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Extraordinary

Tonight we begin a new series looking at the message of the book of Ruth, so let me invite you please to take your own copy of holy Scripture, or if you don’t have your Bible with you to take a church Bible, and turn with me in it to the book of Ruth, chapter 1, page 222 in the Old Testament Scriptures. Page 222; Ruth chapter 1...

Let us pray.

Almighty and everlasting God, as we come again before Your Word, we recognize our own impoverished condition in which we need to humbly implore You for the aid of the Holy Spirit to understand. And so we pray that the Spirit would cause Christ to increase and the one who speaks to decrease, all for Your glory. We ask it in...

God Rescues

If you have a Bible, would you please turn with me in it to the book of Exodus, chapter 14; Exodus chapter 14. If you’re using one of our church Bibles you’ll find that on page 56. Once you have your Bibles open, let’s bow our heads and ask for God to help us understand them and believe what His Word teaches us. Let’s pray together.

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Zechariah Part 1: The Coming Kingdom

Now if you would, take your Bibles and turn with me to the prophecy of Zechariah, chapter 6.  Zechariah chapter 6 on page 795 in the church Bibles. We’re going to be looking at verses 9 through the end of the chapter.  Before we do that, we do need to ask for God’s help, so would you bow your heads with me as we pray?

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Zechariah Part 1: The Coming Kingdom

Take your Bibles, please, and turn with me in them to the Old Testament Scriptures and to the prophecy of Zechariah chapter 6.  Zechariah chapter 6 on page 795 in the church Bibles.  Before we read God’s Word let’s turn to Him in prayer.  Let us pray together.

Lord Jesus, there is no one else to whom we may turn.  You have the words...

Now let me invite you to turn with me in your Bibles to the gospel according to Matthew, chapter 11. Matthew’s gospel chapter 11.  We’re going to be focusing our attention on the last section of the chapter, verses 25 to the end; you’ll find that on page 816 of the New Testament sections of your Bibles.  Before we read God’s Word, we’re going to bow our heads...

Esther: Sudden Reversals

Now if you would, take your Bibles and turn with me to the book of Esther chapter 2.  If you’re using a church Bible, you’ll find that on page 410 and 411.  The title for our series of studies in the book of Esther is Sudden Reversals.  If you were with us last Lord’s Day Evening in chapter 1, you would have seen one such sudden reversal...

The Lord's Day Evening

April 8, 2012

“Looking Forward, Looking Upward”

Luke 24

The Reverend Dr. James M. Baird

(Dr. Duncan) It's our joy tonight to hear the Word of God from the former shepherd of this congregation, the senior minister, James M. Baird, one of the founding fathers of our denomination, beloved to us. Thank you, Jim, for being with us on this anniversary Sunday.

(Dr. Baird)...

The Lord's Day Evening

April 1, 2012

“Remembering All the Way”

Deuteronomy 8:2; 2 Timothy 1:1-12

The Reverend Mr. Brister H. Ware

Could we pray?

Lord, we thank Thee for a hundred and seventy-five years, this church. So many other churches, Lord, go on; they’re closed. We thank Thee, Father, for strengthening this church. And we give Thee praise and glory and pray that we might honor Thee...

2 Samuel

The Lord's Day Evening

May 22, 2011

“Census: Playing the Numbers Game”

2 Samuel 24

The Reverend Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now let me take a moment to thank the choir for turning out in mass numbers tonight and doing me the honor and privilege of actually hearing this magnificent music that Dr. Wymond wrote. And I was away for your Christmas rendition of it, so thank...

1 Samuel

The Lord's Day Evening

June 6, 2010

1 Samuel 31

“The King is Dead. Long Live the King.”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Let me just remind you of what we've just sung in verse 3 — “His kingdom cannot fail. He rules o’er earth and heaven.” And that is not what you will see at the end of 1 Samuel. You will be forced to believe that...

Luke

The Lord's Day Morning

March 7, 2010

Luke 9:37-45

“Amazed by the Greatness of God”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

O give thanks unto the Lord for He is good. His steadfast love endures forever. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom He has redeemed from trouble and gathered from the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south....

