Teaching Sermon - Sunday AM August 10, 2014
Gifts of God - aptitudes and endowments - given to believers for the testimony of Christ must frequently be stirred up; literally Paul says - rekindled. Here is how, and here also are the three great strengths which we have from the Spirit that enable us to do this.
Teaching Sermon - Sunday AM August 17, 2014
Sublime concepts illustrated and explained:- 'Saved' (what from and what to?), 'Holy Calling', 'Grace' (and the sense in which this Old Testament concept was more wonderfully revealed through Christ), the full meaning of 'Abolished Death', 'Life' (its glorious features) and 'Immortality'. Here is our highest knowledge.
Teaching Sermon - Sunday AM September 7, 2014
Whatever Paul suffers or surrenders for Christ, he is certain of spiritual and bodily triumph because he knows Christ. Here are the grounds of his certainty. Here also is what it means to deposit one's life, soul and eternal interests into the safekeeping of Christ the Saviour.
Teaching Sermon - Sunday AM September 28, 2014
A martial call to keep the Word despite continual pressure to sweep us off course. The superiority of God's Truth over human learning, and the need to defend not only the doctrines but the conduct they teach. Also, the vital practice of faith and love.
Teaching Sermon - Sunday AM October 5, 2014
Paul's exhortation to be strong in grace is no mere general encouragement. It is the secret of his walk, and a necessity for us all. Here is the practice of constant dependence on Christ in every aspect of the life of churches and individual believers.
Teaching Sermon - Sunday AM October 12, 2014
Timothy is to pass the Word to truly saved men, separated from the world, for the future. It is not only preachers who are to live as 'soldiers' but all believers, and here are the standards and conditions we accept for the love of Christ.
Teaching Sermon - Sunday AM October 19, 2014
Paul tells Timothy to ponder deeply on his three illustrations of soldier, athlete and farmer, seeing them as principles of service to Christ. Here are the three vital rules of dedication to Him, obedience to His Word, and soul-participation in Him. Here also - 'The Uncontainable Word'.
Teaching Sermon - Sunday AM November 2, 2014
A passage calling true Christians from all spiritual association with false and worldly teachers, showing why this must be so. How the true church can never be overthrown; its distinguishing marks; also, promises of instrumentality to all who leave worldly culture and ways.
Teaching Sermon - Sunday PM November 9, 2014
Even Timothy, sanctified, godly and aged 38-42 must 'go on fleeing' the sins of 'youth', here described, along with the method of fleeing them. Here also are the positive virtues to be pursued in order to be instrumental for God in witness and intercession.
Teaching Sermon - Sunday AM November 16, 2014
Should preachers shout? To be in earnest and larger than life is natural and sincere public communication, but is the bellowing culture not contrary to the words of Paul, and to Christ's example? Here is the ethos of proclamation for all, exemplified by the Lord.
Teaching Sermon - Sunday AM November 23, 2014
A series of particularly godless seasons are to take place during the last age, the present age, each being worse than the previous one, the last being ended by the return of Christ. Here are the features of such seasons, and the response of true believers.
Teaching Sermon - Sunday AM November 30, 2014
Following the features of 'perilous times', the apostle provides a unique eight-point summary of his standards and aims as a servant of God, referring to his 'manner of life' or ongoing training in service. Here are the objectives for us all.
Teaching Sermon - Sunday AM December 7, 2014
Paul urges Timothy (and us) to follow his continuous exercise of faith. Here is the necessity of placing faith in God's providence and overruling in our lives, faith in His power to help, and faith in His Word (prescriptions and promises). Here also are many priceless characteristics of faith.
Teaching Sermon - Sunday AM December 14, 2014
Timothy witnessed the love that drove Paul on his missionary journeys. Here is the source - God's love of all, even the unredeemed, proved from scriptures. Also the purposes of 'common grace', and Paul's chief love passages, with hindrances and helps to advancing in this highest grace.
Teaching Sermon - Sunday AM December 21, 2014
The New Testament canon, set by the Spirit through the apostles, joins the Old Testament as the inspired, infallible, authoritative Word, unparalleled by any human literature. Here are its unique excellencies, themes and purposes, that deepen and equip believers for their 'good works', also here named.
Teaching Sermon - Sunday AM January 4, 2015
We are 'present' at Paul's last briefing of Timothy, a key minister, who receives a solemn charge for his life's work. And yet these words apply to all truly committed believers, for all witness, and uphold the ministry. Here are the ten vital commands.
Teaching Sermon - Sunday AM January 11, 2015
Soon to be executed, Paul uses exalted language to describe the privilege and blessings of the Christian life, and the experience of death. Here is what he means by the good (noble) fight, finishing his course, keeping (guarding) the faith, and receiving the crown of righteousness.
Teaching Sermon - Sunday AM January 18, 2015
Facing execution, Paul from prison cares for infant churches to the end, sending out pastors. An enemy has given devastating false evidence against him, and now he expects deliverance not from death but by death into the Eternal Kingdom. Martyrdom will seal his genuineness for Christ.
Teaching Sermon - Sunday AM January 25, 2015
In this hostile world, believers cannot live successfully and fruitfully without Christ being with their spirits. Here is why the soul is also called the spirit, and what it means for Christ to be with our spirit. Examples and counsels for securing His nearness.