Sermons on Doctrinal Subjects

Sermons on Doctrinal Subjects

7 Temples (47 min)

PART 10 – In the tenth of our series on “Scripture Sevens”, Jonathan Black speaks on 7 of the Temples of Scripture using the following headings: the principle of His presence, the panorama of His presence, and the pathway into His presence. Readings: 1 Chron 28:11-12, 19, 29:3-5, 2 Chron 3:1-2, 4:1, John 2:18-22, 1 Cor 3:9-17. (Message preached 24th June 2021)

7 Parts of the Armour of God (48 min)

PART 9 – In the ninth of our series on “Scripture Sevens”, Cameron Piper speaks on the 7 parts of the armour of God from Ephesians ch 6. He takes up the subject of spiritual warfare and outlines the strategy of the evil one as he seeks to attack Christians with his fiery darts. By taking to ourselves the whole armour of God, we can stand and withstand in the evil day. (Message preached 17th June 2021)

7 Churches of Asia (46 min)

PART 8 – In the eighth of our series on “Scripture Sevens”, John Salisbury speaks on the 7 churches of Asia from Revelation Chs 1, 2 and 3. After setting the 7 churches in their context with the book of Revelation, Mr Salisbury looks at the 7 churches historically, prophetically and practically. (Message preached 10th June 2021)

7 Parables of the Kingdom (36 min)

PART 7 – In the seventh of our series on “Scripture Sevens”, David West speaks on the 7 parables of the Kingdom of Heaven in Matthew Ch 13. The sower, the wheat and the tares, the mustard seed, the leaven in the meal, the treasure in the field, the pearl of great price and the dragnet. Mr West sets the context of the passage and explains how these parables should be understood dispensationally. (Message preached 27th May 2021)

7 Garments of the High Priest (52 min)

PART 6 – In the sixth of our series on “Scripture Sevens”, Tom West speaks on the 7 garments of the High Priest: the linen breeches, the linen coat, the girdle of fine needlework, the mitre, the blue robe, the ephod, and the breastplate. He draws doctrinal and practical teaching from these types, both in relation to the person of Christ and also the believer. Readings: Exod 28:1-4, Heb 2:14-18, 4:14-16 (Message preached 20th May 2021)  

7 Items of Tabernacle Furniture (48 min)

PART 5 – In the fifth of our series on “Scripture Sevens”, Mervyn Hall speaks on the 7 items of furniture in the Tabernacle of Moses. Three that give us a backward look to the crucified Christ, and 4 that give us an upward look to a glorified Christ. The brazen altar (justification); the laver (regeneration); the mercy seat (propitiation); the lampstand (illumination); the table of showbread (provision); the altar of incense (communication) and the ark of the covenant (Message…

7 Feasts of Jehovah (46 min)

PART 4 – In the fourth of our series on “Scripture Sevens”, Josh Jacob speaks on 7 feasts of the Lord from Leviticus 23: the Passover, the feast of Unleavened Bread, the feast of Firstfruits, the feast of Pentecost, the feast of Trumpets, the Day of Atonement and the feast of Tabernacles, and looks at each one in relation to their significance Christologically – as they relate to the person and work of Christ (Message preached 6th May 2021)

What is our hope? (54 min)

PART 4 of 4 – In the last of a series of 4 messages on big Bible questions, David Gilliland preaches on the question “What is our hope?” and takes up the topic of the Christian’s sure hope from various parts of the New Testament. Reading: 1 Thess 2:17-20 (Message preached in Dundonald, 2006) Complete series: 1. What is man? – The question of identity 2. What is truth? – The question of reality 3. What is your life? –…

What is your life? (54 min)

PART 3 of 4 – In the third of a series of 4 messages on big Bible questions, David Gilliland preaches on the question “What is your life?” In a challenging message he urges his audience to assess what they are really living for. “Only one life, ’twill soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last.” Reading: James 5:13-17 (Message preached in Dundonald, 2006) Complete series: 1. What is man? – The question of identity 2. What is…

What is truth? (53 min)

PART 2 of 4 – In the second of a series of 4 messages on big Bible questions, David Gilliland preaches on the question “What is truth?” This is a fundamental question, the answer to which David divides into four: the problems for truth, the phraseology of truth, the pictures of truth, and the profile of truth. A helpful and important message. Reading: John 18:33-40 (Message preached in Dundonald, 2006) Complete series: 1. What is man? – The question of…

What is man? (49 min)

