Preaching Points Series

Preaching Points Series
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3 Year Revitalization Series

Kenneth Priest, Director of Convention Strategies, and Matthew McKeller, Chair of Preaching at SWBTS host a 13 week series focused on church revitalization. Special guests include Jim Wicker, Associate Professor of New Testament at SWBTS, and David Brooks, Professor of Hebrew & Old Testament.

Galatians Sermon 1 | the Truth of the Gospel
Galatians Sermon 1 | the Truth of the Gospel (21:16)
Paul  wrote  Galatians  to  defend  the  true  gospel  of  salvation  in  Christ  alone  by  counteracting  Judaizers  who  taught  that  Gentil... more
Galatians Sermon 2 | The Story of Paul (Part 1)
Galatians Sermon 2 | The Story of Paul (Part 1) (14:46)
Matthew McKellar and Jim Wicker work through the second lesson in the Galatians study by diving into the story of Paul. more
Galatians Sermon 3 | The Story of Paul (Part 2)
Galatians Sermon 3 | The Story of Paul (Part 2) (15:18)
Matthew McKellar and Jim Wicker work through the third lesson of the Galatians study by continuing the story of Paul. more
Galatians Sermon 4 | Stand Firm for the Truth of the Gospel
Galatians Sermon 4 | Stand Firm for the Truth of the Gospel (16:57)
Because  religious  pluralism  permeates  our  culture,  Christians  need  to  know  what  they  believe  in  order  to  stand  firm  for  the &... more
Galatians Sermon 5 | Faith
Galatians Sermon 5 | Faith (16:40)
In  Galatians  3:1-4:31  Paul  gives  his  theological  argument,  which  is  the  heart  of  the  epistle.  In  the  previous  lesson  we  ... more
Galatians Sermon 6 | No Longer Slaves but Sons!
Galatians Sermon 6 | No Longer Slaves but Sons! (15:56)
Paul  anticipated  objections  to  the  doctrine  of  salvation  by  faith  apart  from  the  law.  His  arguments  in  Galatians  3:15-4:7  add... more
Galatians Sermon 7 | No Turning Back
Galatians Sermon 7 | No Turning Back (16:46)
Paul’s  theological  argument,  which  turns  personal  in  4:6,  becomes  even  more  intimate  in  4:8-20.  Paul  warns  the  Galatian  Chris... more
Galatians Sermon 8 | Christian Freedom (Part 1)
Galatians Sermon 8 | Christian Freedom (Part 1) (14:49)
In  this  section  Paul  ends  the  doctrinal  portion  of  Galatians  by  allegorizing  the  story  of  Abraham.  Likely  the  Judaizers  made ... more
Galatians Sermon 9 | Christian Freedom (Part 2)
Galatians Sermon 9 | Christian Freedom (Part 2) (16:55)
In  Galatians  5,  the  focus  shifts  from  a  discussion  of  the  basis  of  our  relationship  with  God  (justified  by  faith)  to &n... more
Galatians Sermon 10 | Life in the Spirit
Galatians Sermon 10 | Life in the Spirit (18:21)
At  this  point  in  the  letter  Paul  has  argued  persuasively  and  decisively  against  any  form  of  legalism  with  respect  to  th... more
Galatians Sermon 11 | Responsible Christian Living
Galatians Sermon 11 | Responsible Christian Living (17:58)
Paul's  letter  to  the  Galatians  concludes  with  practical  exhortations  related  to  responsible  Christian  living.  In  chapter  5  we  have ... more
Job and Ecclesiates Lesson 6: The Speech of Elihu
Job and Ecclesiates Lesson 6: The Speech of Elihu (16:57)
Elihu,  the  last  human  participant  in  the  debate  with  Job,  appears  in  chapter  32.  His  speeches  take  up  the  next  six &nbs... more
Job and Ecclesiates Lesson 7: God's Appearance and Job's Response
Job and Ecclesiates Lesson 7: God's Appearance and Job's Response (21:44)
In  the  end,  God  finally  spoke,  but  not  in  a  manner  anticipated  by  Job  or  his  friends.  Along  the  way,  Job  desired ... more
Job and Ecclesiastes Lesson 9 - Probing Life Questions
