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Resources from 2006

August

Rewire

 In our morning services, we’ve been working through 1 Corinthians together. And in chapter 7, we’re in the second half of chapter 7 this morning, Paul has been responding to some questions the Corinthians have asked him about singleness and marriage. He’s concluding this part of his discussion about singleness and marriage in the last chunk of the chapter, verses 25 to 40. You’ll find it on page...

December

Sermon on Dec 30, 2006

The Lord's Day Evening

December 31, 2006

Watch Night Service

Psalm 90

“Teach Us to Number Our Days”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now, Watch Night Services...we're cheating just a little bit, because Watch Night Services usually take place beginning around eleven o’clock at night and ending at midnight at the New Year; and for the 17-18 years or so I was in Belfast, that was our practice,...

Biblical Priorities for the Life of the Church

Sermon on Dec 30, 2006

1 Timothy 6:11

The Lord's Day Morning

December 31, 2006

I Timothy 6:11

“Biblical Godliness”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to I Timothy 6:11. Let me remind you what we've been doing, since we've been away from this series for over a month now. Back on October 22, we started a new Sunday morning series. After looking at the...

Christmas Series: Luke's Christmas Liturgy

Sermon on Dec 24, 2006

Luke 2:29-32

The Lord's Day Morning

December 24, 2006

Luke 2:29-32

Luke's Christmas Liturgy

Nunc Dimitis

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

Amen. If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Luke, chapter two. We come today to the fourth of those songs of the Nativity in the Gospel of Luke that we've been...

Luke's Christmas Liturgy

The Lord's Day Evening

December 24, 2006

Philippians 2:6-11

Jesus Is God and Man

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

[Dr. Duncan]:

Our Lord and our God, our hearts rejoice at the very thought of Your gracious sending of Your Son into this world for the salvation of all who rest and trust in Him. Grant that this Christmas and always we would trust the Savior and...

Christmas Series: Luke's Christmas Liturgy

Sermon on Dec 16, 2006

Luke 2:14

Now turn with me in your Bibles to the second chapter of Luke's Gospel, and we're going to look at The Gloria. We've just heard Pergolesi's rendition of the angels’ song at Bethlehem.

Now let's set a scene. It's the nighttime. An angel has appeared to shepherds on the hillsides of Bethlehem. The hillsides of Bethlehem are strewn with sheep, lambs.... The temple sacrifices in...

Christmas Series: Luke's Christmas Liturgy

Sermon on Dec 9, 2006

Luke 1:67-79

The Lord's Day Morning

December 10, 2006

Luke 1:67-79

“Luke's Christmas Liturgy:

Benedictus: Covenant Mercy and Remembrance”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

Amen. If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Luke 1, as we continue to work through Luke's Christmas Liturgy, this set of four songs in the early chapters of The Gospel of Luke that give us a unique window into...

Christmas Series: Luke's Christmas Liturgy

Sermon on Dec 9, 2006

1 John 4:1-3

The Lord's Day Evening

December 10, 2006

I John 4:1-3; II John 7

Jesus Became a Man

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now these Sunday mornings in December we've been looking, and will continue to look, at four of the songs that we find in the Gospel of Luke, all referring to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ — His birth and incarnation. And then...

Christmas Series: Luke's Christmas Liturgy

Sermon on Dec 3, 2006

John 1:1

The Lord's Day Evening

December 3, 2006

John 1:1, 14-18

Jesus Is God

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to John, chapter one.

Even as on the Lord's Day morning we're going to be working through three Christmas hymns, or psalms or songs...

Christmas Series: Luke's Christmas Liturgy

Sermon on Dec 2, 2006

Luke 1:46-55

The Lord's Day Morning

December 3, 2006

Luke 1:46-55

“Luke's Christmas Liturgy:

Magnificat: Mary Was a Shorter Catechism Girl”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Amen, and as Ligon was saying earlier, of course, the choir has just been singing what is the text this morning, The Magnificat, the song of Mary. So turn with me now in your Bibles to Luke 1, and we're going to read...

November

To the End of the Earth

Wednesday Evening

November 29, 2006

Acts 11:1-18

To the Ends of the Earth

First Church Jerusalem

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now, if you have your Bibles with you, turn with me if you would once again to The Acts of the Apostles, and we come tonight to the eleventh chapter. We’re going to read together in a few minutes the first eighteen verses.

But before I do...

Biblical Priorities for the Life of the Church

The Lord's Day Evening

November 26, 2006

Titus 1:1-2; II Timothy 1:13-14

Priorities: The Life of Our Church

What in the World is the Big Deal with Doctrine?”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me first to II Timothy, even though it's listed second in the order of the Scriptures under the evening message. First, to II...

Biblical Priorities for the Life of the Church

The Lord's Day Morning

November 26, 2006

Psalm 29:1-2

Biblical Priorities for the Life of our Church

How in the World Should We Worship?

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

Amen. If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to open them with me to Psalm 29, and you’ll need to keep your Bibles handy today because we're going to try and cover...

Sermon on Nov 22, 2006

Thanksgiving Day Worship Service

November 23, 2006

Psalm 103 “Give Thanks”

Dr. William Wymond

[Prayer: Mr. James Elkin]

Our Father, we know ourselves to be the most blessed people in the world. We know, too, that the God of heaven is our Redeemer. Our blessing from your hand astounds us. We thank You that the Creator of all the universe has loved us. We are startled. We know...