PART 1 of 4 – In the first of a series of 4 messages on big Bible questions, David Gilliland preaches on the question “What is man?” He looks at man in his dignity, a unique and purposeful creation of God. Then, man in his depravity – a creature who now worships the gods of money, sex and power. Then man in his deliverance, his development and ultimately his destiny. Readings: Job 7:17-21, 15:14-16, Psa 8:3-9, Psa 144:3-4, 11-12, Heb…

The Glory that Follows Justification (65 min)

PART 5 of 5 – David Gilliland preaches the last message in his series on “justification by faith”. He expounds the glorious 8th chapter of Romans – a chapter full of glory – using the following headings: the fitness for glory, the family of glory, the fulness of glory, the freedom of glory, the focus of glory, the fears for glory, and the freeness of glory. He closes by looking at 4 questions: the power question, the prosecution question, the…

The Godliness that Accompanies Justification (59 min)

PART 4 of 5 – David Gilliland preaches on justification’s twin: sanctification. Chs 5-8 of Romans explain how we should live in the light of our justification. The fact that we have been cleared of all guilt doesn’t mean we can now live as we like. Quite the reverse; godly, holy living is what follows. David expounds the 2 men (order), 2 masters (obligation), 2 marriages (occupation) and 2 minds (operation) that the apostle Paul introduces as he outlines the…

The Grace which Bestows Justification (61 min)

PART 3 of 5 – David Gilliland preaches on how a person can be justified. Christ has died and risen, but how can a condemned guilty sinner receive the blessing of justification and be declared righteous? By faith alone. This is the wonder of divine grace. And this is what Romanism calls anathema! A vital message on the central issue of how a person can be made right with God. A comprehensive message covering multiple fundamental issues. Readings: Rom 3:27-4:5,…

The Ground that Secures Justification (58 min)

PART 2 of 5 – David Gilliland expounds the pivotal passage in Romans 3:19-26 and outlines 10 points in connection with God’s plan to justify sinners on the ground of the work of Christ. He explains the crucial doctrine of propitiation, whereby God’s justice has satisfied through the appeasing of His wrath in the sacrifice of Christ. This is the ground, the basis, of justification. (Message preached in Ballywatermoy, 2005) Messages in this series: The guilt that requires justification (Audio)…

The Guilt that Demands Justification (57 min)

PART 1 of 5 – David Gilliland opens a series of messages on the fundamental and vital topic of “justification by faith” in the epistle of Paul to the Romans, with a look at the need for it brought about by human guilt. He works his way through Chs 1 and 2 and into the first half of Ch 3 tracing the scope, the seriousness, the standard, the statement, the sentence, and the silence of the guilt of humanity. This…

Bible Basics for Beginners – How Can I Know? (38 min)

PART 6 of 6 – Sandy Higgins preaches on one of the most important questions facing young believers as they start out in their new life in Christ: how can I know what the will of God is for my life? What should I do? Where should I live? Who should I marry? Do I go on feelings, or on some kind of “spiritual hunch”?  An excellent message giving much needed scriptural guidance. Readings: Num 9:19-20, 10:1-2, 12-16, 33-35a, Psa…

Bible Basics for Beginners – What can I do? (38 min)

PART 5 of 6 – Sandy Higgins give guidance from the Word of God to help the Christian understand “what should I be doing for God?” Each believer has a gift and a sphere of service. No one is useless: everyone is vital. Sandy speaks on the privilege of serving God, the power for serving God, the pathway of serving God,  the purpose of serving God and the peril of serving God. Listen out for Sandy’s advice on “How do…

Bible Basics for Beginners – What about my Struggles? (43 min)

PART 4 of 6 – Sandy Higgins opens up the subject of the struggles of the new Christian as he or she faces “the enemy”, which comes in three forms – the world, the flesh and the devil. It comes as a shock to some newly saved people to discover that the Christian life is marked by constant struggle! Mr Higgins works through a number of issues that can come into our life and pose a great danger, and also…

Bible Basics for Beginners – Is It OK? (43 min)

PART 3 of 6 – Now that I am saved, what is permissible? Can I still do this or that, can I go here or there? What is allowed and what isn’t? Sandy Higgins preaches on the subject of sanctification and separation under the following headings: separation’s spheres, scope, standard, sequel and strength. A faithful and wise setting forth of vital truth. Readings: Gen 2:1-3, 2 Cor 6:14-7:1. 1 Thess 4:1-2, Heb 10:9-10, 12:14, 1 Pet 1:14-16. 1 John 1:5-7…

Bible Basics for Beginners – Can I Trust My Bible? (37 min)

