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Ray Stedman

Ray Stedman (1917 - 1992)

Read freely text sermons and articles by the speaker Ray Stedman in text and pdf format. Was an evangelical Christian pastor, and author. He was a long-time pastor of Peninsula Bible Church in Palo Alto, California, and author of several books. Ray Stedman is one of the twentieth century's foremost pastors and biblical expositors. His message of authentic Christianity is shaping the lives of individuals and churches worldwide. Ray's message now reaches across the globe, for the glory of God and the building up of the body of Christ.

Those who knew Ray Stedman saw him as a very ordinary man. People never addressed him as Reverend or Doctor, or even as Mr. Stedman. He was Ray. Rather than standing at the church door following the service, simply to shake hands with everyone, Ray waited near the front to answer questions and be available to those who sought him out. Some of Ray's most effective ministry took place while most people were still filing out! All text messages of Ray Stedman are Used by permission - Ray Stedman Ministries - Visit the official ministry website to obtain many more books, sermons and resources by the late Stedman.

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1 Corinthians: The Epistle to the 21st Century
      Read the Scripture: 1 Corinthians The first epistle of Paul to the Corinthians is a very, very important letter for us because it so thoroughly captures the problems that we face as moderns living in this modern age. The reason is, of course, that Cori ... read more

1 John: The Fruit of Fellowship with Christ
      Read the Scripture: 1 John There are two of Jesus' disciples whom I would particularly like to have known in the days of their earthly life. One is Peter, and the other is John. I like these two men. I am especially impressed by the change that fel ... read more

1 Kings: How to Lose a Kingdom
      Read the Scripture: 1 Kings First Kings is the gripping story of how to lose a kingdom. As we read these Old Testament books, the key to making them live and be vital in our lives is to see that they are visual ... read more

1 Peter: Living Stones
      Read the Scripture: 1 Peter In the month of July in the year 64 A.D., a great fire broke out in the city of Rome and the entire city was engulfed in flames. Hundreds of public buildings were burned to the ground, hundreds of acres ... read more

1 Samuel: The Death of the Flesh
      Read the Scripture: 1 Samuel The Old Testament is wonderfully illuminating in presenting case studies in normal and abnormal living. Anyone who has taken a course in psychology knows that in the text the case studies illustrate the ... read more

1 Thessalonians: Hope for a Hopeless World
      Read the Scripture: 1 Thessalonians The first letter of Paul to the Thessalonians is also the first letter the apostle wrote. It was written to a struggling, yet vigorous church that was only a few months old, made up of Christians who had just ... read more

1 Timothy: Pastor's Primer
      Read the Scripture: 1 Timothy While Second Timothy represents the last word we have from the pen of the Apostle Paul, First Timothy was written a few years earlier, probably immediately after the apostle had been imprisoned in Rome for th ... read more

2 Chronicles: God's King in God's House
      Read the Scripture: 2 Chronicles Tremendous riches are hidden away in the neglected book of 2 Chronicles. As I Chronicles was all about King David, 2 Chronicles is all about the house of David. The nation of Israel -- the ten tribes in the ... read more

2 Corinthians: When I Am Weak, I Am Strong
      Read the Scripture: 2 Corinthians Reading through Paul's second letter to the church at Corinth makes you aware that this is the most personal and emotional of all his letters. It throbs with a sense of the glories of God's grace. Vi ... read more

2 John: The Vital Balance
      Read the Scripture: 2 John The second letter of John is the only letter in the New Testament that was written to a woman. As we can gather from the letter itself, it was written to a mother with several children, perhaps a widow. It appears ... read more

2 Kings: A Wasted Life
      Read the Scripture: 2 Kings In the Hebrew Bible the books of l and 2 Kings are combined into one book of Kings. They are quite aptly named Kings, as they trace the lives of various rulers of God's kingdom, beginning with Sau ... read more

2 Peter: In the Face of Falsehood
      Read the Scripture: 2 Peter It almost seems that Second Peter was written for us today, in the present hour in which we live. Every word of it is so pertinent, so contemporary, so filled with practical advice for the day in which we fin ... read more

2 Samuel: The Story of David
      Read the Scripture: 2 Samuel Second Samuel is really a continuation of 1 Samuel (in the Hebrew Bible they are not divided and this is the first book of King ... read more

2 Thessalonians: Restrainers of Lawlessness
      Read the Scripture: 2 Thessalonians Before Jesus Christ left this earth he said that he would return, but that before his return there would be a time of difficulty and widespread lawlessness. The seams of society would come apart, and disord ... read more

