Sermons by Jonathan Black

Sermons by Jonathan Black

7 Temples (47 min)

Jonathan Black speaks on 7 of the Temples of Scripture using the following headings: the principle of His presence, the panorama of His presence, and the pathway into His presence. Readings: 1 Chron 28:11-12, 19, 29:3-5, 2 Chron 3:1-2, 4:1, John 2:18-22, 1 Cor 3:9-17. (Message preached 24th June 2021)

Gideon – Standing for God in a Difficult Time (42 min)

Jonathan Black preaches on Gideon (from Judges Chs 6-8), a man who stood for God in an age when “every man did that which was right in his own eyes”. Jonathan gives practical ministry on Gideon’s quiet private preparation for the public role that he was later to have as he exercised faith in his God, despite his weakness and fear. Though a “mighty man of valour”, he knew what it was to depend on his God, first when he…

Witnessing to the “Religious but Lost” (43 min)

Jonathan Black gives guidance on effective ways to reach people who are “religious but lost” – the kinds of people who respond to a gospel approach with “No thanks, I have my own religion/church”, or “I’ve always been a Christian”, or “I was born a Christian”. After looking at the UK religious scene statistically, Jonathan outlines scriptural evangelistic responses to give to those who  may profess a belief in God and the Bible, but who know nothing of God’s salvation…

Sign No 4 – The Feeding of the 5,000 (45 min)

PART 5 – Jonathan Black preaches on the 4th sign in John’s gospel, the feeding of the 5,000. He highlights the significance of the location, the provision and much else about the event. As with all the signs, this one proves the deity of Christ – that He is the Son of God. The sign reveals the One who can fill those who come to Him. Are you satisfied and filled or are you “running on empty”? Jonathan also extracts…

Daniel’s Prayer of Confession (44 min)

Jonathan Black draws numerous practical lessons out of Daniel’s prayer of confession from Daniel Ch 9 which was answered in the well-known and pivotal prophecy of “Daniel’s 70 weeks”. Jonathan outlines the chapter under four headings: the Man of Prayer, the Motive for Prayer, the Manner of his prayer, and the Message of Daniel’s prayer (Message preached 2nd June 2019)

Exposition of 1 Timothy Ch 2 (52 min)

Jonathan Black expounds 1 Timothy Ch 2. The first 7 verses concern the local assembly’s “responsibility” in prayer, while the last 8 verses deal with the subject of the “role” of men and women in public prayer (and teaching). Jonathan gives numerous helpful suggestions with regard to prayer and public participation, as well as highlighting the very challenging practical issues relative to apparel and adornment that are found in the chapter (Message preached 11th April 2019)

Why I Am a Cessationist (44 min)

After some general introductory remarks about spiritual gifts, Jonathan Black outlines 5 reasons why the “sign and revelatory gifts” (tongues, healing, prophecy, words of wisdom, and words of knowledge) ceased before the end of the first century BC. His reasons are: 1. Scripture says these gifts have ceased; 2. They have served their purpose; 3. The apostles have passed away; 4. The Bible has been completed; 5. Modern tongues and healing fail the test of discerning Biblical scrutiny. Readings: 1…

Dead and Risen with Christ (48 min)

PART 7 – Jonathan Black expounds Romans 6:1-14 the key NT passage dealing with the death, burial and resurrection of the believer through identification with Christ, which has freed him from the dominion of sin and brought him under a new master, the Lord Jesus. This is positional truth that the Christian must both know, and then “reckon” to be true in his life, issuing in a yielding to God (Message preached 15th Nov 2018)

You Must Be Born Again (48 min)

PART 4 – After giving some general remarks about John’s gospel, Jonathan Black expounds the first 17 verses of John Chapter 3. This is the key New Testament passage from which we can learn about the nature and need of the new birth. Some questions answered in this message include: What does it mean to be “born of water and the Spirit”?; Is baptism anything to do with “regeneration”?; Is the “world” of John 3:16 “the world of the elect”…

