Episodes
In this psalm of David, we see David’s desire to behold the beauty of God. It is the beauty of God, in fact, that allows David to hold his head high even though his enemies surround him. To find God beautiful means that the perception of him— his attributes, names, and actions— brings pleasure. This sermon will explore the beauty of God: 1) Why we need it; 2) What it is; 3) How it changes our lives. This sermon was preached by Dr. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on May 8,...
Published 08/15/22
The incarnation— the event of God becoming fully human in Jesus Christ— is the paradigm-shattering event of human history. In the incarnation, the ideal became real, the absolute became particular, and the invisible became visible. If we can grasp this doctrine, it has enormous implications for our lives. This sermon will cover 1) What the incarnation is; 2) What it does in your life; 3) Why it can do this.  This sermon was preached by Dr. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on...
Published 08/12/22
What does it mean that Jesus is called Immanuel, or God with us? Every other religion was founded by someone who was a prophet or a teacher who came to tell us how to find God—but Christianity says, “No, our Founder, Jesus Christ, is God come to find you.” This sermon will consider three things about Jesus Christ as Immanuel: 1) He is God; 2) He is us (human); and 3) He’s with us. This sermon was preached by Dr. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on December 12, 2010. Series: To...
Published 08/10/22
It’s not enough to just know about God— we must actually know him. One of the marks that you know God is spiritual growth: when the Holy Spirit comes into your life, it is going to change you. That means there are no excuses for Christians not having a changed life. In this passage, there are four things we can learn about spiritual growth— spiritual growth is 1) possible, 2) vital, 3) gradual, and 4) memorable. This sermon was preached by Dr. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church...
Published 08/08/22
It’s not enough to just know about God— we must actually know him. One of the marks that you know God is spiritual growth: when the Holy Spirit comes into your life, it is going to change you. That means there are no excuses for Christians not having a changed life. In this passage, there are four things we can learn about spiritual growth— spiritual growth is 1) possible, 2) vital, 3) gradual, and 4) memorable. This sermon was preached by Dr. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church...
Published 08/08/22
In the book of John, we see Jesus becoming human and making a way for us to have deep and personal fellowship with God the Father. God is not an unknowable, undefinable force, but a God you can have fellowship with. This sermon will show us: 1) What is fellowship with God? 2) What does it actually look like? 3) How can it be ours? This sermon was preached by Dr. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on November 28, 2010. Series: To Know the Living God – The God Who Can Be Known....
Published 08/05/22
There’s nothing more practical than getting to know the true God of the Bible— because everything we do wrong and every experience of inordinate anxiety or anger or pride always comes because, at that moment, we’re forgetting who God really is.  In this passage from Exodus 3, we see the first time in the Bible when somebody says to God, “Who are you?” God shows us that he is not an ineffable, indefinable force, but a God with a name. We will see that he is the God of 2) Brilliant delay; 2)...
Published 08/03/22
Whenever you are inordinately anxious, angry, proud, deflated, it’s because at that moment you’re forgetting who the God of the Bible is— or maybe it’s because you never understood who he was. That’s why there is nothing more practically important than to know the God of the Bible in depth.  This sermon focuses on two questions. How do we know God exists? And how do human beings get the knowledge of God? We’ll look at four things Paul tells us in Romans 1: 1) We can know God; 2) We actually...
Published 08/01/22
When God seems the most hidden, he’s often working the most for us — and we see that in this account of Joseph’s temptation. This sermon will examine three temptations Joseph experienced  and what they mean for us: 1) The power temptation; 2) The sexual temptation; 3) The hardest temptation of all. This sermon was preached by Dr. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on June 15, 2003. Series: The Gospel According to Joseph. Scripture: Genesis 39:1-23. Today's podcast is brought to...
Published 07/29/22
In the story of Joseph, we learn how to get perspective on the bad things that have happened in our lives. In this first chapter of Joseph’s life, we see three things: 1) The hidden depths of sin; 2) The hidden purposes of God; and 3) The hidden patterns of grace. This sermon was preached by Dr. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on June 1, 2003. Series: The Gospel According to Joseph. Scripture: Genesis 37:2-13; 23-34. Today's podcast is brought to you by Gospel in Life, the...
Published 07/27/22
Haman, the enemy of Queen Esther, is one of the most vivid case studies in the Bible of unchecked pride. We learn three things from the account of Haman: 1) The character of pride; 2) The deadliness of pride; 3) The cure for pride. This sermon was preached by Dr. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on April 29, 2007. Series: Esther and the Hiddenness of God. Scripture: Esther 3:1-6; 6:1-10. Today's podcast is brought to you by Gospel in Life, the site for all sermons, books,...
Published 07/25/22
This sermon looks at the first two chapters of the book of Esther, which shows us how to follow God in morally, spiritually, and culturally ambiguous situations. We will see that 1) God is always at work in spite of appearances; 2) The world is obsessed with appearances; and 3) God’s work can free us from enslavement to the world’s ways. This sermon was preached by Dr. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on April 15, 2007. Series: Esther and the Hiddenness of God. Scripture:...
