Yearly Archives: 2016


The Dangers of Wealth James 5:1-6

Download audio Download sermon James 5:1-6 As we have already had occasion to notice a number of times, James addresses themes that are prominent in OT wisdom literature, especially the book of Proverbs, but also in Ecclesiastes and in several of the Psalms that are clearly part of that library of wisdom literature. The most […]


The Early Church at Prayer Acts 12:1-19

Download audio Download sermon Acts 12:1-19 We have now witnessed the epoch-making introduction of Gentiles into the Christian church, a development that, in the nature of the case, happened in areas where Gentiles were concentrated. The Word of God, as our Savior had said it would, was spreading outward from Jerusalem, but events there now […]


“Lord Willing” and “Know Yourself”! James 4: 11-17

Download audio Download sermon James 4: 11-17 Text Comment v.11     In earlier English translations “speak evil against” was rendered with the more acerbic “backbite.” You’ll notice that “you adulterous people” in v. 4 has given way to James’ more characteristic address: “brothers.” That is important in this case because how we speak about others has […]


A Model Church Acts 11:19-30

Download audio Download sermon Acts 11: 19-30 Text Comment v.19     In other words, Luke is picking up the thread of his narrative from 8:4, where he described the persecution in Jerusalem that had scattered many of the Christians there. v.20     Most of the Jewish Christians who had left Jerusalem to escape the persecution had been […]


Witness Acts 11:1-18

Download audio Download text Acts 11: 1-18 The report of the phenomenal events recounted in chapter 10 had spread like wildfire throughout the Jewish Christian community. That is more evidence of how unprepared the Christian community – at this point entirely Jewish – was for this dramatic change, that Gentiles would belong to the church […]


Conclusion Genesis 39 Series Proverbs 5:1-23

Download audio Download sermon Proverbs 5:1-23 With these three Lord’s Day evening sermons we are introducing a new ministry to our men which bears the name Genesis 39¸ as you know the chapter that provides us with the Bible’s finest example of a believing man courageously resisting sexual temptation. Sexual temptation has always been a […]


Spiritual Warfare 1 Corinthians 6:18-20

Download audio Download sermon 1 Corinthians 6:18-20 Last Lord’s Day evening we began this short series of sermons to introduce the new ministry, to be called Genesis 39, by drawing attention to the way in which easily accessible pornography terribly accentuates a temptation that has been the bane of the existence of Christian men throughout […]


The Conversion of Peter Acts 10:1-23

Download audio Download text Acts 10:1-23 Text Comment v.2       “God-fearer” here is probably the technical term. In those days a “God-fearer” was a Gentile who had embraced the Jewish faith, its monotheism and its theology of God, but was not yet a practicing Jew in the full sense, since he had not submitted to circumcision. […]


James 3:1-12

Download audio Download text James 3:1-12   We return to James after several weeks away. Remember now what we have said about this book, different as it is from every other book of the New Testament. It is a book of wisdom, the only such book in the New Testament. It is more like Proverbs […]


A Changed Life Acts 9:1-31

Download audio Download sermon Acts 9:1-31 We read most of our text last Lord’s Day morning, vv. 1-19, and considered the narrative for its apologetic significance. The conversion and subsequent ministry of the Apostle Paul is one of the great demonstrations of the truth of the New Testament record, of the historicity of the resurrection […]


The Next Step Acts 8:26-40

Download audio Download sermon Acts 8:26-40 I have made a point of this repeatedly in our consideration of Acts to this point, but it is very important to remember. The narrative of Acts is very definitely not an account of everything that Luke might have included in a history of the earliest church, as if […]