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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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Isaiah: The Salvation of the Lord
      Read the Scripture: Isaiah ... read more

James: The Activity of Faith
      Read the Scripture: James The New Testament falls into various sections, each dealing with specific themes. A last section, introduced by the book of Hebrews is concerned with the single theme of faith. The whole thrust of these let ... read more

Jeremiah: A Profile of Courage
      Read the Scripture: Jeremiah What if some present-day preacher stood in his pulpit and persistently declared that God was on the side of the communists? That God was against America and that he was raising up ... read more

Job: The Hardest Lesson
      Read the Scripture: Job The gripping and challenging book of Job is perhaps one of the most fascinating books of the Old Testament, and it begins a new division in the scriptures. The books from Genesis to Esther are a ... read more

Joel: The Revelation of God's Hand
      Read the Scripture: Joel The little book of Joel is only three chapters long, and we shoul ... read more

John: Who is This Man?
      Read the Scripture: John The fourth Gospel holds peculiar significance to me for many reasons, but especially because it is written by the disciple closest to our Lord. When you read the ... read more

Jonah: The Reluctant Ambassador
      Read the Scripture: Jonah Probably the best known yet least understood book in the Bible is the book of Jonah. From the world's point of view, Jonah and the whale have become a part of literature, a part of mythical legendary hist ... read more

Joshua: Guidebook to Victory
      Read the Scripture: Joshua The book of Joshua (whose name means "God is salvation") is packed with practical lessons -- challenging concepts to help grasp the principles of a Spirit-led life. The key to the book is given to us in the New Testam ... read more

Jude: Contending for the Faith
      Read the Scripture: Jude The letter of Jude is a thunderous word from a man who refers to himself in the first verse simply as, Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ and brother of James. (Jude 1:1a RSV) That identifies him, for J ... read more

Judges: The Pattern of Defeat
      Read the Scripture: Judges There is hardly any book of the Bible that can compare to Judges in color and intrigue. You wince as you read how Ehud the judge went to visit the king in his summer palace and slid his dagger betw ... read more

Keeping the Body Healthy
      Josiah Henson was born into slavery in the American South. As a young boy, he saw members of his own family worked to death, beaten to death, and sold to other slave-owners. He was able to escape to the North, where he became a well-known public speaker a ... read more

Lamentations: The Therapy of Trouble
      Read the Scripture: Jeremiah The book of Lamentations is sandwiched between the books of Ezekiel and Jeremiah. This unusual book properly follows the book of Jeremiah the prophet and priest because it was wri ... read more

      Our study today is legality, or legalism. There is much misunderstanding on this subject by many. We tend to think that everybody else has it, but that we don't. We often treat it like the common cold. We don't understand what it is or how to cure it, but ... read more

Leviticus: The Way to Wholeness
      Read the Scripture: Leviticus Have you ever embarked on a journey through the Bible, only to get bogged down in the book of Leviticus? You go through Genesis in fine style, learning about Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the things that happen ... read more

Luke: The Perfect Man
      Read the Scripture: Luke The third Gospel presents Jesus as the Son of man. That was our Lord's favorite title for himself, one ... read more

Malachi: Think upon His Name
      Read the Scripture: Malachi Malachi, the last book of the Old Testament, is separated from the book of Matthew by a silent period of more than 400 years, and yet, these two books tie together in a remarkable way. Historicall ... read more

Mark: He Came to Serve
      Read the Scripture: Mark The Gospel of Mark, the second book in the New Testament, is 16 short chapters long, the briefest of all the Gospels, and therefore easy to read in one sitting. Its brevity is probably ... read more

Matthew: Behold Your King!
      Read the Scripture: Matthew Beginning in the New Testament we move from the realm of shadow, type, and prophecy, into the full sunshine of the presentation of the ... read more

Micah: Who is Like God?
      Read the Scripture: Micah Micah was a contemporary of the great prophet, Isaiah, and his book is of a similar style. Somet ... read more

Nahum: The Terrible Wrath of God
      Read the Scripture: Nahum The book of Nahum is one that is neglected because it is so obscure, and so small that it is seldom read and much le ... read more

Nehemiah: Rebuilding the Walls
      Read the Scripture: Nehemiah For a long, long time the only thing I knew about Nehemiah was that he was supposed to be the shortest man in the Bible -- through a wretched pun on his name, "knee-high-miah." I am glad to have discovered a g ... read more

Not Union--Unity
      In one of her "Anne of Green Gables" novels, Lucy Maud Montgomery relates a story of an cranky old churchwoman named Aunt Atossa. At Sunday evening prayer services in Aunt Atossa's church, the members would stand and pray in turn or share a prayer need or ... read more

Numbers: The Incomplete Christian Life
      Read the Scripture: Numbers The Penteteuch -- the first five books of our Bible -- trace for us the spiritual journey of an individual from sin into belief and to glo ... read more

Obadiah: Death to Edom!
      Read the Scripture: Obadiah Obadiah, the shortest book in the Old Testamen ... read more

Our Highest Motivation
      Read the Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5:9-17 A nobleman's son once complained that he didn't know what to do with his life. "Father," he said, "what should my ambition be? What should I make of myself? What should I do in life?" "When I was your age ... read more

Philemon: A Brother Restored
      Read the Scripture: Philemon This little letter to Philemon is a marvelous example of the strongest force in the universe to affect control over someone -- grace. It takes up one of the most difficult problems we ever encounter, that ... read more

Philippians: Christ, Our Confidence and Our Strength
      Read the Scripture: Philippians The letter to the Philippians has been called not only the tenderest letter that Paul ever wrote, but also the most delightful. It brims over with expressions of praise. confidence and rejoicing, despit ... read more

