Resource Library

Resources from 2009

November

I watched some footage recently of people from all over the world who were blind but who through various medical techniques were enabled to see again – surgery for cataracts or retinal implants or other medical techniques. In one scene, the camera focused in on the faces of children, many of whom have been blind their whole lives, on that moment when after cataract surgery the bandages were...

December

Sermon on Dec 26, 2009

2 Peter 3:18

The Lord's Day Evening

December 27, 2009

2 Peter 3:18

“The Last Words for the Last Sunday of the Year”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now as Ligon was explaining this morning, we’ll get back to 1 Samuel next Lord's Day evening, but since this is the final Lord's Day of the year, I thought it might be opportune for us to consider together a text that comes...

Luke

Sermon on Dec 26, 2009

Luke 8:40-56

The Lord's Day Morning

December 27, 2009

Luke 8:40-56

“Are You Laughing or Amazed?”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to Luke chapter 8 as we continue to make our way through the gospel together. This is the next set of miracles in a series of miracles that Luke has been telling us about since at least...

Christmas Series: Christmas Viewed from Afar

Sermon on Dec 19, 2009

The Lord's Day Morning

December 20, 2009

1 Peter 1:3-12

“Christmas Viewed from Afar: Angels’ Eyes”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Turn with me now to 1 Peter, 1 Peter chapter 1. It's a great pleasure and privilege for me this year to have been asked to bring three Christmas messages. This is the third and final one and I bring to you this morning something by way...

Strategic Planning Final Report

A Report of the Strategic Planning Committee of the Session of First Presbyterian Church of Jackson, MS

Please see the attached PDF for the report.

Luke

Sermon on Dec 12, 2009

Luke 8:26-39

The Lord's Day Morning

December 13, 2009

Luke 8:26-39

“The Man Jesus Renamed”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to Luke chapter 8 and this great story of the man who was possessed by demons, liberated by the Lord Jesus Christ. Derek Thomas was reminding me this morning that Ridderbos, in his famous book, The Coming of...

Christmas Series: Christmas Viewed from Afar

Sermon on Dec 12, 2009

John 1:1-14

The Lord's Day Evening

December 13, 2009

John 1:1-14

“Christmas Viewed From Afar: Heaven”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now I'm grateful to Ligon for giving me the honor and privilege this year of preaching a series of three Christmas, or Advent, sermons. And last week we were beginning about as far back from Christmas as we could possibly get, that is in Genesis 3:15 — Christmas from...

Sermon on Dec 8, 2009

Wednesday Evening Prayer Meeting

December 9, 2009

The Reverend Mr. Nate Shurden

We’re looking at the source of the power for all that is made and all that is sustained and all that will ever be, right in that manger. It's because in Christ, there is the nature of Christ - is God, deity, and man-humanity, and the mystery of that is enfolded for us in this doctrine,...

Luke

Sermon on Dec 5, 2009

Luke 8:22-25

The Lord's Day Morning

December 6, 2009

Luke 8:22-25

“The Winds and Waves Still Know”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

Luke tells groups of miracle stories in his gospels. It's obvious when you read them and then you compare them side by side that he has different things in mind that he wants to emphasize to you about these different miracle stories. For instance, if you look at...

Christmas Series: Christmas Viewed from Afar

Sermon on Dec 5, 2009

Genesis 3:1-24

The Lord's Day Evening

December 6, 2009

Genesis 3:1-24

“Christmas Viewed from Afar: Eden”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now I've been given the privilege, and it is a privilege, to bring three Christmas-themed sermons over the next three weeks — beginning tonight and then again next Lord's Day evening, and then the following Sunday morning, the Sunday when the choir will do the Music of Christmas in...

Luke

The Lord's Day Morning

November 29, 2009

Luke 8:16-21

“Take Care How You Listen”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to Luke chapter 8. We’ll be looking at verses 16 to 21 today. As you turn to that passage I would remind you that this exhortation of Jesus to you and me, to His disciples, is on...

1 Samuel

The Lord's Day Evening

November 22, 2009

1 Samuel 14:24-46

“Hasty Oath of No Tasty Food”

The Reverend Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me once again to the book of 1 Samuel, and we find ourselves in chapter 14. You will remember that Jonathan, Saul's son, has taken this bold and courageous step by going into the camp of the Philistines, he and his armor-bearer....

Sermon on Nov 21, 2009

The Lord's Day Morning

November 22, 2009

Psalm 42

“Fainting Fits and Gospel Cures”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made the heavens and the earth. Let us worship God.

Now turn with me to Psalm 42, to a psalm that reflects in many ways just what the choir have just sung, a prayer to God that seems to...

1 Samuel

Sermon on Nov 14, 2009

1 Samuel 14:1-23

The Lord's Day Evening

November 15, 2009

1 Samuel 14:1-23

“Jonathan — a Portrait of a Godly Man”

The Reverend Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now before we read the passage, and it's 1 Samuel chapter 14 — Saul and about six hundred men are on one side of a valley and about thirty thousand plus Philistines, or Philistines, are encamped on the other side of the valley...

Luke

The Lord's Day Morning

November 15, 2009

Luke 8:1-15

“Have You Heard the Word?”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Luke chapter 8. We’re going to be looking at the first few verses of this chapter and you may want to sneak a peek back to the last few verses of chapter 7 because something that...

The Lord's Day Evening

November 8, 2009

2 Thessalonians 2:13-17

“Standfast”

Mr. Nathan D. Shurden

If you have your Bibles, let me encourage you to turn to the epistle of 2 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians. This is one of Paul's letters to us, the church, to encourage us in the faith; lots of tremendous instruction to gain in this beautiful letter. We’ll be looking at just a small section...

