Sermons of Special Interest

Sermons of Special Interest

Is Speaking in Tongues for Today? (32 min)

Albert Leckie (1920-1988) preaches on the topic of “speaking in tongues”. He asks what tongues were for. The Bible says they were a sign. In Acts 2, a sign of the resurrection and exaltation of Christ; in Acts 10, a sign of the pouring out of the Holy Spirit on the Gentiles; and in Acts 19 a sign of “accomplished redemption”. With these “sign purposes” completed, the sign is no longer required, so tongues in Acts should not be taken…

“I’m a sister. What can I do?” (44 min)

What is a sister’s ministry and what role can sisters play in the service of the Lord? Living, as we do, in a culture that promotes feminism and much else that is contrary to Scripture, it is vital for us to understand exactly what the Bible says on this issue and why. Michael Penfold outlines 5 particular avenues of service that are open to and designed for Christian women and seeks to strengthen and encourage sisters in fulfilling their potential…

How Can I Know the Will of God for My Life? (30 min)

Sandy Higgins preaches on the need, the desire and the way to know the will of God in one’s life. He discusses the discipline of delay, and says that the process of getting to know the will of God is more important than the product. Then he outlines 6 principles from Psalm 25 to guide us in knowing the will of God. First, confidence in character of God; second, a consciousness of grace as the basis for guidance; third, carefulness…

The Case for a Gospel Meeting (15 min)

What has happened to the gospel meeting? Sidelined, replaced or cancelled in many places, can a case still be made for holding a gospel meeting? After 60 years of full-time gospel preaching, Norman Crawford (1927-2013) spoke at a conference on the topic of “the gospel meeting” and provided a positive case from 1. the words used in the New Testament and 2. from the history of apostolic outreach in the book of Acts. Essential listening. Readings: 1 Tim 3:14-16, 1…

Theology 101 – Human Depravity (38 min)

PART 1 of 6 – In the first part of a 6-part series on the fundamentals of the gospel, Mr Jim Allen speaks clearly and powerfully on the little understood and oft-avoided topic of human depravity. Rarely taken up in ministry as a stand-alone subject, this is a solid, essential and wide-ranging setting forth of biblical truth. Not only for gospel preachers, but also for elders, parents, Sunday School teachers – indeed, all of us – this message will prove…

The Dangers of the Media and Entertainment Industry (44 min)

John Grant (1942-2020) preaches a fearless and powerful message on the dangers posed to the Christian by the multi-billion pound media and entertainment industry. After a brief history lesson on the origins of the industry, Mr Grant discusses the dangers to my stewardship, my separation and my service posed by films, rock music, soap operas, the internet, and computer games etc. This is a much needed and challenging message, rarely heard in our day. Readings: 1 Cor 9:24-27, Rom 12:1-2…

Gender Roles and Distinctions (43 min)

Jack Hay expounds the Bible’s teaching on the issue of gender, addressing in particular the world’s attempt to blur the distinctions between the sexes. Jack shows that the Bible expects to see a distinction between the male and female genders in appearance, dress and function. From the unisex explosion in the 1960’s to the “gender neutral” culture of the 21st century, this continues to be an issue of huge significance for believers who desire to maintain godly order in the…

Understanding Spiritual Freedom (54 min)

David Gilliland expounds the truth of spiritual freedom. What is freedom? What is legalism? Is man free? Does God’s law restrict human freedom? Are people really free if they’re allowed to do whatever they want? These and other fascinating questions are examined in this helpful message under 5 headings: 1. The origin and overthrow of liberty; 2. The obtaining and offer of liberty; 3. The opponents and obstacles to liberty; 4. The obligations and operation of liberty; and 5. The…

If Only I Could Feel Saved (6 min)

Norman Crawford (1927-2013), an evangelist and Bible teacher with decades of experience in dealing with souls, tackles an issue that troubles a lot of people: “How can I know for sure that I am really saved?” They set about trying to believe, and trying to “feel saved” by examining this experience and that experience for assurance, but to no avail. None of this is the basis of true Biblical assurance. So, what is? Mr Crawford explains simply and powerfully how…

