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October 14, 2019
We now get to a particular kind of prayer in which people are very interested–what some call a “give me” prayer. “Give us today our daily bread.” This prayer is the reason why most people even get involved in prayer. They have a need, and they want God to meet it. They have a situation, and they want God to change it. But notice, “Give us today our daily bread” happens dead in the middle, dead smack in the middle, of the Lord’s Prayer. It is surrounded by all sorts of other statements and ideas and concepts. You cannot understand how what we call “petitionary” prayer works unless you see, “give us today our daily bread” in all of its relationships to the rest of the prayer. I think the Lord’s Prayer tells us petitionary prayer only works if you get confident (knowing his power), if you get perspective (knowing his glory), if you get humble (knowing his wisdom), and if you get reconciled (knowing he is God and letting him be God). This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on May 14, 1995. Series "The Lord's Prayer 1995". Scripture: Matthew 6:9-15. Today's podcast is brought to you by Gospel in Life, the site for all sermons, books, study guides and resources from Timothy Keller and Redeemer Presbyterian Church. If you've enjoyed listening to this podcast and would like to support the ongoing efforts of this ministry, you can do so by visiting gospelinlife.com/give and making a one-time or recurring donation.
October 12, 2019
Today, we’re going to look at what it means to pray, “Thy will be done.” We’re going to need every bit of help we can get to learn how to pray this, because this goes right into the teeth of our culture. American culture says that the more free we are to decide what is right or wrong for ourselves, having no one else tell us how to live our lives, the happier we’ll be. But here, Jesus Christ says every time you pray to God you need to say to him, “Thy will be done.” This goes right into the teeth of probably everything you’ve been taught, if you’ve grown up here. So what does it mean? To understand that, we look at Jesus’ own prayer, and we see that he prays it in the midst of terrible agony. We’re going to first reflect on the magnitude of that agony, then the immediacy of that agony, and then see how that helps us understand what it means to pray, “Thy will be done” in a life-transforming way. This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on October 19, 2014. Series "The Prayer of Prayers". Scripture: Matthew 26:36-46. Today's podcast is brought to you by Gospel in Life, the site for all sermons, books, study guides and resources from Timothy Keller and Redeemer Presbyterian Church. If you've enjoyed listening to this podcast and would like to support the ongoing efforts of this ministry, you can do so by visiting gospelinlife.com/give and making a one-time or recurring donation.
October 10, 2019
We’re now looking at the phrase “thy kingdom come.” What does it mean to pray this? We’re going to look at this passage in Luke where he talks about the kingdom of God and the blessedness of the kingdom. “Blessed are you, for yours is the kingdom.” These passages both tell us a lot about the kingdom of God. I want to show you what the kingdom of God is, what it’s not, what it’s like, how you enter it, and then we’ll apply it to how all that helps us pray, “Thy kingdom come.” What it is, what it’s not, what it’s like, how you enter it, and how that relates to prayer. This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on October 12, 2014. Series "The Prayer of Prayers". Scripture: Luke 6:20-26, 46-49. Today's podcast is brought to you by Gospel in Life, the site for all sermons, books, study guides and resources from Timothy Keller and Redeemer Presbyterian Church. If you've enjoyed listening to this podcast and would like to support the ongoing efforts of this ministry, you can do so by visiting gospelinlife.com/give and making a one-time or recurring donation.
October 8, 2019
“Hallowed” is an old English word that means to treat something as sacred, to treat something as holy. “Hallowed be thy name” means to praise and adore. It means to be captivated, astonished, to be melted with grateful joy for who God is and what he has done. So we’re looking at Psalm 63, a very famous psalm about praise. It tells you quite a lot that is very specific about praise. We’re going to look at five aspects to praise and adoration: thinking, expressing, appraising, beholding, and resting. You have to do all five if you’re going to praise him, if you’re going to hallow his name. This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on October 5, 2014. Series "The Prayer of Prayers". Scripture: Psalm 63:1-11. Today's podcast is brought to you by Gospel in Life, the site for all sermons, books, study guides and resources from Timothy Keller and Redeemer Presbyterian Church. If you've enjoyed listening to this podcast and would like to support the ongoing efforts of this ministry, you can do so by visiting gospelinlife.com/give and making a one-time or recurring donation.
October 5, 2019
In this series, we’re going to take one phrase each week from the Lord’s Prayer and then go to some other place in the Bible that gives us access to the strain of biblical doctrine and teaching that is required if you’re going to pray that part of the prayer. What does it mean to pray, “Our Father”? What’s intriguing to me about this passage is that in verses 4–5, when it describes everything Jesus Christ came to do, the reason he came, the purpose of his salvation, was that we might receive adoption to sonship. We can pray “Our Father” because we’ve been adopted into the family of God. Let’s look briefly at the gift of adoption, the meaning of adoption (what it means to be adopted), the reason we can be adopted, and then how it applies to prayer. This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on September 28, 2014. Series "The Prayer of Prayers". Scripture: Galatians 3:26-4:3. Today's podcast is brought to you by Gospel in Life, the site for all sermons, books, study guides and resources from Timothy Keller and Redeemer Presbyterian Church. If you've enjoyed listening to this podcast and would like to support the ongoing efforts of this ministry, you can do so by visiting gospelinlife.com/give and making a one-time or recurring donation.
October 3, 2019
This is a testimony and teaching about three stages in my own prayer life–my growth in prayer, my growth in understanding in prayer, my growth in the practice of prayer. So I'm going to go back through my whole Christian life and ministry life and give you some ideas. I would say there's three layers or three lessons I learned over the years. The first one was prayer as helplessness. The second was prayer as work. The third was prayer as love. This talk was given by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church during a conference on Prayer. Today's podcast is brought to you by Gospel in Life, the site for all sermons, books, study guides and resources from Timothy Keller and Redeemer Presbyterian Church. If you've enjoyed listening to this podcast and would like to support the ongoing efforts of this ministry, you can do so by visiting gospelinlife.com/give and making a one-time or recurring donation.
October 1, 2019
We’ve already asked, “How do you become a believer?” and “How do you know you have become a believer?” We looked at the great story of Naaman the Syrian and his conversion. We’re now going to ask, “How can we be sure we are formed as believers?” How do we make sure the beliefs we have in our head actually form and shape our entire lives? The general answer over the centuries that the church has given is prayer. And the more specific answer to, “How do we know how to pray?” has been the Psalms. What we’re doing here by giving you the first psalm and the last psalm, the bookends as it were, is I’m about to give you a crash course in prayer and particularly prayer as it’s given to us and taught to us in the Psalms. Ready? Fasten your seat belts. Very few of you brought your helmets, but that was my fault. I didn’t let you know last week. So the three headings are the way into prayer, the way through prayer, and the way all true prayer must end: in praise. This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on September 23, 2012. Series "Gospel in Life: Grace in the Case of Naaman". Scripture: Psalm 1:1-6; 150:1-6 Today's podcast is brought to you by Gospel in Life, the site for all sermons, books, study guides and resources from Timothy Keller and Redeemer Presbyterian Church. If you've enjoyed listening to this podcast and would like to support the ongoing efforts of this ministry, you can do so by visiting gospelinlife.com/give and making a one-time or recurring donation.
September 28, 2019
One of the reasons we’re looking at this guy, Naaman, is because he is a lot like the typical New Yorker. He met God. Now let me ask you … Have you met God? Have you really met God? If you say, “Well, here I am. I’m in church. I go to church,” yeah, but that’s what the second half of this narrative, this historical account, is about. Naaman, who was a pagan, who knew nothing about the Bible, who had absolutely no (what we would call) religious background is converted. He gets a changed heart. But Gehazi, who lives with the prophet, who is probably an apprentice to the prophet, who lives at the very heart of Israel’s biblical religion, who probably knew the Word of God inside out, doesn’t have a changed heart. Naaman meets God with no religious background; Gehazi misses God with all the religious background. How do you know you’re not missing God? Have you met God? That’s what we’re going to look at. So first let’s look at the marks of a man who has met God. That’s Naaman. Secondly, let’s look at the marks of a man who, in spite of all his religious background, has missed God. That’s Gehazi. Then thirdly, we’ll say how you can be sure to meet and not miss God. This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on September 16, 2012. Series "Gospel in Life: Grace in the Case of Naaman". Scripture: 2 Kings 5:2-3, 15-27. Today's podcast is brought to you by Gospel in Life, the site for all sermons, books, study guides and resources from Timothy Keller and Redeemer Presbyterian Church. If you've enjoyed listening to this podcast and would like to support the ongoing efforts of this ministry, you can do so by visiting gospelinlife.com/give and making a one-time or recurring donation.
