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Mar
3
2021
Episode 654 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   1. Where in the bible does it say the Sabbath changed from Saturday to Sunday? 2. Can I split my tithe between two churches? 3. My friend is in a so-called “open marriage,” how do I tell them that this is wrong without destroying our relationship? 4. Can Christians commit the unforgivable sin and blaspheme the Holy Spirit? 5. What does Romans 1:18 mean? Is it referring to certain historical events? Today’s Offer Inner Core Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources 7 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MARRIAGE AND SEX
Mar
2
2021
Episode 653 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   1. Is there a problem with Christians being cremated? 2. How should Christians think through climate change and things like Earth Day? 3. In 1 Timothy 1:20, Paul tells Timothy that he has handed certain people over to Satan for blasphemy. What does that mean? If he loved them why would he hand them over to Satan? Does he trust that he will get them back? I am really confused about this verse. 4. Does Hebrews 6 teach that true believers can fall away from Christ? 5. Who wrote the bible and where did it come from? 6. How should Christians think about social justice? Today’s Offer More Than a Carpenter by Josh McDowell Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Mar
1
2021
Episode 652 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   1. Why do pastors and people today avoid talking about end times prophecies? 2. It seems as if God forsook Saul in the bible. If a king like Saul can be forsaken by God, what is stopping that from happening to us? How can we avoid being forsaken by God? 3. What should a church member do if their pastor refuses to open their church? 4. How should Christians think about online dating? 5. Can a Christian lose their salvation? 6. How can we make disciples, and how does this relate to the Great Commission? Today’s Offer More Than a Carpenter by Josh McDowell Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources 7 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MARRIAGE AND SEX
Feb
26
2021
Episode 651 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   1. How do you grow in the spiritually and keep from falling into sin? 2. I normally talk to God like I am in a normal conversation. Is this prayer, or is prayer something that is more technical? 3. How does repentance play into salvation, it seems integral, but it also seems like a work that we do?  4. What is the millennium in the end times? 5. I've seen a lot of people saying things to prove the bible is not real. I really want to be closer to God but I'm worried that can't happen if I don't fully believe in the bible—is there proof? Today's Offer Seeing Jesus Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources 4 THINGS TO REMEMBER AFTER YOU HAVE SINNED TRUE VS. FALSE REPENTANCE: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE? Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God's Story by Michael Horton
Feb
25
2021
Episode 650 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. I am discipling someone who says they have a prayer language and speak in tongues. How should I work through this with them? 2. What is the difference between the synagogue and the temple? Do they have different regulations? Did the religious leaders break the law in order to try to trap Jesus at the synagogue? 3. How should the church respond to the Equality Act? 4. In Mark 14, there is a strange incident where another young man is nearly arrested along with Jesus. Who was this person and what was his significance? 5. Follow up question on the Equality Act: what are the incentives behind those trying to pass this legislation? Today’s Offer Core Kit Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources 10 Things You Need to Know About the Bible and Homosexuality
Feb
24
2021
Episode 649 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. It seems to me that this vaccine could be a gift from God to help us defeat a disease. Why are so many Christians speaking so ill of it and of those who are working on it, claiming that it is the Mark of the Beast? 2. Can God be disappointed? 3. Can Christians read Romance Novels that include explicit scenes? 4. How can I help encourage my teens to attend church? 5. What do you think of the phrase, “preach the gospel to yourself”? Today’s Offer Core Kit Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Bioethics and the Christian Life: A Guide to Making Difficult Decisions by David VanDrunen
Feb
23
2021
Episode 648 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. What does Revelation teach about heaven? 2. Are there any scientific proofs for the resurrection of Jesus Christ? 3. My daughter and husband died, why would God allow this to happen and not give me a sense of urgency to make much of the time I had with them? 4. I feel as though I receive signs from God, but I am not sure how to find out if they are from him or not. What should I do? Today’s Offer Core Kit Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources WHAT DID GOD PROMISE? BIBLE STUDY The Story of Reality: How the World Began, How It Ends, and Everything Important that Happens in Between by Greg Koukl
Feb
22
2021
Episode 647 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. What do you think about the Azusa St. Revivals and how those events impacted the modern church today? 2. I was formerly brought up in the Prosperity Gospel and the Word of Faith movement. In these movements they claimed that God never wants us to be sick and that we have the power to rebuke sickness. Now that I am out of that movement I am wondering do I pray for healing from sickness in a biblical way? 3. I am a backslidden Christian and want to get plugged back into the church, but my wife is not interested in going back to church. What should I do? 4. There is a bishop in my denomination who is gay. The congregation that I attend does not affirm this practice and preaches the gospel, but because the denomination is compromising in this way, should I leave the church? 5. What is the teaching of Sola Scriptura? Today’s Offer Core Kit Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources 10 Thing You Need to Know About the Bible and Homosexuality
Feb
19
2021
Episode 646 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. With how long the Coronavirus pandemic has gone on, is it time now for all churches to open up in defiance of the government orders? 2. In 1 John 4, John says that we should “test the spirits.” What does this mean and look like? 3. How was David a “man after God’s own heart” when he was also a murderer? 4. How was Jesus in the line of David when he was not biologically related to Joseph? Today’s Offer Core Kit Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources 9 Things Everyone Should Know About Worship
Feb
18
2021
Episode 645 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. How would you explain the doctrine of the Trinity to a young child? 2. I know that the Lord forgives us but I often feel regret and have memories of my past life and previous sins. When I think of these past sins and feel condemned, does that count as spiritual warfare? 3. What do you think of the New Apostolic Reformation movement? Is it biblical or potentially heretical? 4. My brother has schizophrenia. He has read the bible, he prays, and believes that he is born again, but he has a hard time understanding the bible. How do you know when a person with a severe mental illness is saved? 5. Why did God need blood sacrifices in the Old Testament in the first place? Today’s Offer Core Kit Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Broken Pieces and the God Who Mends Them: Schizophrenia through a Mother’s Eye by Simonetta Carr
Feb
17
2021
Episode 644 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. How do you leave a legalistic church? 2. My husband is struggling with sexual addictions, including pornography. How do I show grace to him without enabling his sin? 3. As a former Roman Catholic, how do other Protestant denominations observe or practice Lent? 4. Why are Christians so quick to throw Ravi Zacharias under the bus, especially when David, Moses, and Paul and other biblical figures were great sinners? Why are we so quick to turn our back on those who need forgiveness? 5. Did sin enter the world through Adam and Eve or through Satan? Today’s Offer Core Kit Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Rid of My Disgrace: Hope and Healing for Victims of Sexual Assault Book by Justin S. Holcomb and Lindsey A. Holcomb
Feb
16
2021
Episode 643 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. Jesus proclaimed that he was the Son of God, and yet in Mark 1:25, Jesus rebuked the demons and told them not to say who he was. Why did he do that? 2. What does it mean to be saved and what does that look like? 3. Doesn’t God require us to obey him rather than man? I know Romans 13 says we should obey the governing authorities, but there seems to be a double-standard enforced by the government regarding which things can be open amidst the pandemic and which cannot. What should the church do? 4. I am a registered nurse and cannot imagine how men can tell women what to do with their bodies. I am not for abortion but I would never foist my beliefs onto others. There are lots of elderly people being mistreated in the nursing homes, why don’t “pro-lifers” care about them?  5. I take communion at my home every day. Am I “heaping judgment” upon myself? 6. I am fifty-eight and have never been married. Should I seek out a spouse or should I just wait for God to answer my prayers? Today’s Offer Core Kit Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work by Timothy Keller
Feb
15
2021
Episode 642 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. I have heard that Paul’s guidelines for taking communion in 1 Corinthians 11 is about the need for brothers and sisters to get-along with each other in the church. After studying the passage, it seems that it is addressing people in Corinth who took all of the communion before everyone was able to receive it. So, is Paul’s warnings mainly about how to get along with our brothers and sisters or is it about not treating certain people in the church with contempt? 2. In Matthew 13, Jesus talks about the Parable of the Sower. He identifies different kinds of soil, and says that the good soil receives the seed of the word of God. How do I know if in my heart that I am counted as “good soil”? 3. Is it wrong to worship alongside someone and have fellowship with them if they deny the deity of Christ? 4. How do I address Christian who believe that we can connect with Muslims and Jews and unite together under God? 5. I was baptized Roman Catholic but recently became a Protestant Christian. Should I get re-baptized, if so, when should I get re-baptized? Today’s Offer Core Kit Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources The Gospel-Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World by Michael Horton
Feb
12
2021
Episode 641 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. Why did God place the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil in the garden? 2. Is purgatory a biblical doctrine? 3. Is having a prayer language biblical? 4. Does fasting have to be from all food? In our church we say fasting can be giving up anything that we think we can’t do without. I am a diabetic on insulin so I just fast from all junk food & wheat. 5. Did God know that man would fall into sin? Today’s Offer Seeing Jesus Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources The Unfolding Word: The Story of the Bible from Creation to New Creation by Zach Keele
Feb
11
2021
Episode 640 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. A friend of mine has bought into the teachings of a New Age guru who has told her that she is the reincarnation of Mary Magdalene and that Jesus is her husband. I was reminded when you spoke about 1 John and our need to use discernment when testing the spirit. I am wondering if I need to take a break from this relationship because she is saying hurtful things. What should I do? 2. My son died when he was 14. I miss him greatly and I am wondering if he is in heaven? 3. Why is the Song of Solomon so often neglected in the church? 4. My son is a Freemason and is asking my husband and I to join him. How should we respond? Today’s Offer Seeing Jesus Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Walking with Jesus Through His Word: Discovering Christ in All the Scriptures by Dennis Johnson
Feb
10
2021
Episode 639 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. I’m still relatively new to the faith. Recently I’ve been confused about the meaning of 1st John chapter 3 verse 4. There are a lot of discrepancies regarding that verse, and many are using it to say that we must uphold God’s law, including the sabbath. I ended up going deep down the rabbit hole of the internet a couple weeks back and I’ve discovered that there are some groups claiming that our salvation is contingent upon our obedience to the Mosaic Law. I know that we aren’t justified by the law, but all the conflicting information online has been making me really overwhelmed, confused and stressed. What should I do? 2. How should we respond to Messianic Judaism? 3. In Matthew 7, Jesus says, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’” This sounds like one of the scarier passages in the bible, what is your interpretation of this? 4. In Luke 22, Jesus says that one should sell their cloak and buy a sword. What does this mean? 5. In 1 Timothy 2, Paul says that God desires all to be saved, if this is true, why aren’t all people saved? Today’s Offer Seeing Jesus Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God’s Story by Michael Horton      
