Salvation is an Experienced Reality, Not Just a Historical Fact

At the heart of the gospel message is salvation. New Testament writers like Paul were Trinitarian at the core of their experience and theology. Salvation in Christ is not simply a theological truth, based on God’s prior action and the historical work of Christ. Salvation is an experienced reality, made so by the person of the Spirit coming into our lives. You can’t have the first two without the third. We need to have the experienced dimension as a vital part of our lives, our gatherings, and the gospel message! Check out this week’s video blog to learn more.

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What is Salvation? How the Biblical Writers Express the Inexpressible

Biblical writers often say things metaphorically because the realityor truth they are addressing is so much bigger than any one metaphor is capable of expressing. This is the reason why there is such a wide variety of metaphors for salvation, which suggests that no single one in itself will adequately express the reality. Salvation has too many facets to be captured by a single image. Check out this week's video blog to learn more about the multifaceted nature of salvation.

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Distinguishing the “Ye” from the “Thee” in First Corinthians Three

What is the Temple of the Holy Spirit? In our incredibly individualistic culture, we often read certain scriptures as referring to our individual lives, when the original authors indented them for the gathered community. One of the scriptures where this happens the most is when Paul is talking about the Temple of the Holy Spirit in First Corinthians chapter 3. This is an unfortunate misreading because this happens to be one of the most important scriptures on the local church in the entire New Testament! Check out this week’s video message to hear more.

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The Holy Spirit of Promise

What's the big deal about the Holy Spirit and why is He so important to the Christian faith? Check out this week’s video if you would like to hear more about why the Spirit is so crucial the early church's understanding of Christian existence

 

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Was Paul Under Law or Grace?

An issue that has caused much confusion is that Paul the Apostle--who was the poster child of grace--sometimes seemed to abide by the law. Was Paul a hypocrite? In this week's message, David uses scripture to shed light on this puzzling paradox and shows why Paul sometimes did things in accordance with the law. Check out this week's message if you are interested in learning more.

What's Your Expectancy Level?

Expectancy is synonymous with faith. In this week’s video message, David teaches about the importance of raising our expectations and believing God for the impossible. There are absolutely no limits with God, as Jesus tells us in Mark 9:23 “Everything is possible for him who believes.” If you would like hear about the importance of believing God for the impossible, scriptural promises that will absolutely transform your life if you get a hold of them, then check out this week’s video message. If you would like to hear more, you can check out the full Mp3 version the message “The Importance of Shameless Audacity” here

What was Paul's Thorn in the Flesh?

Many people have interpreted Paul's "thorn in my flesh" in 2 Corinthians 12:7 to mean that God allows sickness and disease to keep people humble. In this video, David addresses this scripture to show that Paul was not referring to a sickness or disease, but that Paul meant something quite different in context. Check out this video if you are interested in hearing more about what Paul meant by a "thorn in his flesh."

The Story of The Restoration of the Lost Presence of God

The theme of the presence of God is crucial to both the Old and New Testaments. In this video, David tells the biblical story of the restoration of the lost presence of God and explains how the main calling and purpose as the people of God is to be a people of His presence.  If you would like to hear more, you can check out the full Mp3 version the message “The Presence Driven Life” here