Yearly Archives: 2002


Hebrews 4:14-5:10

Audio:   Download Audio Download sermon Hebrews 4:14-5:10 Review As we take up these studies again after a month’s pause, it will help us to remind ourselves where we are in the argument of this sermon against apostasy.  Hebrews is an extended exhortation on the absolute necessity of a persevering faith in Jesus Christ.  Writing […]


Hebrews 4:14-16

Audio:   Download Audio Download sermon Hebrews 4:14-16 Review In the section just completed, the preacher has warned his hearers not to imitate the wilderness generation of Israel who failed to obtain salvation and eternal life for want of a true and living faith.  He now begins a new section, demonstrating Christ’s superiority to the […]


Cherishing the Flame, 1 Corinthians 7:1-7

Download sermon 1 Corinthians 7:1-7 Text Comment v.1       The Corinthians had written a letter to Paul and he is now responding to what they wrote.  The same formula, “now about” will occur five more times in 1 Corinthians, almost certainly indicating in each case, that Paul is taking up another matter raised in their letter […]


Cherishing the Flame

Audio:   Download Audio Download Text “Cherishing the Flame” 1 Corinthians 7:1-7 June 30, 2002 Rev. Dr. Robert S. Rayburn Text Comment v.1 The Corinthians had written a letter to Paul and he is now responding to what they wrote. The same formula, “now about” will occur five more times in 1 Corinthians, almost certainly […]


Sexual Purity, 1 Corinthians 6:12-20

Download sermon 1 Corinthians 6:12-20 Text Comment In this following section Paul returns to the matter of sexual immorality that he has dealt with in 5:1-12, in connection with the specific case of the man living in an incestuous relationship with his step-mother and which he has raised generally in his list of sins both […]


Sexual Purity

Download Text “Sexual Purity” 1 Corinthians 6:12-20 June 23, 2002 Rev. Dr. Robert S. Rayburn Text Comment In this following section Paul returns to the matter of sexual immorality that he has dealt with in 5:1-12, in connection with the specific case of the man living in an incestuous relationship with his step-mother and which […]


Hebrews 4:1-13

Audio:   Download Audio Download sermon Hebrews 4:1-13 Text Comment Remember where we are.  We are in the midst of an argument that was begun at 3:7 with the citation of Psalm 95.  The preacher is reminding his hearers of the history of Israel in the wilderness, of her failing to enter the rest of […]


And So Were You 1 Cor 6:1-11

Download sermon 1 Corinthians 6:1-11 Text Comment In the previous chapter, as we saw, Paul commanded the church to pass judgment on the behavior of one of her members.  There is no need for Christians to judge those outside the church, he says in 5:12, but there is a responsibility for the church to judge […]


And So Were You

Audio:   Unfortunately, the audio for this item is incomplete. Download Audio Download Text “And So Were You” 1 Corinthians 6:1-11 June 16, 2002 Rev. Dr. Robert S. Rayburn Text Comment In the previous chapter, as we saw, Paul commanded the church to pass judgment on the behavior of one of her members. There is […]


Hebrews 3:1-19

Audio:   Download Audio Download sermon Hebrews 3:1-19 Review In the section of the sermon just completed, chapter 2, vv. 5-18, the author demonstrated that Christ was superior to the angels insofar as he had, on our behalf, consented to partake of our humanity, to come to earth and share our lives in every way, […]


Excommunication 1 Cor 5:1-13

Download sermon 1 Corinthians 5:1-13 Text Comment Paul has completed the first “argument” in the probatio, the main bulk of the letter extending from 1:18-16:12, containing the argument of the letter.  He has dealt with the disunity created by competing loyalties to different ministers fueled by false notions of wisdom and attraction to the standards […]


Excommunication

Audio:   Download Audio Download Text “Excommunication” 1 Corinthians 5:1-13 June 9, 2002 Rev. Dr. Robert S. Rayburn Text Comment Paul has completed the first “argument” in the probatio, the main bulk of the letter extending from 1:18-16:12, containing the argument of the letter. He has dealt with the disunity created by competing loyalties to […]


Hebrews 2:10-18

Audio:   Download Audio Download sermon Hebrews 2:10-18 Review We are now into the second section of biblical exposition in this sermon.  He has so far made the point that Scripture says that the world to come is to be subject, not to angels, as these Jews were tempted to believe, but to the Son […]


The Real Difference Grace Makes

Audio:   Download Audio Download Text “The Real Difference Grace Makes” 1 Cor. 4:1-21 June 2, 2002 Rev. Dr. Robert S. Rayburn Text Comment This chapter 4 concludes the first main argument of the letter which has been concerned with the contrast between worldly wisdom, which had so beguiled these Corinthian Christians, and the true […]


Hebrews 2:5-9

Audio:   Download Audio Download sermon Hebrews 2:5-9 Review Now we are making our way into the argument of Hebrews which is a sermon on the absolute necessity of persevering faith.  It is warning against apostasy – a real threat to this Jewish Christian community – and an encouragement to stand fast through thick and […]


