Signs of the End Times, Moral Relativism, and Limits on Abortion (02.04.21)

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With the events of the past year, many are wondering if we are living in the “end times.” Are we seeing signs that would indicate that the Lord’s return is imminent. We’ll consider how many religious leaders believe this and what the Bible teaches. In this episode, we’ll also talk about moral relativism and thoughts on abortion among young people.

STORY #1 – Vast Majority of Pastors See Signs of End Times in Current Events

“Almost 9 in 10 pastors see at least some current events matching those Jesus said would occur shortly before he returns to Earth, according to a new survey focused on Christian eschatology, or the study of end times.” (Lifeway Research)

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STORY #2 – New Study Shows 74% of American Teens and Young Adults Embrace Moral Relativism

“According to a new report from the Barna Group in partnership with Impact 360 Institute, most teens and young adults subscribe to the philosophy of moral relativism, believing that many religions can lead to eternal life. The results found 65% of Americans ages 13-21 believe ‘many religions can lead to eternal life,’ a 7% increase since 2018. Researchers also found that 74% of that age group at least somewhat agreed with the idea that what is ‘morally right and wrong changes over time, based on society.’ Thirty-one percent of respondents strongly agreed with that statement, a jump of six points.” (Disrn)

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STORY #3 – Poll Finds That More Than 7 in 10 Young American Adults Favor Limits on Abortion

“According to a new poll by pro-life advocacy group Students for Life of America, a majority of millennials and members of Generation Z in the U.S support several restrictions on abortion. […] The poll findings revealed that ‘more than 7 out of 10 expressed support for limits on abortion.’” (Christian Headlines)

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How Should Christians View America’s Role in Supporting Israel? (Episode 7)

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The question we’ll be considering in this episode was submitted via the podcast question submission form:

How should Christians view America’s role in supporting Israel?

This is a political topic because it is about government policy. Yet many religious people believe there is a Biblical mandate for the national support of the modern state of Israel. To answer this question from a Biblical perspective, we’re going to consider a few principles.

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The Futility of Fighting against God (Sermon #43)

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The Futility of Fighting against God (Sermon #43)

The Plain Bible Teaching Podcast is returning later this month. In the meantime, here is a bonus episode with a sermon I recently preached while we were traveling in Arkansas. This sermon was preached on December 25, 2019 at the Spring Park church of Christ in Heber Springs, AR.

As was previously announced, the revamped podcast will now be centered around answering listener-submitted questions. So if you have a question you would like to hear addressed in a podcast episode, please fill out the form at the following link:

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Agabus and Paul

The Prophet Agabus

In the early days of the church, Agabus was one of several prophets in Jerusalem (Acts 11:27-28). Prophets played an important role in the beginning of the church. Paul listed prophets along with apostles as part of the foundation of the church (Ephesians 2:20). Apostles and prophets were given by God to equip the saints and build up the body (Ephesians 4:11-12). The role of the prophets was to reveal the secret things from God (cf. Amos 3:7; Revelation 10:7).

There are two prophecies of Agabus recorded in the book of Acts:Continue Reading

A New Covenant (Sermon #40)

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A New Covenant (Sermon #40)

We’re in between season 12 and season 13. During the break we’re posting audio sermons each week instead of the regular episodes. The sermon for this week was preached on January 27, 2019 at the Eastside church of Christ in Morgantown, KY.

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The Message of the Gospel (Sermon #38)

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The Message of the Gospel (Sermon #38)

We’re in between season 11 and season 12. During the break we’re posting audio sermons each week instead of the regular episodes. The sermon for this week was preached on October 28, 2018 at the Eastside church of Christ in Morgantown, KY.

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The Message of the Gospel

Romans

In his letter to the Christians in Rome, Paul described the gospel as “the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek” (Romans 1:16). This verse is often thought of as the theme of Paul’s letter – and for good reason. However, it is also important to note the first few verses of this letter as they introduce this central topic.

Paul, a bond-servant of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, which He promised beforehand through His prophets in the holy Scriptures, concerning His Son, who was born of a descendant of David according to the flesh, who was declared the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead, according to the Spirit of holiness, Jesus Christ our Lord, through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith among all the Gentiles for His name’s sake, among whom you also are the called of Jesus Christ” (Romans 1:1-6).

Since the gospel is “the power of God for salvation” (Romans 1:16), we want to be prepared to talk to others about the gospel – especially those who are unfamiliar with it. The opening verses of the book of Romans provide us with an outline to help us do just that. Let us break down these verses and see how they help explain the message of the gospel.Continue Reading