Sermons on Verse by Verse Exposition

Sermons on Verse by Verse Exposition

Overview of Titus (37 min)

Michael Penfold gives an overview of the epistle of Paul to Titus, one of three of his “pastoral epistles”. The overview is given in three parts: “What about Crete?”, “What about Titus?”, and “What about the Epistle?”. For a chart of this overview of Titus click here. (Message preached in Chalfont St Peter, 3rd July 2022) Other book overviews: Overview of Genesis Overview of Ruth Overview of Proverbs Overview of Isaiah Overview of Daniel Overview of Joel Overview of Zechariah…

Overview of James (50 min)

Mervyn Hall gives an overview of the epistle of James under two broad headings: its historical context, and its theological contact. This is the first New Testament book, written by James the brother of the Lord to the Jewish dispersion. Its broad theme is how to meet the trials of life as a Christian (Message preached in Chalfont St Peter, 10th July 2022) Other book overviews: Overview of Genesis Overview of Ruth Overview of Proverbs Overview of Isaiah Overview of…

A Character Study in Genesis – Joseph (51 min)

PART 4 – Dan Rudge gives a “character study” of Joseph from the last few chapters of Genesis. (Message preached in Bracknell, 18th Jun 2022). Notes: A Character Study: Joseph [Gen. 37] Your study should be… Scriptural [Survey]. More than 10 different Josephs. Three other major NT passages: • Psa. 105. Feet shackled. Neck in iron collar. Divine providence. “He sent a man before them, even Joseph”. • Acts 7. “And the patriarchs, moved with envy, sold Joseph into Egypt:…

A Chapter Study in Genesis – Ch 24 (47 min)

PART 3 – Ian Jackson gives a “chapter study” of Genesis Ch 24, looking at the chapter contextually, historically, morally, practically, illustratively and dispensationally. Readings: Gen. 1.1, 26-27; 2.4; 3.15; 5.1; 12.1-3. (Message preached in Bracknell, 18th Jun 2022).

A Book Study of Genesis (+ chart) (41 min)

PART 1 – Dan Rudge gives a “book study” of the whole of Genesis, outlining the story, structure, subjects and seven individuals highlighted in the book. Readings: Gen. 1.1, 26-27; 2.4; 3.15; 5.1; 12.1-3. (Message preached in Bracknell, 18th Jun 2022). Click here for Dan Rudge’s chart of Genesis Notes: A Book Study: An Overview of Genesis  The Story [Context] of the Book • Hebrew name = Bĕrēʾšît, “in the beginning”. Greek name = Geneseos, ‘origin’ or ‘generation’. Origin of…

The Person of Christ (43 min)

Mark Sweetnam expounds Hebrews 1:1-4, the profound Christological opening sentence of the New Testament book that has so much to tell us about the high priesthood of the Man at God’s right hand (Message preached in Bicester, 2nd Oct 2021)

Unto the Church at Laodicea (48 min)

PART 7 – Jim Allen finishes his series on the “7 Churches of Asia” with a message on the letter to the church at Laodicea from Revelation 3:14-22. Looked at historically, he sees Laodicea as a picture of the charismatic movement. Practically he sees a wealthy glamorous church that was not aware of its real spiritual condition of poverty. Mr Allen works his way through the Lord’s message to this church sentence by sentence and makes challenging applications. (Message preached…

Unto the Church at Philadelphia (55 min)

PART 6 – Jim Allen takes up the message of the Lord to the church at Philadelphia from Revelation 3:7-13. Philadelphia had “a little strength”. They “kept God’s word” and had “not denied My name”. They are warned “Let no man take thy crown”. So, the Lord gives information, instruction and admonition, and there’s a lot for us to learn from the message to this church. Mr Allen contends that Revelation 3:10, which says “I will keep thee from the…

Unto the Church at Sardis (49 min)

PART 5 – Jim Allen takes up the message of the Lord to the church at Sardis from Revelation 3:1-6. Sardians generally were a proud people. Proud of their history and prowess. But the local assembly in that town had very little that the Lord could commend. In fact, the Lord says they had a “name to live but are dead”. In other words, they had a reputation, but that was it. Mr Allen challenges his audience with this message…