PART 2 of 6 – Sandy Higgins preaches on the vital relationship between the new believer and the Word of God. He does so by asking a series of questions about the Bible: 1. Is the Bible a revelation? 2. Is it reliable? 3. Is it relevant? 4. Is it reasonable? 5. Is it rational? and, 6. Is it rewarding? Readings: Prov 2:1-5, 1 Cor 2:10-16, 2 Tim 3:14-17, 1 Pet 1:10-12, 2:1-3, 2 Pet 1:19-21 (Message preached in Barrington,…

Bible Basics for Beginners – What Did I Get? (37 min)

PART 1 of 6 – Sandy Higgins gives one of the best introductions you’ll hear to “what happens when a person gets saved”. This is an ideal message for a new believer (and a refresher for the rest of us). His three sections are “What’s in a name (salvation)?” “What are God’s claims?” and “What is God’s aim?” Listen up for his powerful answer to the objection “If ‘once saved always saved’ is true, then I can live as I…

Theology 101 – Lordship (40 min)

PART 6 of 6 – In the last of a 6-part series on the fundamentals of the gospel, Mr Jim Allen speaks on the subject of Lordship. He first takes it up dispensationally and reveals the significance of the title “Lord Jesus Christ”. Then he takes a look at Lordship personally and practically and what it really means for a person to say “Jesus is Lord”. A challenging weighty message. Readings: Phil 2:5-11, Acts 2:36, 9:6, Rom 10:8-10, 14:6-12 (Message…

7 Sayings of the Cross (54 min)

PART 3 – Dan Rudge preaches on the 7 sayings of the Lord Jesus on the cross. He raises some questions: “Father forgive them”; but who are the “them”? “Today in Paradise”; but where is Paradise? “My God, My God”; but why not “My Father, My Father”? Dan addresses these questions (and much else beside) in a wide-ranging helpful message. His headings for the Lord’s 7 sayings are: A word for the transgressors A word of truth A word of…

Theology 101 – Sanctification (29 min)

PART 5 of 6 – In the fifth part of a 6-part series on the fundamentals of the gospel, Mr Jim Allen speaks on the subject of sanctification. The root idea of the word sanctification, Mr Allen explains, is to be “set apart”. Its basis – the blood of Christ; its agent – the Holy Spirit; its result – seen in three areas of my person…my mind with which I know God, my emotions with which I love God and…

Theology 101 – Propitiation (36 min)

PART 4 of 6 – In the fourth part of a 6-part series on the fundamentals of the gospel, Mr Jim Allen speaks on the subject of propitiation. Distinguishing biblical propitiation from pagan propitiation, Mr Allen shows that God has set forth Christ to be the sacrifice that satisfies His righteousness and thereby appeases His wrath, allowing Him to be merciful to the guilty on a righteous basis. This is the very heart of the gospel, whereby a work has…

7 Titles of Jehovah (46 min)

PART 2 – In the second of our series on “Scripture Sevens” Peter Scarsbrook speaks on 7 of the titles of Jehovah, namely: Jehovah-Tsidkenu, Jehovah-Jireh, Jehovah-Ropheka, Jehovah-Shalom, Jehovah-Mekaddishkem, Jehovah-Nissi and Jehovah-Shammah. These “compound names” have much to teach us about the nature of God, and provide much by way of practical thought-provoking ministry flowing therefrom. (Message preached 5th Dec 2020)

Theology 101 – Retribution (29 min)

PART 3 of 6 – In the third part of a 6-part series on the fundamentals of the gospel, Mr Jim Allen speaks on the subject of the last judgment, when Christ will judge the wicked dead of all ages. Reading one of the Bible’s most solemn passages, Revelation 20:11-15, Mr Allen then speaks on the setting of the judgment, the scene of the judgment, the subjects of the judgment, the standards of the judgment, and the sentence of the…

Theology 101 – Justification (38 min)

PART 2 of 6 – In the second part of a 6-part series on the fundamentals of the gospel, Mr Jim Allen speaks on the essential biblical topic of justification. Justification is not the ‘making’ of a person righteous: it is the ‘declaring’ of a person righteous. How can this be done? By grace. The condemned guilty sinner has nothing to plead; but God has set forth Christ as the propitiation for our sins. Every charge has been met and…

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…

Part 2 – The Temptation of Christ (45 min)

PART 2 – David Vallance continues on the theme of the temptation of Christ in the wilderness, but in this second message, after examining the character of each of the three temptations, he shows how Satan uses these same temptations with us. Satan tempts us to be something, to do something and to gain something. He works with the lust of the flesh, the pride of life and the lust of the eyes. This insightful message will open your understanding…

Part 1 – The Temptation of Christ (26 min)

