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An ongoing conversation with Dr Matthew Jacoby, author of the Thrive Bible reading guides, Senior Pastor, and leader of the Psalmist band Sons of Korah.
Join us as we go deeper into the Bible, discussing the passages as we read them together with Thrive. www.thrivetoday.tv

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An ongoing conversation with Dr Matthew Jacoby, author of the Thrive Bible reading guides, Senior Pastor, and leader of the Psalmist band Sons of Korah.
Join us as we go deeper into the Bible, discussing the passages as we read them together with Thrive. www.thrivetoday.tv

    191 Thrive Deeper: Zechariah

    191 Thrive Deeper: Zechariah

    The Book of Zechariah, nestled within the Old Testament, offers a vivid tapestry of prophetic visions, divine messages, and historical context. Composed during the period of Israel's return from Babylonian exile, Zechariah's narrative is one of hope and restoration.

    Opening with a call to repentance, Zechariah's prophecies swiftly transition to visions rich in symbolism and allegory. He envisions a man on a red horse among myrtle trees, symbolising God's watchful presence and the eventual peace and prosperity for Jerusalem. Through symbolic acts like the crowning of Joshua the high priest and the vision of the golden lampstand and olive trees, Zechariah emphasises the importance of spiritual purity and divine intervention in the restoration of the temple and the nation.

    The prophet's visions extend to the future, foretelling the coming of the Messiah, the Shepherd King who will bring salvation and reign in righteousness. Despite the challenges faced by the returning exiles, Zechariah assures them of God's faithfulness and promises a future marked by prosperity, justice, and divine presence.

    The Book of Zechariah weaves together history, prophecy, and divine promise, offering a compelling vision of God's enduring covenant with His people and the hope of redemption for a nation in need of restoration.

    • 44 min
    190 Thrive Deeper: Ezra & Haggai

    190 Thrive Deeper: Ezra & Haggai

    The Book of Ezra narrates the return of the Jewish exiles from Babylon to Jerusalem under the decree of Persian King Cyrus. Ezra, a scribe and priest, leads the effort to rebuild the temple, emphasising the importance of spiritual renewal and adherence to the Mosaic Law. The book highlights challenges faced by the returning exiles, including opposition from neighbouring peoples and internal conflicts. Ezra also focuses on the restoration of religious practices and the purification of the Jewish community.

    Haggai, a prophet, emerges during the same period, encouraging the people to prioritise the reconstruction of the temple. He urges them to consider their ways and return to the Lord, promising blessings upon their obedience. Haggai's message spurs the people to resume building the temple despite setbacks and opposition. The book underscores the theme of divine restoration and the importance of faithfulness to God's commands amidst adversity.

    • 44 min
    189 Thrive Deeper: 2 Timothy, Titus and Philemon

    189 Thrive Deeper: 2 Timothy, Titus and Philemon

    Second Timothy is a letter from the apostle Paul to his protégé Timothy. Penned from a Roman prison, the letter is a heartfelt plea for steadfastness in faith and ministry. Paul implores Timothy to stand firm in the face of challenges, reminding him of the spiritual heritage passed down through their family.
    The letter emphasizes the importance of sound doctrine, urging Timothy to guard the Gospel and avoid false teachings. Paul encourages him to be courageous and not succumb to fear, for God has given believers a spirit of power, love, and self-discipline.
    Paul, aware of his imminent martyrdom, reflects on his life as a poured-out offering to God. He instructs Timothy to endure hardships, be a diligent worker in God's service, and avoid worldly distractions. The apostle underscores the reliability of the Scriptures, emphasizing their role in teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness.
    Personal reflections on Paul's hardships and the desertion of some close associates underscore the letter's emotional tone. He mentions Onesiphorus as a shining example of loyalty and kindness, providing a stark contrast to those who abandoned him.
    In the face of impending persecution, Paul expresses confidence in God's faithfulness and ultimate deliverance. He implores Timothy to continue preaching the Word with patience and careful instruction, whether convenient or not.
    Second Timothy is a poignant reminder of the challenges faced by early Christians and a call to persevere in faith. The letter's timeless messages resonate across generations, urging believers to hold fast to the truth, endure hardships, and fulfill their God-given calling with unwavering dedication.