2 Timothy: How Not to Collapse
      Read the Scripture: 2 Timothy In the sixty-eighth year of the first century there was an old man in a prison in Rome -- a little circular cell about twenty feet in diameter -- who was writing to a young man far across the Aegean and Adria ... read more

3 John: A Tale of Three Men
      Read the Scripture: 3 John Third John gives us an intimate glimpse into the life of the early church. It is a delightful accompaniment to the second letter, which was written to a Christian lady about how to handle the false teachers who ... read more

According to the Power
      Pastor Johnson leaned against the fender of the fire-truck, watching helplessly as the church building burned to the ground. The firemen continued battling the flames, but it was clear that the flames were winning. Just then, Mrs. Wimple, one of Pastor Jo ... read more

Acts: An Unfinished Story
      Read the Scripture: Acts Acts is the book that reveals the power of the church. Therefore, when a church begins to dwindle, lose its power, and turn dull and drab in its witness, it needs desperately to get back into the spirit, ... read more

All God's Children Have Gifts
      Many people think that the incarnation of Jesus Christ began at the first Christmas and ended when Jesus was taken up into the clouds. But in fact, that was only the beginning of the incarnation of Christ. The process of the incarnation is still going on. ... read more

Amos: God Doesn't Play Favorites
      Read the Scripture: Amos The message of Amos, one of the minor prophets of the Old Testament, is somewhat different from that of the rest ... read more

Authentic Christianity
      The new covenant church has but one Head, the living Lord Jesus Christ. All its members including the leadership take their direction from that one Head. The supremacy of Christ as Head of his body – his church – must remain its consistent bedrock truth a ... read more

Colossians: Power to Endure with Joy
      Read the Scripture: Colossians Most of the letters that Paul wrote to the churches were written to those that he had started himself. But he did not begin the church at Rome, nor did he begin the church at Colossae. It is not certain wh ... read more

Concerning God
      Read the Scripture: Isaiah 55:8-9 Let’s begin with prayer: Thank you, our heavenly Father, for this opportunity to again open your Word and study it. What an amazing book this is! How desperately we need its truth in order to understand re ... read more

Concerning Man and His Need
      Read the Scripture: Psalm 8:3-5 Tonight we are dealing with man and the fall of man. This is a combination of two very important scriptural truths. Usually, they represent two quite distinct areas of theological study; that is, the doctri ... read more

Concerning Redemption
      Read the Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5:17-19 Article V of our Doctrinal Statement reads: Concerning Redemption “We believe Jesus died upon the cross as a sin-less substitute for sinners of all ages and times, and that the Father was thus, by means o ... read more

Concerning the Bible
      Read the Scripture: 2 Timothy 3:16-17 In this class we are going to cover all the doctrinal elements in the PBC doctrinal statement, of which you have a copy (The PBC Doctrinal Statement of Faith). Let’s begin with prayer. Thank you Father for the a ... read more

Concerning the Church
      Read the Scripture: Ephesians 2:19-22 We pray, Lord, that we may be taught of the Spirit, our minds illuminated and instructed by that anointing which we have received. We pray we may be receptive and responsive to it, obedient to the truth. In the nam ... read more

Concerning the Holy Spirit
      Read the Scripture: John 14:15-17 I have suggested to you [in Class #2] the best book I know in explaining biblical anthropology, that is, the doctrine of man. It is What Is Man? by T. Austin Sparks, which is out of print and unavailable. Our good frie ... read more

Concerning the Son
      Read the Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5:20-21 Father, we wonder at the self-disclosure of our great and mighty God. We pray for the ministry of the Spirit as we look at the theme centered upon the person of our Lord himself. Help us to realize that we are ... read more

Daniel: On the Way to the Future
      Read the Scripture: Daniel Almost everyone looks at the book of Daniel with a sense of wonder and anticipation, because this is usually regarded as a prophetic book foretelling the future. This is true. The book of Daniel, together with ... read more

Death Versus Life
      Read the Scripture: 2 Corinthians 3:7-11 At the moment you read this sentence you are seeing, reading, and thinking either in the energy of the flesh or by the energy of the Holy Spirit. To use the same visual aids employed by the apostle Paul, you are ... read more

Deuteronomy: The Law That Delivers
      Read the Scripture: Deuteronomy Deuteronomy is the last of the five books by Moses. It is a pastime of scholars today and a supposed mark of intelligence to raise the question of whether or not Moses actually wrote the ... read more

