Sunday Sermon Series – 11/24/21

The more Christian you are in this town, the more makeup you wear. I'v...  Quote by Peter Hedges, What's Eating Gilbert Grape - QuotesLyfe

I am guessing a few of y’all are thinking that I have lost my mind, quoting Hollywood here. I chose this because it is appropriate to today’s sermon that comes from Jeremiah 4. In the quote we see folks putting ‘lipstick on a pig’ as we say here in the south. That is they are camouflaging the truth behind a false front. You can dress as fancy as you want, go to church every Sunday but God does not care for outward appearances, He knows the depths of your heart.

Are you prepared to meet God suddenly?


Jeremiah 4

CONTEXT: In Matthew Henry’s Commentary we find: It should seem that the first two verses of this chapter might better have been joined to the close of the foregoing chapter, for they are directed to Israel, the ten tribes, by way of reply to their compliance with God’s call, directing and encouraging them to hold their resolution (v. 1, 2). The rest of the chapter concerns Judah and Jerusalem. I. They are called to repent and reform (v. 3, 4). II. They are warned of the advance of Nebuchadnezzar and his forces against them, and are told that it is for their sins, from which they are again exhorted to wash themselves (v. 5-18). III. To affect them the more with the greatness of the desolation that was coming, the prophet does himself bitterly lament it, and sympathize with his people in the calamities it brought upon them, and the plunge it brought them to, representing it as a reduction of the world to its first chaos (v. 19-31).


SERMON

The Wailing of Risca

Delivered on Sabbath Morning, December 9th, 1860, by the REV. C. H. Spurgeon, At Exeter Hall, Strand.

“Suddenly are my tents spoiled, and my curtains in a moment.”—Jeremiah 4:20.

…There are three points upon which I shall try to address you this morning, though I feel inadequate to such a task. First, I shall say somewhat upon sudden bereavements; then I shall dwell awhile upon the fact of sudden death; and afterwards we will say but a little, for we know but little, of the sudden exchange which sudden death shall bring both to saints and sinners…

Sunday Sermon Series – 11/17/21

14 The secret of the Lord is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant.
15 Mine eyes are ever toward the Lord; for he shall pluck my feet out of the net. Psalm 25:14-15

CONTEXT: From C.H. Spurgeon’s Treasury of David

TITLE. A Psalm of David. David is pictured in this Psalm as in a faithful miniature. His holy trust, his many conflicts, his great transgression, his bitter repentance, and his deep distresses are all here; so that we see the very heart of “the man after God’s own heart.” It is evidently a composition of David’s later days, for he mentions the sins of his youth, and from its painful references to the craft and cruelty of his many foes, it will not be too speculative a theory to refer it to the period when Absalom was heading the great rebellion against him. This has been styled the second of the seven Penitential Psalms. It is the mark of a true saint that his sorrows remind him of his sins, and his sorrow for sin drives him to his God.

SUBJECT AND DIVISION. The twenty-two verses of this Psalm begin in the original with the letters of the Hebrew alphabet in their proper order. It is the first instance we have of an inspired acrostic or alphabetical song. This method may have been adopted by the writer to assist the memory; and the Holy Spirit may have employed it to show us that the graces of style and the arts of poetry may lawfully be used in his service. Why should not all the wit and ingenuity of man be sanctified to noblest ends by being laid upon the altar of God? From the singularity of the structure of the Psalm, it is not easy to discover any marked divisions; there are great changes of thought, but there is no variation of subject; the moods of the writer’s mind are twofold—prayer and meditation; and as these appear in turns, we should thus divide the verses. Prayer from Ps 25:1-7; meditation, Ps 25:8-10; prayer, Ps 25:11; meditation, Ps 25:12-15; prayer, Ps 25:16-22.

Verse 14. The secret of the Lord is with them that fear him. Some read it “the friendship:” it signifies familiar intercourse, confidential intimacy, and select fellowship. This is a great secret. Carnal minds cannot guess what is intended by it, and even believers cannot explain it in words, for it must be felt to be known. The higher spiritual life is necessarily a path which the eagle’s eye hath not known, and which the lion’s whelp has not travelled; neither natural wisdom nor strength can force a door into this inner chamber. Saints have the key of heaven’s hieroglyphics; they can unriddle celestial enigmas. They are initiated into the fellowship of the skies; they have heard words which it is not possible for them to repeat to their fellows. And he will shew them his covenant. Its antiquity, security, righteousness, fulness, graciousness and excellence, shall be revealed to their hearts and understandings, and above all, their own part in it shall be sealed to their souls by the witness of the Holy Spirit. The designs of love which the Lord has to his people in the covenant of grace, he has been pleased to show to believers in the Book of Inspiration, and by his Spirit he leads us into the mystery, even the hidden mystery of redemption. He who does not know the meaning of this verse, will never learn it from a commentary; let him look to the cross, for the secret lies there.


