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.
"Made of a Woman"
Galatians 4:4-5 • December 9, 2018 • Pastor Paul Edwards
In this message we examine the meaning of "the fullness of time" and contrast the human birth of Jesus as an event in time with the "only-begottenness" of Jesus which is eternal and without beginning. We also turn to Psalm 139 to examine the details of how precisely the "Word was made flesh" in the womb of the virgin Mary.
The Concealing of the King
Philippians 2:5-8 • December 9, 2018 • Pastor Paul Edwards
Why didn't people recognize Jesus as the Son of God? He was "veiled in flesh." "In him dwells all the fullness of the godhead BODILY." The Son of the Father, begotten by the Father from eternity, is "made in the likeness of sinful flesh" by taking on a body that he himself created. He is "made in the likeness of men," "made a little lower than the angels," "made like unto his brethren," "made flesh," "made of a woman," "made under the law." This raises some questions: was Jesus sinful? Did He sin? COULD He sin?
The Preexistent Glory of the Only Begotten Son
John 17:5 • December 2, 2018 • Pastor Paul Edwards
When Jesus prays in John 17 to be glorified with the glory He shared with the Father from before the world began, what is that glory like and how do human beings respond when they encounter it? You don't have to imagine; the Bible tells us plainly.
The Condescension of the King
Philippians 2:5-8 • December 2, 2018 • Pastor Paul Edwards
God sending His only begotten Son into the world IS the humiliation of the King of Glory. But to understand why this is the case, it is necessary to understand what the Bible means when it says Jesus is "the only begotten Son of the Father." “Who, being in the form of God” (Philippians 2:6) means that, prior to his birth in Bethlehem, the Second Person of the Blessed Holy Trinity existed from eternity “in the form of God” and “equal with God.” To what does “only begotten” refer in the Gospel of John? Not to the human birth of Jesus in Bethlehem - His incarnation. Rather, “only begotten” refers to what theologians like Augustine termed “the eternal generation of the Son.” The eternal generation of the Son means that the Second Person of the Blessed Holy Trinity receives His life from God the Father who receives His life from no one; and the Son receives this life from eternity so that there never was a time when the Son was not receiving His life from the Father.
December 2, 2018
Paul Speaks with Dr. Ray Rhodes • December 2, 2018 • Pastor Paul Edwards
Part One of a Two Part conversation with Dr. Ray Rhodes, the author of the recently released definitive biography of Susannah Spurgeon, wife of "the Prince of Preachers," Charles Haddon Spurgeon. While many Christians recognize the name of Charles H. Spurgeon, the beloved preacher and writer, few are familiar with the life and legacy of his wife, Susie. Yet Susannah Spurgeon was an accomplished and devout woman of God who had a tremendous ministry in her own right, as well as in support of her husband. Even while dealing with serious health issues, she administered a book fund for poor pastors, edited and published her husband’s sermons and other writings, led a pastor’s aid ministry, wrote five books, made her home a hub of hospitality, and was instrumental in planting a church. And as her own writing attests, she was also a warm, charming, and fascinating woman.
November 25, 2018
Paul Speaks with Dr. Stephen Um • November 25, 2018 • Pastor Paul Edwards
Dr. Stephen Um is the author of "Why Cities Matter: To God, the Culture, and the Church." Right now, more people live in urban centers than ever before. This means that we have an unprecedented opportunity to influence the majority of the world through the church in the city.
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.
He Who Began A Good Work in You
Philippians 1:1-6 • November 11, 2018 • Pastor Paul Edwards
What is "the good work" which God the Father began in us? When did He begin this work? How will we know when this work is completed? In this message we examine the broad scope of the Trinity's work in saving us: the commencement of the work, the continuation of the work, and the consummation of the work as described by the Apostle Paul in his letter to the Philippians.