September 26, 2019
In this passage, a Syrian general, Naaman, goes to the God of Israel to get help. As we’re going to see, there was an astonishing amount of hatred and disdain between these two nations. But Naaman, the sophisticated, powerful Syrian, goes to Israel and to the God of Israel to get some kind of help, and it’s shocking that such an unlikely person would do that. What brings a Naaman and what brings a typical person who lives in Manhattan to start to seek the God of the Bible? That’s what we’re going to look at. Let’s notice what we’re taught here: why people seek, how people find, and why people can seek and find. This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on September 9, 2012. Series "Gospel in Life: Grace in the Case of Naaman". Scripture: 2 Kings 5:1-14. Today's podcast is brought to you by Gospel in Life, the site for all sermons, books, study guides and resources from Timothy Keller and Redeemer Presbyterian Church. If you've enjoyed listening to this podcast and would like to support the ongoing efforts of this ministry, you can do so by visiting gospelinlife.com/give and making a one-time or recurring donation.
September 24, 2019
We’ve been looking at the ways in which an experience of the grace of God creates a new inward character and a new interior character of the heart. We now come to the end of the series and return to the same passage on which we started, 1 Corinthians 13. What we’re going to do is we’re going to look at the end of this passage in which Paul tells us that the key to developing that interior supernaturally changed heart is to look to the future, to look to something that’s going to happen in the future. This passage, in verses 1–6, tells us about a problem. Then, verses 8–13, at the end, give us the remedy. Then, verse 7, right smack in the middle, gives us some insight for how to use the remedy. So there’s the problem, the remedy, and how to use the remedy. This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on March 24, 2002. Series "Practical Grace; How the Gospel Transforms Character". Scripture: 1 Corinthians 13:1-13. Today's podcast is brought to you by Gospel in Life, the site for all sermons, books, study guides and resources from Timothy Keller and Redeemer Presbyterian Church. If you've enjoyed listening to this podcast and would like to support the ongoing efforts of this ministry, you can do so by visiting gospelinlife.com/give and making a one-time or recurring donation.
September 20, 2019
Paul, in 1 Corinthians 13, said it is possible to live a completely ethical life without any love at the root of it, but rather, fear, pride and power. What we’re doing is we’re taking a look at the traits of a life that’s not just morally restrained externally, but supernaturally changed from the inside. This passage is not like the other passages, because every other week what we have been doing is looking at one trait each time. “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, integrity, courage, humility, self-control.” Instead of focusing on one trait, this well-known passage from Saint Paul shows us how to know and grow all of the fruit of the Spirit. This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on March 17, 2002. Series "Practical Grace; How the Gospel Transforms Character". Scripture: Galatians 5:16-25. Today's podcast is brought to you by Gospel in Life, the site for all sermons, books, study guides and resources from Timothy Keller and Redeemer Presbyterian Church. If you've enjoyed listening to this podcast and would like to support the ongoing efforts of this ministry, you can do so by visiting gospelinlife.com/give and making a one-time or recurring donation.
September 19, 2019
We’ve been looking underneath ethical behavior to the marks of supernaturally changed character, a heart that’s changed at the root in its fundamental desires and motivations. Today, we come to a term that’s very important in Greek philosophy and in Greek language. It’s the word self-control. Think of how much misery there is in our lives because we can’t control our tongue, our time, our thoughts. We make impulsive decisions or use impulsive words, then we wish we could take them back. What’s the solution? In this passage, Paul says, “I’m going to tell you the secret.” We’ll first look at this subject of self-control in this passage under what I’ll call principles and then under practice. We’ll first look at principles about what the nature of self-control is. Then, secondly, practice some very, very specific ways of going about increasing it in our lives and carrying it out. This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on March 10, 2002. Series "Practical Grace; How the Gospel Transforms Character". Scripture: 1 Corinthians 9:23-27; 10:11-13. Today's podcast is brought to you by Gospel in Life, the site for all sermons, books, study guides and resources from Timothy Keller and Redeemer Presbyterian Church. If you've enjoyed listening to this podcast and would like to support the ongoing efforts of this ministry, you can do so by visiting gospelinlife.com/give and making a one-time or recurring donation.
September 17, 2019
We’re looking at what the marks are of a heart that has been changed at its very core. We now come to a trait that is hard to summarize in any one English word. A supernatural heart has its relationship to the truth changed. In 1 Corinthians 13, it says the mark of a heart that has been changed by the supernatural love of God is that it rejoices with the truth. Paul is talking about something more than ethical honesty. There’s a place where Jesus Christ speaks of his followers as people who are of the truth, sort of made of truth, swimming in truth. Truth is your very element. We’re talking about something really different. What is this? A supernaturally changed heart has an attitude and a relationship to truth no other kinds of hearts have. Let’s notice in this passage the problem of truth, the encounter we need to have with truth, and something about the practice of truth. This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on March 3, 2002. Series "Practical Grace; How the Gospel Transforms Character". Scripture: Ephesians 4:15-25. Today's podcast is brought to you by Gospel in Life, the site for all sermons, books, study guides and resources from Timothy Keller and Redeemer Presbyterian Church. If you've enjoyed listening to this podcast and would like to support the ongoing efforts of this ministry, you can do so by visiting gospelinlife.com/give and making a one-time or recurring donation.
September 14, 2019
Up until the twentieth century, the traditional cultures have always believed too high a view of yourself is the real root cause for most of the evil in the world. This is still true in most cultures of the world. Why do people abuse others? Why are people cruel? Why do people do the bad things they do? Traditionally, pride–too high a view of ourselves–is the reason why we misbehave. In the modern Western culture, particularly in the United States, we have an utterly opposite cultural consensus. The basis of our education, the way in which we treat incarcerated prisoners, our legislation, and certainly the basis of our counseling is exactly the opposite of the consensus of all the other societies that have ever lived. Our belief today is people misbehave for lack of self-esteem, because they have too low a view of themselves. What’s intriguing about this passage is it gives us an approach to self-regard, a way of seeing yourself, that is utterly different than traditional cultures or modern, postmodern contemporary culture. The three things we’ll learn here and that Paul shows us is the natural condition of the human ego, the supernatural condition–the transformed sense of self and identity Paul discovered–and lastly, how to get it. This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on February 24, 2002. Series "Practical Grace; How the Gospel Transforms Character". Scripture: 1 Corinthians 3:21-4:7. Today's podcast is brought to you by Gospel in Life, the site for all sermons, books, study guides and resources from Timothy Keller and Redeemer Presbyterian Church. If you've enjoyed listening to this podcast and would like to support the ongoing efforts of this ministry, you can do so by visiting gospelinlife.com/give and making a one-time or recurring donation.
September 12, 2019
What we’re looking at is not the moral behavior Christianity requires, and which to a great degree other religions require, but what we’re looking at is the supernaturally changed heart–the traits or characteristics of a new heart that only the gospel in its peculiar way of relating us to God can produce. The trait we now come to is what the world calls tolerance. And we have to confront a very, very urgent question. The question is how should you relate, how can you relate to someone whose views and values and practices offend you, distress you? How can we relate to people with whom we deeply differ? The world says we need to be tolerant, but I want to show you here that Paul says the mark of a supernaturally changed heart is to go way beyond tolerance. There’s something greater than tolerance, something I’m going to call gospel-receptivity–a loving, peaceful receptivity toward people with whom we deeply differ, which is different than tolerance. It’s better than it. It’s greater than it. What is this receptivity, this receptive grace? Let’s figure out what it’s not, what it is, and how do we develop it. This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on February 10, 2002. Series "Practical Grace; How the Gospel Transforms Character". Scripture: 1 Corinthians 8:4-11; Romans 15:1-7. Today's podcast is brought to you by Gospel in Life, the site for all sermons, books, study guides and resources from Timothy Keller and Redeemer Presbyterian Church. If you've enjoyed listening to this podcast and would like to support the ongoing efforts of this ministry, you can do so by visiting gospelinlife.com/give and making a one-time or recurring donation.
September 10, 2019
We’ve been talking about the fact that there’s a difference between a supernaturally changed heart and a morally restrained heart. The marks of a supernaturally changed heart are sometimes called the fruit of the Spirit. They’re listed a number of places in the New Testament. We now come to another trait or quality of a supernaturally changed heart: peace. In almost all the lists of these traits, it’s joy or peace. I want to spend more of my time than I have the last couple of weeks on how to cultivate the trait, because the three disciplines of cultivation here don’t just work for peace. They really work for all of the character qualities we’re looking at. What I want to do is I want to look at what this supernatural peace is that’s available to us, and then secondly, how we can cultivate it. This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on February 3, 2002. Series "Practical Grace; How the Gospel Transforms Character". Scripture: Colossians 3:1-15. Today's podcast is brought to you by Gospel in Life, the site for all sermons, books, study guides and resources from Timothy Keller and Redeemer Presbyterian Church. If you've enjoyed listening to this podcast and would like to support the ongoing efforts of this ministry, you can do so by visiting gospelinlife.com/give and making a one-time or recurring donation.
September 6, 2019
This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on January 27, 2002. Series "Practical Grace; How the Gospel Transforms Character". Scripture: Ephesians 4:29-5:2; John 15:12-15. Today's podcast is brought to you by Gospel in Life, the site for all sermons, books, study guides and resources from Timothy Keller and Redeemer Presbyterian Church. If you've enjoyed listening to this podcast and would like to support the ongoing efforts of this ministry, you can do so by visiting gospelinlife.com/give and making a one-time or recurring donation.
