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Randy Alcorn, in one of his books, writes about a young missionary man named William Borden. William Borden was a Yale graduate, an heir to a great amount of wealth. His parents gave him everything; withheld nothing from him his whole life. After graduating college, he rejected his life of ease. He gave away almost all of his wealth and he moved to Cairo, Egypt to share the...

If you would turn with me tonight in your Bibles to Psalm 96; Psalm 96. If you’re reading along in the pew Bible you’ll find this on page 499. As we open to Psalm 96, let’s ask the Lord for His help as we read and study His Word together.

Heavenly Father, Your Word teaches us that our hearts are desperately wicked and they...

If you’ll look at the passage you’ll notice in verses 14 through 19, just prior to our text, Paul prays an extraordinary prayer; a prayer of such extravagant audacity that it really ought to take our breath away. Look at it with me for a moment. He prays that the Ephesians would be given strength and power through the Spirit that Christ may dwell in their hearts through...

David, thank you again. And once again, thanks to you and Sheena for your warm hospitality and to this church and the missions committee. If you’ve treated your missionaries the way you’ve treated me this weekend, I know they can’t wait for next year to get back to First Presbyterian Jackson! I mean, I got to my hotel room last night and you had these cookies and all...

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...

Before we read the text, I’d like to follow up on what Wiley said earlier at the beginning of the service. That is, our Mission Conference starts this next Sunday. Actually, we have three conferences back to back. What I mean by that is, we have a pre-conference on Friday and Saturday, which is called Gospel Renewal Dynamics for Leaders. But really, we’re all in a sphere of...

Rewire

Paul, you may recall, has been writing to combat a prideful, divisive spirit at Corinth, especially when it came to the way that spiritual gifts were functioning in the life of the church. And in chapters 12 and 13, he has tackled that problem at the level of general principles. You will remember in chapter 12 he spoke about celebrating our unity and cherishing our diversity. We are...

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...

Rewire

Paul has been talking about the nature and the boundary, the limits, of Christian freedom. The Corinthians had written to him asking for advice about a particular problem that was especially pressing in the culture in which they lived. Food, meat was often sold in the market as surplus to requirements after having first been used in the sacrifices of the pagan temples in the city of Corinth. And so...

Rewire

Paul, you will remember, has been defending his ministry. He would not take a salary from the Corinthians. Some of them felt that was grounds to begin undermining his ministry. They could not control him, you see, if they couldn’t pay for him. And so they began to insinuate that perhaps Paul ought not to be trusted. “He’s not a real apostle, after all.” And so for most of chapter...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

If you have your Bibles with you or perhaps one there in the pew pockets in front of you, turn with me if you would now, to Psalm 92.  Psalm 92.  You can find it there on page 498 in your pew Bible.  As you’re turning there, allow me to say what an honor it is to stand before you and open God’s Word with you tonight.  As...

The Servant

Now if you would please take a copy of God’s own holy Word in your hands.  As the children make their way to their children’s church this evening, turn with me to the prophecy of Isaiah, chapter 52, on page 613.  Isaiah 52.  We’re going to read from the thirteenth verse through the end of chapter 53.  Before we do, would you bow your heads with me as...

Colossians: The Preeminence of Christ

Well if you have your Bibles we can turn together to Colossians chapter 4.  We’ll be in verses 2 through 6 tonight.  This is the last section of the body of this letter to the Colossians before we get to some personal remarks from Paul next week.  I had a member of the church, Vic Clark, told me once of his nephew who works for Rolex and he...

The Servant

If you would now take your own copies of the Scriptures or turn with me in one of the church Bibles.  If you’re using a church Bible, page 613.  We’re reading Isaiah 52 at verse 13 through the end of the fifty-third chapter.  Isaiah 52 verse 13.  Before we read, would you bow your heads with me as we pray together?

Lord Jesus, You...

The last time I was at First Presbyterian Jackson - I was in the sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church Jackson, Mississippi was in September of 1975!  And I promise to be back in thirty-nine and a half years for another visit!  And I know that I’m probably belaboring the obvious but this place looks a lot different.  Did something happen between 1975?  I remember it pretty well but...

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