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This sermon podcast features the verse by verse, expository preaching, of North Valley Baptist Church in Mayfield, Pennsylvania. For more information on NVBC, and for the full sermon archive, go to
38 Episodes
This is the first sermon in a series through the book of Nahum, called The God of Justice and Comfort. In this sermon Pastor Scott sets up the book of Nahum and gives an overview of the book, as Nahum foretold the destruction of Nineveh, the capital of Assyria. The Assyrians had oppressed the Southern Kingdom of Judah for about 100 years, and so the announcement of the down fall of Nineveh would have been a great comfort to Judah. Matter of fact, God does comfort His people there through His prophet Nahum. And what is very clear is that the God of Judah, whom Nahum served, is a God of both wrath and compassion, of justice and comfort. The god who is the god we want, because we've chosen by our own preferences, not to believe in the aspects that make us uncomfortable, only shows we follow a god of our own imagination. But the God who is, is who He is despite what we, fallen and sinful people, want Him to be.
In this sermon Ryan McKeen walks through Psalm 36. Here we see the great love of God toward those who fear Him. His love is vast and precious to those who trust in Him.
As Pastor Scott wraps up Paul's second letter to the Thessalonians, he finishes chapter three where the Apostle Paul addresses an issues that had been continuing in the church, namely, that certain members were not working and depending on others to meet their needs. Paul makes it clear, if we can work then we are to work, and meet our own needs. To live in idleness is disobedient to our Lord, and the commands He has given through His Apostles.
The first five verses of 2 Thessalonians chapter 3, should be seen as Paul's introduction to a new section of the letter, where Paul brings needed correction to the church. But, as he introduces this section, he first asks the Thessalonians to pray for him and his co-workers as they take the Gospel to other places. He specifically asks two things, that they would pray for the Gospel to advance and be honored, and then he asks the Thessalonians to pray that they would be delivered from evil men, for not all believe the Gospel. At this point, Paul moves into encouraging the Thessalonians in the situation they found themselves in. Then he begins to move the introduction into the direction that Paul headed into through this section. And he does this by referring to the church's overall obedience. He expresses his confidence in their current and continued obedience in what Paul commanded them. After this, Paul, once again expressed his prayerful desire for the Thessalonians. Through all this, we see where Paul's confidence was and where he wanted the Thessalonians' confidence to be; which was in God. Whether for the Gospel going out, or the hope and encouragement in facing evil and persecution, or Paul's confidence in the continued faithfulness of the Thessalonians, Paul's confidence wasn't in him self, but in God. And that is where he directed the Thessalonians confidence as well.
In 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17, we see after the Apostle Paul had corrected error that had snuck into the church, that the day of judgment had already come, and so the Thessalonians believers thought they were in the midst of God's judgment being poured out, Paul then moved to remind them of the security of their salvation. As they had been shaken in mind and alarmed, thinking they were facing God's wrath in all their suffering, Paul reminded them that their hope in Christ was secure. Paul began by expressing his gratitude to God for His choosing of the Thessalonians from the beginning. And we see, then, in this passage that salvation is all of God. We who are saved can do nothing to earn or gain our salvation in anyway. But Salvation has been planned, executed, and applied by God and God alone, and therefore our salvation in Jesus Christ is secure.
In 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12, the Apostle Paul addresses a false teaching that had made its way into the Thessalonians church, that they had missed the rapture and were in the midst of the Day of the Lord. Paul begins by urging the Thessalonians to maturity and discernment in verses 1-2. Then in verses 3-12 he corrects the Thessalonians by explaining they could not be in the Day of the Lord, the time period in which God pours out His wrath on the earth, because there were things that had to happen first. First there has to be an apostasy, the Antichrist has to be revealed, and the one restraining him from being revealed has to get out of the way. In this passage we see the importance of right teaching, as Paul brings his correction. We also see that in the end, no matter how evil the world gets, and even when the most powerful and most evil man is leading the rest of the world again our God and His people, Jesus is still greater and will have the victory. This truth should give us great hope, even as we see evil seemingly prevail in the world around us.
As Paul began his second letter to the Thessalonians, expressing his thanks to God for His work in them, even in the midst of persecution, Paul encouraged them to persevere in light of the future hope of Christ's glory and the privilege of being among the saints to worship Christ at His return, and the judgment that would come against their persecutors in that day. In our great nation we have been living in a unprecedented time, where the church has sat comfortable for years, but we should not pretend that persecution will not come. We must be prepared to suffer, and set our eyes on God's coming justice and Christ's glory so that when we suffer we will persevere and prove our faith genuine. 
This sermon begins 2 Thessalonians, as we continue our series looking at the Apostle Paul's letters to a faithful church. One thing we see in the first four verses of this letter is that, despite the issues that needed to be corrected in the church, the Thessalonian church remained a church to be held up as an example of others. As Paul received news of their growing faith and increasing love, even in the face of persecution, he told them that he boasted about them to other churches siting their faith in all their persecutions and in the afflictions that they were enduring. Through it all they were remaining faithful. Yet, they were not a perfect church, and where as 1 Thessalonians was mainly a letter of encouragement, with some correction, 2 Thessalonians is mainly a letter of correction, with some encouragement in the first part of the letter. Yet, being an imperfect church did not stop them from being an example to others. That should be an encouragement to all of our churches, because none of us are in a perfect church. Therefore, as Pastor Scott walks us through 2 Thessalonians we seek to look to the Thessalonians to be an example for us, so that we can be an example to others in being faithful and growing in Christlikeness.  And as we see the things that the Apostle Paul needed to correct the Thessalonians in, we seek to learn so that we will not fall into the same follies, or to see if they are areas we need correction in ourselves.