To the End of the Earth

Sermon on Nov 21, 2006

Acts 10:1-8

Tuesday Evening

November 21, 2006

Acts 10:1-8; 23b-48

To the Ends of the Earth

All Change!

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now, if you have your Bibles turn with me to The Acts of the Apostles; and if you don't, on the back, I understand, of the bulletin this evening, a fairly lengthy reading from Acts 10. You remember that last week we were looking together at this...

The Incomparable Christ: Exposition of Colossians

The Lord's Day Evening November 19, 2006

Colossians 2:16-23 “Reformed Worship: From Babbling to Sweet Harmony”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Please be seated. Now, if you arrived a little late for this evening's service and you've been wondering how come I'm not preaching so early, that's because we're doing a Reformation Day service reflecting the liturgy of John Calvin in the 1540's in Geneva. If you have...

Sermon on Nov 18, 2006

2 Samuel 23:1-7

The Lord's Day Morning November 19, 2006

II Samuel 23:1-7 “David's Last Words”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now if you have your Bibles with you, take out your Bible to the Old Testament to II Samuel 23. Before we read the first seven verses of this chapter, let's look again to God in prayer.

Lord our God, we thank You for the Scriptures that holy men of...

The Lord's Day Evening November 19, 2006

Colossians 2:16-23 “Reformed Worship: From Babbling to Sweet Harmony”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Please be seated. Now, if you arrived a little late for this evening's service and you've been wondering how come I'm not preaching so early, that's because we're doing a Reformation Day service reflecting the liturgy of John Calvin in the 1540's in Geneva...

The Lord's Day Evening November 19, 2006

Colossians 2:16-23 “Reformed Worship: From Babbling to Sweet Harmony”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Please be seated. Now, if you arrived a little late for this evening's service and you've been wondering how come I'm not preaching so early, that's because we're doing a Reformation Day service reflecting the liturgy of John Calvin in the 1540's in Geneva...

To the End of the Earth

Sermon on Nov 14, 2006

Acts 10:9-23

Wednesday Evening

November 15, 2006

Acts 10:9-23

To the Ends of the Earth Pork — the Other White Meat

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me once again to The Acts of the Apostles, or The Acts of Jesus Christ, or even The Acts of the Holy Spirit. Turn with me to chapter ten, and we're going to read together verses 9-23.

Now I know that...

God's New Family: An Exposition of Ephesians

The Lord's Day Evening

November 12, 2006

Ephesians 6:21-24

“God's New Family: An Exposition of Ephesians (LXI)

Conclusion: A Concern for Comfort and a Word of Blessing”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

Amen. Please be seated. If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to

Ephesians 6:21. We come tonight to the end of our study of the Book of Ephesians. This is the...

Biblical Priorities for the Life of the Church

The Lord's Day Morning

November 12, 2006

II Timothy 4:1-4

Biblical Priorities for the Life of our Church (2)

How in the World does the Church Grow?

Biblical Preaching

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

Amen. If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to II Timothy 4. A couple of weeks ago we began a new series on biblical priorities for our life as...

To the End of the Earth

Wednesday Evening

November 8, 2006

Acts 9:32-43

To the Ends of the Earth The Dead Shall Rise

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

As you’re turning to Acts 9 — and if you don't have your Bibles with you, the text is printed on the bulletin for this evening. Now before we read Acts 9 together, let's pray.

Father, again we bow our heads and hearts and spirits in...

God's New Family: An Exposition of Ephesians

The Lord's Day Evening

November 5, 2006

Ephesians 6:19-20

God's New Family: An Exposition of Ephesians (LX)

The Full Armor of God (4):

Praying for Preachers

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

Amen. Please be seated. If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Ephesians 6. We are now at the penultimate sermon in this series on the Book of Ephesians. One more...

October

To the End of the Earth

Wednesday Evening

November 1, 2006

Acts 9:12b -31

To the Ends of the Earth

A Basket Case!

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me if you would once again to The Acts of the Apostles, and we're in chapter nine. We pick it up at verse 19b. the second half of verse [19]. In some of your Bibles that verse is cut in two, beginning a...

The Lord's Day Morning

October 29, 2006

Matthew 6:19-21

“Is Your Treasure Showing?”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

Amen. If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Matthew 6, and be looking at verses 16-19. This is the passage from which the theme of the stewardship season comes. Our Stewardship Committee has chosen once again to emphasize that stewardship is a matter of...

To the End of the Earth

Sermon on Oct 24, 2006

Acts 9:1-12a

Wednesday Evening

October 25, 2006

Acts 9:1-12a

To the Ends of the Earth Saul of Tarsus

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now take out your hymn sheet once again that's on the desk in front of you and turn back just for a second to Hymn 483, We Sing the Glorious Conquest. We sang that hymn, of course, because it's based on the chapter we're going to...

God's New Family: An Exposition of Ephesians

The Lord's Day Evening

October 21, 2006

Ephesians 6:17-18

“God's New Family: An Exposition of Ephesians (LIX)

The Full Armor of God (3): Word and Prayer”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

Amen. Please be seated. If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me again to Ephesians 6, as we continue through this section on the armor of God.

We've been looking at this great...

Biblical Priorities for the Life of the Church

The Lord's Day Morning

October 22, 2006

II Timothy 3:1-5

“Where In the World is the Church?