Luke

Sermon on Nov 7, 2009

Luke 7:36-50

The Lord's Day Morning

November 8, 2009

Luke 7:36-50

“She Loved Much”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to Luke chapter 7 as we make our way through the gospel. I need to tell you that this is one of my favorite passages in all of the gospels. It is like other stories that Jesus tells. The...

October

Sermon on Oct 31, 2009

Judges 11:29-40

The Lord's Day Evening

November 1, 2009

Judges 11:29-40

“Contagious Sacrificial Submission”

Dr. Joel Beeke

Well it's very good to have the opportunity to bring you God's Word again and to be with my dear friends, your pastors, Dr. Ligon Duncan and Dr. Derek Thomas. I'd like you to turn with me please to Judges 11, Judges 11. We want to read from verses 29 through 40.

Judges...

The Lord's Day Morning

November 1, 2009

Stewardship Sunday

1 Timothy 6:6-8

“Godliness with Contentment is Great Gain”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

This morning we will look at 1 Timothy chapter 6, verses 6 to 8 this morning. This is the passage that our deacon-stewardship committee has chosen as the theme, or to draw the theme, of our stewardship season this year — “Godliness with Contentment is...

1 Samuel

Sermon on Oct 24, 2009

1 Samuel 13:1-23

The Lord's Day Evening

1 Samuel 13:1-23

“The Fool”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me once again to 1 Samuel. Tonight, in chapter 13, you may have forgotten the entire story of Samuel and Saul by now, but let me just say a couple of things here about Saul. Saul, you remember, had been on a mission looking for his father's donkeys when he encountered...

Luke

Sermon on Oct 24, 2009

Luke 7:18-35

The Lord's Day Morning

Luke 7:18-35 “Are You Sure About Jesus?”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Luke chapter 7. We’re going to be looking at verses 18 to the end of the chapter, verse 35, as we continue to make our way through the gospel of Luke together. Let me show you four parts to...

Sermon on Oct 17, 2009

1 Kings 3:3-28

The Lord's Day Evening

October 18, 2009

1 Kings 3:3-28

“The Beginning of Wisdom Is This: Get Wisdom”

The Reverend Mr. Nathan D. Shurden

If you have your Bibles, please turn to 1 Kings chapter 3, 1Kings chapter 3. It's a delight to be able to look into this passage with you tonight while Derek is still away. We've missed him this month of October. We’ll be glad...

Luke

The Lord's Day Morning

October 18, 2009

Luke 7:1-17

“God Has Visited His People”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Luke chapter 7 as we continue our way through the great gospel of Luke. In this passage, Luke is telling us two stories that are designed to help us and his original readers appreciate more fully...

Luke

The Lord's Day Morning

October 11, 2009

Luke 6:39-49

“You Are What You Do”

Dr J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I invite you to...

Luke

Sermon on Oct 3, 2009

Luke 6:37-38

The Lord's Day Morning

October 4, 2009

Luke 6:37-38

“Judge Not?”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Luke chapter 6 as we continue our way through the gospel of Luke together. We’re going to be reading from verses 37 and 38 today, but I want to go back up to verse 27 so that you have...

Sermon on Oct 3, 2009

The Lord's Day Evening

October 4, 2009

Psalm 100

“What Is That Sound?”

The Reverend Mr. William F. Joseph III

If you have your Bible, turn with me to Psalm 100. I think one of the more difficult things that you don't know about that ministers have to do is pick a sermon that's not in a series. But this one happens to be in a series, it's...

September

Luke

Sermon on Sep 26, 2009

Luke 6:27-36

The Lord's Day Morning

September 27, 2009

Luke 6: 27-36

“Loving Those Who Don't Love You”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you’ll remember throughout Luke chapter 6, from the time Jesus called twelve disciples to follow Him, He is clearly sending the signal that He is creating the people of God anew. And just like Moses gathered twelve tribes and Joshua led twelve tribes into the Promised...

1 Samuel

Sermon on Sep 19, 2009

1 Samuel 11:1-15

The Lord's Day Evening

September 20, 2009

1 Samuel 11:1-15

“Battle Stations”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

And whose gifts of leadership were already evident. Well, there are a hundred stories just like that. And it is, in some ways, a reflection of Saul. Saul is a young man. In a few chapters we’ll read of him being thirty. So one assumes this stage in his life he...

Luke

The Lord's Day Morning

September 20, 2009

Luke 6:20-26

“What True Happiness Looks Like, and What Looks Like True Happiness, But Isn't”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Luke chapter 6 as we continue to work our way through this gospel and as we double back to a very important passage in Luke. It's from the...

Luke

The Lord's Day Morning

September 13, 2009

Luke 6:20-26

“Blessed or Cursed? Weal or Woe”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles I would invite you to turn with me to Luke chapter 6. We’re going to look at verses 20 to 26 today as we continue to work our way through this Gospel together. Last Lord's Day we looked at verses 12 to 23...

1 Samuel

The Lord's Day Evening

September 13, 2009

1 Samuel 10: 17-27

“Long Live the King”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

1 Samuel, chapter 10 — and we are going to be reading tonight from verse 17 to the end of the chapter; 1 Samuel chapter 10, beginning at verse 17. Last Lord's Day evening we were introduced to Saul, the son of Kish, who went looking for donkeys...

1 Samuel

The Lord's Day Evening

September 6, 2009

1 Samuel 9:1-10:16

“You Never Know What You Might Find When You Go Off Looking for Your Lost Donkey”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now the summer has gone and September is here and we're back in Samuel. And it was a long time ago, in a place far, far away, and we've forgotten the story, but I'm going to take...

