A Christ-exalting sermon Pastor Pickett,
What a blessing your ministry continues to be to my soul. Thank you for preaching from this curious passage and expounding the spiritual meaning of it. How wonderfully the Gospel truth that the Son of man must be lifted up for the recovery of sinners is set forth here . . the brazen serpent presented as the shadow of which Christ is the substance.
Those who regard the O.T. as irrelevant today do so out of ignorance. â€śFor whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, . . . â€ś (Rom. 15:4)
There are countless references in the N.T. to people, places and events recorded in the O.T. which would otherwise remain obscure and dark were it not for the light God gives us in His Word there.
As I thought upon the deadly sting of the fiery serpents and considered the Son of man who tasted death for me, I gained a fresh appreciation for these verses.
(1 Cor. 15:55-57)
â€śO death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? (verse 55)
Once again you have elevated my thoughts and warmed my affections to the One who was lifted up for my sins (Col. 3:2) and the One whom God hath highly exalted! (Phil. 2:6-11)
Needful admonitions This sermon is rich in vital admonitions and exhortations; I found it truly edifying. With so much false religion in our day, we need to make our calling and election sure and strive, in God's grace, to walk in a way that rightly adorns the doctrine of God (Titus 2:10). This is a call to forsake worldliness, turn to the true and living God, and to live accordingly.
Great Sermon! A very comforting sermon. God sees us different from what we see in us. He chooses His people for His own purpose and use. They are set aside until they are made ready. He sees them what they will be. He chooses and He does what He desires, it is not haphazard. He is careful for what they had been planned for - a living stone. The place where the Lord is present, it is a Holy place. Living stone, they have different shapes but cut and shapen perfectly for the building of His people, the Chief Cornestone is Christ. All glory belongs to the Lord.
So very true. A very good reminder. This sermon came to my ears at just the right time, simply the way God works. A very stirring sermon that came as a combination of discipline and blessing by and of God to me. I recommend this sermon for all. God bless you.
A Joyful Sermon Pastor Pickett,
Prior to my selecting this sermon, I had looked for one on Leviticus 25, but when I discovered you had not preached specifically on that text, I was reminded of the beginning verses of Is 61 and felt certain you would preach this passage in the context of the Jubile year.
To my delight, you did, mentioning also that Lev. 25 was the portion of Scripture you read to your congregation prior to the sermon.
What a lovely presentation of Christ is set forth in the Year of Jubile. Christ, my Redeemer Kinsman, who secured my release from the awful debt of sin I owed by His precious blood; Christ, who effected my restoration to God, my rightful owner; Christ, who brought about my restitution and recovery to the former estate of fellowship with God, which I had forfeited by my sins and transgressions; And even as the land enjoyed her rest in this year, so did I find rest in Christ, my jubile, and the rejoicing that marked that year I too can testify to . . . a joy no man taketh from me . . a joy unspeakable!
It is quite amazing how God wrote the Bible and even more amazing that He has in His mercy opened my eyes that I might see these wondrous things out of His law! (Ps. 119.18)
Great Sermon! Like water to the thirsty traveler has been this man's preaching to me. I identify myself as a Strict Particular Baptist, but no such fellowship here.
Driving a truck for a living at least allows a great deal of time to listen to his sermons
By His Grace
For His Glory
A Christ-exalting sermon Pastor Pickett:
Thank you again for â€śpreaching Christâ€ť in all his fulness and expounding the precious gospel truths found in this lovely text.
Such precious and glorious truths! Christ, our Redeemer Kinsman, as typified by Boaz. Ruth finding grace in the sight of Boaz, as do all who by grace come to know the Lord and find grace in His sight. The spirit of Ruth which compelled her to leave all, that she might be found amongst the people of God pointing to the Spirit of Christ that indwells true believers & inclines us to forsake all for Christ. Ruth, in her marriage to Boaz, typifying the bride of Christ, to whom all the saints are wed spiritually.
I praise God that the God of Ruth is my God too!
Once again you have ministered to my soul by speaking out of the "good treasure of your heart." (Matt.12:35a)
A most Instructive & Affecting Sermon By God's providence, many years ago, the Lord placed a gracious soul, not unlike Naomi in my path, who whereupon learning I was a Roman Catholic, placed a Bible in my hands. I have often thought of our encounter in the context of this passage in Scripture. Even as Naomi was the instrument God used to desire REST for Ruth, so was it placed upon her heart to desire that for me as well.
As I listen to the general tenor of your preaching, I cannot but sense that same heartfelt desire for the souls over whom God has given you the charge and watch, as that of Paul's, so lovingly expressed for his Jewish brethren in the flesh in his letter to the Romans: â€śBrethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.â€ť(Rom.10:1) and to the Galatians when he wrote: â€śMy little children,of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you,â€ť(Gal.4:19) Though I am not a member of your congregation, yet by God's grace, I am privileged to sit under your gospel ministry, and as such, the Lord has laid it upon my heart to express my gratitude for your tireless labours in the gospel and would have you know I â€śesteem you highly in love for your work's sake."(1 Thess 5:13)
I believe the Lord truly has in answer to your prayer given you the heart of a pastor!
