Playing Your Role in God’s Redemptive Narrative

Michael Andres

Read: Acts 1:1-5 In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach . . . (v. 1) Luke’s former book, the Gospel of Luke (volume 1), records what Jesus began to do and teach (Acts 1:1). Volume 2, the book of Acts, records what Jesus continued to do and teach . . .  through his people! Everything you read in Acts—all the riots and mobs, new community and radical generosity, the …

Predestined Love

Michael Andres

Read: Ephesians 1 In love he predestined us. (vv. 4-5) Paul says that “in love” God predestined us. Predestined love. Is it possible to plan for love? Predestined love is a deep mystery. Our heavenly Father takes the initiative in loving us: he chose, predestined, and planned to love and forgive us, even though we are unfaithful. In Ephesians 1, predestination pertains to God’s merciful love in salvation; yet God’s ultimate plan is for us to be holy and blameless, …

God the Almighty King of Everything

Michael Andres

Read: Matthew 10:26-33 Not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. (v. 29) Why does the language “act of God” refer to disasters? Apparently, insurance actuaries need some training in theology. Isn’t the tree that did not fall on my house an act of God? What about the overall health my family enjoys? Sovereignty means the monarch’s reign and governance. The Reformers believed that God is the almighty king over everything. God’s sovereignty rules over …

God at the Center

Michael Andres

Read: Ephesians 1 According to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace. (vv. 5-6) In an essay titled “First and Second Things,” C. S. Lewis once observed a near universal law: “The woman who makes a dog the centre of her life loses, in the end, not only her human usefulness and dignity but even the proper pleasure of dog-keeping . . . You can’t get second things by putting them first. You get second …

Glorious God

Michael Andres

Read: Exodus 3:13-22 God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” (v. 14) What is your vision of God? Friedrich Nietzsche declared that God is dead. Others portray God as a fraud, the supernatural wizard behind heaven’s curtain. Still others imagine that God is an impersonal “force” with a light and dark side whose nature is thus both good and evil. The contrast could not be sharper with the biblical vision for the nature, character, and power of God. …

Life in Communion

Michael Andres

Read: Ephesians 2:11-22 That he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace. (v. 15) In the United States, only 5 percent of evangelical churches are racially integrated. We live in a world and church of much fragmentation, alienation, and social walls. Likewise, in the multicultural church of Ephesus, Jewish and Gentile converts often separated themselves from each other. This was at odds with the fact that they were united to the same …