Biblical Priorities for the Life of Our Church (1)”

Our Contemporary Context

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

Amen. If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to II Timothy, chapter three.Last Sunday morning we completed a series where we worked through the five questions of membership, reminding...

To the End of the Earth

Sermon on Oct 17, 2006

Acts 8:26-40

Wednesday Evening

October 18, 2006

Acts 8:26-40

“To the Ends of the Earth The Great Search”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now we're in The Acts of the Apostles, and we've been following the account that Luke provides for us of this extraordinary godly man, Philip. We’re going to have to bid farewell to Philip tonight. We’ll catch him one more time — Acts 21 (I'm speaking off...

God's New Family: An Exposition of Ephesians

The Lord's Day Evening October 15, 2006

Ephesians 6:13-17 “God's New Family: An Exposition of Ephesians (LVIII) The Full Armor of God (2): Spiritually Armed”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd ask you to turn again to Ephesians 6, as we continue to look at this section called “The Armor of God” especially from verses 10 down to verse 18; but really, we’ll...

Five Questions for Church Membership

Sermon on Oct 14, 2006

Hebrews 13:17

The Lord's Day Morning

October 15, 2006

Hebrews 13:17

“What It Means to Be a Member of FPC: The Five Questions of Membership (5)”“Do you submit yourself to the government and discipline of the Church,

and promise to study its purity and peace?”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

Amen. If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Hebrews 13. We’ll look at two...

To the End of the Earth

Wednesday Evening

October 11, 2006

Acts 8:9-25

Buying Your Way to Power

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me once again to The Acts of the Apostles, a series which we began–oh, I don't know when we began it. We began it when we were back on Sunday nights in the temporary sanctuary, and now we've moved it here for the fall...and we're in the eighth...

God's New Family: An Exposition of Ephesians

The Lord's Day Evening

October 8, 2006

Ephesians 6:10-12 Our Struggle is Not Against Flesh and Blood

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

Amen. Please be seated. If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Ephesians 6, and as you do so I would remind you that we've come to a new section — the final section of this book as we study it...

September

God's New Family: An Exposition of Ephesians

The Lord's Day Evening

October 1, 2006

“God's New Family: An Exposition of Ephesians (LVI)”

God's Household Rules: Marriage and Family (11)

Ephesians 6:5-9

The Obligations of Householders and Servants

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

Amen. Please be seated.

You may not appreciate how relevant that catechism question is to our current situation. Some of you may know that in both the Navy and in the Air Force...

To the End of the Earth

Sermon on Sep 26, 2006

Acts 8:1b-8

Wednesday Evening

September 27, 2006

Acts 8:1-8 Philip Preaching Christ in Samaria

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me if you would to the Acts of the Apostles. Once again as we continue to unfold the narrative that Luke provides for us of the spread of the church from Jerusalem to Judea, to Samaria, and to the ends of the earth And we’ll see now tonight...

Five Questions for Church Membership

The Lord's Day Morning September 24, 2006

Acts 16:31; Matthew 16:15-16; John 1:29

“What It Means to Be a Member of FPC: The Five Questions of Membership (2)”

2. “Do you believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as the Son of God and Savior of sinners; and do you receive and trust Him alone for salvation as He is offered in the gospel?”

Dr. J Ligon Duncan III...

God's New Family: An Exposition of Ephesians

Sermon on Sep 23, 2006

Ephesians 6:4

The Lord's Day Evening September 24, 2006

Ephesians 6:4 “God's New Family: An Exposition of Ephesians (LV) God's Household Rules: Marriage and Family (10): The Nurture and Admonition of the Lord”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

Amen. Please be seated. If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to the Book of Ephesians again, chapter six, as we continue through this section on household...

To the End of the Earth

Wednesday Evening

September 20, 2006

Acts 7:54-8:1a

To the Ends of the Earth: "The First Christian Martyr”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now let's go to Acts 7. We’re going to pick up the story at verse 54, and read through into chapter eight and verse one. If you think you have problems, then listen to this. Before we read this passage together, let's pray.

Father, again we...

God's New Family: An Exposition of Ephesians

The Lord's Day Evening September 17, 2006 Ephesians 6:1-3 God's New Family: An Exposition of Ephesians (LIV) God's Household Rules: Marriage and Family (9): "Children's Obedience” Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

Amen. Please be seated. If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn again to Ephesians...now chapter six, but still part of the section that we started back in Ephesians 5:22 One comment is probably going...

The Five Questions of Membership

Sermon on Sep 16, 2006

Romans 3:23

The Lord's Day Morning September 17, 2006 Romans 3:23 “Church Membership (1): Do you acknowledge yourselves to be sinners in the sight of God, justly deserving His displeasure, and without hope save in His sovereign mercy?

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Romans–first in chapter three, then we're going to go back to chapter two, and...

To the End of the Earth

Sermon on Sep 12, 2006

Acts 7:1-53

Wednesday Evening

September 13, 2006

"Stephen's Sermon" Part 2

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Turn with me now, if you would, to Acts 7 once again. We were looking at this chapter a week ago. It's a long chapter.

We saw last week how Stephen, this godly man, this man who is described for us by Luke as "full of the Holy Spirit", one of the seven chosen...

To the End of the Earth

Sermon on Sep 5, 2006

Acts 7:1-53

Wednesday Evening

September 6, 2006

Acts 7:1-53 "Stephen's Sermon" (Part 1)

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Open your Bibles please to Acts 7. This week we come to the story of Stephen this godly man, this man who is described for us by Luke as "full of the Holy Spirit", one of the seven chosen to help relieve the apostles in the dispute that has arisen...

