"...if anyone makes the assistance of grace depend on the humility or obedience of man and does not agree that it is a gift of grace itself that we are obedient and humble, he contradicts the Apostle who says, "What have you that you did not receive?" (1 Cor. 4:7), and, "But by the grace of God I am what I am" (1 Cor. 15:10). (Council of Orange: Canon 6)

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Sin, Righteousness & Judgment

And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer; concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged. - John 16:8-11

November 29, 2020  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

The Promised Helper

November 15, 2020  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

The Promise Of Persecution

John 15:18-25

November 09, 2020  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

What Do You Do With Your Guilt?

Bible Passage: Romans 1:16-17

October 25, 2020  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

But I Chose You

"You did not choose Me but I chose you..." - John 15:16

October 19, 2020  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

The King's Friends & Slaves

Passage: John 15:12-15

October 12, 2020  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Highway To Joy Filled Holiness

John 15:10 If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love. 11 These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.

October 04, 2020  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

The Covenant of Redemption

Passage: John 15:9

September 28, 2020  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

The Sufficiency of the Word

John 15:7,8

September 21, 2020  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Two Kinds Of Branches

John 15:1-8

September 13, 2020  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

I am the True Vine

Passage: John 15:1-8

September 06, 2020  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

The Son's Role In Redemption

Passage: John 14:28-31

The Cults use Jesus' words, "The Father is greater than I" to dismiss Christ's claims to deity. What do the words actually mean?

August 31, 2020  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

He Will Help You Remember

John 14:23ff

August 24, 2020  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

The Trinity Will Come!

John 14:18-24

August 17, 2020  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

The Redemption Plan

Job 9:32,33; 19:25,26

August 02, 2020  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

What You Need Is Love

July 27, 2020  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Whatever You Ask In My name

Passage: John 14:13,14 - Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.

July 19, 2020  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Works and Greater Works?

John 14:7 If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him."
8 Philip said to him, "Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us." 9 Jesus said to him, "Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, 'Show us the Father'? 10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works. 11 Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves.
12 "Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father.

July 13, 2020  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

The Cure For Troubled Hearts

Scripture Passage: John 14:1-6

July 06, 2020  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

As I Have Loved You

John 13:33 Little children, yet a little while I am with you. You will seek me, and just as I said to the Jews, so now I also say to you, ‘Where I am going you cannot come.’ 34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

June 22, 2020  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

God's Passion for God's Glory

Passage: John 13:31 Therefore when he had gone out, Jesus said, "Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in Him; 32 if God is glorified in Him, God will also glorify Him in Himself, and will glorify Him immediately.

June 14, 2020  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

What You Do, Do Quickly!

Jesus' betrayer is unveiled, much to the astonishment of the other disciples, and yet even here, Jesus is in full control.

June 07, 2020  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Total Substitution

If someone asked me, “What sermon would you preach if you knew it would be your last?” it would be this one right here:

June 01, 2020  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

The Towel Bearing Savior

Text: John 13:1-15

What is the significance of Jesus' washing of His disciples' feet? Was Jesus instituting a new sacrament (ordinance) to be observed by all future churches, similar to baptism and the Lord's Supper? Or was something else going on here?

May 24, 2020  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Endless Love

Text: John 13:1 - Now before the Feast of the Passover, Jesus knowing that His hour had come that He would depart out of this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end.

May 17, 2020  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

The Herald's One Task

Passage: 2 Timothy 4:1-5

May 10, 2020  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Jesus Cried Out!

Passage: John 12:44-50

May 03, 2020  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

The Christian At The Judgement Seat

Initial text: Hebrews 5:8-6:3

April 26, 2020  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

The Blessed Hope

"... looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus"

April 19, 2020  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Easter Message

Text: 1 Timothy 1:15

April 12, 2020  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Remove the High Places

What will be your lasting legacy? Will you be able to say that you destroyed the high places?

April 07, 2020  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

We Do Not Lose Heart

Text: 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

March 29, 2020  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Sing the 46th!

Text: Psalm 46:1-11

March 22, 2020  |  Comments (2)   |  Permalink

Last Call Before Lights Out!

Text: John 12:32-47

March 10, 2020  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Lifted Up Was He To Die

Text: John 12:27-34

March 03, 2020  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

How to Find the Will of God

Text: Psalm 143:10-12 and Various Others

February 24, 2020  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

The Hour Has Come!

Text: John 12:12-26

February 18, 2020  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

The Triumphant Entry

Text: John 12:12-23

February 12, 2020  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

The "Oh" and the "Amen"

Text: Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways! For WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD, OR WHO BECAME HIS COUNSELOR? Or WHO HAS FIRST GIVEN TO HIM THAT IT MIGHT BE PAID BACK TO HIM AGAIN? For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen. - Romans 11:33-36

February 04, 2020  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Contrasting Affections

Text: John 11:54-12:11

January 28, 2020  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Aftermath of a Resurrection

Text: John 11:45-53

January 21, 2020  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Farewell to Mundane Sundays!

Hebrews 10:23-25; 12:18-24

Christian, when you come to the corporate gathering on the Lord's Day, whether 10 others show up with you, 100 or even a crowd of 10,000, you are actually part of something so massive, so momentous, you would hardly believe it. You have come to an event so big it makes the Superbowl look a small family picnic by comparison. Embracing what Scripture reveals about our corporate gathering together allows us to say ‘farewell' to boredom forever. Your Sundays will never be the same!

January 14, 2020  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Loose him and let him go!

Text: John 11:38-44

January 06, 2020  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

The Key To Transformation

Romans 12:1 Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

December 30, 2019  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Lazarus, Come Forth!

Text: John 11:38-46

December 16, 2019  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

All Appointments Kept

On Sunday, November 24, Robert Elliott (Pastor of Reformed Baptist Church, Riverside, California) preached at King's Church in Peoria, AZ on the theme "All Appointments Kept."

Text: Acts 13:38-48

November 25, 2019  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

The Gospel of the Kingdom

I had the privilege of opening REFORMCON 2019 with a message on the theme, "The Gospel of the Kingdom."

November 20, 2019  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Do You Believe This?

Text: John 11:17 - 37

Where do you go for answers? What is your "go to" source for truth? The choice before us is either the Lord Jesus Christ on His own terms or some form of syncretism.

November 20, 2019  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Death Only Comes On Time!

Text: John 11:1-27

November 11, 2019  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

What Matters Most

Text: John 11:1-16

November 04, 2019  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Why Catechize?

The case for catechizing adults and children.

October 30, 2019  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

The Meaning of "You are gods"

Text: John 10:22-42

October 16, 2019  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Who Does What In Salvation?

Text: Romans 8:28-30 and others

October 07, 2019  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Why Some Don't Believe

Text: John 10:22-31

October 04, 2019  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

The Good Shepherd Unveiled

Text: John 10:11-21

Jesus presents Himself as the Good Shepherd in a stunning unveiling.

September 26, 2019  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Life More Abundantly!

Text: John 10:7-10

Jesus continues to denounce the false teachers of His day and contrasts their desire to kill, steal and destroy with His heart to provide full and abundant life for His people. So what exactly did He mean by that?

September 17, 2019  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Why Do We Do That?

The "why" behind the reciting of the historic creeds of the Church and the celebration of the Lord's Supper each Lord's Day.

Text: 1 Cor 10:14-17; 11:17-34

September 09, 2019  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Why Do We Do That?

The "why" behind the reciting of the historic creeds of the Church and the celebration of the Lord's Supper each Lord's Day.

Text: 1 Cor 10:14-17; 11:17-34

September 09, 2019  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

The Vocabulary of Salvation

Text: Romans 3:19-4:8

Man's greatest need is not happiness but righteousness. So many get that wrong and because of that, everything else is wrong. This sermon lists ten vital vocabulary words we need to grasp if we are to understand God's way of salvation.

September 02, 2019  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Killing Sin

Pastor Jeff Durbin, ministering at King's Church, Peoria, AZ - 8/18/19:

August 19, 2019  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

The Shepherd & The Sheep

Text: John 10:1-11

Jesus uses an analogy to expose the false teachers of Israel who come to kill, steal and destroy, in contrast with His self identification as the Good Shepherd who lays His life down for the sheep.

August 12, 2019  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Pride & Prejudice

Text: John 9:24-41

August 05, 2019  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

The Tragic Consequences of Tradition

Text: John 9:13-23

July 29, 2019  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

One More Walk In The Darkness

Text: John 9:1-12

July 23, 2019  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

A Theology of Suffering

Text: John 9:1-12

When encountering a man blind from birth, the disciples asked Jesus who was responsible for his condition - this man or his parents. Jesus' answer was clear and it has profound significance for our own suffering also.

July 15, 2019  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

The Doctrine of Imputation

Text: Romans 4:1-8

The Bible reveals three imputations or transfers which, when understood, bring us to the very heart of the gospel.

July 08, 2019  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Your DNA Test Results

Text: John 8:34-47

According to Jesus there are two families – the family of God and the family of the Devil. Are you sure which one you belong to?

June 24, 2019  |  Comments (1)   |  Permalink

John 8:31,32

As we continue to make our way through the Gospel of John, yesterday’s sermon was the second part of a two part series on the familiar verses of John 8:31,32.

I have to say that it has taken me decades to learn the content I was able to share and I trust they will be a blessing to you. Both sermons are now available to watch/listen to.

God bless,
John S

Part 1: A Promise For True Disciples:

Part 2: And The Truth Will Set You Free:

June 17, 2019  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

What is a Reformed Church?

Text: Exodus 25:40

May 27, 2019  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Unbelief Is Evil!