1 Samuel

The Lord's Day Evening

February 7, 2010

1 Samuel 19

“The Saints and the Providence of God”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me if you would to 1 Samuel once again and to chapter 19. Last week, you remember, we saw Jonathan, Saul's son, making a covenant of friendship and loyalty with David and consequent to that Saul's fit of jealousy, especially when he heard...

1 Samuel

The Lord's Day Evening

September 6, 2009

1 Samuel 9:1-10:16

“You Never Know What You Might Find When You Go Off Looking for Your Lost Donkey”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now the summer has gone and September is here and we're back in Samuel. And it was a long time ago, in a place far, far away, and we've forgotten the story, but I'm going to take...

The Lord's Day Evening

August 16, 2009

John 11:17-27

“Two Loyal Sisters”

The Reverend Mr. Nathan D. Shurden

We have spent these long, hot summer months in the gospels looking at many individuals with a variety of different backgrounds, each unified by the fact that they have had an encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ. We continue our series tonight by looking at one of the more famous,...

Luke

I'd invite you to turn with me to chapter one, as we continue to work our way through the Book of Luke. We’re in the passage which is known as the annunciation; that is, where the angel Gabriel comes to announce to the Virgin Mary God's purposes. It is a well-known passage to us.

Luke is of course pointing to the greatness of Jesus in all...

Psalms Book 4

If you have your Bibles, I’d invite you to turn with me to Psalm 93.

The Psalms are an anatomy of all the parts of the Christian soul. The Psalms give us guidance in Christian experience. How should a Christian react in all the varied circumstances of life? How does a Christian respond when he or she feels the need of refuge, shelter, a place to call...

Ezra

The Lord's Day Evening

June 8, 2008

Ezra 8:15-20

“Priests”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me if you would once again to the book of Ezra. We are in chapter 8 of the book of Ezra. We were looking last week at the list of names from twelve different families who were returning with Ezra...

Ezra

The Lord's Day Evening

June 1, 2008

Ezra 8:1-14

“More Names - Returnees”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Turn with me now if you would to the book of Ezra, chapter 8, and shortly we’ll be reading together the opening fourteen verses of Ezra 8.

A couple of weeks ago we made a transition from chapter...

Numbers

Wednesday Evening

January 9, 2008

Numbers 23:27-24:25

“Numbers — With God in the Wilderness:

Balaam's Prophecy (2)

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Numbers 23. But in the outline that Jeremy is distributing right now, you have this text printed front and back for you, laid out in a little bit of a poetic form.

Sometimes in...

Radio Series: Hymns of the Faith

Hymns of the Faith

"God Moves in a Mysterious Way”

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.”… Here now with...

Numbers

The Lord's Day Evening

November 11, 2007

Numbers 22:22-40

“Balaam's Ass”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

Amen. Please be seated. We began our study in the story of Balak and Balaam and Israel last Lord's Day evening. It is a dramatic story. It is the story of God's sovereign care over His people. Even as their enemies seek to avail themselves of supernatural powers to bring down curse...

Leviticus

Wednesday Evening
August 24, 2005
Leviticus 25:8-55
“Jubilee - Freedom!”
Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Leviticus 25. We are two Wednesday nights away, Lord willing, from finishing our study of the Book of Leviticus. Next Wednesday night, Lord willing, we’ll be looking at chapter 26, that glorious call to obedience. It's one of the best...

Psalms Book 2

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Psalm 68, as we continue to work our way through the Second Book of the Psalms. Now Psalm 68 may well be a Psalm which dates from the procession of the Ark into Jerusalem in the days of the reign of King David when the Ark of the Lord was brought with great rejoicing into...

Psalms Book 2

If you have your Bible I'd invite you to turn with me to Psalm 62. We’re in Psalm 62 this week and this Psalm shows us the fruits of adversity, or to say it right, the way that God in His wisdom and grace brings forth spiritual fruit in our lives in and through adversity. Adversity, as you know, in and of itself doesn't create spiritual fruit. You've...

