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Jesus’ First Sermon


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by Jim Kerwin

a scroll of the Hebrew scripturesWhat is “the acceptable year of the Lord”?1

Every time there is a “first” in the Scriptures, it is good to take note of it, because often the Holy Spirit is laying down a special foundation, or principle, or doctrine. I believe this is true in the case of Jesus’ first recorded sermon, which we will look at today. You will find His message in Luke chapter 4. You can turn there (I’ll give you the verses in a minute) while I introduce the subject.

Part of what I teach leaders when I come to Latin America is the importance of context when they are reading and studying and teaching and preaching God’s word. The two most important points are these:

  1. Every time we come to the Scriptures, as we are reading we must ask ourselves, “What is the context of this verse, this passage, this chapter, this book? What is the context within the text, and what are the historical, cultural, and original language contexts? What do I need to know to fully understand the passage like the first readers did?
  2. The greatest context is that of the entire Bible, which is why I encourage all Christian leaders – indeed, all Christians – to read through the Bible cover to cover at least once every year.

As you turn with me to Luke 4:14, let’s think about the context of our passage. In the previous chapter, Luke 3, Jesus was water-baptized by John; immediately the Spirit of the Lord [click to continue…]



This entry is part 7 of 7 in the series Bible Study In The Gospel Of Matthew (audio)

In-Depth Bible Study
in the Gospel of Matthew
Chapter 10:
The Cost of Doing Kingdom Business
an Audio Bible-Teaching Message
by

Jim Kerwin

In our in-depth Bible study in the Gospel of Matthew, Pastor Jim Kerwin
of Finest of the Wheat Teaching Fellowship looks at Jesus’ commissioning
of the Twelve Apostles in

Matthew 10

and what the Lord warned them about
The Cost
of Doing Kingdom Business
.

 

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This entry is part 6 of 7 in the series Bible Study In The Gospel Of Matthew (audio)

The “John the Baptist Experience,” Part 6
In-Depth Bible Study
in the Gospel of Matthew, Week 11
an Audio Bible-Teaching Message
by

Jim Kerwin

Pastor Jim Kerwin finishes up his series called The John the Baptist Experience
by exploring the fear of God and how the Holy Spirit uses it to prepare our hearts for the coming
of Jesus. 
(Notes used during the live Bible study can be downloaded
here.)

 

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This entry is part 5 of 7 in the series Bible Study In The Gospel Of Matthew (audio)

The “John the Baptist Experience,” Part 5
In-Depth Bible Study
in the Gospel of Matthew, Week 10
an Audio Bible-Teaching Message
by

Jim Kerwin

The Scriptures say that God created Man in His own image.  That truth plays a key role
in understanding the importance of repentance, as you’ll hear in this fifth message
of the series, The John the Baptist Experience, taught by Pastor Jim Kerwin. 
(Notes used during the live Bible study can be downloaded
here.)

 

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This entry is part 4 of 7 in the series Bible Study In The Gospel Of Matthew (audio)

The “John the Baptist Experience,” Part 4
In-Depth Bible Study
in the Gospel of Matthew, Week 9
an Audio Bible-Teaching Message
by

Jim Kerwin

In Pastor Jim’s careful exploration of “The John the Baptist Experience,”
we find that the Scriptures teach us a surprising truth—that God’s moral law
is part and parcel of proclaiming the uncompromised and uncompromising New Testament Gospel. 
(Notes used during the live Bible study can be downloaded
here.)

 

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This entry is part 3 of 7 in the series Bible Study In The Gospel Of Matthew (audio)

The “John the Baptist Experience,” Part 3
In-Depth Bible Study
in the Gospel of Matthew, Week 8
an Audio Bible-Teaching Message
by

Jim Kerwin

Pastor Jim continues exploring Matthew chapter 3 and the “The John the Baptist Experience” by focusing on the New Testament’s
consistent theme of true and deep repentance.  (Notes used during the live Bible study can be downloaded
here.)

 

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This entry is part 2 of 7 in the series Bible Study In The Gospel Of Matthew (audio)

The “John the Baptist Experience,” Part 2
In-Depth Bible Study
in the Gospel of Matthew, Week 7
an Audio Bible-Teaching Message
by

Jim Kerwin

As we consider the “John the Baptist Experience,” it is important to understand
the prophecies about John in Isaiah and Malachi.  Pastor Jim Kerwin continues a multi-week
Bible study on John the Baptist as he continues teaching through the Gospel of Matthew. 
(Notes used during the live Bible study can be
downloaded here.)