PART 1 – David Vallance preaches a most interesting and instructive message on the temptation of Christ in the wilderness. He explains the three temptations of Christ by Satan and traces their character through Scripture. He tackles the difficult questions of 1. Could Christ have sinned? and 2. If not, in what way was the temptation real? Although only 26 minutes long, this message is packed full of sound and weighty doctrinal content, and will repay repeated listening. Reading: Matthew…

The 7 Days of Creation (44 min)

PART 1 – Ian Jackson preaches on “the 7 days of creation”. After reading Genesis 1, he explains how the chapter is foundational to all of Scripture. It is narrative, not poetry, giving a literal history of the 7 literal days of creation. Ian discusses various theories (gap theory, day age theory etc) and gives various weighty reasons why they ought not to be believed. He shows how Genesis 1 reveals the true nature of both God and man. Finally…

Understanding Saving Faith (40 min)

PART 2 of 2 – Michael Penfold preaches on the foundational doctrine of saving faith under 4 headings: 1. A definition of faith; 2. The principle of faith; 3. The nature of faith and 4. The results of faith. What does it mean to believe in Christ? Why do some people have trouble believing? These and other vital questions are explored in a message that will help anyone struggling with assurance, as well as anyone involved in spreading the gospel…

Understanding Repentance (40 min)

PART 1 of 2 – Michael Penfold preaches on the fundamentally important foundational doctrine of repentance under 5 headings: 1. Why study repentance? 2. What is the link between repentance and faith? 3. What is repentance? 4. How does repentance come about? 5. What are the fruits of repentance? This rarely dealt with subject is vital, for unless we understand repentance we will be unable to properly preach the gospel. Readings: Matt 4:17, Luke 13:3, 15:17-19, 24:46-47, Acts 2:37-38a, 20:20-21,…

Two Walks (44 min)

PART 4 – Michael Penfold contrasts two walks: “walking as He walked” (1 John 2:6) vvs “walking as men” (1 Cor 3:1-3). “Walking” is a Bible metaphor for “living” and Paul’s epistle to the Ephesians is the “epistle of walking” with 7 mentions, all of which are referenced in this message. The concept of “walking with God” is perhaps best exemplified in the life of Enoch. Michael highlights 7 features of Enoch’s walk with God and makes applications for us…

Two Worships (46 min)

PART 3 – Michael Penfold contrasts “true worship” with “false worship” or idolatry. God’s people of old were constantly tempted to sacrifice to idols like Baal and Molech, looking to them, in return, for safety, security and the good life. Enlightened Westerners in the 21st century may laugh at such a thing…but make no mistake, every man has his idol! We all have things we look to, instead of God, to provide us with the security and status we crave;…

Two Worlds (42 min)

PART 2 – Michael Penfold contrasts “this world and its cities” with the kingdom of God and a city whose builder and maker is God. To understand what the Bible means when it speaks of “this world” this message takes a look at the world’s identity (what the world is); its mentality (how the world thinks); its destiny (where the world’s heading); and its strategy (what the world wants). The exhortation is given to remember that Christ gave Himself for…

Two Wisdoms (48 min)

PART 1 – Michael Penfold contrasts the wisdom of men in their own self-improvement, with the wisdom of God in salvation. In the gospel, God has purposely done 3 very counter-intuitive things. First, He has designed a ‘foolish’ message. Second, He has saved a ‘foolish’ people; and third, He has used a ‘foolish’ method. And why has God so acted? To repudiate human wisdom and to humiliate human pride. This is the reasoning of Paul by the Spirit in 1…

His Death (47 min)

PART 4 – Ian Jackson preaches on “His death”, the death of Christ. While our justification has been brought about by His blood, our reconciliation has been brought about by His death. Ian expounds the truths of substitution, representation and identification and shows that our deliverance from sin has been brought about by our death with Christ – and one of the keys to victory over sin is therefore to reckon this fact to be so and to yield myself…

His Blood (47 min)

PART 3 – Ian Jackson preaches on “His blood”, the blood of Christ. He expounds the difference between sin and sins in Paul’s epistle to the Romans, and shows how the blood of Christ deals with the legal guilt of our sins (what we’ve done), while the death of Christ, and our identification with it, deals with “sin” (what we are by nature). He goes on to distinguish between blood-shedding and blood-sprinkling by reference to the picture of Calvary given…

His Cross and the Old Man (44 min)

PART 2 – Ian Jackson preaches on “His cross and the old man”. Having looked at the cross historically, Ian looks at “the cross” doctrinally. He develops the truth that at the cross “our old man was crucified with Christ”. Ian explains that the old man is not the same as the flesh. Rather, “the old man” is “Adamic man”. God terminated “the old man” at the cross, judicially passing sentence on “man in Adam”. The one act of the…

