes)

Sermon on Jul 26, 2003

Ecclesiastes 7

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Ecclesiastes chapter 7. As we have worked through this book, we have seen the author of Ecclesiastes look squarely in the face of life apart from God, and acknowledge its emptiness, to say that life apart from God is meaninglessness —it is vain; it is futile; it is fleeting; it is without substance or satisfaction.

...

Song of Solomon

Turn with me once again to the Song of Solomon. We are in the second chapter, and we're going to pick up the reading at the third verse of chapter 2. Let me remind you this book is a collection of songs or poems that's compiled in order to express the love of a man and a young woman. This young man and woman seemed to have lived...

Biblical Manhood and Womanhood

Sermon on Jul 22, 2003

BIBLICAL MANHOOD & WOMANHOOD

Psalm 128

“The Biblical Husband”

Dr. Derek W.H. Thomas

I notice the title for today is “The Ideal Husband”… “Biblical Husband.” I don't like speaking on the subject unless Rosemary is sitting somewhere where I can eyeball her — or she can eyeball me, which is more important. And I thought maybe perhaps we could go to those familiar passages — Ephesians; I...

An Empty Life? (A series on Ecclesiastes)

If you have your Bibles, I'd like to invite you to turn with me to Ecclesiastes, chapter 6, as we continue our way in this book. This is a book about satisfaction, about meaning in life, about fulfillment, about fullness, about significance, about happiness and blessedness. Now, you’re thinking to yourself, “Hmmm, those aren't the words that struck me as I've been meditating on this book over the...

Biblical Manhood and Womanhood

Thinking and Living Biblically in a Gender-neutral Society

Biblical Manhood and Womanhood series First Presbyterian Church Jackson, MS Dr. J. Ligon Duncan

1 Corinthians 11:2-16 Christ's Example

I'd invite you to turn with me to 1 Corinthians, chapter 11. In this study we've been promoting a biblical view of male/female role relationships that we call complementarianism. That is, that God has created men and women equal in their...

Biblical Manhood and Womanhood

Thinking and Living Biblically in a Gender-neutral Society

Biblical Manhood and Womanhood series First Presbyterian Church Jackson, MS Dr. J. Ligon Duncan

Male Authority and Female Equality in Light of Galatians 3:28

If you have Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Galatians 3, because our title actually refers to this verse. This passage has been somewhat of a magna carta for those who call themselves...

An Empty Life? (A series on Ecclesiastes)

Sermon on Jul 12, 2003

Ecclesiastes 5

If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to Ecclesiastes 5. We've found Ecclesiastes to be a very modern book in the sense of speaking to dilemmas and frustrations that strike us as very contemporary, and giving answers to those dilemmas that have a very current ring to them. This is all the more remarkable in light of the fact that Ecclesiastes forecasts these...

Biblical Manhood and Womanhood

Sermon on Jul 8, 2003

Thinking and Living Biblically in a Gender-neutral Society Biblical Manhood and Womanhood series First Presbyterian Church Jackson, MS Dr. J. Ligon Duncan

Genesis 1 and 2 Made in His Image: Male and Female Dr. Derek Thomas

Turn with me quickly to Genesis 1, and I will read the account from verses 24 to the end of the chapter. Genesis 1:24: This is the word of God.

“Then God...

Song of Solomon

Turn with me to the opening chapter of the Song of Solomon. We’ll be reading through into the third verse of chapter 2. I don't normally do this, but I'm going to interject some comments as we read the passage together. That is, in part, because at different points in the chapter, and this is true throughout the Song of Solomon, different people are speaking; sometimes it's the...

An Empty Life? (A series on Ecclesiastes)

Sermon on Jul 5, 2003

Ecclesiastes 4

Now turn with me to Ecclesiastes 4. Before we read the passage, let's ask God for His blessing and His Spirit for illumination. Let's pray.

Our Father in heaven, this is Your word. We ask, Holy Spirit, that You would attend the reading of it with a spirit of illumination and understanding for Jesus’ sake, Amen.

Hear the word of God:

Then...

