"Made of a Woman"
Galatians 4:4-5 • December 9, 2018 • Pastor Paul Edwards
In this message we examine the meaning of "the fullness of time" and contrast the human birth of Jesus as an event in time with the "only-begottenness" of Jesus which is eternal and without beginning. We also turn to Psalm 139 to examine the details of how precisely the "Word was made flesh" in the womb of the virgin Mary.
The Concealing of the King
Philippians 2:5-8 • December 9, 2018 • Pastor Paul Edwards
Why didn't people recognize Jesus as the Son of God? He was "veiled in flesh." "In him dwells all the fullness of the godhead BODILY." The Son of the Father, begotten by the Father from eternity, is "made in the likeness of sinful flesh" by taking on a body that he himself created. He is "made in the likeness of men," "made a little lower than the angels," "made like unto his brethren," "made flesh," "made of a woman," "made under the law." This raises some questions: was Jesus sinful? Did He sin? COULD He sin?
The Preexistent Glory of the Only Begotten Son
John 17:5 • December 2, 2018 • Pastor Paul Edwards
When Jesus prays in John 17 to be glorified with the glory He shared with the Father from before the world began, what is that glory like and how do human beings respond when they encounter it? You don't have to imagine; the Bible tells us plainly.
The Condescension of the King
Philippians 2:5-8 • December 2, 2018 • Pastor Paul Edwards
God sending His only begotten Son into the world IS the humiliation of the King of Glory. But to understand why this is the case, it is necessary to understand what the Bible means when it says Jesus is "the only begotten Son of the Father." “Who, being in the form of God” (Philippians 2:6) means that, prior to his birth in Bethlehem, the Second Person of the Blessed Holy Trinity existed from eternity “in the form of God” and “equal with God.” To what does “only begotten” refer in the Gospel of John? Not to the human birth of Jesus in Bethlehem - His incarnation. Rather, “only begotten” refers to what theologians like Augustine termed “the eternal generation of the Son.” The eternal generation of the Son means that the Second Person of the Blessed Holy Trinity receives His life from God the Father who receives His life from no one; and the Son receives this life from eternity so that there never was a time when the Son was not receiving His life from the Father.
December 2, 2018
Paul Speaks with Dr. Ray Rhodes • December 2, 2018 • Pastor Paul Edwards
Part One of a Two Part conversation with Dr. Ray Rhodes, the author of the recently released definitive biography of Susannah Spurgeon, wife of "the Prince of Preachers," Charles Haddon Spurgeon. While many Christians recognize the name of Charles H. Spurgeon, the beloved preacher and writer, few are familiar with the life and legacy of his wife, Susie. Yet Susannah Spurgeon was an accomplished and devout woman of God who had a tremendous ministry in her own right, as well as in support of her husband. Even while dealing with serious health issues, she administered a book fund for poor pastors, edited and published her husband’s sermons and other writings, led a pastor’s aid ministry, wrote five books, made her home a hub of hospitality, and was instrumental in planting a church. And as her own writing attests, she was also a warm, charming, and fascinating woman.
November 25, 2018
Paul Speaks with Dr. Stephen Um • November 25, 2018 • Pastor Paul Edwards
Dr. Stephen Um is the author of "Why Cities Matter: To God, the Culture, and the Church." Right now, more people live in urban centers than ever before. This means that we have an unprecedented opportunity to influence the majority of the world through the church in the city.
The Gift of Healings
1 Corinthians 12:9-10, 28-30 • November 18, 2018 • Pastor Paul Edwards
The only time the word "healing" occurs in any of Paul's letters is the three times it occurs in 1 Corinthians 12. Do we put more emphasis on healing than the Bible does? What does the Bible say about how we are to handle sickness and disease in the post-apostolic church?
The Gift of Miracles
1 Corinthians 12:9-10, 28-30 • November 18, 2018 • Pastor Paul Edwards
There are three supernatural phenomena in the Bible: miracles, signs, and wonders. What are the differences? How does the Bible define a "miracle"? Is the gift of miracles active in the church today, and if it is, how so? It is clear that “miracles” in 1 Corinthians 12:9 and 28 refers to the Holy Spirit’s authority over the spirit of darkness. It is also clear that the gifts of miracles and healings were rare in the early church and most likely limited to the Apostles or those immediately connected to the Apostles: 1 Corinthians 12:28-30. The primary purpose of these gifts in the New Testament was to affirm to the Jewish people those chosen by God as having received divine revelation from God in the same way God used signs and wonders in the Old Testament to affirm his choice of Moses and Aaron, and the prophets.
