Sermons: April 2011 Archives

sermon update

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I've filled in the last missing sermon from I Peter.

The two big gaps in John are awaiting the digitized files I'm getting from another member of the congregation. I've digitized the rest of Samuel, the complete book of Jeremiah, and two-thirds of Ezekiel. I'm working on Ruth right now, and then I'll finish Ezekiel before going on to Joshua, Daniel, II Thessalonians, Titus, and Luke. There's one more topical series digitized that I haven't posted yet (on the church), and there are another two still to be digitized (one on what comes after death and another that isn't a coherent unified topic but a selection of various topical sermons).

That almost exhausts the tapes I've currently got. I've got some of the sermons on Revelation, but I need to locate the rest. They're not all where they're supposed to be. I've got the tapes for Judges, but the first sermon is missing, so I'm going to try to see if I can find that one before I begin digitizing the rest. It's not as if I have nothing else I can do first.

Update: I've also added a Habakkuk sermon from 2002 to the 2009 series of minor prophets that included Habakkuk, and I've added one of the two missing sermons from the John 18-21 series.

The introduction and preaching schedule for this section of the book of Kings is here.

1. I Kings 17:1-18:16 Jeremy Jackson (There shall be neither dew nor rain these years) 4-18-10
2. I Kings 18:17-46 Stefan Matzal (How long will you go limping between different positions?) 4-25-10
3. I Kings 19 Jeremy Jackson (The sound of a low whisper) 5-2-10
4. I Kings 20 Doug Weeks (You shall know that I am the LORD) 5-9-10
5. I Kings 21 Stefan Matzal (I will give you the vineyard of Naboth) 5-16-10
6. I Kings 22:1-40 John Hartung (I saw all Israel scattered ... as sheep that have no shepherd) 5-23-10
7. I Kings 22:41-II Kings 1:18 Jeremy Jackson (Is it because there is no God in Israel?) 5-30-10
8. II Kings 2 Stefan Matzal (The spirit of Elijah rests upon Elisha) 6-6-10
9. II Kings 3 Jeremy Jackson (Is there no prophet of the LORD here?) 6-13-10
10. II Kings 4 Doug Weeks (This is a holy man of God) 6-20-10
11. II Kings 5 Jeremy Jackson (I know that there is no God in all the earth but in Israel) 6-27-10
12. II Kings 6:1-23 Doug Weeks (Please open his eyes that he may see) 7-4-10
13. II Kings 6:24-7:20 Jeremy Jackson (Could such a thing be?) 7-11-10
14. II Kings 8 Doug Weeks (Tell me all the great things that Elisha has done) 7-18-10
15. II Kings 9 Stefan Matzal (In accordance with the word of the LORD) 7-25-10
16. II Kings 10 Stefan Matzal (He struck down all who remained to Ahab) 8-1-10

Jeremy Jackson preached on I Kings 16:29-17:24 in the 1981 eschatology series

For more sermons, see here.

I Kings 1-16 sermons

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Apostles' Creed sermons

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The official title for this topical series was "Some Things We Believe". The individual sermon titles reveal that each discusses a different line of the Apostles' Creed (but the creed is not covered in full). The preaching schedule is here.

From the preaching schedule, it's not clear if the final two sermons on the first and second advent are supposed to be part of this series or are just tagged on at the end. I didn't listen again to the entire sermon on first advent, but I listened to parts of it, and I detected no connection to the series. But the final sermon on the second advent seems to indicate from the very beginning that it's part of the series and connects with a line from the creed. (Perhaps the first advent sermon could be on "He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary"?) So I'm including them here for now.

1. "I believe in God the Father" Jeremy Jackson 11-7-04
2. "I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord" Stefan Matzal 11-14-04
3. "I believe in the Holy Spirit" Jeremy Jackson 11-21-04
4. "I believe in the holy catholic Church" Jeremy Jackson 11-28-04
5. "I believe in the forgiveness of sins" Bill Greenman 12-5-04
6. "I believe in the resurrection of the Body" Jeremy Jackson 12-12-04
7. 1st Advent (Luke 2:25-32) Stefan Matzal 12-19-04
8. 2nd Advent ("From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead") Doug Weeks 12-26-04

For more sermons, see here.