Feb
9
2021
Episode 638 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. How should the church observe communion and take the Lord’s Supper? 2. Must a born again Christian be extremely zealous about the things of the Lord? 3. Should pastors perform special prayers just for men in the worship service? 4. In Mark 11:24, Jesus says, “I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Doesn’t this contradict the idea that God has ordained things to happen prior to our praying for them? What is the purpose of praying if God has already ordained something? 5. Can man be holy and righteous, and even if we are not perfectly holy and righteous Today’s Offer Seeing Jesus Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World by Michael Horton
Feb
8
2021
Episode 637 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. I am a convicted felon. I know that Jesus has forgiven me for my past sins, but even after paying my due to society, it seems that I am forever marked by my past. How can I find rest when every day society reminds me of my past sins? 2. What is Lent, and why do some churches practice it and others do not? 3. When did Israelites become Hebrews? 4. How do I deal with regret? Sometimes it can feel overwhelming and prevent me from seeking the Lord. 5. I am friends with a Messianic Jew who is challenging me by saying that Christians must observe a Saturday Sabbath and other Jewish rituals, how should I respond? Today’s Offer Seeing Jesus Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources 7 THINGS EVERYONE NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT REPENTANCE
Feb
5
2021
Episode 636 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. Does the story of Judas prove that suicide is the unpardonable sin? Help is available – Speak with someone 24/7 at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255 2. I would like to tithe, but my spouse does not want to. Should I tithe out of my own paycheck? 3. How do I address my pastor when I think he has gossipped about someone in the church? 4. Why do we so often give up on people instead of give grace to them? 5. According to recent polls, many folks do not trust pastors. Why is that? Today’s Offer Seeing Jesus Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources 8 Things Everyone Should Know About Church
Feb
4
2021
Episode 635 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. As a new Christian I find myself ashamed of myself for turning my back to Christ. How does one returning to the faith overcome the sense of shame and accept the love of Christ once again into my life? 2. How do you comfort someone whose teenage son died unexpectedly and the parent has no assurance of their son’s salvation? 3. Does Jesus show some kind of prejudice to the Canaanite woman in Matthew 15? 4. Because of Covid-19, my daughter does not want me to attend church. If I attend I cannot see my grandchild. I have not been going to church so that I can see him. But then I think about Jesus saying that we are not worthy of Him if we are not willing to give up relatives for Him. Am I sinning by choosing visits with my grandson over church attendance? 5. When I go to church I feel like I am constantly made to feel guilty and convicted. Should I just stay home and read my bible? Today’s Offer Seeing Jesus Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Bioethics and the Christian Life: A Guide to Making Difficult Decisions by David VanDrunen
Feb
3
2021
Episode 634 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. I struggle with pornography. I know it’s wrong and a sin and I hate that I am so weak. When I fail I stay away from God for a little while because I am ashamed and am not worthy. Even though I know I am forgiven, my brain just cannot comprehend that God can forgive me over and over again for the same sin. It doesn’t seem fair to Him. 2. I am not receiving care from my elders and deacons at my church. Is this a sufficient reason to leave this church? 3. Are there apostles today? What are the characteristics of apostles? 4. What does Paul mean when he says that Christian’s children are holy in 1 Corinthians 7? Today’s Offer Seeing Jesus Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources 5 WAYS TO HELP YOUR KIDS KEEP THE FAITH Sacred Bond by Zach Keele and Michael Brown
Feb
2
2021
Episode 633 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. What are the marks in a church we keep an eye out for when we are looking for a new church to attend? 2. I have heard some people say that the true Sabbath is on Saturday, and if we do not observe the Seventh-Day Sabbath then this does not make us eligible for salvation. Is this true? 3. The Old Testament and New Testament seem to contradict themselves at times. Why is it that in the Old Testament, God says that lepers are not to be touched, while in the New Testament Jesus touches lepers? 4. Can a Christian be oppressed by demonic spirits? 5. Is it biblical to say that the Holy Spirit makes us one with God? Today’s Offer Inner Core Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources 8 THINGS EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT CHURCH
Feb
1
2021
Episode 632 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. If John was administering baptism for the forgiveness of sins, and Jesus was sinless, why did Jesus get baptized? 2. Should Christians be cremated or buried when they die? 3. I run a 12 step program and I use 1 Corinthians 10:12-13 where Paul talks about temptation to help those in the program. Am I applying this passage correctly? 4. I grew up being sexually abused by a family member. I want to forgive him, but I do not want to be in the same room as him. When Jesus says that we should forgive seventy times seven, does that mean I should force myself to include him in my life? I am struggling with knowing what to do. 5. What is the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit? Today’s Offer Seeing Jesus Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Rid of My Disgrace: Hope and Healing for Victims of Sexual Assault Book by Justin S. Holcomb and Lindsey A. Holcomb      
Jan
29
2021
Episode 631 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. I am naturally interested in studying the bible and theological books. I also have a young family and while my wife is not uninterested in these things, I also know it would not be ideal for us as a family to read and discuss the types of things I am naturally drawn to, theologically speaking. I think it would be too much for them and unhelpful. What are ways that I can better help my family learn about the faith together? 2. Does Jesus serve only as the intermediary between us and the Father, or can we also pray to Jesus as well as the Father? 3. Recently I had a mini debate with some followers and disciples of a very intense charismatic leader. In our conversation they used Acts 2 as their self-defense on personal revelation or dreams. What do you think would be a good response to these interpretations? 4. Does everyone that goes to hell suffer equally? It would seem reasonable to think that someone like Hitler would suffer more than an ethical, moral person who perhaps had never been exposed to the Word or perhaps kept putting off a decision or was led into a less than real salvation experience. Today's Offer Inner Core Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism by Timothy Keller
Jan
28
2021
Episode 630 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com   1. What book or character in the bible is most underrated or glossed over in our churches? 2. In Luke 9, Jesus sends out His apostles to proclaim the Kingdom of God, yet a few verses later after Peter confesses Jesus as the Christ, Jesus commands them not to tell this to anyone. What were the apostles tasked to speak then if they were told not to say anything concerning Jesus’ identity and mission? 3. Can angels marry? 4. Can a Christian lose their salvation? 5. The scripture is clear about taking the Lord’s name in vain. But what about swear words? As a person in the military I’m around swearing a lot, and it struck me that what we consider bad words often have synonyms that aren’t considered bad at all. In the end swear words seem an arbitrary construct of man. 6. I have struggled greatly with the temptation of lust. I have a Bible study group with close guys that I share my struggle with and I also have an accountability partner within that group yet it is still a daily struggle for me. I know that this sin is deeper than bad behavior and it’s a matter of the heart. I was wondering if you guys had any advice on how to fight this temptation and pursue holiness and godliness? Today's Offer Gospel of John Study (Workbook) Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Respectable Sins: Confronting the Sins We Tolerate by Jerry Bridges
Jan
27
2021
Episode 629 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. How do you explain the doctrine of the Trinity to young children? My kids understand that Jesus is God but have a hard time understanding the idea of other persons in the identity of God. 2. Do we have to keep forgiving someone who keeps sinning against us? 3. Jesus say He will send the Holy Spirit after He went to the Father. But in John 20 Jesus say to His disciples, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” But in Acts it look like the day of the Pentecost was the first indwelling of the Holy Spirit into believer. How can you understand these two event without contradiction? 4. In the Apostle's Creed, it says that Jesus descended into hell. If Christ took the punishment of man on the cross, why did he have to "descend" into hell? 5. How do you understand the baptism of the Holy Spirit? 6. In Ephesians, it says that we are not judged by our works, but by the blood of Jesus. However, in 2 Corinthians, Paul says that we will be judged by our works. I know that we are ultimately saved by the grace of God but this is confusing to me. Today's Offer How to Read the Bible (Bible-Study Workbook) Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources The Gospel-Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World by Michael Horton  
Jan
26
2021
Episode 628 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions.   CoreChristianity.com   1. What generation is passing away in Matthew 24:34? 2. How should the church view cultural changes in regards to homosexuality? 3. In Genesis 9, it says that "Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for God made man in his own image." Does this mean that the bible condones capital punishment? 4. How do I pray through the psalms? 5. If Jesus is God, why does he call himself the Son of God? Today’s Offer Inner Core Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Jan
25
2021
Episode 627 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. Are there certain scripture passages you can point me to that helps us find God’s will for our lives? 2. In Deuteronomy 32:52-53, it seems as if God is being vengeful toward Moses. Is God vengeful? 3. I have recently gone through multiple traumatic experiences and I am having trouble find joy in my faith again. What should I do? 4. In the Old Testament, how did Israel know that the prophets were receiving real revelation from God? Why exactly did Israel believe the prophets? Today’s Offer Core Kit Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources A Place for Weakness: Preparing Yourself for Suffering by Michael Horton
Jan
22
2021
Episode 626 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. If God knew that Lucifer was going to betray him, why did he create him in the first place? 2. Are there any biblical principles to handle conflict in marriage? 3. Should I leave my church if I disagree with the political endorsements of my pastor even though he is doctrinally sound? 4. I don’t feel spiritual enough. What feelings of the supernatural should a Christian have, like during spiritual disciplines or congregational worship? What does the Bible command and say we should experience? 5. In Matthew 27, it says that many people other than Jesus were resurrected and appeared to others. Was this a figurative or literal event? 6. Can we forgive sins or can only God forgive sins?
Jan
21
2021
Episode 625 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. In Colossians 1:24, Paul says, “I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions….” What does he mean by Christ’s afflictions lacking? 2. What kind of future awaits for us in heaven, what will heaven be like? 3. I fully believe in the assurance of salvation and eternal security, however, how should we view Christians who have continued certain sin patterns in their life all the way to their death bed? 4. What is the biblical teaching regarding the miraculous gift of tongues? Is tongues a prayer language? 5. Does God speak to us in dreams? Today’s Offer How to Read the Bible (Bible-Study Workbook) Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources 7 Things You Need to Know About Heaven How Does God Talk to Us?