Unto the Church at Thyatira (48 min)

PART 4 – Jim Allen takes up the message of the Lord to the church at Thyatira from Revelation 2:18-29. Mr Allen brings out 4 lessons: historical, local, prophetic and practical. This is the “false church” where Jezebel held sway, bringing with her deception, seduction and compromise. If Ephesus is passion, and Smyrna is persecution, and Pergamos is patronisation, then Thyatira is pollution. Taking the historical view of the 7 churches, Mr Allen dates Ephesus at 70-170AD, Smyrna at 170-312AD,…

Unto the Church at Pergamos (56 min)

PART 3 – Jim Allen takes up the message of the Lord to the church at Pergamos from Revelation 2:12-17. This is the faltering church that was on a knife edge when the Lord spoke to them. He lines up the details of this church with the period in history after 312AD when the Emperor Constantine embraced Christianity. No longer was persecution a problem: now it was popular to be a “Christian”. This brought all kinds of compromise and mixture…

Unto the Church at Smyrna (48 min)

PART 2 – Jim Allen takes up the message of the Lord to the church at Smyrna from Revelation 2:8-11. This is the “suffering church” of the 7, recorded by John the apostle on the Isle of PAtmos (pictured above). Mr Allen’s remarks centre around 4 things: Christ’s character – “He lives”. Christ’s consolation – “He knows”. Christ’s command – “He speaks”. Christ’s challenge – “He opens their understanding. (Message preached in Wallingford, Nov 2004)

Unto the Church at Ephesus (60 min)

PART 1 – Jim Allen begins a series on the 7 Churches of Asia (Revelation Chs 2-3) with a 24 minute introduction, before looking in detail at the first of the 7 churches, namely Ephesus. Each of the 7 churches was 1. a specific church, 2. manifested a certain spiritual condition and 3. represents a stage in Christian history. John the apostle is on the island of Patmos in Greece (pictured above) and 7 letters are given to him by…

Sign No 8 – The Catch of Fish (38 min)

PART 9 – John Salisbury preaches on the 8th sign in John’s gospel – the miraculous catch of 153 fish. After some introductory remarks about the setting and pairing of the final sign, John divides his remarks into four: the importance of 1. obedience, 2. love for Christ, 3. shepherding and 4. following. He gives an explanation for the counting of the 153 fish, as well as discussing the interplay between two Greek verbs for love (agapao and phileo) in…

Sign No 7 – Raising of Lazarus (44 min)

PART 8 – Gordon Stewart preaches on the 7th sign in John’s gospel – the raising of Lazarus from the dead. This was the pivotal climactic sign that led quickly to the Lord’s crucifixion. After some helpful introductory remarks about the “delays of Christ” in Scripture, Gordon outlines 7 lessons from John Ch 11 in connection with this mighty sign: about Christ’s glory, His promise, His sympathy, His troubled soul, His prayer, His shout of authority, and His worthiness of…

Sign No 6 – The Blind Man (39 min)

PART 7 – Peter Scarsbrook preaches on the 6th sign in John’s gospel; the giving of sight to the blind man at the Pool of Siloam in Ch 9. Why did the Lord deal differently with this man, compared to how He dealt with Bartimaeus? Why was he sent to the pool of Siloam, not the pool of Bethesda? After answering these two related questions, Peter looks at a number of theological and practical issues thrown up by this remarkable…

Sign No 5 – The Storm on the Lake (39 min)

PART 6 – Michael Penfold preaches on the 5th sign in John’s gospel, the calming of the storm on the lake (and the walking on the water), from John Ch 6. After an introduction about how John in his first 12 chapters interweaves the “words” and the “works” of the Son, Michael looks at how the 5th sign proves that Jesus is the Son of God. He also explains how God’s dispensational dealings with the nation of Israel are seen…

Sign No 3 – The Lame Man at the Pool (49 min)

PART 4 – Dan Rudge preaches on the third sign in John’s gospel, the healing of the lame man at the pool of Bethesda on the Sabbath day. Dan looks at this sign historically, thematically, dispensationally and practically. The man is a picture of Israel, in his 38 years of weakness and his expressions of unbelief. The act of the Lord in healing the man on the Sabbath was hugely significant and led to the persecution of the Lord and…

