Studies in the Book of Kings 2 Kings 3:1-27

At the end of chapter 2 we were treated to the record of two episodes that established Elisha’s bona fides . He was indeed Elijah’s successor and wielded the same authority in Yahweh’s name as had his predecessor. Now we are provided a more lengthy …

Jesus According to John’s Prologue John 1:1-18

The Incarnation: Heartbeat of our Faith Isaiah 9:1-7

In this Advent season I have now preached three sermons on the incarnation of God the Son: one on its historicity; one on its mystery; and one on its instrument, the Virgin Birth. I conclude this series this morning with a sermon devoted to the demon…

Studies in the Book of Kings 2 Kings 2:15-25

Only Elisha witnessed Elijah’s dramatic departure from the earth. Now Elisha must return to the other side of the Jordan where the sons of the prophets were waiting for him.

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v.15

The sons of the prophets had just witnes…

The Incarnation: The Virgin Birth Matthew 1:18-25

In our Advent series on the incarnation of God the Son, the coming into the world of the Maker of heaven and earth, the living God becoming a man to save us from our sins, we have so far considered its historicity and its mystery. We have argued that…

Parenting Sunday School Class, No. 8

"It certainly is my opinion that a book worth reading only in childhood is not worth reading even then." C. S. Lewis , Of Other Worlds: Essays and Stories , "Sometimes Fairy Stories May Say Best What’s To Be Said" (1956), pa…

Studies in the Book of Kings 2 Kings 2:1-14

In 1 Kings 19, when Elijah was at Mt. Horeb, one of the instructions he received from the Lord in the still, small voice was to anoint Elisha as his successor. This he did as we read at the end of that same chapter. Now we come to the actual transfer…

The Incarnation: Mystery of Mysteries Philippians 2:1-11

We began our Advent series on the incarnation of God the Son last Lord’s Day morning with a consideration of the evidence for the incarnation as an event in history, something that happened in time and space. Today we move on to the mystery of this e…

Studies in the Book of Kings 2 Kings 1:1-18

We read in the final paragraph of 1 Kings 22 of the beginning of the reign of Ahaziah, the son of Ahab, following Ahab’s death in battle. He was to have a short reign, only two years, and was to be a man who had learned nothing from his father’s fate…

The Incarnation: Fact or Fancy? Galatians 4:1-7

Advent having begun this Lord’s Day morning, we begin a four Sunday series of morning sermons on the incarnation. It has been some time since I preached an Advent series and I am looking forward to spending these mornings with you speaking of what, I…

Parenting Sunday School Class, No. 7

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Studies in the Book of Kings 1 Kings 22:1-53

Now we have come to I Kings 22, the last chapter of the book. Remember the division of Samuel and Kings and Chronicles into I and II has nothing really to do with thematic concerns. In fact, we are really interrupting the story in a rather obvious wa…

True Love

We are in the midst of John’s second rendition of the three tests of genuine, authentic Christian faith. How does anyone know whether he is a true believer in Jesus Christ and, therefore, is in possession of eternal life? How can I be sure that I am …

Parenting Sunday School Class, No. 6

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Studies in the Book of Kings 1 Kings 21:1-27

Judgment was pronounced upon King Ahab by the prophet of the Lord at the end of chapter 20. But before that judgment is executed there is one final, despicable story to tell of the reign of this pathetically weak and wicked man.
Ahab’s sin in the …

A True Christian Does Not Sin

As we noted last time, we are in the middle of John’s second exposition of what we have called the moral test of true and authentic Christian faith. That is, a true Christian, someone actually in possession of God’s salvation, will live according t…

Studies in the Book of Kings 1 Kings 20:1-43

In chapter 20 we find the account of two campaigns of what will prove to be a long drawn-out war between Syria and Israel, sometime enemies and sometime wary allies. The importance of the narrative is that it illustrates the opportunities provided Ah…

Family Resemblance

We return to our series of sermons in 1 John having completed John’s first rendition of the three tests of authentic Christian faith: the moral test (does he or she obey the commandments of God), the doctrinal test (does he or she confess Jesus as th…

Studies in the Book of Kings 1 Kings 19:19-21

On Mt. Horeb or Sinai the Lord had given Elijah three assignments. The implication seems to be that upon their completion his work would be done and, perhaps, his life would be over and that is in fact what proved to be the case. In any case, Elijah …

Reformation

I don’t usually read but a single verse of Holy Scripture as the text for a sermon, but the sermon this morning is unashamedly a subject sermon, not an expository sermon, and this great statement of the Apostle Paul serves as a perfect title for t…

Parenting Sunday School Class, No. 5

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Studies in the Book of Kings 1 Kings 19:1-18

We said last time that Ahab left the battle at Mt. Carmel apparently under the impression that the issue of loyalty to Yahweh had been settled once for all in Israel. That is why he went to Jezreel where the king himself was headed. But soon he was d…

