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Preaching Cohorts – A Brotherhood Model Of Coaching Preachers
 
A preaching cohort is a group of six to ten pastors who covenant together to develop and improve their skills
in expository preaching through joint workshops, mutual encouragement, and personal accountability. Click here to find out more about preaching cohorts, and email david.christensen@rephidimproject.org
 
Instructional Video
EPI-Center
Expository Preaching Resources
 
 
 
 
March 19, 2019 – Sealing The Deal
In this instructional video, David Christensen discusses principles to effectively conclude sermons.
EPI-Center is a collaborative effort to bring expository resources and training to New England pastors, church leaders and those who have a call to preach. The Cecil B. Day Foundation began the EPI-Center in 2015, and over 450 preachers have received training through the ministry. The EPI-Center merged with The Rephidim Project in September 2018. We train expository preachers by providing tools, resources, and teaching. We coordinate intensive preaching institutes and workshops for pastors in New England. If you would like to host an institute or workshop, please contact us, and we will be glad to work with you to schedule one. Click to read more…EPI-CENTER INFORMATION PACKET You can also find this information on our Expository Preaching Resources page…
Expository preaching is the explanation of a biblical passage in its context that forms a complete unit of thought shaped by the intent of the original author and the structure of the passage which the Holy Spirit applies to the preacher and through the personality of the preacher makes the message relevant to people today.
 
Expository preaching ought to be the primary focus of the preaching ministry in the church. Why? Expository preaching allows the Word of God to speak for itself with a minimal amount of human interference. It exposes the text. In other words, it is the method that balances the exegetical with the practical seeking to understand the text as the author intended it to be understood and apply the text as the listeners need it applied. Click to read more…

 
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Unpacking The Undeserved Gift
by David Christensen
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Rephidim Project exists to support those on the frontlines of spiritual battle with the resources to be refreshed through the study of Scripture to spread God’s Word in this world more effectively. Pastors and missionaries become weary in the work and may feel isolated and discouraged. We seek to “encourage the exhausted and strengthen the weak” (Isaiah 35:3) through developing and distributing resources for Bible exposition. Click to read more…
3/8/2019 – Unpacking The Undeserved Gift by David Christensen
Bonus time! Our employer hands out the end of the year bonus. We appreciate it and look forward to it, maybe even bank on it each year. It’s a gift, but it feels like we deserve it. After all, good employees deserve a share of the profits, we think. The gift becomes a wage we earn not an undeserved gift. We, Christians, may develop a similar attitude with Christ’s gift to us. We would never say it like that, but we come to treat His gift like the company bonus.  Click to read more…
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Expository Preaching Resources
Expository preaching is the explanation of a biblical passage in its context that forms a complete unit of thought shaped by the intent of the original author and the structure of the passage which the Holy Spirit applies to the preacher and through the personality of the preacher makes the message relevant to people today (adapted from Haddon Robinson, Biblical Preaching: The Development and Delivery of Expository Messages, Baker Academic, 2001, p.20).
Expository preaching ought to be the primary focus of the preaching ministry in the church. Why? Expository preaching allows the Word of God to speak for itself with a minimal amount of human interference. It exposes the text. In other words, it is the method that balances the exegetical with the practical seeking to understand the text as the author intended it to be understood and apply the text as the listeners need it applied. Expository preaching points people to trust in the authority of the Bible not the genius of the preacher. Expository preaching helps people understand the Bible and models for people how to study the Bible and apply it to our daily lives.
There are five key characteristics of an expository sermon.
1. The central idea of the passage as it stands in its context is the central idea of the sermon.
2. The sermon focuses the message on meeting the needs of the people.
3. The structure of the passage determines the organization of the sermon.
4. The sermon explains the Scriptures as a coherent and coordinated body of the truth.
5. The passage is applied first to the preacher and then to the listeners.
The attached, downloadable articles below provide greater information and instruction on expository preaching and sermon development. 
Colossians 1:28-29
We proclaim Him (Christ), admonishing every man and teaching every man with
all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ. For this
purpose also I labor, striving according to His power, which mightily works within me.
(New American Standard Bible, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation)

Video – How To Create A Structural Diagram

Video – Aiming The Sermon
Video – The Big Idea
Video – Interrogating The Text
Video – Framing The Message
Video – Sealing The Deal

Video – Application: The Heart Of The Message
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Final Sermons 
Arrows of Victory 2 Kings 13:14-19 by Pastor David Christensen

Oct 21, 2018
Arrows of Victory 2 Kings 13:14-19
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    Oct 21, 2018
    Arrows of Victory 2 Kings 13:14-19
  • Oct 14, 2018A Great Commission Church Matthew 28:16-20
    Oct 14, 2018
    A Great Commission Church Matthew 28:16-20
Additional Sermon Series
 