God's New Family: An Exposition of Ephesians

The Lord's Day Evening September 3, 2006

Ephesians 5:28-30 God's New Family: An Exposition of Ephesians (LII) Household Rules: Marriage and Family (7) "Love Your Wife (4)”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

Amen. Please be seated. We’re continuing our study of Ephesians tonight, and we’ll be doing so throughout the rest of the autumn, God willing. Let me just refresh you as to where we are. This morning...

God's New Family: An Exposition of Ephesians

The Lord's Day Morning September 3, 2006

Ephesians 5:25-27 God's New Family: An Exposition of Ephesians (LI) Household Rules: Marriage and Family (6)

"Love Your Wife (3)”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

Amen. If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Ephesians 5, as we continue to study through this great book of the Apostle Paul, and especially this section in which God...

To the End of the Earth

The Lord's Day Evening

August 27, 2006

Acts 6:8-15

Angelic Stephen

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Please turn with me now to The Acts of the Apostles, and to chapter six. We've been looking at The Acts of the Apostles now and we've come this evening to the account of Stephen. It is a seminal portion of The Acts of the Apostles.

We were looking last Lord's Day...

God's New Family: An Exposition of Ephesians

The Lord's Day Morning

August 20, 2006

Ephesians 5:25-29

“God's New Family: An Exposition of Ephesians (XLIX)

Household Rules: Marriage and Family (4) Love Your Wife

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

Amen. If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Ephesians, chapter five, as we continue to work our way through this great letter of the Apostle Paul to the Ephesian church and...

To the End of the Earth

The Lord's Day Evening

August 20, 2006

Acts 6:1-7

To the End of the Earth (12): Seven Wise Men

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me, if you would, to The Acts of the Apostles, chapter six. . I'm going to tell you a problem in the church of the New Testament where evidently love was in short supply. This is in Acts 6, and we're...

God's New Family: An Exposition of Ephesians

The Lord's Day Morning August 13, 2006

Ephesians 5:22-24 “God's New Family: An Exposition of Ephesians (XLVIII) Household Rules: Marriage and Family (3)” Obey?! Submit? You've got to be kidding! (2)

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

Amen. If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Ephesians, chapter five, verse 22, as we return to this most “politically incorrect” of passages in the New...

God's New Family: An Exposition of Ephesians

The Lord's Day Morning August 6, 2006

Ephesians 5:22-24 “God's New Family: An Exposition of Ephesians (XLVII) Household Rules: Marriage and Family (2)”

Obey?! Submit? You've got to be kidding! (1)

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

I invite you to turn with me to Ephesians 5, verse 22 We’re going to look at verses 22-24 today, but let me admit at the outset we're not going to get...

July

God's New Family: An Exposition of Ephesians

The Lord's Day Morning

July 30, 2006

Ephesians 5:21

God's Household Rules: Marriage and Family (1)”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

Amen. If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Ephesians 5. If you have the outline that was provided today for this message, you’ll also notice the outline of Ephesians 5:18-21. We’re going to go back today to verse 21, the last...

To the End of the Earth

Sermon on Jul 29, 2006

Acts 5:33-42

The Lord's Day Evening

July 30, 2006

Acts 5:33-42

“To the End of the Earth (12): Leave These Men Alone!”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me, if you would, to The Acts of the Apostles, and the fifth chapter. Our reading this evening begins at the end of the chapter, beginning at verse 33. You will recall that the apostles have been imprisoned for the...

God's New Family: An Exposition of Ephesians

The Lord's Day Morning

July 23, 2006

Ephesians 5:18-21

“The New Walk (5): More Reasons Why — Filled With the Spirit”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

Please open your Bibles to Ephesians chapter five, as we continue through Paul's letter to Ephesus and to us. We've said since Ephesians 4:17 that it has been Paul's concern to exhort us to live distinctively as Christians in this world; not...

To the End of the Earth

The Lord's Day Evening

July 23, 2006

Acts 5:12-32

“To the End of the Earth (11): Prison Break!”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me to The Acts of the Apostles; and we come this evening to chapter five, and beginning at the twelfth verse–Acts 5:12.

This is God's word. This is not like reading our favorite book. These are God's words breathed out by God,...

God's New Family: An Exposition of Ephesians

The Lord's Day Morning

July 16, 2006

Ephesians 5:15-17

“The New Walk (4): More Reasons Why - Wisdom”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

Amen. If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Ephesians 5 as we continue our way through this great letter of the Apostle Paul, not only to the Ephesian church, but to us.

We've been looking at this section that...

To the End of the Earth

The Lord's Day Evening

July 16, 2006

Acts 4:32-5:11

“To the End of the Earth (10): Field of Dreams”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

We’re looking at The Acts of the Apostles, and we come tonight to the section that begins in verse 32 of chapter 4, and we’ll be reading through into the fifth chapter and the narrative of Ananias and Sapphira.

This is God's holy, inerrant...

God's New Family: An Exposition of Ephesians

The Lord's Day Morning

July 9, 2006

Ephesians 5:8-14

“The New Walk (3): Children of Light”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Ephesians 5, as we continue our way through this great letter of the Apostle Paul — not just to the church of Ephesus, but to us, as all Scripture is given by inspiration and...

