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Below we have listed (in no particular order) 75 of the most Christ-honoring (recorded) sermons. And while this is by no means an exhaustive list, this resource ought to keep you occupied and edified for some time. So don't be cross if your favorite was not included or if someone you find distasteful was included. These are simply posted in the hope that you will benefit from them -- lead you to a higher view of God and a true (humble) view of yourself. You may notice that a few sermon/lecture series have been included since, we think, the whole series may be worth listening to.The God Who Is Not Like Us (YouTube) by Kevin DeYoungGod is for God - Ephesians 1:3 (YouTube) by Matt Chandler"God Saves Bad People" Joshua 2: 1-14 (MP3) by Art AzurdiaThe Meaning of the Cross - Proverbs 17:15; Isaiah 53:10 (MP3) by Paul WasherTemptation and the Fall by Joel Beeke (MP3)"The Gospel from Numbers" (Video) by J. Ligon DuncanHacking Agag to Pieces - 2 Corinthians 1:12, Romans 6:14-17 (MP3) by John MacArthurNine Essential Keys to the Christian life (MP3 Series) by Dr. Sinclair Ferguson
by Thomas WatsonWhat is it to have other gods besides the true God? I fear upon search, we have more idolaters among us than we are aware of.(1) To trust in any thing more than God, is to make it a god. If we trust in our riches, we make riches our god. We may take comfort, but not put confidence in them. It is a foolish thing to trust in them. They are deceitful riches, and it is foolish to trust to that which will deceive us. Matt 13: 22. They have no solid consistency, they are like landscapes or golden dreams, which leave the soul empty when it awakes or comes to itself. They are not what they promise; they promise to satisfy our desires, and they increase them; they promise to stay with us, and they take wings. They are hurtful. ‘Riches kept for the owners thereof to their hurt.' Eccl 5: 13. It is foolish to trust to that which will hurt one. Who would take hold of the edge of a razor to help him? They are often fuel for pride and lust. Ezek 28: 5. Jer 5: 7. It is folly to trust in our riches; but how many do, and make money their god! ‘The rich man's wealth is his strong city.' Prov 10: 15. He makes the wedge of gold his hope. Job 31: 24. God made man of the dust of the earth, and man makes a god of the dust of the earth. Money is his creator, redeemer, comforter: his creator, for if he has money, he thinks he is made; his redeemer, for if he be in danger, he trusts to his money to redeem him; his comforter, for if he be sad, money is the golden harp to drive away the evil spirit. Thus by trusting to money, we make it a god.
One thing which seems to be deeply lacking in much of modern evangelicalism is the study of God's attributes. I believe if more of us set aside serious time to study God and His perfections we would not only know him better but it would cause us to worship God in awe - and it would change our lives. Below we have a short description of God from the Westminster Confession of Faith with links to more in-depth studies in most of the attributes it lists. Then, below that I have posted many free resources like eBooks and lecture series' on God and His attributes. Lastly I have selected a few books for purchase in case you want to even go deeper.
by Thomas WatsonBefore all else let us remember, our love to God is a sign of his love to us. 'We love him because he first loved us.' I John 4: 19. By nature we have no love to God; we have hearts of stone. Ezek 36: 26. And how can any love be in hearts of stone? Our loving him is from his loving us. If the glass burn, it is because the sun has shone on it; so if our hearts burn in love, it is a sign the Sun of Righteousness has shone upon us.The First Sign. If we love God, our desire will be after him. 'The desire of our soul is to thy name.' Isa 26: 8. He who loves God, breathes after communion with him. 'My soul thirsteth for the living God.' Psa 42: 2. Persons in love desire to be often conferring together. He who loves God, desires to be much in his presence; he loves the ordinances: they are the glass where the glory of God is resplendent; in the ordinances we meet with him whom our souls love; we have God's smiles and whispers, and some foretastes of heaven. Such as have no desire after ordinances, have no love to God.
