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 Nov 15, 2021
Pastor Keller is a lefty now, but these old sermons are still great

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One of the most thought provoking, cerebral ministers I've ever listened to. He stretches my imagination and challenges my assumptions. I love it! He is truly a disciple of Jesus Christ.


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Classic sermons by Tim Keller, Pastor Emeritus of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City and NY Times best-selling author of "The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism." For the latest sermons and additional resources, please visit www.GospelinLife.com

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The Wounded Spirit
43:26

Today we’re going to talk about wisdom with regard to the complex realities of our inner beings — what we would today call the psychological life. We all at certain times have a lot of trouble understanding and dealing with the very deep, conflicting, confusing, powerful, sometimes warring dynamic impulses that just roll through our hearts. Sometimes we don’t feel we have any power over those impulses. We feel helpless. We don’t know how we got there and what to do about it. 

The book of Proverbs can help us. We’re going to look at four headings in a collated group of 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 Dr. 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 https://gospelinlife.com/give and making a one-time or recurring donation.

Nov 29, 2021
A Broken Wall
40:55

The book of Proverbs is one of the best places to learn about the topic of wisdom. The book teaches us that a wise person has certain characteristics and qualities. In order to be wise, you need to become a certain type of person. The book does not talk nearly so much about how to make the right decisions but it teaches us how to become the kind of person who makes the right decisions. 

Today, we come to self-control. A man or a woman without self-control is not going to live a wise life and will inevitably mess up their lives, along with the lives of people around them. What do we learn from the passages in Proverbs about self-control? There are at least three things: the problem of self-control; the principle of self-control; and the practice of self-control.

This sermon was preached by Dr. 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 https://gospelinlife.com/give and making a one-time or recurring donation.

Nov 26, 2021
Sluggardliness
41:14

Today’s sermon is a continuation of a study on wisdom in the book of Proverbs. Throughout the book you’ll find that work is a recurring theme. It talks positively about work under the heading of “diligence.” It talks negatively about work under the heading of “sluggard” or “the sluggardliness.” It tells us if you want to have a fulfilled human life, you need to do four things with your work: do your work, love your work, re-narrate your work, and redeem your work.

This sermon was preached by Dr. 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.

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Nov 24, 2021
Haughty Eyes
43:54

Today’s message comes from a series on the topic of wisdom in the book of Proverbs. We’ve defined wisdom according to the Bible as “competence with regard to the complex realities of life.” This means being wise is knowing something about the way the world works in order to make the right moral decision. It’s not enough to just know the rules, but we need to have wisdom so that we can apply the rules appropriately in all types of life situations. 

We are technically-oriented as a society, so generally we want a technique when it comes to rules. However, the book of Proverbs does not give you methods by which you can make wise decisions. Instead, it says, “Here's the kind of person you have to become who makes wise decisions.” Today we’re going to focus on pride and humility, and we’ll learn about three things: the diagnosis of pride (what it is); the destructiveness of pride (what it does); and the antidote for pride.

This sermon was preached by Dr. 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.

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Nov 22, 2021
The Evil of Envy
40:48

The book of Proverbs is one of the best places to learn about the topic of wisdom. The book teaches us that to gain wisdom you must come to understand and redirect the deep currents of our hearts — things like anger and sexual desire. Today we’re going to zero in on envy. It is very important to see the reality of it and to understand its power. We’re going to look at three things in the passages: how to understand envy, why to deal with envy, and where to take your envy.

This sermon was preached by Dr. 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.

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Nov 19, 2021
Scattering Gathers; Gathering Scatters
41:59

Today’s message comes from a series on the topic of wisdom in the book of Proverbs. To be wise, we’ve studied the power of anger and the power of sexuality. And now we look at the power of money.  

In the area of money, people who only look to the rules — what’s legal or illegal — are going to be destructively unwise in their lives. If you want to be wise with your money and possessions, according to the book of Proverbs, you need to know three things: 1) the power of money, 2) the reasons for the power of money, and 3) how to break the power of money and use it in your life.

This sermon was preached by Dr. 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; 30:8-9.

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Nov 17, 2021
The Temptation of Beauty
42:42

In 1 Kings 3, Solomon asks for wisdom. He asks for “a heart that can discern right from wrong.” The question is, “If he’s the king of Israel, he has the law of God. Why would he need wisdom? Doesn’t the Word of God tell you what’s right and wrong?” The reason is that it’s not enough to just know the rules, but you need discernment from God for knowing what decision to make when the moral rules don’t fit your situation perfectly. 

Last week we saw one of the important ways to develop a heart of wisdom is to understand and manage the power of anger. This week we will see that in order to be wise, we need to understand and manage the power of sexuality. To do this, we have to know three things: 1) why and how we tend to undervalue sex; 2) why and how we tend, at the same time, to overvalue sex; and 3) how we can solve that.

This sermon was preached by Dr. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on October 24, 2004. Series: Proverbs: True Wisdom for Living. Scripture: Proverbs 5:15-19; 11:16, 22; 30:18-20.

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Nov 15, 2021
The Healing of Anger
42:06

Today’s message comes from a series on the topic of wisdom in the book of Proverbs. What is wisdom? In 1 Kings 3, 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 that wisdom is more than just knowing what’s good and what’s bad. It’s knowing what the right decision to make is — what the 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, 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 power; its goodness;  why it goes wrong; and how it can be healed.

This sermon was preached by Dr. 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.

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Nov 12, 2021
Knowing God
42:30

Wisdom is more than being moral and good. Wisdom is knowing something about how the world works so that you’ll know what the right thing to do is in the majority of life situations in which the moral rules don’t apply. 

The book of Proverbs is one of the best places in the Bible to look at the topic of wisdom. There is a theme that runs all through Proverbs and, in fact, all through the whole Bible. That is, the beginning of wisdom is the fear of the Lord. Today we’re going to consider that the fear of the Lord begins with 1) knowing God, 2) trusting God, and 3) discovering the grace of God.

This sermon was preached by Dr. 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 https://gospelinlife.com/give and making a one-time or recurring donation.

Nov 10, 2021
Strangeness and the Order of God
42:56

Today’s message comes from a series on the book of Proverbs in which we’ve been looking at the subject of wisdom. Wisdom can be defined as: competence with regard to the realities of life. It is knowing the right thing to do in the vast majority of life situations in which the moral rules don’t apply or in which there are multiple permissible options. 

Why is it that so many religious communities want to make up new rules? One answer is that we won’t have to think. We want a rule to cover every single situation, so we don’t have to apply wisdom and think out the implications. But the truth is that you can never create enough rules to cover every situation. This is where wisdom comes in — you have to know something about the true nature of reality. Today we’re going to look at 1) the persistence of reality, 2) the problems with reality, and 3) how it gets healed. If you want to be wise, you have to know all three.

This sermon was preached by Dr. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on October 3, 2004. Series: Proverbs: True Wisdom for Living. Scripture: Proverbs 5:16-23 and Revelation 21:1-5.

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Nov 08, 2021
The Wellspring of Wisdom
41:26

The book of Proverbs is one of the best places in the Bible to look at the topic of wisdom. Wisdom is a lot more than just having high moral values. It is knowing what the right thing to do is in the majority of life situations where the moral rules don’t apply. The most right and virtuous word or deed done at the wrong time, done in the wrong way or in the wrong order, can blow everything up.

Wisdom is not having a technique that helps you make right choices and decisions, but it’s having character of the mind and the heart that enables you to make the right choices. So how do you get that character? Today we’re going to look at 1) how this character develops, 2) where it comes from, and 3) how it can be transformed.

This sermon was preached by Dr. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on September 26, 2004. Series: Proverbs: True Wisdom for Living. Scripture: Proverbs 4:11-27.

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Nov 05, 2021
Training in Wisdom
42:18

Wisdom can be defined as: competence with regard to the complex realities of life. It has to do with understanding a particular situation and then knowing the right thing to do. For example, you might decide you really want to help a poor family to get out of poverty. That’s a noble thing, but you could do it in a way that actually ruins the family. You need to be conversant with the complexity of the realities of how things work in the world.

It’s not good enough to be a person of vision or of moral values if you’re not a person of wisdom. For most of the decisions you have to make, there are multiple permissible options and wisdom is the ability to know what the right thing is. So how do we develop wisdom? Today we’re going to look at 1) the path of wisdom, 2) the process of wisdom, and 3) the man off the mountain.

This sermon was preached by Dr. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on September 19, 2004. Series: Proverbs: True Wisdom for Living. Scripture: Proverbs 3:1-12; 30:1-4.

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Nov 03, 2021
True Wisdom
39:52

We live in a pluralistic society, which results in people continually fighting about morality. They’re fighting about different views on what is good and what is bad, what is right and what is wrong. In many ways this was different in ancient societies because on the whole, there was generally more consensus on morality in each society. There were spoken and unspoken rules that were necessary for the society to exist. 

If you’re going to not make an absolute mess of your life, then there is something very important that you must have. The secular culture talks about science and facts, and the moral communities — the churches and synagogues — talk about morality, but actually what we need is something that’s hardly talked about at all nowadays. It’s not identical to knowledge, and it’s not identical even to moral goodness; it’s wisdom. Today we’re going to look at 1) the importance of wisdom, 2) the definition of wisdom, 3) the problem of wisdom, and 4) a clue to its solution.

