Resource Library

Resources from 2015

December

If you would turn with me in your Bibles to 2 Kings chapter 11; it’s found on page 317 in your pew Bibles. One of the songs we’ve sung over the last few days and weeks, “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” you know the first line, “O little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie.” That couldn’t be true, could it? We know what...

Advent Songs

If you would please take a copy of the Scriptures and turn with me in them to page 857 in the church Bibles to Luke’s gospel, chapter 2; reading verses 21 through 35. I was handed a newspaper cutting and a suggestion from one of our senior elders this morning in light of the season and the excitement surrounding it that I ought to preach on...

Stories that Stick

There were only thirty-seven laps left. He was in the lead. His fuel light was on, and a caution flag was waving because a wreck had just happened. And yet he radioed back to the crew, “No, I think I can make it.” They warned him saying, “Your light’s on. It’s thirty-seven laps.” And he said, “No, I think I can make it.” And he was in the...

Advent Songs

The passage this morning is, you might say, somewhat like a mountain. It begins, the ascent, the climb begins in verse 8. Here’s the level ground at the foot of the mountain. A mundane pastoral scene shepherds tending their flocks, watching over them in the night. But then, from there our road begins very quickly to mount to higher elevations. The angel of the Lord appears to them...

Stories that Stick

Sermon on Dec 6, 2015

Matthew 20:1-16

Well it has come faster than you thought, right? Thanksgiving’s over; Advent has begun. It seems to come faster every single year. It is nevertheless, I think, useful for us in the Sundays leading up to Christmas to make use of the time and remind ourselves of the great mystery that stands at the heart of the Christian message - that God became man for us...

Advent Songs

We continue our Advent series looking at the four songs with which the opening chapters of the book of Luke begin. There is, as we said last time, a real sense in which these four songs could be called the very first Christmas carols, songs of praise, the first songs of praise in response to the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. And last Lord’s Day...

Seminar on Dec 3, 2015

November

Stories that Stick

As you’re being seated, please turn to Matthew chapter 13, the gospel of Matthew that’s the first book in the New Testament. It’s on pages 818 and 819, the section we’ll be studying this evening in the pew Bibles. Matthew 13, verses 24 through 30, and then 36 through 43. Before we read God’s Word together, let us go to Him in prayer.

O...

Advent Songs

Well it has come faster than you thought, right? Thanksgiving’s over; Advent has begun. It seems to come faster every single year. It is nevertheless, I think, useful for us in the Sundays leading up to Christmas to make use of the time and remind ourselves of the great mystery that stands at the heart of the Christian message - that God became man for us...

Our Scripture reading this evening is Luke chapter 14 verses 12 through 24. It’s on page 874 in your pew Bible if you’d like to use that. Luke chapter 14. Let’s go to the Lord in prayer.

Holy Spirit, we come to You this evening because we desperately need You. We stand at a crossroads with a divine transaction before us. You...

Stories that Stick

Please turn with me in your Bibles to the gospel of Luke, in chapter 15. You’ll find it on page 875 if you’re using a pew Bible. Just a quick note. Our senior minister, David Strain, is on vacation with his family this week so please be in prayer for them that they would be refreshed and that the Lord would bring them back safely. Before I pray...

Stories that Stick

As you’re being seated, please turn with me in your copy of God’s Word to Matthew chapter 13. Again, a warm welcome if you’re visiting with us here tonight; great to have you. We’re continuing a series here on the parables. We’ll be looking at two of them tonight. You’ll find it on page 819 if you’re using a pew Bible; 819. We’ll be studying Matthew 13 and...

Well let me again welcome you if you are visiting our service this morning. Some of you are guests visiting today for baptism. Some of you are here as part of the Internationals Class. We are so glad that you’re with us and we want you to know that we are praying for you as you participate in our service. There are a few Sundays before the beginning...

