Sermons from February 2008

The Need for Self-Examination

Revelation 3:17-18 John Flavel, a puritan minister, found that self-examination was an invaluable aspect of his Christian life. His ministry was considerably more effective because he had learned in God’s presence and in the light of His Word to know his own heart.

The School of Tyrannus

Acts 19:8-12 Paul continues his ministry in Ephesus, first in the synagogue and then in the school of Tyrannus for 2 years. All Asia hears the Gospel as a result. We learn the following lessons from this account and apply them to our situation:

The Problem of Counterfeits

1 Corinthians 13:1-3 We finish our evaluation of Solomon Stoddard’s views on the Marks of Grace. We see: * The problem of counterfeits * That true grace can be distinguished from counterfeits * How we can tell the difference between them

The Disciples at Ephesus

Acts 19:1-7 In Ephesus, Paul finds disciples who had received only the baptism of John the Baptist. After they accept the Gospel, they are baptized into the name of Jesus and receive the Holy Spirit.

The Law of God – WCF Chapter 19, Part 1

We begin an evaluation of chapter 19 of the Westminster Confession of Faith: Of the Law of God. We see that the Moral Law was a part of the original Covenant of Works and look at its relationship to the Ten Commandments.

How to Know Sincerity

2 Corinthians 4:6 Again, we consider Solomon Stoddard’s views on the marks of grace. From our text and other places, we examine the signs that our love for Christ is sincere:

Mighty in the Scriptures

Acts 18:24-28 Luke draws our attention to the character of Apollos and gives us, in effect, a short biography of his life in these few verses.

Whoever Practices Sin Is the Slave of Sin

John 8:34 This evening, continuing to consider Solomon Stoddard’s understanding of those marks that belong to a true believer only, we learn how to recognize true conversion despite the sins which continue to plague the believer.