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The following sermon and lecture audio links are hosted at archive.org.  Upon clicking, a new window will open.  Most of the recordings were made at the Rural Hall Christian Church in Rural Hall, NC where Wesley has served as Minister since 2013.  As with everything on this website, the following audio is "Copyright by Wesley C. McCarter."


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TEACHING ON MARRIAGE

Lesson 1 Marriage: Hebrews 13:4 (2-3-19)

Lesson 2 Marriage: Genesis 1-2 (2-10-19)

Lesson 3 Marriage: Ephesians 5; 1 Peter 3; Colossians 3 (2-17-19)

Lesson 4 Marriage: Ephesians 5; 1 Peter 3; Colossians 3 [Part 2] (2-24-19)

Lesson 5 Marriage: 1 Corinthians 7 and Others (3-3-19)

Lesson 6 Marriage: Colossians 3 and Others (3-10-19)


SERMONS AND TEACHING ON ROMANS

Romans 1:1-7 The Gospel of Christ (8-11-19)

Romans 1:8-15 Ready to Preach the Gospel (8-18-19)

Romans 1:16-17 The Gospel is the Power of God (8-25-19)

Romans 1:18-20 The Wrath of God Revealed Pt. 1 (9-1-19)

Romans 1:21-23 The Wrath of God Revealed Pt. 2 (9-8-19)

Romans 1:24-32 The Wrath of God Revealed Pt. 3 (9-15-19)

Romans 8:1-8 You are Not Condemned (8-28-16)

Romans 8:8-13 You are Not in the Flesh (9-4-16)

Romans 8:14-17 Led by the Spirit (9-11-16)

Romans 8:18-25 Hope in Our Sufferings (9-18-16)

Romans 8:26-27 Help in Our Weaknesses (9-25-16)

Romans 8:28-30 All Things Work Together for Good (10-9-16)

Romans 8:31-39 We are More Than Conquerors (10-16-16)

Romans 9:1-5 Opening Lament: Israel's Rejection of Christ (11-11-18)

Romans 9:6-13 God's Word Still Stands (11-18-18)

Romans 9:14-29 God Remains Righteous (11-25-18)

Romans 9:30-10:13 Israel Seeks Salvation by Works (1-27-19)

Romans 10:14-21 Israel Rejects the Gospel (2-3-19)

Romans 11:1-36 The One Olive Tree (2-10-19)

Romans 12:1-2 The Renewed Mind (2-17-19)

Romans 12:2 Be Transformed (2-6-22)

Romans 12:3-8 Membership in the Body (2-24-19)

Romans 12:9-21 Live Peaceably with All (3-3-19)

Romans 13:1-7 Be Subject to the Governing Authorities (3-10-19)

Romans 13:8-10 Love is the Fulfillment of the Law (3-17-19)

Romans 13:11-14 Put on the Lord Jesus Christ (3-24-19)

Romans 14:1-13 Resolve Not to be a Stumbling Block Pt. 1 (5-26-19)

Romans 14:13-21 Resolve Not to be a Stumbling Block Pt. 2 (6-2-19)

Romans 15-16 Receive One Another, Mission Plans, Farewells (6-9-19)


TEACHING ON THE EPISTLE OF JAMES

James 1:1 Introduction (4-8-18)

James 1:2-4 Godly Joy in Testing (4-22-18)

James 1:5-8 Godly Wisdom for Life (4-29-18)

James 1:9-11 Godly Views of Status (5-6-18)

James 1:12-18 The Blessing of Enduring Testing (6-24-18)

James 1:19-26 The Wisdom of Doing the Word (7-1-18)

James 1:27-2:13 The Royal Law Excludes Status (7-8-18)

James 2:14-26 The Harmony of Faith and Works (7-22-18)

James 3:1-12 The Wisdom of Knowing the Power of Words (7-29-18)

James 3:13-4:3 True Wisdom Seeks Peace (8-12-18)

James 4:4-12 The Wisdom of Humility (8-26-18)

James 4:13-17 Failing the Test- Arrogance with Plans (9-2-18)