SERMON

A Sermon on Psalm 25:14

Geerhardus Vos

Preached October 15, 1902 in the Chapel of Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, New Jersey

Sunday Sermon Series – 11/10/21

Psalm 69:4 ESV

PSALM 69

CONTEXT: Matthew Henry comments: David penned this psalm when he was in affliction; and in it, I. He complains of the great distress and trouble he was in and earnestly begs of God to relieve and succour him (v. 1-21). II. He imprecates the judgments of God upon his persecutors (v. 22-29). III. He concludes with the voice of joy and praise, in an assurance that God would help and succour him, and would do well for the church (v. 30-36). Now, in this, David was a type of Christ, and divers passages in this psalm are applied to Christ in the new Testament and are said to have their accomplishment in him (v. 4, 9, 21), and v. 22 refers to the enemies of Christ. So that (like the twenty-second psalm) it begins with the humiliation and ends with the exaltation of Christ, one branch of which was the destruction of the Jewish nation for persecuting him, which the imprecations here are predictions of. In singing this psalm we must have an eye to the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that followed, not forgetting the sufferings of Christians too, and the glory that shall follow them; for it may lead us to think of the ruin reserved for the persecutors and the rest reserved for the persecuted.

Our main text for today is a foreshadowing of Christ as Savior. Hawkers’ Poor Man’s Commentary reflects: What a blessed verse is here! Amidst all the opposition and contradiction of sinners against himself, Jesus manifested that character, by which Jehovah had pointed him out to the church by the prophet; Thou shalt be called the Repairer of the breach, the Restorer of the paths to dwell in; Isaiah 58:12. But what was it Christ restored? Nay, all that was lost. Adam, by sin, had taken away God’s glory, and his own glory and happiness. He had robbed God of his glory, God’s law of its due, himself of God’s image and of God’s favour. Sin had brought in death, spiritual and eternal; and he, and all his descendants, stood tremblingly exposed to everlasting misery. All these, and more, Jesus restored. As man’s Surety and man’s Representative, called to those offices by the authority of Jehovah, the Lord Christ restored to God his glory, and to man God’s image and favour; and having destroyed sin, death, hell, and the grave, he restored to his redeemed a better paradise than our nature had lost! Hail! oh, thou blessed Restorer of all our long-lost privileges.


SERMON

A Robbery Committed, And Restitution Made, Both To God And Man

by Ebenezer Erskine

“Then I restored that which I took not away.” – PSALM 69:4

IT is abundantly plain, that there are several passages in this psalm applied unto Christ in the Scriptures of the New Testament; particularly that in the 9th verse of the psalm, “The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up.” We find it applied to Christ, John 2:17; and likewise that immediately following, “The reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me,” Romans 15:3; so likewise in the 21st verse, “They gave me also gall for my meat, and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink,” applied to Christ, Matthew 27:48, and Mark 15:23. But I need go no further to prove this, than the first word of the verse where my text lies, “They hated me without cause,” Christ applies it to himself, in John 15:25. We find our Lord here, in the verse where my text lies, is complaining of his enemies; he complains of their causeless hatred in the first clause of the verse, “They hate me without a cause;” he complains of their multitude, “They are more than the hairs of mine head;” he complains of their implacable cruelty, “They that would destroy me, being mine enemies wrongfully, are mighty.” Now our blessed Lord is thus treated by the world, whom he came to save. When there is such a powerful combination of hell and earth against him, one would have been ready to think, that he would have stopped, and gone no further; but he did not faint, nor was he discouraged, for all the opposition that was made against him; for you see, in the word I have read, what he was doing for lost sinners, when he was meeting with harsh entertainment from them. Then, even then, says he, I restored that which I took not away...


Other Resources:

A Robbery Committed, and Restitution Made, Both to God and Man – (Synopsis)

What does the Bible say about restitution? | GotQuestions.org

SUNDAY Sermon Series – 10-03-21

Worship God the way HE wants to be worshipped. Spirit&Truth John Calvin  Quotes | John calvin quotes, Worship quotes, Reformed theology

1 Samuel 15:22, Matthew 15:9

John Owen followed Calvin roughly 100 years later to the same conclusion. Owen’s writings are for many hard to read, but taken in sections they can be easily dissected and comprehended. Here is a good example:

But such is the corrupt nature of man, that there is scarce any thing whereabout men have been more apt to contend with God from the foundation of the world. That their will and wisdom may have a share (some at least) in the ordering of his worship, is that which of all things they seem to desire. Wherefore, to obviate their pride and folly, to his asserting of his own prerogative in this matter, he subjoins severe interdictions against all or any man’s interposing therein, so as to take away any thing by him commanded, or to add any thing to what is by him appointed. This also the testimonies recited fully express. The prohibition is plain, “Thou shalt not add to what I have commanded.”