Luke

Sermon on Sep 5, 2009

Luke 6:12-22

The Lord's Day Morning

September 6, 2009

Luke 6:12-23

“Poor, Hungry, Weeping, Hated, Rejected…and Blessed!”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I invite you to turn with me to Luke chapter 6. We continue now our study in the Gospel of Luke that we began a number of months ago. We left off in Luke 6:1-11, a passage in which the Lord Jesus is...

August

The Best Chapter in the Bible

August 30, 2009

The Lord's Day Morning
“No Separation”
Romans 8:35-39

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me to Romans 8 for the last time in this series, this summer series, as we've been working our way through what I've called The Best Chapter in the Bible. Before I read this precious text beginning at verse 5 of Romans 8, we need God's blessing. Let's...

The Lord's Day Morning August 23, 2009

1 Kings 19; 2 Kings 2:1-14

“Elijah: Every Dream Lost. Every Dream Fulfilled.”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

The Anthem: - “He that shall endure to the end.” (Elijah) …..Mendelssohn

Amen. You have no idea how true those words are or how applicable they are to the life of Elijah and to the message we are going to consider this...

Encounters with Jesus

The Lord's Day Evening

August 23, 2009

Luke 23:39-43

“Encounters with Jesus: A Dying Man”

Reverend William F. Joseph III

Turn with me to Luke chapter 23. Tonight we have the opportunity to finish up our series on Encounters with Jesus. As we come to read God's Word and to hear it proclaimed, let's pray.

To You O God, be glory forever and ever, for You alone...

The Lord's Day Evening

August 16, 2009

John 11:17-27

“Two Loyal Sisters”

The Reverend Mr. Nathan D. Shurden

We have spent these long, hot summer months in the gospels looking at many individuals with a variety of different backgrounds, each unified by the fact that they have had an encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ. We continue our series tonight by looking at one of the more famous,...

The Best Chapter in the Bible

Sermon on Aug 15, 2009

Romans 8:31-37

The Lord's Day Morning

August 16, 2009

“If God is For Us” (2)

Romans 8:33-34

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me to the eighth chapter of Romans once again as we continue our study of what we've called The Best Chapter in the Bible. We’re at the peroration of it, the closing section of it. There will be one more sermon as we finish off...

The Best Chapter in the Bible

Sermon on Aug 8, 2009

Romans 8:31-37

The Lord's Day Morning August 9, 2009

Romans 8:31-32

“If God is for Us” (1)

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Amen. Now turn with me to Romans 8 as we continue in our exposition of what we've called The Greatest or Best Chapter in the Bible. And we come this morning to Romans 8 and verses 31 and 32.

Now, I want to ask a question: How...

Encounters with Jesus

The Lord's Day Evening

August 2, 2009

John 9

“A Blind Man”

Reverend Billy Joseph

Now if you’ll turn with me tonight to John chapter 9. As we come to this particular passage, let's look to the Lord in prayer. Let's pray.

Father in heaven, before You again we come and plead with You for Your Spirit. We plead with You for Your Spirit because we cannot even...

The Best Chapter in the Bible

The Lord's Day Morning

August 2, 2009

“Golden Chain”

Romans 8:28-30

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Lord our God, we praise You for all the great things that You have done in calling us and regenerating us, forgiving us our sins, bringing us into union and communion with Jesus Christ. Our hearts brim up and well over with thanksgiving to You, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, for all...

July

The Natural Man's Struggle with Reformed Theology

Sermon on Jul 28, 2009

Modern Man's Struggle with Reformed Theology

July 29, 2009 Grace Versus Needs

Dr. Tom Elkin

I once heard a minister say to a congregation, a lot like this, “thank you very much for coming out tonight,” and when he did, I cringed. Cause, you shouldn't be thanked for worshipping God. So I want you to understand that yea, inside my heart, I thank...

The Best Chapter in the Bible

Sermon on Jul 25, 2009

Romans 8:26-27

The Lord's Day Morning

July 26, 2009

Romans 8:26-27

“Spirit Power”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now, turn with me to the eighth chapter of Romans We’re continuing our series, summer series, on the eighth chapter of Romans — a series we've called “The Best Chapter in the Bible.” This morning, we come to verses 26 and 27 of Romans chapter 8. You’ll notice that it begins with...

Sermon on Jul 25, 2009

Revelation 19:1-9

The Lord's Day Evening

July 26, 2009

Revelation 19:1-9

“Revelry in Eternity”

The Reverend Mr. Les Newsom

My parents have a cartoon sitting on their refrigerator that's from the old Far Side series. Whatever happened to the Far Side and Gary Larson? It's one of my favorite comics because it pictures a little man sitting on a cloud. A brand new resident of heaven, complete, having received his...

The Natural Man's Struggle with Reformed Theology

Sermon on Jul 21, 2009

Modern Man's Struggle with Reformed Theology

July 22, 2009

Atonement Versus Innocence

Dr. Tom Elkin

I hope y’all realize that we don't have many people here tonight because everybody is home watching the President. Oh now don't laugh at that — don't laugh at that. It's one of the few times that I have had to directly compete with him and...

The Best Chapter in the Bible

Sermon on Jul 18, 2009

Romans 8:18-25

The Lord's Day Morning

July 19, 2009

Romans 8:18-25

“Hope of Glory”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, who alone does wondrous things. Let us worship God.

Lord, our God, we come into your presence in the name and by the merit of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The creation, the rocks and hills and rivers and seas praise Your...

Encounters with Jesus

Sermon on Jul 18, 2009

John 4:1-42

The Lord's Day Evening

July 19, 2009

John 4:1-30

“A Shady Lady”

Rev. Billy Joseph

If you have your Bible, turn with me to John chapter 4 Now, you all know that the series we're doing this summer was assigned to us by Derek. I've yet to figure out why I got this assignment. He also assigned me the title, and I haven't figured that part out yet...