His Cross and the World (55 min)

PART 1 – Ian Jackson preaches on “His cross and the world”. In the first in a series of messages on His cross (Galatians), His blood (Hebrews) and His death (Romans), Ian explains that the cross is a symbol of the world’s hatred against Christ. While God gave Christ our sins, the world awarded Christ with “the cross”. Ian explores the origin of “this world” from the book of Genesis and finishes with an appeal: “Can I love the world’s…

Why I Am a Futurist (45 min)

PART 12 – There are 4 main views of the timing of the book of Revelation: preterism, historicism, idealism and futurism. Michael Penfold explains that how we choose between them ultimately comes down to how we interpret Bible prophecy. He sets out the general laws of hermeneutics and then gives specific direction as to how to interpret prophetic symbols. He finishes by testing the 4 views against three items in the book of Revelation (Message preached 14th Apr 2019)

Why I Am Premillennial (35 min)

PART 11 – After some general introductory remarks about the Bible’s prophecies of an “age to come” in which Edenic conditions will be restored, Joshua Jacob explains why he is premillennial in his eschatology. After dismissing amillennialism (no literal 1,000 year kingdom) and postmillennialism (the church brings in the kingdom through the gospel), Josh looks at the second coming of Christ that closes the current age in judgment and ushers in the 1,000 millennial kingdom of Christ – which is…

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…

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 Complementarian (43 min)

PART 8 – Michael Penfold expounds complementarianism – that truth that God not only created two different genders in the beginning, but that He assigned different roles to each – headship to the male, and ‘helper-ship’ to the female. Opposed by feminism, this is nevertheless the plain teaching of Genesis Ch 2 (before the fall) and is reiterated in 7 key passages in the NT – Eph 5:21-23, Col 3:18-19, 1 Tim 2:8-15, Titus 2:4-5, 1 Cor 11:1-16, 14:34-38, 1…

Why I am in an Assembly (37 min)

PART 7 – After defining the words “fellowship” (Gk: koinonia) and “assembly” (Gk: ekklesia), Michael Penfold sets out 3 reasons “Why I am in fellowship in a local assembly”. First, because of the purpose of God; second, because of the presence of Christ; and third, because of the pattern of Scripture. The Bible expects all believers to be in a local assembly gathered unto the name of the Lord Jesus (Readings: Matt 18:20, Acts 2:41-42, 9:26-28, 15:14) (Message preached 24th…

Why I Am Baptised (37 min)

PART 6 – Josh Jacob preaches on “Why I am Baptised”. He explains the meaning of the word baptism (to dip or immerse) and outlines the biblical foundation for “believer’s baptism” as opposed to the non-biblical idea of infant baptism, sometimes called pedobaptism. He uses an acrostic of the word baptism to structure his message: Basis, Act, People, Teaching, Imperative, Signal, Motive. (Readings: John 3:22-30, Acts 2:37-42, 8:5-20, 26-30, Rom 6:1-4).(Message preached 17th Feb 2019)

Why I Am a Creationist (56 min)

PART 5 – Josh Jacob preaches on “Why I am a Creationist”. He outlines why he rejects the theory of evolution and accepts the Biblical truth of creation under five headings: personal reasons, scientific reasons, moral reasons, theological reasons and existential reasons. Josh covers a number of important topics such as the origin of the universe, the origin of life, the fixity of species and the laws of science (Message preached 10th Feb 2019)

Why I am Trinitarian (43 min)

PART 4 – Dan Rudge preaches on “Why I am Trinitarian” under three headings: the Trinity is “clearly taught in Scripture”, is “critical to our salvation” and “controls our service”. After refuting the two major anti-trinitarian errors promoted today (Modalism and Arianism), Dan expounds the glorious truth of “one God in three persons, blessed Trinity” (Message preached 3rd Feb 2019)

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 I Am a Christian (44 min)

PART 2 – A Christian is someone who has been justified by faith in Jesus Christ. But how can a person know that Jesus Christ really existed, or that He is who the Bible claims Him to be, or that He really died and rose again? Michael Penfold outlines 5 basic lines of evidence for the Christian faith: 1. The eye-witness testimony of Scripture; 2. The fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy; 3. The existence of the church; 4. The martyrdom…

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 Great White Throne (37 min)

THE JUDGMENTS OF SCRIPTURE PART 11 – In the final part of the series, Josh Jacob outlines (from Rev 20:1-15) how the world will end – with 1. God’s judgment being poured out on the final rebellion of man at the end of the Millennium, and 2. the judgment of Satan, who is cast into the lake of fire, and 3. the judgment of the “wicked dead” whose names are not found written in the book of life. A solemn…

