Sermons by Mervyn Hall

Sermons by Mervyn Hall

7 Items of Tabernacle Furniture (48 min)

Mervyn Hall speaks on the 7 items of furniture in the Tabernacle of Moses. Three that give us a backward look to the crucified Christ, and 4 that give us an upward look to a glorified Christ. The brazen altar (justification); the laver (regeneration); the mercy seat (propitiation); the lampstand (illumination); the table of showbread (provision); the altar of incense (communication) and the ark of the covenant (Message preached 13th May 2021)

Daniel – A Lifetime of Consistently Standing for God (39 min)

Mervyn Hall preaches on Daniel who repeatedly, throughout his long life in exile, took a stand for God and truth despite overwhelming pressure from the dangerous and godless culture of Babylon. He refused Babylon’s way of living (Dan 1), its worldview (Dan 2) and its worship (Dan 3). Each victory took shape from the previous one as he formed godly habits of spiritual discipline in a far off land. Mervyn applies these lessons to the challenging times in which we…

David – Making a Mark in Difficult Days (41 min)

Mervyn Hall preaches on the young David – the shepherd, the Psalmist and the armour-bearer. God prepared David as a youth for later public service and leadership in the nation of Israel; but first David had to learn to be alone, to be obscure and to rely up on his God. The test of the battle with Goliath in the valley of Elah would prove the value all that David had learned in private in his walk with God: and…

Standing For God in a Difficult Age (39 min)

Opening a series of biographical studies on young people in the Bible who stood for God in difficult times, Mervyn Hall explains the features of the uniquely difficult “present evil age” in which we now live. He outlines from Scripture 1. the corruption of this age, 2. the charm of this age, and 3. the challenge of this age and gives practical Biblical guidance as to how to walk for God and stand for God at such a time. Readings:…

Witnessing to Secularists and Atheists (47 min)

Mervyn Hall gives guidance on witnessing to secularists and atheists. He deals with 4 different types: the pragmatist, the activist, the theorist and the antagonist. Mervyn recommends presuppositional – rather than evidential – apologetics, as the most scriptural approach, the danger being that when you convince an atheist using evidence all you get is a deist. It is not our responsibility to convince people that God exists; they already know He exists and we have the authority of Scripture for…

The 8 Signs in John’s Gospel – Introduction (45 min)

PART 1 – Mervyn Hall introduces the 8 signs in John’s gospel by asking three questions: “What is a sign?”, “What are the signs in John?”, and “What is the purpose of the signs in John?” He works through the signs giving their significance and both their evidential and evangelistic purpose as part of John’s great intention: “These things are written that you might believe that Jesus is the Christ the Son of God and that believing you might have…

The Primacy of Preaching – Part 1 (45 min)

After outlining what the Bible means by “preaching”, Mervyn Hall shows from Scripture that God intends His gospel to be communicated through “public proclamation”. He takes time to answer the objection of many that “plain preaching” is less effective than other methods of communication more favoured in our culture. In our attempts at bridge-building with the lost, we need to keep the main thing the main thing. Readings: 1 Tim 4:1-5, Rom 1:16-19, 1 Cor 1:14-21 (Message preached 15th Sept…

The Lord’s Prayer (45 min)

Mervyn Hall preaches on “the Lord’s prayer” under 6 headings. Its scope, setting, shortness (66 words), simplicity, structure and substance. His examination of the Lord’s prayer reveals essential features for all prayer: adoration, submission, petition and confession (Readings: Matt 6:1-8 and Luke 11:2-4) (Message preached 14th July 2019)

The Prayers of Abraham and Eliezer (44 min)

Mervvn Hall draws out “principles of prayer” from Gen Chs. 18 and 24. Abraham and Eliezer’s prayers teach us 6 features of prayer: that we should pray with priority, comprehensively, confidently, expectantly, continually and Biblically. At the end of his message, in reference to Eliezer’s experience, Mervyn distinguishes between what we need to pray about, and what we don’t (Message preached 12th May 2019)

Exposition of 1 Timothy Ch 1 (46 min)

After briefly introducing 1st and 2nd Timothy, Mervyn Hall expounds 1 Timothy Ch 1. He highlights the author, the addressee, the aim and the ambition of chapter. In light of Paul’s words to Timothy, and the situation in the assembly at Ephesus, Mervyn has some interesting input for us today on the danger of conspiracy theories, and on the Christian’s relationship to the law of Moses (Message preached 4th April 2019)

Why I am a Dispensationalist (46 min)

After defining what a ‘dispensation’ (Gk. oikonomia) is, Mervyn Hall explains that a dispensational hermeneutic is critical to an accurate understanding of the Bible. He refutes numerous criticisms of dispensationalism, as well as pointing out weaknesses in the main alternative, namely “covenant theology”. He then gives 4 reasons why he is a dispensationalist, before finishing up with an inductive study of Scripture that demonstrates the Biblical basis for dispensationalism (Readings: Eph 1:10-11, 3:1-21) (Message preached 17th Mar 2019)