This sermon was preached by Dr. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on September 12, 2004. Series: Proverbs: True Wisdom for Living. Scripture: Proverbs 8:10-16; 22-31.

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Nov 01, 2021
The Law and the Promise
40:18

Today’s passage is not an easy one. When you look through it, there’s a lot of obscurity. Nothing leaps up and grabs you, but if we do some mining, we’ll find all sorts of gems in here. This passage helps unlock one of the keys for understanding all of the Bible. Paul shows us how the Bible fits together with beautiful coherence. 

Paul is writing to a series of churches in Galatia that he founded. They had come under the influence of a group of wayward teachers, and Paul is at great pains to correct them.  The teachers said to first believe and obey and then you’ll be saved. But Paul taught to believe and be saved, and then you’ll obey. The teachers said faith and obedience go together and result in salvation, but Paul said faith and salvation go together and result in obedience. This change in order makes all the difference for how we live.

This sermon was preached by Dr. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on January 11, 1998. Series: Galatians: New Freedom, New Family. Scripture: Galatians 3:10-22.

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Oct 29, 2021
Relying on the Law
27:27

All of our personal problems and practical problems are really theological ones. Most theological problems are really practical problems, because theology affects the way you live. Today we’re going to look at one huge problem. There’s a theological way to put it, and there’s a more practical way to put it.  

The theological problem is this: when you are saved, how do you move beyond being accepted by God as righteous to actually living a righteous life? This is a move from imputed righteousness to imparted righteousness. The more practical way is fairly simple. When you become a Christian, you realize you’re forgiven and that God loves you, but you may continue to see sins in your life that continue to pop up. How do you move beyond that? How do you actually grow in the faith and become more like Christ? Paul gives us a radical answer: the way you enter the Christian faith is exactly the same way you advance in the Christian faith. We’re going to dig deeper and look at this in more detail in today’s sermon. 

This sermon was preached by Dr. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on December 14, 1997. Series: Galatians: New Freedom, New Family. Scripture: Galatians 3:1-14.

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Oct 27, 2021
The Gospel and the Word
38:51

This is a great passage. There are so many details in it. I think, however, the important thing would probably be to get the gist of it, the point, which I think is actually in verse 8. Then we can come back and look at the parts and the details later without losing our way or being confused. This passage in the very beginning, which we began looking at last week, talks about, “How do you get the Spirit? How do you have spiritual power?” It’s a very, very relevant question nowadays.

Here you have Paul talking about the Spirit. How do you get into contact with the Spirit? He keeps on saying “hearing.” The first five verses are all about hearing. You have to hear. It’s not what you do; it’s what you hear. It’s the message. In this case we see where it’s from. He’s talking, of course, about the gospel; the gospel is the way. Well, how do you find the gospel? How do you know the gospel? In verse 8 we have a stunning verse. Here’s basically what verse 8 says: “The Scripture preached the gospel to Abraham.” You have a very important and “bipolar” truth.

This sermon was preached by Dr. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on December 7, 1997. Series: Galatians: New Freedom, New Family. Scripture: Galatians 3:1-9.

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Oct 25, 2021
The Principle of Spiritual Power
34:40

In our culture, many people go to church looking for spiritual power. They’re looking for spirituality, or prayer, or changes in consciousness. People don’t want to be told how to live decently, because that whole idea that there’s a certain way to live is gone. But they’re empty, and they want spirituality. This text from Galatians has everything to say about spirituality. Paul says, “If you want to understand spiritual power, spiritual reality… not just an ethical life, but a spiritually powerful life… here it is.”

How did the Galatian Christians get converted? How did they receive the Spirit? How did this inner transformation happen? There are two things we’ll discuss in this passage. One is the instrument of the Spirit, and the other is the secret of spiritual power.

This sermon was preached by Dr. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on November 30, 1997. Series: Galatians: New Freedom, New Family. Scripture: Galatians 3:1-5.

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Oct 22, 2021
Justified Sinners
31:10

This passage tells the story of how Peter and Paul had a confrontation over the nature of the gospel, the essence of the Christian faith, over what a Christian really is. What is a Christian? We’re going to look at a definition in this teaching, a definition that is vast in its implications. Almost any other definition than this one is unbalanced, misleading, and distorted.

Becoming good is a result of being a Christian; it’s not the essence of becoming a Christian. When you become a Christian you are justified. It doesn’t mean you suddenly stop being bad. It means you’re no longer viewed in the same way. It means your sins can no longer bring you into condemnation. It means you’re righteous in God’s sight.

This sermon was preached by Dr. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on November 23 1997. Series: Galatians: New Freedom, New Family. Scripture: Galatians 2:17-21.

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Oct 20, 2021
I No Longer Live the Life I Live
32:41

In this passage, Paul has confronted not just Peter, but Barnabas and all of these great Christian leaders, over what it means to live in accordance with the gospel. The word gospel or “good news” is the essential core; the thing that makes Christianity, Christianity. Here we have Paul arguing with Peter, another apostle, and all of the leaders, as to how the gospel is to be worked out, and what the gospel is. 

For the first time in the book of Galatians, Paul gets into terminology. First of all, we’re going to talk about the fact that there's a need for a vocabulary, and why we need a vocabulary. Then secondly, what that vocabulary is. There is a gospel vocabulary—let’s see how this teaches us why we need those terms, and then secondly, what they are.

This sermon was preached by Dr. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on November 16, 1997. Series: Galatians: New Freedom, New Family. Scripture: Galatians 2:14-21.

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Oct 18, 2021
The Heart of the Gospel
33:42

In this sermon we continue looking at an account of two very important visits: Paul coming down to Jerusalem and Peter coming up to Antioch; Paul coming down to where Peter lived and Peter coming up to where Paul lived. In the first visit, we saw a very important principle laid down as to the nature of the gospel, what it is. We saw that the problem was the message of a certain group of religious teachers.

Their point was believing in Jesus Christ was very important; they weren’t against Christ. But they said you have to add to Jesus Christ, his work, his love; faith and union with his work and his love is not enough to cleanse and beautify you. It’s not enough. You have to believe in Christ, and, in their case, they said you have to adopt the entire Mosaic law, all the ceremonial laws. The important thing is the principle of the gospel: is Jesus Christ’s work and love enough to cleanse and beautify you all by itself? Paul’s answer is “Yes.” For these folks the answer was “No.”

This sermon was preached by Dr. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on November 9, 1997. Series: Galatians: New Freedom, New Family. Scripture: Galatians 2:11-16.

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Oct 15, 2021
The Centrality of the Gospel
40:02

One of the great things about this passage from Galatians is that Paul is giving us some very meaty, very important theological teaching exposition, but he’s doing it in the form of a narrative because he’s telling us a story of two visits.

There were all these ceremonial rules in the Mosaic covenant in the Old Testament. There was an extremely influential pressure group of early Christians, and this group was saying that in order to be a Christian, you must not only believe in Jesus Christ, you also have to obey all the ceremonial clean laws. Of course, Paul’s point was, “No, you don’t.” If Paul says we have to honor parts of the Bible but we don’t have to honor another part of the Bible, who’s to say? How do we know?

This sermon was preached by Dr. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on November 2, 1997. Series: Galatians: New Freedom, New Family. Scripture: Galatians 2:6-14.

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Oct 13, 2021
The Fellowship of the Gospel
35:24

We’re looking here at one particular truth: Paul is saying in this passage that doctrinal truth is absolutely critical. He’s fighting for a particular truth, the truth of the gospel. It is the mark of our culture right now that we want spirituality without theology. We want some kind of heart intimacy, but we don’t want to have to bring our mind and our entire life. 

Yet you also can’t have theology without spirituality. What is Paul saying over and over again? If you lose the truth of the gospel, the freedom is gone. The liberation is gone. The spirituality is gone. The love, the power, the glory are all gone. That’s why we have to keep the truth.

This sermon was preached by Dr. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on October 19, 1997. Series: Galatians: New Freedom, New Family. Scripture: Galatians 2:1-10.

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Oct 11, 2021
Why They Glorified God
41:50

We’re looking at Paul’s letter to the Galatians, and the thing I hope will strike you is the radical objectivity and subjectivity of Christianity. Almost everybody tends to see the objective and subjective as being at loggerheads. Christianity will not let you make that choice. It says Christianity is radically both. They’re joined in the gospel.

If you take a look at the passage, it may be better here than anywhere. You can see them together. First of all, we see the hard objectivity. We won’t spend as much time on that because this is a continuation of where we were last week. First of all, we see the hard objectivity and the deep subjectivity. You’re really not a Christian unless you accept both, unless you embrace both, unless you really see both.

This sermon was preached by Dr. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on October 12, 1997. Series: Galatians: New Freedom, New Family. Scripture: Galatians 1:10-24.

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Oct 08, 2021
Controversy
39:55

The book of Galatians is not for non-Christians. It’s not for unbelievers. It’s not for people who say, “Oh, I don’t believe the gospel.” The whole book of Galatians is a book on the gospel, a book communicating the gospel, explaining the gospel, applying the gospel, and it’s a book for Christians, a book for people who say they believe it.

