Sermons by Mervyn Hall

Sermons by Mervyn Hall

Witnessing to Secularists and Atheists (47 min)

FOCUS ON EVANGELISM Part 8 – Mervyn Hall gives guidance on witnessing to secularists and atheists. He deals with 4 different types: the pragmatist, the activist, the theorist and the antagonist. Mervyn recommends presuppositional – rather than evidential – apologetics, as the most scriptural approach, the danger being that when you convince an atheist using evidence all you get is a deist. It is not our responsibility to convince people that God exists; they already know He exists and we…

The 8 Signs in John’s Gospel – Introduction (45 min)

PART 1 – Mervyn Hall introduces the 8 signs in John’s gospel by asking three questions: “What is a sign?”, “What are the signs in John?”, and “What is the purpose of the signs in John?” He works through the signs giving their significance and both their evidential and evangelistic purpose as part of John’s great intention: “These things are written that you might believe that Jesus is the Christ the Son of God and that believing you might have…

The Primacy of Preaching – Part 1 (45 min)

FOCUS ON EVANGELISM Part 3 – After outlining what the Bible means by “preaching”, Mervyn Hall shows from Scripture that God intends His gospel to be communicated through “public proclamation”. He takes time to answer the objection of many that “plain preaching” is less effective than other methods of communication more favoured in our culture. In our attempts at bridge-building with the lost, we need to keep the main thing the main thing. Readings: 1 Tim 4:1-5, Rom 1:16-19, 1…

The Lord’s Prayer (45 min)

PART 6 – Mervyn Hall preaches on “the Lord’s prayer” under 6 headings. Its scope, setting, shortness (66 words), simplicity, structure and substance. His examination of the Lord’s prayer reveals essential features for all prayer: adoration, submission, petition and confession (Readings: Matt 6:1-8 and Luke 11:2-4) (Message preached 14th July 2019)

The Prayers of Abraham and Eliezer (44 min)

PART 2 – Mervvn Hall draws out “principles of prayer” from Gen Chs. 18 and 24. Abraham and Eliezer’s prayers teach us 6 features of prayer: that we should pray with priority, comprehensively, confidently, expectantly, continually and Biblically. At the end of his message, in reference to Eliezer’s experience, Mervyn distinguishes between what we need to pray about, and what we don’t (Message preached 12th May 2019)

Exposition of 1 Timothy Ch 1 (46 min)

After briefly introducing 1st and 2nd Timothy, Mervyn Hall expounds 1 Timothy Ch 1. He highlights the author, the addressee, the aim and the ambition of chapter. In light of Paul’s words to Timothy, and the situation in the assembly at Ephesus, Mervyn has some interesting input for us today on the danger of conspiracy theories, and on the Christian’s relationship to the law of Moses (Message preached 4th April 2019)

Why I am a Dispensationalist (46 min)

PART 9 – After defining what a ‘dispensation’ (Gk. oikonomia) is, Mervyn Hall explains that a dispensational hermeneutic is critical to an accurate understanding of the Bible. He refutes numerous criticisms of dispensationalism, as well as pointing out weaknesses in the main alternative, namely “covenant theology”. He then gives 4 reasons why he is a dispensationalist, before finishing up with an inductive study of Scripture that demonstrates the Biblical basis for dispensationalism (Readings: Eph 1:10-11, 3:1-21) (Message preached 17th Mar…

Why I Am Evangelical (45 min)

PART 3 – Mervyn Hall preaches on “Why I am Evangelical”. After some introductory historical remarks, he highlights the four “C’s” underpinning the gospel (“evangelical” comes from the Greek word for gospel; “euangelion”). The authority of the canon; the centrality of the cross; the necessity of conversion, and the priority of the commission. (Message preached 27th Jan 2019)

Why Stand for Truth? (42 min)

PART 1 – Mervyn Hall introduces a series of messages on “Why we believe what we believe” by asking a basic preliminary question – “Why stand for truth?” Is truth still as important as ever? Isn’t it all just a matter of opinion? Should not love hold the trump card over truth? Basing his remarks on Paul’s two epistles to Timothy, Mervyn not only defends the basic concept of truth, but also outlines 5 reasons why we still must stand…

The Judgment Seat of Christ (49 min)

THE JUDGMENTS OF SCRIPTURE PART 10 – Mervyn Hall preaches on the topic of the judgment seat of Christ under 6 headings: survey, subjects, scope, schema, schedule, and significance. Three issues in connection with the “bema” are: review, reward and revelation. The significance of the event is 4-fold: a caution, a challenge, a commandment and a comfort. Readings: Rom 14:7-14, 1 Cor 3:9-15, 4:1-5, 2 Cor 5:1-15 (Message preached 23rd Dec 2018)

The Judgment on Egypt and the Canaanites (38 min)

THE JUDGMENTS OF SCRIPTURE PART 5 – Mervyn Hall preaches on the judgment that God meted out to Egypt (and its gods) and later to the Canaanites. In each case, Mervyn outlines the context of the judgment, the charge made against Christianity because of the judgment, the cause of the judgment and the conclusions to be drawn from the judgment. He explains that atheists are “borrowing from God” when they complain about Joshua’s destruction of the Amorites (Message preached 11th…

The Righteousness of God (46 min)

PART 6 – Mervyn Hall expounds the key NT passage that explains the heart of “the gospel” – Rom 3:19-31. He distinguishes between God’s righteous character on the one hand (v24-25), and the “gift of righteousness” that God dispenses to the sinner who believes in Christ on the other (v21-22). The passage brings these two together at the end, where God, through the cross, is “righteous” while at the same time “declaring righteous” the sinner who trusts in His Son…