Discovering and Using Your Gift
      You are unique, unreproducible, and irreplaceable. In all the universe, there is no one who looks exactly like you, thinks your thoughts, or feels your feelings. Above all, there is no other Christian in the world who is equipped and gifted like you. With ... read more

Ecclesiastes: The Inspired Book of Error
      Read the Scripture: Ecclesiastes The book of Ecclesiastes, or "the Preacher," is unique in scripture. There is no other book like it, because it is the only book in the Bible ... read more

Ephesians: The Calling of the Saints
      Read the Scripture: Ephesians The Epistle to the Ephesians is, in many ways, the crowning glory of the New Testament. But perhaps this letter ought not to be called "Ephesians" for we do not really know to whom it was written. The Christians ... read more

Esther: A Queen Under Control
      Read the Scripture: Esther This little gem, tucked away in an obscure corner of the Old Testament, is a very rich book, and it is historical. Although there are unfortunately those today who suggest that some of the stories in the Old T ... read more

Exodus: Design for Deliverance
      Read the Scripture: Exodus The Old Testament is particularly designed of God to make the great truths of the New Testament come alive for us. We need this to happen in our Christian experience. So many of these truths are simply academic ... read more

Ezekiel: Wheel, Bones, and Restoration
      Read the Scripture: Ezekiel A man was up on his roof fixing his television aerial when he slipped and began to slide down toward the gutters. He tried to catch himself, but he went over the edge. He managed to grab hold of the eaves tro ... read more

Ezra: The Way Back
      Read the Scripture: Ezra The books of Ezra, Esther, and Nehemiah cover the historical period of Israel's captivity in Babylon and the period immediately following their return to Jerusalem. Israel's return to Jerusalem from Babylo ... read more

Galatians: Don't Submit Again to the Slave's Yoke
      Read the Scripture: Galatians In many ways Galatians is the most colorful epistle in the New Testament. It is filled with vivid and vigorous language. If you have read it, I am sure that you were struck by its forcefulness. In looking ... read more

Genesis: The Method of Faith
      Read the Scripture: Genesis This Bible is given to us to read. It is a great book, a tremendous book. Let us begin at the first of the Bible and go through it all, book by book -- from Genesis to Revelation -- and look at ... read more

God's Answer To Man's Need: Exodus
      As we have already abundantly seen, Genesis is the book that reveals the need of mankind. It is all about man--the creation of man, the sin of man, the world in which he is placed, and his slow journey through time groping after God. Its very last phrase, ... read more

Habukkuk: History is in God's Hands
      Read the Scripture: Habakkuk The name Habakkuk means "embracer," not in the romantic sense, but in a comforting sense and this is a gr ... read more

Haggai: Some Words to Discouraged Carpenters
      Read the Scripture: Haggai When you read this book you will notice that the theme of the prophecy of Haggai is "get busy and build the Lord's house." Now, although you may be crowded in your church, and have need of more space, the church b ... read more

Hebrews: All About Faith
      Read the Scripture: Hebrews Hebrews is one of the three New Testament commentaries on a single Old Testament verse: The just shall live by his faith. (Hab 2:4b KJV) This is the verse that struck a fir ... read more

Highlights of the Bible
      Part One: Introduction: Invitation to a Journey The Bible is easily the most fascinating book in the world. Granted it doesn't often appear as such to many. Some have even thought it to be dry and even boring. But that is surely because they have not sp ... read more

Hosea: The Prophet and the Prostitute
      Read the Scripture: Hosea Hosea was the first of the "minor" prophets. Often, we do not recognize the derivation of these Bible names, but this prophet's name would be "Joseph" in English. And his name is related to the name Joshua, which mea ... read more

How the Body Works
      In his letter to the Ephesian Christians, the apostle Paul uses two great figures of speech or word pictures to help us understand the true nature and functioning of the church. The apostle likens the church, first, to a human body of flesh and bones, mad ... read more

How to Kill a Lion on a Snowy Day
      I want to do something this morning which I have done only once or twice before in all my twenty-three years at Peninsula Bible Church -- to repeat a message I have given here before. I do this for two reasons. First, this has been a very heavy week for m ... read more

Impact! Body-life
      Publisher's Note: Pastor Ray Stedman retired as pastor of Peninsula Bible Church in 1990, and went home to be with the Lord on October 7, 1992. Most of this chapter, like the rest of this book, contains Ray's original insights and convictions, carefully e ... read more

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