"So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading." (Nehemiah 8:8)
It is important to go to the Old Testament to look at those "things that were written aforetime" (Romans 15:4) to seek what new perspective and knowledge we can gain from them.
"For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scripture might have hope." --Romans 15:4
"Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?" - Matthew 24:3
The "Sermon on the Mount" is one of the most amazing sermons you'll ever read, straight from the mouth of our Savior when He walked the earth.
It is good for us to always consider what we believe, why we believe it and to ensure that what we believe is congruent and consistent with the Holy Scriptures.
There are a number of people listed in Hebrews Chapter 11 as faith exemplars. It would thus be prudent to look at some of the attributes or characteristics of these people to see how they stack up against our ways of thinking and living.
Beware of losing your way and finding yourself on the broad highway to hell, where Esau found himself. It is written of that privileged man who despised his birthright: "Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated." (Romans 9:13)
Jesus' parting words to His loved ones on the night before His crucifixion.
We hope, in time, to present a comprehensive exposition of the book of The Revelation for full examination as light provides -- passage by passage. We begin with the first verse, clause by clause.
Let us discuss the everlasting Covenant of Grace and the Holy Trinity's various roles in the administration of that blessed agreement.
1 Corinthians 13 sets forth how great and essential a thing charity, or a spirit of Christian love, is, in Christianity.
What has Scripture prophesied about that ignoble race of Jews during the great Day of the Lord? Let's explore.
Let us examine the first series of events in the Revelation of Jesus Christ: the seven seals on the Book of Redemption.
The treatment of the grand subject of the seven trumpets of Christ's Revelation.
An examination of what John the Revelator refers to as "the seven last plagues," or "seven golden vials full of the wrath of God."
"And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, and said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?" - Matthew 19:4-5
There is a lot of Bible error when it comes to divorce and remarriage. It is generated by literally hundreds of millions of so-called "Christians" that desperately desire to break, forget and obliterate their solemn oath to God (that they freely entered into).
The wrath of God is pouring out upon this world in the form of COVID-19. "Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? shall there be evil in a city, and the LORD hath not done it? Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets." Amos 3:6-7
Here is a thought experiment: If 8 billion people agree the sky is red, and they agree it is red every day of their lives and they convince you the sky is red, does it inherently change the color of the sky when God says it is blue?
Jude is one of the shortest books of the Bible - delivering a powerful message of warning and a call to sobriety amongst those who have a God-given belief on Christ and who therefore have a lively hope of their eternal salvation.
"Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do." - 1 Thessalonians 5:11
David's faith in God and Goliath's trust in his own strength are two important lessons to learn from their battle in the Valley of Elah, but there are so many more elements to this bit of history that can be edifying to one of God's sheep.
"Christophanies" are visible or audible preincarnate manifestations of Christ found in Scripture. The Old Testament is rife with them. Let's explore.
"My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever." - Psalm 73:26
All true Christian grace in the heart tends to holy practice in the life.
"Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies." - Proverbs 31:10
In part 1, we establish the "Formative" aspect of church discipline. In parts 2 and 3, we discuss "Corrective" discipline. And in part 4, we complete our discussion of church discipline by examining "Excisive" discipline.
The saints' final perseverance in grace to glory is, that those who are truly regenerated, effectually called, and really converted, and internally sanctified by the Spirit and grace of God, shall persevere in grace to the end, and shall be everlastingly saved; or shall never finally and totally fall, so as to perish everlastingly.
"If I never spoke of hell, I should think I had kept back something that was profitable and should look on myself as an accomplice of the devil." - J.C. Ryle
"And what shall I more say? For the time would fail me to tell of Gideon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets." (Hebrews 11:32). The apostle was short on time; but perhaps we can dwell a bit longer on one of these old-timers so worthy of mention, specifically: Samson.
"But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear..." - 1 Peter 3:15
"Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing." - 1 Peter 3:8-9
"Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual." - 1 Corinthians 2:13
An examination of spiritual bravery/courage and cowardice, expositing Daniel 3 (the story of the three Hebrew children in the fiery furnace).
"But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas..." - Matthew 12:39
An examination of the Lord Jesus Christ entering Jerusalem prior to His death (based on Matthew 21, Mark 11, Luke 19, and John 12 ).
An explanation of fearing God, based on the idea that the wise man said that the whole of religion, experimentally and practically, is "to fear God and keep his commandments." (Ecclesiastes 12:13).
A study of the millenial (thousand year) reign of Christ, as discussed in Revelation 20.
Examination of the duty of the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ to be "not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work" (James 1:25).
"Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need." - Philippians 4:11-12
In-depth examinations of the seven churches of the Revelation mentioned in Revelation 2 and 3.
The purpose of these sermons is to help people to get a solid grasp on the Scriptural notion that there are details about the rise of the beast -- called Antichrist -- that are expressly hidden from human cognizance until a determined period of time.
Because men are completely depraved beings, salvation would be impossible without God.
Explanation of the passage in Matthew 7 that says "judge not," considering that the first thing to do when you want to know what a verse means is to look at the context of the verse.
The teaching of reconciliation through Christ using the book of Leviticus.
"For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty...And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon." - Revelation 16:14,16
This discourse seeks to shed some light on what prayer is and how we should look at it.
Exploration of Satan so we can beware of his devices "Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices." - 2 Corinthians 2:11
How can you be certain that your calling and election are sure?
What are the spiritual aspects of charity? What are the practical aspects of charity? And, what does good look like?
Let's consider the sobering instruction that we are to "be not conformed to this world" out of Romans 12:2.
These sermons summarize Thomas Boston's writing, "The Crook in the Lot," so that we may be edified and seek the Lord for brighter light on the subject.
Chastening, trials, and afflictions are the lot of the elect of God. There are twin blessings that each and every one of the elect of God receives - to believe, and to suffer for the sake of Christ. But how should we face this suffering? What spirit should we have towards our afflictions?
We are participants in a universal war with Satan. Satan is always trying to move the ancient landmark that Proverbs 22:28 explicitly says to not move. We must always be on guard for this.
If you are preaching right, you will have enemies. It is important to understand how we are to treat these enemies from a Biblical point of view.