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In the Image of God

The Word Without Walls Podcast

Release Date: 05/13/2020

Bible Study: Matthew 2 show art Bible Study: Matthew 2

The Word Without Walls Podcast

We all know the story of Jesus' birth and the Wise Men.  But there are some interesting contrasts and important questions that Matthew 2 brings up that might not have come to your mind before.  Listen in to hear a fresh perspective on this familiar text.

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Bible Study: Matthew 1:18-23 show art Bible Study: Matthew 1:18-23

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As we consider this text from Matthew, we also consider marriage--what it is, and how it should be approached.

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Bible Study: Matthew 1 show art Bible Study: Matthew 1

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Matthew's Gospel begins in the least likely place--with a genealogy.  It's tempting to want to skim over these verses, but if you look carefully, there are important messages and insights into God's work that can be gained.  

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Peril and Promise show art Peril and Promise

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We have been thinking through the nature of the life of an ambassador of Christ, and it is the best of all possible lives. The problem is that we live within a corrupt human nature that always wants to revert to the way of the world from which we were redeemed. Jesus, of course, knows this, and consistently warns us about it.  Three helpful texts to consider are Revelation 2 (the letter from Jesus to the church at Ephesus), Luke 16 (the unjust servant), and Matthew 18 (the unforgiving servant).

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Poor in spirit, and an easy yoke show art Poor in spirit, and an easy yoke

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One of the challenges of our ambassadorship is constantly resetting our consciousness to be the consciousness of Christ.  Part of that is slowing down in reading the Bible, really swimming around the verses we encounter.  We’re going to slow down and think about two different texts: the first beatitude—blessed are the poor in spirit—from Matthew 5, and Matthew 11’s account of the yoke of Jesus being easy and light.

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Renewal and refreshment in Scripture: New and Old Wineskins show art Renewal and refreshment in Scripture: New and Old Wineskins

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As ambassadors of Jesus' kingdom, is it possible for us to still be swept up in the currents of thought and busy-ness of the foreign land in which we serve? Absolutely.  Finding renewal and refreshment through Scripture is essential.

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Sharing the good news--what is salvation? show art Sharing the good news--what is salvation?

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As ambassadors of the kingdom of heaven, we are called and we desire to share the good news.   But it can be a real challenge to communicate it.

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How to be an ambassador show art How to be an ambassador

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As ambassadors of the kingdom of God, it's important to remember the two kingdoms to which we belong.  In this episode, I provide a few examples for how to consider the condition of the people of this world to whom we are ambassadors, and strategies to provide the most help to them.

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Being Ambassadors for the Kingdom of Heaven show art Being Ambassadors for the Kingdom of Heaven

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What are the advantages we possess by belonging to the kingdom of heaven?  Also, what challenges do we face in reaching those in the world around us?  What are strategies we can use?  Those are all discussed in this episode.

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Do we really have a free will? show art Do we really have a free will?

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The assumption that each of us has a free will is powerful … but is it true?  The idea of a free will is attractive and popular because it promises people happiness in the choices they make.  I would like to assert that this notion is deceitful and a trap. 

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What is the nature of God?  How can we see the image of God reflected in how He made people, male and female?  In this episode, we consider relationships between men and women, and how it is intended to reflect the nature of God.  We also define what love is in this three-dimensional world view, which is completely the opposite of how we see it defined around us. 

Throughout the episode, I refer to the Green V worldview. Here is the visual representation of it.

 

Green V worldview