Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Video: The Power of Prayer by Chad A. Gross


In this sermon that I recently shared at Faith Christian Fellowship in Williamsport, MD, I broke down Ephesians 1:15-23. Some of the topics that I discussed that may appeal to apologists include: 1) the correct definition of biblical faith 2) why believers must cultivate the life of the mind 3) the role of the Holy Spirit in study 4) how to share the gospel clearly.

Enjoy!

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

Footnotes:
1. Francis Foulkes, Tyndale NT Commentaries: Ephesians, p. 66-67.
2. Richard Dawkins, Lecture from 'The Nullifidian' (Dec 94), http://old.richarddawkins.net/articles/89.
3. J. P. Moreland, Loving God with All Your Mind: Revised and Updated, p. 70.
4. Foulkes, p. 67.
5. David Legge Sermon, "Paul’s Prayer List for You," Pt. 1., www.preachtheword.com
6. Steven J. Cole, What God Wants You to Know, https://bible.org/seriespage/lesson-10-what-god-wants-you-know-ephesians-118-19.
7. Richard Dawkins, River Out of Eden (New York: Baic Books, 1996), 133.
8. Kenneth L. Boles, The College Press NIV Commentary: Galatians and Ephesians, 215-216.
9. Foulkes, p. 74-76.
10. William Barclay, The New Daily Study Bible: The Letters to the Galatians and Ephesians, p. 107-108.

3 comments:

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Ernest Grogg said...

I would go so far as to say this is a very good working of a couple of things in Aplogetics. The one writer you put in the footnotes is William Barclay.

Although he is OK, I would refer to Douglas Moo as more of the authority on the Scripture. He is very good and works us though this Passage very well.

I also have some great information Here: https://www.groggbible.com/eph_115-23/

What do you think?

Justin Clemente said...

Nicely done! Solid exegesis of the passage with an engaging presentation. I particularly liked the part where you talked about how we, as Christians, tend to talk about our faith as something that "works", etc, rather than something which is true. I think you're very much right. This is why I tend to talk about Scripture as "the story of God," which tells the one true story of the world, true for all people at all times. Part of the benefit of approaching the Bible from this kind of narrative perspective is that it connects with our postmodern culture, and at the same time, it corrects it, pointing to the meta-narrative of Scripture.

Anyway, I liked your sermon.