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Sermons from 2015

December

Sermon on Dec 28, 2015

2 Kings 11:1-3

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

Sermon on Dec 20, 2015

Luke 2:22-38

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

Sermon on Dec 14, 2015

Matthew 25:1-13

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

Sermon on Dec 13, 2015

Luke 2:8-20

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 7, 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

Sermon on Dec 6, 2015

Luke 1:67-79

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...

November

Stories that Stick

Sermon on Nov 30, 2015

Matthew 13:24-30

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

Sermon on Nov 29, 2015

Luke 1:46-55

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...

Sermon on Nov 23, 2015

Luke 14:12-24

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

Sermon on Nov 22, 2015

Luke 15:20-32

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

Sermon on Nov 16, 2015

Matthew 13:44-46

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

Sermon on Nov 9, 2015

Mark 4:10-20

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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Sermon on Nov 1, 2015

Matthew 6:19-34

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

Sermon on Oct 25, 2015

Revelation 21:1-8

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...

Sermon on Oct 18, 2015

1 John 3:1-3

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...

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