Spirit Empowered Mission: The Advent of the Spirit, Part 1

A wheel of fire

Why take several sermons to focus on the Pentecost event? What runs through your mind as you prepare to preach such a crucial even in redemptive history? Why is there such a visceral nature to the Spirit’s advent? We asked Art Azurdia… Listen to sermon (Acts 2:1-13): This is part one of a three-part series.…
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Spirit Empowered Mission: The Final Words of First Importance

Cathedral courtyard

How do we explain Jesus’ response to the disciples’ question about the kingdom of God in Acts 1?  How do you define the kingdom of God?  Why is the OT background so important to understanding Acts 1? We asked Art Azurdia… Listen to sermon (Acts 1:1-11):   What’s with the disciples question and Jesus’ response…
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Spirit Empowered Mission: The Apostolic Docudrama

illuminated window in Hagia Sophia

Why preach a longer or shorter sermon series?  How do you prepare to preach a longer book like Acts?  Does the church’s mission of gospel proclamation get taken for granted? We asked Art Azurdia… Listen to sermon (introduction to Acts):   Tell me a little bit about deciding to do a longer preaching series through…
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Baptism: Meaning and Mode

Crowd at lake shore for baptism

The word “baptize” is a Greek word which has been adopted into the English language as part of our Christian vocabulary. The root word baptō means “to dip” or “dip into dye.” Baptizō is an intensive form of baptō and means “to dip” or “to immerse.” This word is used in the Greek translation of…
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5 Most Influential Books by Dr. Robert Krupp

Alumni Reading Room black and white photo 1919

The TransformedBlog asked the faculty of Western Seminary to give a brief list of the most influential books (other than the Bible) that they have read. Dr. Robert Krupp, Associate Professor of Church History and Library Director at Western, lists his 5 most influential books.   The Promise-Plan of God Walter C. Kaiser Jr. Dr. Kaiser was…
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