Crux or Not

I said last time that we would read this paragraph a second time this Lord’s Day and devote special attention to v. 19, the best known of the statements in these verses that we have considered already so I won’t make any comment on the text for this …

Parenting Sunday School Class, No. 4

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Studies in the Book of Kings 1 Kings 18:17-46

Elijah has returned to Israel for the purpose of confrontation with Ahab and the prophets of Baal whom Ahab had installed as the directors of Israel’s religious life. This is clear in that upon his return to Israelite territory Elijah instructs Obadi…

The Doctrinal Test

I intend to treat this passage twice. This morning I want to consider the third of the three tests of authentic Christian faith that John offers us in this wonderful letter, at least consider it in a general way. Next Lord’s Day I intend to consider …

Parenting Sunday School Class, No. 3

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Studies in the Book of Kings 1 Kings 18:1-16

The first 16 verses of chapter 18 take us back to Israel and to conditions there during the drought. They also bring Elijah back to Israel, on to the main stage of the contest between Yahweh and Israel’s apostate royal house. The drought will not end…

The Fruitfulness of the Gospel

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Parenting Sunday School Class, No. 2

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Studies in the Book of Kings 1 Kings 17:8-24

The sudden appearance of Elijah in the opening verses of chapter 17 announced a dramatic new development in the Lord’s dealing with his rebellious kings and people. Nothing like this had happened before. Divine judgment in a comprehensive way had now…

God or the World

John is in the midst of a digression. Some of you remember the Rev. Ian Tait, a British pastor, lover of the Puritans, who preached in this pulpit on several occasions some years ago. Mr. Tait was here for a month of sermons on one particular occasio…

Parenting Sunday School Class, No. 1

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Studies in the Book of Kings 1 Kings 17:1-7

We are now suddenly introduced to the man who will dominate the narrative for the next eight chapters until his successor, Elisha, a man very much like himself, succeeds him in 2 Kings 2. We’ve heard nothing of any prophet of Yahweh addressing the si…

From Adolescence to Maturity

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v.12

The “for his name’s sake” is certainly a reference to Jesus Christ, harking back to v. 2 of this same chapter.
v.13b

There has been no mention of the Devil to this point in the letter, but there will be subseque…

Studies in the Book of Kings 1 Kings 15:25-16:34

We have a somewhat longer reading this evening, a reading that provides, and is meant to provide, an overall impression of life in Israel, the northern kingdom, during the first half of the 9th century B.C., that is from the year 907 B.C. to the begi…

A Community of Love

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v.8

We will read in the next verse that the old and new commandment John is talking about is to love our brothers and sisters. It is as old as the Garden of Eden as the law of love was written upon the human heart from the mo…

Studies in the Book of Kings 1 Kings 15:1-24

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v.1

The ESV has Abijam; the NIV Abijah as does the ESV in the parallel text found in 2 Chron. 11. Different spellings of the same name are commonplace.
v.2

Abishalom is another version of the name Absalom and, accord…

The First Test of Life

We have commented on these verses already, as this is the third time we have read 1 John 1:5-10 and the second time we have read 2:1-6. Accordingly, we can read the text with little comment this morning. 

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v.3

The …

Because He Reigns (Rev. Jay Stoms)

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What Is So Important About Jesus?

As we make our way into John’s first letter we come to the paragraph that begins chapter 2, but I want to provide its context by reading again from v. 5 of chapter 1.

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v.9

I didn’t take time, last Lord’s Day morning, to…

Studies in the Book of Kings 1 Kings 14:21-31

Unlike Chronicles, which deals only with the kings of the southern kingdom or Judah, Kings gives us a summary at least of the reign of every northern and southern king, so it goes back and forth between north and south in a chronological order. We he…

A Gospel Temptation

Last Lord’s Day, in introducing this series of sermons on 1 John, I reminded you that the letter was written by the great Apostle with the pastoral purpose of resettling these believers in the grand convictions of their Christian faith. They had rece…

Studies in the Book of Kings 1 Kings 14:1-20

After an interruption of a month we return to 1 Kings, so let’s remind ourselves where we are in the history recorded for us in this great and important book of the Bible. King David was followed on the throne by his son Solomon whose reign began in …

A Man Who “Saw” Salvation

We begin this morning a series of Lord’s Day morning sermons on the first letter of the Apostle John, undoubtedly one of the most beloved and often read books of the Bible. First John, as it is called, is treasured by Christians for its simplicity, i…

The King and His People

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Prayer-A Walkie-Talkie for Warfare

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My Daily Goal – Love My Neighbor (Rev. Kim Tran)

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The Sword of the Spirit

I invite you to return with me to Ephesians 6:10-18. We are considering Paul’s most lengthy passage on spiritual warfare, as a metaphor for the Christian life.
I told you last week it was my intention to take both the Shield of Faith and…

Getting Serious About the Sabbath (Rev. G. Brent Bradley)

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