Sharing the teaching of Relational Grace through the lifelong ministry of Pastor Nick Harris who teaches that Christianity is not a religion but a relationship. Supplemental content at RelationalGraceBlog.com. Learn more at ArielMinistries.com.
Family Discussion: Podcast purpose and the life and ministry of Pastor Nick Harris
This episode kicks off the Relational Grace Podcast by telling listeners more about what to expect from the ongoing teachings of Pastor Nick Harris who we sadly lost in 2020 just short of his 80th birthday. We also tell more about what to expect from Ariel Ministries, Pastor Nick and Crystal Harris's ministry, as we move forward without Pastor Harris. We consider it a responsibility to continue to share his great teachings and foundational message of Relational Grace. Visit the RelationalGraceBlog.com for more supplemental details and visuals.
We use the majority of this podcast to dive into a family conversation with Pastor Harris's wife Crystal, oldest son Deak Harris, daughter Amy Moffiet and youngest son Jamie Russell. We start from the beginning with a story of abandonment in Tulsa, Oklahoma and move through his adoption, education, career, and ministry. We wrap up with some key themes we have identified over the last several months that we feel tie our blended family unit together.
The Lame Prince: A story of the blood covenant and Relational Grace
Many years ago Pastor Nick Harris wrote a book that introduced the idea of Relational Grace, hence the name of our podcast. This book features the story of Mepobisheth and touches on the blood covenant and the many types and shadows found in this story. Pastor Harris says it himself, this is the clearest picture of salvation that he could find in the Bible. We thought it would only be fitting to lead off our podcast efforts with this foundational Relational Grace message. For context this message was recorded at Ariel Chapel in Norman Oklahoma ten years ago in 2011.
On a lighter note, and for our listeners that are new to Pastor Harris’s teaching and personality, he loved detective and sleuth characters and narratives, at one point in his ministry evolution he coined himself the Great Herqu Puaro of all things Biblical. He was always very proud to brag of this self proclaimed title.
Six Steps to the Throne (1 of 6) - Crucified with Christ
Pastor Harris kicks off a message series where he breaks down the six steps up to Solomon's throne and how they relate to everyone listening. Pastor Harris's goal in this series is to help everyone listen to live an exciting Christian life. A life that is victorious, a life that is overcoming and a life that is powerful.
Years ago Pastor Harris was honored to receive a gift of an incredible model, built true to scale, of the magnificent Temple of Solomon.
Along with this model of the temple, he was also given a model of Solomon's Throne with it’s gorgeous six steps. This elaborate throne was known to have sat inside of Solomon’s amazing temple. In his teachings, Pastor Harris often uses the model of Solomon's throne as a teaching tool, and as he studied this throne, he discovered many types and shadows and spiritual truths. This throne and it’s six steps leading up to the seat, were the inspiration of this teaching, and as you will see, each step has a distinct meaning and still relates to the experiences of every person listening today.
For your reference, we have created a blog post at RelationalGraceBlog.com for this series titled Six Steps to the Throne where we feature photography of this amazing model. You will also hear in this teaching, Pastor Harris reference a diagram that features the Body, Soul and Spirit, we always called these his “circles”. For your reference we have also included one of these circle diagrams in that post. We look forward to sharing more of Pastor Harris's circles in many episodes to come.
We hope that by taking one step per episode that everyone enjoys this six part series as we journey upward to the throne together. We will start with step 1’s message titled, “Crucified with Christ”.
Six Steps to the Throne (2 of 6) - Dead with Christ
In this episode Pastor Harris will be introducing the second step of six steps leading towards the great thrown of Solomon. In the last teaching of this series Pastor Harris made the point that before King Solomon could be seated on his throne, he was required to take 6 steps. Pastor Harris also demonstrated that by its very nature, every step has 2 parts, a riser and a tread. The riser always comes first. The risers represent Gods revelation to us and the treads represent the truths in which we stand. The last teaching described step one. The riser of the step was, Christ was crucified on the cross for our Sin. The tread is this; We were crucified on the cross with Him.
Let's hear from Pastor Harris what the riser and the tread are as we continue our ascent to the Thrown on to step two of six in a message titled “Dead with Christ”.
Six Steps to the Throne (3 of 6) - Buried with Christ
In this series Pastor Harris is attempting to demonstrate that the very highest place to which any believer can attain is to be seated together with Christ on His throne, as Revelation 3:20-21 clearly affirms. The issue is how? The riser of step 2 was, Christ died on that cross. The tread of step 2 was you and I died with Him on the Cross.
Now in this episode Pastor Harris gets pretty personal regarding what he calls “The old man” or “a steamer trunk”. As you listen to this message, what is your so called, steamer trunk that you are carrying around? We hope this message helps you understand what you can do with that old steamer trunk.
So today, we will move on to step 3. The message is entitled “Buried with Christ”
Six Steps to the Throne (5 of 6) - Resurrected with Christ
Over the last 4 teachings Pastor Harris has been pointing to the fact that the goal of every Christian is to be seated with Christ on His throne. This is where He wants us to be, but what does that mean to be seated with Christ on His throne? How do we get to this place and what does His throne represent?
Today we will examine step 5 in our journey to the throne, which is this: Christ was resurrected from the dead. This leads us to today’s teaching entitled: Resurrected with Christ”.
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So much more than a teaching podcast.
Pastor Harris’s unique message of Relational Grace is one that matured through his life. Abandoned as a small child and adopted by a loving father and mother, he learned physically what adoption meant and what unconditional love from a parent was like to receive. This became the foundational principle of his teachings and he shared them brilliantly along with a deep knowledge of history, geography and theology. Additional stories told by family give additional insights into an amazing life and ministry.
If you desire to learn foundational truths, want to go deeper in your knowledge of the Bible—the history, culture, context— and have a greater understanding of your identity in Christ, you need to listen to this podcast.
I enjoy Pastor Nick’s humor and passionate delivery as he teaches. I am thankful I had the privilege on a few occasions to be in his presence while he taught and especially grateful for the opportunity to continue to benefit from his life and legacy through this resource.