Sermons on Doctrinal Subjects

Sermons on Doctrinal Subjects

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)

7 Parts of the Armour of God (48 min)

Cameron Piper speaks on the 7 parts of the armour of God from Ephesians ch 6. He takes up the subject of spiritual warfare and outlines the strategy of the evil one as he seeks to attack Christians with his fiery darts. By taking to ourselves the whole armour of God, we can stand and withstand in the evil day. (Message preached 17th June 2021)

7 Churches of Asia (46 min)

John Salisbury speaks on the 7 churches of Asia from Revelation Chs 1, 2 and 3. After setting the 7 churches in their context with the book of Revelation, Mr Salisbury looks at the 7 churches historically, prophetically and practically. (Message preached 10th June 2021)

7 Parables of the Kingdom (36 min)

David West speaks on the 7 parables of the Kingdom of Heaven in Matthew Ch 13. The sower, the wheat and the tares, the mustard seed, the leaven in the meal, the treasure in the field, the pearl of great price and the dragnet. Mr West sets the context of the passage and explains how these parables should be understood dispensationally. (Message preached 27th May 2021)

7 Garments of the High Priest (52 min)

Tom West speaks on the 7 garments of the High Priest: the linen breeches, the linen coat, the girdle of fine needlework, the mitre, the blue robe, the ephod, and the breastplate. He draws doctrinal and practical teaching from these types, both in relation to the person of Christ and also the believer. Readings: Exod 28:1-4, Heb 2:14-18, 4:14-16 (Message preached 20th May 2021)  

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)

What is our hope? (54 min)

PART 4 of 4 – In the last of a series of 4 messages on big Bible questions, David Gilliland preaches on the question “What is our hope?” and takes up the topic of the Christian’s sure hope from various parts of the New Testament. Reading: 1 Thess 2:17-20 (Message preached in Dundonald, 2006) Complete series: 1. What is man? – The question of identity 2. What is truth? – The question of reality 3. What is your life? –…

What is your life? (54 min)

PART 3 of 4 – In the third of a series of 4 messages on big Bible questions, David Gilliland preaches on the question “What is your life?” In a challenging message he urges his audience to assess what they are really living for. “Only one life, ’twill soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last.” Reading: James 5:13-17 (Message preached in Dundonald, 2006) Complete series: 1. What is man? – The question of identity 2. What is…

What is truth? (53 min)

PART 2 of 4 – In the second of a series of 4 messages on big Bible questions, David Gilliland preaches on the question “What is truth?” This is a fundamental question, the answer to which David divides into four: the problems for truth, the phraseology of truth, the pictures of truth, and the profile of truth. A helpful and important message. Reading: John 18:33-40 (Message preached in Dundonald, 2006) Complete series: 1. What is man? – The question of…

What is man? (49 min)

PART 1 of 4 – In the first of a series of 4 messages on big Bible questions, David Gilliland preaches on the question “What is man?” He looks at man in his dignity, a unique and purposeful creation of God. Then, man in his depravity – a creature who now worships the gods of money, sex and power. Then man in his deliverance, his development and ultimately his destiny. Readings: Job 7:17-21, 15:14-16, Psa 8:3-9, Psa 144:3-4, 11-12, Heb…

The Glory that Follows Justification (65 min)

PART 5 of 5 – David Gilliland preaches the last message in his series on “justification by faith”. He expounds the glorious 8th chapter of Romans – a chapter full of glory – using the following headings: the fitness for glory, the family of glory, the fulness of glory, the freedom of glory, the focus of glory, the fears for glory, and the freeness of glory. He closes by looking at 4 questions: the power question, the prosecution question, the…

The Godliness that Accompanies Justification (59 min)

PART 4 of 5 – David Gilliland preaches on justification’s twin: sanctification. Chs 5-8 of Romans explain how we should live in the light of our justification. The fact that we have been cleared of all guilt doesn’t mean we can now live as we like. Quite the reverse; godly, holy living is what follows. David expounds the 2 men (order), 2 masters (obligation), 2 marriages (occupation) and 2 minds (operation) that the apostle Paul introduces as he outlines the…

