Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez offers devotions, sermons, and explores theological topics from a Baptist perspective. Andrew Carter Marquez is Dean of Arizona Campuses for Wayland Baptist University. He holds a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from Gateway Seminary.
How can I keep Christ in Christmas in my own heart and in my own family. In this episode, Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez looks at the practice of Advent and explore ways of make the most of the season.
Am I a grateful person? Can I maintain a life of gratitude beyond the Thanksgiving Holiday? In this episode, Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez reads through Psalm 100. This psalm discloses 4 aspects of the grateful Christian.
The Word of God, Our Power for Perfection (Part 4). Do I have eternal life now? What does the Bible say about my eternal assurance? In this episode, Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez reviews 1 Peter 1:22-25. A person's life on earth is brief. Peter teaches, however, that through God's Word, the Gospel, Christians are born again as incorruptible children of God. As new creations, we love better and look forward to our eternal state.
The Word of God, Our Power for Perfection (Part 3). Can the Bible help me reclaim my time? How do I avoid wasting my life? In this episode, Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez studies 1 Peter 1:17-21. God's Word prevents the believer from futility. The Bible teaches us to fear God and to anticipate the judgment. Knowing our lives on earth are temporary, reminds us to look toward and live for heaven. God's Word discloses His purposes from the beginning, which in turn motivates Christians to live with purpose.
The Word of God, Our Power for Perfection (Part 2). How can I be holy? Does God really expect this of me? In this episode, Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez examines 1 Peter 1:13-16. Once a Christian receives salvation, Peter urges him or her to pursue holiness. Believers must prepare themselves (Ready), place their minds on Christ's grace (Set), refuse to fall into old patters and sins (Stop), and live holy (Go). In our eternal race, we run to win and winning means holiness.
The Word of God, Our Power for Perfection (Part 1). Do I really need to know the Bible? Just how important is God's Word for the Christian life? In this episode, Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez explores 1 Peter 1:10-12. In these verses Peter reminds believers that the Gospel preached to us today is the same Gospel preached to the Old Testament saints. This Gospel speaks of the coming Christ by the Spirit of Christ for our benefit. It reveals our magnificent salvation upon which angels wish to look.
Old Testament-Christ-New Testament: Sovereignty and the Shifting of Nations. In times of national turmoil, what is the Christian response? In this episode, Dr. Andrew Marquez and Dr. Ben Pate explore Daniel 2 to affirm God's control. The rise and fall of nations is no surprise to God. He orchestrates the world powers to ultimately bring about His kingdom. Christians should take comfort in God's sovereignty and prepare for endure hard times if and when they come.
Salvation, Our Joy in Trials: Devotion 3. Can I really rejoice in hard times or even in persecution? In this episode, Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez continues through 1 Peter 1 (vv.6-9). These verses encourage Christians to find great joy in trials as they look towards the coming salvation. Believers hold to the promise of Christ's return that both strengthens our faith and increases our love.
Salvation, Our Joy in Trials: Devotion 2. Am I really saved? Could I lose my salvation? In this episode, Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez continues through 1 Peter 1 (vv.3-5), discussing the surety of salvation. Peter says that Christians can have confidence in their salvation based on the proof of the resurrection and the power of God. Our salvation is also permanent, reserved for us in heaven.
Old Testament-Christ-New Testament: The Blessing of Children. Do we view children as a blessing or a burden? What does the Bible say? In this episode, Dr. Andrew Marquez and Dr. Ben Pate search the Scriptures to discern God's view of children and how it should influence us today.
Salvation, Our Joy in Trials: Devotion 1. How are Christians able to hold on to joy in terrible times? In this episode, Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez explores the opening of 1 Peter. In these verses Peter reminds Christians that the basis for joy is rooted in salvation. Our salvation finds its source in God. We are chosen by the Father, consecrated by the Spirit, and cleansed by the Son. With this knowledge we can find joy even in the most difficult circumstances.
The Manner of the Mature: Devotion 3. Why do non-Christians have difficulty understanding the Gospel? Why does the Christian life not make sense to the lost? In this episode, Pastor/Professor Andrew talks about the necessity of spiritual enlightenment for spiritual understanding. Christians often take their spiritual life for granted, assuming every one sees things as we do. We must walk in the Spirit and pray for spiritual awakening for those who need God. Only through the power of the Holy Spirit can the lost understand God's truth.
The Manner of the Mature: Devotion 2. How can we expect to have success in the Christian life? The Bible says we need a spiritual mind. In this episode, pastor/professor Andrew explores the connection of a spiritual mindset and a mature life. Christians are called to rely on God's Spirit in the same way that they rely on their own spirit. As we know ourselves by our own spirit, we can come to know God and His will by relying on His Spirit.
The Manner of the Mature: Devotion 1. Do you ever feel different as a Christian from the world around you? Paul tells us that this is normal and right. In this episode, Pastor Andrew discusses the manner of the mature. The way Christians live flows from the wisdom of God. This wisdom is different from the world, mysterious to the believer, but glorious nonetheless.
