When you're not sure how to pray for other Christians, you should follow the example of Paul by thanking God for them (Eph 1:15-16). You can also follow his example by asking God to give them a spirit of understanding (Eph 1:17). But what does this mean? Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to discover how you can pray for other believers more effectively.
When was the last time that you thanked God for some other Christians in prayer? Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to discover from Ephesians 1 what motivated Paul to thank God for other believers on a regular basis.
In Ephesians 6:18, Paul encourages believers to pray all the time, to pray all kinds of prayers, and to pray for all believers. Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller in taking a closer look at what this means. Are you praying this way?
Paul’s instructions in Titus 2:9-10 provide valuable perspective for Christians who work for non-believing employers, managers, and supervisors today, especially those who are difficult or demanding. Understanding this guidance will enable you to be a compelling influence for the gospel. Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to take a close, practical look at what Paul taught.
Praying for opportunities to speak about Jesus is an important step in being an effective gospel witness (Col 4:2-4). And living in a way that anticipates such opportunities is another important step (Col 4:5). But when you take these steps, you need to be prepared to speak when opportunities come your way (Col 4:6). Perhaps it is appropriate to call this responsive evangelism, that is, learning how to respond when unplanned witnessing opportunities occur. To this end, Paul gives valuable advice.
To be an effective witness for Christ, you must live in a Christian manner before a watching world. You must also learn to pray for opportunities to share Jesus in a clear and effective manner (Col 4:2-4). But there is another step you need to take to be an effective witness for Christ. Increased prayer for outreach opportunities should encourage you to look for such opportunities to arise. Are you looking?
To be an effective witness for Christ, you must be a consistent example of living out Christlike virtues, at home, at work and in any other place in the world. Being like Christ is the necessary backdrop for speaking about him. But as you seek to live and share Christ with the people you know, you must also learn to practice a very important habit (Col 2:2-4). You must learn to pray for distinct opportunities to be an effective witness to nonbelievers.
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.