The Worldly Christian 1 Cor 3:1-23

Download sermon 1 Corinthians 3:1-23 Text Comment I commented on the text as we read it last Lord’s Day morning.  So I will read it without comment this morning. Now, as you may know, this text, perhaps more than any other text in the Bible, has been used to demonstrate that there are two kinds […]


The Worldly Christian

Audio:   Download Audio Download Text “The Worldly Christian” 1 Cor. 3:1-23 May 26, 2002 Rev. Dr. Robert S. Rayburn Text Comment I commented on the text as we read it last Lord’s Day morning. So I will read it without comment this morning. Now, as you may know, this text, perhaps more than any […]


The Indwelling Spirit 1 Cor 3:1-23

Download sermon 1 Corinthians 3:1-23 Text Comment I intend to preach twice from this text.  This morning, being Pentecost, I want to pay attention to that dimension of its teaching that is summed up in the statement in v. 16 that the Holy Spirit lives  in believers.  Next Lord’s Day, I want to treat the […]


Hebrews 2:1-4

Audio:   Download Audio Download sermon Hebrews 2:1-4 Review Now, remember where we are.  Hebrews is a sermon, really a sermon more than a letter, and a sermon with a single theme:  the absolute necessity of persevering faith.  It is warning against apostasy – a real threat to this Jewish Christian community – and an […]


Where True Understanding Comes From 1 Cor 2:6-16

Download sermon 1 Corinthians 2:6-16 Text Comment v.6       Paul has already said that there is wisdom in the gospel; it just is not the kind of wisdom the world imagines nor the kind that has so impressed these Corinthian believers – philosophical teaching delivered with fine oratorical skill.  True wisdom is found in Jesus Christ […]


Hebrews 1:1-14

No audio is available for this item. Download sermon Hebrews 1:1-14 Review Hebrews we said is a sermon on the subject of the necessity of a persevering faith.  It is a warning against apostasy and an encouragement to these Jewish Christians to press on to the end.  The preacher employs extensively the history of the […]


The Foolishness of God 1 Cor 1:18-2:5

Download sermon 1 Corinthians 1:18-2:5 Text Comment With v. 18 we begin the probatio, the “proofs” which will make up the body of the letter and take us to the middle of the last chapter.  Now these “proofs” are not, as the word might suggest, demonstrations that something is true or false.  Rather they are […]


The Foolishness of God

Audio:   Download Audio Download Text “The Foolishness of God” 1 Corinthians 1:18-2:5 April 28, 2002 Rev. Dr. Robert S. Rayburn Text Comment With v. 18 we begin the probatio, the “proofs” which will make up the body of the letter and take us to the middle of the last chapter. Now these “proofs” are […]


The Argument

No audio is available for this item. Download sermon Review Last Lord’s Day evening, in our introduction to Hebrews, we said that Hebrews was really a sermon more than it was a letter, that, like any good sermon, it consists of the exposition and application of Scripture, that its theme is the absolute necessity of […]


The Effect Proves the Causes 1 Cor 1:10-17

Download sermon 1 Corinthians 1:10-17 Remember, we pointed out last Lord’s Day morning that Paul has structured his letter according to then current Greco-Roman rhetorical style.  Vv. 4-9 are the exordium, the introduction that weaves together thanksgiving with a suggestion of the themes that will be covered.  It is a way of securing the goodwill […]


The Effect Proves the Causes

Audio:   Download Audio Download Text “The Effect Proves the Causes” 1 Cor. 1:10-17 April 21, 2002 Rev. Dr. Robert S. Rayburn Remember, we pointed out last Lord’s Day morning that Paul has structured his letter according to then current Greco-Roman rhetorical style. Vv. 4-9 are the exordium, the introduction that weaves together thanksgiving with […]


The Gospel Spirit 1 Cor 1:1-9

Download sermon 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 Text Comment v.1       As we will learn later, Paul’s letter is prompted by reports he has received about the condition of the church from some of its members.   Paul’s letters begin in the conventional way of letters of that day, with the identity of the writer and a greeting There […]


Introduction

Audio:   Download Audio Download sermon We begin this evening a new series of Lord’s Day evening studies in the Letter to the Hebrews.  I’m looking forward to this for several reasons.  First, Hebrews is a special book to me.  I spent almost a year of my life, during the years of my graduate study […]


The Gospel Spirit

Audio:   Download Audio Download Text “The Gospel Spirit” 1 Cor. 1:1-9 April 14, 2002 Rev. Dr. Robert S. Rayburn Text Comment v.1 As we will learn later, Paul’s letter is prompted by reports he has received about the condition of the church from some of its members. Paul’s letters begin in the conventional way […]


Paul and the Corinthians 1 Cor 1:1-3

Download sermon 1 Corinthians 1:1-3 This morning we begin a new series of morning sermons on Paul’s first letter to the church in Corinth.  I have preached through 1 Corinthians once before, though almost none of you was here when I did so.  That series was preached in 1985, 17 years ago now, hard as […]


Paul and the Corinthians

Audio:   Download Audio Download Text “Paul and the Corinthians” 1 Cor. 1:1-3 April 7, 2002 Rev. Dr. Robert S. Rayburn This morning we begin a new series of morning sermons on Paul’s first letter to the church in Corinth. I have preached through 1 Corinthians once before, though almost none of you was here […]