The Natural Man's Struggle with Reformed Theology

Sermon on Jul 14, 2009

Wednesday Evening Prayer Meeting

July 15, 2009

Reformed Theology and the Natural Man

Dr. Tom Elkin

Since we are dealing with a fairly heavy topic tonight, I'm going to pray again. Let's pray.

Father, we ask You to be with us now. Give us clearness of thought, give us a dedication to Your Word, and give...

The Best Chapter in the Bible

The Lord's Day Morning

July 12, 2009

Communion Sunday

Romans 8:14-17

“Lovers of Abba”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel who alone does wondrous things. Let us worship God. All honor and blessing with angels above and thanks never ceasing for infinite love. Our Father in Heaven, we come before you this morning desiring to mingle our voices with the angels...

The Natural Man's Struggle with Reformed Theology

Sermon on Jul 11, 2009

Wednesday Evening Prayer Meeting

August 12, 2009

Dr. Tom Elkin

It seems like we have some lights on tonight that we haven't always had on. It's bright up here tonight! I want to start off tonight by saying thank you for the opportunity for letting me be with you. It's been a fun experience for me. I also want to say...

The Lord's Day Evening

July 12, 2009

John 3:1-21

“A Bible Teacher”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now we continue this evening a series we began about a month ago of conversations, discourses, that our Lord Jesus Christ had with various people, and tonight we come to a very well-known, familiar passage. It's the passage about Nicodemus and it contains language that is part of our religious subculture...

The Natural Man's Struggle with Reformed Theology

Sermon on Jul 7, 2009

Modern Man's Struggle with Reformed Theology

July 8, 2009 Man as Sinner vs. Man as Evolving

Rev. Tom Elkin

Natural Man and Reformed Theology. Tonight, man as sinner versus man as evolving. If this gives you a headache, you don't have to come next week, okay? I will give you a pass. You don't have to do this. But if this does...

Sermon on Jul 4, 2009

The Lord's Day Morning July 5, 2009

Deuteronomy 6 “Let the Circle Be Unbroken”

Dr. Robert C. Cannada, Jr.

Good morning. It's always good to be here and worship with you. Let me encourage you if you did not get one on your way in, to make a note that on your way out, get a copy of the latest magazine from Reformed Theological Seminary — they are...

June

The Natural Man's Struggle with Reformed Theology

Sermon on Jun 30, 2009

Modern Man's Struggle with Reformed Theology

Hell Versus Corporate Responsibility

July 1, 2009 Dr. Tom Elkin

Y’all are gluttons for punishment. Here we go again. Natural man and reformed theology. We have covered several different topics already and tonight we come to a not real happy topic but one, that in my opinion is extremely critical for us to think about, look at, and...

The Best Chapter in the Bible

The Lord's Day Morning

June 28, 2009

Romans 8:12-13

The Best Chapter in the Bible (4): “Killing Fields”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, who alone does wondrous things, and blessed be His glorious name forever. May His glory fill the whole earth. May our lips pour forth His praise. Let us worship God.

Lord our God, as we come...

The Natural Man's Struggle with Reformed Theology

Mid-Week Bible Study and Prayer Meeting

Wednesday Evening

June 24, 2009

Heaven vs. Now”

Dr. Tom Elkin

A question came up about my statement about unconditional love, and the condition being our doing something. I do understand the process of salvation is not my doing: “It is He that worketh in us both to will and to do of His good...

Encounters with Jesus

Sermon on Jun 20, 2009

Mark 10:17-31

The Lord's Day Evening

June 21, 2009

Mark 10:17-31

“A Rich Young Man”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Please be seated. Now let me add, if I may, just a footnote to Alan's wonderful report of General Assembly. In a couple of months I will have been ordained in the Christian ministry for thirty-one years, and I have to say that the debate that I witnessed with Ligon...

The Best Chapter in the Bible

The Lord's Day Morning

June 21, 2009

Romans 8:9-11

The Best Chapter in the Bible (3):

“Always Mind”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Dr. Ligon Duncan:

“Praise the Lord! People from every nation, laud Him, all of you! For His lovingkindness is great toward us, and the truth of the Lord is everlasting. Praise the Lord!” Let us worship God.

Our Lord and our God, we...

The Natural Man's Struggle with Reformed Theology

Mid-Week Bible Study and Prayer Meeting

Wednesday Evening

June 17, 2009

Scripture vs. Sacred Human Rights”

Dr. Tom Elkin

When I was in seminary, there was a saying that we all had: There were two kinds of students: the kind that had it up here, and the kind that had it in a briefcase! Well, I was the kind that had it...

Encounters with Jesus

The Lord's Day Evening

June 14, 2009

Mark 8:22-31

Encounters with Jesus: A Blind Man: “Blind Man in Bethsaida”

The Reverend Mr. Nathan D. Shurden

In Mark 8 we're on our second installment of our summer series “Encounters with Jesus.” And we find ourselves in the Gospel of Mark tonight, half way through the book of Mark. Mark 8 — sixteen chapters in the Gospel of Mark,...

The Best Chapter in the Bible

The Lord's Day Morning

June 14, 2009

Romans 8:5-8

The Best Chapter in the Bible (2): “Never Mind”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

“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, the flock under His care.” Let us worship Him.

Our Lord and our God, we come...

The Natural Man's Struggle with Reformed Theology

Mid-Week Bible Study and Prayer Meeting

Wednesday Evening

June 10, 2009

The Sovereignty of God vs. The Sovereignty of Man”

Isaiah 42:5

Dr. Tom Elkin

Tonight we're going to begin a series on The Natural Man's Struggle with Reformed Theology. Yes, I'm playing psychologist a little bit here, so please indulge me. I'm going to be using some of my...

