Sermons from January 2023

Sermons from January 2023

“I looked like a pretty good Christian kid” (7 min)

Austin Joyce grew up hearing the gospel. Feeling the peer pressure of being surrounded by saved people, he made a profession of faith as a child, but it took him until his late teens before he discovered that he did not have a saving relationship with the Lord Jesus. He could trick himself and others, but not God. Listen to hear how Austin found peace and rest in Christ. (Testimony given 15th Jan 2023 in Stark Road Gospel Hall, Livonia,…

“Oh my, I’m going to hell” (10 min)

Laverne Weber grew up hearing the gospel, but he rebelled and went off to enjoy the pleasures of the world. Married and now with children, he attended a series of gospel meetings with Albert Hull and Gaius Goff and discovered for the first time in his life, “Oh my, I’m going to hell.” Photo: Stout Gospel Hall. (Testimony given in Stout, Iowa, USA, 2013)

Never Cut Corners, Never Look Back, Never Give Up (42 min)

Michael Penfold preaches on 3 biblical exhortations for the believer running the marathon of the Christian life: “Never cut corners, never look back, never give up.” Readings: 1 Cor 9:24-26a, 2 Tim 2:5, Phil 3:13-14, Heb 12:1-3, 2 Tim 4:6-8. (Message preached in the Gospel Hall, Newbury, 14th Jan 2023)

“God has taken away my friends, and I hate Him.” (8 min)

James Vallance (1931-2020) was born in Bo’ness, Scotland, emigrating to the USA at the age of 16 in 1947 with his family, where he spent the rest of his life. As a youngster, James spent many many days in bomb shelters, seeking refuge from German bombs. Jim wanted to be saved, but he could not admit he was bad enough to deserve hell. He was also angry at God for taking away a number of his friends through illness during…

A Meditation on Psalm 144 (40 min)

Jim Flanigan (1931-2014) authored numerous books in his lifetime, one of which was a notable 640-page commentary on the book of Psalms. In his travels around the world, teaching the Word of God, Mr Flanigan also preached series of messages on the Psalms. Here, looking at Psalm 144, Mr Flanigan outlines the new song of deliverance, and the happy people whose God is the Lord. (Message preached in Ayr, Scotland, 1984) Complete series: Psalm 1 Psalm 2 Psalm 8 Psalm 19 Psalm…

I Thought I Had it All (14 min)

Born in 1933, Bill Lavery turned his back on God as a teenager. He thought he “had it all”, as drinking, gambling and ballroom dancing filled his spare time. After marriage, he emigrated to the USA (in 1961), settling in Michigan. He secured a good job in Detroit and enjoyed a “cocktail party” lifestyle into his early thirties. But God began to work in his life, eventually bringing him and his wife to repentance and faith in Christ. Reading: Matt…

A Meditation on Psalm 139 (40 min)

Jim Flanigan (1931-2014) authored numerous books in his lifetime, one of which was a notable 640-page commentary on the book of Psalms. In his travels around the world, teaching the Word of God, Mr Flanigan also preached series of messages on the Psalms. Here, looking at Psalm 139, Mr Flanigan outlines God’s omniscience and omnipresence and His fearfully and wonderfully made creation. (Message preached in Ayr, Scotland, 1984) Complete series: Psalm 1 Psalm 2 Psalm 8 Psalm 19 Psalm 22 Psalm 24 Psalm…

The Counterintuitive Wisdom of God (41 min)

Michael Penfold preaches on the counterintuitive wisdom of God in the gospel. God designed a ‘foolish’ message, He saved a ‘foolish’ people, and He employed a ‘foolish’ method, all to repudiate human wisdom and humiliate human pride. So, let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord. Reading: 1 Cor 1:17-2:5. Photo: University students. (Message preached in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada, in May 2012)

The Manhood of Christ Typically (54 min)

David Gilliland preaches on the manhood of Christ typically, from the meal or grain offering Leviticus chapter 2. He speaks of the meal offering’s substance (what it was made of), its shape (how it was presented), and the sustenance that it provided to the priests. (Message preached in Northern Ireland) Complete series: The manhood of Christ historically (Luke 2) The manhood of Christ practically (Phil 2) The manhood of Christ doctrinally (Heb 2) The manhood of Christ typically (Lev 2)…

