If you had a conversation with someone who had never heard about Jesus before, what would you tell them? Where would you begin and where would you want to go? It may be easy to think that “this will never happen to me” but the life of Bradley Ballard serves as an inspirational reminder that not all evangelists start out as paid preachers. With the experience of over a decade of planting churches in three different countries, Bradley’s ability to talk to nonbelievers and sow the seeds of the gospel in their heart is a precious talent that he wants to share with you.
What does it mean to walk in the spirit? If Galatians 5:16-18 tells Christians to do this, how do we accomplish it? Instead of making up our own interpretation, we can use the book of Galatians to better understand this verse. The question is this: Can we, in this miniseries, do an overview of the book of Galatians to set a context and a right perspective for how to walk in the spirit? Brother Greg Branch from Oakdale California desires to do just that. He joins us for a two part series of studies to help us understand what the Scriptures mean when it says "walk in the spirit."
Be thankful...in everything? Even the things in 2020? This year has brought a collective feeling of sorrow and frustration. How can Christians be thankful during times like these? Let's consider 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 together to help form a godly mindset that can find thankfulness during challenging times.
Did you know that the Bible can improve your jump shot? At least that's what some people think when they read Philippians 4:13. It says, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." But what's going on in this Scripture?
Jon Paa is back on the program to share a Bible study from a series of studies that he has made about popular verses taken out of context. Together we talk about what this verse doesn't mean and what Paul's intention was when he wrote it. Let's learn together!
Why does the Bible say that God is a jealous God? After all, isn’t jealousy bad? James 3:16 says "For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice." And yet, God also identifies as jealous. He does not do so discretely or with embarrassment…He is quite emphatic: Deuteronomy 4:24 says, "For the LORD your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God."
This is one of many Scriptures where God identifies as jealous. It may seem petty that a infinite cosmic being would be jealous of His creation. In fact, many skeptics and nonbelievers point to this attribute as their number one reason to not believe in the Bible. The seeming contradiction is that jealousy is sinful for us but okay for God. What are they missing when they form such a conclusion?
In this episode, we will consider the following questions:
(1) What is jealousy?
(2)How can jealousy be good or righteous?
(3) What is God wanting to communicate to us when He describes Himself as jealous?
(4) Is there a "negative" side to the jealousy of God?
(5) Does God’s jealousy help us?
Imagine you were going about your business one day when suddenly you hear a voice calling your name. Somehow you know in your heart that it’s God calling. What would you say in response? A Biblical answer would be “Here I Am” which is exactly the response given by several men in the scriptures. It shouldn’t and Exodus 3:1-4:17 will show us that when Moses was first called into God’s service, he wasn’t that different from us today.
*Episode 125 focuses on excuse #1
*Episode 126 focuses on excuses #2-4
Jimmy Cating is back to help us understand the patterns within the Bible that show how men of faith are called to rise up. Additionally, Jimmy shows how women can help their men become the godly man that God intends him to be.
There is a reason that the Bible uses the concept of fire in association with Hell. Fire is awful, painful, and terrifying. C.S. Lewis said of hell, “There is no doctrine which I would more willingly remove from Christianity than [hell], if it lay in my power.” But he also recognized that hell is a necessary part of God’s goodness and justice.
A skeptic or enemy of Christianity may hear that and ask, "Why would a loving God send anyone to Hell?"
Can a reality of hell be compatible with a good God? Let's study the Bible together.
Matthew 10 was an exciting time. The apostles were preparing to go preaching on a limited commission. They had miraculous abilities….they had the truth…. but Jesus spent a significant amount of time warning them about "the reality of the reaction" to the gospel being preached. Sometimes we are confused by the reality of reaction too. We assume that everyone will listen, and those who don’t agree will simply mumble, grumble, but generally tolerate in silence what we say. This was not true them and it is not true today. Consider Jesus’ teaching to help us go from fearful to fearless confessors.
What could Peter have written that would be so timeless in its ability to help Christians worldwide appreciate both the joys of salvation and the reality of suffering and submission? Listen to Jonathan and guest Jimmy Cating discuss Peter's first epistle in broad strokes. Have a pen and paper handy, you'll definitely want to write some notes down for this one!
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