Ephesians 4-6 sermons

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The introduction and preaching schedule for this section of the book is here.

1. Ephesians 4:1-6 The unity of the Spirit (Jeremy Jackson) 7-18-04
2. Ephesians 4:7-12 The measure of Christ's gift (Jeremy Jackson) 7-25-04
3. Ephesians 4:13-16 Grow up ... into the Head, into Christ (Jeremy Jackson) 8-1-04
4. Ephesians 4:17-24 Put on the new nature (Stefan Matzal) 8-8-04
5. Ephesians 4:25-5:2 Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God (Bill Greenman) 8-15-04
6. Ephesians 5:3-14 Walk as children of light (Doug Weeks) 8-22-04
7. Ephesians 5:15-21 Look carefully, then, how you walk (Jeremy Jackson) 9-5-04
8. Ephesians 5:22-27 Wives .. to the Lord; husbands .. Christ (Stefan Matzal) 9-12-04
9. Ephesians 5:28-33 This is a great mystery (Jeremy Jackson) 9-19-04
10. Ephesians 6:1-4 Children obey .. fathers do not provoke (Jeremy Jackson) 9-26-04
11. Ephesians 6:5-9 Slaves .. to the Lord. Masters .. the same (Jeremy Jackson) 10-3-04
12. Ephesians 6:10-13 Not .. against flesh and blood (Stefan Matzal) 10-10-04
13. Ephesians 6:14-17 Stand, therefore (Doug Weeks) 10-17-04
14. Ephesians 6:18-24 Pray .. also for me (Jeremy Jackson) 10-24-04

Al Gurley preached on Ephesians 4:1-18 in 1980. See the topical sermons here.
Doug Weeks preached on Ephesians 4:1-6 in 1983. See the topical sermons here.
Doug Weeks preached on Ephesians 5:15-6:4 in 1986. See the topical series here.
Jeremy Jackson preached on Ephesians 6:20-24 in 1989. See the topical sermons here.
Doug Weeks preached on Ephesians 5:15-17 in 2000. See the topicals here.
Stefan Matzal preached on Ephesians 4:20-24 in 2006. See the topicals here.
Doug Weeks preached on Ephesians 5:25-33a in 2012. See the topical series here.
For other Trinity Fellowship sermons, see here.

Ephesians 1-3 sermons

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The introduction and preaching schedule for this section of the book is here.

1. Ephesians 1:1-6 Jeremy Jackson (The praise of his glorious grace) 5-4-03
2. Ephesians 1:7-10 Bill Greenman (A plan for the fulness of time) 5-11-03
3. Ephesians 1:11-14 Jeremy Jackson (The guarantee of our inheritance) 5-18-03
4. Ephesians 1:15-19 Doug Weeks (The immeasurable greatness of his power) 5-25-03 [sound quality starts bad but improves]
5. Ephesians 1:20-23 Jeremy Jackson (Head over all things for the church) 6-1-03
6. Ephesians 2:1-3 Jeremy Jackson (By nature children of wrath) 6-8-03
7. Ephesians 2:4-7 Doug Weeks (But God who is rich in mercy) 6-15-03
8. Ephesians 2.8-10 Jeremy Jackson (We are his workmanship) 6-22-03
9. Ephesians 2.11-13 Jeremy Jackson (Brought near in the blood of Christ) 6-29-03
10. Ephesians 2.14-18 Jeremy Jackson (He is our peace ... made us both one) 7-6-03
11. Ephesians 2:19-22 Bill Greenman (Christ Jesus himself ... the cornerstone) 7-13-03
12. Ephesians 3:1-7 Jeremy Jackson (The mystery of Christ) 7-20-03
13. Ephesians 3:8-13 Doug Weeks (The unsearchable riches of Christ) 7-27-03
14. Ephesians 3:14-21 Stefan Matzal (Filled with all the fulness of God) 8-3-03

