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Thanksgiving Expressed in a Bowed Down Soul

Psalm 103 • November 24, 2019 • Pastor Paul Edwards

Pastor Paul Edwards takes us to Psalm 42 and Psalm 103 to show the difference between a "cast down" soul and a "bowed down" soul. A proper celebration of Thanksgiving depends upon the difference.

"Therefore"

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.

The Marks of A Healthy Church

Ephesians 2:19-22 • November 3, 2019 • Pastor Paul Edwards

On the Sixth Anniversary of the first service of Redeemer Church, Pastor Paul Edwards reminds us of the foundational standards which give stability to our life together as a church family.

Regeneration

Ephesians 2:1 - 10 • October 27, 2019 • Pastor Paul Edwards

God's eternal plan for the redemption of His people involves the activity of the Holy Trinity: God the Father devises salvation's plan; God the Son executes and accomplishes salvation's plan; and God the Holy Spirit applies, or makes effectual, salvation's plan. Regeneration is the very first step in God's saving of sinners. Why is regeneration necessary? What is the agent and the instrument used in regeneration? What is the effect of regeneration? How can I know that I have been regenerated?

Rooted and Grounded in Love, Part Three

Ephesians 3:17-18 • October 27, 2019 • Pastor Paul Edwards

The Apostle Paul mixes his metaphors, using one from agriculture and one from architecture, to make the point that our stability in Christian fellowship is dependent upon the depth of our love for Christ and one another.

Rooted and Grounded in Love, Part Two

Ephesians 3:14-19 • October 20, 2019 • Pastor Paul Edwards

The love which Paul desires to see in the relationships of the members of the church of Ephesus, and for which he petitions His heavenly Father, is not sentimental; it is supernatural, it is sacrificial, and it has some very specific symptoms which he identifies throughout his letter to these Ephesians. Do we have the symptoms of this love?

Rooted and Grounded in Love, Part One

Ephesians 3:14-19 • October 20, 2019 • Pastor Paul Edwards

This love which Paul prays his people at Ephesus might be rooted and grounded in love is distinct from God's love for us or Christ's love for us. And while it has the characteristics of the virtue of natural human love, it differs significantly in that it is not sentimental, it is supernatural, it is sacrificial, it is symptomatic, and it is stable and strong.

Your Pastor is Praying for You, Part Two

Ephesians 3:14-19 • October 6, 2019 • Pastor Paul Edwards

The priority of Paul's prayer for the Ephesians is not their material needs, but rather that they might be "strengthened with might by God's Spirit in the inner man." What is "the inner man" and what are the means which the Spirit of God uses to strengthen it?

The Vastness of the Love of Christ

Ephesians 3:17-18 • October 6, 2019 • Pastor Paul Edwards

We apologize for the quality of this recording. The Apostle Paul prays that his people might come to comprehend and to know the love of Christ which "passes knowledge" in four dimensions: breadth, length, depth, and height.

Your Pastor is Praying for You, Part One

Ephesians 3:14-21 • September 29, 2019 • Pastor Paul Edwards

This is the second of Paul's Pastoral Prayers in his letter to the Ephesians (the first being Ephesians 1:15-23). Both prayers reflect the passion of every true pastor's heart: that the people whom God has given him to shepherd might have enlightened eyes to see all of what is theirs in the unsearchable riches of Christ.

The Eternal Purpose of God

Ephesians 3:1-12 • September 22, 2019 • Pastor Paul Edwards

God's eternal purpose is to redeem a people for Himself whom He has promised to the Son as an inheritance of nations who for all eternity will be to the praise of His glory. God's eternal purpose takes place in two spheres: in the eternal counsel of the Holy Trinity (Ephesians 1:11) wherein God chose a people to the praise of His glory for eternity ("before the foundation of the world - 1:4; and "in the ages to come" 2:10) and in time (2:2-3, 11-13; Galatians 4:4) where Christ purchases God's redeemed people and secures them to the Father for all eternity by the Holy Spirit (1:7; 1:13-14).

The Fellowship of the Mystery, Part 2

Ephesians 3:1-12 • September 15, 2019 • Pastor Paul Edwards

God never intended for you and me to live the Christian life alone and isolation from others in the church. In Ephesians 3:6, Paul gives the identifying characteristics of those who belong to the Fellowship of the Mystery: "fellowheirs, of the same body, partakers of God's promises in Christ by the gospel."

The Fellowship of the Mystery

Ephesians 3:1-12 • September 15, 2019 • Pastor Paul Edwards

You and I were saved to be a part of a community, a fellowship. The Apostle Paul calls this community, "The Fellowship of the Mystery" in Ephesians 3:9. In the context around Ephesians 3:9, the Apostle Paul discloses four agents that participate together in placing unregenerate sinners into the fellowship of the mystery: by the Spirit (v. 5), by the Gospel (vv. 7-9), by the Church (vv. 10-11), and by the Faith of Jesus Christ (v. 12).

Built Together for An Habitation of God

Ephesians 2:19-22 • September 8, 2019 • Pastor Paul Edwards

In Ephesians, Paul uses several metaphors to describe the believer's relationship to the church: a kingdom, a family, a body, and a building.

"At that Time...Now Therefore"

Ephesians 2:11-22 • September 8, 2019 • Pastor Paul Edwards

In today's text, Paul is confronting the ethnic divisions between Jew and Gentile by revealing the means by which both Jew and Gentile move from "outside of Christ" to being "in Christ" at the initiative of God and by the operative effect of God's word in the dead hearts of sinners. He "time stamps" believers by describing what we were before Christ and what we are now in Christ.

What's Going on at The Lord's Table?

John 6:51-66; 1 Corinthians 11:23-34 • September 1, 2019 • Pastor Paul Edwards

We apologize for the distortion of the audio on this recording. The Apostle Paul says that our participation at the Lord's Table proclaims the gospel leading to reflection and repentance in anticipation of our reunion with the Lord at His return. But why do we eat bread and drink wine? What is the significance of these specific elements In John 6, Jesus says the bread is His flesh and the wine is his blood. Further He says, if we do not eat the flesh of Jesus and drink the blood of Jesus, we have no life. What is happening at the Lord's Table when we eat the bread and drink the wine?

Turn Us and Return to Us

Psalm 80 • August 18, 2019 • Pastor Paul Edwards

Psalm 80 is a lament under the dark providences of God and appeal to God's character to shine forth in the darkness of His providence. How does God reveal Himself to us when our prayers go unanswered and our spirits are weighed down by God's absence?

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.

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