James 5:1-6 Failing the Test- Arrogance with Possessions (9-9-18)

James 5:7-12 Passing the Test- Living Patiently (9-23-18)

James 5:13-20 Ministering to One Another (9-30-18)


TEACHING ON FIRST TIMOTHY

Introduction- Timothy's History (6-25-17)

Introduction- The Ephesian History (7-2-17)

Introduction- False Teachers and 1 Timothy 1:3-7 (7-9-17)

1 Timothy 1:8-11 Using the Law Lawfully (7-23-17)

1 Timothy 1:12-20 A Pattern for Believers (8-20-17)

1 Timothy 2:1-7 Ministry to All People (8-27-17)

1 Timothy 2:8-15 Men and Women in Worship (9-10-17)

1 Timothy 3:1-13 Elders and Deacons (9-17-17)

1 Timothy 3 (and Various Passages) Biblical Church Leadership (11-19-17)

1 Timothy 3:14-16 The Common Confession (11-26-17)

1 Timothy 4:1-5 Some Will Depart from the Faith (1-7-18)

1 Timothy 4:6-11 The Profitability of Godliness (1-14-18)

1 Timothy 4:12-16 Watch Your Life and Doctrine (1-21-18)

1 Timothy 5:1-16 Honoring the Brethren (2-11-18)

1 Timothy 5:17-25 Honoring Elders (2-18-18)

1 Timothy 6:1-10 Honoring God's Name (2-25-18)

1 Timothy 6:11-21 Fight the Good Fight (3-4-18)


SERMONS FROM FIRST PETER

1 Peter 1:1-7 Salvation Ready to be Revealed

1 Peter 1:8-12 The Salvation of Your Souls

1 Peter 1:13-21 Christ was Revealed for You

1 Peter 1:22-2:3 Desire the Word

1 Peter 2:4-10 You Are Living Stones

1 Peter 2:11-17 Honorable Conduct

1 Peter 2:18-25 Slaves, Submit To Your Masters

1 Peter 3:1-7 Husbands and Wives, Heirs Together

1 Peter 3:8-17 Turn Away From Evil and Do Good

1 Peter 3:18-22 Christ Suffered Once

1 Peter 4:1-11 Living for the Will of God

1 Peter 4:12-5:14 Suffering, Shepherding, Submitting: First Peter's Final Lessons

1 Peter 5:1-4 Shepherd the Flock of God (1-30-22)


WE WALK BY FAITH: HOW CHRIST SPEAKS INTO EVERY ASPECT OF LIFE

Renewed Mind, Renewed Walk (5-7-17)

A Biblical Theology of the Home: Marriage, Parenting, and Growing Up (5-14-17)

A Biblical Theology of Work: Money, Hobbies, and Retirement (5-21-17)

A Biblical Theology of Health: Spiritual and Physical Care (5-28-17)


TEACHING ON THE END TIMES

General Comments and Relevant Scriptures (2-26-17)

End Times Options and Apocalyptic Literature (3-5-17)

The Tribulation (3-12-17)

The Tribulation and the Antichrist (3-26-17)

The Millennium- Different Views (4-9-17)

Death and the Intermediate State (4-23-17)

The Second Coming, Resurrection, and Judgment Day (5-7-17)

Eternal States: Heaven and Hell (5-21-17)


TEACHING ON THE LORD'S SUPPER

The Lord's Supper: Overview Sermon (11-13-16)

Evening Conversation About the Lord's Supper Overview (11-13-16)

Passover Context of the Lord's Supper (1-1-17)

Last Supper Context of the Lord's Supper (1-15-17)

The Timing of the Last Supper (1-22-17)

Reflections on the Lord's Supper- A Christian Meal (2-4-18)

The Motivations for a Weekly Lord's Supper (8-4-19)


SERMONS FROM PHILIPPIANS

Philippians 1:1-8 Fellowship in the Gospel

Philippians 1:9-11 Abounding Love

Philippians 1:19-26 Progress and Joy in Christ

Philippians 1:27-2:4 Gospel Worthy Conduct

Philippians 2:5-11 The Mind of Christ

Philippians 2:1-11 The Joy of Christmas (12-8-18)