Stories that Stick

As you’re being seated, please turn with me in your Bibles to the gospel of Mark in the fourth chapter. It’s on page 839 in your pew Bibles. As we begin a series, as Wiley kindly mentioned, on the parables this evening, we begin with what we know as the Parable of the Sower.  And we’ll be looking at the latter half of that parable in Mark 4:10-20...

Last Things

Please take a copy of God’s Word. Turn with me to the last book of the Bible, the book of Revelation, chapter 14; page 1036 if you’re using one of our church Bibles. Revelation chapter 14; before we read, would you pray with me please!

O God, as we’ve opened Your Word, would You now by the Holy Spirit open our hearts and our...

The Reverend Mr. David Strain:  It’s my privilege to welcome to our pulpit Dr. Joel Beeke who is probably, I hope at least, well-known to many of you. He is a well-known author; his books have been an enormous source of encouragement to me. He is a well-known preacher and we are glad to have him come and open the Word of God to us tonight. Dr. Beeke.

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The stewardship committee of the diaconate each year designates this as Stewardship Sunday so I think it would be helpful to understand that Stewardship Sunday is not the ecclesiastical equivalent of NPR Drivetime. This is not a fundraising telethon. No matter how long it may feel to you as you listen, I promise the sermon really will not go on and on and on until you give more...

October

Last Things

Over the last few weeks we’ve been looking at a series we’ve called The Last Things, considering four themes - death, judgment, heaven, and hell. We’ve looked at death and judgment; tonight, this morning rather, we’re thinking about heaven. And then in two weeks time, next Sunday being Stewardship Sunday, two weeks time we’ll think about the last part of the series. We’ll think about hell. So...

Next Lord’s Day Evening we will be, I think as Tree said to you and as it says in the bulletin, we will be at the Twin Lakes campground for our dinner on the grounds and our evening worship service out there. I know that will be a wonderful evening. I hope you’ll all plan to come and join us for that. And then the Lord’s Day following...

Last Things

Starting last week we began a short series of sermons called “Last Things” looking at the themes of death, judgment, heaven, and hell. We don’t like to think about those sorts of things too terribly often, but your convictions about those issues have a profound influence on the way that we think about life here and now, about what really matters, about why you do what you do...

Extraordinary

Sermon on Oct 11, 2015

Ruth 4:13-22

Now please take a copy of God’s Word in your hands and turn with me in it to the book of Ruth, chapter 4; the book of Ruth, chapter 4. We’ll read from the thirteenth verse to the end of the chapter. Before we do that, let’s bow our heads as we pray. Let’s pray together.

Open our eyes, O Lord, that we might...

Last Things

How you think about what happens at life’s end and what happens afterwards shapes how you think about life here and now, doesn’t it? The value and the importance of life, in no small measure, depends on your view of things like death, judgment, heaven, and hell. And so for the next few weeks we are going to take time to consider together the Bible’s teaching on those...

Seminar on Oct 6, 2015

Extraordinary

Take your own copies of God’s Word please and turn with me to the book of Ruth, or if you’re using one of our church Bibles you’ll find that on page 224; Ruth chapter 4. We are going to be reading the first twelve verses of the chapter of Ruth chapter 4, page 224. Before we do read that, let’s bow our heads as we pray. Let’s pray...

New Community

Please take a copy of God’s Word in your hands and turn with me to Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, chapter 6. Ephesians chapter 6. If you have one of our church Bibles, you’ll find that on page 979. Once you have the Scriptures opened before you, let’s bow our heads as we pray.

O Lord, Your Word is a light to our path...

September

Extraordinary

Now take your own copies of God’s Word please or turn in one of the church Bibles to page 223 of our church Bibles, Ruth chapter 3; Ruth chapter 3. Before we read together, let’s bow our heads as we pray.

Open our eyes, O God, that we may see marvelous things out of Your law, for the glory of Your name, for the...

