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By Coty Pinckney

Community Bible Church of Williamstown, Massachusetts

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Recent Changes

The next sermon series, on Habakkuk, will begin March 25th.

2/27/01 -- Expository Easter Sermons, links to more than 70 Easter, Good Friday, and Maundy Thursday messages by Charles Spurgeon, John Piper, Martin Luther, Ray Stedman, and others.

1/1/01 -- Book Review of Bruce Ware's new book, God's Lesser Glory: The Diminished God of Open Theism -- an excellent book on a topic of increasing importance.

12/16/00 -- What Child is This? added.

12/8/00 -- The Bible Unity Reading Plan added. This reading plan takes you through the entire Bible in a year, with the bulk of the readings arranged chronologically. Unlike other chronological plans, however, you read a selection from the New Testament almost every day of the year. See the plan as a pdf file (which requires the Acrobat reader), or a Microsoft Word document.

11/24/00 -- Book Review of John Piper's A Godward Life, Book 2: Savoring the Supremacy of God in All of Life.

11/12/00 -- 1 Kings 13 and 14: A Time for Grace, a Time for Judgment added.

11/5/00 -- 1 Kings 11 and 12: Jeroboam: The Pragmatist added.

10/22/00 -- Mark 15:40-16:8: Just As He Said added. This completes the series on Mark (26 sermons).

9/20/00 -- An audio version of "My God, My God! Why Have You Forsaken Me?" added. You will need a RealAudio player (most of you have this; if not, download from www.real.com). Also, at this point I am not able to "stream" the file; you will have to download the entire file (4.7 Mb) before listening to it. The download will take about 20 minutes on a 56k connection.

9/10/00 -- Mark 15:16-39: My God, My God! Why Have You Forsaken Me? added.

6/8/00 -- New Domain Name and Site Re-organization: You can now reach this page via www.expository.org. All old links to pages on this site will continue to work. The only exception: my old home page, which indexes all pages on the site, has changed to www.expository.org/main.htm.

5/10/00 -- Study Guide to Revelation is now complete. There are 27 weekly studies covering the entire book.

A new email list to encourage expository preaching: Expositor's Quote of the Week. Follow this link to join the list, or to read inspiring and challenging quotes on preaching from the likes of Martyn Lloyd-Jones, John Stott, Charles Spurgeon, Ray Stedman, John Owen, and John Piper. Updated weekly.

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(Scripture Index to Sermons)

What Child is This? (12/24/00)

Jeroboam: The Pragmatist (11/5/00)

A Time for Grace, a Time for Judgment (11/12/00)

The Beginning of the Gospel (Mark 1:1-8) (4/25/99)

Why Did Jesus Come? (Mark 1:9-39) (5/2/99)

Make Me Clean! (Mark 1:40-45) (5/9/99)

Your Visa to Heaven (Mark 2:1-17) (6/28/99)

Rules and Relationship (Mark 2:18-3:6) (7/11/99)

God's Intimate Family (Mark 3:7-35) (8/29/99)

Do You Have Ears? (Mark 4:1-34) (9/5/99)

Fear or Faith? (Mark 4:35-5:20) (9/26/99)

Fear Not! Only Believe! (Mark 5:21-6:6) (10/24/99)

The Power to Serve (Mark 6:7-52) (10/31/99)

The Traditions of Men vs the Commands of God (Mark 7:1-30) (11/7/99)

Deaf Ears, Blind Eyes, and Thick Heads (Mark 7:31-8:26) (12/5/99)

Gaining True Life Through Losing False Life (Mark 8:27-9:1) (12/12/99)

The False Life of Selfish Ambition: Abortion and Other Ways of Rejecting God (James 3:13-4:10) (1/23/00)

The Way to Greatness (Mark 9) (1/30/00)

Marriage and Divorce (Mark 10:1-12) (2/27/00)

Childlike Faith, Childlike Giving (Mark 10:13-31) (3/5/00)

Does God Reward Us for Giving? (Mark 10:29-30) (3/19/00: This sermon overlaps with others, as it was preached elsewhere.)

Suffering and Joy (Mark 10:32-52) (4/2/00)

Jesus, the Perfect King (Mark 11:1-11) (4/30/00)

How to Bear Fruit (Mark 11:12-12:12) (5/7/00)

Fertilizing Fruit Trees (Mark 12:13-44) (5/14/00)

Living in the Last Days (Mark 13) (7/2/00)

How Much is Jesus Worth? (Mark 14:1-25) (7/30/00)

The Hour Has Come! (Mark 14:26-52) (8/6/00)

Dangerous Upstart, Impotent Master, Innocent Madman -- Or All-Conquering Lord? (Mark 14:53-15:15) 8/27/00

My God, My God! Why Have You Forsaken Me? (Mark 15:16-39) RealAudio version (9/10/00)

Just As He Said (Mark 15:40-16:8) (10/22/00)

Perseverance in Prayer (Ephesians 6:18-24)

Steps to Effective Prayer

David and Bathsheba, Bill and Monica

Running the Race of Faith

Oh, No! Not Leviticus!

