Sermons by Rev. Dr. Larry Maley

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Loving Your Enemy Under the Cross

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Sermon delivered by Rev. Dr. Larry Maley at Dardenne Presbyterian Church, December 10, 2017

“Loving Your Enemy Under the Cross”

 Fourth of five sermons on ‘The Meaning of Christ’s Cross’

Scripture: Proverbs 25:21-22 and Matthew 5:43-48

Mosab Hassan Yousef grew up a Muslim. From an early age he studied the Quran, prayed five times daily, and followed Islam as faithfully as he could. In that respect, he was typical of many young men growing up in a Palestinian town on the West Bank.  His father was one of the founders of Hamas, the radical terrorist organization.

Living Under the Cross

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Sermon delivered by Rev. Dr. Larry Maley at Dardenne Presbyterian Church, December 3, 2017

“Living Under the Cross”

 Third of five sermons on ‘The Meaning of Christ’s Cross’

Scripture: Revelation 4:2-11 and Colossians 1:15-23

In professional tennis matches, the ball moves so quickly that players have to swing at it before their conscious minds have time to process what’s happening. I read an article about how winning tennis players are able to compete at such a fast pace. It explained that through thousands of hours of practice they learn to recognize subtle signs given off by their opponents, and fine-tune their reflexes to instantly respond.

The same is true in today’s battle of ideas. Our mass-media culture constantly fires false worldviews at us which are contrary to God’s Word. If we don’t know how to recognize these false worldviews and respond quickly enough, we risk being captured by their hollow and deceptive ideas (Colossians 2:8). …

The Achievement of the Cross

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Sermon delivered by Rev. Dr. Larry Maley at Dardenne Presbyterian Church, November 19, 2017

“The Achievement of the Cross”

Second of five sermons on the ‘Meaning of Christ’s Cross’

Scripture: Isaiah 53:4-12 and 2 Corinthians 5:17-21

 

The Heart of the Cross

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Sermon delivered by Rev. Dr. Larry Maley at Dardenne Presbyterian Church, November 12, 2017

“The Heart of the Cross”

First of five sermons on the ‘Meaning of Christ’s Cross’

Scripture: Psalm 103:8-14 and 1 Peter 2:21-24

I invite you to examine a painting by Holman Hunt entitled ‘The Shadow of Death.’ (Copies attached to manuscript.) It depicts the inside of a carpenter’s shop in Nazareth. Stripped to the waist, Jesus stands by a wooden trestle into which He has placed His saw. He is lifting His eyes toward Heaven, and the look on His face is either pain or ecstasy, or both. As He does so, the evening sunlight streaming through the open door casts a shadow on the wall behind Him. The shadow is the form of a cross, with the tool-rack portraying a crossbeam. At His feet lies a red headband, symbolizing the blood-soaked crown of thorns which one day would be shoved unto His head.

Sola Gratia: Grace Alone

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Sermon delivered by Rev. Dr. Larry Maley at Dardenne Presbyterian Church on October 22, 2017

“Sola Gratia: Grace Alone”

Last of five sermons on the Reformation’s Principles

Scriptures: Ephesians 2:1-10 and Psalm 51:9-13

“Amazing grace! How sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me!”
“Wonderful grace of Jesus, greater than all my sin; how shall my tongue
describe it, where shall its praises begin?”

Christians love to sing about the saving “grace of God” – and rightly so. The Gospel of John tells us that from Jesus, “… we have all received grace” (1:16). Many of the Apostle Paul’s letters begin and end with him expressing his desire that the “grace of Jesus” will fill God’s people (Rom. 1:5,7; 16:20,24; 1 Cor. 1:3-4; 16:23; 2 Cor. 1:2; 13:14; Gal. 1:3; 6:18; Eph. 1:2, 6-7; 4:23; Philp. 1:2; 4:23; Col. 1:2; 4:18). The very last words of the Bible read: “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with God’s people. Amen” (Rev. 22:21).

Sola Deo Gloria: Glory to God Alone

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Sermon delivered by Rev. Dr. Larry Maley at Dardenne Presbyterian Church on October 15, 2017

“Sola Deo Gloria: Glory to God Alone”

Fourth of five sermons on the Reformation’s Principles

Scriptures: Exodus 33:12-23 and Romans 11:33-36

            On May 7, 2000, Rev. James Boice entered the pulpit of the famous Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia for the final time of his 32-year ministry there. He died of cancer one month later (June 15, 2000). He addressed the matter of how his congregation should pray for him with these words: “Above all, I would say pray for the glory of God.” When a memorial plaque was created for him, it displayed our Scripture text from Romans 11:36: “To God be the glory forever! Amen!”

