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In Matthew 16:18, Jesus said, “On this rock, I will build my church.” While the church has been established for over two millennia, how do we engage with our local communities? This podcast offers insight into how the church should take on current issues, cultural barriers and religious differences in order to evangelize the lost and preach the Gospel to all people.

16:18 Nathan John Whittaker

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In Matthew 16:18, Jesus said, “On this rock, I will build my church.” While the church has been established for over two millennia, how do we engage with our local communities? This podcast offers insight into how the church should take on current issues, cultural barriers and religious differences in order to evangelize the lost and preach the Gospel to all people.

    Anthony Russo

    Anthony Russo

    16:18 Podcast - #17 Anthony Russo

    In today's episode, I am interview a Christian author and fellow podcaster, Anthony Russo. Anthony is the Founder & host of Grace and Peace Radio podcast which I will post a link for in my description. He holds an mDiv and MA in Biblical counseling from Luther Rice, and is also the author of Pleasant Places: Reflections on the Christian Life, and his new book, Jesus Changed Everything.

    Questions I ask Anthony

    1. Tell us about yourself, your family, and your ministry.

    2. I mentioned that you are an author of 2 books now, what is Jesus Changed Everything about and why did you write it?

    3. Can you share your testimony, first? I know you talk about how Jesus changed you in the book, but can you give us a condensed version?

    4. You mention in your book that you regret not going into the Air Force. How have you learned from that experience and how has your faith in God guided you in your decision making since then?

    5. "The world is a contest of gods." (p. 13.) This is a theme throughout the book. In what ways have you seen this to be true in your life and in the lives of those around you?

    6. "People try to bargain with The Great Physician all the time." (p. 16) Why do you think that is?

    7. "In the end, when they realized they could not manipulate Jesus to get more free stuff, they moved on." (p. 93) I have faced this in my ministry here, what is your response when you are trying to share Jesus but the person turns away when they realize they can't get what they want?

    8. "How can these out of alignment, polluted, hard-as-rock hearts of our become aligned, pure, and soft? They can't. At least, not by anything we can do about it." (p. 43) Does this mean that Christian's can't choose to believe in Jesus?

    9. If someone is listening to this episode and they have never accepted Jesus as their personal savior, what is your response to them?

    Conclusion

    For those of you who are interested in Anthony's book, Jesus Changed Everything, it is deeply saturated with the Gospel and easily accessible for everyone - regardless of your background or religious affiliation. In fact, I am going to order a copy of the book for the first 3 people who message me asking for one. If you have listened to this episode and feel like you need to know more about the Gospel or you are looking for a clear understanding of who Jesus Christ is and why He came to our earth, you can message me on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram by searching for the 1-6-1-8 Podcast, or at 1618Podcast.com. Again, thank you Anthony for being on the show, and I wish you God's blessings in your ministry and with this book.

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    • 37 min
    Christians and election

    Christians and election

    16:18 Podcast - #16 Christians and Election

    In this episode, I discuss election, or predestination, and free will. Are these two ideas mutually exclusive and how does this affect our evangelism?



    What is free will?

    Free will is the idea that sinful humans can choose to repent of their sins and believe in Jesus Christ. (e.g. Arminius, Erasmus, Pelagius)

    Where do theologians get the idea of free will?

    Theologians such as Augustine, Luther, and Calvin all advocated fiercely for election, or predestination, over the human will. But what does the Bible have to say on the issue? Does the Bible offer us an opinion on the matter of free will over election? Let's look at a few passages of Scripture.

    Deuteronomy 30:15-20 (key verse: 19)

    In Deuteronomy 29 and 30, God, through Moses, is renewing the covenant made at Sinai with the next generation of Israelites, who will be led by Joshua into the Promised Land. One interesting verse, however, highlights the idea of free will. Verse 19 says, "I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live..." The key phrase here is, choose life.

    So, is this evidence that all people must choose life over death? That it is a choice for them?

