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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 • 247 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 Political Privilege Harmful to Christianity? (Part One)

    Is Political Privilege Harmful to Christianity? (Part One)

    “Why is Christianity growing in some countries but declining in others?” That’s the question Wes and Travis discuss in today’s Bible study. According to an article by Nilya Saiya, the answer is “political privilege.” Saiya argues that it is not governmental persecution, but rather governmental support that is one of the biggest threats to the growth of Christianity in a country. Saiya reports, “As governmental support for Christianity increases, the number of Christians declines significantly.”







    In other words, when the government favors Christianity, giving special privileges and protections to Christians, one might think it would cause Christianity to grow. However, the opposite seems to be the case. Christianity almost always declines in such environments.







    Saiya outlines three paradoxes: pluralism, privilege, and persecution. In this episode, part one, we discuss pluralism and privilege. In part two, we will discuss persecution. What does the Bible say about these so-called paradoxes? Does the Bible support the idea that political privilege is not something Christians should pursue? Does Christianity really grow best in environments where is it not favored?







    We hope you enjoy this Bible study and discussion.















    Links and Resources:







    * Video: Watch this episode on YouTube

    • 49 min
    How to Give Better Communion Talks

    How to Give Better Communion Talks

    Many congregations preface Communion with short Communion talks. This Communion talk typically consists of a Scripture reading and a few thoughts to help the church prepare emotionally and mentally for sharing the bread and the cup. Today’s Bible study will hopefully be an encouragement to those who lead in this capacity.







    Special guests, Caleb Cochran and Steven Cuffle join Wes McAdams to discuss how to give better communion talks. Are there some passages of Scripture that naturally lend themselves to this role? What sorts of emotions should be evoked? Are there certain things we should NOT say? This conversation offers some helpful advice.







    First, Wes, Caleb, and Steven discuss things to avoid when giving a Communion talk:







    * Distracting stories, facts, etc. * Speaking for a long time * False analogies







    Finally, on a more positive note, they also discuss things to do when giving a Communion talk:







    * Talk about Jesus and focus on him * Talk about the supper and focus on it * Talk about the church and the purpose of the supper * Read and discuss applicable passages from the Bible







    Communion does not have to feel like a funeral service. There is certainly a time to focus on the cross, but there is also a time to focus on the joy of what Jesus has accomplished through the cross. We hope this Bible study encourages those who lead during Communion, but also every Christian who participates in this ancient feast.















    Links and Resources:







    * Video: Watch This Episode on YouTube* Steven Cuffle is an Evangelist at the Brentwood Church of Christ* Caleb Cochran is an Evangelist at the College Ave. Church of Christ* Article: 3 Suggestions for the Lord’s Supper

    • 45 min
    The Best Marriage Advice in the Bible

    The Best Marriage Advice in the Bible

    What is the best marriage advice in the Bible? It may not be what you think. Hollee and Wes McAdams discuss why much of the marriage advice given today in books, seminars, and by well-meaning individuals often does not get to the heart of the issue.







    Many people are looking for simple tips, tricks, and techniques to improve their marriage. However, the marriage advice in the Bible (the marriage advice we really need) is not so simple. It’s not simple at all, it’s spiritual.







    It’s also not uncommon to look for marriage advice that will guarantee a healthier and happier marriage. Sadly, such advice does not exist. What we should all be looking for is advice on how to be a better spouse. Being a better spouse does not guarantee a better marriage, but it is the right thing to do.







    So, the real question is, what does the Bible teach us about being a better spouse? That is what Wes and Hollee discuss in this episode.







    We hope you enjoy this conversation and Bible study.















    Links and Resources:







    * Video: Watch this Episode on YouTube* Book Recommendation: The Meaning of Marriage by Timothy and Kathy Keller* Article: What the Bible Really Says About Marriage

    • 38 min
    Forgiven People Forgive People

    Forgiven People Forgive People

    Forgiven people forgive people. In today’s Bible Study, Wes McAdams discusses forgiveness with Billy McGuiggan. For followers of Jesus, it is important that we both experience and extend forgiveness. Unfortunately, many of us tend to struggle with both of these aspects of forgiveness.







