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Following Together (Central Baptist Edmonton)
30 minutes | Jul 18, 2021
Peter, A Life Transformed
Transformation is the act or process of changing completely. As Christians, we have already experienced a supernatural transformation by accepting Jesus. However, as we look at the life of Peter, we see how God continued a transformative work in his life transforming him from a humble fisherman to the leader of the early church. Like Peter, God sees the potential in each one of us and through the power of the Holy Spirit works to transform us to bring glory to his kingdom.
32 minutes | Jul 4, 2021
So you gave your life to Jesus. You trusted him for salvation. He forgave you and freed you from the power of sin in your life. What’s next? In a word: transformation. When we come to Jesus, he changes our lives, and he keeps changing our lives for our whole lives. This transformation requires our cooperation, results in very good things, and gives us a completely different and better perspective on ourselves and others.
36 minutes | Jun 27, 2021
Romans Highlight Reel
How are we to respond to the brokenness and pain in our world? If you asked the Apostle Paul, he may simply respond with one word: “Jesus.” In our own strength we are stuck under the power of sin and headed towards judgement, but through Jesus God has done what we couldn’t do—he has intervened in history to save us and renew all of creation. Now, he invites us to respond to him in faith and to let him transform our lives and our world through the power of his Spirit.
33 minutes | Jun 20, 2021
Landing the Letter
Paul’s final words to the Roman church reveal an incredibly diverse church—men and women, rich and poor, and multiple ethnic groups. In the midst of this Kingdom diversity, however, Paul sternly warns the Romans to be careful of those who would want to take unity too far, plainly telling them to stay away from those who create divisions by teaching things opposed to scripture. Paul lands his letter by giving glory to God for his wise and beautiful gospel plan, reminding each of us of the ongoing work to share the good news of Jesus with all nations.
32 minutes | Jun 13, 2021
Working Together in Ministry
What’s God’s next step for you? As Paul begins to wrap up his letter to the Roman church, he takes time to remind them about his personal calling, to share his ministry plans, and to invite their continued partnership in his work. In his words, we can feel the honest tension between his desire for deep fellowship with other believers and his calling from God to continue to pioneer new territory for the Kingdom.
33 minutes | Jun 6, 2021
Our world desperately needs hope, and a Bible-believing, Jesus-imitating, Spirit-powered church is precisely the way that God intends to bring it. In the last bit of the main body of Paul’s letter to the Romans, he challenges us to take Christian unity serious, and get to work in the Kingdom-critical priorities of worship, community and mission.
35 minutes | May 30, 2021
On Disputable Matters
In today’s passage, Paul challenges us to realize that not all thing are worth fighting over for believers. There is a category of things that are “disputable matters,” in which he encourages us to try to understand, but also to give grace to others who understand them differently. However, how do we know what is in this category and what isn’t? And how do we live this out in a complex world? Today’s passage echoes the old saying: “In essentials, unity, In non-essentials, liberty. In all things, charity.”
36 minutes | May 23, 2021
We Belong to the Day
Do your actions and life choices flow from a deep inner love for God and others? Are you living your daily live with a desire to be ready for the return of Jesus? Are your actions in line with God’s clear commands in scripture? In response to the good news of Jesus Christ, Paul challenges us to recognize that the day of salvation is almost here, to wake up, to get dressed, and to live like the “people of the day” that God has called us to be.
27 minutes | May 16, 2021
Called into Community
In the introduction of his letter to the Philippian church, Paul reminds them of the depth of community that exists between them, even though they are currently apart. Christ's call to the church today is to lean deeply into authentic community, not just for our own benefit, but to equip us to then go out and share Christ's love with the world around us.
36 minutes | May 9, 2021
Gospel and Government
As followers of Jesus, what actions and attitudes should characterize our relationship with the governing authorities? Paul, writing from a historical political situation much more difficult than ours, clarifies three truths about submitting to the government, and provides a jumping off point to discuss civil disobedience.
30 minutes | May 2, 2021
Love, Live it out!
Paul recognizes that our behaviour must be built upon our belief. The first 11 chapters teach us about the believer’s position in Christ. This salvation which is found in these chapters should transform our Christian life in relation to God and all of humanity. Paul has previously told us that our lives are to be transformed by the renewing of our hearts and minds. These changes that take place inwardly, should then produce changes that are outworked in all of our relationships. We are to practice this love within our Christian family. A Love that is genuine and real, and leads us to be able to practice this even with those who oppose us. This Love should lead us to pursue doing good and help us to run away from doing evil.