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2021
Episode 624 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. In James 1:2, it tells us, “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds.” How does joy help us face life’s trials? 2. In Esther 4, when it says that Esther has been born for “such a time as this,” does this apply to our lives as well? 3. How can we help non-believers come to faith? 4. I was always taught that the church service is for unbelievers, and it is a place where conversion happens, but I recently heard someone say that church is for Christians only. Which is it? Today’s Offer Core Kit Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources A Better Way: Rediscovering the Drama of God-Centered Worship by Michael Horton
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2021
Episode 623 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. Is it a contradiction when it says “faith without works is dead” when faith is a gift and works are things that we do? 2. Lately I have felt a strong call to start fasting, but I do not know much about fasting. How do I draw close to God as I fast and how do I determine how long and how often to fast? 3. In Luke 10, why does Jesus tell Martha to stop serving and to be more like her sister, Mary? 4. In Hebrews 9:7, it speaks about the “unintentional sins of the people,” is there a difference in how God forgives intentional and unintentional sins? 5. What would you say to someone who has suffered a miscarriage and what hope do they have that their child is saved? 6. How do we love people who exploit our kindness and love for them? Should we do everything for such people out of the commandment to love your neighbour as yourself. If not, how do we respond to their demands. Today’s Offer Inner Core Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God’s Story by Michael Horton
Jan
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2021
Episode 622 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. Why do Christians need the church when our own bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit? Didn’t the tearing of the veil signify that God could not be contained by a building? 2. In Matthew 27, it says that other people other than Jesus were raised from the dead. Do we know anything about who these people were or what happened to them? 3. What is the biblical teaching on whether women can be pastors or not? 4. In Nehemiah 3, the entire chapter speaks about small details about the building of the wall. What things should we take away from these types of passages of scripture? 5. What book in the bible would you go to to help deal with division in the church? 6. Should we pray the imprecatory psalms even though Jesus says that we should love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us? Today’s Offer Seeing Jesus Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit by James K. A. Smith
Jan
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Episode 621 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. I am a family man and a faithful member at my church. However, I have lingering feelings of discontentment in my life. Because of this I then find myself feeling guilty that I am not always fully and completely satisfied with the blessings I have—I want to be grateful and thank the Lord for every good blessing, but it really seems difficult for me. How should I think about contentment and my everyday life? 2. What role does repentance play in our salvation?  3. How do I apply 2 Corinthians 5:21 in my day to day life knowing that I am forgiven but I still sin? How does God view me? 4. I am wondering if Ezekiel’s vision of the Valley of Dry Bones in Ezekiel 37 is literal or something that is figurative? 5. When Jesus came into Jerusalem and the crowd was cheering and singing “Hosanna in the highest” what exactly did they understand about Jesus when they were singing this? Today’s Offer How to Read the Bible Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Devoted to God: Blueprints for Sanctification by Sinclair B. Ferguson
Jan
14
2021
Episode 620 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. I am going through the bible with my 12yo son, and there are strange instances in the bible like the Sons of God in Genesis 6 and the witch of Endor in 1 Samuel that really trip him up when reading scripture. So much so that it is hard for him to focus on the bigger picture of scripture and the important pieces of it that point to Christ. How can I help him from getting too distracted with the minor details of scripture and focus on the bigger and more important parts? 2. Should a Christian hold a job that might hurt other people like working for the military or doing retail knowing that what is being sold comes from sweat shops? 3. Which aspects of the law should we still keep, specifically should we still try to keep the holy day feasts in the bible, or were those fulfilled in Jesus as well? 4. If someone in your family is heterosexual but because of a bad relationship decides to try homosexuality…how is the family to respond..especially when we see each other at holiday get togethers, birthdays, and those types of events. I keep praying for them and would appreciate prayers for this person in my family who is very confused and also has severe depression. Today’s Offer Romans Bible Study Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources
Jan
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2021
Episode 619 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. I am wondering if you have any advice on when and when not to bring up current events or pop culture into your bible teaching? I am a bible teacher and note that some preachers bring up current issues and make pop-culture references non-stop while others never mention these things. Any advice on how to do this well without watering down the biblical message? 2. I remember learning in 6th grade how humans evolved from hominids, so I am wondering how the story of Adam and Eve in the Bible may or may not fit together with findings in human evolutionary biology? 3. I am out of college living at home with my mother and grandmother and they believe that the miraculous sign of tongues is still in use for Christians today. I do not think this is the more accurate biblical view. How do I speak with them about this topic but be respectful about it? I love both my mom and grandmother and do not want to disrespect them. 4. The last few years I have chosen an attribute of God in which to meditate during the year. This year I’m meditating on God’s Providence. Please tell me what the distinction is between God’s Sovereignty and God’s Providence. Today’s Offer Bible Reading Plan Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources The Story of Reality: How the World Began, How It Ends, and Everything Important that Happens in Between by Gregory Koukl
Jan
12
2021
Episode 618 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. I know that it has been said on the program before that Christianity isn’t about us living our best life, but does that mean that it does not help us live a better life at all? I know you are trying to avoid teachings like the prosperity gospel, but the book of Proverbs, for instance, seems to tell us how to live better lives in certain ways. Would you still say that Christianity is only about our place in heaven? 2. How do I know the warning passages in Hebrews 6 and 10 are not talking about me? I have been in a bad spiritual place for about a month now and don’t know what to do. How do I know that these are not talking about me? 3. Jude seems like a very strange epistle in the New Testament. What is its significance in the canon, and why do you think it touches on topics of angels and things that Paul and others don’t normally focus on? 4. During the protests against the election results, there were many flags being waved by the protestors with Jesus’s name on them, at one point even a cross was raised outside the capitol building, all while people were pushing themselves through police barricades and breaking into the building. Why do you think the name of Jesus is being invoked in these acts? Today’s Offer Inner Core Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World by Michael Horton
Jan
11
2021
Episode 617 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. I was wondering if you could offer some scriptural advice on whether or not believers should watch shows like The Chosen. On the one hand, I think that it’s a faithful representation of the character of Jesus and the disciples. And while it does take creative liberties, I don’t think any of the creative liberties contradicts what Scripture teaches. I think it does well to help us expand our imagination, about the reality that Jesus Christ was God who took on flesh and was man. On the other hand, I’m hesitant to watch something, maybe it’s my theological roots that make me concerned about something that has an image or picture of Jesus. Although I know that a lot of theological traditions do allow for visual portrayals of Jesus because He was a man, whereas, a portrayal of the Father may be transgressing. I’m curious what advice you might offer in such cases. 2. I have just recently graduated from college with a degree in Youth Ministry. I am at home right now and I get to see many friends and acquaintances from high school. Most of them, however, are not Christian. When I am around these people, I find myself being influenced by them and tempted to do and say things that are disobedient to God. I am a person who hates to miss out on things with friends, but I don’t want to be influenced by them and tempted to dishonor God. What should I do? Should I leave my old friends behind and move on? Should I still hang out with them and trust in God to keep me strong so that they may see the light of Christ living within me? 3. What do you all think of New Year’s Resolutions? I have seen some Christians say we should only desire to grow in holiness and not worry about improving our practical life, body image, finances, etc. I am just wondering if these resolutions are things we should avoid or should be encouraged to engage in? 4. I was recently in a church Bible study where the question came up of whether Jesus was tempted TO sin, that is, if he ever desired to give IN to sin, or was simply tempted BY sin, that is he was tempted in all ways—for example experiencing true, physical hunger in the wilderness—but never even considered giving in to the devil’s temptation to turn stones into bread. I hold the latter view, that scripture seems beyond a shadow of doubt that God abhors all sin—that there is nothing “attractive” about sin to him. Do you believe Jesus was ever tempted to give in to sin? Today’s Offer Bible Reading Plan Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources The Unfolding Word: The Story of the Bible from Creation to New Creation by Zach Keele
Jan
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2021
Episode 616 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. Why does Paul say that those who have faith are children of Abraham when Hebrews says Jesus mediates a better covenant than the old one? These seem to me like two opposing attitudes toward the Old Testament. How can I make sense of this? 2. I am a believer, and I’m wondering whether I should have a traditional burial or if I can get cremated when I die? Cremation is much cheaper than a traditional burial,  but I know someday I will be resurrected. Will God be angry at me for taking the cheaper option financially? I don’t have an answer when I pray. 3. Approximately when do you think Christ will return? 4. I accepted Jesus many years ago, but I still sin. How will I make it to heaven when I still sin? What if I am not close enough to God? What if I don’t read my Bible and pray enough? Or have enough good works?  5. Is the Kingdom of God something that exists today, or is it something that we are waiting for in the future? Today’s Offer Inner Core Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources The Future of Everything: Essential Truths About the End Times by William Boekestein Devoted to God: Blueprints for Sanctification by Sinclair B. Ferguson
Jan
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2021
Episode 615 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. My family and I have begun a year long plan to read through the Bible and we thought it would be encouraging and edifying to reach out to Core Christianity as questions arise in our daily readings and our first question came from Genesis chapter 4, and it's twofold: In verse seven God tells Cain that “If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is contrary to you, but you must rule over it.” First, this sounds a lot like works-righteousness. But we know that the first signs of the gospel were delivered to Adam and Eve back in chapter three, could you help us make sense of God's statement here and how it relates to Cain and Abel sacrifices, and then God's plan for salvation? And secondly, the phrase, “its desire is for you, but you must rule over it,” is very similar to what we read God said to Eve in Genesis 3:16, when he says your desire shall be for your husband and he shall rule over you. Is there a connection that we should draw from these similarities, and if so, what is that connection? 2. I have been so confused about the end times Mark of the Beast. I’ve read that it’s a vaccine or a microchip or that it’s not even a literal mark but instead the mark on the forehead is actually representative of a changed mind and the mark on the hands are our actions after we have been saved. Could you please go into detail about what scripture says about this subject. I’ve had plenty of nights where I’ve just been kept awake thinking about this and praying that I won’t be deceived.   3. What are the 5 Solas? 4. I'm thankful that we, as Christians, believe Jesus is the way and the truth and the life and that no one comes to the Father except by him. But sometimes I get a little upset when I hear there are so many denominations. We have one Holy Spirit. Why can't we agree on all the teachings? Today's Offer How to Read Your Bible Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God's Story by Michael Horton
Jan
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2021
