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Apr
09

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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Apr
03

Christ–centered Preaching: An interview with Dr. Art Azurdia

Christ-centered Preaching Western Magazine

This interview with Dr. Art Azurdia was taken from the spring 2014 issue of Western Magazine. Read the interview in it’s entirety, starting on page 14.   HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE CHRIST-CENTERED PREACHING? AA: I would define it as faithfulness to the immediate words that are in the passage itself, as well as an understanding…
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Apr
02

Spirit Empowered Mission: Hoist the Sails

Crowd in circle, rolling dice

Should we cast lots today? What can we learn from the disciples’ actions before advent of the Spirit? What does the addition of a 12th disciple say about Israel and the church? We asked Art Azurdia… Listen to sermon (Acts 1:12-26): First, the obvious question: Should we make decisions by casting lots? Oh sure, as…
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Mar
26

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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Mar
19

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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