Encounters with Jesus

The Lord's Day Evening

June 7, 2005

Matthew 15:21-28

“The Syrophoenician Woman”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Turn with me in your Bibles to Matthew 15, and we will be reading in a moment from verse 21 through to verse 28. We begin tonight a series of sermons, studies of encounters that Jesus had with various people. It's designed to be a series that particularly focuses on evangelism,...

The Best Chapter in the Bible

Sermon on Jun 6, 2009

Romans 8:1-4

The Lord's Day Morning

June 7, 2009

Romans 8:1-4

The Best Chapter in the Bible (1): “No Condemnation”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me in your Bibles to the eighth chapter of Romans, and let me explain a little of the unusual circumstances that we have this morning.

Now when Ligon asked me to preach a series of sermons, twelve weeks or so over...

May

Luke

The Lord's Day Morning

May 31, 2009

Luke 6:1-11

“Lord of the Sabbath”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

Turn with me to Luke 6, as we continue our way through the Gospel of Luke. This is a passage in which one of the familiar encounters between Jesus and the Pharisees occurs. Over and over in the Gospels we find places where the Pharisees criticize Jesus’ and the disciples’...

Luke

The Lord's Day Morning

May 24, 2009

Luke 5:27-39

“He Came for Sinners”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

Amen. If you have your Bible, I'd invite you to turn with me to Luke 5:27-39, as we continue our way through the Gospel of Luke. The story that we're going to read this morning is all of a piece. It presses to one great point, but I want you...

1 Samuel

The Lord's Day Evening

April 24, 2009

I Samuel 8:1-22; Deuteronomy 17:14-20

“We Want to Be Like Everyone Else”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Please be seated. Now tonight we come to the last in this current series of studies in I Samuel. We’ll be picking it up again in the fall, in September. We’ll be doing something else on Sunday evenings: a series on various people that...

1 Samuel

The Lord's Day Evening

April 17, 2009

I Samuel 7:3-17

“Here I Raise My Ebenezer”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me once again to I Samuel. Tonight, in the seventh chapter we’ll be reading from the third verse — actually we’ll begin to read at the second verse of chapter seven and through to the end of the chapter. You’ll remember that the ark of...

Luke

The Lord's Day Morning

May 17, 2009

Baptism Sunday

Luke 5:12-26

“Healing and Forgiving”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

Dr. Duncan: As we prepare to worship, let me invite you to take your hymnals in hand and turn to No. 34. Our opening hymn is going to be The God of Abraham Praise, and it's a perfect hymn for Baptism Sunday because it reminds us of the...

Luke

The Lord's Day Morning

May 10, 2009

Luke 5:1-11

“How Jesus Makes Disciples”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

Amen. If you have your Bibles, I would invite you to turn with me to Luke chapter 5. As we continue to work our way through this Gospel, let me remind you that the last time we were with the Lord Jesus in this Gospel, at the end of Luke...

1 Samuel

The Lord's Day Evening

May 10, 2009

I Samuel 6:1-7:2

“Do Not Touch!”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

We are going to look tonight at chapter 6 and the opening two verses — at least the opening verse of chapter 7. This morning as I was listening to Ligon's exposition in Luke, it occurred to me on several levels that there were connections between that sermon this morning...

Luke

The Lord's Day Evening

May 3, 2009

Luke 4:31-44

“A Preacher with Power”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

I'd like to invite you to turn with me to Luke 4 as we continue our study of the Gospel of Luke. The whole service conspires together to help us understand the passage. We always try and take care to relate some of what we sing to the substance of...

Sermon on May 2, 2009

The Lord's Day Morning

May 3, 2009

II Samuel 11

“Can a Christian Fall Into Serious Sin?”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me if you would to II Samuel 11. Before we read this passage, let's once again look to God in prayer.

Lord our God, we bow once again before the Scripture. It searches us, it knows us through and through, it points the...

April

Luke

The Lord's Day Morning

April 26, 2009

Luke 4:14-30

“An Unwelcome Prophet”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you’ll open your Bibles to the the Gospel of Luke, the fourth chapter. I remind you that when we were in this chapter last, we were looking at the temptation of the Lord Jesus Christ. We saw parallels between Adam's temptation in the garden and Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness....

Radio Series: Hymns of the Faith

Hymns of the Faith

“My God, How Wonderful Thou Art”

Psalm 113

A Presentation of First Presbyterian Church

Jackson, Mississippi

With

Dr. Ligon Duncan, Dr. Derek Thomas, and Dr. Bill Wymond

Dr. Wymond: Good morning, this is “Hymns of the Faith,” brought to you by Jackson's First Presbyterian Church. The minister of the First Presbyterian Church is Dr. Ligon Duncan. Stay tuned for “Hymns of the Faith.” And...

Radio Series: Hymns of the Faith

Hymns of the Faith

“For the Beauty of the Earth”

A Presentation of First Presbyterian Church Jackson, Mississippi With

Dr. Ligon Duncan, Dr. Derek Thomas, Dr. Bill Wymond

Dr. Wymond: Good morning! This is “Hymns of Faith,” brought to you by Jackson's First Presbyterian Church. The minister of the First Presbyterian Church is Dr. Ligon Duncan. Stay tuned for “Hymns of the Faith.” Here with “Hymns of Faith”...

Luke

Sermon on Apr 18, 2009

Luke 4:1-13

The Lord's Day Morning

April 19, 2009

Communion Sunday

Luke 4:1-13

“Tempted, Tried but Never Failing”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

CALL TO WORSHIP: 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, the flock under His care. Let us worship Him.

Our Lord and our God, we...

