The Gift of Healings
1 Corinthians 12:9-10, 28-30 • November 18, 2018 • Pastor Paul Edwards
The only time the word "healing" occurs in any of Paul's letters is the three times it occurs in 1 Corinthians 12. Do we put more emphasis on healing than the Bible does? What does the Bible say about how we are to handle sickness and disease in the post-apostolic church?
The Gift of Miracles
1 Corinthians 12:9-10, 28-30 • November 18, 2018 • Pastor Paul Edwards
There are three supernatural phenomena in the Bible: miracles, signs, and wonders. What are the differences? How does the Bible define a "miracle"? Is the gift of miracles active in the church today, and if it is, how so? It is clear that “miracles” in 1 Corinthians 12:9 and 28 refers to the Holy Spirit’s authority over the spirit of darkness. It is also clear that the gifts of miracles and healings were rare in the early church and most likely limited to the Apostles or those immediately connected to the Apostles: 1 Corinthians 12:28-30. The primary purpose of these gifts in the New Testament was to affirm to the Jewish people those chosen by God as having received divine revelation from God in the same way God used signs and wonders in the Old Testament to affirm his choice of Moses and Aaron, and the prophets.
The Serving Gifts: Faith
1 Corinthians 12:9; Hebrews 11:1 • November 11, 2018 • Pastor Paul Edwards
Faith is not a feeling. Faith is knowing. Faith is Christ as our confidence, Christ's word as our conviction, and Christ's conquering as our conquering. Conquering by faith may mean losing by sight. But we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen because faith is the evidence - the steadfast assurance - of things not seen.
Progress in the Christian Life: Walk, Talk, Sit, Stand
Ephesians 4:11-10 • October 21, 2018 • Pastor Paul Edwards
There is to be progress in the Christian life, from infancy to maturity. The Apostle Paul uses language throughout his letter to the Ephesians centered in the words "grow up." What does progress in the Christian life look like?
The Serving Gifts: Leadership
Romans 12:3-8 • October 28, 2018 • Pastor Paul Edwards
How does the gift of leadership given by the Holy Spirit in the context of His church differ from the natural abilities of leadership in the world? Who are the leaders within a local church? What characterizes the leaders within a local church that makes them easily identifiable by the church?
The Serving Gifts: Ministry
Romans 12:6-8 • October 21, 2018 • Pastor Paul Edwards
We are bound captives to our Master, the Lord Jesus Christ, who impoverished Himself to make us rich. We demonstrate that we are captivated by Jesus when we become bound to the service of others in obedience to our Lord's command.
The Speaking Gifts: Tongues and the Interpretation of Tongues
1 Cointhians 12:10; 1 Cointhians 14 • October 7, 2018 • Pastor Paul Edwards
Paul writes to the Church at Corinth to correct their misunderstanding of the use of the gift of tongues in the church. Tongues caused division and confusion in Corinth, and causes just as much confusion and division in today's church. Have tongues ceased? If so, why - since all of the other gifts haven't? If not, how are we to exercise this gift in the church today? PART ONE OF TWO PARTS
October 7, 2018
Paul speaks with David Innes and Lisa Sharon Harper • October 7, 2018 • Pastor Paul Edwards
In Left, Right, and Christ, political opposites Lisa Sharon Harper of Jim Wallis’s Sojourners and David Innes of The King’s College offer their political perspectives as Christians. Besides intimating that each has political opinions and that each is a Christian, there’s little agreement.