Episode 614 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. I recently heard a pastor say that for anybody to speak against him would be speaking against The Father. Is speaking against a pastor speaking against God?  2. I have heard some say that the Apostle Paul was still performing Jewish ceremonies and even sacrifices after his conversion to Christianity. For example, in Acts 21:26, it says that “Then Paul took the men, and the next day he purified himself along with them and went into the temple, giving notice when the days of purification would be fulfilled and the offering presented for each one of them.” What is your take on this? 3. I just learned in Sunday School class about the illicit sexual conduct that Ravi Zacharias had. I don’t keep up with the daily news so I hadn’t heard any of this.  It hit me in the gut pretty hard. We’ve been studying Romans and specifically have parked on Romas 5:20 that talks about ‘where sin abounds, grace abounds more’.  Last night this played over and over in my mind as I tried to sleep and think about Ravi.  How can someone defend the Gospel so well, as he did, and do the things he did?  Does he qualify as a false teacher now? What do I do with this information? I have so many questions and deep disheartening emotions. Trust is waning. Do I even trust you?  Who do we trust now?  I know we all fall and none of us are without sin.  I know that grace abounds so that forgiveness covers all sin that also abounds.  How does one keep on sinning at the same time they are defending the Gospel? Today’s Offer Bible Reading Plan Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Rid of My Disgrace: Hope and Healing for Victims of Sexual Assault by Justin Holcomb
Jan
5
2021
Episode 613 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. In the Gospel of John it seems like some people “believed” but really didn’t, according to Jesus. How do we understand this, particularly in reference to ourselves or our friends who may “believe” but might not be saved? How can we discern whether someone is in that state, or is that something only Jesus can see? 2. It seems like in every job there is some form of complicity we share with unethical practices, whether it is selling products made in sweatshops or being in politics or the armed forces where, for better or for worse, you have other people’s lives or livelihoods in your hands. Are there some jobs that Christians should avoid entirely, or how should we practice wisdom when choosing our careers? 3. In Genesis 9, why does Noah curse Canaan after he awakens from his drunkenness and not Ham? What is the significance of Noah’s nakedness being uncovered and covered? 4. What do you think the state of the church is right now, is it good or bad? Are we compromising to the culture and world around us? Today’s Offer Gospel of John Bible Study (workbook) Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work by Timothy Keller Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World by Michael Horton
Jan
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2021
Episode 612 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. Are God's promises conditional on our actions? If we don't forgive others, will he not forgive us? Do I fall out of God's favor every time I sin? 2. Does God control governments, history, and policies in order to fulfill all that he promises to do? 3. Can Christians have the Holy Spirit in the same way the early disciples did at Pentecost?  4. What is the difference between the soul, the spirit, and the flesh, which is like our body? What is the difference between those three, and are the soul and the spirit the same thing? 5. A pastor recently said that there is a difference between knowing that you are a sinner and actually mourning over your sin. God has shown me that I am a sinner, that I cannot make myself good enough for him, and that I need Jesus. But I don't remember mourning my sin, and I feel like I'm mentally torturing myself to see if I am truly saved. What does it mean to mourn your sin? What makes it true mourning? Resources Putting Amazing Back into Grace: Embracing The Heart Of The Gospel by Michael Horton Offers Consider joining the Inner Core. Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Jan
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2021
Episode 611 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. CoreChristianity.com   Show Notes   1. What do you say to people who claim that Christian doctrines like the trinity and the miracles in the bible are merely myths and fairytales? I believe and trust in Jesus, but when I start to spell out the things Christians believe it does honestly sound strange sometimes. Curious to hear your thoughts. 2. What's the difference in bible translations? The one I use is a Roman Catholic bible which contains additional books not found in other Bibles, but even so, isn't the word of God going to be mirrored in each and every Bible? Therefore, whether I read my Bible or the Gideon Bible at a hotel room, won't the same message get across? Or is it sometimes different per Bible? 3. People are telling me that "All you have to do is believe," but even the demons believed but did not follow him. In my opinion believing does not give total salvation because of that. I would like to hear your thoughts on that. 4. My son is 5 years old and recently acted out against his siblings and hurt them. While he reconciled with them and my wife and I forgave him, he is still struggling with guilt. At such a young age, how should we encourage our kids, especially when they fail? Today's Offer Bible Reading Plan Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Words of Life: Scripture as the Living and Active Word of God by Timothy Ward
Dec
31
2020
Episode 610 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. CoreChristianity.com   Show Notes   1. I have heard a pastor say that he has never once had someone come to him and repent of being greedy, even though Jesus talks about greed more than any other sin. My question is then, has anyone ever confessed to you that they struggle with greed, and if not, what do you think about this? 2. In Mark 13:30, Jesus says, "Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place." How do we correctly interpret this passage? It seems to say all of those things have already happened since that "generation" has already passed away. Or, who is this "generation" referring to? 3. Please explain what Jeremiah 48:10 means, "Cursed is he who does the work of the Lord with slackness, and cursed is he who keeps back his sword from bloodshed" This is very confusing to me—why do the books of the prophets often speak in these dark and confusing ways? 4. What is the word of God, Jesus, the spirit behind the word, the bible itself? And do pastors quote the bible, and instead of saying, "God says this," they say, "Paul says this," etc. Today's Offer How to Read Your Bible Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Introducing Covenant Theology by Michael Horton
Dec
30
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Episode 609 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. CoreChristianity.com   Show Notes   1. I am naturally interested in studying the bible and theological books. I also have a young family and while my wife is not uninterested in these things, I also know it would not be ideal for us as a family to read and discuss the types of things I am naturally drawn to, theologically speaking. I think it would be too much for them and unhelpful. What are ways that I can better help my family learn about the faith together? 2. Does Jesus serve only as the intermediary between us and the Father, or can we also pray to Jesus as well as the Father? 3. Recently I had a mini debate with some followers and disciples of a very intense charismatic leader. In our conversation they used Acts 2:17-18 as their self-defense on personal revelation or dreams. What do you think would be a good response to these interpretations? 4. Does everyone that goes to hell suffer equally? It would seem reasonable to think that someone like Hitler would suffer more than an ethical, moral person who perhaps had never been exposed to the Word or perhaps kept putting off a decision or was led into a less than real salvation experience. Today's Offer Inner Core Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism by Timothy Keller
Dec
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Episode 608 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. CoreChristianity.com   Show Notes   1. How do you appeal to a person who claims to be a Christian without being part of a local church; without taking the sacraments, and sitting under the regular preaching of the Word of God? 2. I want to ask a question. How do I get to know more about the word of God? 3. What was the blessing that Abraham would be to all the nations from Genesis 12:1-3? 4. Is it possible to be saved and not know it? I am aware of the verse that says the Spirit of God testifies with our spirit that we are the sons and heirs of Jesus Christ, but I am wondering if it is also possible to not know that you are saved? 5. I’m liking distributing gospel tracts as good work for the Kingdom of God. My parents, who are unbelievers, are frustrated with me because of it. My mom told me to stop distributing and printing as long as I’m under their roof. Should I obey? I need advice. Today's Offer Bible Reading Plan Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God by J. I. Packer Honest Evangelism by Rico Tice
Dec
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Episode 607 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. CoreChristianity.com   Show Notes   1. When I remember bible verses, can I trust that that is God’s voice talking to me? Is that what the bible refers to as the “still small voice”? 2. Who made God? 3. After reading a parable that Jesus told in Luke 19:11-27, I found myself a little confused about what it means. What is Jesus wanting us to understand here? 4. I don’t know if you saw that movie Batman v. Superman that came out a few years ago, but in that movie, the villain, Lex Luthor, makes a comment about God. He says that God allows evil because he either doesn’t care, or is not powerful enough to stop it. I know this is a movie but this seems like a good point, especially when you think of senseless suffering, like with children dying. How would you answer Lex Luthor’s question? Today's Offer How to Read the Bible (Bible-Study Workbook) Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources The Christian Faith: A Systematic Theology for Pilgrims on the Way by Michael Horton
Dec
26
2020
Episode 606 | In this special episode of Core Christianity, Adriel Sanchez speaks to President and CEO, Mark Green, regarding highlights from 2020 and an exciting announcement for the future of Core Christianity. READ AND SHARE OUR PRESS RELEASE HERE! CoreChristianity.com Show Notes   1. How has Core Christianity grown in 2020? 2.  What were Core Christianity's Top 3 listened to shows of the year? 3. What new resources is Core Christianity working on for our listeners? 4. What big changes are happening at Core Christianity in 2021? Today's Offer Partner with Core Christianity through a donation of any amount! Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Dec
25
2020
Episode 605 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. CoreChristianity.com   Show Notes   1. Who were the Three Magi or Wisemen that came to see Jesus when he was born? They don’t seem to be referenced again in scripture. Is their involvement in the story important or is it random? 2.  Can you explain what Matthew 11:11-15 means? 3. When it comes to salvation, do we respond to God or does God respond to us when we choose him? 4. A family member who is not a Christian asked me what Christians have against reincarnation since we believe that God was incarnate as Jesus. I couldn’t really answer him. Does the incarnation mean that reincarnation is a possibility for humans? Today's Offer Bible Reading Plan Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Child in a Manger: The True Meaning of Christmas by Sinclair B. Ferguson
Dec
24
2020
Episode 604 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. CoreChristianity.com   Show Notes   1. My wife and I were at a baptismal service recently where the pastor said that when Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist all of the sins of the world were placed on him at that time and he then carried them with him until he went to the cross. We believe this is incorrect and that the sins of his people were placed on him at the cross and not at his baptism. What do you think? 2.  I have a 5 year old grandson who is very smart. I started reading Bible stories to him but when he sees Adam he asks, “is this God?” or Noah, he asks, “is this God?” Any male he associates with God. How can I explain an abstract concept as He cannot touch or see I am stumped can you help me? 3. I have heard for the first time folks say that St. Nicholas was a real historical figure who fought against heretics in the ancient Christian church. Does this give us reason to celebrate the Santa Clause folklore during Christmas? I am not sure how the myth and this figure are related in the first place. 4. I want to ask about the Spirit’s voice as it relates not quite to prophesy, but when people “hear the voice of the Lord” when they pray, read the bible, or when they are at church, etc. Oftentimes this will happen and folks will feel inspired to say something to someone to encourage them and they will interpret that as the voice of the Spirit, prodding them to do so. This does not quite fit with “prophesy,” and people who claim to feel this voice of the Lord wouldn’t claim this to be prophesy, and I am not aware of anything in scripture that contradicts this notion. Am I just too stubborn with my cessationist opinions? Today's Offer How to Read Your Bible Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Child in a Manger: The True Meaning of Christmas by Sinclair B. Ferguson
Dec
23
2020
Episode 603 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. CoreChristianity.com   Show Notes   1. I want to be a Christian, but I am not sure how. Can you please help me? 2. Could you explain Mark 2:21-22 for me please? 3. I know in my head that God is good and uses things for His Glory, but both myself and my daughter have learning disabilities that make life very difficult. Why would God allow that and how can it possibly be used for His Glory? Thank you. 4. In Hosea 11:1, where it says, “When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son,” is it referring to Jesus or Israel? I have heard pastors argue for both interpretations. It seems that if all of these Old Testament texts were only about Jesus than the Israelites in the Old Testament would not have actually known what they were about. What do you think?   Today's Offer Bible Reading Plan Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Child in a Manger: The True Meaning of Christmas by Sinclair B. Ferguson  
Dec
22
2020
Episode 601 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. CoreChristianity.com   Show Notes   1. Fear is very real these days and how do we as Christians, believers in Christ, keep our faith in these uncertain times. How can we connect our faith to very real and palpable fear that we feel in the world around us? 2. What is the "gospel of the kingdom" that Jesus preached in Matthew 4:23? It sounds as if it is something different from the common use of the phrase "the gospel" or "the gospel of Jesus Christ" as it is used today. 3. I am scared to death that I have committed the unforgivable sin. I heard one explanation of this saying that the unforgivable sin is simply denying Christ and then I heard that it is saying the same things that the religious leaders said about Jesus. Can you help clarify this for me? 4. I love and appreciate Core Christianity, thank you both for all that you do. My question is: Is it true that Christmas is rooted in a pagan holiday? And if we want to celebrate the incarnation, then why does our celebration often look like the world's celebration of Christmas? Today's Offer Inner Core Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Child in a Manger: The True Meaning of Christmas by Sinclair B. Ferguson
