Songs of Christmas: Mary

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Songs of Christmas: Mary

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

I. ONSET OF MARY’S JOY
A. GOD’S PROMISE

>>1. SHOWING HIS CHOICES
Lk 1:26-28 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God send the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a city in Galilee, to a virgin betrothed to a man named was Joseph, of the lineage of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!”
Lk 1:29 But she was greatly troubled at the saying and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be.

(also Eph 1:3,6; Mt 28:20)
>>2. SHOWING HIS PURPOSES
Lk 1:30-33 And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Highest. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”
Lk 1:34 And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?”
Lk 1:35-37 And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God. Look, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. For nothing will be impossible with God.”
(also Is 7:14
>>3. SHOWING HIS AUTHORITY
Lk 1:38 And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.
(also I Tim 3:16

B. GOD’S PLAN
>>1. SHOWING HIS EVIDENCE
Lk 1:39-41 In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a town in Judah, and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb.
>>2. SHOWING HIS BLESSING
Lk 1:42-45 And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, and she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And why is this granted to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.”
(also Lk 1:17)

II. OBJECT OF MARY’S JOY
A. GOD’S PERSON
>>1. SHOWING HIS SALVATION
Lk 1:46-47 And Mary said: ‘My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.”
>>2. SHOWING HIS ATTRIBUTES
Lk 1:48-49 For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant; For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed. For He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name.

B. GOD’S PURITY
>>1. SHOWING HIS HOLINESS
Lk 1:49b and holy is His Name.
>>2. SHOWING HIS MERCY
Lk 1:50 His mercy is on those who fear Him from generation to generation.

C. GOD’S PROVISION
>>1. SHOWING HIS PROVIDENCE
Lk 1:51-53 He has shown strength with His arm; He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. He has put down the mighty from their thrones and exalted the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich He has sent away empty.
>>2. SHOWING HIS FAITHFULNESS
Lk 1:54-55 He has helped His servant Israel, in remembrance of His mercy, as He spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his seed forever.
(also II Pet 1:12-15)


Songs of Christmas: Isaiah

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Songs of Christmas: Isaiah

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

I. ISAIAH’S SONG: ANTICIPATION
A. GOD’S PLAN

>>1. SETTING
>>2. SONG
Isaiah 40:1-5 “Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God. Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the LORD’s hand double for all her sins. The voice of him that cries in the wilderness, ‘Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain: and the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.’”
Isaiah 60:1-3 “Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.”
Isaiah 9:2 “The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.”
Isaiah 11:1 “There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit.”

B. GOD’S PRESENCE
>>1. SIGN
Isaiah 7:14 “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”
>>2. SON

II. ISAIAH’S SONG: AUTHORITY
A. GOD’S PERSON

>>1. SIGNIFICANCE
Isaiah 9:6a “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the empire shall be upon His shoulder,”
>>2. SOVEREIGN
Isaiah 9:6b “and His name shall be called miraculous Guide, mighty God, everlasting Father, peaceful Sovereign.”

B. GOD’S PROGRAM
>>1. START
Isaiah 9:7a “Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom,”
>>2. STEADFAST
Isaiah 9:7b “to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore; the zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this”

III. ISAIAH’S SONG: APPLICATION
A. GOD’S PROMISE

>>1. SHOUT
Isaiah 40:9 “O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion, get thee up into the high mountain: O thou that tellest good tidings to Jerusalem, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God!”
>>2. SURVEY
Isaiah 40:10-11 “Behold, the Lord GOD comes with might, and his arm rules for him; behold, his reward is with him, and his recompense before him. He will tend his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms; he will carry them in his bosom, and gently lead those that are with young.”

B. GOD’S PURPOSE
>>1. SOURCE
Isaiah 40:28-31 “Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”
>>2. SWAY
Isaiah 46:12-13 “Listen to Me, you stubborn of heart, you who are far from righteousness: I bring near My righteousness; it is not far off, and My salvation will not delay; I will put salvation in Zion, for Israel My glory.”


Thanksgiving 2018 – Where are the Thankful?

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Thanksgiving 2018: Where are the Thankful?