Psalms

The Lord's Day February 22, 2004

Psalm 2 Missions and the Universal Reign of Jesus the Messiah

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Psalm 2. We take a break from our series on 1 John as we come now to Missions Conference Week, and today we're going to be looking at the 2nd Psalm. The Missions Conference Committee...

John

John 6:1 to 15 What Difference Does a Few Thousand Make?

After these things Jesus went away to the other side of the Sea of Galilee (or Tiberias). A large crowd followed Him, because they saw the signs which He was performing on those who were sick. Then Jesus went up on the mountain, and there He sat down with His disciples. Now the Passover, the feast of...

Exodus

Exodus 23:20-33 Loyalty to God

If you have your Bibles, please open to Exodus chapter 23, beginning at verse 20, hear the word of God:

"Behold, I am going to send an angel before you to guard you along the way and to bring you into the place which I have prepared. "Be on your guard before him and obey his voice; do...

Joshua

Joshua 11 & 12 When God is like a Wild Animal

I said last week that you cannot make sense of Joshua apart from the cross of Jesus Christ. In particular, the battles, the warfare, the bloodshed, the (at times) "scorched earth" policy where no survivors, "nothing that breathed" (11:11) survived–these things that we have read about in our Bibles tonight are deeply disturbing. If they are not...

Romans

How Can God Condemn If We Can't Resist His Will?

Romans 9:19-23

If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to Romans chapter 9 as we continue to work our way through this great book and chapter. "If God chooses then our choices don't matter." Have you ever had somebody say that to you before? Maybe you said it yourself...

Romans

The Purpose of God Romans 8:28-39

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you turn with me to Romans, chapter 8. Romans, chapters 6 through 8 tell us what it looks like to live in the grace of God. What grace looks like in the life of a believer. And it doesn't tell us that grace means that there is no suffering and pain in...

Exodus

The Tenth Plague: Death of the Firstborn Exodus 11:1-10

If you’d take your Bibles and turn with me to Exodus, chapter 11, we come now to the final plague. Let's hear God's Word.

"Now the Lord said to Moses, ‘One more plague I will bring on Pharaoh and on Egypt; after that, he will let you go from here. When he lets you...

Exodus

Exodus 10:21-29 The Ninth Plague: Darkness

If you have your Bibles, I'd like to direct your attention to the end of Exodus, chapter 10, picking up in verse 21. Today we come to the penultimate plague of the next to the last of this series of ten plagues.

We have seen three triads of plagues so far. The first three, the middle three...

Exodus

Eighth Plague the Locusts Exodus 10:1-20

If you have your Bibles, I’d invite you to turn with me to Exodus 10. We come tonight to the eighth of the ten plagues. As we do, you know that we are already in the last triad. There are three three’s in the plagues. Plagues one through three, four through six, and seven through nine bear certain similarities...

Exodus

The Sixth and Seventh Plagues: Boils and Hail Exodus 9:8-35

If you have your Bibles, I’d invite you to turn with to Exodus, chapter 9. We’ve worked through the first five plagues now, and it may be good to pause and review some of themes we’ve seen so far. First of all, we’ve emphasized on a number of occasions that the plague represents God’s redemptive...

Exodus

The Fifth Plague: Death of Livestock Exodus 9:1-7

If you have your Bibles, I’d invite you to turn with me to Exodus, chapter 9. We have studied the first four plagues now. After tonight we’ll be halfway home. And this is perhaps a good time to pause and review some of the great things that we have seen, and some trends that have already become...

Exodus

The Third and fourth Plagues: Knats and Flies Exodus 8:16-32

If you have your Bibles, I’d invite you to turn with me to Exodus, chapter 8, as we continue to work our way through the various plagues of Egypt. We’re going to look at two tonight, both having to do with insects of some sort, the third and the fourth plagues. We’ve seen a number...

Exodus

The Second Plague – Frogs Exodus 8:1-15

If you have your Bibles, I’d invite you to turn with me to Exodus 8. For the last couple of weeks, we have been looking at this cycle of plague accounts, which begins actually with the encounter in Exodus 7, verses 8 through 13 between Moses and the magicians or sorcerers of Egypt. In that particular encounter in...

