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Thursday podcasts

    The Himalayas of the New Testament: Ephesians (part 2)

    The Himalayas of the New Testament: Ephesians (part 2)

    Cecil Taylor continues his review of Ephesians by looking primarily at the last three chapters. Some of Paul's most famous, most important, and most controversial passages occur in these sections. Cecil picks out and discusses the following themes: 
    The Body of Christ
    Addressing Evil
    Mutual Submissive Relationship Model
    If you haven't listened to the first Ephesians podcast, it's recommended, at minimum, to listen to the first ten minutes of it to learn the overview and history of Ephesians.
     

    • 33 min
    The Himalayas of the New Testament: Ephesians (part 1)

    The Himalayas of the New Testament: Ephesians (part 1)

    Ephesians stands out from Paul’s other letters as the most impersonal toward its recipients and the most theological. If there is one overall theme to Ephesians, it is on the unity that is achieved through Christ - certainly a message we need to hear today! Paul extrapolates from that unity how we are supposed to extend that unity into the church, into our homes and into our relationships.

    • 29 min
    The Himalayas of the New Testament: Romans 12

    The Himalayas of the New Testament: Romans 12

    As Romans 8 is the Mount Everest of the New Testament, Romans 12 stands as K2. Just as we think of the world's two tallest mountains together, though they are separated by distance, so Romans 8 and 12 go together although they are separated by three chapters. Romans 12 serves as the response to the revelation in Romans 8 of how the Holy Trinity reaches out to us, offering love, mercy and salvation.
    Cecil identifies and walks through six main thoughts in Romans 12:
    Worship is what you do every day.
    Don’t shape yourself on the outside to fit into the world, but shape yourself on the inside to become brand new in Christ’s ways
    We are joined together as the body of Christ
    Be who you were made to be
    Love, hope, pray, honor, give, do good, suffer patiently and serve the Lord
    Live in relationship with everyone so you can turn them to good

    • 22 min
    The Himalayas of the New Testament: Romans 8

    The Himalayas of the New Testament: Romans 8

    Arguably the greatest chapter written by the Apostle Paul, Romans 8 contains some of the highest thoughts of the New Testament. Labeling it as Mt. Everest, Cecil takes a novel, cross-denominational approach to this controversial chapter: He "zooms out" to look at the chapter in light of Paul's lament in Romans 7 that he is unable to obey the law of Moses and is therefore subject to sin and death. According to Cecil, the Romans 8 response describes the Holy Trinity striving to bring us closer to God, providing us love, instruction and saving power that overcomes sin and death.
    Along the way, Cecil builds the following table showing the action of each person of the Trinity:
    V1-4:
    Father - Sent Son as a sin offering.
    Son - Sacrificed himself for us so we can follow the law's true intentions.
    Spirit - Sets us free from sin and death.
    V5-8:
    Spirit - Directs and empowers us to live according to God's ways. Grants life and peace through a Spirit-controlled mind.
    V9-11:
    Father -  Gives life to your mortal bodies (through his Spirit). A new life now, a resurrected life later.
    Son - Grants a living spirit because of righteousness.
    Spirit - Lives in you, so that you belong to Christ.
    V12-17:
    Father - Adopts us as children. Makes us co-heirs with Christ.
    Spirit - Leads us so we can be sons of God. Grants a spirit of Sonship. Testifies to us that we are God's children.
    V18-21:
    Father - Will liberate creation from destruction and lead it to renewal
    V22-25:
    Father - Will redeem our bodies so we can live with him.
    Spirit - Gives us a first installment of living with God.
    V26-27:
    Father - Listens to the Spirit praying for us.
    Spirit - Helps us in our human weakness. Helps us in prayer by translating our innermost feelings for God.
    V28-30:
    Father - Works for good in all things and all circumstances. Planned for our salvation and glorification from the beginning.
    V31-39:
    Father - Offered Jesus as a sacrifice for our sins. Justifies us with his grace.
    Son - Refuses to judge or condemn, but intercedes for us instead. Loves us with an inescapable, ever-present love.
     

    • 26 min
    The Himalayas of the New Testament: John 1

    The Himalayas of the New Testament: John 1

    In this podcast series, Cecil examines the highest thoughts (the Himalayas) of the New Testament. John 1 contains what Cecil calls the Executive Summary, which lays out many of the concepts and terms you read throughout the Gospel of John. These include the following terms:
    Word, Life, Light, Darkness, Witness, Testify, Believe, True, Truth, Grace, Glory, Flesh, Fullness
    Cecil analyzes the reasons the Apostle John wrote the Gospel of John, as he not only shared an intimate disciple's view of Jesus, but also addressed heresies going on in the church at the time of his writing.

    • 33 min
    Fruits of the Spirit: Goodness

    Fruits of the Spirit: Goodness

    Goodness is goodness, right? Well, no. There is negative goodness and positive goodness. Negative goodness is when we are content in staying away from trouble and considering it good (for example, not murdering, stealing, committing adultery). Positive goodness is what Jesus calls us to be and do: Bringing light into the world, going beyond negative goodness to do good deeds for others, proactively serving His kingdom. In this podcast, Cecil Taylor shows how, in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus amplifies the "Don't" commandments to take us to new levels of obedience and goodness.

    • 32 min

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