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Season 3 Recap  |  POD 030

Season 3 Recap | POD 030

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Paul Brandes – Co-Host

Bill Gorman – Co-Host

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Recap of Season 3 on theFormed.life Podcast

Join hosts Bill Gorman, and Paul Brandes in the Season 3 finale of theFormed.life podcast! In this episode, we reflect on key moments and guests from this season, including Dr. Katie McCoy on women in the Old Testament, Dr. Darryll Bock on cultural engagement, Dr. Harold Netland on the exclusivity of Jesus, and Dr. John Dyer on faith and technology. Our hosts highlight their personal takeaways and discuss the most impactful insights. We also preview exciting topics for Season 4, such as living faithfully in a secular age, understanding gender biblically, and navigating politics as Christians. Don’t miss details about our live event with Dr. John Dyer on October 28th in Kansas City, focusing on AI and Christian ethics. Thanks for joining us, and stay tuned for more enriching discussions!

#SeasonRecap #ThoughtfulTechnology #CulturalEngagement #BiblicalPrinciples #ChristianWorldview #FaithfulConversations #SpiritualPractices #PodcastHighlights #DrJohnDyer #theFormedLifePodcast

CHAPTERS:

00:00 Finding common ground in cultural and political differences.

05:06 Balancing competing values in biblical immigration discussions.

09:37 Preparing to discuss biblical principles and politics.

10:46 Preview of upcoming season and special event.

But What About…?

But What About…?

Have you ever looked at the Christian faith and wondered, “But what about…”? We all wrestle with difficult life questions. How does Jesus respond to our “what abouts?”

In this podcast Bill Gorman is joined by Ben Beasley, interim campus pastor at the Leawood Campus. They explore the upcoming sermon series “But what about…?”, which addresses tough questions head-on. Bill and Ben discuss their own difficult questions, emphasizing the importance of patience, charity, and epistemological humility in working through doubts and questions. They also share their hopes for the series, which includes guiding listeners toward a humble confidence in their faith and a healthy model for addressing tensions.

Join us as we dive into this thought-provoking sermon series with an aim to know Jesus more and be his hands and feet in our community and world.

Majoring on the Minors

Majoring on the Minors

The Bible is the most read book in the history of mankind and in 2 Timothy we are told that “all Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16-17). Note that it said ALL Scripture. It is not hard for us to see the profitability of the gospels, the usefulness of the epistles, and the equipping that comes from books like Proverbs. But when we come to the middle of the Scriptures we come to what are likely the least understood and most skipped words ever written. Yes, I am talking about the prophets and especially the minor prophets. Though the word “minor” is in reference to the length of the books, I think it is easy to see these books as having minor relevance for our lives. 

They have weird names, confusing and sometimes even disturbing imagery, and at face value we struggle to see their relevance to modern-day life. So why even try to read and understand these strange books? When we treat the minor prophets as of minor importance, we forfeit much wisdom and beauty. And though not an exhaustive list, I want to look at three of the prophets and the message that reoccurs throughout the rest. 

 

God’s Justice in Nahum

One of the most repeated questions in the Bible is “how long, O Lord?” and perhaps you have joined in that cry. We do not have to look hard to find a world saturated with sin and suffering. Any time we hear the news there are examples of war, disaster, abuse, etc. If we worship a just God, “how long” will he seemingly do nothing about these headlines? The prophets do not give us a timeline, but they reveal to us the character of a God who takes into account the sins of his people and the sins against his people. 

The book of Nahum’s focus is the city of Nineveh in the nation of Assyria, which was used by God as an instrument of discipline against Israel for their rebellion against him. Though an instrument of God, Nineveh was not innocent of sin in their treatment of the Jews. In response to the wickedness of Nineveh we are told “The Lord is slow to anger but great in power; the Lord will never leave the guilty unpunished” (Nahum 1:3). This passage references God’s self-description of himself from the book of Exodus, but with slight differences. Hundreds of years prior, the Lord revealed himself to Moses as “slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love” (Exodus 34). 