John

July 2, 2003
John 21:1-25
“When Fishing Just Won't Do”
Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Turn with me now to John, chapter twenty-one. We are coming to the very last study in the Gospel of John, chapter twenty-one, and I want to read the chapter in its entirety, beginning at the first verse.

“Afterward Jesus appeared again to His disciples by the Sea of Tiberias....” “It happened this...

June

An Empty Life? (A series on Ecclesiastes)

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Ecclesiastes 3. We've been working these last few weeks for about at month now, in fact, through the first two chapters of this great book of Ecclesiastes, and we've found it to be a very modern book in the sense of speaking to dilemmas that have a very contemporary ring about them, both the questions...

John

John 20:24-31 Doubting Thomas

Please turn with me to the penultimate sermon of John's gospel. This particular section at the close of the chapter records for us the appearance of our Lord Jesus Christ in the upper room to the disciples at a time when Thomas, who is also called Didymus, was with them. We pick up the reading at verse 24:

But Thomas, one of the twelve...

Biblical Manhood and Womanhood

Sermon on Jun 24, 2003

Thinking and Living Biblically in a Gender-neutral Society Biblical Manhood and Womanhood series First Presbyterian Church Jackson, MS Dr. J. Ligon Duncan

Genesis 1-3 Male Authority and Female Equality: In the beginning

Our task tonight is to look at the issue of male authority and female equality in these opening three chapters of Genesis. I want to remind you of some of the things that we said last...

An Empty Life? (A series on Ecclesiastes)

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Ecclesiastes, chapter 2. As you’re turning there, I want to remind you that the thesis statement for this book is found in the very opening verses, “Vanity of vanities! All is vanity.” In other words, the thesis statement of the Book of Ecclesiastes is the Preacher's claim that life is empty. That's how he puts...

Biblical Manhood and Womanhood

Thinking and Living Biblically in a Gender-neutral Society Biblical Manhood and Womanhood series First Presbyterian Church Jackson, MS Dr. J. Ligon Duncan

Genesis 1:26-27 Biblical Manhood and Womanhood: The Big Picture

As you turn in your Bibles to Genesis 1, let me give you a brief overview of what we will attempt to do in this study of what the Bible says about manhood and womanhood. What are...

An Empty Life? (A series on Ecclesiastes)

Sermon on Jun 14, 2003

Ecclesiastes 2:1-11

If you have your bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Ecclesiastes. Before I read the text, I want to do two things: first, I want to outline the passage we will study, Ecclesiastes 2:1-11, and then I want to remind you of the big picture of the argument of the Preacher so far. Because expository preaching aims not only to faithfully what God is saying...

John

John 20:1-23 Conjuring Tricks with Bones

Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came early to the tomb, while it was still dark, and saw the stone already taken away from the tomb. So she ran and came to Simon Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and said to them, "They have taken away the Lord out of the tomb, and we...

An Empty Life? (A series on Ecclesiastes)

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Ecclesiastes 1 as we continue to work through this great, very important, and timely book. We’re trying to ask some hard questions of our selves about our life, about this life in general, and the author of Ecclesiastes has already in the first eleven verses asserted to us that life under the sun, that is...

John

June 4, 2003

John 19:16-42 “The Cross”

Dr. Derek Thomas

Turn with me if you would to the Gospel of John, and we are this evening in chapter 19. We begin at the sixteenth verse. John 19. We come to John's account of the crucifixion, verse 16.

The Crucifixion Finally Pilate handed him over to them to be crucified. So the soldiers took charge of Jesus. 17 Carrying...

May

An Empty Life? (A series on Ecclesiastes)

The Emptiness of Significance Ecclesiastes 1:1-11

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to the book of Ecclesiastes. Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, in your Old Testament. We’re beginning a summer Sunday morning series on the book of Ecclesiastes, a book that at first reading is filled with despair, frank hopelessness, stiff philosophy, is in fact full of gospel truth. And we...