    Isaiah 55 (key verses: 6-7)

    Isaiah 55 is an invitation for the lost and needy to turn to the Lord. It begins with this call, "Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost." Furthermore, in verses 6-7, Isaiah says,

    "Seek the LORD while He may be found; call on Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the Lord, and He will have mercy on them, and to our God, for He will freely pardon."

    The language here is saturated with the idea of the sinner choosing to return to the LORD.

    Romans 10:9

    Romans 10:9 offers us a New Testament example of Free Will. Paul writes, "If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." Does that mean, however, that every person can make this confession and believe on their own volition?

    Summary

    After looking at all of these texts, we might begin to conclude that everyone has the choice between salvation and damnation. Yet, we come back to the topic of election. In order for us to better understand these previous texts, we must first understand election: what is it and where do we find it in the Bible?

    What is election?

    John MacArthur defines election as, "the act of God whereby in eternity past He chose those who will be saved." Theologians in ages past have advocated for the doctrine of election. Among them include Augustine, Luther and Calvin, whom we mentioned before. But, just as we did with free will, we need to ask the question of what the Bible has to say on the issue? Let's look at a few texts that talk about election.

    The Call

    John 6:37,44

    In John 6:37, Jesus says to the people, "All that the Father gives me will come to me." The "all" in this verse is people. Jesus is explicitly saying, "All of the people that the Father gives me will come to me." He also says in verse 44, "No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him." So there is an obvious call that is happening apart from the actions of men. The Father is calling people to Jesus.

    John 15:19

    In John 15, Jesus is speaking to His disciples on the night before His death. He says to them in verse 19, "If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you." There are many things to be said here, but I am focusing on the language of election, or Jesus choosing the Disciples out of the world. This obviously relates to us, as well.

    2 Timothy 1:8-9

    In 2 Timothy 1,

    • 16 min
    Detective Brandon Queen

    Detective Brandon Queen

    16:18 Podcast - #15 Detective Brandon Queen

    In this episode of 16:18, I interview Detective Brandon Queen from the Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office in Thibodaux, Louisiana. Detective Queen is a member of First Presbyterian Church in Thibodaux, which is part of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church denomination. In this interview, we briefly discuss his childhood, how faith played a role in his house and how his personal faith in Jesus Christ shaped his life, leading him to become a police officer. We also discuss his process as an investigator, the crimes that he sees and has to deal with, and how his faith and Christian worldview guide him as a police detective.

    Key Takeaways

    After my discussion with Detective Queen, I thought of some key takeaways for us all. First of all, it is important to remember that no matter what our profession, whether you are a student, a police officer, a businessman, a teacher, or whatever else you might be, you are a Christian first. There is a tendency in our culture to separate the sacred, or the private portion of our life, from the secular, or the public. It is important for all of us to put our Christianity first. We should not feel afraid to stand up for what we believe, regardless of the consequences.

    Secondly, even when we encounter great evil in this world, we must continue to have hope. Why should we have hope in such an evil world? Because we know how the story ends. All evil deeds will not go unpunished, rather Jesus Christ will return and judge the living and the dead for their works. As Christians, we can rest in this truth. Even though we see horrible things in this world, we have hope in Jesus because He will return and bring us home to glory, and all the evil of this world will be judged and condemned.

    Thank you, again, Detective Queen for coming on the 16:18 Podcast! You can find his podcast, The E.A.R here: https://anchor.fm/elderqueen.

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    • 29 min
    Christians and the news

    Christians and the news

    16:18 Podcast - #14 Christians and the news



    2 reasons to watch the news:


    In order to effectively evangelize or encourage others, it's important to know what is happening in our world.


    - Abortion
    - Religious Liberty
    - Rittenhouse
    - Social Justice & CRT
    - Terror attacks and wars
    - Natural disasters and other tragedies

    Many times current events give us a good conversation starter and allow us to begin talking about the gospel as we understand the problems that people are currently dealing with.