Sign No 2 – The Nobleman’s Son (37 min)

PART 3 – David West preaches on the second sign in John’s gospel, the “healing at a distance” of the nobleman’s son (4:43-54). After some introductory remarks about the fact that the 8 signs in John’s gospel are written as an inversion of 4 pairs, David points out the main features of the sign. David believes 1. the nobleman was a Gentile, and 2. all Gentiles are healed at a distance (Centurion’s servant, Syrophenician’s daughter etc.). The sign is a…

Sign No 1 – Water into Wine (51 min)

PART 2 – Gordon McCracken preaches on the first sign that the Lord Jesus performed – turning water into wine at the wedding in Cana of Galilee. He starts in v11 where John explains that this first sign “manifested the Lord’s glory”. But in what way? It manifested the 1. Lord’s creatorial supremacy, 2. His perfect humanity, 3. His sonship and 4. His grace. Gordon then works through the passage verse by verse drawing out some practical lessons for his…

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…

Exposition of 2 Timothy Ch 4 (47 min)

Dan Rudge expounds the last chapter of 2nd Timothy in 4 divisions: v1-5 – the Charge of the Apostle, v6-8 – the Course of the Athlete, v9-18 – the Concern of the Prisoner, and v19-22 – the Companions of the Servant. Dan emphasises the command to Timothy to “preach the word” and highlights the various reasons why Paul gives him this solemn charge – made all the more significant and striking in that this chapter forms the very last written…

Exposition of 2 Timothy Ch 3 (38 min)

After reading 2 Tim 3:1-17, 2 Pet 3:1-4 and Jude 1:3-4, 17-39, Tom West preaches on 2 Timothy Ch 3 under three divisions: v1-9 The False Christian, v10-12 The Faithful Christian, v13-17 The Furnished Christian. Tom majors on the danger of false doctrine in the last days and exposes the character, conduct and conclusion of the “evil men and seducers” who will grow worse and worse until the Lord’s return – while exhorting us to give heed to the inspired…

Exposition of 2 Timothy Ch 2 (42 min)

Peter Scarsbrook works through 2 Timothy Ch 2 and brings out a list of pictures and portraits from the chapter as follows: a Steward, a Soldier, a Sportsman, a Sower, a Student, Stumblingblocks and a Servant. He brings forth some practical exhortations in relation to the Christian’s warfare; rightly dividing the Word of God dispensationally; not entangling oneself in politics and voting; and the need for labouring in the gospel (Message preached 23rd May 2019)

Exposition of 2 Timothy Ch 1 (46 min)

John Salisbury expounds 2 Timothy Ch 1. After dividing up and introducing the whole epistle, John builds his remarks on Chapter 1 around three mentions of the word “ashamed”. Neither Timothy (v8), Paul (v12) nor Onesiphorus (v16) are ashamed, and the reasons why are given according to the context. In the closing section of the message a helpful 7-point outline of Onesiphorus is given (Message preached 16th May 2019)

Exposition of 1 Timothy Ch 6 (42 min)

Michael Penfold expounds 1 Timothy Ch 6 in which the Ephesian false teachers are condemned, and Timothy, the man of God, is charged – to “keep the commandment” and “guard the deposit”. The apostle Paul exposes those who view godliness as a way to make money and gives general warnings against covetousness. This issue is highly relevant in our day when the “prosperity gospel” is being promoted by false teachers like T.D. Jakes, Joyce Meyer, Joel Osteen and Brian Houston…

Exposition of 1 Timothy Ch 5 (43 min)

Gordon Stewart expounds 1 Timothy Ch 5. After looking at Paul’s words about relationships between the generations and genders in vvs 1- 2, Gordon looks at the instructions about family and assembly support for widows. Finally he picks out some pertinent lessons about elders from the end of the chapter, and takes time to give a warning in connection with the verse “use a little wine for thy stomach’s sake” (Message preached 2nd May 2019)

Exposition of 1 Timothy Ch 4 (42 min)

