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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 Truth in Love Ministry

    • Religion & Spirituality
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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: Jesus Is Enough Introduction

    Witnessing Christ: Jesus Is Enough Introduction

    In this episode, Mark and Molly are joined by Brian Urbanek of GoldWing Productions to discuss the new Jesus Is Enough initiative.

    Learn more and support the Jesus Is Enough efforts by visiting tilm.org/jie.

    • 55 min
    Witnessing Christ from New Testament: 1 and 2 Thessalonians

    Witnessing Christ from New Testament: 1 and 2 Thessalonians

    In this episode of Witnessing Christ from the New Testament, Mark and Molly discuss 1 and 2 Thessalonians.

    1 and 2 Thessalonians, authored by the apostle Paul during his missionary journeys, provide a peek at the experiences of the early Christian church and offer insights into how believers are to navigate life with an eternal perspective. These epistles are tenderly addressed to the devout Christian community in Thessalonica, a vibrant Macedonian city. 
    Paul wrote his letters to the Thessalonian believers around A.D. 50/51, likely from Corinth. After being forced to abruptly leave Thessalonica due to intense persecution (Acts 17:1-10), Paul continued instructing these new believers on how to live their lives in light of eternity. 
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    In 2 Thessalonians 1:8-10, we encounter strong imagery of judgment. But within this passage lies a message of hope and salvation.
    Paul speaks of those "who do not know God" and those who "do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus." 
    Obedience to the gospel means trusting in Jesus and his forgiveness, and believing that through him, we are made right before God. On the day of judgment, our safety rests on our trust in the one who fulfilled the law for us.
    Our refuge on that day isn't our efforts but our faith in Jesus Christ. Trusting in him is our hope, and it is through this trust that we find salvation and are spared from the judgment to come.

    • 40 min
    Witnessing Christ from the New Testament: Colossians

    Witnessing Christ from the New Testament: Colossians

    In this episode of Witnessing Christ from the New Testament, Jon and Molly discuss Colossians 1–4.

    If ever there was a book that said, "Jesus is enough," it would be Colossians. Paul confronts a heresy in the Colossian congregation that added to Christ, offering greater "fullness," "perfection," and "knowledge." He helps the reader see how all these things are already found in Christ. Paul also unpacks the transformational new identity, new life, and new victory found in Christ.
    Key Themes
    The person of Christ and his supremacyThe work of Christ and its fullnessThe weakness of law motivationThe power of Christ in usThe power of prayer in your witnessShare this podcast with your Christian friends and subscribe on your favorite podcasting platform!

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    Have you ever noticed how rules have a way of making you want something even more? For example, if someone tells me not to eat chocolate, suddenly all I can think of is where can I find some chocolate!  You know what I mean?

    Now, what if you were given a taste of a food that was so good that, by comparison, made chocolate taste terrible? And what if, you were given an unending supply that never ran out? Now, that would be a way I might never eat chocolate again! 

    I was thinking about that picture as I was reading Colossians this week. He repeatedly emphasizes how Christ is God's most amazing gift to us and all of the blessings that are now ours through him. It came alive for me when it said to "continue in him, rooted and built up in him"  (2:6–7). The way to get the best God has to offer is to fill up on the best gift he's given, Christ.

    Instead of fear for what I might be missing, Christ fills us with thankfulness for everything we already have in him, like forgiveness (1:14) and peace (1:20). An overflowing heart filled with the best gifts is a heart changed from the inside that doesn't worry about missing out on anything else. 

    For the record, I'm not making any promises about chocolate; I think it's one of those special gifts from God. But it's got me thinking I really want to fill my heart up with Jesus and all the gifts that come with him!

    • 41 min
    Witnessing Christ from the New Testament: Philippians

    Witnessing Christ from the New Testament: Philippians

    In this episode of Witnessing Christ from the New Testament, Jon and Molly discuss Philippians 1–4.

    Many are surprised that Philippians, one of Paul’s prison letters, has a central theme of joy. Despite the crosses Paul faced, his faith in Christ brought him joy. The friendly, positive tone of this letter demonstrates the close, personal bond Paul had with the Philippians. 

    As we study Philippians, we’ll clarify a number of often misunderstood statements that, when God is recognized as the active agent,  are understood in more profound ways.  
    Key Themes
    A gospel perspectiveChrist as substitute before Christ as example"Work out Your salvation" (2:12–13)Boasting in ChristJoy in all circumstances"I can do all things..." (4:13)Share this podcast with your Christian friends and subscribe on your favorite podcasting platform!

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    Have you ever considered all the efforts people make trying to impress others?  It's amazing how many industries are focused on helping people improve their appearances! 

