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Sermons by Billy Dempsey

For the next several Lord’s Days, some of our assistant ministers will be examining what we call “the means of grace,” that is, the means that God has given us for our use in spiritual growth - the Word of God, both in preaching and teaching and personal devotion, prayer, the sacraments, that is, baptism and the Lord’s Supper, corporate worship. These are the tools that God has...

Give me an hour to talk about King Josiah tonight and you’ll be very happy! Apart from laughter, I’m not hearing any takers! Well let me amend the deal there just a little bit. I’m a way better preacher at forty-five minutes than I am at thirty minutes. Give me forty-five minutes to talk about King Josiah tonight! Crickets! Maybe the really sanctified people went to the beach...

Before we start, just a reminder of some of the things that Cory introduced to us a couple of weeks ago in that excellent introductory sermon to this series. Remember that Cory was talking to us about wisdom being more than morality and wisdom being more than righteousness, though Biblical wisdom really promotes and elevates and leads us to both of those things. Yet, it’s more than that...

Let me ask you to turn to Luke chapter 2. We want to look at the very end of that chapter. We've had a marvelous Advent season, a marvelous opportunity to examine the titles of Christ given to Him in the Scripture and understand His mission and His work, understand what it means for Him to be our Redeemer. Now that Advent is over, Christmas has come and...

Let me get you to turn to Luke chapter 17. We want to look at verses 11 to 19 - the exchange and the healing of the ten lepers. Let me offer a couple of words of introduction first before I pray and we read. Jesus is on His way to Jerusalem; He's on His way to Jerusalem for His crucifixion. This is Luke's travel narrative and it...

I want us to think about something tonight, and that is this – that the Word of God is sufficient for every purpose for which God has sent it. In fact, let me read, even though I’m not preaching this passage, let me read from Isaiah 55 where the prophet makes it so plain and so beautiful as the Word of the Lord. “For as the rain and the...

Before we pray and read that passage, let me just say a little bit about Lamentations. It’s not a book we really delve into much. It seems somewhat dark and foreboding and troublesome. It is a collection of five lament poems, all built around the events of the Babylonian conquest and destruction of Jerusalem. Now there’s a happy subject! Why would we not want to learn more about...

Before we do so, just a moment to remember together where we’ve been. The apostle Paul has introduced us to some marvelous concepts, some beautiful truth, and we have enjoyed together some soaring preaching and teaching on this portion of God’s Word. That’s not Acts chapter 8; Romans chapter 8. I’ll get there eventually! I mean, I don’t even know how we got off verse 1 – “There...

I think Psalm 40 shows us something. Psalm 40 shows us David reflecting on God’s past deliverance and drawing conclusions that help him trust God in his present troubles. I think the psalm breaks that way. Around verse 11, David begins to talk about the present. Up until that time, he’s talking about the past. Let’s remember, with David, God’s past deliverance.

As I said, we’re parachuting into a narrative here. Let’s back up. Let’s back up and find ourselves; let’s start with a familiar place first of all. Let’s start with the stoning of Stephen; the martyrdom of Stephen in Acts chapter 7. In the beginning of Acts chapter 8, there is the first general persecution against the church beginning in Jerusalem. And that persecution is engineered in part...

What is "The Peace of Belonging"? Well, maybe we should start by defining, "What is belonging?" Let me tell you where I want to go in this sermon today. We want to talk about what is belonging, we want to talk about what belonging looks like, and then we’ll finish with asking the question, “Why does it matter?”

Let’s look briefly at Ahab’s faith because it does help us understand more clearly Obadiah’s faith. It provides a backdrop or a foil for it. Ahab’s faith is simple to understand. It’s faith in Ahab. It’s faith in Ahab. Ahab has been faced with the man of God speaking the Word of God, “There’s no more rain until I say,” and he knows why – because he has...

Let me invite you to open your copies of God’s Word, or the Bible, from the pew rack in front of you to Psalm 84. We will be walking through Psalm 84 this morning and during the month of July on Sunday mornings, several of our assistant ministers will be taking us through some of the psalms. In preparation for that or in introduction of that...

Let me invite you to take your copy of the Scriptures. We’ll look at Mark chapter 11 verses 12 to 14 and then move to verses 20 through 25. It’s always a privilege to fill this pulpit. It’s a great honor because I know who’s been here before me. It’s a great honor to be here, not only serving here, but in this pulpit today. Before...

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...

This evening I’d like to think a bit, though I’m not a merchant, I’d like to think a bit about Christmas.  I know you don’t like to think about Christmas right now, but it’s upon us.  And pardon the expression, but I’d like to not see us belly-flop into Christmas.  You know how to belly-flop into Christmas?  All of a sudden Christmas Day is upon you and you...

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