To break down this passage, first, Paul shows us the need for controversy, essentially why and when we need controversy. Secondly, he tells us what the authority is to appeal to in controversy, the method of conducting it. Again, we’re talking about Christians struggling with beliefs. Thirdly, he tells us how to heal controversy.

This sermon was preached by Dr. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on October 5, 1997. Series: Galatians: New Freedom, New Family. Scripture: Galatians 1:6-12.

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Oct 06, 2021
No Other Gospel
30:23

If the Bible is not so much a human book reaching up for God, but a divine book reaching out for us, then we’ll only really profit from it if we read it in search of what God has for us rather than reading it to find what we want to find. One of the best ways to do this is to take verse by verse, rather than just jumping to topics that we like. 

One of the things we see right away in the introduction of Galatians is that Paul has to address a church that is losing touch with the gospel. He has to remind his readers how they came into being  and how they became Christians. By doing so, he gives us a little set of tests to know whether or not the gospel is in our own lives. We’re going to look at four things to test ourselves: the power, the content, the drama, and the intimacy.

This sermon was preached by Dr. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on September 21, 1997. Series: Galatians: New Freedom, New Family. Scripture: Galatians 1:3-12.

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Oct 04, 2021
The Rescue
36:17

Galatians is like a little bomb. There’s dynamite in it. It’s not a very long book, but it brings a big punch. Paul has to bring a hard truth to the Galatians. Those that thought they believed the gospel were actually losing touch with it. The lesson for us is if we really think we understand everything about the gospel, then that probably proves we’re losing touch with it. 

We’re going to look at the introduction to Galatians. It’s tempting to gloss right over these first few verses, but there are important things for us to learn. Paul touches on themes that will reappear later in the book. 1) The importance of doctrine, 2) the importance of authority, and 3) the importance of God’s initiative.

This sermon was preached by Dr. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on September 14, 1997. Series: Galatians: New Freedom, New Family. Scripture: Galatians 1:1-5.

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Oct 01, 2021
The King and the Furnace
35:54

This sermon was preached by Dr. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on August 21, 2011. Series: Theophany: Anticipations of Jesus in the Old Testament. Scripture: Daniel 3:14-29.

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Sep 29, 2021
The Lions of God
47:07

The book of Daniel is a helpful place in the Bible to learn how to live as a believer in a pluralistic society — a society that believes in many gods, religions, and moralities. Today we take a look at the most famous of all the narratives in Daniel. We learn three things that should characterize the life of the believer: salt, hurt, and light. These are the same three things that Jesus gives us in the Sermon on the Mount. 

Let’s look at these three principles that show us how to live in the world as believers in the only true God.

This sermon was preached by Dr. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on May 21, 2000. Series: Daniel: Living by Faith in a Secular World. Scripture: Daniel 6:1-10, 16-23.

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Sep 27, 2021
The Finger on the Wall
46:18

Daniel is a set of narratives about what happened when the Jewish exiles were taken out of a country in which there was a set of cultural institutions that supported the biblical God. They were taken into Babylon, which was a pluralistic society in which there were many gods and there were many moralities, all equally valid. The Israelites, who believed in the one true God, had to learn how to function in an unbelieving society. 

Today’s passage from Daniel 5 will help us see how we should also live faithful lives in a secular world. Let’s look at these three parts of the narrative: the party; the great party crasher, Daniel; and thirdly, the fingers of God and the writing on the wall.

This sermon was preached by Dr. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on May 14, 2000. Series: Daniel: Living by Faith in a Secular World. Scripture: Daniel 5:1-6, 17-31.

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Sep 24, 2021
The Man in the Furnace
40:43

The book of Daniel teaches us about the Israelites while in exile. After living for centuries in a culture in which the cultural institutions supported their belief in God, they found themselves in Babylon, which was a religiously pluralistic society. This big city had many gods and many moralities. This naturally created tension because the Israelites believed in the one true God of the Bible. 

In a similar way, how do we live as believers in a pluralistic society? We may be accused of being intolerant of those who don’t believe like us. Or we may face hard questions about our God allowing unjust suffering in the world. How do we handle that? Today’s passage from the book of Daniel helps us navigate these issues. First of all, let’s take a look at the golden image, which addresses the problem of tolerance, and then we’ll look at the fiery furnace, which addresses the problem of unjust suffering.

This sermon was preached by Dr. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on May 7, 2000. Series: Daniel: Living by Faith in a Secular World. Scripture: Daniel 3:14-29.

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Sep 22, 2021
The Dream of the Kingdom
48:09

We’re going to consider the question, “What does it mean to live the Christian life? How can we live it out?” The book of Daniel is a helpful place to go because it’s exilic literature, meaning it tells the stories of the Israelites when in exile. They were taken away from Israel and into a city that was hostile to God. As believers, we’re like Daniel in exile, asking ourselves, “How in the world can we live a life of integrity in a pluralistic, polytheistic, unbelieving world?” 

There are three questions to ask ourselves: what’s the meaning of Daniel’s two names, what’s the meaning of this weird dream, and thirdly, what is the rock that strikes the statue? We’re going to learn three practical principles for living a believing life in an unbelieving world. 

This sermon was preached by Dr. 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.

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Sep 20, 2021
The Zeal of Jesus
34:35

The sermon for today comes from Luke 4, and it is the last sermon in a broader series on the fruit of the Spirit and character change. The recurring question has been, “How can our hearts be changed?” Simply put, our hearts don’t change when we look at the law, but they change when we look at the lawgiver, who is Jesus. 

We now come to the last fruit of the Spirit which is self-control. Jesus exemplified self-control and stayed on course when he faced temptation. We’re going to learn about self-control by looking at these four things: what temptation is; the inevitability of it; how it works; and how to defeat it.

This sermon was preached by Dr. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on May 31, 1998. Series: The Fruit of the Spirit – The Character of Christ. Scripture: Luke 4:1-15.

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Sep 17, 2021
The Humility of Jesus
46:46

Today’s sermon comes from a series on the real character change that can happen in a person’s life. This is not just moral reformation that consists of merely obeying rules, but it begins with a deep change at the heart level. When we look at Jesus, the person and work of our savior, our hearts should melt and be transformed by him. This is real character change. 

In Galatians 5, Paul says one of the fruits of the Spirit is meekness (or gentleness in newer translations). In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus says, “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” Not only do we not have meekness in our lives, it’s challenging to understand it. We don’t even have a good definition of it. Let’s look at this passage from John 8 where we see Christ’s own humility: 1) how does Jesus define it; 2) how do we get it. 

This sermon was preached by Dr. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on May 24, 1998. Series: The Fruit of the Spirit – The Character of Christ. Scripture: John 8:1-11.

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Sep 15, 2021
The Patience of Jesus
38:04

Today we’re going to look at the practice of forgiveness in the Christian life. First, what God calls us to do and secondly, how to get the power to do it. Forgiveness is not just one of the many biblical commands that we have to force ourselves to do, but forgiveness becomes genuine and real when there is a deep change at the heart level. We don’t look at the law and follow it as an end in itself, but we look at Jesus to be changed from the inside out – this is where we get the power to truly practice forgiveness. 

There are three things in today’s passage Jesus tells us that are very important to understand about the practice of forgiveness: 1) forgiveness is a particular aim, a goal; 2) forgiveness is an action; 3) forgiveness is acceptance.

This sermon was preached by Dr. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on May 17, 1998. Series: The Fruit of the Spirit – The Character of Christ. Scripture: Luke 17:3-19.

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Sep 13, 2021
Truth, Tears, Anger, and Grace
46:57

Tomorrow is the 20th anniversary of 9/11. Today’s sermon was preached by Dr. Keller in New York City on the Sunday after the attacks. As we pause this weekend to remember the lives lost and the many people who suffered from the events on September 11th, we pray that you draw hope and encouragement from today’s teaching. 

This sermon was preached by Dr. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on September 16, 2001. Scripture: John 11:20-53.

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Sep 10, 2021
The Fidelity of Jesus
43:40

Moral reformation is the main source in the world for many good things, like honesty, self-control and generosity. This kind of reformation enforces rules. One wants to obey out of self-interest or out of fear. On the other hand, spiritual transformation consists of a deeper heart change. When the heart changes, then one’s life, including actions and behavior, changes. In short, moral reformation happens by looking at rules; spiritual transformation happens by looking at Jesus (2 Corinthians 3:18). 

We’re going to look at Jesus in today’s passage from Mark 14 when Jesus’ disciples fall asleep. They were supposed to be keeping watch. Something utterly shocks Jesus and he says that it is his time to die. It comes upon him suddenly. There are three words that give us clues to what’s happening in this passage: the cup, Abba, and began.

This sermon was preached by Dr. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on May 10, 1998. Series: The Fruit of the Spirit – The Character of Christ. Scripture: Mark 14:32-42.

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Sep 08, 2021
The Joy of Jesus
46:57

Moral reformation is not the same thing as spiritual transformation. In moral reformation, one begins to outwardly comply, but the habits of the heart haven’t changed. In other words, moral reformation comes by looking at the rules and conforming, but spiritual transformation comes from looking at Jesus Christ. When we look at Christ, we can be regenerated — he can change our hearts and transform us spiritually. 

Today’s sermon comes from a series on the character of Christ and how that character can produce deep changes in our hearts. Today we’re going to look at the joy that Jesus gives us. We learn three things in this passage about joy: the promise of it; the structure of it; and the growth of it.

