Episode 42 – December 1st Sermon Q&A

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Questions & Timestamps:

  1. @ 18:10 – How does it feel to be forty?
  2. @ 24:15 – The pastor was talking about we don’t have good perspective like a cow giving birth, does this mean he’s calling us cows?
  3. @ 27:01 – You talked about the gifts of God, and then talked about the fruit of the spirit. What about spiritual gifts. Are we going to talk about that?
  4. @ 28:12 – Can you please bring some light to the Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor, and Teacher in Ephesians 4? How do you define a prophet, an apostle etc. Are there still prophets and apostles today? I recently heard someone teaching that “A prophet is to preserve the standard of God’s Word. Bringing our world into divine focus is the effect of prophetic ministries.”
  5. @ 40:07 –  Isaiah 42:5-6. … “And spirit to those who walk on it.” Is this referring to the Holy Spirit?
  6. @ 47:12 – In John 20:23 is Jesus giving His disciples the power to forgive sins? This verse seems to support Catholic’s confession?

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Episode 41 – November 24th Sermon Q&A

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Questions & Timestamps:

  1. @ 23:43 – Would Job not have been restored and rewarded if he didn’t pray for his friends?
  2. @ 28:09 – What is the difference in language that makes people say Rev. 2:10 is not literal days, but Genesis is literal days?
  3. @ 32:46 – What about Job’s wife?(curse God and die) did she bear Job 10 more children?
  4. @ 35:10 – After we finish reading the book of Job, what’s the next book we should read through?
  5. @ 38:14 – How can I find a way to share the gospel with family when they are at our house for the holidays?
  6. @ 44:02 – How can I practically increase in patience? I know that frustrating things in life can be used to help grow in patience, but how can I practically grow in patience and not just grow in frustration?
  7. @ 53:42 – How does one come out of suffering growing closer to the Lord and not bitter?

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Episode 40 – November 17th Sermon Q&A

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Questions & Timestamps:

  1. @ 16:55 – Where does the Bible mention other cities being destroyed, besides Sodom & Gomorrah.
  2. @ 21:08 – Pastor Miles mentioned Karma as similar to the principle of sowing and reaping. Are they they same?
  3. @ 26:19 – You mentioned in service that God cares and is working behind the scenes when John the Baptist and Jesus were suffering and died. How so for John the Baptist?
  4. @ 36:43 – In the message you said that Job’s friends believed that God is just, and that the world works according to His justice. Were they wrong? Isn’t God just?
  5. @ 41:03 – Isn’t it true that Job’s friends said some things that were true? In the passage you read in Job 11, his friend said that Job deserved worse. Isn’t it kind of true that we deserve much worse, because of our sin?

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Episode 39 – November 10th Sermon Q&A

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Questions & Timestamps:

  1. @ 11:01 – What is your favorite book in the Bible and why?
  2. @ 15:26 –  In chapter 3, Job is questioning why he was born. He seems to be questing God because God controls all things including birth. So it seems that righteousness is not measured by questioning Gods allowance of suffering in our lives?
  3. @ 17:51 –  You taught that Job was suicidal. I cannot see Job having suicidal thoughts. I do however see him longing to leave his situation via death. He expresses this desire through submission in prayer to the Omnipotent God, by asking God to kill him. His imagination of ‘IF’ he were never born can’t be seen as “suicidal” thoughts.” All of this seems to me to be Job submitting to God his desire to be done with life. True, he obviously has the wrong existential understanding. He is betraying his wrong understanding by asking to leave this life because of all the loss he’s experienced. I know God’s word says, “As a man thinks in his heart so is he” so Job is definitely heading down the wrong road and it may not be long before he does take action toward his own demise or even dwell on thoughts of how he might accomplish such , but in the text I do not see him having suicidal thoughts. So, why do you say you are sure that this passage is saying Job had suicidal thoughts?
  4. @ 27:00 –  What are some practical things to do to keep up hope while you’re going through a dark season like Job? How do you keep your eyes on the hope in the future when things get so overwhelming now?
  5. @ 34:20 –  What are some of the warning signs that might warrant needing to ask if someone is suicidal or self harming?
  6. @ 38:42 –  Is suicide a sin?” Do you go to hell if you commit suicide?
  7. @ 42:53 –  John 20:22 and Acts 1:4-5 in reference to being filled with the Holy Spirit. Is Jesus breathing into them the Holy Spirit different than the baptism of the Holy Spirit?

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Episode 38 – November 3rd Sermon Q&A

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Questions & Timestamps:

  1. @ 12:40 – Is having true compassion for others a gift from God?
  2. @ 20:34 – Did Satan try to intervene and use Jobs friend to make him forsake God?
  3. @ 23:38 – Listening to the service today and I didn’t totally agree with the definition of empathy. I feel the gift of empathy was put down too much. I think empathy is a wonderful gift that allows us to understand others in suffering. Empathy is a higher step to sympathy. As I understand the whole world uses sympathy, thinking that is enough to understand how people are feeling. Why do you think sympathy is better than empathy?
  4. @ 30:18 – You talked about sympathy in the message. What if your problem is apathy?
  5. @ 34:33 – In the message you said that it is best, when helping someone that is suffering, to “say nothing.” But what if you are asked a direct question about suffering from someone who is suffering? What if they are saying things about God that are false? How should you respond?
  6. @ 37:59 – I heard someone say that Christianity is not a religion, it’s a relationship? What on earth does that mean?
  7. @ 41:03 – What books do you recommend on the topic of suffering and pain?