David West expounds 1 Timothy Ch 4. Following on from the grand truths of Ch 3, Paul now warns Timothy about the character and content of the false teachers who will appear in the latter times. In contrast, Timothy’s character, activity , motives and duties are outlined – and the example he is to be to the believers in Ephesus (Message preached 25th April 2019)

Bible Reading in Romans 3:19-31 (95 min)

Ian Jackson opens up Romans 3:19-31, a passage that gives the doctrinal underpinnings of the gospel and explains how God can be just, as well as the justifier of someone who believes in Christ. All Christians, and especially all gospel preachers, must get to grips with this hugely significant Bible passage. A discussion of the passage follows, verse by verse. Vital matters discussed include: the difference between the righteous character of God and “a righteousness from God”; the difference between…

Exposition of 1 Timothy Ch 3 (47 min)

Mark Sweetnam expounds 1 Timothy Ch 3. The contents of this chapter (qualifications for overseers/servants), and the previous one (male/female roles in assembly) give us features of the “pattern” for the local assembly and are written so that we will know “how to behave” in the house of God (3:15), which functions as the pillar and ground of the truth. Mark deals with the issue of “the husband of one wife”, and also answers the question “What is a deacon?”…

Exposition of 1 Timothy Ch 2 (60 min)

Jack Hunter (1916-1994) expounds 1 Timothy Ch 2, a key New Testament passage on the subject of the prayer meeting of the local assembly and the roles of men and women in Christian service. (Message preached in Toronto, Canada)

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)

Let This Mind Be In You (41 min)

David West expounds Phil 2:1-11 a key Christological passage that outlines the nature of the person of our Lord Jesus Christ; His stoop down to the cross, and His exaltation back to the throne in heaven. Why does Paul introduce this into the Philippian epistle at this point? Because of a lack of unity in Philippi, and the need for the Philippians to have the same attitude as Christ if unity is to be restored (Message preached 13th Dec 2018)

One New Man (35 min)

David Dalton expounds Ephesians 2:11-22, a passage that explains the origin and character of the “church which is His body”, described in the text as “one new man”. This entity, composed of saved Jews and Gentiles, is not a continuation of or a replacement for the nation of Israel. It is totally new in character, not having existed prior to Acts 2. It was made possible by the work of Christ in breaking down the middle wall of partition at…

Blessed with All Spiritual Blessings (46 min)

Peter Scarsbrook expounds Ephesians 1:1-14, a vital New Testament passage that outlines the full range and import of the plans that God made before the foundation of the world for those “in Christ”. This glorious passage lets us into the “mystery of God’s will and purpose” which will culminate in everything in heaven and earth being headed up in Christ in the millennial kingdom (Message preached 29th Nov 2018)

That Which is Perfect Has Come (48 min)

Dan Rudge expounds 1 Corinthians Ch 13 – the priority, portrait, permanence and preeminence of love. After outlining the main point of the passage (love should be our motivation in the use of spiritual gifts) Dan tackles the difficult question “What is ‘that which is perfect’?” He contends that Paul is referring to the completed canon of Scripture, rather than Christ or heaven (Message preached 22nd Nov 2018)

The Righteousness of God (46 min)

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 (Message preached 8th…

In the Beginning Was the Word (48 min)

Dan Rudge expounds the first 18 verses of John’s gospel (John 1:1-18). He explains that the passage has a chiastic structure that makes vvs12-13 the centre of the passage. He addresses a number of important issues throughout his thorough exposition: when was “in the beginning”?; what is the significance of “the logos”?; why would “the Word was a god” be an inadmissible translation in v1?; and what does “grace for grace” mean? (Message preached 18th Oct 2018)

Upon this Rock (39 min)

Michael Penfold preaches on the Lord’s statement in Matt 16:18-19; “Thou art Peter and upon this rock I will build My church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven”. Questions addressed in this message include, “When did the church begin?”, “Who is the rock upon which the church is built?” and “What are the keys of the Kingdom of heaven?”  (Message preached 11th Oct…

The Parable of the Sower (35 min)