So why does Nahum focus on God’s power and justice instead of his love? This is because God’s power and justice are not distinct from his love, they are aspects of it. If we worshiped a God who did not take evil and injustice into account, he would not be a God worth worshiping. If God was a capricious God who angrily annihilates his enemies, we would be hopeless. The prophet Nahum helps us see a God who perfectly holds justice and grace in balance, and therefore we have hope. 

 

God’s Sovereignty in Habakkuk

Another question we have likely asked of God is “are you there? If you are, do you care?” Amidst our suffering we like to have an understanding of the reason for the pain we experience. We want a diagnosis so we can get a prognosis. Sometimes the answer is not always that clear. Sometimes when we get an answer it’s not the answer we expected or wanted. In these moments we are tempted to doubt that the Lord truly has things under control. 

The prophet Habakkuk was weary of seeing the people of God engage in outright rebellion against their God, and he wants to know if God is going to hold them accountable. God’s response: “I am going to send Babylon as my tool of judgment.” Initially Habakkuk becomes even more enraged with this solution. Babylon? They are even more wicked than Israel! The Lord responds to the prophets’ understandable confusion with: “But the righteous will live by his faith” (Habakkuk 2:4). Note that he does not say the righteous will live by knowing the time, place, and purpose of all things. No, he says they will live by faith. God will use Babylon to overthrow Judah but he will also hold Babylon accountable. 

As the book comes to a conclusion, we find the prophet no longer lashing out at God but instead we see a resolute dependance: “Though the fig tree does not bud and there is no fruit on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though the flocks disappear from the pen and there are no herds in the stalls, yet I will celebrate in the Lord; I will rejoice in the God of my salvation.” (Habakkuk 3:17-18). We have and will continue to see such times when there is “no fruit on the vine,” but when we look to the prophets we have the invitation to join in a long history of prayers of trust that come from confused and hurting hearts that find their peace in an all powerful, victorious God. 

 

God’s Faithfulness in Micah

At other times, we are so humbled by the glory of God that we ask “how could God still want to do anything with a sinner like me?” Many have asked a similar question; upon approaching the throne room of God in a vision, Isaiah said “Woe is me for I am ruined because I am a man of unclean lips” (Isaiah 6:5). After seeing a miracle of Jesus, the disciple Peter said to him “Go away from me, because I’m a sinful man” (Luke 5:8). How could God’s faithfulness endure my unfaithfulness? 

In the book of Micah we are shown a holy God who appears in an unholy land and as a result, “The mountains will melt beneath him and the valleys will split apart, like wax near a fire, like water cascading down a mountainside.” (Micah 1:4). But in the “last days” it says that instead of a melting mountain, God will draw to himself those from many nations who will come to the mountain of the Lord where “He will teach us about his ways so we may walk in his paths” (Micah 4:2). And what are the ways of God? They are what God commands of his own people: “to act justly, to love faithfulness and to walk humbly with your God.” Throughout the prophets we see God enact perfect justice while maintaining faithfulness to his people. Therefore, we can come humbly to God because he “will vanquish our iniquities” and “will show loyalty to Jacob and faithful love to Abraham, as you swore to our ancestors from days long ago” (Micah 7:20). God has every right to hand us over to our sin but his faithful love overwhelms our rebellion. 

 

God’s Justice, Sovereignty and Faithfulness Is For Us, Too

The prophets are difficult to understand, there is no getting around that, but that does not mean we should avoid digging for the gold that each book contains. We forfeit too much hope and comfort if we do. Each of the prophets reveal a God who has ordered history for his glory and deserves our reverence. I pray that as we enter this new year, intentional time spent in study of the prophets will lead to new and greater insights into the character of our great God. Let us not neglect the hope and awe that the prophets beckon us to. 

Reading Romans with Douglas Moo |  POD 014

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HOSTS & GUESTS

Dr. Douglas Moo​ – Guest

Paul Brandes – C0-Host

Bill Gorman – C0-Host

Show Notes

Reading Romans with Douglas Moo

In today’s episode we are diving into an overview of the compelling and complex book of Romans. Our hosts, Paul Brandes and Bill Gorman are joined by special guest Dr. Douglas Moo, who brings his expertise as a renowned scholar and commentator on the book of Romans. Throughout the episode, our speakers reflect on their personal connections with the book of Romans, from their early encounters with commentaries to the challenges and rewards of teaching and preaching from this pivotal New Testament letter. They discuss the significance of Romans in Christian theology, its role in renewing the mind and transforming one’s thinking, and the practical application of its teachings in today’s culture. So grab your Bible and get ready to be inspired and challenged by the power of the gospel in Romans.