Text: John 8:12-20

May 21, 2019  |  Comments (1)   |  Permalink

Divine Adoption

Christian, do you doubt God's love for you? Are you loved by God or merely tolerated? The doctrine of adoption, rightly understood, can tackle those doubts 'head on', removing them forever!

Speaker: Pastor John Samson (King's Church, Peoria, AZ)

May 12, 2019  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

God Has Preserved His Word!

How do we know the right books made it into the Bible? How do we know what we have now is what was written back then? What issues are in play when we come to John 7:53-8:11?

May 06, 2019  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Jesus - The Great Divider

Text: John 7:39-52

Jesus creates division, even among His enemies. It is that way now and it has always been that way.

April 29, 2019  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

The Cross in Types & Shadows (2)

Continuing the theme of seeing the cross in the Old Testament scriptures, attention is focused on Genesis 22, Exodus 12 and especially Psalm 22 - an absorbing proclamation of Messiah in His life, death, burial and resurrection.

April 22, 2019  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

The Cross in Types & Shadows

God painted a clear and stunning prophetic portrait of the person and work of Messiah long before He came. Have you been given eyes to see Him?

April 16, 2019  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Divine Adoption

Text: Romans 8:15-17; Gal. 4:1-8

Christian, do you doubt God’s love for you? Are you loved by God or merely tolerated? The doctrine of adoption, rightly understood, can tackle those doubts ‘head on’, removing them forever!

April 09, 2019  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Rivers of Living Water

Text: John 7:37-39

April 02, 2019  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

All Thirsty, Come!

Text: John 7:37-39

March 26, 2019  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

How Can I Know For Sure?

Text: John 7:25-36

Assumptions and speculations are not just dangerous, they can be fatal for the soul. Therefore, the urgent and pressing question is this one: 'how can we know anything for certain?'

March 19, 2019  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Unmasking The Pharisee Spirit

Text: John 7:19-25

As Jesus exposes the crowd's blindness and tradition the Lord has much to say to us regarding our own hearts.

March 12, 2019  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

The Motive For Ministry

Text: John 7:18

King's Church, Peoria, Arizona

March 04, 2019  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Willing To Do His Will?

Text: John 7:14-17

"If anyone is willing to do His will, he will know of the teaching, whether it is of God or whether I speak from Myself." - John 7:17

February 25, 2019  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Justification: Rome v. The Reformers

Text: Romans 5:1-10

At the time of the Reformation, the Protestants protested certain doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church. What were the issues then? What are the issues now? Does any of it matter anymore?

February 17, 2019  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Please Adjust Your Clocks Now

Text: John 7:1-13

This passage in John chapter 7 is all about time. Here's why.

February 03, 2019  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

The Call that Creates a Christian

Text: Romans 8:28-30; Ephesians 2:1-10; 2 Cor. 5:17; 2 Cor. 4:1-6

January 27, 2019  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

One of you is a devil!

Text: John 6:59-71

Can salvation be lost? A Biblical understanding of apostasy!

January 22, 2019  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Eat My Flesh, Drink My Blood

Text: John 6:35-60

What did Jesus mean when He said, "He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life"? In context, it is abundantly clear what He meant. When this is understood, many false traditions are exposed for what they are!

January 15, 2019  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Mission: Save the Elect

Sermon: "Mission: Save the Elect" becomes "Mission Accomplished!"

Text: John 6:35-71

Pastor John Samson

January 08, 2019  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

The Historical Birth of Jesus

Text: Luke 1:1-4; Phil 2:1-11

December 24, 2018  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Proof of the Promised One

Text: Matthew 1:1-17

"Stunning"... "gripping"... "breathtaking"... these are hardly the words we would normally use to describe the opening of the Gospel of Matthew (and the New Testament), but once we discover the reason behind it, the ramifications are truly life changing.

December 16, 2018  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Two Paths - Two Destinations

Psalm 1:

December 10, 2018  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Jesus On The Will

December 04, 2018  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Jesus on Election

Text: John 6:35-51

Jesus teaches Divine Sovereignty in salvation in the clearest of terms.

November 25, 2018  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Law & Gospel

The message of the Bible: Law & Gospel

Part 2: The Revelation of Righteousness

November 19, 2018  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Meet Your Accuser - Moses!

Text: John 5:39-47

John 5 is a glorious unveiling of the Lord Jesus and the final verses of the chapter provides no let up whatsoever as Jesus' indictments against the religious leaders are stunning and penetrating. At the last judgment, the one who will bring accusations against them is Moses himself, their hero in the faith. Yet the question before each of us is this: Do you believe Moses?

November 12, 2018  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

The Revelation of Righteousness

Text: Romans 1-5

In Christ there is perfect righteousness and Christ is the righteousness of the believer. This stunning revelation is the basis of all gospel proclamation - what God demands, Christ provides!

November 04, 2018  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Law and Gospel

Text: Romans 1:16,17

Without a clear understanding of Law and Gospel only heresy and error abounds. With it, we can go through the gates of paradise.

October 28, 2018  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Four Incriminating Witnesses

Text: John 5:30-40

While Christ's own testimony, by itself, should be more than enough evidence to convince the greatest skeptic, He then calls on four others to testify to His claims - John the Baptist, the works He did, the Father who sent Him and the very Scriptures the Jewish leaders were supposedly immersed in. A powerful Gospel call!

October 22, 2018  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

The Father's Testimony

Passage: John 5:24-31

The Father's testimony concerning His Son is on record. To fail to believe it is a great dishonor to the Father, and carries with it severe, eternal consequences.

October 14, 2018  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Father and Son Inc.

Text: John 5:18-23

Christ's testimony concerning Himself as the unique Son of the Father.

October 07, 2018  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

The Healing of the Lame Man

Text: John 5:1-18

This healing of the lame man on the Sabbath became the trigger point for intense persecution from the Jewish leaders, and what is more, Jesus seemed intent on bringing this hatred and hostility out into the open.

September 30, 2018  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

The Miracle of True Faith

Text: John 4:39-54

Genuine faith (the faith that saves) can only be understood as a miraculous gift from a Sovereign God. Here are some reasons why.

September 23, 2018  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Jesus The Messiah

Text: John 4:25,26

Evidence for Jesus as the long awaited Messiah of Israel.

August 19, 2018  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Today marks the day...

Today marks the day when we move to video as well as audio on our youtube channel. If you like what you see, feel free to subscribe to the King's Church TV channel:

August 14, 2018  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

The Worship God Seeks

Text: John 4:24

Purity of devotion and purity of doctrine in the life of the believer.

August 12, 2018  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

In Spirit & Truth

Text: John 4:15-24

The Father seeks those who will worship Him in spirit and truth. What exactly does that mean?

August 06, 2018  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

A Unique Messenger With A Unique Message

Text: John 3:31-36

Jesus has unique qualifications as a Messenger and brings to us a message that must be heard and believed.

July 23, 2018  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

The Preacher's Task

Dr. Steve Lawson

The Preacher's Task

Text: 1 Tim. 4 - 13 Until I come, give attention to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation and teaching. 14 Do not neglect the spiritual gift within you, which was bestowed on you through prophetic utterance with the laying on of hands by the presbytery. 15 Take pains with these things; be absorbed in them, so that your progress will be evident to all. 16 Pay close attention to yourself and to your teaching; persevere in these things, for as you do this you will ensure salvation both for yourself and for those who hear you.

Expository Preparation:

Text: 2 Tim. 2:15 - Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.

Effective Evangelists:

2 Tim. 4:1 I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: 2 preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, 4 and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths. 5 But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

July 20, 2018  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

He Must Increase, I Must Decrease

Text: John 3:22-30

In the time of transition from popularity to obscurity, John the Baptist knew his place and the task he was called upon to do, delighting in the fact that Christ was now coming to greater prominence than him. We can learn much from his unparalleled humility.

July 15, 2018  |  Comments (2)   |  Permalink

The Apostles' Creed Series

Part 1: An overview of various creeds found within the pages of the Bible as well as particular focus upon the Apostles' Creed, showing its history and profound significance in the life of the Church as well as its Biblical basis.

Part 2: The Apostles' Creed has been used as a means of preparation for water baptismal candidates since the late 2nd century AD, becoming an officially recognized creed around 700 AD. This is the second of two messages showing the Biblical basis for the remaining statements of the creed.

July 09, 2018  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

The Miracle of Conversion

John 3:19-21: "This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God."

In every true conversion, a lover of Darkness and a hater of the Light, is given a new heart and nature to want what he once hated. It is a breathtaking miracle of new creation performed by the power of God alone.

June 24, 2018  |  Comments (1)   |  Permalink

Sun and Shadows

Text: John 3:17,18

"For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God."

June 18, 2018  |  Comments (1)   |  Permalink

The Father's Giving of the Son

John 3:16 tells us that God's love for the world was the motivation behind Him giving His Son. This sermon asks and answers the question, "In what way did God give His Son?"

June 10, 2018  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

The Gospel - Pure and Simple

Text: John 3:14-16

June 03, 2018  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Jesus - The True Temple

Spiritual blindness is our moral, fallen condition (in Adam) and this is no more apparent than in the reaction of the Jews to Jesus' cleansing of the temple. And yet, without the work of the Holy Spirit, all of us are also blind to the truth, even when the truth is standing right in front of us.

Text: John 2:18-22

April 22, 2018  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Christ - The Head of the Church

Just in the last hour, the sermon that affected me more than any other I have ever heard was posted online. I was privileged to be in attendance when it was preached by Dr. Steve Lawson at the Shepherds Conference two weeks ago today. Perhaps it is just where I was at when I heard it and the Lord was dealing with me in a deep way – and perhaps others will not find it to be as equally impacting as I did – but this to me was so powerful that quite frankly, I wept through much of the sermon.

