EPISODE #18 - How Do Christians Change? (Part 4)

In Part 4, Jeff and Collin discuss the Spirit-filled life as it is described in Romans 8. Contrary to popular opinion, the Bible does not send us on a journey to discover the secret of the Spirit-filled life; it doesn't offer steps to unlock the Spirit. But it does offer a Spirit-filled life. So, how do we have it and what does it look like?

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EPISODE #17 - How Do Christians Change? (Part 3)

In Part 1, Jeff and Collin discussed misconceptions about sanctification and in Part 2 they covered gospel-powered sanctification. In this episode, the guys talk about Romans 7 and the reality of remaining sin in the Christian life, if Christians still sin, and why sin may or may not remain in our lives.

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EPISODE #16 - How Do Christians Change? (Part 2)

Last week Jeff and Collin talked about major misconceptions about sanctification, touching on a moralistic or antinomian understanding of sanctification. This week, Jeff and Collin zero in more thoroughly on what gospel-driven, gospel-shaped sanctification is. In other words, what does the finished work of Jesus Christ have to do with change in the Christian life? Up next week, Jeff and Collin will tackle the reality of remaining sin in the life of the Christian.

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EPISODE #15 - How Do Christians Change? (Part 1)

What should you expect in your Christian life? Should you expect to still sin, struggle with sin, or defeat all sin? Should you expect to change and grow? And if so, what part do you play in changing? Welcome to our new series on sanctification where we will discuss all of that and a lot more. To kick everything off, let’s discuss common misconceptions about sanctification, the consequences of believing these misconceptions, and the good news Romans 6 brings to the discussion on sanctification.

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EPISODE #14 - Mary and Martha and The Gospel

It’s good to have Jeff back in the mix as we talk all things summer, do a Hewitt, TX cookie review, and discuss the famous story of Martha and Mary in Luke 10. The story of Martha and Mary is often seen as one about personality types or how to behave when Jesus shows up to your home. But the story is one about living by the Law or living by the Gospel.

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EPISODE #13 - Welcome To The Charismatic World (Part 6 On Why It's Almost Impossible To Leave)

In Part 6 of a series on the charismatic world, Collin explores what he saw attracting himself and many others into charismatic churches and what made it (almost) impossible to leave. If so many people agreed with Collin's concerns, why was no one doing anything about it or leaving?

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Resources For Further Study On Gospel-Focus

Gospel Wakefulness, by Jared Wilson

Defiant Grace, by Dane Ortlund

Commentary On Galations, by Martin Luther

Law and Gospel, by Mockingbird Ministries

Resources For Further Study On The Holy Spirit

Just Do Something, by Kevin DeYoung

Rediscovering The Holy Spirit, by Michael Horton

The Holy Spirit, by Sinclair Ferguson

More Applicable Resources

Spiritual Depression, by Martyn Lloyd-Jones

EPISODE #12 - Welcome To The Charismatic World (Part 5 On The Holy Spirit)

What does the charismatic world teach about the Holy Spirit? What kind of things go on that are attributed to the Holy Spirit? In this episode, Collin pulls back the curtain on what he saw and experienced regarding the Holy Spirit in his church experiences. Collin addresses and analyzes things like miracles, hearing God, tongues, and prophecy and the overall focus of the charismatic world.

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Resources For Further Study

Rediscovering The Holy Spirit, by Michael Horton

The Holy Spirit, by Sinclair Ferguson

Just Do Something, by Kevin DeYoung

EPISODE #11 - Welcome To The Charismatic World (Part 4 On The Gospel)

Is Christianity all about you and your love for Jesus or Him and His love for us? In this episode, Collin shares his experience in the charismatic world and the predominate focus of that world. While Jesus was always talked about, somehow the ultimate focus seemed to always be about on Christians and our faithfulness, rather than Jesus and His faithfulness. This amounted to a crushing charismatic-moralism.