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Episode 37 – October 27th Sermon Q&A

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Questions & Timestamps:

  1. @ 12:33 – Does Satan have the ability to inflict people with sickness, disease etc? If he does, do also his demons. And if he or they do, is permission from God necessary?
  2. @ 15:24 – Pastor Guzik’s Bible Commentary on Job 1 said that “God’s purpose for Job’s suffering was a tool to teach angelic beings. Job made known the manifold wisdom of God to the principalities and powers in heavenly places.” Who were these “beings” and what was accomplished by doing this?
  3. @ 27:13 – Would our Church allow a female to teach/preach a message in a Sunday service?
  4. @ 33:08 – Why is monogamy a Christian tradition and typically the law of all “Christian” nations yet polygamy was practiced and not discouraged in the Bible. When did this fad go out of style?
  5. @ 39:24 – What does the life of a pastor look like? Do you watch rated R movies? Listen to secular music? Utter the occasional curse-word?
  6. @ 49:41 – Are Job’s children in Heaven?
  7. @ 50:07 – Do you believe there are modern-day demon possessions? Along the same vein, are there modern-day prophets?
  8. @ 57:14 – I listened to Pastor Miles discuss HEDONISM in regard to John Piper. I looked the word up and gave very general definitions. “It is the belief that pleasure or the absence of pain is the most important principle in determining the morality of a potential course of action. Various theories of conduct are the sole or chief good of life. You said Piper said obtaining joy is important.

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Episode 36 – October 20th Sermon Q&A

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Questions & Timestamps:

  1. @ 9:51 – What are some verses or passages that would be good to study or meditate on as I spend time with the Lord privately?
  2. @ 18:07 – Do you practice any form of sabbath? How?
  3. @ 25:39 – Jacob clearly lived Joseph more, Is favoritism bad in families?
  4. @ 28:56 – Do you think Joseph was being malicious/divisive when he told on his brothers/told them his dreams?
  5. @ 31:51 – Does God divinely allow famines to bring people/the nations back to him?
  6. @ 36:07 – What do pastors do when they’re struggling with sin? How do they know when it’s time to step down from ministry to deal with it? Or what should they do?
  7. @ 46:04 – Are they’re other places in the Bible where Satan is not the devil, but rather a messenger of God to test His servant’s motivations? And, how do you decipher if it is Satan or one of God’s servants while reading the Bible?
  8. @ 52:43 – Wouldn’t God already know if Job is faithful to him because God is omniscient?
  9. @ 56:52 – Why does God need a messenger “The Satan” to help him? Why would God call his advisor “The Satan”?
  10. @ 57:04 – What does “Satan” mean?
  11. @ 59:10 – Are the Believers in heaven praying for us on earth?
  12. @ 1:01:14 – On Sunday’s message … scripture says so many “Female Donkeys.” why would that be significant to mention the gender of the donkeys?

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Episode 35 – October 13th Sermon Q&A

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Questions & Timestamps:

  1. @ 23:56 – Does God hide things from the Devil?
  2. @ 26:10 – Are we supposed to judge the church by the people?
  3. @ 28:18 – If you hit a wall and you’re stuck. How do you get unstuck?
  4. @ 32:36 – Mark mentioned that we have traditions. What are our traditions at Cross Connection Church
  5. @ 38:03 – What are ways I can practically be eternally minded every day?
  6. @ 42:49 – Can you be too eternally/heavenly minded that you are of no earthly good?
  7. @ 45:29 – There is a lot more talk recently about UFOs. Are they real? If so, are they from other planets or other dimensions? How should a Christian think about these?
  8. @ 50:37 – Can you explain the basic flow of church history? From Jesus, to the Catholics, orthodox and the Protestants?

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Episode 34 – September 29th Sermon Q&A

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Questions & Timestamps:

  1. @ 18:09 – I just looked up Redemptive Suffering. Besides Catholics do any other religions believe it? It says it can repair our own soul and others.
  2. @ 25:15– My question about the barrenness of the OT females do you think God is purposely keeping some Believing women childless today so they will get closer to Him?
  3. @ 31:10 – I was just listening to Isaiah: God tells Israel that their name is written on the palm of his hand, but I hear Christians use that in reference to us as individuals, as the church, etc, but does it only apply to Israel?
  4. @ 38:21 – How can you mend a bad reputation?
  5. @ 42:31 – If animals have no soul, why are they so cruel to one another? Do animals go to heaven?

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Episode 33 – September 22nd Sermon Q&A

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Questions & Timestamps:

  1. @ 18:45 – What is the role of Israel after the new covenant? God makes a lot of promises and prophesies concerning them, but does Galatians 3:28 (there is neither Jew nor Gentile) mean that we are all the same now and those are promised to the church as a whole? Politically, I have also heard that America should stand with Israel because of prophesies concerning them as a nation. Is there legitimate basis for that position? And are Messianic Jews like super-Christians because they’re a part of God’s chosen people?
  2. @ 28:14 – What is suppose to happen to Palestine? Should they be totally out of that area? Where are those people suppose to live?
  3. @ 36:02 – Will Jehovah Witnesses go to heaven? Is belief in the trinity a requirement as long as they believe that Jesus was God’s perfect creation, that He sacrificed himself and that through His resurrection, He gave us everlasting life?
  4. @ 38:31 – I am in an “unequally yoked” marriage. My husband is not saved nor shows any inclination to wanting to explore the church. I have a new fire for Christ in my life and am struggling with our differences. He participates in our kids’ nightly prayers (as a good sport) but discounts anything I may say privately. Do I just continue to set a good example as a loving, forgiving, Christian wife or should I nag him about it? in this intimate setting, how should I tackle this obstacle?