Pots, Pressures and Power
      Read the Scripture: 2 Corinthians 4:7-15 What is light? Scientists tell us that until it is received by the eye and interpreted by the brain, light is just electromagnetic radiation. The universe is flooded with electromagnetic radiation, most of ... read more

Proverbs: That Men May Know Wisdom
      Read the Scripture: Proverbs No other book of the Old Testament appears to be quite as difficult to outline as the b ... read more

Psalms: The Worship of an Honest Heart
      Read the Scripture: Psalm There are 150 psalms in this book, making it the longest book in the Bible. Have you discovered that it is really five books in one? It divides very easily and obviously into five different book ... read more

Revelation: The End -- and a New Beginning
      Read the Scripture: Revelation What is it that makes us want to read the last chapter of a book first? For some reason, many people begin reading the Bible with the book of Revelation; but this is a serious mistake. This book ... read more

Romans: The Master Key to Scripture
      Read the Scripture: Romans The Epistle of Paul to the Romans is undoubtedly the most powerful human document that has ever been written. It is pure gold from beginning to end. This is the book that lit the fire in Martin Luther's ... read more

Ruth: The Romance of Redemption
      Read the Scripture: Ruth When Benjamin Franklin was United States Ambassador to France, he occasionally attended the Infidels Club -- a group that spent most of its time searching for and reading literary masterpieces. On one occa ... read more

Shaping Up the Saints
      Throughout the Christian centuries, no principle of church life has proved more revolutionary--and more bitterly fought!--than the declaration of Ephesians 4 that the ultimate work of the church in the world is to be done by the saints--plain, ordinary, C ... read more

Song of Solomon: A Love Song and a Hymn
      Read the Scripture: Song of Solomon I hope you are discovering the magnificent character of the Bible, its keen insights, and how deeply it probes into huma ... read more

Source of Fruit
      " . . . How can you know when you are in the flesh and when you are in the Spirit?" The answer is: by what is produced in the life! The flesh invariably produces one kind of life; the Spirit invariably produces another king. Jesus has this truth in mind ... read more

The 400 Years Between the Old and New Testaments
      At the close of the book of Malachi in the Old Testament, the nation of Israel is back again in the land of Palestine after the Babylonian captivity, but they are under the domination of the great world power of that day, Persia and the Medio-Persian empi ... read more

The Beginnings of Mankind: Genesis 1-11
      It's no exaggeration to say that there are no writings more important for the proper understanding of history and man than the first chapters of Genesis. Here is hidden the secret of man's sinfulness, that terrible mystery of evil and darkness which con ... read more

The Church's Highest Priority
      This is a revolutionary age. The hurricane winds of change are howling around the world. The human race seethes with unrest and rebellion. Our political institutions are polarized, divided to the left and right without any common ground in the center. Des ... read more

The Enemy Within
      Read the Scripture: 2 Corinthians 3:12-18 Thomas Cranmer--archbishop of Canterbury during the middle sixteenth century--was noted for promoting the Reformation in England, for disseminating the Coverdale English Bible, and for creating the liturgy of t ... read more

The Enemy Without
      Read the Scripture: 2 Corinthians 4:1-6 If you look up the biography of General John Sedgwick in an encyclopedia, it will tell you he is a Union officer who was killed in action at the Battle of the Wilderness in the Civil War. But it probably won't te ... read more

The Glory of Ministry
      Read the Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5:18-6:2 Sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with others is a very simple matter. It has been beautifully and simply described as, "One beggar telling another where he can find bread." That is so true! I am a b ... read more

The Goal Is Maturity
      What is God doing through the church? What is He after? What is the end of it all? Now we come to Ephesians 4:13-16, where we find Paul's great statement of the end and goal of all God's far-flung strategy for the human race. God's goal, says the apost ... read more

The Great Imitation
      Read the Scripture: 2 Corinthians 2:14-6:13 His classmates called him "the Dumb Ox" because of he was heavyset, serious, and usually silent. Historians, however, call him "the Angelic Doctor," and Roman Catholics rever ... read more

The Incomplete Life: Numbers, Deuteronomy
      Numbers takes its title from the census with which it begins and that with which it ends. It opens in the wilderness of Sinai, in the second year after the Israelites had left Egypt, and closes at the edge of the Promised Land, 40 years later. In between ... read more

The Most Powerful Force on Earth
      This book is about the church. Not the church as it often is, but the church as it originally was. The church as it can be. And yes, the church as it must be again. What sort of image does the word church bring to your mind? Does it suggest to you: A s ... read more

The Need of Mankind: Genesis 12-50
      Imaginative writers of our day seek continually to depict what kind of world this would be after an atomic holocaust had completely wiped out all life as we know it. What would it be like to be the first people to start out in such a world? Noah and his f ... read more

The Power You Already Have
      When I was a student at Dallas Seminary back in the '40s right after World War II, Elaine and I lived in a tiny trailer on the campus of the seminary. It was the only housing that we could find in Dallas at that time. A number of families, 17 all together ... read more

The Real Thing
      Read the Scripture: 2 Corinthians 2:14-16 It has always seemed unfair to me that many churches (and some individual Christians) keep careful records on how many converts they make to Christianity, but never keep any record of how many they drive away f ... read more

The Secret
       Read the Scripture: 2 Corinthians 3:4-6 Turn on the radio or TV, and within minutes you'll be bombarded with messages called "advertising." Each of these advertising messages has a different look, a different sound from the next one, but all of them ... read more

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