The Paradox in Perseverance
Hebrews 12 • August 11, 2019 • Pastor Paul Edwards
Only those believers who persevere and endure to the end will be finally saved. The paradox in our perseverance is that God keeps us from falling but we keep ourselves in the love of God. Keeping ourselves requires discipline and effort on our part by the enabling of God through His grace. What does this discipline and effort look like in practical terms?
What Are You Talking About?!
Psalm 107:1-8 • August 4, 2019 • Pastor Paul Edwards
Only 8% of Americans say they have had a spiritual conversation in the last year. 74% of Christians say that they have had less than 10 spiritual conversations in the last year. The research is telling: believers in Jesus aren't talking about Jesus, God, or the Bible, either among themselves or with their unbelieving neighbors. Psalm 107 offers practical steps to talking spiritually with others.
Pastoral Thoughts on the Funeral and the Treatment of the Body After Death
2 Corinthians 5:1-4 • July 28, 2019 • Pastor Paul Edwards
How are we to treat the body after the soul is departed? The church's approach to death, the funeral service, and the treatment of the remains has been more and more shaped by pagan cultural influences than by Scripture. While the Bible does not prohibit cremation, the language of the Bible most certainly moves in the direction of burial of the dead rather than the burning of the dead.
The Last Enemy
1 Corinthians 15:21-26 • July 28, 2019 • Pastor Paul Edwards
The Bible views the life of the believer as characterized by both suffering and glory. The extreme of suffering is death and the extreme of glory is the resurrection from death. What is the biblical view of death? How are we to think about our own deaths?
Divine Providence Displayed in Disruption
Psalm 105:23-38 • July 7, 2019 • Pastor Paul Edwards
David continues to recount the early history of the people of Israel focusing on the providence of God in uprooting Jacob and his family and relocating them to Egypt. How do we respond to the disruptions in our lives?
Divine Providence Displayed in Despair
Psalm 105:16-22 • June 30, 2019 • Pastor Paul Edwards
Most often, the paths of our lives include curves and detours we did not see coming. Some of those detours may even cause us to question God's care for us. In Psalm 105:16-22 we learn that the path to usefulness and glory for Joseph led him through the pit, the slave market, and the prison, yet in the background, God is present, fulfilling His covenant promises.
An Everlasting Covenant Ratified and Remembered
Psalm 105:7-15 • June 23, 2019 • Pastor Paul Edwards
All that God is for us, He is for us in His covenant. To say it differently: all that God is for us, He is for us in Christ because all of the promises of God in Christ are "Yes" and "Amen," Our assurance is not based on our circumstances. Our assurance is based on God's promise to us that He will fulfill all of His word to us through Jesus Christ.
Instructions for Accompanying the Presence of the Lord
Psalm 105:1-7 • June 16, 2019 • Pastor Paul Edwards
Psalm 105 is a psalm written by David at the conclusion of a more than 20 year journey of the Ark of the Covenant from Shiloh to Jerusalem. In this psalm, David has given specific instructions for how the Lord is to be approached in worship.
How To Pray for a President
1 Timothy 2:1-8 • June 9, 2019 • Pastor Paul Edwards
A remarkable controversy has emerged among CHRISTIANS in response to Franklin Graham's call for churches and believers to pray for President Donald Trump. What does the Bible say about how to pray for a president? What is God's response to those who have been "hurt" by a call to pray for President Trump?
A Psalm for Accompanying the Presence of the Lord
Psalm 105:1-7 • June 9, 2019 • Pastor Paul Edwards
Psalm 105 was written in response to the conclusion of a more than twenty year journey of the Ark of the Covenant from Shiloh to Jerusalem which involved emotional swings from praise of God to anger toward God, reflecting the reality of the Christian life.
God's Thoughts Toward Us and Upon Us
Psalm 40 • June 2, 2019 • Pastor Paul Edwards
God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit devised a plan to rescue us from our sin and reconcile us to God. This is God's thoughts toward us (Psalm 40:5). But God also thinks upon us (Psalm 40:17). His thinking upon us is His affection for His elect expressed in the attributes of His righteousness, His faithfulness, His salvation, His lovingkindness, and His truth.
Ephesians 2:1-10 • May 19, 2019 • Pastor Paul Edwards
Paul finishes chapter one focusing on the exceeding greatness of God's power which raised Christ from the dead and seated Him at God's right hand. The conjunctive phrase "And you..." which begins chapter two connects all that is true of Christ at the end of chapter one with all that is true of believers in chapter 2.
His Calling, His Inheritance, His Power
Ephesians 1:15-23 • April 21, 2019 • Pastor Paul Edwards
As we have considered this prayer of the Apostle Paul in these verses, we are confronted with a dominant series of threes: A Trinity of Christian Graces: Faith, Love, Hope A Trinity of Spiritual Prerequisites: wisdom, revelation, light A Trinity of Godly Insight: “that you may know” (v. 18): the Hope of His Calling (Past), the Glory of His Inheritance (Future), and the Exceeding Greatness of His Power (Present).
Boasting Only in the Cross
Galatians 6:14 • April 19, 2019 • Pastor Paul Edwards
We are met together this evening to consider the most pivotal event in all of human history: the crucifixion of the Son of God, our Lord Jesus Christ. How do you see it? What is your interpretation of what was happening on Calvary’s hill? An injustice? A tragedy? The death of a good man? How did those who witnessed it see it?