September 5, 2019
In traditional moral training, how do we teach people to be honest? How do we encourage them not to lie? It goes something like this. We say, “Don’t lie, or you’ll get caught.” “Don’t lie, or society won’t work.” The more religious approach is, “Don’t lie, or God will punish you.” Therefore, in traditional moral training, you’ve only restrained the heart, not fundamentally changed the heart. You haven’t changed its character. Instead of dealing with the roots of dishonesty, you’ve just jury-rigged it so it makes people honest. But it’s artificial and temporary. Only for a heart that feels absolutely loved is a lie unnecessary and therefore unnatural. Therefore, it’s only an experience of grace of God through Jesus Christ that changes the heart rather than restrains the heart. We’re looking at the marks of a supernaturally changed heart and how each one is cultivated in Christ. Paul makes a list of these marks of a supernaturally changed heart, and we now come to patience. So–why do we need patience? What is it? How do we get it? This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on January 20, 2002. Series "Practical Grace; How the Gospel Transforms Character". Scripture: Matthew 18:21-35; 1 Corinthians 13:4,6. Today's podcast is brought to you by Gospel in Life, the site for all sermons, books, study guides and resources from Timothy Keller and Redeemer Presbyterian Church. If you've enjoyed listening to this podcast and would like to support the ongoing efforts of this ministry, you can do so by visiting gospelinlife.com/give and making a one-time or recurring donation.
September 3, 2019
In the first sermon of this series, we’re going to look at 1 Corinthians 13:1-8 and ask these questions: What is heart character? What is inner love and joy? What is the inner supernatural change in character that God can bring? This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on January 13, 2002. Series "Practical Grace; How the Gospel Transforms Character". Scripture: 1 Corinthians 13:1-8. Today's podcast is brought to you by Gospel in Life, the site for all sermons, books, study guides and resources from Timothy Keller and Redeemer Presbyterian Church. If you've enjoyed listening to this podcast and would like to support the ongoing efforts of this ministry, you can do so by visiting gospelinlife.com/give and making a one-time or recurring donation.
August 30, 2019
The kingdom of God is the power of God to readminister your life, rearrange your life in all sorts of ways. We’ve been looking at some of them, and now we look at one last way. He doesn’t just have you live upside-down and inside-out, but also forward-back. What does that mean? Let’s take a look and see what he teaches us about the power of the kingdom; the practices of the kingdom, and last of all, the provision of the kingdom. This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on May 18, 2003. Series "The Meaning of Jesus Part 4; The Kingdom of God". Scripture: Luke 12:32-46. Today's podcast is brought to you by Gospel in Life, the site for all sermons, books, study guides and resources from Timothy Keller and Redeemer Presbyterian Church. If you've enjoyed listening to this podcast and would like to support the ongoing efforts of this ministry, you can do so by visiting gospelinlife.com/give and making a one-time or recurring donation.
August 28, 2019
We’re continuing to look at the various themes of the gospel of Luke. We’ve been looking at how the gospel completely changes the way in which we live. In this parable, Jesus introduces us to a universal problem, the problem of righteousness. He gives us two guys, each of which represents a particular solution to the problem–one solution which does not work, one which does. Problem; a solution that doesn’t work, the outside-in approach; and a solution that does work, the inside-out approach. This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on May 11, 2003. Series "The Meaning of Jesus Part 4; The Kingdom of God". Scripture: Luke 18:9-14. Today's podcast is brought to you by Gospel in Life, the site for all sermons, books, study guides and resources from Timothy Keller and Redeemer Presbyterian Church. If you've enjoyed listening to this podcast and would like to support the ongoing efforts of this ministry, you can do so by visiting gospelinlife.com/give and making a one-time or recurring donation.
August 26, 2019
We’ve been looking at the gospel of Luke, but we really can’t leave it unless we look at this theme that is all through the gospel of Luke and all through Jesus’ teaching … the kingdom of God. We really can’t leave until we understand better what that is, and it’s not easy to get that across. Many of you have heard the term kingdom of God for a long time, but can you put in a nutshell what it is? It’s not that easy. One philosopher says a kingdom is the range of your effective will. If tonight somebody gets into your purse and takes something out or somebody gets into your backpack and takes something out, you’ll be outraged. Why? Because there has been an intrusion on your kingdom, on a place where the way you want things to be ought to reign supreme. There has been a violation of the range of your effective will. What does it mean, then, to put yourself within the range of God’s effective will? What does it mean to put yourself under his effective will? That’s what we’re going to be looking at, and this particular parable tells us it means at least four things. To live in the kingdom of God is to get a lasting identity that goes on for eternity and is marked by astounding liberality. Finally, we have to ask, “How do we get that?” This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on May 4, 2003. Series "The Meaning of Jesus Part 4; The Kingdom of God". Scripture: Luke 16:19-31. Today's podcast is brought to you by Gospel in Life, the site for all sermons, books, study guides and resources from Timothy Keller and Redeemer Presbyterian Church. If you've enjoyed listening to this podcast and would like to support the ongoing efforts of this ministry, you can do so by visiting gospelinlife.com/give and making a one-time or recurring donation.
August 23, 2019
I believe it’s in the crucifixion account that Luke comes to us and says, “I’ve given you all of this information, but how will you respond to it? I’ve given you this information, but how do you take it in?” When Jesus says, “Father, forgive them; they don’t know what they’re doing,” what he’s saying is, “Father, they’re looking right at me, and they don’t get it. They’re looking at what we’re doing, they’re looking at your salvation, they’re looking at the greatest thing that has ever happened in the history of the world, and they don’t get it.” Here’s what Luke is asking. Do you get it? Luke is saying, “You have information, but is it real to you? Do you get it?” Everything you need to respond to Jesus in a life-transforming way is right here. We see all of the people rejecting him, the whole sweep of humanity. We see both the leaders and the common people rejecting him. We see both the Jews and the Gentiles rejecting him. Everybody. Peppered through all this rejection are four parties who respond differently, and if we look at how they respond, we’ll learn how we should. Let’s notice three things: who gets Jesus, how they get Jesus, and why they (and, therefore, we) can get Jesus. This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on April 27, 2003. Series "The Meaning of Jesus Part 4; The Kingdom of God". Scripture: Luke 23:33-56. Today's podcast is brought to you by Gospel in Life, the site for all sermons, books, study guides and resources from Timothy Keller and Redeemer Presbyterian Church. If you've enjoyed listening to this podcast and would like to support the ongoing efforts of this ministry, you can do so by visiting gospelinlife.com/give and making a one-time or recurring donation.
August 22, 2019
In chapter 9 of Luke, Peter comes to realize, with the help of the Holy Spirit, that Jesus is not one more in a row of prophets and teachers and sages. He says, “You are the Christ of God. You are the Messiah. You are the one who is bringing the kingdom of God, the ruling, healing, power of God, come back into the world.” What’s interesting is the minute his identity is revealed, he immediately begins to say, “Follow me.” Chapters 1 to 8 are all about, “Who is Jesus?” but we’re going to find chapters 9 through 18 are all about, “If he is this, what does it mean to follow him? If he is who he says he is, what does that make us? If he is that, what does it mean to follow him?” The word follow is the key word for the next nine chapters, and this chapter lays out the basics of it. This chapter tells us what it means to be a disciple, in the most basic way. That’s what the whole passage is about, and there are three sections we’ve taken out of this chapter, three basic principles that will help us understand what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. It means setting a new priority, it means finding a new identity, and it means living a new mercy. All three are critical, and they all fit together. This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on February 9, 2003. Series "The Meaning of Jesus Part 1; Understanding Him". Scripture: Luke 9:20-25; 51-62. Today's podcast is brought to you by Gospel in Life, the site for all sermons, books, study guides and resources from Timothy Keller and Redeemer Presbyterian Church. If you've enjoyed listening to this podcast and would like to support the ongoing efforts of this ministry, you can do so by visiting gospelinlife.com/give and making a one-time or recurring donation.
August 19, 2019
If you read Matthew, Mark, and Luke, you’ll always find at the climactic, pivotal place in the narratives of each of those gospels, the transfiguration is the final answer to a question that is continually posed in each of their early chapters. That question is … Who is this? “Who is this, that the wind and seas obey him? Who is this who forgives sins?” The transfiguration is the climactic answer in Matthew, Mark, and Luke. So to look at the transfiguration is one of the key ways you’re going to know who Jesus is, what he came to do, and how to connect to him. This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on February 2, 2003. Series "The Meaning of Jesus Part 1; Understanding Him". Scripture: Luke 9:28-36. Today's podcast is brought to you by Gospel in Life, the site for all sermons, books, study guides and resources from Timothy Keller and Redeemer Presbyterian Church. If you've enjoyed listening to this podcast and would like to support the ongoing efforts of this ministry, you can do so by visiting gospelinlife.com/give and making a one-time or recurring donation.