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Episode 32 – September 15th Sermon Q&A

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Questions & Timestamps:

  1. @ 13:26 – What did Jesus mean when speaking about parables in Mark 4:11-12? Did He not want the masses to understand his words?
  2. @ 19:22 – In regards to the unpardonable sin (Mark 3:28-29), what constitutes unforgivable blasphemy and just ‘regular’ blasphemy? What would that look like? Could an unclean spirit be redeemed and born again?
  3. @ 23:03 – What does the Bible say about suicide? Are people who take their own life able to get into heaven? (Thinking about Jarrid Wilson of Harvest Church)
  4. @ 29:05 – Where can I get a Cross Connection bumper/window sticker?
  5. @ 32:25 – In Revelation 17, what do you think Mystery Babylon is? On Sunday you mentioned that the ‘fastest growing religious group are the ‘Nones’ ‘, and your explanation of De-Conversion got me to thinking about Mystery Babylon and our current culture and wondering if there is a correlation between this belief system and the De-Conversion issue and the ‘religion’ of the ‘Nones’?
  6. @ 36:18 – What happens to people around the world with no access to the gospel?
  7. @ 42:43 – What is this church’s strategy to fight de-conversion in the community?
  8. @ 44:50 – What is the difference between backslide and de-conversion?
  9. @ 47:58 – When unsaved friends and family members make it clear that they do not want to hear about Christ, are uncomfortable when we say grace or pray in their presence, have no interest in attending Church, etc., does a Christian continue asking and inviting? Or avoid these subjects so as not to violate boundaries? Or?

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Episode 31 – September 8th Sermon Q&A

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Questions & Timestamps:

  1. @ 20:31 – I was wondering what your opinion is of Rick Warren and if his book The Purpose Driven Life-What on Earth am I here for?… would it be a good book to give to an unsaved family member?
  2. @ 24:47 –  What is Cross Connection’s position on the rapture? Pre-tribulation, mid tribulation or post tribulation. Why does the church hold that position and are there specific scriptures that support this position? (Pastor Miles’ message on Humble Eschatology can be found here)
  3. @ 33:09 – You mentioned that 2 John was written from Ephesus. What city was it written to?
  4. @ 35:08 –  How can I extend grace in a hostile work environment with managers who only care about productivity not the well being of their employees? Should I just leave?
  5. @ 40:20 – As we’re going through the New Testament will we be studying Revelation at some point?
  6. @ 42:36 –  In 1 Corinthians 15:20-23 Paul speaks about the dead “sleeping” until Christ comes again.  “:23 But there is an order to this resurrection: Christ was raised as the first of the harvest; then all who belong to Christ will be raised when he comes back.“ Do we go to heaven right when we die or do we ‘sleep’ until Jesus’ second coming?”  If we ‘sleep’, how can we feel good about our or our loved one’s death?  Yes we would be resurrected with Jesus, but gives little comfort now.
  7. @ 49:05 – Do you have an opinion about the recent news regarding Benny Hinn?
  8. @ 54:12 – The gospels give a lot of examples of Jesus healing people, do we (Cross Connection) believe that healing still is for today and is still important?
  9. @ 56:02 – Why does the Catholic Church do communion every week and we do it every 7 weeks? Is that a Protestant thing or a biblical thing?
  10. @ 57:21 – How were Jesus 12 disciples “saved?” Was it the same way as those who believed in the coming Messiah from the Old Testament?

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Episode 30 – September 1st Sermon Q&A

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Questions & Timestamps:

  1. @ 13:46 – In 1 Cor 14:2, “For one who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God…”is Paul speaking of God our Father, YHWH, or not God our Father?
  2. @ 20:11 – I had the opportunity to attend the meet and greet with you and the other Pastors. Someone had mentioned this church was a Calvary Chapel church before. Why the change from Calvary?
  3. @ 24:25 – What is a sin that does not lead to death vs. a sin that does lead to death? Doesn’t all sin bring death?
  4. @ 31:33 – Are there people we should not pray for?
  5. @ 36:16 –  How do I know if I am praying according to God’s will?
  6. @ 40:25 –  What if I believe I am praying according to God’s will, and I think God has said that He will answer it, but it hasn’t happened yet? Was I hearing from God, or not? How do I know?
  7. @ 49:48 – Are people going to get “saved” during the tribulation?
  8. @ 56:30 – Is assisted suicide or euthanasia wrong?

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Episode 29 – August 25th Sermon Q&A

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Questions & Timestamps:

  1. @ 12:40 – What is the difference between knowing about God, and knowing and trusting God?
  2. @ 20:58 – I’m confused about the difference in translations in 1 John 5:7 and 8.
    1. If 1 John 5:7-8 have something that seems to have been added later by a scribe, how do we know there aren’t other passages that have been added or deleted? Does this call into question the trustworthiness of the Bible?
  3. @ 29:42 – Can we lose our salvation if we once believed in God but then we go through a bad period where we can’t pray or do good works even if we still believe in God?
    1. Was Pastor Miles saying that someone who has genuinely trusted Christ for salvation can lose their salvation? If not, does the pastor believe in eternal security?
  4. @ 40:29 – What do you think was Paul’s thorn in the flesh? And do you think he was ever married?
  5. @ 49:35 – In Luke 9:14 what is the reason/significance of asking the crowd to sit in groups of fifty?
  6. @ 53:21 – I have a question about Bethel music and Bethel Ministry. Should a church sing the songs written from this Bethel Church, if Bethel church is known for heretical teachings? Wouldn’t this promote that church if you do there songs?
  7. @ 55:32 – You listed 5 ways that God testifies of Jesus as divine. I didn’t get all of them. What are they?

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Episode 28 – August 18th Sermon Q&A

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Questions & Timestamps:

  1. @ 10:34 – Which ‘love’ definitions are used in 1 John 5:1?
  2. @ 14:25 – So if I love someone, that doesn’t necessarily mean that I have to like them or like what that person is doing, right? (So long as I treat them lovingly still.)
  3. @ 22:18 – I was wondering if you’ve heard of ” spiritual formation “. If so, what is it… and most importantly… is it Biblical?
  4. @ 37:28 – It seems there’s been some “prominent” Christians mentioned in the media recently who have “walked away” from their faith. We read in the 1 Timothy 4:1 “now the Spirit Expressively says that in later time some will depart from the faith giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons”. Along with praying what should be our response as brothers and sisters in Christ as we see this happening in our circle of friends? Do we separate ourselves? Do we try to come alongside them? I appreciate your insight and any other scriptures that would increase our knowledge of how to live in these latter days.
  5. @ 40:02 – If love is not a “mushy sentimentality” does that mean that love is emotionless?
  6. @ 49:46 – What does it mean that “love does not rejoice in injustice” in 1 Corinthians 13?
  7. @ 54:34 – If John was writing to come against counterfeit Christian leaders 2,000 years ago, what sort of counterfeits are there today?
  8. @ 56:40 – How are we supposed to love people and also stand up against sin, or stand for righteousness, and not come across as hateful?