This sermon was preached by Dr. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on May 3, 1998. Series: The Fruit of the Spirit – The Character of Christ. Scripture: John 16:19-24.

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Sep 06, 2021
The Love of Jesus
46:39

On the night before Jesus is about to die, Jesus says to his disciples, “You have listened to many of the things I’ve said, and you’ve somewhat learned them, but you haven’t really changed.” Jesus doesn’t want his followers to simply start obeying rules, but he wants them to have changed hearts.

Today’s sermon comes from a series on how God brings about deep, permanent, transformative change in our lives. This happens when God changes your heart. There are four things this passage teaches us about a changed heart: the importance of the fruit of the Spirit (love); the unity of the fruit; the nature of the fruit; and how this fruit is cultivated. 

This sermon was preached by Dr. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on April 26, 1998. Series: The Fruit of the Spirit – The Character of Christ. Scripture: John 13:1-21.

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Sep 03, 2021
Jesus and the Spirit
45:30

When sharing the Christian faith with others that don’t believe, sometimes there are people who want to believe, but are just too overwhelmed by it. They see the beauty of what the Christian life is supposed to be, and they say, “I could never do it. It’s just beyond me.” 

This is the kind of situation that Jesus addresses in today’s passage from John 16.  Jesus speaks to his disciples the night before he dies, right before he leaves them. In his last words to them, he maps out the kind of life he wants them to live and they are presumably overwhelmed. It’s not something that they have to do alone though. Jesus says that he will send a counselor, which is the Holy Spirit. We’re going to look at four things in regard to this counselor: the power, the goal, the method, and the results.

This sermon was preached by Dr. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on April 19, 1998. Series: The Fruit of the Spirit – The Character of Christ. Scripture: John 16:7-16.

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Sep 01, 2021
Camels and Money
44:18

Today’s sermon comes from a series on the hard sayings of Jesus. In Mark 10:25, Jesus says, “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” That’s as controversial now as it was then. What’s striking about this is Jesus is talking about something very basic: “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” It can’t be any more basic than that. Jesus is addressing the very essence of what it means to be a Christian. 

If we look at the larger context, we see that he’s actually explaining to the listeners how to become a Christian, and yet right in the middle, he brings up money. Another way to put it is if you want to be a Christian, money is an issue. This is very nuts-and-bolts. First, we’re being taught here about the spiritual dangers of money and wealth; secondly, the reasons for this danger; and thirdly, how we deal with the danger.

This sermon was preached by Dr. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on August 27, 2000. Series: Hard Sayings of Jesus 2000. Scripture: Mark 10:17-27.

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Aug 30, 2021
The Final Temple
45:17

Today’s sermon comes from a series on the hard sayings of Jesus. These are the statements Jesus makes in his teaching that people wrestle with. They’re either hard to understand or they’re hard to do or they’re hard to accept.

This saying is particularly difficult because Jesus says that the temple is in fact his body. This would have been such a huge and cosmic claim to his original audience. Compared to other hard sayings, this one may not strike us in the same way though. It’s not because what he’s saying is irrelevant to our concerns today, but we need some help  translating the meaning of it. We’re going to have to ask ourselves three things to get to the bottom of it: 1) what is a temple; 2) what is Jesus’ claim about the temple; and 3) what practical difference does it make to our lives?

This sermon was preached by Dr. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on August 20, 2000. Series: Hard Sayings of Jesus 2000. Scripture: John 2:15-21.

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Aug 27, 2021
The Falling Tower
38:49

Today’s passage from Luke 13 gives us two incidents that we would call tragedies today. The first one in verse 1 took place when Pontius Pilate, the Roman colonial governor of Judea, evidently had fallen upon some political enemies and destroyed them. What was particularly grisly about this was Pilate had sent his henchmen to find his political enemies at a time they were making sacrifices so when they were killed, their blood was mixed with the blood from the sacrifices. Then in verse 4, Jesus tells about another incident in which 18 people drowned in a reservoir due to a tower collapsed.

The question that comes up is a natural question, a very relevant and very contemporary kind of question. Why the asymmetrical way in which pain and comfort is distributed amongst the human race? Why is it that some people have all the “luck,” and why other people seem to have all the bad “luck”? Jesus’ answer, of course, is totally unique and completely counterintuitive. It’s absolutely counter to the wisdom of this world.

This sermon was preached by Dr. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on August 13, 2000. Series: Hard Sayings of Jesus 2000. Scripture: Luke 13:1-9.

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Aug 25, 2021
Reading Hearts
42:54

Today we’re going to look at a hard saying of Jesus in Matthew 7:6. Verses 1–5 are music to modern people’s ears — there’s nothing hard or particularly difficult about the first five verses. But in the context of the entire passage, you will see why verse 6 can be so difficult for people to understand and accept. 

Jesus is likening someone to a dog and to a pig. It almost seems contradictory to verses 1-5, right? And how does it square with his charge to tell everyone the good news? Are we to write people off? What Jesus means here is that animals need care, i.e. you shouldn’t give pigs something they can’t digest or handle. So when we look at the parable in this light, we see that Jesus is actually scolding the caretaker in a sense. Let’s look further into what this teaches us about the hearts we have and the help we need.

This sermon was preached by Dr. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on July 9, 2000. Series: Hard Sayings of Jesus 2000. Scripture: Matthew 7:1-6.

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Aug 23, 2021
God’s Indelible Pen
41:20

Today’s sermon comes from a series on the hard sayings of Jesus. We find many of these throughout the New Testament — sayings that are difficult to understand or accept or both. Jesus says in verse 18: “I tell you the truth … not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.” If Christianity is about grace, then what does Jesus mean by not a stroke of the law can be disregarded? How does that fit in with the rest of the Bible? 

We’re going to see that it tells us a great deal about the Bible itself: It’s going to tell us three things: 1) the whole Bible is absolutely true (verse 18); 2) it’s all about Jesus, not about us (verse 17); and 3) if you learn to read it that way, it changes your life (verses 19 and 20). It changes everything.

This sermon was preached by Dr. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on June 25, 2000. Series: Hard Sayings of Jesus 2000. Scripture: Matthew 5:18.

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Aug 20, 2021
The Sin Against The Holy Spirit
48:04

Today’s sermon comes from a series on the hard sayings of Jesus. The hard sayings of Jesus, the wisdom of Jesus, are more like hard candy than chocolates. You can bite right through chocolate, but with hard candy you have to work on it, going layer through layer slowly.

Today’s “hard saying” has haunted people for a long time – the unforgivable sin. What does it mean to say that this thing is unpardonable? Even if we didn’t have this specific text to teach us about it, it’s imaginable that the issue would still come up. People would curiously ask, “Is there such a thing as an act or a deed, something so deeply wrong and wicked, that it really can’t be forgiven? We’re going to learn three things regarding the sin against the Holy Spirit: the problem of forgiveness; the power of repentance; and the danger of goodness.

This sermon was preached by Dr. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on June 18, 2000. Series: Hard Sayings of Jesus 2000. Scripture: Matthew 12:30-32.

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Aug 18, 2021
How to Hate Your Parents
40:21

Almost everybody says Jesus Christ was a great teacher, but when you actually begin studying Jesus’ teaching, he has a lot of sayings we can call “hard sayings.” They’re hard partly because they’re difficult to understand, but just as much, and maybe even more so, they’re hard because they’re tough to swallow, they’re hard to accept.

The hard sayings of Jesus are things that on the surface look pretty difficult and maybe even look absurd, but as you reflect upon them, you’ll find that you actually never get to the bottom. Our text today is not really about fathers and mothers, although it would appear to be so on the surface, but it’s about discipleship. It’s about what it means to exclusively follow Jesus and be his disciple. We’re going to look at these five aspects of Jesus’ discipleship: it’s not optional; it’s unpredictable; it’s deeply emotional; it’s completely positional; and it’s unconditional.

This sermon was preached by Dr. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on June 4, 2000. Series: Hard Sayings of Jesus 2000. Scripture: Luke 14:25-27.

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Aug 16, 2021
Loving Your Enemies
45:32

Today’s sermon comes from a series on the ministry and teaching of Jesus – more specifically, the hardest and most difficult sayings from Jesus. In Luke 6, to “love your enemies” is maybe the most famous of Jesus’ hard sayings. It’s a hard saying because it’s difficult to understand in any given context. People have gone around and around for years trying to figure out what it means.

We’re going to see in this passage a remarkable pair of balances. A balance between the tough and the tender (doing justice and loving kindness). And then a balance between inner peace and outer activism. Let’s take a look at these two balances, and see how they work together. 

This sermon was preached by Dr. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on February 14, 1993. Series: Hard Sayings of Jesus 1993. Scripture: Matthew 5:33-37.

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Aug 13, 2021
Let Your Yes Be Yes
44:32

Jesus thought it was important to talk about promises — truthfulness in general and promise-keeping in particular. In today’s passage in Matthew 5 he talks about swearing and oaths, which are really just promises.

The whole Bible is built on covenants, public promises, observed words, and accountability. So what does Jesus teach us specifically in Matthew 5? He is saying if you think you can create levels of truthfulness, you’re wrong. He is saying that “every yes and every no must be as truthful as if you just swore it on a stack of Bibles on network television.” Every yes and every no is observed, because God is the creator and is present with us. This is a radical principle of truthfulness that Jesus teaches us.