Exodus

The First Plague — The Nile Turned to Blood Exodus 7:14-15

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Exodus, Chapter 7. Tonight we're going to be looking at verses 14 through 25, in preparation for that you may allow your eyes to run back to verses 8 through 14 where we were the last time we were together. Exodus...

Exodus

Moses, Aaron and the Sorcerers Exodus 7:8-13

If you have your Bibles, I’d invite you to turn with me to Exodus, the 7th chapter, and as you turn toward Exodus 7, verse 8, you might want to sneak a peak back at Exodus 6:10, through 7:7 and remind yourself of what we studied last. It’s been a month since we’ve been in Exodus together...

Exodus

Hardening Pharaoh’s Heart Exodus 4:18-26

If you have Bibles, I’d invite you to turn with me to Exodus, chapter 4, verse 18. In Exodus 1 God’s sovereignty was emphasized. In Exodus 2 Moses, the future deliverer of Israel, is introduced to us and put in a favorable light. In the end of Exodus 2, verses 23 through 25 we learn that the redemption of Israel...

Exodus

A Spokesman for Moses Exodus 4:10-17

I’d invite you to take your Bibles in hand and turn with me to Exodus 4. Now we’re continuing tonight in our story of Moses’ encounter with the living God at Sinai. As we studied Exodus 1, we saw God’s sovereignty being emphasized in His dealings with His people. When we studied Exodus 2, we saw Moses, the future...

Exodus

Signs and Wonders for Moses Exodus 4:1-9

If you have your Bibles, I’d invite you to turn with me to Exodus, chapter 4. Ever since we entered Exodus 3, we have been witnesses to an ongoing conversation between the Lord, the God of Israel, and Moses, His servant. This conversation began with Moses seeing the curious sight of a bush which was burning, but not...

Exodus

The Deliverer Delivered (By Women)! Exodus 2:1-10

If you have your Bibles, I’ve invite you to turn with me to Exodus 2. You will remember from our study of the last two or three weeks that Pharaoh, in his desire to bring the children of Israel under control, and to make sure that they do not become a threat to join with the anti-Egyptians as...

Genesis: The Foundations of the Faith

Genesis 49:1-33 The Prophecy of Israel

It seemed appropriate as we come to the passage in Genesis 49, where we hear God's account of the death of His servant, Jacob that we sing for all the saints and we anticipate that day of resurrection, ourselves. If you have your Bibles, I would invite you to turn with me to Genesis 49. Tonight we come to...

Genesis: The Foundations of the Faith

Genesis 45:1-28 The Reunion

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Genesis 45. All along as we've studied the life of Joseph, we've said the overarching theme of God's providence is apparent, though Joseph may be the principal human actor, the whole of the story shows God as the one who is the prime mover in the life of...

Genesis: The Foundations of the Faith

Genesis 41:1-37

Pharaoh's Dream

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Genesis, chapter 41. We have been walking through the progress of God's providence in the life of Joseph. And ever since the end of chapter 37 we have seen Joseph in an almost unchecked free-fall down into the pit into the miry clay where standing...

Genesis: The Foundations of the Faith

Genesis 37:18-36 The Lord Meant It for Good

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me again to Genesis 37. Tonight we continue our study in this final section of the book of Genesis, Genesis 37 through 50 and the story of the life of Joseph. We said last time it was important to understand at least two things about this...

Matthew

If you have your Bibles, I’d invite you turn with me to Matthew, chapter 26, as we continue through the gospel. We said in Matthew 26, the full chapter served as a prelude of the death of the Lord Jesus Christ. In Matthew 26, verse 2, on Tuesday of the last week of the Lord Jesus’ life before His crucifixion, He had told His disciples that in two...

Genesis: The Foundations of the Faith

Genesis 27:1-29

A Blessing Stolen

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Genesis, chapter 27. As you do so, I want to invite the Williams to join me at the front of the sanctuary after the service, and for all of you to come and give them the right hand of fellowship and express to them your support...