The Grace which Bestows Justification (61 min)

PART 3 of 5 – David Gilliland preaches on how a person can be justified. Christ has died and risen, but how can a condemned guilty sinner receive the blessing of justification and be declared righteous? By faith alone. This is the wonder of divine grace. And this is what Romanism calls anathema! A vital message on the central issue of how a person can be made right with God. A comprehensive message covering multiple fundamental issues. Readings: Rom 3:27-4:5,…

The Ground that Secures Justification (58 min)

PART 2 of 5 – David Gilliland expounds the pivotal passage in Romans 3:19-26 and outlines 10 points in connection with God’s plan to justify sinners on the ground of the work of Christ. He explains the crucial doctrine of propitiation, whereby God’s justice has satisfied through the appeasing of His wrath in the sacrifice of Christ. This is the ground, the basis, of justification. (Message preached in Ballywatermoy, 2005) Messages in this series: The guilt that requires justification (Audio)…

The Guilt that Demands Justification (57 min)

PART 1 of 5 – David Gilliland opens a series of messages on the fundamental and vital topic of “justification by faith” in the epistle of Paul to the Romans, with a look at the need for it brought about by human guilt. He works his way through Chs 1 and 2 and into the first half of Ch 3 tracing the scope, the seriousness, the standard, the statement, the sentence, and the silence of the guilt of humanity. This…

Bible Basics for Beginners – How Can I Know? (38 min)

PART 6 of 6 – Sandy Higgins preaches on one of the most important questions facing young believers as they start out in their new life in Christ: how can I know what the will of God is for my life? What should I do? Where should I live? Who should I marry? Do I go on feelings, or on some kind of “spiritual hunch”?  An excellent message giving much needed scriptural guidance. Readings: Num 9:19-20, 10:1-2, 12-16, 33-35a, Psa…

Bible Basics for Beginners – What can I do? (38 min)

PART 5 of 6 – Sandy Higgins give guidance from the Word of God to help the Christian understand “what should I be doing for God?” Each believer has a gift and a sphere of service. No one is useless: everyone is vital. Sandy speaks on the privilege of serving God, the power for serving God, the pathway of serving God,  the purpose of serving God and the peril of serving God. Listen out for Sandy’s advice on “How do…

Bible Basics for Beginners – What about my Struggles? (43 min)

PART 4 of 6 – Sandy Higgins opens up the subject of the struggles of the new Christian as he or she faces “the enemy”, which comes in three forms – the world, the flesh and the devil. It comes as a shock to some newly saved people to discover that the Christian life is marked by constant struggle! Mr Higgins works through a number of issues that can come into our life and pose a great danger, and also…

Bible Basics for Beginners – Is It OK? (43 min)

PART 3 of 6 – Now that I am saved, what is permissible? Can I still do this or that, can I go here or there? What is allowed and what isn’t? Sandy Higgins preaches on the subject of sanctification and separation under the following headings: separation’s spheres, scope, standard, sequel and strength. A faithful and wise setting forth of vital truth. Readings: Gen 2:1-3, 2 Cor 6:14-7:1. 1 Thess 4:1-2, Heb 10:9-10, 12:14, 1 Pet 1:14-16. 1 John 1:5-7…

Bible Basics for Beginners – Can I Trust My Bible? (37 min)

PART 2 of 6 – Sandy Higgins preaches on the vital relationship between the new believer and the Word of God. He does so by asking a series of questions about the Bible: 1. Is the Bible a revelation? 2. Is it reliable? 3. Is it relevant? 4. Is it reasonable? 5. Is it rational? and, 6. Is it rewarding? Readings: Prov 2:1-5, 1 Cor 2:10-16, 2 Tim 3:14-17, 1 Pet 1:10-12, 2:1-3, 2 Pet 1:19-21 (Message preached in Barrington,…

Bible Basics for Beginners – What Did I Get? (37 min)

PART 1 of 6 – Sandy Higgins gives one of the best introductions you’ll hear to “what happens when a person gets saved”. This is an ideal message for a new believer (and a refresher for the rest of us). His three sections are “What’s in a name (salvation)?” “What are God’s claims?” and “What is God’s aim?” Listen up for his powerful answer to the objection “If ‘once saved always saved’ is true, then I can live as I…