A Meditation on Psalm 110 (60 min)

Jim Flanigan (1931-2014) authored numerous books in his lifetime, one of which was a notable 640-page commentary on the book of Psalms. In his travels around the world, teaching the Word of God, Mr Flanigan also preached series of messages on the Psalms. Here, looking at Psalm 110, Mr Flanigan outlines the high priestly position and ministry of David’s Lord. (Message preached at the Eastbourne Bible Readings, 1995) Complete series: Psalm 1 Psalm 2 Psalm 8 Psalm 19 Psalm 22 Psalm 24…

The Manhood of Christ Pictorially (54 min)

David Gilliland preaches on the manhood of Christ pictorially, from the book of Ruth, in particular Ruth Ch 2. He outlines 10 ways in which Boaz is a picture of Christ. (Message preached in Northern Ireland) Complete series: The manhood of Christ historically (Luke 2) The manhood of Christ practically (Phil 2) The manhood of Christ doctrinally (Heb 2) The manhood of Christ pictorially (Ruth 2) The manhood of Christ typically (Lev 2)

There is a Pattern for the Local Church (50 min)

David Vallance sets out the case for a positive pattern for the local church, contending that how Christians gather corporately is set out in the Bible in a blueprint that ought to be followed by churches in all cultures and in all generations. (Message preached in Stark Road Gospel Hall, Livonia, Michigan, USA, in Sept 2021)

A Meditation on Psalm 84 (44 min)

Jim Flanigan (1931-2014) authored numerous books in his lifetime, one of which was a notable 640-page commentary on the book of Psalms. In his travels around the world, teaching the Word of God, Mr Flanigan also preached series of messages on the Psalms. Here, looking at Psalm 84, Mr Flanigan expounds the Psalmist’s longing for the house of God and makes applications to his audience. (Message preached in Ayr, Scotland, 1984) Complete series: Psalm 1 Psalm 2 Psalm 8 Psalm 19 Psalm…

The Manhood of Christ Doctrinally (57 min)

David Gilliland preaches on the manhood of Christ doctrinally, from Hebrews chapter 2, a passage that brings before the reader the three anointed offices of Christ, prophet, priest and king, all of which are tied to His humanity. (Message preached in Northern Ireland) Complete series: The manhood of Christ historically (Luke 2) The manhood of Christ practically (Phil 2) The manhood of Christ doctrinally (Heb 2) The manhood of Christ pictorially (Ruth 2) The manhood of Christ typically (Lev 2)

A Meditation on Psalm 51 (37 min)

Jim Flanigan (1931-2014) authored numerous books in his lifetime, one of which was a notable 640-page commentary on the book of Psalms. In his travels around the world, teaching the Word of God, Mr Flanigan also preached series of messages on the Psalms. Here, looking at Psalm 51, Mr Flanigan takes up the themes of repentance and restoration based on the life of King David. A section of Mr Flanigan’s message has had to be cut out due to distortion on the…

Where would you be if you died tonight? (5 min)

Tom Novak knew the gospel from childhood, but in 1979 he, for the first time in his life, faced up to the fact that we was going to be in hell if he didn’t get saved. Have you ever faced that reality? In Tom’s case, it led to his salvation. (Testimony given in Cedar Falls, Iowa, USA, in 2018)

A Meditation on Psalm 24 (53 min)

Jim Flanigan (1931-2014) authored numerous books in his lifetime, one of which was a notable 640-page commentary on the book of Psalms. In his travels around the world, teaching the Word of God, Mr Flanigan also preached series of messages on the Psalms. Here, looking at Psalm 24, Mr Flanigan outlines the prophesied rule over the Millennial earth by the returning “King of glory”, the Lord Jesus Christ. (Message preached at the Eastbourne Bible Readings, 1995) Complete series: Psalm 1 Psalm 2…

The Manhood of Christ Practically (55 min)

