Resources from Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Volume 41

A Special Benediction

May 12 THOSE were troublous times in which Jude wrote this very forcible Epistle. The first early days of Christianity, with all the spring-time of the singing of birds and the blossoming of flowers, had passed away. There had come times of trial for everyone; but worst of all were the troubles within the church. Unawares, evil men had been admitted into membership. The human mind, always acting like leaven, had begun...

Jude 1-2

Despised Light Withdrawn

May 15 OUR Saviour was very gentle with those who had real difficulties. He would argue with them over and over again; he would state a truth, and re-state it; he would cast it into the form of a parable, or he would condense it into a sentence comparable to a proverb, or he would enlarge and expand it, for he was gentle with seeking souls as a nurse is with her...

John 12:36

The Prodigal’s Climax

May 19 THERE are different stages in the sinner’s history, and they are worth marking in the prodigal’s experience. There is, first, the stage in which the young man sought independence of his father. The younger son said, “Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me.” We know something of that state of mind; and, alas! it is a very common one. As yet there is no open profligacy,...

Luke 15:17

The Believer’s Heritage of Joy

May 22 WHEN David wrote those words, he was not in a condition of ease and luxury. Tie was not even in a position of assured safety, for he says in the 109th verse, “My soul is continually in my hand.” You know what we mean when we say that a man carries his life in his hand; that is to say, he expects death, he is in imminent peril, and may...

Psalm 119:111

Adorning the Gospel

May 26 I AM afraid that there are some Christians who would hardly like the best preaching that they could ever have. The best doctrine that could ever be delivered would be like that of our Lord Jesus Christ himself, — eminently ethical, full of precepts and words of wisdom for daily life. I verily believe that if some stern doctrinists had heard some of Christ’s sermons, they would have said that...

Titus 2:10

First Forgiveness, then Healing

Jun 2 I HAVE read to you the narrative of the healing of the man taken with the palsy; and many of you remember that, last Sabbath evening, I preached upon the Pharisees and the doctors of the law who were “sitting by.” I tried to represent the position of many in our congregations who are just “sitting by.” I preached to the outsiders of the congregation, on the divers reasons which...

Luke 5:20

All of One

Jun 5 AT the commencement of our discourse, it will be most fit and proper for us to enquire whether we have any interest in the truths mentioned in the text. The apostle here speaks of those who are sanctified and of the great Sanctifier. Come, my hearer, dost thou belong to the sanctified? Hast thou any part or lot in this matter? What does it concern thee that the Sanctifier and...

Hebrews 2:11-13

Repentance after Conversion

Jun 12 THE French have a phrase which signifies in English assisting at a service. A person who has been present at some grand function of the church speaks of himself as having “assisted” at the service. I want that many of us should literally carry out that expression just now. I do not want so much to preach as to lead you in the offering of sacrifices. Somebody says, perhaps, “But...

Psalm 51:17

The King Can Do No Wrong

Jun 16 DAVID was a great king and a good king; but his character was compromised by the conduct of Joab, who had been one of his chief friends and supporters. Abner came to David in Hebron, and proposed terms of peace, which David accepted; but Joab could not bear that Abner should be his rival, and therefore he most treacherously murdered him. This abominable act was greatly to the detriment of...

2 Samuel 3:36

Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

Jun 19 I THINK I have read that, once, when the seraphic Samuel Rutherford was preaching, he came ere long to speak on the high praises of the Lord Jesus Christ. That was a theme upon which he was at home, and when he reached that point, and had spoken a little upon it, the Duke of Argyle, who was in the congregation, cried out, “Now you are on the right strain,...

Psalm 149:4-6