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Renewal and refreshment in Scripture: New and Old Wineskins

The Word Without Walls Podcast

Release Date: 09/17/2020

Bible Study: Matthew 3:7-12 show art Bible Study: Matthew 3:7-12

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Why was Jesus baptized?  We'll discuss that, and also look into John the Baptist's confrontation with the Pharisees and Sadducees.  How does Matthew use these groups to contrast the human ego with Jesus' life-giving ministry?

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Bible Study: Matthew 3:4-6 show art Bible Study: Matthew 3:4-6

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How is John the Baptist similar to Elijah, and what is important about the baptizing described in this passage? 

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Bible Study: Matthew 3:1-3 show art Bible Study: Matthew 3:1-3

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Learn about the importance of John the Baptist and his message as we consider the first three verses of the third chapter of Matthew.

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Bible Study: Matthew 2:19-23 show art Bible Study: Matthew 2:19-23

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We learn in this passage of the importance of Jesus growing up as a Nazarite.  What does that mean?  How can the life of Jesus be compared to a well-known Nazarite from Old Testament history, Samson?

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Bible Study: Matthew 2:11-18--The Death of the Innocents show art Bible Study: Matthew 2:11-18--The Death of the Innocents

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There are two important things to glean from these few verses in Matthew.  One is about Jesus retracing the steps of the children of Israel, doing correctly what everyone before Him did incorrectly.  The second is in regard to the death of the innocents by Herod.  How can we make sense of this tragedy, that God would allow it?  

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

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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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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.

In this episode, I look at the first of three passages that are easy to remember, profound, and powerful forces to renew and reorient our consciousness--old and new wineskins from Matthew 9:17.