He Who Began A Good Work in You
Philippians 1:1-6 • November 11, 2018 • Pastor Paul Edwards
What is "the good work" which God the Father began in us? When did He begin this work? How will we know when this work is completed? In this message we examine the broad scope of the Trinity's work in saving us: the commencement of the work, the continuation of the work, and the consummation of the work as described by the Apostle Paul in his letter to the Philippians.
The Serving Gifts: Faith
1 Corinthians 12:9; Hebrews 11:1 • November 11, 2018 • Pastor Paul Edwards
Faith is not a feeling. Faith is knowing. Faith is Christ as our confidence, Christ's word as our conviction, and Christ's conquering as our conquering. Conquering by faith may mean losing by sight. But we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen because faith is the evidence - the steadfast assurance - of things not seen.
Progress in the Christian Life: Walk, Talk, Sit, Stand
Ephesians 4:11-10 • October 21, 2018 • Pastor Paul Edwards
There is to be progress in the Christian life, from infancy to maturity. The Apostle Paul uses language throughout his letter to the Ephesians centered in the words "grow up." What does progress in the Christian life look like?
The Serving Gifts: Leadership
Romans 12:3-8 • October 28, 2018 • Pastor Paul Edwards
How does the gift of leadership given by the Holy Spirit in the context of His church differ from the natural abilities of leadership in the world? Who are the leaders within a local church? What characterizes the leaders within a local church that makes them easily identifiable by the church?
The Serving Gifts: Ministry
Romans 12:6-8 • October 21, 2018 • Pastor Paul Edwards
We are bound captives to our Master, the Lord Jesus Christ, who impoverished Himself to make us rich. We demonstrate that we are captivated by Jesus when we become bound to the service of others in obedience to our Lord's command.
The Speaking Gifts: Tongues and the Interpretation of Tongues
1 Cointhians 12:10; 1 Cointhians 14 • October 7, 2018 • Pastor Paul Edwards
Paul writes to the Church at Corinth to correct their misunderstanding of the use of the gift of tongues in the church. Tongues caused division and confusion in Corinth, and causes just as much confusion and division in today's church. Have tongues ceased? If so, why - since all of the other gifts haven't? If not, how are we to exercise this gift in the church today? PART ONE OF TWO PARTS
October 7, 2018
Paul speaks with David Innes and Lisa Sharon Harper • October 7, 2018 • Pastor Paul Edwards
In Left, Right, and Christ, political opposites Lisa Sharon Harper of Jim Wallis’s Sojourners and David Innes of The King’s College offer their political perspectives as Christians. Besides intimating that each has political opinions and that each is a Christian, there’s little agreement.
September 30, 2018
Paul Speaks with Jedd Medefind • September 30, 2018 • Pastor Paul Edwards
Jedd Medefind led the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives as a special assistant to President George W. Bush. Paul speaks with Jedd about his book, "Upended: How Following Jesus Remakes Your Words and World." “Upended shows how an authentic, reflective, engaged faith—the revolutionary faith taught by Jesus—can result in a life of meaning, purpose, compassion, and significance.” —Michael Gerson, columnist, Washington Post and former chief speechwriter for President George W. Bush
September 23, 2018
Paul Speaks with Historian D. G. Hart from Hillsdale College • September 23, 2018 • Pastor Paul Edwards
Dr. D. G. Hart is the author of "From Billy Graham to Sarah Palin: Evangelicals and the Betrayal of AmericanConservatism. Dr. Hart provides an iconoclastic new history of the entrance of evangelical Christians into national American politics. Examining the key players of the “Religious Right” ― Billy Graham, Jerry Falwell, Chuck Colson, James Dobson, Pat Robertson, and many others ― D. G. Hart argues that evangelicalism is (and always has been) a bad fit with classic political conservatism.
September 16, 2018
Paul Speaks with Jonathan Morrow • September 16, 2018 • Pastor Paul Edwards
Author and equipping pastor Jonathan Morrow discusses issues related to faith and culture with Paul Edwards of www.godandculture.com on his radio show. What does the Christian worldview have to say to the big issues of our day? What is our biblical responsibility to engage culture? We’ll talk about all this and more.