    First, we must accept the fact that we are truly and totally forgiven in Christ. Sadly, many of us struggle to believe we are actually forgiven. Billy and Wes discuss why Christians doubt our salvation and the consequences of that doubt.







    Second, Jesus makes it clear that forgiven people must also forgive others. If we withhold forgiveness from people, forgiveness will also be withheld from us. One of the key passages discussed in this Bible study is Matthew 18:21-35.







    Billy McGuiggan is the preaching minister at the Three Chopt Church of Christ in Richmond, VA.















    Links and Resources:







    * Video: Watch This Episode on YouTube* Three Chopt Church of Christ* Sermon: “I Promise My Forgiveness is Enough”

    • 37 min
    What is an Evangelist?

    What is an Evangelist?

    Today’s Bible Study question, “What is an evangelist?” comes from Jeff, who asks:







    “Over the past year or two, I’ve thought a lot about the role of the evangelist and what exactly Paul means to ‘do the work of the evangelist’ (2 Tim 4:5). It’s interesting that the word form εὐαγγελιστής is only used 3x in the NT, yet we build a lot of our congregational ministry in the churches of Christ around that role/office. I’m curious to know if you have an episode on the role of the evangelist specifically, or if you’d be interested in publishing one? I’d love to hear your thoughts. I think that if one reclaims a biblical view of ‘gospel,’ as you unpacked in your podcast, then the concept/definition of the role of ‘evangelist’ would necessarily be impacted as well. What is the role of the evangelist? How does preaching the gospel impact that role? If the gospel is more holistic than evangelizing the lost, how does that impact the role of the evangelist? What is the dynamic/authority between the evangelist and the shepherd? Does one have authority over the other? Do they share authority? Does an evangelist travel or is he located? Etc. Appreciate you and your podcast. Thanks.”– Jeff







    Though it is hard to tell in English, in Greek, the words “gospel” (εὐαγγέλιον) and “evangelist” (εὐαγγελιστής) are related words. So, we must first define, “gospel.” Wes defines the gospel as, “The Good News that Jesus, the long-awaited Priestly King of Israel, has made atonement for sins and has been victorious over death; he will eventually destroy sin and death and will bring all things under God’s rule.” If this is the Good News, what should the role of an evangelist look like?







    We hope you enjoy this discussion.















    Bible Passages Discussed:







    * 1 Corinthians 15* Acts 21:8* 2 Timothy 4:1-5* Galatians 2:11-14* Ephesians 4:11-16















    Links and Resources:







    * Video: What This Episode on YouTube* Article: What is Gospel – God is All in All* Podcast: What Does “Gospel” Mean in the Bible?* Book: King Jesus Gospel by Scot McKnight (Amazon affliate link)

    • 50 min
    Holding Ourselves to a Higher Standard

    Holding Ourselves to a Higher Standard

    Every follower of Jesus should hold himself or herself to a higher standard than they hold anyone else. Today’s Bible study was prompted by one of Travis Pauley’s favorite quotes from “The Chosen” television series. In Season Two, Episode 1, Jesus says, “I ask a lot of those who follow me, but I ask little of those who do not.”







    Wes McAdams and Travis Pauley discuss why, as followers of Jesus, we must hold ourselves to a higher standard than we hold anyone else. First, we must hold ourselves to a higher standard than we hold unbelievers. Second, we must even hold ourselves to a higher standard than we hold other Christians.







    It’s one thing to give up hypocrisy and “double standards” (holding others to a higher standard than we hold ourselves). But followers of Jesus must go further. We must ask more of ourselves than we ask of anyone else.







    We will talk about several passages in the New Testament that teach this idea.















    Bible Passages Discussed:







    * Matthew 23:1-4* 1 Corinthians 5:9-13* Romans 14:1-12* Matthew 7:1-5















    Links and Resources:







    * Video: Watch This Episode on YouTube* TV Series: The Chosen

    • 40 min

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247 Ratings

247 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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