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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...

Training for Kingdom Living

Please take your copies of God’s Word in your hands and turn with me to Matthew’s gospel, chapter 13.  Matthew’s gospel chapter 13 - page 819 in the church Bibles.  We are going to be turning our attention to the words of verses 47 through 50.  Before we do that, let me invite you to join with me as we go to God in prayer.  Let’s pray together.

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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 5, 2012

“Living Life in Light of Jesus’ Return: A Pastor's Exhortations”

1 Thessalonians 5:12-15

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. We’re going to be looking at four brief verses today, from verse 12 to 15, of this passage. John Stott, in his wonderful commentary...

Psalms Book 5

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Psalm 133. Psalm 133 has been sung at Presbyterian General Assembly for probably close to five hundred years now and if you've ever been to a Presbyterian General Assembly you’ll know why it needs to be sung there because unity is not something that Presbyterians are known for at their General Assembly. It used to...

The Lord's Day Morning

April 29, 2012

“The Stones Cry Out: Sir, We Would See Jesus”

John 12:20-26

The Reverend Mr. Claude E. McRoberts III

Please turn in your Bibles to the gospel of John, chapter 12. You’ll find this on page 899 in the pew Bible so you are without excuse. If you don't have your own copy, then if you would, please reach for one in...

The Lord's Day Evening

April 29, 2012

“God's Word Proclaimed: The Beauty of Zion”

Isaiah 2:2-5

The Reverend Mr. Joshua M. Rieger

We’re going to come to Isaiah 2. Over the course of the last month we've been celebrating our 175th anniversary as a church and as we come to the close of this month, we're certainly still going to be looking in the coming weeks at...

Wednesday Evening Prayer Meeting

April 25, 2012

“The Shape of Pastoral Ministry at First Presbyterian Church”

The Reverend Dr. Sean Lucas

Well good evening. It's a great pleasure once again to be with you all. I was going to mention once again some of those connections between Dr. Hutton and William McIntosh who was the long-serving pastor at First Pres. Hattiesburg. We actually are celebrating our 130th...

Wednesday Evening Prayer Meeting

April 4, 2012

The Reverend Mr. Sean Lucas

I've titled this talk, “Blessed Zion — Lessons from the History of First Pres. Jackson,” and that's because the story of First Pres. Jackson is one of God's grace, preserving and growing a congregation in a small frontier town, which is what Jackson was in the 1830's, into one of the leading churches of evangelical Presbyterianism....

Psalms Book 5

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Psalm 123 as we continue through the fifth book of the Psalms together. And specifically right now, since we came to Psalm 120, we are in those Psalms of Ascent which were used by pilgrims on their way to Jerusalem for festival. As we look at Psalm 123, I want you to notice two or...

Psalms Book 5

Turn with me in your Bibles to Psalm 122. This psalm is well-known to us because I think all, or at least most of us, love it when Bill Wymond and Connie Wadsworth and the choir sing that beautiful excerpt from C. Hubert Parry's, “I was glad when they said unto me, ‘Let us go into the house of the LORD!’” as the choral introit on Sunday mornings...

Ezra

The Lord's Day Evening

April 13, 2008

Ezra 5:3-17

“Bureaucratic Meddling”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Please be seated. Now turn with me once again to the book of Ezra (Ezra 5), and we're going to read the whole chapter together. Two weeks ago we were looking together at the opening two verses which summarize for us the...

Ezra

The Lord's Day Evening

February 10, 2008

Ezra 2:1-70

“Pilgrims Have Names!”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Last Sunday evening we began a brand new series on the books of Ezra and Nehemiah. Originally they were one book in the Hebrew canon. Somewhere in the fourth century A.D., they were separated out into two separate books, but we’ll...

Numbers

Wednesday Evening

January 2, 2008

Numbers 22:41-23:26

Balaam's Prophecy (1)

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

Amen. If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Numbers 22, the last verse of that chapter, and then we’ll read the first twenty-six verses of the twenty-third chapter tonight. It's been a while since we've been in Numbers together.

When we last left Balaam, he was talking...