Philippians 2:12-18 A Reason to Rejoice

Philippians 2:19-30 Mentoring and Discipleship

Philippians 3:1-7 Beware of the Flesh

Philippians 3:7-11 That I May Know Him

Philippians 3:12-16 Press Toward the Goal

Philippians 3:17-4:1 Heavenly Citizenship

Philippians 4:2-9 Rejoice in the Lord

Philippians 4:10-23 Sweet-Smelling Aroma

Philippians 4:10-23 Christian Contentment (5-23-21)


SERMONS FROM FIRST THESSALONIANS

1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 Receiving the Gospel

1 Thessalonians 2:1-12 Godly Leadership

1 Thessalonians 2:13-20 A Burning Desire

1 Thessalonians 3:1-5 Establish and Encourage

1 Thessalonians 3:6-13 How to Please God- Faith and Love

1 Thessalonians 4:1-8 How to Please God- Marital Purity

1 Thessalonians 4:9-12 How to Please God- Hard Work

1 Thessalonians 5:1-12 Christ's Coming- The Timing

1 Thessalonians 5:12-28 Various Exhortations


STANDALONE SERMONS

What the Bible Says About Sin (9-7-14)

Acts 4:23-31 An Evangelistic Plan (2-22-15)

Romans 8:8-14 The Spirit of Easter (4-5-15)

Romans 8:31 God is For Us (7-26-15)

John 3:1-17 You Must Be Born Again (8-9-15)

John 4:1-26 True Worship (8-16-15)

Romans 8:1-4 Reason to be Excited (8-23-15)

John 14 Peace for God's People (8-30-15)

Luke 18:1-8 Persistent Prayer (9-20-15)

Luke 10:38-42 One Thing is Needed (10-11-15)

Can We Really Believe that Jesus Rose from the Dead? (3-27-16)

Colossians 1:15-20 The Preeminence of Christ (9-11-16)

2 Timothy 1:7-14 Unashamed (10-2-16)

Dr. Luke's Investigation of the Death, Burial, and Resurrection (4-16-17)

Pastoral Reflections and the Subject of Forgiveness (6-4-17)

Colossians 1:19-23 The Hope of the Gospel (7-30-17)

1 Peter 1:1-8 Joy in the Christian Life (10-1-17)

Evening Bible Conversation (10-22-17)

Ecclesiastes: Thankful for Life with God (11-19-17)

A Biblical Perspective on Suffering (11-26-17)

The Soul Felt Its Worth (12-3-17)

Luke 2:8-20 Glory to God in the Highest (12-10-17)

2 Peter 3:1-9 Repentance (12-31-17)

A Rich Understanding of the Church (3-11-18)

John 4:1-26 The New Place of Worship (7-29-18)

The Hope of Christmas (12-2-18)

A Biographical Sketch of John the Baptist in Matthew's Gospel (12-16-18)

Why Trust the Newborn King? (12-23-18)

Galatians 4:4 and Romans 5:6 At Just the Right Time (12-30-18)

Bible Q&A. The BLEND (3-17-19)

Bible Q&A. The BLEND (3-24-19)

Evangelism: The Bridges Less Traveled (4-7-19)

Evangelism: Guaranteed Gospel Progress (4-14-19)

1 Corinthians 15:12-20 If Christ is Not Raised (4-21-19)

Matt 6:6-8 and Luke 18:1-8 Rewarded: The Need for Personal Prayer (4-28-19)

Acts 3-4 Shaken: The Power of Corporate Prayer (5-5-19)

Observing the Lord's Supper Weekly (8-4-19)

What is Sin? (9-1-19)

John 3:22-30 He Must Increase (9-8-19)

Micah 6:1-8 What Does God Want? (9-15-19)

A Brief Overview of New Testament Eldership (1-10-20)

God's Plan (1-15-20)

Fasting and Prayer 2020 (2-17-20)