    When speaking about the end times, Jesus told us to keep watch and to take note of what is happening in the world.
    In the Olivet discourse: Matthew 24 and 25, Mark 13, and Luke 21, Jesus gives many signs and ways to understand the end times. At the end of this discourse Jesus says, in Luke 21:36, "Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.” It seems that not only is Jesus telling us to be watchful and ready for his return, like being prepared for the thief in the night, but he is also telling us to look at the world and watch to see if these things are taking place! This also means preparing for persecution, restrictions on our religious liberties, and attacks from the world. When it comes to politics, for example, it is important for Christians to understand what is happening in our government so that we can vote in a way that allows us to continue exercising our freedom of worship.


    What to prepare for:


    to stand up for what is right
    Preparing for persecution
    Preparing to lose your job for what you believe


    2 Reasons not to get depressed, or to lose heart, when watching the news.


    God is sovereign over all things. (Psalm 103:19 - The Lord has established his throne in the heavens, and his kingdom rules over all.)
    We know the ending of the story


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    • 16 min
    Christians and self-defense (part 2)

    Christians and self-defense (part 2)

    16:18 Podcast -  #13 Christians and self-defense (part 2)

    What does the Bible say about Christians acting in self-defense? Do Christians have permission to act in self-defense? What are the Biblical permissions of the citizen vs. the state?

    Two important distinctions: Citizens and the state.

    Citizens:


    A citizen does not have total permission to use the "sword." (Romans 13:1-4)
    A citizen does not have permission to seek revenge. (Romans 12:19, Matthew 5:39)
    A citizen has permission to be armed in self-defense. (Luke 22:36, Matthew 26:52)
    A citizen has limited permission to attack an assailant. (Exodus 22:1-4)
    A citizen's punishment for the wrongful killing of another citizen is death. (Genesis 9:6)


    State (law enforcement, judicial system, military):


    The state is permitted to use the "sword." (Romans 13:1-4)
    The state is permitted to kill during war. (Deut. 20:1-4)
    The state has permission to exact revenge and exercise capital punishment. (Romans 13:1-4, Numbers 35:30-31)


    What does this mean for us going forward with a new understanding of self-defense?


    We should not seek for violence.
    We should always seek to save life, rather than kill.
    We should only use lethal force when absolutely necessary, under the restrictions given by the Bible.




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    https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/season-2-episode-8-gun-control/

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    • 8 min
    Christians and self-defense (part 1)

    Christians and self-defense (part 1)

    16:18 Podcast -  #13 Christians and self-defense (part 2)

    What does the Bible say about Christians acting in self-defense? Do Christians have permission to act in self-defense? What are the Biblical permissions of the citizen vs. the state?

    Two important distinctions: Citizens and the state.

    Citizens:


    A citizen does not have total permission to use the "sword." (Romans 13:1-4)
    A citizen does not have permission to seek revenge. (Romans 12:19, Matthew 5:39)
    A citizen has permission to be armed in self-defense. (Luke 22:36, Matthew 26:52)
    A citizen has limited permission to attack an assailant. (Exodus 22:1-4)
    A citizen's punishment for the wrongful killing of another citizen is death. (Genesis 9:6)


    State (law enforcement, judicial system, military):


    The state is permitted to use the "sword." (Romans 13:1-4)
    The state is permitted to kill during war. (Deut. 20:1-4)
    The state has permission to exact revenge and exercise capital punishment. (Romans 13:1-4, Numbers 35:30-31)


    What does this mean for us going forward with a new understanding of self-defense?


    We should not seek for violence.
    We should always seek to save life, rather than kill.
    We should only use lethal force when absolutely necessary, under the restrictions given by the Bible.




    Other resources:

    https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/season-2-episode-8-gun-control/

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    • 12 min

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Brandon Queen ,

Great show

I got the chance to interview with Nathan and it was an awesome experience. I love his zeal for wanting to cover life experience and put that experience to the text. Thank you Nathan and keep Podcasting.

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