John

John 18:24 — 9:16 Truth or Fiction

Turn with me now please to John 18:28. Jesus has been brought out of the Garden of Gethsemane. He has been betrayed by Judas, brought first of all, to Annas, the high priest. Peter, you will recall, has denied Him three times. The rooster has crowed in fulfillment of Jesus’ prediction, and now we begin at verse 28:

So Annas sent...

John

Sermon on May 24, 2003

John 18:1-27

John 18:1-27 Wanted: Dead or Alive!

Turn with me to John 18 where we come to, if I may say such a thing, some of the most sacred sections, not just of the Scriptures or the gospels, but of John's gospel in particular. We’ll be walking in the shadow of the Lord Jesus as He now inexorably makes His way to the cross and to crucifixion. And in...

Apostles' Creed

Sermon on May 22, 2003

John 3:1-16

John 3:1-16 I believe in the Life Everlasting

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to John, chapter three. We've come to our final lesson in our study of the Apostles’ Creed, and we will look at the final clause, “I believe in the life everlasting.” We want to look at what the Bible calls eternal life and ask ourselves, what do we...

Exodus

First Presbyterian Church Wednesday Evening Worship May 21, 2003

Exodus 40:34

“The Glory Cloud”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

Exodus, chapter 40...this is a fun section, though. This is a glorious section of Exodus 40. It's almost as if the Lord's rewarding you at the end of those long tedious descriptions from Exodus 35-39, and really into the middle of...

Apostles' Creed

1 Corinthians 15:12-19 “I Believe in the Resurrection of the Body”

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to 1 Corinthians 15. We’re continuing to work our way through to the Apostles’ Creed, and we now come to that affirmation in the Creed which says, “I believe in the resurrection of the body.” Here in 1 Corinthians 15, the Apostle Paul is dealing...

Exodus

First Presbyterian Church Wednesday Evening Worship May 14, 2003

Exodus 40:1-33

“The Tent of Meeting Set Up”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Exodus 40. We have come to the second to the last study in this great book that we've been looking at for a long time...

John

Sermon on May 10, 2003

John 17:1-26

John 17:1-26 “Inner Sanctum”

Turn with me to the seventeenth chapter of John's gospel and we’ll read it together. Hear the Word of God.

“Jesus spoke these things; and lifting up His eyes to heaven, He said, "Father, the hour has come; glorify Your Son, that the Son may glorify You, even as You gave Him authority over all flesh, that to all whom You have given Him,...

Apostles' Creed

Sermon on May 10, 2003

Matthew 26:28

Matthew 26:28 I Believe in the Forgiveness of Sins

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Matthew chapter 26, as we continue our study through The Apostles’ Creed. Many of us here this morning, perhaps, take for granted the forgiveness of sins, and we may take it for granted in different ways. Some of us take for granted that it can happen....

Exodus

First Presbyterian Church Wednesday Evening Worship May 7, 2003

Exodus 39:32-43

“Moses’ Benediction”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

We've said over and over that one third of the Book of Exodus is devoted to the instructions regarding the building of the tabernacle and in the report of the carrying out of the building of the tabernacle. And we've also said...

Apostles' Creed

The Communion of the Saints 1 Corinthians 12:7; 3:21-23

Turn with me in your Bibles to 1 Corinthians 12: 7. We are working our way through the Apostles’ Creed and we come today to the affirmation that we believe in the communion of the saints.

Just as we saw last week that there are different views of what it means to say, “I believe in the holy catholic...

John

John 16:5-33 Give Me Joy in My Heart

Please turn with me to the gospel of John. We have been in recent days in the upper room discourse beginning with the wonderful and extraordinary event of Jesus washing the disciples’ feet in John 13, and now this evening we are in chapter 16 and we pick up the reading at verse 5.

Almost every book on preaching that...

April

Exodus

Exodus 38:21 — 39:31 Priestly Garments

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to the Book of Exodus and to the chapter 38:21. We are just three or so sermons away from the end of this book, and tonight we're really at our last long reading. Next readings are going to be shorter, concentrating on some specific aspects of the...

