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Witnessing Christ is a Truth in Love Ministry podcast designed to help biblical Christians witness to their Mormon family, friends, and missionaries. For more Bible-based witnessing resources, check out tilm.org. We have many resources to support you, including classes, witnessing scenarios, books, and so much more.

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Witnessing Christ is a Truth in Love Ministry podcast designed to help biblical Christians witness to their Mormon family, friends, and missionaries. For more Bible-based witnessing resources, check out tilm.org. We have many resources to support you, including classes, witnessing scenarios, books, and so much more.

    Witnessing Christ from New Testament: Matthew 4; Luke 4–5

    Witnessing Christ from New Testament: Matthew 4; Luke 4–5

    In this episode of Witnessing Christ from the New Testament, Mark and Molly Parsons discuss Matthew 4 and Luke 4–5.

    This podcast episode covers the following:

    Matthew 4:1–25 
    Jesus is Tested in the WildernessJesus Begins to PreachJesus Calls His First DisciplesJesus Heals the SickLuke 4:1–5:39
    Jesus is Tested in the WildernessJesus Rejected at NazarethJesus Drives Out an Impure SpiritJesus Heals ManyJesus Calls His First DisciplesJesus Heals a Man with LeprosyJesus Forgives and Heals a Paralyzed ManJesus Calls Levi and Eats with SinnersJesus Questioned About FastingKey concepts in this episode include: 
    Is Jesus primarily our substitute or our example in the wilderness?What was the devil attempting to get Jesus to do with the temptations?Why were the Pharisees so worked up about Jesus?What did Jesus show and tell about himself when he healed the paralytic?What did Jesus want the Pharisees to see about themselves, their view of sinners, and his interactions with them? To learn more about why it's important to emphasize Christ as our substitute vs. Christ as our example, check out the blog post Example vs. Substitute. 
    If you have not yet registered for the Truth in Love Online Community, enroll now to gain access to all of our courses, resources, and more.

    Click here to download a Bible Study outline to use with your Mormon friends, family, and missionaries.

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    Was Jesus primarily our substitute or our example in the wilderness? 

    In Matthew 4 and Luke 4, we see how the devil uses targeted temptations to test Jesus, yet Jesus doesn't falter. He rebukes the devil with the Bible in response to his tricks, continuing in his perfect life.

    If we only receive encouragement from Jesus in the wilderness to follow his example, we're missing an important piece of the story. When Jesus was tempted, he remained perfect when we would've sinned. His perfect life, whether in Nazareth, the temple, or the wilderness, fulfills all righteousness for us. If he had fallen into temptation, we would have no hope. But because Jesus was perfect, those who place their trust not in their efforts but in the perfect work of Jesus are perfect now in Heavenly Father's sight. 

    Like Jesus, you can use the Bible to resist the devil's temptations. However, even more importantly, remember that Jesus stood firm in the wilderness as your substitute. 


     

    • 38 min
    Witnessing Christ from the New Testament: Matthew 3; Mark 1; Luke 3

    Witnessing Christ from the New Testament: Matthew 3; Mark 1; Luke 3

    In this episode of Witnessing Christ from the New Testament, Casey and Jon discuss Matthew 3, Mark 1, and Luke 3.
    This podcast episode covers the following:

    Matthew 3
    John the Baptist Prepares the WayThe Baptism of JesusMark 1
    John the Baptist Prepares the WayThe Baptism and Testing of JesusJesus Announces the Good NewsJesus Calls His First DisciplesJesus Drives Out an Impure SpiritJesus Heals ManyJesus Prays in a Solitary PlaceJesus Heals a Man With LeprosyLuke 3
    John the Baptist Prepares the WayThe Baptism and Genealogy of JesusKey concepts in this episode include: 
    What do we learn about John the Baptist?Why would John baptize Jesus?How was the prophecy in Mark 1:2–3 fulfilled?How will “repentance” and “baptism” be understood by LDS?How will our LDS friends view these sections differently?To understand the dramatic differences between biblical Christianity and Mormonism, download Are Mormons Christian, which includes a comparison of teachings on repentance.

    For a better understanding of how Christianity and Mormonism look at the same words differently, request a copy of Dictionary of Mormonese.

    If you have not yet registered for the Truth in Love Online Community, enroll now to gain access to all of our courses, resources, and more.

    Click here to download a Bible Study outline to use with your Mormon friends, family, and missionaries.

    Share this conversation starter with your LDS friend:

    John the Baptist preached a “baptism of repentance” in the wilderness (Mark 1:4). Jesus said, “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!” (Mark 1:15). So, what is repentance?  

    Repentance is turning from trust in self to trust in God alone. It’s not a series of steps that you must complete but rather a gift from God himself. If something is a gift from God, then he is the source. An electrical appliance can only accomplish what it was created for when plugged into the power source. Instead of looking to our own feeble power to make changes in our life, we look to the Spirit, who motivates and empowers fruits of repentance (Luke 3:8).

    Repent. Stop trusting in your own power. Trust in God alone. When you do, you’ll see the gravity of sin, stand in awe of God’s grace and forgiveness, and walk forward empowered by the Spirit. Repentance is not a painful process to endure. Instead, you’ll discover it is a restful state to be in where joy overflows through you to others.

    • 44 min
    Witnessing Christ from New Testament: John 1

    Witnessing Christ from New Testament: John 1

    In this episode of Witnessing Christ from the New Testament, Mark and Molly Parsons introduce the Gospel of John and walk through John 1.