Revelation

The Lord's Day Evening

September 30, 2007

Revelation 3:7-13

“A Letter from Jesus”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Please be seated. Now turn with me if you would to the last book of the Bible, the book of Revelation — a book that often intimidates and frightens and terrifies, because of its use of apocalyptic imagery involving colors and numbers and so on — but we're in none...

Fighting for Joy, Growing in Humility, Knowing Christ and the Peace that Passes Understanding: A Study of Philippians

The Lord's Day Morning

September 16, 2007

Philippians 2:1-3

“Complete My Joy, With Humility”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

Let me invite you to turn with me to Philippians, chapter two. We’ll be looking at verses 1, 2, and 3 today, especially concentrating on verse 3. We've been working through this letter for a number of weeks now…a number of months now.

The center section of the letter...

Fighting for Joy, Growing in Humility, Knowing Christ and the Peace that Passes Understanding: A Study of Philippians

The Lord's Day Morning

September 9, 2007

Philippians 2:1-2

“Complete My Joy, With Unity”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

Amen. If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Philippians, chapter two. We have been working our way through this great letter of the Apostle Paul, and we have said for the last few weeks as we've been looking at Philippians 1:27 and following,...

To the End of the Earth

The Lord's Day Evening

March 18, 2007

Acts 15:36-41

To the Ends of the Earth

Brotherly Love Strife

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me once again to The Acts of The Apostles–or The Acts of The Holy Spirit, or even The Acts of The Risen Christ–because as we have been studying this great book together it is indeed what we have been discovering: that the...

Radio Series: Hymns of the Faith

Hymns of the Faith “For All the Saints”

A Presentation of First Presbyterian Church

Jackson, Mississippi

With

Dr. Ligon Duncan, Dr. Derek Thomas, and Dr. Bill Wymond

Dr. Wymond: Good morning! This is “Hymns of the Faith,” brought to you by Jackson's First Presbyterian Church. The minister of the First Presbyterian Church is Dr. Ligon Duncan. Stay tuned for “Hymns of the Faith.” And now here with “Hymns...

To the End of the Earth

Wednesday Evening

November 29, 2006

Acts 11:1-18

To the Ends of the Earth

First Church Jerusalem

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now, if you have your Bibles with you, turn with me if you would once again to The Acts of the Apostles, and we come tonight to the eleventh chapter. We’re going to read together in a few minutes the first eighteen verses.

But before I do...

God's New Family: An Exposition of Ephesians

The Lord's Day Evening

November 12, 2006

Ephesians 6:21-24

“God's New Family: An Exposition of Ephesians (LXI)

Conclusion: A Concern for Comfort and a Word of Blessing”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

Amen. Please be seated. If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to

Ephesians 6:21. We come tonight to the end of our study of the Book of Ephesians. This is the...

To the End of the Earth

The Lord's Day Evening

August 20, 2006

Acts 6:1-7

To the End of the Earth (12): Seven Wise Men

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me, if you would, to The Acts of the Apostles, chapter six. . I'm going to tell you a problem in the church of the New Testament where evidently love was in short supply. This is in Acts 6, and we're...

To the End of the Earth

The Lord's Day Evening

July 16, 2006

Acts 4:32-5:11

“To the End of the Earth (10): Field of Dreams”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

We’re looking at The Acts of the Apostles, and we come tonight to the section that begins in verse 32 of chapter 4, and we’ll be reading through into the fifth chapter and the narrative of Ananias and Sapphira.

This is God's holy, inerrant...

To the End of the Earth

The Lord's Day Evening

June 11, 2006

Acts 2:42-47

To the End of the Earth How They Love One Another!

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me in the New Testament to The Acts of the Apostles. We began to look at the Book of Acts about a month ago, and we come now this evening to the closing section of chapter 2, and beginning at...

To the End of the Earth

The Lord's Day Evening

May 14, 2006

Acts 1:12-26

“Then They Were Twelve Again”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me, if you would, to The Acts of the Apostles, and on Sunday evenings now for a while we’ll be going through this glorious book. The Acts of the Apostles, that tells us the story of the early church, focuses as it does initially on the...