The Works of John Owen Vol 15 Pg. 40

Owen writes: 1) Man is corrupt and contend with God from the beginning of the world 2) That contention includes how to worship Him 3) Man desires their way of doing things 4) He commands and appoints order to worship 5) It is sin to disobey God’s command


SERMON

God or Self—Which?

Charles Haddon Spurgeon March 9, 1862

Scripture: Zechariah 7:5-6 From: Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Volume 8

“ Speak unto all the people of the land, and to the priests, saying, When ye fasted and mourned in the fifth and seventh month, even those seventy years, did ye at all fast unto me, even to me ? And when ye did eat, and when ye did drink, did not ye eat for yourselves, and drink for yourselves.” – Zechariah, 7:5-6


Additional Resources:

Sunday Sermon Series – 09/26/21

RIchard SIbbes Puritan Quote - Faith Repentance Over Discouragement

NEHEMIAH 1

CONTEXT: The major theme of Nehemiah 1 is Nehemiah’s prayer. We get that from historical context and written word. Here is the Enduring Word Commentary’s; intro to Nehemiah:

A. Nehemiah hears of Jerusalem’s crisis condition.

1. Some 1,000 years after the time of Moses and some 400 years before the birth of Jesus, the nation of Israel and the Jewish people were in a desperate state.

a. Their nations were destroyed, First the northern Jewish kingdom of Israel and then the southern Jewish kingdom of Judah. The city of Jerusalem was completely conquered by the Babylonians and the once-glorious temple of Solomon was destroyed.

b. When the Babylonians conquered Jerusalem, they deported almost everyone from the city and the region – for some 70 years, Jerusalem was something of a ghost town, with the potential to end up like many ancient cities – completely forgotten except to history.

c. When the Jews were deported to Babylon, they began to make homes for themselves there. They settled down, and many still followed the God of their Fathers, but they did it from Babylon, with no desire to return to the land God had promised to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

d. But after 70 years of captivity in Babylon, they were given the opportunity to return to their homeland, the Promised Land. Out of some two or three million Jews deported from the land, only 50,000 decided to return to the Promised Land. That’s only something like 2%! But they did return, and in the days of Ezra, they rebuilt the temple and laid a spiritual foundation for Israel once again.

e. The Book of Nehemiah begins 15 years after the Book of Ezra ends; almost 100 years after the first captives came back to the Promised Land; and some 150 years after the city of Jerusalem was destroyed. After this long time, the walls of the city of Jerusalem were still in rubble.

f. Some of these faithful Jews were raised up to places of prominence in the governments they were deported to. Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego became leaders in Babylon; Esther was made queen in the courts of a Persian king.

Matthew Henry breaks down the verses as follows: Here we first meet with Nehemiah at the Persian court, where we find him, I. Inquisitive concerning the state of the Jews and Jerusalem (v. 1, 2). II. Informed of their deplorable condition (v. 3). III. Fasting and praying thereupon (v. 4), with a particular account of his prayer (v. 5-11). Such is the rise of this great man, by piety, not by policy.


SERMON

The Spiritual Favorite at the Throne of Grace

BY RICHARD SIBBES

O Lord, I beseech thee, let now thine ear be attentive to the prayer of thy servant, and to the prayer of thy servants, who desire to fear thy name; and prosper, I pray thee, thy servant this day, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man.—NEH. 1:11.


– – OTHER RESOURCES – –

ORDER AND ARGUMENT IN PRAYER

DELIVERED ON SUNDAY MORNING, JULY 15, 1866,
BY C.H. SPURGEON,
AT THE METROPOLITAN TABERNACLE, NEWINGTON

“Oh that I knew where I might find him! that I might come even to his seat!
I would order my cause before him, and fill my mouth with arguments.”

Job 23:3-4


The Essentials of Prayer By E.M.Bounds

Sunday Sermon Series – 09/19/21

MICAH 4

Are we living in the last days? No one can answer that, the bible says no one can know the date and time but we are to be ever watchful. What I do know, from this text is that Micah looks to the heavens and sees the coming of the true government of Christ, deliveraning peace and divine order to the nations. Oh, happy day!


