Practicing your faith isn't always easy these days, and making sense of the Bible can feel like rocket science. Veteran professor, pastor, and author Bill Giovannetti blows the cobwebs off the Bible, punches legalism in the gut, and kicks biblical illiteracy in the face as he explores important truths of faith and life. Whether you're a Bible-study rookie or seasoned pro, Bill and his guests will make you laugh, think, and maybe even shout at your smartphone as they smash your misconceptions about God, and unfold God-Stuff you might have never seen before.
5 Common Misconceptions About Preaching (119)
In Episode 119, we’re going to answer the five misconceptions and statements that people commonly make about preaching that I want to challenge. You might have heard most of it and I don’t believe it’s true. Confusions occur when it comes to what preaching really includes and how it should be carried out. If you want to know what preaching is really not, you might start by identifying common misconceptions. Preaching may involve several of the characteristics mentioned in today’s episode, but when any of them becomes the strongest factor, you may tell that it has changed course. Let’s find out and go bigger, better, and deeper in God’s word! Episode Timestamps: Intro – [00:00]Misconception #1: Jesus Used Stories to Make the Truth Simple – [02:12]Misconception #2: People Remember Only a Fraction of what They Hear But Most of What They See or Feel – [05:52]Misconception #3: Teaching and Preaching Must be Accompanied by Action – [08:52]Misconception #4: Spirit-Led Means Structureless – [14:54]Misconception #5: A Teaching Priority is an Either-or Proposition Related to Other Priorities – [17:54]Five Misconceptions Recap – [21:34]Outro – [21:14] Biblical References: * Luke 8:9* Matthew 13:36* Mark 7:17* Luke 9:45* 1 Corinthians 1:21* 1 Corinthians 1:18*
Grace’s Gold Standard (118)
In Episode 118, we talk about what it means to apply grace in difficult situations when someone does a heinous or unacceptable action and then they plead for grace. Are we supposed to forgive them and what do we need to do in those types of situations? Although God is always eager to forgive us, He asks that we repent and forgive others as prerequisites for forgiveness. In certain cases, repentance and atonement may also be necessary. How could we pray the way Jesus teaches us if we don't want to forgive? How could we ask God to forgive us if we hold grudges or let resentment drag us down? Let’s find out and go bigger, better, and deeper in God’s word! Episode Timestamps: Intro – [00:00]The Golden Rule – [04:50]What Does Grace Look Like under the Golden Rule? – [07:17]Anger vs Grace – [08:40]Tough Love – [11:37]Final Thoughts – [13:20]Outro – [14:02] Biblical References: * Matthew 7:12* Luke 6:31 Book References: Alpha Christians: A Manifesto for Menhttps://www.amazon.com./s?k=9781946654304&i=stripbooks&linkCode=qs (https://www.amazon.com./s?k=9781946654304&i=stripbooks&linkCode=qs)
A Different Take On Jacob Wrestling With God (117)
In Episode 117, we go deeper into the topic of Jacob wrestling with God, the story behind it and what it means and why most people give it a different meaning. If you know Jacob's story, you know that his life was full of hardships. God told Jacob that he would be the father of a great nation and a whole group of nations, but Jacob was a very worried man. Jacob's story teaches us that life is never easy. This is true when we battle with God and His will. As Christians, we learn that despite our difficulties and tribulations, God is always with us. In the end, Jacob does what all of us must do. He confronts all the things that are hurting him, including his failures, shortcomings, sins, and more... and faces God. Let’s find out and go bigger, better, and deeper in God’s word! Episode Timestamps: Intro – [00:00]A Different Take on Jacob Wrestling with God – [02:12]Jacob's Judgment Day – [03:27]Jacob's Approach in Retributive Justice #1: Pray to God – [05:28]Jacob's Approach in Retributive Justice #2: Legalism – [06:54]Jacob's Three Bribes and Ways For Esau's Forgiveness – [08:12]Jacob's Lowest Point – [10:11]Legalism Tentacle #1: We are Unequal Footing with God – [12:01]Legalism Tentacle #2: We Must Strain Ourselves to Gain Anything From God – [13:17]Legalism Tentacle #3: God is Against Us – [15:03]Legalism Tentacle #4: If We Become Moral Winners, God will Owe Us – [16:06]Jacob Wrestles with God – [17:05]Jacob Asked for God's Blessing – [19:32]Jacob Meets Esau – [24:09]Final Thoughts/Outro – [27:02] Biblical References: * Genesis 32:24-28* Genesis 32:9-10* Genesis 32:13*
Words to Teachers and Preachers (116)