I believe your heart will soar in hearing this proclamation of the Lord Jesus in His full authority, power and glory. After the sermon, I just took time by myself to walk around outside, just thankful to have heard such a God honoring message... As I say, no sermon has affected me more than this one. What a Savior He is!

If (very soon) you can carve out 55 minutes of uninterrupted time to hear this, I believe it will do your soul MUCH good. The sermon is entitled “Christ – the Head of the Church.” You will find it both on audio and video at this link.

- JS

General Session 10 - Steven Lawson - Shepherds’ Conference 2018 from Grace Community Church on Vimeo.

March 23, 2018  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

And the Prayers

Text: Acts 2:42

Since God is Sovereign, why pray?

February 22, 2018  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

The Normal Christian Birth

(1/21/18 - Apologia, Church, Tempe, AZ)

Text: Acts 2:22ff

Medical science informs us that the events surrounding a baby’s birth is a key factor in a child’s development. A long, drawn out, painful and complicated birth can have a lasting negative impact and that is why it is vital that much attention is given to provide a safe, healthy process and environment for a baby. When it comes to spiritual birth into the kingdom of God, how can we make sure the new baby is off to a good start in its new life in Christ? What does a NORMAL Christian birth look like? If we could standardize the process, what things would we put in place?

January 31, 2018  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

The Normal Christian Birth (2)

Text: Acts 2:32-47

What does the new convert need to know and do in order to be established in Christ? How can we help him get a good start in his new life in Christ and in the life of the Church? A vital message for disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ.

January 28, 2018  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

The Normal Christian Birth

Text: Acts 2:32-42

Medical science informs us that the events surrounding a baby’s birth is a key factor in a child’s development. A long, drawn out, painful and complicated birth can have a lasting negative impact and that is why it is vital that much attention is given to provide a safe, healthy process and environment for a baby. When it comes to spiritual birth into the kingdom of God, how can we make sure the new baby is off to a good start in its new life in Christ? What does a NORMAL Christian birth look like? If we could standardize the process, what things would we put in place?

January 22, 2018  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Would You Please Just Grow Up!?

Text: 1 Peter 2:1-3

December 31, 2017  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Christ the Exegete

Text: "No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known." - John 1:18

Christ's unique, eternal relationship with the Father means that He is the only authorized way to know God. The ramifications for this are breath-taking.

December 24, 2017  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Grace After Grace After Grace

Text: John 1:15-17

Highlighting Christ's pre-existence once again, John goes on to portray Him as the Source of Grace. Would "grace" be the word to describe your life as a Christian? Are you living in the good of what Christ accomplished for you?

December 17, 2017  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

The Word Became Flesh

Text: John 1:14

In the first century – many believed in the “gods” – whether we speak of Rome or of Greece… polytheism was everywhere. In Greek thinking – the spiritual is good – matter is evil. Therefore it seemed unthinkable in their minds, that God would become a man.

A heretical group known as the Docetists denied the true humanity of Christ, not on biblical grounds, but based on the culture of Greek thinking. Jesus only appeared to be a flesh-and-blood man; his body was a phantasm.

Paul dealt with this heresy constantly: Col 2.9 “In Christ dwells all the fullness of the Godhead BODILY.” The Apostle John also: "By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God" - 1 John 4:2. "For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh." - 2 John:7. The mystery of the Gospel is that God indeed became a man in the Person of Jesus Christ - truly God; truly man.

What does this mean for us? The answer is mysterious, dazzling and amazing!

December 10, 2017  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Christ Crucified

1 Corinthians 2:1-5

Guest speaker Rob-roy Nelson preached this morning - a powerful word on "Christ crucified!"

When Paul came to Corinth there was something he didn't do; something he did do, and then he tells us why he did it. A message all need to hear.

December 03, 2017  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

The New Birth: Signs of Life

Text: John 1:12,13

Before someone can enter the kingdom of God they need a miracle. More than that, they need to BE a miracle - to be born again. Amazingly, this new birth is not under man's control. The right bloodline (family or national heritage), human effort or even human will are no factors whatsoever. God alone can do this and when He does, He does so Sovereignly and invisibly.

Jesus compared the new birth to the activity of wind. Wind seems to have a mind of its own and yet wherever the wind blows, evidence is left behind. What kind of evidence should each of us be looking for that might assure our hearts that we indeed have been born of God?

November 26, 2017  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

What Happens In The New Birth?

Text: John 1:9 The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. 11 He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. 12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

In order for someone to become a child of God, the new birth is an absolute necessity. Yet nowhere in Scripture are we told how to be born again. Why is that? What role does man play in this? What does God do when He regenerates a soul? These questions and more are addressed with stunning clarity in the text before us.

November 19, 2017  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Luther's Happy Discovery

1. Dr. Michael Reeves: Luther's Happy Discovery

Luther's Happy Discovery from Union on Vimeo.

2. Dr. Michael Reeves preaches Luther's early sermon on Luke 18 entitled 'The Pharisee and the Tax-Collector' which gets to the heart of his gospel discovery.

This talk was delivered at Immanuel Nashville's Reformation 500 Celebration in 2017.

Martin Luther: The Pharisee and the Tax-Collector from Union on Vimeo.

November 14, 2017  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

A Fresh Look at the Five Solas (Sermon Series)

Over the last five Sundays in a sermon series at King's Church, we have been taking a fresh look at the Five Solas of the Reformation. In that time, we have drunk deeply at the well of salvation and seen the Lord Jesus Christ and His power to save in new and fresh ways. It has been a joy! I hope the series can be a blessing to others also, and so make these sermons available here. - John Samson

Sola Scriptura: Sermon: The More Sure Word

Sola Fide: Sermon: The Heart of the Gospel

Sola Gratia: Sermon: Every Christian is a Miracle

Solus Christus: Sermon: Federal Headship – Adam and Christ

Soli Deo Gloria: Sermon: The Meaning of Life

The eBook and Audio Book Version of my new book is also now available at this link.

God bless.

October 31, 2017  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

The More Sure Word

Text: Matt 17:1-8; 2 Peter 1:16-21

In terms of human experience, Peter had the big one!!! Only two other men on planet earth experienced it - the Transfiguration of Christ - where He was seen in His glory and where the audible voice of God the Father was heard speaking from heaven. And yet, Peter writes that Scripture is a more reliable guide than even this...

October 02, 2017  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

John's Gospel - What's It All About?

Text: John 20:30,31

The Gospel of John presents Jesus from John's unique perspective. When we understand the intended purpose for writing, we can begin to grasp the "why" behind all of this Gospel's contents.

September 03, 2017  |  Comments (1)   |  Permalink

What Every Christian Should Know

JS: This morning I had the privilege of preaching at a local Church here in Phoenix (while their Pastor was away). My theme was "What Every Christian Should Know" and the base text was 2 Timothy 3:10-17. The service was live-streamed and can be viewed here (I am introduced around the 26 minute, 20 second mark). I hope you find it to be a blessing:

August 27, 2017  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

The Word is Alive!

Text: Hebrews 4:12,13

Contrary the claims of the charismatic movement that the Bible is just a dead book in desperate need of the Holy Spirit's life, it is very much alive, powerful, energetic, dynamic and sharper than any human instrument ever made. It is always at work in human hearts whenever it is encountered.

Also discussed is a biblical understanding of "logos" and "rhema."

August 20, 2017  |  Comments (1)   |  Permalink

The White Coats Are Coming!

Text: Genesis 1:1-28

Since Charles Darwin first penned his book "Origin of Species" in 1859 (full title: "On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life"), there has been a vicious, unrelenting attack on Genesis 1-11. Yet, the truth of God's word stands. Jesus affirmed Genesis as literal history and our very salvation rests on its foundation. Here's why?

August 06, 2017  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

The Christian's Divine Assignment

Text: Ephesians 6:21-24

Paul's last words in Ephesians highlight the divinely enabled courage to preach and the faithful character needed to be greatly used by God.

July 30, 2017  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Passing Inspection

Text: Ephesians 6:10-20

An overview of each piece of the armor God provides for His people. Knowing that it is vital to have each in place so that you may stand against the devil's schemes, the question is, 'Christian, do you have the whole armor on?'

July 23, 2017  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

The Armor: A Guided Tour

Guest Ministry at Apologia Church, Tempe, Arizona.

Text: Ephesians 6:10-20

An overview of each piece of the armor of God:

July 17, 2017  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

The Sword of the Spirit

Test: Ephesians 6:17b; Matthew 4:1-11

The Sword of the Spirit: What is it and how do we use it?

July 16, 2017  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

The Helmet of Hope

Ephesians 6 refers to the helmet of salvation. In 1 Thessalonians 5, the helmet is called the hope of salvation. Biblical hope is a certain expectation of the future. How assured are you regarding your salvation? Only when you are fully assured can you truly say you have put on the helmet.

July 09, 2017  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

The Helmet of Salvation

Text: Ephesians 6:17

When Paul writes to the church at Ephesus and says “take the helmet of salvation”, he is not commanding them to be saved, for they are already saved (Eph. 2:8,9), but to understanding the biblical doctrine of salvation: to know it inside out, being rooted and grounded in the truth of it. One of the best ways to do this is by gaining an understanding of what theologians refer to as the “ordo salutis” or order of salvation.

July 02, 2017  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

The Killer Shoes of Peace

Text: Ephesians 6:15 - “and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace.”

The heavily spiked shoes of the Roman soldier meant sure footing in any type of terrain and also could be used as something of an offensive weapon. In spiritual terms, these killer shoes are essential equipment in the armor of God, and it is vital that we put them on and keep them on. Here's the "how to" on that.

June 18, 2017  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

The Breastplate of Righteousness

Man's greatest need is not happiness but righteousness, and this is something provided in God's armor - something we have to put on!