Bill Greenman preached a sermon on Ephesians 1:15-23 in 1996. See the topical sermons here.
Jim Stone preached a Reformation Sunday sermon on Ephesians 2:9-11 in 1997. See the topical sermons here.
Doug Weeks preached a sermon on Ephesians 3:14-20 in 2006. See the topicals here.
For more sermons, see here.

sermon update

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I've added today's sermon on Matthew 25:31-46, which was the last one to be added to the Matthew 20:29-25:46 sermons.This thereby completes that set. We'll pick up with ch.26 in January, so that's as far as we're getting in Matthew for a while.

I need to get the units on Samuel and Kings posted, because we're moving into our third unit on Kings next, starting with II Kings 11. The sermons on I Samuel 1-12 are already posted, but I Samuel 13-19 still need to be digitized. I think we've got all of I Samuel 20-II Kings 10.

In the meantime, you can expect sermons on Ephesians and Jeremiah to appear in the near future. Those are all digitized and just need to be posted. I'm hoping to receive digital copies of the missing units on John soon, also. Someone in the congregation had digitized those for his own use, and he's found them for me but hasn't yet gotten them into my hands.

This is a rare series of topical sermons at Trinity Fellowship, during a break between finishing the minor prophets and whatever we do next during our fall prophet teaching slot. The introduction and preaching schedule for this series is here. It includes lengthier descriptions of the individual sermons than is usually the case.

1. Being a Christian II Peter 1:3-11 (Stefan Matzal) 11-7-10
2. Shaping the mind Ezra 7:1-10 (Jeremy Jackson) 11-14-10
3. Forming the heart (Stefan Matzal) 11-21-10
4. Self-control and the body (Nathaniel Jackson) 11-28-10
5. Means of grace (Jeremy Jackson) 12-5-10
6. Good words and works (Stefan Matzal) 12-12-10

For more sermons, see here.

Philippians sermons

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The introduction and preaching schedule for this series is here. This series was posted when it was still in progress, but it has now been completed, and we now await the remaining chapters of Matthew, to begin in January 2012.

After preaching sermon #12 in this series (on Matt 24:32-44), Stefan Matzal wrote up some supplemental thoughts that can be found here.


Jeremy Jackson preached on Matthew 25:32-46 in the 1981 Matthew series.
These chapters were previously covered in 1985
For the 1997 and 1998 sermons on these chapters, see here and here.
For other Trinity Fellowship sermons, see here.

The introduction and preaching schedule for Matthew 14:1-20:28 is here.

1. Matt 14:1-21 Jeremy Jackson (Signs of life and death) 1-3-10
2. Matt 14:22-36 Stefan Matzal (You are the Son of God) 1-10-10
3. Matt 15:1-28 Doug Weeks (What defiles a man?) 1-24-10
4. Matt 15:29-16:12 Stefan Matzal (Beware of false teaching) 1-31-10
5. Matt 16:13-23 Jeremy Jackson (On this rock ... my church) 2-7-10
6. Matt 16:24-17:13 Stefan Matzal (The foundation of glory) 2-14-10
7. Matt 17:14-27 Jeremy Jackson (The mark of true power) 2-21-10
8. Matt 18:1-14 Stefan Matzal (Who is the greatest?) 2-28-10
9. Matt 18:15-35 Doug Weeks (Private mercy and public discipline) 3-7-10
10. Matt 19:1-12 Jeremy Jackson (Marriage, divorce, and singleness) 3-14-10
11. Matt 19:13-20 Stefan Matzal (Who can be saved?) 3-21-10
12. Matt 20:1-19 Jeremy Jackson (The Cross and the Throne) [Palm Sunday] 3-28-10
13. Matt 20:20-28 Doug Weeks (A ransom for many) [Easter Sunday] 4-4-10

Doug Weeks preached on Matthew 18:15-20 in the 1981 Matthew series.
Some of the material from the last three sermons was previously covered in 1985.
Dickson Rothwell preached on Matthew 16:21-28 in 1992. See the topical sermons here.
For the 1997 sermons on these chapters, see here. For other Trinity Fellowship sermons, see here.