Theology 101 – Lordship (40 min)

PART 6 of 6 – In the last of a 6-part series on the fundamentals of the gospel, Mr Jim Allen speaks on the subject of Lordship. He first takes it up dispensationally and reveals the significance of the title “Lord Jesus Christ”. Then he takes a look at Lordship personally and practically and what it really means for a person to say “Jesus is Lord”. A challenging weighty message. Readings: Phil 2:5-11, Acts 2:36, 9:6, Rom 10:8-10, 14:6-12 (Message…

7 Sayings of the Cross (54 min)

Dan Rudge preaches on the 7 sayings of the Lord Jesus on the cross. He raises some questions: “Father forgive them”; but who are the “them”? “Today in Paradise”; but where is Paradise? “My God, My God”; but why not “My Father, My Father”? Dan addresses these questions (and much else beside) in a wide-ranging helpful message. His headings for the Lord’s 7 sayings are: A word for the transgressors A word of truth A word of tenderness A word…

Theology 101 – Sanctification (29 min)

PART 5 of 6 – In the fifth part of a 6-part series on the fundamentals of the gospel, Mr Jim Allen speaks on the subject of sanctification. The root idea of the word sanctification, Mr Allen explains, is to be “set apart”. Its basis – the blood of Christ; its agent – the Holy Spirit; its result – seen in three areas of my person…my mind with which I know God, my emotions with which I love God and…

Theology 101 – Propitiation (36 min)

PART 4 of 6 – In the fourth part of a 6-part series on the fundamentals of the gospel, Mr Jim Allen speaks on the subject of propitiation. Distinguishing biblical propitiation from pagan propitiation, Mr Allen shows that God has set forth Christ to be the sacrifice that satisfies His righteousness and thereby appeases His wrath, allowing Him to be merciful to the guilty on a righteous basis. This is the very heart of the gospel, whereby a work has…

7 Titles of Jehovah (46 min)

Peter Scarsbrook speaks on 7 of the titles of Jehovah, namely: Jehovah-Tsidkenu, Jehovah-Jireh, Jehovah-Ropheka, Jehovah-Shalom, Jehovah-Mekaddishkem, Jehovah-Nissi and Jehovah-Shammah. These “compound names” have much to teach us about the nature of God, and provide much by way of practical thought-provoking ministry flowing therefrom. (Message preached 5th Dec 2020)

Theology 101 – Retribution (29 min)

PART 3 of 6 – In the third part of a 6-part series on the fundamentals of the gospel, Mr Jim Allen speaks on the subject of the last judgment, when Christ will judge the wicked dead of all ages. Reading one of the Bible’s most solemn passages, Revelation 20:11-15, Mr Allen then speaks on the setting of the judgment, the scene of the judgment, the subjects of the judgment, the standards of the judgment, and the sentence of the…

Theology 101 – Justification (38 min)

PART 2 of 6 – In the second part of a 6-part series on the fundamentals of the gospel, Mr Jim Allen speaks on the essential biblical topic of justification. Justification is not the ‘making’ of a person righteous: it is the ‘declaring’ of a person righteous. How can this be done? By grace. The condemned guilty sinner has nothing to plead; but God has set forth Christ as the propitiation for our sins. Every charge has been met and…

Theology 101 – Human Depravity (38 min)

PART 1 of 6 – In the first part of a 6-part series on the fundamentals of the gospel, Mr Jim Allen speaks clearly and powerfully on the little understood and oft-avoided topic of human depravity. Rarely taken up in ministry as a stand-alone subject, this is a solid, essential and wide-ranging setting forth of biblical truth. Not only for gospel preachers, but also for elders, parents, Sunday School teachers – indeed, all of us – this message will prove…

Part 2 – The Temptation of Christ (45 min)

PART 2 – David Vallance continues on the theme of the temptation of Christ in the wilderness, but in this second message, after examining the character of each of the three temptations, he shows how Satan uses these same temptations with us. Satan tempts us to be something, to do something and to gain something. He works with the lust of the flesh, the pride of life and the lust of the eyes. This insightful message will open your understanding…