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Episode 27 – August 11th Sermon Q&A

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Questions & Timestamps:

  1. @ 13:31 – Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.” How did you come to the conclusion that the fruit of the spirit is love which produces joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control? I like that interpretation because it makes it easier to understand but that’s not how it reads.
  2. @ 19:10 – Why is it often so difficult to love others?
  3. @ 26:32 – Does God still love those who are responsible for mass shootings?
  4. @ 29:44 – How can God be so loving and yet allow so much evil in our world?
  5. @ 33:27 – Is it possible to know God’s love and allow our hearts to grow numb to its reality and power?
  6. @ 43:33 – Do you think our culture struggles with loving others because we have traded spending quality time with each other for social media and settled for more isolation?
  7. @ 47:00 – My 8 yr old has asked me a couple of tricky questions. 1. Does the baby who dies before birth or even shortly after go to heaven if they don’t know God? 2. What about the kids/adults w special needs? We have family who have lost both still born and child with down’s.
  8. @ 58:47 – Can you talk about what love looks like in different situations? Is the best kind of love always sacrificial or can it be more loving in some situations to set boundaries? How can you tell the difference? And are there any biblical examples of lovingly set boundaries?
  9. @ 1:09:14 – I don’t see pastors in the New Testament. Are modern churches, and pastors Biblical?

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Episode 26 – August 4th Sermon Q&A

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Questions & Timestamps:

  1. @ 11:28 – Do all of our thoughts come to us from another spirt, or outside of us? Or do we come up with them?
  2. @ 17:59 – If the Gnostics believed Jesus never came in the flesh what did they do with the crucifixion account?
  3. @ 24:28 – This question came up in our connect group in reference to 1 Corinthians 11. Do women have to have their head covered in church or was this specific to the people of that time?
  4. @ 28:41 – How do we judge messages from thinkers that don’t necessarily pass John’s 3-step spiritual verification test? I have read the writings of many thinkers whose work on purpose and morality have lent clarity to how I perceive reality, but I do not think the writers themselves align squarely with the Christian view and often their philosophy requires some reconciling with the Christian message. Some examples in mind: Jordan Peterson, Jonathan Haidt, and Nietzsche.

    5. If it is true that we shouldn’t trust false prophets, why would you recommend we read Nietzsche.

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Episode 25 – July 28th Sermon Q&A

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Questions & Timestamps:

  1. @ 10:21 – To who has it be given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God? (Mark 4:11)?
  2. @ 12:41 – I’m reading through Matthew and had a question. at the end of Mathew 19 it says “but many who are first will be last and the last first.” and the end of the first passage of Mathew 20, it says “so the last be first, and the first last.” does this have my more significance than corroborating each other? does this mean anything to us today?
  3. @ 18:30 – Do we believe in conditional salvation?
  4. @ 24:28 – Why do we experience suffering. Can’t God just take it away?
  5. @ 31:53 – Is it important for us to have a “life verse?” And, do we always need “confirmation” in the Bible before making a decision?
  6. @ 42:17 – Garrett Said, “Jesus used Parables to reveal truth and to conceal truth,” Why would Jesus conceal truth? Doesn’t He want us to know the truth, and have it set us free?”
  7. @ 46:02 – How do I make sure that my heart is like the fruitful soil, and not the other three?
  8. @ 48:54 – I try and try, but my heart is just bad sometimes. Will it ever stop?
  9. @ 52:18 – What is God’s purpose, or goal, for Christians?
  10. @ 56:08 – I have been reading ll Samuel. I know David sinned and God forgave him. I am troubled in that I don’t understand how his children being killed and other misfortunes (Tamar) are consequences of his sin. It seems like he was being punished even though forgiven. I’m sure I am missing something.

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Episode 24 – July 21st Sermon Q&A

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Questions & Timestamps:

  1. @ 17:04 – What is the difference between condemnation and conviction?
  2. @ 20:13 – I’ve always found my love to be responsive. How do I love preemptively. How can I “practically” participate in GROWING my agape love.
  3. @ 27:09 – If the Bible is a mirror for me to see myself, and not a lens to see others, does this mean that I should never confront someone if their behavior is not right?
  4. @ 32:33 – Is pride always a bad thing?
  5. @ 37:00 – What does fullness of joy look like in the midst of suffering?
  6. @ 43:16 – If I don’t earn my place with God by good works, then why should I do good works?
  7. @ 47:55 – How do you handle feelings of doubt? As in, doubting the existence of God?

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Episode 23 – July 14th Sermon Q&A

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Questions & Timestamps:

  1. @ 15:53 – Why does God “test” people when he is all-knowing?
  2. @ 21:38 – Can you explain what John means when talking about children of the Devil? Where else is this talked about in scripture?
  3. @ 23:47 – What does it mean for our hearts to condemn us? Does condemnation only/primarily come from the heart?
  4. @ 28:48 – Is it always a sin to hate?
  5. @ 31:29 – How should I respond when confronted with the reality of my own failures as a Christian?
  6. @ 34:10 – Why did you have to spoil Toy Story 4 for me?
  7. @ 36:47 –  John talks about seeing others in need, and shutting up your heart from them (I guess by not giving) … should I give to every homeless person in need?
  8. @ 42:19 – How can I give if I don’t have much to give?
  9. @ 48:54 – If someone claims to be a Christian but is self-centered and not loving others would their heart condemn them of this?

