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    March 17, 2019
    Identity in Christ Scripture:
    Ephesians 1:11-2:22
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    Speaker: Lukus Counterman - Racial tension is not a recent phenomenon in human history. In fact, the first century had difficulty navigating the mutual animosity between Jews and Gentiles. Centuries of hostility had crea...
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Identity in Christ
Sun, Mar 17, 2019
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49 mins 41 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - Racial tension is not a recent phenomenon in human history. In fact, the first century had difficulty navigating the mutual animosity between Jews and Gentiles. Centuries of hostility had created such a gulf between the two people groups that peaceful coexistence between them seemed like a stretch and loving unity seemed impossible. But that’s where Christ comes in. The reconciling work of Jesus brings people to God and it brings people together such that a kingdom, a family, and a living temple are formed out of people from every tribe and nation for His glory. The church is God’s new creation displaying the miraculous way the cross kills hostility and brings unity. So may the Lord make us one in Christ and cause our hearts to well up with thanksgiving for the way he sets people at peace.
Identity in Christ
Sun, Mar 10, 2019
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51 mins 18 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - Have you ever seen before and after pictures? Maybe with a home remodel, dental work, a new hairstyle, or some diet – the contrast is somewhat shocking and the change is evident. As we look into the second chapter of Ephesians, it is difficult to conger up a set of sharper contrasts than those Paul puts forth in Ephesians 2:1-10. He shows the before and after of our spiritual lives – from death to life, from the sentence of God’s wrath to an experience of overflowing love, from a life ruled by various forces of evil to a life sustained by the grace of God. Paul wants believers to understand their new identity in Christ and how the gracious application of resurrection power makes all the difference.
Grace-Paced Living
Sun, Mar 10, 2019
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34 mins
Speaker: Jon Kopp -
Identity in Christ
Sun, Mar 03, 2019
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41 mins 58 secs
Speaker: Josh MacAvoy - Ephesians 1 is a densely packed chapter, full of deep theology (or "what we know about God"). In just 12 verse, Paul covers matters of the trinity, spiritual adoption, redemption through Christ Jesus, the inheritance of the saints, and the Holy Spirit given to guarantee God's promise. There is so much to sentence in the Bible. And right after all that teaching, Paul explains how he has been praying. He asks for the Holy Spirit to help Christians apply all of that knowledge to their everyday living. Paul knew that accurate knowledge was essential, but it never should stay as information alone. It needs to be acted on. He prays that the Ephesian believers experience increased spiritual discernment through the Holy Spirit and be more skillful at applying God's Word to their everyday situation.
Grace-Paced Living
Sun, Mar 03, 2019
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38 mins 25 secs
Speaker: Jon Kopp -
Identity in Christ
Sun, Feb 24, 2019
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49 mins
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - When it came to missionary endeavors, Paul was strategic, persistent, and prayerful. He had target locations and intentional objectives in his ministry of the gospel. The apostle focused on cities - epicenters of culture and influence. His pattern indicates that when the gospel takes root in places of commerce, education, and politics, it eventually spreads to the surrounding areas. Cities are not the only places for missionary work, but they are strategic places. Roland Allan, a missiologist and author of Missionary Methods, suggests that “All the cities or towns in which Paul planted churches were centers of Roman administration, Greek civilization, Jewish influence, or some commercial importance." That was true of Athens, Rome, Corinth, and Ephesus. And as we consider city ministry today, may God help us understand how to reach our context and see the Word increase and prevail mightily in urban populations to the praise of his glory.
Grace-Paced Living
Sun, Feb 24, 2019
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34 mins 49 secs
Speaker: Jon Kopp -
Identity in Christ
Sun, Feb 17, 2019
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39 mins 56 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - The Holy Spirit imparts spiritual blessings to believers, marking them as belonging to God and assuring them of their future with him. That is what we discover in Ephesians 1:11-14, the final segment in Paul’s overflowing Trinitarian praise. He has exalted the Father as the planner and initiator of redemption. He has praised the Son as the central figure and securer of redemption. And now, Paul highlights the Holy Spirit as the agent who bestows the blessings of redemption and seals believers to final day of redemption. May all our praise be directed to God for his glorious grace in salvation.
Grace-Paced Living
Sun, Feb 17, 2019
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24 mins 19 secs
Speaker: Jon Kopp - "One of the biggest lessons God taught me over our sabbatical last October was a need to apply what I knew about grace theologically to my daily life. In this four week series, we are going to explore that concept by looking at how to live within both the limitations God has designed for us and the freedom He offers in rest in His grace. Each week, we will work practically together at healthy rhythms and patterns for life." *About 10 minutes of the recording was lost. The lesson is picked up at the 7:30 mark.
Biblical Conflict Resolution
Sun, Feb 10, 2019
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34 mins 46 secs
Speaker: Aaron Boyce -