This is the audio version of our highly visual, video series, The Teaching Series. Host and Bible Teacher, Brad Gray helps you read the Bible with great clarity and confidence through a deeper understanding of its original context.
#132 - The Journey Pt 5: Goal is to Roll
The Hebrew language of Psalm 37:5 offers an interesting visual for how we’re meant to live our lives. It says, “Roll onto the LORD your path, trust on him, and he will act.” The problem is most of us try to walk God’s path our way. We prefer our comforts, decisions, and preferences to determine how we walk, but that’s not what the Psalm is inviting us into. In this episode, we’ll explore what it looks like to relinquish our own comforts so that God’s path shapes ours and not the other way around.
#131 – The Journey Pt 4: It’s Not Safe
Following Jesus isn’t safe. It was never intended to be. And yet, many of us make decisions based on what’s safe, comfortable, and predictable. Paul understood that following Jesus didn’t come with those guarantees. And he accepted that because he knew Jesus wasn’t interested in safety; he was interested in faithfulness. Like Paul, we’re called to be faithful whatever the cost. Until we can identify what keeps us from following Jesus to this extent, we’ll struggle to live as faithful disciples on this journey of life.
#130 - The Journey Pt 3: Give God Something to Bless
One of the classic dilemmas we all face in life is this: What does it look like to live faithfully when we’re stuck and not sure what to do? Exodus 13 and 14 perfectly capture the conundrum many of us encounter. Trapped between the Sea and the Egyptian army, Moses tells the people, “God will help you! You only need to be still!” God’s response to Moses is like something out of a standup comedy routine. “Uh, Moses? Why are you crying out to me? Tell the people to get moving!” When we’re stuck, many of us do nothing as we wait on God. But maybe God doesn’t want us to do nothing. There are times when we need to be still. And there are times when we need to get moving in order to give God something to bless. This episode will help you figure out how to do just that.
#129 - The Journey Pt 2: The Next Right Step
If God is a God of the journey, and not the destination, then how do journey well when there aren’t any manifests or roadmaps? That’s precisely the content of this episode. By examining Paul’s first two missionary journeys in greater detail, we get an idea of how to navigates life’s path when we don’t have the luxury of an itinerary, and don’t know what to do. By the end of this episode, you’ll see how a willingness to take the next right step is a crucial component to relinquishing our false sense of control and journeying well with God.
#128 - The Journey Pt 1: It's Not About the Destination
Abraham is often held up as a model of faithfulness because when God told him to go, he went. No questions. No “yeah buts.” He didn’t even know where he was going. But he started moving anyways. Abraham understood something about God many of us miss: God is the God of the journey, not the destination. And trusting God as we walk into the unknown is challenging for so many of us because we crave clarity. But when we bring that mentality to life with God, things don’t go so well. By the end of this new series, The Journey, you’ll understand how to adopt a journey mindset, what it looks like to journey well with God, and how to spot the things holding you back from moving forward in faith in the midst of the unknown.
#127 - Ask, Seek, Knock
What does Jesus mean when he says, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you?” When we look carefully at where and when he says these words, it becomes clear that he’s not giving us a blank check to pursue whatever it is our heart’s desire. God is many things, but a genie in a bottle isn’t one of them. Instead, Jesus is offering us a helpful way of approaching God with our requests. But prayer is more than just asking. It’s also about listening to God and discerning what we truly need, and then practicing consistent, radical dependence on the Father whose extravagant, generous love is just waiting to meet us in our place of need.