June 04, 2017  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Soldier: Put Your Belt On!

Ephesians 6:14: Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth

In visual terms, of all the armory supplied to the Roman soldier, the loin-belt was the least impressive. Yet this belt was perhaps the most vital piece of all as it held much of the others in place. This message explains in very practical terms how the Christian is to put on the belt of truth.

May 28, 2017  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Christians at Work

Text: Ephesians 6:5-9

Important words for all Christians in the workplace.

May 07, 2017  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

To ALL Those In The Service

Text: Ephesians 6:1-4

When Paul wrote to the Church at Ephesus, he included a message for the children. In doing so, a clear assumption was in his mind; that when his letter was read to the gathered Church, children would be present in the service to hear it.

April 30, 2017  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

As Christ Loved the Church

Text: Ephesians 5:25-32

How exactly did Christ love the Church? The answer to that question is the standard measure for a husband's love for his wife.

April 23, 2017  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Never Mess with the Gospel of God

Text: 1 Cor. 15:1-7

The essentials of the Gospel are crystal clear, as is the response God requires from us. It is God's gospel and as heralds of that good news, we have no right to change, adjust, dilute or add to it in any way at all.

April 16, 2017  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Always Thankful For Everything

Text: Ephesians 5:20

One of the evidences of being filled with the Spirit is a heart overflowing with thankfulness. Specifically, we are told to 'give thanks always for everything' - words which have massive implications concerning God's providential rule in our lives. Here's why:

March 12, 2017  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

The Best Use Of Your Time

Text: Ephesians 5:11-16

The rich, the poor, the successful and the unsuccessful - everyone of us gets the same amount of time each day. 24 hours. 1,440 minutes. Time cannot be stopped, captured, repossessed, bought, slowed down, managed or controlled. We cannot change time but we can change our priorities, in order to make the best use of it. Here's how we can do that.

February 20, 2017  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

God's Will Found

Text: Ephesians 5:7-10

There are times when theological distinctions can provide extremely helpful, practical benefits to the Christian. When it comes to knowing and understanding the will of God, this is definitely the case. Here's why.

February 12, 2017  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Sex, Greed and Filthy Language

Ephesians 5:3 But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. 4 Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. 5 For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. 6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.

February 05, 2017  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Christ's Wrath Averting Sacrifice

Text: Ephesians 5:1-2

God never allows for innovative or creative ways to approach Him. The Bible is filled with incidents where He actually killed people who sought to come to Him on their terms rather than His. Yet God's kindness is seen in His sending His Son to forever remove His just, divine wrath from those who trust in Christ. Here's how...

January 29, 2017  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Heart Detox

Text: Ephesians 4:31-5:2

The human heart, deceitful above all things, is also capable of unbridled malice and bitterness with the resultant bad fruit of rage, anger, slander and vengeance. This should not be the case, especially for those who have received such great mercy from God. But how exactly are we to rid ourselves of this simmering, poisonous venom inside? Here's how...

January 22, 2017  |  Comments (1)   |  Permalink

Grieving The One Who Sealed You

Text: Ephesians 4:30 - "And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption."

The Holy Spirit is not a force but a Divine Person whom we can grieve. Yet even when this happens, He never threatens His people with abandonment, having sealed us for the day of redemption. There is much concerning the Person and work of the Holy Spirit in this vital message.

January 15, 2017  |  Comments (1)   |  Permalink

After School Activities

Text: Ephesians 4:25-29

Once someone is schooled in gospel truth, there is a Christian lifestyle that needs to be embraced - things that must be put off as well as things to put on. While human works play no part in justification, they are definite evidence of a genuine work of God in the human soul.

January 08, 2017  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

God's Word for the New Year!

Text: Psalm 1; 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8

As we enter the new year, what is God's will for each one of us?

January 01, 2017  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

What Child Is This?

Text: Isaiah 9:6,7

Part 1:

Part 2:

December 26, 2016  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Ephesians So Far (Overview)

Text: Ephesians 1-4:16

An overview of the first 4 1/2 chapters.

December 11, 2016  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Gender, Race and Religion Without Compromise

From the Sovereign Grace Bible Church Conference 2016

Text: John 4

December 08, 2016  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

The Key To Transformation

Change - we want it as new creatures in Christ, but how exactly do we get it? Is there a process that will guarantee change in our lives? The answer is a definite "yes" and the process is both simple and profound.

Text: Ephesians 4:17-24

December 05, 2016  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

You Can't Walk Like That!

Ephesians 4:17-19

The Apostle Paul, assuming that the Christian converts in Ephesus were properly schooled in Christ, insists that they abandon their former worldly lifestyle.

November 27, 2016  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Theological Triage

Test: Ephesians 4:4-6

Medical Triage comes into play in the hospital Emergency Room as someone needs to work out who has priority in gaining medical attention. In the same way, some doctrines in the Bible are more important than others, and these form the basis of our unity in Christ, something we are called upon to maintain.

October 16, 2016  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

The Love of God in 4D

Text: Ephesians 3:14-19

Paul's prayer for the Ephesians here reveals the central passion of the Apostle for the people - that they may be strengthened by a deep, abiding comprehension of the love of Christ for them. Once convinced of this reality, every Christian will be a forever changed person.

September 26, 2016  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Now, through the Church

Text: Ephesians 3:7-13

The Christian Ministry is not a mere career choice but a Divine calling and equipping to herald the truth of the Gospel. Life in the local Church is also a stupendous revelation of the multi-faceted wisdom of God. Here's why...

September 18, 2016  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Providence or Pity Party?

Text: Ephesians 3:1-6

Providence takes us to places we would not choose for ourselves. Yet knowing God has us where we are for His purposes allows us to reach out to others and fulfill plans He has established in eternity. A message for every Christian.

September 11, 2016  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Look What God is Doing!

Text: Ephesians 2:19-22

After revealing how Christ's death for us has demolished every division between Jew and Gentile, Paul gives us three further analogies to show the ramifications for the people of God. Both Jewish and Gentile Christians are full citizens in His kingdom, cherished children in His family and are living stones in His Temple.

August 29, 2016  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Division Demolished!

Text: Ephesians 2:11-22

The Jewish/Gentile division is unlike any other, and what is more, God planned for it as He made a distinction between Israel and every other nation on earth, making them His own special people. Yet in Christ, the erected barriers are not merely discouraged but utterly destroyed. In Christ's cross all racial and social divisions are obliterated forever!

August 21, 2016  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

The Whole Armor of God


The following four teaching sessions are from the Family Camp meetings of Grace Covenant Church (Gilbert, AZ). The theme was the whole armor of God, taken from Ephesians 6:10-20.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

August 14, 2016  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

God Alone

Text: Ephesians 2:4-10

Salvation is God’s act! While dead in our sins, only the intervention of a Sovereign, all powerful God can bring us to life. In this, all glory goes to Him, for even the faith that joins us to the perfect Savior, Jesus Christ, is God’s gracious gift to His people.

August 07, 2016  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Zombies Among Us

Text: Ephesians 2:1-6

In this passage, the Apostle Paul outlines man's true condition before God and it is far more desperate than we might first imagine. Dead towards God (as a result of the Fall) man needs Divine intervention in the strongest possible way. He needs a miracle. He needs a resurrection!

July 31, 2016  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Jesus Above All!

Text: Ephesians 1:18-23

Christianity is everything or it is nothing. There is nothing in between. Jesus Christ is, right now, the Lord and King of this Universe, head over all things to the Church. The reality of this is something Paul wishes us to know, for the ramifications of this truth are extreme and far reaching.

July 17, 2016  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Did You Catch That?

Text: Ephesians 1:15-18

Paul's prayer for the Ephesians is filled with insights that most of us miss unless we ponder the meaning of each word. Every Christian should bask in the riches of what is revealed here and make it a pattern of prayer for those we know and love.

July 10, 2016  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Bring the Book!

Text: Nehemiah 8:1-12

In every season of God’s outpouring of blessing on the Church a central element has been Biblical preaching. This passage reveals the elements of all true preaching that glorifies God.

July 03, 2016  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

To the Praise of His Glory

Text: Ephesians 1:7-14

There are some things God wants us to know as the basis for His dealings with us as Christians. Paul's words to the Ephesians here highlight essential truths that can radically impact each of us.

June 27, 2016  |  Comments (1)   |  Permalink

Redemption Through His Blood

What is a person's greatest need? The Bible's answer may surprise you.

Text: Ephesians 1:7

June 19, 2016  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Predestined to Adoption

Ephesians 1:1-14: Paul's opening words to the Ephesians, while controversial in our time, were truths he wanted the entire Church (children, teens, adults and seniors) to know, and beyond his wishes, there is God, who desires for us to know these things also. This sermon covers the biblical doctrines of election, predestination and adoption.

June 12, 2016  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

The Struggle For Assurance

How can I know I am one of the elect? It is a question many have grappled and struggled with, and rightfully so. How do any of us reach right conclusions on this? This sermon seeks to answer this question decisively.

Text: Romans 8:28-39

June 05, 2016  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

He Loves Me; He Abhors Me Not

Psalm 5:

David's prayer (Psalm 5) is the fruit of his deep knowledge of God and His ways. Here we learn much about God's view of the sinner as well as his sin, and the contrast of His love and mercy poured out on all who can rightfully claim Him to be their God and King.

May 29, 2016  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

God's Righteousness - A Safe Place To Sleep

Psalm 4:1-8

David approached God with confidence knowing that He would answer his cry for help. How and why could he do so? The answer to that question is the glorious inheritance of all God's people.