 

THREE KEY TAKEAWAYS:

The three key takeaways from this episode of theFormed.life are:

  1. The book of Romans is a crucial and transformative text in Christian theology. It addresses complex theological issues and provides a balanced view of the history of salvation, highlighting both continuity and discontinuity. Christians are encouraged to study Romans rigorously and at length to deepen their understanding of the gospel.
  2. Teaching Romans requires finding a balance in pace and depth. It is important to teach the text as a whole and not get overly fixated on specific words and ideas. However, covering too much of Romans in one teaching session can hinder a deep understanding. Pastors and teachers should aim for a pace that allows the audience to grasp the text’s argument and absorb its overall message.
  3. Renewing the mind and transforming thinking are central themes in Romans. The book challenges Christians to critically examine cultural perspectives and align their thinking with a thoroughly Christian worldview. The gospel is seen as the foundation for renewing one’s mind and living faithfully as a transformed individual.

 

#RomansOverview #TheFormedLifePodcast #DouglasMoo #BiblicalTheology #RenewingTheMind #GospelTransformation #TeachingRomansEffectively #IntegrationOfJewsAndGentiles #UnfoldingBiblicalNarrative #UnderstandingTheOldTestament

 

GUEST BIO:

Dr. Douglas Moo is a prominent biblical scholar who has dedicated his career to studying and teaching the New Testament. With an emphasis on rigorous exegesis and a focus on the Pauline and General Letters, he has written commentaries on James, 2 Peter and Jude, Romans, Galatians, Colossians, and Philemon. Dr. Moo’s commitment to applying the biblical text to both the church and his own life is evident in his active involvement in his local church as an elder, teacher, and preacher. He has also made significant contributions as a member of the Committee on Bible Translation, which revised the text of the NIV. Based at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School for over two decades, Dr. Moo has mentored countless graduate students, guiding them in robust Greek exegesis and encouraging them to consider the ultimate significance and application of the biblical text. His ongoing projects include commentaries on 1-2 Thessalonians and Philippians. A lover of travel and photography, Dr. Moo enjoys exploring the world with his wife, Jenny. They have five grown children and thirteen grandchildren.

 

QUOTES:

“One of the things that Romans accomplishes for us is giving us a balanced view of the history of salvation, bringing together the continuity and discontinuity of that history.”
— Dr. Douglas Moo

 

“I don’t think pastors should be afraid to join an application that is not as practical and specific as sometimes is the case. So to leave people at the end of the service: “ Now what’s the application out of this text?” Here’s the application. Here is the truth of what God is teaching us. We need to absorb that. We need to think about it. We need to find ways of impeding that on our brains and hearts and not get too concerned about if this word is relevant or maybe making relevance to narrow in its focus. Something that’s practical and can be done, rather than a relevant something. That affects our thinking and attitudes.”
— Dr. Douglas Moo

 

“The new perspective positively, First of all, has reminded us about this matter of Paul’s own 1st century context. A context again in which the key issue faced in the church was how do we integrate gentiles into the people of God and how do we read the old testament as a genuine Christian book pointing to Chris?. That was the big issue that they faced in those days, and Romans had a great deal to say about that.”
— Dr. Douglas Moo

 
KEYWORDS:

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CHAPTERS:

[00:02:53] Interest in gospels shifted to Paul’s theology. Invited to write commentary on Romans.
[00:05:50] Romans: Gospel, integration of gentiles, unity.
[00:08:24] Romans is a powerful book in Christianity.
[00:11:07] 66 books complement each other, emphasizing continuity.
[00:15:57] Pace and depth matter in teaching Romans.
[00:20:10] New perspective focuses on integrating Gentiles.
[00:23:57] Inclusive biblical scholarship: diverse paths to salvation.
[00:27:20] Translating mindset in NIV; Excited to read commentary.
[00:30:13] Retreating to Wisconsin, capturing serendipitous deer moment.