Tom West preaches on the parable of the sower from Matt Ch 13. He explains the what, when and why of the Lord’s parables before outlining the parable under 5 headings: its significance, scene, sower, seed and soil. Tom gives 6 reasons why the Bible says one cannot understand the Lord’s other parables, unless one first understands the parable of the sower (Message preached 4th Oct 2018)

Christ in Thessalonians (39 min)

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. (Message preached 23rd Nov 2017)

Christ in Colossians (40 min)

Tom Armstrong preaches on “Christ in the epistle to the Colossians” – personally, positionally and practically. He spends some profitable time looking at the various titles of Christ in Ch 1 – “His dear Son”, “the image of the invisible God”, “the head of the body”, “firstborn of all creation” etc. before taking up some of the practical challenges that the apostle Paul brings out later in the epistle (Message preached 16th Nov 2017)

Christ in Ephesians (43 min)

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 set forth (Message…

Christ in Galatians (42 min)

David West preaches on “Christ in the epistle to the Galatians”, and in particular, the centrality of Christ’s cross in the epistle. The Cross – Ch 1: The centre of God’s purpose for us. Ch 2: The centre of God’s power in us. Ch 3: The centre of God’s promise to us. Ch 4: The centre of God’s heritage to us. Ch 5: The centre of God’s provision for us. Ch 6: The centre of our boast. Each chapter is…

Christ in Corinthians (38 min)

Michael Penfold preaches on “Christ in the 1st epistle to the Corinthians”. After dividing the book into 5 sections, he shows how Paul brings two aspects of the person and work of Christ into each section as he seeks to correct and encourage the assembly in Corinth. For example, in Chs 1-4, “the power and wisdom of God in Christ” are set forth as the answer to the divisions in Corinth (Message preached 12th Oct 2017)

Christ in Romans (43 min)

Dan Rudge preaches on “Christ in the epistle of Romans”. He highlights the 7 references to Christ as God’s “Son” in the epistle and develops the related themes of the person, proclamation, provision and purpose of the Son. In the second half of his message, he distinguishes between propitiation, redemption and justification and develops the theme of the believer’s death to sin in Chapter 6 (Message preached 5th Oct 2017)

Christ in the Gospel of John (43 min)

Peter Scarsbrook preaches on “Christ in the Gospel of John”. After some introductory remarks, Peter takes up numerous statements that other people made about Christ, starting with the words of John the Baptist in John Ch 1. Through these positive and negative comments, a portrait of the Son of God is brought before the hearer (Message preached 28th Sept 2017)

Christ in the Gospel of Luke (48 min)

Scott Dunn preaches on “Christ in the Gospel of Luke”. Acknowledging that most expositors see Luke as emphasising the humanity of Christ, Scott contends that Luke’s main emphasis is on Christ as “Saviour”. He traces this theme, and the theme of “the plan of salvation”, through the early chapters of Luke in particular (Message preached 21st Sept 2017)

Christ in the Gospel of Mark (48 min)

Tom West preaches on “Christ in the Gospel of Mark”. He brings out the main characteristics of all 4 gospels and likens Matthew, Mark, Luke and John to the faces of the 4 living creatures in Revelation Ch 4. In Mark Christ is portrayed as the perfect Servant – delightful, devoted, discerning, not distracted but determined to do His Father’s will (Message preached 14th Sept 2017)

Christ in the Gospel of Matthew (44 min)

John Salisbury gives an overview of the whole of the gospel of Matthew, in which Christ is portrayed as “King”. The King and His credentials, the King and His kingdom, and the King and His cross are the headings that divide the gospel into three sections. The three titles – “Son of David”, “Son of Abraham” and “Son of Man” – are highlighted and expounded. (Message preached 7th Sept 2017).