Good morning. It is such an honor to preach at First Pres, and my standard line about you when I’m away from you, which is most of the time, is, I say, “I owe First Presbyterian a debt I can’t repay.” I really mean that. I grew up here and was loved on here and taught at the Day School and became a Christian here and was nurtured...

Sermon on Sep 22, 2015

Daniel 6:1-23

A Service of Worship

Giving Glory and Thanks for the Life of

Campbell Grady Dale

New Community

Sermon on Sep 20, 2015

Ephesians 6:5-9

Now if you would please take a copy of God’s holy, inerrant Word in your hands and turn to Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, which you will find on page 979 of our church Bibles. Once you have the Scriptures opened before you, let’s bow our heads as we pray.

Lord our God, there are times, we confess, when our world in its sin...

Now if you would take your Bibles and turn to the book of Ruth, chapter 2; the book of Ruth chapter 2. Page 222 in the pew Bibles. Before we read it together, let’s pray.

Our Father, we praise You that over the chatter of social media and electronic noise, with more authority than pundits and politicians, there is the truth of God that...

New Community

Now if you would please take your copy of God’s Word in your hands and turn with me to Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, chapter 6. If you’re using one of our church Bibles, you’ll find that on page 979. Before we read together, let’s bow our heads as we pray. Let’s pray.

Our Father, like those Greeks who came to Jesus’ disciples saying,...

Extraordinary

Now if you have your own copy of the holy Scriptures with you, take it and turn with me to the book of Ruth, or take one of our church Bibles and turn to page 222. Ruth chapter 1. We’re going to read from the first verse. Before we do that, would you bow your heads with me as we ask for God to help us understand and...

New Community

Please take a copy of the holy Scriptures in your hands from the pew racks before you and turn to Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, chapter 5; Ephesians chapter 5, page 978 in the church Bibles. We’ll be reading from the eighteenth verse through the end of the chapter. Before we do that, let’s bow our heads as we pray together. Let us pray.

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August

Extraordinary

Tonight we begin a new series looking at the message of the book of Ruth, so let me invite you please to take your own copy of holy Scripture, or if you don’t have your Bible with you to take a church Bible, and turn with me in it to the book of Ruth, chapter 1, page 222 in the Old Testament Scriptures. Page 222; Ruth chapter 1...

New Community

If you would take a copy of God’s Word in your hands and turn with me again to Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, chapter 5. If you’re using one of our church Bibles you’ll find that on page 978. Once you have the Scriptures open before you, would you bow your heads with me as we pray together? Let’s pray.

Lord, our prayer as...

Let us pray.

Almighty and everlasting God, as we come again before Your Word, we recognize our own impoverished condition in which we need to humbly implore You for the aid of the Holy Spirit to understand. And so we pray that the Spirit would cause Christ to increase and the one who speaks to decrease, all for Your glory. We ask it in...

New Community

Now if you would please take your own copy of Holy Scripture in your hands or turn in one of the church Bibles with me to the book of Ephesians, chapter 4; Ephesians chapter 4. If you’re using a church Bible it’s on page 978. You will remember in chapters 1 to 3 Paul gives us what you might call the largely theological section of his letter dealing...

Now if you would please take a copy of God’s holy Word in your hands and turn with me to the first letter of Peter, chapter 1. 1 Peter chapter 1. We are going to read from the twenty-second verse to the end of the chapter. Before we do, would you bow your heads with me as we pray together. Let’s pray.

Our Father...

New Community

Now if you would take a copy of God’s holy Word in your hands and turn with me to Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. You’ll find that on page 978 in the church Bibles; Ephesians chapter 4. We are going to read from verse 17 of Ephesians chapter 4. Before we do that, let’s bow our heads as we pray. Let’s pray together.

Father,...

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Conflict Resolution

Seminar on Aug 13, 2015
Sermon on Aug 2, 2015

Psalm 25

I invite you to take your Bible and turn with me to Psalm 25. It’s on page 459 in your pew Bible if you choose to use it. As you’re turning there, let me offer to you a word of thanks. My family and I are very grateful to you for your prayers on our behalf. Last week we went to visit my father who is eighty-two years...