Great Sermon! God will cleanse His people from all idols in His own perfect time, when He gives that faith as "fire of belief to consume that great Sacrifice" and fear Him as the start of a great relationship between the redeemed and the Redeemer. All things come from God, even that believing faith. We are helpless without the Holy Spirit. That is why we found ourselves in distress in different measure until God comes. "I will also leave in the midst of thee an afflicted and poor people and they shall trust in the name of the Lord". (Zephaniah 3:12).
A most comforting & consoling sermon â€śThe Lord GOD hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary;â€ť Is. 50:4a
Indeed to you has this gift been given Pastor Pickett . . for this message was truly just that â€śword in seasonâ€ť for this weary pilgrim!
For our time of fellowship last evening, we listened to this sermon. Though in our household there is much by way of affliction because of chronic health problems, this comforting sermon was the very balm of Gilead prescribed by the Great Physician himself, suited to our peculiar condition and circumstances, in order to the reviving of our spirits, the cheering of our hearts, and the strengthening of our frail and feeble frames. (1 Pet. 1:7-9; II Cor. 4:17-18) As one diagnosed with cancer, and no stranger to affliction, this passage in Scripture must oft have comforted and consoled you as well!
Thank you again for showing us more of Christ in this text, as He is pre-figured in the earthly temples built by Moses in the wilderness and those built by Solomon and Zerubbabel in Jerusalem, the combined beauty of which is far and away eclipsed by the Lord of Glory himself! What a beautiful truth is conveyed here in shadows, pointing to the substance found only in Christ!
Great Blessings fr. God's Word today 12-21-08 "...for God now accepteth thy works." What a blessing to be given that knowledge of Christ's salvation through His precious blood, that the compelation of my rejoicing comes from that given faith to believe that Christ's imputed righteousness, God accepted my works and therefore make my heart merry not only in this earthly life but in life to come, when He comes back to bring me to His eternal glory to Whom I was joined forever.
Sound Preaching Thank you Pastor Pickett for making your sermons avaliable to those of us who are isolated by providence, and unable to find any sound preaching that we recognize as that which is annointed by God, and so this is a large gift of encouragement and support to us.
Great Sermon! This sermon has led me to realize how dreadful sin is. When you see against whom you have committed it, IT IS MORE DREADFUL. It produces hopelessness, not in God's mercy, but in self. HOPELESSNESS IN SELF WILL BE THE SURE EFFECT. I REALIZE the initial step in the life of a Christian, the initial step toward heaven by a pilgrim, what is it? IT IS DEATH. For how can I take the second step, faith in the Lord Jesus, if I never take this first step? How can I be a believer in redemption, if I am not first a believer in my bondage and my sins? And if I never mourn over sin in me, how can I ever come to rejoice in Christ Jesus?
A Comforting Sermon Pastor Pickett:
What a blessing this sermon was to my soul! Thank you for expounding upon this portion of Scripture, and so showing me the lovely portrait of Christ typified by the ark into which Noah and his family were bid to come in! The design;the door;the window; the pitch;the invitation. All of God.
I can well remember, in a time of great affliction through sickness . . when doubts, fears, uncertainties, anxieties seemed to be my portion, when this storm of life caused me much torment, distress and unrest, both in body and in soul. How often did my cry go up to God . ."What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee."
Ps. 56:3) Though I confess initially I did not see it as such, over the course of the illness I realized that the Lord had ordained these things for my good, that through my sickness, and the seclusion it imposed upon me, he might "shut me in with Him", for it was then I clearly heard the "still small voice" inviting ME to come unto Christ, the ark of the Covenant into which by faith, I too have been embraced, and have truly have found rest for my weary soul!
Now in retrospect I can say with the psalmist . . .
"it is good for me that I have been afflicted;
I thank my God, that I like Noah, have found grace in the sight of God!
A Most Memorable Sermon Once again Pastor Pickett you have done our souls much profit through the foolishness of preaching. Thank you for your tireless labour in the gospel, for we would have you know, it is not in vain!
Your sermon caused us both to consider afresh the time in each of our experiences, when God in his good pleasure, saw fit to bring us to that beginning of true wisdom, even the fear of the Lord, and with that a goodly heritage.
Ps. 16:5-7; Ps. 61:5
How good it is then to be "walking in the fear of the Lord", for it is to those, He also gives the "comfort of the Holy Ghost." Acts 9:31
An Edifying Sermon Once again Pastor Pickett,
we bless our God for the access we have to your Gospel Ministry on SermonAudio, a ministry marked by "sound doctrine" and "wholesome words". We acknowledge we have much to learn of Christ, but with so gifted an Instructor in Christ as God has given us, we are confident that under your tuteledge, we will grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. (Phil 1:6)
What a solemn thought indeed that out of Christ, our God is a consuming fire, but thanks be to God though we were dead trees upon whom the axe of God's wrath could have fallen, yet in His mercy, we are become "trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified." Is. 61:1-3
Christ, the very Tree of Life has been set in our midst, and in Him we are now rooted and being built up. (Col. 2:6-7)
We truly are amongst those whom the Lord calls "blessed."
Being conformed to His image . .
June & Ralph