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 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 Chastening of Believers (30 min)

THE JUDGMENTS OF SCRIPTURE PART 8 – Michael Penfold preaches on the topic of “chastening” – the Father’s loving discipline of us as His sons, designed to correct our faults and develop our character. Michael outlines 3 categories of chastening: verbal, judicial and developmental. Both the nature and purpose of each one are outlined, accompanied by examples from Scripture (Readings: 1 Pet 4:17-18, Rev 3:19, 2 Tim 3:16-17, 1 Cor 11:30-32, Heb 12:4-13) (Message preached 2nd 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)

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 Judgment of Sodom and Gomorrah (35 min)

THE JUDGMENTS OF SCRIPTURE PART 4 – Joshua Jacob preaches on the judgment of Sodom and Gomorrah. From Ezekiel 16:48-50 and Luke 17:26-32 he outlines the sins of these ancient cities (features repeated in our day) and how Abraham pleaded with God to spare the cities from judgment. The Bible says “As it was in the days of Lot…even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed” (Message preached 4th 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…

The Judgment on Sin in Eden (39 min)

THE JUDGMENTS OF SCRIPTURE PART 2 – Michael Penfold preaches on God’s judgment on humanity for its rebellion in Eden’s garden. From the foundational chapter of Genesis 3, he deals with the context, cause, character and consequences of the first sin. God’s fairness in banishing Adam and Eve from the garden, and constituting all of their progeny sinners due to “one man’s sin” – hence the doctrine of “original sin” – is expounded and defended (Message preached 21st Oct 2018)

The Judgment of Satan and His Angels (46 min)

THE JUDGMENTS OF SCRIPTURE PART 1 – Mervyn Hall expounds the subject of God’s judgments on Satan and his angels – discussing God’s motive, manner and moment of judgment. Questions addressed include: When did Satan fall? What brought about his fall? Were there two falls of angels, or one? Who are the sons of God in Genesis 6? Readings in Gen 3, 6, John 16, 2 Pet 2 and Jude (Message preached 14th Oct 2018)

Commandment No 9 (38 min)

PART 10 – Joshua Jacob preaches on the 9th commandment – “Thou shalt not bear false witness”. He reminds us that the devil (diabolos) is “the accuser” or “the slanderer”, before outlining numerous ways in which we can be a false witness and use the tongue improperly – perjury, rumour-mongering, flattery, insinuation, slander and promise breaking. In Proverbs 6:17-19 “a lying tongue” and “a false witness” are 2 of the 7 things the Lord hates (Message preached 16th Sept 2018)

Commandment No 10 (38 min)

PART 11 – Michael Penfold preaches on the 10th commandment – “Thou shalt not covet”. After defining covetousness, he deals with the topic under 5 headings. The origin of, operation of, outcome of, opposite of, and overcoming of covetousness. Covetousness is a besetting sin that creeps into almost every sphere of life and needs constant mortification (Col 3:5). What does Paul mean in that verse when he says “Covetousness…is idolatry”? (Message preached 9th Sept 2018)

Commandment No 8 (41 min)

PART 9 – Mervyn Hall preaches on the 8th commandment – “Thou shalt not steal”. He asks 3 questions: “What is theft?”, “Why and where was the commandment instituted?”, and “How does it apply to us today?” From Eph 4:28 Mervyn highlights a number of ways in which we can easily be guilty of stealing today, in areas of time, money and truthfulness. Some comments along the way about socialism and capitalism make for interesting listening (Message preached 10th Jun…

Commandment No 7 (38 min)

PART 8 – Michael Penfold preaches on the 7th commandment – “Thou shalt not commit adultery”. He distinguishes between physical, heart and spiritual adultery, as well as pointing out the difference between several major Bible words related to sexual immorality in general. He suggests a reason why adultery is the one sexual sin that appears in the list of the 10 commandments (Message preached 3rd Jun 2018)

Commandment No 6 (39 min)

PART 7 – Mervyn Hall preaches on the 6th commandment – “Thou shalt not kill”. He takes the subject up under three headings: What is murder? Why and when was it prohibited? and How does this principle apply today? Issues such as “killing in war” and whether or not “capital punishment” applies today are examined, as well as the Lord’s words in Matt 5:21-22 where He deals with anger in the heart as the motivation behind murder (Message preached 27th…

Commandment No 5 (46 min)

PART 6 – Joshua Jacob preaches on the 5th commandment – “Honour your father and mother”, the first commandment with promise. Children can honour their parents by living an obedient life, lifting their parents’ load, learning their parents’ lessons and lavishing love on their parents. Parents can act towards their children in such a way as to encourage them to show honour – by loving, lifting, limiting, and leading them, and laughing with them (Message preached 20th May 2018)