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)

An Overview of 1 Corinthians (38 min)

Peter Scarsbrook gives an overview of the apostle Paul’s first epistle to the Corinthians. He works through the 16 chapters of the epistle one by one, outlining each chapter’s chief characteristics and giving practical teaching therefrom. He contends that “carnality” was the chief problem at Corinth which in turn gave rise to all of the other problems in the assembly (division, immorality, idolatry etc.) (Message preached 10th Mar 2016)

An Overview of the Gospel of John (46 min)

Gordon Stewart gives an overview of the gospel of John. He highlights John’s content, context and purpose as he sets out the themes and format of the 4th gospel. He speaks of Christ as the soul winner (Chs 1-4), the Shepherd (Chs 5-12), the School teacher (Chs 13-17) and the Sacrifice (Chs 18-21) before rounding off his message with a look at the glory of Christ in the gospel (Message preached 25th Feb 2016)

An Overview of the Book of Zechariah (49 min)

Gary Woods gives an overview of the book of Zechariah. He gives the setting and context of the book, outlines the main characters of the time period (Haggai, Zechariah, Zerubbabel and Joshua) and touches on the 8 visions in the prophecy. The Christological references in the “branch” prophecies of 3:8 and 6:12 are developed, as well as the important prophetic passages in Chs 12-14 which are looked at from a dispensational viewpoint (Message preached 11th Feb 2016)

An Overview of the Book of Joel

John Salisbury gives an overview of the book of Joel. A much neglected but important book, Joel is the first Bible writer to mention “the day of the Lord”. He is the first of the “writing prophets” and the first writer to outline the end of the age and the Millennial Kingdom. This is a thorough, detailed and comprehensive look at Joel’s prophecy and its five sections. 46 min

An Overview of the Book of Daniel (43 min)

Dan Rudge gives an overview of the book of Daniel. He looks at it historically, critically, Biblically, analytically, prophetically and practically. Details are given about the 3 invasions of Nebuchadnezzar, the life and times of Daniel, the major visions of the book and a good deal about the critical attacks on Daniel’s writings and how to counteract the same. For a chart of the book of Daniel to go with this message, click here (Message preached 28th Jan 2016)

An Overview of the Book of Isaiah (47 min)

Scott Dunn gives an overview of the book of Isaiah. He outlines Isaiah’s great theme of salvation in its near aspect and its future aspect. He looks at King Ahaz and King Hezekiah’s different reactions to enemy attack and highlights Israel/Judah’s perpetual problem of relying on other nations instead of on the Lord. Finally he introduces “God’s perfect Servant”, the Messiah, who submissively trusted in His God, unlike Israel. Through Him, the Lord Jesus, God will yet bring national and…

An Overview of the Book of Genesis

Michael Penfold gives an overview of the book of Genesis. He explains the crucial nature of the book, being the fountain head of the many rivers of truth that run throughout the rest of Scripture. He defends the Mosaic authorship of the book and emphasises the reliability of the creation account. The book is divided into 4 events in the first 11 chapters and 4 men in the last 39 chapters. The crucial hinge of the book, Gen 12:1-3, is…

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…

Ruth Ch 4 (20 min)

Thomas West preaches a message from Ruth Chapter 4. Summarising the book of Ruth, Thomas wraps up by explaining the Levitical law of levirate marriage and the picture it presents of Christ being willing and able, as our ‘kinsman-redeemer’, to purchase us to Himself, despite us Gentiles being outside the commonwealth of Israel (Message given May 24th 2015)

Ruth Ch 3 (26 min)

David Castles preaches a message from Ruth Chapter 3 in which Ruth the fatherless, the stranger and the widow, finds all her needs met at the feet of one who was her “near-kinsman”, Boaz the mighty man of wealth. This picture of sinners finding their all in a Saviour who is related to them in his perfect humanity is developed to profit (Message given May 17th 2015)

Ruth Ch 2 (23 min)

Malcolm Radcliffe preaches a message from Ruth Chapter 2 and takes up the subject of gleaning in the field. This chapter is often taken up in relation to the Word of God (“Where have you gleaned today?”) but Mr Radcliffe takes it up as a picture of the local assembly.