God's New Family: An Exposition of Ephesians

The Lord's Day Morning

April 9, 2006 Communion Sunday

Ephesians 4:11-13

“Why Christ Gifted the Church”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

Please open your Bibles to Ephesians, chapter four, as we continue working our way through this great letter of the Apostle Paul to the church of Ephesus, and to us, since “all Scripture is given by inspiration and is profitable for our reproof and correction, and training...

God's New Family: An Exposition of Ephesians

The Lord's Day Morning

March 26, 2006

Ephesians 4:4-6

“One Body, Spirit, Hope, Lord, Faith, Baptism, God and Father (3)”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Ephesians 4 as we continue to work our way through this great book...and we see God's kindness to us in knowing what we need before we know what we need.

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God's New Family: An Exposition of Ephesians

The Lord's Day Morning

March 19, 2006

Ephesians 4:4-6

“One Body, Spirit, Hope, Lord, Faith, Baptism, God and Father” (Pt. 2)

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan II

...For several months now, and starting in Ephesians 4 just a few weeks ago, we emphasized on a number of occasions that whereas in Ephesians 1-3 the Apostle Paul has described what God has done in bringing believing Jew and Gentile into...

God's New Family: An Exposition of Ephesians

The Lord's Day Morning

March 12, 2006

Ephesians 4:4-6

“One Body, Spirit, Hope, Lord, Faith, Baptism, God and Father”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

Amen. If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Ephesians, chapter four. I'm going to read verses 4-6 today, but we're only going to get through verse 4.

Let me remind you again that in this book the Apostle...

Mark

Wednesday Evening
October 12, 2005
Mark 12:13-27
“Questions, Questions, Questions!”
Dr. Derek W.H. Thomas

Now turn with me, if you would, to the Gospel of Mark, and again to chapter twelve. We pick up the reading this evening at verse thirteen of Mark, chapter twelve. We have been following...before I say that, let me echo Billy's words and say how wonderful it is to see Skip Copeland back...

God's New Family: An Exposition of Ephesians

The Lord's Day Morning

September 25, 2005

Ephesians 1:19-23

The Surpassing Greatness of His Power….to the Church

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Ephesians, chapter one, as we continue making our way through this great letter of the Apostle Paul to the church at Ephesus and to you and me, because we know that every word...

Leviticus

Wednesday Evening
January 19, 2005
Leviticus 8:1-36
“Set Apart for Service: Moses Ordains the Priests”
Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I would invite you to turn with me to Leviticus, chapter eight. We’re going to read the whole of this chapter tonight, but because this chapter is not only lengthy but filled with very specific regulations for the consecration, for the anointment, for...

1 Timothy

The Lord's Day Morning

September 29, 2004
I Timothy 5:1-16
“Caring for the Church”
Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to First Timothy, chapter five. We've been working through this book of First Timothy as part of a larger study of three letters often called “the Pastoral Epistles”: I Timothy, II Timothy, and Titus. We've noted how...

1 Timothy

The Lord's Day Morning

August 22, 2004
I Timothy 3:14-16
“The Mystery of Godliness”
Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to I Timothy, chapter three. We’re working our way through this book. In fact, we're working our way through the Pastoral Epistles, these three letters from Paul, a veteran pastor, church planter, evangelist and missionary, to a...

1 Timothy

The Lord's Day Morning

August 1, 2004

I Timothy 2:8-15

”Women in the Church”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to First Timothy, chapter two. We have said all along as we've been studying the first of the Pastoral Epistles, these letters from a veteran pastor to a younger pastor about pastoral matters, matters that pertain to...

Jude

May 9th, 2004

The Faith Once Delivered: Five Lessons in Jude:

Jude 1-2 What is a Christian?

If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to the book of Jude, right at the end of the New Testament, before the book of Revelation. Over the next five weeks we’ll have the opportunity to study the entirety of this little...

3 John

3 John 1:9-15 Tension in the Church

If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to 3 John. We come today to the last of our studies of the letters of 1, 2, and 3 John. We said the last time when we were together in this book that it's a letter short enough to be written on a single sheet of papyrus, but...