Job and Ecclesiastes Lesson 9 - Probing Life Questions (17:35)
Today’s  lesson  covers  selected  passages  in  three  different  chapters  of  Ecclesiastes.  Each  of  the  passages  offers  wisdom  in  re... more
Job and Ecclesiates Lesson 10 - Warnings Concerning Wealth
Job and Ecclesiates Lesson 10 - Warnings Concerning Wealth (14:53)
In  1  Timothy  6,  Paul  warns  of  the  "love  of  money",  yet  he  also  states  that  God  richly  supplies  us  with  all  ... more
Job and Ecclesiates Lesson 11 - Wisdom For Life
Job and Ecclesiates Lesson 11 - Wisdom For Life (17:07)
Ecclesiastes  7-8  carries  the  theme  of  man’s  inability  to  discover  the  plan  of  God  in  the  face  of  life’s  complexit... more
Job and Ecclesiastes Lesson 12 - Wisdom in Light of Life's Uncertainties
Job and Ecclesiastes Lesson 12 - Wisdom in Light of Life's Uncertainties (16:46)
The  theme  of  wisdom  for  daily  living  expounded  in  chapters  7-8  continues  in  chapters  9-11.  How  should  one  live  in  light... more
Job and Ecclesiastes Lesson 13 - The Conclusion of the Matter
Job and Ecclesiastes Lesson 13 - The Conclusion of the Matter (16:17)
Throughout  the  book  of  Ecclesiastes  the  author  has  examined  "life  under  the  sun."  Many  observations  have  been  made  concerning  ... more
Job and Ecclesiates Lesson 1 - The Testing of Job's Faith
Job and Ecclesiates Lesson 1 - The Testing of Job's Faith (22:01)
The  life  of  Job  is  one  of  the  best-known  stories  in  the  Old  Testament.  The  book  opens  with  a  description  of  an &n... more
Job and Ecclesiates Lesson 2 - Job's Anguished Search for Answers
Job and Ecclesiates Lesson 2 - Job's Anguished Search for Answers (19:49)
Job  refused  to  curse  God  forthrightly,  but  he  came  close  to  doing  so  by  cursing  the  day  of  his  birth.  His  intense... more
Job and Ecclesiates Lesson 3 - Do the Wicked Really Suffer?
Job and Ecclesiates Lesson 3 - Do the Wicked Really Suffer? (16:38)
The  second  round  of  speeches  by  Job  and  his  friends  begins  in  chapter  15.  The  friends’  perspective  on  the  root  ca... more
Job and Ecclesiates Lesson 4 - Seek God's Wisdom in Suffering
Job and Ecclesiates Lesson 4 - Seek God's Wisdom in Suffering (16:39)
Job  28,  the  "wisdom  chapter,"  is  distinct  from  the  rest  of  the  book.  The  chapter  serves  an  important  purpose  as  an &nbs... more
Job and Ecclesiates Lesson 5 - A Blameless Life
Job and Ecclesiates Lesson 5 - A Blameless Life (22:44)
In  the  book's  Introduction  Job  is  described  as  a  "blameless  and  upright  man  who  feared  God".  In  the  debate  with  his &nb... more
Job and Ecclesiates Lesson 8 - The Emptiness of Life Apart from God
Job and Ecclesiates Lesson 8 - The Emptiness of Life Apart from God (21:53)
In  Ecclesiastes  we  encounter  the  ponderings  of  a  wisdom  teacher  (traditionally  identified  as  Solomon)  concerning  the  harsh  realities &nbs... more
Launch Series Sermon 1: Priority of the Word Part 1
Launch Series Sermon 1: Priority of the Word Part 1 (42:11)
The Priority of God's Word more
Launch Series Sermon 2: Priority of the Word Part 2
Launch Series Sermon 2: Priority of the Word Part 2 (36:24)
Priority of God's Word Pt. 2 more
Launch Series Sermon 3: The Church at Ephesus
Launch Series Sermon 3: The Church at Ephesus (42:14)
The Church in Ephesus more
Launch Series Sermon 4: The Church at Smyrna
Launch Series Sermon 4: The Church at Smyrna (33:29)
The Church in Smyrna more
Launch Series Sermon 5: The Church at Pergamum
Launch Series Sermon 5: The Church at Pergamum (37:32)
The Church in Pergamum more
Launch Series Sermon 6: The Church at Thyatira
Launch Series Sermon 6: The Church at Thyatira (35:37)
The Church in Thyratira more
