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Psalm 143 sermon

Psalm 143

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…The Book of Psalms is Jesus’ prayer journal. But don’t worry, He’s very happy for us to be reading His prayer journal. It’s not confidential. We’re meant to own these prayers ourselves and the Spirit helps us to pray Jesus’s prayers to the Father.

This is such a relief. Because, just speaking for myself, I’m very bad at praying. And when I feel desperate and faint and spiritually thirsty, I’m just no good at articulating that, whether before God or anyone else for that matter.

So, how wonderful to know that Jesus has felt those things Himself. He knows what it is to be flat on His face in desperation, sweating blood, overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. He knows about betrayal and loss and excruciating pain. He knows about the valley of the shadow of death. He knows how it feels to be utterly ashamed, utterly alone, utterly godforsaken.  God the Son knows ALL these feelings.

More than this, He knows how to pray through them. And here are those prayers. What a relief! Because we’re terrible at praying. Yet Jesus prays for us. And then He says, “Why don’t you join in? Why don’t you pray my prayers? I’ll give you my Spirit to help you, and now you pray to God like I pray to God. I call God “Abba, Father”, why don’t you call God what I call God? And why don’t you pray to God what I pray to God? I’ll even give you a whole prayer book of 150 prayers – they cover EVERY situation. So use my prayers, the Spirit will help you and my Father will hear you.”…

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Talk on the Book of Job

job miserable comfortersEvery now and then I attempt a 40 minute summary of Job.

Here’s a recent effort:

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Church in the Wilderness2

Four years ago I preached 8 sermons on “The Church in the Wilderness”.

Among other things it was an attempt to orient our expectations for the Christian life. We are a redeemed people, saved from slavery, headed for glory but, now, enduring wilderness hardships.  In the meantime we are sustained, guided, lead and promised a wonderful future. Ultimately, though, our Christian lives are upheld not by our obedience and perseverance, but Christ’s.

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Church in the Wilderness 1 – INTRODUCTION – Deuteronomy 8
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Church in the Wilderness 2 – SAVED BY THE BLOOD – Exodus 12
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Church in the Wilderness 3 – BROUGHT OUT – Exodus 13-15
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Church in the Wilderness 4 – SUSTAINED – Exodus 16-17
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Church in the Wilderness 5 – GUIDED – Numbers 9
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Church in the Wilderness 6 – LEAD – Numbers 27 & Psalm 95
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Church in the Wilderness 7 – PROMISED – Numbers 13-14
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Church in the Wilderness 8 – FULFILLED IN JESUS – Matthew 3:13-4:11
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(NB: Original sermon not recorded. This mp3 is from a different sermon on same Scripture)

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BenMyers

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Here’s all nine parts of Ben Myers’ sermon series on the Apostles’ Creed.

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Individual Sermons…

1. “I believe”

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[audio http://www.christthetruth.org.uk/MyersCreed1.mp3]

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2. “In God the Father, Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth.”
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[audio http://www.christthetruth.org.uk/MyersCreed2.mp3]

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3. “And in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son our Lord”
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[audio http://www.christthetruth.org.uk/MyersCreed3.mp3]

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4. “Conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary…”
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[audio http://www.christthetruth.org.uk/MyersCreed4.mp3]

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5. “Suffered under Pontius Pilate…”
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[audio http://www.christthetruth.org.uk/MyersCreed5.mp3]

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6. “He descended to hell; the third day he rose again from the dead.”
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[audio http://www.christthetruth.org.uk/MyersCreed6.mp3]

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7. “And he will come to judge the living and the dead.”
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[audio http://www.christthetruth.org.uk/MyersCreed7.mp3]

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8. “I believe in the Holy Spirit…”
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[audio http://www.christthetruth.org.uk/MyersCreed8.mp3]

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9. “The forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the dead…”
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[audio http://www.christthetruth.org.uk/MyersCreed9.mp3]

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Eph5 Wedding

Ephesians 5:19-33

There is to marriage a:

– Foundation

– Filling

– Family

– Fact

– Flow

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[audio http://www.christthetruth.org.uk/Eph5Wedding150613.mp3]

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[audio http://www.christthetruth.org.uk/John11.mp3]

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(Similar to this shorter, video’d, talk)

