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Groundwork: Biblical Foundations for Life

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Groundwork is a half-hour conversation that digs deeply into Scripture, the foundation for our lives. Each week, pastors Dave Bast (president of Words of Hope) and Scott Hoezee (director of CEP at Calvin Seminary) cultivate our understanding of God's Word by unpacking the richness of the Bible and applying it with insight to today's world.

Groundwork is a half-hour conversation that digs deeply into Scripture, the foundation for our lives. Each week, pastors Dave Bast (president of Words of Hope) and Scott Hoezee (director of CEP at Calvin Seminary) cultivate our understanding of God's Word by unpacking the richness of the Bible and applying it with insight to today's world.

Location:

Holland, MI

Description:

Groundwork is a half-hour conversation that digs deeply into Scripture, the foundation for our lives. Each week, pastors Dave Bast (president of Words of Hope) and Scott Hoezee (director of CEP at Calvin Seminary) cultivate our understanding of God's Word by unpacking the richness of the Bible and applying it with insight to today's world.

Language:

English

Contact:

Groundwork c/o ReFrame Media 6555 West College Drive Palos Heights, IL 60463 800-879-6555


Episodes

Confession

1/22/2021
It can be difficult to admit when we’re wrong or that we’ve made a mistake. While pride, shame, and fear can make confession difficult, knowing our salvation is secure in Jesus Christ and being confident in God’s mercy, allows us the freedom to confess our sins and find healing for our souls. Join us in studying key passages of scripture to better understand the spiritual discipline of confession, to discover why it keeps us spiritually healthy, and to learn how it’s beneficial to our...

Duration:00:24:57

Worship

1/15/2021
What makes worship a spiritual discipline? Weekly worship has been a central practice in the lives of Christians since the early days of the Christian church. Gathering together to express our praise and thanksgiving to God is a natural response to God’s great gift of salvation. As we study the call to worship throughout both the Old and New Testaments, we learn why our pattern of worship matters and how habitually engaging in thoughtful, intentional, and Trinitarian worship is profoundly...

Duration:00:24:57

Sabbath Rest

1/8/2021
In our work-driven culture, it can be hard to rest. And yet, in the Ten Commandments, God commands us to 'Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.' What exactly is God asking of us with this commandment? Does Sabbath rest just mean taking a day off? Or is there more to it than that? Join us as we trace the spiritual discipline of Sabbath rest through Scripture to better understand what God designed Sabbath for. Together we’ll evaluate commonly held ideas and traditions about the Sabbath,...

Duration:00:25:01

Commitment and Discipleship

1/1/2021
Following Jesus is not always easy. How many times have you said you’d do personal devotions every day, only to have your plan fizzle after week one? Or what about a time when you discovered that what God wanted of you was completely opposite of what was trending in society? Join us as we study scripture to better understand the spiritual discipline of commitment and learn how we can cultivate the lifelong discipline of following Jesus Christ.

Duration:00:24:57

Faith Questions We All Ask

12/25/2020
As we experience new or unexpected situations in our daily lives, it’s right and good to see them through the lens of our Christian faith. But what happens when they cause us to ask questions of our faith? A trusted faith community is a valuable resource for biblically sound advice and answers. That’s why we’re thankful to dig into scripture with you. Let’s discuss some of the questions faithful believers have sent to Groundwork this year, questions like: “Do we still need the Old Testament...

Duration:00:24:57

Focus on Jesus

12/18/2020
Our world is full of distractions and tempting “promises” of deliverance from all our earthly woes. But as we celebrate the birth of Christ at Christmas, it is wise to heed the caution and guidance that the Apostle Paul sent to believers in the city of Colossae. He reminds the Colossians to remember that Jesus Christ is the firstborn over everything. He is the only one worth believing in. There’s no Jesus and...it’s only Jesus Christ, the incarnate Son of God, who can save and deliver us...

Duration:00:24:57

Jesus Christ Came with a Purpose

12/11/2020
What is Christmas all about? Some might say, family. Christians hopefully say the birth of Jesus. But is that all? Is that the whole reason we celebrate? The Apostle Paul would urge us to celebrate the coming of Jesus Christ, but he would also want us to remember why Jesus came. As Paul tells Timothy “Jesus came into the world to save sinners.” Together, let’s study Paul’s words to Timothy to deepen our understanding of why the incarnation matters and marvel at the great love that really...

Duration:00:25:01

Jesus Willingly Humbled Himself

12/4/2020
Do you ever wish there was a way to make the Christmas spirit last all year long? The Apostle Paul would suggest humility is the answer. When Paul wanted to address issues of conflict and division in the Philippian church, he implored them to preserve unity. How could they do so when differences and disagreements inevitably arose? Paul advised them to look to the example of Christ and examine Christ’s approach to privilege. Study Paul’s message to the Philippians to gain a deeper...

Duration:00:24:57

The Son of God Became Like Us

11/27/2020
Are the circumstances of Jesus Christ’s birth important? Do they matter for our salvation? The Apostle Paul thinks so. As he writes about the incarnation to the Galatian Christians, Paul makes it clear that the Son of God took on human flesh. He was born the same way and was subject to the same laws as all humans. Join Groundwork to discover how these and other small details inform our understanding of Jesus and his rescue mission—the mission that restored relationships and welcomed us into...

