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Is “Deny Yourself” Good News?

host Adriel Sanchez aired June 9, 2021

Episode 724 Show Notes 

From the Show

The sum of the Christian is this denial of self. And we do it because we have a savior who laid down his life for us. We do it in response to his great love. Jesus trains us to renounce ungodliness by the grace that he has given to us.

–Adriel Sanchez

Is “Deny Yourself” Good News?

Questions in this Episode

  1. What does it mean that Jesus “emptied himself,” as Paul says in Philippians 2:7?
  2. There are so many different denominations, and even within those no one agrees on everything 100%. I am having anxiety about if I don’t agree with a certain pastor or elder about everything. Is this ok or what should we do when experiencing these tensions?
  3. In Luke 9:23, what does Jesus mean when he says that we must “deny ourselves” and “take up our cross”?
  4. It seems like Paul often refers to Jesus as “Lord” but he refers to the Father as “God.” Why doesn’t Paul explicitly refer to Jesus as “God”? John seems to make it clear that Jesus is God, but Paul doesn’t. Is there something special about the title “Lord,” and that is why he mainly calls Jesus “Lord”?
  5. For children who die in the womb, what is their status in heaven?

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Adriel Sanchez

Adriel Sanchez is pastor of North Park Presbyterian Church, a congregation in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). In addition to his pastoral responsibilities, he also serves the broader church as a host on the Core Christianity radio program, a live, daily call-in talk show where he answers listeners' questions about the Bible and the Christian faith. He and his wife Ysabel live in San Diego with their five children.

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