Genesis: The Foundations of the Faith

The Laughter of Unbelief

The Promises of God (The Life of Abraham)

Part IX

Genesis 17:15-27

The Laughter of Unbelief

Two weeks ago we began our studies in the chapter of Genesis 17. Abram, this man whose name meant exalted father, had spent 86 years of life not being a father at all, and then finally had had a child through his wife's maid servant, a concubine, named Hagar. And over that 13-year period, the idea had grown...

Matthew

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Matthew 21. It is Monday of the Passover week, and the Lord Jesus, after entering into Jerusalem on the foal of the donkey, had returned to Bethany to spend the night. Then, the next Monday morning, He came back into Jerusalem and headed straight for the temple. He had revealed himself as the humble king...

Matthew

If you have your Bibles, I’d invite you to turn with me to Matthew chapter 21. Today we’re beginning a new, the final section, of the gospel of Matthew. You will notice that in each of the synoptic gospels, Matthew, Mark and Luke, a disproportionate amount of time is spent on the last week of our Lord Jesus’ life. And in John’s gospel, even more. Half of the...

Genesis: The Foundations of the Faith

The Battle of the Kings

The Promises of God (The Life of Abraham)

Part IV

Genesis 14:1-24

The Promises of God (The Life of Abraham)- 4. The Battle of the Kings

If you have your Bibles please turn with me to Genesis, chapter 14.

Our Lord and God, we love Your word, and we ask now that we would open our eyes to behold Your truth for us today from this, Your holy word. We ask that...

Genesis: The Foundations of the Faith

Babel

The New World Order (Life after the deluge)

Part II

Genesis 11:1-9

Babel

If you have your Bibles with you tonight, I'd invite you to turn with me to Genesis, chapter 11. The last time we were in the book of Genesis together, a couple of weeks ago, we entered into a new section of Genesis looking at Genesis, chapter 10, with the list of the sons: Shem and Ham and Japheth. And that...

Genesis: The Foundations of the Faith

Re-establishing the World

The Flood (The Life of Noah)

Part IV

Genesis 8:1-22

Re-establishing the World

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Genesis, chapter 8. So far, we've seen God's glorious work of creation in Genesis, chapter 1. We've seen His special favor towards man highlighted in Genesis, chapter 2. We've seen the status of day in human history in Genesis, chapter 3, and the fall of our...

Matthew

Please turn with me in your bibles to Matthew chapter 11.  Last week we saw the majesty of Christ displayed in His pronouncement of judgment against those cities which had heard the gospel of peace preached, and yet were not repenting.  Today, we will see His majesty in this glorious invitation which He issues.  Let's hear God's holy and inspired word beginning in Matthew chapter 11 verse 25.  

Matthew 11:25-30 

Our Father,...

Matthew

Our Father, we thank You for this word.  It is a mysterious word.  Its truths are deep and wide.  We need the help of Your Spirit to understand it and to embrace it.  So we ask, O Lord, that You would open our eyes; teach us the truth of Your word.  What we can understand, help us to understand.  What we cannot, help us to humbly receive because it is from Your lips, trusting...

Daniel

If you have your Bibles I would invite you to turn with me to Daniel, chapter 6, as we continue our study in this great book of the Old Testament. Daniel, chapter 6. Let us hear God's holy and inspired and inerrant word.

Daniel 6

We have noted all along the theme of God's sovereignty in the first half of the book of Daniel...

Daniel

If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to Daniel, chapter 5. We’re in Daniel and we're contemplating a valiant stand which the aged Daniel makes against Belshazzar, the king of Babylon, and it is perhaps a word of encouragement for Christians today who are facing opposition for the Lord in their own lives individually and corporately, up against overwhelming odds, up against times...

Matthew

Having spoken the words of life in the Sermon on the Mount, the Lord Jesus now demonstrates His power by the performance of miracles, signs which attest to who He is, signs which prove the truth of His teaching, signs which prove the claims that He is, indeed, the Christ.  And so, by words and deeds, He is shown the Messiah.  The passage which we’re going to look...

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