Children Of Light

24 Oct 2021, by

A Sermon Preached By John Booth At Providence Chapel, Croydon, On February 15th, 1903.

“That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world.”—Philippians 2:15

I suppose we may speak of Divine evidences proving regeneration as of a twofold nature: 1. Internal, those that are felt. 2. External, those that are seen. As the external can be counterfeited, it is best to take the internal first. We may weep (and I love a soft heart), but Esau wept. We may have much zeal for the truth and God’s cause, as Jehu had; but let us not take it as an evidence of grace. We may walk softly when God’s judgments are before us, as Ahab did; this is not an evidence of divine life. We may figiht God’s battles; Saul did, but it was no proof of grace. We may ask the Lord’s people to pray for us, as Simon Magus did; but that was no evidence of grace. It is better to decide by internal evidences. We do not judge so much by what we see outwardly, unless we see something decidedly bad; then we must judge people as the Saviour said, “by their fruits.”

When we first meet with a stranger who makes a profession of religion, we like to talk to him and find out a little of his inward life before we can judge of him. If we see a…

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AN ORDER OF SERVICE FOR DIVINE WORSHIP; DESIGNED FOR PRIVATE DEVOTIONS, FAMILY GATHERINGS AND CHURCH MEETINGS.

Sermon—“Signposts For Your Journey Through The Bible: Part 1”

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Some of the points covered in this sermon:

A Doctrinal And Devotional Guide Designed To Lead The Lord’s People On A Journey Through The Scriptures According To The Framework Of Sovereign Grace.

• Introducing this new series of ‘sessions’
• Bible Reading—examining the logical order of the books of the Bible
• Bible Doctrine—exploring the meaning of a framework of doctrine
• Bible Devotion—considering Philip’s gospel ministry to the man from Ethiopia

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AN ORDER OF SERVICE FOR DIVINE WORSHIP; DESIGNED FOR PRIVATE DEVOTIONS, FAMILY GATHERINGS AND CHURCH MEETINGS.

Sermon—“Maturity”

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Some of the points covered in this sermon:
• Reviewing the definition for the Greek verb, katartizō, and the four ways it is used in the New Testament
• Showing how the verb is used with reference to “maturing something that is undeveloped”
• First, the maturing of a student—Luke 16:40
• Second, the maturing of spiritual life—1 Peter 5:10
• Third, the maturing of spiritual fruit—1 Thessalonians 3:10
• Fourth, the maturing of good works—Hebrews 13:21

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Dear Brother (Martin) in the glorious Lord of Zion,—It appears the Lord has thought good to deprive you of your natural sight, which is a painful affliction; but, adored be his gracious name, he gives you the sweet enjoyment of the true Light. This, my dear brother, is more prizable than all creation put together. What an indescribable blessing it is that such filthy creatures as we are by nature should be brought, under the glorious unction of God the Holy Ghost, to feel and see that the Lord is our portion, our life, light, bliss, and blessedness; yea, our ever-to-be-adored covenant God for ever and ever; and that, by a matchless gift of eternal electing love and grace, he has made himself over to us with all he has, and is, and has done as the God of Zion; so therefore we may truly say…

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AN ORDER OF SERVICE FOR DIVINE WORSHIP; DESIGNED FOR PRIVATE DEVOTIONS, FAMILY GATHERINGS AND CHURCH MEETINGS.

Sermon—“Running The Race”

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A Dream

21 Oct 2021, by

“And they said one to another, Behold, this dreamer cometh.”—Genesis 37:12

Reader, I’ll not take up much time
To apologise, in prose or rhyme;
My dream, such as it is, you see;
Whate’er’s amiss belongs to me.
No doubt some men will say, “‘Tis naught,
And with enthusiasm fraught;”
While others will it much esteem,
And nay that I the truth, did dream.
Perhaps ’twill find a welcome place,
In such as live on sovereign grace;
If so, then am I quite content,
Nor shall I count my time ill spent;
But such as live on wit and self,
Will hardly have it on their shelf,
But with a cheerful mind attempt
To hold it up to vain contempt.
Well, be it so; I rest secure…

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No More Sea (1/2)

19 Oct 2021, by

A Sermon Preached By Walter Brooke On Lord’s Day Morning, May 5th, 1907

“And there was no more sea.”—Revelation 21:1

I always feel an increased need to ask for special wisdom whenever I approach this book of the Revelation to use it as the basis of spiritual meditation. And I suppose we have been not a little perplexed by the conflicting representations that we have heard in our day and generation of its meaning, and of the various modes of interpretation men have used in reference to fixing the times therein spoken of. Many mistakes have been made, many miscalculations; and those of the Lord’s living family who have a real respect for the divine oracles say, “It is too perplexing a theme for us, and consequently we prefer to keep to the more beaten tracks of holy Scripture, and seek to gain what we can for our precious, immortal souls, resting in this fact, that if we are right with the Lord Jesus, if He has softened our hearts by His love and an application of His atonement, and given us to rest in His divine keeping, whatever God does in His Church, and whatever time He uses to perform and carry out the things described here, we shall be found right with Him; that is the main thing. I have been glad to settle there many times, and concerning all the conflicting representations of men, I have sometimes found…

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AN ORDER OF SERVICE FOR DIVINE WORSHIP; DESIGNED FOR PRIVATE DEVOTIONS, FAMILY GATHERINGS AND CHURCH MEETINGS.