Launch Series Sermon 7: The Church at Sardis
Launch Series Sermon 7: The Church at Sardis (34:48)
The Church in Sardis more
Launch Series Sermon 8: The Church at Philadelphia
Launch Series Sermon 8: The Church at Philadelphia (30:21)
The Church In Philadelphia more
Launch Series Sermon 9: The Church at Laodicea
Launch Series Sermon 9: The Church at Laodicea (38:12)
The Church in Laodicea more
Launch Series Sermon 10: Listen to the Lord Part 1
Launch Series Sermon 10: Listen to the Lord Part 1 (32:39)
Launch Series Sermon 11: Listen to the Lord Part 2
Launch Series Sermon 11: Listen to the Lord Part 2 (29:06)
Listen to the Lord more
Launch Series Sermon 12: Go and Do
Launch Series Sermon 12: Go and Do (37:15)
Launch Series Sermon 13: Growth of the Church
Launch Series Sermon 13: Growth of the Church (33:31)
The Growth of the Church more
Acts Sermon 4: Philip: A Faithful Witness
Acts Sermon 4: Philip: A Faithful Witness (20:37)
Following the death of Stephen the Gospel began to make its way outside of Jerusalem. Persecution only increased the effectiveness of the church’s witness to Christ. The dominant theme of Acts 8 is the preaching of Philip,&... more
Acts Sermon 5: The Conversion of Saul
Acts Sermon 5: The Conversion of Saul (16:20)
One of the most amazing conversions recorded in Scripture is that of Saul of Tarsus. Saul has already appeared in the narrative of Acts as a threat to the early church (cf. 7:58; 8:1-3). Acts 9:1-19 records his conversion on the ... more
Acts Sermon 6: A Gospel for All People: Jew and Gentile
Acts Sermon 6: A Gospel for All People: Jew and Gentile (21:04)
That Luke considered the conversion of the Gentile centurion Cornelius significant is evidenced by the amount of space he devoted to it. All of Acts 10 and a good portion of chapter 11 describe the visions of both Peter and ... more
Acts Sermon 7: The Church at Antioch
Acts Sermon 7: The Church at Antioch (17:37)
Following the account of the conversion of Cornelius through the witness of Peter, Luke now moves on to describe the founding and the activity of the church at Antioch. Here also, Gentiles are brought into the church through... more
Acts Sermon 8: Continuation of First Missionary Journey
Acts Sermon 8: Continuation of First Missionary Journey (20:24)
Acts 12 records yet another instance of persecution against the church initiated by Herod Agrippa, grandson of Herod the Great. Herod put James the brother of John to death and, since this “pleased the Jews,” he impri... more
Acts Sermon 9: The Jerusalem Conference
Acts Sermon 9: The Jerusalem Conference (18:52)
Acts 14 ends with the report by Paul and Barnabas to the church at Antioch regarding the success of the Gospel among the Gentiles. Certain Jews, however, opposed the Gentile mention. They wanted Gentiles to become Jews befor... more
Acts Sermon 10: The Unknown God
Acts Sermon 10: The Unknown God (20:19)
Acts 17 continues the narration of the second missionary journey. Following a ministry in Thessalonica and Berea, Paul arrived in Athens awaiting the missionary team from which he had been temporarily separated. While waitin... more
Acts Sermon 11: Paul and Apollos
Acts Sermon 11: Paul and Apollos (19:49)
Following Athens, Paul moved on to Corinth where he remained for a year and a half (18:11). After a brief stay in Ephesus (18:19-21), he traveled to Caesarea, back to Antioch, and then to various locations throughout the reg... more
Minor Prophets Sermon 1: The Day of the Lord
Minor Prophets Sermon 1: The Day of the Lord (19:25)
To begin the Minor Prophets Preaching Points Series, Matthew McKellar and Deron Biles walk through the book of Joel. Minor Prophets ChannelPreaching Points Channel  more
Minor Prophets Sermon 2: The God Who Punishes and Protects
