Sermons by Curran Bishop

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ONE: The letter to the church in Ephesus, chapter 3

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Paul presents the good news that God has come into the world to redeem the nations as a mystery. And he uses that word over and over; but why? Because what Paul is saying about God is different from what the Ephesians have encountered in any religion they have been exposed to: he is saying […]

ONE: The letter to the church in Ephesus, chapter 2

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First, let me apologize for the audio quality of this sermon; my mic wasn’t on and this is what an area mic picked up, so it’s pretty poor quality. I’m posting this more for the avid listener (if there is such a person) who doesn’t want to hear the later sermons out of context. In […]

ONE: the letter to the church in Ephesus, chapter 1

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Paul sets up his call to the Ephesian church to overcome the racial tensions between Jews and Greeks plaguing the church by focusing on the status of all followers of Jesus as adopted children of God. In adoption God reaches into the chaotic pool of selfish humanity and claims us as belonging to Him.

Membership 5.2, Going off the reservation, Matthew 18:15-20

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In this last sermon in a series looking at the Scriptural bases for our membership vows, we consider a second aspect of the 5th vow, Do you submit yourselves to the government and discipline of the church, and promise to study its purity and peace? While last week we looked at the idea of submitting […]

Luke 23:50-24:12, What the Resurrection produces

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In 1779 the young United States suffered it’s most significant naval defeat until Pearl Harbor, largely due to the fear of the commander of the expedition, and his focusing on the wrong details. In Luke’s account of the Resurrection, the disciples missed its significance because they were consumed with fear, doubt, and a need to come […]

Membership 5.1: If I blow it, come get me, Hebrews 13.7-17

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We’re looking at the Scriptural basis for the first part of the 5th membership vow we take in joining a Presbyterian church, Do you submit yourselves to the government and discipline of the church, and promise to study its purity and peace? As people in an anti-authoritarian culture the idea of submitting ourselves to the government and […]

Membership 4.3: Generosity, 2 Corinthians 9

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We’re looking at the Scriptural basis for another aspect of the 4th membership vow we take when we join a Presbyterian church, Do you promise to support the church in its worship and work to the best of your ability? Last week we considered supporting the church in its work with our time and gifts; this week […]

Membership 4.2: Work, Ephesians 4

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We’re looking at the Scriptural basis for another aspect of the 4th membership vow we take when we join a Presbyterian church, Do you promise to support the church in its worship and work to the best of your ability? While we looked at worship last week, we’re considering some of the implications of what it […]

Membership 4.1: Worship, 1 Corinthians 14

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Continuing in our series on the membership vows we take we come to question 4, Do you promise to support the church in its worship and work to the best of your ability? We’re going to take this question in a few parts, first by considering what worship is, what it’s for, and what it […]

Membership 3: Sanctification, James 2.14-26

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Continuing a brief sermon series looking at the five membership questions or vows that we take as part of joining a PCA church (meant as both an opportunity for prospective members and those who are checking us out to examine the the most basic aspects of what we believe–the essentials that we all affirm as members–and […]

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