August 16, 2019
Jesus comes and heals what’s wrong within us and what’s wrong between us. We’ve talked about that previously. But now we ask, “What’s the ticket for that healing? How does that healing come into our lives?” The answer, of course, is a well-known answer. It’s faith, but what is faith? How does it come? How does it work? This whole chapter is about that. The two people he mentions are at the extreme ends of the social spectrum in that time and place. You have a woman of the street. You have a Roman centurion. And yet, the bottom line of the very first story is great faith. And the bottom line of the second story in verse 50 is: “Your faith has saved you …” In the strongest possible ways, Luke is saying, “No matter who you are, no matter what your condition, no matter what, faith is the key.” These stories, these accounts, have been given to us to teach us something about that faith. Here’s what we can learn. We can learn how it comes, what it is, and where it takes us. This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on January 26, 2003. Series "The Meaning of Jesus Part 1; Understanding Him". Scripture: Luke 7:1-10, 36-50. Today's podcast is brought to you by Gospel in Life, the site for all sermons, books, study guides and resources from Timothy Keller and Redeemer Presbyterian Church. If you've enjoyed listening to this podcast and would like to support the ongoing efforts of this ministry, you can do so by visiting gospelinlife.com/give and making a one-time or recurring donation.
August 15, 2019
In the first part of today's passage, Luke 6:12-36, Jesus tells us about the promise of a true human community. In the middle part of the passage, he tells us about the components of this true community. At the very end, he shows us where we get the power for it. This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on January 19, 2003. Series "The Meaning of Jesus Part 1; Understanding Him". Scripture: Luke 6:12-36. Today's podcast is brought to you by Gospel in Life, the site for all sermons, books, study guides and resources from Timothy Keller and Redeemer Presbyterian Church. If you've enjoyed listening to this podcast and would like to support the ongoing efforts of this ministry, you can do so by visiting gospelinlife.com/give and making a one-time or recurring donation.
August 13, 2019
What you get all the way through the first four chapters of Luke is that there’s a Savior coming, but he’s going to bring a salvation infinitely wider and deeper, more magnificent, and more multidimensional than anything anybody expected. Starting here in chapter 5, we have Luke spelling out what that is. These three incidents will show us how all-comprehensive and how multidimensional and full the salvation of Jesus is. In the first incident we see Jesus’ salvation transforms our relationship to ourselves. In the second incident it shows us Jesus’ salvation transforms our relationships with others. Lastly, the third incident shows Jesus’ salvation transforms our relationship with God. It completely transforms us psychologically, sociologically, spiritually. This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on January 5, 2003. Series "The Meaning of Jesus Part 1; Understanding Him". Scripture: Luke 5:4-26. Today's podcast is brought to you by Gospel in Life, the site for all sermons, books, study guides and resources from Timothy Keller and Redeemer Presbyterian Church. If you've enjoyed listening to this podcast and would like to support the ongoing efforts of this ministry, you can do so by visiting gospelinlife.com/give and making a one-time or recurring donation.
August 10, 2019
Life is a fight. Life is a struggle. How are we going to survive, let alone triumph over that? The answer is in this very famous passage from the Gospel of Luke on Jesus’ temptation. Let’s ask three questions that will help us handle the fights of life. When is the fight? Where is the front? What’s our hope? This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on December 22, 2012. Series "The Meaning of Jesus Part 1; Understanding Him". Scripture: Luke 2:34-35; 4:1-13. Today's podcast is brought to you by Gospel in Life, the site for all sermons, books, study guides and resources from Timothy Keller and Redeemer Presbyterian Church. If you've enjoyed listening to this podcast and would like to support the ongoing efforts of this ministry, you can do so by visiting gospelinlife.com/give and making a one-time or recurring donation.
August 8, 2019
The spiritual challenge of studying the incarnation is to hear the life-shattering, life-changing, enormous truths through the familiar texts and phrases read at Christmastime. But I would propose to you that you can still hear it. You can hear the claims of the doctrine of the incarnation, that God became in carne, in the flesh. God became human. The claim of that first gets in your face intellectually, then it gets in your heart transformationally. What do I mean by that? Let’s look. This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on December 15, 2012. Series "The Meaning of Jesus Part 1; Understanding Him". Scripture: Luke 1:26-45. Today's podcast is brought to you by Gospel in Life, the site for all sermons, books, study guides and resources from Timothy Keller and Redeemer Presbyterian Church. If you've enjoyed listening to this podcast and would like to support the ongoing efforts of this ministry, you can do so by visiting gospelinlife.com/give and making a one-time or recurring donation.
August 6, 2019
We’re looking at the life of Jesus in the book of Luke. We’ve said Luke claimed the things he was writing were true; they happened. That’s the first reason why anything is recorded in the gospel of Luke, because it actually happened. But there’s a second reason why he records these things. The second reason is that he wants us to have a relationship with God through Jesus. Though Luke doesn’t record everything, everything he does record is there to teach us something about how to encounter Jesus, how to meet Jesus. These two incidents we’re reading, which are early in the life of Jesus and early in the gospel of Luke, have a common thread, and that is the sonship of Jesus. We’re going to learn three things from these two incidents: the account of Jesus as a 12-year-old boy in the temple, and the account of the baptism of Jesus 18 years later, when he turns 30. We’re going to learn about the amazing sonship of the boy Jesus, the amazing sonship of the man Jesus, and the amazing sonship of the followers of Jesus. This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on December 8, 2012. Series "The Meaning of Jesus Part 1; Understanding Him". Scripture: Luke 2:41-52; 3:22-23. Today's podcast is brought to you by Gospel in Life, the site for all sermons, books, study guides and resources from Timothy Keller and Redeemer Presbyterian Church. If you've enjoyed listening to this podcast and would like to support the ongoing efforts of this ministry, you can do so by visiting gospelinlife.com/give and making a one-time or recurring donation.
August 2, 2019
Right from the start, Luke immediately deals with what the average educated person wonders about. If someone comes along and says, “I’m going to tell you the story of Jesus,” the first question that comes up is, “Where did you get your information? How do we know it’s reliable?” If you begin to explore Christianity, the premise immediately comes up: the accounts of Jesus’ life in the Bible and in the Gospels are not reliable. They’re basically legends, and therefore, we can’t really know who Jesus is. It’s said that we can’t really know what Jesus said or what he claimed or what he did or who he was, at all. But Luke immediately answers the question, immediately confronts it, in a remarkable way, and basically says here, “I’m going to tell you the true story of Jesus.” In that are our three points. The gospel is about Jesus. The gospel is true. The gospel is a story. This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on December 1, 2012. Series "The Meaning of Jesus Part 1; Understanding Him". Scripture: Luke 1:1-4; 24:18-27. Today's podcast is brought to you by Gospel in Life, the site for all sermons, books, study guides and resources from Timothy Keller and Redeemer Presbyterian Church. If you've enjoyed listening to this podcast and would like to support the ongoing efforts of this ministry, you can do so by visiting gospelinlife.com/give and making a one-time or recurring donation.
July 31, 2019
When you see the word guidance, most of the time in the Hebrew Bible it comes from a word for rope. It’s derived from the word for rope because ropes were the method of navigation for sailors in those days. You would use ropes to lower the sails when the wind was in your favor or to move the sails when the wind changed or to raise the sails and tie them up when a storm came up. Otherwise, you would be blown totally off course, so ropes were ways of navigating. The question is … How do you get God’s guidance? How do you get God’s navigation, so when you have all these choices, you know the right course to take? How does that happen? We’ll find out by looking at these proverbs and understanding, first of all, the guidance God does; secondly, the guidance God gives; and thirdly, the guidance God purchases for us. This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on December 12, 2004. Series "Proverbs: True Wisdom for Living". Scripture: Proverbs 11:3; 12:5,15; 15:22; 16:1-4,9,25,33; 21:5; 27:1. Today's podcast is brought to you by Gospel in Life, the site for all sermons, books, study guides and resources from Timothy Keller and Redeemer Presbyterian Church. If you've enjoyed listening to this podcast and would like to support the ongoing efforts of this ministry, you can do so by visiting gospelinlife.com/give and making a one-time or recurring donation.
July 30, 2019
We all at certain times have a lot of trouble understanding and dealing with the very deep, conflicting, confusing, powerful, sometimes warring dynamic impulses and feelings that just roll through our hearts. Sometimes we don’t feel we have any power over it. We feel helpless, and we don’t know how we got to feeling like that. We know there’s something deeply wrong with it. We don’t know what to do about it. We’re taking a look at what the book of Proverbs says about the complex realities of the inner being, the inner life, the psychological life. I’d like to look at the passage under four headings. Let’s see what we learn from these collected proverbs. You’re not going to be wise unless you understand the priority of the inner life, the complexity of the inner life, the solitude of the inner life, and the healing of the inner life. This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on December 5, 2004. Series "Proverbs: True Wisdom for Living". Scripture: Proverbs 12:25; 13:12; 14:10,13,30; 15:4,13-14; 16:2; 18:14; 28:1. Today's podcast is brought to you by Gospel in Life, the site for all sermons, books, study guides and resources from Timothy Keller and Redeemer Presbyterian Church. If you've enjoyed listening to this podcast and would like to support the ongoing efforts of this ministry, you can do so by visiting gospelinlife.com/give and making a one-time or recurring donation.
