Yearly Archives: 2003


The Land

Audio:   Download Audio STUDIES IN BIBLICAL ESCHATOLOGY No. 3 “The Land” May 18, 2003 Review We said last time that the term eschatology, though it literally means the “doctrine of the last things,” properly refers to the entire biblical doctrine of the future, including those parts of what was the future when certain parts […]


Dedicated to Christ

Audio:   Download Audio Download Text “Dedicated to Christ” 2 Corinthians 6:1-13 May 18, 2003 Rev. Dr. Robert S. Rayburn Text Comment v.1 Paul has already said in 5:20 that God makes his appeal to men through him. It is God himself who stands behind the message. It is hard to know precisely what Paul […]


Reconciled to God

Audio:   Download Audio Download Text “Reconciled to God” 2 Corinthians 5:14-21 May 11, 2003 Rev. Dr. Robert S. Rayburn Text Comment v. 15 All died in the sense that Christ died in their place. This is one of many places in Paul’s letters in which the death of Jesus Christ is taught to have […]


The Judgment of the Just

Audio:   Download Audio Download Text “The Judgment of the Just” 2 Corinthians 5:6-15 May 4, 2003 Rev. Dr. Robert S. Rayburn Now Paul is discussing his ministry in these verses and, last week, we considered, in our treatment of 5:1-10, the confidence with which he faces the troubles of his life, knowing as he […]


Introduction

Audio:   Download Audio SERIES ON BIBLICAL ESCHATOLOGY No. 1 “Introduction” Tonight we begin a new evening series, one of those series that is possible to preach in the evening service, but which would be impossible if I had only the morning service. I want you to know that I am very grateful to God […]


Living Now for the Future

Audio:   Download Audio Download Text “Living Now for the Future” 2 Corinthians 5:1-10 April 27, 2003 Rev. Dr. Robert S. Rayburn After some weeks’ hiatus, we return now to our studies in Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians. Remember, we are in a section in which Paul is describing and defending his ministry, a […]


Malachi 4:4-6

Audio:   Download Audio Download Text STUDIES IN MALACHI No. 12 Malachi 4:4-6 April 6, 2003 This is the twelfth and last of our studies in this short book, the last book of the OT both in the order of the books in the English Bible and in the chronology of the writing of the […]


Malachi 3:13-4:3

Audio:   Download Audio Download Text STUDIES IN MALACHI No. 11 Malachi 3:13-4:3 March 30, 2003 Review Last Lord’s Day evening we considered the text in some detail as we read it, so I needn’t repeat those comments. But last time we did not consider the primary theme or burden of this sixth and last […]


Malachi 3:13-4:3

Audio:   Download Audio Unfortunately, the audio for this item is only a fragment of the whole sermon. Download Text STUDIES IN MALACHI No. 10 Malachi 3:13-4:3 March 23, 2003 We come now to the sixth and last of the disputations that make up the prophecy of Malachi. v.14 We wonder, of course, what were […]


Malachi 3:6-12

Audio:   Download Audio Download Text STUDIES IN MALACHI No. 9 Malachi 3:6-12 March 16, 2003 We come now to the fifth of Malachi’s six disputations. When I introduced the outline of this book I pointed out that there is a chiastic structure to the six disputations and that, as a result, disputation two is […]


The Impossibly High Stakes

Audio:   Download Audio Download Text “The Impossibly High Stakes” 2 Corinthians 4:1-6 March 16, 2003 Rev. Dr. Robert S. Rayburn The section which is concluded with the verses we are about to read began at 2:14. There Paul began by acknowledging that a gospel ministry has, inevitably, a double effect. It is an aroma […]


Malachi 2:17-3:5

Audio:   Download Audio Download Text STUDIES IN MALACHI No. 8 Malachi 2:17-3:5 March 9, 2003 Text Comment We have come to Malachi’s fourth disputation, the fourth of six. The failure of the people identified in this disputation is that of doubting the Lord’s justice. The Lord’s reply is a promise of a divine messenger […]


Fortunate Ministers

Audio:   Download Audio Download Text “Fortunate Ministers” 2 Corinthians 3:1-18 March 9, 2003 Rev. Dr. Robert S. Rayburn Now, we have a peculiar problem facing us in our text this morning. In my judgment, the burden of Paul’s remarks is quite simple and straightforward, but it is usually missed and another interpretation is placed […]


Malachi 2:10-16, Part 2

Audio:   Download Audio Download Text STUDIES IN MALACHI No. 7 Malachi 2:10-16 March 2, 2003 Review We read last Lord’s Day evening the third of Malachi’s disputations and made comments on the text. In particular, we took note of the translation of v. 16 and suggested that a better rendering than that given in […]