SERMON

A VISION OF THE LATTER DAY GLORIES
NO. 249


DELIVERED ON SABBATH A SERMON
MORNING, APRIL 24, 1859,
BY THE REV. C. H. SPURGEON,

AT THE MUSIC HALL, ROYAL SURREY GARDENS.

“And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established
in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.”

Isaiah 2:2, & Micah 4:1.

SUNDAY Sermon Series – 09/12/21

REDEMPTION

Matthew 20:28 - Bible verse (KJV) - DailyVerses.net

When we talk about redemption, that is Biblical or Christian Redemption, we are talking about the deliverance of true believers from sin.

Most everyone, even non-believers have heard John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. Christ came to be the redeemer of lost sinners souls, to all those who would answer the Fathers call.


SERMON

Particular Redemption

Charles Haddon Spurgeon February 28, 1858

Scripture: Matthew 20:28 From: New Park Street Pulpit Volume 4


OTHER RESOURCES:

Redemption and its Claims by C H Spurgeon

Justification is Free, by God’s Grace, through Christ’s Redemption – Romans 3:24 by Geoff Thomas

The Significance of Genesis 3:15 by Derek Thomas

The Biblical Doctrine of Regeneration (eBook)

Sunday Sermon Series – 09/05/21

Amos 4:12 Therefore thus will I do to you, O Israel: and because I will do  this to you, prepare to meet your God, O Israel.

AMOS 4

CONTEXT: Verses 1-5: The husbands of “Samaria” met their wives’ demands for luxury by denying “the poor” justice, and then by taking their land through excessive taxation and usury. These wealthy women (“cows of Bashan”), were in turn using their wealth to enrich themselves rather than to help the needy, unaware that they were “fattening” themselves for the slaughter of God’s devastating judgment. Verses 6-11: Past warnings were futile, a fact repeatedly emphasized by “Yet you have not returned to Me” (verses 6, 8-11). Before confronting sinners in final judgment, God has often used drastic measures, in this case, famine (4:6), drought (4:7-8), the devastation of crops (4:9), plague (4:10, and warfare (4:10); in an effort to get people’s attention and bring them to repentance. Still, Israel would not return to Him. Every person must “prepare to meet … God”, either as loving father or as divine Judge (Heb. 10:31; Rev. 20:15). 1

Out text today v.12 (KJV w/Strong’s):

Therefore thus will I do unto thee, O Israel: and because I will do this unto thee, prepare to meet thy God, Israel.


SERMON

Prepare to Meet Thy God

Charles Haddon Spurgeon, March 27, 1870

Scripture: Amos 4:12 From: Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Volume 16


1 From Discover Book of the Bible

Sunday Sermon Series – Forgiveness in an Age of Rage

5 Science-Based Ways to Break the Cycle of Rage Attacks | Psychology Today  Ireland

The Cambridge Dictionary defines Rage as (a period of) extreme or violent anger. It is easy to see this in everyday life with road rage, unbridled vulgar shouting in public places, and violence in our streets. Then there is our pampered youth; they have things called rage rooms, and scream clubs whatever they can be on campuses today.

For many it is becoming harder to act in a Godly manner to the constant ungodly actions around us. Yet that is exactly what God calls us to do, be like Christ. I have said it many times and will repeat it again here, that does not mean being a pushover a carpet for the world to trample on. In reading the Whole Counsel of God you will realize that was not Jesus. He led the life He was called to live, and was very outspoken (Dogmatic) about it. Calling out sin and sinners, but doing so in a kind and forgiving manner.

Today’s sermon from John MacArthur dated back in 2017 and may be more relevant today than when it was preached.


SERMON

Forgiveness in an Age of Rage

Sunday Sermon Series – Walking

Do we think walking with God can do us any hurt? Did we ever hear any cry out on their deathbed that they have been too holy, that they have prayed too much, or walked with God too much? No, that which has cut them to the heart has been this, that they have not walked more closely with God; they have wrung their hand and torn their hair to think that they have been so bewitched with the pleasures of the world. Close walking with God will make our enemy (death) be at peace with us.

Thomas Watson

SERMON

Walking With God


by George Whitefield (1714-1770)

Genesis 5:24 –  “And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.”


RELATED RESOURCES:

THE CHILD OF LIGHT WALKING IN LIGHT – C.H. Spurgeon

THE LIFE WALK AND TRIUMPH OF FAITH – C.H. Spurgeon

LIFE AND WALK OF FAITH – C.H. Spurgeon

Walk in Love: 32 Sermons on Ephesians 5 – Thomas Manton