Thomas Hartwell Horne (editor)London: Henry G. Bohn, 1844-45. Reproduced from the 6th & 7th edns. These books are in the Public DomainTable of ContentsVolume 1: Genesis to LeviticusView in PDF format pdf Volume 2: Numbers to JoshuaView in PDF format pdf Volume 3: Judges to Second of Kings View in PDF format pdf Volume 4: First of Chronicles to Job View in PDF format pdf Volume 5: Psalms I - LXXII View in PDF format pdf
How many of us try to clean ourselves up before approaching the Lord's Table, as if there were some degree or level of purity that we could reach that would make us acceptable to God? The command to love God with all your heart and your neighbor as yourself should be sufficient to make you recognize your utter inability to do so. In all likelihood, the thinking that we have to make ourselves right and acceptable before God before he will accept us probably derives its origin from the influential but flawed theology of Pietism. For what man could ever clean himself up enough to make himself acceptable to God? And if he could clean himself up to that degree, then what further need would he have of a Savior or the nourishment of the Lord's Supper? He would be self-sufficient. The whole point of both the gospel and the Lord's Supper for Christians is to continually recognize our own spiritual bankruptcy and dependency on the grace and promises of Christ.In his letter to the Galatians Paul asks Christians who were in danger of thinking they could add to Christ's work or make themselves acceptable by some other way, "Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh?" (Gal 3:3). No, this is folly, because what God still wants from us as Christians is a broken Spirit, one which still recognizes its own moral and spiritual inability and complete need of God's grace to move on. One that says, "have mercy on me, I am insufficient for the task.". Anyone who thinks, therefore, that they can approach the Lord's table with a pure undefiled heart are really missing the point of the gospel.
Here is the now completed series of B.R.I.D.G.E. Ministries (Laredo, Texas) podcasts covering the doctrines of grace (the so called TULIP acrostic):Teachers include Dr. John Frame, Pastor Jeff Durbin, Pastor John Samson, Dr. James White, Dr. Tim Trumper & Dr. Joel Beeke.1. The Sovereignty of God - Dr. John Frame: Podcast: Play in new window | Download
"so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” - 1 Cor 1:29-31 “Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.”‭‭Philippians‬ ‭2:12-13‬ ‭There is no doubt that the Bible teaches that God works in us, and we work. (Phil 2:13). And it is certainly true that good works may be described as a cooperation of sorts, but (and here is the kicker) good works are not the same thing as sanctification.
Repentance is a gift from God. We mustn't assume that repentance has its origin within us. God gives repentance as a gift of grace through the work of the Spirit in His people and as such ought to be treated as a gift with an awareness of an undeserved mercy. (2 Tim. 2:25) Repentance is recognizing that our offense is primarily a transgression against God, His holy character, and His Law, and secondarily a transgression against our neighbor as His image bearer. Therefore real repentance is to be offered for real sins and real transgressions and not for illusory or made-up offenses. (Matt.
As Phil Johnson once posted, "I often ask Arminians,'Why do you even pray for the lost? Your theology tells you God has already done everything He could possibly do to save them and now its all up to them. So why do you pray for your lost relatives? Something in you knows that God is sovereign over their hearts'."As we read through the Scripture, it is clear we are to pray for the lost. Paul prays for his fellow unbelieving Jews, "Brothers, my heart's desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved." (Romans 10:1) But the Arminian almost always asks, "Why do YOU pray for the lost if GOD already choose to save them or not."
by J. Gresham MachenThe following is a short excerpt from Machen's essay, “The Responsibility of the Church in Our New Age.” This remarkably relevant work originally appeared in Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science in 1933. You can hear a reading of the full essay from this recent episide of Theology Simply Profound here (MP3). Here's the excerpt:In the first place, a true Christian church, now as always, will be radically doctrinal. It will never use the shibboleths of a pragmatist skepticism. It will never say that doctrine is the expression of experience; it will never confuse the useful with the true, but will place truth at the basis of all its striving and all its life. Into the welter of changing human opinion, into the modern despair with regard to any knowledge of the meaning of life, it will come with a clear and imperious message. That message it will find in the Bible, which it will hold to contain not a record of man's religious experience but a record of a revelation from God.
