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Ministry Is War: A Sermon from 1 Timothy 1

Throughout Paul’s letters to Timothy, he employs military language in order to convey the seriousness of Timothy’s call to the pastorate at Ephesus. Paul understood the significance of their mission in the fight for the truth. Now, he is passing that fight onto his young disciple. Paul has been at frontlines of ministry — these, then, are his dispatches from the front in order for Timothy to take over the campaign.

Our Unexpected Friend: A Sermon from Mark 2

In Mark’s Gospel, Jesus comes suddenly on the scene and immediately begins preaching the gospel of the kingdom. But, overall, his actions are less than kingly. He serves. He stoops. He touches unclean people and spends time with the riffraff. He subverts all the understood ways the Messiah should act and conduct himself. He is our unexpected Friend.

Assurance: A Sermon from Psalm 119

In the fifth stanza of Psalm 119, there is a clear picture of King David praying to God for assurance of his repentance. Prayers for assurance are, perhaps, the most popular prayers among believers, especially young believers. We all go through seasons of doubt, though — seasons wherein we crave and crawl for anything to give us assurance of heaven.

The Faithful Saying of Sound Doctrine: A Sermon from 1 Timothy 1

In 1 Timothy 1, after alluding to what “sound doctrine” is not, Paul moves on to expound what “sound doctrine” is. And in contrast to the fraudulent and counterfeit doctrine being proclaimed by these false teachers, “sound doctrine” is chiefly concerned with sinners. Paul knew this deeply because his life is a living testimony to the “sound doctrine” of God.

The Mysterious & Majestic Mandate of the Messiah: A Sermon from Mark 1

In Mark 1, we learn that Jesus was not opposed to benevolence in his earthly ministry; he healed countless lives, after all. However, I seriously doubt all those in crowd with “diverse diseases” were seeking him for his doctrine. And rather than merely being known as one who performed miracles, Jesus was desirous of being known through the fundamental elements of his ministry: death and resurrection.

Repent: A Sermon from Psalm 119

In Psalm 119, David’s weakness is obvious to him. His time in the Word has made him honest about his life. Throughout the stanzas, but especially the fourth, he doesn’t cushion or embellish who he is — rather, he readily confesses his weakness. He readily admits that his soul is addicted to dust.

On the Simplicity of Gospel Exposition

One thing among many that I am currently in the midst of learning is that there is a grave difference between writing well and speaking well. Which is to say, just because something flows nicely in the written word does not necessarily (and I would say, very often it does not) translate smoothly to the spoken word. It’s no secret that I love writing and have found it to be an incredible avenue in which to grow my faith.

The Silliness of Some Great Thing: A Sermon from 2 Kings 5

A few weeks ago, I commented on the stunning story of the recent “overcrowding epidemic” that afflicted the slopes of Mount Everest. The mass of people striving to reach the summit is putting the climbers’ lives at great risk. What was once considered such an achievement that upon completing the climb you would be knighted by the queen herself is now being attempted with such frequency there are too many people trying to reach its peak. And so it is that our penchant to do the impossible exposes our foolish errand of self-salvation.

The Sudden Ramifications of Salvation: A Sermon from Mark 1

Throughout Mark’s Gospel, the evangelist demonstrates a propensity to use the “immediately” or “straightway” to indicate his message’s urgency. Employing this term gives the entire account a sense of pace and the feel that the narrative is constantly churning forward. In chapter 1 alone, there are seven uses of “immediately” or a synonym for it. This is indicative of Mark’s entire Gospel, which has often been called the “Gospel of action.”

Consider: A Sermon from Psalm 119

Psalm 119 is Kind David’s own testimony of learning the absolute sufficiency of God’s Word, moment by moment. I imagine David composing this magnum opus over the course of several years, recording new truths as they struck him. The entire psalm is an affirmation that there isn’t the briefest scrap of our lives that isn’t utterly held by God’s hands. Such is what we are lead to consider in the third stanza.

On the Primacy of the Pulpit & Throwing Shade at Puritan Preaching

I’ve taken to reading Patrick Fairbairn’s Pastoral Theology: A Treatise on the Office and Duties of the Christian Pastor. In the work, he delves into the multifarious characteristics and aspects of the pastorate. The bulk of the discourses derive, mainly, out his lectures on the Pastoral Epistles on which he also has a published commentary par excellence. In chapter four, “The More Special Duties of the Pastoral Office,” Fairbairn spends considerable time discussing the primacy and preeminence of the sermon.