Sermon—“What Was Done In Her”

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Biddenden Chapel

18 Oct 2021, by

With the combined energies and resources of a deacon belonging to Tilden Chapel in Smarden, and a farmer residing in Lashenden, a Strict and Particular Baptist Chapel was built in 1880. Two years after the chapel opened, a church was organized and John Kemp was appointed the first pastor. He served the fellowship until his death in 1932, a total of 52 years.

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AN ORDER OF SERVICE FOR DIVINE WORSHIP; DESIGNED FOR PRIVATE DEVOTIONS, FAMILY GATHERINGS AND CHURCH MEETINGS.

Sermon—“Wonderful”

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Some of the points covered in this sermon:
• Highling the five names prophesied by Isaiah (9:6) which belong to Christ
• Explaining the meaning of the term “wonderful”
• Showing how the Hebrew term translated “wonderful” is used in the Old Testament
• The first time the term appears is Exodus 15, with reference to God parting the Red Sea
• The second time the term appears is Psalm 77, with reference to Asaph’s personal experiences with the Lord
• Making an application of the “wonderful” works of the Lord as it relates to the lives of His people today
• Showing two meanings for the term “wonderful”, as it is designated a name of Christ in Isaiah 9:6
• First, the term may stand alone, as a singular name given to Christ—His name shall be called “Wonderful”
• Second, the term may stand together with the name Counsellor—His name shall be called “Wonderful Counsellor”
• Providing three reasons why the term “wonderful” stands together with the name Counsellor
• First, combining the terms “wonderful” and “counsellor” is consistent with the other names of the text
• Second, the terms “wonderful” and “counsellor” are combined in other passages of Scripture
• Third, combining the terms “wonderful” and “counsellor” is supported by the structure of the text

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AN ORDER OF SERVICE FOR DIVINE WORSHIP; DESIGNED FOR PRIVATE DEVOTIONS, FAMILY GATHERINGS AND CHURCH MEETINGS.

Sermon—“Tailor-Made”

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Some of the points covered in this sermon:
• Reviewing the definition for the Greek verb, katartizō, and the four ways it is used in the New Testament
• Showing how the verb is used with reference to “fitting something to its design” (tailor-made)
• First, tailor-made words in the mouth of babes—Matthew 21:16 (translated “perfected”)
• Second, tailor-made human nature for Christ—Hebrews 10:5 (translated “prepared”)
• Third, tailor-made destruction for the non-elect—Romans 9:21-23 (translated “fitted”)
• Fourth, tailor-made lifespans for every human being—Hebrews 11:3 (translated “framed”)

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If the gospel is no rule of obedience (as numbers declare), I am at a loss to know what the apostle means when he says, “The mystery which was kept secret since the world began, but now is made manifest, and by the Scriptures of the prophets; according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known unto all nations for the obedience of faith.” (Rom 16:25) It is by faith “we wait for the hope of righteousness.” (Gal 5:5) We are “saved by grace, through faith.” (Eph 2:8) The word does not profit, if not “mixed with faith.” (Heb 4:2) “Faith is the substance of things hoped for.” (Heb 11:1) “The righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith.” (Rom 1:17) God purifies our hearts by…

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AN ORDER OF SERVICE FOR DIVINE WORSHIP; DESIGNED FOR PRIVATE DEVOTIONS, FAMILY GATHERINGS AND CHURCH MEETINGS.

Sermon—“Two Attempts At Worship”

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A Letter To Mr. C. W. Ethelston, M.A.

Fellow Of The Collegiate Church In Manchester, Rector Of Worthenburt, And Minister Of St. Mark’s Chapel, Cheltham.

Sir,—You perhaps will pardon an obscure individual for venturing to make a few remarks upon your pamphlet, entitled “The Unity of the Church,” &c. I can assure you, Sir, that the unity of the church is a subject of such importance that I cannot conceive how it is possible for any real minister of Christ to lose sight of it.

Union to Christ, and to one another, as the blessed members of his mystical body, is a doctrine pregnant with incalculable importance; and were I disposed to ground what I have to say upon this subject upon anything but the word of God, I would cite a passage out of your own wonderful performance (page 45) “In advocating such a cause, tameness would be cowardice, supineness criminal.” You will, Sir, at once perceive that…

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