Sermons from March 2019

Sermons from March 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…

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)…