Sermons by David Vallance

Sermons by David Vallance

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…

PART 4 – Dispensationalism and the Gospel – Audio & Video (29 min)

A major conference on the topic of dispensationalism was held in Sarnia, Ontario, in 2015, with Dan Shutt, David Vallance and Ian Jackson sharing 5 preaching sessions between them. PART 4 – David Vallance preaches on dispensationalism and the gospel. If history and prophecy consists of a succession of different ages and dispensations, are there different ways of getting saved in those dispensations? David answers with an emphatic “no”. In every dispensation the source of salvation is grace, its basis is…

PART 2 – Dispensationalism and Its Competition – Audio & Video (54 min)

A major conference on the topic of dispensationalism was held in Sarnia, Ontario, in 2015, with Dan Shutt, David Vallance and Ian Jackson sharing 5 preaching sessions between them. PART 2 – David Vallance looks at the ramifications of a person’s eschatology (their view of future events). Why did Oliver Cromwell go into battle singing the Psalms, and crushing his enemies in spirit of a Joshua who conquered the Canaanites? Why was Luther anti-semitic? Why do some churches have ornate sanctuaries and…

Fossils, Dinosaurs and Apemen (58 min)

PART 6 – David Vallance explains that the world’s geological layers and its vast number of fossils were not laid down over millions of years by natural processes, but in a short space of time by the worldwide flood described in Genesis Chs 6-8. Dinosaurs did not live millions of years ago! David discusses numerous issues in this presentation, including ice cores, coal seams, the Cambrian explosion, radiometric dating and finally so-called “ape-men” (Message given 3rd Mar 2019) (PowerPoint Slides)

DNA and Design (60 min)

PART 5 – Principally referencing DNA, David Vallance presents the teleological argument  for the existence of God (the argument from purpose or design). The complexity of the genetic information system at the heart of biology is such that no natural explanation can come close to explaining it. On the contrary, DNA shouts “design” and points to an all wise Creator. David tackles commonly proposed arguments for evolution such as antibiotic resistance in bacteria and what is known as ‘homology’ (Message…

The Universe and the Big Bang (53 min)

PART 4 – David Vallance critiques “big bang cosmology” and takes aim at the idea that something can arise from nothing (although evolutionists don’t really mean ‘nothing’ when they say ‘nothing’!). Among other things he discusses the second law of thermodynamics (entropy), the apparent great age of the universe, and the anthropic principle, sometimes called the “fine-tuning” of the universe (Message given 2nd Mar 2019) (PowerPoint Slides)

Are You Saved? (51 min)

GOSPEL – Tom Armstrong preaches on the great matter of being “saved”. The Bible says you must be saved (Acts 4:12); it says you can be saved (John 3:17), and it tells you how to be saved (Acts 16:31). David Vallance continues with a look at salvation “in the Son” from the last few verses of John Ch 3 (Messages preached 3rd Mar 2019)

Worldviews and the Scientific Method (52 min)

PART 3 – David Vallance explains that the Bible is not anti-science. Quite the reverse. A biblical worldview is essential to provide a basis for real science. After giving a history of scientific discovery, pioneered by theists such as Kepler, Newton, Boyle and Faraday, David explains the difference between the inductive and deductive methods of inquiry and criticises the broader scientific community for starting from the premise of naturalism. Quote of the day: “The only thing you can know for…

Days, Ages and Gaps (80 min)

PART 2 – David Vallance outlines the stark choice facing us all. Which is right – “the Bible” (Genesis), or the grand theory of “evolution” (cosmic, molecular, biological etc.)? Starting with Darwin’s “origin of species”, David helpfully distinguishes between “horizontal variation” (observable) and “vertical evolution” (a fairy tale for grown-ups). He finishes by explaining why he rejects 5 compromise positions: the gap theory, the day-age theory, progressive ages, the literary framework hypothesis, and theistic evolution (Message given 1st  Mar 2019)…

The Value of Apologetics (48 min)

PART 1 – David Vallance outlines what the Bible means when it uses the Greek word “apologia” (answer, defence – 1 Pet 3:15). A consistent Christian life, combined with a gracious personal testimony to God’s truth and grace is the best apologetic of all! He then outlines the difference between evidential, presuppositional and classical apologetics and gives biblical examples of each (Message given 28th Feb 2019)

The Function of Gift (47 min)

EASTER CONF 2018 – David Vallance speaks on the function of gift in the local assembly which is empowered by grace and designed to exalt Christ. At the beginning of his message he divides the 20 New Testament gifts into 4 sets of 5 and then spends the rest of his time discussing the gifts of serving, exhorting, helping, giving and showing mercy (Message preached Apr 2nd 2018)

The Assembly Has a Definite Positive Pattern (37 min)

EASTER CONF 2018 – David Vallance sets out a robust defence of the concept that there is a definite prescribed pattern for the local assembly in the New Testament. He contrasts what is sometimes called the “regulatory principle” with the “normative principle”. While some would propose that “whatever is not prohibited is allowed”, David explains that in actual fact “what Scripture does not mention is prohibited”. He then explains what this means in practice and discusses the ramifications of the principle. A…
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