If you would turn with me in your Bibles to 2 Chronicles chapter 16 found on pages 369 and 370 of your pew Bibles. A few weeks ago we looked at 2 Chronicles 14 and we considered those memorable words of King Asa, “We rest on thee and in thy name we go against this multitude.” The early years of Asa’s reign were positive. Actually, the overall picture...

July

Our Scripture tonight is from Psalm 126; Psalm 126. It’s in your pew Bible on page 517-518 so if you’d turn with me there. And before I read, let us go to the Lord together in prayer. Let’s pray.

Heavenly Father, we pray that You will strengthen us by Your Spirit through Your Word this evening. Give us eyes to see Christ by faith....

New Community

Now if you would please take a copy of God’s holy Word in your hands and turn with me to Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, chapter 4; page 977 in the church Bibles. As you will perhaps have noticed, the general title for our ongoing expositions in the book of Ephesians has been “New Community” because it’s been a major concern of the Apostle Paul to explore how...

If you would now please take your Bible and turn to Matthew chapter 9. It’s page 814 on your pew Bible. Tonight we’re going to read together verses 14 through 26 but we’re going to spend our time looking at verses 14 through 17. And let me remind you we’re actually picking up right where Pastor Billy Dempsey finished up last week. If you recall last week, he...

New Community

Would you please take your copy of God’s holy, inerrant Word in your hands and turn with me in it to Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, chapter 3. Ephesians chapter 3; you’ll find that on page 977 if you’re using one of our church Bibles. We’ve been working our way through the book of Ephesians and for the last two weeks, this is the third week in the...

New Community

Now let me invite you please to take in your hands a copy of God’s holy, inerrant Word and turn with me to Paul’s letter to the church in Ephesus, the book of Ephesians, chapter 3. We return again to the prayer of the apostle Paul which we had begun to consider last Lord’s Day in verses 14 through 19 and then God willing next Lord’s Day we’ll...

Blog Entry on Jul 8, 2015

The following is a statement delivered to the congregation of the First Presbyterian Church on Sunday, July 5, addressing the Decision of the United States Supreme Court to legalize same sex marriage.

Before we pray, I want to preface our study with a brief reflection on the decision by the Supreme Court of the United States legalizing same sex marriage in all 50 states. It is...

New Community

Now if you would please take a copy of the Holy Scriptures in your hands and turn with me to Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, chapter 3. If you’re using one of our church Bibles you’ll find that on page 977. We will be focusing in a few moments on verses 14 through 19.

A Reflection on the Recent Supreme Court Ruling

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I invite you to take your Bible and turn with me to Psalm 34. This is one of the psalms that has a short superscription, an introduction that sets the words of this psalm in context. And they’re brief. They say, “Of David, when he changed his behavior before Abimelech, so that he drove him out, and he went away.” Now that little introduction points us back to...

June

We turn tonight to 2 Chronicles chapter 14. “The Times They Are A Changin’” - that was the title and the refrain of a 1963 song written by Bob Dylan. The lyrics speak of the changes that were occurring in the culture of his time and the need to get on board with those changes. In that song Dylan wrote the following. He says, “Come mothers and fathers...

If you would please turn in your copy of the Scripture, or as I’m learning to say, “swip,” to John chapter 21. We’ll be reading in just a moment the last half of John chapter 21. “It is a far, far better thing that I do than I have ever done. It is a far, far better rest that I go to, than I have ever known.” Those...

It is indeed a great privilege and joy for me to stand in this pulpit and bring the Word of God to you. First Presbyterian Church has been a home to me and to my wife. We were married at Pear Orchard Presbyterian Church but this was the church I was attending and my first son was born here and it has been a great delight to move...

