The word “Christian” literally means “little Christ,” so if you’re a Christian, people should be able see the character of Jesus in you.
This is a high calling that—if we’re being honest—we get wrong much of the time. The question is: how do you grow in becoming like Jesus?
Podcast hosts Luke & Janelle Heirendt and Jake Silvera share honestly about their own failures and successes in seeking to live out the Jesus way of life in a conversation designed to help you know Jesus more deeply and follow Him more faithfully.
23. How to Hospitality: Interview with Dave & Teresa Schoel
Why should hospitality be a cornerstone of the Christian life? And, if you're unsure about how to get started, where do you begin? Listen in as we interview our friends, Dave and Teresa Schoel about how their family practices hospitality together.
22. Sanctification #3
So far in this series, we've discussed how the moment you entrust yourself to Jesus, God sanctifies you. In the last episode, we discussed how the ongoing process of sanctification involves taking off the old self--meaning demolishing bad habits/ways of life that keep you from who God wants you to be. In this final episode of the series, we discuss the concept of transformation: How do you participate with the Holy Spirit to "put on the new self" and become more like Jesus?
21. Sanctification(Mortification) #2
On this episode of Practically Christian we look at the topic of Mortification and how it plays a role in our sanctification. Mortification is the destruction of sin in our lives. While sanctification is normally understood in a positive side, becoming more like Christ, mortification is the negative side of that. It is how we become more like Christ by fighting against the sin within us.
We hope that you are able to understand the importance of fighting the sin within yourself and are able to take a step towards mortifying the sin within you after listening to this episode.
20. Sanctification #1
To be sanctified means to be holy-fied. While many people think of sanctification as something that happens as you become more like Christ, the Bible also speaks about sanctification in the past tense. It is something that happened to you the moment you entrusted yourself to Christ.
Discussion Questions (to process this content with a friend, family member or small group):
Name 4-5 attributes of a child of God. Why did these attributes stand out to you?
Which of these attributes are often exemplified in your life? Which are hardest for you to live out?
How might you partner with the Holy Spirit to push into the areas you are weaker?
19. Persecution and the Church: Part 2
Jesus warned us that persecution is to be expected. That's true globally for the church -- but what does it mean for us? Join the second half of our conversation about modern day persecution and how it affects us and our witness.
Voice of the Martyrs Radio/Podcast
Write to Prisoners
Donate to Support Persecuted Christians and their Families
Have you ever invested yourself in prayer and/or giving on behalf of persecuted Christians? If this facet of serving Jesus is compelling to you, how will you get started this week?
Do you ever find yourself comparing your "Christian status" with others? Jesus spoke with Peter after his resurrection, foreshadowing Peter's martyrdom and telling him not to compare himself with John. How does Jesus' command, "You, follow me," speak into your life?
18. Persecution and the Church: Part 1
Jesus warned us that persecution is to be expected. That's true globally for the church -- but what does it mean for us? Join our conversation about modern day persecution and how it affects us and our witness.
Atlantic Article on Persecution
Jesus in Athens Movie
Have you experienced persecution or marginalization because of your faith? What happened and what did it feel like to go through that?
Do you know any stories of modern day persecution of other Christians? Why was this story memorable to you?