May 22, 2016  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

His Truth Is Marching On

The total sermon count was more than 50, but this was the final one, teaching verse by verse through the book of Acts. His truth is marching on!

Acts 28:17ff

April 19, 2016  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Unstoppable Providence

Acts 27:39-28:16

Shipwrecked, exhausted, cold and wet, Paul is then bitten by a snake. All of this is under God's providential rule, and through these events, the island of Malta is reached with the Gospel.

April 03, 2016  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

The Judgement of Works

Eph 2:8-19; 1 Cor 3:5-15

Text: Eph 2:8-10; 1 Cor 3:5-15

What is the place of works in the Christian life? What is the motivation behind all you do in the name of Christ? Each true believer has an appointment before God's throne when he will stand alone, called to give an account of his Christian service. Will that day be a day of reward for you or a day of sadness and loss?

February 14, 2016  |  Comments (1)   |  Permalink

Confronted with Righteousness

Acts 24:22-27

When confronted with the true nature of God's righteousness, Felix requested Paul to "go away". What will you do with God's messenger and message in it's undiluted form?

January 25, 2016  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Understanding True Saving Faith & Apostasy

What is the nature of true saving faith? How can we tell the genuine from the counterfeit?

Can salvation ever be lost? The Bible presents us with severe warnings concerning the consequences of apostasy. How do we rightly understand these warnings?

January 13, 2016  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Paul - Under Authority?

Text: Acts 21:1-14

Paul was a world-shaker, a passionate and resolute man.That much is clear. What is not clear is the question of whether or not he was defying God's warnings in seeking to go to Jerusalem.

October 11, 2015  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

The Courage to Preach

Text: Acts 20:13-38

Paul's last words to the Ephesian elders tell us much about his passion for the Gospel and the courage needed to proclaim the whole counsel of God.

October 04, 2015  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

The Separation of Church and Sleep

Test: Acts 20:1-12

Why do we do church on Sunday? Why should it be a priority, and what does sleep have to do with any of this?

September 27, 2015  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

No Little Disturbance

Acts 19:21-41

Not everyone in Ephesus was pleased that the Gospel was advancing. For some, it meant a real possibility of bankruptcy in their business. Paul's bold preaching without apology is the background for the riot that ensued. A message for our times.

September 13, 2015  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

What Every Christian Should Know

If you only had a brief time with a new convert, what are the most important things you would want him to know that would establish him in his Christian faith?

Text: Romans 5:1-11

September 06, 2015  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Munus Triplex: Christ as Prophet, Priest and King

Text: Hebrews 1:1 Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. 3 He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, 4 having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.

Christ in His offices of Prophet, Priest and King meets our desperate need for trusted guidance, a sufficient sacrifice under His Kingly reign.

August 30, 2015  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Christus Victor!

Christus Victor! Christ is conqueror!

Christ conquered the devil at the cross, but how exactly did He do that?

August 23, 2015  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

The Blessed Man Unveiled

Psalm 1

The way of the righteous contrasts strongly with the way of the ungodly. Yet who among us truly qualifies to be blessed by God? Only as we understand Law and Gospel can we rightly interpret this Psalm.

August 16, 2015  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Dressed to Kill!


Ephesians 6:10-20

As Christians, we are born into a war zone where our enemy rages against us, seeking to devour us. This intense spiritual conflict will continue as long as we remain in this world. God commands us to put on the whole armor of God and to stand against the schemes of the devil. Here's how.

August 09, 2015  |  Comments (1)   |  Permalink

The Heart - A Factory of Idols

Exodus 20:1-19

July 26, 2015  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Handkerchiefs and Demons?

Acts 19:8-20

To enter the Kingdom is to enter a war zone. The Holy Spirit makes God's invisible Kingdom visible, by the means of extraordinary miracles and deliverances. Yet only those commissioned by God should enter the fray.

July 19, 2015  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

The King's Domain

Acts 19: 8 And he entered the synagogue and for three months spoke boldly, reasoning and persuading them about the kingdom of God.

July 12, 2015  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Stand Fast In The Liberty

Galatians 5:1-6

What do you do with your guilt? The message of the world stands totally opposed to God and His Word on this issue. Rather than suppressing the voice of conscience, God has much to say regarding the remedy - summed up in the word "atonement".

July 05, 2015  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Clash of the Worldviews

Matt 19:1-6

In light of the Supreme Court ruling this week, which re-defined marriage for all 50 states in the Union, here is a clarion call to Biblical faithfulness, knowing we pay a very high price for doing so.

June 28, 2015  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

The Gospel Is For Christians Too

Text: Galatians 1:1-10

Are you constantly hounded by a troubled conscience, even as a Christian? Is it hard to remember the last time you had a full night of sleep? Even since your conversion, do the things you have done continue to bother you? The remedy for this is a thorough understanding of the one true and radical, biblical gospel. Jesus work did not merely make you savable or release you from jail but put you on probation. Christian, hear the good news of Jesus Christ!

June 22, 2015  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Tell Me About Your Conversion

Acts 19:1-7

Some people have been poorly birthed into the Kingdom. Paul encountered such in Ephesus and led them to repentance, faith in Christ, water baptism, and the filling of the Holy Spirit. Paul's instructions give us a blueprint to enable others to get a sure foundation for their Christian lives.

June 07, 2015  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

The Way of God More Accurately

Acts 18:18-28 - Apollos, eloquent and mighty in the Scriptures, had limited knowledge on matters vital to the Gospel. He was taken aside and given a more precise understanding of Jesus - His Person, and His Work.

How accurate is your understanding of the Biblical Gospel?

May 31, 2015  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

If God Wills

Providence: God rules over nations and empires as well as each sparrow that falls to the ground. In the good and the hard things of life, God is working out His eternal purposes, for the good of His people and His glory.

Acts 18:12-28

May 24, 2015  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

I Have Many In This City

Acts 18:1-11

On leaving Athens, Paul comes to Corinth and finds a place to live, a place to work, and a place to preach. Perhaps discouraged at the thought of what awaited him, the Lord intervened by means of a vision.

May 17, 2015  |  Comments (1)   |  Permalink

The Inflexible Schoolmaster

The Protestant Reformers were so certain of the importance of this doctrine (of Law and Gospel) that they declared that without it no one would be able to make sense out of Scripture. Martin Luther even declared of the person ignorant of this distinction that "you cannot be altogether sure whether he is a Christian or a Jew or a pagan, for it depends on this distinction." - Hermann Sasse, Here We Stand: Nature and Character of the Lutheran Faith, trans. by Theodore G. Tappert, (New York: Harper & Bros., 1938). p. 114.

Elsewhere Luther wrote, “Whoever knows well this art of distinguishing between the Law and the gospel, him place at the head and call him a doctor of Holy Scripture.”

“The true knowledge of the distinction between the Law and the Gospel is not only a glorious light, affording the correct understanding of the entire Holy Scriptures, but without this knowledge Scripture is and remains a sealed book.” - C.F.W. Walther, The Proper Distinction Between Law and Gospel.

Theodore Beza said that “confusion of law and gospel is one of the principal sources of the corruptions in the church.” Ursinus, primary author of the Heidelberg Catechism, said the same.

The Bible will be an impenetrable mystery as long as we are confused about this.

May 10, 2015  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

'De-Greecing' the Greeks!

Acts 17:16-34

The Greeks in Anthens had no Biblical foundation upon which Paul could build. His sermon masterfully illustrates how to reach a culture that embraces every new philosophy as truth. A message for our times.

May 03, 2015  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Nobility - A Daily Habit

Acts 17:10-15

What should our attitude be to the preaching of God's Word? The Bereans possessed three components which made them "more noble" than their Thessalonian counter-parts.

April 26, 2015  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Jesus is the Messiah; Here's the Proof!

Using just the Hebrew Scriptures, Paul explained and proved Jesus was the long awaited Messiah.

Acts 16:25-17:9

April 19, 2015  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

The World vs. The Gospel

Acts 16:11-40

The Gospel of Jesus Christ will always be highly offensive and in opposition to every man-made religion/belief. And yet, God accomplishes the salvation of all His elect people in often surprising ways, through the use of His means.

April 12, 2015  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

It is finished!

John 19: 28 After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), “I thirst.” 29 A jar full of sour wine stood there, so they put a sponge full of the sour wine on a hyssop branch and held it to his mouth. 30 When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

Three words in English. One word in Greek: Τετέλεσται (tetelestai).

What did Jesus mean when (on the cross) He declared, "It is finished!"? The answer is both multi-faceted and spectacular.

April 05, 2015  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Worldviews in Conflict

Text: Acts 16:16-40

Each of us is influenced by our surrounding culture far more than we realize. Only the Word of God can give us the discernment needed to divide truth from error.

March 29, 2015  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

A Strategic God

Acts 16:1-15: God is altogether active, even in the closing of some doors, as He has a strategy to open doors that no man can shut. His strategies always come to pass.

March 22, 2015  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Two Sermons

The Extraordinary Power of Ordinary Means

Do you see what I see? (the vision before us at King's Church)

March 15, 2015  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Offenses Will Come

Acts 15:36-41 - At the height of being used by God, Paul and Barnabas experienced such a sharp disagreement that they parted ways. Offenses will come. They are inevitable. What are we to do when conflicts arise?

March 01, 2015  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

What does it take to be Justified?

Acts 15:1-35: The first church council at Jerusalem convened to establish what exactly Gentile converts to Christianity should do to be saved, while Judaizers insisted upon circumcision and adherence to the law of Moses. The very Gospel was at stake.

February 22, 2015  |  Comments (2)   |  Permalink

Foundations of Assurance

Many Christians base their assurance of salvation on false premises. This Scriptural guide reveals the certain hope that is provided in Christ himself.


