In Grace Alone. In Faith Alone. In Scripture Alone. In Glory to God Alone. And… In Christ Alone.
Today on the Scandia Bible Church Podcast, David Teves returns to the pulpit to continue his Five Solas Series… Five Solas which provide the answer as to how and why a sinful man can be made righteous.
But of all the solas, it is the sola of “In Christ Alone” that ties all of the others together.
But just who is Christ? What work did He do? And how does this give us hope?
Avg Guy:I don’t have time to talk to anybody!… Quick! Answer this for me.
SBC Host: Hello. Average Guy’s phone.
[garbled phone voice]
SBC Host: It’s Jesus.
Avg Guy: Tell Him I’m too busy.
Are you too busy to hear from Christ?
Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Josh Peglow fills in at the pulpit and preaches through the familiar account of Mary and Martha.
Recall that Mary was the attentive one — the one who set everything aside, and sat at her Lord’s feet, to hear from Him.
Martha was the busy one, filled with overwhelm and a touch of sister-directed resentment, scurrying about to serve Him.
It’s easy for us to read this passage and assign misdirected priority and attention onto Martha. But this ultimately isn’t about what Martha should or shouldn’t have done: it’s about what you… and what you would do.
For there is no greater priority in the Christian life than hearing from Christ.
SBC Host: [writing] Dear family and friends. What a year it has been! Billy is growing up so fast. He started soccer and singing in the choir. Sally — not to be outdone — has taken up ballet, and found that she, too, enjoys singing. Of course, we all felt the bump in the road when our family suffered an affliction that was so great that it caused us the despair of life. We enjoyed our annual family vacation, though, down at the lake this summer….
Avg Guy: Whoah!! Wait! What happened!? “The despair of life”???
You can’t just gloss over something like that. You need to give us details!
SBC Host: Why? In his letter to the Corinthians, Paul didn’t.
Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Josh Peglow fills in at the pulpit and preaches out of the book of 2 Corinthians to show us that God uses trials to cause his people to stop trusting in themselves and, instead, in Him alone.
It’s not that he doesn’t want us to communicate our needs with others — He does. After all, it’s part of His plan of how we support each other.
But the main thrust of what we’ll learn today is that while we can suffer for all sorts of different reasons — and we will — (even a great apostle, such as Paul, is not immune) it’s when the despair becomes so great, that we humbly face the reality that, in and of ourselves, we have nothing to give.
Our burden is so excessive that we are beyond our strength.
While this can be a disconcerting place to be… It’s a good place to be.
Because as we put our trust and reliance in Him, we see God go to work… to establish His glory.
Avg Guy: I’m a pretty good person. I go to church, read my Bible, say nice things to people. I’m certainly not like HER. She’s the epitome of sex, drugs, and rockin’ roll!!
SBC Host: Careful.
Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, brother in Christ, David Teves fills in at the pulpit to continue his 5 Solas Series, in which, this time, we look at Grace — the GIFT (not anything of YOUR doing), but the gift of God from which we have been saved through faith… so that NO ONE may boast.
Because you see when we start comparing ourselves to our neighbor to estimate our standing in the Heavenly Court — the devil only laughs.
When you understand that the comparison has never been with your neighbor — but with the Almighty, Infinite God of the Universe — you indeed realize, that right from the beginning, you were DEAD.
Avg Guy:I’m a pretty good person. I’m not THAT BAD.
SBC Host:Oh but, according to 1 Colossians 1:21, you ARE that bad.
Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Josh Peglow fills in at the Pulpit to give Pastor Monty some much needed Father’s Day “hammock time” and shares with us that outside of Christ, we are enemies of God… because sinners sin.
Our only chance — our only hope — is to get right with God… a task of utter impossibility, by us… but by His grace, He has done all the work FOR us.
The Bible says that no one — only God — knows when Christ will return. So, if that’s the case, what should we occupy ourselves with in the meantime?
Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, brother in Christ, Josh Peglow fills in at the pulpit and shows that while the Bible doesn’t tell us when Christ will return… it does tell us what to do — what to do with excellence.
Description: If podcasting is roughly defined as “time-shifted media,” and modern scholars believe that the book of Hebrews was actually a sermon instead of a text… then one could argue that the Bible’s “delivery” of the book of Hebrews is one of the earliest podcasts!! [spoof “Epistle Podcast”]
Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, brother in Christ Josh Peglow answers the last minute call to stand behind the pulpit as Pastor Monty nurses a disabling case of lumbago and shares with us that the public reading of an entire text in this way was how it was done in the earliest days of the church.
Actually, all the New Testament epistles were meant to be read aloud to the congregation and then passed on to neighboring churches… a practice that promoted a unity of understanding in that together everyone could receive the message, The Word of God.
Driver:Hey Grace… How do I get to Christian Living?
Grace GPS:Getting directions to Christian Living. … Starting from Salvation, with the grace of God, drive straight and continue on the narrow path for a lifetime with sobriety, righteousness, and godliness. Along the way, avoid ungodliness and worldly lusts, as you look for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Driver: Thank you.
Grace GPS:Happy to help!
Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, brother in Christ, Josh Peglow fills in at the pulpit and takes us to the book of Titus where we are reminded that when we need direction, “Grace” is there!… the grace of God… for it instructs us how to live, points us toward our coming hope, and grounds us in the work of Christ.
Ultimately, what we find is that the grace of God transforms us.
Avg Guy: I’m confused. To be saved, Paul says I need faith…James says works. Who’s right??
Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, brother in Christ, David Teves fills in at the pulpit to address this apparent contradiction surrounding the Biblical doctrine of justification as he continues his “5 Solas Series.”
And what we’ll find is that when it comes to reading scripture, “first glances,” as one blog author put it, “are not enough.”
Average Guy:The Cross? The Cross is a joke! It’s for fools. It lacks any intellectual fortitude or logical reasoning. If I’m going to believe in such a fairy tale, I need some solid proof.
Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, brother in Christ, Josh Peglow, fills in at the pulpit to share a concept in the the Bible that at first to the believer may seem incredulous (and wrong): the Cross as foolishness.
But that’s exactly how God wants it to be seen. His intent is to turn conventional wisdom on its head. For as we begin to understand why He wants it this way, we begin to see the depth and richness of His power through it.
…And then we begin to realize where the foolishness really lies.
Description: There’s no doubt we’re living in challenging times — times in which there is an unprecedented effort to marginalize Christian values.
Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, we welcome back our Down Under pastor and pianist friend, Kris Baines, to share the encouraging message that though we face challenge, with Jesus, we can remain unshakable.
For though the world — like never before in recent history — now celebrates and normalizes things the Bible condemns as wicked, sinful, and perverse, we as followers of Jesus Christ are called and empowered to “keep going and stand firm” in our Christian walk.
False Teacher:…And I’d like to convince you of my heresy and drag you all down to hell with me.
Group: (various responses of interest)
SBC Host: If it were only that obvious.
Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Brother in Christ, Josh Peglow fills in at the pulpit to bring us a timely message from the book of Jude:
We must be on guard and “contend earnestly for the faith” because “certain persons have crept in unnoticed.”
He goes on to warn that they will draw many with their engaging personalities, slick style, and ability to turn a phrase… drawing them into a subtle trap of deception, with the sole purpose of leading you away from the pure Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
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