Why I Am Evangelical (45 min)

Mervyn Hall preaches on “Why I am Evangelical”. After some introductory historical remarks, he highlights the four “C’s” underpinning the gospel (“evangelical” comes from the Greek word for gospel; “euangelion”). The authority of the canon; the centrality of the cross; the necessity of conversion, and the priority of the commission. (Message preached 27th Jan 2019)

Why Stand for Truth? (42 min)

Mervyn Hall introduces a series of messages on “Why we believe what we believe” by asking a basic preliminary question – “Why stand for truth?” Is truth still as important as ever? Isn’t it all just a matter of opinion? Should not love hold the trump card over truth? Basing his remarks on Paul’s two epistles to Timothy, Mervyn not only defends the basic concept of truth, but also outlines 5 reasons why we still must stand for truth in…

The “Bema” – Review, Reward and Revelation (49 min)

Mervyn Hall preaches on the topic of the judgment seat of Christ under 6 headings: survey, subjects, scope, schema, schedule, and significance. Three issues in connection with the “bema” are: review, reward and revelation. The significance of the event is 4-fold: a caution, a challenge, a commandment and a comfort. Readings: Rom 14:7-14, 1 Cor 3:9-15, 4:1-5, 2 Cor 5:1-15 (Message preached 23rd Dec 2018)

Was “Genocide” Committed in Egypt and Canaan? (38 min)

Mervyn Hall preaches on the judgment that God meted out to Egypt (and its gods) and later to the Canaanites. In each case, Mervyn outlines the context of the judgment, the charge made against Christianity because of the judgment, the cause of the judgment and the conclusions to be drawn from the judgment. He explains that atheists are “borrowing from God” when they complain about Joshua’s destruction of the Amorites (Message preached 11th Nov 2018)

The Righteousness of God (46 min)

PART 6 – Mervyn Hall expounds the key NT passage that explains the heart of “the gospel” – Rom 3:19-31. He distinguishes between God’s righteous character on the one hand (v24-25), and the “gift of righteousness” that God dispenses to the sinner who believes in Christ on the other (v21-22). The passage brings these two together at the end, where God, through the cross, is “righteous” while at the same time “declaring righteous” the sinner who trusts in His Son…

Were There Two Falls of Angels? (46 min)

Mervyn Hall expounds the subject of God’s judgments on Satan and his angels – discussing God’s motive, manner and moment of judgment. Questions addressed include: When did Satan fall? What brought about his fall? Were there two falls of angels, or one? Who are the sons of God in Genesis 6? Readings in Gen 3, 6, John 16, 2 Pet 2 and Jude (Message preached 14th Oct 2018)

You Must Be Born Again (21 min)

Mervyn Hall preaches on a vital Bible text: “You must be born again” (John 3:7). “You” – it’s personal; “must” – it’s essential; “be” – it’s real; “born again” – it’s spiritual. What does it mean to be born again? Why must I be born again? Listen to this vital message and learn your need of a divine regenerative work of God in your life if you ever hope to be in heaven. Do you say you are born again?…

One God in Three Persons (42 min)

Mervyn Hall preaches on the vital and fundamental doctrine of the Trinity – God in three persons. He explains that the Lord Jesus is not “part of God”. Each person in the Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – is wholly, equally, simultaneously and fully God. Mervyn exposes Arianism, modalism and tri-theism, and identifies their modern proponents. He also explains why illustrating the Trinity using examples such as the sun, water, clover or an egg, is misleading and liable…

Is the Trinity a Bible Doctrine? (42 min)

Mervyn Hall preaches on the doctrine of the Trinity – God in three persons. He explains that the Lord Jesus is not “part of God”. Each person in the Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – is wholly, equally, simultaneously and fully God. Mervyn exposes Arianism, modalism and tri-theism, and identifies their modern proponents. He also explains why illustrating the Trinity using examples such as the sun, water, clover or an egg, is misleading and liable to reinforce ancient…

The Unequal Yoke (37 min)

PART 4 – Mervyn Hall preaches on the issue of the “unequal yoke” from 2 Cor 6:13-18, the key NT passage on separation. Mervyn works through the passage using 4 headings; 1. the apostolic authority, 2. the logical argument, 3. the OT analogy and 4. the only action (“Come out”). He applies Paul’s prohibition about the unequal yoke to marital, financial, political and social situations, but cautions against taking the principle to an extreme (Message preached 17th May 2018)

Investigating the Bible (2) (45 min)