To the End of the Earth

Sermon on Jul 8, 2006

Acts 4:23-31

The Lord's Day Evening

July 9, 2006

Acts 4:23-31

“To the End of the Earth (9): Praying Boldly”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Last week, indeed a week before, remember we've been looking at the healing of the cripple, the man who is described as “being over forty years of age,” a cripple from birth, taken by his family — brothers, perhaps...relatives — to the temple area in...

Finding God in Hard Places

The Lord's Day Morning July 2, 2006

I Kings 17:17-24 “Finding God in Hard Places (2): A Grieving Widow”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me to I Kings, chapter 17. Last week we began a series, just two sermons while Ligon's on vacation...a series that I call generally, “Finding God in Hard Places.” And last week we were looking at Hezekiah–Hezekiah's sickness. It was a...

To the End of the Earth

The Lord's Day Evening

July 2, 2006

Acts 4:1-22

“To the End of the Earth (8): The Cost of Discipleship”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me if you would to The Acts of the Apostles once again; and we have a fairly lengthy reading from Acts 4, and we're going to read together the first 22 verses of Acts 4.

Let's pray together.

Father, again...

June

To the End of the Earth

The Lord's Day Evening

June 25, 2006

Acts 3:11-26

A New Testament Sermon on an Old Testament Text

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me, if you would, to the third chapter of Acts — The Acts of the Apostles, or The Acts of Jesus Christ, or perhaps even The Acts of the Holy Spirit.

And last Lord's Day evening we were looking together at the...

God's New Family: An Exposition of Ephesians

The Lord's Day Morning

June 18, 2006

Ephesians 5:5-7

“The New Walk (2): More Reasons Why”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

Amen. If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Ephesians 5 as we continue to work our way through this book.

Let me just remind you that in Ephesians 4:17ff, the Apostle Paul begins a section of the book which we've been...

God's New Family: An Exposition of Ephesians

The Lord's Day Morning

June 11, 2006

Ephesians 5:5-7

“The New Walk (1): More Reasons Why”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

Amen. If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Ephesians 5, as we continue to work through this great book together. I would simply draw your attention to this: When we moved from Ephesians 5:4, the last verse that we studied last...

To the End of the Earth

The Lord's Day Evening

June 11, 2006

Acts 2:42-47

To the End of the Earth How They Love One Another!

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me in the New Testament to The Acts of the Apostles. We began to look at the Book of Acts about a month ago, and we come now this evening to the closing section of chapter 2, and beginning at...

God's New Family: An Exposition of Ephesians

The Lord's Day Morning

June 4, 2006

Ephesians 5:3-4

“Sexual Immorality, Coarse Talk, Thanksgiving, and the Glory of God”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

Amen. If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Ephesians, chapter five. We’ll be looking at verses 3 and 4 today.

Before we read this passage together — a passage that deals with the issue of sexual immorality, and...

May

God's New Family: An Exposition of Ephesians

The Lord's Day Morning

May 28, 2006

Ephesians 4:31-5:2

“Bitterness, Forgiveness, and Being Like God”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

Amen. If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Ephesians, chapter four. We finally come to the end of this chapter, but Paul's line of thought continues on into chapter five. In fact, this section from Ephesians 4:25 doesn't really end until about...

To the End of the Earth

The Lord's Day Evening

May 28, 2006

Acts 2:14-41

“The ‘This is That’ Sermon ”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me to The Acts of the Apostles, and the second chapter, and I'm going to read from verse 14 through to verse 41, and before we do so, let's pray.

Our Father, we thank You again for the Scriptures that holy men of old wrote...

God's New Family: An Exposition of Ephesians

The Lord's Day Morning

May 21, 2006

Ephesians 4:29-30

“Talk, Edification, the Holy Spirit, and the Glory of God”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

Amen. If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Ephesians 4. In this whole passage from Ephesians 4:17, running all the way to Ephesians 5:4, Paul is calling us to live like Christians: to live out the grace of...

To the End of the Earth

The Lord's Day Evening

May 21, 2006

Acts 2:1-13

“To the End of the Earth (3): Pentecostal Fire”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now, if you have your Bibles with you, turn with me once again to The Acts of the Apostles, which we began to look at a couple of weeks ago; and this evening we find ourselves in the opening verses of chapter two. We’re going...

To the End of the Earth

The Lord's Day Evening

May 14, 2006

Acts 1:12-26

“Then They Were Twelve Again”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me, if you would, to The Acts of the Apostles, and on Sunday evenings now for a while we’ll be going through this glorious book. The Acts of the Apostles, that tells us the story of the early church, focuses as it does initially on the...

God's New Family: An Exposition of Ephesians

The Lord's Day Morning

May 14, 2006

Ephesians 4:28

“Stealing and Work, and the Glory of God”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

Amen. As you take your Bibles and turn with me to Ephesians 4, I want to say I've had a number of very encouraging conversations during the course of this week. In fact, this study in this book, this chapter of Ephesians, has provoked more discussion...

God's New Family: An Exposition of Ephesians

The Lord's Day Morning

May 7, 2006

Ephesians 4:26-27

“Anger and the Glory of God”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

Amen. If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Ephesians, chapter four, as we continue to work our way through this great letter of the Apostle Paul.

Let me remind you that from Ephesians 4:17 to the end of the chapter, the Apostle...