Dec
21
2020
Episode 601 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. CoreChristianity.com   Show Notes   1. I have a family member who will not forgive someone. Does unforgiveness affect their salvation in any way? 2. What does "according to his works" mean in Romans 2? Is Paul contradicting himself when he talks about salvation being rendered "according to works"? 3. What do I say to my pastor who only preaches about holy living and not the gospel? 4. Can churches that recite creeds and sing hymns be attractive to the younger generation? Today's Offer How to Read Your Bible (Bible-Study Workbook) Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Dec
18
2020
Episode 600 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. CoreChristianity.com   Show Notes   1. Why are the four beasts in Daniel’s dream different than what is explained in Revelation? 2. Since God is all-knowing, and since He also sent His Son for us, for whom or for what, precisely, is Jesus interceding? 3. If I had spiritual mentors who led me the wrong way, and told me to do things that were wrong, did I sin too? At the time I was very naive, and still am because I have Asperger Syndrome. But now I know it was wrong, and I wonder about verses like Mark 9:42 and Leviticus 5:17. 4. If the purpose of the cross was to redeem man and forgive sins, why do we see Jesus in the gospels forgiving people’s sins? Why did Jesus need to go to the cross at all if he could forgive sins on earth? 5. I believe Jesus Christ died for my sins and was raised from the dead. My life is full of testimony, but I struggle with whether or not I have been made new. I do not have an awe-inspiring origin story of when I initially gave my life to Christ. I started to volunteer with youth, and I want to be positive and careful with what light I can shine. Today's Offer How to Read Your Bible (Bible-Study Workbook) Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World by Michael Horton
Dec
17
2020
Episode 599 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. CoreChristianity.com   Show Notes
Dec
16
2020
Episode 598 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. CoreChristianity.com   Show Notes   1. How do I deal with a Christian friend who has fallen for a lot of false teaching and is absolutely not teachable and gets offended if I don't agree with them? 2. If God will blot out our sins, why do we have to give an account for every word that we speak? 3. What is the biblical distinction between the spirit and the soul? What role do the heart and mind play in this relationship or distinction? 4. My daughter told me about a lecture she heard in her college class where the professor said that God the Father in Christianity functions as a way to maintain patriarchalist structures in society, which causes harm to women. My daughter doesn?t seem convinced by her professor?s analysis, but I am wondering if there is a way to encourage her and affirm that God being a good Father doesn?t have to mean what the professor seems to be saying. Today's Offer Child in a Manger by Sinclair Ferguson Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Dec
15
2020
Episode 597 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. CoreChristianity.com   Show Notes   1. I grew up in a church that would go into a lot of details about the book of Revelation trying to discern if we were living in the last days and what it all meant, but in all those years I never understood the point or the big picture of what the book is about. What is the main thing I should get from reading the book? 2. What role do good works play in a Christian's life as it relates to the final judgment? 3. Does God sometimes leave us to struggle in our own sin? I've struggled with a certain sin for a long time, and I have prayed countless times that God lead me from the temptation and that the sin wouldn't have the hold on me that it has, and I still feel the same. I feel almost as if God is purposely having me struggle through it. Can you give me any advice? 4. If we find ourselves breaking the 10 Commandments, does that mean we need to try harder to put our trust in Christ and simply repent more often? Today's Offer Bible Reading Plan Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Triumph of The Lamb: A Commentary on Revelation by Dennis Johnson
Dec
14
2020
Episode 596 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. CoreChristianity.com   Show Notes   1. When Jesus said from the cross, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do,” were those people forgiven, did Jesus die for their sins? Should we assume that all of the people in the crowd were eventually saved because Jesus forgave their sins? 2. Between the time of Jesus' death and his resurrection, Jesus spoke with “those in prison.” Who would they be, and what would have been the result of that? 3. I'm really confused about discipleship. What is it, and what does it look like practically? 4. When, if ever, is it okay to lie?   Today's Offer How to Read the Bible (Bible-Study Workbook) Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Christian Community by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Dec
11
2020
Episode 595 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. CoreChristianity.com   Show Notes 1. I am wondering how Christians use the idea of "faith" to justify their beliefs. It seems that many other views and religions also tell their followers to just have "faith" to believe in their teachings. Is there anything else Christians can do to talk about their beliefs other than appealing to slogans like, "you just gotta have faith"? 2. What do you think if Judas Iscariot, after returning the 30 pieces of silver and committing suicide, did Jesus die for his sins? Was he forgiven and taken to Heaven? God uses Judah's sin to play a huge and important, although unfortunate role, in our saving through the blood of Christ. Judas even regrets his actions. Does God save him? Does Jesus forgive him?  3. Someone told me that repentance is no longer required for Christians because to repent we must look back to the law to find out what we are even repenting of and since the law is fulfilled that this is no longer necessary. What do you think? 4. I am in a discussion with a person who has bought into Theological Liberalism: What's the ultimate, most concise resource for comprehensively addressing these issues? I love this person, and I long to see them come to rest in Christ. Today's Offer How to Read the Bible (Bible-Study Workbook) Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources The Story of Reality: How the World Began, How It Ends, and Everything Important that Happens in Between by Gregory Koukl Christianity and Liberalism by J. Gresham Machen
Dec
10
2020
Episode 594 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. CoreChristianity.com   Show Notes   1. Why did God choose Jacob over Esau or David over Saul when they were all moral screw-ups? 2. I heard your answer to Jade about there not being any shame at the judgment seat of Christ for believers. I was wondering, what does that mean, then, for our works to be tested, and what we build on Christ will last, but what we build of hay will be burned and our souls will be saved but only as through fire? What does that mean that there is no pain at the judgment of believers before we reign with Christ? 3. What do Paul and Jesus mean when they say that the bread and wine are Christ’s body and blood? Is this metaphorical? 4. Why are the 10 commandments all about telling us what we shouldn’t do? Doesn’t this focus our attention on negative traits instead of what we should be doing for one another and for God? Today's Offer Inner Core Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources The Gospel-Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World by Michael Horton How We’ve Misunderstood “Do This in Remembrance of Me” by Adriel Sanchez
Dec
9
2020
Episode 593 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. CoreChristianity.com   Show Notes   1. My parents have recently converted to the Russian Orthodox church and they say that every other denomination has apostatized. I am not sure if I should believe them or if I should believe what everyone else seems to say. Can you help? 2. What does the bible mean when it talks about the anti-Christ. Is it a spirit or a person?   3. Ananias and Sapphira got the "death penalty" from God, but Moses, David, Paul, and others who seem to have actually murdered did not get this judgment. Why is that? 4. Do exorcisms still happen today? I have heard that certain miraculous things have ceased to take place after the ministry of Jesus and the apostles. Are exorcisms included in those things that have ceased?  Today's Offer How to Read the Bible (Bible-Study Workbook) Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources The Message of Acts in the History of Redemption by Dennis Johnson
Dec
8
2020
Episode 592 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes 1. In First Peter, it says, "For this is why the gospel was preached even to those who are dead, that though judged in the flesh the way people are, they might live in the spirit the way God does." As far as I understand, there is no opportunity for salvation once people have died, but in the passage above, what does it mean that the "gospel was preached to those who are even dead"? 2. Do you think it is right for the church to pay pastors? Wouldn’t it be better for pastors to earn their living at a job rather than asking other people to support them? Isn’t this just using God’s name to guilt people and take advantage of them?  3. Why do some Bibles have more books in them than other ones? Who decided that those other books, the Apocrypha, shouldn’t be in some Bibles? 4. What makes the prosperity gospel so bad? Why wouldn’t I want God’s blessings in my life? 5. I was driving to Las Vegas and saw a couple of billboards that said, "Jesus saves, repent, the end is coming," etc. Is this really an effective way to share our faith? Today's Offer 9 Things You Should Know About Depression Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Honest Evangelism by Rico Tice
Dec
7
2020
Episode 591 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier, with special guests, Keith and Kristyn Getty, answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. The two of you have been writing hymns and songs for worship for many years now. In fact, we sing many of those hymns in the congregation that I pastor each Sunday. n light of all of that, what inspired you to write an album of hymns and lullabies for children? 2. Are we supposed to lift our hands up as we sing praises or is that a preference?  3. Is worship exclusively about music? I know that the bible says that we should glorify God with all of our lives. Is there a difference between worshipping on Sunday and worshipping God throughout the week in our daily lives? 4.  Many parents struggle with sharing resources with their kids that help build up their faith. Some resources, on the one hand, can feel cheesy, and on the other, might feel too uptight. I know you and Keith have children, how have you both cultivated an appreciation of worship in their lives? 5. Does worship music in church foster appreciation for diverse cultures, and should a church incorporate different worship music styles to attract diversity in members? Today's Offer Evensong: Hymns and Lullabies at the Close of Day(the new album by Keith & Kristyn Getty) Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Dec
4
2020
Episode 590 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. Is it okay for a Christian to get a plastic surgery?  2. I’ve always been told that Jesus was God, but some Jehovah’s witnesses showed me Philippians 2 where it says that Jesus didn’t consider himself equal to God. Now I am doubting. How do I make sense of this passage? 3. If God’s love is unconditional, why does he get so angry with Israel that he judges them by sending them into exile? 4.  I keep hearing competing ideas about sanctification. One side says it is just like justification: by grace alone through faith alone. The other side says we need to pursue it, and even though it ultimately depends on the Spirit, we still contribute something to the process. But if I contribute something, isn’t this salvation by works? But if I don’t need to pursue holiness, it sounds like it is optional. Can you help me sort this out? Can we pursue sanctification in a way that isn’t trying to earn it by works? 5. In Numbers 21, God sends down the fiery serpents to bite the complaining Israelites. As I was reading, I thought to myself, does God get frustrated? Is frustration a sin? There is no sin in God and neither does He sin, I understand this, but how would one properly explain these passages in regard to His holiness? I see that Jesus uses this story in regards to looking to Him for salvation. Is this the reason this incident took place, just so Jesus would use it during His earthly ministry? Today’s Offer How to Read the Bible (Bible-Study Workbook) Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Devoted to God: Blueprints for Sanctification by Sinclair B. Ferguson
Dec
3
2020
Episode 589 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. I am concerned about my repentance and whether it is genuine repentance. I have attended church all my life, but only truly understood the gospel and received Christ last year. I know I should hate sin, but there are many instances when I find myself loving the sin that I struggle with. Often, I just instinctively run to my sin, especially the ones I have been committing most of my life. Sometimes I also wonder to myself, “If I am truly born again, would I be committing so much sin?”  2. I’m reading through the Bible this year and right now in the Books of the Chronicles and am once again struck with all the names that are recorded. Knowing that all Scripture is God-breathed and edifying,  what can I can take away from these lists of names as I read them? 3. Just how important is baptism? Must it be done immediately after repentance? Do I have to be baptized in order to be saved?  4. If repentance is necessary for Christians, and repentance means to turn from sin, then does that make repentance a work that is necessary for our salvation? If so, how does this agree with the claim that we are saved by free grace through the body and blood of Christ? How do we know if we are truly repentant if we continue to commit the same sins?   Today’s Offer Christmas Devotional – Jesus Christ: The Promised Messiah Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources True vs. False Repentance: What’s the Difference?      
