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.

Devotional Thought for Today – 09/15/21

Charles Spurgeon Quote - God's Law Leads To True Joy By God's Grace
Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law. - Romans 3:31

ROMANS 3

CONTEXT: In the previous chapter Paul speaks on the judgment that all men will face for their sins. He notes that God is an impartial Judge and that the Jewish nation is under the Law of God. Here in Chapter 3, Paul continues that subject defining it clearly. Matthew Henry breaks it down like this: Objections answered. (1-8) All mankind are sinners. (9-18) Both Jews and Gentiles cannot be justified by their own deeds. (19,20) It is owing to the free grace of God, through faith in the righteousness of Christ, yet the law is not done away. (21-31)

It has been a while since I last wrote on this, but some folks still are of the thought that they are only “New Testament Christians.” They imply that the Law of God in no way applies to them. If you want to get in a discussion (friendly) with them ask them to explain Romans 2:12-13 12 For all who have sinned without the law will also perish without the law, and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law. 13 For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who will be justified. (ESV)

Of course, we know that CONTEXT is everything, including this and their misassumption that the Law of God does not apply today. While I hope we can all agree that no one is justified under the Law, it is only by Grace.

Yet as Paul so rightly wrote in our main text, does that mean the Law is null and void? Certainly not, the NLT renders v.31 as follows: Well then, if we emphasize faith, does this mean that we can forget about the law? Of course not! In fact, only when we have faith do we truly fulfill the law. In other words, our outward Faith (the living out of the Law) should be pointing out our sins and the need for Salvation.

I may be a “New Testament Christian” by way of Christ’s covenant blood, but following Christ, as my example, I should strive to fulfill the Law daily not do away with it!

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 – Immutability

Hebrews 13:8 (ESV) - Hebrews 13:8 ESV - Jesus Christ is the same… | Biblia

HEBREWS 13

In yesterday’s devotional thought, our main text was Malichai 3:6, but the subject matter the same, God’s immutability.

Our text today Hebrews 13:8 has that same theme. The ESV Study Bible says of this verse:

Heb. 13:8 Jesus the Messiah (Christ) is eternally trustworthy in his position as high priest and as Son of God—yesterday active in creation (e.g., 1:2–4), today offering salvation (e.g., 4:7–10), and forever reigning in heaven (e.g., 10:12). This verse may be a transition from 13:7 (their leaders trusted in this Christ, and Jesus remains trustworthy) to v. 9 (strange teachings are departures from the Jesus who is always the same).


SERMON

THE IMMUTABILITY OF CHRIST

NO. 170
DELIVERED ON SABBATH MORNING, JANUARY 3, 1858,
BY THE REV. C. H. SPURGEON,
AT THE MUSIC HALL, ROYAL SURREY GARDENS.
“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.”
Hebrews 13:8


Other Resources:

Jesus Christ Is Immutable by C H Spurgeon

The Immutable Mercy of Jesus Christ by Thomas Adams

Sunday Sermon Series – 06/27/2021 – The Sovereignty of God

Last week in Sunday School while discussing God’s Law, a discussion ensued about Romans 13 and immoral leaders. Everyone could agree that all government officials, yes even the “bad” ones are appointed by God, and we are subject to that authority as long as they do not violate God’s Law. However, someone suggested that these immoral leaders forfeit their authority over us by virtue of their immorality. I say absolutely not! God is Sovereign and what He appoints only he can undo.

The following is the SS lesson and the lesson with my notes, I will be teaching on the subject today. I draw heavily from A.W. Pink’s book on the subject, and there is a complete list of resources at the end.