In Episode 116, we look at how teachers, preachers, and adults might successfully convey the word of God. These methods will enable them to make a greater effect on people's lives. It will not be simple. But keep in mind that God sends His Holy Spirit to empower us only if we ask for it.Evangelism is sharing the good news with the people. How can someone accept God as their personal Lord and Savior if they didn’t know Him in the first place? That’s why evangelism plays an important role in our lives. Don’t miss this episode. Tune in now and let’s go bigger, better, and deeper!Episode Timestamps: Intro – [00:00] The Three Indispensable Qualities – [03:29]Indispensable Quality #1: Theological System – [04:27]Indispensable Quality #2: Have a View Point on Sanctification – [12:17]Indispensable Quality #3: Evangelistic Spirit – [18:25]Evangelism in Several Categories – [23:15]Three Classifications of Evangelism – [24:15]Outro – [28:59]Biblical References:* 2 Corinthians 4:7* John 17:17Book References:Alpha Christians: A Manifesto for Menhttps://www.amazon.com./s?k=9781946654304&i=stripbooks&linkCode=qsChurch Growth Lecturehttps://bg-sermon-manuscripts-pdf.s3.us-west-1.amazonaws.com/CHURCH+GROWTH+LECTURE+1.pdfAbout Our Host: Bill Giovannetti is the Senior Pastor at Pathway Church, Redding, California — an experienced senior pastor with a demonstrated history of working in the religious institutions industry. He also teaches ministry related college classes at Simpson University and the A. W. Tozer Theological Seminary. Bill has always had a passion to bring the deep things of God’s word to the everyday people of God.Resources: Veritas School Online Theological School https://www.veritasschool.life/Church Growth Lecturehttps://bg-sermon-manuscripts-pdf.s3.us-west-1.amazonaws.com/CHURCH+GROWTH+LECTURE+1.pdfConnect with Bill Giovannetti: ● Visit the website: https://www.veritasschool.life/● Subscribe to the podcast: https://maxgrace.com/category/podcasts/
The Beauty of Irrelevance (115)
In Episode 115, we talk a little bit about having a greater influence and significant impact on Christ and the gospel. What does being relevant mean, and why is it important? Christ-followers must focus their attention and energy on things of lasting importance, meaning, and value, which is why "relevance" is so important.Being relevant means being ourselves and being able to connect with others and give them hope. Hope entails rebuilding trust. Without it, initiating tasks is difficult. Life needs hope. Hope guides life. It aids goal-setting. Without it, we'll become distracted and lose way of our faith.Tune in now, and let’s go bigger, better, and deeper! If you enjoy this episode, please subscribe to the God Stuff Podcast, so you're always the first to know when a new episode is released. Episode Timestamps: Intro [00:00]The Gift of Authenticity [05:21]The Gift of Difference [06:53]All About Martyn Lloyd-Jones [09:24]The Gift of Substance [12:15]There's Beauty in Irrelevance [12:44]Outro [15:24]Biblical References:* Romans 4:5* Romans 4:4* Romans 4:3* Romans 4:6* Romans 4:8* 2 Corinthians 5:21 * Romans 5:21Book References:Alpha Christians: A Manifesto for Menhttps://www.amazon.com./s?k=9781946654304&i=stripbooks&linkCode=qs (https://www.amazon.com./s?k=9781946654304&i=stripbooks&linkCode=qs)About Our Host:
All About Justification (114)
In Episode 114, we go deeper into one of scripture's core doctrines, justification. The definition of justified is "declared or considered as righteous." For a Christian, justification is God's act of forgiving the believer’s sins and inferring Christ's righteousness to him.There is only one theological system in which the notion of justification by grace through faith is taught in the Bible. As a result of our trust in Jesus Christ, only by returning to Scripture can we see that justification is based only on faith and not on our deeds.Tune in now and let’s go bigger, better, and deeper!If you enjoy this episode, please subscribe to the God Stuff Podcast, so you're always the first to know when a new episode is released. Episode Timestamps:Intro [00:00]Never Put God in our Debt [03:41]William R. Newell's Commentary [04:40]God Justifies the Ungodly [07:19]What is Righteousness? [08:16]How Did God Give You His Righteousness? [10:31]Catholicism [12:42]Council of Trent [15:48]Why is Righteousness Imputed, Not Imparted? [17:42]Final Thoughts [21:44]Outro [22:07]Biblical References:Romans 4:5Romans 4:4Romans 4:3Romans 4:6Romans 4:82 Corinthians 5:21 Romans 5:21Book References:
This is a fantastic way to read and learn The Bible. I believe Bill should do one on the Trinity as suggested by Bill in an earlier Podcast; I believe it was in the “Jesus is God” podcast! Love this Podcast!
The Trinity Podcast knocked it out of the park! Listened to it no less than 3 times and likely will listen again!! Bill truly is a gifted speaker/teacher/pastor!!
Know your stuff!
It won’t take you long to realize that Pastor Bill knows his stuff! He is extremely versed and educated, and comes at Biblical topics in a way that allows you to not only come away with a deeper understanding of Biblical truths, but a deeper knowledge of them as well, so you’ll know your stuff, too! Listening to Bills podcasts and teachings will no doubt change the way you convey the gospel to your friends and family, give you a daily hunger for Biblical truth in your life, and answer the question, “how do I apply Biblical teachings to my life today?”
The good stuff
Love this podcast. Hits a lot of different topics that never fail to interest. In depth, biblical, and thought provoking. Keep up the good work