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Well, this is one of only a few passages in the New Testament where Paul speaks in an autobiographical mode and he is remarkably candid about himself as he does so. Don’t you think? Look at some of the languages that he uses to describe his first coming to the Corinthian believers. Verse 3, “I was with you in weakness and fear and much trembling. My speech and...

Now the traditional way of understanding this passage is that Jesus basically took them through a kind of a proof-texting of the Old Testament where He showed them the verses that prophesied about His coming. This approach to understanding the Bible this way is often called the crimson thread of Scripture. It comes from that story about Rahab, the harlot, who was to hang a crimson thread in...


The great German reformer, Martin Luther, I think understood the inner logic of our passage when he used the old Latin phrase, “crux probat omnia;” “crux probat omnia” – the cross is the test of everything. The cross is the test of everything. You see for Christians, the cross of Jesus Christ isn’t simply the center and the foundation of our faith and devotion. It becomes the gauge and the standard by...

Well tonight we are marking an occasion of special gravity and joy in the life of our congregation here at First Presbyterian Church. The installation of a new minister is an indication to us of the kindness of God in answer to our prayers. It’s a mark that the Lord wills to deploy His servant among us to administer His Word for our nurture and the salvation of...

Beloved, I invite you to take your Bibles and turn with me to Colossians chapter 1. Colossians chapter 1 verses 24 through 29. And, as you’re turning there, I do want to give you a word of greeting from your sister church in Charleston, South Carolina. This morning, Pastor David preached on the partnership that the apostle Paul had with the Philippians and the partnership in ministry which...


The Lord's Day Evening

May 3, 2009

Luke 4:31-44

“A Preacher with Power”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

I'd like to invite you to turn with me to Luke 4 as we continue our study of the Gospel of Luke. The whole service conspires together to help us understand the passage. We always try and take care to relate some of what we sing to the substance of...


The Lord's Day Evening

November 30, 2008

Nehemiah 8:1-8

“Reading the Bible for a Very Long Time!”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Please be seated. Now turn with me if you would once again to the book of Nehemiah, and we come tonight to chapter 8. In the reading tonight you will observe in a moment that it describes an occasion in which the Scriptures are read, but...

To the End of the Earth

Wednesday Evening

September 26, 2007

Acts 28:17-31

“Preaching from Prison”

Dr. Derek W.H. Thomas

Now turn with me if you would to the final chapter of The Acts of The Apostles, chapter 28. As you’re doing that, let me just remind you this is the final lesson in The Acts of The Apostles. I always feel, when I come to the end of a study, I want to...

To the End of the Earth

The Lord's Day Evening

May 13, 2007

Acts 19:1-22

To the Ends of the Earth

The Gospel Comes to Ephesus

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me to Acts 19. We made a brief visit last week to Ephesus, but then Paul made that whirlwind journey, you remember, taking all the way from Ephesus to Caesarea, and then perhaps to Jerusalem; and certainly north to Antioch,...

To the End of the Earth

The Lord's Day Evening

April 15, 2007

Acts 17:10-15

To the Ends of the Earth

How to Listen to a Sermon

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now, last Lord's Day I didn't quite get to where I was intending to get to. We got delayed, you and I, in the sights and sounds of Thessalonica. And Paul, as we have seen now so many times… (who would want...

2 Timothy

The Lord's Day Morning May 29, 2005

II Timothy 4:1-4 “Preach the Word”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to II Timothy, chapter four. Last week we were in II Timothy 3, and looking especially at those glorious verses in which the Apostle Paul describes the nature, the character of Scripture as divinely inspired, as God-breathed, as...


We’re continuing to work our way through the Pastoral Epistles, and this particular pastoral epistle, the third in the canonical order—the third in the order of the three Pastoral Epistles in your Bible, but the second in our study, since we’re working chronologically through the Pastoral Epistles. First and Second Timothy and Titus is the order that you find them in your Bible, but I Timothy was written...


James 3:1-2 Warning to Aspiring Teachers

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to James chapter 3 as we continue through this book. In the very first chapter James spoke of trials and how the Christian would respond to them. How God uses those trials. In the end of James, chapter 1, he talked about how to tell the difference between someone who...

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