OLD TIME SERMONS
"The reading of good sermons is the most underrated kind of Christian literature on the market today. In former centuries, the reading of sermons was the bulk of the mature Christian's reading diet. Most Puritan books, for example, are sermons edited for print. Sermon reading keeps believers in the Word, matures the soul, and whets the appetite for good preaching. It promotes Christ-centered thinking, healthy self-examination, and godly piety in every sphere of life. Though nothing can replace the Word preached, sermon reading has one advantage over preaching, the sermons that made it into print are usually the minister's best! Tolle Lege, (pick up and read) great sermon books, especially those of past centuries that are packed with spiritual meat." — Joel Beeke
Bounds, Edward M.
Finney, Charles. G.
James, John Angell
Kempis, Thomas à
M'Cheyne, Robert Murray
Meyer, Frederick B.
Miller, J. R.
Moody Dwight L.
Morgan, G. Campbell
Orr, J. Edwin
Pink, Arthur W.
Ryle, J. C.
Shedd, W. T. G.
Simpson, A. B.
Sparks, T. Austin
Spurgeon, Charles H.
Studd, C. T.
Talmage, T. DeWitt
Torrey, R. A.
Tozer, A. W.
Warfield, B. B.
Alexander, Archibald (1772-1851)
Practical Directions How to Grow in Grace and Make Progress in Piety
When there is no growth, there is no life. Some who enter on the spiritual life with a weak and wavering faith, by the blessing of God on a diligent use of means, far outstrip others who in the beginning were greatly before them.
Black, David (1762-1806)
The Deceitfulness of the Heart
Men may amuse themselves and their fellow creatures with empty, high sounding descriptions of the dignity of human nature; but every truly enlightened mind, will acknowledge the justness of the declaration, that the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked.
The Duty of Seeking the Things Which Are Jesus Christ's
"All seek their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ." Philippians 2:21
Booth, Catherine (1822-1890)
What is Repentance?
If repentance be an indispensable condition of salvation, let us try to find out what repentance really is. How full of confusion the world and the Church are upon this subject! Repentance is not merely conviction of sin.
Booth, William (1829-1912)
A Vision Of The Lost
I saw a dark and stormy ocean. In that ocean I thought I saw myriads of poor human beings plunging and floating, shouting and shrieking, cursing and struggling and drowning; and as they cursed and screamed they rose and shrieked again, and then some sank to rise no more.
Boston, Thomas (1676-1732)
Then He shall say unto those on the left hand, "Depart from me, you cursed ones, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels!" Matthew 25:41
Bounds, Edward McKendree (1835–1913)
Prayer Takes In the Whole Man
PRAYER has to do with the entire man. Prayer takes in man in his whole being, mind, soul and body. It takes the whole man to pray, and prayer affects the entire man in its gracious results.
Clarkson, David (1621-1686)
Soul Idolatry Excludes Men out of Heaven
"For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God." Ephesians 5:5
Edwards, Jonathan (1703-1758)
Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God
That the reason why they are not fallen already, and do not fall now, is only that God's appointed time is not come. For it is said, that when that due time, or appointed time comes, their foot shall slide. Then they shall be left to fall, as they are inclined by their own weight.
Signs of True Revival
I intend to show how we may definitely conclude that God is at work. I want to show the signs which Scripture says are clear evidence that God is at work. We will then be able to use these signs to judge any work without fear of being misled.
How to Know if You Are a Real Christian
No matter how much people may know about God and the Bible, it is no sure sign of salvation. The devil before his fall, was one of the bright and morning stars, a flame of fire. Suppose you were to die today. Why should God let you into his heaven? A very common response is, "I believe in God."
The Way of Holiness
"And an highway shall be and a way, it shall be called the way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it." This book of Isaiah speaks so much of Christ, gives such a particular account of the birth, life, miracles and passion, and of the gospel state, that it has been called a fifth Gospel.
Finney, Charles. G. (1792-1875)
Breaking Up the Fallow Ground
This article is for Christians who have had trouble finding the true peace that is promised with conversion. For those who are frustrated because they are constantly struggling with weakness and sin, this could well be the very help they've been praying for.