Someone might well say “There’s no way anyone can know if there is life after death or if there is a heaven or hell, and there’s certainly no way to know whether you are going to one of those places or the other.”

In to the quagmire of human opinion steps a man called Jesus Christ who makes audacious claims – claims that if not true make him less than a good teacher, but either a liar who has deceived billions of people, a lunatic (madman)… or else, He is exactly who He claimed to be.

Text: John 14:1-6

Assurance is built in much the same way as a house, brick by brick, laying one truth upon another.

THE EXISTENCE OF GOD – Romans 1 – God does not believe in atheists! God has made the evidence of His existence known to man – all know it but many suppress it.

GOD’S REVELATION – THE BIBLE – It is not a scientific text book as such but when Scripture makes claims that can be attested by science, it stands the test of time in a remarkable (supernatural) way. It is centuries and millennia ahead of its time.

Earth – a circle (Isa 40:22), hung on nothing (Job 26:7) – the moon a reflector of light (does not shine (Job 25:5) – the fact that air has weight (Job 28:24, 25) - time zones (a moment in time that will be night time for some and daytime for others – Luke 17:31-37) – the number of stars “cannot be numbered) Jer 33:20-22) – the water cycle (Ecc 1:6, 7) – Life is in the blood (Lev 17:11) – strict hygiene and sanitation laws (found in Leviticus 13:45-59)) that kept Israel from the spread of disease millennia before germs were discovered (its only in the last 100 years that the regular washing of hands became standard practice in hospitals) – atoms and molecules (things unseen) (Heb 11:3) – ocean currents (Isaiah 43:16; Psalm 8:8) – archaeology - fulfilled prophecy… (Christ, born of a virgin in Bethlehem, His cross and resurrection (Psalm 22; Isa 53), etc. etc.)

JESUS CHRIST – HIS PERSON AND HIS WORK - He existed in history - In a communist Russian dictionary, Jesus is described as "a mythical figure who never existed." Of course, no serious historian could hold to that position today. The evidence is overwhelming as to the fact that Jesus existed, not just from the Gospels and other Christian literature around the first century, but also from non-Christian sources.
Well respected historians of the day, including Tacitus (a Roman) speak of him, as well as the noted Jewish historian Josephus. He writes

"Now there was about this time, Jesus, a wise man, if it be lawful to call him a man, for he was a doer of wonderful works, a teacher of such men as receive the truth with pleasure. He drew over to him, both many of the Jews, and many of the Gentiles. He was [the] Christ; and when Pilate, at the suggestion of the principal men amongst us, had condemned him to the cross, those that loved him at first did not forsake him, for he appeared to them alive again the third day, as the divine prophets had foretold these and ten thousand other wonderful things concerning him; and the tribe of Christians so named after him, are not extinct at this day." Josephus: Antiquities XVIII 63f

Of course, a whole book is needed to cover all the evidence regarding the existence of Jesus. In fact, Josh McDowelI has already written one, called "He walked among us." Suffice it to say that there is overwhelming evidence to say that Jesus was a real historical person.

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February 15, 2015  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

There They Preached the Gospel

Acts Chapter 14:

February 08, 2015  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

The Power and Purpose of Money

February 01, 2015  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

This One Thing I Do

The Goal of the Christian Life:

December 28, 2014  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

God's Plan from Ages Past

Sunday's sermon now posted:

December 21, 2014  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Acts - The Story So Far

Pastor John Samson

(1) Acts 1-7

(2) Acts 8-13

December 15, 2014  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Acts - The Story So Far

Sunday's sermon is now up on sermon audio. "Acts - the story so far." - JS

December 07, 2014  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Now on


BIG NEWS FOR US: Finally, King's Church, Phoenix is now on!!

Sunday's sermon "A Divine Appointment" (based on Acts 13:43-52) is now uploaded at this link.

December 01, 2014  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Sermon on Ephesians 1:3-4 By John Calvin

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly things in Christ: According to his choosing of us in him before the foundation of the world, in order that we should be holy and unblameable before him in love. - Ephesians 1:3-4

We have already seen how St. Paul exhorts us to praise and bless God because he has blessed us, and that not after an earthly manner but after a spiritual manner, so that we should content ourselves with God’s showing of his fatherly goodness and love towards us in opening the gate of the kingdom of heaven to us by hope. Although we are subject to much misery in this world, yet there is good reason for us to content ourselves with God’s choosing of us after that fashion and with his calling of us to himself, for it is witnessed to us by the gospel that he is our Father [Matt. 6:9; Lk. 11:2] inasmuch as he has joined us to our Lord Jesus Christ as members to their Head.

And now St. Paul brings us to the origin and source, or rather to the principal cause that moved God to take us into his favour. For it is not enough that God has revealed the treasures of his goodness and mercy to us to draw us to the hope of the heavenly life by the gospel—and yet that is very much. For had not St. Paul added that which we see now, it might have been surmised that God’s grace is common to all men and that he offers it and presents it to all without exception, and, consequently, that it is in every man s power to receive it according to his own free will, by which means there would be some merit in us. For if there were no distinction between men except that some receive God’s grace and others refuse it, what could be said but that God has shown himself liberal to all mankind But they that are partakers of the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ attain to it by faith. And so you see what might be judged of it. But St. Paul, to exclude all merit on man’s part and to show that all comes from God’s pure goodness and grace, says that he has blessed us according to his election of us beforehand. As if he should say that to exalt God’s grace as becomes us, we must look upon the diversity that is found among men. For the gospel is preached to some, and others do not know what it is but are utterly shut out from it, as if God should make it rain in one quarter and allow another quarter to remain very dry.

Now if it is demanded why God pities the one part and forsakes and leaves and abandons the other, there is no other answer but that it so pleases him. Upon the preaching of the gospel in a place, some will be affected with lively faith in their hearts and others will go away as they came without benefiting at all, or else they harden themselves against God and betray the stubbornness that was hidden in them before. What is the reason for this difference Even this, that God directs the one sort by his Holy Spirit and leaves the other sort in their natural corruption.

You see then that the thing in which God’s goodness shines forth most to us, is that by the preaching of the gospel to us we have, as it were, a token that he has pitied us, loves us, calls us and allures us to him. But when the doctrine preached to us is received by us with heart and affection, that is yet a further and more special token by which we perceive that God intends to be our Father and has adopted us to be his children. Not without reason, then, St. Paul says in this passage that we are blessed by God even according to his election of us beforehand. For it is not that we have come to him; it is not that we have sought him. But the saying of the prophet Isaiah [65:i] must be fulfilled in every respect, namely, that God shows himself to such as did not seek him, and that such as were far off see him near at hand, and he says to them, ‘Here I am, here I am. Although you have despised me, yet I vouchsafe to come to you because I have a care of your salvation’. Thus we see what St. Paul was aiming at in this passage.

In short, we have to note here that we shall never know where our salvation comes from till we have lifted up our minds to God’s eternal counsel by which he has chosen whom he pleased and left the remainder in their confusion and ruin. Now then it is no marvel that some men think this doctrine to be strange and hard, for it does not fit in at all with man’s natural understanding. If a man asks of the philosophers, they will always tell him that God loves such as are worthy of it, and that, since virtue pleases him, he also marks out such as are given that way to claim them for his people. You see then that, after our own imagination, we shall judge that God puts no other difference between men, in loving some and in hating others, than each man’s own worthiness and deserving. But, at the same time, let us also remember that in our own understanding there is nothing but vanity and that we must not measure God by our own yardstick, and that it is too excessive a presumption to impose law upon God so that it would not be lawful for him to do anything but that which we could conceive and which might seem just in our eyes. The matter here, therefore, concerns the reverencing of God’s secrets which are incomprehensible to us, and unless we do so, we shall never taste the principles of faith. For we know that our wisdom ought always to begin with humility, and this humility imports that we must not come weighing God’s judgments in our own balances or take it upon ourselves to be judges and arbiters of them. We must be sober because of the smallness of our minds, and since we are gross and dull, we must magnify God and say, as we are taught by the holy Scripture [Ps. 36:6], Lord, thy counsels are as a great deep, and no man is able to give an account of them.

You see then that the reason why some men find this doctrine hard and irksome is because they are too much wedded to their own opinion and cannot submit themselves to God’s wisdom, to receive his sayings soberly and modestly. And truly we ought to take warning from what St. Paul says, namely, that the natural man does not understand God’s secrets but regards them as stark foolishness [I Cor. 2:14]. And why Because we are not his counsellors but must have things revealed to us by his Holy Spirit, or else we shall never know them, and we must have them in such measure as he gives them to us.

St. Paul speaks here of the things we know by experience, namely, that we are God’s children, that he governs us by his Holy Spirit, that he comforts us in our miseries and that he strengthens us through patience. We should not conceive any of all these things unless we were enlightened by his Holy Spirit. How then shall we understand that which is much higher, namely, that God elected us before the creation of the world? Since the matter stands thus, let us learn to put away all that we conceive in our own brain and put it under foot, and let us be ready to receive whatever God says to us, casting away our own judgment and assuring ourselves that we cannot bring anything from our side but utter stupidity. Thus you see what we have to bear in mind.

And, in fact, we see how St. Paul exhorts us to come to the same point. ‘Who art thou, O man (he says) who contends against thy God?’ [Rom. 9:20]. After he had set down many replies we are accustomed to make, he says, ‘O man’. By the word ‘man’ he meant to make us perceive our own frailty, for we are but worms of earth and rottenness [Ps. 103:14]. Now then, what audacity it is to open our mouths to reply against God. Is it not a perverting of the whole order of nature? Is it in our power to pluck the sun out of the sky, or to take the moon between our teeth, as they say? Much less is it lawful for us to contend with God and to advance reasons for controlling his judgments which we cannot comprehend.

