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Digging deeply into scripture to lay the foundation for our lives. Groundwork is a half-hour weekly audio program that digs deeply into scripture as a foundation for our lives. Each week, pastors Dave Bast and Bob Heerspink cultivate our understanding of God’s Word by unpacking the richness of the Bible and applying it with insight for today’s world. Their casual conversation invites us to hear more of what God is doing in our lives. And on this website you can join the conversation, comment on past or future episodes, or exchange prayer requests with our prayer team. Groundwork is a half-hour weekly audio program that digs deeply into scripture as a foundation for our lives. Each week, pastors Dave Bast and Bob Heerspink cultivate our understanding of God’s Word by unpacking the richness of the Bible and applying it with insight for today’s world. Their casual conversation invites us to hear more of what God is doing in our lives. And on this website you can join the conversation, comment on past or future episodes, or exchange prayer requests with our prayer team.

Digging deeply into scripture to lay the foundation for our lives. Groundwork is a half-hour weekly audio program that digs deeply into scripture as a foundation for our lives. Each week, pastors Dave Bast and Bob Heerspink cultivate our understanding of God’s Word by unpacking the richness of the Bible and applying it with insight for today’s world. Their casual conversation invites us to hear more of what God is doing in our lives. And on this website you can join the conversation, comment on past or future episodes, or exchange prayer requests with our prayer team. Groundwork is a half-hour weekly audio program that digs deeply into scripture as a foundation for our lives. Each week, pastors Dave Bast and Bob Heerspink cultivate our understanding of God’s Word by unpacking the richness of the Bible and applying it with insight for today’s world. Their casual conversation invites us to hear more of what God is doing in our lives. And on this website you can join the conversation, comment on past or future episodes, or exchange prayer requests with our prayer team.

Location:

Holland, MI

Description:

Digging deeply into scripture to lay the foundation for our lives. Groundwork is a half-hour weekly audio program that digs deeply into scripture as a foundation for our lives. Each week, pastors Dave Bast and Bob Heerspink cultivate our understanding of God’s Word by unpacking the richness of the Bible and applying it with insight for today’s world. Their casual conversation invites us to hear more of what God is doing in our lives. And on this website you can join the conversation, comment on past or future episodes, or exchange prayer requests with our prayer team. Groundwork is a half-hour weekly audio program that digs deeply into scripture as a foundation for our lives. Each week, pastors Dave Bast and Bob Heerspink cultivate our understanding of God’s Word by unpacking the richness of the Bible and applying it with insight for today’s world. Their casual conversation invites us to hear more of what God is doing in our lives. And on this website you can join the conversation, comment on past or future episodes, or exchange prayer requests with our prayer team.

Language:

English

Contact:

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


Episodes

Jesus Preached

2/14/2020
People get excited when they hear good preaching. It’s easy to listen to, it’s inspiring, and good preaching begs to be shared. This certainly was the case when Jesus began his preaching ministry. However, Jesus’ message was not always well received. Join us as we explore Jesus’ preaching ministry in the Gospels to help us better understand what preaching is, and isn’t, and to discover anew Jesus Christ’s imperative and compelling message about the kingdom of God.

Duration:00:24:57

Jesus Taught

2/7/2020
Of all that Jesus did during his ministry, the Gospels repeatedly tell us it was his teaching that amazed people. What made his instruction so astonishing and distinct from the other rabbis of his day? Join us as we study both the content and the style of Jesus’ teaching in the Gospels of Matthew and Mark. Together we’ll seek to understand his message, grow deeper in faith, and allow his teaching to influence our own discipleship and ministry today.

Duration:00:24:57

The Hidden Hand of God

1/31/2020
Life is full of seeming coincidences, but the author of Esther wants us to realize that these circumstances are much less coincidental that we think. Join Groundwork as we uncover the hand of God at work in and through the actions of ordinary people in the story of Esther. Studying Esther 5-10 brings us face to face with the reality of evil, but gives us the assurance that God does not abandon his people. Together, we’ll discover hope in the knowledge that God is already at work bringing...

Duration:00:24:57

Courageous Faith in Vulnerable Times

1/24/2020
Esther lived in a time and cultural context that was morally problematic by today’s standards and flagrantly unjust. Though her context differs drastically from our own, we still might recognize undertones and parallel trends in our own culture today. Esther was vulnerable in ancient Persia as a woman, as a subject in the king’s court, and as a Jew. And yet, when we study Esther 1-4, we see evidence of God’s presence and action even when the surrounding culture does not acknowledge him. We...

Duration:00:24:57

Our Motivation for Morality

1/17/2020
What defines our morality? Have you ever wondered why we bother to do good or how we even know what good is? As Christians, we believe that the epiphany or appearing of Jesus Christ in our world altered our destiny forever, bringing us new life. But how does that affect how we live our day-to-day lives? Discover why the appearing of Christ’s light and grace in our lives both motivates us and makes it possible for us to do good.

Duration:00:24:57

We are Christ's Light

1/10/2020
What does it mean when Jesus Christ tells his followers (and consequently us) “you are the light of the world”? Study Jesus’ words in Matthew 5 and uncover the significant lessons it holds for our discipleship. Through his teachings about salt and light, Jesus helps us understand our purpose. Discover what being Christ’s light means for how we live our lives and share our faith as followers of Jesus today.

Duration:00:24:57

Jesus is the Light of Life

1/3/2020
When Jesus Christ declared “I AM the light of the world,” the religious leaders of his day were enraged. But why would anyone be angry about light? Light is good. It illuminates darkness and we need it to see. Join Groundwork as we dig into the original context of Jesus’ statement and gain a deeper appreciation for the significance of Jesus’ words—both for his original audience and for our lives today. Be encouraged that the light of Christ will always break through the darkness in our lives...

