Justified by Works and Not by Faith Alone James 2:14-26

Download audio Download sermon James 2:14-26 We’ve been away from James for a month, what with Messiah, an Advent sermon from Revelation 12, and the Sunday School Christmas Program. But […]

The Second Coming 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 Though technically the Advent season is over, I have prolonged it by one week, choosing to preach this morning on the “coming” or “advent” of the Lord, […]

Our Faith in One Word Luke 2:1-15

Luke 2:1-15 We will depart this morning and next from our current series of sermons on the Book of Acts to consider themes appropriate to the Advent Season: today a […]

Law of God, Part 11

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The Battle of Christmas Revelation 12:1-17

I think we are all sufficiently aware of the fact that Christmas has been commercialized in our culture and that sentiment founded on everything from winter scenery to family reunions […]

Two Steps Forward; One Step Back Acts 8:1-25

Acts 8:1-25 The execution of Stephen, we now learn, emboldened the religious leadership to unleash a more systematic persecution of Christians living in Jerusalem, to go for the jugular as […]

Law of God, Part 10

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Stephen Acts 6:8-8:1

Acts 6:8-8:1 We have an unusually long text to read this morning, but it is very clearly a distinct section of Luke’s narrative, what scholars call a pericope. As we […]

Law of God, Part 9

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James 2:1-13

Download audio Download sermon James 2:1-13 We begin a new section of James with another of his more than 50 imperatives that punctuate his short letter. Now the subject is […]

Preparing for the Long Haul Acts 6:1-7

Acts 6:1-7 We have said already more than once that, given all the wonderful stories Luke had to choose from in writing his narrative, what he did choose to include […]

Law of God, Part 8

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James 1:22-27

Download audio Download sermon James 1:22-27 There is certainly a sense in which the verses we are about to read follow naturally upon those we considered last time insofar as […]

How the Gospel Spreads Acts 5:17-42

Acts 5:17-42 In the short section we read last Lord’s Day morning we read that “more than ever believers were added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women.” […]

Law of God, Part 7

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James 1:19-21

Download audio Download sermon James 1:19-21 As I have already noted, James, not unlike Proverbs, moves from subject to subject without much in the way of a discernible rationale. His […]

Really? Acts 5:12-16

Acts 5:12-16 We are in the midst of Luke’s narrative of the explosive growth of the fledgling Christian church and the gathering of storm clouds as the establishment had by […]

Law of God, Part 6

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James 1:12-18

Download audio Download sermon James 1:12-18 James has already told us to “count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the […]

Not Again?! Acts 4:32-5:11

Acts 4:32-5:11 In this case, the chapter division is not well placed. Remember, the Bible was not divided into chapters until a thousand years after Christ, so these divisions are […]

James 1:5-11

Download audio Download sermon James 1:5-11 One thing that any interested reader of commentaries on the letter of James immediately notices is the widespread frustration of scholars who have looked […]

Christian Courage Acts 4:23-31

Acts 4:23-31 It is Reformation Day and for two reasons I have decided to continue our sermons in Acts rather than preach a sermon apropos that great theological and spiritual […]

Law of God, Part 5

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One Reason for Our Troubles James 1:1-4

Download audio Download text James 1:1-4 Text Comment v.1       “to the twelve tribes” has sometimes been taken to mean that the letter was addressed to particular Jewish Christian churches of […]

The Only Name Acts 4:1-12

Acts 4:1-12 We read these verses last time and, indeed, to the end of the paragraph at v. 22. This morning we read the first twelve verses again in order […]

Introduction James 1:1-8

Download audio Download sermon James 1:1-8 I mentioned, in announcing this new series of evening sermons, that we would be studying the New Testament’s Book of Proverbs, or, at least, […]

The Fact of Unbelief Acts 4:1-22

Acts 4:1-22 A great miracle had been performed in a most public place. The news was spreading through the city and great excitement had overcome the crowds of people in […]

Law of God, Part 3

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Resumes and Eulogies – 2 Corinthians 2:16-3:3

2 Corinthians 2:16b-3:3 October 11, 2015 Faith Presbyterian Church – Evening Service Pastor Steven Nicoletti This evening we are continuing to look at Second Corinthians, in an occasional series I […]

The Miracle of Salvation Acts 3:1-26

Acts 3:1-26 Chapter 3 is a record of the next great event that Luke saw fit to record in his early church history. And there are some striking similarities to […]

How God is Using English as a Second Language

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Why Does this Man “Delight” in the Bible? Psalm 119:161-168

Download audio Download sermon Psalm 119:161-168 Tonight we conclude our consideration of what is often referred to simply as “the long psalm.” We’ve said that it was a psalm meant […]

A New Community Acts 2:42-47

Acts 2:42-47 What we will now see is typical of Luke’s narrative style: a major narrative – in this case the Pentecost event – the miracle of tongues, Peter’s sermon, […]

Law of God, Part 2

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Meditation Psalm 119:97-104

Download audio Download sermon Psalm 119:97-104 We introduced our sermons on Psalm 119 by considering its literary character, an acrostic poem the structure of which serves as an aid to […]

Becoming a Christian Acts 2:36-41

Acts 2:36-41 We read these verses last time, but devoted our attention to the burden of Peter’s sermon. Today I want to consider that sermon’s effect. We are going to […]

The Dialectic Again

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To Destroy or to Save? Luke 9:51-56

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The First Sermon in the Last Days Acts 2:14-41

Acts 2:14-41 I do not plan to spend years on end preaching through Acts. As a result I cannot spend several months preaching through Peter’s sermon on the Day of […]

A Relationship with God Psalm 119:49-56

Download audio Download sermon Psalm 119:49-56 We are reading the short zayin section. All the verses in this section, as you remember, that is from verse 49 to verse 56, […]

Pentecost Acts 2:1-21

Acts 2:1-21 The disciples had been instructed by the Lord before his Ascension to wait in Jerusalem for the Holy Spirit to come upon them. This is what they did, […]

An Early Christian Selfie Acts 1:12-26

Text: Acts 1:12-26 We left the disciples last time standing on the Mount of Olives near Bethany having just watched the Lord ascend out of their view into the heavens […]

Reflections on Contemporary American Church Music

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Spiritual Adultery Jeremiah 3:6-10

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The Ascension Acts 1:1-11

We’ve begun a new series of morning sermons on the Book of Acts and we come to the second paragraph; we are going to read from verse 1 to verse […]

A Psalm of Lament Psalm 119:9-16

Download Sermon Psalm 119:9-16 Last time we noticed some of the interesting features of this long psalm. For example, it is an acrostic poem with each verse of each succeeding […]

The Long Psalm Psalm 119:1-8

Download audio Download sermon Psalm 119:1-8 We are going to read just the first eight verses of the psalm, not because I intend to pay particular attention to those verses, […]

What Happened Next Acts 1:1-3

Text Comment 1 Since the second century the book we are about to read has been known as the Acts of the Apostles. It is highly doubtful that Luke supplied […]

Table of Contents – Acts (Rayburn)

1. What Happened Next Acts 1:1-31 – August 16, 2015 – Download Audio – Download Text 2. The Ascension Acts 1:1-11 – August 23, 2015 – Download Audio – Download Text 3. […]

Jeremiah and the Resident Alien Jeremiah 29:4-7

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