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Rooted

Peter O’Brien, one of the commentators on this letter, says that these two verses “are the heart of the letter.” They form sort of a hinge. The first part leading up to this point, Paul uses many of the same phrases, much of the vocabulary that has been at the very heart of his message thus far is used in these two verses so there’s sort of a...

Psalm 51, as you may know, is the great penitential psalm, a psalm of confession, crying to God for cleansing and pardon. The historical context is provided for us in the superscription at the head of the passage which reads, "To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David when Nathan the prophet went to him after he had gone into Bathsheba." So you remember the situation. David has committed...

The Gospel of Mark

If you were with us a few Sundays ago when last we looked together at Mark’s gospel, you will remember how with the healing of the paralyzed man, which is the story in the opening twelve verses of Mark chapter 2, a controversy begins between Jesus and the Pharisees. The Lord Jesus pronounced a word of forgiveness over the paralyzed man and the Pharisees were deeply offended. They...

The Gospel of Mark

And in some ways, you could say that the remainder of chapter 1 is an explanation of how that works out, what it looks like, what are the implications of this Gospel that has broken onto the scene of history good news in the person of Jesus. What will it mean for our lives? And so in verses 16 through 20, we see what it looks like, what...

As we’ve already heard from Spence Flatgard, today is Commitment Sunday, the second Sunday in our stewardship season. And our Scripture this year was chosen because it directs our attention not so much to the means, the finances that we need to accomplish the work of the church, as it does to the vision. We want to focus on the task committed to the church by the Lord...

Not a typical message, not a typical passage you’d expect to be read at a Missions Conference. I was teaching a Bible study for a group of men and there were several non-Christians in that group and after we read the passage one of these non-Christian men said – one of the reasons I like studying the Bible with non-Christians, they tell you the things we don’t dare...

Rewire

Selina Hastings, Countess of Huntingdon, one of the great evangelical noble women of England in the first half of the 18th century during the Great Awakening, she was a supporter and a patron of the early Methodists, especially of the ministry of the great George Whitefield, and she used to say that she knew she was going to get to heaven thanks entirely to the letter “M.”...

Rewire

In one of my favorite TV shows, the opening sequence is often made up of a kind of montage of clips from previous episodes in which each character is introducing himself to someone else so that by the time of the opening credits, we’ve been reminded of all the principle figures in the storyline that are about to unfold in that episode. In some ways, that is precisely...

Found: When Ordinary People Meet Jesus

Now let me say once again how pleased we are that you’re here with us this evening, especially if you’re here at the invitation of a friend.  As you may know, we’ve been thinking on these Sunday nights about encounters between Jesus and some of the ordinary people that He meets in the Gospel records.  Last week we looked together at the account of Jesus meeting with the...

Found: When Ordinary People Meet Jesus

Well let me say as we begin how very glad we are to have you here with us, especially if you’ve come along at the invitation of a friend.  As you may well know, we are looking on these Sunday evenings at six episodes from the Biblical accounts of Jesus’ life in which He meets with ordinary people who are really not so very unlike you and me...

Found: When Ordinary People Meet Jesus

Let me begin by thanking you again for coming to our evening service, especially if you are here at the invitation of a friend.  We’re so very glad that you are here.  In the pockets in the pews in front of you, you will find copies of the Bible.  If you would, please take one in your hands and turn with me to page 887 to John’s gospel...

Please turn with me in your Bibles to Genesis chapter 12.  Genesis chapter 12.  It’s also printed on the prayer sheet.  We are in between a summer series and a fall series; I think the fall series will start two weeks from today and our time’s going to be tonight in Genesis chapter 12 verses 1 through 9. 

Genesis 12 and the DNA of...

Zechariah Part 2: The Coming King

Please be seated. Would you take your copies of the Holy Scriptures in your hands and turn with me to the prophecy of Zechariah chapter eleven. Page 798 in the church Bibles.  Before we read God’s Word would you bow your heads with me as we pray?

Oh Lord, how we are in need of a fresh word from your mouth. How prone we...

Zechariah Part 2: The Coming King

Amen. Please be seated. Now if you would, take your copies of God’s Word in your hands and turn with me to the prophecy of Zechariah chapter 10. We will read the second half of the chapter from verse six through verse twelve. You’ll find that on page 798. Before we read, let’s bow our heads and pray.

Lord, like the disciples responding to...

Enduring Trials in Light of Jesus' Return

The Lord's Day Morning

October 14, 2012

“Enduring Trials in Light of Jesus’ Return: Saved through Sanctification”

2 Thessalonians 2:13-15

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to 2 Thessalonians chapter 2. We’re going to be looking at verses 13 to 15 together today. In the Christian life, there are certain truths that we need to...

Enduring Trials in Light of Jesus' Return

The Lord's Day Morning

October 14, 2012

“Enduring Trials in Light of Jesus’ Return: Saved through Sanctification”

2 Thessalonians 2:13-15

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to 2 Thessalonians chapter 2. We’re going to be looking at verses 13 to 15 together today. In the Christian life, there are certain truths that we need to...

Enduring Trials in Light of Jesus' Return

The Lord's Day Morning

September 23, 2012

“Enduring Trials in Light of Jesus’ Return: What We Pray for You”

2 Thessalonians 1:11-12

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to 2 Thessalonians chapter 1 verses 11 and 12. The apostle Paul often fills his letters with prayers that he prays for the congregation that he's writing,...

Enduring Trials in Light of Jesus' Return

The Lord's Day Morning

September 23, 2012

“Enduring Trials in Light of Jesus’ Return: What We Pray for You”

2 Thessalonians 1:11-12

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to 2 Thessalonians chapter 1 verses 11 and 12. The apostle Paul often fills his letters with prayers that he prays for the congregation that he's writing,...

Living in Light of Jesus' Return

The Lord's Day Morning

May 27, 2012

“Living in Light of Jesus’ Return: A Gospel Attested by Conduct”

1 Thessalonians 2:1-12

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn to Paul's letter to the Thessalonians, the first letter to the Thessalonians, chapter 2, and we're going to be looking at verses 1 to 12 this morning. I want to...

Living in Light of Jesus' Return

The Lord's Day Morning

May 27, 2012

“Living in Light of Jesus’ Return: A Gospel Attested by Conduct”

1 Thessalonians 2:1-12

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn to Paul's letter to the Thessalonians, the first letter to the Thessalonians, chapter 2, and we're going to be looking at verses 1 to 12 this morning. I want to...

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