Mervyn Hall gives a hands-on demonstration – using 2 Tim 2:15-16 – of how to study the Bible. (Graphics here and here). 1st: Divide the text (punctuation, conjunctions, verbs, participles, prepositions etc.). 2nd: Organise the text (flow and main point). 3rd: Probe the text (note the context, culture, history, and examine grammar). 4th: Synthesise the text (pull together and check for consistency with the rest of Scripture) (Message preached 18th Mar 2018)

The Christian and The Bible (44 min)

Mervyn Hall preaches on the purpose and value of the Bible for the Christian in today’s world. It is a “light” that enables us to “look out” and employ a Biblical worldview. It is also a “lamp” with which to “look down” and be guided in our Christian walk. Finally it is a “mirror” with which to “look in” – it corrects, challenges and rebukes us and causes us to seek to be more holy and more like our Saviour…

Attestation – What is the Bible? (41 min)

Mervyn Hall introduces this series of messages by asking three questions: What is the Bible? (Definition); Why do we have a Bible? (Design); and How did we get our Bible? (Delivery). He outlines the 4 types of revelation through which God speaks to humanity (Creation, conscience, Christ and the Canon) and lists numerous reasons why God gave us the Word of God (Readings: Psa 19:1-7, 2 Tim 2:14-16, Heb 4:12, 2 Pet 1:2-21, Luke 24:25-27) (Message preached 7th Jan 2018)

Christ our Mediator (36 min)

PART 1 – Mervyn Hall commences a series on some of the offices of Christ by outlining His role as our Mediator. Starting with Job’s lament in the Old Testament that there was no ‘daysman’, he traces the truth through to the New Testament and presents its fulfilment in Christ. He particularly underlines the need that the Mediator be possessed of the same substance of the one for whom he acts, and the same essence as the One to whom…

Christ in Thessalonians (39 min)

PART 11 – Noting the eight references in the two epistles to Christ’s return, Mervyn Hall presents Christ in Thessalonians as “the coming One” and emphasises the practical implications for His people. Particular reference is made to the first and last references, where Paul commended the Thessalonians for their patient waiting for Christ. May we be encouraged to do the same (Message preached 23rd Nov 2017)

Mary Magdalene (40 min)

Mervyn Hall preaches on Mary Magdalene. After introducing the subject by listing and briefly commenting on a number of different women who followed Christ and ministered to Him, he speaks of Mary Magdalene in detail. She exemplified the power of regeneration; she identified with Christ in His crucifixion; she testified of Christ in His resurrection (Message preached 12th Nov 2017)

Christ in Ephesians (43 min)

PART 8 – Mervyn Hall preaches on “Christ in the epistle to the Ephesians”. He divides the epistle into two sections: Chs 1-3 he entitles “in Whom – the sphere of our blessing”, and Chs 4-6 he calls “from Whom – the source of our behaviour”. The richness of our blessings “in Christ” – in union with Christ – are set forth; salvation, redemption, identification, incorporation etc. after which the practical conduct that flows from our union with Christ is…

Rahab, Deborah and Jael (34 min)

Mervyn Hall preaches on Rahab, Deborah and Jael. Each of these three women lived counter-culturally in times of difficulty and danger – because they were “women of conviction”. The days of the “judges” were dark days in which “everyone did that which was right in their own eyes”. The lives of these godly women contain many lessons for us today (Message preached 24th Sept 2017)

John The Baptist’s Preaching Points (38 min)

Mervyn Hall brings a challenging message from three of John the Baptist’s “preaching points”. He outlines John’s purpose in the wilderness, his perspective at Bethabara (“the house of the ford”) and his persistence in the Palace, when preaching to Herod. Pertinent and poignant lessons are drawn from these narratives that guide us in our own 21st century gospel endeavour (Message preached June 1st 2017)

The Significance of the Title “Son of God” (41 min)

Mervyn Hall preaches on the title “the Son of God”. He outlines the “distinction between persons” in the Trinity on the one hand, and the “oneness in nature” shared by the Father, Son and Holy Spirit on the other. The eternal sonship of Christ is defended as well as His absolute deity. The exclusive rights of the Son in relation to heirship in principle and in particular are expounded (Message preached 19th Mar 2017)

The Golden Altar (37 min)

PART 8 – Mervyn Hall preaches about the Golden Altar that stood in the holy place in the Tabernacle, which typifies the High Priestly ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ now in heaven on behalf of His people. From the details of the construction, shape, position and use of the altar, Mervyn highlights features of Christ’s succouring, sympathising and supplicating work as our Great High Priest (Message preached Dec 11th 2016)

The Glory of God – His Person (46 min)

PART 1 – Mervyn Hall preaches on the doctrine of the Trinity – “One God in three persons”. He deals with the topic under 4 headings: 1) Who is God? Identity. 2) Where is God? Eternity. 3) How does God exist? Trinity. and 4) What does God do? Activity. The Bible truth of the Trinity is expounded, while the errors of Arianism (Jehovah’s Witnesses), Modalism (Oneness Pentecostalism) and tri-theism (Mormonism) are refuted (Message preached 3rd Nov 2016)

