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

Sermon—“Jesus Feeds Five Thousand (plus)”

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This passage in Mark 6 and the miracle it contains has become known as the feeding of the five thousand for the simple reason this is the number quoted in the text. However, let us not forget Matthew enlarges this number by pointing out five thousand was the number of men and the total number was much larger. Indeed, the number could easily double when we consider, ‘they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children’.

A little becomes a lot

When Andrew surveyed the crowd then looked down on the five barley loaves and two small fishes his faith was tested and he sighed ‘what are they among so many?’ The wonderful answer is that in the hands of our Lord Jesus Christ they are more than adequate. In gospel matters modest is more and a little becomes a lot. Miracles don’t stick to the rules!

A gospel of broad horizons

It seems clear the purpose of this miracle was at the very least to teach the disciples a lesson about scale and scope. The twelve had just returned from their first taste of personal ministry and were clearly excited about what they had done and taught. But lest they rest on their accomplishments the Great Teacher was already opening to…

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A Transcript Of The Video Study

In our previous study, I highlighted four reasons why the Jewish people as a nation are the focal point in the Old Testament scriptures:

1. They are the lineage through which the Messiah would be born.
2. They served as the repository for the Old Testament scriptures.
3. They served as a house of gospel witness.
4. They are a parable of God’s spiritually elect people.

It is this last reason which underscores the distinction between two groups of God’s elect people. To better explain this point, allow me to increase the size of the timeline and align it with TriUne Jehovah.

The first group are the eternal, gracious and spiritually elect unto salvation; the second group are the temporal, racial and nationally elect which is only a picture of salvation. Do you see? The Jewish people as an elect nation are designed to…

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A Sermon Preached By John Kershaw At East Street Chapel, Walworth, On April 25th, 1848.

“Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee; he will never suffer the righteous to be moved.”—Ps 55:22

Beloved, without taking up any time by way of introductory observations, we will come immediately to the words of our text. And with the help of the Lord, we will, first, notice the exhortation and the promise connected with it. We are exhorted to “cast our burden upon the Lord”; and the promise stands for our encouragement, “he shall sustain us.” In the second place, we have a solemn declaration made, “He will never suffer the righteous to be moved.”

I. In the first place, let us notice the exhortation, “Cast thy burden upon the Lord.” This is an exhortation that will not suit everyone. For instance,

1. If we look for a moment at the careless, unthinking world, who are rolling sin and iniquity under their tongue like a sweet morsel; who are lying down in sin and filth, and wallowing therein like the sow—these are not burdened. O no; Gallio-like, they neither care for sin, their never-dying souls, nor the…

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

Sermon—“The Will Of God And Evil”

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

Sermon—“The Eyes Of Your Understanding Being Enlightened”

A sermon preached for an underground church in an undisclosed location—the assigned theme is, “beholding the unseen”.

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Some of the points covered in this sermon:

• Providing a geographical and historical backdrop to the Ephesians letter
• Underscoring the first of three main parts to the first chapter—Paul’s salutation to the brethren (verses 1,2)
• Underscoring the second of three main parts to the first chapter—Paul’s identification of the brethren (verses 3-14)
• Highlighting the three branches of the gospel message—electing love of God the Father, redeeming grace of God the Son and the sanctifying power of God the Spirit
• Explaining the significance of the threefold gospel message
• Answering an objection—shouldn’t we keep the gospel message simple by focusing only on the redeeming grace of Christ?
• Underscoring the third of three main parts to the first chapter—Paul’s prayer for the brethren (verses 15-23)
• Paul’s prayer was made up of thanksgiving and intercession (verses 15,16)
• The subject of Paul’s intercession was that the saints at Ephesus might grow in their spirit (new nature) of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Christ, the eyes of their understanding being enlightened (verses 17,18a)
• The nature of this spiritual discernment is specified under three headings—that they might obtain sharper views of electing love, redeeming grace and sanctifying power (verses 18b,19a)
• The exceeding power of God is magnified with reference to the Lord Jesus Christ (verses 19b-23)

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Sunday Schools

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Just, before this volume was completed, it was suggested to me that my father’s views on Sunday Schools ought not to be omitted. I have, therefore, copied the following from the first number of the Sunday School Visitor, a little magazine published by mc in 1844, and to which my lather was a contributor.—J. G.