Apostles' Creed

Holy Catholic Church Ephesians 2

As we work through the Apostles’ Creed, we now come to the confession, “I believe in the holy catholic church.” We’ll begin our study of that particular affirmation from the Scripture in Paul's letter to the Ephesians.

There are some challenges in explaining this particular part of the confession of the Apostles’ Creed, “I believe in the holy catholic church.” The first challenge...

John

John 15:1 - 16:4 Friends

Turn with me now to the gospel of John chapter 15.

Let's pray together.

Our Father in heaven, we pray now for the work of Your Spirit to come and illuminate the words of Scripture that words that are perhaps so familiar to us might come to life. Holy Spirit, pour light upon these words which you caused to be inspired and write...

Exodus

Exodus 36:8 — 38:20 Progress of Construction

If you have your Bibles, please turn with me to Exodus 36. When we get to this part of Exodus, much of this material is duplicated from earlier passages in Exodus. The difference is that the earlier passages, commanding the way the tabernacle was to be built, the way the various pieces of furnishing for the tabernacle was...

John

John 13:21-38 Letting Jesus Down

Please turn in your Bibles to John 13. We are in the upper room and will be for some time as we follow the words and the actions of Jesus in these final hours before He is arrested and taken to be tried and crucified. In chapter 13, He has just predicted and prophesied the betrayal of Judas Iscariot and the denial of...

Easter 2003 The Exaltation of Christ in the Resurrection I Corinthians 15:1-14

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to I Corinthians 15, as we consider the exaltation of Christ in His resurrection. During the Easter season, many Christians turn their minds to the meaning of the resurrection, and they ask questions like, “How is this significant for my life? What does the...

John

John 14:16-31 The Other Counselor

As we continue our study of John's gospel, we come to chapter 14, beginning at verse 16, hear the word of God:

I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper that He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you...

Exodus

Exodus 35:20-36:7 Gifts and Craftsmen

I'd like you to turn with me to the book of Exodus again: Exodus chapter 35, and we’ll begin in verse 20 tonight. It would be easy to get lost in the details of this passage and to be lulled to sleep and to miss the repeated and obvious grand emphases that we find here, so there are several that...

Apostles' Creed

I Believe in the Holy Ghost Ephesians 1:13-14

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Ephesians 1:13-14. We arrive now at the third part of the Apostles’ Creed as we continue to work through this great Christian confession of faith. This part of the Creed gives us the completion of our profession of the Trinity. We began with “I believe in God...

Exodus

Exodus 35:1-19 Sabbath and Construction

If you’ll open your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to Exodus chapter 35. We are moving into the very last section of the book of Exodus and Moses’ record of the building of the tabernacle. And the very fact that the culminating chapters of this book of epic adventures climaxes on the story of the construction of...

Apostles' Creed

The Apostles' Creed From Thence He Shall Come to Judge the Quick and the Dead Revelation 22:12

As we continue to work through the Apostles’ Creed, we come to that statement that “From thence He, the Lord Jesus Christ, shall come to judge the quick and the dead.” This section in the Creed about the Lord Jesus Christ is the longest portion, so the core of the Creed...

John

John 14:1-14 Comfort

Turn with me, if you would, in your Bibles, to the gospel of John. We are in the upper room, and are following the words and actions of Jesus in these final hours before He is arrested and taken to be tried and crucified. He has just, in chapter 13, predicted and prophesied the betrayal of Judas Iscariot, and the denial of Simon Peter, two...

Exodus

The Face of Moses Exodus 34:29-35

I'd invite you to turn with me to Exodus 34. Tonight we come to the end of our study of the golden calf incident. These very last verses, these verses at the end of chapter 34, exalt the mediator Moses. Now this began in Exodus 32:1, “When the people saw that Moses delayed to come down from the mountain...

March

Sermon on Mar 30, 2003

Why the Resurrection Matters I Corinthians 15

If you have your Bibles, I would invite you to turn with me to I Corinthians 15. It is appropriate that on this day that we would spend some time considering the biblical teaching about the resurrection and its significance. There is much confusion on this subject in our own day and time. There are many in the secular world...