Ruth Ch 1 (28 min)

Michael Penfold preaches on Ruth Chapter 1, which features Naomi the restored backslider, Ruth the new believer, and Orpah the false professor. Moab, a nation marked by immorality, enmity, idolatry and luxury, sat just “next door” to Israel and tempted God’s people to recross Jordan and head “back to the world”, especially during a time of famine. This is a “chapter of choices” which holds many pertinent lessons for us (Message given May 3rd 2015)

An Overview of the Book of Ruth (25 min)

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)

Bible Reading in Hebrews 11:1-14 (1 hour 33 min)

Sandy Higgins opens up Hebrews Ch 11:1-14 and leads the company through the first section of this great “Chapter of faith”. He divides the verses into sections: faith and our worldview, worship, walk, work, way, His Word and waiting on Him. An informative and challenging study (Bible Reading in Bicester, Easter April 5th 2015)

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 Saviour” in Proverbs (23 min)

David Castles preaches on references to the Lord Jesus Christ in the Proverbs. He groups them under three headings: Christ as the Son, Christ as the Saviour, and Christ as the Sovereign. Since Christ is the personification of wisdom, there is much in Proverbs that can be looked at in a Christological light (Message preached 2nd Nov 2014)

“The Scorner” in Proverbs (22 min)

Michael Penfold preaches on the scorner, a major character in the book of Proverbs. He compares three of Solomon’s case studies – the simple, the fool and the scorner. The scorner has contempt for Christ and His gospel, and for the people of God. It has ever been thus, since they first mocked Christ and “laughed Him to scorn.” The scorner is warned – “If thou shalt be wise, thou shalt be wise for thyself, but if thou scornest, thou…

“The Sluggard vs the Diligent Man” in Proverbs (22 min)

PROVERBS Part 5 – David Castles compares the sluggard – the lazy, slothful man – of Proverbs, with his opposite – the diligent man. The sluggard makes excuses, rarely starts anything and never finishes what he does. Applying these characteristics to the spiritual realm, David urges his audience to diligence in study of the Scriptures and in service for the Lord. “Go to the ant thou sluggard”! (Message preached 28th Sept 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)

“The Wise Man vs The Foolish Man” in Proverbs (26 min)

Michael Penfold contrasts the wise and the foolish man in the book of Proverbs. He outlines 7 major features of the fool, everything from his godless mindset, to his troublesome tongue to his disastrous influence. How different to the wise man, whose attitudes, decisions and movements are governed by wisdom’s overarching “first principle”, the fear of the Lord (Message preached 7th 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)

Bible Reading in Hebrews Ch 2 (1 hour 33 min)

Ian Jackson opens up Hebrews Ch 2 and leads the company through a study of this glorious passage which portrays the Son of man as greater than angels in both rule and redemption. A profitable and helpful session of teaching and discussion (Bible Reading at Bicester, Easter April 20th 2014)

1 Thessalonians Ch 5 (43 min)

Michael Penfold expounds 1 Thessalonians Chapter 5. The chapter introduces us to the great subject of “the day of the Lord” which will come upon a world proclaiming “Peace and safety!” The believers of this present dispensation will not be overtaken by the day of the Lord, but will be raptured to heaven before its commencement (Message preached 10th Apr 2014) (Photo: March of Galerius, Thessaloniki).

1 Thessalonians Ch 4 (64 min)

Ian Jackson expounds 1 Thessalonians Chapter 4. This chapter is one of the great prophetic chapters in the New Testament and reveals much of the truth of the pre-tribulation rapture of the church and the “hope of the believer” (Photo: March of Galerius, Thessaloniki).

1 Thessalonians Ch 2 & 3 (47 min)

David Castles expounds 1 Thessalonians Chapters 2 and 3, chapters which highlight the apostle Paul’s concern for the assembly at Thessalonica. David draws lessons for his audience from Paul’s exemplary affection, direction and prayers for protection for the saints (Message preached 27th Mar 2014) (Photo: March of Galerius, Thessaloniki).

1 Thessalonians Ch 1 (42 min)

Thomas West expounds 1 Thessalonians Chapter 1 and emphasises the character of the assembly to which Paul wrote – a working assembly, a watching assembly, a witnessing assembly, a worshipping assembly and a waiting assembly. A relevant practical message (Message preached 20th Mar 2014) (Photo: March of Galerius, Thessaloniki).

