When Ephesians 5 pops up in the lectionary, every pastor knows what kind of fallout they need to be prepared for. Does submission in a family relationship diminish the value of certain members? What are the implications for the Church in regard to obedience to hierarchy? Can someone who is given a Biblical mandate to lead and govern forfeit the legitimacy of their claim to authority through immoral or imprudent behavior? Marcus Grodi and Steve Wood look at the meaning of authority and obedience in an age where rebellion and disobedience seem to be heralded as virtues.
“He who does not love does not know God; for God is love.” - I John 4:8 - How do we know if we really love God?
In a world where your feelings toward your spouse, your car, your job, and your favorite food can all be described with the word "love," what are we supposed to make of God's call to love our neighbor as ourself? Marcus Grodi and Jim Anderson take an in-depth look at the implications of God's greatest commandment- to love Him, and secondly, to love one another as He loves us.
“Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ loved the church… cleansing her by the bath of water with the word”; Ephesians 5:25-26 - What is the meaning of that bath of cleansing?
One of the more controversial chapters in the Bible for pastors to preach on is Ephesians 5, because of Paul's statement about wives submitting to their husbands. Deacon Alex Jones addresses another challenging portion of the same chapter- when Paul says a husband should lay down his life for his wife, "cleansing her by the bath of water with the word." In his Pentecostal days, Deacon Alex saw salvation through receiving the word of God as primary, and the washing of water through Baptism as merely a later affirmation of what had happened when the word was received. He and Marcus discuss the historical teaching of the Church in regard to this passage from St. Paul's letter to the Ephesians.
“I am filling up what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ on behalf of his body, which is the church.”; Colossians 1:24- What could be lacking from Christ’s sacrifice?
In Paul's letter to the Colossians, he tells them a number of astonishing things. Not only does he rejoice in his sufferings, but he sees them as a way to identify with, and even supplement, the sufferings of Jesus. Former non-denominational pastor Jeff Cavins joins Marcus Grodi to talk about the mystery of suffering, and how we can make sense of it, through a personal relationship with Christ.
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Jeff's talk on redemptive suffering is part of the Deep in Christ conference set, "The Catholic Paul?" Order it in the CHN store.
Marcus Grodi & Jim Anderson start with Psalm 62 and discuss the difficulties among Christians in understanding Biblical references to Faith and Works.