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Episode 22 – July 7th Sermon Q&A

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Questions & Timestamps:

  1. @ 11:52 – What are some tips that you have to stay strong when the world hates you?
  2. @ 18:57 – Where did Cain find a wife if the first humans were Adam and Eve?
  3. @ 22:46 –  How can I tell if I am truly loving my “brother”? I know we are supposed to forgive others their trespasses against us, but if someone is gossiping about me, or being two faced, does loving them mean I have to keep being open to them? These are the nuances I don’t understand? Does loving people mean I have to continue acting nice and giving to all people? Or can I retreat?
  4. @ 30:28 – Is Satan a created being? If so, why did/would God create “evil?”
  5. @ 34:06 – You said that God’s predestination of some is heresy? What do you mean?
  6. @ 40:25 – How do you stop living your life trying always to be liked and please others?
  7. @ 46:24 – Why did God have a problem with Cain’s offering and respect Abel’s?

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Episode 21 – June 30th Sermon Q&A

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Questions & Timestamps:

  1. @ 12:42 – When someone says that they aren’t interested in Christianity because it’s a religion, and all religion is man-made, what is the best kind of response to that?
  2. @ 18:05 – In the Gospels, why does Jesus tell the disciples not to stop the people casting out demons in his name because if someone is not against them, they’re for them, but later, he also tells the disciples that whoever is not for Him is against Him. That seems like a direct contradiction, what gives?
  3. @ 23:31 – Do you know of a verse to read to someone who thinks if they kill themself and think they can still go to heaven?
  4. @ 28:49 – Specifically what does it mean that angels are messengers of God?
  5. @ 30:35 – Does each Believer have their own guardian angel?
  6. @ 35:04 – Is there a hierarchy of sin(s)?

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Episode 20 – June 9th Sermon Q&A

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Questions & Timestamps:

  1. @ 7:21 – I just looked up the scientific and Scripture discussion on when life begins. There is the embryological view, the neuro-genical (or neurological) view, the ecological view, the birth view and the zygote view. Then I went to what our Bible teaches that life begins after fertilization. I was researching it in light oh the Hyde Amendment and the pros and cons. What is your view?
  2. @ 17:28 – A question for the news segment: Pope Francis recently approved a change to the Lord’s Prayer, specifically vs 13, from “and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” to “do not let us fall into temptation”. Why? what is your opinion of this change?
  3. @ 25:34 – If Jesus knew what was ahead of him and why he was being crucified, why did he ask God why He had forsaken him?
  4. @ 30:23 – How do you find joy in difficult times?
  5. @ 35:23 – How can I help my children find joy?
  6. @ 43:00 – How can I have joy if my kids or someone I love walked away from God?
  7. @ 48:06 – If abiding in the Word involves meditation, how do I meditate on the word?
  8. @ 55:20 – I was taught before, that you get the baptism of the Holy Spirit at a point after you are saved, are you saying we get it when we are saved?

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Episode 19 – June 2nd Sermon Q&A

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Questions & Timestamps:

  1. @ 16:57 – According to 1st Corinthians 5:11 if I invited a brother who calls himself a believer and yet he has not been in fellowship and has not been going to church for many years and has a problem with alcohol and I invite him to church and then to have lunch together would I be going against God?
  2. @ 23:18 – “They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us. Who were “they?”
  3. @ 26:38 – What do you think of the Harry Potter books/movies?
  4. @ 37:10 – How do you discern between two contradictory spirits that both confess that Jesus came in the flesh? For instance, two different churches.
  5. @ 41:48 – What are the “lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes and the pride of life”?
  6. @ 46:38 – Is it wrong to take anti-depressants?

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Episode 18 – May 26th Sermon Q&A

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Questions & Timestamps:

  1. @ 13:02 – Acts 13:48 it says “Now when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and glorified the Word of the Lord. And as many as had been appointed to eternal life believed.” Appointed by whom?
  2. @ 19:59 –  Was Jesus talking to us in present time in Matthew 16:24-25. Or was that message meant for the disciples?
  3. @ 28:34 –  How do we experience the Spirit in our daily lives if we don’t “feel” the Spirit?
  4. @ 36:33 – If I have been fully forgiven do I need to keep asking for forgiveness, how often?
  5. @ 40:43 – Do you have any daily routine advice to help me read the Bible?
  6. @ 43:51 – How long does it take when reading the Bible for our affections to change?
  7. @ 46:42 –  Is it wrong to have nice/expensive things?

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Episode 17 – May 19th Sermon Q&A

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Questions & Timestamps:

  1. @ 20:20 – What if we don’t hate people but we are indifferent? How do we draw closer to loving other?
  2. @ 27:41 – How do we draw close to Jesus when we realize we have backslid? I know I need to draw near but I have a hard time reading the Bible and even praying right now. Any suggestions to restore my relationship?
  3. @ 31:53 –  When Jesus says, “love your enemies ” how do you justify or explain for a Christian going to war for his/her country and kill their enemies?
  4. @ 36:11 –  I’m reading the Bible daily, and am up to Chronicles. I understand it the genealogy from the beginning, but what am I learning (or supposed to be getting from the text)? Why was it believed to be important for inclusion in the Bible?
  5. @ 42:01 – The Bible seems to have confusing messages regarding death and judgment. From scripture, it appears that Jesus will judge us at the moment of our death; However, at His second coming, “He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead”. Who are the dead that will be judged at the Second Coming, if people are being judged at the time of death?
  6. @ 47:54 – How do you make a big decision, like choosing to take a job offer, or move?
  7. @ 56:06 –  How do you become more assertive, but also not be pushy, rude, or obnoxious?

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Episode 16 – May 12th Sermon Q&A

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Questions & Timestamps:

  1. @ 11:48 – If Jewish people don’t believe that Jesus was the Messiah and therefore don’t believe in the new covenant, do they still follow the whole law of the old testament?
  2. @ 14:45 – Can you explain what Paul meant in Romans 7:15-20?
  3. @ 21:55 – Why do you believe there has been an increase in Calvinism today?
  4. @ 30:50 – Can you explain “total depravity” more?
  5. @ 34:17 – Do calvinists use their beliefs to justify their own sin and personal responsibility to be obedient to Christ?
  6. @ 36:25 – Do you believe we can live up to all the imperative commands in the New Testament? Is it possible?
  7. @ 38:29 – Can you explain what the Enneagram is and if it is advisable or profitable for a Christian to use.