Flavel, John (1630-1691)
The Christian View of Death
If your sins are blotted out; if Christ has vanquished death in your behalf, so that you have nothing to encounter but bodily pain, and possibly not even that; if death will be to you the forerunner of heaven, why should you be afraid?
Goodwin, Thomas (1600-1680)
The Vanity of Thoughts
"How long shall your vain thoughts lodge within you?" (Jeremiah 4:14) IN these words he compares the heart to some house of common resort, in this heart, before conversion, all the vain, light, wanton, profane, dissolute thoughts that fly up and down the world have free and open access; it gives them open house, willing, cheerful welcome.
Hodge, Charles (1797-1878)
What it is to Eat and Drink Unworthily?
In the Lord's Supper we are said to receive Christ and the benefits of His redemption to our spiritual nourishment and growth in grace. As our natural food imparts life and strength to our bodies, so this sacrament is one of the divinely appointed means to strengthen the principle of life in the soul of the believer and to confirm his faith in the promises of the gospel.
The Holy Spirit
The Scriptures clearly teach that He is a person. Personality includes intelligence, will, and individual subsistence. If, therefore, it can be proved that all these are attributed to the Spirit, it is thereby proved that He is a person.
Ironside, Harry (1876-1951)
Holiness: The False and The True
And I have been learning all along my pilgrim journey that the more my heart is taken up with Christ, the more do I enjoy practical deliverance from sin's power, and the more do I realize what it is to have the love of God shed abroad in that heart by the Holy Spirit given to me, as the Earnest of the glory to come.
James, John Angell (1785-1859)
Reading the Scriptures
We all know more than we do; and we should be more solicitous to reduce to practice what we already know, than to acquire still more of mere theory. My object now, is to point out to you, and enjoin upon you, a profitable method of reading the Scriptures.
Different Degrees of Glory
All real Christians will be in heaven, they who are converted on a death-bed; and they who are from youth; they who live and die in ease, as with the martyr. All will be equally delivered; but there will be circumstances that will raise some higher in splendor and honor than others.
Kempis, Thomas à (1380-1471)
The Imitation of Christ
"He who follows Me, walks not in darkness," says the Lord. By these words of Christ we are advised to imitate His life and habits, if we wish to be truly enlightened and free from all blindness of heart. Let our chief effort, therefore, be to study the life of Jesus Christ.
Kershaw, John (1792-1870)
Spiritual Blessings in Christ
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ." Ephesians 1:3
Kulp, George (1845-1939)
Let us see the converts that have been won by amusements. Let the harlots and the drunkards, to whom a dramatic entertainment has been God's first link in the chain of their conversion, stand forth. Let the careless and the scoffers, who have cause to thank God that the Church has relaxed her spirit of separation and met them half way in their worldliness, speak and testify.
Law, Henry (1797-1884)
I Am That I Am
A staff and a sword are provided for him in the name of his guiding and protecting Lord. "I am that I am." On this He can lean the whole burden of his cares, and fears, and pains. By this he can scatter kings as dust.
O my soul, such is your Lord. Great beyond thought! vast beyond grasp! immeasurable by human line! untraceable by human search! But from this lofty throne His eye was ever fixed on you! Through all infinities, your image filled His heart.
Lawrence, Brother (1611-1691)
The Practice of the Presence of God
That we ought to give ourselves up to GOD, with regard both to things temporal and spiritual, and seek our satisfaction only in the fulfilling His will, whether He lead us by suffering or by consolation, for all would be equal to a soul truly resigned.
God's Agency in War
Does God punish nations for their wickedness under the Christian dispensation as He did during O. T. times? If not we should have to discontinue the use of many of the Psalms. David often speaks of the righteousness of God's judgment against the nations...
Love, Christopher (1618-1651)
A True Map of Man's Miserable Estate by Nature
In Daniel 11:21 and Psalm 15:4, you read of vile persons. Such is every man without Christ, and he must be so, because it is only Christ who can take off that baseness wherein every one is by nature.
A Description of True Blessedness
"But He said, ‘Yea rather, blessed are they which hear the word of God, and keep it.’ " Luke 11:28
M'Cheyne, Robert Murray (1813-1843)
Who Shall Separate Us?
"Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us." Romans 8:35-37
Watching Unto Prayer
Soon the sky shall open over our heads, and Christ shall come. A little while, and we shall stand before the great white throne. A little while, and the wicked shall not be. We shall see them going away into everlasting punishment. A little while, and the work of eternity shall be begun. We shall serve him day and night in His temple.
Time Is Short
"But this I say, brethren, the time is short: it remaineth, that both they that have wives be as though they had none; and they that weep, as though they wept not; and they that rejoice, as though they rejoiced not; and they that buy, as though they possessed not; and they that use this world, as not abusing it: for the fashion of this world passeth away." I Corinthians 7:29-31
Maclaren, Alexander (1826-1910)
The Delays of Love
If we were more in the way of looking at life, with all its often unwelcome duty, and its arrows of pain and sorrow, and all the disappointments and other ills that it is heir to, as a discipline, and were to think less about the unpleasantness, and more about the purpose, of what befalls us, we should find far less difficulty in understanding that His delay is born of love.
Mather, Cotton (1663-1728)
A Father's Resolutions
I will now actually give them up by faith to God; entreating that each child may be a child of God the Father, a subject of God the Son, a temple of God the Spirit-and be rescued from the condition of a child of wrath, and be possessed and employed by the Lord as an everlasting instrument of His glory.
The Duties of Parents To Their Children
"For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment..." Genesis 18:19
Meyer, F. B. (1847-1929)
Life Without Miracles
To the eye of the casual observer the Baptist seemed to have failed. They confessed the mighty gulf which severed him from Christ, "John did no miracle;" but they gladly emphasized the fact that all things which he had spoken of Christ were true.
Miller, J. R. (1840-1912)
The Duty of Encouragement
While then, there is so much that is disheartening, it becomes our duty to watch for every opportunity to put a little bit of brightness or better cheer into the lives of those we meet.
Moody Dwight L. (1837-1899)
To the Afflicted
In that eighteenth verse of the fourth chapter of Luke, He said that the Spirit of the Lord was upon Him, and that He was anointed to preach the Gospel to the poor, and in the next sentence He tells us, He is sent to heal the broken hearted.
Morgan, G. Campbell (1863-1945)
Holiness: It's Hindrances
The manifestations were that these people were going back into bondage, putting their neck under a yoke from which they had been set free. The actual failure the apostle described in the words: "Ye were running well; who did hinder you?"
The Darkness Of Golgotha
It is not to be passed over lightly that all the Three hours of darkness and of silence! All the ribald clamor was over, the material opposition utterly exhausted, the turmoil ended. Man had done his last and his worst. Nothing has impressed my own heart, or amazed me more in reading this story anew, and attempting to meditate upon it in view of this service, than what I shall venture to describe as the wonderful psychological conditions of those hours beyond the hours of silence.
Mueller, George (1805-1898)
What is Faith? "Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the Word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear" (Hebrews 11:1).
Murray, Andrew (1828-1917)
Life in the Blood
"Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of Man, and drink bis blood, ye have no life in you. Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life ; and 1 will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood dwelleth in me and I in him" John 6:53-56.
The Fruit Of The Spirit Is Love
When God gives the Holy Spirit, His great object is the formation of a holy character. It is a gift of a holy mind and spiritual disposition, and what we need, above everything else, is to say: "I must have the Holy Spirit sanctifying my whole inner life if I am really to live for God's glory."
The Sprinkling of Blood, and the Trinity
The Tri-unity of the Godhead is often considered as merely a matter of doctrine, and having no close relationship to the Christian life. This is not the view of the New Testament, when it describes the work of redemption, or the idea of the life of God. In the Epistles the three Persons are constantly named together, so that in each activity of grace all three together have a share in it.
Nettleton, Asahel (1783-1844)
"But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God." John 1:12-13
Newton, John (1725-1807)
The School Of Suffering
How could we, without sufferings, manifest the nature and truth of the Christian graces! What place should we then have for patience, submission, meekness, forbearance, and a readiness to forgive, if we had nothing to try us, either from the hand of the Lord, or from the hand of men!