“If you put these things before the brothers, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, being trained in the words of the faith and of the good doctrine that you have followed…Train yourself for godliness” (1 Tim. 4:6-7).A friendly, pastoral reminder to remember to review and memorize your catechism this year! I especially encourage parents and officers to go through the Westminster Shorter Catechism as a helpful and important reminder of what you believe. “Catechize” comes from a Greek word that means to teach, to instruct, it can have the nuance of covenantal nurture in the faith, for both adults and especially children in the covenant.Briefly, why should you catechize yourself and your family? A few reasons to get you thinking…
The following post is a response to this comment found on social media:"Being GAY is not a CRIME. And it is not a SIN.: Stop using God to justify your prejudice. Religion is about Loving one another, You're just looking for an excuse to hate."If someone were to simply take a few hours out of their life to carefully examine what other people believe before misrepresenting it, it may go a long way a solving needless conflicts in our world, even before they arise. Instead of claiming the moral high ground by dictating what others' beliefs are all about, it might be worth reading about what others actually believe. Christianity is starkly different than what you assume it to be.Let's consider some of the presuppositions of the author of this meme.1) The author presupposes that Christians believe they deserve heaven, while sinners like these gay people over here, deserve hell. How do I know that the author holds this presupposition? Because the entire meme is an attempt to paint Christian's as prejudice and hateful, believing themselves to be morally superior to gay people ... an attempt to paint Christians as a people who God accepts because they are morally decent but a God who rejects gay people because they are not.
Would Christ have had to die for the social justice gospel to be true?If the answer is no ... if social justice has, de facto, become the gospel itself, and our goal is simply to "redeem" the culture" then Jesus would not be needed as a Savior, but merely as an example. Without personal redemption, however, can we even come close to living a life according to such a perfect standard? Even many leaders of other religions could serve as moral examples to follow, so if an example is all we needed then Christianity could not be differentiated from any other false religion. If this were the case, we could have churches full of people every Sunday where we learned how to craft social and political policy (like they often do in Unitarian churches) but where it would be quite unnecessary to preach Christ.First let us acknowledge the fact that Jesus and the Apostles went out of their way to intentionally help specific groups of sinners — the poor, the alienated, the mistreated, and many of those facing injustice. (Luke 4:18; Isaiah 61:1; Gal 2:10)
I have been listening to the following podcasts over the last few days.TheocastThe Covenant of Works: How this one theological concept is essential to understanding the Bible, the Gospel, the life of Christ and the doctrine of justification. Its long history in reformed theology. Why it's gone missing in popular evangelical theology. Why some people are resistant to it.Just Thinking PodcastDarrell Harrison and Virgil Walker get very personal by sharing with listeners their respective experiences of how God, in His providence, led them from Pentecostalism and Arminianism to Reformed theology and the Doctrines of Grace.Reformed ForumDispensationalism (13-Part MP3 Discussion Series) I am now on session #3 where Rob McKenzie and Bob Tarullo of the Reformed Forum begin a series of episodes on the subject of Dispensational Theology.Church History (MP3 Lecture Series) by James White (just began this series)This lecture series by James White on church history began in early 2016 and continues. After 55 lectures, White has now reached to the time of Martin Luther. https://www.monergism.com/church-history-mp3-lecture-seriesGrace to You PulpitUnderstanding Christian Freedom, a sermon by John MacArthur
One of the great benefits of the Internet is that nothing stays hidden within a single community very long. When false statements are made and bandied about, the liklihood of them being exposed for what they are is much more likely then when there was no Internet and teachers could speak to their flock in a closed bubble community. This week I ran into this meme online posted by someone who obviusly did not think very highly of Calvinism.It says Calvinism [teaches that] "how shall they believe if they have not been regenerated" while the Christianity teaches "How they shall believe if they have not heard?"
