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Speaker: Ben Wikner

Matthew: The Life and Words of Jesus, Part 63

Woeful Religion

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Speaker: Ben Wikner

Text: Matthew 23:1-39

Jesus teaches that those who exalt themselves (or allow themselves to be exalted) will be humbled and those who humble themselves will be exalted – and this is particularly so for the church and its leaders.

Matthew: The Life and Words of Jesus, Part 55

God’s Kingdom is Greater than Marriage, Divorce, and Singleness

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Speaker: Ben Wikner

Text: Matthew 19:6-12

Make your marriage or your singleness point to and further the kingdom of God through the gospel.

Matthew: The Life and Words of Jesus, Part 54

Marriage as God Intended It

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Speaker: Ben Wikner

Text: Matthew 19:1-12

God intended marriage for goodness, love, intimacy of relationship, holiness, and his glory.

Elders, Part 1

Why Do We Need Elders?

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Speaker: Ben Wikner

Text: Acts 20:17-38

Christ has appointed elders to lead, shepherd, and teach his church.

Matthew: The Life and Words of Jesus, Part 52

The Principles and Practice of Church Discipline

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Speaker: Ben Wikner

Text: Matthew 18:15-20

Brotherly love in the church sometimes requires confronting others who are straying in sin, with the hope of winning them back to the Savior.

Worthy13, Part 5

Jesus Appears on the Road to Emmaus

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Speaker: Ben Wikner

Text: Luke 24:13-35

In this last session, Ben offers take home points on how we can each "see Jesus" at home in the busyness of our everyday lives.

Matthew: The Life and Words of Jesus, Part 43

It’s All About Jesus

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Speaker: Ben Wikner

Text: Matthew 14:13-36

Christianity is all about Jesus: his works, his identity, and his grace.

Endurance: Looking to Jesus in the Race of Faith, Part 4

Are We There Yet?

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Speaker: Ben Wikner

Text: Hebrews 12:18-24

In regards to spiritual things, it’s critical to know where we are and where we are headed.

Matthew: The Life and Words of Jesus, Part 35

Follow Me!

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Speaker: Ben Wikner

Text: Matthew 10:38

My calling as a Christian is simply to follow Jesus.

Matthew: The Life and Words of Jesus, Part 33

A Cost Analysis of Following Jesus

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Speaker: Ben Wikner

Text: Matthew 10:34-39

To be a follower of Jesus means we lay our lives down before him, enduring separation and suffering for the joy and fullness that is in him.

I Will Not Leave You as Orphans

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Speaker: Ben Wikner

Text: James 1:27

The gospel is God's solution to the orphan crisis. As a loving father, God came to adopt spiritual orphans into his family, and then he calls his adopted children to care for the fatherless of this world.

Matthew: The Life and Words of Jesus, Part 4

The Prophet and the Son

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Speaker: Ben Wikner

Text: Matthew 3

In the story of redemption, John's ministry brings the end of the old covenant and introduces the coming of the new.

Celebrating the Scandal of Christmas

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Speaker: Ben Wikner

Text: Luke 1:45-55

Rightly celebrating Christmas is to celebrate the holy scandal of God’s plan of redemption.

2 Peter, Part 3

Adorn Faith with Godliness

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Speaker: Ben Wikner

Text: 2 Peter 1:5-11

God calls and equips believers to adorn their faith with godly character.

Nehemiah: When God Revives His People, Part 5

Building Unity Through Generosity

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Speaker: Ben Wikner

Text: Nehemiah 5

What could possibly be so serious, so destructive to God's people, that Nehemiah would call off rebuilding the wall until it was resolved? Greed, oppression, and indifference among the people of God had to be replaced by a unifying generosity before the work could continue.

Adoption: The Heart and Goal of the Gospel, Part 8

The Prodigal Son: A Case Study on Adoption

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Speaker: Ben Wikner

Text: Luke 15

This is a story of two rebellious sons: one unrighteous and one self-righteous. Both reveal the tendency towards relating to the Father as indentured servants instead of as sons.

Adoption: The Heart and Goal of the Gospel, Part 7

Adoption and Christian Parenting

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Speaker: Ben Wikner

Text: James 1:27

Adoption-informed parenting is gospel-shaped parenting. The more we understand biblical adoption the better equipped we will be for Christian parenting.

Adoption: The Heart and Goal of the Gospel, Part 6

Changed Relationships Through Adoption

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Speaker: Ben Wikner

Text: 1 John 3:10

As children adopted by God, all our relationships change, including our relationships with other believers, with the world, and with sin and Satan.

Adoption: The Heart and Goal of the Gospel, Part 5

The Spirit of Adoption: Confirming Our Identity in Christ

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Speaker: Ben Wikner

Text: Galatians 4:6

The Spirit helps us in our childlike weakness--to confirm our identity as sons of God and to conform us more and more into conduct becoming his sons.

Adoption: The Heart and Goal of the Gospel, Part 4

The Transforming Power of Adoption

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Speaker: Ben Wikner

Text: 1 Peter 1:8

Seeing God as Father transforms our attitude, our motivation for obedience, our defense against temptation and our growth in holiness.

Adoption: The Heart and Goal of the Gospel, Part 3

A Survey of Key Texts on Adoption

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Speaker: Ben Wikner

Text: Ephesians 1:5

Scripture everywhere speaks from a fatherly perspective, and it reveals that God's eternal purpose for believers is fulfilled in adoption.

Adoption: The Heart and Goal of the Gospel, Part 2

A Biblical-Theological Overview of Adoption in Scripture

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Speaker: Ben Wikner

Text: 2 Corinthians 3:18

God made man to enjoy fellowship with him as a son would his father, but the fall impeded that relationship. Redemption accomplished what God intended in creation: to give true and full sonship to mankind through adoption.

Adoption: The Heart and Goal of the Gospel, Part 1

The Significance of the Doctrine

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Speaker: Ben Wikner

Text: 1 John 3:1

Adoption is not merely a grand illustration, nor a lofty doctrine, but a profound spiritual reality for believers - the fullest, richest picture of God's eternal purpose.