Apostles' Creed

Who Sitteth on the Right Hand of God the Father Almighty Matthew 22:41-46

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Matthew, chapter 22. We are continuing our study of the Apostles’ Creed and we are in the section that deals with Jesus Christ. In that section we have noted two parallel sets of phrases. One that focuses on the humiliation of Christ...

Exodus

Glorifying God Exodus 34:10-28

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Exodus 34 as we continue to work our way through this great book. We come to the end of a passage which forms the center of the book and focuses on the golden calf incident. Let's hear God's word.

Then God said, "Behold, I am going...

John

Foot Washing John 13:1-7

As we continue in our studies in the gospel of John, we come to chapter 13, and to this incident that is recorded for us in the opening verses of the chapter of the washing of the feet of the disciples. Hear with me the word of God as we find it in the first verse of John 13.

“Now before the Feast of...

Apostles' Creed

Sermon on Mar 22, 2003

Acts 1:9-11

Who Ascended into Heaven Acts 1:9-11

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Acts, chapter 1. We are continuing our study through the Apostles’ Creed and today we come to the phrase in which we confess that “we believe in Jesus Christ who ascended into heaven.”

Now, the wise old Reformed theologians of the 17th Century used to speak of Jesus’...

Exodus

Exodus 34:1-9 The Lord Passes By

If you have your Bibles, we are in Exodus 34, in the middle of the story of the golden calf and its aftermath, which runs from Exodus 32 to 34. It's ironic, isn't it, right smack in the middle of a section on worship, we have a story about idolatry. Of course, there's no mistake in that, that's precisely...

John

Little Donkey John 12:12-50

We continue our studies in John's gospel and we come now to chapter 12 and I'm going to read from verse 12 to verse 36.

On the next day the large crowd who had come to the feast when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, took the branches of the palm trees and went out to meet Him, and began to shout,...

Apostles' Creed

The Apostles' Creed On the Third Day He Rose Again 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 Dr. Derek Thomas

We are continuing our studies in the Apostles’ Creed. We come this morning to that statement of the Creed in the belief in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. On the third day He rose again from the dead according to the Scriptures. I wanted to start this morning by saying that I...

Exodus

Exodus 33:12-23 A Mediator with a Heart

If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to Exodus 33, as we continue our study in the Old Testament. In the first eleven verses of this chapter, especially verse 3, the Lord says to Moses, “to go up to a land flowing with milk and honey, for I will not go up in...

Apostles' Creed

Sermon on Mar 8, 2003

1 Corinthians 15:1-4

The Apostles' Creed He Descended into Hell I Corinthians 15:1-4

I'd invite you to turn with me to 1 Corinthians 15. We are continuing a series that we have been pursuing on Sunday mornings on The Apostles’ Creed. This morning we looked at the phrases that “we believe in the Lord Jesus Christ who suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried.” All belong together in the...

Apostles' Creed

The Apostles’ Creed “I believe in Jesus Christ who suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried” Matthew 27:1-2; 32-60

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Matthew 27. We are continuing our study through the Apostles’ Creed and we are now squarely in the center of the portion of the Apostles’ Creed that deals with the person and work of...

Exodus

Exodus 33:1-11 I Will Not Go in Your Midst

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Exodus 33. In Exodus, one of the great themes we have seen over and over, is that we are saved to worship. God not only brought His people out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage, in order...

Apostles' Creed

The Apostles’ Creed I believe in Jesus Christ…conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-38

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Matthew, chapter 1. As we continue to work our way through The Apostles’ Creed, we are going to be looking at those two phrases: “conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary,”...

John

Sermon on Mar 1, 2003

John 12:1-11

John 12:1-11 “La Perfumerie

Last week we looked together at the raising of Lazarus from the dead. We didn't get to it last week due to time, but let me go back for a moment to John 11 and ask the question, “Why it is that John doesn't record anything at all of Lazarus’ reaction to being brought back from the dead.” He had been dead for...

February

Exodus

Exodus 32:19-35 Who is on the Lord's Side?