SERMON

Divine Sovereignty

Charles Haddon Spurgeon May 4, 1856

Scripture: Matthew 20:15

From: New Park Street Pulpit Volume 2


SUNDAY Sermon Series – CHARITY AND PURITY

August 24, 2015 - ESV - Bible verse of the day - James 1:27 -  DailyVerses.net

James 1

CONTEXT: Matthew Henry says of this book and specifically this chapter: This epistle of James is one of the most instructive writings in the New Testament. Being chiefly directed against particular errors at that time brought in among the Jewish Christians, it does not contain the same full doctrinal statements as the other epistles, but it presents an admirable summary of the practical duties of all believers...How to apply to God under troubles, and how to behave in prosperous and in adverse circumstances. (1-11) To look upon all evil as proceeding from ourselves, and all good from God. (12-18) The duty of watching against a rash temper, and of receiving the word of God with meekness. (19-21) And of living according to thereto. (22-25) The difference between vain pretenses and real religion. (26-27)

If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain. James settles that matter off very peremptorily. An unbridled tongue indicates a godless heart.

Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world. This is not the secret part of religion. Of that, we read elsewhere. But this is the very dress that true religion puts on—charitably caring for the most destitute of our fellow creatures, and holy walking, that we be not as the men of the world are—“Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.”

C.H. Spurgeon Comments on James v26-27

As his sermon below makes clear, this is not the social (welfare) Gospel, that has seen a marked resurgence within the ranks of evangelicals in recent times. NO this is the clear-cut duty of the church, to its members, and in LIMITED cases its neighbors. – Mike


SERMON

CHARITY AND PURITY

NO. 2313, A SERMON ( With Full Chapter Exposition) INTENDED FOR READING ON LORD’S-DAY, JUNE 18, 1893
DELIVERED BY C. H. SPURGEON, AT THE METROPOLITAN TABERNACLE, NEWINGTON, ON THURSDAY EVENING, MAY 23, 1889

“Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this,
To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.”
James 1:27

THERE is a great deal said, a great deal written, a great deal of zeal on the one side, and of anger on the other, expended upon the externals of religion. Some think that they should be very fine, not to say gaudy, very impressive, not to say imposing. They like what they call, “bright” services, though we might call them by another name. But the great question with many people is, “What are to be the externals of religion?” What dress is religion to wear? Shall it be robed in the plainness of Quakerdom, or shall it be adorned with all the brilliance of Romanism? Which shall it be? …

Continued at Source: https://www.spurgeongems.org/sermon/chs2313.pdf

Devotional Thought for Today – 06/01/2021

Charles Spurgeon enjoyed these three unexpected things:

  1. Spurgeon enjoyed smoking cigars.
  2. Spurgeon had an interest in botany.
  3. Spurgeon loved to walk outside during thunderstorms!
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Sunday Sermon Series – Faith and Repentance

Believe in the Gospel then repent: Jesus in Mark 1:15 - YouTube
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MARK 1

Matthew Henry’s Bible Commentary (concise) breaks down the first chapter of Mark this way:

  • The office of John the Baptist. (1-8)
  • The baptism and temptation of Christ. (9-13)
  • Christ preaches and calls disciples. (14-22)
  • He casts out an unclean spirit. (23-28)
  • He heals many diseases. (29-39)
  • He heals a leper. (40-45)

Here in our text, Jesus is in Galilee, preaching the good news of [the kingdom of] God. He then calls His first disciples, Peter, Andrew, James, and John. What set these men apart was they had not seen the miraculous things Jesus could do, only heard His voice and heed His call. The crowds had a different agenda.

If chapter one teaches us anything, the masses followed Jesus for His wondrous acts, not His great teaching and deity. How true is that today in modern churches where emotional “worship” is the rule and Biblical-based reverent worship is considered archaic? Folks back then and today are focused on what is in it for me and not on the Holy One Himself.

That is not the true Gospel, it is not true Faith and likely did not begin with true repentance.


