Body Parts: Pastors, Who Are Also Teachers
Ephesians 4:11-12 • March 8, 2020 • Pastor Paul Edwards
DUE TO A TECHNICAL ISSUE, THE FIRST TWO MINUTES OF THIS MESSAGE WERE NOT RECORDED. Who is the pastor-teacher and what is his role in the Body of Christ? In this message from Ephesians 4, Pastor Paul shows us that the ascended Christ gives the gift of the pastor-teacher to His church for their protection and mutual affection.
The Body of Christ: Body Parts
Ephesians 4:7-16 • March 1, 2020 • Pastor Paul Edwards
Throughout the letter to the Ephesians, Paul uses various metaphors for the Church, but none is so compelling as "the body of Christ." In this message we begin a consideration of the various "Body Parts:" the Head, the Shepherd Leaders, the Saints, and the Whole Body. Christ as the Head of the Church makes clear for us that the body of Christ is sovereignly initiated. Just as God "gave" Christ to be the head of the Church, so Christ "gave" Shepherd Leaders to care for and instruct the church. Who are these Shepherd Leaders?
On Guard for the Unity of the Spirit
Ephesians 4:1-3 • February 2, 2020 • Pastor Paul Edwards
What is the unity of the Spirit? It is not the human spirit of brotherliness or camaraderie. It is not a compromising ecumenism. It is not a feeling or spirit that we create. The unity of the Spirit is the objective toward which God is working out all of history: to gather in one in all things in Christ (Ephesians 1:10). In today's message, we consider the nature of the unity of the Spirit and how this unity is to be maintained and guarded in the church.
Attracted to Jesus: Nicodemus
John 2:23-3:14 • January 12, 2020 • Pastor Paul Edwards
What are the attributes of Jesus which make Him attractive to sinners so that they come to believe on Him for salvation? In the case of Nicodemus, on the surface it seems it was the miracles which Jesus performed which drew him to Jesus at night. But there is much more going on beneath the surface, in the heart of Nicodemus, which is revealed in his conversation with Jesus in John 3. Jesus addresses the deepest longings of our hearts even when we think we are drawn to Him for other reasons.
Why the Church?
Ephesians 3:9-11 • January 12, 2020 • Pastor Paul Edwards
All organizations know what they do. Some organizations know how they do it. Even fewer organizations know why they do what they do. The only way to have passion in an organization is to know the why and make certain that how and what the organization does is never in conflict with the why. What is the church’s why? Paul gives the answer in Ephesians 3:9-11.
The Other Side of the Manger
Luke 2:15-20 • December 29, 2019 • Pastor Paul Edwards
"And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them..." [Luke 2:15-20] Just as suddenly as the angels came - with glory shining all around; with fear; with good tidings; with great joy - they were gone. Just as suddenly as Christmas came - with its music; its movies; its buying; its wrapping; its giving; its anticipation; its surprises; its joy - it is over. What do we do on the other side of the manger - on the other side of Christmas - when the fanfare and excitement passes? We return to the routine of our lives [Luke 2:20], but not as we were! No! We have seen! We have heard! And we are changed! Changed - not by the angels who went away as suddenly as they appeared - not by the fanfare - but by the message which remains: that which the Lord has made known unto us: a Savior, Christ the Lord.
Ascended Up Far Above All Heavens
Ephesians 4:10 • December 22, 2019 • Pastor Paul Edwards
We are familiar with only half of the Christmas story: the part where Jesus descends as a baby; the part about the angels and the shepherds and the manger. In one verse, the Apostle Paul gives us the rest of the story: "He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens." What does it mean that the baby in the manger is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens?
Veiled in Flesh: God Sent His Only Begotten Son
Ephesians 4:9-10; 1 John 4:9 • December 15, 2019 • Pastor Paul Edwards
The eternally generated ("only begotten" Son is sent by the Father to be the Savior of the World in a body of human flesh. Was there anything different about His flesh than ours? Why was it necessary for Him to take on flesh? What is the benefit to us of His taking on human flesh?
The Glory of the Only Begotten of the Father - Part Two
Psalm 2; Acts 13:33; Hebrews 1:5; Hebrews 5:5 • December 8, 2019 • Pastor Paul Edwards
When God says to His Son in Psalm 2, "this day have I begotten thee," is He referring to a fixed point in eternity when the Son came into existence? What can we learn about the eternal generation of the Son from how the Apostles quoted Psalm 2:7 in the New Testament?
The Glory of the Only Begotten of the Father
Ephesians 4:9-10; John 1:14 • December 8, 2019 • Pastor Paul Edwards
The phrase "only begotten" is used 5 times in the New Testament - all in the writing of the Apostle John and all in reference to Jesus - but not in relation to His birth in Bethlehem, but in relation to His "eternal generation" by the Father. What does it mean that Jesus is "the only begotten" Son of God?
Ephesians 4:1-3 • November 17, 2019 • Pastor Paul Edwards
Ephesians 4 marks the division of Paul's letter to the Ephesians from his emphasis on doctrine (chapters 1 - 3) to his instruction on the practical aspects of the Christian life (chapter 4 - 6). Paul marks this division with the word "therefore," a clear indication that there is a vital connection between what it is we believe and how it is we behave as followers of Jesus. Before moving forward in our study, we must make absolutely certain we understand that the behavior Paul is identifying in the second half of his letter is impossible without the initiative of God in our regeneration.
"Unto Him...Power and Glory" Part One
Ephesians 3:20-21 • November 10, 2019 • Pastor Paul Edwards
What are you not asking God for, not because you believe He is unable to answer your prayers, but you are afraid He is unwilling to answer your prayers? Pastor Edwards traces the power of God in the New Testament to give us an understanding of the power of God which is at work in us when we pray.
Regeneration, Part Two
Ephesians 2:1-10 • November 3, 2019 • Pastor Paul Edwards
We consider the Necessity of Regeneration and the Nature of Regeneration: God is the creative agent in our regeneration and the instrument he uses is always the Word of God, which produces a change in the governing disposition of our soul and a desire for and an understanding of spiritual realities.