July 26, 2019
Proverbs does not talk nearly so much about how to make right decisions as to how to become the kind of person who makes right decisions. We now come to self-control. A man or a woman without self-control is not going to live a wise life, not going to make wise choices, and is going to mess up their lives and the lives of people around them. What do we learn from these passages in Proverbs about self-control? Three things. We learn the problem of self-control. We learn something about the principle of self-control. Then, last of all, we learn the practice of self-control, how we do it. This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on November 28, 2004. Series "Proverbs: True Wisdom for Living". Scripture: Proverbs 18:10; 23:19-21; 25:28; Titus 2:11-14. Today's podcast is brought to you by Gospel in Life, the site for all sermons, books, study guides and resources from Timothy Keller and Redeemer Presbyterian Church. If you've enjoyed listening to this podcast and would like to support the ongoing efforts of this ministry, you can do so by visiting gospelinlife.com/give and making a one-time or recurring donation.
July 25, 2019
A theme that anybody who reads the book of Proverbs through will see come up again and again is the subject of work. It talks positively about work under the heading of “diligence.” It talks negatively about work under the heading of “sluggard” or “the sluggardliness.” We live in a city where there’s probably more pressure on work—fewer boundaries to it, and less stability in it—than anywhere I know. The book of Proverbs tells us if you want to have a fulfilled human life, you have to do four things with your work. If you want to have a fulfilled human life, you have to do your work, love your work, re-narrate your work, and redeem your work. This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on November 21, 2004. Series "Proverbs: True Wisdom for Living". Scripture: Proverbs 8:1-4; 10:4-5; 12:10-11; 15:19; 22:29; 27:18. Today's podcast is brought to you by Gospel in Life, the site for all sermons, books, study guides and resources from Timothy Keller and Redeemer Presbyterian Church. If you've enjoyed listening to this podcast and would like to support the ongoing efforts of this ministry, you can do so by visiting gospelinlife.com/give and making a one-time or recurring donation.
July 23, 2019
Over and over and over again, the Bible, and especially Proverbs, says, “If you think you’re wise, you’re a fool; but if you are painfully aware of all of your foolishness, you are wise—or at least you’re on your way to becoming wise.” Chapter 16:19 says, “Better to be lowly in spirit and among the [poor] than to share plunder with the proud.” Humility is more valuable than all the gold, silver and jewels that lay beneath the earth. So we’re going to learn three things by looking at these texts. We’re going to learn the diagnosis of pride, what it is; the destructiveness of pride, what it does; and the antidote for pride. This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on November 14, 2004. Series "Proverbs: True Wisdom for Living". Scripture: Proverbs 11:2,12; 13:10; 15:25,33; 16:18-19; 21:4; 28:26. Today's podcast is brought to you by Gospel in Life, the site for all sermons, books, study guides and resources from Timothy Keller and Redeemer Presbyterian Church. If you've enjoyed listening to this podcast and would like to support the ongoing efforts of this ministry, you can do so by visiting gospelinlife.com/give and making a one-time or recurring donation.
July 20, 2019
The book of Proverbs has been showing us that very basic to the development of wisdom is the ability to understand and redirect the deep currents of our hearts. We now come to a theme the Bible talks about as being very important to understand—both the reality of it and the power of it—and that is envy. I’d like us to notice three things: how to understand envy, why to deal with envy, and where to take your envy. This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on November 7, 2004. Series "Proverbs: True Wisdom for Living". Scripture: Proverbs 23:17-18; Psalm 73:1-3, 20-26. Today's podcast is brought to you by Gospel in Life, the site for all sermons, books, study guides and resources from Timothy Keller and Redeemer Presbyterian Church. If you've enjoyed listening to this podcast and would like to support the ongoing efforts of this ministry, you can do so by visiting gospelinlife.com/give and making a one-time or recurring donation.
July 17, 2019
Wisdom is knowing the right thing to do in the great majority of life situations the moral rules don’t address. One of the areas where you will have a mess of a life if you only follow the rules and don’t have wisdom is the area of money. People who only look to the rules in the area of money are going to be destructively unwise in their lives. According to the book of Proverbs, if you want to be wise in the area of money, finances, wealth and possessions, you need to know three things. You need to know the power of money, the reasons for the power of money, and how to break the power of money and properly use it in your life. This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on October 31, 2004. Series "Proverbs: True Wisdom for Living". Scripture: Proverbs 10:15-16; 11:1,4,24,26; 13:21,23; 30:8b-9. Today's podcast is brought to you by Gospel in Life, the site for all sermons, books, study guides and resources from Timothy Keller and Redeemer Presbyterian Church. If you've enjoyed listening to this podcast and would like to support the ongoing efforts of this ministry, you can do so by visiting gospelinlife.com/give and making a one-time or recurring donation.
July 16, 2019
Solomon asks for wisdom. He asks for “a heart that can discern right from wrong.” The question comes up, “If he’s the king of Israel, he has the law of God. Why would he need a heart to discern right from wrong? Doesn’t the Word of God tell you?” The answer is wisdom is not less than being moral and good, but it’s quite a bit more. It’s knowing the right decision to make, the right course of action to take, in the vast majority of life situations the moral rules don’t address. In today's passage, we’ll see that in order to be wise, we have to learn how to understand and manage the power of sexuality. If we’re going to be wise with regard to sex, we have to know three things. First of all, why and how we tend to undervalue sex. Secondly, why and how we tend, at the same time, to overvalue sex, and how we can solve that. This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on October 24, 2004. Series "Proverbs: True Wisdom for Living". Scripture: ProverbsProverbs 5:15-19; 11:16, 22; 30:18-20. Today's podcast is brought to you by Gospel in Life, the site for all sermons, books, study guides and resources from Timothy Keller and Redeemer Presbyterian Church. If you've enjoyed listening to this podcast and would like to support the ongoing efforts of this ministry, you can do so by visiting gospelinlife.com/give and making a one-time or recurring donation.
July 12, 2019
Solomon prays for wisdom, and he defines it like this. He says, “God, give me a heart that can discern right from wrong.” You might say, “He was the king of Israel. He had the law of God. Why does he need a heart to discern right from wrong?” The answer is wisdom is not less than being moral and good, but it’s quite a bit more. It’s knowing what the right decision or right course of action is in the vast majority of life situations the moral rules don’t address. If you’re going to live a wise life, if you’re going to have a heart that discerns, you need to understand anger. You need to be able to understand and handle anger, not only in yourself, but in other people as well. There are four things we’re going to learn about anger that you have to know to be wise: its dangerous power, its basic goodness, why it goes wrong, and how it can be healed. This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on October 17, 2004. Series "Proverbs: True Wisdom for Living". Scripture: Proverbs 14:29-30; 15:1,18; 16:32; 19:11,19; 24:28-29; 25:21-22; Jeremiah 45:5. Today's podcast is brought to you by Gospel in Life, the site for all sermons, books, study guides and resources from Timothy Keller and Redeemer Presbyterian Church. If you've enjoyed listening to this podcast and would like to support the ongoing efforts of this ministry, you can do so by visiting gospelinlife.com/give and making a one-time or recurring donation.
July 10, 2019
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. This is a theme that runs all through Proverbs and, in fact, all through the whole Bible. It’s obvious the term fear of the Lord is something that is a summary of everything we’re supposed to do and be. So why is it so important and what in the world is it? Looking at these passages of Proverbs, I’m going to tell you that the fear of the Lord is beginning with God, knowing God, trusting God, and discovering the grace of God. This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on October 10, 2004. Series "Proverbs: True Wisdom for Living". Scripture: Proverbs 3:5-6; 9:10; 16:6; 19:23; 20:9; 23:17-18; 28:14. Today's podcast is brought to you by Gospel in Life, the site for all sermons, books, study guides and resources from Timothy Keller and Redeemer Presbyterian Church. If you've enjoyed listening to this podcast and would like to support the ongoing efforts of this ministry, you can do so by visiting gospelinlife.com/give and making a one-time or recurring donation.
July 8, 2019
We don’t want to have to get to the place where we have to know reality, how things really work in the world, so well that we know what the result of a particular action is going to be. That takes a lot of experience and wisdom. We don’t want to have to think. We want to have a rule. But you know what? No matter how much you multiply rules, you’ll never cover all of the situations. It just doesn’t work. Wisdom is being in touch with reality, understanding reality. What does that mean? What is reality? That’s what we’re going to look at in these passages in Proverbs. We’re going to see in the beginning we’re taught the persistence of reality (it’s really there), secondly, the problems with reality, and thirdly, how it gets healed. This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on October 3, 2004. Series "Proverbs: True Wisdom for Living". Scripture: Proverbs 5:16-23. Today's podcast is brought to you by Gospel in Life, the site for all sermons, books, study guides and resources from Timothy Keller and Redeemer Presbyterian Church. If you've enjoyed listening to this podcast and would like to support the ongoing efforts of this ministry, you can do so by visiting gospelinlife.com/give and making a one-time or recurring donation.