Commandment No 4 (44 min)

PART 5 – Michael Penfold preaches on the 4th Commandment. He lists 6 reasons why God gave the Sabbath. He 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”. Useful for Seventh Day Adventists or anyone confused…

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…

Commandment No 2 (42 min)

PART 3 – Joshua Jacob preaches on the 2nd commandment – “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven images” etc. He explains the difference between the 1st and 2nd commandment before contrasting true worship with false worship. Not only is the worship of idols prohibited, but worshipping the true God through idols is also prohibited. God, the supreme, sovereign, self-existent Creator is a jealous God – He desires, deserves and demands worship to Him and Him alone (Message preached…

Commandment No 1 (41 min)

PART 2 – Michael Penfold outlines God’s essential moral absolutes, that pre-date and post-date the law of Moses, before dealing with the 1st commandment. He outlines the meaning of theism, deism, monotheism, polytheism, pantheism, atheism and agnosticism. He shows why the Roman Catholic Church omits Commandment No 2. Finally he challenges his audience to beware of the subtle but very common idolatry that we can all be so easily guilty of; turning a good thing into an ultimate thing (Message…

Intro to the 10 Commandments (42 min)

PART 1 – Mervyn Hall introduces a series on the “10 Commandments”. He outlines three groups of people – Israel “under law”, the Gentiles “without law” and Christians today “in law to Christ” (from 1 Cor 9). Then he asks three questions: 1. Are Christians obligated to keep the 10 Commandments as Israel did? 2. What was the purpose of the law? and 3. Why study the 10 Commandments? He explains that though the Mosaic law has been abolished, Christians…

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…

Investigating the Bible (2) (45 min)

PART 8 – Mervyn Hall gives a hands-on demonstration – using 2 Tim 2:15-16 – of how to study the Bible. (Graphics here and here). 1st: Divide the text (punctuation, conjunctions, verbs, participles, prepositions etc.). 2nd: Organise the text (flow and main point). 3rd: Probe the text (note the context, culture, history, and examine grammar). 4th: Synthesise the text (pull together and check for consistency with the rest of Scripture) (Message preached 18th Mar 2018)

Investigating the Bible (1) (43 min)

PART 7 – Josh Jacob preaches on “investigating the Bible” under three headings – 1. Why come to the Bible? 2. Welcoming the Bible, and 3. Working through the Bible. He gives helpful general hints about basic considerations in Bible study including the student’s attitude, diligence, attention to detail and prayerful response. In Bible study – look for God, learn about Christ, listen to the Spirit and “live it out” (Message preached 11th 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…

Translating the Bible (44 min)

PART 5 – Michael Penfold gives an introductory history of how the Bible has been translated into various languages, including English, before highlighting 4 main issues to be considered in the task of Bible translating – motives, men, manuscripts and method. Based on the fact of the plenary verbal inspiration of Scripture, he emphasises that the Bible should be translated according to principles of formal, not dynamic, equivalence (Message preached 18th Feb 2018)

Canonisation (34 min)

PART 4 – Dan Rudge explains why there are 66 books in the Bible, and only 66. How did these books qualify for entry into the “canon of Scriture”? What principles determined their selection? Are we sure we have the correct number and assortment of Bible books? What about the apocrypha and other “gospels” that are not in the Bible? These are other questions are answered in this helpful message (Message preached 4th Feb 2018)

Preservation and Transmission (42 min)

PART 3 – Josh Jacob traces the chain of movement from God to man – revelation, inspiration, inscripturation, preservation, transmission, canonisation and translation. Then he homes in on how the originals have been preserved. He compares the number, accuracy and dates of hand-written Greek and Hebrew Bible manuscripts with what is available for other ancient works of literature, and finds the Bible to be the best attested ancient book in the history of mankind (Message preached 28th Jan 2018)

Inspiration and Inscripturation (38 min)

PART 2 – Peter Scarsbrook expounds the truth of the “inspiration of Scripture”, basing his remarks on the two relevant and crucial New Testament passages – 2 Tim 3:15-17 and 2 Pet 1:19-21. What is “inspiration”? Are the actual words inspired, or just the thoughts and ideas they embody? These and other questions are examined as Peter defends with verbal, plenary inspiration of the Bible (Message preached 21st Jan 2018)

Attestation – What is the Bible? (41 min)

