Tag: sermons


SERMON SNIPPETS FROM 1 JOHN 3:11-18

If we are to love everybody, does that mean we have to like everybody? How do I go about loving people I don’t like, even in the church? I’m just asking the question I know you are asking right now in your mind! It seems to me there is a very clear, practical, distinction between   …Continue Reading


EASTER SUNDAY SERMON SNIPPETS FROM 1 JOHN 3:1-3

Every Christian should always live in three arenas, 1) what we are, 2) what we shall be, and 3) what we should be. What we are is God’s child (v. 1); what we shall be is conformed to the image of Christ when we get to heaven (v. 2); what we should be on the   …Continue Reading


PREACHING 1 JOHN 2:15-17 – “DON’T LOVE THE WORLD”!

On March 6, 2016, at First Baptist Church, Irving, TX, I preached on 1 John 2:15-17. This is the famous passage where Christians are exhorted not to love the world. What on earth does John mean? The structure of this text is often missed by expositors. The text has one main point, encoded in the   …Continue Reading


Sermon Video – “My Anchor Holds” – Hebrews 6:13-20

Here is the video of my sermon at FBC Sunnyvale, TX, on July 19. The text is Hebrews 6:13-20. The Title is “My Anchor Holds.” https://t.co/HLL4ydQdPE


THE EXPOSITOR IN THE PULPIT – Part 12 – “The Word its Own Interpreter”

NOTE: This article is an excerpt from an excellent little book on preaching, The Expositor in the Pulpit, by the Greek scholar Marvin R. Vincent. The book is the content of his lectures given to students at Union Theological Seminary in 1884. The book is a must read for expository preachers and teachers. This section   …Continue Reading


“THE EXPOSITOR IN THE PULPIT” – Part 6: “Systematic Study vs. Cramming”

NOTE: This article is an excerpt from an excellent little book on preaching, The Expositor in the Pulpit, by the Greek scholar Marvin R. Vincent. The book is the content of his lectures given to students at Union Theological Seminary in 1884. The book is a must read for expository preachers and teachers. “Systematic Study   …Continue Reading


Sermon Snippet on 1 John 2:4

Some people seem to have the mindset that because they are eternally secure in their salvation, how they live does not matter so much. This is the kind of thinking that John strongly refutes in 1 John 2:4 – Listen to F. W. Farrar practically apply verse 4 in his 1890 sermon on this passage:   …Continue Reading


Preaching with Passion for Souls – Erskine Mason on 1 John 2:2

I read lots of sermons. It goes with my line of work. On my blog during 2015, I will on occasion post portions of sermons past that I deem have value and interest for today’s readers. Today’s post comes from Erskine Mason (1805-1851). Mason was a graduate of Princeton who served as pastor of the   …Continue Reading


Sermon Notes – Romans 6:1-14, Part 3

Paul’s main point in Romans 6:1-14 is v. 11: “Consider yourselves to be dead to sin but alive to God through Christ Jesus.” This is the first imperative in Romans! “Consider yourself” is logidzomai in Greek. Notice the first three letters of the Greek word are equivalent to our word “log.” A log is a   …Continue Reading


“So You’re About to Call a Pastor!” – 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13

One of the most important things a church ever does is to call a senior pastor. The decision has far-reaching consequences for all involved . . . and for the kingdom of God. Sometimes people view a pastor as a spiritual superhero; like one of the Avengers who steps in to do the impossible job   …Continue Reading