Where is History Headed? (50 min)

PART 4 – Mervyn Hall completes his series on the ‘Christian worldview’ by addressing what the Bible says about where history is heading. He shows that history is not meaningless (just a series of unrelated random events) or even cyclical (the same things happening over and over again), but is linear, purposeful and controlled by God. He concludes with a stark warning of final judgment – the Great White Throne – and shows that sinners can be cleared from judgment…

Is There Any Hope? (41 min)

PART 3 – Addressing the third of four major questions, “Is there any hope?” Mervyn Hall turns to the Bible and expands God’s way of Salvation as presented by Paul in Athens – Jesus and His resurrection. He underlines the futility of hoping in society, or government, or charity, or self, and points to Christ as the only means of salvation (Message given Oct 16th 2016)

The Laver (40 min)

PART 3 – Mervyn Hall takes up the subject of the Laver and underlines its typological meaning for the Christian today. He refers to its use in the once-off washing of the Priests at their consecration and likens that to the “washing of regeneration” in Titus 3:5. He then looks at the continual daily washing at the Laver prior to priestly service and highlights the need for us to be continually clean, by the “washing of the water of the…

What Went Wrong with the World? (49 min)

PART 2 – What is the solution to the world’s ills? Social justice? Politics? Economics? In a wide ranging message, Mervyn Hall tackles a number of related questions in this field of enquiry: “What actually is wrong with the world?”, “Why do good things happen to bad people?” and “If there’s a God, why all the suffering?” Central to his treatment of these issues are “human free will” and “human sin”, the latter of which he defines Biblically as “when…

Why is There Something Rather than Nothing? (44 min)

PART 1 – Mervyn Hall poses the most fundamental of all existential questions – “Why is there something rather than nothing?” How did space, time and matter come into existence? Was it created by God or did it create itself? Using a presuppositional approach, Mervyn explores whether or not the Bible gives a credible answer to this big “worldview question” (Message given Oct 2nd 2016)

Ministry at the Supper (32 min)

PART 4 – Mervyn Hall takes up the subject of ministry of the Word of God at the Lord’s Supper. Using the example of the Lord in the Upper Room and on the Emmaus Road (Luke 22 & 24) and that of Paul in Acts 20, he outlines the scope, style and subject of ministry suitable on such an occasion both before and after partaking of the emblems. Mervyn also gives practical hints in relation to studying for, preparing for and delivering…

The Meaning and Purpose of the Lord’s Supper (42 min)

PART 1 – Mervyn Hall introduces a series of messages about “the Lord’s Supper” or “the breaking of bread”. Under seven headings, Mervyn discusses issues such as the purpose, dignity, responsibility and declarative message of “the feast of remembrance”. He also delves into history and reveals some interesting facts as to how this central Christian privilege has been viewed over the centuries (Message preached Sept 4th 2016)

Membership and the Local Assembly (41 min)

Mervyn Hall preaches on membership of the local assembly from 1 Corinthians 12. Concepts of necessity, equality, unity and diversity are brought out in connection with the metaphor of the body. The topic is dealt with under three headings: foundation, figure and fruition. Practical teaching is given relative to gift in the assembly (Message preached May 2016)

How Does an Assembly Function? (38 min)

Mervyn Hall preaches from 1 Corinthians Ch 3 and highlights the three metaphors for the local assembly in the chapter – God’s husbandry, God’s building and God’s temple. After expounding the background to the chapter, Mervyn develops numerous principles essential to the proper, unified and scriptural functioning of a local assembly (Message preached 8th May 2016)

Governmental Order in the Assembly (44 min)

Mervyn Hall preaches on leadership – the role, the appointment, the qualifications and the work of elders/overseers/shepherds in the local assembly. Biblical assembly leadership is always by a plurality of elders, raised up within the assembly by the Holy Spirit, and fitted for their role by their character, attitude, gift and labours, all of which is outlined in this message (Message preached Apr 2016)

Overview of Hebrews (51 min)

Mervyn Hall gives an overview of the epistle to the Hebrews. He outlines the epistle’s genre, title, audience, author, date, subject and contents. The theme of Christ’s supremacy and superiority and how the epistle’s author presents it (construction, progression and conclusion) is laid out chapter by chapter. Hebrews is a vital New Testament book – a working knowledge of its contents will greatly edify and benefit the Bible student (Message preached 17th Mar 2016)

Honouring Parents (43 min)

Mervyn Hall outlines the duties and responsibilities of children toward their parents in three stages – dependence (at home), independence (leaving home) and interdependence (once married). This message includes a detailed look at Ephesians 6:1-2 (Message preached 6th Mar 2016)

