Weekly teaching ministry of Epiclesis, an Ancient-Future Faith Community.
A Covenant with You in Mind
In the Old Testament there are promises God made to Israel or to Abraham. But did you ever think about how they might be for you, too? The promises made to Abraham and his seed in the long ago have been fulfilled in a remarkable and wonderful way. Along the way we defined "Christian" and "The Church"-- and we also talked about the amazing inheritance that is our in Christ.
“Shimmerings” on the First Sunday in Lent
On this first Sunday in Lent, 2024, Epiclesis embarked on a series for the season we titled "The Cross and the Covenant." Guest preacher Dr. Jay Dudley brought a message that treated the four lectionary passages appointed for the day as if they were discrete and unrelated. This resulted in four brief messages--one on each passage. In the process, it became apparent how the passages connect to the Lenten themes of our covenant-keeping God and His suffering Son, our Savior-- all while finally suggesting a way that atonement actually occurs-- allowing us to see the vast span of the Son's journey from eternal glory, to incarnation/atonement, and back to the Father's side.
New Things, Mountains, and Thin Places
Here's a little quiz: Where do new things, mountains, and thin places come together? Answer: The Mountain of Transfiguration. Join Pastor Chris as he takes us on a journey from Deuteronomy and Moses to the Gospel of Mark and Jesus as we discover why the Transfiguration of Christ is so critically important to our faith.
Art credit: The beautiful painting associated with this post is called "Transfiguration" by Lewis Bowman (one of our favorites at Epiclesis).
Jesus’ Quiet Place
Once again, Jesus shows us something important: We can’t speak with authority, transform lives, bring healing, or find victory over sin in our own lives if we don’t build a rich, strong foundation of intentional prayer. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus talked about finding a quiet place, a tameion in the Greek, to pray. And He did. Often. Near the Galilean town of Capernaum, there is a quiet place, a cave called the "Eremos Grotto," where tradition says Jesus would go to pray. What specific things can we learn from His example?
The image you see attached to this podcast is a view from the Capernaum grotto.
Listening and Coming Under Authority
Jesus was barely into His ministry at Capernaum when an unlikely individual revealed who He really was. Jesus came into the world as the new and ultimate Moses, as well as the new and ultimate priest and king. But what might those things mean for our relationship with Him? Why should we listen to Him, and why should we come under His authority? There are some breathtaking reasons that stretch back all the way to Genesis and Deuteronomy. Join us!
God Calling, Part 2
In part two of a sermon series, Pastor Chris focused what he called the "weighty" and "consequential" parts of our calling. Along the way, we looked at key passages that talked about our being called to salvation, having our wisdom in Christ, the necessity of worship, and working with the Body of Christ in fulfilling Christ's purposes for the world.
Could it be that if we were more confident about the weighty and more consequential parts of our calling, then the less-than-Kingdom-sized decisions would be easier to make?'' Join us!
Excellent biblical teaching and wisdom
This podcast is an honest, refreshing, and enlightening exploration of what we can learn from the early church and how that informs our lives as Christians today. Some of the podcasts are recorded sermons while others are interviews with other pastors or thinkers. Pastor Chris Alford is sincere, wise, and funny. I was able to spend a summer in the Epiclesis congregation in Sacramento and it was by far the best church experience in my life. I miss it dearly. But at least I can listen to the podcast! Thanks Epiclesis and Pastor Chris. Keep the blessings coming!
What Was Finished?
This is a most interesting and well presented teaching. It is so refreshing to hear God's wonderous story and how we can become part of it - that it is all about God's story and not ours! It is great to hear someone focus on the themes that run through the entirety of the bible and reinforce that they all point to the person and work of Jesus Christ. These podcasts are a breath of fresh air and yet are packed with good theology and teaching. Keep 'em coming!!
Dr. Carl Peters
The dialogue that takes place between pastor and people in these teachings is engaging and refreshing. Saint Augustine taught that, "The Old Testament is in the New revealed and the New Testament is in the Old concealed." In keeping with this understanding, the messages presented here are thoroughly immersed in the narrative of Salvation History. From the excited responses of the congregation, it seems clear that this approach creates a most lively interaction with the Scriptures! Thank you for sharing this beautiful time with us.