PART 1 – Mervyn Hall introduces this series of messages by asking three questions: What is the Bible? (Definition); Why do we have a Bible? (Design); and How did we get our Bible? (Delivery). He outlines the 4 types of revelation through which God speaks to humanity (Creation, conscience, Christ and the Canon) and lists numerous reasons why God gave us the Word of God (Readings: Psa 19:1-7, 2 Tim 2:14-16, Heb 4:12, 2 Pet 1:2-21, Luke 24:25-27) (Message preached…

The Spirit of God (35 min)

PART 12 – Michael Penfold preaches on the person, work and titles of the Holy Spirit. He emphasises that the Holy Spirit is God, is a real person and is intimately involved in everything to do with the conversion and daily life of the believer in Christ. Titles such as “the Spirit of Christ”, “the Spirit of glory and of God” and “the Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the dead” are discussed (Message preached 23rd Apr 2017)

The Son of Man (38 min)

PART 11 – Joshua Jacob preaches on the Lord’s title “the Son of Man”. After spending some time in Daniel Ch 7 where this title of Christ first occurs, Josh moves on to discuss its occurrences in the Gospels and in the Revelation. Josh presents the title “Son of Man” as a title of humanity, of identity and of royalty, and links it with Christ’s person, pathway, passion and preeminence (Message preached 2nd Apr 2017)

The Son of His Love (42 min)

PART 10 – Mervyn Hall preaches on the beautiful title “the Son of His love” or “His Son the beloved” from Colossians 1:13. Colossians Ch 1 is outlined and then the question is asked:- why does Paul, in the context, call Christ “the Son of His love”? Because, v14, Christ is the redeemer; because, v15, Christ is the creator and because, v18, Christ is the restorer of all things in Kingdom glory (Message preached 26th Mar 2017)

The Son of God (41 min)

PART 9 – Mervyn Hall preaches on the title “the Son of God”. He outlines the “distinction between persons” in the Trinity on the one hand, and the “oneness in nature” shared by the Father, Son and Holy Spirit on the other. The eternal sonship of Christ is defended as well as His absolute deity. The exclusive rights of the Son in relation to heirship in principle and in particular are expounded (Message preached 19th Mar 2017)

The Son of the Father (31 min)

PART 8 – Joshua Jacob preaches on the expression “the Son of the Father” which only occurs once in the New Testament, in the 2nd epistle of John, verse 3. Josh highlights two main issues – the affection of the Father for the Son, and the attributes of the Son re. the Father. This message reaffirms the eternal Sonship of Christ, His equality of essence with the Father and His position as the well-beloved One (Message preached 5th Mar 2017)

The Only Begotten Son (40 min)

PART 7 – Michael Penfold preaches on the expression “the only begotten Son” (Gk: monogenes) and explains its significance. He also takes up another title of Christ, “the first-begotten” (Gk: prototokos), and expounds its meaning. Finally, he takes up the words “This day have I begotten Thee” and, starting in Psalm 2, reveals the import of this precious expression (Message preached 26th Feb 2017)

Son of Mary (38 min)

PART 6 – Marcus Cain preaches on the significance of the Lord Jesus being “the son of Mary” and “as was supposed the son of Joseph”. These titles speak of Christ’s lowly condescension and his legal identification respectively. The miracle of the virgin birth and its deep significance for the person and work of Christ, and our salvation, is outlined and expounded (Message preached 12th Feb 2017)

The Son of David, the Son of Abraham (40 min)

PART 5 – Michael Penfold preaches on two divine titles of the Lord Jesus – the Son of David and the Son of Abraham. He explains the significance of Christ coming from the Davidic royal line and His right to sit on David’s throne in Millennial glory. Christ is also the Son of and the individual seed of Abraham through whom all the nations of the earth will yet be blessed (Message preached 5th Feb 2017)

The Father of Mercies, Lights and Spirits (45 min)

PART 4 – Billy Watterson preaches on three Divine titles: “the Father of mercies” (2 Cor 1:3), “the Father of spirits” (Heb 12:9) and “the Father of lights” (Jas 1:17). He takes each verse in its context and explains the reason why the Holy Spirit chose these exact titles in each case, to bring comfort and grace 1. in sorrow, 2. in spiritual discipline and 3. in times of trial and temptation (Message preached 29th Jan 2017)

The God of Glory, Grace and Comfort (42 min)

PART 3 – Josh Jacob preaches on three Divine titles: “the God of glory” (Acts 7:2), “the God of all grace” (1 Pet 5:10) and “the God of all comfort” (2 Cor 1:2). Working from Acts 7, Josh develops the theme of the “God of glory” appearing to Abraham, and how Moses and Stephen also saw the “glory of God” in that chapter. Peter is then developed as a man who knew much of the God of all grace, while Job…