To the End of the Earth

The Lord's Day Evening

May 7, 2006

Acts 1:1-11

“Gazing into Heaven: The Ascension of Jesus””

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Today we begin a new series on The Acts of the Apostles and, as you can imagine, this will take us a little while to get through the 28 chapters of The Acts of the Apostles. We’re going to look this evening at the opening, the first...

April

God's New Family: An Exposition of Ephesians

The Lord's Day Morning

April 30, 2006

Ephesians 4:25-28

“Lying and the Glory of God”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

Please take your Bibles in hand, and turn with me to Ephesians 4. We’re continuing to work through this great passage together, and you’ll remember that last week the Apostle Paul was exhorting us not to live as if we were not Christians, not to live like the...

How Pilgrims Praise: Psalms of Ascent

Sermon on Apr 29, 2006

Psalm 130:1-8

Now turn with me, if you would, to Psalm 130, what is for me a favorite Psalm. And that, of course, says a whole lot about me, I suppose, that one of my favorite Psalms begins “Out of the depths....”

As it happens, as I was driving down here this evening, John Rutter's Requiem was playing on the radio. And the second part of John Rutter's Requiem...

Sermon on Apr 22, 2006

1 Kings 17:8-16

The Lord's Day Evening

April 23, 2006

I Kings 17:8-16

“The Crucible”

Dr. John Currid

If you will open your Bibles to I Kings chapter 17, the text is found in verses 8-9 of the chapter:

“And the word of the Lord came to Elijah, ‘Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there; behold, I have commanded a widow there to feed you.’”

Now the...

God's New Family: An Exposition of Ephesians

The Lord's Day Morning

April 23, 2006

Ephesians 4:17-24

“Walk Like a Gentile?”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

Amen. If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Ephesians, chapter four, as we continue our way through this great letter.

Jesus emphasized to His disciples that they were to be in this world, but not of it. He said to them on one occasion...

Mark

The Lord's Day Evening

Easter Sunday

April 16, 2006

Mark 16:1-8

“Up From the Grave He Arose”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now I want you, as you open up your Bible or the pew Bible in front of you, as you open it up to Mark 16, I want you to do something for me. I want you to take your bulletin and cover over verses 9-20....

Sermon on Apr 15, 2006

The Lord's Day Evening

Easter Sunday

April 16, 2006

Mark 16:1-8

“Up From the Grave He Arose”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now I want you, as you open up your Bible or the pew Bible in front of you, as you open it up to Mark 16, I want you to do something for me. I want you to take your bulletin and cover over verses 9-20....

God's New Family: An Exposition of Ephesians

The Lord's Day Morning

Easter Sunday

April 16, 2006

Ephesians 4:14-16

“Jesus Is Alive, and As a Result...”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Ephesians, chapter four, as we continue to make our way through this great book together. This morning I want to concentrate for a few moments on what the Apostle Paul says ought...

Mark

The Lord's Day Evening

April 9, 2006
Mark 15:33-41
“Calvary”
Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

We come once again to Mark's Gospel, and we're in chapter 15, beginning this evening to read at verse 33, and we’ll be reading through to the end of the chapter. Before we do so, let's once again come before God in prayer.

O Lord our God, we humble ourselves in Your presence....

God's New Family: An Exposition of Ephesians

The Lord's Day Morning

April 9, 2006 Communion Sunday

Ephesians 4:11-13

“Why Christ Gifted the Church”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

Please open your Bibles to Ephesians, chapter four, as we continue working our way through this great letter of the Apostle Paul to the church of Ephesus, and to us, since “all Scripture is given by inspiration and is profitable for our reproof and correction, and training...

Mark

The Lord's Day Evening

April 2, 2006
Mark 15:16-32
“Is This the King?”
Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Please be seated. Now we come this evening and next week to consider together the account in Mark's Gospel of the crucifixion, and as we do so...it is always a solemn thing to ponder and reflect on the manner of Jesus’ death, but as we do so tonight we want...

God's New Family: An Exposition of Ephesians

The Lord's Day Morning

April 2, 2006

Ephesians 4:7-13

“To Each One Grace Was Given”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

Amen. If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Ephesians 4, as we continue to make our way through this great letter of the Apostle Paul to the Christians in Ephesus and to us.

Let me remind you, if you have the outline...

March

Mark

“The Lord's Day Evening

March 26, 2006
Mark 15:1-15
“Suffered Under Pontius Pilate”
The Reverend Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me once again in the Gospel of Mark, as we come now this evening to the fifteenth chapter and we now move into the final day in the earthly life of Jesus. We’re going to be reading Mark 15, and we're going to read together...

God's New Family: An Exposition of Ephesians

The Lord's Day Morning

March 26, 2006

Ephesians 4:4-6

“One Body, Spirit, Hope, Lord, Faith, Baptism, God and Father (3)”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Ephesians 4 as we continue to work our way through this great book...and we see God's kindness to us in knowing what we need before we know what we need.

...

Mark

The Lord's Day Evening

March 19, 2006
Mark 14:27-31; 66-72
“Failure!”
Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now we return this evening, once again to the Gospel of Mark, and we're in the close of the fourteenth chapter. That means we only have two more chapters left in Mark. Chapter fifteen, of course, will take us through the trial before Pontius Pilate, and especially the crucifixion of our Lord;...