Please turn with me in your copy of God’s Word to Psalm 130. And as you all are turning there I would be remiss if I didn’t offer just a few thank-yous as I stand here. First, to the session of this church, it’s a privilege that your session takes serious to guard this pulpit and so your invitation to me to preach here is one I take...

I’m going to talk to you tonight about conversion. A remarkable thing happened in the little small village of Northampton, Massachusetts. The pastor there was Jonathan Edwards and he wrote about it in a pamphlet which was actually published first in England and then later published in America and Germany and other places. That famous pamphlet, which was published in 1837, is entitled, “A Narrative of a Surprising...

New Community

Now if you would, take a copy of the Bible in your hands and turn to the New Testament Scriptures to Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, chapter 3; page 977. Before we pray and read, let me say by way of preface that I find it enormously encouraging to notice that Ephesians chapter 3 begins with an interruption. Verse 1 - “For this reason, I, Paul, a prisoner...

We’ll turn in our Bibles this evening to Galatians chapter 4. We’ll start there. I’m going to read a couple of different places. As you’re turning there, Jennifer Ouellette, in an article written not long ago, is discussing the way that our things, our stuff, and people’s profiles on Facebook reveal our personality. She says, “We hold onto certain things and display certain things because they remind us...

New Community

In the pew racks in front of you, you should find copies of the Word of God. If you would please, take one in your hands and turn with me to Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, chapter 2. If you’re using one of our church Bibles you’ll find that on page 976. Then with the Word of God spread before you, let’s bow our heads and ask for...

May

Our Scripture lesson tonight comes from Romans, the eighth chapter, beginning at verse 26. In the New Testament, we meet Paul the theologian, Paul the missionary, Paul the prisoner, and tonight Paul the pastor who, writing by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, encourages suffering Christians like you and me. Let’s go to our God in prayer.

Man does not live by bread alone,...

New Community

Now if you would please, take a copy of God’s holy Word in your hands and turn with me to Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, chapter 2; Ephesians chapter 2, page 976 if you’re using one of our church Bibles. Ephesians chapter 2. We’ll be reading verses 1 through 10. Before we read, would you bow your heads with me as we pray together? Let’s pray.

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Good evening. Let me begin by saying that I do count it a great privilege to preach God’s Word to you tonight, First Presbyterian Church Jackson, Mississippi. 2011, my wife and I, we moved to Jackson so that I could study at Reformed Theological Seminary, and since that move First Pres. has been our home and you have been our spiritual family and I want to thank you...

First let me say thank you. Wiley and I, we were kind of laughing about how ridiculous this all is. It’s like y’all put the kids in charge of church today! And it is; it is funny! But I really did, in two ways, before anything I wanted to say thank you, and first on a personal level. I love this church. It’s amazing to look out and...

New Community

Now if you would, take a copy of God’s holy Word in your hands and turn with me to Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, chapter 1. Ephesians chapter 1, reading from the fifteenth verse. If you’re using one of our church Bibles, turn to page 976 and you’ll find our passage. Ephesians 1 at verse 15. Before we read, let’s bow our heads and pray.

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Sermon on May 17, 2015

Psalm 51

We return this evening to the second of two parts, considering the message of Psalm 51. Psalm 51. So if you would go ahead and take your Bibles and turn there - if you’re using one of our church Bibles you’ll find that on page 474. With the conclusion of the fifty-first psalm, our studies in this psalm, I will be taking a break for the summer Sunday...

New Community

Now if you have your Bibles with you, let me ask that you turn to Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, chapter 1. If you’re following in one of our church Bibles, turn to page 976. Ephesians chapter 1. We’ll be thinking about the words of verses 15 through 20 this morning though we’ll read from 15 to the end of the chapter. Before we do that, let me...

Sermon on May 10, 2015

Psalm 51

If you would take a copy of God’s Word in your hands, you’ll find them in the pew racks in front of you if you don’t have your own Bible with you, and open it to the book of Psalms, Psalm 51 on page 474 in the church Bibles. Tonight and next week we’ll be considering the message of this psalm together and I want you to notice...

