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Core Christianity: Tough Questions Answered

Finding Lasting Contentment Requires Trust

aired October 24, 2018

Episode 38 Show Notes
How Can We Find More Satisfaction in God’s Gifts?

From the Show

What most stands out about Jesus to you?

One of the characteristics that stands out is patience with the disciples. Oh my goodness, how many times he showed patience. He corrected them, sometimes sternly, but he was so patient with them. He was even patient with the religious leaders, even when they came to test him.

He didn't fight back with vitriolic words. He logically untangled their attempts to trap him in their arguments and turned it around and trapped them. His patience. Paul talks about that in 1 Timothy 1:16. He says, "I am the chief of sinners. But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost of sinners, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who are to believe in Him for eternal life."

Isn't that interesting, that that's how Paul views it? God works all things together for good, including our sin. And the good that he sees in the life that he had lived as chief of sinners, even persecuting the church, is that at least it shows to the whole world that if he [Jesus] is patient toward me, he is patient toward you. He's patient toward everyone right now, not just believers but unbelievers, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.  
— Michael Horton

Questions in this Episode

1. What does real repentance look like? How can I tell if I have really repented?

2. Why does the Bible call the church the bride of Christ?

3. My wife and I have two young kids. I think she is doing such a great job as a mom but she tends to really feel guilty over small things like not reading enough to them or taking them outside enough. I try to give her a break on the weekends by taking the kids while she gets some time to herself, but I’m wondering how can I encourage her and help her see that she is doing a good job?

4. Why did God choose Israel out of all the nations in the world to be his chosen people?

5. What stands out about Jesus most to you?

6. In Isaiah 55 where it says, “Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food.” My question is this: how can we find more satisfaction in what God gives?


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