God's New Family: An Exposition of Ephesians

The Lord's Day Morning

March 19, 2006

Ephesians 4:4-6

“One Body, Spirit, Hope, Lord, Faith, Baptism, God and Father” (Pt. 2)

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan II

...For several months now, and starting in Ephesians 4 just a few weeks ago, we emphasized on a number of occasions that whereas in Ephesians 1-3 the Apostle Paul has described what God has done in bringing believing Jew and Gentile into...

Sermon on Mar 11, 2006

Acts 7:54-60

The Lord's Day Evening

March 12, 2006

Acts 7:54-60

“The Death of a Christian”

The Reverend Dr. Guy P. Waters

If you have your Bibles with you this evening, please turn open to Acts, chapter seven. If you’re following along in the pew Bible, please turn to page 1304. Our Scripture reading this evening comes to us from Acts, chapter 7. We’ll be beginning at the fifty-fourth verse...

God's New Family: An Exposition of Ephesians

The Lord's Day Morning

March 12, 2006

Ephesians 4:4-6

“One Body, Spirit, Hope, Lord, Faith, Baptism, God and Father”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

Amen. If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Ephesians, chapter four. I'm going to read verses 4-6 today, but we're only going to get through verse 4.

Let me remind you again that in this book the Apostle...

God's New Family: An Exposition of Ephesians

The Lord's Day Morning

March 5, 2006

Ephesians 4:1-3

“Walking Worthy of Our Calling (2)”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

Amen. If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Ephesians, chapter four, as we continue our study in this book. It's been three weeks or so since we've been in this passage together. We've returned to the “scene of the crime” where last...

Sermon on Mar 4, 2006

Matthew 5:6

The Lord's Day Evening

March 5, 2006
Matthew 5:6
“As the Deer Pants for Water”
The Reverend Mr. Mike Campbell

Good evening, everyone. It is a great joy and a privilege for me to have the opportunity of opening God's word with you tonight at First Pres.

Before I read the Scripture and pray, let me just say a few words of thanks. First of all, I thank...

February

Sermon on Feb 25, 2006

Malachi 3:10

MISSIONS CONFERENCE

The Lord's Day Evening

February 26, 2006

Acts 1:8

“Obedient to the Last Command”

The Reverend Mr. David Meredith

May I say first of all a very warm and sincere word of thanks to you all for your hospitality and kindness. I honestly say that grace and kindness pours from every single area of this congregation. It's most certain that I have experienced it in the...

Sermon on Feb 25, 2006

Acts 1:8

MISSIONS CONFERENCE

The Lord's Day Morning

February 26, 2006

Malachi 3:10

“God's Dare”

The Reverend Mr. David Meredith

Friends, it is a great pleasure and privilege for me to be here this morning. I do hope that you can follow my strange accent. You’ll all be familiar with I Corinthians 13; most New Testament scholars believe that the “tongues of angels” refer to a Scottish accent, so I...

Sermon on Feb 22, 2006

MISSIONS CONFERENCE

Thursday Afternoon

February 23, 2006

Ezekiel 37:4

“Dry Bones — Anyone Can Do It”

The Reverend Mr. David Meredith

If you have your Bible, please would you open it at Ezekiel, chapter 37, a famous passage, the valley of dry bones. Let me just read one verse. You know the passage well.

“Then He said to me, ‘Prophesy to these bones, and say to them, ‘Dry
...
Sermon on Feb 21, 2006

Isaiah 6:8

MISSIONS CONFERENCE

Wednesday Evening

February 22, 2006

Isaiah 6

“Will I Do?”

The Reverend Mr. David Meredith

[Dr. Duncan]

“David Meredith is with us from the Smithton-Culloden Church. David himself is a faithful minister of God's word. He's been used to build up a congregation, to gather a congregation of saints. He loves to preach the gospel, he loves to see sinners be converted to the Lord, he...

The Lord's Day Morning

February 19, 2006

2006 Missions Conference

Matthew 28:18-20

“The Mission”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

Amen. If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Matthew 28. It's a good thing for every church to pause and reflect from time to time on the great commission, and ask ourselves whether we are actually obeying the great commission. When we do...

The Lord's Day Evening

February 19, 2006
Missions Conference 2006
II Corinthians 4:1-18
“Sovereign Seeks Helpers Unconcerned for Personal Gain:
Must Be Willing to Die for the Cause”
Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

I love missions week, and I love missions week because it brings us into contact with our brothers and sisters whom we know and love and pray for, and whose pictures have been on the...

Psalms Book 3

Sermon on Feb 14, 2006

Psalm 88:1-18

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Psalm 88. And as you do so, let me encourage you to brace yourself, because this is probably the saddest Psalm in the whole of the 150 Psalms.

You know, in almost every Psalm, no matter how low the psalmist gets, by the end of it you get to some spark of hope, some...

Mark

The Lord's Day Evening

February 12, 2006
Mark 14:43-65
“The Silence of The Lamb”
Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me once again to the Gospel of Mark and we're in chapter 14, beginning at verse 43. Now, these past number of weeks we have been following our Lord and His disciples in the upper room and preparing for Passover, and now latterly, in the last...

God's New Family: An Exposition of Ephesians

The Lord's Day Morning

February 12, 2006

Ephesians 4:1-3

“Walking Worthy of Our Calling”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

Amen. If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Ephesians 4. You've been waiting a long time to hear those words! We've been in Ephesians 3 for a number of months now. We've camped on this glorious prayer in Ephesians 3:14-21, and we've just...

