Salvation Can Be Surprising

Sermon audio from November 11, 2018 at Little Sandy Ridge PCA, morning worship. The sermon: “The Spiritual Storm (Part 2).”

Jonah 1:11-16

Sermon outline:  (1.) Spiritual Solution, 11, 12. (2.) Spiritual Sacrifice, 13-16.

“The fact that the sailors were saved is evident in practically every word used….They are said to have feared Jehovah himself….They were worshipping Jehovah….And how did they worship Well, they performed a sacrifice–this was the Jewish means of approach to God–and they made vows. If the sailors had made their vows before their deliverance, I would not be so impressed. Theirs may have been only a foxhole conversion….They made vows after they had been delivered. Consequently, I believe they were converted and that they must have vowed to serve Jehovah all their days.” -James M. Boice
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The Hound of Heaven Is At Work

Sermon audio from November 4, 2018 at Little Sandy Ridge PCA, morning worship. The sermon: “The Spiritual Storm (Part 1).”

Jonah 1:7-10

Sermon outline:  (1.) Spiritual Confrontation, 7-8 [The Casting, 7; The Questioning, 8] (2.) Spiritual Confession, 9-10 [The Confession, 9; The response and rebuke, 10]

“The words must have seemed to Jonah like a haunting echo from the past, exposing once more the guilt of his flight from God. Now God had sent this pagan to arouse him to his duties. If we do not keep ‘short accounts’ with God in our consciences, it will not be long before our once sensitive spirits will fail to respond to the touch of his hand, or the sound of his voice. So it proved to be with Jonah. It emerged in a sad fashion.” Sinclair B. Ferguson
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The Results of Running from God’s Call

Sermon audio from Morning Worship at Little Sandy Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Deposit, Alabama on October 28, 2018. Sermon: “Arise, O Sleeper.”

Sermon text: Jonah 1:4-6

Sermon Outline: (I.) The Sovereign LORD Hurls, v. 4. (II.) The Disobedient Servant Sleeps, v. 5. (III.) The Pagan Sailors Pray and Preach, v. 6

God took his election of Jonah so seriously that he would actually sink the ship on which the disobedience prophet was sailing, if necessary rather than allowing him to get on to his own destination. –James Boice

“There is a way that seems right to a person, but its end is the way to death” (Prov. 14:12 CSB).

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Responding to God’s Call

Morning Worship at Little Sandy Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Deposit, AL, sermon audio: “Are You Kidding Me?” (27:49), preached Oct. 21, 2018.

Sermon text: Jonah 1:1-3

Sermon outline: (1.) God’s Compassion, vv. 1-2 (Compassionate calling, 1; Compassionate commission, 2) (2.) Jonah’s Rebellion, v. 3 (Rebellious running, 3)

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The One True God

Morning Worship at Little Sandy Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Deposit, Alabama. Sermon audio: “Do you know our God?: An Introduction to Jonah” (23:29)

Sermon text: Psalm 115:3; selections from Jonah

Sermon outline:
(1.) Sovereignty, Jonah 1:4, 17; 2:10; 4:4-8
(2.) Compassion, 1:2; 2:10; 3:10; 4:2, 11
(3.) Evangelism, 3:4
(4.) Prayer, 1:14; 2:2-9; 3:8
(5.) Repentance, 3:3, 5
(6.) Salvation, 1:16; maybe 3:7-10
(7.) Grace, 2:9
(8.) Perseverance, 1:3; 3:1
(9.) Blessing, 1:2, 16; 4:11
(10.) Resurrection, 2:10
(11.) Substitution, 1:12,15
“Jonah is the most beautiful story ever written in so small a compass.” Charles Reade, English literary critic & author
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Where do you find spiritual support?

Sunday morning worship at Little Sandy Ridge Presbyterian Church, Ft. Deposit, AL, sermon audio: “Application of the Covenant, part IV, The Covenant Community,” (29:18), October 7, 2018.

Sermon text: Acts 2:37-47

Sermon outline: (1.) The Covenant Community is Cross-shaped, 37-41. (2.) The Covenant Community is a Community of Worship, 42, 47a. (3.) The Covenant Community is a Community of Fellowship, 42b, 44-46

Quotes: “The only thing that will secure life-long gladness is a heart satisfied with the experience of God’s love.” Alexander Maclaren

“The man who attempts Christianity without the church shoots himself in the foot, shoots his children in the leg, and shoots his grandchildren in the heart.” Kevin DeYoung 

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What do you do with your sin and guilt?

Sermon audio from “Application of the Covenant Part III, An Encounter with God & the Gospel,” (30:47), Little Sandy Ridge Presbyterian Church, Fort Deposit, AL, September 30, 2018.

Sermon text: Isaiah 6:1-8

Sermon outline: (1.) The Holiness of God, 1-4. (2.) The Sinfulness of Humanity, 5. (3.) The Provision of Atonement, 7. (4.) The Response of Freedom, 8

Quote: “The Bible says that God is holy, holy, holy. Not that he is merely holy, or even holy, holy. He is holy, holy, holy. The Bible never says that God is love, love, love; or mercy, mercy, mercy; or wrath, wrath, wrath; or justice, justice, justice. It does say that He is holy, holy, holy, that the whole earth is full of his glory.” R.C. Sproul, The Holiness of God

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