Should Women Wear Head Coverings? (50 min)

“Should women wear head coverings?” is a hugely significant question. It involves, among other things, the great doctrine of headship, the inspiration of Scripture, the distinction between the genders of male and female, and local church order. In this helpful message, David Gilliland sets out to answer what headship is, why women should wear head coverings, and what the head covering symbolises. In the process he answers questions like “Why does Paul seem to contradict himself between 1 Cor 11:5…

Can We Still Believe in Eternal Punishment? (54 min)

David Gilliland takes up a defense of the Biblical doctrine of eternal punishment. Because of the practices, philosophies, and the pluralism of modern society, belief in and proclamation of the truth of eternal punishment is weakening in many forums. It is currently denied by 4 main errors: by modernism, by postmortem evangelism, by universalism, and by annihilationism (conditional immortality). Mr Gilliland expounds the character of hell and defends it against charges that it is 1. inconsistent with the love of…

A Warning from History (54 min)

It has been said that “The only thing we learn from history is that we learn nothing from history.” Looking back over the history of the last 2,000 years of Christian testimony, Ian Jackson sounds an alarm for believers and assemblies in the present day, lest we lose our way by forgetting the lessons of the past. By going back to Scripture and then tracing the providential ways of God throughout history, Ian issues a much needed and eye-opening warning…

The Ecumenical Movement Examined (44 min)

Albert Leckie (1920-1988) examines the ecumenical movement – the attempt to link all churches together in global unity – in the light of holy Scripture. In a solidly biblical, heartfelt and searching message, Mr Leckie proves that while the ecumenical movement has no divine sanction, it has developed according to divine prediction. The Bible predicts a future “harlot church” that will ride upon a political antichrist during the tribulation period. Mr Leckie contends that the current ecumenical movement is the…

The Psychology of the Bible (40 min)

David Gilliland preaches on the subject of the human mind. We are composed of two elements – the physical and the spiritual – our minds made up of intellect, will and emotion. These must be kept in balance through the Word of God and through the resources of our Lord Jesus, who is prophet, priest and King. We must guard our minds because we are not what we think we are, but what we think – we are. After dealing…

Depression – Its Causes and Its Cure (40 min)

David West speaks on some of the causes for, and also the cure for, depression. After looking at a number of relevant proverbs of Solomon, Mr West traces numerous cases of pain, loss and depression in the Bible. Gleaning helpful lessons from the experiences of others, Mr West then looks at the cure for depression as he discusses what the Bible has to say about the Christian mind, especially from Paul’s epistle to the Philippians. Readings: Prov 3:7, 4:23, 5:8-12,…

The Virgin Birth: Essential or Optional? (44 min)

Jim Flanigan (1931-2014) preaches a comprehensive and clear message on the fundamental truth of the virgin birth of Christ. In the mid-1980’s, a leading Bishop in the Church of England became well known for his denial of both the virgin birth and the resurrection of Christ. In response Mr Flanigan took up this topic at a large meeting in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, on 2nd Feb 1985. He asked 4 questions. 1. What is the virgin birth? 2. Why do we…

Should a Christian Drink Alcohol? (41 min)

Stephen Arbuthnot tackles the question of Christians and alcohol. Is it OK to drink wine? Beer? Whisky? With a meal; at a wedding; on a flight? These pressing questions demand clear answers. Stephen carefully, logically and scripturally lays out a very persuasive case for total abstinence, showing that, far from being an extreme position, this is the only correct position for a Christian in today’s society. This message will repay careful listening. Reading: John 2:1-11 (Message preached in Ballymena 28th…

Introduction to the Offerings (47 min)

David Gilliland gives a very helpful “introduction to the offerings”. He takes an overview of the topic of sacrifice in Genesis, Exodus and Leviticus before discussing how, when and where Israelites brought sacrifices. The sacrifices were costly and heavy and taught serious lessons to those who brought them. David discusses the issue of forgiveness and atonement in relation to the Old Testament sacrifices. Were Old Testament offerers really forgiven, and if so how? Finally he discusses the different types of…

The Mark of the Beast (41 min)

