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Messages with tag - paul

Sun, Feb 18, 2024
In pursuit of a "quiet life" for the church in Ephesus, Paul implores the men to pray without anger and women to learn without disrupting doctrinal instruction by the elders. To be clear, Paul wants every disciple to learn good doctrine and demonstrate good deeds. Unfortunately, privilege, presumption, and bad theology have threatened the church in Ephesus. This sermon will navigate a notoriously difficult passage-- filled with grammatical, linguistic, and cultural challenges--and address the disputable matter of gender roles in church leadership. While not everyone in the church is called to leadership, this passage reminds us that learning Christ (Eph. 4:20-24) is an inclusive calling.
Sun, Feb 04, 2024
Your life tells a story. What is at the center? Your successes or failures? Your family of origin or romantic exploits? Your journeys, anxieties, or idols? The apostle Paul was living a story of religious zeal and ignorance. Then Jesus interrupted him. The Lord confronted Paul, gave him a new calling, and centered his story around God's mercy. Perhaps you need interrupted too.
Sun, Jan 28, 2024
God has work for each of us to do. Unfortunately, staying on task is difficult. We spend too much time deviating, speculating, and letting ambition lead us. Paul and Timothy dealt with this in Ephesus. A good church had drifted. Paul left his beloved protégé to address unfaithfulness in the church. If we want to advance God's work, faithfulness to our calling, convictions, and community is essential.
Sun, Dec 31, 2023
Paul's view of Jesus in Colossians is exalted. Nonetheless, the exalted Christ lived a fully embodied life. In fact, he was the fullness of God in human form. Our final "waxing" in Christmas brings us back to the 2023 theme: In Christ - Jesus as the core. We'll revisit the 5 blessings of being "in Christ," 4 meanings of the phrase, and what it looks like to have Jesus at the core of our thinking, spending, doing, and relating.
Sun, Dec 10, 2023
The early church was a confessing community. The gospel was its foundation. It shaped them into godly people. This good news of Jesus unveiled a mystery spoken by God from history's first days. Paul waxes on this mystery in his first letter to Timothy. A brief hymn takes center stage in the letter describing the revelatory work of Jesus. The hymn steels us against false teaching and selfish living. It invites us to wait, wonder, and worship King Jesus.
Sun, Nov 26, 2023
Duration: 43 mins 25 secs
Galatians reads like an intervention. Paul writes in ALL CAPS to get the attention of the Galatian Christians. They have traded the true gospel for an un-gospel. Foolishness! His letter not only reprimands their drift toward Jewish law but also reminds them of the amazing grace of Jesus and wonderful gift of the Spirit.
Sun, Nov 19, 2023
Duration: 40 mins 31 secs
Philippians is a friendly letter. Paul was grateful for his partnership in the gospel with the church in Philippi. He was grateful for the ongoing work of God. Imprisonment and death were no threat to his joy because the hope of resurrection loomed. At the core of this letter is the Christ Hymn (Phil. 2:6-11), describing Jesus's humility. Paul avers that adopting Jesus's humble thinking will keep the Philippians linked in gospel service. This principle remains. Today we will focus on humility.
Sun, Nov 12, 2023
Duration: 39 mins 28 secs
When God calls us to reconcile with one another in the church, he asks us to do something he has done. In Christ, he reconciled the world to himself. We were offending sinners, but he turned us into beloved sons and daughters. Thus, when Paul sends Onesimus, a runaway slave, back to his former owner, he implores Philemon to receive him openly. To reconcile. Restoring broken relationships is challenging, but it highlights the gospel at work in our lives.
Sun, May 07, 2023
Passage: Galatians 5:1
Series: Peacemakers
Duration: 30 mins 23 secs
God's Spirit sets us free. We are free from the Old Testament Law, slavery to sin, and ourselves. This is good news. Our freedom allows us to live as peacemakers with others. This message reflects on Galatians 5:1.
Sun, Apr 09, 2023
Series: Upside Down
Duration: 41 mins 19 secs
Grace gets the last word as Paul ends his friendly letter to the Thessalonians. This is as it should be: grace is the central reality of life with Jesus. We are saved by grace, live by grace, and grow in grace. And we need God's grace because we are woefully incomplete without it. Hence, Paul's prayer that believers be made whole in Jesus. Wholeness does not come from more money or children, better work or fitness, good friends or growing influence. Wholeness is found in Christ alone.
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