New Community

Please take your Bibles in hand and turn with me to Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. If you’re using one of our church Bibles you’ll find that on page 976. We had been working our way through the book of Exodus. As we completed chapter 18 last week, we came to a natural break before the next segment of the story where God reveals His law to Moses...

Eclipse

In the racks in the pews in front of you, you will see copies of the Bible. If you would pick one up and turn with me to page 837; page 837, halfway down the right-hand column you will see a paragraph of Mark chapter 2 beginning there at verse 13, and we’re going to read from there to the end of the chapter. Before we do that...

April

Eclipse

Over the last three Sunday nights we’ve been working our way through the first three of a five part series dealing with some of the major barriers that people have to faith in Jesus Christ. There are a number of issues that obscure our ability to see and hear the claims of the Christian Gospel objectively. Like the moon passing in front of the sun causing an eclipse...

God Rescues

If you have your own copy of the Scriptures, turn to Exodus chapter 18. If you are using one of the church Bibles, you’ll find that on page 59; Exodus chapter 18, page 59 in the church Bibles. Before we read the Scriptures together, let’s pray.

Lord, we need to hear Your voice. We are assaulted every day with the cacophony of voices of...

God Rescues

If you would please take your Bibles or turn in one of the church Bibles to the book of Exodus, chapter 17; page 59 in the church Bibles. Exodus 17. Then once you have your copies of the Holy Scriptures open before you, would you bow your heads with me as we pray together. Let’s pray.

O Lord, we pray that Your perfect Law...

Eclipse

Let me once again welcome you to First Presbyterian Church. I’m so glad you’re with us especially if you’re here at the invitation of a friend. Perhaps you’re here to see your child play and bless us so wonderfully with their music. If you’d like to talk to anyone, as Billy said earlier, about anything that you hear tonight, I’d be really glad to meet with you afterwards...

Eclipse

Sex

Beginning last Sunday evening and running over the course of five Sundays as Gary said earlier, we are looking at some of the big barriers to faith in Jesus Christ in our culture and our context. Last time we thought about money and this week we’re going to think about sex and sexuality. And you’ll understand that actually I picked these five subjects mainly as an insurance policy....

God Rescues

Now if you would please take a copy of the Holy Scriptures in your hands and turn with me to the book of Exodus chapter 17. If you are using one of our church Bibles you will find that on page 59. We have been working our way through the book of Exodus and after a short break we’re back now in chapter 17. Before we read it...

Eclipse

As Kevin said earlier, tonight and for the next five weeks we’re going to be looking at some of the things in our culture that hinder people from believing in and following Jesus Christ. Maybe you’re here tonight because this is where you always are on a Sunday evening. Maybe you’re here because a friend has brought you along. Perhaps you’ve seen one of the posters somewhere in...

March

God Rescues

Let’s pray together.

Our Father, we are looking to You for Your mercy and Your grace. We pray that You would draw near to us, to all of us. We know that You know our need and we pray that by Your Spirit You would comfort and heal and help. As we turn now to Your Word and as we look to You, we...

A Faith Worth Fighting For

In the racks in front of you in the pews you’ll find copies of the Holy Scriptures. Let me invite you to take one in your hand and turn in it to the book of Jude, page 1027. You will find it useful once you’ve opened the Scriptures to keep them open as we study them together. Before we read them, however, would you bow your heads with...

Sermon on Mar 28, 2015

Psalm 139

A Service of Worship

Giving Glory and Thanks for the Life of

Barbara Scott Miller Currie

God Rescues

Now would you please take a copy of the Holy Scriptures in your hands. Turn with me to the book of Exodus, chapter 16. We’ve been working our way through the book of Exodus. This is where we’ve come to. Exodus chapter 16 in our church Bibles; it’s on page 58. It’s our custom before we read God’s Word to bow and ask for Him to help us...

