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Paul has been offering us some general exhortations about practical Christian living and beginning in verse 18, as we'll see God-willing next week, he's going to get quite a bit more specific with some exhortations about the Christian family and the Christian household. Here he's still in the level of general principle. He has called us, we've seen, to put sin to death, verse 5, to live a...

You may know that Ezekiel 37 is written to the people of God in exile in Babylon. They’ve been in exile at least around twelve years or so and they are incredibly discouraged. Indeed, they feel hopeless. Everything seems to be lost; cut off is the expression used in our passage. And God, through the prophet in our text, is sending a word of hope and a promise...

The Beginnings of Abraham

We’re doing a three-week series right now called The Beginnings of Abraham. And we’re looking at the Babel narrative again. We did it two weeks ago if you were here, and this time we’re looking at the Tower of Babel story in context, in a bigger context, in the context it’s set in. And that means we’re looking at the Babel story again in the context of genealogies. And...

The Gospel of Mark

Before we read it, let me remind you a little bit about the portrait of Jesus’ ministry Mark has been painting for us so far. It’s surprising ministry, actually, because the people we expect will respond to Christ don’t seem to want to know Him at all. And the people we have every reason to believe will have nothing to do with Jesus are flocking to His ministry...

I want us to think about something tonight, and that is this – that the Word of God is sufficient for every purpose for which God has sent it. In fact, let me read, even though I’m not preaching this passage, let me read from Isaiah 55 where the prophet makes it so plain and so beautiful as the Word of the Lord. “For as the rain and the...

Good morning and happy New Year. I trust you don’t think it’s too premature for me to go ahead and wish you a happy New Year. After all, we’re only about twelve hours out from it becoming 2018. It’s sort of hard to believe that another year has come and gone and we’re about to start another year in just a matter of hours. Whenever New Year comes...

 John chapter 1 begins with those famous and staggering truths about Jesus Christ. That, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God.” And that “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us and we have beheld his glory, as of the only son from the Father.” It’s almost as if John is beginning his gospel with a hymn of...


We’ll be focusing on verses 15 through 18. You can find they’re on page 957 if you’re using one of our church Bibles. You will remember, if you’ve been with us, the story so far. Paul is responding to a letter that has reached him from Corinth raising a number of practical and theological questions that were troubling the believers there. And beginning last week, we saw Paul defending his...


In the opening verses of this portion of the chapter, Paul is wrestling with the way in which the world receives, or rather rejects, does not receive the wisdom of God but regards it as foolishness. And I was reminded of a story, probably apocryphal, about the way in which our presuppositions often color our conclusions. It’s a story that has resonated deeply with me for reasons that...

If you’ve got your Bibles, please turn to John chapter 1. That will be the passage we’re studying this morning, John 1:1. I apologize I don’t have the pew page number for you on that, but John 1:1; the fourth gospel of the New Testament. Before we hear God’s Word, let’s go to the Lord in prayer.

Father, the words that were...

It’s an undeserved privilege in more ways than one. I was quite mischievous as a child, but I was also, at the same time and perhaps this goes with our own insecurities, is that I was quite a fearful child. I had – I’m going to go back and forth between the fear and mischievous behavior – but I think I probably still hold the record for the...

Now if you would please take a copy of God’s holy Word in your hands and turn with me to the first letter of Peter, chapter 1. 1 Peter chapter 1. We are going to read from the twenty-second verse to the end of the chapter. Before we do, would you bow your heads with me as we pray together. Let’s pray.

Our Father...

Training for Kingdom Living

Now let me invite you please to take your copies of God’s Word in your hands and turn with me to the gospel according to Matthew, chapter 13.  Matthew’s gospel chapter 13.  If you’re using one of the church Bibles you’ll find that on page 818.  Before we read God’s Word together, let’s bow our heads and ask for His help as we pray.  Let us all pray.


Psalms Book 5

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Psalm 119. If you weren't here last Lord's Day evening we read all one hundred and seventy-six verses of Psalm 119. I was told by those who were clocking it that it took about twenty-four minutes to read the psalm out loud and then we just very briefly meditated on the overall content of that...


The Lord's Day Morning

July 24, 2011

“My Words Will Not Pass Away”

Luke 21:25-38

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Luke chapter 21 as we continue to make our way through the gospel of Luke together. We’re going to be looking at verses 25 to the end of the chapter together today, and...

1 Samuel

The Lord's Day Evening

May 16, 2010

1 Samuel 28


Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me to 1 Samuel chapter 28, 1 Samuel chapter 28. We were looking last week at chapter 27 and into the first couple of verses of chapter 28. You will remember that David has been spending the last sixteen months among the Philistines as a provocateur, as a double...


The Lord's Day Morning

November 29, 2009

Luke 8:16-21

“Take Care How You Listen”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to Luke chapter 8. We’ll be looking at verses 16 to 21 today. As you turn to that passage I would remind you that this exhortation of Jesus to you and me, to His disciples, is on...


The Lord's Day Morning

November 15, 2009

Luke 8:1-15

“Have You Heard the Word?”

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Luke chapter 8. We’re going to be looking at the first few verses of this chapter and you may want to sneak a peek back to the last few verses of chapter 7 because something that...

1 Samuel

The Lord's Day Evening

April 5, 2009

I Samuel 4:1-22

“Boxed-Up Theology”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me if you would to I Samuel 4. In our studies which we began a few weeks ago in the First Book of Samuel, we come tonight to a very solemn passage. I can't help but think before I read this passage how contrasting it surely is to...


The Lord's Day Evening

May 18, 2008

Ezra 7:1-10

“Ezra — Entering Halfway Through the Book”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now turn with me once again, if you would, to the book of Ezra, and we come this evening to the first ten verses of chapter seven…Ezra 7:1-10. Before we read the passage together, let's look to...

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