David Gilliland preaches on the manhood of Christ practically, from Philippians Ch 2:1-11, a passage about the attitude, action and award of Christ’s humility. Mr Gilliland highlights numerous features of the perfect character of Christ – His courage, His convictions, His commitment, His considerateness, His compassion, His calmness and His cheerfulness. (Message preached in Northern Ireland) Complete series: The manhood of Christ historically (Luke 2) The manhood of Christ practically (Phil 2) The manhood of Christ doctrinally (Heb 2) The…

It is written. It is appointed. It is finished. (28 min)

Michael Penfold preaches the gospel from three biblical statements: “it is written” – my condemnation (Rom 3:10); “it is appointed” – my destination (Heb 9:27); and “it is finished” – my salvation (John 19:30). (Message preached in Chalfont St Peter, 1st Jan 2023)

The Manhood of Christ Historically (54 min)

David Gilliland preaches on the manhood of Christ historically from Luke Ch 2. The chapter outlines the place, purpose, programme and perfection of Christ’s manhood. Topics covered include the virgin birth, the incarnation, and the meaning of the ‘inn’ and the ‘manger’. (Message preached in Northern Ireland) Complete series: The manhood of Christ historically (Luke 2) The manhood of Christ practically (Phil 2) The manhood of Christ doctrinally (Heb 2) The manhood of Christ pictorially (Ruth 2) The manhood of…

The Peril of Partiality (35 min)

Mervyn Hall expounds the context, character and content of James 2:1-7, a passage dealing with partiality amongst Christians. This is the well-known passage that mentions “a man with a gold ring”. (Message preached in Chalfont St Peter, 1st Jan 2023)

A Meditation on Psalm 22 (53 min)

Jim Flanigan (1931-2014) authored numerous books in his lifetime, one of which was a notable 640-page commentary on the book of Psalms. In his travels around the world, teaching the Word of God, Mr Flanigan also preached series of messages on the Psalms. Here, looking at Psalm 22, Mr Flanigan outlines the prophetic foreview that the psalmist gives of the sufferings of Christ on the cross, as He was forsaken by His God. (Message preached at the Eastbourne Bible Readings, 1995) Complete…

“Don’t read verses to me; just tell me how to get saved.” (15 min)

The gospel intersected John Fleming’s life in 1960 when a friend of his got saved in Oil Springs, Ontario, Canada. His friend started working on John and insisting he take an interest in his soul and come to gospel meetings. It took a while, but John eventually came to know Christ for himself. Readings: John 3:16, 18, 36. (Testimony given in La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA, 2012)

A Meditation on Psalm 19 (42 min)

Jim Flanigan (1931-2014) authored numerous books in his lifetime, one of which was a notable 640-page commentary on the book of Psalms. In his travels around the world, teaching the Word of God, Mr Flanigan also preached series of messages on the Psalms. Here, looking at Psalm 19, Mr Flanigan outlines the revelation of God to man in the skies, in the Scriptures and in the Saviour. (Message preached in Ayr, Scotland, 1984) Complete series: Psalm 1 Psalm 2 Psalm 8 Psalm…

Are You A Door Opener or a Door Shutter? (39 min)

Michael Penfold preaches on two types of people in God’s assembly – door openers and door shutters. Ahaz was a door shutter (2 Chron 28:24): Hezekiah was a door opener (2 Chron 29:3). Which one are you, in terms of attendance, attitude and attractiveness? (Message preached in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada, 2018)

A Meditation on Psalm 8 (38 min)

Jim Flanigan (1931-2014) authored numerous books in his lifetime, one of which was a notable 640-page commentary on the book of Psalms. In his travels around the world, teaching the Word of God, Mr Flanigan also preached series of messages on the Psalms. Here, looking at Psalm 8, Mr Flanigan outlines the dominion over creation, lost by Adam but restored in Christ. (Message preached at the Eastbourne Bible Readings, 1995) Complete series: Psalm 1 Psalm 2 Psalm 8 Psalm 19 Psalm 22…

“My experience had nothing to do with the work of Christ” (6 min)

Thinking he was “OK for heaven”, Joel Frazier attended a gospel meeting in Blue River, Wisconsin, USA, on a Sunday evening in March 1988, only to discover that the “salvation” he hitherto thought he possessed was no more than “a light little experience that had nothing to do with the work of Christ on the cross but was just feelings within myself”. Listen to find out how the Lord delivered Joel from this common deception and put him on a…