Knowing the One True God

Sermon audio from Little Sandy Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Deposit, Alabama. Morning worship on February 17, 2019. Morning sermon: “An Introduction to the Doctrine of the Trinity (I.)

Sermon text: 2 Corinthians 13:14

Sermon outline: An Introduction to the Doctrine of the Trinity (1.) What is the doctrine of the Trinity? (2.) What does 2 Cor. 13:14 contribute to our understanding of the Trinity? (See also Numbers 6:24-26.) (3.) Does this doctrine matter in my life today?Quote

“The doctrine itself is of vital importance to Christians. It is the one belief held in common by the people of God everywhere. It is crucial to our understanding of both God and man. And it is the model for the way we should live, particularly in our relations with one another. Only a proper understanding of it can produce a sense of mystery, the devotion of God and the true humanism which are the essence of religion.” Donald Macleod
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He Is Worthy of Blessing

Sermon audio for “What a God! Bless the LORD for His Steadfast Love” (25:12) from morning worship at Little Sandy Ridge Presbyterian Church of Fort Deposit, AL, February 10, 2019.

Sermon text: Psalm 103:15-22

Sermon outline:  “What a God! Bless the LORD for His Steadfast Love”
1. THE BREVITY OF HUMAN LIFE, 15, 16.
2. THE BENEFIT OF DIVINE REDEMPTION, 17, 18
3. THE BASIS FOR THE BENEFIT, 19
4. THE BENEDICTION OF BLESSINGS, 20-22.

“How vast the contrast between the fading flower and the everlasting God! How wonderful that his mercy should link our frailty with his eternity, and make us everlasting too! From old eternity the Lord viewed his people as objects of mercy, and as such chose them to become partakers of his grace;… Jehovah changes not, he has mercy without end as well as without beginning. Never will those who fear him find that either their sins or their needs have exhausted the great deep of his grace.” C. H. Spurgeon

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The Love of God Described

Sermon audio for the sermon, What a God! Bless the LORD: The Love of God Demonstrated,” (25:39) preached during the morning worship & service of Communion at Little Sandy Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Deposit, AL on February 3, 2017.

Sermon text: Psalm 103:6-14

Sermon outline: (1.) THE DEPTH OF GOD’S LOVE FOR HIS PEOPLE, 6-8 (2.) THE HEIGHT OF GOD’S LOVE FOR HIS PEOPLE, 9-12 (3.) THE BREADTH OF GOD’S LOVE FOR HIS PEOPLE, 13-14

“All the world tastes of his sparing mercy, those who hear the gospel partake of his inviting mercy, the saints live by his saving mercy, are preserved by his upholding mercy, are cheered by his consoling mercy, and will enter heaven through his infinite and everlasting mercy.” Charles H. Spurgeon, The Treasury of David

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Praising the One True God as He Deserves

Sermon audio from “Bless the Lord! What a God: The Benefactor and His Benefits,”  (28:06) preached during morning worship at Little Sandy Ridge Presbyterian Church of Fort Deposit, Alabama on January 27, 2019.

Sermon text: Psalm 103

Sermon outline: (1.) Acknowledge and Praise the Benefactor, 1-2. (2.) Proclaim the Benefits, 3-5.

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And So God Responds to Him

Sermon audio from “God and Jonah,” (25:06) preached at the morning worship of Little Sandy Ridge Presbyterian Church of Fort Deposit, Alabama on January 20, 2019.

Sermon text: Jonah 4:3-11

Sermon outline: “God and Jonah” Jonah 4:3-11. The Dilemma of the Prophet, 4:1-5, 9. The Providence of God, vv. 6-8a, 10. The Scope of Salvation, v. 11

Comparing Jonah to Jesus in Luke 13:34-35. “Jonah grieves that a repentant city shall be spared; Jesus grieves that an unrepentant city must be judged. Jonah laments the prospect of loss for his people that could be brought about by the salvation of heathen sinners; Jesus laments that even the surrendering of his own lifeblood will not bring salvation to Jerusalem.” O. Palmer Robertson

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Not Exactly the Right Response

Audio from the Sermon: “I Knew this Would Happen!” (28:13) Jonah 4:1, 2 preached during morning worship at Little Sandy Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Deposit, Alabama on January 13, 2019.

Sermon text: Jonah 4:1, 2

Sermon outline: “I Knew this Would Happen!, or An Angry Sinner in the Hands of  a Gracious and Merciful God” Jonah 4:1, 2

(1.) A description of Jonah’s emotions, 1. (2.) A preface to Jonah’s supplications, 2. (a.) Jonah’s knowledge of God, 2ab. (b.) Jonah’s actions toward God, 2c (c.) Jonah’s accurate description of God, 2d

“Despite his blatant disobedience and narrow-mindedness, Jonah understands the character of God.” notes, Reformation Study Bible

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New Year’s Message 2019

Sermon audio for the Communion sermon, “Another Year. What a God!” (32:27). Morning worship at Little Sandy Ridge Presbyterian Church, Fort Deposit, Alabama, January 6, 2019.

Preaching the  sermon earlier in the week (26:54).

Sermon text: Psalm 104

Sermon outline: (1.) LOOK AT GOD, 1-4. (2.) OBSERVE HIS CREATION, 5-9. (3.) PONDER HIS PROVISION, 10-23. (4.) NOTICE THE WISDOM OF CREATION AND PROVISION, 24-26. (5.) GOD AND CREATION: WHAT IS YOUR RESPONSE? 27-35.

Two quotes:
“We are alive today because of a vast causal nexus above and below us. The same is true of our abilities, and, therefore, our achievements….Given the greatness of the universe and our own frailty, is it not wondrous that any of us survive, and even more wondrous that any of us accomplish what we do? That wonder at the sheer greatness of it all is on of the roots of religion.” –John Frame

“Faithful Christian thinking about (and action within) culture requires a recognition of creation’s ordered goodness. Each of those three words is essential to cultural faithfulness.” –Ken Myers

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