30 minutes | Apr 25, 2021
Responding to the Gospel
As long as our focus remains on ourselves, we will never discover our true identity. Instead, it is when we look to God, when we understand the merciful way that he has loved us in Jesus Christ, that we can begin to understand who we really are. Responding to the good news requires a total renovation of our perspective and results in ongoing transformation of our relationships. This is only possible when we begin to understand our lives in light of what God has done for us, and to live our lives not for ourselves but in service to others.
34 minutes | Apr 18, 2021
Israel Past, Present and Future
After spending eight chapters explaining and celebrating the gospel, Paul pauses for three chapters to discuss the role of Israel in God’s plan of salvation. In today’s passage, he lands the discussion, clarifying the realities of Israel concerning the past, the present and the future. While Paul may not answer each question as clearly as we’d like, he provides a sweeping view of salvation history clarifying God’s heart for Israel and the right attitude of non-Jews in response. And, before moving onto the next passage, he rightly pauses to worship God.
26 minutes | Apr 11, 2021
Faith Comes From Hearing
How does spreading the gospel “work”? In the midst of his discussion about the spiritual condition of Israel, Paul zooms out to talk about the steps involved with sharing gospel. He reminds us that faith can only grow when people hear the gospel, that God chooses to speak through his followers, and that he stands in a posture of grace even towards those who are indifferent or resistant to him.
23 minutes | Apr 4, 2021
Searching for More
Who are you and what is the purpose of your life? We spend our lives searching for happiness, hope and meaning, but time after time we come up short. In the bad times it’s obvious. In the good times it’s more subtle, but still there remains this nagging feeling in our souls that there must be more to life. The story of Jesus’ resurrection offers a perspective worth considering, challenging us with the possibility that fulfillment is available, but only with God’s help.
32 minutes | Mar 28, 2021
The Open Secret
Throughout Mark, we encounter an emphasis on the fact that, while Jesus’ entire ministry takes place out in the open for all to see, only those who are paying attention with eyes of faith truly grasp what’s going on. Everyone else seems to miss the point. We see this same dynamic playing out as Jesus enters Jerusalem. This passage invites us to pay attention as we journey toward Good Friday and Easter. It challenges us to be counted among those who truly embrace the open secret rather than those who—while seemingly participating fully—are missing the point of who Jesus is and what he’s up to.
30 minutes | Mar 21, 2021
Simple and Sincere Trust
In the previous passage, Paul waded through the difficult truth of divine election, celebrating the mercy of God in his decision to bring salvation to the elect. In this passage, Paul speaks to the other true side of salvation—that it is available to all through simple and sincere trust in Jesus. In contrast to the pride that causes so many people to miss God’s gift, Paul reminds us of the truth that Jesus has accomplished all that is necessary for our salvation, and assures us of the simplicity of receiving the good news.
32 minutes | Mar 14, 2021
What About Israel?
Paul has spent the first eight chapters or Romans explaining and celebrating the beauty of the gospel. Before moving on to a number of chapters of practical application, he pauses in chapters 9-11 to address an important question. If the gospel was promised beforehand through the Holy Scriptures (specifically the Old Testament), and if Israel was God’s chosen nation through whom the gospel was promised, then why have the vast majority of the Jewish people rejected their Messiah?
29 minutes | Mar 7, 2021
Our Present Sufferings
The world urges us to avoid suffering at all costs. But as followers of Jesus, the one who willingly suffered on the path to victory, how should we view suffering? In one of the most inspiring passages in the Bible, Paul invites us to a gospel perspective on suffering. He lifts our gaze to our future glory, he acknowledges the tension of waiting for it, and all along he reminds us of the faithful love of God poured out through the past work of Jesus and the present ministry of the Holy Spirit.
32 minutes | Feb 28, 2021
The New Realm
If those who have received the gospel have been freed by Jesus from the power and destiny of sin, then why do we still struggle with it? And how to do we continue to grow and pursue maturity? In this passage, as Paul responds to these questions, he elaborates on the realities of the new realm we live in as believers and draws our attention to the Holy Spirit as the key to living our new lives.
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