The Foundational Nature of the Family (30 min)

Mervyn Hall introduces a series on “the Bible and the family”. He explains that the family is the foundation of humanity, the organisation at the heart of society, and is intimately bound up in what God is doing in the present dispensation in the church. In a wide ranging message, the importance and centrality of the family to all of God’s purposes is outlined (Message preached 10th Jan 2016)

An Overview of the Book of Romans (47 min)

Mervyn Hall gives and overview of Romans. Paul’s epistle to the Romans is a pivotal New Testament book and a grasp of its contents will be a major blessing to every Christian. Dividing the book into three sections, Mervyn concentrates on the two hinges of Romans at 3:21 and 12:1 as he outlines Paul’s gospel diagnosis, his gospel prescription and the outcome for those who believe the gospel…they live it! Click here for a PDF outline of Romans (Message preached…

The Rapture – Pre, Mid or Post-Tribulation? (39 min)

Mervyn Hall looks at the subject of the rapture of the Church and asks will it be before, in the middle or at the end of Daniel’s 70th week, that period sometimes called “the 7-year tribulation”? Mervyn works his way through Ch 4 and Ch 5 of 1st Thessalonians and looks at the timing, the terminology and the teaching connected with this event and concludes that Scripture teaches a “pre-tribulation rapture”. (Message preached 8th Nov 2015)

Is the Lord’s Day the Christian Sabbath? (40 min)

Although aware that they are “not under law”, the question of whether or not to keep the Sabbath is an issue that still poses problems for many believers. Mervyn Hall addresses this problem by tracing Paul’s argument though Colossians Ch 2, showing that we are not legally bound to keep the Sabbath, nor are we required to treat the Lord’s Day as the “Christian Sabbath”. However, he urges caution against treating the Lord’s Day as any other day, by drawing…

The Gifts of the Holy Spirit (48 min)

Mervyn Hall preaches on the 21 gifts of the Spirit listed in 1 Cor 12, Romans 12, Eph 4 and 1 Peter 4. Do all Christians have a gift? How do you know what your gift is? What is the relationship, if any, between natural ability and spiritual gift? Are all 21 gifts still in operation or have some of them ceased? These and other questions are answered in this wide ranging message about this important and practical subject of…

An Overview of Bible Covenants (43 min)

Mervyn Hall gives a helpful overview of the Covenants of the Bible. He lists five: Noahic, Abrahamic, Mosaic, Davidic and Messianic (New). He explains that these Covenants are God’s programme to restore everything that was lost in the fall. The culmination of God’s Covenant programme will be seen in “the Millennium”, the 1,000 year reign of Christ in a literal kingdom on earth. The Dispensational view of the Covenants differs greatly from the Reformed “Covenant Theology” view, making this a…

The Life and Work of William Tyndale (56 min)

Mervyn Hall speaks on the life and work of William Tyndale (1494-1536). This is an inspiring message highlighting the great things the Lord accomplished through this tireless servant of God, who was martyred for his faith at the age of 42. Tyndale was the first person in history to translate the New Testament into English from the Greek and his contribution to the Reformation, to the people of God in general, to the history of the world, not to mention…

The Principles of Biblical Hermeneutics (42 min)

Laying a foundation for a series of messages on dispensational truth, Mervyn Hall preaches on the basic principles of Biblical interpretation. How should the Bible be approached and studied? To rightly divide the word (2 Tim 2:15) – to cut a straight course through Scripture – what principles should guide us? Mervyn outlines 5: the synthesis principle; the historical principle; the literal principle; the grammatical principle and the practical principle (Message preached 6th Sept 2015)

Why the Assembly Matters (50 min)

PART 2 – Mervyn Hall preaches on “Why the assembly matters”. After defining what a local assembly is, Mervyn outlines three major reasons why the local assembly is so important. Firstly, it is the habitation of God, God’s dwelling place. Secondly, it is the handiwork of God. Thirdly, it is the herald of the truth of God – it exists as the pillar and ground of truth (Message preached 30th July 2015)

Magna Carta 800th Anniversary (48 min)

Mervyn Hall preaches on the subject of Magna Carta, on its 800th Anniversary in June 2015. The rights enshrined in this historic document touch on issues of life, liberty and property. After giving the historical background, Mr Hall moves to the subject of moral freedom and explains that personal freedom from sin can only come through Christ – One who gave up “property” so that we could have an inheritance, who gave up His “liberty” so we could be free,…

The Apostle John (42 min)

Mervyn Hall preaches on the apostle John – as a disciple, servant, brother and elder. Highlighting various incidents in the life of “the disciple whom Jesus loved”, Mervyn draws out lessons in connection with John’s separation, suffering and service. John’s life and ministry teach us that truth without love is brutal, while love without truth is fatal (Message preached 7th May 2015)

An Overview of the Book of Ruth (25 min)