I've been looking at some empirical work that's been done gauging people's attitudes about race. I've been taking these studies to be empirically sound and up to social science standards. As I'm going through the comments on my chapter dealing with this, I'm seeing some worry that my arguments rely on surveys that aren't up to social science standards because they're not representative enough. I have no idea how to evaluate such a charge.

What exactly does a study need to do to meet social science standards? One study I'm looking at was an internet survey of 449 people. The initial contacts responded to ads on a university campus and were told to invite other people they knew to participate, and the authors of the study say that the invitations allowed it to mushroom into a more diverse group. The ages ranged from 18 to 82, with a mean age of 35 (SD=13.38). They asked for self-identification racially, and they got 64% identifying as European American, 14% African American, 9% Latino/a, 5% Asian American, 3% Biracial/Multiracial, .2% Native American/Alaskan, and 4% Other or None of the Above. For educational background, 3% had just high school, 23% some college, 23% college grads, 15% some graduate school, and 36% completed graduate school. 29% were from the Midwest, 24% from the West, 17% Midatlantic, 18% South, 7% New England, and 5% Southwest.

The full text of the study is here.

Can anyone with a background in social science give me a sense of whether it's fair to charge studies like this one with not being representative enough and therefore not up to social science standards? The only thing I can detect is some geographical skewing and a heavy emphasis on people with higher education backgrounds, but the authors acknowledge the latter and checked to see if responses differed significantly from one education level to another and detected no problems there. Is the sample size large enough? I don't have a sense of how these things are supposed to be done.

Dropbox

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I've been using Dropbox to host the sermon files I'm putting online. I'm starting to run out of space, but they increase your disk space if you can get others to sign up under you as a referral.

This is a great site for storing files online that you can then access from another computer, and you can use it to share your files with certain people but not make public, or you can generate public links, as I'm doing with the sermon files, if you prefer that. If you sign up as a referral, you immediately get your first bonus as if you had referred someone, so it's better to sign up as a referral than otherwise.

So if you would find such a site useful, please sign up and install the software, and it will increase my disk space and allow me to store more sermons there. (Or you could even do it just to help me out, if you're so inclined!) The link above should give the referral to me.

Sermon Gaps Filled In

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I've been digitizing some of the sermons that were missing from the sermon series I've been putting online. So far this includes:

one sermon in the I Samuel 1-12 series
seven sermons in the Zechariah 1-9 and Malachi series
three sermons in the John 5-8 series

Those three series are now complete. When I get my next chance to look through the tape library, I'll look for the missing sermons on John 18-21, I Peter, and II Peter.

Exodus 20:1-17 Sermons

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The introduction and preaching schedule for chapters 1-7 is here.

1. Matt 1:1-17 Jeremy Jackson (The geneaology of Jesus Christ) 12-2-07
2. Matt 1:18-25 Jeremy Jackson (The birth of Jesus Christ) 12-9-07
3. Matt 2:1-12 Stefan Matzal (Jesus was born ... King of the Jews) 12-16-07
4. Matt 2:13-23 Stefan Matzal (Take the child ... and flee to Egypt) 12-23-07
5. Matt 3 Jeremy Jackson (This is my beloved Son) 12-30-07
6. Matt 4:1-11 Jeremy Jackson (Then Jesus was led up ... to be tempted) 1-6-08
7. Matt 4:12-25 Jeremy Jackson (Jesus began to preach) 1-13-08
8. Matt 5:1-12 Doug Weeks (Blessed ... Blessed ... Blessed) 1-20-08
9. Matt 5:13-20 Stefan Matzal (Let your light so shine) 1-27-08
10. Matt 5:21-26 Stefan Matzal (Everyone who is angry ... will be liable) 2-3-08
11. Matt 5:27-32 Jeremy Jackson (Adultery ... in his heart) 2-10-08
12. Matt 5:33-42 John Hartung (Let your yes be yes) 2-17-08
13. Matt 5:43-48 Jeremy Jackson (Love your enemies) 2-24-08
14. Matt 6:1-8,16-18 Stefan Matzal (Your Father ... sees in secret) 3-2-08
15. Matt 6:9-15 Jeremy Jackson (Pray like this, "Our Father") 3-9-08
16. Matt 6:19-24 Jeremy Jackson (Lay up ... treasure in heaven) 3-16-08
17. Matt 6:25-34 Doug Weeks (Seek first the Kingdom of God) 3-23-08 [Easter Sunday]
18. Matt 7:1-12 Stefan Matzal (Whatever you wish ... do so to them) 3-30-08
19. Matt 7:13-23 Doug Weeks (Beware of false prophets) 4-6-08
20. Matt 7:24-29 Doug Weeks (He taught as one who had authority) 4-13-08