Sam Jennings preaches on the topic of what the Bible calls “the mark of the beast” (666), which is mentioned 8x in the book of Revelation. This mark will be introduced in the tribulation period after the rapture of the church, once the antichrist is on the scene. Mr Jennings asks two questions: 1. What is the mark of the beast? and 2. Why will there be a mark of the beast? He suggests it is a literal visible mark…

How We Got Our Bible (58 min)

David Gilliland gives a 58 minute overview of how the King James Version of the Bible came to be. Starting with how God gave the original Scriptures in Hebrew and Greek, Mr Gilliland works through the centuries up until when the Bible was translated into English – first, from the Latin, by John Wycliffe, and finally from the Greek by the martyr William Tyndale. Then the fascinating story of how the King James Bible came to be produced and eventually…

3 Dangers When Leaving Home (38 min)

Elton Fairfield addresses the issue of “leaving home” and what young people will face at University and in the workplace. He preaches using 3 headings: “a lesson in immorality” (Joseph, Gen 39), “a lesson in identity” (Esther, Est 2-4), and “a lesson in idolatry” (Daniel, Dan 1:1-8). How will you cope with Fresher’s week, the internet, relationships, meeting attendance and so much more when the time comes to “leave home”? Elton gives helpful, succinct and plain advice that will benefit…

What the Bible Teaches about Assembly Reception (43 min)

David Vallance takes up the important topic of assembly reception. In the first half of his message he explains the distinction between the local assembly and the body of Christ (“the church which is His body”). He contends that the local assembly is neither a miniature nor a microcosm of the body of Christ; nor is it even “an expression of the body of Christ”. It is a doctrinally based gathering of Christians who have been saved, baptised and brought…

What Is Life All About? (32 min)

In a message directed to the hearts of the young, Michael Penfold preaches on the fundamental question facing us all – “What is life all about?”. What is my life about? He answers this question with three negatives: 1. Life’s not about things, 2. Life’s not about me, and 3. Life’s not about now. Life is about living for Christ and his interests, in the light of eternity! To understand these things and put them into practice is the constant…

Christianity in the Information Age (30 min)

Dan Shutt speaks on Christianity in the information age. “Is technology good or bad?” is the wrong question: the issue is how we handle the technology that comes our way. Mr Shutt acknowledges that the internet has brought some good possibilities, but he then highlights 5 specific problems. These are: the theological issue, the time issue, the truth issue, the temptation issue, and the too-much-information issue. This is a powerful and relevant message for old and young, parents and children,…

Is It Right? (42 min)

Is it right to dance? Is it right to play cards? Is it right to smoke, or drink socially? These questions keep coming up again and again! So, how do we answer from the Bible? In this message Michael Penfold outlines a 3-part filter through which to run tricky questions: 1. biblical precepts, 2. biblical practices and 3. biblical principles. He then outlines 6 principles by which to come to a decision on such matters before the Lord. A message…

The Christian’s Body (31 min)

It is vital to understand the Bible’s teaching about the human body. The contemporary secular view says “It’s my body, I can do what I like with it”. From piercing and tattooing on the one hand, to gender reassignment surgery and abortion on the other, our society has taken this idea and stretched it to the limit. The body is now seen as a commodity, something separate to the “person”. Countering this dangerous concept, Michael Penfold expounds 1 Cor 6:12-20…

What is “That Which Is Perfect”? (48 min)

Dan Rudge tackles the difficult question “What is ‘that which is perfect’?” from 1 Corinthians 13:10. He contends that Paul is referring to the completed canon of Scripture, rather than Christ or heaven, and gives sound biblical reasons for his view (Message preached 22nd Nov 2018)

Is the Trinity a Bible Doctrine? (42 min)

Mervyn Hall preaches on the doctrine of the Trinity – God in three persons. He explains that the Lord Jesus is not “part of God”. Each person in the Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – is wholly, equally, simultaneously and fully God. Mervyn exposes Arianism, modalism and tri-theism, and identifies their modern proponents. He also explains why illustrating the Trinity using examples such as the sun, water, clover or an egg, is misleading and liable to reinforce ancient…

The Fashion of the World (44 min)