This sermon was preached by Dr. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on February 14, 1993. Series: Hard Sayings of Jesus 1993. Scripture: Luke Matthew 5:33-37.

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Aug 11, 2021
I Came to Set the Earth on Fire
44:07

Sometimes when you read Jesus’ teachings, you feel like you’ve gotten on a horse that’s much too big and much too fast for your little hands and feet, and yet off it goes, galloping away with you. This may be the case with today’s passage. There is not anything gentle about it, but it is so wonderful. 

There are two things we learn about Jesus from this text. First of all, we learn the divisiveness of Jesus. His teaching was self-centered in a sense because he came as the one true God in the flesh. Secondly, we learn about the agony of Jesus caused by his self-denying love. You don’t know the real Jesus unless you know about both of these aspects of Jesus’ ministry. 

This sermon was preached by Dr. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on January 17, 1993. Series: Hard Sayings of Jesus 1993. Scripture: Luke 12:49-53.

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Aug 09, 2021
One Way or Many?
38:18

Jesus Christ was a teacher who walked around and told people to love each other. He was kind to the poor. He laid his hands on the sick. He fed the hungry. He did all these things. But there have been lots of people who have done good things like this and that have told us, “Let’s just love each other.” So why did this one teacher become the most influential single figure in the history of the world? 

It’s not because of the uncontroversial things, but it’s because of the controversial ones. Jesus says, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). It’s this kind of claim that makes all the difference. No Jewish person could possibly ever say he was God. It would be inconceivable — and definitely controversial. Let’s look more deeply at the nature of this claim and then the uniqueness of the claim.

This sermon was preached by Dr. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on December 14, 1997. Series: Christ the Controversialist - Confrontations With Jesus. Scripture: John 14:5-10.

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Aug 06, 2021
Salvation: Merit or Mercy?
40:18

George Gallup recently released a poll that asked Americans what would be the biggest issues they faced when they died. The poll showed that 42 percent (or almost half) of Americans said one of the things they were very concerned about was whether God would forgive them or not. Let’s face it, we all need mercy. 

The good news is that the kingdom of God runs completely on mercy – not merit. How does this work? How does the mercy of God come to us? Today’s passage tells us the mercy of God comes to us in three forms and in three ways: as a call, as a covering, and as a feast.

This sermon was preached by Dr. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on December 7, 1997. Series: Christ the Controversialist - Confrontations With Jesus. Scripture: Matthew 22:1-14.

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Aug 04, 2021
Bible: End or Means?
46:57

If you read through the gospel stories, one of the things that strikes you almost immediately is how often Jesus Christ debated with those around him — not only how often he came into debates but how often he started them too. Today’s message comes from a series on some of these great debates when Jesus was on earth.

We’re looking at a passage in which Jesus is arguing about Scripture. He’s going to teach us about the Bible through a debate — surprisingly, a debate with diligent Bible students. He comes up to the most astute Bible students, and he says they are as dead wrong as people who don’t believe in the Bible at all. They are as deaf to what God is saying as people who are absolutely skeptical about the nature of the Bible. We learn four things: 1) God speaks to us; 2) how God speaks to us; 3) why we don’t hear what God speaks to us; and 4) how we can hear it.

This sermon was preached by Dr. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on November 30, 1997. Series: Christ the Controversialist - Confrontations With Jesus. Scripture: John 5:31-47.

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Aug 02, 2021
Forward-Back Living
43:55

Today’s teaching is the last part of a series on the life of Jesus in the gospel of Luke. When you believe in Jesus it doesn’t just give you some kind of inner peace, but it completely changes your life. Jesus rearranges our lives upside down — he changes our attitude to our wealth and recognition and power. Jesus rearranges our lives inside out — he satisfies our need to get approval. He gives us self-esteem, worth, honor and dignity. 

Now we’re going to see one more way in which Jesus rearranges your life through the kingdom of God. 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 1) the power of the kingdom; 2) the practices of the kingdom; and 3) the provision of the kingdom.

This sermon was preached by Dr. 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.

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Jul 30, 2021
Inside-Out Living
45:23

In today’s passage from the Gospel of Luke, we’re taking a look at a parable which shows us a problem that everybody faces in life – it’s universal in scope. This is the problem of righteousness. 

There are two ways to deal with this problem. The parable introduces us to two guys, each of whom represents a particular solution to the problem. One works (the inside-out approach) and one does not (the outside-in approach). 

This sermon was preached by Dr. 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.

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Jul 28, 2021
Upside-Down Living
44:05

Many of you have heard the term “kingdom of God,” but can you put in a nutshell what it is? Dallas Willard, a philosopher at the University of Southern California, says a kingdom is the “range of your effective will.” If somebody gets into your bag and takes something out, you’ll be outraged. Why? There has been an intrusion on your territory — or your kingdom. 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? It means that you get a lasting identity that goes on for eternity, and it is marked by astounding liberality. Let’s look more closely at how we can get that kind of identity. 

This sermon was preached by Dr. 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.

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Jul 26, 2021
Responding to Jesus
44:36

Today’s sermon comes from a series on the life of Jesus in the gospel of Luke. Luke gives us a detailed portrait of Jesus, who he is and what he has done. Even though people saw Jesus in person, some of them didn’t get it — they didn’t understand. We have all of this information about Jesus, but how do make sense of it? How do you respond to him? 

Everything you need to respond to Jesus in a life-transforming way is right here in Luke 23. We see all of the people rejecting him — both the leaders and the common people, the Jews and the Gentiles. This is everybody. We’re going to study four groups who rejected Jesus and then highlight three things: who gets Jesus, how they get Jesus, and how we can do the same.

This sermon was preached by Dr. 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.

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Jul 23, 2021
Doubt, Joy and Power
35:26

Today’s sermon comes from a series on the life of Jesus in the gospel of Luke. We come to the end of the book that describes multiple scenes of Jesus interacting with different groups of people after his death, burial, and resurrection. Specifically in Luke 24:36-49, he appears to his disciples and helps them understand the meaning of the events that had happened. 

Jesus does four things in this passage that change the lives of his disciples forever, and because he’s the risen Jesus, he can do the very same things to us right now. 1) He answers the doubts of their minds; 2) he satisfies the needs of their hearts by eating with them; 3) he reforges the direction of their lives by sending them, and 3) he shows them his hand and his feet.

This sermon was preached by Dr. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on April 20, 2003. Series: "The Meaning of Jesus Part 3; Seeing Him." Scripture: Luke 24:36-49.

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Jul 21, 2021
The Hour of Darkness
45:26

Today’s passage comes from Luke and it describes the night in which Jesus was betrayed. There is a theme to this passage: darkness and night. When the authorities come to take Jesus away, he tells them in verse 53 “this is your hour — when darkness reigns.” It could be translated as “this the hour of the authority of darkness.” The physical darkness is a representation of something deeper that happens.

There’s a darkness that blinds the eyes, and then there’s another kind of darkness that blinds the heart and the mind and the soul. It’s a spiritual darkness. Jesus has come to redeem us from this darkness. There are three incidents that we’re going to look at; the first two tell us about our condition and the third tells us what Jesus has come to do about it. First, the soldiers reject him; then, the disciples reject him; and lastly, the Father rejects him. These are necessary for Jesus to do the redeeming work that he was sent to do.

This sermon was preached by Dr. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on April 13, 2003. Series: "The Meaning of Jesus Part 3; Seeing Him." Scripture: Luke 22:39-64.

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Jul 19, 2021
The Upper Room
45:07

One of the great questions of history is, “Why in the world did the early Christians adopt the cross as their main symbol?” Do you realize why that is so odd? On the cross, Jesus died at age 33 in agony, abandoned by everyone in his life. All the other founders of religions died old and “successful.” For example, Buddha lived to be 80 years old and achieved enlightenment. And Muhammad lived into his 60s during which he united all of Arabia under one faith. There is a vivid contrast with the picture of Jesus. Why in the world would anyone look at Jesus dying on a cross and say, “That’s the life I want to live. That’s the one I want to follow. That’s the faith for me”?

On the night before he died, Jesus gave his disciples the explanation of the meaning of his death in the upper room. When it was all over, they remembered it and they accepted it. It changed them. If you see what Jesus says to them and you take it in, it will change you too. There are four things which are life-changing about Jesus’ death: 1) it is the center of history; 2) it is the foundation for a radically new, profoundly different community; 3) it is the solution to the great mystery; and 4) it is appropriated personally.

This sermon was preached by Dr. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on April 6, 2003. Series: "The Meaning of Jesus Part 3; Seeing Him." Scripture: Luke 22:14-34; Deuteronomy 26:5-9; Deuteronomy 16:3; Luke 2.

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Jul 16, 2021
The Robbers’ House
43:21

Today’s sermon comes from a series on the life of Jesus described in the gospel of Luke. The first part of the gospel (the first nine chapters) has to do mainly with the question, “Who is this Jesus?” The second part of the gospel of Luke (the nine chapters in the middle) addresses the question, “What does it mean to follow Jesus?” Now we’re going to look at a passage from the last part of Luke which gives us an existential encounter with Jesus. 