Radio Series: Hymns of the Faith

Hymns of the Faith “Of the Father's Love Begotten”

A Presentation of First Presbyterian Church Jackson, Mississippi With

Dr. Ligon Duncan, Dr. Derek Thomas, Dr. Bill Wymond

Dr. Duncan: Thank you, Bill. It's great to be with you and with Derek on Hymns of the Faith. And we're into an age of hymn writing this morning from which we don't have many remains that still circulate commonly in...

Sermon on Apr 11, 2009

Luke 24:45-48

The Lord's Day Morning

April 12, 2009

EASTER SUNDAY

Luke 24:45-48

“Resurrection and Mission”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

CALL TO WORSHIP (Dr. Duncan): The stone the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. This is the Lord's doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes. This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Let us worship God.

~~~

Dr....

1 Samuel

The Lord's Day Evening

April 12, 2009

EASTER SUNDAY Evening

I Samuel 5:1-12

“Is God Safe?”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Turn with me to I Samuel, chapter five. Before we read this passage together, let's go to God in prayer.

O Lord our God, we bow again in the majesty of Your presence. We come before You thankful that You have given to us a Bible. You've...

Radio Series: Hymns of the Faith

Hymns of the Faith “Spirit of the Living God”

A Presentation of First Presbyterian Church Jackson, Mississippi With

Dr. Ligon Duncan, Dr. Derek Thomas, Dr. Bill Wymond

Dr. Duncan: Thank you, Bill Wymond, and it's great to be with you and Derek here on “Hymns of the Faith.” Derek, good morning.

Dr. Thomas: Good morning.

Dr. Duncan: How are you doing?

Dr. Thomas: Very well, thank you.

Dr....

Sermon on Apr 4, 2009

The Lord's Day Morning

April 5, 2009

Psalm Sunday

Psalm 40

"Preaching the Gospel to Ourselves Every Day"

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

The Call to Worship: Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel who alone does wondrous things, and blessed be His glorious name forever. May His glory fill the whole earth! May His lips pour forth praise! Let us worship God.

Lord, our God, we...

1 Samuel

The Lord's Day Evening

April 5, 2009

I Samuel 4:1-22

“Boxed-Up Theology”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me if you would to I Samuel 4. In our studies which we began a few weeks ago in the First Book of Samuel, we come tonight to a very solemn passage. I can't help but think before I read this passage how contrasting it surely is to...

March

Luke

Sermon on Mar 28, 2009

Luke 3:23-38

The Lord's Day Morning

March 29, 2009

Luke 3:23-38

“Jesus: Son of David, Son of Abraham, Son of Adam, Son of God”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

Amen. If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Luke 3, as we continue to make our way through the Gospel of Luke. We come today to the genealogy of the Lord Jesus, and as your...

1 Samuel

The Lord's Day Evening

March 29, 2009

I Samuel 3:1-21

“Here I Am, Lord”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

When I began this series on 1 Samuel I knew that I would have to preach a message on this very well known passage of the calling of Samuel. Now, Samuel has been born and somewhere between the age of three and four, at least in Hebrew culture, at...

Radio Series: Hymns of the Faith

Hymns of the Faith “Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart!”

A Presentation of First Presbyterian Church

Jackson, Mississippi

With

Dr. Ligon Duncan, Dr. Derek Thomas, and Dr. Bill Wymond

Dr. Wymond: Good morning! This is “Hymns of Faith,” brought to you by Jackson's First Presbyterian Church. The minister of the First Presbyterian Church is Dr. Ligon Duncan. Stay tuned for “Hymns of the Faith.” Here with “Hymns of Faith”...

Luke

The Lord's Day Morning

March 22, 2009

Luke 3:21-22

“Jesus’ Baptism”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

Both Matthew and Mark record the baptism of Jesus Interestingly, Luke's account of the baptism is shorter than both Matthew and Mark. It is not surprising that it's shorter than Matthew. It's perhaps surprising that it's shorter than Mark. Mark typically is pretty quick and to the point as he recounts history,...

1 Samuel

Sermon on Mar 21, 2009

1 Samuel 2:12-36

The Lord's Day Evening

March 22, 2009

I Samuel 2:12-36

“When Children Let You Down”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

I want to read this evening from I Samuel 2, and we're going to pick it up at verse 12 and we're going to read through to the end of the chapter. This is a distressing chapter, and there are some more chapters like it to follow. Wickedness...

Radio Series: Hymns of the Faith

Hymns of the Faith “The Sands of Time are Sinking!”

A Presentation of First Presbyterian Church

Jackson, Mississippi

With

Dr. Ligon Duncan, Dr. Derek Thomas, and Dr. Bill Wymond

Dr. Wymond: Good morning! This is “Hymns of the Faith,” brought to you by Jackson's First Presbyterian Church. The minister of the First Presbyterian Church is Dr.LigonDuncan. Stay tuned for “Hymns of the Faith.”… And now here with “Hymns...

Sermon on Mar 18, 2009

Radio Series: Hymns of the Faith

Hymns of the Faith “I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say”

A Presentation of First Presbyterian Church Jackson, Mississippi With

Dr. Ligon Duncan, Dr. Derek Thomas, Dr. Bill Wymond

Dr. Wymond: Good morning! This is “Hymns of Faith,” brought to you by Jackson's First Presbyterian Church. The minister of the First Presbyterian Church is Dr. Ligon Duncan. Stay tuned for “Hymns of the Faith.” Here with “Hymns of...

1 Samuel

The Lord's Day Evening

March 15, 2009

I Samuel 2:1-11

“Rejoicing in the Lord”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me if you would to I Samuel 2. Our reading tonight is going to consist of the first eleven verses, the song of praise and thanksgiving that Hannah sings in the temple at Shiloh. You remember last week we began to look at this great book...