FILLED: FINDING FULLNESS IN YOUR SPIRITUAL LIFE

An Event Hosted by the Rural Hall Christian Church
with William Jacobs, David Woolard, and Wesley McCarter (Feb 3-4, 2018)

Part 1. Opening by Wesley, Music and Message by David Woolard

Part 2. Music and Message by William Jacobs, and Q&A

Part 3. Last Few Minutes of Q&A

Part 4. Walking in the Spirit by William Jacobs


THREE PART SERIES ON RADICAL CHRISTIAN COMMITMENT

Luke 14:25-35 Radical Commitment to Christ

Hebrews 10:19-25 Radical Commitment to Church

2 Corinthians 9:6-15 Radical Commitment to Charity

Galatians 6:1-18 Walk According to the Rule


TWO PART SERIES ON UNDERSTANDING OUR STRUGGLES

2 Corinthians 12:1-6 The Apostle's Visions

2 Corinthians 12:7-10 The Apostle's Thorn


THREE PART SERIES ON THE GOSPEL IN GENESIS

Genesis 3:1-15 God has Crushed

Genesis 12:1-3 God has Blessed

Genesis 22:1-14 God has Provided


TWO PART SERIES ON THE LORD OUR SHEPHERD

Psalm 23 The Lord is My Shepherd (11-16-14)

John 10:1-16 Jesus is the Good Shepherd (11-23-14)


STUDIES IN EXODUS 32-34

Exodus 32-34 Introductory Lesson (4-17-16)

Exodus 32:1-6 The Golden Calf (4-24-16)

Exodus 32:7-16 Rhetorical Propositions (5-1-16)

Exodus 32:17-35 Opportunities for Repentance (5-22-16)

Exodus 33:1-11 The Withdrawing of God's Presence (7-3-16)

Exodus 33:12-23 My Presence Will Go with You (7-10-16)

Exodus 34:1-9 The Glory of the Lord (7-24-16)


FIRST THINGS: WE ARE RESOLVED

Hebrews 10:19-25 The Assembly (10-23-16)

Colossians 1:9-14 Devotional Learnedness (10-30-16)

Acts 4:32-35 Christian Fellowship (11-6-16)

1 Corinthians 11:17-30 The Lord's Supper (11-13-16)

1 Timothy 2:1-7 Devoted to Prayer (11-20-16)


SERMONS FROM MATTHEW

PROLOGUE

The King is Coming

Matthew 1:1-17 The Lineage of the King (12-6-15)

Matthew 1:18-25 The Birth of the King (12-20-15)

Matthew 2:1-12 The Worship of the King (12-27-15)

Matthew 2:13-18 A Threat Against the King (1-3-16)

Matthew 2:19-23 The King's Safe Return (1-10-16)

Matthew 1-2 The King has Come (1-17-16)

THE KINGDOM ARRIVES

The Kingdom is at Hand

Matthew 3:1-12 The Forerunner of Jesus (1-24-16)

Matthew 3:13-17 The Baptism of Jesus (1-31-16)

Matthew 4:1-11 The Temptation of Jesus (2-7-16)

Matthew 4:12-25 The Early Ministry of Jesus (2-14-16)

The Sermon on the Mount: Life in the Kingdom

Matthew 5:1-12 The Beatitudes (2-21-16)

Matthew 5:3 Poor in Spirit (1-23-22)

Matthew 5:13-16 Salt and Light (2-28-16)

Matthew 5:17-20 Exceeding Righteousness (3-6-16)

Matthew 5:21-26 Murder and Anger (3-13-16)

Matthew 5:27-30 Adultery and Lust (3-20-16)

Matthew 5:31-32 Marriage and Divorce (4-3-16)

Matthew 5:33-37 Telling the Truth (4-10-16)

Matthew 5:38-42 Submitting to Humiliation (4-17-16)

Matthew 5:43-48 Loving Your Enemies (4-24-16)

Matthew 5:43-48 A Different Kind of Love (1-12-19)

Matthew 6:1-4 Practicing Righteousness (5-1-16)