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

On the way to Jerusalem Jesus crossed the border between Galilee and Samaria. Approaching a village, He was met by ten [Samaritan] lepers, who stood at a distance and lifted their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.”
When He saw them, He said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.
Then one of them, a Samaritan, seeing that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving Him thanks.
Then Jesus answered, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? Wasn’t one found to return and give praise to God except a non-believer?”
Then He said to him, “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.”

Luke 17:11-19

I. STORY OF ONE IN TEN
A. MIRACLE OF JESUS

>>1. CONDITION OF THE MEN (Lk 17:11-13
>>2. COMPASSION OF THE MASTER (Lk 17:14)

B. MESSAGE OF JESUS
>>1. COGNIZANCE OF ONLY ONE (Lk 17:15-16)
>>2. CONCERN ABOUT THE OTHERS (Lk 17:17-18)
>>3. COMMENDATION OF A CHANGED HEART (Lk 17:19)

II. SIGNIFICANCE TO ME
A. ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE

>>1. REACTION OF MOST
>>2. DAILY PRAISE (Ps 103:2; 100:4; 116:17; I Chron 16:34; Eph 5:20; I Thes 5:16-18; I Cor 1:4)

B. REASONS FOR THANKSGIVING
>>1. I AM THANKFUL FOR JESUS’ HEART OF COMPASSION
>>2. I AM THANKFUL FOR JESUS’ HEALING MY SOUL AND BODY (Titus 3:5)
>>3. I AM THANKFUL FOR JESUS’ HAND OF FELLOWSHIP (Heb 4:16; II Cor 4:15-16)


Missionary Danny Sherman – Finishing Well

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Missionary Danny Sherman, People of the Book

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

Missionary Danny Sherman drove into Casper this week because of a family surgery and contacted me, asking “What can I do to help?” Hello? My strength is still fragile recovering from the massive stroke and while I could have brought a short devotional, Danny was willing to share a message from the Word and talk of their unique ministry in the Spanish-speaking world.

Sadly, the recording stopped part way thru his sermon, but this is a taste of what this veteran missionary is doing to “finish well”.


Special Speaker – Jim Garbutt

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Exposition of James: Asking for Wisdom

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A Sermon by Bro. James Garbutt, Elder at Sovereign Grace Church


II Timothy 4:16-22 “Comparison”

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Exposition of II Timothy: Message 26 – Comparison

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

I. PAUL’S TESTIMONY (II Tim 4:16-18)
A. FORSAKEN (4:16)

>>1. PITY
II Tim 4:16a At my arraignment, none came forward for me; everyone deserted me. (Job 19:13-15; 18-19)
>>2. PARDON
II Tim 4:16b May this not be charged against them! (Acts 7:60; II Tim 3:12; I Pet 4:16)

B. STRENGTHENED (4:17)
>>1. PRESENCE
II Tim 4:17a But the Lord stood by me and strengthened me, (Heb 13:5-6; Acts 23:11; 27:23; II Cor 4:7-12; 6:3-10; 11:23-28)
>>2. PURPOSE
II Tim 4:17b so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed, and all the Gentiles might hear it. (Acts 9:15-16)

C. DELIVERED (4:17c-18)
>>1. PRAISE
II Tim 4:17c So, I was rescued from the lion’s mouth. (I Pet 5:8; Ps 22:13, 20-21; Jer 2:30)
>>2. PROMISE
II Tim 4:18a The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed and bring me safely into His heavenly kingdom. (Jn 6:39)
>>3. PROCLAMATION
II Tim 4:18a To Him be the glory forever and ever. Amen. (I Cor 1:27-29; Hebrew 11)

II. PAUL’S TRUST (II Tim 4:19-22)
A. GREETED (4:19-21)

>>1. PERSONAL
II Tim 4:19-20 Greet Prisca and Aquila, and the household of Onesiphorus. Erastus remained at Corinth, and I left Trophimus, who was ill, at Miletus. (Rom 16:23; Acts 21:29; Acts 14:8-10; 19:11-12; I Cor 12:7)
>>2. PRIVATE
II Tim 4:21a Eubulus sends greetings to you, as do Pudens and Linus and Claudia and all the brothers.
>>3. PLEA
II Tim 4:21b Do your best to come before winter.

