Sermons by Jonathan Black

Sermons by Jonathan Black

Gideon – Standing for God in a Difficult Time (42 min)

PART 3 – Jonathan Black preaches on Gideon (from Judges Chs 6-8), a man who stood for God in an age when “every man did that which was right in his own eyes”. Jonathan gives practical ministry on Gideon’s quiet private preparation for the public role that he was later to have as he exercised faith in his God, despite his weakness and fear. Though a “mighty man of valour”, he knew what it was to depend on his God,…

Witnessing to the “Religious but Lost” (43 min)

FOCUS ON EVANGELISM Part 13 – Jonathan Black gives guidance on effective ways to reach people who are “religious but lost” – the kinds of people who respond to a gospel approach with “No thanks, I have my own religion/church”, or “I’ve always been a Christian”, or “I was born a Christian”. After looking at the UK religious scene statistically, Jonathan outlines scriptural evangelistic responses to give to those who  may profess a belief in God and the Bible, but…

Sign No 4 – The Feeding of the 5,000 (45 min)

PART 5 – Jonathan Black preaches on the 4th sign in John’s gospel, the feeding of the 5,000. He highlights the significance of the location, the provision and much else about the event. As with all the signs, this one proves the deity of Christ – that He is the Son of God. The sign reveals the One who can fill those who come to Him. Are you satisfied and filled or are you “running on empty”? Jonathan also extracts…

Daniel’s Prayer of Confession (44 min)

PART 5 – Jonathan Black draws numerous practical lessons out of Daniel’s prayer of confession from Daniel Ch 9 which was answered in the well-known and pivotal prophecy of “Daniel’s 70 weeks”. Jonathan outlines the chapter under four headings: the Man of Prayer, the Motive for Prayer, the Manner of his prayer, and the Message of Daniel’s prayer (Message preached 2nd June 2019)

Exposition of 1 Timothy Ch 2 (52 min)

Jonathan Black expounds 1 Timothy Ch 2. The first 7 verses concern the local assembly’s “responsibility” in prayer, while the last 8 verses deal with the subject of the “role” of men and women in public prayer (and teaching). Jonathan gives numerous helpful suggestions with regard to prayer and public participation, as well as highlighting the very challenging practical issues relative to apparel and adornment that are found in the chapter (Message preached 11th April 2019)

Why I Am a Cessationist (44 min)

PART 10 – After some general introductory remarks about spiritual gifts, Jonathan Black outlines 5 reasons why the “sign and revelatory gifts” (tongues, healing, prophecy, words of wisdom, and words of knowledge) ceased before the end of the first century BC. His reasons are: 1. Scripture says these gifts have ceased; 2. They have served their purpose; 3. Tthe apostles have passed away; 4. The Bible has been completed; 5. Modern tongues and healing fail the test of discerning Biblical…

The Judgment on the Nations in the Tribulation (38 min)

THE JUDGMENTS OF SCRIPTURE PART 9 – Jonathan Black preaches on the judgment of this world during the tribulation period, due to take place between the rapture and the manifestation. Jonathan defines the times, describes the trouble and distinguishes the terms. This will be the worst period of trouble and judgment the world has ever known and will culminate in the battle of Armageddon, followed by the judgment of the living nations (Message preached 9th Dec 2018)

The Judgment of the Cross (39 min)

THE JUDGMENTS OF SCRIPTURE PART 7 – Jonathan Black preaches on the judgment of the cross, and points out that God pronounced a judicial verdict on a number of things and persons on the day the Lord Jesus died. The world system was judged (John 12:31), as well as Satan the prince of this world (Heb 2:14-15, Col 2:13-15). God passed sentence on “the old man” – our former self in Adam (Rom 6:6). Not only did the Lord Jesus…

Judgment on Israel in 606BC and 70AD (36 min)

THE JUDGMENTS OF SCRIPTURE PART 6 – Jonathan Black preaches on the judgmental dealings of God with the nation of Israel in their captivities in Assyria and Babylon, as well as in the diaspora that followed the destruction of Jerusalem in AD70 under Titus. The pronouncement, period and purpose of each judgment is outlined (Message preached 18th Nov 2018)