Dec
2
2020
Episode 588 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. If Jesus had limited knowledge due to his human nature, does he now have full omniscience being seated at the right hand of the Father? 2. Why is David allowed to eat the Bread of Presence in 1 Samuel 21? Leviticus 24 sounds pretty straight forward that only the priests and their family could eat the bread. I understand that Jesus makes reference to this event in Luke 6 in order to show the Pharisees that they were incorrect about how to interpret the Law, and that he, being God, knew and applied the proper interpretation of the Law. Still, I don’t understand why David was allowed to eat the bread in the first place. 3. Can you follow a false prophet into the kingdom of God? 4. If we are born in sin, how could Jesus not be a sinner in that he was born to a sinner? 5. I hear the word love used so many different times, and it seems like everyone has a different interpretation. How can it be interpreted so many different ways? Today’s Offer Christmas Devotional – Jesus Christ: The Promised Messiah Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Knowing God by J. I. Packer God, Greed, and the (Prosperity) Gospel: How Truth Overwhelms a Life Built on Lies by Costi Hinn Putting Amazing Back into Grace: Embracing The Heart Of The Gospel by Michael Horton
Dec
1
2020
Episode 587 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. Sometimes I feel like the most inspirational verses in the Bible actually leave me feeling hopeless. Like 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, “16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” I’m not always happy, I don’t always pray, and I often forget to be thankful. If this is God’s will for me, why do I have such a hard time living it out? 2. I heard a TV pastor talk about the bible verse, “God is no respecter of persons.” He went on to say that this meant that God does not respect people, only Jesus. Is this correct? I know God loves people, perhaps everyone, but does he respect them? 3. I know the Bible talks about Scripture being God-breathed, but who was the first person that started writing the Bible, and how has everything been compiled into one book? 4.  How can I reach out, on a spiritual level, to a friend and fellow Christian who has fallen away to drugs and alcohol and has seemingly lost his love for the Lord?  Today’s Offer How to Read the Bible (Bible-Study Workbook) Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources The Prodigal God: Recovering the Heart of the Christian Faith by Timothy Keller
Nov
30
2020
Episode 586 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. I recently was reading to my children a new children’s book about the bible and the book described sin as loving things more than God. It warned the kids that if they love anything too much, like their parents and friends, then this is the definition of sin. Is that the entirety of what sin is? I understand that we need to love God supremely; however, I don’t necessarily want my children insecure or afraid if they love me or their father too much. Is there a better way to talk to the kids about sin or is this how we really should talk to them?  2. I have always struggled with my faith. I have been through a lot of rough experiences, from being in prison, to drug addiction, to seeing family members die, and I have earnestly and sincerely asked God to speak to me during these situations, lots of other people believe God speaks to them, but I have never ever heard God speak to me. Not once. Does he speak to anybody today? 3. In Matthew 1:18 it says before Joseph and Mary came together she was found to be pregnant and verse 19 says that because Joseph “resolved to divorce her quietly.” And then right after that in verse 20 it says “don’t be afraid to take Mary as your wife.” My question is, was Mary and Joseph married before she was pregnant or after she became pregnant? 4.  I’m having trouble knowing how to feel unified with the body when there is so much bad theology out there. I spent my childhood in a charismatic, prosperity gospel church and it has made me very sensitive to those things. I now feel that teaching should be exegetical and Christ focused, but it seems to be very hard to find people who agree with me. I see churches taking a topical approach to scripture that often avoids the subject of sin and feels more like a self help guide. I’ve been told I’m being too skeptical. I know that many of my friends believe the gospel so I consider them my brother or sister in Christ, but it’s hard for me to feel unified when our beliefs and focal points are so far apart. How can I keep from being too critical of immaturity or a difference of beliefs, while staying sensitive to false teaching? Today’s Offer Christ Devotional: Jesus Christ – Promised Messiah Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God’s Story by Michael Horton The Christian Faith: A Systematic Theology for Pilgrims on the Way by Michael Horton
Nov
27
2020
Episode 585 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. Are God’s promises conditional on our actions? If we don’t forgive others, will he not forgive us? 2. Does God control governments, history, and policies in order to fulfill all that he promises to do? 3. Can Christians have the Holy Spirit in the same way the early disciples did at Pentecost? 4. What is the difference between the soul, the spirit, and the flesh? Which is like our body? What is the difference between those three, and are the soul and the spirit the same thing? 5. A pastor recently said that there is a difference between knowing that you are a sinner and actually mourning over your sin. God has shown me that I am a sinner, that I cannot make myself good enough for him, and that I need Jesus. But I don’t remember mourning my sin, and I feel like I’m mentally torturing myself to see if I am truly saved. What does it mean to mourn your sin? Today’s Offer Inner Core Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Putting Amazing Back into Grace: Embracing The Heart Of The Gospel by Michael Horton
Nov
26
2020
Episode 584 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. I have a couple of friends who say that Jesus has come to them and spoken to them in their dreams. Most recently, they said that Jesus came to them and said UFO’s were real. I kind of cringe any time I hear that. I wanted to know, what are your thoughts on Jesus coming to people in their dreams? 2. As an introvert, I’ve actually enjoyed being at home more these days. I actually worry about when life goes back to normal because I don’t want to lose the joy and contentment I’ve been experiencing. Is this wrong? 3. Is thinking about our Triune God as an egg Modalism? The egg, egg white, and shell are three separate things but still one egg, like how the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are three separate things but all God. Is this a valid way of thinking or not? 4.  I asked Jesus Christ to be my savior a while back, but I can’t stop drinking, smoking, and cussing. I’ve tried everything. What can I do? Today’s Offer Christmas Devotional – Jesus Christ: The Promised Messiah Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources How Does God Talk To Us? What Is the Trinity? The God Who Gives: How the Trinity Shapes the Christian Story by Kelly M. Kapic Rediscovering the Holy Spirit: God’s Perfecting Presence in Creation, Redemption, and Everyday Life by Michael Horton Devoted to God: Blueprints for Sanctification by Sinclair B. Ferguson
Nov
25
2020
Episode 583 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. I have a cousin and aunt and they said that the Catholic church was started by Jesus through the apostles, and I said that that was the catholic “universal,” but they disagreed and said that church was the Roman Catholic church. So why do Catholics believe that they are the only true church and how can I answer this claim from the scriptures? 2. What does it mean to be a child of God? Are all people children of God including non-believers? Or Is it our relationship with Jesus, the son of the Living God, that determines this? Thank you and I listen every day! 3. I’m in a small group that seems to be growing more divided recently. I am in the susceptible demographic for the Coronavirus because of my age. Our small group used to Zoom but now have moved to in-person meetings, but the hosts of our small group seem put out by having to have precautions in place for me and another member who is a diabetic. At our last study, a good portion of our time had segued into allegations surrounding the election. I have quoted from Romans and 1 Peter to respect our authorities but since there is a divide between federal and state authorities, which one should be followed? How can these divisions be worked out? We are quite entrenched in our views about the virus it seems. I feel compelled to leave the group seeing how divisive things are getting. I want to just go back to studying God’s word but I can’t ignore that it has its application to our current divide. 4.  If evangelism is so important, why aren’t many churches preparing their community for evangelism? Today’s Offer Christmas Devotional – Jesus Christ: The Promised Messiah Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Bill’s Good News Story A Better Way: Rediscovering the Drama of God-Centered Worship by Michael Horton
Nov
24
2020
Episode 582 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. In Hebrews, where it says those have tasted the things of the Lord were not saved, what does that mean? I backslid and got caught up with alcoholism but the Lord brought me back and was curious if I lost faith and regained it, or if I always had it and the Lord just called me back? 2. How do we obey God if we don’t know the whole Bible? Wouldn’t we have to memorize every command to truly be obedient? 3. Matthew 7:21 says that “not everyone who says to me ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven. What does this mean? It sounds somewhat scary to me that not even saying “Lord, Lord” will allow us to enter the kingdom. 4. Is the Bible appropriate for children? Are all passages of the Bible appropriate for children? Or are some inappropriate? If there are some inappropriate passages, how can parents know which passages are appropriate to read to their children and which passages are not? Today’s Offer Christmas Devotional – Jesus Christ: The Promised Messiah Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources 9 Ways to Know that You are Really a Christian
Nov
23
2020
Episode 581 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. Are there discrepancies and contradictions in the bible? 2. In John 1, it says that Jesus is the Word, and I accept that, however, could you please elaborate on Jesus being the Word? 3. Is it possible to know what sins are unless we have a list of rules to to go off of, or is that why we have the 10 Commandments? 4.  What does it mean to count the cost of being a disciple? Today’s Offer 8 Things Everyone Should Know About Church Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
Nov
19
2020
Episode 579 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. Can you please give me some scripture references on if someone can or cannot lose their salvation? 2. In 1 Corinthians 8, it talks about the “strong” and the “weak” as groups within the church in Corinth. These groups had differences of opinion over various issues, but Paul specifically encouraged “the strong” group to put the needs of the “weak” above their own. My question is then: why is it so difficult for us to do this? Why can we in the church be so preoccupied with our group’s views on various issues that we forget to love those around us? 3.  I have a friend who doesn’t believe in the “universal Church” because the word “ekklesia” means “the gathered ones” and therefore she states that the Church is only a local body. What we call the universal Church, she calls the family of God. Where can I turn to show her that the “family of God” can be called the universal Church? 4. I am wondering what you think about there being similarities between 1 Kings 1, where Adonijah is replacing David as king, and today’s political climate. Is there a parallel? Today’s Offer Romans Bible Study Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God’s Story by Michael Horton Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Christian Community by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Nov
18
2020
Episode 578 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. When can I be a witness for Jesus and evangelize, do I have to wait until the Spirit descends on me and anoints me? 2. What does the Bible say about fasting? Is it just about giving up food for awhile to draw closer to God? Is it something we can do to unlock some form of holy power like the apostles did in the New Testament? I hear about it on Instagram a good bit but I just don’t fully understand it. 3. Me and my friend were talking about if miraculous signs, wonders, and spiritual gifts have ceased. He said “there’s no way a person can read through the entire New Testament and come to that conclusion.” So, is there a way? 4. I have become more conscious of trying not to shame and alienate others for their faults, especially in this contentious year, but I have gotten pushback by others saying that no matter how kind I am my belief that we are all inherently sinners means that I am teaching others to hate themselves, especially those who have experienced abuse or trauma who already struggle with self-hatred and feeling ashamed. How can I answer these responses and tell people that even though they are sinners that God loves them? Today’s Offer Is God Great and Good? Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Rid of My Disgrace: Hope and Healing for Victims of Sexual Assault Book by Justin S. Holcomb and Lindsey A. Holcomb
Nov
17
2020
Episode 577 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. What do you do when the truths of the gospel and the bible and everything we believe as Christians sometimes just do not feel real? What do you do when the experiences of your life seem more random than guided by a loving God? 2. In another episode you mentioned that one must believe to be saved. While I believe that this is right, the Bible also says that we need to be born again. Can you elaborate on how salvation is God’s work in us while we are also required to believe? 3. My atheist father asked me the question the other night, “if God exist, then who created God?” I didn’t know how to answer him. How would you answer this? 4. I saw in the news that a famous pastor was recently fired for committing adultery. I then wondered if pastors should be allowed to come back and pastor a church again after committing adultery? I know that Christians sin and fail, sometimes in horrific ways, but should they lead in the same capacity that they once did? Today’s Offer Join the Inner Core Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Redemption Accomplished and Applied by John Murray
Nov
16
2020
Episode 576 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. Do you know of any helpful ways to bring up faith in a conversation that is not awkward or abrupt, or should we always try to evangelize even if it makes regular conversation awkward? 2. How do you pray “in the spirit”? I always thought prayer was good enough, but I am realizing praying “in the spirit” is something totally different. 3. Is the story of Jonah and the Whale historically true, or was it a myth that was handed down through the generations? 4. As Christians, how should we respond if the second amendment, the right to bear arms, were ever to be removed? From a biblical perspective of “live by the sword die by the sword,” is there still a biblical mandate that implies the right to protect yourself and your brothers in such a scenario? Today’s Offer 5 Ways to Help Your Kids Keep the Faith Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Rediscovering the Holy Spirit: God’s Perfecting Presence in Creation, Redemption, and Everyday Life by Michael Horton
Nov
13
2020