For the worship of God alone (against the invocation of saints and the worship of creatures), the orthodox saints is rejected contend: First, with express command of God by which by Exod. 20:3 and he forbids having any other gods before himself—“thou shalt have no other gods before me” or as the Septuagint has it “besides me.” Here the Lord decrees that nothing should be religiously worshipped except himself, the alone and supreme God. For that is said to be God to us and to be regarded as God whatever we adore and serve with religious worship, whatever that may be otherwise, either in itself or with us—namely because we transfer to it the honor which belongs to God alone. This is confirmed by Christ disputing against Satan: “Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve” (Mt. 4:10). Now although the exclusive particle “alone” does not occur in Deut. 6:13 and 10:20 (whence the quotation is made), yet necessarily from the nature of the thing it is included (as it is expressed in 1 Sam. 7:3, “serve him only”). And if there was no other reason, the expression of the Savior is sufficient for us to conclude that religious worship must be paid to God alone.
Predestination destroys legalism. If salvation is by Christ ALONE, it leaves no room for boasting or trusting in ourselves, even a little. It strips us bare and forces us to abandon all hope in our own wisdom, will-power, efforts or rules. The Scripture declares: "It is because of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” (1 Cor 1:30-31)This is not to say that Reformed people cannot be legalistic. Unless we daily remind ourselves of the gospel we all tend to invent ways to trust in ourselves, Reformed believers included. It means to say, rather, that if UNDERSTOOD CORRECTLY the doctrine of salvation by Grace ALONE in Christ ALONE will have the real effect of stripping us of all legalism, or trusting in our own (non-existent) righteousness. Again only God's grace can reveal this. When we understand that God "will have mercy on whom he will have mercy." (Rom 9:15) it will strike us down to the core of our being ... so that we can only look up to Christ.----Visitor: Please explain to me what you mean by God will have mercy on who he will have mercy on. Would you try to say that God would send someone to hell without a choice of accepting and serving Him?
"Since prayer is an aspect of our sanctification, our development or growth in godliness, it too must be understood as the fruit of what Christ has done for us. This is often the missing dimension in books and sermons on prayer...Problems emerge when the task of praying is urged without the motive and pattern of the unique saving role of Jesus. It then becomes a legalistic burden that cannot promote godliness..."If my assessment has been accurate, it follows that many of our problems with prayer stem from a failure to understand the relationship of our praying to the ministry of Jesus, including his praying. A wrong perspective on prayer may well come from thinking of it as playing a part in establishing our acceptance with God. Prayer that is not the grateful response of the justified sinner is likely to degenerate into an attempt to gain acceptance. Then again, if the sole motive to pray is, as I have heard it put in sermons, 'Jesus got up early to pray, so how much more do we need to get up early to pray', it is missing the grace of God in the gospel. 'He did it, therefore we ought to' is not the perspective of the gospel unless it is linked with, 'He did it for us because we are unable to do it as we ought.'"It comes down to the avoidance of legalism. Legalism is the name we give to the attempt to achieve righteousness, a right standing with God, by our own efforts in fulfilling the requirements of God. At root we understand that legalism is wrong, but we easily succumb to it without appreciating what is going on. The only answer to this is to keep reminding ourselves of what God has done for us as the central focus of the Bible."-----
by John Calvin"Because of the bondage of sin by which the will is held bound, it cannot move toward good, much less apply itself thereto; for a movement of this sort is the beginning of conversion to God, which in Scripture is ascribed entirely to God's grace. So Jeremiah prayed to the Lord to be 'converted' if it were his will to 'convert him' [Jer. 31:18, cf. Vg.]. Hence the prophet in the same chapter, describing the spiritual redemption of the believing folk, speaks of them as 'redeemed from the hand of one stronger than they' [v. 11 p.]. By this he surely means the tight fetters with which the sinner is bound so long as, forsaken by the Lord, he lives under the devil's yoke. Nonetheless the will remains, with the most eager inclination disposed and hastening to sin. For man, when he gave himself over to this necessity, was not deprived of will, but of soundness of will. Not inappropriately Bernard teaches that to will is in us all: but to will good is gain; to will evil, loss. Therefore simply to will is of man; to will ill, of a corrupt nature; to will well, of grace.
