Last Sunday we looked at how the Holy Spirit helps us in prayer. John Murray – “The children of God have two divine intercessors. Christ is their intercessor in the court of heaven….the Holy Spirit is the intercessor in the theatre of their own hearts” . John Calvin – “the Spirit is said to intercede, not because he really humbles himself to pray or to … Continue reading The Holy Spirit and Prayer (Romans 8); Sinclair on Proverbs – Praise and Preaching from St Peters
As I prepare for preaching in Memphis Sunday morning here is the sermon from last Sunday morning – again there was a tangible sense of the Lord’s presence with people in tears and just a joy at His goodness. And the service from the evening…again another stunning sermon from Sinclair on wisdom….enjoy… “It is however the design of Paul, as it will presently appear more … Continue reading Led by the Spirit, Wisdom from Proverbs – sermons and worship from St Petes…
Last Sunday morning we looked at Romans 8:9-13 The Realm of the Spirit. It is a wonderful passage but I learned a lesson from a mistake I made. Normally I operate on Luther’s advice to preach as ‘though a 14 year old serving girl’ were present. My version of that is a 17 year old Dundee man who has never been in church before. This … Continue reading The Realm of the Spirit (Romans 8:9-13); Sinclair on Wisdom (Proverbs 1:1-7), What a Friend we Have in Jesus. Songs and Sermons from St Peters.
Last Sunday morning Sinclair preached an incredible sermon on the teenage and young man Jesus – many tears were shed as the beauty of Christ incarnate was unfolded. I loved the reading of the passage from the first person perspective of Jesus. Songs– Come O Fount; Ps 139 (New Scottish) ; O Praise the Name; Ps 105:34-45; I Stand Amazed Readings: Acts 6:1-7 and Psalm 105:23-35 … Continue reading The Teenage and Young Man Jesus, The Repentant Prophet, Chrysostom on Wealth and Ps 130
Last Sunday we looked at Romans 8:1-4 – Looking at the subject of real freedom. This is the real Gospel. It was wonderful to see and hear people ‘getting’ the Gospel. Also we rejoiced in news of one young man becoming a Christian. To run and work the law commands, Yet gives me neither feet nor hands; But better news the gospel brings: It bids … Continue reading Romans 8 – The Freedom of the Good News; Proverbs 1 – Wisdom for Life (Sinclair Ferguson); Opticians in Burundi and Praise from St Peters
It was a real joy to be back preaching on Sunday – In looking at Romans 7:1-6 and the difference between written Law and the Gospel of the Spirit. I began with Marlon Brando, continued with Jordan Peterson, and ended with Martin Luther – “ We must ask God for divine grace, so that we may become new in spirit, willing and doing all good works … Continue reading Romans 7:1-6 – The New Way of The Spirit; Sinclair on Proverbs 1 and A Message from the Graveyard.
Last Sunday was apparently quite a special one in St Peters – if you listen to the two services you will hear why – Sinclair’s sermon on the Cross is stunning, as is Andrew’s on Ezekiel. What struck me about both is that not only were they deeply biblical and faithful to the text, they were passionate and full of pathos and emotion. This is … Continue reading The Cross, the Temple and the Gospel – Sinclair Ferguson, Andy Robertson and John Owen
Tim Keller and Sinclair Ferguson are probably the most influential Christian leaders in my life and ministry. It was therefore a joy to hear them both on this video speaking about ministry and life. (If you don’t wish to watch the whole ceremony Tim Keller begins at around the 27 minute mark- Sinclair at the one hour 27 ). Tim Keller always has this … Continue reading Tim Keller and Sinclair Ferguson on Christian Ministry
I was preaching at a Chinese Presbyterian Church conference in Sydney this morning, and was immediately asked what I thought about the Royal Wedding (which some of them had stayed up to watch the night before). We had an interesting discussion. I will keep my thoughts for later, but in particular they wanted to know what I thought of THAT sermon. Again I will have … Continue reading Right Royal Preaching
We are really enjoying being in Australia….the thing that we miss the most are family – both physical and spiritual….most days I walk to Lane Cove library, where I am currently doing most of my writing. As you can see it is a beautiful walk. This week as I was walking down in beautiful sunshine I listened to this service from St Peters on the … Continue reading The Best Online (St Peters) Worship Service Yet?