Matthew 6:5-8 When You Pray (5-8-16)

Matthew 6:9-15 How You Should Pray (5-15-16)

Matthew 6:16-18 When You Fast (5-22-16)

Matthew 6:19-24 Treasuring God (10-14-18)

Matthew 6:19-24 by Charles Beasley (5-29-16)

Matthew 6:25-34 Do Not Worry (6-5-16)

Matthew 7:1-6 Do Not Judge (6-12-16)

Matthew 7:7-12 Ask, Seek, Knock (6-19-16)

Matthew 7:13-20 Narrow Gate: False Prophets (6-26-16)

Matthew 7:21-29 Narrow Gate: False Disciples (7-3-16)

THE KINGDOM EXTENDS

The Dominion and Demands of the King

Matthew 8:1-4 I Am Willing, Be Clean (7-10-16)

Matthew 8:5-13 I Will Come and Heal (7-17-16)

Matthew 8:14-17 He Has Borne Our Griefs (7-24-16)

Matthew 8:18-22 Follow Me: Possible Disciples (7-31-16)

Matthew 8:23-27 Why Are You Fearful? (8-14-16)

Matthew 8:28-34 Jesus, the Son of God (8-21-16)

Matthew 9:1-8 Your Sins are Forgiven (8-28-16)

Matthew 9:9-13 Follow Me: Matthew (9-4-16)

Matthew 9:14-17 New Wineskins (9-18-16)

Matthew 9:18-26 Your Faith has Made You Well (9-25-16)

Matthew 9:27-34 Do You Believe that I am Able? (10-9-16)

Matthew 9:35-38 Sheep without a Shepherd (10-16-16)

The King's Men: Commissioning the 12

Matthew 10:1-4 Divine Appointments (1-1-17)

Matthew 10:5-15 Divine Directives (1-15-17)

Matthew 10:16-26 Persecution Promised (1-22-17)

Matthew 10:26-33 Christian Confession (1-29-17)

Matthew 10:34-42 Christian Priorities (2-5-2017)

RISING OPPOSITION TO THE KINGDOM

An Unexpected King: Clarity and Rejection

Matthew 11:1-6 Meeting Expectations? (2-12-17)

Matthew 11:7-15 The King's Messenger (2-19-17)

Matthew 11:16-24 Convicted of Treason (2-26-17)

Matthew 11:25-30 An Open Invitation (3-5-17)

Matthew 12:1-8 Lord of the Sabbath Pt. 1 (3-12-17)

Matthew 12:9-14 Lord of the Sabbath Pt. 2 (3-19-17)

Matthew 12:15-21 The Beloved Servant (3-26-17)

Matthew 12:22-32 Blasphemy Against the Spirit (4-2-17)

Matthew 12:33-37 Words: The Fruit of the Heart (4-9-17)

Matthew 12:38-45 The Sign of Jonah (4-23-17)

Matthew 12:46-50 The Family of God (4-30-17)

Mysteries of the Kingdom: Stories about God and Life

Matthew 13:1-3a, 10-17, 34-35 The Purpose of Parables (6-11-17)

Matthew 13:3-9, 18-23 The Parable of the Sower (6-18-17)

Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 The Parable of the Weeds (6-25-17)

Matthew 13:31-33, 44-46 Kingdom Comparisons (6-25-17)

Matthew 13:47-52 The Parable of the Dragnet (7-16-17)

Matthew 13:53-58 An Offensive Ministry (7-23-17)

THE KING AND HIS KINGDOM CITIZENS

A Powerful But Compassionate King

Matthew 14:1-12 A Martyr's Death (8-13-17)

Matthew 14:13-21; 15:29-39 Meeting the Needs of Thousands (8-20-17)

Matthew 14:22-36 The Son of God Walks on Water (8-27-17)

Matthew 15:1-9 Hearts Far From God (9-10-17)

Matthew 15:10-20 Hearts Defiled by Evil (9-17-17)

Matthew 15:21-28 A Woman of Great Faith (9-24-17)