Luke

Sermon on Mar 14, 2009

Luke 3:1-20

The Lord's Day Morning

March 15, 2009

Luke 3:1-20

"John Came Preaching…Repentance"

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

Turn with me to Luke, chapter three. We’re going to be looking at the first twenty verses of this chapter, and as we do so, I'd like to walk you through the outline of what Luke teaches us here about the beginning of John the Baptist's ministry.

The first two verses...

1 Samuel

Sermon on Mar 7, 2009

1 Samuel 1:1-28

The Lord's Day Evening

March 8, 2009

I Samuel 1:1-28

“Lord, Give to Me So That I Can Give Back to You”

The Reverend Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

…the story of Samuel. If I get my timing just about right, we should transition from Samuel to Saul as we move into September.

Every Old Testament historical narrative is capable of being viewed from two perspectives. The first...

Radio Series: Hymns of the Faith

Hymns of the Faith “How Sweet and Awesome Is the Place”

A Presentation of First Presbyterian Church

Jackson, Mississippi

With

Dr. Ligon Duncan, Dr. Derek Thomas, and Dr. Bill Wymond

Dr. Wymond: Good morning! This is “Hymns of the Faith,” brought to you by Jackson's First Presbyterian Church. The minister of the First Presbyterian Church is Dr. Ligon Duncan. Stay tuned for “Hymns of the Faith.” And now...

Luke

Sermon on Mar 7, 2009

Luke 2:40-52

The Lord's Day Morning

March 8, 2009

Luke 2:40-52

“In My Father's House”

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

Turn with me to Luke 2:40, as we continue through this great Gospel together. We’re at a very special passage when we come to Luke 2:40-52. It is the only story that we have of Jesus between the time of His infancy and the beginning of His ministry...

February

Luke

Sermon on Feb 28, 2009

Luke 2:21-40

The Lord's Day Morning

March 1, 2009

Luke 2:21-40

“Fulfilling the Law — Finding the Messiah”

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

For a number of weeks now we've been working our way through this great Gospel. We've taken a break the last couple of weeks for our Missions Conference, but we return picking up right where we left off, in Luke 2:21, as Luke introduces us...

Radio Series: Hymns of the Faith

Hymns of the Faith “Jesus, Thy Blood and Righteousness”

A Presentation of First Presbyterian Church

Jackson, Mississippi

With

Dr. Ligon Duncan, Dr. Derek Thomas, and Dr. Bill Wymond

Dr. Wymond: Good morning! This is “Hymns of the Faith,” brought to you by Jackson's First Presbyterian Church. The minister of the First Presbyterian Church is

Dr. Ligon Duncan.

Dr Duncan: Thank you, BillWymond! This is LigonDuncan, and...

Nehemiah

Sermon on Feb 28, 2009

Nehemiah 13:1-31

The Lord's Day Evening

March 1, 2009

Nehemiah 13:1-31

“The Cost of Reformation”

The Reverend Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me for the last time to the book of Nehemiah. This is the thirty-eighth study of Ezra and Nehemiah, and the last one. Next Lord's Day evening I begin, I think, a series on

I Samuel. And because we have all changes during June July,...

Radio Series: Hymns of the Faith

Hymns of the Faith “Come, Ye Sinners, Poor and Wretched”

A Presentation of First Presbyterian Church

Jackson, Mississippi

With

Dr. Ligon Duncan, Dr. Derek Thomas, and Dr. Bill Wymond

Dr. Wymond: Good morning! This is “Hymns of the Faith,” brought to you by Jackson's First Presbyterian Church. The minister of the First Presbyterian Church is

Dr. Ligon Duncan. Dr. Duncan: Thank you, BillWymond. It's great to...
Sermon on Feb 21, 2009

Jonah 4:1-11

The Lord's Day Morning

February 22, 2009

Missions Conference 2009

Jonah 4:1-11

“Understanding and Embracing God's Grand Mission: ‘A Missional God’”

The Reverend Mr. Michael Campbell

Amen. Good morning. It's good to be here with you today and may the Lord bless us as we look at His word. Would you please bow your heads with me in a word of prayer as we ask the Lord to...

The Lord's Day Evening

February 22, 2009

Missions Conference 2009

II Corinthians 5:17-20

“Understanding and Embracing God's Grand Mission: ‘A Missional People’”

The Reverend Mr. Michael Campbell

Tonight we come once again to this time, to the preaching of the word, asking You to place upon our hearts this kind of desire…the desire to know Your will better. We pray that You would open our hearts and minds...

The Lord's Day Morning

February 15, 2009

Missions Conference

Philippians 1:27-30

“A Mission Worthy of the Gospel”

Dr. Edward Hartman

What a pleasure it is to hear the choir sing, to hear this congregation sing (and that in English!)…what a delight. I pray that you never tire of worshiping in that way in this place. You have no idea what a gift it is to be here.

I...

Radio Series: Hymns of the Faith

Hymns of the Faith “Day of Judgment! Day of Wonders!”

A Presentation of First Presbyterian Church

Jackson, Mississippi

With

Dr. Ligon Duncan, Dr. Derek Thomas, and Dr. Bill Wymond

Dr. Wymond: Good morning! This is “Hymns of the Faith,” brought to you by Jackson's First Presbyterian Church. The minister of the First Presbyterian Church is

Dr. Ligon Duncan. Dr. Duncan: Thank you, BillWymond! This is LigonDuncan,...
Sermon on Feb 14, 2009

The Lord's Day Evening

February 15, 2009

Missions Conference 2009

Psalm 47

“Getting Excited About Missions”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Please turn with me in your Bibles to Psalm 47. With our Missions Week now impending, this evening I thought we would look at this Psalm with a view to getting excited about missions because, as we will see in the Psalm, God is all about missions;...

Luke

The Lord's Day Morning

February 8, 2009

Luke 2:8-20