Dead and Risen with Christ (48 min)

PART 7 – Jonathan Black expounds Romans 6:1-14 the key NT passage dealing with the death, burial and resurrection of the believer through identification with Christ, which has freed him from the dominion of sin and brought him under a new master, the Lord Jesus. This is positional truth that the Christian must both know, and then “reckon” to be true in his life, issuing in a yielding to God (Message preached 15th Nov 2018)

The Judgment of the Worldwide Flood (37 min)

THE JUDGMENTS OF SCRIPTURE PART 3 – Jonathan Black preaches on the judgment of the flood in the days of Noah. After some introductory remarks about Genesis, he looks at the period, pronouncement, purpose and prophecy of the flood. The Bible is clear – man’s sin caused God to judge the world with a global flood with only 8 people saved in the ark. Lessons are drawn from how God dealt with Enoch, Methusaleh and Noah and his family (Message…

You Must Be Born Again (48 min)

PART 4 – After giving some general remarks about John’s gospel, Jonathan Black expounds the first 17 verses of John Chapter 3. This is the key New Testament passage from which we can learn about the nature and need of the new birth. Some questions answered in this message include: What does it mean to be “born of water and the Spirit”?; Is baptism anything to do with “regeneration”?; Is the “world” of John 3:16 “the world of the elect”…

Christ the King (46 min)

PART 4 – Jonathan Black preaches on the topic of Christ’s office as King – the requirement of a King (His times); the royal house of the King (His tribe); the record of the King (His titles); the rejection of the King (His trial) and the reign of the King (His throne). He explains why the Bible never describes Christ as the “king of the Church” and draws a distinction between the Father’s throne, on which Christ now sits in…

Outside the Camp (45 min)

PART 6 – Jonathan Black preaches on the subject of “ecclesiastical separation” from Hebrews 13:9-16, highlighting the exhortation to Christians to come “outside the camp”. He applies these words about the ancient camp of Judaism to the need for believers and assemblies today be separate from the religious confusion and error of the ecumenical movement – notably the World Council of Churches and “Churches Together” (Message preached 31st May 2018)

Commandment No 3 (44 min)

PART 4 – Jonathan Black preaches on “Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain”. He takes the subject up under three headings: 1. The meaning of God’s name in Hebrew (Jehovah, Elohim and Adonai); 2. The mention of God’s name at Horeb (Sinai); and 3. The misuse of God’s name – our holiness. He lists 7 ways in which it is possible to take God’s name in vain today. A challenging message! (Message preached…

The Dangers to Marriage (53 min)

PREPARING FOR MARRIAGE Part 3 – Jonathan Black preaches on the dangers to marriage under 4 headings: Celebration, Communication, Contamination and Consecration. In a very practical message he deals with essential topics such as language, love and leadership. Warnings are given about adultery, abuse, alcohol and addiction (to gambling, gaming and pornography). Finally couples are urged to put consecration to God first. Readings in Luke 1:5-6, John 2:1-2 and 1 Pet 3:1-7 (Message given Apr 19th 2018)

Applying the Bible (50 min)

PART 9 – Jonathan Black preaches on how to live out the Bible in one’s life. The Word of God is our sole guide. It informs our circumstances, our service and our worship – which will only be scriptural if we submit to God’s Word. He expands on worship to discuss Contemportary Christian Music (CCM) which is unfitting for 4 reasons. It borrows worldly rhythms, it is ecumenical in its message, it is assocated with the charismatic movement, and it…

“I couldn’t fool my father” (17 min)

Jonathan Black relates the story of his conversion to Christ at the age of 19. Raised in a Christian family, Jonathan said he was saved at 10 years of age. Despite an initial burst of enthusiasm, his life evidenced no long-term change and he ended up in his late teens a thoroughly worldly young man enjoying the pleasures of the world. However, God graciously worked in his life. He was truly saved one day while sitting in his car at…

The Christian and Temptation (49 min)