PART 1 – Mervyn Hall gives an introduction to the Old Testament book of Ruth. He outlines a number of ways in which the book can be approached – historically, doctrinally, dispensationally, practically and devotionally. This message presents a helpful overview of this precious jewel of a book, and serves to open up numerous avenues of profitable study (Message given Apr 26th 2015)

Moses – His Last Words (29 min)

Merv Hall preaches on final days of Moses’s life – highlighting his song (Deut 32), his blessing (Deut 33) and his death (Deut 34). In particular this message dwells on the song of Moses in Deut 32 and highlights 5 references to God as His people’s “rock”. God is a “faithful” rock, but due to His people’s waywardness became a “forsaken” and “forgotten” rock, as they sought after “false” rocks. (Message preached 1st Feb 2015)

Man – A Creature Like No Other (46 min)

PART 2 – Mervyn Hall preaches on the uniqueness of man. Man is not an “advanced but insignificant ape”; rather he is the pinnacle of God’s creation, having been given dominion over it in Eden’s garden. The stars and the mountains declare the glory of God, but man bears the image of God! (Message preached 15th Jan 2015)

Moses – Through The Wilderness (29 min)

Mervyn Hall preaches on the wilderness journey of Israel. Working his way through 1 Cor 10:1-12, which states that the wilderness events were examples or types, written for our admonition, he highlights five events: the disobedience at Taberah, the insubordination at Sinai, the sedition at Shittim, the apostasy in the wilderness and the mutiny at Paran and brings practical exhortation to bear from each (Message preached 14th Dec 2014)

Moses – Education and Exile (29 min)

Mervyn Hall speaks on the two major transitions in Moses’s life. Moses’s life is in three parts of 40 years each. 40 formative years in Egypt ; 40 “forgotten” years in Midian; and 40 “famous” years leading Israel through the desert. The transitions between these defined periods of his life hold many pertinent lessons in connection with discerning the calling and leading of God in our own lives as we seek His will for service and usefulness (Message preached 23rd…

Why Are We Richer but Less Satisfied? (47 min)

Studies and statistics show that the acquisition of more and more money is not matched by increased life satisfaction. As our society wrestles with this existential crisis, politicians, psychologists and philosophers have proposed various answers to the problem, yet the problem has not gone away. How come? Mervyn Hall, a Christian who is also an economist by profession, takes us on a journey to discover the answer to the question “Why are we richer but less satisfied?” and outlines the…

Summary of Proverbs (28 min)

Mervyn Hall closes the series on Proverbs with a look at some of the key disciplines that Solomon outlines in his book. Threaded through the book of Proverbs are references to key disciplines such as “the habit of faithfulness, “the habit of holiness”, “the habit of orderliness” and “the habit of kindness”, the key to all of which is “the habit of contentedness” (Message preached 9th Nov 2014)

“The Godly Son” in Proverbs (25 min)

Mervyn Hall preaches on the characteristics of the “godly son” in the book of Proverbs. He divides his comments up into three sections: the godly son’s allegiances, his attitudes and his appetites. Solomon left Rehoboam a legacy of advice which he sadly failed to heed, but which will rightly guide all who follow it (Message preached 21st Sept 2014)

An Overview of the Book of Proverbs (43 min)

Mervyn Hall gives an introduction to and an overview of the book of Proverbs, helpfully dividing up its chapters, outlining its features and explaining its place within the canon of Scripture. He highlights various linguistic features of the book – restatements, amplifications and contrasts – and points out the need to distinguish between absolutisms, truisms and generalisations (Message preached 31st Aug 2014)

The Hard Journey Home (50 min)

Ian Jackson preaches on the thief on the cross, who was “saved at the last minute”. Mervyn Hall continues the theme with a look at a rebel son who took “a long outbound journey further and further into sin” but repented and began the “hard inbound journey home”. (Preached in Bicester 18th July 2014)

Economists and Politicians (42 min)

Mervyn Hall examines the history and nature of politics and ecomomics in light of the truth of God’s word, the Bible. Socialism or capitialism, or neither – what does the Bible teach? Starting in the early chapters of Genesis, Mervyn explains that “sin in the heart of man” corrupts the thinking and undermines the efforts of governments both to rule and to manage their finances. He also gives helpful insights into how Christians should view government and the economy and…

Materialists and Secularists (41 min)

Mervyn Hall examines “Materialists and Secularists” and unravels the bankruptcy of the godless humanistic worldview that rules University life and Western European society in the 21st century. Referencing Luke 12, he explains that secularists substitute self for God, the body for the soul and time for eternity. He further points out that without God moral absolutes have been swept away, leaving man as his own god in a culture dominated by self and pleasure and heading for judgment (Message preached…

The Mystery of the Rapture (26 min)

Mervyn Hall preaches on the “mystery of the rapture”. He explains that though the “resurrection at the last day” was not a mystery during Paul’s time, what happens to living people when the Lord returns certainly was. Paul reveals this “secret” – living saints will be changed and given glorified bodies like the Saviour’s (Message preached 16th Mar 2014)

An Overview of the 1st Epistle to the Thessalonians (44 min)

Mervyn Hall gives an introductory overview to Paul’s first epistle to the Thessalonians. He gives the background of the epistle, explains its structure and outlines its purpose and relevance for 21st century readers. The central theme of the second coming of Christ is also highlighted (Message preached 13th Mar 2014) (Photo: March of Galerius, Thessaloniki).

