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Christ Church Fox Chapel Podcast

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April 5, 2020 57 min

Rev. Alex closes our series on Ephesians this week.

The enemy does not like it when we live like this. He is threatened by our lives and the way our freedom attracts others. So he attacks. But Jesus offers strength to resist.

Readings from this service:
Ephesians 6:10-23
Psalm 56: 3-4

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April 5, 2020 23 min

The clergy (informally!) discusses the scriptures from the April 5 service. Special guest Kat Shuttleworth.

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March 29, 2020 15 min

The radical teaching last week between spouses is taken even further as the same principle of mutual care is extended to two more marginalized groups: children and servants.

Imagine the impact on the world if we turn our little homes and places of work upside down with the gospel!

Readings from this service:
Ephesians 6: 1-9
Psalm 78: 5-8

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March 29, 2020 17 min

The clergy (informally!) discusses the scriptures from the March 29 service. Special guest Robert Fire.

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The mutually submissive teaching to spouses here is radical because it mirrors Christ's submission to death for us.

The staff team & vestry operates on the principle of submitting to one another. The aim is for this culture to impact the whole church.

Readings from this service:
Ephesians 5: 21-33
Psalm 146: 7-10
Matthew 20: 20-28

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March 22, 2020 18 min

The clergy (informally!) discusses the scriptures from the March 22 service.

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At a time of stress Ephesians 5: 21 shows what a powerful witness it can be to become a "you first" church. Extending the series by a week, Rev. Alex zooms in on just one verse today.

Readings from this service:
Ephesians 5: 21-33
Psalm 146: 7-10
Matthew 20: 20-28

*Please note: this service was broadcast live on our Facebook page.

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March 9, 2020 30 min

Although believers still sin, we should be distinctly different from non-believers. And this ought to attract people to Christ. God in His grace points out our behavior to us so that we can be changed.

Readings from this service:
Ephesians 5: 1-21
Psalm 50: 17-22
John 13: 34-35

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March 9, 2020 27 min

*Note: Due to technical difficulties, this sermon was recorded after the service.

Being isolated from God leads to a darkened mind and a hardened heart, which leads to sinful behavior and breaks our human relationships. But in the equal opposite way, peace with God leads to peace in our lives and one another.
What are our work and home lives like? Could the answer be linked to what we are like?

Readings from this service:
Ephesians 4:...

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February 18, 2020 26 min

Paul's prayer is that we would grow stronger in our faith and trust in Christ more, seeing that he can do way more than we currently believe. God can always do more than even the most faithful person believes.

Readings from this service:
Isaiah 41: 10-13
Ephesians 3: 14-21
Psalm 72: 18-19
John 14: 12-17

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By grace, God extends his grace further and further, bringing in more and more people to the family of God as promised.

We gain bold and confident access to the Father through faith in Jesus Christ.

Readings from this service:
Ephesians 3: 1-13
Psalm 74: 2-3, 21-22
John 14: 1-6

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February 3, 2020 28 min

We used to live alone and without hope but now we belong to God together with one another. Our new communal life is built on Christ alone.

Readings from this service:
Isaiah 28: 15-16
Ephesians 2: 11-22
Psalm 118: 19-23
John 15: 1-5

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January 27, 2020 28 min

God lavishes grace on us through his saving initiative. The language of death could not be stronger in debunking the idea of salvation through our own works:  the dead do not raise themselves.

Readings from this service:
Ephesians 2: 1-10
Psalm 86: 12-16
John 5: 19-24

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January 21, 2020 33 min

Having been made ready by Christ, we gain deep and powerful insight, seeing the world in a way that the dull cannot. In fact, Isaiah suggests we see it as he sees it.

We thus find hope, even in hard times because we see the authority and the power of Christ now.

Readings from this service:
Isaiah 11: 1-4
Ephesians 1: 15-23
Psalm 119: 17-20
John 17: 24-26

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We begin a new 14-week series this week, Ephesians: Reconciled in Christ & Ready for Life.

Those in Christ are ready for the end because of his redemption, blood, forgiveness & grace. The language of inheritance, salvation and election amplifies the point. We need not fear the end as we are sealed and our inheritance is guaranteed.

Readings from this service:
Isaiah 45: 22-25
Ephesians 1: 1-14
Psalm 37: 18-20
Matthew 26: 26-29

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January 5, 2020 29 min

God promises to ransom and redeem us and thus our mourning turns to joy.

Readings from this service:
Jeremiah 31: 7-14
Psalm 84: 1-2, 4-5, 10-13
Matthew 2: 1-12

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In a criminal trial the accused at best might be declared not guilty. But in Christ we are declared positively as righteous and Isaiah promises even more:  a beautiful, elaborate new royal identity for us.

Readings from this service:
Isaiah 61: 10--62: 5
Psalm 147: 12-13, 19-20
John 1: 1-18

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December 24, 2019 12 min

The idea of something as vulnerable as a baby being our judge and bringing light to a gloomy world is uniquely Christian.

Readings from this service:
Isaiah 9: 2-7
Psalm 98: 1-3
Luke 2: 1-20

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December 22, 2019 29 min

Christ enters the world to be with us in our sins and to save us from judgment by presenting us as righteous before God, not through our works but by his grace alone.

Readings from this service:
Romans 1: 1-7
Psalm 24: 3-6
Matthew 1: 18-25

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We are promised both ransom and restoration. When we suffer or feel anxious, it can be comforting to know that the judge is near and will soon bring about our vindication.

Readings from this service:
Isaiah 35: 4-6 & 10
James 5: 7-12
Psalm 146: 5-9
Matthew 11: 2-6

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