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Episode 15 – May 5th Sermon Q&A

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Questions & Timestamps:

  1. @ 7:40 – What did you mean when you said ” your sin will find you out?”
  2. @ 14:41 – First question is on Mark 16:9-19. Why were these verses added to the Scriptures? My second question is what’s going on with taking up serpents and drinking anything deadly?
  3. @ 20:15 – What is the main purpose of free will?
  4. @ 28:36 – Is struggling with depression the same as walking in darkness?
  5. @ 34:47 – As I cannot be without sin, why wouldn’t Matthew 7:1 apply to me vs 1 John 2:4 ? What about forgotten (and therefore unconfessed) sin?
  6. @ 38:41 – Is sacrifice to the god Molech in the Old Testament comparable to modern day abortion?
  7. @ 44:45 – In Matthew 7:21-23 Jesus says “I never knew you” to people who said they cast out demons and did other deeds in the name of Jesus. By whose power did they do that? How are they different than us who claim to know God? Are those people mentioned in Matt 7:21-23 any different than Pentecostal or charismatic church’s?
  8. @ 49:16 – I’m going through the entire Bible cover to cover again (chronologically this time) and I always want to skip through the geneologies and laws, all the “boring” bits. I know they’re included for very good reasons, but can you give some pastorly wisdom or encouragement as to why those shouldn’t be skipped? (Or pastorly permission to just go ahead and skip them?)
  9. @ 57:40 – When we all die and also the Rapture happens what will the Holy Spirit’s function be in Heaven?

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April 28th Sermon Q&A

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Questions & Timestamps:

  1. @ 3:52 – Explain Revelation 5:8 where it says the prayers are in a bowl in Heaven?
  2. @ 9:48 – I fear for the jewish people. If they are Gods chosen. How or will they get to heaven if they never accept Jesus?
  3. @ 16:38 –  There are so many different versions of the Bible, with so many different books added and subtracted. How does someone know that they are reading the right version?
  4. @ 31:27 – This is a very loaded question. Can you explain how God views gay people? How is it that someone can grow up knowing the scriptures, yet still feel the urge to love and even marry another of the same gender? Today’s society pushes to accept gays and gay marriage. So, what is Cross Connection’s belief on society’s acceptance vs God’s word in the scripture. What are all of the sins?
  5. @ 46:56 – How come we have to choose every moment to walk in the light instead of just once? Why isn’t it instinctual after we choose it once?
  6. @ 51:50 – What was the significance of Jesus writing in the dirt?
  7. @ 54:43 –  Who must I confess my secret sin to?
  8. @ 58:38 – Can the devil influence your dreams?
  9. @ 1:00:33 –  James 5:14-15 talks about having the elders pray for me if I’m sick. Who exactly are the “elders” and what are your thoughts on doing this vs just having my friends or family pray for me?

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April 21st Sermon Q&A

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Questions & Timestamps:

  1. @ 6:29 – Where can one get a belt so white?
  2. @ 7:24 – What scriptures describe the demise of all of the Apostles, as shared in the teaching today?
  3. @ 11:03 – Do you believe there is any significance of Jesus rising specially 3 days later? Any significance of the number 3?
  4. @ 16:34 – What does the resurrection of Jesus mean for me? I haven’t seen him like the early disciples did.
  5. @ 18:54 – Why did christ rise from the dead?
  6. @ 19:16 – Where was Jesus for the three days before rising from the dead?
  7. @ 23:53 – What does it mean that we are/were dead in our sins?
  8. @ 27:25 – “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” ‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:28‬ ‭NIV‬‬ How can we reconcile this with the disciples being martyred for their faith?
  9. @ 35:20 – What will the Holy Spirit be doing in heaven?
  10. @ 38:00 – Without Jesus we can’t have eternal life, but those who don’t have Jesus will live eternally in hell? Or are their souls annihilated at some point?

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April 14th Sermon Q&A

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Questions & Timestamps:

  1. @ 7:26 – Is it wrong/sinful to desire pleasure, power, happiness, fame, and wealth?
  2. @ 14:55 – How can I experience the joy Jesus offers when my life is in crisis/broken?
  3. @ 20:15 –  Why is Good Friday called Good Friday?
  4. @ 20:55 –  How do we have eternal joy in our daily lives?
  5. @ 23:07 –  Will God bless a new marriage after a failed marriage? How do you deal with the judgement of others for your failures as a husband in the past?
  6. @ 31:19 –  If you asked me if I was going to heaven, I would still say I hope so. I hope I have not come to Jesus for the wrong reasons. I hope I do not just say the right word but not truly believe in my heart. How can we be sure our motives are pure and that we truly put all our trust in Jesus?
  7. @ 35:27 –  What I heard Paster Miles say was as Jesus told Peter on this rock I will build the church. If I am not mistaken Jesus call Peter a stone not a rock and if I am not mistaken Jesus is the rock. But in the context of the message Sunday about the reason the disciples followed Jesus. Peter was being lifted up to greater position than the other disciples by saying on this rock I will build the church
  8. @ 42:25 –  How do you know when the Master “has need of” your donkey?
  9. @ 45:42 –  How do I spiritually determine how to make the right decisions and have right responses?

