Sermon Audio: When God Delivers His People

On Sunday, March 6, 2011, I had the privilege of preaching at Sovereign Grace Community Church in Sarnia, Ontario. The message, “When God Delivers His People,” was preached from Psalm 14:1-7:

The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds, there is none who does good. The LORD looks down from heaven on the children of man, to see if there are any who understand, who seek after God. They have all turned aside; together they have become corrupt; there is none who does good, not even one.

 

Have they no knowledge, all the evildoers who eat up my people as they eat bread and do not call upon the LORD? There they are in great terror, for God is with the generation of the righteous. You would shame the plans of the poor, but the LORD is his refuge.

 

Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion! When the LORD restores the fortunes of his people, let Jacob rejoice, let Israel be glad.

The complete audio is available here: :

You can also download to listen later.

My original sermon notes are available for download here.

I hope you find the message edifying. Please feel free to provide some feedback in the comments. Thanks!

New E-Book: Lessons from Nehemiah

Artwork © Justin Gerard. Used with permission.

Nehemiah is a book that has always interested me. The story of a Jewish servant, the cupbearer to King Artaxerxes, who asks the king to be released from his position so he can rebuild the walls of Jerusalem—and he wants the king to pay for it!

Truly, he has what one pastor calls “audacious faith.”

As I read through this great Old Testament book, I found I had pages and pages of notes covering the lessons I was learning. Those notes turned into the Lessons from Nehemiah series that was first published online in March, 2009 and now make up the content of this small book.

Best of all, it’s free for you to download and share with your friends and family!

You can also read and share it on Scribd.

This wasn’t an easy series to write. As it almost certainly should, writing Lessons from Nehemiah forced me to confront a great number of sins in my life, not the least of which being my attitude to authority and my stubbornness in leaving things in the care of our Sovereign Lord.

And as anyone who knows me will tell you, I continue to struggle in these areas. But I hope I’ve made progress.

Having said all that, Lessons from Nehemiah continues to be one of my favorite series of essays—and one I come back to periodically to remind myself of what God has taught me through His written Word.

I hope it’s a benefit to you as well.

Sermon Audio: Submission in a Rebellious World

On November 21, I had the privilege of once again preaching at Brussels Community Bible Chapel in Brussels, Ontario. The message, Submission in a Rebellious World, was preached from 1 Peter 2:13-25.

My original notes follow: [Read more...]

Sermon Audio: Be Heavenly Minded, It Only Leads to Earthly Good

On August 22nd, 2010, I had the privilege of preaching a message titled Be Heavenly Minded, It Only Leads to Earthly Good, at Brussels Community Bible Chapel in Brussels, Ontario. Sunday’s sermon looked at Colossians 3:1-4 and the necessity of keeping our focus heavenward.

Here’s the audio:

You can also download an MP3 here.

The original sermon notes follow:

The last time we were together, we looked at Psalm 63. And we learned what David’s inspired prayer teaches us about the heart of spiritual abundance—that as we seek God, as we worship Him, we become satisfied by Him and because we are satisfied by Him, we can rejoice in Him, regardless of our circumstances.

The key to all of this is being Christ-centered in our worship and our lives. That everything is to be focused on Him.

But since the last time we were together, I’ve not been able to stop thinking about one thing:

Do we really understand how important it is to be focused on Christ? [Read more...]

Sermon Audio: True and False Worship

On Sunday, July 11th, I once again had the opportunity to preach at Poplar Hill Christian Church in Poplar Hill, Ontario. The message is from Romans 1:18-25, True and False Worship.

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The abbreviated transcript follows for those who need/prefer:

The last time I was here, I spoke on obedience and how obedience—to God’s Word, for His Glory—is the evidence of the Christian life. That message has weighed heavily on me since I was last here and as I’ve examined my own life in light of it, I’ve been left with a question: If obedience is the evidence of what we worship, who or what am I worshipping? Is it God or something else?

What we’re going to discover together is this:

Because God is the only One worthy of our praise, we must examine our lives and discover who or what we truly worship. [Read more...]

Sermon Audio: Obedience – The Fruitful Life

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On Sunday May 30, 2010, I had the privilege of preaching at Poplar Hill Christian Church in Poplar Hill, Ontario. Our time together was spent in Matthew 7:24-27, where we looked at the meaning and implications of Jesus’ statement at the end of the Sermon on the Mount.

Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.

And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.

An MP3 is also available.

The sermon’s manuscript follows: [Read more...]

Sunday Shorts (08/23)

A Quiet Circumvention of Morality

Dr. Albert Mohler writes about women being involved in combat situations in the US Military:

From a Christian perspective, the concern about women in combat goes far beyond the pollsters’ questions. If we truly believe that God created men and women for different but complementary roles and shows his glory in the faithfulness of men as primary protectors and women as primary nurturers, the entry of women into combat roles is an open rejection of God’s purpose. As military historians document, every society throughout history has normalized the military service of men. Though women have known combat in isolated cases throughout history, the fact that such cases are rare is the exception that proves the rule. This wisdom is part of general revelation and thus the moral wisdom shared by virtually all cultures.

Read the rest at Dr. Mohler’s blog.

HT: Challies

Free Total Church Study Guide

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An A29 church has created a free study guide to go along with the Re:Lit book Total Church, by Tim Chester and Steve Timmis. The well-designed 32-page study guide is available for free PDF download here. We’ve talked with Steve Timmis, and he’s excited about this free resource.

The study guide was designed by Veritas Community Church in Columbus, Ohio.

Out of the Archives: Young, Restless, Reformed

Young-Restless-ReformedIn 2004, Collin Hansen came on staff as an editor of Christianity Today, and the emerging/emergent church, with its tweaking and questioning of theology in light of a postmodern outlook, was all the rage (as it continues to be in some circles today). Many on staff thought that Hansen should know more about it than anyone given his age. However, he found that, within his circles, there was a disposition towards traditional Reformed theology, and he began to ask the question: Is it just us, or is this the beginning of something bigger? This question led him on a two year journey across America, and the results form Young, Restless, Reformed, first published as an article in Christianity Today, and expanded into this book in 2008.

Travelling across the United States, Hansen visited several “hot spots” of emerging Reformed theology including: The Passion Conference, Atlanta, Georgia; Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky; Covenant Life Church, Gaithersburg, Maryland; New Attitude Conference, Louisville, Kentucky; and Mars Hill Church, Seattle, Washington. While certainly not covering all of places he could, Hansen does a great job of creating a solid cross-section of this movement.

Read the rest of this review.

In case you missed it

Here are a few of this week’s notable posts:

Book Review: Notes from the Tilt-a-Whirl Reviewing N.D. Wilson’s delightfully and downright peculiar book on the wonder of God’s creation

A Bible with All the Words: How I Learned to Love the ESV Reflecting on my journey to my Bible translation of choice, the ESV

The Love of God: Audio from St. Paul’s United My sermon from St. Paul’s United in Aylmer, Ontario, August 15th, 2009

Brand-olatary Examining the connection between what we buy and what we worship

The Love of God: Audio from St. Paul's United

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On August 15, 2009, it was my great privilege to preach at St. Paul’s United Church in Aylmer, Ontario. I am very grateful to my friend and co-worker Peter for the opportunity to share God’s Word with a great group of people.

You can also download an MP3 at the link below to listen to at your leisure.

The Love of God MP3 Audio

I hope you find the audio both profitable and enjoyable.

Update: For those who prefer or require a transcript, the text version follows: [Read more...]