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How to Resist False Teaching

June 10, 2013 Leave a comment

Yesterday, it was my pleasure to preach the concluding text of 1 Timothy in Aberdeen, MS. This is now the second book of the Bible I have preached through, and it is bittersweet to have finished 1 Timothy. 1 Timothy is a book rich with application for believers today, and a central theme of 1 Timothy is how to resist false teaching (which Shai Linne has recently written an awesome song about). Indeed, Paul not only begins this book with a warning about false teachers (1:3-11) but also concludes this book with a similar command (6:20-21). What Paul does in 1 Timothy 6:20-21 is give Timothy and us three ways to resist false teaching:

  1. Resist false teaching by guarding the deposit of the precious gospel (v. 20).
  2. Resist false teaching by avoiding what is falsely called knowledge (vv. 20-21).
  3. Resist false teaching by relying on God’s grace  (v. 21).

You can listen to my sermon on 1 Timothy 6:20-21 here. You can see all the sermons I’ve preached on 1 Timothy here. May God bless the proclamation of his word!

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1 Timothy 6:3-10 Sermons

January 28, 2013 Leave a comment

In November, it was my pleasure and privilege to preach from 1 Timothy 6 at Calvary. You can listen to my sermon on 1 Timothy 6:3-5, “The Danger of a Different Doctrine,” here. You can listen to my sermon on 1 Timothy 6:6-10, “Godliness vs. Greed,” here.

Sight from Blindness

October 31, 2012 Leave a comment

A few weeks ago, it was my pleasure and privilege to preach John 9 at Calvary Baptist Church in Fayette, AL. In John 9, Jesus gives sight to a man who was born blind. As if that miracle weren’t amazing enough, the physical mirror is but a physical illustration of the even greater miracle God works in people when he gives them spiritual sight, eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ.

Today is Reformation Day, and one early reformer described the Protestant Reformation this way: “Out of darkness, light.” That is a fitting summary for this sermon, as well: God brings people out of darkness into light, but those who remain in darkness face God’s enduring wrath (cf. John 3:36). You can watch the sermon below or on Calvary’s YouTube channelSoli Deo Gloria!

Two New Sermons from 1 Timothy

August 13, 2012 Leave a comment

Yesterday I had the privilege to preach two sermons from 1 Timothy.

In the morning, I preached on 1 Timothy 6:1-2. In that text, Paul commands Christian slaves to honor their masters both by attitude and by action. Modern American Christians, none of whom are slaves, can apply this text to their lives with the truth of Colossians 3:23: “whatever we do,” we should “work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,” because although we are not physical slaves, we are spiritual slaves of Christ in God (Rom. 6:22).

That afternoon, I preached on 1 Timothy 5:17-25. Whereas in my first sermon from this text I had focused primarily on 1 Timothy 5:17, yesterday I put 5:17 in its wider context of 5:17-25 in which Paul explains not only to which elders (pastors) we should show double honor (v. 17) but also how we are to show them double honor (vv. 18-25): by financially supporting them (v. 18), by rightly handling charges against them (vv. 19-21), and by rightly appointing other men to serve as elders with them (vv. 22-25).

You can listen to my sermon on 1 Timothy 6:1-2 here.

You can listen to my sermon on 1 Timothy 5:17-25 here.

Both sermons are permanently linked to along with my other sermons from 1 Timothy here.

Have a blessed rest of the day, and may these sermons help you to “set your minds on things that are above”!

Are You Born Again?

June 4, 2012 Leave a comment

It has been my pleasure to preach recently on John 3:1-21. These verses record Jesus’ conversation with Nicodemus, but Jesus’ words remain applicable to us today. The words Jesus spoke to Nicodemus two thousand years ago, he speaks to us today. Jesus, who knows everybody perfectly (Jn. 2:23-25), knows Nicodemus’s (and our!) greatest need: salvation, and he addresses that need. Nicodemus, a Pharisee, is relying on his good works to save him, but those good works will not save him (Isa. 64:6; Rom. 3:20). Knowing this, Jesus tells Nicodemus (and us!) three things that must mark a true citizen of the kingdom of God: To enter the kingdom of God and be eternally saved,

  1. we must be born again, from above (vv. 1-8);
  2. we must believe in Jesus, trusting him to save us from our sins (vv. 9-18); and
  3. we must prove our faith by appropriate actions (vv. 19-21).

The video for this sermon, which I originally preached at Calvary Baptist Church on May 20, is below.

February Sermons

February 22, 2011 Leave a comment

Happy February, everyone! Yes, the month is almost gone, and I’m sure we’re all keeping very busy. (I am, as evidenced by the fact that I haven’t posted anything in over a month!) Thankfully, there are other blogs out there for you to read that should help you “set your minds on things that are above,” and many of them are linked to on the right hand side of your computer screen. (A few are The Gospel Coalition’s blogs and Dr. Mohler’s blog.) By way of updates, I have two new sermons posted on my podcast. The first is a sermon on 1 Timothy 3, dealing with being a pillar and buttress of the truth in our churches. The second is a sermon on John 17:20-26, looking at the love that Jesus wills for us in his high priestly prayer.

I hope you are all having a wonderful 2011! May God bless you all with more experiential knowledge of himself as the year goes on!

Advent: A Time for Joy

December 14, 2010 Leave a comment

We at Calvary Baptist Church are celebrating the Advent in the weeks leading up to Christmas Day. This past Sunday was the third Sunday in Advent, Gaudete Sunday, the Sunday of Rejoicing. Bro. Blake invited me to preach the sermon that morning, and he gave me John the Baptist as my subject from Luke 3:1-20. You can listen to that sermon in its entirety here. Below is an outline of this past Sunday’s sermon:

  1. Luke 3:1-6. Contextually, the gospel comes at the time when Israel is under Roman rule.
  2. Luke 3:7-9. Before we hear the good news of the gospel, we must first hear the bad news about our sin and the punishment we deserve—the punishment we will receive if we remain apart from Christ.
  3. Luke 3:8a, 10-14. The response to the gospel is to repent and to then “bear fruits in keeping with repentance.” The three fruits that John the Baptist mentions are generosity, honesty, and contentment.
  4. Luke 3:15-16a. The gospel according to John the Baptist is not about him; it is about Jesus Christ.
  5. Luke 3:16b-17. Jesus Christ is both Savior and Judge. He both saves people and casts people into hell.
  6. Luke 3:18-20. The gospel will cost us our lives, if not physically, then spiritually, in that we must die to sin and live to God.

How will you respond to the gospel?

  • “Bear fruits in keeping with repentance”
  • Give generously
  • Be honest
  • “Be content with your wages”
  • Witness boldly for Christ (Matthew 10:24-39)
  • Count the cost of following Christ if you do not yet know him (Luke 14:26-33)
  • “Repent and believe in the gospel” for the first time and thus be saved (Mark 1:15)

May everyone continue having a blessed Christmas season as we celebrate the fact that our Savior came to this earth to live a perfect life, die in our place, and be raised for our justification so that we would be saved from our sins!

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