Duration:00:24:57

Jesus Christ Restores

11/20/2020
Have you ever wondered if you’re too broken, if you’ve sinned too much, or if you’re just too far gone for Jesus to love you? Witness an interaction between Jesus and Peter that gives us the hope and courage to love Jesus despite our failings and to trust that Jesus is more than willing to restore us to full relationship with him. Join us as we study this post-resurrection appearance of Jesus Christ in the closing chapter of John’s gospel and discover what Jesus calls all of his followers to...

Duration:00:24:57

The Final Events of Jesus' Earthly Life

11/13/2020
As the gospel of John details the final events of Jesus’ earthly life, it is clear that Jesus goes to the cross knowingly and willingly. Study the stories of Jesus’ arrest, trial, and crucifixion, and witness the truth woven through John’s gospel. Hear Jesus pronounce his work finished, remember the resurrection, and watch Thomas’ doubt dissipate. See the fulfillment of the message John urgently declared in his opening chapter “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not...

Duration:00:24:57

Christ Glorified: the Holy Spirit and Growing in Christlikeness

11/6/2020
The gospel of John points its readers to Jesus’ glory through its faithful account of Jesus’ teachings. Even as Jesus repeatedly warns his disciples that he will soon go away , he also reminds them they will not be alone. He promises the coming of the Holy Spirit and teaches them about the Spirit’s ministry and work. Jesus urges his disciples to abide in him and find assurance because he is “the true vine.” Study these teachings of Jesus’ in the gospel of John and discover what it really...

Duration:00:24:57

Christ Glorified: Love and Humble Sacrifice

10/30/2020
Halfway through the gospel of John, there is a noticeable shift. John turns our attention from Jesus’ public ministry to focus instead on the foundational teachings Jesus shared with his disciples in his last week. Jesus acknowledges that his hour has indeed drawn near and with a new urgency, he conveys the most important truths about himself and about God the Father. As we study the stories about Jesus washing his disciples’ feet and declaring that he is the only way to the Father, we...

Duration:00:24:57

Signs of Christ's Power

10/23/2020
What is power? Having power means having the strength, ability, or influence to accomplish something. As we continue studying the gospel of John, we read about signs that point to Jesus and help us recognize his power. We’ll witness Jesus’ power to provide, his power to heal, and his power over death. And through these signs Jesus Christ reveals himself to us and gives us a glimpse into his coming kingdom. John records these signs of Christ’s power so that all might believe in Jesus Christ,...

Duration:00:24:57

Signs of Christ's Glory

10/16/2020
The gospel of John recounts a number of events that reveal Jesus Christ’s glory. Studying his miracle at the wedding at Cana, his prophetic words and actions as he cleanses the temple, and his interaction with the Samaritan woman at the well give us insight into who Jesus is, what he can do, and what he offers us. These three stories help us better understand what glory is and where we can expect to encounter the glory of Jesus in our own lives.

Duration:00:24:57

Jesus Christ is...

10/9/2020
In its opening chapter, the gospel of John declares that Jesus Christ is the Messiah. The gospel writer begins his book with a prologue, confidently and urgently declaring the truths he will spend the rest of his book revealing through a carefully curated record of Jesus Christ’s earthly ministry. So if you’d like to know more about who Jesus is, if you’d like to better understand his identity, his character, and his purpose, then join us in studying the prologue found in John 1. Together...

Duration:00:24:57

Welcome and Care

10/2/2020
Another major theme found in Leviticus is God’s instruction to Israel to care for the aliens...the immigrants...the strangers living in their midst. These individuals were particularly vulnerable and God makes clear that he cares for them and that Israel should too. Does this theme of hospitality extend to Christians and the church today? Studying these teachings in Leviticus, in the light of our salvation in Christ, can inform our thoughts and behaviors toward non-Christians and vulnerable...

Duration:00:24:57

Blood, Sacrifices, and Forgiveness

9/25/2020
Christians have many rituals and traditions, but offering sacrifices is no longer one of them. In the book of Leviticus, God provided Israel with a holiness code and sacrificial system that addressed the sin they, as unholy people, would inevitably commit and removed the guilt they would inevitably bear. Though we no longer need to offer ritual sacrifices, studying the sacrificial system in Leviticus helps us understand more fully our need for Christ’s ultimate sacrifice and deepens our...

Duration:00:24:57

Be Holy

9/18/2020
The book of Leviticus, often called the “the holiness code” by scholars, contains all the rules and laws Israel was to follow in order to be holy. Why did they need to be holy? Because God is holy and his presence dwelt among them. This holiness code may feel out-of-date to Christians today, because Jesus Christ’s sacrifice has freed us from the burden of these rules and laws. But when we read the New Testament, we quickly discover that the theme of Leviticus—to be holy because God is...

Duration:00:24:57

A Holy God Lives Among Us

9/11/2020
After he delivered his chosen people from Egypt, God resided among his people in the tabernacle. Today, our Holy God continues to choose to live in our midst, but his presence is no longer limited to the tabernacle. Through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, God dwells among us, an unholy people. Study Leviticus with us to discover why it is so important for us to acknowledge God’s presence among us and to live our lives according to this wonderful truth.

Duration:00:24:57