Monday, 4 February 2008

One of the Internet's best sites that you've never visited...

"Know Your Bible Recordings" ( presently has available around 600 sermons by English preacher Dr. Stuart Olyott, going back 30 years. You can download some free ones, and obtain 300 sermons at a time in MP3 format on CD for just £15. Over the last year I have listened to around 100 of these sermons, and heartily commend them to you. You will find very few preachers in the English speaking world today who combine such a consistently high standard of clarity, faithfulness to the Bible, warmth and helpful application. Why not buy a set for a young Christian you know?

Stuart Olyott (b. 1942) became pastor of Belvidere Road Church in Liverpool after training at London Bible College and receiving his first degree from the University of London. The Liverpool pastorates occupied the periods 1967 to 1982 and 1991 to 1999. The intervening years were spent preaching the gospel in French in Lausanne, Switzerland, and pioneering new churches in both France and Switzerland.

Preaching both expository and topical material from within the Reformed tradition, Stuart Olyott displays a consistently high standard of clarity and power. His sermons are so well prepared that the structure is easily followed. There has been a steady demand for recordings of his sermons. Letters received by the church during and after his pastorates often came from people who had never met him. Some of them lived outside the UK.

Inevitably he has been invited to address meetings and ministers' conferences both within Britain and abroad. Since 1970 he has preached and lectured in twelve countries besides his own. He has written a steady flow of articles on doctrinal questions and aspects of preaching and pastoral theology. These now total over one hundred in various magazines. His nine major books are models of presentational clarity. Some are Bible commentaries; others cover doctrinal themes; all are edifying and very readable. He has also translated Calvin's Breve Instruction Chretienne into English as Truth for all Time (Banner of Truth. 1998). This brief outline of the Christian faith was first published in French in 1537. Stuart Olyott did the universal church a notable service by this work.

For any achievement Stuart Olyott would be the first to insist that the triune God must receive ALL the glory.

Here's the link again: Some samples for free downloading are here (note that the sound quality on the early messages in the Genesis series isn't the best - this is because the tapes are some of the oldest; the messages themselves though are outstanding).

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