Minor Prophets Sermon 2: The God Who Punishes and Protects (17:43)
A study of Nahum covering selected passages 1:1-3; 1:7-9; 1:12-15; 3:5-7   Minor Prophets ChannelPreaching Points Channel  more
Minor Prophets Sermon 3: God's Answers to Questions About Justice
Minor Prophets Sermon 3: God's Answers to Questions About Justice (21:04)
A study of Habakkuk selected passages: 1:2-3; 1:13-15; 2:2-5; 3:17-18. Little is known about the prophet Habakkuk. His prophecy is set against the fall and decline of Judah sometime after the reign of Josiah (610 BC). During the time ... more
Minor Prophets Sermon 4: The Day of the Lord: Judgment and Hope
Minor Prophets Sermon 4: The Day of the Lord: Judgment and Hope (18:34)
A study of Zephaniah covering 1:4-6; 2:1-3; 3:1-4; 3:9-12   Minor Prophets ChannelPreaching Points Channel  more
Minor Prophets Sermon 5: A Study of the Book of Haggai
Minor Prophets Sermon 5: A Study of the Book of Haggai (19:16)
  Being two chapters in length Haggai is second only to Obadiah in terms of brevity among the books of the Old Testament. Haggai's four "sermons" call the people of God back to the task of rebuilding the temple that was destroyed ... more
Minor Prophets Sermon 6: A Glorious Future for the People of God
Minor Prophets Sermon 6: A Glorious Future for the People of God (19:26)
  The circumstances of Zechariah's prophecy were the same as those of Haggai. God commissioned both prophets to the task of rebuilding the temple. The ministry of both prophets occurred at approximately the same time (compare Hagg... more
Minor Prophets Sermon 7: The Vision of the Lampstand and the Olive Trees
Minor Prophets Sermon 7: The Vision of the Lampstand and the Olive Trees (16:18)
  Zechariah 4 records the fifth vision given to the prophet for the purpose of encouragement in the building of the temple. The chapter may be divided into the vision (4:1-5), God's promise of success for those who depend upon him... more
Minor Prophets Sermon 8: A Call For Genuine Worship
Minor Prophets Sermon 8: A Call For Genuine Worship (17:29)
The focus of Zechariah 7 is upon genuine worship. What occurs within the temple is more important than the temple itself. Religious ritual void of righteousness is empty worship. In this chapter, we see a rebuke of empty wor... more
Minor Prophets Sermon 9: The Promise of Restoration and Victory
Minor Prophets Sermon 9: The Promise of Restoration and Victory (20:46)
Zechariah 9 marks the beginning of the second portion of the prophecy. While the first eight chapters contain glimpses of the future, the second portion of the book points more decidedly toward the messianic age. This is see... more
Minor Prophets Sermon 10: Genuine Worship
Minor Prophets Sermon 10: Genuine Worship (14:58)
Since there are no datable persons or events in the book of Malachi, issues of the origin and time of the book have to be deduced from the book itself. Additionally, nothing is known of the author apart from the contents of ... more
Minor Prophets Sermon 11: Charges of Unfaithfulness
Minor Prophets Sermon 11: Charges of Unfaithfulness (19:19)
The prophetic indictments of Malachi against Israel continue in chapter 2. The chapter opens with charges against the priests, who had abdicated their responsibility of upholding and informing the people of the requirements ... more
Minor Prophets Sermon 12: God's Judgment and Promise
Minor Prophets Sermon 12: God's Judgment and Promise (23:26)
The final lesson from the book of Malachi is a fitting conclusion to the Minor Prophets. Throughout our journey we have observed the repeated themes of judgment and hope, an oft-repeated emphasis in the Old Testament. The message... more
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