Sermons from April 2023

Sermons from April 2023

Remarkable Events on Mount Moriah (44 min)

Dan Rudge preaches on the experience of Abraham and Isaac on Mount Moriah, one of the clearest and most instructive pictures of Calvary in the Old Testament. Reading: Gen 22:1-24. (Message preached in Ballymena 27th Oct 2018)

The Gospel Supper (24 min)

The gospel of Jesus Christ is like a grand supper to which all are invited. In this sermon, Peter Orasuk applies the royal feast described in the book of Esther to the gospel, highlighting the feast’s cost, completion, continuance and conditions. Readings: Esther 1:1-5, 12, 4:11, 5:1-2. (Message preached in Stark Road Gospel Hall, Livonia, MI, USA, on 6th Nov 1998)

An Overview of the Gifts of the Spirit (39 min)

Colin Hutchison gives an overview of the gift of the Holy Spirit, of spiritual gift, and of the gifts of the Holy Spirit from the Day of Pentecost until the present day. Readings: Acts 2:1-6, Rom 12:1, 4-8, 1 Cor 12:1-13, Eph 4:7-13, 1 Pet 4:10-11. (Message preached in Ballymena, 23rd Mar 2019)

The Question of Rahab’s Lie (35 min)

Mervyn Hall preaches on the issue raised by Rahab’s words in Josh 2:4-5, where she says the spies have left Jericho, when actually they were hiding on her roof. Was she right to tell a lie? How does her choice sit with the 9th commandment? What does this incident mean for us today? Readings: Josh 2:1-24, 6:23-25, Matt 1:5-6, 16, Heb 11:31, Jas 2:25, 4:17. (Message preached in Chalfont St Peter, 23rd Apr 2023) (Photo: the ruins of Jericho)

Postures of Christ in the Book of Daniel (43 min)

David Gilliland preaches on three postures of Christ in the book of Daniel: walking in the fire (Ch 3), sitting on the cloud (Ch 7) and standing above the river (Chs 10-12). Readings: Dan 3:24-26, 7:1-14, 10:4-9, 11:27, 35, 40, 12:4-13. (Message preached at the Vancouver Fall Conference, Canada, 2012)

Hindrances to Blessing (15 min)

Brandon Doll preaches on hindrances to blessing, notably 4 sins outlined by the Lord: faithlessness, selfishness, prayerlessness and the desire for greatness. Readings: Matt 17:14-21, Luke 9:44-48 (Message preached at La Crosse Conference, USA, 2016)

Is Your All On The Altar? (51 min)

Ian Jackson challenges his audience with Paul’s call to “present your bodies a living sacrifice to God” (Rom 12:1-2). “All this I did for thee, what hast thou done for me?” (Message preached in Sarnia Gospel Hall, Canada, 18th Nov 2022)

W.J. Nesbitt – How I Was Saved (28 min)

William John Nesbitt (1927-2017) was born into a farming family in Northern Ireland, the seventh in a family of ten. After School he joined the Police. When he was sent to serve in a Police Station in Rosslea, Co Fermanagh, he met sergeant John Thompson who was mightily used of the Lord at that time to see several of his colleagues saved including Mr Nesbitt, who he took to hear the gospel preached by Harold Paisley (to hear the “Rosslea…

The Sinner’s Vital Five (47 min)

Mervyn Hall preaches from Hebrews 9:27-28. on “the sinner’s vital five”: Man is mortal Sin is fatal The soul is immortal Judgment is unavoidable Salvation is essential (Message preached in Chalfont St Peter, 16th Apr 2023)

Bird’s Eye View of Paul’s Church Epistles (30 min)

Michael Penfold takes a tour through the church epistles of Paul from Romans to 2nd Thessalonians, giving a bird’s eye view of each: Romans – The Power of the Gospel of God Corinthians – The Greatness of the Wisdom of God Galatians – The Authority of the Truth of God Ephesians – The Wonder of the Grace of God Philippians – The Prize of the High Calling of God Colossians – The Glory of the Christ of God Thessalonians –…