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April 7th Sermon Q&A

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Questions & Timestamps:

  1. @ 5:03 – Who are those in the ‘great cloud of witnesses? (Hebrews 12:1)
  2. @ 10:28 – Why did Jesus change Simon’s name to Peter?
  3. @ 16:03 – How many people do I have to share with for me to be saved?
    1. If I have a bumper sticker that says, have you accepted Christ as your savior, is that enough to be saved?
    2. If I help with saturate San Diego is that enough?
  4. @ 19:00 – Is it true Barabbas was considered the representation of Israel (because of what his name means) and that he was liked by the Jews because he was a Roman hater/murderer and that some Jews wanted Barabbas released instead of Jesus because it was thought he would do more to bring the Romans down?
  5. @ 23:14 – At what age is a child accountable for their salvation?
  6. @ 31:10 – How does a parent cope when their adult child is not a believer or not currently following Jesus and they believe that if that child died today they would not go to heaven?
  7. @ 38:48 – How should I, as a mom, adjust to an “empty nest”? My adult kids are doing well, but some of them live far away and I don’t see them often. It hurts.
  8. @ 46:01 – In the book of Genesis, who are the people that Cain is afraid will kill him after he murders Abel? And who inhabits the land of Nod?

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March 31st Sermon Q&A

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Questions & Timestamps:

  1. @ 4:45 – On Saturday two women from the Jehovah Witness Church knocked on my door! Felt ill-equipped to say anything so I didn’t! What should I do to be prepared next time they come to my door?
  2. @ 14:37 – My question stems from a quote referenced by Pastor Garrett this morning. “How much of our church is American, and how much is Biblical” – David Platt. Recently I read a book titled “Small Is Big!: Unleashing the Big Impact of Intentionally Small Churches” – The book presents the argument that the biblical church was commonly small, and it was commonly led by “ordinary people” instead of the trained religious elite. The book brings up a lot of questions, but I’d love to hear your response to statements in the book like “Most aspects of ministry are better in a small setting” so each can bring a contribution (1 Corinthians 14:26). And another statement, “Simple churches multiply more quickly” – eg. China house church movement. How does a church the size of CCC, with multiple full-time pastors, look like the church of Scripture? And if there are areas where it doesn’t, do we have good reasons? (FYI – I love CCC and am not intending to be harsh with my question – and I promise my next question won’t be so short 🙂 ).
  3. @ 24:39 – What’s the difference between calling and anointing?
  4. @ 30:49 –  How can we encourage others that their presence here in church is important to all the church?
  5. @ 33:30 – How does one go about finding God’s will for their life?
  6. @ 36:13 – Why doesn’t this church offer an altar call?
  7. @ 37:31 – If we truly repent from our sins then Jesus will forgive us and separate our sin from us as far as the east is from the west. How do we reconcile this with on Judgment day we will have to give an account for every word and deed?
  8. @ 41:05 –  God gave the Israelites a whole bunch of rules, including the 10 commandments. I’ve been reading them in Leviticus 19&20. Some are related to sacrifice, others to controlling disease, and others for purity. I understand why we don’t follow sacrificial laws, because Jesus fulfilled these. But why not the others? Jesus said he came not to abolish the law but to fulfill it. (Matthew 5:17)
  9. @ 46:54 – Why are there differences between the NKJV and the NLT versions in the Acts 9 passage we were in on Sunday?
  10. @ 50:33 – Bonus Question! 😉

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March 17th Sermon Q&A

Last Sunday we studied through 2 Timothy 4:6-15. Pastor Mark and I sat down to answer the questions we received from the message.

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Questions & Timestamps:

  1. @ 6:24 – Verse 8 of today’s text, “Day” is capitalized. What is the significance? The day of the ‘Bema’ seat?
  2. @ 11:18 – Why does Easter keep changing every year? Isn’t it suppose to be Jesus resurrection? No one has been able to give me a good answer in 20 years.
  3. @ 16:07 – What does “fighting the good fight” look like practically in regards to marriage, children, work, and service to the Lord?
  4. @ 20:19 – Are Christians allowed to fight in the military or defend themselves?
  5. @ 28:40 – Have you or Pastor Mark ever been abandoned by people in the ministry?
  6. @ 31:49 – If I’ve done wrong or failed people or the Lord, how do I “restart” and repair the damage?

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March 10th Sermon Q&A

Last Sunday we studied through 2 Timothy 4:1-6 talking about the importance of preaching the Word. Pastor Mark and I sat down to answer the questions we received from the message.

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Questions & Timestamps:

  1. @ 7:28 – What text do you think Timothy used for preaching?
  2. @ 11:39 – What did the first preachers and teachers consider ‘scripture’?
  3. @ 14:08 – Micaiah (in 1 Kings 22) seemed to be sarcastic, is it ok to be sarcastic? 
  4. @ 20:00 – Should a christian listen to the news today?
  5. @ 26:36 – What are some good teachings and commentaries I can go to when I don’t understand something in the Bible?
  6. @ 28:29 – Do I need to study biblical history?
  7. @ 30:19 – Is impatience sin?
  8. @ 34:02 – How do I practically “preach the word” to individuals , timing etc?
  9. @ 39:02 – What does it mean to “walk in the Spirit” and how do I do it?
  10. @ 43:28 – I’ve been a bible believing church attending Christian for 20+ years and still find myself not trusting God. I lived through an inordinate amount of death and tragedy and those circumstances are hard to escape?
  11. @ 50:00 – I was talking to my daughter yesterday. Thru-out the Bible it will state “fear not” or “fear God” why should we fear God if he is our Father our ABBA.

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March 3rd Sermon Q&A

Last Sunday we studied through 2 Timothy 3:16 – 4:2 talking about the inspired and useful word of God. Pastor Mark and I sat down to answer the questions we received from the message.

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Questions & Timestamps:

  1. @ 3:23 – What is the difference between soul and spirit. And what is Spirituality?
  2. @ 7:47 – Can you explain how God views gay people? How is it that someone can grow up knowing the scriptures, yet still feel the urge to love and even marry another of the same gender? Today’s society pushes to accept gays and gay marriage. So, what is Cross Connection’s belief on society’s acceptance vs God’s word in the scripture.
  3. @ 16:37 – All scripture is inspired and useful – what about the books not included in the Protestant Bible? (ie. Catholic)
  4. @ 20:03 – Are there any other “Holy Scriptures.”
  5. @ 21:30 – Wallbuilders said the Bible that Thomas Jefferson cut up was like a red letter edition. The red letter addition was used by missionaries, to give to the Native Americans. Have you heard this before?
  6. @ 25:52 – How do you know if you are being “called ” to preach the word. Either in a pulpit or to a person.
  7. @ 33:00 – What is discipleship?
  8. @ 35:26 – My spouse is an unbeliever, can I still teach my kids about God?
  9. @ 38:34 – Is scripture useful to unbelievers?
  10. @ 41:07 – What happens to those who die that have never heard the gospel? (Natives)?