The Need to Belong (Leviticus 1)

Your Present to God (Leviticus 2)

How Can I Find Peace? (Leviticus 3)

Blood's Cleansing Power (Leviticus 4)

The Need for Reconciliation (Leviticus 5 and 6)

The Priesthood of All Believers (Leviticus 8:1-3)

Clothes Make the Man (Leviticus 8:4-9, 21:1-24)

The Effective Priest (Leviticus 8:10-9:24)

The Disqualified Priest (Leviticus 10)

Clean and Unclean (Leviticus 11-15) (11/29/98)

As Far as the East is From the West: The Day of Atonement (Leviticus 16) (12/6/98)

Me? Obey the Law? (Leviticus 17-20) (1/10/99)

Christians and the Law (Leviticus 17-20) (1/17/99)

A Sabbath-Rest for the People of God (Leviticus 23) (2/28/99)

Your Inheritance: Glorious Discovery to a Lonely Wretch (Leviticus 25, Jubilee) (3/7/99)

Who are You? (Leviticus 26) (3/14/99)

Love Beyond All Telling

Is Paul to be Trusted? (Ephesians 1:1-2)

The Only Thing That Lasts (Ephesians 1:13,14)

The Most Difficult Truth in the Bible (Ephesians 2:1-3)

Are All Christians United? (Ephesians 2:11-22)

The Ideal Church (Ephesians 4:12-16)

Are You Married to Jesus? (Ephesians 5:22-33, part 1)

What is Christian Marriage? (Ephesians 5:22-33, part 2)

How Can I Resist Satan? (Ephesians 6:16,17)

Perseverance in Prayer (Ephesians 6:18-24)

Steps to Effective Prayer

What Does the Bible Say About Family Relationships?

Hope for the Hopeless (Isaiah 59-62)

Pleasing Grief and Mournful Joy: A Good Friday Meditation

The Resurrection? So What? An Easter Sermon (Philippians 3:10)

RealAudio Files (Large -- 1.5 to 2.7megabytes)

I Failed! (John 18:12-23) (smaller, lower quality version)

Who Are Your Heroes? (Daniel 1-6) (needs 30 sec patch at end)

Sermon transcriptions

When God Doesn't Answer (Psalm 77)

Money Myths (1 Timothy 6:5-19)

Why Money? (2 Corinthians 8 & 9)

Biblical Principles for Managing Money

The Way of Darkness and the Way of Light (John 12:27-50)

1st Century Corinth, USA

At Wits' End (Psalm 107)

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Expository Preaching Resources

Powerful Expository Preaching Series, by Ray Stedman

Part 1: The Glory of Preaching

Part 2: Preparation of Expository Sermons

Part 3: The Accountability of the Preacher

Ray delivered these talks at the first Congress on the Bible, held in 1982 in San Diego. I've transcribed them (with virtually no editing) from PBC tapes; RealAudio files are available on the PBC site. Invaluable advice from one of the best expository preachers.

In these talks Ray recommends two books on expository preaching: Preaching and Preachers by Martyn Lloyd-Jones and Between Two Worlds: The Art of Preaching in the Twentieth Century by John Stott (originally entitled I Believe in Preaching). To these two fine books I would add my recommendation for John Piper's The Supremacy of God in Preaching. Order any of these through Amazon by clicking on the link.

I also highly recommend John Piper's Mullins Lectures on Preaching at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, September 14 to 16, 1999. Two of his three talks are available as RealAudio files at the SBTS website: "Why Does Preaching Have Such a Prominent Place in Worship" and "A Zeal That Accords with Knowledge."

Inspiring quotes on preaching.

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Worship Resources

Expository Easter Sermons, links to more than 70 Easter, Good Friday, and Maundy Thursday messages by Charles Spurgeon, John Piper, Martin Luther, Ray Stedman, and others.

A Good Friday order of service

John Newton's poem In Evil Long I Took Delight

John Donne's poem Good Friday, 1613: Riding Westward; these two poems are especially effective in Good Friday services.

Unusual Christmas Carols and Hymns.

A sample Christmas Eve program.

Recommended Christmas Stories (with excerpts), for children and adults.

George Macdonald's classic Christmas story The Gifts of the Child Christ, in its entirety.

A Responsive Prayer for the Christmas Season

John Piper's Advent Poems. Piper composes four poems each Advent season, and reads them during services. Most are biblical stories, expanded and set to verse. More than 70 are now available; follow this link. There are moving poems, biblically sound, and theologically deep. Last year I read "The Innkeeper" during our Christmas Eve service; this poem is also available in book form, and makes an attractive gift.

Expository Christmas Sermons: Links to more than 50 sermons by Charles Spurgeon, Ray Stedman, John Piper, John MacArthur, and others.

An Hour of Prayer: A suggested outline to use when praying for an hour, first written for use in a 24-hour New Year's prayer vigil.

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Bible Studies

Study Guide to Revelation. Twenty-seven weekly studies covering the entire book.

Life-Changing Doctrines: A 10-Week Study

Truth that Matters:


The Holy Spirit

The Trinity

The Doctrine of Man: The Fall

Salvation by Grace Through Faith



(Note: "Life-Changing Doctrines" is a set of bible studies aimed at new Christians but appropriate for anyone who needs a Scriptural grounding in the basic tenets of the faith. "Truth that Matters" is aimed primarily at those who aspire to leadership positions in the church. It requires several hours of reading, meditating, and writing each week. The focus remains on Scripture, but we read sermons and theological writings to challenge our own interpretations of Scripture.)

Bible Unity Reading Plan. A guide to reading through the entire Bible in one year, with most selections arranged chronologically, in order to highlight the way all history points to the coming of Jesus Christ. Unlike other chronological plans, however, this guide includes selections from both New and Old Testaments for 11 months of the year. Access as either a a pdf file (which requires the free Acrobat reader), or a Microsoft Word document

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