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Exodus 32, as we continue to study the story of the golden calf. We've looked previously at this idolatry of Israel and Moses’ beautiful prayer of intercession in response, and in our previous study we raised some significant questions regarding how God responds to...

Apostles' Creed

Sermon on Feb 22, 2003

Romans 1:1-7

The Apostles' Creed I Believe in Jesus Christ His Only Son Our Lord Romans 1:1

If you have your Bible, I'd invite you to turn with me to Romans chapter 1. We’re working our way through the Apostles’ Creed. Previously we were looking at Creation, and the phrase “I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.” And it was appropriate that we pause and...

John

John 11:1-57 A Bad Odor

Turn with me to John 11. We have a lengthy portion of Scripture to read and perhaps one of the most exciting narratives in the Scriptures, let alone the gospel of John. It would be wonderful if we could pretend to read passages like this as if it we’d never heard them before because the climax comes right at the end of the...

Exodus

Exodus 32:11-18 Does God Change His Mind?

Exodus, chapters 25 through 40, is a section that teaches Israel how to worship, how God is to be worshiped rightly, and in the middle, in chapter 32, we find this story about idolatry and infidelity to the living God. We've already noted that there are several huge themes that run throughout Exodus 32-34. First of all, this...

Apostles' Creed

Genesis 1:1 I Believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth (contd)

O come let us worship and bow down. Let us kneel before the Lord, our maker, for He is our God and we are the people of His pasture and the flock under His care. Let us worship Him.

Our Lord and God Father, Son, holy Spirit, triune God, one God, eternal God,...

John

Sermon on Feb 15, 2003

John 10:1-21

John 10: 1-21 The Lord's My Shepherd

Tonight we come to chapter 10 in John's gospel and we're going to read the first 21 verses. We’re going to read the parable of the good shepherd. Let's hear together the Word of God.

John 10:1-21

Thus far God's holy and inerrant word. Let's ask for God's blessing; let's pray together.

Our Father in heaven, we turn now to your...

Christmas Series: Getting a Handel on Christmas

Sermon on Feb 13, 2003

Isaiah 40:1-5

Isaiah 40:1-5 Comfort Ye My People Dr. Derek Thomas

Turn with me now to the text that we've just heard sung so beautifully from Isaiah chapter 40 and verses 1 through 5. Before we read the passage together, let's look to God and ask for His blessing. Let's pray.

Our Father in heaven, this is Your word; You caused it to be written. We thank You for the...

Exodus

Exodus 32:1-10 Sin at Sinai

Open your Bibles please to Exodus 32, as we continue to work our way through this great book. You may remember that from Exodus 25 to 31, God in great detail explains the structure at which He will meet with His people in worship, and the way in which His people must come to Him in worship. So, the totality...

Romans 15:14-33 A Missionary's Letter Rev. Sanders Willson

Let the nations be glad and sing for joy. Let all the peoples praise our God. God, our God, bless us. God bless us that the ends of the earth might fear Him. Let us worship God.

Our Lord and our God we bow before You and we bless You as the One who is Creator of heaven and earth....

John

John 6:15-25 Treading Water

So Jesus, perceiving that they were intending to come and take Him by force to make Him king, withdrew again to the mountain by Himself alone. Now when evening came, His disciples went down to the sea, and after getting into a boat, they started to cross the sea to Capernaum. It had already become dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them....

January

Sermon on Jan 31, 2003

Acts 26:17b, 18

The Lord's Day February 2, 2003

Shout for joy to the Lord all the earth. Serve the Lord with gladness, come before His presence with thanksgiving; know that the Lord is God. It is He who has made us and not we ourselves. We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.” Let us worship Him.

O Lord, almighty King, triune God, You are the sovereign and...

John

Sermon on Jan 28, 2003

John 5:16-25

John 5:16-47 I've No Idea Who He Was

“For this reason the Jews were persecuting Jesus, because He was doing these things on the Sabbath.But He answered them, "My Father is working until now, and I Myself am working." For this reason therefore the Jews were seeking all the more to kill Him, because He not only was breaking the Sabbath, but also was calling God His own...

