In Praise of the Trinity: Stanza 2
Ephesians 1:6b-7 • February 17, 2019 • Pastor Paul Edwards
In eternity past, God the Father chose us in Christ for holiness, adopted us for sonship, and accepted us in His Beloved Son (Ephesians 1:3-6a). In the present, God the Son has executed His Father's will by ransoming us from the tyranny of Satan, remitting our sins by removing them from us and forgetting them, and rescuing us from our fall into death, all through His precious blood (Ephesians 1:6b-7).
The Election of Grace
Ephesians 1:3-4 • February 10, 2019 • Pastor Paul Edwards
No doctrine provides more comfort and assurance while at the same time generating so much debate as does the doctrine of election. What does it mean that God has chosen us in Christ before the foundation of the world? Does God choose some people for salvation and condemn others to hell even if they desire to be saved? If God sovereignly chooses those whom He saves, why does anyone need to repent and believe? These and other questions raised by the doctrine of election are considered in this message,
In Praise of the Trinity: Stanza 1, Part 2
Ephesians 1:3-6a • February 10, 2019 • Pastor Paul Edwards
Before we examine the particular blessings which are ours from God the Father through Jesus Christ it is essential that we consider the character of the God from whom these blessings flow. Paul has one phrase to describe God's character: "the glory of His grace."
February 10, 2019
Paul Speaks with Dr. David VanDrunen • February 10, 2019 • Pastor Paul Edwards
Just about everyone will face a difficult bioethics decision at some point. In this book a theologian, ethicist, and lawyer equips Christians to make such decisions based on biblical truth, wisdom, and virtue. David VanDrunen (PhD, Loyola University Chicago) is the Robert B. Strimple Professor of Systematic Theology and Christian Ethics at Westminster Seminary California in Escondido, California. He is the author of Bioethics and the Christian Life: A Guide to Making Difficult Decisions.
"The God and Father of Our Lord Jesus Christ"
Ephesians 1:3 • February 3, 2019 • Pastor Paul Edwards
Behind all of the events of human history, and all of the events of your life - both insignificant and life-altering, is God. Paul’s primary objective in his letter to these Ephesians is to demonstrate that the world is not operating by blind fate (1:9-10). There is a God who is in absolute control over the events of history - and your life. This God is a Father.
February 3, 2019
Paul Speaks with Dr. Mark Durie • February 3, 2019 • Pastor Paul Edwards
Dr. Mark Durie is the author of The Third Choice: Islam, Dhimmitude and Freedom which addresses the status of non-Muslims under Islamic rule in the light of history, theology and global patterns of religious discrimination. It includes a compelling overview of Islam itself, and critical reflections on the 'dhimmitude of the West'. Dr. Durie is an academic, human rights activist, Anglican pastor, a Shillman-Ginsburg Writing Fellow at the Middle East Forum, and Adjunct Research Fellow of the Arthur Jeffery Centre for the Study of Islam at Melbourne School of Theology in Australia.
In Praise of the Trinity: Stanza 1
Ephesians 1:3-14 • January 27, 2019 • Pastor Paul Edwards
These twelve verses in our English Bibles are actually three stanzas in the original language, each stanza focused on the work of one of the three persons of the Holy Trinity in devising, executing, and making effectual God's great purpose to redeem sinners.
"The Saints and Faithful in Christ Jesus"
Ephesians 1:1 • January 27, 2019 • Pastor Paul Edwards
DUE TO A TECHNICAL ISSUE THE LAST TEN MINUTES OF THIS SERMON WAS NOT RECORDED. Our being IN Christ does not diminish the responsibilities we have AT Ephesus. But the reality of our lives AT Ephesus must be shaped by who we are IN Christ, and not by the prevailing culture. How then are we to live IN Christ AT Ephesus? The answer, Paul says, is as "saints" and "faithful." What does a saint look like? What does it mean to be faithful?
January 27, 2019
Paul Speaks with Dr. Jacob Needleman • January 27, 2019 • Pastor Paul Edwards
Paul speaks with Dr. Jacob Needleman about his book "What is God?" Needleman is a polar opposite of Paul theologically and philosophically, yet the two were able to engage in a fascinating conversation about their individual experiences in knowing God. Jacob Needleman is Professor of Philosophy at San Francisco State University, former Visiting Professor at Duxx Graduate School of Business Leadership in Monterrey, Mexico, and former Director of the Center for the study of New Religions at The Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. He was educated in philosophy at Harvard, Yale and the University of Freiburg, Germany. He has also served as Research Associate at the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research, as a Research Fellow at Union Theological Seminary, as Adjunct Professor of Medical Ethics at the University of California Medical School and as guest Professor of Religious Studies at the Sorbonne, Paris (1992).
"At Ephesus...In Christ"
Ephesians 1:1 • January 20, 2019 • Pastor Paul Edwards
Our being "in Christ" does not negate the necessity and responsibilities of our being "at Ephesus," which is to say, citizens of the particular communities in which we live. But our being "in Christ" necessarily creates a tension with the prevailing culture within which we must live as "saints" and "faithful in Christ Jesus." How do we navigate this tension?
Chosen in Him
Ephesians 1:4 • January 13, 2019 • Pastor Paul Edwards
Why is anyone a Christian? In the eternal purposes of God, from the foundation of the world, God chose a people for Himself in Christ out of all of those who have been justly condemned as objects of His wrath. He did this not because of any merit in those He chose, but according to the good pleasure of His will, according to the exceeding greatness of his grace, according to the riches of His mercy.
The Mystery of His Will
Ephesians 1:9-10 • January 13, 2019 • Pastor Paul Edwards
In Ephesians we are brought face to face with God. In the very first verse and throughout the first chapter we are confronted with the glory of God in His eternal plan - the mystery of His will - to redeem a people for Himself. The mystery of God's will is devised in the counsel of His will according to the good pleasure of His will. God is behind all of the events of history for the praise of His glory and to redeem His people out of the world.
The Consecration of the King
Philippians 2:5-11 • December 23, 2018 • Pastor Paul Edwards
In response to His obedience, the Father has given the Son a "name which is above every name." What is that name and how does it relate to the consecration of Jesus as King? We turn to Isaiah and Hebrews for the answers.
The Condemnation of the King
Philippians 2:5-8 • December 16, 2018 • Pastor Paul Edwards
Why was it necessary for the eternal Son of God to be sent by the Father from His glory to earth in a body made in the likeness of sinful flesh? The body of the flesh of the Son of God is the instrument of the reconciliation of ruined sinners to a Holy God.
December 23, 2018
Paul Speaks with Dr. Ben Witherington • December 23, 2018 • Pastor Paul Edwards
Breaking News: Jesus wasn't born in a stable. In this conversation with New Testament scholar Dr. Ben Witherington, we destabilize (did you see what we did there?) many of the aspects of the Christmas Story that have no basis in facts or the Scriptures themselves.
December 16, 2018
Paul Speaks with Dr. Miroslav Volf • December 16, 2018 • Pastor Paul Edwards
In his book, "Allah: A Christian Response," theologian and scholar Dr. Miroslav Volf posits that Christians may have more in common with Muslims than they think, but most startling is the assertion that it is possible to be 100% Christian and also be a practicing Muslim.