In the final sermon of this Christmas Series, "What Child Is This?", Pastor Scott takes us through John 12:27-50, where we see that Jesus is the light. Jesus has said of Himself in John 8:12, "I am the light of the world". In John 12 we see that to believe in Jesus, the Light, means to come out of one's darkness, which is to come out of a life characterized by sin and error, and to come into the light. To reject Jesus is to be overcome by darkness and remain under condemnation.
This Christmas Eve Pastor Scott walked us through Micah 5:1-6 and the promise of a ruler coming from the town of Bethlehem. Jesus would bring shalom, peace, to Israel in the victory He would bring over Israel and in the extent of His reign. But he came the first time, born in Bethlehem, to first deal with their sin. Their sin and rejection of God is why they suffered at the hands of their enemies, and so all the blessing of God have been made possible first by Jesus coming and dealing with Israel's sin, so that they may have peace with  God. Jesus came to deal with the sin of all who would believe on Him for salvation, and for all who trust in Him, He is our peace, as well. 
In Matthew chapter one we are given the genealogy of Jesus, traced from Abraham, through King David and his descendants. In this Matthew shows us that Jesus is truly the Christ, promised long ago, and that God has sovereignly kept His promises. As Andrew Barden walks us through this first chapter in Matthew's Gospel, we are reminded of who we are celebrating at Christmas, and always, and why our celebration is so significant. 
This week Pastor Scott walked through John 1:14-18, and the significants of the Word becoming flesh. The Apostle John, throughout the prolog of his Gospel (John 1:1-18), develops the understand of who the Word is. That He eternally existed before the beginning of creation. He was with God, so distinct from God, and yet He is God. He is the creator, possessing glory, the source and embodiment of life and light, full of  grace and truth, supreme, and possessing full deity. As God He shows us all that God is and makes the Father known.  
Someone cannot just take a specific picture or aspect of Jesus, and hold to that as the totality of who Jesus is. One has to understand the whole picture of who Jesus is. He is not just the baby in the manger, nor just a good teacher. He's not even just a prophet, speaking God's Word. As Ryan McKeen walks us through Isaiah 9:1-7, we see Jesus is God Himself, Israel's King, and the King of all, who will establish His kingdom on earth one day.
As Dr. Steve Lawson has pointed out, some people hold on to a specific picture of Jesus, an aspect of Him that they like or are comfortable with. And while those things may be true of Jesus, in of themselves, alone, they are incomplete. By themselves they are not who Jesus is. To truly know Jesus, to truly trust in Him, we must have the full picture of who Jesus is, as Scripture reveals Him to us. During this Christmas series we will be thinking on who exactly is this Jesus, who came as a baby, born in a manger. This week the series begins by looking at Revelation 1:9-20, and the vision of Jesus Christ that the Apostle John received, and how that helps us have a greater understand of who Jesus is.  
What is the church suppose to look like? What is our gathering together suppose to be? How has God designed His church to be together? As Pastor Scott walks us through 1 Thessalonians 5:12-28, we see how the Apostle Paul directed the church so that as they gather and were involved in each others lives, they would be and function just as God designed. And this is how we are to be as well.
In 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11, after discussing the resurrection and rapture of the church at Christ's appearing, Paul then moves into discussing the time of judgment that is to follow. This time is known as the Day of the Lord, which includes the Tribulation (the time period when God's pours His wrath out on the earth) leading up to Christ's return, and includes Christ's return as well. Paul wrote to the Thessalonians about how they didn't need to be written to about times and seasons, and instead he contrasts the Thessalonians, believers in Christ, with those who would be swept away in judgment. Then, he instruction the Thessalonians to live in light of who they are, and to encourage one another and build each other up in light of the hope they have in Christ. 
In 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 the Apostles Paul wants those in the Thessalonians church to know what will happen to those who die, believing in Christ, so that the Thessalonians would not grieve without hope. Those who are trusting in Christ have no reason to live in a continual state of hopelessness, for Jesus has purchased for us such a great salvation, with such amazing promises. Included in these promises is the one that far surpasses them all. We will be with the Lord FOREVER!
In this sermon Pastor Scott McGrady addresses the issue of abortion. While focusing on Psalm 139:13-16, he discussed the Biblical truth of when life begins, and therefore the moral implication of that truth from standard of God's Law. Through understanding this Biblical perspective each follower of Christ should aim to think and act Biblically, as they inform their consciences through the Word of God, which is the inerrant and sufficient authority for our lives. 
In this sermon, on 1 Thessalonians 4:9-12, we see the Apostle Paul continue to write to the Thessalonians on the things he needed to address from Timothy's, overall good report, about the Thessalonians. In this section Paul is showing how believers are to increase and abound in love and be established in Holiness, by loving one anther, which the Thessalonians were overall doing, but Paul instructed them to do so more and more. 
In this sermon Pastor Scott begins chapter four, of 1 Thessalonians, where the Apostle Paul begins to address issues that were in Timothy's, over all good report, about the Thessalonians. In this section the Apostle address these by reminder of what he and Silas had already taught them. In the first part of this section the Apostle Paul makes it clear that God's will for them is their holiness, and so they were to abstain from sexual immorality. 
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