After establishing the fact that the Bible is concerned with the outward appearance of God’s people, Michael Penfold outlines 10 scriptural “guiding principles” by which to judge issues like clothing, jewellery, cosmetics, piercing and tattoos. Scripture readings: Prov 6:24-25, 7:10, Eze 23:40, 44, 1 Tim 2:8-10, 1 Pet 3:3-4 (Message preached 7th Jun 2018)

Should Christians Keep the Sabbath? (44 min)

After listing 6 reasons why God gave the Sabbath, Michael Penfold proves that the Saturday Sabbath was a ceremonial, not a moral law, and that it was not instituted until Sinai. It was a “shadow” that gave way to the “substance” at the coming of Christ. He also looks at why believers meet on Sundays today, which the Bible calls “the Lord’s Day” (Message preached 13th May 2018)

A Biblical Look at the Gender Issue (66 min)

David Vallance brings Scriptural teaching to bear on topical issues such as equality, feminism, patriarchy, homosexuality and transgenderism. Starting in Genesis 1:27 he expounds the binary nature of gender, and from 1 Tim 2 and 1 Cor 11 explains the different roles God has given men and women, based on the pattern of Christ and His Church. He also explains how the symbols of long/short hair, and covered/uncovered head are to be understood in relation to this foundational topic (Message…

Movies, Social Media and the Christian (47 min)

Should Christians watch movies? Should Christians be on social media? Michael Penfold applies the timeless principles of the Word of God to these two issues. He discusses content, worldviews, actors, acting and fiction in relation to movies, and privacy, addiction, depression and narcissism re. social media. With adult Americans spending an average of 10 hours and 39 minutes of each day on leisure screen time, this is one of the greatest challenges of our times (Message preached 22nd Mar 2018)

Here I Stand – I Can Do No Other (45 min)

In a wide ranging biographical message, David Gilliland traces the life of the Reformer Martin Luther and in particular homes in on the courageous and history-making “sola scriptura” stand that he took at the Diet of Worms in April of 1521, which Mr Gilliland proposes was the pivotal moment in the Reformation (Message preached 17th Apr 2017)

Where Do The Dead Go? (36 min)

Michael Penfold asks, “Where do people go at death?”; “Where did Christ go at death?”  and “What is the future resurrection programme for the Church, Israel and the ‘wicked dead’?” He deals with a number of false ideas such as annihilation, reincarnation, purgatory, soul-sleep and universalism. He also critiques the two-compartment theory (Message preached 3rd Jan 2016)

Philosophers and Psychologists (44 min)

David Castles traces the long downward road of man’s wisdom since the commencement of the ‘modern period’ in the 1600’s down to today’s postmodern era. Along the way we come across Hume, Kant, Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Sartre, Freud, Maslow and others, whose ideas culminated in the wasteland of the 20th century with its Holocaust on the one hand and pleasure seeking focus on the other. All of this is set over against the absolute truth of Scripture and the true joy…

Music Choices (36 min)

David Vallance gives useful guidelines to help Christians make godly music and hymn singing choices. He examines CCM (“Contemporary Christian Music”), and on numerous levels – lyrics, music style, authors – finds it to be greatly inferior to that which preceded it…the “great hymns of the faith”. Despite the emotive nature of this topic, David approaches it dispassionately, intelligently and informatively (Message preached 20th April 2014)

Altar Calls and Easy-Believism (54 min)

Tom Ledger (1932-2015) examines from Scripture the “crusade-style” evangelism of the type conducted in stadiums and conference halls around the world by leading evangelical evangelists over the last 100 years or so. Mr Ledger, once an enthusiastic supporter of such events, speaks from experience as he looks at both the message preached and the methods employed, paying special attention to the appeals and altar calls, and the issue of “easy believism”. (Message given in Hebron Gospel Hall on Boxing Day…

The False Religious System of Babylon (42 min)

Eric Parmenter preaches from Revelation 17 on the false religious system of Babylon. This was a powerful address and showed a keen level of discernment for what was happening in the ecumenical movement at that time (Message preached in Hebron Gospel Hall at the Boxing Day Conference, 26th Dec 1973)