READ: Romans 11:33-36

            In his letter to the Romans, the Apostle Paul wrote a long discourse on the subject of salvation from chapters 1 -11. He presented the problem of sin for a righteous God (1:1-3:20); the solution of faith in the work of Christ on the Cross (3:20- 8:39); with an appendix about Israel’s place in God’s plan (9:1-11:32). His discussion concludes with a doxology of praise

Sola Fide: Faith Alone

Sermon delivered by Rev. Dr. Larry Maley at Dardenne Presbyterian Church on October 1, 2017

“Sola Fide: Faith Alone”

Second of five sermons on the Reformation’s Principles

Scriptures: Ephesians 2:8-10 and Romans 3:23-28

            Upon engaging a young man in a conversation about salvation, I asked whether or not he would go to Heaven. He replied that he hoped so, but did not know for sure. “Then how can a person know whether or not they are saved,” I inquired.

            “I suppose, you just have to be good,” he replied.

            “How good do you have to be?” I asked.

“Awful good,” he answered.

Probing deeper I asked, “So, are you that good?” He admitted that he was not. “Then I suppose you are not saved,” I responded. He reluctantly admitted he was not. I let him know I shared his moral dilemma about not being good enough. I will never forget how his jaw dropped and the words stumbled out of his mouth, “Well, if you’re the preacher and you are not good enough, then, who can be saved?” What a joy it was to tell him of God’s plan of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. Salvation is only received by faith in Christ Jesus (Romans 3:24-25).

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Sola Christus: Christ Alone

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Sermon delivered by Rev. Dr. Larry Maley at Dardenne Presbyterian Church on September 24, 2017

“Sola Christus: Christ Alone”

First of five sermons on the Reformation’s Principles

Scriptures: Hebrews 10:4-14 and Isaiah 64:5-9

            On October 31, 1517, a thirty-three year old monk named Martin Luther, climbed the steps of a church in Wittenberg, Germany and nailed a list of 95 Theses on the door. Out of that act emerged an historical movement known as the Protestant Reformation. The monk did not create any new truths. Rather, he rediscovered some Biblical truths that had been lost by the Church for a long time. Because our sermons for five weeks will focus on the Five Principles of the Reformation, someone will surely ask, “Why are we commemorating an event which occurred 500 years ago?” History scholars will remind us that the Reformation was one of the most influential events in world history and in the Christian Church. We will also recognize that the historical, social, theological and political motivations which prompted the Reformation are similar to the challenges the world faces today.

Our five sermons on the Reformation will not focus on one or two men, Martin Luther and John Calvin. Instead, we will consider the Reformer’s rediscovery of the central message of the Gospel; insistence on the authority of God’s Word; and the majestic emphasis on God’s Grace. During these five sermons, I pray you will come away with an understanding of the Reformation’s primary concern about the relationship between a holy God and sinful people. It is a theme which theologians call, “justification by faith in Jesus Christ.”

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Lord, Teach Us To Pray

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Sermon delivered by Rev. Dr. Larry Maley at Dardenne Presbyterian Church on September 10, 2017

“Lord, Teach Us to Pray”

Scriptures: Luke 11:1-4 and Daniel 9:4-14

            Joanne Shelter, a Wycliffe Bible translator serving in the Philippines, noticed that the new Christians in the tribe she was working with not know how pray. So Joanne prayed, “Lord, do whatever it takes to teach these people to pray.” About a month later, she was in a helicopter crash and almost died. That event prompted the people to pray fervently. “Lord, don’t let Joanne die because her Bible translating work is not done,” they pleaded. From then on, the people prayed passionately. Hearing that story, do you dare repeat the words of Jesus’ disciples when they requested, “Lord, teach us to pray.” Such a request may have unforeseen ramifications.

Prayer is far more than repetition of familiar words uttered before a meal, or tagged along a pastoral prayer. Prayer is the acknowledgement that our need for God is not partial – it is total! If we really ask the Lord to teach us to pray, He may place us in situations which are so overwhelming that we recognize our only option is prayer!