July 5, 2019
Most of the situations you face in life aren’t covered by the rules. “Do I say something, or do I wait? Do I act, or should I be more passive?” The rules don’t cover those things, yet you will sink, and the people around you will sink, unless you get wisdom. Wisdom is having character of the mind and the heart that enables you to make the right choices in the places where the rules don’t apply. Now how do you get that character? If we look at this passage in Proverbs 4, we’re going to see how this character develops, where it comes from, and how character can be transformed. The character that accords with wisdom. This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on September 26, 2004. Series "Proverbs: True Wisdom for Living". Scripture: Proverbs 4:11-27. Today's podcast is brought to you by Gospel in Life, the site for all sermons, books, study guides and resources from Timothy Keller and Redeemer Presbyterian Church. If you've enjoyed listening to this podcast and would like to support the ongoing efforts of this ministry, you can do so by visiting gospelinlife.com/give and making a one-time or recurring donation.
July 3, 2019
In every area of our lives—work, love, marriage, family—we have decisions we have to make, and if we don’t make them wisely, we’re going to blow up our lives and the lives of people around us. Therefore, being good, being right, being moral, having right moral values is not enough. We have to be wise. Now how do we get wisdom? Here in chapter 3 of the book of Proverbs we see the beginning of the answer to the question … How do we develop wisdom? How do we grow in it? How do we get it? We’re going to learn how to get wisdom if we understand from this passage the path of wisdom, the process of wisdom, and the man off the mountain. This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on September 19, 2004. Series "Proverbs: True Wisdom for Living". Scripture: Proverbs 3:1-12; 30:1-4. Today's podcast is brought to you by Gospel in Life, the site for all sermons, books, study guides and resources from Timothy Keller and Redeemer Presbyterian Church. If you've enjoyed listening to this podcast and would like to support the ongoing efforts of this ministry, you can do so by visiting gospelinlife.com/give and making a one-time or recurring donation.
July 1, 2019
If you’re going to make it through life, you need something we hardly talk about today. It’s not identical to knowledge, and it’s not identical even to moral goodness. It’s wisdom. You’re going to make an absolute muck of your life if you don’t find and grow in wisdom. There’s no better place to go to than the book of Proverbs. As an introduction to the book, we’re looking at chapter 8, which as we go through it, we will see, shows us the importance of wisdom, the definition of wisdom, the problem of wisdom, and a clue to the solution. This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on September 12, 2004. Series "Proverbs: True Wisdom for Living". Scripture: Proverbs 8:10-16; 22-31. Today's podcast is brought to you by Gospel In Life, the site for all sermons, books, study guides and resources from Timothy Keller and Redeemer Presbyterian Church. For more information about the ministry of Gospel In Life visit Gospelinlife.com.
June 28, 2019
We live in a culture where the psychology class will teach that your problem is a lack of self-esteem, but the philosophy and biology classes will teach you that you are nothing. The doctrine of creation shows that the universe is not an accident and that every single human being has inherent value because they are made in the image of God. Yet, God is not merely a distant creator. God entered the world and died to redeem it because He loves us so much. This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on January 16, 2011. Series "To Know the Living God; The Majesty of God". Scripture: Psalm 8:1-9; Genesis 1-2; Luke 1:68; Matthew 21:14-16; Deuteronomy 7:7; John 17:19
June 26, 2019
In sixth century BC, Babylon was the preeminent power in the world, and this passage shows how they conquered Israel and deported the professional classes, including artisans, scholars, and government and military officers, in order to subjugate them through assimilation. This passage shows how Daniel and his three friends confronted the king of Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar. What happened in that confrontation? This sermon teaches three things: the pressure of pluralism, the precision of truth faith, and the promises of suffering. This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on August 21, 2011. Series "Theophany: Anticipations of Jesus in the Old Testament". Scripture: Daniel 3:14-29; 1 Peter 1:7; Job 5:7; 1 Peter 4:12; Isaiah 43:1-5
June 24, 2019
Naturally we’re inclined to spend our money on ourselves and if we have any left over, we will give it to ministry and charity. However, Jesus shows us how our priorities need to change. Giving to ministry and charity must come first. Only then should we figure out how to spend the rest of our money. Yet, it is only through the Gospel that we can give so much away. It is only when we are spiritually rich that we can stop looking at money as our real wealth and security. It is only when we look forward to the resurrection that we can be assured that the sacrifices we’ve made in this life will pale in comparison to the joys awaiting us in the age to come. This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on June 20, 2010. Series "Money and Possessions - In the Teaching of St. Luke". Scripture: Luke 14:7-24
June 21, 2019
In life we are inevitably changed and shaped by the things we desire. When good things turn into ultimate things, they become idols. However, by devoting our lives to the gospel, we can give up our idols and look to Jesus, with whom we died and are now raised. This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on September 18, 2005. Series "The Vision of Redeemer". Scripture: Colossians 3:1-14
June 19, 2019
How does a Christian live as a believer in an unbelieving world? God calls His people to be spiritually bi-cultural. God does not want His people to either assimilate or segregate. He wants them to become part of the city, to pray for the city and seek its peace and prosperity. Yet, God also insists that His people retain their distinctiveness and not compromise their allegiance to Him. Christians are called to love the city of man for the sake of the city of God. This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on April 30, 2000. Series "Daniel: Living by Faith in a Secular World". Scripture: Daniel 2:24-35, 44-46; Jeremiah 28-29; Daniel 3; Hebrews 11:10
June 17, 2019
The parable of the Good Samaritan demonstrates a powerful example of gospel neighboring. Through examining this parable, we can recognize four elements to help us to act out the neighbored grace modeled by Jesus in our own lives: God’s mandate, magnitude, proper motivation, and method. This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on February 23, 2003. Series "The Meaning of Jesus Part 2; Following Him ". Scripture: Luke 10:25-37
June 14, 2019
If God was unipersonal, there would have been no love until he created the world. However, if the world was created by a triune God, then relationships of love are what life is all about. The Godhead is characterized by mutual self-giving love as the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit orbit around one another in a dance. It is impossible for us to join in if we focus on ourselves, but through Jesus Christ and his sacrificial death on the cross, we can be brought into the dance. This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on January 15, 2006. Series "King's Cross: The Gospel of Mark, Part 1: The Coming of the King". Scripture: Mark 1:9-13; Genesis 1
June 12, 2019
The Apostle Paul examines the concept of grace and the reason why our lives must follow Christ’s example. Only through God’s grace and accepting Christ into our lives will we ever find true freedom and our true selves. This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on November 19, 2006. Series "In Christ Jesus: How the Spirit Transforms Us". Scripture: Romans 6:1-7;11-18
June 10, 2019
Many people feel as if they understand who God the Father is and who Jesus is, but they become confused about the Holy Spirit. In this sermon, Tim Keller explains who the Holy Spirit is and clarifies misunderstandings about what the Holy Spirit is not. In the process, he shows what it means for the Holy Spirit to dwell richly in us. This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on July 4, 2010. Series "The Holy Spirit". Scripture: John 14:16-26
June 7, 2019
It is no accident that the Bible often refers to judgment day as “the Day of the Lord.” We live our lives as if we are the lead actors in the drama of this world. Judgment day is the day when God is paramount. On that day, all people will step back and see the world being put right when God is placed at the center of all things. This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on August 22, 1993. Series "Studies in 2 Peter". Scripture: 2 Peter 3:1-13; John 3:30; 1 John 3:2-3
June 6, 2019
Becoming a Christian is not a change of degree but a change in kind. It is leaving your native home and entering the Kingdom of God. But entering the Kingdom of God means being willing to sacrifice everything that goes against your new King. In other words, the Kingdom of God will cost you everything you have. But is it expensive? Not at all. It’s a bargain. This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on August 28, 1994. Series "The Parables of Jesus 1994". Scripture: Matthew 13:44-46
June 4, 2019
There are some churches that care about evangelism but not about serving the poor. Other churches will eagerly serve the poor but they don’t care about proclaiming the Gospel. But churches aren’t meant to do one or the other; they must do both. In fact, the two are linked. When non-Christians see Christians sacrificially serving the needy, it displays the beauty of God to them and becomes an aid to evangelism. Separately, serving the poor doesn’t just help others, but helps ourselves. One of the signs that we have truly experienced God’s love is that we can love others – in word and in deed. This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on October 4, 2009. Series "The Gospel, Hope, and the World". Scripture: 1 John 3:1-3, 14-20
February 28, 2019
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November 13, 2018
** Register for the Nov 16-17 Formed for Justice Conference Livestream at https://redeemer.com/formationconference ** This passage tells us that God is a God of justice. Doing justice is not simply punishing wrong people. Doing justice also means giving the oppressed and the weak their due. How can we become people who reflect the God of justice through a life of justice? This sermon shows how you become a person of justice not just by discussing the God of justice, but by praising, worshiping, and adoring the God of justice. This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on May 15, 2011. Series "To Know the Living God; The Adequacy of God". Scripture: Psalm 146:1-10
February 13, 2018