Part 1 – The Temptation of Christ (26 min)

PART 1 – David Vallance preaches a most interesting and instructive message on the temptation of Christ in the wilderness. He explains the three temptations of Christ by Satan and traces their character through Scripture. He tackles the difficult questions of 1. Could Christ have sinned? and 2. If not, in what way was the temptation real? Although only 26 minutes long, this message is packed full of sound and weighty doctrinal content, and will repay repeated listening. Reading: Matthew…

The 7 Days of Creation (44 min)

Ian Jackson preaches on “the 7 days of creation”. After reading Genesis 1, he explains how the chapter is foundational to all of Scripture. It is narrative, not poetry, giving a literal history of the 7 literal days of creation. Ian discusses various theories (gap theory, day age theory etc) and gives various weighty reasons why they ought not to be believed. He shows how Genesis 1 reveals the true nature of both God and man. Finally he points out…

Understanding Saving Faith (40 min)

PART 2 of 2 – Michael Penfold preaches on the foundational doctrine of saving faith under 4 headings: 1. A definition of faith; 2. The principle of faith; 3. The nature of faith and 4. The results of faith. What does it mean to believe in Christ? Why do some people have trouble believing? These and other vital questions are explored in a message that will help anyone struggling with assurance, as well as anyone involved in spreading the gospel…

Understanding Repentance (40 min)

PART 1 of 2 – Michael Penfold preaches on the fundamentally important foundational doctrine of repentance under 5 headings: 1. Why study repentance? 2. What is the link between repentance and faith? 3. What is repentance? 4. How does repentance come about? 5. What are the fruits of repentance? This rarely dealt with subject is vital, for unless we understand repentance we will be unable to properly preach the gospel. Readings: Matt 4:17, Luke 13:3, 15:17-19, 24:46-47, Acts 2:37-38a, 20:20-21,…

Two Walks (44 min)

PART 4 – Michael Penfold contrasts two walks: “walking as He walked” (1 John 2:6) vvs “walking as men” (1 Cor 3:1-3). “Walking” is a Bible metaphor for “living” and Paul’s epistle to the Ephesians is the “epistle of walking” with 7 mentions, all of which are referenced in this message. The concept of “walking with God” is perhaps best exemplified in the life of Enoch. Michael highlights 7 features of Enoch’s walk with God and makes applications for us…

Two Worships (46 min)

PART 3 – Michael Penfold contrasts “true worship” with “false worship” or idolatry. God’s people of old were constantly tempted to sacrifice to idols like Baal and Molech, looking to them, in return, for safety, security and the good life. Enlightened Westerners in the 21st century may laugh at such a thing…but make no mistake, every man has his idol! We all have things we look to, instead of God, to provide us with the security and status we crave;…

Two Worlds (42 min)

PART 2 – Michael Penfold contrasts “this world and its cities” with the kingdom of God and a city whose builder and maker is God. To understand what the Bible means when it speaks of “this world” this message takes a look at the world’s identity (what the world is); its mentality (how the world thinks); its destiny (where the world’s heading); and its strategy (what the world wants). The exhortation is given to remember that Christ gave Himself for…

Two Wisdoms (48 min)

PART 1 – Michael Penfold contrasts the wisdom of men in their own self-improvement, with the wisdom of God in salvation. In the gospel, God has purposely done 3 very counter-intuitive things. First, He has designed a ‘foolish’ message. Second, He has saved a ‘foolish’ people; and third, He has used a ‘foolish’ method. And why has God so acted? To repudiate human wisdom and to humiliate human pride. This is the reasoning of Paul by the Spirit in 1…

His Death (47 min)

PART 4 – Ian Jackson preaches on “His death”, the death of Christ. While our justification has been brought about by His blood, our reconciliation has been brought about by His death. Ian expounds the truths of substitution, representation and identification and shows that our deliverance from sin has been brought about by our death with Christ – and one of the keys to victory over sin is therefore to reckon this fact to be so and to yield myself…

His Blood (47 min)