John

John 9:1 to 41 Who Sinned

Turn with me now to John's gospel, the ninth chapter, as we read this story of the healing of a man who had been born blind. Hear the Word of God.

As He passed by, He saw a man blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he would be born blind?" Jesus...

Apostles' Creed

Genesis 1:1 I Believe in God the Father…Creator of Heaven and Earth

Turn with me in your Bibles to Genesis 1. Today we are continuing our study of The Apostles’ Creed. As we work through the Creed, topically studying the subjects of this great statement of Christian affirmation, it has been our intention all along to root these assertions in the word of Scripture, so that our confidence...

John

Poolside Miracle John 5:1-15

After these things there was a feast of the Jews and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is in Jerusalem a sheep gate a pool which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda, having five porticos. In these lay a multitude of those who were sick, blind, lame and withered waiting for the moving of the waters. For an angel of the Lord went...

Apostles' Creed

Sermon on Jan 18, 2003

Acts 17:22-31

Acts 17:22-31 I Believe in God the Father Almighty

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Acts 17, and we’ll go back to last week's passage that illustrates the scriptural teaching of our belief in God. We’re going to read this passage to emphasize two more things that Paul brings out. Someone asked me what the term creed means, where the term...

John

Sermon on Jan 18, 2003

John 8:31-59

John 8:31-50 B’nai Abraham

Turn in your Bibles to the gospel of John 8:31 and we’ll be reading through to the end of the chapter. Hear the word of God.

“Jesus therefore was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you abide in My word then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.”

They...

John

Sermon on Jan 14, 2003

John 4:43-54

John 4:43-54 Another Sign

If you’ll open your Bible to John 4:43. This is the healing of the Nobleman's son. Hear the word of God.

After the two days he left for Galilee. (Now Jesus himself had pointed out that a prophet has no honor in his own country.) When he arrived in Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him. They had seen all that he had done in Jerusalem...

John

John 8:12-30 The Light of the World

Turn with me to John 8. We are going to pass over for this week the story of the adulterous woman, the account we find in verses 1-11, there is an enormous textual problem with that story; but that's not the reason I'm passing over it tonight. I hope to include an illusion to that next week in the next passage....

Apostles' Creed

Sermon on Jan 11, 2003

Acts 17:16-34

Acts 17:22-28 I Believe in God Dr. Derek Thomas

….Turn with me not to Acts 17, and we will begin reading in verse 22. Let's hear the word of God.

“So Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said "Men of Athens, I observe that you are very religious in all respects. "For while I was passing through and examining the objects of your worship, I...

John

Sermon on Jan 7, 2003

John 4:27-42

John 4: 27-42 Revival in Small-town Samaria

Turn in your Bibles to the gospel of John, the fourth chapter verse 27-42. This is our Missions Conference week, and this morning we were focusing in the worship service on Psalm 67, the theme for the entire conference. We were reminded of the theme of that Psalm summarized by the title of John Piper's book Let the Nations Be Glad...

John

Sermon on Jan 7, 2003

John 7:1-53

John 7 Who is He?

Turn with me to John 7. We’re working our way through the gospel of John and we are going to attempt to look at the whole of this chapter this evening. Hear the word of God as we find it in chapter 7 beginning at the first verse.

John 7

May God bless the reading of His word. May we...

The Apostles’ Creed I Believe

If you have your Bibles, I would invite you to turn with me to Romans 4, as we begin a series of studies in the Apostles’ Creed. As many of you know, the Apostles’ Creed is an elaboration of a very old creed which had been circulating in various areas of early Christianity. In fact, you can find almost all of the component...

John

Sermon on Jan 4, 2003

John 6:25-72

John 6:25-72 Questions and Grumbles

Turn with me to the gospel of John chapter 6 beginning at verse 25. Jesus has just walked on the Sea of Galilee over to Capernaum. The folks who had gone to the eastern shore of Galilee have now made their way back to the northwestern shore hiring water taxis, perhaps, in order to do that. Since Jesus had been left on the...

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