SERMON

Faith and Repentance Inseparable

OUR Lord Jesus Christ commences his ministry by announcing its leading commands. He cometh up from the wilderness newly anointed, like the bridegroom from his chamber; his love notes are repentance and faith. He cometh forth fully prepared for his office, having been in the desert, “tempted in all points like as we are, yet without sin;” his loins are girded like a strong man to run a race. He preacheth with all the earnestness of a new zeal, combined with all the wisdom of a long preparation; in the beauty of holiness from the womb of the morning he glittereth with the dew of his youth. Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth, for Messias speaketh in the greatness of his strength. He crieth unto the sons of men, “Repent ye, and believe the gospel.” Let us give our ears to these words which, like their author, are full of grace and truth. Before us we have the sum and substance of Jesus Christ’s whole teaching— the Alpha and Omega of his entire ministry; and coming from the lips of such an one, at such a time, with such peculiar power, let us give the most earnest heed, and may God help us to obey them from our inmost hearts...

Charles Haddon Spurgeon / July 13, 1862

Scripture: Mark 1:15

From: Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Volume 8

Who is Charles Spurgeon?

Prince of Preachers

One of many famous historical theologians we use for inspiration in our work is none other than the “Prince of Preachers,” Charles Spurgeon. Spurgeon is known for being one of the most influential ministers of his time, and furthering the spread of Christianity throughout England. This month, we’ll be examining his legacy and the role he played in contributing to reformed Christianity…

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Sunday Sermon Series – The Mute Christian

Psalm 39

CONTEXT

Matthew Henry’s Commentary reads: David seems to have been in a great strait when he penned this psalm, and, upon some account or other, very uneasy; for it is with some difficulty that he conquers his passion, and composes his spirit himself to take that good counsel which he had given to others (Ps. 37) to rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him, without fretting; for it is easier to give the good advice than to give a good example of quietness under affliction. What was the particular trouble which gave occasion for the conflict David was now in does not appear. Perhaps it was the death of some dear friend or relation that was the trial of his patience, and that suggested to him these meditations of morality; and at the same time, it should seem too, he himself was weak and ill, and under some prevailing distemper. His enemies likewise were seeking advantages against him, and watched for his halting, that they might have something to reproach him for. Thus aggrieved,

  • I. He relates the struggle that was in his breast between grace and corruption, between passion and patience (v. 1-3).
  • II. He meditates upon the doctrine of man’s frailty and mortality and prays to God to instruct him in it (v. 4-6).
  • III. He applies to God for the pardon of his sins, the removal of his afflictions, and the lengthening out of his life till he was ready for death (v. 7-13).

C.H. Spurgeon in his masterful work The Treasury of David comments on this verse as follows:

I was dumb, I opened not my mouth; because thou didst it. This had been far clearer if it had been rendered, “I am silenced, I will not open my mouth.” Here we have a nobler silence, purged of all sullenness, and sweetened with submission. Nature failed to muzzle the mouth, but grace achieved the work in the worthiest manner. How like in appearance may two very different things appear! silence is ever silence, but it may be sinful in one case and saintly in another. What a reason for hushing every murmuring thought is the reflection, “because thou didst it.”! It is his right to do as he wills, and he always wills to do that which is wisest and kindest; why should I then arraign his dealings? Nay, if it be indeed the Lord, let him do what seemeth him good.


I often wonder at how my mind works. I was reading some of the daily devotionals that come in my email this morning, Romans 10:9-10, and that got me thinking about how sometimes even true believers feel like they have been abandoned by God. Maybe it is because of the devotional series on Grief that I have been writing?

This Psalm exemplifies that struggle (at least to me) knowing in our heart that God is sovereign, controlling all for our good, yet our minds saying He has forsaken us. The following from Thomas Brooks is a classic on the subject. I pray it edifies you greatly.

SERMON

“Mute Christian under the Smarting Rod” or,
“The Silent Soul with Sovereign Antidotes”

by Thomas Brooks, 1659, London.

Objection 8. Oh! But God has deserted me! He has forsaken me! He who should comfort my soul—stands afar off! How can I be silent? The Lord has hid his face away from me; clouds are gathered around me; God has turned his back upon me! How can I be silent?

Supposing that the desertion is real, and not in appearance only, as sometimes it falls out—I answer…

Continued at Source: https://www.gracegems.org/Brooks/mute_christian4.htm