PART 3 – Ian Jackson preaches on “His blood”, the blood of Christ. He expounds the difference between sin and sins in Paul’s epistle to the Romans, and shows how the blood of Christ deals with the legal guilt of our sins (what we’ve done), while the death of Christ, and our identification with it, deals with “sin” (what we are by nature). He goes on to distinguish between blood-shedding and blood-sprinkling by reference to the picture of Calvary given…

His Cross and the Old Man (44 min)

PART 2 – Ian Jackson preaches on “His cross and the old man”. Having looked at the cross historically, Ian looks at “the cross” doctrinally. He develops the truth that at the cross “our old man was crucified with Christ”. Ian explains that the old man is not the same as the flesh. Rather, “the old man” is “Adamic man”. God terminated “the old man” at the cross, judicially passing sentence on “man in Adam”. The one act of the…

His Cross and the World (55 min)

PART 1 – Ian Jackson preaches on “His cross and the world”. In the first in a series of messages on His cross (Galatians), His blood (Hebrews) and His death (Romans), Ian explains that the cross is a symbol of the world’s hatred against Christ. While God gave Christ our sins, the world awarded Christ with “the cross”. Ian explores the origin of “this world” from the book of Genesis and finishes with an appeal: “Can I love the world’s…

Why I Am a Futurist (45 min)

There are 4 main views of the timing of the book of Revelation: preterism, historicism, idealism and futurism. Michael Penfold explains that how we choose between them ultimately comes down to how we interpret Bible prophecy. He sets out the general laws of hermeneutics and then gives specific direction as to how to interpret prophetic symbols. He finishes by testing the 4 views against three items in the book of Revelation (Message preached 14th Apr 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…

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 Complementarian (43 min)

Michael Penfold expounds complementarianism – that truth that God not only created two different genders in the beginning, but that He assigned different roles to each – headship to the male, and ‘helper-ship’ to the female. Opposed by feminism, this is nevertheless the plain teaching of Genesis Ch 2 (before the fall) and is reiterated in 7 key passages in the NT – Eph 5:21-23, Col 3:18-19, 1 Tim 2:8-15, Titus 2:4-5, 1 Cor 11:1-16, 14:34-38, 1 Pet 3:1-7 (Message…

Why I am in an Assembly (37 min)

After defining the words “fellowship” (Gk: koinonia) and “assembly” (Gk: ekklesia), Michael Penfold sets out 3 reasons “Why I am in fellowship in a local assembly”. First, because of the purpose of God; second, because of the presence of Christ; and third, because of the pattern of Scripture. The Bible expects all believers to be in a local assembly gathered unto the name of the Lord Jesus. Readings: Matt 18:20, Acts 2:41-42, 9:26-28, 15:14. (Message preached 24th Feb 2019)

Why I am Trinitarian (43 min)

Dan Rudge preaches on “Why I am Trinitarian” under three headings: the Trinity is “clearly taught in Scripture”, is “critical to our salvation” and “controls our service”. After refuting the two major anti-trinitarian errors promoted today (Modalism and Arianism), Dan expounds the glorious truth of “one God in three persons, blessed Trinity” (Message preached 3rd Feb 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 I Am a Christian (44 min)

A Christian is someone who has been justified by faith in Jesus Christ. But how can a person know that Jesus Christ really existed, or that He is who the Bible claims Him to be, or that He really died and rose again? Michael Penfold outlines 5 basic lines of evidence for the Christian faith: 1. The eye-witness testimony of Scripture; 2. The fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy; 3. The existence of the church; 4. The martyrdom of the apostles,…

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 Doctrine of Original Sin (39 min)

Can we still believe that taking the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in the Garden of Eden rightfully initiated such a fearful divine judgment on humanity as “the fall”? In this message on Genesis Ch 3, Michael Penfold outlines the context, cause, character and consequences of the first sin. God’s fairness in banishing Adam and Eve from the garden, and constituting all of their progeny sinners due to “one man’s sin” – is defended.…

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)

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)

Investigating the Bible (1) (43 min)