The Study of a Passage (48 min)

Dan Rudge preaches on how to study a Bible passage, using Philippians chapter 4 as an example and highlighting the many imperatives in the text. (Message preached in Ballymena 23rd Feb 2020) Complete series: Study of a book (Phil 1) Study of a theme (Phil 2) Study of a person (Phil 3) Study of a passage (Phil 4)

The Study of a Person (52 min)

Dan Rudge preaches on how to study a Bible person, using Philippians chapter 3 and its content about the apostle Paul as an example. (Message preached in Ballymena 22nd Feb 2020) Complete series: Study of a book (Phil 1) Study of a theme (Phil 2) Study of a person (Phil 3) Study of a passage (Phil 4)

The Study of a Theme (49 min)

Dan Rudge preaches on how to study a Bible theme, using Philippians chapter 2 as an example and looking at the Christological theme of the passage. (Message preached in Ballymena 21st Feb 2020) Complete series: Study of a book (Phil 1) Study of a theme (Phil 2) Study of a person (Phil 3) Study of a passage (Phil 4)

The Study of a Book (44 min)

Dan Rudge preaches on how to study a Bible book, using Philippians as an example. Readings: Acts 16: 13-40, Phil 1:1-2 (Message preached in Ballymena 20th Feb 2020) Complete series: Study of a book (Phil 1) Study of a theme (Phil 2) Study of a person (Phil 3) Study of a passage (Phil 4)

Quench Not the Spirit (51 min)

Elton Fairfield preaches on the New Testament command, “quench not the Spirit”, expanding the concept under three headings: quench not the Spirit’s enlightenment, the Spirit’s encouragement and the Spirit’s empowerment. Reading: 1 Thess 5:16-22 (Message preached in Ballymena on 4th March 2023)

Am I a Soldier of the Cross? (47 min)

Andrew Steele preaches on the Christian soldier’s armour, attitude, attention, assurance and anticipation. Readings: 1 Cor 14:6-9, Eph 6:10-18, Phil 2:24-25, 4:4-7, 1 Thess 4:15-18 and 2 Tim 2:3-4. (Message preached in Ballymena, 4th Feb 2023)

How Can I Recognise My Gift? (45 min)

Tom Armstrong preaches on the topic of the gifts of the Holy Spirit and answers the question “How can I recognise my gift?” Readings: 1 Tim 4:12-16, 2 Tim 1:6-7, Rom 12:1-8. (Message preached in Ballymena, 18th Jan 2020)

“Wounded for Me” (26 min)

Phil Coulson tells how the Lord saved him. An early childhood experience taught him that “God is real”. Later the preaching of the gospel from Isaiah 53 opened the eyes of his understanding to the fact that “Christ died for me”. (Testimony given in Highland, WI, USA, March 2023)

The Danger of Drifting (26 min)

Tom Meekin (1947-2017) preaches on “the danger of drifting”. A man drifting without a sure anchor; a man drifting without a steady aim; a man drifting without a strong arm. Readings: Heb 6:17-20, Phil 3:10-16, 1 John 2:12-17. (Message preached in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, 6th Feb 1982) (Image above used courtesy of Select Insure Group – Boat Insurance)

Outward Conformity, But Something’s Missing (22 min)

Phil Coulson preaches on the danger of mechanical formality in worship and service. The Lord neither needs nor wants what we can give Him unless it comes from a heart of devotion. God wants our devotion, our diligence and our dependence. Reading: Psalm 50:5. (Message preached in Belfast 2009)

What Happened When You Were Saved? (35 min)

John Grant preaches on some of the things that happened when you were saved – in relation to sin, the world, and the law. From Paul’s New Testament epistles he looks at the stronghold of sin, separation from the world, and security and salvation in Christ. (Message preached in the USA in 2011)

I Heard the Gospel Nearly Every Day for 5 Years (21 min)

