Sermons by Stanley Toussaint

What You Need to Know About the First Easter

Passages: Matthew 28:1-15

Detailed teaching on the announcement of the angel, the response of the women, the appearance of Christ, and the answer of the Jewish rulers.

 

Prospects for the Future

Passages: Malachi 4

In the concluding chapter of Malachi, the prophet teaches about the reward of the righteous and the return of the Messiah. Malachi points to the New Testament and John the Baptist, the "Elijah" to come.

 

Show Me the Money

Passages: Malachi 3:7-12

How we spend our money is a reflection of who we are. Malachi begs Israel to repent and to prove their devotion to God by giving the tithe to God that belongs to Him.

 

Spiritual Myopia

Passages: Malachi 2:17-3:6

God is wearied by the Israelites' excessive complaining. Instead of repenting, the Jews compare themselves with their pagan neighbors and ask, "Where is the God of justice?" God responds by sending a messenger, the Lord Jesus, to offer salvation at His first coming. The second messenger, Jesus coming as judge, would follow.

 

Preachers Gone Bad

Passages: Malachi 2:1-9

Malachi warns the levitical priests to repent of their sins and respond to the discipline of God. If not, the judgment of God will rest on Israel's spiritual leaders.

 

Malachi's Marriage Manual

Passages: Malachi 2:10-16; 1 Corinthians 7:26

Dr. Toussaint, in a fatherly chat, teaches seven key criteria for choosing a mate: respect, compatibility, intimacy, mutual goals, maturity and acceptance from the extended family. 

 

Ho Hum Among the Lame

Passages: Malachi 1:6-14

Malachi decries the priests and their disrespect of God, their practice of legalism without principle. God disapproves of their sins, their hypocrisy and their empty prayers. 

 

Wake Up! Jacob I Have Loved

Passages: Malachi 1:1-5

The prophet Malachi encourages us to stop living Christian lives riddled with lifeless formalism and lethargy. God has chosen us and longs to bless us.

 

Near-Sighted Spirituality

Passages: Malachi 2:17-3:6; Psalm 73; 2 Corinthians 2:14

As believers, we are on the "winning side." God sent His prophetic messengers to prepare our hearts to receive His grace. Don't live with a short-term view of God's plan.

 

Proof of Repentance

Passages: Genesis 43-44

Joseph's brothers prepare for a second journey to Egypt. They demonstrate genuine repentance by taking responsibility for one another and by being humble, loyal and accountable to God.

 

Journey to Repentance

Passages: Genesis 42

Genesis 42 chronicles the expedition of Joseph's brothers to Egypt, the interrogation of the brothers by Joseph, the introspection of the brothers before Joseph, and the report of the brothers to their aging father Jacob. 

 

From Prison to the Palace

Passages: Genesis 41:1-44

Genesis 41 describes Pharoah's problem and Joseph's promotion. Pharoah's dream has religious overtones because the Nile and cattle are worshipped as gods. We are challenged to emulate Joseph's mature character by being patient, faithful, humble and content.

 

Joseph in Prison

Passages: Genesis 40

"The Lord was with Joseph" is a repeated phrase throughout his story. Chapter 40 discusses the detention of the King's cupbearer and baker, their dreams and the decrees of the king.

 

Joseph: Tested and Triumphant

Passages: Genesis 38-39

Joseph is described as a trusted slave, a tempted slave and a trusted prisoner. His purity is contrasted with the immoral behavior of his brother Judah. We must withstand temptation, recognizing that God can use our afflictions for His glory.

 

The Green-Eyed Monster

Passages: Genesis 37:1-36

Jacob's dysfunctional family is jealous and angry with Joseph, the favored son. Genesis 37 relates details of the conspiracy against Joseph and his consignment to slavery in Egypt. 

 

This Old House

Passages: 2 Corinthians 5:1-10; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; John 14:2; Luke 16:19-31

What happens to us when we die? Paul teaches we have an earthly, temporal tent that will be transformed into an eternal, durable building from God. Paul is confident that when we close our eyes in death, we will see Jesus.

 

The Transforming Glory

Passages: 2 Corinthians 3:12-18

Paul teaches the Corinthian believers about the transforming glory of the new covenant with the all-encompassing Savior, the unveiled glimpse of God's glory, the transforming power of God's glory and the freedom of living by the Spirit rather than the letter of the law.

 

The Glory of the New Covenant

Passages: 2 Corinthians 3:1-11; Romans 7:4-7; Hebrews 7:12; James 2:10-11

What is the Christian's relationship to the Law of Moses? There are three views: the Christian's interface with the ceremonial, civil and moral law. Each view reflects the responsibility of the Christian to live a grace-filled yet holy life.

 

When You Are Misunderstood

Passages: 2 Corinthians 1:12-2:4

2 Corinthians 1 deals with the defense of the apostle Paul for his blameless conduct and his confidence. God affirms him in his stability, commission, security and guarantee of salvation. 

 

Crushed for Comfort

Passages: 2 Corinthians 1:1-2:17; 3:8-10

Only by having a proper view of God can we comprehend the reason for suffering. Suffering allows us to comfort others, to learn our own insufficiencies and God's sufficiency. When He gives deliverance, we praise Him.

 

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Stanley Toussaint currently serves as Senior Professor in Bible Exposition at Dallas Theological Seminary. [more]