Josh Jacob preaches on “investigating the Bible” under three headings – 1. Why come to the Bible? 2. Welcoming the Bible, and 3. Working through the Bible. He gives helpful general hints about basic considerations in Bible study including the student’s attitude, diligence, attention to detail and prayerful response. In Bible study – look for God, learn about Christ, listen to the Spirit and “live it out” (Message preached 11th Mar 2018)

Translating the Bible (44 min)

PART 5 – Michael Penfold gives an introductory history of how the Bible has been translated into various languages, including English, before highlighting 4 main issues to be considered in the task of Bible translating – motives, men, manuscripts and method. Based on the fact of the plenary verbal inspiration of Scripture, he emphasises that the Bible should be translated according to principles of formal, not dynamic, equivalence (Message preached 18th Feb 2018)

Canonisation (34 min)

Dan Rudge explains why there are 66 books in the Bible, and only 66. How did these books qualify for entry into the “canon of Scriture”? What principles determined their selection? Are we sure we have the correct number and assortment of Bible books? What about the apocrypha and other “gospels” that are not in the Bible? These are other questions are answered in this helpful message (Message preached 4th Feb 2018)

Inspiration and Inscripturation (38 min)

Peter Scarsbrook expounds the truth of the “inspiration of Scripture”, basing his remarks on the two relevant and crucial New Testament passages – 2 Tim 3:15-17 and 2 Pet 1:19-21. What is “inspiration”? Are the actual words inspired, or just the thoughts and ideas they embody? These and other questions are examined as Peter defends with verbal, plenary inspiration of the Bible (Message preached 21st Jan 2018)

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)

The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit (35 min)

Michael Penfold preaches on the person, work and titles of the Holy Spirit. He emphasises that the Holy Spirit is God, is a real person and is intimately involved in everything to do with the conversion and daily life of the believer in Christ. Titles such as “the Spirit of Christ”, “the Spirit of glory and of God” and “the Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the dead” are discussed (Message preached 23rd Apr 2017)

The Gift of Tongues (35 min)

Jack Hay preaches about the Biblical “gift of tongues”. He explains that it was the God-given unlearned ability to speak in a real foreign language, and that it was a sign to unbelieving Israel. He also explains that the modern gift of tongues is a false thing, totally unrelated to the Biblical gift we read of in Acts and 1 Corinthians (Message preached in Bicester, Easter 15th April 2017)

The Glory of God – Our Aim (37 min)

PART 7 – David Castles preaches on the the aim of the Christian life from 1 Cor 10:31 – “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” The child of God is given the privilege of bringing glory to God – of ascribing the honour and praise due to Him because of His divine being, attributes and actions. David explains that as Christ glorified God on the earth, so we ourselves live…

The Glory of God – His Purposes (39 min)

PART 6 – Michael Penfold preaches on the “purpose of the ages” and explains how it is designed to bring glory to God. History is heading to a glorious climax…the “goal of history” that was purposed by God in Christ before the foundation of the world. Do you know what this goal is? Open your Bible to Ephesians chapters 1 and 3, and Romans chapter 8, and listen along to familiarise yourself with this most important subject – the divine…

The Glory of God – His Salvation (41 min)

PART 5 – Gary Woods preaches on the glory of God in His salvation. He outlines various aspects of the broad subject of salvation before homing in on the vital doctrine of justification, which he deals with under three headings: the acquittal, the standing and the imputation. He explains that justification is by grace as to its source, by blood as to its basis, by faith as to its means, by God as to its assurance, and by power as…

The Glory of God – His Word (44 min)

PART 4 – Gordon Stewart preaches on the glory of God in His Word, the Bible. He spends a good part of his time on the fundamental theme of the inspiration of Scripture and makes the case for the plenary, verbal, God-breathed nature of all 66 books of the Bible. He outlines further insights into the claims and themes of God’s inspired word and asserts its uniqueness in authority and power (Message preached 24th Nov 2016)

The Glory of God – His Son (46 min)

PART 3 – Dan Rudge preaches on the glory of the Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ. Working from Philippians 2:5-11, Mr Rudge outlines the glory of Christ’s substance, service, sacrifice and supremacy. The full deity of Christ, His eternal Sonship, His impeccability, His unlimited propitiation and the glory of His risen exalted position at God’s right hand are expounded and defended from this powerful Christological passage (Message preached 17th Nov 2016)