Answer: No. definitely not. He answers our prayers THAT WE MAY have victory over sin. It is by the grace of God in Jesus Christ that we overcome sin. We come to Jesus empty handed. We have nothing to offer but our sin. Any good in us us purely the mercy and grace of God. Christ is the Savior so He does not come to tell us how to save ourselves by overcoming sin first and then asking for help later.. We need grace not only to come to Him but also the daily grace to overcome sin. No one overcomes sin in the power of the flesh. So when we first come to Jesus we appeal to him to rescue us from the guilt AND power of sin We do not pray "Lord deliver me from the guilt, but not the power of sin .. I got that part on my own..." no, no, no ... so even as Christians we come to him daily in prayer for the wisdom, strength and power to live for him, for, left to ourselves, we have NO HOPE to overcome sin (or do any good in the world) whatsoever. It is mercy alone that saves us and mercy alone that preserves us. So I would say, rather, that God answers our prayer when we confess our sin and acknowledge our utter impotence to obey him apart from grace. That is where God meets us. And that way, when we do good, or overcome sin, God get's all the glory. If he only answered prayer based on our victory over sin it would be transactional ... based on works of the flesh rather than grace alone. But we owe everything we have to Him so our lives ought to be one of ceaseless dependence (1 Cor 1:29-31, Phil 3:3).
Question: If I deny the transfer of the ten commandments from the old covenant into the new covenant, am I considered Reformed? I'm still covenantal? Answer: What parts of this do you disagree with? Q. 95. Of what use is the moral law to all men?A. The moral law is of use to all men, to inform them of the holy nature and will of God, and of their duty, binding them to walk accordingly; to convince them of their disability to keep it, and of the sinful pollution of their nature, hearts, and lives; to humble them in the sense of their sin and misery, and thereby help them to a clearer sight of the need they have of Christ, and of the perfection of his obedience. Lev. 11:44-45; Lev. 20:7-8; Rom. 7:12; Mic. 6:8; Jas. 2:10-11; Ps. 19:11-12; Rom. 3:20; Rom. 7:7; Rom. 3:9, 23; Gal. 3:21-22; Rom. 10:4. Q. 96. What particular use is there of the moral law to unregenerate men?A. The moral law is of use to unregenerate men, to awaken their consciences to flee from wrath to come, and to drive them to Christ; or, upon their continuance in the estate and way of sin, to leave them inexcusable, and under the curse thereof. 1 Tim. 1:9-10; Gal. 3:24; Rom. 1:20; Rom. 2:15; Gal. 3:10. Q. 97. What special use is there of the moral law to the regenerate?A.
Question: If I deny the transfer of the ten commandments from the old covenant into the new covenant, am I considered Reformed? I'm still covenantal? Answer: What parts of this do you disagree with? Q. 95. Of what use is the moral law to all men?A. The moral law is of use to all men, to inform them of the holy nature and will of God, and of their duty, binding them to walk accordingly; to convince them of their disability to keep it, and of the sinful pollution of their nature, hearts, and lives; to humble them in the sense of their sin and misery, and thereby help them to a clearer sight of the need they have of Christ, and of the perfection of his obedience. Lev. 11:44-45; Lev. 20:7-8; Rom. 7:12; Mic. 6:8; Jas. 2:10-11; Ps. 19:11-12; Rom. 3:20; Rom. 7:7; Rom. 3:9, 23; Gal. 3:21-22; Rom. 10:4. Q. 96. What particular use is there of the moral law to unregenerate men?A. The moral law is of use to unregenerate men, to awaken their consciences to flee from wrath to come, and to drive them to Christ; or, upon their continuance in the estate and way of sin, to leave them inexcusable, and under the curse thereof. 1 Tim. 1:9-10; Gal. 3:24; Rom. 1:20; Rom. 2:15; Gal. 3:10. Q. 97. What special use is there of the moral law to the regenerate?A.

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