A Faith Worth Fighting For

In the pew racks just in front of you you’ll find copies of the Holy Scriptures. If you would take one or turn in your own copy of the Bible to the letter of Jude, which is almost at the back, almost at the end of the New Testament. If you go to the very last book, the book of Revelation, and then work back again, you’ll find...

God Rescues

Now if you would please take a copy of God’s holy Word in your hands and turn with me to the book of Exodus, chapter 15, on page 57 of the church Bibles. Then once you have your Bibles open before you, would you join with me and bow your heads as we go to God and ask Him for His help as we seek to understand His...

A Faith Worth Fighting For

Now let me invite you if you would please to take a copy of God’s Word in your hands and turn with me to the book of Jude. If you’re not familiar with the book of Jude, turn to the very last book in the Bible, the book of Revelation, then turn back one book and you’re right there; the book of Jude. Page 1027 in our church...

I would invite you to turn in your Bibles to Luke chapter 7. We will be looking at the end of that chapter beginning with verse 36; verses 36 to 50. I’ll be honest with you, I am hesitant to preach this sermon, but however, if the Reverend Lowry were to read it, it would be a masterpiece, wouldn’t it? I’m telling you, that man can read! The...

I want to look at this passage and really just focus on Jesus’ words in this passage and think about a few phrases that He says. The three points will be from those three phrases. He says, “If anyone thirsts.” Secondly He says, “Come to me and drink.” And then thirdly He says, “Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” So rivers of living water.

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Good evening. It’s good to be back with you tonight and it was a blessing to be with you this morning, and praise God for our time together this evening once again in worship and in God’s Word. Would you please bow your heads with me this evening as we go to the Lord in prayer and ask Him to bless our time?

Father...

As you certainly know and I was so pleased to hear Ed’s challenge to you of all the missionaries that First Presbyterian Church supports, and you know that when we talk about God’s missional purposes in the world we are certainly talking about global purposes, that our God is concerned about and in the process of bringing about the redemption of people that are all over this world...

February

This, in my mind, is a logical next step after our discussion, after my sermon this morning on the church. This morning we talked from 1 Corinthians 12 about how the fact that we are baptized into one body, that we are given to be in one body, and that given is in fact that we are made to drink of that Spirit it says in 1 Corinthians...

A beautiful passage and a passage that our team, myself personally and others, depended on, as with other passages - not the passage itself but the promise that went behind it. The promise that He is about the work of building His church and no matter the context, no matter the difficulty, no matter the trust issues that the people that we’re ministering to may or may not...

Well tonight we are marking an occasion of special gravity and joy in the life of our congregation here at First Presbyterian Church. The installation of a new minister is an indication to us of the kindness of God in answer to our prayers. It’s a mark that the Lord wills to deploy His servant among us to administer His Word for our nurture and the salvation of...

God Rescues

When Christians get together in church, let’s face it, they do some pretty weird things, at least by the standards of our culture, right? A worship service is a pretty odd thing if you think about it. When else in today’s America would you find a group of people from diverse backgrounds and with different stories and different ages and stages and different ethnicities and socioeconomic strata gathering...

Let me invite you to take your Bible and turn with me to 2 Corinthians chapter 5. As you’re turning there, let me give you a brief review of where we’ve been over the last several Sundays and try to bring you up to speed. As Greg Meyer spoke to our kids, nearly preaching the whole Sunday evening sermon, thank you! We’ve talked about the fact that if...

God Rescues

If you have your Bibles with you, turn with me please to Exodus 14. If you’re using one of our church Bibles you’ll find that on page 56; Exodus 14. We’re going to read from the fifteenth verse through the end of the chapter. Before we read it is our custom to pause and pray and ask for God to help us understand and believe and obey His...

One of the pleasures of being invited to preach here is you get to pick all the hymns so you’ve just sung some of my favorites and we’ll finish at the end of the service with the rich words of “Come We That Love the Lord,” an invitation to go forth with joy and to celebrate as we sing. But between here and there, there’s a calling. And...