In Luke 19, the Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem marks the beginning of the last week of Jesus’ life. The central theme here is that Jesus is king. We’re going to look at four ways that he reigns: the real king, the transformational king, the paradoxical King, and the confrontational King.

This sermon was preached by Dr. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on March 30, 2003. Series: "The Meaning of Jesus Part 3; Seeing Him." Scripture: Luke 19:28-40; 45-48.

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Jul 14, 2021
Work and Rest
43:01

Today’s sermon comes from a series on the life of Jesus described in the gospel of Luke. Luke gives us many of Jesus’ teachings on what it means to be a disciple. In short, a disciple is one who applies the gospel to absolutely every single area of life.

In today’s passage from Luke 6, we learn about Sabbath rest. God gives us rest from our labors – it is a gift and a blessing. It is a way of keeping us healthy and protecting us from being overwhelmed by our work. God himself modeled it for us when creating the universe. Let’s look at it more closely: Why do we need it? Where do we get it? How do we do it?

This sermon was preached by Dr. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on March 23, 2003. Series: "The Meaning of Jesus Part 2; Following Him." Scripture: Luke 6:1-11.

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Jul 12, 2021
Forgiveness
41:05

Today’s sermon comes from a series on the life of Jesus described in the gospel of Luke. As Jesus is on the road to Jerusalem described in the middle of Luke, Jesus gives us instruction for how to be a disciple. In today’s passage in Luke 17, Jesus teaches us that being a disciple means living a life of habitual, perpetual forgiveness. It means having a forgiving spirit. 

Jesus’ teaching is so startling that his hearers respond with “increase our faith.” They are saying, “You haven’t given us enough faith to do this.” But Jesus says yes I have. There are three questions for today: Why do we need a forgiving spirit? What is it? And how do we get it?

This sermon was preached by Dr. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on March 16, 2003. Series: "The Meaning of Jesus Part 2; Following Him." Scripture: Luke 17:3-19.

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Jul 09, 2021
Money
43:48

Today’s sermon comes from a series on the life of Jesus described in the gospel of Luke. Jesus says in today’s passage that his disciples should have a particular regard for money and possessions. In other words, coming into a relationship with Jesus will change how one sees the world, including money and possessions.

Jesus says, “Watch out for greed.” Greed is a money sickness that can take over one’s life — it’s like a spiritual cancer. It’s something money causes, but it doesn’t necessarily have to come from money. It can take over someone who is wealthy or poor. There are three headings under which we will learn about this sickness: how to beware of money blindness, understand the nature of money sickness, and how to acquire money wellness.

This sermon was preached by Dr. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on March 9, 2003. Series: "The Meaning of Jesus Part 2; Following Him." Scripture: Luke 12:13-34.

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Jul 07, 2021
Prayer
43:28

Today’s sermon comes from a series on the life of Jesus described in the gospel of Luke. The passage comes from chapters 10 and 13 which help us answer the question, “What does it mean to be his disciple” In verse 39 we learn that Mary sat at the Lord’s feet which is the technical way of saying that she was a disciple of a rabbi. Now historians will tell us it was extremely rare for a rabbi at that time to take a woman as a formal disciple, but Jesus does it. From a modern point of view, here’s a woman being told, “Send her back into the kitchen; she has no place at your feet as a disciple,” and Jesus says, “Yes, she does.” 

Through Mary we learn something for all of us. Disciples are called into an extraordinarily personal relationship with Jesus. Let’s look more closely at these two questions: What is that extraordinary personal relationship, and secondly, how can we cultivate it?

This sermon was preached by Dr. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on March 2, 2003. Series: "The Meaning of Jesus Part 2; Following Him." Scripture: Luke 10:38-11:13.

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Jul 05, 2021
Neighbors
45:11

Today’s sermon comes from a series on the life of Jesus described in the gospel of Luke. The passage comes from the second half of chapter 10 which helps us answer the question, “What does it mean to be his disciple?” 

The first part of chapter 10 says all disciples are given the gospel as a message which is to be communicated to everyone. In this last part of the chapter, we’re given the other side of being a disciple; instead of just being called messengers, we’re also called to be neighbors. We’re called to meet the needs of all the people around us, whether they believe the message or not. There are four things we learn: 1) it is required, 2) it has magnitude, 3) the motivation for doing it, and 4) how to do it.

This sermon was preached by Dr. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on February 16, 2003. Series: "The Meaning of Jesus Part 2; Following Him." Scripture: Luke 10:25-37.

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Jul 02, 2021
Messengers
41:19

The first nine chapters of Luke are mainly concerned with the question, “Who is Jesus?” Starting in chapter 9 and stretching over the next few chapters, the theme switches, as it were, and asks, “If he’s the Son of God, how should we live?” 

The general answer is that we should be disciples, but there are many facets to being a disciple. Starting in chapter 10, Jesus gives us specific ways we are to be his disciples. Today we’re going to look more specifically at being a messenger. Disciples are messengers. Every disciple of Jesus is given a message to publicly communicate, urging everyone to believe it. There are three things Jesus gives every single disciple: a mission, a message, and a motivation. 

This sermon was preached by Dr. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on February 16, 2003. Series: "The Meaning of Jesus Part 2; Following Him." Scripture: Luke 10:1-21.

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Jun 30, 2021
What is Truth? An Open Forum
47:21

“What is truth?” is the famous question Pilate asks Jesus before the crucifixion. Did he sincerely believe that truth was something that could be grasped or was he a skeptic that doubted the existence of truth? “We must understand Pilate to understand ourselves, for he may have represented the very modern view that truth is after all a relative and subjective affair, an agreed-upon convention, a matter of expedience — and that therefore we are justified in doing anything that seems expedient, even as Pilate” (Joy Davidman, Smoke on the Mountain). 

The Gallup poll reports 66 percent of Americans say there is no such thing as absolute truth, but historic Christianity says there is — moral absolutes, absolute truths, truths about God and eternal things that everybody and every culture needs to bow to and submit to. Let’s look at it more closely under these three headings: 1) how we deny truth, 2) why we deny it, and 3) how we use it anyway (that you can’t avoid living your life as if there is absolute truth). 

This open forum with Dr. Timothy Keller took place at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on March 5, 1995. Series: "Redeemer Open Forums". 

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Jun 28, 2021
The End of History
43:06

The Apostles’ Creed is one of the oldest summaries of the basic beliefs of Christianity. Today’s sermon comes from a series that follows the outline of the Creed, wherein it says, “I believe in the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting.” 

Ancient cultures and philosophies and religions all believed that history was cyclical and that it wasn’t going anywhere. However, the very idea that history is making progress and that we’re moving toward an end goal comes from the Bible. We’re going to look more closely at the original readers of today’s passage from Revelation: 1) the hope they needed, 2) the hope they got, and 3) how you and I can take hold of that hope ourselves.

This sermon was preached by Dr. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on November 22, 2015. Series "What We Believe: Foundations". Scripture: Revelation 21:1-6; 22:1-5.

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Jun 25, 2021
The Church
43:28

The Apostles’ Creed is one of the oldest summaries of the basic beliefs of Chrsitianity. Today’s sermon on the church comes from a series that follows the outline of the Creed. As Christians we believe in the importance of the church that was established by Jesus Christ 2,000 years ago.

We’ve chosen a passage from Ephesians 2 that gives us one very important truth about the church that is very relevant for our world in which there is so much disunity. Here it is, the members of the church get both the resources and the power to get along with people who are radically different than themselves. There are three things that we will highlight in this passage: 1) the gospel creates a supernatural community; 2) this is through spiritual heart surgery; and 3) this results in a radical new identity. 

This sermon was preached by Dr. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on November 15, 2015. Series "What We Believe: Foundations". Scripture: Ephesians 2:11-22.

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Jun 23, 2021
The Holy Spirit
39:49

Today’s sermon on the Holy Spirit comes from a larger series on the basic beliefs of the Christian faith. When it comes to the Trinity — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit —without a doubt, the Holy Spirit is the most mysterious of the three. It’s the one person we know the least about. 

There’s no better place in the Bible to learn about the Holy Spirit than John 14–17. This is Jesus’ Upper Room Discourse which takes place the night before he’s going to die.  When you know you’re speaking to people you love and you’ll never speak to them again, you don’t talk about the weather, but you go to the subjects you think are the most crucial for them. It’s intriguing that some of Jesus’ last words to his disciples are filled with teaching about the Holy Spirit, which shows how important it is. Let’s look more closely at Jesus’ Discourse under three headings: who the Spirit is, what the Spirit does, and how to receive what the Spirit gives.

This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on November 8, 2015. Series "What We Believe: Foundations". Scripture: John 14:15-26.

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Jun 21, 2021
Salvation
33:11

Today’s sermon on salvation comes from a larger series on the basic beliefs of the Christian faith. In this series, we’re following the outline of the Apostles’ Creed, the oldest summary of biblical doctrine. It says, “I believe in the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting.” This is encapsulated by the doctrine of salvation. 

We’re going to do a survey of all that the Bible says about salvation in Jesus Christ, which is actually right here in our passage from Ephesians. Paul says that Jesus Christ has “blessed us” with “every spiritual blessing.” This is what we mean by salvation. We’re going to learn how we get every spiritual blessing, what those spiritual blessings are, why we can have those spiritual blessings, and how to know whether you have them. 