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Resources For Further Study

Gospel Wakefulness, by Jared Wilson

Defiant Grace, by Dane Ortlund

Spiritual Depression, by Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Commentary On Galations, by Martin Luther

EPISODE #10 - Welcome To The Charismatic World (Part 3 - “Hearing God”)

The charismatic world that Collin was a part of heavily emphasized the idea of hearing God outside of the Bible, while the Bible itself was often sidelined and overlooked. So, in this episode Collin explores what is taught in the charismatic world concerning hearing God’s voice and why and all of the mess and problems that ensued.

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Here is a great resource on how to find God’s will for your life: Just Do Something, by Kevin DeYoung

EPISODE #9 - Welcome To The Charismatic World (Part 2 - How The Bible Was Handled)

A key criteria to examine any church is determining how the Bible is viewed and handled. In this episode, Collin discusses the major issue he had with the charismatic world he was a part of about 10 years ago: how the Bible was handled. More often than not, the Bible was handled quickly and loosely, implying everything being taught and practiced was supported by the Bible. So, while it seemed like the Bible was the driving, shaping force in the church in all teaching and preaching, it was being sidelined.

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EPISODE #8 - Welcome To The Charismatic World (Part 1)

In Part 1 of a series on the charismatic church movement, Collin shares how he entered the charismatic world about a decade ago and why he left. If you are in the charismatic church movement or thinking about joining it, but have questions about it, this series is for you.

Collin will be sharing a ton of stories and experiences and doing theological analysis and church-culture analysis of how the charismatic movement draws in so many people and why they stay, even when they have significant differences. He will show how the Bible was handled, how the Gospel was handled, what was believed about the Holy Spirit (including all the weird stuff), and how evangelism was done (and should not have been done). Collin’s experiences are by no means indicative of what every church in the charismatic world believes or practices but they may be helpful to hear about if you find yourself in a charismatic church.

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EPISODE #7 - Law and Gospel (Part 4)

In this conclusion to our series on the Law and Gospel, we focus on the Gospel and how it is distinct from the Law. While the Law commands, the Gospel only gives. While the Law convicts, the Gospel only comforts. We also touch on how the Gospel is totally distinct from the Law and how the Gospel can be distorted by mixing into it a message of law.

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EPISODE #6 - The Law As A Guide (Part 3)

Now that we are saved by grace alone, does the Law still call us, as Christians, to be certain kind of people and live in a certain kind of way? Or as Christians are we now a law to ourselves? In Part 3 of this series on the Law and the Gospel, Jeff and Collin discuss whether or not the Law still has authority in the Christian’s life.

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EPISODE #5 - Law and Gospel (Part 2)

Have you ever wondered why some of the Bible seems like really Good News and some of the Bible causes you to feel really guilty? Has that ever confused you? This podcast series on “Law and Gospel” dives into that reality and in this episode Jeff and Collin discuss one of the main purposes of God’s Law is: to drive us to Jesus. It might surprise you but the Law was not ultimately given to us because we can keep it. It was given to us because we do not and cannot keep it. But Someone else did keep it, for us.

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EPISODE #4 - Law and Gospel: An Introduction (Part 1)

Have you ever wondered why some of the Bible seems like really Good News and some of the Bible causes you to feel really guilty? Has that ever confused you? This podcast series on “Law and Gospel” dives into that reality and in this episode Jeff and Collin discuss what the Law is, what the Gospel is, and how they are distinct, and how recognizing how they are distinct means Good News for you!

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EPISODE #3 - What Is Church All About?

If the Bible is all about Jesus, then the church is all about Jesus. But all too often we make good things ultimate things and push Jesus to the sideline. On this episode, Jeff and Collin discuss what it means for the church that the Bible is all about Jesus and why the church is not all about even good things like mission, community, and the like. It really is all about Jesus and His salvation.

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EPISODE #1 - What Does "Good News, Not Good Advice" Mean?

Advice is everywhere and life can be (or often is) exhausting. And all too much of the time life in the church is all too similar to life in the world, it is just one more piece of advice, one more command. Christians can live exhausted with no hope in sight. So, in this episode Jeff and Collin discuss what exactly they mean by "Good News, not good advice", and their understanding of what the whole Bible is about and the hope it gives to exhausted people.

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