Five Questions for Church Membership

Do you promise to support the Church in its worship and work to the best of your ability?

Do you submit yourselves to the government and discipline of the Church, and promise to study its purity and peace?

God Rescues

If you have a Bible, would you please turn with me in it to the book of Exodus, chapter 14; Exodus chapter 14. If you’re using one of our church Bibles you’ll find that on page 56. Once you have your Bibles open, let’s bow our heads and ask for God to help us understand them and believe what His Word teaches us. Let’s pray together.

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January

You know if we’re not going to sing the fourth verse at least let me read it to you because it’s great! “Fierce may be the conflict, strong may be the foe, but the King’s own army none can overthrow. Round His standard ranging victory is secure, for his truth unchanging makes the triumph sure. Joyfully enlisting, by Thy grace divine, we are on the Lord’s side; Savior...

God Remembers

Now if you would, take your Bibles and turn please to the book of Exodus, chapter 13. If you’re using one of our church Bibles, you’ll find that on page 55; Exodus 13. We’re going to read from verse 17 through the end of the chapter. Before we do, let’s bow our heads as we pray together.

O Lord our God, would You please send us...

God Remembers

Now let me invite you please to take a copy of God’s holy and inerrant Word in your hands and turn to the book of Exodus, chapter 12; Exodus chapter 12 - page 53 in the church Bibles.  Before we read, let’s bow our heads as we pray.

If God is for us, who can be against us?  If God would give up His...

Philemon

Now if you would turn in your own copies of God’s Word or use one of the church Bibles and open them to Paul’s letter to Philemon.  First and 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews - page 1000 in the church Bibles.  Then once you have your Bibles turned to the correct page, let’s bow our heads as we pray together.  Let us pray.

O...

Five Questions for Church Membership

Classes and Training on Jan 18, 2015

Do you believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as the Son of God, and Savior of sinners, and do you receive and rest upon Him alone for salvation as He is offered in the Gospel?

Five Questions for Church Membership

Classes and Training on Jan 11, 2015

Do you acknowledge yourselves to be sinners in the sight of God, justly deserving His displeasure, and without hope save in His sovereign mercy?

Philemon

There are many voices that compete for our attention, but week after week we hear the voice of almighty God speaking to us in holy Scripture, so let me invite you now please to take a copy of God’s Word in your hands and turn to Paul’s letter to Philemon, Paul’s letter to Philemon, on page 1000 - after Titus; right before Hebrews.  Once you have your Bibles...

God Remembers

Turn in your Bibles please to Exodus chapter 7, or take one of the church Bibles and turn to page 49; Exodus chapter 7.  We’ll be reading verses 14 to the end of the chapter.  Before we do that, it is our pattern ordinarily to pause and ask for God to help us as we pray.  Would you pray with me?

Father, before us...

If you would, turn with me in your Bibles to Matthew chapter 6.  I have been teaching through the Sermon on the Mount in the Young Seekers Sunday School class this quarter, and I didn’t feel like I spent an appropriate amount of time on the Lord’s Prayer this past Sunday, so I wanted to double back around and spend some more time focused in on this passage...

Philemon

If you would, please take a copy of God’s holy Word in your hands.  You’ll find pew Bibles in the pockets in the pews in front of you if you don’t have a Bible with you.  Turn with me to Paul’s letter to Philemon, just before Hebrews, right after Titus, on page 1000 in the church Bibles.  Before we read it together, let’s go to God in prayer. ...

God Remembers

Now would you take your copies of God’s holy Word in your hands and turn with me in them to the book of Exodus, chapter 6; Exodus chapter 6 - page 49 in the church Bibles.  Before we read, would you bow your heads with me as we pray.  Let’s pray together.

O Lord, Your Word is now spread before us.  Would You open...

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