Published 07/22/22
At the end of the book of Esther, we see the nation of Israel receive a holiday, a day of rest from their enemies. God promised Israel that rest was going to be the upshot of his salvation. In this text we see three things: 1) How Esther got rest from her enemies; 2) How Jesus gets us rest from our enemies; 3) How we can have rest from our enemies. This sermon was preached by Dr. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on May 6, 2007. Series: Esther and the Hiddenness of God....
Published 07/20/22
The book of Esther poses a fascinating question to us: In such morally, culturally, spiritually ambiguous situations as this, does God still work with us? We’ll see how God works in this passage under three headings: 1) The importance of being in the palace; 2) The danger of being in the palace; and 3) How to live in the palace with greatness. This sermon was preached by Dr. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on Apr 22, 2007. Series: Esther and the Hiddenness of God. Scripture:...
Published 07/18/22
The prophet Isaiah experienced God showing up at a point of cultural crisis and decline. Isaiah needed some way of facing the crisis and facing the future. When Isaiah experienced God showing up, what did he see? He saw: 1) A God who is not boring; 2) A God who is holy; and 3) A God who is on a mission. This sermon was preached by Dr. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on September 11, 2011. Series: Theophany: Anticipations of Jesus in the Old Testament. Scripture: Isaiah...
Published 07/15/22
The Old Testament account of Daniel and the furnace is an account of resistance in the face of a powerful empire. The book of Daniel is a story about one of the Jewish exiles in Babylon, Daniel, and his three friends, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and their confrontations in Babylon with the emperor, the king of Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar. In this sermon, we will see three things: 1) The pressure of pluralism; 2) The precision of true faith, and 3) The promises of suffering. This sermon was...
Published 07/13/22
This account of Abraham encountering God is known as a theophany — where God manifests himself in a dramatic, physical expression. Every place where God manifests himself in some dramatic, physical way in the Old Testament points to the ultimate expression of God manifesting in a physical way in Jesus Christ. This sermon will look at this account of Abraham encountering God under three headings: 1) The questions and doubts of Abraham; 2) The answers and assurances of God; and 3) What this...
Published 07/11/22
This is a famous passage from the book of Isaiah — he calls the coming Messiah “Wonderful Counselor.” If we consider those two words in reverse, we have the subjects of wisdom (or counsel) and wonder — this sermon will meditate on those two words. This sermon was preached by Dr. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on December 23, 2007. Series: Jesus of the Prophets. Scripture: Isaiah 9:1-7. Today's podcast is brought to you by Gospel in Life, the site for all sermons, books,...
Published 07/08/22
In this passage, the prophet Micah predicts the coming of the Messiah. What's intriguing about this Messiah is that on the one hand, he’s from of old. But on the other hand, he’s coming in the future. In this sermon, we will ask: 1) What does it mean that Jesus is the ancient King? 2) What does it mean that Jesus is the future King? 3) How we can make him our King? This sermon was preached by Dr. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on December 16, 2007. Series: Jesus of the...
Published 07/06/22
The biblical word for peace, shalom, doesn’t just mean the absence of hostilities; it means the presence of justice. The word justice is closely connected with the word shalom in the Bible, and the book of the prophet Amos is all about that theme, justice. In this sermon, we will see: 1) The meaning of justice; 2) The sign of justice; and 3) The promise of justice. This sermon was preached by Dr. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on December 9, 2007. Series: Jesus of the...
Published 07/04/22
The prophet Hosea tells us about the coming Messiah by using the metaphor of his own marriage. In this sermon, we will see that: 1) Our relationship with God is like a marriage; 2) Our relationship with God is like a bad marriage; 3) How God healed his marriage and what it cost him. This sermon was preached by Dr. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on December 2, 2007. Series: Jesus of the Prophets. Scripture: Hosea 3:1-5; 11:4-11. Today's podcast is brought to you by Gospel in...
Published 07/01/22
Jacob is that very ancient figure in the book of Genesis and yet an incredibly modern figure. Jacob is a man with an inner vacuum, an inner emptiness. Although he has begun his relationship with God, that does not immediately create a full remedy for his inner emptiness.  People with an inner emptiness have a tendency to give themselves to the hope that out there somewhere there is that right person, that he or she who is somehow going to make their life right and going to fix it, but what...
Published 06/29/22
Jesus offers us deep, inner rest— not just rest for the body, but rest for the soul. In this sermon, we’ll learn: 1) Why we need rest; 2) What rest is; and 3) How to get rest.  This sermon was preached by Dr. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on September 14, 2014. Series: Matthew 11 - The One Who Gives You Rest. Scripture: Matthew 11:25-30. 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...
Published 06/27/22
In the Gospel accounts of the life of Jesus, we often see people responding to what Jesus has claimed about who he is. John the Baptist asks Jesus: “Are you the one?” This sermon explores why that question is so important, and what Jesus’s answer is. We will see: 1) John’s condition; 2) John’s question; 3) Jesus’ credentials; and 4) Jesus’ challenge. This sermon was preached by Dr. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on September 7, 2014. Series: Matthew 11 - The One Who Gives You...
Published 06/24/22