Old Testament-Christ-New Testament: The Bible on Abortion. What does the Bible say about the unborn? How should this influence the Christian view of abortion? In this episode, Dr. Andrew Marquez and Dr. Ben Pate examine the Scriptures to see what they say about children, the unborn, and the practice of abortion.
Are you trying to live the Christian life in your own strength? We are called to bear one another's burdens, while carrying our own loads. In this episode, Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez points out the necessity of leaning on the Holy Spirit to effectively serve others and to fulfill our calling.
The Christian life requires self-care and commitment to one's call. While we look out for the needs of others, each believer must attend to God's plan for his or her life. In this episode, Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez discusses Paul's command to you to bear your own load. What work has the Lord given you to do? Are you guarding your time and energy to accomplish His will?
Old Testament-Christ-New Testament: The Name of the LORD. What does the Bible say about God's name? Why is it a sin to take God's name in vain? Can we violate this commandment in different ways? In this episode, Dr. Andrew Marquez and Dr. Ben Pate discuss the importance of the LORD's name.
Old Testament-Christ-New Testament: Speaking God's Name. How should I call upon the Name of the Lord? In this episode, Dr. Andrew Marquez and Dr. Ben Pate observe the Hebrew name for God and discuss the role of reverence when using God's name.
The Christian life is meant to be lived in community. In this episode, Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez explores Paul's exhortation from Galatians 6. We encourage each other in our spiritual walks by caring for and serving one another. As you lift up fellow believers, remember to protect your own soul from temptation and pride.
God is faithful to pardon. In this episode, Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez looks at God's acts of pardon in the book of Joshua. God pardon's Israel, the Gibeonites, and Rahab. God will pardon the repentant. He will pardon you.
God Is Faithful: Devotion 3. God is faithful to punish. In this episode, Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez looks at Deut. 9:4-5 as it relates to God's faithfulness to expel the Canaanites from the land. God promises to punish sin and wicked behavior. This punishment falls on those outside of the covenant as well as those within it. Christians today must examine themselves, recognizing Heb. 12:5-6, that God disciplines His own. The final judgment is coming to all, so repent and turn to God.
God is faithful with His presence. In this episode, Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez examines Joshua 1:5. God promises his presence to Joshua. God's presence assures the Israelites of victory. Christians today are promised God's presence through the indwelling Holy Spirit. John 15:4-5 tells to abide in God's presence for sustainment and success in our Christian walk.
We sometimes forget that God is faithful. Thank God that He never forgets. In this episode, Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez calls attention to the fact that God is always faithful to His promises. Looking at the Land Theme in the Book of Joshua, we are reminded of God's faithfulness to fulfill every promises made. For Christians we hold to 2 Cor. 1:20, "For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us."
Why does Satan despise the assembled church? What is the true value of Christian fellowship? In this episode, Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez examines 1 Thessalonians 2:19-20. The gathered church in the presence of Christ is Paul's Hope, Joy and Crown. This previews the ultimate judgment of the devil and motivates us to look for Christ's return.
Old Testament-Christ-New Testament: The Canonical Approach to Scripture. What is the value in using history, culture, or science to aid in interpreting the Bible? Is it possible to read the Bible on its own? Dr. Andrew Marquez and Dr. Ben Pate explore the concept of a canonical approach to the Bible.
Why do we experience difficulties when we try to serve God together? Could there be something sinister at work? In Part 2 of "What Is Our Hope, Joy, and Crown?" Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez discusses 1 Thessalonians 2:17-18. Paul revealed that Satan was at work in separating him from the church in Thessalonica. Perhaps Satan is working against us in similar ways today.
How should we bear witness to Christ? Peter provides an answer to this question, though it may not be the answer we want to hear. Preaching through 1 Peter 2:11-25, Pastor Andrew shows the subtle Christian witness comes through a commitment to submission. Christians must submit first to God and then to the government and those in direct authority over us (employer, officer, etc.). Intentional submission may lead to suffering. For the Christian this possibility only strengthens our connection to Christ. Jesus, by suffering and submitting to the Father, remains our Wise Witness.
Should a Christian feel lonely? Is it important for believers to spend time together? In this devotional series, What is our hope, joy and crown? Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez discusses 1 Thessalonians 2:17-20. Part 1 looks at v. 17 to see the importance of Christian fellowship to the earliest Christian generation and to us today.
What is our greatest resource for succeeding in the Christian life? It must be Jesus. In this episode, Pastor Andrew Marquez examines Hebrews 12:2, looking at Jesus as the Triumphant Trailblazer. Jesus charted the course, finished the race, and waits to welcome us home at our journey's end.
In this episode, Pastor Andrew Marquez explores the Christian's Heritage of Faith as found in Hebrews 12:1. We have a cloud of witnesses, who have gone before us. These witnesses cheer for us and motivate us to run the race well.
What is your ultimate identity as a Christian? Does it matter? Pastor Andrew teaches through 1 Peter 2:1-10, showing the apostle's concern for a corporate Christian identity. Believers are being raised in a new family and are taking on characteristics of our family head (Christ). We are built together as a spiritual temple, where we serve as a royal priesthood. Having received mercy, we serve as agents of God's mercy to others.