Christ the King (46 min)

PART 4 – Jonathan Black preaches on the topic of Christ’s office as King – the requirement of a King (His times); the royal house of the King (His tribe); the record of the King (His titles); the rejection of the King (His trial) and the reign of the King (His throne). He explains why the Bible never describes Christ as the “king of the Church” and draws a distinction between the Father’s throne, on which Christ now sits in…

Outside the Camp (45 min)

PART 6 – Jonathan Black preaches on the subject of “ecclesiastical separation” from Hebrews 13:9-16, highlighting the exhortation to Christians to come “outside the camp”. He applies these words about the ancient camp of Judaism to the need for believers and assemblies today be separate from the religious confusion and error of the ecumenical movement – notably the World Council of Churches and “Churches Together” (Message preached 31st May 2018)

“I couldn’t fool my father” (17 min)

Jonathan Black relates the story of his conversion to Christ at the age of 19. Raised in a Christian family, Jonathan said he was saved at 10 years of age. Despite an initial burst of enthusiasm, his life evidenced no long-term change and he ended up in his late teens a thoroughly worldly young man enjoying the pleasures of the world. However, God graciously worked in his life. He was truly saved one day while sitting in his car at…

The Christian and Temptation (49 min)

Jonathan Black preaches on the topic of ‘temptation to sin’ under three headings: the order of temptation (from Gen 3:1-7); overcoming the temptation of Egypt (1 Cor 10:1-13) and Christ the great overcomer (from Luke 4:1-4). He outlines the strategy of Satan from Eden onwards, as well as the role of the world and the flesh in the solemn matter of temptation, finishing with some comments on a vital NT verse, Romans 13:14 (Message preached 1st Mar 2018)

Christ our Great High Priest (49 min)

PART 3 – Jonathan Black preaches on the topic of Christ as our Great High Priest under 6 headings: the office, the order, the oath, the offerer, the offering and the outcome. Basing his remarks on the epistle to the Hebrews, Jonathan explains that Christ is priest “after the pattern of Aaron” and after “the order of Melchizedek”. Christ’s death was a priestly offering, offered by our Great High Priest, once for all, in the completed value of which He…

Christ in Philippians (44 min)

PART 9 – Jonathan Black preaches on “Christ in the epistle to the Philippians”. He takes Paul’s expression from Chapter 3 – “that I may know Christ” – as his theme, and expounds Paul’s outline of the person of Christ as He is presented in the epistle – as the purpose, pattern, power and prospect for the Christian’s life. This message reorients our focus in the right direction as to the right motive for the Christian’s life and service (Message…

Mary and Martha (44 min)

Jonathan Black preaches on Mary and Martha, the sisters of Lazarus, who lived in Bethany near Jerusalem at the time of Christ. This is a practical and challenging message about the Christian home, hospitality, holiness, personal devotion, Bible Reading and worship. Jonathan encourages his audience to take time to “sit at Christ’s feet”, despite all the distractions of the present day (Message preached 5th Nov 2017)

Naomi, Ruth and Orpah (43 min)

Jonathan Black preaches on Naomi, Ruth and Orpah. Naomi – a triumph of grace in restoration; Ruth – a trophy of grace in redemption; Orpah – a tragedy regarding grace, in rejection. After an interesting introduction about the remarkable inclusion of unexpected women in the genealogy of Christ in Matthew 1, Jonathan brings a practical and helpful line of teaching from the book of Ruth (Message preached 1st Oct 2017)

Why the Family Matters (53 min)

PART 5 – Jonathan Black preaches on the importance of the family. It matters to our Creator, to our Saviour, to the individual Christian and to the assembly. From Ephesians 5 Jonathan speaks of affection, authority and attitudes in the family. He gives sound and very practical advice about marriage and the raising of children, and makes some particularly helpful observations about how to preserve the home in our media and technology saturated world (Message preached 20th Aug 2015)