** Register for the Feb 16-17 Public Faith Conference Livestream at redeemer.com/formationconference ** Many Americans disregard Christianity not because they don’t believe in God, but because they don’t believe in the church. Jesus exhorts the church to be a “city on a hill,” a community where people love and serve one another, in fellowship with God as well as with our neighbor. When he fulfills our deepest needs, we can find resources that we never knew we had for serving others. This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on January 30, 2000. Series "The Apostles' Creed; Getting a Vocabulary for Faith". Scripture: John 21:1-22
January 26, 2018
** Register for the Feb 16-17 Public Faith Conference Livestream at redeemer.com/formationconference ** As disciples of Jesus, we are his messengers, and our mission is to communicate the belief that we have in Christ. Service based on performance, pride, and self-image can be manipulative and harmful, but service based on who we are in Christ allows us to rejoice in what God does in our lives and in the lives of others. This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on February 16, 2003. Series "The Meaning of Jesus Part 2; Following Him". Scripture: Luke 10:1-21; Exodus 32, Ephesians 2:10, Luke 9:1
February 9, 2017
Ruth is a story of redeemers. Ruth teaches us that friendships can change the world (as with Boaz, the kinsman-redeemer), and that we can and must reach across spiritual and cultural barriers to do so (as with Ruth, the hidden redeemer). Both Boaz and Ruth point to Jesus, our true Redeemer. Once we realize that, we can ourselves reach across barriers to engage in spiritual friendships and be true disciples of Jesus. This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on October 19, 1997. Series "Pointers to Christ - Directional Signs in History". Scripture: Ruth 4:13-17
December 8, 2016
John's Gospel begins by teaching that Jesus Christ is the Word of God. Just as we come to know a person through speaking to them and listening to their words, we come to know God by listening to Jesus speak to us. Yet, Jesus did not come solely to speak. He came to live among us so that there is nothing we will suffer that He has not also suffered. But most of all, He came to die for us. In the incarnation, God became vulnerable to us - even to death - and yet He loved us so much that He was glad to so. This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on December 13, 2009. Series "Christmas 2009". Scripture: John 1:1-14; Hebrews 2:14-18; Mark 2:5
November 14, 2016
Habbakuk tells us how to deal with evil times and maintain joy when everything is going wrong. There are three principles to giving: give sacrificially, joyfully, and graciously. We must recognize that everything is a gift from God, so we're giving back from his gifts. Habbakuk points to Jesus as the true source of our strength. This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on May 31, 2009. Series "Living by Faith in Troubled Times". Scripture: Habakkuk 3, Matthew 6, Luke 19
September 8, 2016
A recording of the Sunday service after 9/11. Jesus experiences both anger and grief in the face of human suffering. But he also brings about a resurrection; according to the Bible,everything bad will come untrue. Jesus is the perfect Counselor who gives us grace even when he has to suffer for us. This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on September 16, 2001. Series "The Church in the City". Scripture: John 11:20-53
August 25, 2016
Nebuchadnezzar's pride began in contentment and prosperity, but he had no peace of mind. It caused him to take credit for everything he'd achieved. God dehumanized him in a reflection of what pride had done to his heart. Only when he recognized his debt to God - and that he was the object of God's mercy - could he be humbled and healed of his pride. This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on February 5, 1995. Series "The Seven Deadly Sins". Scripture: Daniel 4:24-37; Isaiah 52
July 25, 2016
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July 14, 2016
Racial and cultural differences exist. They cannot be resolved by simply embracing broad-mindedness, but by adjusting our lives and forming deep relationships with people from whom we are different. These relationships will enable us to finally view all aspects of God's glory. This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on April 25, 2004. Series "Living in Hope". Scripture: Romans 14:1-3,14-15:7
June 30, 2016
The reality of God is far greater than our conceptions of God. In this passage, Elijah, persecuted and feeling hopeless, returns to the mountain where God appeared to Moses and hopes for a similar spectacular revelation of His glory. Yet God confounds and comforts Elijah by appearing as a still small voice. This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on September 26, 1999. Series "Discerning the Spirits (with Elijah)". Scripture: 1 Kings 19:1-18; John 11:21-35; Luke 16:19-31; Luke 9:28-36; Proverbs 11:29; Matthew 11:2
June 16, 2016
Why do so many people disbelieve Christianity and reject the message of Jesus Christ? The underlying problem is that we do not want to give up control over our lives and have God be our ultimate authority. To overcome unbelief we must see our need for a Savior and look to Jesus Christ, the wisdom of God, who died for us on the cross. This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on September 22, 1996. Series "The Real Jesus Part 1; His Teaching". Scripture: Matthew 11:16-24
June 2, 2016
The cross solves many of our deepest human dilemmas. We wonder how there can be a God when there is so much injustice in the world, yet of all the world's religions, only Christianity has a God who comes down and suffers injustice alongside us. We wonder how we can ever truly please a perfectly holy God, but on the cross, Jesus satisfies the holiness of God for us. The temple curtain is torn, and we are welcomed inside as God's children. This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on April 16, 2000. Series "St. Matthew's Passion; The World's Last Night". Scripture: Matthew 27:45-56; Psalm 22
May 19, 2016
Everyone has a war within themselves. We all want to live according to a high moral code, but none of us can meet the demands of our moral code. The reason for this is that inside of ourselves there is a desire for evil as well as a desire for good. Therefore, none of us can win the battle. But the battle changes when we become a Christian. The deepest parts of ourselves change so that for the first time our most inner being delights in the law of God. We move from a battle we cannot win to a battle we cannot lose. This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on August 17, 1997. Series "The War Between Your Selves". Scripture: Romans 7:1-25; Acts 9:4; Galatians 5:17; Romans 2:15; Colossians 3:1-10; 2 Corinthians 5:21
April 25, 2016
This is the ninth and final sermon in Redeemer Presbyterian Church's current series "Where We are Going: The City and the Mission". It's a series focused on Redeemer's gospel based core values and is part of a special season at Redeemer called "Rise". During this season, we'll be making these sermons widely and freely available. Please visit rise.redeemer.com for more information, including daily devotionals. This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on April 24, 2016. Series "Where We are Going: The City and the Mission". Scripture: 1 Peter 2:4-12
April 18, 2016
This is the eighth sermon in Redeemer Presbyterian Church's current series "Where We are Going: The City and the Mission". It's a series focused on Redeemer's gospel based core values and is part of a special season at Redeemer called "Rise". During this season, we'll be making these sermons widely and freely available. Please visit rise.redeemer.com for more information, including daily devotionals. This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on April 17, 2016. Series "Where We are Going: The City and the Mission". Scripture: Jeremiah 29:1-14
April 11, 2016
This is the seventh sermon in Redeemer Presbyterian Church's current series "Where We are Going: The City and the Mission". It's a series focused on Redeemer's gospel based core values and is part of a special season at Redeemer called "Rise". During this season, we'll be making these sermons widely and freely available. Please visit rise.redeemer.com for more information, including daily devotionals. This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on April 10, 2016. Series "Where We are Going: The City and the Mission". Scripture: Isaiah 60:1-11, 18-21
April 4, 2016
This is the sixth sermon in Redeemer Presbyterian Church's current series "Where We are Going: The City and the Mission". It's a series focused on Redeemer's gospel based core values and is part of a special season at Redeemer called "Rise". During this season, we'll be making these sermons widely and freely available. Please visit rise.redeemer.com for more information, including daily devotionals. This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on April 3, 2016. Series "Where We are Going: The City and the Mission". Scripture: Matthew 5:11-16
March 28, 2016
This is the fifth sermon in Redeemer Presbyterian Church's current series "Where We are Going: The City and the Mission". It's a series focused on Redeemer's gospel based core values and is part of a special season at Redeemer called "Rise". During this season, we'll be making these sermons widely and freely available. Please visit rise.redeemer.com for more information, including daily devotionals. This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on March 27, 2016. Series "Where We are Going: The City and the Mission". Scripture: John 20:1-18
March 21, 2016
This is the fourth sermon in Redeemer Presbyterian Church's current series "Where We are Going: The City and the Mission". It's a series focused on Redeemer's gospel based core values and is part of a special season at Redeemer called "Rise". During this season, we'll be making these sermons widely and freely available. Please visit rise.redeemer.com for more information, including daily devotionals. This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on March 20, 2016. Series "Where We are Going: The City and the Mission". Scripture: Isaiah 58:1-14
March 14, 2016
This is the third sermon in Redeemer Presbyterian Church's current series "Where We are Going: The City and the Mission". It's a series focused on Redeemer's gospel based core values and is part of a special season at Redeemer called "Rise". During this season, we'll be making these sermons widely and freely available. Please visit rise.redeemer.com for more information, including daily devotionals. This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on March 13, 2016. Series "Where We are Going: The City and the Mission". Scripture: John 4:27-42
