Yearly Archives: 2002


Hebrews 13:17-25

Audio:   Download Audio Download sermon Hebrews 13:17-25 This evening’s study in Hebrews is our 26th and last in this great sermon on the necessity of a persevering faith in Christ. Text Comment v.17     When you think about the argument of the letter and work back to the spiritual situation that is addressed in it, […]


Hebrews 13:7-16

Audio:   Download Audio Download sermon Hebrews 13:7-16 We are in a sort of postscript to the sermon of Hebrews.  Following the final main section of exposition and application, that ended at 12:29, our preacher added some general exhortations to brotherly love, to sexual purity, and to financial contentment.  We considered these last time.  Now […]


The Christ of History

Audio:   Download Audio Download Text “The Christ of History” 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 December 8, 2002 Rev. Dr. Robert S. Rayburn Text Comment Chapter 15 is a long chapter and a separate argument in its entirety. Scholars now divide the chapter into the various parts of a single piece of rhetoric organized in the customary […]


Hebrews 13:1-6

No audio is available for this item. Download sermon Hebrews 13:1-6 It was the intention of the Puritans to “reduce to practice” – that was their own phrase – reduce to practice everything that God taught them in the Word.  [Packer, Quest for Godliness, 29]  They also spoke of “breaking up grace small.”  Following the […]


The God of Order

Audio:   Download Audio Download Text “The God of Order” 1 Corinthians 14:26-40 December 1, 2002 Rev. Dr. Robert S. Rayburn Text Comment v.26 “What shall we say, then…” amounts to “What is the upshot then of what we have been saying so far?” Remember, Paul has been making the point that the spiritual gifts […]


The God of Order, 1 Corinthians 14:26-40

Download sermon 1 Corinthians 14:26-40 Text Comment v.26     “What shall we say, then…” amounts to “What is the upshot then of what we have been saying so far?”  Remember, Paul has been making the point that the spiritual gifts have been given for the building up of Christ’s people.  If they are used selfishly or […]


Hebrews 12:14-29

Download sermon Hebrews 12:14-29 Our preacher is in the midst of another of his sections of application and exhortation.  He has been telling them to run the race as generations of the faithful have before them, and to take their difficulties for what they are, the discipline of their heavenly father, by which their faith […]


Hebrews 12:1-13

Audio:   Download Audio Download sermon Hebrews 12:1-13 The preacher has just set before his hearers the long line of faithful saints who have persevered in faith in defiance of not having received in their lifetime what God had promised them.  Do what they did, he is telling them as chapter 12 begins.  Keep believing; […]


Hebrews 11:8-40

Audio:   Download Audio Download sermon Hebrews 11:8-40 Text Comment Remember where we are now.  In the last half of chapter 10 our author, our preacher really, had turned from his exposition of the superior priesthood of Jesus Christ to another sustained passage of exhortation or application.  That has been his tactic throughout the sermon, […]


Hebrews 11:1-7

Audio:   Download Audio Hebrews 11:1-7 Download sermon We begin tonight our consideration of the one of the great chapters of the New Testament and, indeed, of the Bible.  Our preacher has just concluded a great exhortation to keep faith with the Lord Jesus Christ; not to shrink back but to continue to believe.  As […]


The Different Gifts

Audio:   Download Audio Download Text “The Different Gifts” 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, 27-31 Oct. 20, 2002 Rev. Dr. Robert S. Rayburn Text Comment The text we have before us this morning is too large to take in a single gulp. It raises several big questions that beg for answers and some of those are beside […]


Hebrews 10:19-39

Audio:   Download Audio Download sermon Hebrews 10:19-39 Review Now remember that this preacher characteristically alternates, as good preachers will, between exposition and application.  He has completed a long exposition of the priesthood of Jesus Christ and now is going to complete that section with another section of application.  What he is going to say, […]


Hebrews 10:1-18

Audio:   Download Audio Download sermon Hebrews 10:1-18 Review v.1       There is no question about the text here as there was at 9:11.  He speaks of the “good things that are coming.”  The Levitical sacrifices only foreshadowed the future salvation which Christ has guaranteed by his death and resurrection and which will some day come […]


Men and Women in Worship

Audio:   Download Audio Download Text “Men and Women in Worship” 1 Corinthians 11:2-16 October 6, 2002 Rev. Dr. Robert S. Rayburn Text Comment To be entirely honest with you, I did not look forward to preparing the sermon on this text. That is not so much because Paul’s teaching here has become so controversial […]


Hebrews 9:16-28

Audio:   Download Audio Download sermon Hebrews 9:16-28 Review Remember now, our preacher is demonstrating the superiority of Christ’s priestly work to that of the Levitical priests.  Their sacrifices could not cleanse the conscience from sin, could not bring the sinner to God, could not obtain eternal redemption, and could not make the worshipper perfect.  […]


Living the Lord’s Supper, I Corinthians 10:14-11:1

Audio:   Download Audio Download Text “Living the Lord’s Supper” 1 Corinthians 10:14-11:1 September 29, 2002 Rev. Dr. Robert S. Rayburn Text Comment Paul has been warning the congregation in Corinth to take heed to their lives. Their indifference toward one another, their lack of loving regard for one another, must raise the question whether […]