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)

An Overview of 2 and 3 John (17 min)

Michael Penfold gives an overview of the two single chapter epistles of 2nd and 3rd John. He speak on each epistle’s author, audience, aspect, approach, aim and arrangement. He analyses the epistles, comparing and contrasting them side by side highlighting their interwoven themes of love and truth (Message preached 14th Oct 2013)

Bible Reading in Hebrews Ch 1 (1 hour 42 min)

David Gilliland opens up Hebrews Ch 1, expounds its content and then works through the whole chapter verse by verse. He outlines the unique structure of the chapter and elaborates on what God has to say “in Son”, “to His Son” and “about His Son”. A helpful and instructive study (Bible Reading in Bicester, Easter Mar 31st 2013)

Philippians Ch 4 (46 min)

David Castles expounds Philippians Ch 4. He traces the theme of “standing fast” through Paul’s epistles and points to the emphasis on “unity” in this chapter. Two sisters who had once been “helping the gospel” were now “hurting the gospel”. The solution? Godly forbearance and right thinking…the peace of God and the God of peace (Message preached 28th Mar 2013)

Philippians Ch 3 (46 min)

Tom West expounds Philippians Ch 3. He outlines Paul’s appeal, achievements, abandonment, ambition and advice. He urges his audience to aspire to be like Paul, whose life’s ambition – after being saved on the Damascus road – was “that I may know Him, and the power of his resurrection” (Message preached 21st Mar 2013)

Philippians Ch 2 (37 min)

Michael Penfold expounds Philippians Ch 2. Assembly unity is the subject of the chapter and Paul sets before the Philippians the motivations for unity, the hard choices necessary for unity and the examples of the attitude needed to promote unity, as seen primarily in our Lord Jesus. The difficult Christological passage (2:5-7) is discussed in its context (Message preached 14th Mar 2013)

Philippians – An Introduction (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)

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)

Exposition of Genesis Ch 12 (44 min)

Gordon Stewart expounds Genesis Ch 12. He recounts the three journeys of Abram, the father of the faithful, and points out 10 serious consequences that followed Abram’s failure in connection with going down to Egypt (Message preached 10th June 2010)

Exposition of Genesis Ch 11 (47 min)

John Salisbury expounds Genesis Ch 11, explaining the origins of empire building and idolatry as seen in Nimrod and his rebellion, which marks a major turning point in God’s dealings with the nations (Message preached 3rd June 2010)

Exposition of Genesis Chs 9 and 10 (38 min)

Michael Penfold expounds Genesis Chs 9 and 10. He outlines details of the Noahic covenant and the division of the nations. He examines the difficult issues of the sin of Noah and the curse pronounced on Canaan (Message preached 27th May 2010)

Exposition of Genesis Chs 7 and 8 (37 min)

Peter Scarsbrook expounds Genesis Chs 7 and 8. He stands by the historicity of the narrative of Noah’s ark and gives a series of interesting observations as to the reality of and reasons behind the flood (Message preached 20th May 2010)

Exposition of Genesis Ch 5 and 6 (44 min)

Mervyn Hall expounds Genesis Chs 5 and 6. He outlines the background to the flood and the life of Enoch. He tackles the difficulties of ‘the sons of God’ and the ‘long ages’ of the antedeluvians (Message preached 13th May 2010)

Exposition of Genesis Ch 4 (44 min)

Norman Mellish expounds Genesis Ch 4. He gives a number of interesting insights into the narrative of Cain and Abel and the significance of their sacrifices, and takes a look at Cain’s descendants (Message preached 6th May 2010)

Exposition of Genesis Ch 2 (25 min)

David Dalton expounds Genesis Ch 2. He looks at the first sabbath, the garden of Eden, the dominion of man over creation and the first marriage – between one man and one woman (Message preached Thursday 22nd April 2010)

Exposition of Genesis Ch 1 (47 min)

PART 1 of 9 – Marcus Hall (1938-2021) from Pamber Heath, often visited us in Bicester. In this message he expounds Genesis Ch 1. He stands by a literal interpretation of the entire chapter and, among other things, explains why he does not accept the so-called ‘gap theory’. A solid, helpful exposition from a careful student and teacher (Message preached Thursday 15th April 2010)

Exposition of James Ch 5 (48 min)

David West expounds James Ch 5 – the patience of faith and the prayer of faith. He warns against the use of expressions such as “Good heavens” and “Goodness Me” in the passage on ‘swearing’ (Message preached 11th June 2009)
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