Finding Real Encouragement in God’s Word

Episode 62 Show Notes 

Finding Real Encouragement in God's Word

From the Show

What are some of the practical ways a church should strive to reach out to their community?

I am struck constantly by Jesus. He is invited to a religious leader’s home and they are criticising him for hanging out with and showing hospitality towards the outcasts. And Jesus just starts berating them for their table manners, for having the seat assignments according to the hierarchy of the people who can do you the most good. And he says, “when you have a feast, disciples, don’t invite those who can repay you…no, what have I done for you? The first will be last and the last will be first. I have put you at my table; not because you deserve it; not because you’re more powerful or you’re holier or your more righteous but precisely because you’re needy." —Michael Horton​

Questions in this Episode

1. Are there any sections of the Bible that you return to for find encouragement?

2. I grew up in a church that talked about Christianity after the apostles until recently like it was all dark ages with superstition, confusion, and false teaching. Is this true?

3. I have a friend who has never been to church until just recently and now she has all sorts of questions that I don’t know the answers to. What should I do?

4. What are some of the practical ways a church should strive to reach out to their community?

5. Does God use trials, illness, and tragedy draw us closer to him?

6. What does the Bible mean in John 12:32–33 where it says, “And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” He said this to show by what kind of death he was going to die”?

Resources

The Difficulty of Community

A Pastor's Letter to His Young Self: Why Community Isn't Enough

What Every Christian Needs to Know About Evil and Suffering

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