“Pondering These Things in Our Hearts”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

We’ll be looking at verses 8-20 today — a passage very familiar to us, especially at Christmastime. It's been a tradition for many years at First Presbyterian Church during the family Christmas Eve Carol Service for the whole of Luke 2:1-20 to be read in the beautiful old...

Nehemiah

The Lord's Day Evening

February 8, 2009

Nehemiah 12:27-47

“Dedication Service”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me once again to the book of Nehemiah, as we come to the penultimate study in Ezra and Nehemiah. There's one more to go in chapter 13. Tonight our reading is in chapter 12, and it begins at verse 27. And then if you turn back to chapter 6...

January

Nehemiah

Sermon on Jan 31, 2009

Nehemiah 11:1-12:26

The Lord's Day Evening

February 2, 2009

Nehemiah 1l:1-12:26

“Census Lists”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me if you would to the book of Nehemiah, and tonight we are in chapter 11 and down to verse 26 of chapter 12. We've got a long reading ahead of us tonight. I thought it best to take these lists in one go. There are four lists in...

Radio Series: Hymns of the Faith

Hymns of the Faith

“Hail the Day That Sees Him Rise”

A Presentation of First Presbyterian Church Jackson, Mississippi With

Dr. Ligon Duncan, Dr. Derek Thomas, Dr. Bill Wymond

Dr. Wymond: Good morning! This is “Hymns of the Faith,” brought to you by Jackson's First Presbyterian Church. The minister of the First Presbyterian Church is Dr. Ligon Duncan. Stay tuned for “Hymns of the Faith.” And now here...

Luke

The Lord's Day Morning

January 25, 2009

Luke 2:1-7

“The Messiah Is Born”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

Amen. If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Luke 2. We’ll be looking at verses 1-7 as we continue our way through Luke's great Gospel. He's speaking to his friend — perhaps someone that he is introducing the gospel to, perhaps a young Christian,...

Radio Series: Hymns of the Faith

Hymns of the Faith “Lift High the Cross”

A Presentation of First Presbyterian Church

Jackson, Mississippi

With

Dr. Ligon Duncan, Dr. Derek Thomas, and Dr. Bill Wymond

Dr. Wymond: Good morning! This is “Hymns of the Faith,” brought to you by Jackson's First Presbyterian Church. The minister of the First Presbyterian Church is

Dr. Ligon Duncan. Dr. Duncan: Thanks, BillWymond! It's a delight to be with you...

Radio Series: Hymns of the Faith

Hymns of the Faith “Thou Who Wast Rich Beyond All Splendor”

A Presentation of First Presbyterian Church Jackson, Mississippi With

Dr. Ligon Duncan, Dr. Derek Thomas, Dr. Bill Wymond

Dr. Duncan: Thank you, Bill Wymond. Good morning, this is Ligon Duncan and Derek Thomas, good morning to you.

Dr. Thomas: Good morning.

Dr. Duncan: It's great to be with you two friends on Hymns of the Faith and...

Luke

The Lord's Day Morning

January 18, 2009

Luke 1:67-80

“The Covenant of Grace with Abraham, Fulfilled”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

Dr. Derek Thomas: Let every creature in heaven and earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them say, “To Him who sits upon the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might, forever and ever.”...

Nehemiah

Sermon on Jan 17, 2009

Nehemiah 10:1-39

The Lord's Day Evening

January 18, 2009

Nehemiah 10:1-39

“Covenant Making”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Please turn with me again to the book of Nehemiah and to the tenth chapter. The book of Nehemiah.

Now let's remind ourselves briefly of what's happened. This is the year 444 BC. It's the seventh month (mid-September, mid-October), and the word of God has been read and expounded. A great time...

Radio Series: Hymns of the Faith

Hymns of the Faith Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates”

A Presentation of First Presbyterian Church

Jackson, Mississippi

With

Dr. Ligon Duncan, Dr. Derek Thomas, and Dr. Bill Wymond

Dr. Wymond: Good morning! This is “Hymns of the Faith,” brought to you by Jackson's First Presbyterian Church. The minister of the...

Luke

Sermon on Jan 10, 2009

Luke 1:57-66

The Lord's Day Morning

January 11, 2009

Luke 1:57-66

“His Name Is John”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

Amen. If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Luke, chapter one, as we continue to make our way through the Gospel of Luke together. The last time we were with Zechariah, he had literally been struck dumb. He was mute because he struggled to...

Nehemiah

Sermon on Jan 10, 2009

Nehemiah 9:1-38

The Lord's Day Evening

January 11, 2009

Nehemiah 9.1-38

“Confession Is Good for the Soul”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me, if you would, once again to the book of Nehemiah. We find ourselves this evening in chapter nine. It's a long reading. Most of it is a prayer offered by the Levites and recorded here, perhaps from the pen of Ezra, in the ninth...

Luke

The Lord's Day Morning

January 4, 2009

Luke 1:46-56

“Mary: On the Christian Life”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

Great is Thy faithfulness Lord. This is our song as we come into Your house this morning to meet with You, to hear Your word; for You to speak Your truth deep into our heart, for our hearts to overflow in gratitude and praise to You. We say, “Great...

Nehemiah

Sermon on Jan 3, 2009

Nehemiah 8:13-18

The Lord's Day Evening

January 4, 2009

Nehemiah 8:13-18

“Festival”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

We've been parked in Nehemiah for a couple of weeks now and there's been an interval in which we were looking elsewhere over the Christmas period, so we need to remind ourselves just a little, I think, of the immense significance and uniqueness in some ways of what took place on this day,...

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