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Church Planting Principles / Talking Points

We are in the midst of a transitional time for the visible Church, in American culture in general and Presbyterianism in particular. Many mainline churches around us have fallen prey to liberalism of various types, while many evangelical churches look more like the culture than the church.

We don’t know...

Rooted

We’re going to be focused on the words of verses 12 through 14. Paul, really since the end of chapter 2, has begun explaining the practical implications for our Christian lives of the great truth of the believer’s union with Jesus Christ. And as we saw when last we were in Colossians in verses 5 through 11 of chapter 3, Paul has begun first with the negative implications...

Rooted

One of the ways we are going to do that on Sunday mornings is by considering together the message of the apostle Paul as he wrote to the Colossians; the short letter of Paul to the Colossians. So we’ll be pausing in our on-going studies in Mark’s gospel. We’ll come back to it again, God willing, in the new year, and we’ll be focusing beginning today on Colossians...

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...

Well, we are looking at the Scriptures and Matthew chapter 16. Please take your Bibles and turn there with me. We'll spend a few moments looking at one verse. We're going to study verse 18. There's so much in it, we don't have enough time this morning even to study that verse, but we're going to give it our best shot. But we want to read the context...

Rewire

Paul, you will remember, has been dealing with the problem of division in Corinth and it’s a problem that has reared its ugly head in different ways as we’ve worked through the book together. There’ve been divisions over leadership. Some were boasting in their favorite preacher and others in a different preacher. There were divisions over economics and lawsuits among believers. There was even division over which foods...

Rewire

One of the recurring themes Paul has dealt with over and again in 1 Corinthians is the theme of division. It has really been troubling the Corinthian congregations, so back in chapter 1 and again in chapter 3, you will remember the Corinthians were dividing over their favorite preachers. There were different groups claiming their different favorite. “I follow Paul.” “I follow Apollos.” “I follow Cephas.” Even, “I follow...

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...

I want us to study this verse along two points tonight. The first is – built up. And then the second is – built out. Built up and built out. We’ll spend most of our time on the first one, and that’s where we’ll start, with built up.

The Gospel for the Rest of Us

As you’re being seated, take your Bibles and let’s turn together to the book of James. One of the later books in the New Testament, it’s on page 1011 if you’re using a pew Bible. I’m excited to be studying together for the next few months the book of James. And we’ll start off tonight with chapter 1, and verse 1. Again, that’s page 1011. If you’re a...

Behold, A Throne

If you would please open your Bibles at the last book of the Scriptures, the book of Revelation, chapter 3. We’re considering the words of verses 14 to 22 and you’ll find that on page 1030. We’ve come tonight to the last of the letters of Christ to the seven churches with which the book of Revelation opens. We’ll be taking a break here for the summer in...

God Reigns

Please open your Bibles to Exodus chapter 20. If you’re using a church Bible, you’ll find it on page 61. In a few moments we will read together the words of the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20:1-17. We’ve come this morning to the ninth commandment, “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.” Of all the commandments, I’m not sure there’s one of them more frequently broken...

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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Well good evening.  It’s good to be with you all tonight.  If you have your Bibles handy turn with me to Psalm 48.  It’s also printed on the back of your bulletin, I believe there, for you.  I love to get to sing the psalms together, especially when it works well with our text, so it’s always enjoyable to get to sing the text of Scripture that we’ll...

Zechariah Part 2: The Coming King

Now let me invite you please to turn in your Bibles to the prophecy of Zechariah, chapter 13.  Zechariah chapter 13.  We’ll read verses 7 through 9 together.  You’ll find it on page 799 in the church Bibles.  Before we do, let’s again bow our heads as we pray.

O Lord, You have the words of eternal life.  To whom else can we turn...

Better: A Study of the Christian Life in Hebrews

If you have your Bibles, I’d invite you to turn with me to Hebrews chapter 13.  We’re going to be looking at verse 17 as we return to our study of this book and its last chapter.  If you were going to give a topic heading for Hebrews 13:17-19 it would be, “The Responsibility of the Congregation to Its Spiritual Leaders.”  And I think you could outline it...

Enduring Trials in Light of Jesus' Return

The Lord's Day Morning

November 11, 2012

“Enduring Trials in Light of Jesus’ Return: Working Night and Day”

2 Thessalonians 3:6-15

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to 2 Thessalonians chapter 3, verses 6 to 15. You’ll see, if you’re using the pew Bible, a page number for that passage, as we continue our way...

Enduring Trials in Light of Jesus' Return

The Lord's Day Morning

November 11, 2012

“Enduring Trials in Light of Jesus’ Return: Working Night and Day”

2 Thessalonians 3:6-15

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to 2 Thessalonians chapter 3, verses 6 to 15. You’ll see, if you’re using the pew Bible, a page number for that passage, as we continue our way...

Living in Light of Jesus' Return

The Lord's Day Morning

August 26, 2012

“Living Life in Light of Jesus’ Return: A Parting Request, Greeting, Charge, and Blessing”

1 Thessalonians 5:25-28

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to 1 Thessalonians chapter 5. As we come to the end of this letter, we've studied it all along under the rubric of “Living Life...

Living in Light of Jesus' Return

The Lord's Day Morning

August 26, 2012

“Living Life in Light of Jesus’ Return: A Parting Request, Greeting, Charge, and Blessing”

1 Thessalonians 5:25-28

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to 1 Thessalonians chapter 5. As we come to the end of this letter, we've studied it all along under the rubric of “Living Life...

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