 

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This entry is part 1 of 7 in the series Bible Study In The Gospel Of Matthew (audio)

The “John the Baptist Experience,” Part 1
In-Depth Bible Study
in the Gospel of Matthew, Week 6
an Audio Bible-Teaching Message
by

Jim Kerwin

Why did John the Baptist need to prepare the way for Jesus and His ministry?  And if a
“John the Baptist experience” had to precede Jesus’ first coming, is such an
experience necessary before He can return a second time?  Before He can truly come to an
individual?  A church?  The Church?  Pastor Jim Kerwin looks at all
of these questions in the first part of a multi-week series in Matthew’s Gospel, chapter
3.  (Notes used during the live Bible study can be
downloaded here.)

 

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Seven Words from the Cross: Jim Kerwin


Seven Words from the Cross
an Audio Bible-Teaching Message
by

Jim Kerwin

A careful reading of the Crucifixion accounts in all four Gospel accounts reveals that Jesus
spoke from the Cross seven times.  What were those words and why are they significant to us as
Christians?  Jim Kerwin introduces those brief, poignant, revealing utterances of the dying Savior.

 

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The “Rejected Blessing” Interviews
on WAVA-AM
with host

Ray Greenley
of Living Water Radio
and his special guest

Jim Kerwin


'The Rejected Blessing' is now available from www.RevivalClassics.com.  Click on the image to be taken to the Revival Classics site.

The Rejected Blessing
is now available in small-book form from

Revival Classics
.

Ray Greenley, pastor of National Prayer Chapel and host of Living
Water Radio, interviews Bible teacher and historian Jim Kerwin, author of
The Rejected Blessing
Their discussion explores some aspects of the Azusa Street Revival, the heart-preparation work
God laid as groundwork for that revival, and what God must do in His people
before He can send another great outpouring. (Posted here on Finest of the Wheat with the
permission of LivingWaterRadio.com and National Prayer Chapel.)

 

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The Disciple Jesus Loves: Jim Kerwin


The Disciple Jesus Loves
an Audio Bible-Teaching Message
by

Jim Kerwin

Why did the Apostle John refer to himself as “the disciple whom Jesus loved”

(John 21:20)? 

And how does our understanding of God’s love affect our faith?  Jim Kerwin explores these
questions, providing some helpful answers for those who are seeking God for sanctification.

 

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Importunity—Being a Pain in the Neck (by Jim Kerwin)


Importunity—Being a “Pain in the Neck”
an Audio Bible-Teaching Message
by

Jim Kerwin

Jesus gives us good counsel about how to pray, and part of that counsel in

Luke 11:5-13

is to be a persistent “pain in the neck” if necessary.  Jim Kerwin looks at importunity
(“being a pain in the neck”) and also deals with another question: “What happens
when you seem to get the opposite answer from the thing you asked?”

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Six Visits from Isaiah Reid: Jim Kerwin


“Six Visits from Isaiah Reid”
a bit of Church History
presented by

Jim Kerwin

History, properly pursued, brings the past alive.  Biography, properly pursued, can bring a historical figure
to life.  Pastor Jim Kerwin has been researching the life of American Holiness Movement leader
Isaiah Reid for over five years.  Steeped in Reid’s life story, theology, writings,
and personality, Jim was given the opportunity to “put on” the historical persona of his subject
and address six sessions of the 2010 camp meeting of the

Iowa Holiness Association (IHA)

Listen to

Six Visits from Isaiah Reid,

as the IHA’s founder shares his insights with his beloved association for the first time in 99 years…

 

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Helping Our People
To Recognize God’s Voice
an Audio Bible-Teaching Message
by

Jim Kerwin

How can ministers help their people to grow spiritually?  Rev. Jim Kerwin presents an important responsibility
of spiritual leadership in his message,

Helping Our People to Recognize God’s Voice

This talk was first shared with pastors and other ministry leaders attending an

Evangelical Church Alliance

quarterly meeting, at

Pleasant Grove Baptist Church,

in Virginia Beach, Virginia, on Saturday, March 26, 2011.  (Disclaimer: Mention of these
organizations does not necessarily imply their endorsement of the message.)

To help listeners follow along with the presentation, here are links to a PDF copy of the

slide presentation

and a PDF document of Pastor Jim’s

original outline

for the message.

 

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