March 7, 2016
This is the second sermon in Redeemer Presbyterian Church's current series "Where We are Going: The City and the Mission". It's a series focused on Redeemer's gospel based core values and is part of a special season at Redeemer called "Rise". During this season, we'll be making these sermons widely and freely available. Please visit rise.redeemer.com for more information, including daily devotionals. This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on March 6, 2016. Series "Where We are Going: The City and the Mission". Scripture: John 4:6-26
February 29, 2016
This is the first sermon in Redeemer Presbyterian Church's current series "Where We are Going: The City and the Mission". It's a series focused on Redeemer's gospel based core values and is part of a special season at Redeemer called "Rise". During this season, we'll be making these sermons widely and freely available. Please visit rise.redeemer.com for more information, including daily devotionals. This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on February 28, 2016. Series "Where We are Going: The City and the Mission". Scripture: Galatians 2:11-21
February 25, 2016
To address God as Father was an intimate and shocking thing for Jesus to do. As we move toward the Father in intimacy of prayer, the Spirit will grow in us a deepening wisdom,develop beauty of heart, and give us spiritual clarity. Prayer is primal, realistic, positional, experiential and communal. This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on June 13, 1999. Series "The Lord's Prayer 1999". Scripture: Romans 8:15-27; Matthew 14:30
February 11, 2016
Jesus is the final Word and ultimate truth of God. But if we don't listen to and accept God's final Word, we can't have a personal relationship with him. We have to adjust to God's finalities, just as he adjusted to ours by becoming human and dying for us. This understanding should melt our hearts and change our lives as we become more and more focused on God and the gospel. This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on February 6, 2005. Series "Christ: Our Treasury (The Book of Hebrews)". Scripture: Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:1-4; 2 Corinthians 3
January 21, 2016
One of the clearest commands Jesus gives us in the Gospels is to give to the poor. Jesus became poor for us, and we must also love the poor with radical generosity. This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on April 5, 1998. Series "The Church - How to Believe Despite Christians". Scripture: Luke 6:20-26
December 31, 2015
A common misunderstanding of being "born again" is that it's an experience for broken people, a way for outcasts and moral failures to turn their life around. Yet, when Jesus teaches on being born again, He does so by challenging a man who is the very opposite of the born again stereotype. Nicodemus was an upright moral man and a leader in his society - and yet Jesus said that all of his accomplishments meant nothing unless he was born again. This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on January 17, 1999. Series "Knowing Christ". Scripture: John 3:1-15; Matthew 21:31; Ephesians 4:24; Ezekiel 37; 1 Peter 1:23; John 4; Numbers 21:4-9; John 7:50-52; John 19:38:42; John 16:19-21
December 17, 2015
Christmas shows why Christianity is unique. In all other religions, a prophet arrives and teaches how we can find eternal life. In Christianity, God himself comes to us and gives himself as the way to eternal life. Christmas shows that salvation is by grace, that we can have true intimacy with God, that love really matters, and that there exists an unceasing river of joy beneath all the sorrows of this world. This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on December 18, 2011. Series "Christmas 2011". Scripture: 1 John 1:1-4; Exodus 33:18-20; John 1; John 5; John 17
December 4, 2015
When Paul prays for the Ephesian church, he does not pray for an improvement in their external circumstances. Rather, Paul prays for God to grant the members of the Ephesians church a profound internal knowledge of the depths of God's love. Paul prays that the doctrines that the Christians intellectually believe would become experientially real to their hearts. This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on September 16, 1990. Series "Lord of All". Scripture: Ephesians 3:14-21; Colossians 2; 1 Samuel 16:7; Psalm 139; Philippians 2:6
November 20, 2015
The reality of meeting God changes you into a person of mission: one who is willing to leave what is comfortable in order to love and serve others. As you take risks to bless others, you will find yourself receiving not only the gifts and resources necessary to do so, but the greatest blessing of all - His presence in your life. This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on October 30, 1994. This was an individual sermon. Scripture: Genesis 12:1-4
November 6, 2015
The church is described as "living stones" to represent it as a deeply interconnected community. We must neither give into culture nor withdraw from culture, but maintain our beliefs while engaging and serving the world. The power to maintain this balance comes from being secure in Christ and united as a church body, with him as our cornerstone. This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on November 20, 2005. Series "The Vision of Redeemer". Scripture: 1 Peter 2:4-12, 21-25
October 22, 2015
The religious leaders in Jesus' time had a long list of rules regarding the Sabbath. When questioned, Jesus does not respond by dismissing the Sabbath, but rather redefines it - by dying on a cross. As Christians, we are able to enter into his rest and enjoy the same rest that God enjoyed after creation, by means of his works, not ours. The Sabbath is a blessing from God and one we will only enjoy if we understand it correctly. This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on March 23, 2003. Series "The Meaning of Jesus Part 2; Following Him". Scripture: Luke 6:1-11
October 8, 2015
Genesis tells the why of creation, not the how. It's a poem, a song about a historical event. The Christian doctrine of creation is that this world is good and the purpose of nature is to be a community. We can take joy in cultivating and enjoying the physical world. This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on October 15, 2000. Series "Genesis - The Gospel According to God". Scripture: Genesis 1:1-8, 31; Exodus 14,15; Judges 4,5; Revelation 21:2; Isaiah 40:14; John 1:1-3; Psalm 19:1-4
September 24, 2015
Wise people are good at choosing, forging, and keeping friendships. The marks of a true friend are constancy, carefulness, candor, and counsel. When you are liberated to be the great friend you need to be by the great friendship of Jesus on the cross, then you will find yourself getting, paradoxically, all the friends your heart needs. This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on May 29, 2005. Series "Proverbs: True Wisdom for Living". Scripture: Proverbs 17:17; 18:24; 25:17,20; 26:18,19; 27:5,6,9,14,17; 28:23; 29:5, John 14-17, Genesis 3:8
August 13, 2015
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus contrasts two groups who appear the same on the outside,but have different motives on the inside. Religious people are superficial,hiding behind the letter of the law; but people who are changed by the gospel are shining in the spirit of the law. This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on March 28, 1999. Series "The Mount; Life in the Kingdom". Scripture: Matthew 5:11-20, Psalm 1, Matthew 7.
February 18, 2015
When we say "hallowed be thy name," we are making the adoration of God the ultimate concern of our lives. By giving God the praise he deserves,we will heal our worldview as well as our souls. This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on April 30, 1995. Series "The Lord's Prayer 1995". Scripture: Matthew 6:6-15
February 18, 2015
Without a judgment day,we would live in a hopeless world. But if there is a judgment day,none of us could bear the weight of judgment. However,in Christ we have already been judged. In Christ we can live between two judgments: the judgment we've already passed through and the coming judgment of the world. This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on January 23, 2000. Series "The Apostles' Creed; Getting a Vocabulary for Faith". Scripture: John 12:41-50
February 18, 2015
It is much easier to believe in God than to trust in God. God calls Abraham to live a life of faith, but Abraham struggles. He asks God how he knows that he can trust God. God responds with a demonstration that is one of the clearest pointers to the Gospel in the Old Testament. In so doing, God enables Abraham to truly live a life of faith. This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on November 3, 1996. Series "Daring to Draw Near". Scripture: Genesis 15:1-21
October 22, 2014
The Easter story tells us of a new beginning after disaster - that after death there is life. If you spiritualize the resurrection of Jesus, you will have comfort but not the truth. The message of Easter is that right now, Jesus has flesh and bones. This changes the way you think, the way you live, and the way you feel. This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on April 12, 1998. Series "Easter Service". Scripture: Luke 24:37-43
July 28, 2014
Adam and Eve sinned even before they ate the forbidden fruit. As soon as they asked themselves why they should obey God, they had sinned in their hearts. Sin is when we remove God as the ultimate authority and enthrone ourselves in God’s place. By elevating ourselves at the expense of God, God’s good world became broken. Yet, the story of Adam and Eve does not end with despair but with hope. God, in the midst of his judgment, promises that a day will come when one of Eve’s children will utterly annihilate the power of sin. This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on July 5, 1998. Series "Genesis 1998". Scripture: Genesis 3:11-24
June 27, 2014
Romans 8:28 is one of the most famous verses in the Bible. People love the thought that God works out all things for good for those who love Him. Yet, Romans 8:28 is intimately connected with Romans 8:29-30 where God promises to bodily resurrect those He has called. In other words, the Bible does not promise that Christians will have more pleasant circumstances in this life than non-Christians. The Bible promises a better life to come—not better life circumstances in this world. This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on July 6, 1997. Series "Happiness and Weeping". Scripture: Romans 8:28-30
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