A believer should refrain from marrying a nonbeliever. The principle Paul mentions in 2 Corinthians 6:14 affirms this conclusion. But how should a believer respond who is already married to a nonbeliever? Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to consider what 1 Corinthians 7:12-16 and 1 Peter 3:1-7 teach about this important question.
Did you know that God expects you to use money and other material resources to make friendships that last for eternity? That’s what Jesus taught in Luke 16:1-13. Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to consider a fascinating story about an accountant who mismanaged the funds of a wealthy landowner. Discover how this story teaches you to be a more effective witness for the gospel.
If you aspire to be an effective witness for Christ (and you should), then you must aspire to some other things as well. That’s what Paul said to the church at Thessalonica (1 Thess 4:11-12). He told them “to aspire,” which means to be ambitious and to earnestly endeavor to reach a certain goal. Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to consider three important goals that you as a believer aspire to achieve and these help you to become a more effective witness for Christ.
When you explain the gospel message to a nonbeliever, he will consider not only the content of your message, but the quality of your life as well. That’s why it is important for a believer not only to explain the gospel well, but to live well also. Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to consider from 1 Peter 2 how believers should respond to the scrutiny and mistreatment of nonbelievers.
Is it ever okay for believers to show disrespect or to disobey civil laws and government officials? Is it acceptable for Christians to participate in active resistance against government? Believers need to give serious attention to what Paul teaches in Romans 13:1-7 about the way that believers should view and interact with police and government officials.
The New Testament uses a special and important illustration to describe your relationship to the unbelieving world. The believer is a light, shining the goodness and truth of God into a world blinded by spiritual darkness (Matt 5:14-16). Paul repeated this analogy later when he said, “You shine as lights in the world” (Phil 2:15). With this illustration in mind, join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to consider what it means to shine as lights in the world for God.
As we learn to be a witness for the gospel, we give a lot of attention to what we say and how we say it. But in addition to the message that we share, we must also consider the life that we present to the world as the backdrop to the message. Scripture emphasizes this aspect of our role as witnesses. In fact, this is not a New Testament phenomenon. You can trace it back to the Old Testament nation of Israel. Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to discover how the nation of OT nation of Israel teaches us lessons for evangelism today.
Good people debate the meaning of Proverbs 22:6, which says, “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” A proper understanding of this proverb finds a balance between two opposite interpretations and helps parents understand their role in preparing children for adult life. Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to learn what this proverb teaches.
As a teenager becomes an adult, he or she eventually faces the question of whether to marry and whom to marry. Perhaps you are facing this question right now, or perhaps your child, a friend, or someone you know is doing so. Whatever the case, a believer should approach this significant decision in a distinctly biblical way. Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to consider four biblical principles that prepare a person for this crucial decision.
Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to consider six ways that you should allow the doctrine of the Trinity to impact your relationship with God, your approach to life, and your mission to the world.
Having considered that God is one and that there are three distinct persons within the Godhead, join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to discover where Scripture presents the members of the Godhead as sharing in the divine nature equally, meaning that one is not somehow more divine than another and underscoring that all three members are fully and equally one-and-the-same God.
Having recognized the equally divine and eternal nature of each member of the Godhead, join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to learn how Scripture also portrays them as persons, each having the attributes of a personal being and not merely an abstract force or emanation of some kind.
Having established the three-in-oneness of God, join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to learn how Scripture also teaches that each member of the Godhead is equally and eternally God, no more and no less than the others.
While Scriptures clearly teach that there is one God, they also intimate that somehow there is a plurality within the Godhead. Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to discover what this means and where the Bible teaches this idea.
To understand the Trinity properly, it is necessary to observe that the Bible reveals one God and not three. Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to discover what the Bible teaches about the oneness of God.
Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to learn a basic definition of the Trinity as taught by the Bible. Memorizing this definition will be an excellent way to strengthen your faith and to grow in your knowledge of God and your relationship with him. In this episode, you will also learn two misconceptions to avoid when explaining the doctrine of the Trinity, and you will learn how this doctrine upholds the divine origin of Scripture and the truth of the Christian faith.
Does the word trinity appear in Scripture? Did the Catholic Church invent the doctrine of the Trinity? Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to discover the answers to these questions and more.
Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to consider how other religions either misunderstand or misrepresent the Christian doctrine of the Trinity. This episode will reference the perspective of Jehovah Witnesses, Muslims, and some pantheistic religions, like Buddhism, Hinduism, and Christian Scientism.
Bad things happen in the world, don’t they? But you should still be grateful to God for all that he does, for all that he gives, for all that he allows into your life, and - most of all - for all that he is. God is completely and continually good. Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to consider what James 1:16-17 teaches about the goodness of God so that you may be more grateful.
Promotional emails and full-color mailers for Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and other holiday sales are coming your way, and so are the urges to buy more things, a lot more things. But tune in to this special episode with Pastor Thomas Overmiller to consider some valuable wisdom from Proverbs that will enable you to navigate the snowstorm of materialism that is blowing your way.
How should a Christian respond to news of terror and violence? Should you be afraid? Should you change your plans for service to God? Should you worry that something terrible will happen to you soon, also? In his second letter to Timothy, Paul provides an excellent reminder of how a believer should respond to the feelings of dread and cowardly fear. Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to consider these encouraging words from 2 Timothy 1:7.
When you choose to follow Jesus, you may find yourself in the middle of a difficult family situation. Unbelieving relatives, especially immediate family members, may place intense pressure on you to withdraw from your faith entirely or to diminish your church involvement and obedience to Christ. Did you know that Jesus also experienced this dilemma? Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to learn what Jesus experienced and taught about this difficult trial.
The only place in Scripture that provides insight into appointing new deacons is Acts 6:1-6. Since no subsequent teaching in Acts or the NT epistles alters or annuls this example, it is fitting to view this scenario as a biblical case study for appointing deacons in a church. Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to examine this example of harmonious cooperation between the pastoral leadership and the congregation.
How does the Bible portray the responsibilities of deacons in a church? Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to discover biblical insights into what kind of needs deacons should meet.
Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to consider some necessary clarifications for appointing deacons in a church. Though Scripture does provide detailed qualifications for this role, there are some things that it does not requires and they are important to understand.