    This podcast episode covers the following:
    John 1:1-18 The Word Became FleshA Witness to the WordJohn 1:19-51John the Baptist Denies Being the MessiahJohn the Baptist Testifies about JesusJohn's Disciples Follow JesusJesus Calls Philip and Nathaniel Key concepts in this episode include: 
    What's up with the Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible?What/Who is the "Word," and why does it matter?What does it mean that Jesus is "life"?What does it mean that Jesus is "light"?What made Jesus so unique?What was John the Baptist's role?Why did Christmas (and the incarnation) need to take place?How does the fact that Jesus came to dwell (tabernacle) among us impact our lives and eternity? For 15 time-tested principles for witnessing, request a copy of Prepared to Share, which includes helpful tips for sharing essential truths from the Bible.
     
    If you have not yet registered for the Truth in Love online community, enroll now to gain access to all of our courses, resources, and more.

    Click here to download a Bible Study outline to use with your Mormon friends, family, and missionaries.


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    No matter how dark the world looks or how hopeless your situation feels, you can find hope in the Light of the world. 
    John 1:5 promises, “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” The light that beams through despair, hopelessness, and defeat is Jesus. He is victorious over sin, death, and the devil. 
    Friend, take heart. Remember that darkness is no match for your Savior, Jesus!

    • 42 min
    Witnessing Christ from New Testament: Matthew 1; Luke 1

    Witnessing Christ from New Testament: Matthew 1; Luke 1

    In the first episode of Witnessing Christ from the New Testament, Mark and Molly Parsons introduce the Gospels of Matthew and Luke and walk through the first chapter of each evangelist's account.

    This podcast episode covers the following:
    Matthew 1:1-25 The Geneology of Jesus Joseph Accepts Jesus as His SonLuke 1:1-80The Birth of John the Baptist ForetoldThe Birth of Jesus ForetoldMary Visits ElizabethMary's SongThe Birth of John the BaptistZechariah's SongKey concepts in this episode include: 
    The Genealogy of Jesus: What is it and why does it matter?Why does Jesus include sinners in his family tree?What does it take to "stand righteous" in the sight of God?Why did Jesus need to be both truly God and truly man?What do the songs of Mary and Zechariah teach us about our Savior Jesus?For more insights on witnessing Christ from Matthew's genealogy, check out the blog series Wrecked and Redeemed to hear the incredible stories of five out-of-place women on Jesus' family tree.

    For more on righteousness, check out the blog What is Righteousness? on BeYePerfect.org and the webinar The Two Kinds of Righteousness on TILM.org.

    If you have not yet registered for the Truth in Love online community, enroll now to gain access to all of our courses, resources, and more.

    Click here to download a Bible Study outline to use with your Mormon friends, family, and missionaries.

    An excerpt to share personally with your LDS friends:
     
    What’s your family history like? Do you come from a line of honor or shame? Even more, how about your own life? Are you proud of what you’ve done or filled with embarrassment?

    You should see Jesus’ family tree. Before he writes the story of Jesus’ birth, Matthew records Jesus’ genealogy (Matthew 1:1-17). When you look at Jesus’ family tree, do you know what you see? Sinners. Lots of sinners. Jacob deceived his father. Judah slept with his daughter-in-law. Rahab was a prostitute. Ruth had been an idol worshiper. David committed adultery and murder. We could go on and on… That’s Jesus’ family tree.
     
    Why on earth would God be willing to be born into such a sinful family? Here’s why: Jesus was willing to be born from sinners because he came to save sinners. After recording Jesus’ family tree, Matthew tells us exactly what Jesus came into the world to do: “He will save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21).
    Remember, it’s not about where you come from, who you know, or how well you perform in front of your peers. Jesus came to save you simply because he loves you. In him, there is forgiveness, peace, and true hope. 

    • 40 min
    Witnessing Christ from New Testament: Matthew 2; Luke 2

    Witnessing Christ from New Testament: Matthew 2; Luke 2

    In this episode of Witnessing Christ from the New Testament, Casey and Jon walk through Luke 2 and Matthew 2

    This podcast episode covers the following:
    Luke 2:1-52 The Birth of JesusJesus Presented at the TempleThe Boy Jesus at the TempleMatthew 2:1-23The Magi Visit the MessiahThe Escape to EgyptThe Return to NazarethKey concepts in this episode include: 
    Why do the writers include historical context?Names (and naming) of JesusHow do we see humility in these chapters?How do we elevate God in these stories as we witness?How will our LDS friends look at Luke 2 and Matthew 2 differently?For a better understanding of how Christianity and Mormonism look at the same words differently, request a copy of Dictionary of Mormonese.

    Read and share the article “What is Christmas All About” with your LDS friends, which places the focus squarely on Jesus.

    If you have not yet registered for the Truth in Love online community, enroll now to gain access to all of our courses, resources, and more.

    Click here to download a Bible Study outline to use with your Mormon friends, family, and missionaries.


    Share this conversation starter with your LDS friend:

    God never does exactly what we’d expect. As we read Luke 2, we’re reminded that the King of the Universe is full of surprises. 
    Not only was our powerful God brought down to be fully human, but as a baby, he was placed in a feeding trough. (Luke 2:7) His first visitors were not kings or lords, but were humble shepherds! (Luke 2:16)
    Do you know the best surprise? It’s found in his name, “Jesus”. The name “Jesus” literally means “the LORD saves”. God, in his amazing love, sent his only son to be sacrificed for you. All he asks is that you believe and trust in him. Now, that’s the best surprise of all. 

    • 36 min
    Witnessing Christ from Old Testament: Nahum; Habakkuk; Zephaniah

    Witnessing Christ from Old Testament: Nahum; Habakkuk; Zephaniah

    • 49 min

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