United To One Another — What We Were, Ephesians 2:11-12

Paul believed sin caused double alienation. In his view, sin divides us from God and one another. The entirety of Ephesians 2 demonstrates how God has dealt with that double alienation. The first half, which we’ve already studied, taught us how God dealt with our alienation from Himself. The second half, which we’ve now come to, teaches us how God dealt with our alienation from one another.

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9 Lessons From A Sabbatical (Podcast)

As some of you may know, our pastoral team recently sent one of our pastors, Geoff Buck, on a two-month sabbatical. During that time, Pastor Geoff and his wife, Denise, learned some beautiful truth when it comes to work, play, and rest. In this conversation, we reflect on some of the lessons that Pastor Geoff learned during his sabbatical.

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Calling All Writers! (Podcast)

Today's episode is all about distributing God's word through the medium of writing. Can you imagine what our communities would look like if the people around us were consuming spirit filled, gospel centered, biblically sound writing? We would see God's transforming power take place right in front of us! This is why we wanted to record this episode. If you have a love for people, for writing, and for God's word, then we hope this conversation inspires you to direct your energy towards writing for the glory of God.

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United To God — What We Are (His Workmanship), Ephesians 2:10

Paul has taught us what we were in our past life, along with what God has done to give us new life (Ephesians 2:1-9). Next, he shows us what we now are. Why have we been united so powerfully to God in Christ? What has God remade us to be? Paul says, “We are His workmanship.” We are not our own workmanship, but God's, for He has made us. All the credit and honor are His, and His alone. But what did God remake us to be? Paul says we have been created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”

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One Woman Man (Podcast)

If you’ve read your Bible for any length of time the chances are that you’ve come across the book called Song of Solomon. And there’s even more of a chance that as you read through this book you said to yourself, “Why is there a short story about romance in the middle of the Bible?” Now, there are many answers to that question, but today we'll talk about one truth that arcs over the entire book - the concept that monogamous marriage, when done God’s way, allows space for deep romance, trust, and sustainability.

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United To God — What God Did, Ephesians 2.5-6

We have now observed why God saved us, but what did God do to rescue us from our previous condition? Spiritually dead, followers in every way, and under the judgment of God, what did God do to snatch us from that old life of despair? In two short verses, Paul tells us God "made us alive together with Christ," "raised us up with" Christ, and "seated us with" Christ. Earlier in this chapter, Paul taught us of the three things we were. Here, we learn of three things God has done to override our previous condition.

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Can Christ Build And Battle With Us? (Podcast)

Have you ever read passages of scripture that allude to building the kingdom of God or fighting the good fight? Maybe you've read those passages and wondered, "What's my role in this?" Or maybe you've asked the deeper question, "Does God see me fit for the task?" In this conversation, we look at Luke 14 and see how we can be encouraged in this mission of building God's kingdom and fighting the good fight of faith.

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United To God — Why God Did It, Ephesians 2.4-5

Up to this point in our passage, Paul has explained to us the utter lostness of humanity (see Ephesians 2:1-3). We were dead. We were followers. We were children of wrath. Without the cross of Jesus Christ, this would have been the end of the human story. Paul writes those beloved words, “But God"—sweet medicine for humanity! Destruction was ours, but God intervened. The story does not turn because of man — as in “but man” — but with God. He interjects Himself into our condition, our brokenness.

Before looking at what God did to intervene, let us look first at why He did it. Paul gives us three major reasons.

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