1 John

I'd invite you to turn with me to 1 John chapter 2 and to the 18th verse as we continue to make our way through this letter. Over the last number of weeks, we have seen John digress from a plan that he has been pursuing in the first two chapters to give, first, a word of encouragement and, then, a word of exhortation. A couple of...

Exodus

Exodus 35:1-19 Sabbath and Construction

If you’ll open your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to Exodus chapter 35. We are moving into the very last section of the book of Exodus and Moses’ record of the building of the tabernacle. And the very fact that the culminating chapters of this book of epic adventures climaxes on the story of the construction of...

Romans

Romans 16:3-16 Ministry in the Family of God.

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Romans 16. We are continuing to work through the book of Romans on Sunday morning. Over the next two or three weeks, God willing, we'll come to an end of this book and begin an exposition of the book of James together. We started...

Romans

Romans 15:7-13 Accept One Another, As Christ has Accepted You

If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to Romans chapter 15. As we come to Romans 15, verses 7 through 13, you need to realize we are coming to the end of this long argument in the book of Romans. For fifteen chapters, Paul has been bringing home a sustained...

Romans

Romans 14:1-12 A Warning Against Judging Brothers (part 2)

If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to Romans chapter 14. We started looking at this passage last week , working our way through a marvelous section of the book of Romans. Romans 12 through 15 is a tremendous portion of this great gospel. It spells out the way of the...

Romans

Romans 14:1-2 A Warning Against Judging Brothers (1)

If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to Romans chapter 14. If you came in and did not pick up an outline and you want you, you still have an opportunity to pick one up and some of the entrances. If you don't have one, you may want to let someone who...

Romans

Romans 12:3-8 A Call to Humility and Service

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Romans chapter 12, as we continue to work through this great passage together. Last week we looked at Romans 12 verses 1 and 2. In this passage Paul makes a grand declaration about Christian living and we've said this whole second section of the...

Romans

Can God's Promise Fail? Romans 9: 6-13

If you have your Bibles with you I'd invite you to turn with me to Romans chapter 9 as we continue to work through this great passage together. I’ll remind you that last week we saw a glimpse into Paul's own heart of compassion and that's very important for us to remember today for a couple of reasons...

Romans

Romans 1:11-15 Paul’s Purpose to Preach

If you have your Bibles I’d invite you to turn with me to Romans, chapter 1 as we continue to work our way through this great gospel. As Paul describes for us the very heart of the gospel and then expounds it in his letter to the Romans. Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve seen even in Paul’s...

How Pilgrims Praise: Psalms of Ascent

“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious oil upon the head, coming down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard, coming down upon the edge of his robes. It is like the dew of Hermon, coming down upon the mountains of Zion; for there the Lord commanded the blessing — life forever.”

And may God...

Genesis: The Foundations of the Faith

The Line of the Sons of Noah

The New World Order (Life after the deluge)

Part I

Genesis 10:1-32.

The New World Order (Life after the deluge)(l): The Line of the Sons of Noah

If you have your Bibles with you please turn with me to Genesis, chapter 10. Tonight we enter into a new section of the book of Genesis. Moses himself partitions this particular chapter and gives it the heading "the Toledoth of the sons of Noah," that is...

Daniel

If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to Daniel, chapter 10. In Daniel, chapter 10, beginning in verse 1 we see a vision recorded for us. We said last week as we look at Daniel 1 through 6, we have somewhat of a partial biography of Daniel. But then when we moved to Daniel, chapters 7 through 12, we moved to the spiritual...

Matthew

Would you please turn with me in your Bibles to Matthew chapter 10.  Last week we began to look at this passage in verses 1-4 where the Lord Jesus commissions His disciples, those who had been close to Him, those who had been following Him, those who had trusted in Him and in whom they had placed their hope.  Now these who had walked near with Him were...

Matthew

In our text today, we see Him commission His disciples to go out into the villages and towns of the surrounding region and preach the message of the kingdom.  So what we have in Matthew 10:1-4 is basically an ordination sermon, a message that the Lord Jesus Christ gives to His disciples as He commissions them to their first gospel task.  They had been called to Him as...

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