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321 in 4 Talks

321 Four Talks

Talk 1: JESUS – Colossians 1:15-23

Talk 2: GOD – Galatians 3:26-4:7

Talk 3: THE WORLD – Romans 5:12-21

Talk 4: YOU – John 15:1-9; Ephesians 5:21-32; Hebrews 4:14-16

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A talk given this morning to the Sussex Gospel Partnership:

Adopted into God’s Life-Giving Ministry2 Corinthians

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[audio http://www.christthetruth.org.uk/Mission2Corinthians.mp3]

CH SPURGEON: Do try, as far as you can, to make the very way in which you speak minister to the great end you have in view. Preach, for instance, as you would plead if you were standing before a judge, and begging for the life of a friend, or as if you were appealing to the Queen herself on behalf of someone very dear to you. Use such a tone in pleading with sinners as you would use if a gibbet were erected in this room, and you were to be hanged on it unless you could persuade the person in authority to release you. That is the sort of earnestness you need in pleading with men as ambassadors for God. (The Soul Winner)

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BenMyers

Ben Myers has begun a nine part sermon series on the Apostles’ Creed.

His first three talk with mp3s are here:

1. “I believe”:
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2. “In God the Father, Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth.”:
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3. “And in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son our Lord”:
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Matthew 11 All Age Talk

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For Sermons…

It’s an annual tradition at Christ the Truth to listen to Dev Menon’s Classic Sermon.

[audio http://www.christthetruth.org.uk/AscensionSermonDevMenon.mp3]

Paul Blackham’s teaching is equally fantastic

John B recommends Scott Hoezee’s sermon, “How We See Things–Psalm 47″

And an essay by Stephen T. Davis, “The Meaning of the Ascension for Christian Scholars”.

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For Prayers…

The Collects from BCP:

Almighty God, whose blessed Son our Savior Jesus Christ ascended far above all heavens that he might fill all things: Mercifully give us faith to perceive that, according to his promise, he abides with his Church on earth, even to the end of the ages; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

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Grant, we beseech thee, Almighty God, that as we do believe thy only-begotten Son our Lord Jesus Christ to have ascended into heaven, so we may also in heart and mind thither ascend, and with him continually dwell; who liveth and reigneth with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.

The South Indian Anglican Collect:

O God, whose blessed Son, our great high priest, has entered once for all into the Holy Place and ever liveth to intercede on our behalf: grant that we, sanctified by the offering of his body may draw near with full assurance of faith by the way which he has dedicated for us and evermore serve thee, the living God; through the same thy Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee, O Father, and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.

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For Songs:

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We thank Thee Jesus, Dearest Friend

And here are a couple of my own:

A kids song about the ascension

A kids song about Jesus moving house (eventually to heaven)

“He Rose Up”
[audio http://www.christthetruth.org.uk/HeRoseUp2.mp3]

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He rose up among us, as told.
He rose up the Promise of old.
My Brother in strife,
Assuming my life.
Exalted, the Father’s Decree
He rose up, He rose up for me.

He rose up humanity’s Last
Man’s Answer in life unsurpassed
My Champion living,
God’s life of thanksgiving.
Exalted as I’m meant to be
He rose up, He rose up for me.

They raised Him, my Saviour, on high
Man lifted, accursed, left to die.
My Priest in atonement,
My Lamb in enthronement.
Exalted on destiny’s tree,
He rose up, He rose up for me.

He rose up from death He arose,
Immortal to crush all His foes.
The Lord of all history,
My Christ has the victory.
Exalted the darkness must flee,
He rose up, He rose up for me.

He rose up to heaven, He rose,
Ascended beyond other thrones.
My Friend in high places,
My Fountain of graces.
Exalted, my heavenly Plea,
He rose up, He rose up for me.

I rise up, I rise up in Him,
Emboldened in spite of all sin.
In Jesus attaining,
My destiny – reigning.
Exalted, with angels to sing,
I rise up, I rise up in Him.

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faith

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Statements people make about faith:

“I wish I had your faith”

“As you know I could never share your faith”

“Faith is believing something you know isn’t real.”

“You just got to have faith.”

John 1:10-13 – Faith is recognizing and receiving

John 2:11 – Faith is responding to the glory of Jesus

Dutiful Derek

Derek’s Father says: “We’re going to visit the Grand Canyon and you’ll be awestruck!”

Derek says: “Do I have to be awestruck??”