B. BLESSED (4:22)
>>1. POWER
II Tim 4:22a The Lord be with your spirit. (Heb 13:5; Mt 28:20)
>>2. PROVISION
II Tim 4:22b Grace be with you. Amen.


II Timothy 4:9-15 “Companions”

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Exposition of II Timothy: Message 25 – Companions

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

I. BE AVAILABLE
A. MESSAGE OF CO-WORKERS LEAVING

>>1. SOME REPLACED THOSE GONE
II Tim 4:9 Do your best to come to me quickly.

>>2. SOME DEFECTED TO THE WORLD
II Tim 4:10a For Demas, in love with the “now age”, has deserted me, returning to Thessalonica. (Col 4:14; Phm 23-24; I Jn 2:15b)

>>3. SOME OUT SERVING GOD
II Tim 4:10b Crescens has gone to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia.

B. MESSAGE OF CO-WORKERS ENDURING
>>1. SOME REMAINING
II Tim 4:11a 12 Luke alone is with me. Tychicus I’m sending to Ephesus. (Acts 28:30-31; 20:4; Eph 6:21; Col 4:7; Titus 3:12)

>>2. SOME COMING
II Tim 4:11b Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is very useful serving me. (Acts 15:36-40; 12:12; I Pet 5:13; II Tim 1:4)

II. BE AWARE
A. MESSAGE OF TIMOTHY’S TASK

>>1. NECESSARY ITEMS
II Tim 4:13a When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, also the books,

>>2. PRIMARY ITEM
II Tim 4:13b and above all the parchments.

B. MESSAGE OF ENEMIES
>>1. CHARACTER
II Tim 4:14 Alexander the metalworker did me great harm; the Lord will repay him according to his actions. (Mk 15:21; I Tim 1:18-20; Rom 12:19; I Pet 3:9)

>>2. WARNING
II Tim 4:15 Beware of him yourself, for he strongly resisted our message. (Heb 10:31)


II Timothy 4:6-8 “Coronation”

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Exposition of II Timothy: Message 24 – Coronation

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

I. THE PRESENT
A. CONSUMMATION

II Tim 4:6a For like a drink offering, I am already being poured out,
>>1. DRINK OFFERING (Gen 35:14-15; Ex 29:41; Rom 12:1; Is 53:12)
>>2. POURED OUT

B. CLOSING
II Tim 4:6b and the occasion for my departure has arrived.
>>1. PERIOD OF LIFE (Prov 14:32)
>>2. DEPARTURE (Phil 1:23; II Cor 5:1-2; Ps 116:15)

II. THE PAST
A. CONFLICT

II Tim 4:7a I have fought the good fight,
>>1. AGONIZING (I Pet 5:8; Eph 6:12)
>>2. GOOD BATTLE (Gal 2:20; Eph 6:10-19; II Cor 10:3-5)

B. COURSE
II Tim 4:7b I have completed the race,
>>1. FINISHED (Phil 3:13b-14; Acts 20:24; I Cor 9:24; Heb 12:1)
>>2. RACE

C. CLASP
II Tim 4:7c I have guarded the faith.
>>1. VIGILANCE (II Cor 4:5)
>>2. RETROSPECT

III. THE FUTURE
A. CROWN

II Tim 4:8a What’s remaining? Reserved for me is the crown of righteousness,
>>1. VICTORIOUS (Mt 25:21)
>>2. CROWN (I Cor 9:25; Rev 4:10-11)

B. CULMINATION
II Tim 4:8b which the Lord, the righteous judge, will reward me on that Day,
>>1. RIGHTEOUS JUDGE
>>2. AWARD CEREMONY

C. CROWD
II Tim 4:8c and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.
>>1. OTHERS
>>2. FOCUS


Special Speaker – Matt Roberts

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Special Message: Gideon Bible Presentation

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A Sermon by Bro. Matt Roberts, Gideon at Sovereign Grace Church


Special Speaker – Jim Garbutt

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Special Message

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A Sermon by Brother James Garbutt, Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

Message #3 on the “Introduction” to the Book of James
The church is a “family”
The church is a “body”
The church is an “army”

James 1:1-3 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes in the Dispersion: Greetings. Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.