Matthew 16:1-12 The Leaven of the Leaders (10-8-17)

Matthew 16:13-28 Who do the Disciples Say Jesus Is? (10-15-17)

Matthew 16:24-17:8 Who does the Father Say Jesus Is? (10-22-17)

Matthew 17:9-23 A Reminder of Why Jesus Came (10-29-17)

Matthew 17:22-27 Death and Taxes (11-12-17)

Christ's Design for His Church

Matthew 18:1-5 Becoming Little Children (1-7-18)

Matthew 18:5-14 Dealing with Your Sin (1-14-18)

Matthew 18:15-20 Dealing with Another's Sin (1-21-18)

Matthew 18:21-35 Forgiving from the Heart (1-28-18)

Christ's Design for the Family

Matthew 19:1-6 The Design for Marriage (2-11-18)

Matthew 19:7-9 The Exception for Divorce (2-18-18)

Matthew 19:9-12 Divorce, Remarriage, and Celibacy (2-25-18)

Matthew 19:13-15 Ushering Kids to Jesus (3-4-18)

FORESHADOWING KINGDOM SUCCESS

Kingdom Values and Order

Matthew 19:16-30 Kingdom Priorities (3-18-18)

Matthew 20.1-16 Kingdom Equality (4-8-18)

Matthew 20:17-28 Servanthood (4-15-18)

Matthew 20:29-34 The King Shows Compassion (4-22-18)

Matthew 21:1-11 The King Enters Jerusalem (4-29-18)

Matthew 21:12-17 The King Enters the Temple (5-6-18)

Matthew 21:18-22 The King Foreshadows Judgment (5-13-18)

Matthew 21:23-32 The Authority of the King (5-20-18)

Matthew 21:33-46 The Parable of the Wicked Tenants (5-27-18)

Matthew 22:1-14 The Parable of the Wedding Banquet (6-3-18)

Matthew 22:15-22 Whose Image? (6-17-18)

Matthew 22:23-33 The Power of God (7-1-18)

Matthew 22:34-40 The Great Commandment (7-8-18)

Matthew 22:41-46 Son and Lord of David (7-15-18)

THEIR CONDEMNATION AND THE COMING KINGDOM

Matthew 23 Shutting Up the Kingdom (7-22-18)

Matthew 24:1-28 The Age Between the Advents (7-29-18)

Matthew 24:29-51 Watch and Be Ready for the Lord (8-19-18)

Matthew 25:1-13 The Parable of the Virgins (8-26-18)

Matthew 25:14-30 The Parable of the Talents (9-2-18)

Matthew 25:31-46 The Son of Man Will Judge the Nations (9-9-18)

THE PASSION AND RESURRECTION OF THE KING

The Suffering Servant

Matthew 26:1-16 The Son of Man Will be Delivered Up (9-16-18)

Matthew 26:17-25 The Son of Man Will be Betrayed (9-23-18)

Matthew 26:26-30 The Lord's New Covenant (9-30-18)

Matthew 26:31-35 The Lord's Sheep Will be Scattered (10-14-18)

Matthew 26:36-46 The Son Prays to the Father (10-21-18)

Matthew 26:47-56 The Soldiers Arrest Jesus (11-4-18)

Matthew 26:57-68 Jesus is Questioned by Caiaphas (11-11-18)

Matthew 26:69-27:10 The Regrets of Peter and Judas (11-18-18)

Matthew 27:11-26 Jesus is Questioned by Pilate (11-25-18)

Matthew 27:27-44 Jesus is Mocked and Crucified (1-6-19)

Matthew 27:45-50 Jesus Yields His Spirit (1-20-19)

Matthew 27:51-56 Truly this was the Son of God (1-27-19)

Matthew 27:57-66 Joseph Buries Jesus' Body (2-3-19)

The Resurrected Lord

Matthew 28:1-8 He is Risen! (2-10-19)

Matthew 28:9-15 Rejoice! Do Not Be Afraid (2-17-19)

Matthew 28:16-20 Go and Make Disciples (2-24-19)