September 30, 2018
Paul Speaks with Jedd Medefind • September 30, 2018 • Pastor Paul Edwards
Jedd Medefind led the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives as a special assistant to President George W. Bush. Paul speaks with Jedd about his book, "Upended: How Following Jesus Remakes Your Words and World." “Upended shows how an authentic, reflective, engaged faith—the revolutionary faith taught by Jesus—can result in a life of meaning, purpose, compassion, and significance.” —Michael Gerson, columnist, Washington Post and former chief speechwriter for President George W. Bush
September 23, 2018
Paul Speaks with Historian D. G. Hart from Hillsdale College • September 23, 2018 • Pastor Paul Edwards
Dr. D. G. Hart is the author of "From Billy Graham to Sarah Palin: Evangelicals and the Betrayal of AmericanConservatism. Dr. Hart provides an iconoclastic new history of the entrance of evangelical Christians into national American politics. Examining the key players of the “Religious Right” ― Billy Graham, Jerry Falwell, Chuck Colson, James Dobson, Pat Robertson, and many others ― D. G. Hart argues that evangelicalism is (and always has been) a bad fit with classic political conservatism.
September 16, 2018
Paul Speaks with Jonathan Morrow • September 16, 2018 • Pastor Paul Edwards
Author and equipping pastor Jonathan Morrow discusses issues related to faith and culture with Paul Edwards of www.godandculture.com on his radio show. What does the Christian worldview have to say to the big issues of our day? What is our biblical responsibility to engage culture? We’ll talk about all this and more.
The Sacrifice of Praise
Psalm 51:14-15 • September 2, 2018 • Pastor Paul Edwards
We apologize for the quality of the audio on this recording, but pray it does not diminish your encouragement from the word preached. From the beginning of Psalm 51 through verse 15, David runs the gamut of the Levitical sacrificial system seeking atonement for his sin. By verse 16 he is completely exasperated with the Law's ability to give him any peace. He concludes that it isn't the Levitical sacrifices that God desires, but the sacrifices of righteousness which come from a heart of gratitude and thankfulness for God's mercy.
September 2, 2018
Paul Speaks with David Kinnaman • September 2, 2018 • Pastor Paul Edwards
David Kinnaman is the president of the Barna Group and author of "You Lost Me: Why Young Christians Are Leaving Church." Millions of young Christians are disconnecting from church as they transition to adulthood. They are real people, not just statistics. "You Lost Me" reveals the long-awaited results of a new nationwide study of 18- to 29-year-olds with a Christian background.
August 26, 2018
Paul Speaks with Os Guinness • August 26, 2018 • Pastor Paul Edwards
Paul speaks with Os Guinness about his book, "The Global Public Square: Religious Freedom and the Making of a World Safe for Diversity." How do we hold firmly to our beliefs as followers of Jesus while allowing freedom of expression under our democracy to those who hold views opposite ours? How do we "fight" for what we believe as Christians, while at the same time following Jesus command to "love our neighbor"?
August 19, 2018
Paul Speaks with Carolyn Weber • August 19, 2018 • Pastor Paul Edwards
Carolyn Weber arrives at Oxford University as an agnostic feminist. She leaves as a committed follower of Jesus Christ. In this conversation around her memoir, "Surprised by Oxford," Paul and Carolyn explore her journey to faith, the antagonism toward Christianity in academia, and some ways believers can winsomely engage those who are agnostic toward the claims of Christianity.
Grace Restores What Sin's Wages Demand
Psalm 51:8-13 • August 19, 2018 • Pastor Paul Edwards
It is God who has been offended by David's sin; it is David who owes God a debt he cannot pay. And yet he asks for God to restore to him. What specifically is David asking when he prays, "Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation"? The answer lies in an examination of his final words on his death bed in 2 Samuel 22 and 23.
"Wash Me Throughly"
Psalm 51:2 • August 5, 2018 • Pastor Paul Edwards
David is overwhelmed by the reality of the defilement that has resulted from his sin with Bathsheba. With a view toward the procedures God outlined for ceremonial cleansing in Leviticus and Numbers, David goes to the extreme and asks God for a remedy to match the intensity of his guilt: repeated, multiple washings. But only one thing is needful.
Sin's Guilt, God's Justice, and the Believer's Security
Psalm 51:11 • August 12, 2018 • Pastor Paul Edwards
Can a believer who has sinned, and lives with the guilt of their sin, lose their salvation? What does David mean when he asks God to not cast him away from His presence and not to take His Holy Spirit from him?