Why America is Not the Promised Land

Episode 567 Show Notes 

From the Show

I love our new country, but we are not the New Jerusalem. We are not the new Israel. Actually, Israel in the Old Testament isn’t a type of America, it’s a type of the church. The church is God’s temple on earth today.

God has been building this temple for two thousand years and it isn’t America. It’s the church. If you have faith in Jesus Christ, then you are one of the living stones of God’s temple, his dwelling place.

–Adriel Sanchez

Questions in this Episode

  1. 1. As a pastor during COVID and an election year, what are some of the biggest challenges facing the church right now? How are you facing these challenges?

2. In Ephesians 2:8, is it grace or faith that has been gifted by God?

3. Is there any truth in the idea that “the ends justify the means”? If so, does it every apply to the Christian life?

4. Based off of Israel invading Canaan, were the colonists justified to conquer the natives in the Americas?

5. If you are without transportation, is it acceptable to baptize oneself?

Resources

The Way of the Dragon or the Way of the Lamb: Searching for Jesus’ Path of Power in a Church that Has Abandoned It by Jamin Goggin

Introducing Covenant Theology by Michael Horton

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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 four children.

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