D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones was one of the greatest preachers of the 20th century. He believed that, “the first and primary object of preaching is not only to give information but to produce an impression. It is the impression at the time that matters, even more than what you can remember subsequently.”

The Greatest Commandment

Mark 12:28-34 28 And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” 29 Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 And you…

God of the Living

Mark 12:18-27 Then the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to him with a question. 19 “Teacher,” they said, “Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies and leaves a wife but no children, the man must marry the widow and raise up offspring for his brother. 20 Now there were…

The Rest of the Story

Rev 12:1-17 A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head. 2 She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth. 3 Then another sign appeared in heaven: an enormous red…

Judgment on the Fig Tree

Mark 11:12-25 12 On the following day, when they came from Bethany, he was hungry. 13 And seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to see if he could find anything on it. When he came to it, he found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs.…

A Beautiful Orthodoxy

Ray Cortese, pastor of Seven Rivers Presbyterian Church (Lecanto, FL), preached this sermon on the opening night of the 42nd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America in Houston on June 17, 2014. The humility, leadership, and love expressed in this sermon set the tone for the entire assembly, which was noted for its…

Delighting in the Trinity

2 Cor 13:11-14 Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. 12 Greet one another with a holy kiss. 13 All the saints greet you. 14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and…

Pentecost Matters

1 Cor 12:3-13 3 Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking in the Spirit of God ever says “Jesus is accursed!” and no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except in the Holy Spirit. 4 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; 5 and there are varieties of service,…

Ascension Matters

Luke 24:44-53 Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” 45 Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, 46 and said to…