Jonathan Black preaches on the topic of ‘temptation to sin’ under three headings: the order of temptation (from Gen 3:1-7); overcoming the temptation of Egypt (1 Cor 10:1-13) and Christ the great overcomer (from Luke 4:1-4). He outlines the strategy of Satan from Eden onwards, as well as the role of the world and the flesh in the solemn matter of temptation, finishing with some comments on a vital NT verse, Romans 13:14 (Message preached 1st Mar 2018)

Evaluating a Translation (45 min)

PART 6 – Jonathan Black speaks on the topic of English Bible translations and how to use and evaluate them with wisdom and care. He discusses numerous issues including faithfulness to the Greek and Hebrew scriptures, the use of italics, doctrinal soundness and accuracy of translation. He gives a number of examples of variation in translation – some good and some bad – and makes a number of suggestions to guide believers in this important area (Message preached 25th Feb…

Christ our Great High Priest (49 min)

PART 3 – Jonathan Black preaches on the topic of Christ as our Great High Priest under 6 headings: the office, the order, the oath, the offerer, the offering and the outcome. Basing his remarks on the epistle to the Hebrews, Jonathan explains that Christ is priest “after the pattern of Aaron” and after “the order of Melchizedek”. Christ’s death was a priestly offering, offered by our Great High Priest, once for all, in the completed value of which He…

Christ in Philippians (44 min)

PART 9 – Jonathan Black preaches on “Christ in the epistle to the Philippians”. He takes Paul’s expression from Chapter 3 – “that I may know Christ” – as his theme, and expounds Paul’s outline of the person of Christ as He is presented in the epistle – as the purpose, pattern, power and prospect for the Christian’s life. This message reorients our focus in the right direction as to the right motive for the Christian’s life and service (Message…

Mary and Martha (44 min)

PART 9 – Jonathan Black preaches on Mary and Martha, the sisters of Lazarus, who lived in Bethany near Jerusalem at the time of Christ. This is a practical and challenging message about the Christian home, hospitality, holiness, personal devotion, Bible Reading and worship. Jonathan encourages his audience to take time to “sit at Christ’s feet”, despite all the distractions of the present day (Message preached 5th Nov 2017)

Naomi, Ruth and Orpah (43 min)

PART 5 – Jonathan Black preaches on Naomi, Ruth and Orpah. Naomi – a triumph of grace in restoration; Ruth – a trophy of grace in redemption; Orpah – a tragedy regarding grace, in rejection. After an interesting introduction about the remarkable inclusion of unexpected women in the genealogy of Christ in Matthew 1, Jonathan brings a practical and helpful line of teaching from the book of Ruth (Message preached 1st Oct 2017)

The Church at Thyatira (39 min)

PART 4 – Jonathan Black preaches on the church at Thyatira (Rev 2:18-29). Despite this assembly’s many good points, it was marked by a tolerance of error. It was allowing a woman (“Jezebel”) to teach and to mislead the Christians. This message serves as a warning against compromise and weakness in assembly principles, especially as to the subject of “women’s ministry” (Message preached 9th July 2017)

The Battle of the Ages (42 min)

Jonathan Black preaches on the battle of the ages between “the woman’s seed” and “the devil’s seed”. He starts at Gen 3:15 (the Bible’s first prophecy) and works his way through to the book of Revelation, demonstrating that despite the unrelenting and frequent attempts of Satan to attack and destroy “the woman’s seed”, Christ’s eventual and total triumph is sure and certain (Message preached May 4th 2017)

The Consecration of the Servant (39 min)

Jonathan Black preaches from Numbers 6 on the need for consecration in the life of the Christian. A servant of God must have a consecrated heart, home, head, hands and hours. A challenging message urging total consecration to God in service for His glory. Lessons from the Nazarite about self-control, content and connections are powerfully applied (Message preached 21st Feb 2015)

John 3:15 and the “Finished Work” (56 min)

Kyle Wilson preaches on John 3:15, emphasising the fact that the gospel message is for the “whosoever”, that salvation is through “believing IN HIM” and that Christ died to save sinners from perishing. Jonathan Black closes with a message urging his audience to rely on Christ alone and His finished work (Messages preached 21st Feb 2016)

