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Study the Bible with Travis Pauley and Wes McAdams. Whether you are a seasoned Christian or a new Christian, you will enjoy these Bible studies. Each week, Wes and Travis study another biblical topic, exploring the relevance Scripture has for our lives today. Though the topics vary greatly from week to week, the goal of every Bible study is the same, learn to love like Jesus. These Bible studies are brought to you by Radically Christian and the church of Christ on McDermott Road in Plano, Texas.

Bible Study Podcast Wes McAdams

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.8 • 242 Ratings

Study the Bible with Travis Pauley and Wes McAdams. Whether you are a seasoned Christian or a new Christian, you will enjoy these Bible studies. Each week, Wes and Travis study another biblical topic, exploring the relevance Scripture has for our lives today. Though the topics vary greatly from week to week, the goal of every Bible study is the same, learn to love like Jesus. These Bible studies are brought to you by Radically Christian and the church of Christ on McDermott Road in Plano, Texas.

    Is Stoicism Compatible with Christianity?

    Is Stoicism Compatible with Christianity?

    Is stoicism compatible with Christianity? In what ways does stoic philosophy agree with Christian thought? In what ways does stoic philosophy contradict Christian thought? These are some of the questions Wes McAdams and Travis Pauley discuss on today’s podcast. This discussion was prompted by one of our listeners, Ryan, who has noticed an increasing number of social media influencers who promote a modern version of stoic philosophy.







    Christians must have a discerning ear. We must be very careful that we do not adopt certain philosophies simply because we find them to be logical. Just because a philosophy “makes sense,” doesn’t mean it is true. In Paul’s letter to the Colossian church, he warned against the danger of supplementing the Christian faith with worldly philosophies. Stoicism might very well be one such philosophy.







    Before we adopt any philosophy (or even parts of a philosophy), we must critically examine its assumptions and its claims. That is why this question, “Is stoicism compatible with Christianity?” is particularly pressing as we see more and more people promoting the tenets of stoic thought.







    We hope you find this Bible study encouraging and helpful.















    Bible Passages Discussed:







    * Romans 2:14-16* 1 Corinthians 1:18-25* 1 Corinthians 2:12-16* Hebrews 2:14-15* James 3:17-18















    Links and Resources:







    * Video: Watch this Episode on YouTube* Article: Why I Would Become a Stoic: If Jesus Hadn’t Risen from the Dead* Television Series: The Chosen

    • 59 min
    What is the “Perfect” in 1 Corinthians 13:10?

    What is the “Perfect” in 1 Corinthians 13:10?

    What is the “perfect” in 1 Corinthians 13:10? That is the question that Wes and Travis tackle in today’s Bible study.







    This question was raised by a listner, who wrote, “1 Corinthians 13:10 says, ‘but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away.’ I’ve always heard (and my husband still firmly believes) ‘the perfect’ mentioned here is referring to the written Word of God or the Bible. Recently I’ve heard from 3 different sources that ‘the perfect’ is when Christ returns. This explanation actually makes sense to me, but I’d like your opinion about it. Thank you for your time and your podcast.”







    The Greek word translated, “perfect” (τέλειος) generally means, “attaining an end or purpose, complete” (BDAG Lexicon). With that definition in mind, Wes and Travis study the context of 1 Corinthians 13:10, as well as several other passages that discuss the “end” or “purpose” for disciples. What “end or purpose” did the miraculous gifts serve? To what “end or purpose” are Christians supposed to be striving?







    Another Greek word discussed in this episode is κατεργάζομαι, which is translated, “work out” in Philippians 2:12. Paul tells the Philippian church, “Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.” By this, he seems to mean they should live out their salvation or bring their salvation into full effect. What does salvation look like when it is fully realized, when it reaches its fulfillment? What would our salvation look like if it was “made perfect” in our lives?







    These are some of the thoughts and ideas with which we wrestle in today’s Bible Study Podcast. We hope it is a blessing to you.















    Bible Passages Discussed







    * 1 Corinthians 13* Ephesians 4:11-15* Philippians 2:1-16















    Links and Resources:







    * Video: Watch This Episode on YouTube* Bible Study Resources: Logos Bible Software

    • 37 min
    What the Bible Says About Our Work

    What the Bible Says About Our Work

    Today’s question comes from Stephen Scaggs, who writes, “Paul often gives a theology to work. Will we work in the new creation? What does it mean ‘their work follows them’? In connection to the bodily resurrection, what does it mean when Paul says our work is ‘not in vain’? Should we love our work?”







