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The Vision For Life Podcast is an ongoing conversation between the pastors of Fellowship Denver and the church at large. Each week, we discuss a subject that you’ve requested - questions about life, faith, the Bible, and how to follow Jesus in our world beyond Sunday. While the teaching of God’s word in our Sunday morning sermons is foundational, we also want to have a forum where we can do Q&A and talk about other subjects that are on people’s mind.

Vision For Life Fellowship Denver Church

    • Religion & Spirituality
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The Vision For Life Podcast is an ongoing conversation between the pastors of Fellowship Denver and the church at large. Each week, we discuss a subject that you’ve requested - questions about life, faith, the Bible, and how to follow Jesus in our world beyond Sunday. While the teaching of God’s word in our Sunday morning sermons is foundational, we also want to have a forum where we can do Q&A and talk about other subjects that are on people’s mind.

    Episode 58 | VFL Culture: Marijuana

    Episode 58 | VFL Culture: Marijuana

    In recent years, 36 states have legalized or decriminalized marijuana for either medical or recreational use or both. Colorado led the way. Living in a place in which weed is ubiquitous and legal raises interesting questions for followers of Jesus. Does the Bible provide wisdom for navigating this cultural issue? Is marijuana use allowable for Christians? Should Christians participate in the marijuana industry?

    Dave and Autumn discuss these questions, looking to Ephesians 5:18 and Proverbs 31:6-7 to bring clarity and nuance to this topic. They observe that a desire for escape, relief, and transcendence motivate much of the widespread use of marijuana and other psychotropic drugs. In conclusion, they discuss that the gospel offers the possibility of transcendence and the promise of being made new in a wholly different and better way than mind and mood altering substances.

    • 45 min
    Episode 57 | Q&R: Educating Children In A Secular World

    Episode 57 | Q&R: Educating Children In A Secular World

    A listener-submitted question wrestles with Jesus' vision to be "in the world not not of the world" as it relates to educating children - especially in the public education system which indoctrinates students with a modernist vision of sexuality and gender at an increasingly early age. How are wise parents navigating this reality?

    Autumn is joined by Dave and Hunter to discuss the challenges of raising children in this environment and some of the different ways Christian parents are approaching education. They identify three typical, but different, approaches to education and the benefits and drawbacks of each.

    • 47 min
    Episode 56 | VFL Sermon Discussion: Justification & Sanctification

    Episode 56 | VFL Sermon Discussion: Justification & Sanctification

    New City Catechism question 32 asks, "What do justification and sanctification mean?" In the sermon from September 26, 2021 we learned that these two words summarize the gospel's gift of "righteousness." Justification is our declared righteousness before God; sanctification is our gradual growing righteousness. And the order is essential - justification BEFORE sanctification.

    In this week's episode, Autumn and Hunter follow-up on the sermon and ask, "How can we practice the rhythm of "first justification, then sanctification" in everyday life? What does it look like to actually live by this rhythm, and how does it give us a unique joy?

    Resources mentioned in this episode:
    "Dynamics of Spiritual Life: An Evangelical Theology of Renewal" by Richard Lovelace (https://www.amazon.com/dp/0830852883)
    New City Catechism, Question 32 (http://newcitycatechism.com/new-city-catechism/#32)

    • 40 min
    Episode 55 | VFL Reads: Social Media, Identity, And The Church

    Episode 55 | VFL Reads: Social Media, Identity, And The Church

    Autumn, Hunter and Michael discuss a book review of Breaking the Social Media Prism by Chris Bail.

    In his review, Timothy Keller observes that social media is driving polarized thinking and polarized relationships - but not for the reasons we're commonly told. Rather than being driven by algorithms, social media is driven by our own, modern need to construct and express an identity. "Social media is more about identity than ideas," says Keller summarizing Bail. But if we can resist using it to express identity, we can still use it constructively.

    Resources mentioned in this episode:
    "Social Media, Identity, and the Church" by Tim Keller (https://quarterly.gospelinlife.com/social-media-identity-and-the-church/)
    "Breaking the Social Media Prism: How to Make Our Platforms Less Polarizing" by Chris Bail (https://www.amazon.com/dp/0691203423/)

    • 43 min
    Episode 54 | VFL Culture: COVID-19 Vaccines

    Episode 54 | VFL Culture: COVID-19 Vaccines

    Introducing "VFL Culture" episodes, where we discuss a topic of public debate through the lens of biblical wisdom. Hunter and Autumn (reluctantly) dive in to everyone's favorite family argument: Should I get the COVID-19 vaccine? Is there a possible "religious exception" reason to refuse the vaccine if mandated? And what if I land in a different place on this than my friends, fellow church members or pastors?

    Resources mentioned in this episode:
    "COVID-19 raises concerns about abortive fetal cells in medicine" [ERLC] (https://erlc.com/resource-library/articles/explainer-covid-19-raises-concern-about-abortive-fetal-cells-in-medicine/)

    "Common questions about the COVID-19 vaccine" - Interview with Russell Moore and Dr. Francis Collins [ERLC] (https://erlc.com/resource-library/articles/common-questions-about-the-covid-19-vaccine/)

    "How should Christians think about religious exemptions for vaccination?" by Ashli Arbo and Matthew Arbo [ERLC] (https://erlc.com/resource-library/articles/how-should-christians-think-about-religious-exemptions-for-vaccination/)

    "What you should know about COVID-19 vaccines" by Joe Carter [TGC] (https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/the-faqs-what-you-should-know-about-covid-19-vaccines/)

    • 32 min
    Episode 53 | Q&R: Gospel Issues vs. Cultural Issues, And The Persecuted Church

    Episode 53 | Q&R: Gospel Issues vs. Cultural Issues, And The Persecuted Church

    Autumn and Hunter discuss two listener-submitted questions. First: In light of last week’s conversation on the fracturing of evangelicalism over “secondary” issues, how do we actually distinguish between “gospel issues” and “cultural issues?” Can you give us some guidance on how to know the difference? Second: In light of recent events in Afghanistan, how can we pray for and support Christians who are persecuted, especially when our experience as Americans is so different than theirs?

    • 39 min

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