Randy Sampson Ministries
My name is Randy Sampson and I'm a Teaching Pastor at Church on the Street, located at the Phoenix Dream Center in Phoenix, Arizona. I have a degree in Biblical Studies from Moody Bible Institute and a degree in Christian Education from North Central University. My passion is teaching Scripture in a manner that equips Christians to rightly divide God's Word (2 Tim. 2:15). Accordingly, I focus on teaching topics such as hermeneutics, exegetical method and practice, history, and archaeology in an easy-to-understand manner.
One of my signature teachings is on spiritual warfare and/or the armor of God in Ephesians 6. I have a full set of reenactment grade Roman armor which I use for illustrative purposes. The teaching is adapted for a wide variety of audiences -- from children, to mixed adult groups, to men's groups. The focus of the teaching is to illustrate one of the most fundamental principles of biblical interpretation, that we interpret Scripture in harmony with its historical context, while also examining key principles for victorious Christian living.
The Bible compares the Christian to a soldier (2 Tim. 2:3-4) and spiritual warfare to military warfare (Eph. 6:10-20). But it is erroneous to say the Christian is like a US Marine or a soldier in the US Army. In the first century, the readers of Scripture understood these analogies to refer to a soldier in the Roman Legion. The challenge for Christians two thousand years later is to understand what it was like to be a soldier in Caesar's Legion and how the Legions engaged in battle.
The teaching has been well-received by numerous Churches and Christian schools, including Scottsdale Bible Church, Arizona Christian University, Scottsdale Christian Academy, Paradise Community Church, Heights Church, Scottsdale Worship Center, Palmcroft Baptist Church, American Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lincoln Heights Christian Church, and others.
Here is a video from my sermon series on Important Words in the New Testament. In this series we examine key theological terms, with an emphasis on the meaning of the words from the original Greek text. We also look at fundamental principles of biblical interpretation. This discipline is called hermeneutics.
Important Words in the New Testament: What is the Church?
When we hear the word church, we frequently think of a building where people gather for services and worship. The Greek word for church, however, does not refer to a building. It references people. Specifically, people who have been called out to transact official business. The word is ekklesia, formed from the preposition ek (meaning "out" or "out of") and the verb kaleo (meaning "call"). Thus the noun literally refers to a person or persons who have been called out.
Further, the church does not belong to a particular group or denomination. The church belongs to God. Thus Paul writes, "To the church of God which is at Corinth . . . (1 Cor. 1:2). Paul does not say, "To the church at Corinth," or "To the church of Corinth." This local church is located "at Corinth," but it is "the church of God." That is, the church belongs to God, not to individual cities or congregations. Jesus made this very clear when He said, "I will build My church. . . ” (Matt. 16:18, emphasis added).
From a rich depth of knowledge and matched creativity, Pastor Randy Sampson makes the Roman soldier come alive. Whether adult, youth or child, his presentation captivates. His passion for the Word of God, and effectively teaching it, is so evident. Ephesians 6 will never be the same for me.
- Louene Rattray,
Former Director of Christian Education (1985-2007)
Phoenix First Assembly
Randy is a gifted communicator and uses authentic armor from the first century to tell of the need to prepare for battle. I highly recommend Randy Sampson to you since I know that you will learn about the need to 'put on the whole armor of God' in our battle with evil.
- Dr. Brent Garrison, Former President of Southwestern College
The Roman soldier presentation is such a good, real-life analogy, as kids are truly so visual today. My students made comments like, 'Now I can understand the Ephesians 6 passage.' And, 'Now I get why it talks about putting on the armor of God in the Bible.' I truly believe the kids left changed as a result of hearing Randy explain the pieces of armor.
- Lynn Kuvakos,
Elementary School Teacher
Scottsdale Christian Academy