Romans Series Overview with Bill & Tom |  POD 013

Romans Series Overview with Bill & Tom | POD 013

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Tom Nelson – Guest

Bill Gorman – Host

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Romans Series Overview with Bill & Tom

In today’s episode, we are joined by Tom Nelson, our lead senior pastor, for an enlightening conversation about the significance of this powerful letter to the Romans. Bill and Tom discuss the shifting focus of the church over time and how Romans speaks to essential questions like: who Jesus is, how we’re saved, and what it means to be human.

 

THREE KEY TAKEAWAYS:

The three key takeaways from this episode of theFormed.life are:

1. The significance of the book of Romans: The episode highlights the importance of the book of Romans in understanding key theological concepts and how they relate to our current cultural context. Romans touches on themes like the identity of Jesus, salvation by grace through faith, and what it means to be human.

2. The process of selecting sermon series: Bill and Tom discuss how Christ Community determines the focus of their teachings, taking into account the needs of the congregation and cultural context. They emphasize the importance of teaching the whole counsel of God and the joy of diving into different genres of literature within the Bible.

3. The transformative power of Romans: The episode emphasizes the transformative impact that studying and engaging with the book of Romans can have on individuals. Through understanding God’s incredible love, the rescue mission of Jesus, and aligning with God’s design and moral excellence, Romans has the potential to bring about personal and communal transformation, restoring God’s worldview in a culture that may be eroding foundational beliefs.

#RomansTeachingSeries #BiblicalExposition #GodsLove #GraceThroughFaith #IdentityinChrist #GospelCenteredLiving #CulturalDiscernment #TransformationalJourney #WitnessesForJesus #RestoringGodsWorldview

 

QUOTES:

“Romans not only tells us what we’re saved from — As glorious that is — praise God, but it tells us what we’re saved for… to be on mission with him in the world in his kingdom.'”
– Tom Nelson

 

“I think we’ve been compelled from the very beginning of Christ Community that as Paul says, he did not shrink from declaring the whole counsel of God.”
Tom Nelson

 

“So I think we also sometimes can fall into, oh, this is a left brain, logical book, but it speaks to the wholeness of who we are as people.”
– Bill Gorman

 

RESOURCES:

TheFormed.life

KEYWORDS:

teaching series, book of Romans, Christ Community, significance, spiritual journey, childhood story, selecting sermon series, cultural moment, hopes and prayers, faith in Jesus, Holy Spirit, incredible transformation, brilliant book, Kingdom of God, preaching, discernment, precision, core belief, Protestantism, grace, human agency, obedience, different genres of literature, processing information, mind and emotions, transformative power, influential figures, spiritual formation, witnesses and ambassadors

CHAPTERS:

[00:02:49] Romans 8:1 changed life, discussing importance of letter.
[00:05:42] Romans aids understanding of God’s incredible love.
[00:11:38] Teaching scripture through exposition in various genres.
[00:15:12] Seek the Lord, live for Him always.
[00:18:27] Hope: people find faith in Jesus, transformation.

Romans: Real Rescue

Romans: Real Rescue

Where do you turn for rescue? Life can feel like a turbulent storm, tossing us amidst uncertainty and doubt. But deep within our hearts, we yearn for a way out, a glimmer of hope that can rescue us from the challenges we face. 

It is in these moments that the timeless words of the Apostle Paul in the book of Romans come alive, offering us a profound message of rescue, redemption, and restoration. In this book of Scripture, we encounter the truth that God is the ultimate Rescuer. 

We have all fallen short, trapped in a web of sin, and separated from our Creator. Paul’s letter to the Romans reveals God’s incredible rescue plan that has transformed lives and altered the course of history for the last 2,000 years—and it can do the same for you. 

Sunday, August 13 is the beginning of a new sermon series covering the first five chapters of Romans. Lead Senior Pastor Tom Nelson sat down with Bill Gorman on TheFormed.Life Podcast to discuss how the book of Romans has impacted them personally, what they hope this series will provide to the congregation, and even a little peek into how the teaching series are selected at Christ Community.