This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on November 1, 2015. Series "What We Believe: Foundations". Scripture: Ephesians 1:3-10.

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Jun 18, 2021
Incarnation
33:31

Today we’re going to look at a fundamental belief of the Christian faith — the doctrine of the incarnation. It’s a belief that’s unique to the Christian faith, that the eternal, infinite God became a human being in Jesus Christ — a physical, limited, vulnerable, mortal being in history. The implications of this doctrine are vast and many, but we’re going to focus on something specifically astounding in Philippians 2. 

Paul takes a basic practical human problem, the problem of fighting, and he brings to bear on it the doctrine of the incarnation. He says in order to solve the problem you need to understand the incarnation. So let’s see how he does it in these three parts: 1) the heart that fights, 2) the heart that makes peace, and 3) he shows us how to get that kind of peaceful heart.

This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on October 25, 2015. Series "What We Believe: Foundations". Scripture: Philippians 2:1-11.

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Jun 16, 2021
Sin (2015)
37:57

We’re looking at the basic beliefs of the Christian faith, and there’s no way to do that without getting to what the Bible says is wrong with us. It’s really obvious to everyone that human beings can do an awful lot of very bad things, really evil things. But why? Sociologists will say unjust social conditions and that oppression will result in violence. But the real problem is what made the oppressors oppressors. The Bible tells us that the root problem is inside of us. 

Have you faced yourself? Do you know what’s in your heart? Do you know what you’re capable of? If you grasp the biblical doctrine of sin, you will be forced to answer all of these questions. Today we’re going to look more closely at the story of Adam and Eve in the garden and learn about 1) the root of sin, 2) the essence of sin, 3) the signs of sin, and 4) the solution for sin.

This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on October 18, 2015. Series "What We Believe: Foundations". Scripture: Genesis 2:16-17; 3:1-9.

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Jun 14, 2021
God (2015)
43:41

This sermon is part of a series on the basic beliefs of the Christian faith. The outline we’re using is the Apostles’ Creed, and today we come to God. Many people believe in God, but they don’t know him personally. 

Moses believed in God, but it really wasn’t until the event with the burning bush in Exodus 3 that Moses came to see who God was and encountered him. The central metaphor is fire in this famous story. God could have appeared as anything, but he chose fire. This is very significant because it shows us three things: God is a real God; he can be known; and he is a God who seeks and sends.

This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on October 4, 2015. Series "What We Believe: Foundations". Scripture: Acts 17:16-34.

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Jun 11, 2021
I Believe
36:38

In the Western world every year we hear more and more people say something like, “I don’t believe in God. I don’t have religious beliefs. I don’t have a religious preference.” This is a growing sentiment in our world today. So what is the future of Christian belief in a world in which fewer and fewer believe?

We’re going to answer this question by going to Acts 17 where Paul gives a sermon to Athens, which was the intellectual center of the Roman world. It was famous as being a place where the philosophers didn’t believe in the gods anymore. It was very skeptical and it was not unlike some parts of our skeptical society today. We’re going to learn three things: first, everyone is deeply religious; secondly, your beliefs must have a God-sized God big enough for your moral intuitions; and thirdly, your beliefs must have a heart-shaped hope that can fulfill your deepest desires.

This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on October 4, 2015. Series "What We Believe: Foundations". Scripture: Acts 17:16-34.

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Jun 09, 2021
The Bible and Finality
42:04

It’s very typical to hear people in our Western culture say something like, “There are many good things in the Bible, absolutely. But there are also things in the Bible that are really outdated. There are things in the Bible we can’t accept anymore, because we have new insights.” How do we respond to that? Well, the place to go in the Bible to is the book of Hebrews. 

As we look at what Hebrews is saying, we’re going to learn three things about the finality of truth in the Bible: 1) Jesus brings God’s final word, 2) this creates a living, dynamic relationship with God, and 3) this is because of the unsurpassable beauty of who he is and what he has done.

This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on September 27, 2015. Series "What We Believe: Foundations". Scripture: Hebrews 1:1-4; 4:6-13.

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Jun 07, 2021
The Bible and Experience
44:06

Nothing is more foundational to the way in which you live than how you regard the Bible — how you approach it and how you understand it. This has a direct influence on how you actually live. When the Bible tells you something happened, it really happened. This has to do with the truth of the Bible. But even if you believe it, what role should that have in your life? This has to do with the authority of the Bible. 

Today we’re going to look at the authority of the Bible in the second letter of Peter. There are three things to learn: why the Bible has authority, why that’s a good thing, and how that authority works in our lives.

This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on September 20, 2015. Series "What We Believe: Foundations". Scripture: 2 Peter 1:12-21.

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Jun 04, 2021
The Bible and History
34:28

There’s nothing more foundational to who you are as a Christian than how you regard the Bible itself. How do you approach the Bible? How do you understand the Bible? These are fundamental questions to everything else you do as a Christian.

Today we’re looking at the bookends of the book of Luke, which is one of the four gospels in the New Testament. At the very beginning and the very end, there are important statements that help us understand what the Bible is and what it’s about. We’re going to learn that 1) the Bible is truth, 2) it’s truth about a man, and 3) it’s truth not just for the mind but for the heart.

This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on September 13, 2015. Series "What We Believe: Foundations". Scripture: Luke 1:1-4, Luke 24:25-32.

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Jun 02, 2021
The True Bridegroom
38:35

All the Hebrew prophets in the Old Testament prophesied the coming of the Messiah. Christians believe that this Messiah they prophesied was born at Christmas and his name is Jesus. 

Today we’re going to look at what Hosea said about the coming Messiah in chapter 3. He tells us about the “one who is to come” through the account of his messed-up marriage. There are three things this text teaches us. First, our relationship with God is like a marriage. Second, our relationship with God is like a bad marriage. Third, God healed his marriage and this was at a cost.

This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on December 2, 2007. Series "Jesus of the Prophets". Scripture: Hosea 3:1-5; 11:4-11; Jeremiah 2-4; Ezekiel 16; Isaiah 54; Matthew 9:14-15.

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May 31, 2021
Marriage and Our Culture
01:42:59

This talk was given by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on March 30, 2012 for the conference "Marriage, Sex & Singleness Conference".

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May 28, 2021
A Theology of Singleness
33:17

This talk was given by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on March 1, 2014 for the conference "S1NGLE: God’s Gifts — Our Plans".

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May 26, 2021
Singleness and the Rest of the World
25:40

This talk was given by Kathy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on March 1, 2014 for the conference "S1NGLE: God’s Gifts — Our Plans".

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May 25, 2021
Marriage Supper of the Lamb
47:55

In Ephesians 5, Paul says, “This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church.” This verse is teaching us that there are some things we would never know about marriage if we don’t know about how you relate to Christ by faith. Conversely, there are things we would never know about our relationship with Christ if we didn’t know about marriage. 

In a sense, one teaches you about the other, and you can’t completely understand one without understanding the other. We’re going to look more closely at what marriage teaches us about our relationship with Jesus and what our relationship with Jesus teaches us about marriage.

This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on October 13, 1991. Series "Marriage". Scripture: Ephesians 5:22-33.

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May 24, 2021
Marriage as Completion: Gender Roles (Part 2)
45:47

This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on October 6, 1991. Series "Marriage". Scripture: Ephesians 5:22-33.

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May 21, 2021
Marriage as Completion: Gender Roles (Part 1)
46:04

Christianity, depending on the culture it’s sitting in, can be either liberal or conservative in its appearance. That’s the way it ought to be. If Christianity is revealed truth from God, then it doesn’t arise out of one side of the spectrum or the other. If you come to the Bible saying, “Is this left or right or sort of halfway in between?” you’ll always be disappointed because it’s not from down here.

Being a male and being a female are overlapping but distinguishable ways of being human. They’re not identical. Therefore, there are roles. There are distinct obligations and gifts and callings that belong to women and belong to men. We learn three things from today’s passage: there are roles, why there are roles, and what those roles are.

This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on September 29, 1991. Series "Marriage". Scripture: Ephesians 5:22-33.

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May 19, 2021
Marriage as Completion: One Flesh
39:44

In the Bible, the word flesh doesn’t simply mean your body. It doesn’t simply mean what the English word flesh means, which always means simply skin, sinew, blood, and guts. Actually, there’s a place in the Bible where God says, “I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh…” That doesn’t mean, “I will pour out my Spirit on everybody’s body.” It means, “I’ll pour out my Spirit on all people.” The word flesh means a person. When it says the two will become one flesh, it says you’ll be one person. You’re really no longer the same two people, but you’re a third entity. 

How is it that this one-fleshness can be developed? There are three ways it can happen and three reasons it doesn’t happen. If you do these three things properly, it develops deep oneness. If you fail to do them or if you do them wrongly, it creates something different altogether, basically a business partnership.

This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on September 22, 1991. Series "Marriage". Scripture: Ephesians 5:22-33.

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May 17, 2021
Marriage as Friendship
37:22

Marriage is not romance garnished with friendship. It’s not in essence romance and attraction, and friendship is thrown in as a wonderful little option, a wonderful little plus if you can get it. Rather, marriage is friendship with romance garnishing and flavoring it.

