Sermons by Tom Bentley

Sermons by Tom Bentley

Is the Ministry of Women Public? (61 min)

PART 6 of 6 – In the final part of a series of 6 messages on “Questions about the assembly”, Tom Bentley (1924-2011) answers the question, “Is the ministry of women public?” He takes up the three main passages about this issue in the New Testament and then divides his remarks up into three sections: women in the creation of God, women in the revelation of God, and women in the administration of God. Readings: 1 Cor 11:1-16, 14:26, 34-40,…

Is Occasional Fellowship Scriptural? (62 min)

PART 5 of 6 – In the fifth of a series of 6 messages on “Questions about the assembly”, Tom Bentley (1924-2011) answers the question, “Is occasional fellowship scriptural?” Taking up the subject of assembly reception, Mr Bentley asks two pertinent sub-questions: 1. Who should be received? and 2. To what is a person received? A helpful examination, from an experienced missionary and Bible teacher, of an often contentious issue. Readings: Acts 9:26-30, Rom 16:1-2, 1 Cor 16:1-4, 2 Cor…

Is the Local Assembly Democratic? (57 min)

PART 4 of 6 – In the fourth of a series of 6 messages on “Questions about the assembly”, Tom Bentley (1924-2011) answers the question, “Is the local assembly democratic?” After looking at various forms of “church government” used in Christendom today, Mr Bentley spells out divine order as it relates to scriptural local assembly government and leadership. Readings: Acts 20:25-28, 1 Thess 5:12-14, 1 Tim 3:1-4, Heb 13:7, 17, 24, 1 Pet 5:1-4 (Message preached in Whitehouse Gospel Hall,…

Is the Local Assembly Autonomous? (63 min)

PART 3 of 6 – In the third of a series of 6 messages on “Questions about the assembly”, Tom Bentley (1924-2011) answers the question, “Is the local assembly autonomous?” The opposite of autonomy is confederation; which is what sadly can be seen in various parts of the world as assemblies centralise to form confederacies and denominations. Mr Bentley ably teaches the vital principle of autonomy under 3 headings: the truth of, the tests of, and the testimony of autonomy.…

Is the Local Assembly a Sect? (60 min)

PART 2 of 6 – In the second of a series of 6 messages on “Questions about the assembly”, Tom Bentley (1924-2011) answers the question, “Is the local assembly a sect”? In the first half an hour, Mr Bentley meticulously works his way through the various biblical names and titles of a local assembly, drawing careful distinctions and guidelines. Then he looks at the uniqueness of the local assembly and shows that its very existence is a total repudiation of…

What is the Church? (52 min)

PART 1 of 6 – In the first of a series of 6 messages on “Questions about the assembly”, Tom Bentley (1924-2011) answers the question, “What is the church”? He starts by introducing “the church which is His body”, and makes the all-important point that this church did not exist prior to the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2). Looking at the “church which is His body” dispensationally, symbolically, mystically and eternally, Mr Bentley distinguishes it from the local assembly, which…

Tom Bentley and Bob Neill – Reminiscences (52 min)

After labouring faithfully for the Lord in Africa for 50 years, Mr Bob Neill (1920-2006) was invited to a meeting in Northern Ireland (Mr Neill’s homeland) to speak about his 5 decades of missionary service. Before Mr Neill spoke, one of his close friends, another missionary called Tom Bentley (1924-2011) – who served the Lord for over 50 years in Malaysia – stood to his feet and reminisced about “the early days” both men had enjoyed in Ebenezer Gospel Hall…

The Brazen Laver (46 min)

PART 10 – Mr Thomas Bentley preaches on the brazen laver that stood in the court of the Tabernacle between the brazen altar and the door. A very challenging message on the word of God and our need for holiness and reverence in the service of God (Message preached 31st Oct 2003)

The Golden Altar of Incense (53 min)

PART 9 – Mr Thomas Bentley preaches on the golden altar of incense. He gives very helpful teaching in relation to the person of Christ and the important subject of prayer and worship from this piece of Tabernacle furniture (Message preached 30th Oct 2003)

The Garments of the Priests (53 min)

PART 8 – Mr Thomas Bentley preaches on the priests and their garments. The various items of clothing that the priests wore all have spiritual significance, even down to the bells and the pomegranates that hung from the border of the High Priest’s robe (Message preached 29th Oct 2003)

The Brazen Altar (61 min)

PART 7 – Mr Thomas Bentley preaches on the brazen altar of sacrifice, the largest piece of furniture in the Tabernacle. He outlines the meaning of the horns, the grate and the other various features of this important vessel of the Tabernacle (Message preached 28th Oct 2003)

The Boards of the Tabernacle (48 min)

PART 6 – Mr Thomas Bentley preaches on the subject of the Tabernacle’s boards. He explains the significance of the wood overlaid with gold, the silver sockets and the bars that held them together. Profitable and challenging ministry on the local assembly is included (Message preached 27th Oct 2003)

Curtains and Coverings of the Tabernacle (51 min)

PART 5 – Mr Thomas Bentley preaches on the curtains and the coverings of the tabernacle (the badgers’ skins, rams’ skins, the goats’ hair and the fine twined linen). He also explains the meaning behind the gate, the door and the veil. A most interesting subject (Message preached 24th Oct 2003)

The Golden Lampstand (57 min)

PART 4 – Mr Thomas Bentley preaches on the golden lampstand, which gave light in the holy place of the Tabernacle. As with all the different vessels, Mr Bentley gives rich typical teaching on the lampstand that is both devotional and practical (Message preached 23rd Oct 2003)

The Table of Showbread (55 min)

PART 3 – Mr Thomas Bentley preaches on the significance of the table of showbread, with its 12 loaves and its crowns. As with each piece of furniture, Mr Bentley explains its construction, its content and its conveyance (Message preached 22nd Oct 2003)

The Ark of the Covenant (52 min)

PART 2 – Mr Thomas Bentley preaches on the purpose and meaning of the ark of the covenant. Starting at the inner sanctuary of the Tabernacle, Mr Bentley moves out night by night to towards the gate dealing with one piece of Tabernacle furniture at a time (Message preached 21st Oct 2003)

Introduction to the Tabernacle (53 min)

PART 1 – Mr Thomas Bentley gives an introductory message on the Tabernacle of Moses. He sets the context and explains the purpose and the method of its construction from Exodus 25 (Message preached 20th Oct 2003)