Malachi 2:10-16, Part 1

Audio:   Download Audio Download Text STUDIES IN MALACHI No. 6 February 23, 2003 Review Tonight we begin our study of the third of Malachi’s six disputations, or stylized conversations between God and his people. In each case the prophet is exposing some way in which Israel is being unfaithful to the Lord and so […]


Extravagant Forgiveness

Audio:   Download Audio Download Text “Extravagant Forgiveness” 2 Corinthians 2:5-11 February 23, 2003 Rev. Dr. Robert S. Rayburn Text Comment v.5 The great question that agitates the interpretation of this short paragraph is the identity of the individual being mentioned. Until recently it was virtually the universal judgment of the church that Paul is […]


Malachi 1:6-2:9, Part 2

Audio:   Download Audio Download Text STUDIES IN MALACHI No. 5 Malachi 1:6-2:9 February 9, 2003 Review Remember, we considered in some detail the text of this second disputation last Lord’s Day evening. We considered last Sunday from this text the general point that Malachi, following many other prophets, is asserting here: viz. that the […]


The Right Kind of Boasting

Audio:   Download Audio Download Text “The Right Kind of Boasting” 2 Corinthians 1:12-2:4 Feb. 9, 2003 Rev. Dr. Robert S. Rayburn Text Comment v.12 Now, strange to say, “boasting,” and especially Paul’s boasting is a major theme in this New Testament letter. In fact the word group, the verb “to boast” and two related […]


Malachi 1:6-2:9, Part 1

Audio:   Download Audio Download Text STUDIES IN MALACHI No. 4 Malachi 1:6-2:9 February 2, 2003 Review Malachi, we have said, is a summons to repentance and revival. In six disputations, the prophet summons the people to forsake their spiritual doldrums and half-hearted commitment to the Lord and return to an active faith and the […]


Malachi 1:1-5

Audio:   Download Audio Download Text STUDIES IN MALACHI No. 3 Malachi 1:1-5 January 26, 2003 Review Malachi, we have said, is a summons to repentance and revival. In six disputations, the prophet summons the people to forsake their spiritual doldrums and half-hearted commitment to the Lord and return to an active faith and the […]


It Never Ends

Audio:   Download Audio Download Text “It Never Ends” 2 Corinthians 1:1-3 January 26, 2003 Rev. Dr. Robert S. Rayburn We completed 1 Corinthians last Sunday. We began our study of that great letter last April 4th and thirty-two Sunday morning sermons later we completed it. But the history of Paul and that congregation was […]


Introduction, Part 2

Audio:   Download Audio Download Text STUDIES IN MALACHI No. 2 Introduction No. 2 January 19, 2003 We took note of Malachi’s historical context last Lord’s Day evening. Malachi prophesied most of a century after the first exiles returned from Babylon in the 530s B.C. They came back with high hopes, had grown discouraged rather […]


The Lord’s Work

Audio:   Download Audio Download Text “The Lord’s Work” 1 Corinthians 16:5-24 January 19, 2003 Rev. Dr. Robert S. Rayburn Text Comment v.5 Remember, Paul was in Ephesus, in present-day Turkey, when he wrote 1 Corinthians and was making plans to visit Corinth before returning to the Holy Land. The longer, but easier way was […]


Introduction, Part 1

Audio:   Download Audio Download Text STUDIES IN MALACHI No. 1 Introduction January 12, 2003 Tonight we begin a series of studies in the last book of the Old Testament, the Prophecy of Malachi. Malachi is one of what are called the “Minor Prophets,” minor only in the sense that their books are shorter than […]


Rich Toward God

Download Text “Rich Toward God” 1 Corinthians 16:1-4 January 12, 2003 Rev. Dr. Robert S. Rayburn Text Comment v.1 The main body of the letter was concluded at the end of chapter 15. Now, characteristically, Paul adds some comment on more incidental matters. This “collection” is referred to several times in Paul’s letters and, obviously, […]


The Resurrection Body

Audio:   Download Audio Download Text “The Resurrection Body” 1 Corinthians 15:35-58 January 5, 2003 Rev. Dr. Robert S. Rayburn Text Comment v.35 Paul’s answer to that question is going to be that the dead will rise with a body with some elements of continuity and some of discontinuity with the body they had in […]


The Resurrection Body, 1 Corinthians 15:35-58

Download sermon 1 Corinthians 15:35-38 Text Comment v.35     Paul’s answer to that question is going to be that the dead will rise with a body with some elements of continuity and some of discontinuity with the body they had in this world.  Now resurrection was simply inconceivable to the Greco-Roman culture, its prevailing philosophies were […]