The Mystery of the Kingdom (25 min)

Mervyn Hall preaches on the “mystery of the kingdom”. He distinguishes both between the kingdom and the church, and between the concepts of the “universal” and “mediatorial kingdom”. He takes a journey through the 8 parables of the kingdom in Matt 13 outlining their relevance to God’s kingdom programme. A helpful chart accompanies this message (Message preached 16th Feb 2014)

The Mysteries of Scripture – Introduction (26 min)

Mervyn Hall introduces the important subject of “the mysteries of scripture”. He explains what a Biblical “mystery” is and outlines 10 of them from the New Testament under 4 headings – the purpose, power, produce and patience of God. A helpful diagramme of the mysteries is available here (Message preached 26th Jan 2014)

The Patience and Endurance of Christ (29 min)

Mervyn Hall speaks on the patience and endurance of Christ – He Who endured the contradiction of sinners against Himself (Heb 12:3). That contradiction involved a questioning of the Lord’s purpose, parentage, principles and power, yet He responded with patience and grace – ever the perfect Saviour! (Message preached 8th Dec 2013)

The Power and Authority of Christ (21 min)

Mervyn Hall speaks on the power and authority of Christ, that is His ability and liberty. He distinguishes between the two and presents some detail as to Christ’s power over disaster, demons and death – power over the natural, physical and spiritual worlds (Message preached 10th Nov 2013)

The Glory and Majesty of Christ (23 min)

Mervyn Hall speaks on the “glory of Christ” under 3 headings: His essential glory, His official glory and His moral glory. Starting in John 17 and drawing from other sections of John’s gospel, Mervyn gives a helpful overview of this grand subject that will reward further meditation, exploration and development (Message preached 27th Oct 2013)

Take Care with your Spiritual Diet (28 min)

Mervyn Hall preaches on 5 of the metaphors for the Word of God, given in the Bible. The 5 are “milk” (versatility), “bread” (energy), “water” (purity), “meat” (quality) and “honey” (remedy). He urges his audience to take care with their “spiritual diet” (Message preached 15th Sept 2013)

Kings Jehoahaz, Jehoiakim, Jehoachin and Zedekiah (44 min)

KINGS OF JUDAH Part 8 – Mervyn Hall preaches on the last 4 kings of Judah. He draws helpful lessons from a king who rejected the heritage of God; another who refused the discipline of God; another who ruined the house of God and a final one who rebelled against the servant of God (Message preached 18th July 2013)

Priests vs Bishops (30 min)

Mervyn Hall traces the meaning of the words ‘priest’ and ‘bishop’ and shows that the ‘religious view’ is far from the biblical truth. He underlines that priesthood in the New Testament is not linked to genealogy, gender or gift, but is something bestowed on all Christians; while the role of a bishop is undertaken by those who are spiritually mature and shepherd minded (Message preached 7th July 2013)

Day of Christ vs The Day of the Lord (27 min)

Mervyn Hall distinguishes between the “day of the Lord” and the “day of Christ”. In doing so he outlines 4 major “days” of scripture: the day of man (now), the day of the Lord, the day of Christ, and the day of God (the eternal state). He outlines the subjects, the sphere, the scope and the sequence of these days  (Message preached 30th June 2013)

The Judgment Seat vs The Great White Throne (29 min)

Mervyn Hall expounds on the distinction between between the judgment seat of Christ for believers, which takes place in heaven after the rapture of the church, and the great white throne for the wicked dead, which takes place after the Millennium, at the time of the world’s end. He also deals with the “judgment of the living nations” at the end of the tribulation (Message preached 16th June 2013)

Tribulation vs the Great Tribulation (26 min)

Mervyn Hall preaches on the distinction between personal tribulation and “prophetic tribulation”. That is, the trials of Christians here and now, compared with “the great tribulation” that occurs during Daniel’s 70th week, after the rapture of the church. He helpfully distinguishes between the first and second halves of the tribulation as well (Message preached 2nd June 2013)

Male and Female Roles in the Local Assembly (23 min)