Hebrews 9:1-15

Audio:   Download Audio Download sermon Hebrews 9:1-15 Review The discussion of contrast between the broken, first covenant and the better covenant which we found last week in 8:7-13, was, in a way, a parenthesis in the author’s discussion of his main point, the point with which chapter 8 began.  That point was the superiority […]


Hebrews 8:1-13

Audio:   Download Audio Download Sermon Hebrews 8:1-13 Now, remember, we are still in the midst of the argument that the preacher is making to the effect that Jesus Christ, as a priest in the order of Melchizedek, is superior to the Levitical priests, just as before he was shown to be superior to the […]


Being Serious

Audio:   Download Audio Download Text “Being Serious” 1 Corinthians 9:19-27 September 15, 2002 Rev. Dr. Robert S. Rayburn Text Comment Remember now, we are still in the middle of a section dealing with the controversy that erupted in the church in Corinth because some Christians felt free not only to eat meat that had […]


Paul’s Defense, 1 Corinthians 9:1-18

Download sermon 1 Corinthians 9:1-18 Text Comment The previous chapter ended with Paul’s noble pledge to deny himself, even to deny himself what was rightfully his, if that self-denial would foster the spiritual interests of a Christian brother or sister.  Now, in chapter 9, Paul is going to tell these Corinthian brethren that, as a […]


Paul’s Defense

Audio:   Download Audio Download Text “Paul’s Defense” 1 Corinthians 9:1-18 September 8, 2002 Rev. Dr. Robert S. Rayburn Text Comment The previous chapter ended with Paul’s noble pledge to deny himself, even to deny himself what was rightfully his, if that self-denial would foster the spiritual interests of a Christian brother or sister. Now, […]


Love Builds Up, 1 Corinthians 8:1-13

Download sermon 1 Corinthians 8:1-13 Text Comment v.1       Remember, the phrase “Now about…” indicates that Paul is taking up another matter raised in the Corinthians’ letter to him.  We saw the same phrase at 7:1.  We’ll see it again.  The section of the letter begun in this way at 8:1 continues to 11:1 with some […]


Hebrews 7:18-28

No audio is available for this item. Download sermon Remember, now, our author is proving that Jesus Christ is a priest superior in his priesthood to those who descended from Aaron.  He is, unlike they, an eternal priest in the order of Melchizedek.  And while they could not make perfect those who were served by […]


Love Builds Up

Audio:   Download Audio Download Text “Love Builds Up” 1 Corinthians 8:1-13 September 1, 2002 Rev. Dr. Robert S. Rayburn Text Comment v.1 Remember, the phrase “Now about…” indicates that Paul is taking up another matter raised in the Corinthians’ letter to him. We saw the same phrase at 7:1. We’ll see it again. The […]


Hebrews 7:1-17

Audio:   Download Audio Download sermon Though the exposition has been interrupted with some lengthy sections of application, we are now in a section of this sermon devoted to demonstrating that Jesus Christ is superior to Aaron and to the Levitical priests who descended from him.  The preacher has already demonstrated, you remember, that Jesus […]


The Main Thing, 1 Corinthians 7:17-40

Download sermon 1 Corinthians 7:17-40 Text Comment In chapter 7 Paul is responding to questions raised by the Corinthian Christians regarding marriage and divorce.  He has so far considered the situation of those who are already married, those believers who have been divorced improperly, and those believers who are married to unbelievers.  Now, in the […]


Hebrews 6:13-20

Audio:   Download Audio Download sermon Hebrews 6:13-20 In the section of this sermon we considered last Lord’s Day evening, the author gave warning of the dire consequences of turning away from God and, once more, exhorted his hearers to press on to the end in the faith of Jesus Christ. Now, he is going […]


The Main Thing

Audio:   Download Audio Download Text “The Main Thing” 1 Corinthians 7:17-40 August 18, 2002 Rev. Dr. Robert S. Rayburn Text Comment In chapter 7 Paul is responding to questions raised by the Corinthian Christians regarding marriage and divorce. He has so far considered the situation of those who are already married, those believers who […]


Opening a Can of Worms, 1 Cor 7:12-16

Download sermon 1 Corinthians 7:12-16 Text Comment v.12     In the previous verses we considered last Lord’s Day, Christians are forbidden to divorce.  Paul doesn’t raise the exception that we find in Jesus’ teaching, that of adultery, he is speaking generally.  Now Paul moves to another situation, not an uncommon one in that time and place:  […]


Hebrews 5:11-6:12

No audio is available for this item. Download sermon Hebrews 5:11-6:12 We have noticed already that Hebrews is a sermon, composed like many good sermons, of alternating sections of exposition and application.  The preacher makes an argument of the truth of God’s word and then applies that argument to the life-situation of his hearers.  We […]


Opening a Can of Worms

Audio:   Download Audio Download Text “Opening a Can of Worms” 1 Cor. 7:12-16 August 11, 2002 Rev. Dr. Robert S. Rayburn Text Comment v.12 In the previous verses we considered last Lord’s Day, Christians are forbidden to divorce. Paul doesn’t raise the exception that we find in Jesus’ teaching, that of adultery, he is […]