He Who Runs May Read (Hab. 1:1-2:5)

Introduction: God governs His world with inscrutable and holy wisdom. We know that He is holy, but part of the reason why this governance is so inscrutable is because He uses so much unholiness to accomplish His holy ends. And this was the central dilemma that Habakkuk faced. The lesson he learns is that waiting for deliverance is one of God’s ...

A Sermon for Americans

A Brief Explanation: The form of this sermon is unusual, and so I need to give a brief word of explanation before presenting the message. We have four gospels that contain many examples of our Lord’s teaching, whether in parables or in explanations to His disciples, but we really only have one example of a recorded sermon. That sermon, of ...

Love in 1 John

Introduction: So this is the fifth in a series of topical messages from 1 John. The words we have been considering were lust, lies, life, light, and this week, love. Remember that the lust of the eyes, lust of the flesh and the pride of life are entirely inconsistent with the love of the Father. They are what caused our first parents to revolt against ...

Life in 1 John

Introduction: We have considered the enticements of worldliness—the snare that tripped up our first parents. Those enticements are the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life. When we are drawn to such things, and they make us unrighteous, and we also want to cling to our deep need to still be in the right, this results ...

Liars in 1 John

Introduction: We should all know that it is a sin to lie. Perjury is, after all, prohibited by the ninth commandment (Ex. 20:16). The Colossians were told not to lie to one another, now that they had put off the old man with his deeds (Col. 3:9). And we are told that the lake of fire is reserved for liars, among a number of others (Rev. 21:8). ...

Lust in 1 John

Introduction: We are beginning a short series of sermons in 1 John, but the messages are of a topical nature. Although these messages will revolve around particular topics, I believe that when we are done, we will have apprehended the larger message of the book via a somewhat different route—different, that is, from a verse-by-verse ...

Psalm 110/The Priest/King at God’s Right Hand

Introduction: This psalm is the most frequently quoted passage of the Old Testament found in the New Testament. The verses quoted have various applications which we will consider as we work through the psalm. The Text: “The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool. The Lord shall ...