Duration:00:24:57

A Light Shining in Darkness

12/27/2019
In the Bible, the coming of the Messiah is often associated with light. Let's explore the promises this light brings to see what this theme means for our understanding of Christ, what it means that God calls us "a light to the nations," and what it means for how we live as people of the light while we wait for Jesus Christ's second coming.

Duration:00:24:57

Prince of Peace

12/20/2019
What does it mean to declare and proclaim Jesus as the Prince of Peace? Considering the present brokenness and pain in our world, when can we expect this peace to prevail? Discover the meaning of this final title Isaiah gives the Messiah and find out how we can cling to God's promises of a kingdom with eternal peace even now when our lives and the world around us seem anything but peaceful.

Duration:00:24:57

Everlasting Father

12/13/2019
The prophet Isaiah describes the Messiah as an “Everlasting Father.” Now that we know the Messiah is Jesus Christ, how are we supposed to understand that title? Can the Son of God also be a father or is that heresy? Let's study scripture to find out what this title would have meant to its original Israelite audience and why it really is an appropriate title for Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

Duration:00:24:57

Mighty God

12/6/2019
Quite often God's plans look weak by the world's standards. Once again, as we continue to anticipate and think about the birth of Jesus Christ, we encounter Isaiah’s second name for our Messiah: Mighty God. How can a baby who will later die on a cross possibly be mighty, much less a mighty God? Discover what this title meant to Isaiah's original audience and what it means for those of us who recognize Jesus Christ as the Messiah in our lives today.

Duration:00:24:57

Wonderful Counselor

11/29/2019
In the famous passage in Isaiah 9:6, the prophet begins by describing the Messiah as our Wonderful Counselor. As we anticipate Jesus Christ’s birth this Advent season, rediscover the one who is our counselor, comforter, and advocate. Find guidance for life by encountering the divine wisdom and help we receive from Jesus Christ our Messiah.

Duration:00:24:57

Lean Into God's Grace

11/22/2019
During any season of rebuilding, it’s vital to reacquaint ourselves with God’s word. Whether we’ve been faithful to God all along or whether we’ve strayed from him long ago, we can only rediscover our place in God’s story by reading and retelling it in community. Discover how Ezra led the Israelites in reading God’s word during their rebuilding of Jerusalem and be reminded that when life’s challenges feel insurmountable, when the guilt of the past overwhelms, when loneliness and a temptation...

Duration:00:24:57

Building Blocks for Biblical Success

11/15/2019
When we are rebuilding after our life has fallen apart, even the smallest opposition can feel like an insurmountable force. Sometimes people mean well but derail our progress. Other times people purposely thwart our efforts, simply because they don’t want to see us succeed. Whether our opposition comes from external pressure or even our own internal fears, doubts, and shame, we can learn a lot about the essential building blocks for biblical success from Ezra and Nehemiah. Their response to...

Duration:00:24:57

Making Sense of Setbacks

11/8/2019
Struggle, discouragement, and setbacks are all unpleasant, yet all too common experiences in life. Have you ever felt like no matter how hard you try, you just can’t get ahead? Maybe you’ve been given a second chance and you’re trying to do your best against all odds, but you’re confused about the way forward. While we may not always understand why things happen, the stories of Ezra and Nehemiah and the setbacks they faced while rebuilding Jerusalem encourage us to persevere. Their stories...

Duration:00:24:57

Know that God is Working

11/1/2019
When the circumstances of life create an uncertain future, people of faith long to know where God is in their situation and what he’s doing. Whether we’re in the midst of a naturally occurring life change like retirement or rebuilding after something devastating like cancer or job loss, we can turn to the stories of Ezra and Nehemiah as they rebuild the temple in Jerusalem and discover reassurance that God is at work in our lives—even when progress is slow or we aren’t sure what he is...

Duration:00:24:57

Questions about the Faith of Our Families

10/25/2019
How do I nurture the faith of my children? What’s the best way to encourage my spouse to engage more in faith? My heart aches for a loved one who doesn’t believe in God. When faith is important to us, we care deeply about the faith of those we love. Let’s dig into scripture together to answer your listener-submitted questions about how we can encourage and nurture the faith of those we know and love.

Duration:00:24:57

Questions and Concerns about Faith

10/18/2019
Have you ever worried about your faith life? Maybe you feel a great desire to grow in faith and have a deeper relationship with God, but you’re just not sure what to do or where to start. Or maybe you’re concerned about stagnation, slipping up, or giving in to past temptations. You’re not alone. When we asked Groundwork listeners like you to share their most pressing faith-related issues, there were clear and recurring themes: What is faith? How do we grow in it? And what about seasons of...

Duration:00:24:57

We are the Living Temple of God

10/11/2019
The Temple played a significant role in the life of the ancient Israelites. It was their place of worship, but more importantly, it represented the presence of God among them. This is the awe and significance the New Testament writers want to convey when they apply temple imagery to the Church. God’s people, the Church, are the Living Temple of God, God’s very presence with his people. Studying the image of the Church as a Living Temple and digging into the Old Testament roots of that image...

Duration:00:24:57

We are the House of God

10/4/2019
The fundamentals of a well-built house help us to better understand our identity as the Church. Jesus Christ makes clear that the firmer our foundation, the more secure we will be when the storms of life come our way. Studying the image of the Church as the house of God will help us discover the true foundation of our faith life, both individually and as a body of believers, and teach how we should treat each other so that we can live our faith well together in community.

Duration:00:24:57