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February 24th Sermon Q&A

Last Sunday we studied through 2 Timothy 3:1-9 considering the reason for peril in the last days. Pastor Mark and I sat down to answer the questions we received from the message.

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Questions & Timestamps:

  1. @ 0:36 – Did Timothy ever have trouble following Paul? Did he ever have doubts? Or doubts about God’s will?
  2. @ 9:05 –  What kind of milestones should you make and how do you make them?
  3. @ 15:49 – In the context of Pastor Jason’s sermon, how do I find someone to mentor (disciple) me so that I can turn around and mentor (disciple) someone else?
  4. @ 28:34 –  Had this question come up in our house this week with our kids. If Jesus is God in the form of man, how did God send his son to earth?

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February 17th Sermon Q&A

Last Sunday we studied through 2 Timothy 3:1-9 considering the reason for peril in the last days. Pastor Mark and I sat down to answer the questions we received from the message.

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Questions & Timestamps:

  1. @ 4:00 – If I recognize that I have a hardened heart. How do I change that?
  2. @ 13:12 –  If I am struggling with some of the things mentioned in verses 2-5 am I not saved?
  3. @ 17:22 – What does it mean to repent?
  4. @ 24:18 –  How do I confront a Christian friend who does not have the fruit of the spirit in the way they live?
  5. @ 31:25 –  Are you saying we need to kick out Christians who live in sin from our church?
  6. @ 35:05 – If my children are disobedient how should I discipline them?

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February 10th Sermon Q&A

Last Sunday we studied through 2 Timothy 2:20-26 considering the topic of vessels of honor and dishonor. Pastor Mark and I sat down to answer the questions we received from the message.

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Questions & Timestamps:

  1. @ 13:00 – Do you believe that all non-believers in the church are here with dishonorable intentions?
  2. @ 15:40 – Do all vessels of honor start out as vessels of dishonor?
  3. @ 18:35 – You mentioned that the culture Timothy lived in was an honor and shame culture which placed higher value on older adults and that our current culture values youth. What are the consequences of valuing youth? Would our culture do better if we valued older people more?
  4. @ 23:45 – How do we conduct ourselves as vessels of honor in our day to day life?
  5. @ 30:15 – How do we resist youthful lusts?
  6. @ 36:50 – How would you counsel someone who is addicted to youthful lusts, what are some practical steps they could take to become pure?
  7. @ 40:10 – What are the consequences of pursuing youthful lusts? Are there negative consequences of righteousness/purity?

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February 3rd Sermon Q&A

Last Sunday we studied through 2 Timothy 2:14-19, and we considered the importance of maintaining unity, while also rightly dividing the Scriptures. Pastor Mark and I sat down to answer the questions we received from the message.

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Questions & Timestamps:

  1. @ 9:40 – If there is a person who likes to dispute over the bible in my small group bible study how should I approach them?
  2. @ 17:30 – How do I know if I am fixated on something that is unhelpful?
  3. @ 23:33 – What should I do if another christian questions a practice or belief of our church?
  4. @ 32:34 – Can you explain the primary, secondary and tertiary doctrines? And, What are typical theological things that people argue about that are non-essential?
  5. @ 45:48 – What is our church government here?
  6. @ 51:23 – Should I argue with the mormons or JW who come to my door about scripture?
  7. @ 55:55 – How do I reconcile a relationship that was broken because of we had different views of the word of God?

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January 27th Sermon Q&A

Last Sunday Pastor Mark taught for me while I was out of town at a conference. You can check the message out here. During the message we had a few questions texted in, so Pastor Mark and I sat down to answer them this afternoon. I hope it is an encouragement to you.

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Questions & Timestamp:

  1. At 3:32 – Pastor Mark, You said “God gave him a new name “Paul” at the 09:30 service. Is there a biblical reference for this?
  2. At 8:08 – Haven’t there been lots of people who have died for lies? Either from insanity or religious fervor? Jihadists, heaven’s gate people, etc. How is the martyrdom of the disciples different from an outsider’s perspective?
  3. At 18:05 – God can not be around sin and imperfections. How did Lucifer appear in the meeting with God in Job?

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January 20th Sermon Q&A

My hope as we move into 2019 is to do a little bit more to answer some of the questions that those in the church have, as we study through the Scriptures together. Certainly I answer questions one-to-one when asked, but when things are a little busy after a service on Sunday, it is sometimes difficult for people to get to me with their question. That being the case, we’ve been receiving questions texted in on Sundays, and this is attempt #1 at providing answers via podcast. I hope this helps. If so, comment below, I’d love your feedback.

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Questions & Timestamp:

  1. At 4:42 – How do we know the serpent in the garden was Satan?
  2. At 6:41 – In Genesis where it says you will bruise His heel, how is that interpreted in the original language?
  3. At 8:28 – Seems like there needs to be a distinction between being willing to lose your life ( someone taking your life) vs someone dying for what they believe by taking other lives as well as their own.. they are willing to die for what they believe in?
  4. At 12:43 – What are the practical steps to making Jesus my purpose?
  5. At 15:26 – How is praying for someone going to bring them to a relationship w Jesus? How does prayer work. Is it the amount, intensity, favoritism what?
  6. At 19:17 – I desire a more meaningful life, how do I know what God has called me to do?
  7. At 23:39 – How do I get to the place where I am willing to give my life for Christ?
  8. At 24:17 – How do I experience the presence of God?
  9. At 26:04 – If Jesus is going to judge and hold people personally responsible for their sin, how do we talk about this in a culture that struggles with individual responsibility?

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