Psalms Book 3

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Psalm 87. It's been interesting working through these Psalms in the Third Book of the Psalms, and especially these more recent ones: the constantly recurring themes of God's people's love for the people of God; God's delight in His people; the importance of the body of Christ, of the church. And as we look at...

God's New Family: An Exposition of Ephesians

The Lord's Day Morning

February 5, 2006

Ephesians 3:20-21

“To God Be the Glory”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

Amen. If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Ephesians 3 as we continue to work our way through this great prayer.

I'd remind you of a couple of things. One is that this book begins with a doxology. We studied it in Ephesians...

Mark

The Lord's Day Evening

February 5, 2006
Mark 14:32-42
“Dark Gethsemane”
Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me, if you would, in the Gospel of Mark to chapter 14. And I need to explain, in passing over the section from verse 26-31...this is the foretelling by Jesus of Peter's denial. The reason I'm doing that is because I'm going to come back to it later. In...

January

Psalms Book 3

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Psalm 86, and you will notice as you turn to this Psalm that it is a Psalm of David. Now, there's nothing surprising about a Psalm of David. There is something unique about a Psalm of David in the Third Book of the Psalms. This is the only Psalm of David in the Third Book...

God's New Family: An Exposition of Ephesians

The Lord's Day Morning

January 29, 2006

Ephesians 3:18-19

“What to Pray For One Another (3)”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

Amen. If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Ephesians, chapter three, as we continue to work our way through this great prayer in verses 14-19. We’re going to read all of 3:14-19, and we're going to be focusing on verses 18-19.

...

Mark

The Lord's Day Evening

January 29, 2006
Mark 14:22-26
“The Last Supper”
Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now tonight as we continue in the Gospel of Mark, we're in the fourteenth chapter. We are still in the upper room where Jesus and the disciples have just begun the preparation for the celebration of the Passover meal, and last week we were looking at the incident in which Jesus...

Psalms Book 3

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to take them, open them, and turn with me to Psalm 85 as we continue to work our way through the Third Book of the Psalms. You may remember...way back, we started working through the Psalms in the First Book in Psalm 1, and then we studied the Book of Genesis, and then we came back after studying Genesis and...

God's New Family: An Exposition of Ephesians

The Lord's Day Morning

January 22, 2006

Ephesians 3:16b-19

“What to Pray For One Another (2)”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

Amen. If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Ephesians 3. We've been looking at this prayer in Ephesians 3:14-19 for a number of weeks now. We spent the first message in this passage looking just at Paul's words of rationale as...

Mark

The Lord's Day Evening

January 22, 2006
Mark 14:12-21
“Selling Your Soul to Satan”
Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Please be seated. Now let's give our attention to the reading of the Scriptures, the word of God in the Gospel of Mark; and we've come this evening to the fourteenth chapter, where we're going to pick it up at verse 12 of Mark 14; and before we read...

Psalms Book 3

Sermon on Jan 17, 2006

Psalm 84:1-12

Wednesday Evening
January 18, 2006
Psalm 84
“The Janitor's Song”
Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

Some of you, when you hear just the words “Psalm 84”, maybe the first few words of the Psalm itself, “How lovely are Thy dwelling places, O Lord...” immediately go into Brahms...it starts playing in your mind: “How lovely”...Die Leiblich, from the Brahms Requiem. It's the...

Mark

The Lord's Day Evening

January 15, 2006
Mark 14:1-11
“How Do I Tell Jesus I Love Him?”
Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Please be seated. Now, How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds, that's about as perfect a hymn, I think, as has ever been written; and I have made it known in the past, I think, that I want it sung at my funeral. So if...

God's New Family: An Exposition of Ephesians

The Lord's Day Morning

January 15, 2006

Ephesians 3:16b-17

“What to Pray For One Another”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

When we were together last, we were looking at verses 14-16 — to be precise, verses 14 to 16a. We only got half way through verse 16, and we said there that we learned why Paul was praying the prayer; we learned a little bit about to whom...

Psalms Book 3

The Lord's Day Evening

January 8, 2006
Psalm 83
“God Help Us”
Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

Amen. Please be seated. If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn to Psalm 83 as we continue to make our way through the Third Book of the Psalms. This Psalm is an imprecatory Psalm, and as we’ll see later on, it's, by the...

God's New Family: An Exposition of Ephesians

The Lord's Day Morning

January 8, 2006

Communion Sunday

Ephesians 3:14-16a

“Praying to Our Father”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

Amen. If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Ephesians 3 as we continue to make our way through this great letter of the Apostle Paul. We’re going to be looking at verses 14-16 today, but I'd ask you to look at verse...

Psalms Book 3

Sermon on Dec 31, 2005

Psalm 82:1-8

The Lord's Day Evening

January 1, 2006
Psalm 82
“You are Gods”
Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

Please be seated. We continue working through the Third Book of the Psalms together, and we return to Psalm 82: a short Psalm, a Psalm about God and government. And if you sneaked a peek in The First Epistle at the title of this sermon or...

God's New Family: An Exposition of Ephesians

The Lord's Day Morning

January 1, 2006

Ephesians 3:7-13

“My Tribulations on Your Behalf are for Your Glory”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

As we return to Ephesians in the New Year, and I couldn't have picked a better passage to start with. We’re going to concentrate especially on Ephesians 3:8-13 this morning, but I want you to remember what we saw when we studied Ephesians 3:1-6, in...

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