8.31.08 – Our Father (Mt 6.9)

August 31, 2008

Our Father (Mt 6.9) — Prayer

Our afternoon service offers a brief message from the first verse of the Lord’s prayer, a reprise of a couple of messages preached nine years ago. Our prayers are based in our relationship with Our Father and should have as their object the hallowing of Our Father’s Name.

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8.31.08 – Pilgrim’s Progress

August 31, 2008

Pilgrim’s Progress: Introduction

We begin something new for our Bible Study hour, a study of Pilgrim’s Progress. In today’s lesson, we cover some reasons for making Pilgrim’s Progress a matter of study at all and the historical and biographical background to its writing. Interestingly, we begin the study on the anniversary of John Bunyan’s death, Aug 31, 1688, exactly 320 years ago. (If you listen to the audio, you will hear me give a different date… don’t know where that came from, I have it wrong in my notes.)

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8.31.08 AM – Judged by Deeds (Rm 2.6-10)

August 31, 2008

Judged by Deeds (Rm 2.6-10)

Our second message from this passage focuses not on man’s destiny, but the issues man faces at the judgement bar of God: his deeds. Any man who assesses himself honestly will admit that he cannot meet God’s standard, no matter how hard he tries. The message of grace, as we learn elsewhere, is that One Man met the standard and willingly exchanged places with us so that in him we could pass muster in God’s judgement and share in His eternal life.

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8.24.08 Study

August 24, 2008

The Activity of Demons

In which we consider the ways in which demons operate in their opposition to God and as the emissaries of Satan.

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8.24.08 AM – Destinies of Men (Romans)

August 24, 2008

Destinies of Men (Rm 2.6-10)

Our message today looks at the chiastic structure of Rm 2.7-10, which reveals the two destinies of men: eternal life or wrath and indignation, but puts the focus on the destiny of those who do evil: wrath, indignation, tribulation and anguish. The moral man must become aware of this, God’s special revelation to him. The moral man (the man who condemns others) agrees with God that sin must be judged, but is seemingly unaware that the judgement of God’s wrath is abiding on him… and awaits him.

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8.17.08 PM – Prayer

August 17, 2008

Father, save me from this hour (Jn 12.27-28)

Our Lord’s prayer on this occasion is an example for us of following the Father’s will. The prayer of our title is not the prayer the Lord prayed. Rather, he prayed that the Father would glorify His name. There was much for the Lord to feel apprehensive about the Father’s will, but his resolution to follow it is the driving force of his whole ministry. If we would be his disciples, it must become the driving force of our lives and ministries as well.

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8.17.08 Study

August 17, 2008

The Nature of Demons

In which we consider the personality, intelligence [and strategems], morality, and powers of Satan’s demons. Our study of these creatures is as a matter of considering the whole counsel of scriptures. We want to understand the Bible, not be obsessed with demonology.

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8.17.08 AM – Romans

August 17, 2008

The Moral Man’s Treasure (Rm 2.2-5)

Paul continues to dismantle the justifications of the moral man by noting his agreement that God’s judgement is according to righteousness, but then asking, if that is so, how the moral man presumes to escape God’s judgement. Or, if that is not enough, does the moral man despise God’s goodness and forbearance, presuming it means he has already escaped judgement? God’s goodness and forbearance is intended to lead man to repentance – any rejection of God’s blessing only serves to further build up the moral man’s treasure … the wrath of God to be revealed in the day of wrath, the day of the revelation of God’s righteous judgement.

The call of this message is to those who think of themselves as ‘good guys’. The call is a call to repentance and faith in the only One who will enable escape from the wrath of God.

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8.10.08 – Prayer

August 10, 2008

Son of David, Have Mercy (Lk 18.35-43)

In our series looking at prayers to Jesus, prayers of Jesus, or mentions of prayer connected with Jesus, we come now to the prayer of the blind Bartimaeus, calling on the Son of David for mercy. The Lord says that his faith saved him. We connect this with C. H. Spurgeon’s testimony of salvation from his autobiography – a conversion that came when a blind soul finally saw Christ for who he is.

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8.10.08 – Study

August 10, 2008

The Reality of Demons (2)

In which we consider further the Bible’s teaching concerning the origin of the demonic host and the confinement of some demons.

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