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October 10, 2016

Joshua: No Falling Words (Focus on the Bible)

Status: Available

4525-1&2 THESSBook Description:

This exposition is rooted first in a thorough analysis of the Hebrew text, employing helpful insights from archaeology and linguistics, and second in the major theological and literary themes discovered in each section. Finally the author brings the fragments together in an expository treatment ‘that is not ashamed to stoop to the level of application.’

dale-ralph-davisAbout the Author:

Dale Ralph Davis is Minister in Residence, First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, South Carolina. Prior to that he was pastor of Woodland Presbyterian Church, Hattiesburg, Mississippi and Professor of Old Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, Mississippi.

224 Pages
Publisher: Christian Focus
Publication Date: 2000, Reprinted 2010
ISBN: 9781845501372

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June 16, 2016

Through Their Word (John 17:20-26)

Sermons JohnOn Sunday, June 12, 2016, Pastor Joe Troutman preached “Through Their Word” from John 17:20-26.

“I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world. O righteous Father, even though the world does not know you, I know you, and these know that you have sent me. I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.”
Jesus Christ unifies us, he secures us, he sanctifies us, and he sends us out by his word.

You and all members of Christ’s church must diligently preserve and pass along the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints.

1. Those Who Will Believe
2. That the World May Believe
3. I Made Known to Them

Listen to “Through Their Word” (John 17:20-26) at

June 15, 2016

One Through the Word (John 17:11-19)

Sermons JohnOn Sunday, June 5, 2016, Pastor Joe Troutman preached “One through the Word” from John 17:11-19.

And I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one. While I was with them, I kept them in your name, which you have given me. I have guarded them, and not one of them has been lost except the son of destruction, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. But now I am coming to you, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves. I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth.

Jesus Christ unifies us, he secures us, he sanctifies us, and he sends us out by his word.

1. The Word Secures
2. The Word Sanctifies
3. The Word Sends

Listen to “One Through the Word” (John 17:11-19) at

June 14, 2016

I Am Praying for Them (John 17:6-10)

Sermons JohnOn Sunday, May 29, 2016, Pastor Joe Troutman preached “I Am Praying for Them” from John 17:6-10.

“I have manifested your name to the people whom you gave me out of the world. Yours they were, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything that you have given me is from you. For I have given them the words that you gave me, and they have received them and have come to know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. I am praying for them. I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are yours. All mine are yours, and yours are mine, and I am glorified in them.”

The Son delights in the gift given to him by his Father, the church. He came for her, he died for her and he continues to pray for her.

1. The Father’s Gift
2. Manifesting the Name
3. Giving Knowledge
4. Praying for Them

Listen to “I Am Praying for Them ” (John 17:6-10) at

May 24, 2016

Mission Accomplished (John 17:1-5)

On Sunday, May 22, 2016, Pastor Joe Troutman preached “Mission Accomplished” from John 17:1-5.

When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed.

By his perfect obedience to the Father’s will, the Son of God accomplished the mission to save sinners from death and damnation.

1. The Preeminence of Christ
2. The Obedience of Christ
3. The Pre-existence of Christ

Listen to “Mission Accomplished” (John 17:1-5) at

May 23, 2016

The Reason for Hope (1 Peter 3:13-17)


Pastor Joe Troutman preaching at San Antonio Reformed on June 21, 2015. HT: Billie Moody

On Sunday, May 8, 2016, Pastor Joe Troutman preached “The Reason for Hope” from 1 Peter 3:13-17.

Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil.

Jesus Christ is the object of your hope, but he is also the One who gives you hope through his death and resurrection.

1. Harm?

2. Hope

3. Humility

Listen to “The Reason for Hope” (1 Peter 3:13-17) at

May 10, 2016

Stones of Remembrance (Joshua 4:1-10)

Sermons JohnOn Sunday, May 1, 2016, Pastor Joe Troutman preached, “Stones of Remembrance” from Joshua 4:1-10.

God will not allow his people to forget his saving act of redemption through the life, death and resurrection of his Son.

1. Twelve Stones—Just as God desired the Israelites never forget the miraculous crossing of the Jordan River into the Promised Land, so he desires for us never to forget the miraculous saving work of his Son on the cross.

2. When Your Children Ask—The bread and wine of the Lord’s Supper, which we hold in our hands, takes us back to the most significant event in history, the death of the Son of God in the place of sinners. We need to be reminded of the good things that God has done for us, and God has instituted that memorials be set up to make us remember, so when our covenant children ask the meaning of the elements, we had best be ready to explain.

3. Obedience to the Lord—God has commanded you to remember what he has done in Christ for sinners, and we ought regularly to remind ourselves, lest we forget.

Listen to “Stones of Remembrance” (Joshua 4:1-10) at

May 9, 2016

I Have Overcome the World (John 16:25-33)

Sermons JohnOn Sunday, April 24, 2016, Pastor Joe Troutman preached, “I Have Overcome the World” from John 16:25-33.

By his death, Jesus overcame the world, and we who were once of the world have been overcome by unmerited grace.

1. Types and Shadows—After Pentecost, by sending the Holy Spirit, Jesus’s disciples and all future believers will be told plainly about the Father by Christ through the Holy Spirit in conjunction with God’s word.

2. We Believe–The Father loves us, and we have become his children through the life, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit of adoption. Because of this, Jesus has given us permanent access to the Father.

3. Take Heart—As Jesus Christ has in the past conquered sin, death and hell on the cross, in him we will in the future conquer the world, the flesh and the devil through faith in him.

Listen to “I Have Overcome the World” (John 16:25-33) at

May 2, 2016

From Sorrow to Joy (John 16:16-24)

Sermons JohnOn Sunday, April 17, 2016, Pastor Joe Troutman preached “From Sorrow to Joy” from (John 16:16-24).

We know true sorrow in this world, but if Jesus has died in our place and was raised to life, then we most assuredly can have true joy.

1. A Little While—Jesus wants the disciples to know that when the night is at its darkest and he has been arrested, tried and sentenced to death, and when darkness covers the land during his crucifixion, that he will come back to them after his resurrection.

2. Lamentations and Rejoicing—Because we believe he is risen, we have joy despite the trials of life.

Listen to “From Sorrow to Joy” (John 16:16-24) at

April 15, 2016

For Your Good He Has Gone (John 15:4b-15)

IMG_0017-0On Sunday, April 10, 2016, Pastor Joe Troutman preached “For Your Good He Has Gone” from John 15:4b-15.

Jesus’s going away and his sending of the Spirit means that great numbers of people gain a true understanding of salvation that never would have otherwise.

1. Lack of understanding—Jesus’s presence among his disciples has shielded them from persecution. The questioning disciples are troubled that he is leaving and that they will face persecution. Jesus’s Farewell Discourse (John 14-17) is intended to assuage their grief over his departure, and to prepare them for what is coming.

2. Convicting the World—The Holy Spirit will convict of sin on a greater—indeed, a global—scale than Jesus’s preaching ministry could.

3. A Guide to the Truth—The Holy Spirit illuminates the revelation previously given by Jesus during his ministry. New Testament believers have a greater understanding of God’s word than the Old Testament saints ever had. This is the result of the work of the Holy Spirit illuminating the word of God to his people. Had Christ never sent the Holy Spirit, Christianity would have never influenced the world for Christ the way it has and continues to do.

Listen to “For Your Good He Has Gone” (John 15:4b-15) at