Mervyn Hall preaches on the different roles of men and women in a local New Testament assembly. He discusses the distinctions in role, remit and responsibility that are outlined in passages such as 1 Corinthians Ch 14 and 1 Timothy Ch 2. The topics of subjection vs authority and silence vs speaking are examined in the light of scripture (Message preached 12th May 2013)

The Church vs Israel (27 min)

Mervyn Hall preaches on the distinctions between “the church” and “Israel”. This is one of the most vital distinctions in scripture. The church is neither the same as Israel, nor a continuation of Israel, nor a replacement of Israel, nor the “spiritual Israel”. Distinctions in dispensation, dimension, design and duty are all outlined (Message preached 14th April 2013)

Backsliding vs Apostasy (23 min)

PART 15 – Mervyn Hall preaches on the difference between “backsliding” and “apostasy”. Though strictly an Old Testament term, backsliding is a self-centred condition of heart that can be experienced by genuine believers. Apostasy however, is a deliberate, wilful turning away from the understood truth of Christ and His gospel, and is a sin only ever committed by unbelievers – people who were never truly saved (e.g. Heb 6:4-6, 2 Pet 2:22). (Message preached 10th Mar 2013)

An Overview of the Epistle to the Philippians (45 min)

Mervyn Hall gives an introductory overview to Paul’s epistle to the Philippians under 4 main headings: its background, breakdown, burden and bearing. He outlines the three main prison epistles as: Ephesians – “the body…in Christ”, Philippians – “the mind…of Christ”, and Colossians “the head…is Christ” (Message preached 28th Feb 2013)

Natural, Carnal and Spiritual (25 min)

Mervyn Hall preaches on the distinctions between the three categories of persons in 1 Cor 2-3: “the natural man”, “the carnal man” and “the spiritual man”. He explains that, in the context, “the carnal man” refers not to a set category of “backslidden Christians” who show no evidence of salvation, but to believers in fellowship in the assembly at Corinth who were thinking and acting according to human wisdom (Message preached 17th Feb 2013)

State vs Standing (30 min)

Mervyn Hall preaches on the distinction between the Christian’s “state” and his “standing”. That is to say, “What I am in Christ positionally” on the one hand, and “Where I am in my daily experience and walk with the Lord” on the other. This is a vital teaching for a believer to grasp and one that permeates the epistles of the New Testament (Message preached 10th Feb 2013)

Son of God vs Child of God (27 min)

Mervyn Hall preaches on the distinction between the Biblical concepts of the Christian as a “child of God” and a “son of God”. He distinguishes between being born into the family of God as a child by regeneration, and being placed in the family of God as a son by adoption (Message preached Jan 20th 2013)

Justification vs Propitiation (28 min)

Mervyn Hall preaches on the difference between propitiation – the basis of salvation – and justification, redemption and reconciliation, the blessings of salvation. He explains that through the death of Christ, God has been propitiated and as a result sinners can be justified, redeemed and reconciled (Message preached 9th Dec 2012)

Now Unto the King Eternal (46 min)

THE ATTRIBUTES OF GOD Part 8 – Mervyn Hall preaches on the doxology in 1 Tim 1:17, “Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.” He exalts God and His attributes of sovereignty, eternality, incorruptibility and invisibility (Message preached Nov 29th 2012)

Grace vs Works (28 min)

Mervyn Hall outlines the difference between grace and works. He explains that grace and works are mutually exclusive with regards to personal salvation. This is a vital topic that is widely misunderstood in the world and within Christendom (Message preached 25th Nov 2012)

The Wisdom of God vs the Wisdom of Men (29 min)

Mervyn Hall preaches on the vital need to distinguish between the wisdom of God and the wisdom of men. The entire Christian worldview flows from a proper understanding of this distinction which Mervyn outlines from 1 Cor 1:17-25. A foundational message (Message preached 11th Nov 2012)

The Sin Offering (45 min)

Mervyn Hall preaches on the sin offering. He looks at it historically, theologically, dispensationally and personally. He draws lessons from the Levitical details about the blood, the fat and the body of the offering. He draws particular attention to the vital fact that Christ was “made sin” on the cross and explains what this means (Message preached 4th Oct 2012)

Eternal Security (31 min)

Mervyn Hall preaches on the eternal security of the believer. He deals with the oft-raised objection, “If a person is ‘once saved always saved’, doesn’t that mean they can live as they like and still go to heaven”? (Message preached 25th Sept 2011)

What Does it Mean to Believe? (26 min)

Mervyn Hall addresses the question, “What does it mean to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ?” He explains the concept of “receiving Christ” and outlines what is involved in the sinner trusting in Christ for salvation (Message preached 4th Sept 2011)

What is Biblical Repentance? (24 min)

Mervyn Hall preaches on the vital subject of “repentance”. A definition, the doctrine and the demands of repentance. By way of illustration he contrasts the repentance of the prodigal son with the mere regret of Judas (Message preached 31st July 2011)
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