Most of the sermons in the 1981 Matthew series were from this section of the gospel.
Jeremy Jackson preached on Matthew 2:1-12 in 1982. See the topicals here.
Jeremy Jackson preached a sermon on Christmas in 1988 on Matthew 1:18-25. See the topicals here.
Doug Weeks and Jeremy Jackson preached three sermons stemming from parts of Matthew 5-6 in this topical series in 1989.
Jeremy Jackson preached a sermon on Psalm 127 and Matthew 1:18-25 in 1991. See the topicals here.
Jeremy Jackson preached a Christmas sermon on Matthew 1-2 in 1992. See the topicals here.
For the 1994-1995 sermons on these chapters, see here.
Jim McCullough preached a Christmas sermon on Matthew 1 in 1995. See the topicals here.
Jeremy Jackson preached a Christmas sermon on Matthew 2:1-12 in 1999. See the topicals here.
For other Trinity Fellowship sermons, see here.

I Peter sermons

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The introduction and preaching schedule for I Peter is here.

1. I Peter 1:1-5 Stefan Matzal "According to his great mercy" 7-16-06
2. I Peter 1:6-12 Stefan Matzal "Concerning this salvation ..." 7-23-06
3. I Peter 1:13-21 Jeremy Jackson "The passions of your former ignorance" 7-30-06
4. I Peter 1:22-2:3 Jeremy Jackson "Long for the pure spiritual milk" 8-6-06
5. I Peter 2:4-12 John Hartung "Once you were not a people" 8-13-06
6. I Peter 2:13-25 Stefan Matzal "Be subject for the Lord's sake" 8-27-06
7. I Peter 3:1-7 Jeremy Jackson "That your prayers not be hindered" 9-3-06
8. I Peter 3:8-17 Jeremy Jackson "Bless ... that you may obtain a blessing" 9-10-06
9. I Peter 3:18-22 Stefan Matzal "For Christ also suffered" 9-17-06
10. I Peter 4:1-6 Jeremy Jackson "Live ... for the will of God" 9-24-06
11. I Peter 4:7-11 Jeremy Jackson "The end ... is at hand, therefore ..." 10-1-06
12. I Peter 4:12-19 Stefan Matzal "Rejoice ... that you may also rejoice" 10-8-06
13. I Peter 5:1-5 Doug Weeks "Examples to the flock" 10-15-06
14. I Peter 5:6-14 Jeremy Jackson "To him be the dominion forever and ever" 10-29-06

Jeremy Jackson preached on I Peter 4:12-19 in 1979. See the topical sermons here.
Al Gurley preached a sermon in 1981 that included I Peter 5:1-5. See the topical sermons here.
Al Gurley preached a sermon in 1983 covering I Peter 1.3-7,13-16; 2.18-25; 3.14-15; 4.1-2,12-19; 5.6-11. See the topical sermons here.
John Hartung preached on I Peter 3:15-16 in 2005. See the topical sermons here.
Stefan Matzal preached on I Peter 3:1-7 in 2012. See the topical series here.

For more sermons, see here.

I Samuel 1-12 sermons

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