The Glory of God – His Creation (37 min)

PART 2 – David West preaches on the glory of God in His creation. He takes a tour through Job Chapters 38-41 and surveys God’s three challenges to Job. 1). Can you explain My creation? 2). Can you oversee My creation? 3). Can you subdue My creation? The power, greatness, wisdom and providential care of God, which are manifested in creation, all speak of His glory. All of this is on display 24 hours a day! (Message preached 10th Nov…

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)

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…

The Baptism and the Filling of the Holy Spirit (33 min)

David West preaches on the difference between the baptism and the filling of the Holy Spirit. ‘Spirit baptism’ is not a ‘second’ experience subsequent to salvation. In fact, the baptiser is the Lord; He baptises ‘in’ the Spirit. This is true of every believer positionally. The ‘filling’ of the Spirit does not mean one person can have more of the Holy Spirit than another. It simply means that a believer should be controlled by the Holy Spirit and thus fitted…

The Holy Spirit and the Christian Life (46 min)

Dan Rudge preaches on the work of the Holy Spirit in the believer’s life. He takes up his subject under the following headings: Insurance (seal/earnest/anointing), Indwelling (life/teaching/holiness), Imprint (fruit) and Inhibiting (grieving/quenching). A wide-ranging message on the multifaceted ministry of the Holy Spirit today (Message preached 1st Oct 2015)

The Holy Spirit in Regeneration (38 min)

Michael Penfold preaches on the work of the Holy Spirit in convicting, awakening and regenerating sinners. Being born again is not the result of a mere “decision” or “commitment” as many in evangelicalism understand it today – but rather it is a momentous event in which, upon repentance and faith in Christ, dead sinners are divinely quickened. The meaning, source, manner and nature of this new birth are all explained in detail (Message preached 24th Sept 2015)

The Holy Spirit and the Life of Christ (44 min)

Gordon Stewart preaches on the Holy Spirit in relation to the person and work of Christ. Basing his comments on Isaiah 42:1-7, Gordon outlines the perfect manhood and ministry of the Lord Jesus as the One anointed by the Holy Spirit. Never was there a man more controlled by, led by and full of the Holy Spirit than Christ! Particular attention is paid to the temptation of Christ in the wilderness and His triumph over Satan in the power of…

The Deity and Personality of the Holy Spirit (34 min)

Marcus Hall preaches on the deity and personality of the Holy Spirit. He takes a survey of these two vital subjects through the Bible, showing that the Holy Spirit is a person not just an influence; a distinct person in the Trinity but nevertheless coequal and co-eternal with the Father and the Son; and characterised therefore by omniscience, omnipotence and omnipresence (Message preached 3rd Sept 2015)

Why the Bible Matters (44 min)

PART 6 – Joshua Jacob closes the series on “Things that Matter” by preaching on the importance of the Word of God. It is the inspired, infallible, inscripted revelation of God to mankind. Joshua take up his subject under the headings: the exclusivity of the Bible, its exigencies, its expressions, its exhortations and its exclusions (Message preached 27th Aug 2015)

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)

Why Prayer and Worship Matter (47 min)

PART 4 – Daniel Rudge preaches on the importance of communion with God in prayer, praise and worship. He outlines the priority, privilege, purpose, period, pattern, place and power of prayer. At the end of his message Daniel helpfully touches on the problem of what we sometimes call “unanswered” prayer (Message preached 13th Aug 2015)

Why Holiness Matters (37 min)

PART 3 – After defining what holiness is, Peter Scarsbrook preaches on “Why holiness matters”. This is a vital and wide ranging message that examines the need for holiness in all spheres of life. Peter gives numerous relevant Biblical examples in his message as he outlines helpful scriptural advice and instruction on this neglected subject (Message preached 6th Aug 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)

Why the Gospel Matters (42 min)

PART 1 – Michael Penfold preaches on “Why the gospel matters”. He outlines a number of features of the gospel that flow from the gospel message’s divine origin: its dignity, its authority, its potency, its verity, its exclusivity, its eternality and its solemnity (Message preached 23rd July 2015)