Episode 575 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. In the Gospel of John it seems like some people “believed” but really didn’t, according to Jesus. How do we understand this, particularly in reference to ourselves or our friends who may “believe” but might not be saved? How can we discern whether someone is in that state, or is that something only Jesus can see? 2. It seems like in every job there is some form of complicity we share with unethical practices, whether it is selling products made in sweatshops or being in politics or the armed forces where, for better or for worse, you have other people’s lives or livelihoods in your hands. Are there some jobs that Christians should avoid entirely, or how should we practice wisdom when choosing our careers? 3. In Genesis 9, why does Noah curse Canaan after he awakens from his drunkenness and not Ham? What is the significance of Noah’s nakedness being uncovered and covered? 4. What do you think the state of the church is right now, is it good or bad? Are we compromising to the culture and world around us? Today’s Offer Gospel of John Bible Study (workbook) Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work by Timothy Keller Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World by Michael Horton
Nov
12
2020
Episode 574 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. A friend of mine recently suggested that my wife and I stop seeing a family therapist that we have been meeting with and instead only receive biblical counseling since it is based on scripture instead of other things. We have found meeting with this therapist really helpful, but are willing to meeting counselors in the church as well, but I am unsure if we had to choose between one or the other. 2. How could Elijah and Enoch ascend into heaven when atonement had not been made yet? 3. What is the difference between begotten and “not made” when referring to Jesus? 4.  What is it that makes a Christian cult a cult? Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Nov
11
2020
Episode 573 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. I have heard that in prayer we can be totally honest with God, even cry and yell and demand for help when we need it. I recently have seen videos of prosperity preachers screaming in prayer and demanding things of God that seem strange. So how should we model ourselves in prayer? 2. What does Hebrews 12 mean when it says that “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses”? Who are these witnesses, angels, believers who have died, or something else? 3. Philippians 2:4 says that I should put the needs of others ahead of my own. Matthew 5:40 says that if someone asks me for my shirt, I should give them my coat also. So, if someone approaches me with a need and I have the resources to help I almost always help them. I do, however, have Christian friends who criticize me because they think I’m letting other people take advantage of me. Are they right? 4.  Since Muslims actually admit that Jesus is an anointed messenger and messiah, and in light of Matt. 10:32, where Jesus says that, “So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven,” do Christians do well to condemn Muslims just because they do not confess the Christ of the creeds?   Resources The God Who Gives: How the Trinity Shapes the Christian Story by Kelly M. Kapic Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Nov
10
2020
Episode 572 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. What can pastors and the church do to help people live through various aspects in life that are not addressed in the Bible without binding their consciences? 2. Does Revelation 3:5 teach that we are once saved, always saved? 3. The bible seems to say that we have eternal souls. But we clearly did not have the bodies we have until we were born. So, where were our souls before we were born? 4.   What is the motivation to live godly when we suffer the same persecution as non-believers? Why does God allow suffering for believers?   Resources A Place for Weakness: Preparing Yourself for Suffering by Michael Horton Triumph of The Lamb: A Commentary on Revelation by Dennis Johnson Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Nov
9
2020
Episode 571 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. I have noticed that over the last few years a number of Christian worship leaders and artists have renounced the Christian religion and say that they have “de-converted” or “deconstructed” their faith. In light of this, what do you think of singing artist’s songs who have since left the faith? 2. What does the word “elect” mean in scripture? 3. For 30 years I struggled with pornography and alcohol addiction. I know that the Bible says to love your enemies, but I have a hard time loving the people that manufacture these two things that destroy lives every day. How do I handle this if I am to love and forgive them for what they are doing? 4.  I really want to be conformed to the image of Christ, and I know it’s only by the power of God that this happens, but I understand that I also have a responsibility as well, but when does law-keeping cross over to legalism?   Resources The Gospel-Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World by Michael Horton Putting Amazing Back into Grace: Embracing The Heart Of The Gospel by Michael Horton Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Nov
6
2020
Episode 570 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. In the news cycle and on social media, misinformation is often a topic of discussion. What do you think are some of the most misunderstood or misinformed ideas about Christianity? 2. It is my understanding that Enoch and Elijah were taken directly to heaven without experiencing physical death. If so, do they now have glorified and resurrected bodies, and did Elijah appear to Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration in a glorified body? 3. What is the point of praying for things if God already knows what the outcome for everything is going to be?  4. Why did God choose to reveal himself in big and fantastic ways in the Old Testament (e.g., the burning bush, the parting of the Red Sea, etc.), but today he does not reveal himself in those ways?   Resources The Christian Faith: A Systematic Theology for Pilgrims on the Way by Michael Horton Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God by Tim Keller Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Nov
5
2020
Episode 569 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. How do I know without a doubt that a choice I am making is God’s choice for me? It really feels like I am talking and listening to a wall 99% of the time. 2. I believe in the Trinity and in Jesus Christ, but what confuses me is that the Bible also says that “no one knows the day or hour” of Jesus’s return except for the Father. If Jesus is God, wouldn’t he know? 3. Does the bible say anything about the mistreatment of wild or domestic animals? I see so much of that going on today and was wondering if the bible addresses this. 4. I recently have become visually impaired. I have also heard that Jesus’s miracle of giving sight to the blind man was only symbolic of giving the man understanding to the gospel. What do you think?   Resources The Deep Things of God: How the Trinity Changes Everything by Fred Sanders Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.      
Nov
4
2020
Episode 568 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. What is the ministry of reconciliation in 2 Corinthians 5? Is it a specific kind of ministry or is it more broad than that? 2. I am an athlete and I am getting older in age and am wondering if the bible has anything to say about hormone therapy or other forms of supplementation? 3. When Jesus is tempted by Satan in the desert, his answers to Satan’s questions do not really seem like answers. Could you explain what Jesus’s answers mean? 4. I was wondering about why it’s so hard to live the Christian life? It is one thing when you first really submit your life to God, you’re walking with the Lord, and you’re seriously loving Him for the first time, but then you begin to feel mentally attacked and you feel discouraged. How do we live through those attacks? It’s hard to live like that. When you want to try to do what’s right– and I’m doing what’s right, I stay in the Word– but the discouragement keeps coming. How do you keep going?
Nov
3
2020
Episode 567 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. As a pastor during COVID and an election year, what are some of the biggest challenges facing the church right now? How are you facing these challenges? 2. In Ephesians 2:8, is it grace or faith that has been gifted by God? 3. Is there any truth in the idea that “the ends justify the means”? If so, does it every apply to the Christian life? 4. Based off of Israel invading Canaan, were the colonists justified to conquer the natives in the Americas? 5. If you are without transportation, is it acceptable to baptize oneself?   Resources The Way of the Dragon or the Way of the Lamb: Searching for Jesus’ Path of Power in a Church that Has Abandoned It by Jamin Goggin Introducing Covenant Theology by Michael Horton Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.      
Nov
2
2020
Episode 566 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. Should pastors preach on current events more? I have seen some pastors not mention current events in their sermons and others seemingly construct their sermons around what is happening in the news. What are your thoughts? 2. The parable of the unjust steward in Luke 16 is difficult for me to understand. Is God applauding the unfaithful servant’s shrewdness? 3. How can Christians sometimes be so unkind? 4. I know that God is sovereign, and in light of the upcoming election I know that he will not be surprised by who wins. My question is about if God really chooses who is going to win. Daniel 2:21 says that, “He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding.” It seems here that God appoints rulers over nations, but was this specific to the kings of the nations only during the time of the Old Testament, or does this verse apply to the world and its rulers today? 5. Is Allah just another name for God?   Resources Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Christian Community by Dietrich Bonhoeffer Devoted to God: Blueprints for Sanctification by Sinclair B. Ferguson Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Oct
30
2020
Episode 565 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. There is a church in our town that has an alternative event for kids to attend instead of trick-or-treating. What do you think about these types of alternative events? 2. Is it ok for Christians to eat pork now, or is it something we should still refrain from like in the Old Testament? 3. What does the word “repent” really mean? Does it mean to ‘stop sinning,’ or does it mean, ‘a change of mind leading to a changed life’? 4. Are the Sons of God in Genesis 6 angels? In the Gospel of Matthew it seems to indicate that angels cannot participate in things like marriage and sex. I do not put too much thought or stock into this, but I am wondering what you all think about this view of angels being the “Sons of God” in Genesis 6.   Resources True vs. False Repentance: What’s The Difference? by Adriel Sanchez Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Oct
29
2020
Episode 564 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. In Deuteronomy 29, when it says that Israel served and worshiped “gods whom they had not known and whom he had not allotted to them,” does this suggest that there are other spiritual beings that are lower gods? 2. Should we repeatedly ask for the same things in prayer? 3. Does God ever say thank you in response to us when we are obedient to walk in good works, or is God too awesome and important to say ‘thank you’ to his servants? 4. In 1 Samuel 28, Saul has a strange encounter with the “Witch of Endor.” From my understanding, Saul consults this woman to summon the spirit of prophet Samuel in order to receive advice against the Philistines in battle. Does this sequence prove that there are ghosts or spirits of dead people that can actually be summoned?   Resources 9 FAQS About Angels and Demons Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Oct
28
2020
Episode 563 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. When did the Catholic teaching of purgatory come into existence? 2. When Paul talks about “principalities and powers” in Ephesians 6, is he only referring to spiritual warfare, or is he also referring to worldly forces of power? 3. Lately people have been saying that the word “homosexual” was never in the bible and was translated to pedophile but was later changed. Meaning that being gay isn’t a sin and the bible was actually talking about pedophelia the entire time. How would you address this argument? 4. When the Bible says that a deacon/pastor can only be the husband of one wife, does that mean he cannot be divorced and remarried or does that mean he should only have one wife at a time?   Resources 10 Things You Need to Know About the Bible and Homosexuality by Michael Horton On the Road with Saint Augustine: A Real-World Spirituality for Restless Hearts by James K. A. Smith Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Oct
27
2020
Episode 562 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. My parents have recently converted to the Russian Orthodox church and they say that every other denomination has apostatized. I am not sure if I should believe them or if I should believe what everyone else seems to say. Can you help? 2. What does the bible mean when it talks about the anti-Christ. Is it a spirit or a person? 3. Ananias and Sapphira got the “death penality” from God, but Moses, David, Paul, and others who seem to have actually murdered did not get this judgment. Why is that? 4. Do exorcisms still happen today? I have heard that certain miraculous things have ceased to take place after the ministry of Jesus and the apostles. Are exorcisms included in those things that have ceased?   Resources The Christian Faith: A Systematic Theology for Pilgrims on the Way by Michael Horton Can Christians Celebrate Halloween? by Adriel Sanchez Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Oct
26
2020
Episode 561 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. I’m relatively new in my serious walk with Christ and I’m working on figuring out this new belief system. With that said, I’m not too sure what the scriptures say about man-run politics, how do Christians navigate engaging with those aspects of life, or is the area of church and state only a gray area? 2. A few questions about Luke 6:6-12. This was another “set-up” by the Pharisees about working on the Sabbath who were trying to catch Jesus working. Why did the Pharisees consider healing as a “work” of Jesus? Was this an occupation that had to be refrained from? 3. How do we get our names written in the Lamb’s book of life? 4. With Halloween and other autumnal festivities approaching, I am specifically wondering about the celebration of “The Day of the Dead,” or “Día de Muertos.” I can see why some Christians would be upset by some of the rituals associated with the celebration, but on the other hand it doesn’t seem like special remembrance of family members who have died is such a bad practice. I am curious what you all think about the celebration, and what your advice to Christians is as we encounter Día de Muertos decorations. 5. Does Hebrews 6:4-6 teach that someone who has apostatized cannot come back to the faith?   Resources Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work by Timothy Keller The Gospel-Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World by Michael Horton Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Oct
23
2020
Episode 560 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. Can we take communion at home, and are we meant to do this once a week? 2. Is there a biblical mandate to be a single-issue voter? It seems that neither political party cares about all image bearers and we end up having to choose between one or the other. 3. I know I should forgive, but how do I forgive? What is that process like? 4. Based on Matthew 6:15, is the forgiveness of our sins conditional on whether we forgive others?   Resources We Become What We Worship: A Biblical Theology of Idolatry Book by Gregory K. Beale You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit by James K. A. Smith Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Oct
