Episode 494 Show Notes
From the Show
Here is what you can cling to. Jesus Christ is Lord right now. He is seated at the right hand of the Father, and from there, from that place, he is praying for you. He is praying for his church. And one day he is going to return, and uncover every stone, and all will be brought into the light. Until that day, he is going to continue advancing his kingdom through the proclamation of the gospel.
I look at the world around me sometimes and I do get discouraged. Sin, brokenness, all of these things that we see around us–it’s heartbreaking! What gives me hope? It’s not looking at the world, but looking to Jesus who has overcome the world. What gives me hope is the promise he gave to his disciples in Matthew 16:18, “And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”
Questions in this Episode
1. How can I grow in my desire to pray in a group? I struggle with others’ approval so much that, when I get together with my brothers and sisters in Christ, my anxiety grows and I struggle to pray from my heart and my thoughts get clouded. I don’t like this about myself, but desire to grow in courage and confidence. How can I grow in this as a believer?
2. When someone profanes our Savior and takes God’s name in vain, what should be our response?
3. It’s hard to be the light in a dark world with all the fear and hate being spread around. We have one side exaggerating the truth, while the other makes false accusations, pitting the people against one another. How should Christians “watch for the signs”as Jesus commanded with all the fake news out there?
4. In Matthew 6:9, Jesus taught his disciples to pray to the Father, and for the Father’s name to be glorified and sanctified. Why wouldn’t he reveal his Father’s name? What could be that Name?
Why Is the World A Mess (Student’s Edition) by Core Christianity
The Gospel-Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World by Michael Horton
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