There are those who will grant this doctrine of predestination, which St. Paul treats here, to be true, for they dare not contradict the Holy Spirit, yet they would it were buried so that it might never be spoken of. But they merely show themselves to be nothing but fools in controlling the Holy Spirit who spoke it by the prophets and apostles, and even by the mouth of God’s only Son. For when our Lord intends to assure us of our salvation, he brings us back to this eternal election; and similarly when he intends to magnify the gift of faith, the one in the tenth chapter of John and the other in the sixth. And therefore that kind of people come too late to put God to silence and to efface from the holy Scripture the things which are shown there. For the whole Scripture is profitable [2 Tim. 3:16]. St Paul said that of the Law and the Prophets. Therefore we may also conclude that there is nothing superfluous in the gospel, nor anything which serves no good purpose and by which we may not be edified both in faith and in the fear of God.

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April 08, 2014  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink


ONE wise man may deliver a whole city. One good man may be the means of safety to a thousand others. The holy ones are “the salt of the earth,” the means of the preservation of the wicked. Without the godly as a buffer, the race would be utterly destroyed. In the city of Samaria there was one righteous man—Elisha, the servant of the Lord. Piety was altogether extinct in the court. The king was a sinner of the blackest dye, his iniquity was glaring and infamous. Jehoram walked in the ways of his father, Ahab, and made unto himself false gods. The people of Samaria were fallen like their monarch—they had gone astray from Jehovah.

They had forsaken the God of Israel—they remembered not the watchword of Jacob, “The Lord your God is one God.” And in wicked idolatry they bowed before the idols of the Heathens. Therefore the Lord of Hosts suffered their enemies to oppress them until the curse of Ebal was fulfilled in the streets of Samaria, for “the tender and delicate woman who would not adventure to set the sole of her foot upon the ground for delicateness,” had an evil eye to her own children and devoured her offspring by reason of fierce hunger (Deut 28:56-58). In this awful extremity the one holy man was the medium of salvation. The one grain of salt preserved the entire city—the one warrior for God was the means of the deliverance of the whole beleaguered multitude. For Elisha’s sake, the Lord sent the promise that the next day food which could not be obtained at any price, should be had at the cheapest possible rate—at the very gates of Samaria. We may picture the joy of the multitude when first the Seer uttered this prediction. They knew him to be a Prophet of the Lord. He had Divine credentials. All his past prophecies had been fulfilled. They knew that he was a man sent of God and uttering Jehovah’s message. Surely the monarch’s eyes would glisten with delight and the emaciated multitude would leap for joy at the prospects of so speedy a release from famine. “Tomorrow,” would they shout, “tomorrow our hunger shall be over and we shall feast to the full.”

However, the officer on whom the king leaned expressed his disbelief. We hear not that any of the common people, the plebeians, ever did so. But an aristocrat did it. Strange it is that God has seldom chosen the great men of this world. High places and faith in Christ do seldom agree. This great man said, “Impossible!” And, with an insult to the Prophet, he added, “If the Lord should make windows in Heaven, might such a thing be”? His sin lay in the fact that after repeated proofs of Elisha’s ministry, he yet disbelieved the assurances uttered by the Prophet on God’s behalf. He had, doubtless seen the marvelous defeat of Moab—he had been startled at tidings of the resurrection of the Shunamite’s son. He knew that Elisha had revealed Benhadad’s secrets and smitten his marauding hosts with blindness.

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February 19, 2014  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

MP3s by Eric Alexander

Eric J Alexander has been an ordained as a minister in the Church of Scotland for over fifty years. He is one of the finest preachers of the word we know of an would encourage you to take the time to listen to one of his fine sermon series. He studied at the University of Glasgow, graduating Master of Arts in 1954 and Bachelor of Divinity in 1958. It was in 1962 that he was called to the parish of Loudoun East Church, in the Covenanting district of Ayrshire, in the village of Newmilns. After 15 years there, in 1977, he was aware of God's call to the city centre church of St George's Tron, in Glasgow, where he served as senior minister for 20 years, until his retirement in 1997. During these 20 years, large congregations, of all ages, gathered, both morning and evening, to listen to expository sermons from both Old and New Testaments.

Old Testament:

Genesis, Exodus, Joshua, Nehemiah, Job, Ecclesiastes, Isaiah, Daniel, Hosea, Amos, Jonah, Micah, Zechariah, Malachi

New Testament:

Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, Romans, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 Thessalonians, 1&2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon (MP3), Hebrews, James, 1 Peter, 1 John, 3 John (MP3), Revelation

Topical Series:

Abraham, The Cross, The Biblical Teaching on Man, Who Jesus Is, Acceptable Worship, Life of Peter, The Bible, the Godhead, the Church, The Person and Power of the Holy Spirit, Him We Proclaim, Studies in the Life of Paul, The Law of God, The Character of God, Spiritual Warfare, The Sermon on the Mount, In Christ, Living the Christian Life, Biblical Newness, Advent, Approaching Calvary, The Church and the Holy Spirit, Relationships, The Life of Moses, Knowing Christ, The Subject of Prayer, On Temptation, A Tale of Two Cities, The Life of David, Seven Words from the Cross, The Bible, The Authority of Jesus, Apostolic Evangelism, The Feast of Pentecost, Priorities, Being Children of God

HT: Monergism MP3 Library

September 30, 2012  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Sermons on Lamentations by C. H. Spurgeon

Lamentations 1:12 Is It Nothing to You?
Lamentations 1:12 Pleading with the Indifferent
Lamentations 2:19: Watch-Night Service
Lamentations 3:12, 13 Satan's Arrows and God's  Watch-Night Service
Lamentations 3:21 Memory—the Handmaid of Hope
Lamentations 3:22, 23 The Novelties of Divine Mercy
Lamentations 3:24 Choice Portions
Lamentations 3:25 “How Good to Those Who Seek”
Lamentations 3:27 The Best Burden for Young Shoulders
Lamentations 3:28, 29 Solitude, Silence, Submission
Lamentations 3:56 Comfort for those Whose Prayers are Feeble
Lamentations 3:57 A Wonder Explained by Greater Wonders
Lamentations 3:58 God Pleading for Saints, and Saints Pleading for God
Lamentations 4:22 A Message from God for Thee

July 20, 2012  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

The Resolved Lamb of God

From Resolved 2012 - A most remarkable Christ centered, Cross centered, Gospel centered message by C. J. Mahaney.

Resolved 2012, Session 13 from Resolved on Vimeo.

July 14, 2012  |  Comments (1)   |  Permalink

John 3:16 - Sermon Notes

Yesterday, for the first time ever in any of my sermons, I focused exclusively on the most famous verse in the Bible, John 3:16. Here are my sermon notes:

John 3:16 - For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

GOD SO LOVED - The word “so” often denotes intensity. For instance, a man may say to his wife, “I love you sooooo much,” as he wishes to express the measure and depth of his love. Though this is a popular understanding of this verse, that is NOT how the word “so” is being used in John 3:16.

There is another way of using the word “so” in English, which describes the way in which something occurs. When a mother is seeking to train her children how to place cutlery on the dining room table, she might well place the knife and fork in position and say, "now when you put the knife and fork down on the table, place them just so" (or in this way).

In John 3:16 it is this “just so” concept that is in view. We could rightly read the text as “God’s love for the world is seen in this way…” A note in the margin of the ESV states this concerning “For God so loved the world” as it reads, "Or For this is how God loved the world."

THE WORLD – There are at least ten different uses of the word “world” (Greek kosmos) in John’s gospel. Context is a most vital component in determining the meaning of words. Here, the word kosmos is being used in a general way to speak of humanity, of Jews and Gentiles.

GOD GAVE HIS SON - God’s love for the world is seen in tangible terms - the giving of His Son…

PURPOSE - God gave His Son with a particular goal in mind.

Notice there is a strong element of particularity (rather than universality) here. The purpose was not to save everybody on the planet (past, present and future) but to save those who believe in Christ.

WHOEVER BELIEVES - Literally, the text reads “in order that every the one believing in Him…” It says “every” or “all the ones believing…” That’s hard to express in English but in essence, it is saying “all the believing ones.” That’s what is being communicated. It is saying that there is no such thing as a believing one who does not receive eternal life, but who perishes. Though our English translation says “whoever believes,” the literal rendering is accurately translated as “every believing one” and the emphasis is NOT AT ALL on the “whosoever,” but on the belief.

The ones BELIEVING will not have one consequence, but will have another. They will not perish but will have everlasting life.


Because of the main verb – God GAVE His Son. God gave His Son for the purpose (Greek: hina) that every believing one should not perish, but that every believing one should have everlasting life.

As mentioned earlier, John 3:16 actually speaks of a limitation -- of a particular, rather than a universal, redemption. Clearly, not everyone will be saved. Only those who believe in Christ will be saved. The Father loved the world in this way: He gave His Son for the purpose of saving those who believe. The Son is given so that the believing ones will not perish, but by contrast, have eternal life. That is the purpose of the giving.

So, what John 3:16 teaches is:

ALL who do A (believe in Him) will not B (perish) but will have C (everlasting life)

PERISH - The word does not mean merely the end of physical existence or annihilation. We know this from the context. Verse 17 indicates that the perishing involves divine condemnation, complete and everlasting so that a person is banished from the presence of the God of love and dwells forever under His wrath.