Orr, J. Edwin (1912-1987)
A Destructive Ministry Also is Necessary
"See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant." Jeremiah 1:10
The Church Must First Repent
The word Repentance, in the mind of the average Christian, is connected with sinners. And yet the word used throughout the N. T. in the presentation of the Gospel message to sinners is exactly the same word repeated by our Lord in His messages to the Seven Churches.
Pink, Arthur W. (1886-1952)
I am the Way, Truth Life
No man can come unto the Father but by Jesus. He is the only way to God. He is the full and final revelation of God. It is utterly impossible to win God's favor by any efforts of our own.
God's Sovereignty Defined
"Thine, 0 Lord, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is Thine; Thine is the kingdom, 0 Lord, and Thou art exalted as Head above all." I Chronicles 29:11
Ten Shekels and a Shirt
I heard God say to my heart that day something like this, "I didn't send you to Africa for the sake of the heathen, I sent you to Africa for My Sake....They deserved Hell! But I love them! And I endured the agonies of Hell for them!!!! I didn't send you out there for them! I SENT YOU OUT THERE FOR ME... Do I not deserve the reward of my suffering? Don't I deserve those for who I died?"
Ryle, J. C. (1816-1900)
Are You Ready?
It is a solemn thing to begin a new year. It is like entering a dark passage: we know not what we may meet before the end. All before us is uncertain: we know not what a day may bring forth, much less what may happen in a year. Reader, are you ready?
The Great Separation
"His winnowing fork is in His hand, and He will clear His threshing floor, gathering His wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire." Matthew 3:12
Hold Fast the Form of Sound Words
"Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus." 2 Timothy 1:13
Expository Thoughts On John 1:14
"And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth." John 1:14
When a house is on fire, what ought to be done first? We ought to give the alarm and wake the inhabitants. This is true love to our neighbor. this is true charity. Reader, I love your soul, and want it to be saved. I am therefore going to tell you something about hell.
Shedd, W. T. G. (1820-1894)
Faith With and Without Sight
"Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed." - JOHN 20:29. This is one of the most comforting and encouraging passages in the whole Scripture, to a doubting and anxious Christian. There is one instance upon record, in which it proved a strong support and consolation in an hour of great need.
The Sinfulness of Original Sin
What man has omitted to do, what man is destitute of;-this is a species of sin which he does not sufficiently consider, and which is weighing him down to perdition. The unregenerate person when pressed to repent of his sins, and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, often beats back the kind effort, by a question like that which Pilate put to the infuriated Jews: "Why, what evil have I done?"
Simpson, A. B. (1884-1919)
The Spirit Of Light
The first aspect in which the Holy Spirit is revealed to us is as the Illuminator and Guide of our life. Even in the story of creation the first result of His brooding over the face of the deep is the command, "Let there be light." He is the Creator of the human mind and the Source of all the true light of reason and natural religion in the world; and He is the true Source of spiritual light.
Sparks, T. Austin (1888–1971)
"Nor... the Smell of Fire..."
How wonderfully above the situation these three men were! With the prospect of the trial, with the threat over their heads, how utterly careless about answering the king! "We have no need to answer thee in this matter." There was a settled confidence of heart, the outcome of an integrity of life and walk before God.
Spurgeon, Charles H. (1834-1892)
No Room for Christ in the Inn
"She gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn." Luke 2:7
A Solemn Warning For All Churches
I know thy works, that thou has a name that thou livest, and art dead. Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die; for I have not found thy works perfect before God. Remember therefore how thou has received and heard, and hold fast and repent.
Believers - Lights in the World
"Do all things without murmurings and disputing, that you may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom you shine as lights in the world; holding forth the Word of Life, that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither labored in vain." Philippians 2:14-16
Stalker, James (1848-1029)
Seven Deadly Sins
If we are to cope with the tempter, we must not be ignorant of his devices, and we must know the nature and the extent of the forces, which he is to bring into the field. For this reason it has been one of the tasks of theology to enumerate the sins by which the human soul is beset.