Report on London (46 min)

Jonathan Black reports on gospel work in London. He points out a missing generation in our nation’s capital (counting the cost), highlights a current generation (continuing steadfastly) and speaks directly to a rising generation (challenged to serve). The doors of opportunity in London are open, but who will go through them? (Report given 20th Feb 2016)

Call to Preach the Gospel – Jonathan Black (38 min)

Jonathan Black relates the story of his call to serve the Lord full time. Raised in Northern Ireland, converted at the age of 19, Jonathan was called to preach the gospel and moved to England where he works in London, Oxford and elsewhere. The challenge of going to a different culture and environment with the gospel is pointedly brought out in this interesting message (Message preached 19th Feb 2016)

Why the Family Matters (53 min)

PART 5 – Jonathan Black preaches on the importance of the family. It matters to our Creator, to our Saviour, to the individual Christian and to the assembly. From Ephesians 5 Jonathan speaks of affection, authority and attitudes in the family. He gives sound and very practical advice about marriage and the raising of children, and makes some particularly helpful observations about how to preserve the home in our media and technology saturated world (Message preached 20th Aug 2015)

The Church at Pergamos (28 min)

PART 3 – Jonathan Black preaches on the church at Pergamos (Rev 2:12-17). To this church the Lord says “I know where thou dwellest”. They were in a dangerous city and faced huge pressure to compromise with false doctrine. Jonathan applies the point with effectiveness and warns against compromise in our generation (Message preached 14th June 2015)

The Church at Smyrna (21 min)

PART 2 – Jonathan Black preaches a challenging message on the church at Smyrna (Rev 2:8-11). This 1st century assembly featured poor persecuted Christians, yet the Lord says of them “Thou art rich”. However, of the neighbouring assembly in Laodicea, who claimed they were rich, the Lord says “Thou art poor”. What made the difference and what can we learn from the Lord’s assessment? (Message preached 18th Jan 2015)

Lessons from the Gates of Jerusalem Pt 2 (38 min)

PART 2 – Jonathan Black continues drawing valuable lessons from the rest of Jerusalem’s 10 gates, lessons with regard to suffering, holiness, the Spirit and Word of God, as well as various aspects of the person and work of our Lord Jesus. Nehemiah and the people rebuilt these gates mindful of the heritage that went before them, so they maintained the old original names and restored exactly what had existed before (Message preached 14th Nov 2014)

Lessons from the Gates of Jerusalem Pt 1 (41 min)

PART 1 – Jonathan Black introduces the subject of the gates of Jerusalem from Nehemiah Ch 3. He explains that the 10 gates of the ancient city hold doctrinal and practical lessons for us today. Following the order of the chapter, Jonathan starts at the Sheep Gate and works anti-clockwise around the city, touching on three of the gates in this the first of two messages on the subject (Message preached 6th Nov 2014)

The Church At Ephesus (22 min)

PART 1 – Jonathan Black preaches a searching message from Revelation Ch 2 on the assembly of God in Ephesus – in many ways a model assembly that had many good points and was active for the Lord, yet had left their first love…have we? (Message preached 7th July 2013)

Olympics Report (50 min)

REPORT – Johnny Black reports on gospel work carried out at the 2012 Olympics in London. A fascinating insight into gospel outreach in various parts of London, including open air preaching in Trafalgar Square (Report given 29th Aug 2012)

Salvation in no other Name (36 min)

Jonathan Black preaches the gospel from the glorious text in Acts 4:12 “Neither is there salvation in any other”. In an earnest and heart-felt message, Jonathan points to Christ as the only Saviour of sinners and pleads with his audience to repent and trust in Christ. Are you saved? (Message preached 13th May 2012)

Sanctification (20 min)

PART 31 – Jonathan Black preaches on sanctification, which he explains is the result of and proof of a person’s justification. He challenges his audience to examine their separation unto the Lord and their effectiveness as a vessel in His hands (Mesage preached 2nd Oct 2011)