Joe Hellerman

Unleashing Your Potential as an Emerging Leader

By Joe Hellerman May. 24, 2017 9:00 a.m. Christian Education, Church Life, Ministry and Leadership

Many persons in vocational Christian service got their start by working with young people. Youth ministry is great preparation for future service in other capacities. But it is much more than that. Youth pastors have the potential to impact the world for Christ in a powerful way, because young people often make important decisions about their future lives under the influence of church mentors and student ministries workers ...

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Is Group-First Christianity A Trans-Cultural Value?

By Joe Hellerman May. 4, 2017 12:00 p.m. Church Life, Culture, Ministry and Leadership, New Testament

Is the church here to help me to grow in Christ as an individual? Or has God put me here to help the church grow both qualitatively and quantitatively?

The easy answer is “Both!” And that’s not completely wrong. But the early Christians clearly prioritized the health and growth of God’s community over the goals and desires of individual believers.

This group-first mentality is not only characterized the early church, it characterized family life throughout the ancient Mediterranean world. This is why families arranged marriages. The goal of marriage in the ancient world was the not relational satisfaction of the individuals involved. It was the honor and ongoing viability of the two families who brokered the marriage. The group — in this case the family — came first ...

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Bonhoeffer on Christian Celebrities

By Joe Hellerman Mar. 27, 2017 9:00 a.m. Church Life, Culture, Ministry and Leadership

Israel cried out, “Give us a king!” (1 Samuel 8:6). Against his will, God gave his people what they wanted. A real superstar. Saul was the handsomest and tallest man around (9:2). That didn’t work out very well, did it? It never does ...

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Getting To Know My Body: Five Good Reasons To “Flee From Sexual Immorality”

By Joe Hellerman Feb. 10, 2016 9:00 a.m. Biblical Exposition, Ethics, Spiritual Formation, Theology

This year we are studying 1 Corinthians at Oceanside Christian Fellowship. I preached the message on 6:12-20, with the above title. I began by explaining Paul’s foundational principles in verse 12: (1) not all things are helpful, and (2) I will not be dominated by anything.  The rest of the sermon outlined the “Five Good Reasons” (subtitle, above) as follows ...

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The “Cool” Factor

By Joe Hellerman Nov. 4, 2015 9:00 a.m. Church Life, Culture, Ministry and Leadership, Missions, New Testament

I came to Christ as a last resort after a year-long quest to find God back in 1975. With two thriving evangelical churches just a few blocks from my doorstep, why did I explore the Christian faith last instead of first? The cool factor, of course! I was a long-haired, pot-smoking keyboard player in a rock band. Eastern and New Age religion were “spiritual” and cool — Christianity definitely was not ...

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Don’t Lose Faith!

By Joe Hellerman Oct. 19, 2015 9:00 a.m. Christian Education, Church Life, Marriage and Family, Ministry and Leadership, Spiritual Formation

Seminary students are among the busiest people I know. Church + Family + School + Work makes for a challenging time of wise prioritizing. A Talbot professor back in the early 1980s gave his busy seminarians some pointed advice. He instructed us not to spend a lot of our time in local church ministry. “This is your training time,” he asserted, “and seminary is where you need to focus for this season of your life.” At the time it sounded like good advice. Now I’m not so sure ...

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New Commentary On Philippians

By Joe Hellerman Sep. 23, 2015 9:00 a.m. New Testament

Dr. Joseph Hellerman, Professor of New Testament at Talbot School of Theology, talks about his volume on Philippians in the Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament series ...

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