EXPOSITION: Chapter 7:1-25 Before he can unpack the full cosmic purpose of the Gospel in ch. 8, Paul continues his solution to the dual problem of sin and the law. Having addressed sin in ch. 6, he now focusses on the law, although, he has already introduced its solution in 6:14, sowing the seed that we are no longer “under law but under grace”, before diverting to his … [Read more...]
Life in the Spirit
This teaching stream will explore Life in the Spirit.
It will explicate, especially from Paul’s Epistles to the Romans (chs 6-8) and to the Galatians (chs 3-5), a more accurate teaching on Christian sanctification—victory over the world, the flesh, and the devil. This will require dismantling some popular teachings (e.g. traditional Keswick and Wesleyan theories) that have been grounded in faulty exegesis and inaccurate translation of the key text of Romans 6:6. It will also explore how to be filled with the Holy Spirit.
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In the face of the ugliness of a sin ravaged world, mired in wars and bloodshed, despair and disease, brokenness and corruption, Ern illuminates the beauty of God’s plan. This plan, purposed before time, began in Eden, continued in Canaan, and was fulfilled in the coming of Christ. With the inauguration of Christ’s kingdom on earth through his atoning work, God’s Spirit-filled … [Read more...]
EXPOSITION: Chapter 6:1-23 The Definition of Sanctification The problem of sin in relation to the Christian life is generally termed “sanctification” with the term found only twice in this epistle, here in ch.6 in v. 19, 22. The Greek word hagiasmos means consecration, purification; from hagiadzo – to make holy, purify, or consecrate, which is from hagios meaning sacred or … [Read more...]
In an age of distraction, governed by the pragmatic principle 'whatever works is right', what place does prayer have in our personal and church life? Is it really that important? Shouldn't we just get on with the 'real' work of the church; whether in personal and familial living, church equipping and programming, or cultural engagement and transformation? Luther once said: … [Read more...]
Ern addresses the inseparable nature of the Word and Spirit as foundational to God’s creation order. Exploring the necessary balance between charismatic experience and biblical doctrine for the advance of the gospel, he exposes how Satan's strategy down throughout history has been to keep the Word and the Spirit separated, resulting in either dry intellectualism or mindless … [Read more...]