William Gribben relates the story of his conversion in Northern Ireland in 1968. William was privileged to hear many experienced preachers in his youth: Harold Paisley, Frank Knox, Thomas Campbell, Joe Milne, and Thomas Wallace among them. He went 5 years hearing the gospel almost daily. Listen to hear how he finally got his eyes opened to salvation. Readings: Psa 66:16, Matt 11:28, John 3:7, 6:37, 2 Tim 3:14-15. (Testimony given in Ballykeel Gospel Hall, 20th Nov 2022) (Photo: Belfast)

When Life Doesn’t Turn Out The Way You Had Hoped (34 min)

Andrew Ussher preaches on the Christian’s confidence, which can sometimes be shaken by the experiences of life. He finds the answer in 2 Tim 1:12, where Paul says in effect “I have not lost my confidence”. The difficult experiences of the prison-bound Paul had not put him to shame. Why? Because of the Person whom he had believed; because of his relationship with that Person; and because of the truth about that Person (Recorded in Stark Road Gospel Hall, Livonia,…

Saved in Lockdown (23 min)

Austin Graham tells how he was saved during the global Covid lockdown of Spring 2020. Austin had played the part of a Christian for 10 years or more, but his life was really just about fun and football – he had no interest in the Lord or in the Bible. Listen to find out how God opened his eyes to his real situation, and to the truth of salvation through John 3:36. (Recorded in Ballymena, 26th April 2023) See also…

The Great Commission (32 min)

Jim Allen preaches on the restoration of Peter at the fire on the seashore of Galilee and the commission the Lord gave to both Peter and John. Reading: John 20:15-25. (Message preached in Scotland in the year 2,000). Complete series: The Last Sign – Jim Allen In the Garden of Gethsemane – Jim Flanigan The Lord’s Religious Trials – Jim Allen The Lord’s Civil Trials – Jim Allen The Crucifixion – Jim Flanigan The Lord’s Death and Burial – Jim…

Christ on The Lake Shore (32 min)

Jim Flanigan preaches on the post-resurrection incident where the Lord Jesus meets His disciples on the shore of Lake Galilee after they have caught 153 fish. Reading: John 21:1-14. (Message preached in Scotland in the year 2,000). Complete series: The Last Sign – Jim Allen In the Garden of Gethsemane – Jim Flanigan The Lord’s Religious Trials – Jim Allen The Lord’s Civil Trials – Jim Allen The Crucifixion – Jim Flanigan The Lord’s Death and Burial – Jim Allen…

The Risen Christ (37 min)

Jim Flanigan preaches on the post-resurrection appearances of Christ to His disciples, especially His interaction with doubting Thomas, who expressed worship to the risen Christ in the famous exclamation “My Lord and My God”. Reading: John 20:10-31. (Message preached in Scotland in the year 2,000). Complete series: The Last Sign – Jim Allen In the Garden of Gethsemane – Jim Flanigan The Lord’s Religious Trials – Jim Allen The Lord’s Civil Trials – Jim Allen The Crucifixion – Jim Flanigan…

The Empty Tomb (28 min)

Jim Allen preaches on the resurrection of Christ, who rose on the first day of the week leaving an “empty tomb” for the disciples to examine and understand that His prediction had come true and that He really was the Son of God. Reading: John 20:1-18. (Message preached in Scotland in the year 2,000). Complete series: The Last Sign – Jim Allen In the Garden of Gethsemane – Jim Flanigan The Lord’s Religious Trials – Jim Allen The Lord’s Civil…

Christ’s Death and Burial (34 min)

Jim Allen preaches on the death and burial of the Lord Jesus Christ. John the apostle was there to witness the actual death of Jesus and the proof of it given in the soldier piercing the Lord’s side which brought forth blood and water. Reading: John 19:31-42. (Message preached in Scotland in the year 2,000). Complete series: The Last Sign – Jim Allen In the Garden of Gethsemane – Jim Flanigan The Lord’s Religious Trials – Jim Allen The Lord’s…