1 John:
Fellowship With God
1 Samuel: Integrity,
The Fulcrum
Hebrews: The Supremacy Of Christ
Titus: Healthy
Church Practice
Romans:
Sanctification
Judges:
Culture Wars
Philippians:
Living Fellowship
1 Peter: Living In A
Hostile World
Ecclesiastes: Meaningless! 
Life Without God
Acts: His Church
And Our Mission
Genesis: The Book
Of Beginnings
Revelation: Final
Judgement

Luke: To Seek
And To Save
Micah: Social Justice
 

 

Blogs by David Christensen
 
 
 
 
Bible Tips and Tidbits
 
 
 
 
PreacherTalk
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Articles

 
 
Milk a Lot of Cows, But Churn Your Own Butter: Avoiding Plagiarism
by Jack L. Daniel
 
 
 
 
 
On Celebrating A Loss Of Privacy
by Garrett Soucy
 
 
Seven Suggestions For Handling Controversial Topics In Small Group Studies
by Stephen Witmer
 
 
 
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PAUL AND PHILEMON
A Case Study In Pastoral Influence
by David Christensen

 

Books

 
 
Resources can be purchased online in physical or electronic formats.  Please find the following books below:
 
Transformed By Adoption
 
 
 
 

 Transformed By Adoption

Our Heavenly Father has adopted us into His family and our adoption is the foundation for our transformation. Spiritual transformation is a gradual process of change as we learn the ways of our Father. Christians want to live a victorious life immediately. Talk of being radical or revolutionary Christians excites us but these descriptions imply that other Christians are lesser members of the family of God. Many consider the normal Christian life inferior to the higher Christian life. What is a normal Christian life? The Apostle Paul describes a normal Christian life in Romans 6-8. A normal Christian pursues holiness while wrestling with sin throughout life. The habits of sin must be replaced with the habits of holiness by the power of the Spirit. We grow to be like Christ as we walk in step with the Spirit. We are children of God by adoption so we must learn the ways of God by practice. When we fail we run into the arms of our Father and find our security in His love.

 
Friends With Jesus
 
 
 
 

Friends With Jesus

 

Is your Christian life dull and dry, full of rituals and responsibilities without any passion or joy? Has your obedience become a duty and your faith turned into an obligation? Renew your relationship with Jesus through this study of John 13-16. Jesus invites you to be His friends not merely His servants. Kindle the passion of fresh friendship with Jesus as He opens His heart to you in these chapters. His self-disclosure encourages your transparency as you explore what it means to be friends with Jesus. Jesus wants you to experience the depths of spiritual intimacy with Him. He desires your friendship, not just your service. Enjoy the riches of His love as you explore Jesus most intimate teachings shared just before He died for you.

 
Expository Insights On John 13-17
 
 
 
 
 
Expository Insights On John 13-17
 
 
Expository preaching exposes the ideas in the biblical unit of thought, so the sermon follows the flow of the passage. The hearers should be able to think their way through the passage after the sermon has been preached.  The preacher seeks to visualize the flow of thought – to picture the structure of the passage. The sermon should expose the hinges on which the passage swings by developing an outline based on the structure but written in contemporary language. This workbook provides a structural diagram based on the Greek text side by side with a format for the expositor to develop an outline from the passage. Short, practical insights add exegetical depth and sermon seed thoughts to help the preacher flesh out the message. The workbook encourages the preacher to mine the riches of John 13-17 for personal growth and sermon preparation.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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The Faces of Forgiveness:

Healing for the Hurts We Feel

Forgiveness is not easy despite the pictures painted in many sermons. We all struggle to forgive the hurts we feel. Bitterness and resentment threaten our souls if we do not release the poison to God. Pastor David Christensen deals honestly with the pain we feel while pointing us to the wonderful release we can enjoy when we give and receive forgiveness. The book uses the metaphor of faces to teach about forgiveness. The faces of those who experience healing form the backdrop for a theology of forgiveness. There are vertical and horizontal faces of forgiveness as we look to God and others. There are judicial and relational faces of forgiveness as we deal with God and others to find the healing that forgiveness brings to our hearts. David lays out the practical steps we must take to experience the healing power of forgiveness. We must learn to accept the grace, name the blame and release the poison of unforgiveness to find healing for the hurts we feel.

 
 

About The Rephidim Project

The Rephidim Project exists to support those on the frontlines of spiritual battle with the resources to be refreshed through the study of Scripture to spread God’s Word in this world more effectively. Pastors and missionaries become weary in the work and may feel isolated and discouraged. We seek to “encourage the exhausted and strengthen the weak” (Isaiah 35:3) through developing and distributing resources for Bible exposition. Read More…

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