Furthermore, friendship is not just a feeling of affection. Friendship is a deep oneness that comes from two people journeying toward a common horizon. First, the oneness; secondly, the walking together, the interacting; and thirdly, the common horizon or goal you’re going to.

This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on September 15, 1991. Series "Marriage". Scripture: Ephesians 5:22-33.

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May 14, 2021
Marriage as Priority and Friendship
47:24

Marriage is many things. Marriage is glorious. Marriage is hard. It’s blood, sweat and tears. It’s defeats, and it’s victories. It’s almost everything except sweet. We’re going to see the Bible’s view of marriage is completely realistic. 

The topic we now come to is the purpose of marriage. We’ve looked at the power and the definition, the priority of marriage. What’s the purpose of it? The purpose of marriage is friendship, companionship. Your spouse has to be your best friend.

This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on September 8, 1991. Series "Marriage". Scripture: Ephesians 5:22-33.

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May 12, 2021
Marriage as Commitment and Priority
44:23

We’re looking at marriage in this passage under six headings. We’re looking at the power of marriage, the definition of marriage, the priority of marriage, the purpose of marriage, the structure of marriage, and the mystery of marriage. So far, we’ve only looked at the first two. We now want to get to the third: the priority of marriage.

This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on September 1, 1991. Series "Marriage". Scripture: Ephesians 5:22-33.

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May 10, 2021
Overview: Marriage as Commitment
48:10

A person who understands the gospel–who has the gospel in his or her blood–is a person who is strong and yet humble, and therefore, out of reverence for Christ submits and is able to serve other people, putting the needs of other people ahead of their own. This is the basis of a marriage. In today’s passage, Paul gives us not just the power of marriage, but also its definition.

This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on August 25, 1991. Series "Marriage". Scripture: Ephesians 5:22-33.

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May 07, 2021
Marriage as Ministry Power
35:39

Marriage, contrary to what a lot of people say, is not something a bunch of people around a cave-fire in the Late Bronze Age suddenly thought up. According to the Scripture, marriage is a divine invention. 

In this passage, we’re going to see first that the essence of marriage is a covenant, secondly, that the purpose of marriage is companionship, and lastly, the priority of marriage has to be number one.

This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on August 18, 1991. Series "Marriage". Scripture: Ephesians 5:22-33.

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May 05, 2021
Sexuality and Christian Hope
43:24

This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on April 18, 2004. Series "Living in Hope". Scripture: 1 Corinthians 6:13-20; 7:27-31.

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May 03, 2021
Finishing Well
46:45

When Paul got to Rome for his trial, he was not put in a dungeon, but he was put under house arrest. He was in a rented home, and therefore, he was able to have guests and have people come and go. Therefore, he was free to do what his job was, to proclaim the gospel. 

What I want to do is look at the very end of Paul’s life. It’s only natural since we’ve been following him all along to say, “How did he end? What did happen?” How did Paul finish? He finished well. Why did Paul finish well? Because of five perspectives Paul kept all through his life that enabled him to basically live his life with every fiber of his being and finish well, finish strong. 

What are those five perspectives? Those five perspectives Paul always kept in mind were life is a struggle, death is an adventure, history is a masterpiece, the gospel can’t be stopped, and ultimately in the end you only need one thing.

This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on June 30, 2013. Series "Acts: The Gospel in the City". Scripture: Acts 28:30-31; 2 Timothy 4:6-22.

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Apr 30, 2021
The Lord in the Storm
39:35

The last chapters of the book of Acts could all be called “The Sufferings of Paul,” because it’s just one bad thing happening to Paul after another. He is caught in a storm on his way to Rome. He has appealed to Rome and the soldiers have him in custody, and the sailors, of course, are running the boat.

Now he’s in a storm, and everyone is afraid for their lives. It says they had gone for days in this situation. Down in verse 20 it says, “Neither sun nor stars appeared for many days. The storm continued raging. We finally gave up all hope of being saved.”

The storm, which was another part of Paul’s suffering, represents all suffering. All the suffering we get in life could be called a storm. They’re all like storms. Watching Paul deal with his storm teaches us something about how we can deal with all storms, all suffering, all troubles, when they come in. I would like you to notice the paradox, the purpose, and the presence in storms.

This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on June 23, 2013. Series "Acts: The Gospel in the City". Scripture: Acts 27:13-32.

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Apr 28, 2021
Persuading the King
43:08

What we have here is Paul on trial. He had been charged with sedition, causing a riot, undermining the public peace. He had been charged with heresy. 

At the very top of chapter 26, Paul gives a defense. He tells the story of his conversion, meeting Jesus on the road to Damascus. But it’s here at the end that Paul shows the real goal of his speech, what he’s really after, and it’s surprising. 

He’s not really out to defend himself, because if his primary goal was to get himself off the hook, he would never have made the bold move he makes. He would have played it safe, but he doesn’t. What was Paul’s goal, how does he get to that goal, and where does he get the power and poise and boldness to try that?

This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on June 16, 2013. Series "Acts: The Gospel in the City". Scripture: Acts 26:15-27.

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Apr 26, 2021
The Gospel and Courage
39:08

Our passage comes from Acts 22 where Paul is facing a hostile audience and one life-threatening situation after another. In a way, there’s one overall theme, which is God can bring good out of evil and can show the power of the gospel through it.

We will all inevitably face some kind of danger in life. How will you face it? How does your faith prepare you for it? We’re going to look at courage in this passage and we’ll try to find some clues as to how we can get the same kind of courage that Paul has.

This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on May 26, 2013. Series "Acts: The Gospel in the City". Scripture: Acts 22:1-22.

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Apr 23, 2021
The Gospel Ministry
48:17

In our passage today, Paul, after having ministered in tremendous ways in Ephesus for three years, is now taking leave to go to Jerusalem. He assembles the elders, who are the leaders of the church, to say farewell to them. 

Usually when this passage is taught, it’s taught to give us job descriptions of ministers or elders, or leaders. But I think it’s helpful to look at this from a different angle because it’s actually addressed to Christians. There are many speeches and sermons in Acts, but this is the only place where we actually have a sustained address given to Christians about how they should be the church.

We’re going to study this under four headings: truth, tears, ties, and not missing the forest for the trees.

This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on May 19, 2013. Series "Acts: The Gospel in the City". Scripture: Acts 20:17-37.

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Apr 21, 2021
The Hero of Heroes
36:24

Our passage comes from Acts chapter 5 where things begin to look dim for the followers of Christ. Beginning around this time and spanning to around AD 300, the history of the early church is filled with persecution and suffering. Christians were systematically imprisoned, plundered, tortured, and killed. In this particular incident in Acts, we see Christians facing danger and the possibility of death with heroic courage.

Where did they get that heroic courage? We’re going to focus on the reply of the apostles in just four verses, 29-32. There are three questions to guide our time together: 1) What was that heroic courage? 2) Where did it come from? 3) How can we get it?

This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on February 3, 2013. Series "Acts: The Gospel in the City". Scripture: Acts 5:27-42.

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Apr 19, 2021
The Word and the Spirit
41:18

Acts is about the origins of Christianity. Whenever you go to the origins, you learn something about what genuine Christianity is — authentic, original, real Christianity. That is important because many people base, to some degree, their non-belief on what it was like to be a “Christian” earlier in life or on what other “Christians” are like. 

If you ask yourself every day the question, “Am I a real Christian?,” it will drive you nuts. On the other hand, if you never ask that question, that’s not healthy either. Let’s ask the question on the basis of this text by looking at four marks of a real Christian: 1) you serve God consistently, especially in suffering, 2) you are getting to know God deliberately 3) you experience God periodically, and 4) you exhibit God generously.

This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on January 20, 2013. Series "Acts: The Gospel in the City". Scripture: Acts 4:23-37.

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Apr 16, 2021
The First Miracle
37:03

Our passage today is on the first miracle the apostles perform after the resurrection of Jesus, which is at the very beginning of the Christian church. If you want to learn about the topic of suffering, you go to the book of Job or a lot of other places in the Bible that seem to deal with it more directly. But this passage is actually a lot about suffering. 

This miracle, in many ways, is typical of so many of the other miracles of the New Testament done by Jesus or by apostles. If you understand this one, in some ways you’ll be able to understand all of the miracles in the New Testament. We’re going to see that it points 1) upward, 2) forward, 3) inward, and 4) downward. This is the grid for us to learn about suffering and to see the meaning of New Testament miracles.

This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on January 6, 2013. Series "Acts: The Gospel in the City". Scripture: Acts 3:2-8; 13-23.

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Apr 14, 2021
The First Church
21:04

Our passage from Acts 2 is about the birth of the Christian church. We’re going to look at how the birth of the church is intimately related to the birth of Christ: Christmas. In many ways, what happened at Christmas explains what happens in the early church; and what happens in the early church explains what Christmas is about. When the early Christians began to understand the reality of Christmas, they began to practice Christmas. They brought ideals into the world that no one had ever thought of, because it was based on their new idea of ultimate reality. 

First of all, we’re going to see what made the earliest Christian community so different from the culture surrounding them and secondly, what the source of that difference was.

This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on December 9, 2012. Series "Acts: The Gospel in the City". Scripture: Acts 2:40-47.

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Apr 12, 2021