The Assembly – A Gathering Like No Other (42 min)

PART 5 – Tom West preaches on the uniqueness of the local assembly. He stresses the non-negotiable nature of the doctrine of the local New Testament church and highlights its preciousness to God. Precious because it belongs to Christ, because Christ is there, because it speaks of Christ and because it is a home for those who belong to Christ. (Message preached 5th Feb 2015)

Salvation – A Blessing Like No Other (38 min)

PART 4 – Michael Penfold preaches on the incomparable blessing of salvation, that eclipses every other blessing known to man. It is unique in a 7-fold way: in its means, scope, value, character, effect, terms and outcome. Nothing in this world comes close to the altogether wonderful blessing of salvation through Jesus Christ. (Message preached 29th Jan 2015)

Christ – A Saviour Like No Other (43 min)

PART 3 – David Castles preaches on the uniqueness of Christ, viewing His place in prophecy, society, history and eternity. It takes 4 separate gospels to begin to unfold the greatness of Him who is a King like no other, a servant like no other, a man like no other and a Son like no other. (Message preached 22nd Jan 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)

The Bible – A Book Like No Other (44 min)

PART 1 – Josh Jacob preaches on the uniqueness of the Bible, the only “God-breathed” book in the world. The Bible is neither ancient nor modern – it is timeless. Though it has been attacked and men have sought to undermine it and destroy it, the Bible still stands as the infallible, inerrant Word of the living God (Message preached 8th Jan 2015)

The Holy Spirit in Romans (41 min)

Norman Mellish preaches on references to the Holy Spirit in the epistle to the Romans. Starting in Chapter 5 and concluding in Chapter 8, he develops the teaching of Paul with regard to the Holy Spirit being the power for Christian living and the One who bears witness with our spirits that we are the children of God – and if children, then heirs! (Message preached 4th Dec 2014)

The Holy Spirit in Galatians (40 min)

Norman Mellish preaches on the references to the Holy Spirit in the epistle to the Galatians. We discover that all believers receive the Holy Spirit at the point of conversion, leaving no need to “tarry for the second blessing”. Mr Mellish was in the Pentecostal movement for 5 years and speaks on these issues with a special interest (Message preached 27th Nov 2014)

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)

The Mystery of the Gospel (23 min)

Josh Jacob preaches on the “mystery of the gospel”. He explains that while the gospel message is not a mystery, there are things connected with and comprehended in the gospel that were not revealed until the present dispensation, such as the Jew and Gentile being fellow heirs and members of one body (Message preached 2nd Mar 2014)

The Mystery of Israel’s Blindness (22 min)

Michael Penfold preaches on the “mystery of Israel’s blindness”. He explains that Israel’s current national hardening and blindness is neither universal in its extent (individual Jews are still being saved) nor final in its duration (the nation of Israel will yet be restored and brought into Millennial blessing). Rom 11:25 is seen to be the death knell of amillennialism (Message preached 23rd Feb 2014)

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 Mystery of the Incarnation (20 min)

Josh Jacob preaches on the “mystery of the incarnation” in which “God was manifest in flesh”. He considers the true Biblical miraculous conception of Christ – not to be confused the the “immaculate conception of Mary” as erroneously taught by Rome – and looks at the Saviour’s birth through the lens of Luke Ch 2 (Message preached 9th Feb 2014)

The Mystery of the One Body, the Church (26 min)

Michael Penfold preaches on the “mystery of the one body”. He asks the Who, When, What, How and Why of the “mystery” that sees Jews and Gentiles becoming fellow heirs, fellow members of the body of Christ and fellow partakers of all the associated blessings. The church is not a continuation of Israel – it is something entirely new (Message preached 2nd 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)

Conclusion – Things That Differ (27 min)

Michael Penfold concludes the series with a look at some fine distinctions in the Bible, such as, ‘the second man’ and ‘the last Adam’; ‘the righteousness of God’, and ‘righteousness from God’; ‘the fulness of time’ and ‘the fulness of times’; ‘the age to come’ and ‘the ages to come’ etc. (Message preached 14th 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)
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