Derek’s Father says: “One day you’ll meet a girl and you’ll fall in love?”

Derek says: “Do I have to fall in love?”

Derek’s Father says: We’re going to church to hear about the glory of Jesus and we’ll believe in Jesus.

Derek says: “Do I have to believe in Jesus?”

That’s a funny question isn’t it?

Faith is like being awestruck or falling in love – it must happen if you’re recognizing the glory of Christ!

John 3:13-16 – Faith is looking away from self to Jesus (cf Brazen Serpent)

John 20:24-31 – Faith is meeting the risen Jesus

The Christian life is a life of continuing faith

Through the Bible.

Faith is not something in me that I need to drum up

Faith is not a leap into the dark – it’s stepping into the light

In fact it’s being in the dark and having someone switch the light on

Faith is not a hoop you have to jump through to get something else: salvation

Galatians 2:17-3:5

Faith is receiving Jesus – it’s a life-long love affair.

Galatians 5:6

It begins by being passive with God and bears fruit in love for others

1 Samuel 17       

Faithless, fearful Israel are saved by their Faithful, Fearless King.

Their unbelief turns to faith when they see His victory: they shout and advance

Every day we need to same: to look to our Champion, to shout and advance.

The life of faith is a continual looking to Christ.

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Ephesians 4:1-6 sermon

MonkeyGoneToHeavenHave you ever said the phrase “I’ve died and gone to heaven!“? Think of a time when you might have said “I’ve died and gone to heaven!” The dream holiday, the dream job, the dream boyfriend or girlfriend. The day the dream came true you died and went to heaven.

The book of Ephesians begins by saying “The Christian has died and gone to heaven”…

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Exodus 3 Sermon

Exodus 3

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This is always the way: God the Father sends God the Son to be with us in our suffering and to bring us out that we might worship the Father in freedom and joy.

Exodus is the story of this Figure from the bush: the Angel, the Great I AM: He leads the people out of slavery and into salvation.

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Here Carl Trueman speaks about Luther’s doctrine of the Word and our need, today, to recover a theology of preaching.

The Word of God transforms the reality of the world. That is the power of preaching, that is the power of the pulpit…

I’m convinced that while much time is spent at seminaries, rightly, teaching the technical aspects of preaching… it is equally important that preachers understand the nature of the theological action which they perform when they stand in a pulpit.

It’s a vital, vital need.  I think evangelicalism would be transformed if we came to a deep appreciation of what preaching actually is.

Here’s my effort on Theology Network to bang that drum….

It is often said that the real issue in preaching is not ‘How to?’ but ‘How can?’  How can a preacher stand before a congregation and dare to speak ‘In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit’?  The ‘How can?’ is by far the more pressing question.  And yet, in the textbooks, at the conferences and in preaching groups it seems the ‘How to?’ is the perennial concern.  Notes or full script?  Powerpoint or no?  Topical sermons or lectio continua?  These questions abound.  Even issues like ‘how to address the heart?’ or ‘how to preach wisdom literature?’ threaten to drown out proper theological reflection.  All the while the ‘How can?’ question stands above our practice demanding an answer.

Our silence on this issue could simply reflect the pragmatic spirit of our age.  We want to know what ‘works’ so we can copy it.  But I suggest there is a deeper problem.  Fundamentally we have an impoverished theology of revelation which fails to appreciate what evangelicals from another age held dear – namely that God Himself addresses us in preaching.

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Seminars on Luther’s Theology of the Three-fold Word

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John 21 Sermon

John 21

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Twice in this passage Jesus is called “Lord”.  And what have the disciples experienced to make them call Him ‘Lord’?  Have you noticed? In this story He spends the whole time serving His friends.  What kind of LORD is Jesus?  He provides the catch, He provides bread and fish of His own, He provides the fire, He cooks the breakfast.

It harks back to one of the most astonishing things Jesus ever said.  Back in Luke 12 Jesus had said that when He, the Master, comes again…

…He will have His servants recline at the table and He will come and wait on them. (Luke 12:37)

When the Master comes: He will serve His servants. Isn’t that astonishing?  You’d never believe that was true, except that Jesus said it.  And then, Jesus did it.  Because here He is at the barbecue, apron on, tongs in hand.  He provided the catch, He provided the fire, now He’s cooking it up saying “Come and have breakfast!”

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