not ashamed of the gospel – 2.24.08 sermons

Our theme for this Sunday came to us from Rm 1.16a, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel . . .” On a day when almost half of our congregation was out with illness, I found myself praying, being very dismayed. It is one thing to preach the gospel before a larger appreciative audience. It is one thing to preach before a hostile audience. It is still another to preach before a weak, shrinking congregation. This was a time when I knew When to Pray.

And still, we are Not Ashamed, and God gives grace to enable us in our extremities and time of need. I believe the Lord gave his grace for the messages on this day and those who were out profited from them.

The summaries and links are below:

Not Ashamed (Rm 1.16a) ||

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The reason for Paul’s eagerness to preach the gospel is his arresting negative description of the glory of ministry: “I am not ashamed of the gospel”. For us, the message is to find in the work of our Lord our own sense of glory – and our own impetus to ‘gospelizing’.

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The Canon (3) ||

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In which we conclude our discussion of the recognition of the canon. A few points for the OT, then a quick summary of the NT – my notes contain more information than I used for this session.

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When to Pray (Lk 3.21 et al) ||

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A look at four occasions in which our Lord is observed praying. From these occasions we draw applications for ourselves on the subject ‘When to Pray’. The short answer is: at all times and in all places. For the longer answer you will have to listen.

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