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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 • 254 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.

    Eschatology: What Is It and Why Is It Important?

    Eschatology: What Is It and Why Is It Important?

    One of the most important words in theological conversations is “eschatology.” But what does “eschatology” mean and why is it so important? Wes McAdams and Marcus Stenson define and discuss eschatology. Marcus is the High School Minister at the church of Christ on McDermott Road and a passionate evangelist.







    One important aspect of eschatology is our vocabulary. If we want to have a biblical eschatology, we should adapt our vocabulary to reflect our biblical hope. Rather than saying, “go to heaven” (which isn’t found in Scripture), here are some of the eschatological phrases from Scripture:







    Eschatological Time







    * the age to come (Hebrews 6:5; Ephesians 1:21; Luke 18:30; Mark 10:30; Matt 12:32)* the life to come (1 Timothy 4:8)







    Eschatological Event







    * the resurrection (Matt 22:30)* the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Tim 6:14)* the coming of the Lord (1 Thess 4:15; 5:23; James 5:7)* the day of visitation (1 Peter 2:12)* the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed (Romans 2:5)







    Eschatological Place







    * the world to come (Hebrews 2:5)* the new world (the palingenesia) / (Matthew 19:28)* the city that is to come (Heb 13:14; see also 11:10; 12:22)* new heavens and a new earth (2 Peter 3:13)







    We hope you enjoy this conversation and that it enriches your hope.















    Links and Resources:







    * Video: Watch this episode on YouTube* Book: Garden City by John Mark Comer (affiliate link)* Book: A New Heaven and a New Earth by J. Richard Middleton (affiliate link)

    • 57 min
    Intellectual Virtues for Bible Study

    Intellectual Virtues for Bible Study

    In today’s Bible study, Wes McAdams visits with Clifton F. Webb about intellectual virtues and critical thinking skills. What does it mean to be a critical thinker and why is it important for students of Scripture? One example from Scripture is the Bereans of Acts 17:11, “Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.”







    Wes and Clifton discuss this list of intellectual virtues found in The Miniature Guide to Critical Thinking Concepts and Tools by Richard Paul and Linda Elder:







    * Intellectual Humility vs Intellectual Arrogance* Intellectual Courage vs Intellectual Cowardice* Intellectual Empathy vs Intellectual Narrow-mindedness* Intellectual Autonomy vs Intellectual Conformity* Intellectual Integrity vs Intellectual Hypocrisy* Intellectual Perseverance vs Intellectual Laziness* Confidence in Reason vs Distrust of Reason and Evidence* Fairmindedness vs Intellectual Unfairness







    Clifton F. Webb is the Evangelist at the Wayne Road Church of Christ in Romulus, MI.















    Links and Resources: 







    Video: Watch this Episode on YouTube







    Podcast: Music in the Old Testament – CrossTalk S4E12







    Book: “The Miniature Guide to Critical Thinking Concepts and Tools” by Richard Paul and Linda Elder 

    • 54 min
    What Does it Mean that the Bible is Inspired?

    What Does it Mean that the Bible is Inspired?

    What are we actually claiming when we say the Bible is inspired? In today’s Bible study, Wes McAdams visits with Steven Cuffle and Dr. Jared Saltz about some of the major theories and views about biblical inspiration:







    * How should we define inspiration? * What are some of the major differences between different theories of inspiration? * What are the pros and cons of each theory? * Can we have fellowship with one another if we have slightly different ideas about the inspiration of Scripture?







    Followers of Jesus should have a profound appreciation for the nature of Scripture. We should recognize both the human and divine aspects of the Bible. And we should allow it to do what it was designed to do, draw us closer to the Lord and to one another. We hope this conversation helps encourage you on that journey.







    Steven Cuffle is an evangelist with the Brentwood church of Christ. Dr. Jared Saltz is a professor at Florida College.















    Links and Resources:







    * Video: Watch This Episode on YouTube

    • 53 min
    Appearing Before the Judgment Seat of Christ

    Appearing Before the Judgment Seat of Christ

    What does it mean that we will all appear before the judgment seat of Christ? In today’s Bible study, Wes and Travis discuss a question from a listener:







    “Growing up in the church I heard it said quite often we’d sit at the judgment seat. We will give an account for all our sins….almost like a line-by-line reading of everything we’ve done wrong. I’ve also heard many sermons saying that God has wiped away all our sins and remembers them no more (perhaps magnified with studies on grace that I was never exposed to as a child). So are sins forgotten or will we have to give an account!?!?” – Nathan







    Here are a few of the passages discussed in today’s Bible study:







    * Matthew 12:33-37 * Romans 14:1-13 * 2 Corinthians 5:6-10 * Romans 2:14-16 * 1 Corinthians 4:1-5 * 1 John 4:13–21







    When read in context, what do these passages teach us about the Day of Judgment and appearing before the judgment seat of Christ? On what basis will we be judged? Can we have confidence for the day of judgment?















    Links and Resources:







    * Video: Watch This Episode on YouTube* Article: Appear Before the Judgment Seat

    • 46 min
    Faith is Counted as Righteousness

    Faith is Counted as Righteousness

    What does it mean when the Bible says faith is counted as righteousness? In Romans 4, Paul discusses how Abraham’s “faith was counted to him as righteousness.” Abraham believed “God was able to do what he had promised” and because of that faith, God considered Abraham to righteous. More importantly, Paul goes on to say that our faith is also as righteousness.







    Wes and Travis discuss the idea of faith being counted as righteousness. What does this mean and what practical applications does this have for our life? What would it really look like to embrace this truth?







    In the second half of our Bible study, Wes and Travis discuss James 2:18-26. James says Abraham was “justified by works” (vs. 21). And James goes on to say, “a person is justified by works and not by faith alone” (vs. 24). How can James say that people are justified by works when Paul emphatically denies that people are justified by works?







    The study of justification by faith, or God counting faith as righteousness, is such an important area of study. It has huge implications for our life. We hope you enjoy this Bible study.















    Links and Resources:







    * Video: Watch This Episode on YouTube* Article: Are We Saved by Faith Alone?

    • 51 min
    How Do I Become a Better Christian?

    How Do I Become a Better Christian?

    Today’s Bible study discussion was prompted by a listener named Isabella, who wrote in to ask about becoming a better Christian. Isabella feels she is too focused on worldly things and doesn’t do enough for the Lord. She wants to overcome some of her struggles with sin. She fears she has been lazy and disobedient.







    Isabella is asking a question we are all asking. We all want to become better Christians, better disciples of Jesus, don’t we? We all want to sin less and serve more. But we don’t really know how or we struggle to find the motivation we need to take our spiritual journey to the next level.







    Wes and Travis discuss how the book of Ephesians can help us become better Christians. We hope this Bible study discussion is a blessing to you.















    Links and Resources:







    * Video: Watch This Episode on YouTube

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
254 Ratings

254 Ratings

hanksucks ,

Great show!

It’s great to see The Church Of Christ has a voice through podcasts. So many false prophets out there, it’s great to see and hear the truth being preached through shows like this one!

JN02$ ,

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.”

Musiklvr9987 ,

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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