    • 52 min
    188 Thrive Deeper: 1 Timothy

    188 Thrive Deeper: 1 Timothy

    1 Timothy is one of the pastoral letters in the New Testament, written by the Apostle Paul and addressed to Timothy, a young leader in the early Christian church in Ephesus. The primary focus of the book is on instructing Timothy about the proper organisation and conduct within the Christian community.

    Paul emphasises the importance of sound doctrine, warning against false teachings and the misuse of the law. He provides guidelines for leadership within the church, emphasising qualities such as faithfulness, integrity, and a strong commitment to the teachings of Christ. Paul also addresses issues related to public worship, urging men and women to pray and conduct themselves modestly so as to be a good witness to those around them.
    The letter includes practical advice for the care of widows and the selection of church leaders. Paul encourages Timothy to persevere in his faith despite challenges and opposition, emphasising the importance of godliness and contentment. Additionally, Paul touches on the responsibilities of slaves and masters, promoting a Christian ethic of humility and respect.

    1 Timothy serves as a guide for maintaining order and spiritual integrity within the early Christian community, offering timeless principles for leadership and conduct in the church today.

    • 1 hr
    187 Thrive Deeper: Colossians and Thessalonians

    187 Thrive Deeper: Colossians and Thessalonians

    Colossians:
    Paul wrote the letter to the Colossians while he was in prison, addressing a community in Colossae facing various doctrinal challenges, including the influence of false teachings.
    Key Themes:
    Supremacy of Christ: Paul emphasises the pre-eminence of Jesus Christ in all things, both in the heavens and on earth.
    Freedom from Legalism: He warns against the dangers of legalistic practices and emphasises that believers are complete in Christ.
    Ethical Living: Paul provides practical instructions for Christian living, emphasising virtues such as compassion, forgiveness, and love.
    Unity in Christ: The letter encourages believers to maintain unity and harmony within the body of Christ, avoiding divisions and strife.

    1 & 2 Thessalonians:
    Paul wrote this letter to the Thessalonian church, a community he founded during his missionary journey. The believers in Thessalonica were facing challenges, including persecution and confusion about the return of Christ.
    Key Themes:
    Thanksgiving and Encouragement: Paul expresses gratitude for the Thessalonians' faithfulness and encourages them in their trials.
    Holiness and Sexual Purity: Paul stresses the importance of holy living, including sexual purity, and encourages believers to imitate Christ.
    The Return of Christ: A significant theme in Thessalonians is the Second Coming of Christ. Paul clarifies misconceptions and provides assurance about the future resurrection.
    Work and Responsibility: Paul addresses the importance of hard work, responsible living, and being mindful of one's actions while awaiting Christ's return.
    In all three letters, Paul combines theological teachings with practical instructions for Christian living, emphasising the centrality of Christ and the need for believers to live in a manner consistent with their faith.

    • 48 min
    186 Thrive Deeper: Philippians

    186 Thrive Deeper: Philippians

    The Book of Philippians, is a letter written by the Apostle Paul to the Christian community in Philippi, a city in Macedonia. One of Paul's "prison letters” this letters predominant theme is of joy and gratitude. Despite Paul's imprisonment, he expresses profound joy and encourages the Philippians to find contentment in all circumstances through their faith in Christ.
    Paul again emphasises the importance of unity within the Christian community, urging believers to be of one mind and to consider others above themselves. He highlights the example of Jesus Christ, who humbled himself for the sake of humanity. The letter also contains a call to rejoice in the Lord always and to be anxious about nothing, turning to prayer with thanksgiving.
    Paul also addresses various concerns, including false teachings and the need for spiritual maturity. He expresses gratitude for the Philippians' support and financial assistance during his time of need. Ultimately, the Book of Philippians serves as a powerful exhortation to live a life worthy of the Gospel, rooted in joy, humility, and the transformative power of Christ's love.

    • 41 min

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