Bible Teaching from Pastor Paul Edwards
September 5, 2021 • Pastor Paul Edwards
Psalm 117 is the gospel in miniature. Here, both Jew ("the people") and Gentile ("the nations") are called upon to praise Jehovah. But how can Gentiles, whose gods are idols, be expected to praise Jehovah, the exclusive God of Israel? What has God done to incite shouts of "Hallelujah!" even from those who don't recognize Him as God?
Singing in the Pain
August 8, 2021 • Pastor Paul Edwards
What do you sing when you are feeling down? When you are "in the depths"? Psalm 130 is a song sung blue in the midst of depression and sadness. When the world sings the blues, their songs commiserate with us in our pain, but because they have no regard for God and His promises, they cannot alleviate our pain. In Christ, God has done something about our pain.
"The Lord Loved Solomon"
July 11, 2021 • Pastor Paul Edwards
Why does God love us? The answer to that question is found in the Lord's love for Solomon before he had done either anything good (to cause God to love him) or bad (to cause God to hate him). Solomon is the "beloved of God," and so is everyone whom God has set His affections upon from eternity.
"They Called...He Answered Them"
July 11, 2021 • Pastor Paul Edwards
What's so amazing about God's people calling upon the Lord and the Lord answering them? When we consider the holiness of the LORD against the backdrop of our rebellion and rejection of the LORD, it is amazing that He answers our call rather than just consuming us in His wrath.
The Source and Security of Liberty
July 4, 2021 • Pastor Paul Edwards
The 48th Psalm offers for us a model for the success and prosperity of human governments. But even though we implement this model, our love of country should never displace from our hearts the affection we have for our eternal home.
Biblical Justice: The Salvation of Our God
June 27, 2021 • Pastor Paul Edwards
The primary concern of the psalmist in Psalm 98 is justice. He calls this justice "God's salvation" (v. 1) and "the salvation of our God" (v. 3). The world is longing for justice. Every news cycle reminds us of that. The salvation of our God is the justice the world longs for, but is blind to. The world is looking for justice in all the wrong places. In this message we identify how biblical justice differs from social justice and God's plan to impose His justice on the world.
Our Exalted Lord: Not Safe, But Good
June 20, 2021 • Pastor Paul Edwards
Psalm 97 pulls back the veil on the throne of Heaven where we see our Sovereign Lord veiled in thick darkness with fire proceeding before Him. Our God is not safe, but He is good because righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne.
Worship as Witness: Among the Heathen, Above All Gods
June 6, 2021 • Pastor Paul Edwards
Through our acts of singing and sacrifice in worship, we are witnesses among the heathen and the gods (the "principalities and powers in heavenly places") of the reign of the Sovereign Lord Jesus Christ over all the earth.
Exuberant Exultation and Reverent Intimacy Resting in the Presence of God
May 30, 2021 • Pastor Paul Edwards
Psalms 95 through 100 orient the attention of the people of God to the inauguration of Messiah's Kingdom. Psalm 95 is a two-fold invitation: 1) An invitation to exuberant exultation: "O come, let us sing" and 2) An invitation to reverent intimacy: "O come, let us worship and bow down." The objective of both of these invitations is resting in the provision and protection of our Good Shepherd.
Counsel to Servants and Their Masters
May 23, 2021 • Pastor Paul Edwards
How is the Spirit-filled believer to live within the reality of societal inequities? Pauls' instruction to the Ephesians does not advocate an abolishment of class distinctions so that everyone is equal, but rather that we apply the gospel in our relationships between the classes.
The Roots of Slavery
May 16, 2021 • Pastor Paul Edwards
The Bible does not directly condemn slavery nor does it directly condone slavery. Dealing with this dilemma requires that we view the reality of slavery as resulting not from the Atlantic Slave Trade but rather from the fall of man into sin and the resulting distinctions of class and race.
Counsel to Children and Their Parents
May 9, 2021 • Rev. Eric Alexander
Due to a technical issue Pastor Paul's message on Ephesians 6:1 -4 was not recorded. In its place we invite you to listen to the exposition of Ephesians 6:1-4 by Rev. Eric Alexander, minister in the Church of Scotland and retired from the pastorate of St. George's Tron in Glasgow. Pastor Paul noted during his sermon on this text that he drew heavily from Eric Alexander's sermon which you may listen to here. This sermon is used by permission of tapesfromscotland.org. Original Source File: http://www.tapesfromscotland.org/Audio5/5107.mp3.