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John Kershaw
1792-1870

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SermonA Promise for the Day of Trouble
       PREACHED AT GADSBY'S YARD, LONDON, 1842 "Call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me." (Psalm 50:15) Man that is born of woman is of few days and full of trouble. (Job 14:1) Trouble is the legitimate offspring of sin. The psalmist David speaks in this wise: "The wicked are not troubled like other men ...read
SermonBeliever's Baptism
       PREACHED AT ZOAR CHAPEL, GREAT ALIE STREET, LONDON, ON SUNDAY EVENING, MAY 22ND, 1853. "Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we? And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord." (Acts 10. 47, 48.) Our text stands in inseparable connection with that memorable e ...read
SermonBorn of God
       PREACHED IN ROCHDALE ROAD CHAPEL, MANCHESTER, ON LORD'S DAY MORNING, JUNE 29TH, 1862. "Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God." (John. 1. 13.) The immediate connection in which these words stand is as follows: Our Lord Jesus Christ, the promised Messiah, "came unto his own, and his own ...read
SermonFaithfulness and Longsuffering
       PREACHED AT ZION CHAPEL, TROWBRIDGE OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER, 1834 "The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is long-suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance." (2 Peter 3. 9.) In the religious world there is a great diversity of opinion concerning Christ ...read
SermonFinishing Our Course With Joy
       PREACHED AT HOPE CHAPEL, ROCHDALE, MARCH 3RD. 1867, ON COMPLETING THE FIFTIETH YEAR AS THE PASTOR OF THE CHURCH. My dear and esteemed Friends, - You are aware that it is now fifty years since I became the pastor of the Church of Jesus Christ worshipping within these walls. Though so long ago, I have a lively remembrance of all the circumstances ...read
ArticleFree-Grace from a Free-Will Pulpit
      On one occasion I was invited to preach at Keighley during the holidays in Whit-week. A friend was to meet me with a horse, on the road between Keighley and Halifax. One of my friends lending me a horse for two days, the man had the pleasure of riding back on the horse he brought for me. Before I left my bedroom in the morning, according to my usua ...read
SermonGod The Helper
       PREACHED AT ZOAR CHAPEL, GREAT ALIE STREET, LONDON, ON THURSDAY EVENING, NOVEMBER 17, 1842 "For he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee; so that we may boldly say, the Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me. " (Heb. 13. 5, 6.) The apostle Peter, speaking in reference to the Lord and His promises, has ...read
ArticleHow I Learned the Doctrine of Election
      It will be seen from the following narration that when I first heard of "election" I was upon "Old Covenant" ground. One Sunday evening I went with my father and my mother's brother to the Independent meeting place in Rochdale to hear Mr. Roby of Manchester [the minister under whose preaching John Warburton was blessed]. As we returned home, these ...read
SermonImmutability
       PREACHED AT ZOAR CHAPEL, GREAT ALIE STREET, LONDON, ON THURSDAY EVENING, MAY 26, 1853. "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever." (Hebrews 18. 8.) What a mercy, my hearers, that our Jesus, on whom we build our souls' eternal all, is "the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever"! Whatever we look at, save the God of our salv ...read
ArticleJehovah-Jireh
       A few interesting memories of an old barber in Chatham, 1865. "The Lord will provide." The following circumstances will demonstrate this fact. Many years ago, being engaged to supply at Zoar Chapel, Great Alie Street, London, when I arrived at my lodgings I found a letter waiting for me, requesting me to go down to Chatham to preach the Wor ...read
SermonSeeing Jesus
       PREACHED AT ZOAR CHAPEL, GREAT ALIE STREET, LONDON, ON THURSDAY EVENING, APRIL 28, 1848. "But we see Jesus." ---- (Heb. 2. 9.) I would call your attention to three things arising from these words. First, let us endeavour to describe the characters who see Jesus. Secondly let us take notice of the person seen - Jesus. And Thirdly I shall make ...read
SermonSpiritual Blessings in Christ
       PREACHED AT ZOAR CHAPEL LONDON, ON APRIL 18TH, 1848. "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ" (Ephesians 1:3). Beloved, many of you will recollect that we had these words under consideration last Thursday evening. We endeavored to prove, in the firs ...read
SermonThe Burdened Soul Sustained
       "Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and He shall sustain thee; He will never suffer the righteous to be moved." (Psalm 55:22) With the help of the Lord we will first notice the exhortation and the promise connected with it. We are exhorted to "Cast our burden upon the Lord;" and the promise stands for our encouragement. He shall sustain us. In the ...read
SermonThe Ministry
       PREACHED AT FORD STREET CHAPEL, COVENTRY ON WEDNESDAY EVENING, MARCH 27 1867. "And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen." (Mark 16. 20). Beloved, holy men were inspired and directed by the Lord the Holy Spirit to give us a full and particular account of the c ...read
SermonThe Name of Jesus
       PREACHED AT THE OPENING OF REHOBOTH CHAPEL, LOWER FORD STREET, COVENTRY, ON DECEMBER 25TH, 1857. "And thou shalt call his name Jesus; for he shall save his people from their sins." (Matthew 1:21) We have an account just before the text of the circumstances in which Joseph found Mary his espoused wife. Not willing to make an example of her ...read
SermonThe Only True Ground of Rejoicing
       PREACHED AT ZOAR CHAPEL, GREAT ALIE STREET, LONDON, 1845 "The poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel." (Isaiah 29:19) There are two things, as leading principles in our text, that I want, by the help of the Lord, to call your attention to. The first is, to say a little of "the poor among men." And secondly, to show that th ...read
SermonThe River of God
       PREACHED AT ZOAR CHAPEL, GREAT ALIE STREET, LONDON, ON THURSDAY EVENING, APRIL 24, 1845. "There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God. " (Psalm 46. 4.) I shall first take notice of the Church of God under the metaphor or title of a "city". In the second place I shall speak of the "river" by which this city is made gl ...read
SermonThe Rock of Salvation
       PREACHED AT ZOAR CHAPEL, GREAT ALIE ST., LONDON, ON LORDS DAY EVENING, APRIL 30, 1848. "The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and let the God of my salvation be exalted. " (Psalm 18. 46). The gracious words of our text set forth the glorious Person of our Lord Jesus Christ, concerning whom the Apostle says, as it can be said of no other, t ...read

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