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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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The speed and pace with which the ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ unfolds in the book of Mark is amazing. No sooner is the Lord returned from healing the Gadarene demoniac in Mark chapter 5 than He is met by Jairus, a leader of the synagogue, whose daughter is at death’s door. Jairus pleads for the Lord to help but as the pair travel together there is an interruption in the story and another person takes Jesus’ attention. It is this dear lady who will also have our attention tomorrow.

Unnamed heirs

Have you ever noticed how often the Lord helps people who are unnamed in the Bible? Have you wondered why that might be? I feel sure it is to encourage us to see ourselves in these anonymous heirs of grace. In Mark 5 we have the Gadarene demoniac, Jairus’ daughter and the…

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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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78. Photinus

12 Oct 2021, by

An Old Man Of Ninety Years, Called Photinus, Miserably Maltreated For The Testimony Of Jesus Christ, Before the Tribunal, At Lyons, In France, Who Afterwards Died In The Prison, About The Year 179

In Eusebius’ Church History, as well as in several other ancient writers, mention is made of a certain old man, of more than ninety years, called Photinus, a teacher of the church at Lyons, in France. It is stated of him, that on account of his great age he could not walk, but, having such a burning desire to die for the name of Christ, he, as A. Mellinus has recorded, had himself carried before the judgment seat, in order to be sentenced to death with the other martyrs. When he was brought to the tribunal by the soldiers, the magistracy of the city of Lyons, and the whole multitude of the people followed him, and began to cry out, that he was…

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