Studd, C. T. (1860-1931)
Rescue Station At the Gates of Hell
C.T. Studd gave up fame and fortune to follow Jesus to the unreached peoples of China and later aftica. These quotes are taken from several of his sermons.
Sunday, Billy (1862-1935)
Shew Thyself a Man
No one can read the Bible in a thoughtful way without being impressed with the fact that it makes much of manhood, and holds it up as something that should be sought after with diligence and perseverance.
What Shall I Do Then With Jesus?
Next to Jesus, Pilate is the scene, and from his lips fall the words I have taken for my text. When they cried, "Barabbas!" he turned to them and said: 'Well, then, what will I do with Jesus which is called the Christ?
Talmage, T. DeWitt (1832-1902)
The Ministry Of Tears
Hear me, while I discourse to you of the Ministry of tears, and of the ending of that Ministry when God shall wipe them all away.
The Reckless Penknife
It would take more penknives than cutler ever sharpened to hew into permanent destruction the Word of God. When the Almighty goes forth armed with the thunderbolts of his power, I pity any Jehoiakim who attempts to fight him with a penknife.
Torrey, R. A. (1856-1928)
The Most Important Question
There is another question of vastly more importance than any one of these, a question of the right decision on which immeasurably more depends than on the decision of any of these questions. That question is this, "What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called Christ?"
The Importance of Personal Soul Winning
The one who brought his brother to Jesus was Andrew. We are not told that Andrew ever preached a sermon. If he did, the Holy Spirit did not think it worth putting on record. But this brother whom he brought to Jesus preached a sermon that led three thousand people to Jesus in one day.
Tozer, A. W. (1897-1963)
In the Pursuit of God - The Sacrament of Living
One of the greatest hindrances to internal peace which the Christian encounters is the common habit of dividing our lives into two areas, the sacred and the secular.
The Christian's Greatest Enemy
In the Old Testament, the enemy that threatened Israel the most was the dictatorship of the customary. Israel became accustomed to walking around in circles and was blissfully content to stay by the safety of the mountain for a while. To put it another way, it was the psychology of the usual. God finally broke into the rut they were in and said, "You have been here long enough. It is time for you to move on."
The Gift of Prophetic Insight
What God says to His church at any given period depends altogether upon her moral and spiritual condition and upon the spiritual need of the hour. Religious leaders who continue mechanically to expound the Scriptures without regard to the current religious situation are no better than the scribes and lawyers of Jesus' day who faithfully parroted the Law without the remotest notion of what was going on around them spiritually.
Tarrying by the Stuff
It is one thing to be a home missionary; it is quite another thing to be a missionary at home. God wants many of us for the latter calling; to stay in this land for the express purpose of getting others to go abroad; to "stay by the stuff" for the purpose of being a soldier just as truly as those who go to the front.
Warfield, B. B. (1851-1921)
The Resurrection of Christ: A Historical Fact
The Resurrection of Christ is a fact, an external occurrence within the cognizance of men to be established by their testimony. And yet, it is the cardinal doctrine of our system: on it all other doctrines hang.
A Godly Man is a Lover of the Word
The Word is our Magna Carta for heaven; we should be daily reading over this charter. The Word shows what is truth and what is error. It is the field where the pearl of price is hidden. How we should dig for this pearl! A godly man's heart is the library to hold the Word of God; it dwells richly in him (Col. 3:16).
Ye Must Be Born Again
Regeneration is absolutely necessary to qualify you to do any thing really good and acceptable to God. While you are not born again, your best works are but glittering sins; for though the matter of them is good, they are quite marred in the performance.
Whitefield, George (1714-1770)
Search the Scriptures
How foolishly then do the disputing infidels of this generation act, who are continually either calling for signs from heaven, or seeking for outward evidence to prove the truth of divine revelation? Whereas, what they so earnestly seek for is nigh unto them, nay, it is within them! For let them but consult their own hearts, they cannot but feel what they want. Let them but consult the lively oracles of God.
Wigglesworth, Smith (1859-1947)
What It Means to Be Full of the Holy Ghost
You have no conception what God can do through you when you are filled with His Spirit. Every day and every hour you can have the divine leading of God.