    In response to these excellent questions, Wes and Travis discuss work, career, and vocation. According to the Bible, work is part of creation and not part of the curse. But if that is true, how did the Fall affect mankind’s work? The most important part of this Bible study is how the Good News of God’s new creation impacts the way we work.







    We hope you find this conversation encouraging.















    Bible Passages Discussed:







    * Revelation 14:12–13* Genesis 2:15* 1 Corinthians 3:10–17* 1 Corinthians 15:57–58















    Links and Resources:







    * Video: Watch this Episode on YouTube

    • 39 min
    Lessons Learned from 20 Years in Ministry

    Lessons Learned from 20 Years in Ministry

    Today’s Bible Study Podcast is a bit different. Wes McAdams recently celebrated his twentieth anniversary in full-time ministry. To mark the occasion, his wife, Hollee, joins us to ask Wes some questions about his first 20 years in ministry. Wes and Hollee discuss questions like:







    * When did you want to become a full-time minister?* If you could back to 2001, what advice would you give yourself?* What have been your favorite aspects of ministry?* What have been your least favorite aspects of ministry?* In the next 20 years of ministry, what would you like to accomplish?







    Whether you are in ministry or you know someone is in ministry, we hope this episode encourages you and helps you encourage others.







    Links and Resources:







    * Video: Watch this episode on YouTube

    • 39 min
    Was Jesus “Harsh” with People?

    Was Jesus “Harsh” with People?

    Today’s Bible study discussion revolves around the question, “Was Jesus harsh with people?” This question was prompted by listener Randall Dickey. Should we perceive Jesus as a harsh person? Was he harsh, in general? Why did Jesus have moments, like the cleansing of the temple, when he was relatively harsh? Should we imitate Jesus’ “harsh” behavior? These are some of the questions we tackle in today’s Bible study and we hope this conversation is a blessing to you.















    Bible Passages Discussed:







    * Nehemiah 13:25* Judges 8:16* Matthew 12:14–21* Matthew 21:12–17* Philippians 2:1–11















    Links and Resources:







    * Video: Watch this Episode on YouTube* TV Series: The Chosen TV Series* Article: Don’t Presume to Have the Authority of Jesus when Rebuking Others

    • 40 min
    Should We Obey God Out of Love or Fear?

    Should We Obey God Out of Love or Fear?

    Should we obey God out of love or fear? This is what listener Neal Cook would like to know. Neal asked about the contrast between Ecclesiastes 12:13-14, which says:







    “The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil.” Ecclesiastes 12:13–14 (ESV)







    And John 14:15, which says:







    “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” John 14:15 (ESV)







    Neal says, “In the first passage, we are told to ‘fear’ and obey. In the second, we are told to ‘love’ and obey. So, the question I’d like for you to address: Should we obey out of fear or out of love? I think the former, but I’d like to hear your thoughts. As an aside, as an earthly father, I much preferred my children obey me out of love, but, even if they didn’t, I still would have desired that they do the things I taught them. If it took fear of me to motivate them to do right, I think that’s still better than disobedience.”







    Wes McAdams and Travis Pauley discuss this very important question of obeying out of love or fear, getting to the heart of what should motivate the obedience of Christians.







    Bible Passages Discussed in this Bible Study:







    * Deuteronomy 7:21–22* Psalm 68:34–35* Deuteronomy 6:4–5* 1 John 4:16–18







    Links and Resources:







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242 Ratings

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Amazing

This podcast is really great. They focus on the teachings of the Scriptures and give practical applications for the lessons from the Bible. You can tell these guys have a heart for God and for serving others. I listen to a couple of other Christian (Bible) podcasts and this one is by far my favorite. They just make the everything in the Bible so accessible and learnable.
Thank you to both of you guys for doing this podcast and thank you for your “servants hearts.”

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I love it!

This is one of my favorite podcasts. It’s very informative and thorough. They dive into the scripture. I’ve learned so much and learned to look at things from a different perspective. It’s refreshing to listen to a scripturally sound podcast where they aren’t trying to twist scripture to fit a point they are trying to make. They emphasize taking the scripture into context.

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Like listening in on a Godly conversation!

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