In this episode, we sit down with Dr. A. Craig Troxel, Robert G. den Dulk Professor of Practical Theology at Westminster Seminary California. Dr. Troxel delves into his thought-provoking chapter on the communion of the saints from Theology for Ministry, a festschrift for Dr. Sinclair Ferguson.
What does it mean to build a spiritual community within the church? How can pastors cultivate a culture of love, service, and mutual respect, reflecting the Spirit-endowed riches of Christ’s gifts and graces? Dr. Troxel explores these profound questions, emphasizing the “one another” commands, the forms of mutual service, and the essential role of love in the life of the church.
Dr. Troxel also sheds light on the transformative power of worship and the vital role of the Spirit of God in animating the hearts of God’s people. He concludes with a compelling vision of the communion of the saints as more than just a gathering of individuals—it’s a sacred communion of those set apart for divine privileges and consecrated purposes.
Whether you’re a pastor, theologian, or simply someone seeking to deepen your understanding of community within the Christian faith, this episode offers rich insights and practical wisdom. Join us for a conversation that touches the very heart of what it means to be part of the body of Christ.
Dr. Troxel is the author of With All Your Heart: Orienting Your Mind, Desires, and Will Toward Christ (Crossway). His research interests include pastoral theology, Reformed spirituality, the doctrine of the church, and biblical teaching on the heart.
- 0:07 Introduction
- 4:53 Preaching Courses at Westminster Seminary California
- 8:57 A Festschrift for Sinclair Ferguson
- 13:06 Studying the Doctrine of the Church
- 16:42 Building Community
- 25:41 Communion of the Saints
- 30:05 The Health of Our Ecclesiology
- 34:02 WCF Chapter 26 Of the Communion of the Saints
- 37:40 The Uniqueness of the Church
- 53:45 Encouraging Spiritual Vitality in the Church
- 57:34 Suggested Reading
- 1:06:03 Final Remarks
- 1:08:48 Conclusion
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