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Jun
11

Spirit Empowered Mission: The Advent of the Spirit, Part 3

church gathered for baptism at lake shore

Is the church in general poorly taught regarding baptism? How important is baptism for the Christian? We asked Art Azurdia… Listen to sermon (Acts 2:37-41):   Before getting into the meat of the text, you laid down some foundational concepts regarding baptism. Do you remember why you did that? Well, probably because I can’t remember the…
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Jun
09

God is a Worker and I’m Made in His Image

Man at work

A few months ago, in a Transformed post called Walls That Divide, I suggested that there were two walls that divide the church. These walls have grown over time, and even though they are occasionally challenged, they keep showing up. They are the sacred/secular divide and the clergy/laity divide. I wrote a few posts on…
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Jun
04

Spirit Empowered Mission: The Advent of the Spirit, Part 2

Train tracks at night with light of oncoming train.

What can the preaching of the Apostles teach us about preaching Jesus?  Do Christians today have an adequate understanding of what it is to live in the last days? We asked Art Azurdia… Listen to sermon (Acts 2:14-36):   Is there anything tricky in preparing for and preaching a text that is in a sermon…
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Apr
15

The Most Frightening Part of Ministry

Hand reaching out

By Andy Flowers Counseling people. No doubt about it. No other aspect of pastoral ministry is as horrifying as counseling. Preaching is frightening at first, but it’s something that we get comfortable with quickly. We spend the bulk of our week on sermon prep. There are a million great books and conferences about forming and…
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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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