In this episode, Pastor Andrew retells the stories found in Mark 5:21-43. Jesus heals the women with the issue of blood and the raises the synagogue leader's daughter from the dead. In the realm of faith, Jesus conquers sickness and death. He reminds us to trust in Him no matter the struggles we face. In your present circumstances, hear the words of Christ today, "Don't be afraid; only believe."
Old Testament-Christ-New Testament: Age of Accountability. Where do babies go when they die? Are children guilty of sin prior to knowledge of right and wrong? Dr. Andrew Marquez and Dr. Ben Pate examine the question of whether the Bible supports an age of accountability.
In this episode, Pastor Andrew recounts Jesus' encounter with the demon possessed man in Mark 5. Jesus, walking in the realm of faith, does not fear the supernatural forces of evil. Fear of the demonic brings bondage, isolation, and death. In the realm of faith, we find liberation, sanity, and friendship with our Lord.
In this episode, Pastor Andrew reviews the story of Jesus calming the storm (Mark 4:35-41). Jesus knows our circumstances. Even in the midst of trouble, He is ready to act on our behalf to drive out fear and to strengthen our faith. He moves us from worry to calm, from anxious imagination to peaceful contemplation. Who is this man?
How do we handled the Bible's challenges to be holy? Jesus calls us to be perfect as our heavenly Father is perfect (Matt. 5:48). In this message, Pastor Andrew examines the Christian's power for perfection. Commitment to the Word of God as preached by prophets and apostles, prepares believers for holiness. The Word prevents futile living and preserves Christians for eternity.
In this episode, Pastor Andrew observes the song of Mary that celebrates God's merciful remembrance of Israel. God remembered His promises to the prophets to send the Messiah for the redemption of the world. Christians must not forget God's promises (2 Peter 3), which inspire our hope (Psalm 119:49).
In this episode, Pastor Andrew teaches from Exodus 2:24. In the same way that God remembered Israel in their bondage to the Egyptians, He will remember you. Rely on God’s promises made to you as revealed in Scripture. 20 “For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us” (2 Corinthians 1:20).
In this episode, Pastor Andrew shares a devotion from Genesis 8:1. Just as God remembered Noah and his family in their darkest hour, God remembers you today. He will be faithful to His promises, so be encouraged. Do not lose heart.
In this episode, Pastor Andrew shares a devotion from Titus 2:15. God's grace continues to work today through you and I. In the grace of God, we are called to speak, exhort and reprove on the authority of Christ. Let no one disregard you.
In this episode, Pastor Andrew shares a devotion from Titus 2:13-14. God's grace continues to work today through the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ redeems and purifies Christians, making them zealous for good deeds.
In this episode, Pastor Andrew shares a devotion from Titus 2:11-13. God's grace continues to work today through the power of the Holy Spirit. God's grace helps Christians become better disciples and to eagerly anticipate the return of Jesus Christ.
In this sermon, Pastor Andrew preaches through Titus 2:11-15. In the Work of Grace, we learn that God's grace works today pouring out from the Father, through the Holy Spirit, and by the ministry of the Son. God's grace has worked in the past and will continue to work through you if will let it.
The Lord's Supper in a COVID World. OTXNT stands for Old Testament-Christ-New Testament. On OTXNT, Andrew Marquez, Ph.D. (New Testament) and Ben Pate, Ph.D. (Old Testament) offer Biblical evaluations of present events and practices.
One of the secrets of the Christian life is that you don't have to live it alone. Pastor Andrew discusses this secret found in Galatians 6. Here, Paul calls believers to support one another and for each one to carry his or her own load. Ultimately and always, the Christian can rely on the Holy Spirit for supernatural support.
Pastor Andrew explores the Land Motif in the Book of Joshua. Israel's conquest of the promised land reveals God's faithfulness. God is faithful to His promises and with His presence. He is faithful to punish as well as pardon. We look forward to experiencing God's faithfulness today.
Christians' passion for presence is powerfully opposed because of its glorious preview. In this message, Pastor Andrew preaches through 1 Thessalonians 2:17-20. Our hope, joy and crown is each other in the presence of Christ Jesus. Realizing this, we should cherish opportunities to unite as a church.
Christians have two secret weapons to help them on the heavenly journey. Teaching through Hebrews 12:1-2, Pastor Andrew proclaims the reality of our faith heritage, our departed saints, who cheer us on the spiritual race. Though the path is difficult, our Savior, Jesus Christ, has blazed the trail and now shows us the way home.
Can or should a Christian be a patriot? Pastor Andrew Marquez explores this question in light of Psalm 85. This Biblical prayer of a patriot shows us how we can love our country. Christian patriots must pledge first allegiance to Christ, pray for their nation, appease the governing power, and prosper their country.
Pastor Andrew explores key passages of Scripture that affirm God's concern for His people. God remembered Noah in the flood, His people in the bondage, and Israel in oppression and captivity. God will remember you in hard times. This reality brings Christians peace and inspires our hope.
One of the greatest hindrances to the Christian life is fear. How can we overcome various fears in our life? In this sermon, Pastor Andrew looks at 4 stories from the Gospel of Mark. Jesus calls us into the realm of faith, conquering fears caused by nature, the demonic, poor health, and even death.