    It got me thinking. If people go to those lengths to impress other people, what lengths do people go to gain God's favor? 

    I was reading in Philippians 3 about Paul's list. He had the lineage, the ritual, the rank. Humanly speaking, he had a bragging list that would far exceed most people. What's most shocking is, he threw it all away. He describes his efforts to gain his own righteousness as "dung."  It was repulsive. 

    He completely abandons his list of accomplishments and says all he needs is Jesus. He finds his "surpassing worth," his "righteousness,"  in the saving work of Christ's death and resurrection. He said all he needs is to know Jesus and to be found in him. 

    I found it so refreshing, freeing even. Realizing that favor with God, something people so desperately yearn for, has already been won for us, changes everything. Instead of worrying about my own to-do list, my eyes are focused on the list he's already checked off.  No more need to impress. Jesus is enough. 

    • 40 min
    Witnessing Christ from New Testament: Ephesians

    Witnessing Christ from New Testament: Ephesians

    In this episode of Witnessing Christ from the New Testament, Mark and Molly discuss Ephesians 1-6.

    Sent to the Christians in Ephesus, a prominent city in Asia Minor, this letter offers a distinctive angle among Paul's writings. Unlike many of his other epistles, such as Galatians or Corinthians, which directly counter false teachings, Ephesians strengthens believers by emphasizing positive theological truths and practical advice.
    This episode dives into five major themes.
    Identity in ChristUnity in the Body of ChristChristian LivingHousehold CodesSpiritual Warfare In sum, the book of Ephesians might not directly confront false doctrines, but its enriching teachings on unity, identity in Christ, and the practical implications of the Gospel fortify believers' faith, acting as a solid bulwark against potential misinterpretations or divisive influences.
    Mark and Molly discussed The Four Key Concepts in Ephesians 2; check out more resources here and here.

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    "As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins... But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved... For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast." (Ephesians 2:1-10)
    Picture a child struggling in deep waters, desperately gasping for breath, arms flailing, trying to stay afloat. A lifeguard notices the peril and dashes to the rescue. But imagine if, midway, the lifeguard halts and hollers, "I've brought you this far; now it’s up to you to swim the rest!" Such a scenario is unthinkable. When someone is drowning, they don't need partial help; they need complete rescue.
    This scenario parallels the spiritual condition depicted in Ephesians 2. We were metaphorically drowning in our transgressions, powerless to save ourselves. But God, in his immense love and mercy, didn't provide just partial assistance. He made us alive with Christ, pulling us entirely out of our dire state.
    Much like a drowning individual leans entirely on the lifeguard for salvation, our spiritual rescue is solely through God's grace. It’s not something we can achieve or earn; it’s a divine gift. God doesn't say, "I've done my part; now you finish the rest." He saves us wholly, ensuring our place in his eternal embrace.

    • 43 min
    Witnessing Christ from New Testament: Galatians

    Witnessing Christ from New Testament: Galatians

    In this episode of Witnessing Christ from the New Testament, Mark and Molly discuss Galatians 1-6.

    Paul’s letter to the Galatians is a passionate defense of the true gospel against early distortions. The Galatian churches, established by Paul, were influenced by certain Jewish Christians known as Judaizers. These false teachers claimed Gentiles needed to be circumcised and follow Mosaic Law to be true Christians.
    As we study Galatians, we’ll examine Paul’s skillful arguments against the Judaizers and his emphatic defense of justification by faith. 
    Key Themes
    Justification by faith vs. salvation by worksFreedom from the law’s demandsThe contrast between law and grace, deeds and faith, the flesh and SpiritIdentity in Christ: adopted children and heirsUnity of believers in ChristThe danger of distorting the true gospelShare this podcast with your Christian friends and subscribe on your favorite podcasting platform!

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    In Galatians 3:10, Paul writes, "For all who rely on works of the law are under a curse, as it is written: 'Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law.'"
    This verse is a sobering reminder that we cannot be saved by our own works. The law is good, but it is also impossible to keep perfectly. We all fall short, and as a result, we are under the curse of the law.

    The curse of the law is not a physical curse but a spiritual one. It is the separation from God that comes from our sin. We are cut off from his blessing and his favor.

    But there is good news! Jesus came to break the curse of the law. He lived a perfect life and died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins. When we put our trust in Jesus, we are forgiven, and we are brought into a right relationship with God.

    So, if you are feeling burdened by the law, or if you feel like you can never measure up, remember that Jesus has already done it for you. He has taken the curse upon himself so that you can be free.

    • 1 hr 12 min

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