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July 02, 2012  |  Comments (3)   |  Permalink

Lectures to My Students by C. H. Spurgeon (.pdf)

Lectures to my Students Vol 1 (.pdf)

Lectures to my Students Vol 2 (.pdf)

Lectures to my Students Vol 3 (.pdf)

Lectures to My Students Vol 4 (.pdf)

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March 28, 2012  |  Comments (27)   |  Permalink

Hypocrites Beyond All Hope of Cure

Sermon Audio:

Hypocrites Beyond All Hope of Cure - Hosea 6:4-11

Sermon Manuscript:

The first three verses of Hosea chapter six, as we discovered last week, provide for all the elect remnant a most hopeful and comfortable promise of the mercy and life which will certainly follow all of God's righteous tearing and breaking down of his people. This sure promise of grace, to which the faithful clung for many generations, finally received its full vindication and ultimate fulfillment on the third day after the death of Christ, the last legitimate Seed of Abraham and true Israel in himself, when, true to the prophecy, God raised him from the dead, and in him, all of his people as well, who had been broken down by exile, plague, captivity, and many other such things. This final confirmation of God's promise of grace was so great beyond all expectation, that even today, we who are in any distress whatsoever, if we belong to Christ, may look to his resurrection and consider it a seal and pledge that God will work everything, even the most difficult of things, for our eternal good, just as the apostle later assures us at the end of Romans chapter eight.

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August 03, 2010  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Breaking Us Down to Bind Us Up

Sermon Audio:

Breaking Us Down to Bind Us Up - Hosea 6:1-3

Sermon Manuscript:

Come and let us return to Yahweh, because he has torn, that he may heal us; he has struck, that he may bind us up. He will make us alive after two days; on the third day, he will raise us up, that we may live before his face. So let us know, let us pursue to know Yahweh! His going forth is as sure as the dawn, and he will come to us like the rain, like the Spring rain that falls upon the earth. – Hosea 6:1-3

Context of the Prophecy

The prophet Hosea, as indeed all the other prophets in some manner or another, was concerned most especially with the terrible coming exile first predicted by Moses, which would actually be brought about because of the people's hardheartedness and impenitent breaking of the Law; and yet, as strongly as Hosea thundered his threatenings of this fearful judgment of exile against the people, God did not leave them entirely without hope, but by many strong and sure consolations promised to them a later restoration which, however his Law may have been broken, was nevertheless promised by the Gospel, which from the beginning assured the elect remnant of God's free mercy and salvation, and which the Law, coming four hundred and thirty years after, could never abrogate (Gal. 3:17).

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July 26, 2010  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Strangers in a Hostile Land

Strangers in a Hostile Land
Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. – 1 Peter 2:11

Throughout the first epistle of Peter, the apostle is addressing a group of believers who are manifestly different from the citizens of the lands in which they find themselves compelled to live, and who are therefore misunderstood, maligned, and persecuted. Although at one time these believers were at home in their places of earthly residence, they have now been vastly transformed by the great power of the gospel. They were formerly not a people of God, but have now become a people (2:10). They had been full of malice, deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander, but were now constrained as newborn infants to desire something altogether different, that is, the true milk of the Word of God (2:1). In times past they had carried out the will of the Gentiles, giving themselves over to debauchery, sensuality, drunkenness, idolatry, etc., but that time has all passed, and now their former compatriots consider them strange and alien, and mock and slander them, because they no longer do those wicked things (4:-3-4; 1:14). Because of this great change, they who had once been citizens of this world, and loved by their own, and partners with them in this world's lusts, are now exiles and sojourners, whether in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, or any other place they may live (1:1-3). Hence, Peter exhorts them to live in accordance with their new character as temporary pilgrims in this world, and not according to their former futile ways (1:17-18).

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January 25, 2010  |  Comments (4)   |  Permalink

"God's Electing Love in Christ"- Ephesians 1:3-14


Part Two in a sermon series on Paul's Epistle to the Ephesians

Last week we learned from the Book of Ephesians that Grace and peace are the two main ingredients for life in the Christian community. Grace and peace should inform our ultimate identity in Jesus so that we can live worshiping and serving God as we are called to do.

Summary statement for today's sermon: Predestination and election (or being chosen) humbles and exalts God’s purposes, power and glory. The path of our apprehension of this Biblical teaching must begin at the foot of the cross. The cross is the realization of predestination and election and the beginning of the response of the true worship of God.

There was a real and radical change of the Apostle Paul by God’s grace from inside-out- -he was a new creation- -with a new identity in Jesus Christ: “Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus, by the will of God: (1:1b)

“An Apostle of Christ Jesus”- No longer, a blasphemer and persecutor of the Church: Not “Saul, a Pharisee of Pharisee, self-righteous, proud, according to the “traditions of the fathers”.

“By the will of God”- Not his own idea, but according to Christ’s call.

Paul now encourages the Ephesians who were part of a wicked worldly environment, that there greatest hope is in God’s electing love in Christ.

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December 02, 2009  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

"Grace to You and Peace..."

I have been on a short sabbatical this past summer and did not have the time to post. I would like to begin posting some studies/sermons I have been writing on Ephesians.

Study them and use them if they are helpful. May God stand by and watch to perform his Word in you. My first sermon is from Ephesians 1:1-2:

ESV Ephesians 1:1-2: Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To the saints who are in Ephesus, and are faithful(1 )in Christ Jesus: 2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

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Summary: Grace and peace are the two main ingredients for life in the Christian community. Grace and peace should inform our ultimate identity in Jesus so that we can live worshiping and serving God as we are called to do.

In Christ's love,


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November 12, 2009  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Kiss the Son

I had the opportunity to preach again yesterday, and took the time to manuscript my sermon, "Kiss the Son," from Psalm 2. As follows.

Kiss the Son

It is a commonly accepted notion, and doubtless true, that the first and second psalms stand together as an introduction to the entire psalter, and provide all the information necessary to interpret and make sense of all which follows. Thus, there is contained in these two psalms every major doctrine that the remaining one-hundred forty-eight unfold so variously and wonderfully, from the lives of so many different psalmists, in so many different conditions. But not only is there a true summary of all the major heads of the psalter; there is contained in the first two, moreover, the very root from which those doctrines all spring, the one immovable foundation upon which the entire house is built. So that, if one were to attempt to interpret the things contained in the one-hundred and forty-eight without first being familiar with the two, he would doubtless cast himself into many needless snares and discover certain foolish and dangerous doctrines, that ought not at all to be derived from the psalms, when they are treated of as they should be.

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August 31, 2009  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

John Macarthur - USA Abandoned by God

April 29, 2009  |  Comments (11)   |  Permalink

Christ the Breath of Our Nostrils

I was given the opportunity to preach at my church yesterday (Trinity Church in Minot), in preparation for which, I prepared a "guideline manuscript" -- in other words, I manuscripted the whole sermon, but primarily just to solidify the flow-of-thought, not to read verbatim. I chose my text from Lamentations, a rich, sober, and very beautiful but somewhat obscure passage, that is admittedly more appropriate for Good Friday than Palm Sunday; but in any case, I thought it a fitting prelude to the celebration of Easter Sunday. Following is my manuscript.

The breath of our nostrils, the LORD's anointed, was captured in their pits, of whom we said, "Under his shadow we shall live among the nations." Rejoice and be glad, O daughter of Edom, you who dwell in the land of Uz; but to you also the cup shall pass; you shall become drunk and strip yourself bare. The punishment of your iniquity, O daughter of Zion, is accomplished; he will keep you in exile no longer; but your iniquity, O daughter of Edom, he will punish; he will uncover your sins. – Lam 4:20-22

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April 06, 2009  |  Comments (1)   |  Permalink

Regeneration v. The Idolatry of Decisional "Evangelism" by Paul Washer

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October 24, 2008  |  Comments (5)   |  Permalink

MP3 Library - This Week's Features

Here are 'This Week's Features' we have been working at the Monergism MP3 Library.

We have added the Celebrate Reformation Day to the main page of the MP3 Library. Reformation Day is celebrated on October 31st each year or the Sunday before or after. This day is a great holiday alternative to Halloween. Why not celebrate it by learning the history of this day with your small group, church, friends and family? It's important to cook some German sausage, German potato salad and German Chocolate cake for your guests. The Reformed churches here in Portland usually have a Reformation Day special service and focus on those biblical doctrines that were so important in the Reformation.

We have added sermons to the "Ask Pastor John" folders. One for John Piper and the other for John MacArthur. These folders are designed to be Q & A.

Desiring God Ministries National Conference had just finished up this weekend. Check out all the audio and video sermons from the conference.

We have added new sermons for Joseph Pipa Jr, Maurice Roberts, O. Palmer Robertson, Noel Piper and Carolyn McCulley.

These topics have new sermons: Homemaking, Hebrews: Consider Jesus Series, A Reformed-Charismatic Approach to ... and God Gave Pastors and Teachers Series.

September 30, 2008  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Christian Baptism

I know that many of this blog's readers (and contributors!) don't share my conviction regarding paedobaptism (lit., "infant baptism"); I'm glad we can still get along so well! I used to be an ardent anti-paedobaptist (and I use this term because people on both sides are "credobaptists," thinking that believers ought to be baptized). But after much study and many conversations, the baptism of believers' children is something I've come to believe is biblical (there's no other good reason to believe in it).

As good Christians often disagree strongly on the matter, there is a potential threat to loving unity in the Church. One factor in this is that the Presbyterian (as differentiated from the Roman Catholic) perspective on infant baptism is often misunderstood and caricatured. In the pursuit of civility between brethren who differ on the matter, then, I thought I'd post the mp3 of this sermon that I preached on Acts 2.36-39 at Intown Presbyterian Church (Portland, OR) on August 24, 2008.

It's a sermon—not a systematics lecture intended to answer everyone's questions. But hopefully it will help anti-paedobaptists to understand how their paedobaptist brothers and sisters can desire to glorify God through the baptism of their children.

September 11, 2008  |  Comments (17)   |  Permalink