A Few Thoughts Upon The Utility Of Sunday Schools

My Fellow-Mortals,—Allow me to observe that I really do consider that, next to tho preaching of tho glorious gospel of the Messed God, and a spiritual attendance to the order and ordinances of God’s house, Sunday Schools are one of the best institutions in the kingdom; and I am sorry to see such a want of zeal for the promoting of them among some who profess to maintain the discriminating truths of God’s grace. Because some abuse them, and make them into what they call nurseries for the Church, are we to discard them, or stand aloof from them, and say that because others make an improper use of them, we will not use them in a proper, becoming, and useful way? To me this appears highly wrong. I have heard some persons remark that too much…

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

Sermon—“A Future For The Strict Baptists”

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My dear Friends in the Lord Jesus Christ,—I received yours. The moment I read it I felt for you, and said, “How true it is that in the world we must have tribulation; but how indescribably blessed it is that in Christ we have peace!”—bless his precious name, peace with God, peace of conscience by faith in his blood and love. Here we have all things and abound; “for he that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?” Yes, my dear friends, though the world seems to frown, remember this is not your rest; and be assured, “all things are yours, for ye are Christ’s, and…

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March 16, 1830

My dear Brother,

I am happy to say that the sermon has been blessed by God in this neighborhood, and consequently has made a very great stir. I received a letter from a poor man at some distance, thanking me for printing the sermon, as it has been a comfort to his soul and to others. Of course I shall have neither the praise of the unbelievers, nor their good wishes. The gospel is a fan that will separate the chaff from the wheat. The Pharisees and…

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

Sermon—“The Death Of John The Baptist”

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The death of John the Baptist opens to our view an incident filled with all the wickedness, fears and insecurities of the human heart. The conscience-stricken response of Herod Antipas to the mercy and miracles of our Lord Jesus Christ is used by Mark to recount the grizzly death of John, the great prophet and forerunner of our Lord and Saviour.

Who is this Jesus?

Herod was a puppet-king, a vassal of Rome who reigned at the pleasure of the local Roman authorities. Upon hearing of the powerful, miraculous ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ, Herod’s reaction was to mistake the Lord for John the Baptist ‘risen from the dead’. The strangeness of this error takes on dark significance when Mark tells us the circumstances of John’s murder and how he was beheaded, at the request of Herod’s illegitimate wife, at the climax of a lust filled birthday celebration.

Guilt that gnaws

In truth there was little or nothing to merit Herod’s false conclusion. John’s ministry and Jesus’ ministry were quite different…

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A Sermon Preached By Francis Covell On Sunday Morning, 2 June 1872, At Croydon

“And of Joseph he said, Blessed of the LORD be his land, for the precious things of heaven, for the dew, and for the deep that coucheth beneath, and for the precious fruits brought forth by the sun, and for the precious things put forth by the moon.”—Deuteronomy 33:13,14

We read (Acts 7:9) that “the patriarchs, moved with envy, sold Joseph into Egypt; but God was with him, and delivered him out of all his afflictions.” That, although loved by his God, bought by blood, and having a kingdom prepared and a crown for him to wear, he had to tread through a tribulative path, to prove what God could do for him, to prove what God was, as He ever will be, to His people; an eye to see where they are, so as to deliver them out of all evil, troubles, and difficulties into which they may come; an ear to listen to their sighs and groans, and feet to walk with them wherever they go, so that there is not a place where His poor people may in His providence be brought, but He is there to help them out, as His wisdom sees fit. What an unspeakable mercy, that wherever God may be pleased to let you and me come, He is there too! As it was said, you know, in days gone by, when some were being driven by persecution into distant lands, as they passed along through the streets there were those who pitied them and exclaimed, “How sad that such folks as these should be…

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

Sermon—“How Can God Forgive Sin?”

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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 4”

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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.

• Bible Reading—explaining God’s purpose for the Jewish people today
• Bible Doctrine—explaining how a sinner may be regenerated, yet subscribe to the teachings of Arminianism

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