22
2020
Episode 559 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. I am feeling really burnt out serving in ministry. I am an elder in my church, I work full time, and I feel like I am constantly giving and giving to others without any break or time to regroup. I know scripture commends us to sacrificially serve the church, but I am just feeling exhausted by it all. Any practical and spiritual advice? 2. What was God’s very first created being if it wasn’t Jesus Christ? 3. I have many friends who are involved with the “deliverance movement,” where folks are said to be delivered from oppressive and demonic forces. According to the scripture I do not see anything in regard to this need in the church. Why is this taught, what are your thoughts? 4. I am not sure what is meant by “if you break one commandment you have broken them all. If that is the case, then what exactly is the significance of the 10 commandments?   Resources Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World by Michael Horton Conversations with Jehovah’s Witnesses: A Friendly Approach to Sharing the Truth about God and the Bible by Ron Rhodes The God Who Gives: How the Trinity Shapes the Christian Story by Kelly M. Kapic Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Oct
21
2020
Episode 558 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. Can you help me understand how God’s Sovereignty fits into the story of King Saul? The Bible says that if he would have obeyed, then his kingdom would have been established forever. But instead God “sought out another.” Doesn’t that seem like an argument against God’s sovereignty? It looks like Saul could have gone either direction, but if I understand sovereignty right, shouldn’t Saul’s fall be set in stone by God’s decree? 2. What is “Christendom”? I see that word used but am not sure what others mean by it. 3. I am worried about conflict between family, friends, and church members after the election next month, especially since it has already been a stressful year. I know that Jesus says, “blessed are the peacemakers” in the Sermon on the Mount. How can I prepare myself now to be a peacemaker? 4. Does the bible have anything to say about out of body experiences?   Resources None Greater: The Undomesticated Attributes of God by Matthew Barrett Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Oct
20
2020
Episode 557 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. In 1 Samuel 21, David pretends to be insane in front of the king of Gath so he wouldn’t be recognized. Was this sinful since he was concealing the truth and trying to deceive the king with his actions? I’ve always thought he was just using his wit to get out of a bad situation, especially since he later claims in Psalms 34 and 56 that he was trusting God to rescue him in that moment. Is it possible for certain kinds of deception to not be rooted in sin but instead simply be shrewd and timely wisdom? 2. Is the bible only true in the original languages, and are subsequent translations tainted with error? 3. My cousin is 16 and her parents are going through a divorce. I believe now would be a good to time to reach out and start sharing with her about Jesus and the gospel, but I don’t know how to start. Any advice? 4. I have family members who are telling me that the doctrine of hell has been added to the bible, and that the original meaning of hell was about refinement and that all religions and spiritualities are mere attempts at trying to get to God. Any idea how to respond to this?   Resources The Christian Faith: A Systematic Theology for Pilgrims on the Way by Michael Horton Honest Evangelism by Rico Tice Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Oct
19
2020
Episode 556 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. How do I answer objections against the supposed violence in the Old Testament? 2. Do bishops and elders have to be married people, or can you be single and still be an elder or deacon in a church? 3. What would you say to a Christian who has been waiting years for an answer to a specific prayer about pain and suffering? I know about verses like Romans 12:12, Psalm 27:14, Isaiah 40:31, etc. I know Job probably suffered for years before his trials came to an end, but personally, it’s been 5 years and I am still waiting. 4. I ran across this question the other day: Are Christians always meant to be pacifists? Do we have the ability to defend ourselves from physical violence, or must we always turn the other cheek?   Resources Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God by Timothy Keller Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Oct
16
2020
Episode 555 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. What book of the Bible should I introduce to the youth group that I am a leader in? 2. I know as a Christian we should read the bible ourselves but what do you do when you’re scared that you will interpret it wrong? What do you do when you have trouble navigating your bible for answers as well? 3. Did Jesus mean for us to repeat the words of the Lord’s Prayer, or is the Lord’s Prayer merely a guideline for the things we ought to pray about? 4. I have encountered people who accuse Christians of not knowing their Bible when they are pro-life “because Exodus 21:22 only calls for a fine if a baby is aborted” — obviously they are mistaken in interpreting “miscarriage” as being anywhere equivalent with abortion. But my question is: in the Hebrew, is there grounds for some of these Bible translators to use the word “miscarriage” instead of something like “premature birth” — as translations like the NASB do?   Resources GOSPEL OF JOHN: LEADER’S EDITION (WORKBOOK) Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God’s Story by Michael Horton The Story of Reality: How the World Began, How It Ends, and Everything Important that Happens in Between by Gregory Koukl Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Oct
15
2020
Episode 553 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. Why did Jesus curse the fig tree? 2. Is Islam a false religion? 3. Is the 3rd-use of the law legitimate? It seems that if people have a good sense of justification by faith alone that the 3rd use of the law is not necessary. 4. If Moses’s sister Miriam received leprosy from God in the Old Testament, does that mean God can punish people with sicknesses today?   Resources Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions by Gregory Koukl Devoted to God: Blueprints for Sanctification by Sinclair B. Ferguson Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Oct
14
2020
Episode 552 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. Does John 9:2 teach that it is possible to sin in the womb? 2. Do denominations matter? I’m a Christian that trusts in Jesus alone but I can’t decide on a church because of so many different beliefs, which scares me because I’m worried about being misled. 3. Is it a sin to enjoy alcohol? 4. How can God be just when folks who have never heard about Jesus are not able to have the opportunity to respond to the gospel?   Resources None Greater: The Undomesticated Attributes of God by Matthew Barrett Are People Who Have Never Heard the Gospel Doomed? Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Oct
13
2020
Episode 552 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. Reading 2 Timothy 2:15, how do I rightly “divide the word” and handle it rightly when it seems so easy to take scripture out of context? 2. I recently have been laid off due to COVID. I realize that God generally promises to save and redeem us and that that does not mean we will live successful and comfortable lives, but when I began the job I was laid off from, it seemed like it was a huge answer to prayer. I really felt that God had me where I was supposed to be, and now that is taken away. I am sure God cares for us in these times but is the only comfort we have that we will be with him in heaven? That is comforting, but it seems like we are on our own as we are looking for work. Do you have any thoughts on this? 3. How do you approach your pastor when he is shifting the message and turns it into a political ad or a hate speech towards people that doesn’t have the same belief as we Christians do? 4. Are Christians today required to pay tithes? Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Oct
12
2020
Episode 551 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. Did the Pharisees reject Jesus because he did not meet what they were expecting or because they did not have the ability to see Him as the Son of God? 2. What happened to the Tree of Life in the garden after the Fall? Did it die, or just go away, what was its significance? 3. Can you go more in detail about Leviticus 19:28? I enjoy getting tattoos, am I sinning? 4. In Isaiah 3:12, it seems to say that God laments that women are ruling over Israel. If this is the case, does it mean that we should lament when women are appointed to positions of political power? 5. The Bible seems to speak of the Sabbath being on the 7th day, Saturday, so why do most Christians worship on Sunday?   Resources The Gospel-Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World by Michael Horton Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Oct
9
2020
Episode 550 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. When someone becomes a Christian, at what point should they be baptized, immediately after conversion, or should there be a long process? 2. What resources do you recommend I use to share with my friends who are Roman Catholic? 3. Recently people have shared that they are not going to come back to in-person services at church even after COVID restrictions are lifted because they enjoy live-streaming more than going to service. How can I encourage them to come back?   Resources Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God’s Story by Michael Horton The Prodigal God: Recovering the Heart of the Christian Faith by Timothy Keller Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Oct
8
2020
Episode 549 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. How do we reconcile the Lord’s Prayer, where it says, “Lead us not into temptation,” with James 1, where it says, “no one should say, ‘God is tempting me’”?  2. Recently I refused to give money to a panhandler, and I feel guilty about it. Should I feel this way, or was I justified in refusing him? 3. Did Peter teach Jesus delivers to us the Spirit, forgiveness, and salvation in Acts 2:38 and 1 Peter 3:21? Didn’t the earliest Christians in church history hold to baptismal regeneration? 4. 2020 has felt like a really emotionally exhausting year. It seems like in every area of life there is a conflict between people, and though I have never dealt with depression before, that is the only thing that makes sense of what I am feeling throughout this year. How can people like me persevere and hang on when it feels like one thing after another is weighing life down?   Resources 9 THINGS EVERYONE NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT DEPRESSION Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Oct
7
2020
Episode 548 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. What does Deuteronomy 29:29 mean when it says, “The secret things belong to the LORD our God”? 2. How do we harmonize John 19:14 when Jesus stood before Pilate at the sixth hour and the timing of Christ’s crucifixion commencing at the third hour in the synoptic gospels? 3. If someone is being excommunicated from a church, is it a problem if the other members of the church are not allowed to know why that person is being excommunicated?  4. Romans 14 admonishes us not to cause our weaker brother to stumble in matters of food. Yet, during Lent, should I eat fish when I eat with my Roman Catholic friends on Fridays or Ash Wednesday? Should I follow my conscience that tells me I can eat all of what the Lord provides no matter what time of year?    Resources The Way of the Dragon or the Way of the Lamb: Searching for Jesus’ Path of Power in a Church that Has Abandoned It by Jamin Goggin Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Oct
6
2020
Episode 547 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. How do I deal with a Christian friend who has fallen for a lot of false teaching and who is not teachable and gets offended if I don’t agree with them? 2. If God will blot out our sins, why do we have to give an account for every word that we speak?  3. What is the biblical distinction between the spirit and the soul? What role do the heart and mind play in this relationship or distinction?  4. My daughter told me about a lecture she heard in her college class where the professor said that God the Father in Christianity functions as a way to maintain patriarchal structures in society, which causes harm to women. Is there a way to encourage her and affirm that God being a good Father doesn’t have to mean what the professor seems to be saying?   Resources The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism by Timothy Keller Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Oct
5
2020
Episode 546 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. In Mark 9, after Jesus freed a boy from a demon that his disciples couldn’t command, he tells them that it would only come out through prayer and fasting. Can Christians really get rid of demons through prayer and fasting? 2. If God is sovereign over all things, how can we not also say he is sovereign over the circumstances that push someone to suicide? 3. If God is love, why do so many of his prophets warn about his fierce judgment and fiery wrath? Did they not speak for him?   Resources A Place for Weakness: Preparing Yourself for Suffering by Michael Horton National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Oct
2
2020
Episode 545 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. I have many good Christian friends who say that the mark of the beast is an actual physical mark of your body. My view is that it’s simply a figurative way of speaking about the devil’s ownership, much like being sealed with the Spirit refers to our security in belonging to Jesus. I tried to explain my view to a friend recently and her angry response was: “Well, I believe what the Bible says.” I wanted to retort, “Well, so do I.” How can I lovingly present a balanced Biblical view on this matter? 2. Can you explain John 6:65? 3. I am currently moved and I’m looking for a new church. I really don’t like the term “church-shopping” because our family in Christ isn’t something we buy for ourselves, but I also wonder if I don’t reflect this idea when I compare the different churches I visit. I like this one’s preaching, that one’s music, that one’s location, or the people in this other one. How can I wisely choose a church without feeling like I’m shopping for a new car? 4. Recently I have been struggling with some doubts about the bible, particularly with the historicity of Noah’s ark. The Bible paints this event as an event that happened in real space-time history, but what do we do when it seems like modern science says that this has been “proved false”? Is our faith in vain if Noah’s ark didn’t actually happen? Resources Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Christian Community by Dietrich Bonhoeffer Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Oct
1
2020
Episode 544 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. Could you explain to me what it means to pray in the Holy Spirit? 2. Will people in an ongoing homosexual relationship go to heaven, even if they confess that they are Christians? 3. Why are churches still separated by race? We all say we are Christians, so why don’t we go to church together? 4. I like the book of Acts for its history of the early church, but I don’t really know why Luke wrote it. It seems like a loose collection of stories to me, especially with its abrupt ending. Do you think Luke had a bigger goal than just recording history? If so, why do you think he wrote Acts? Resources The Compelling Community: Where God’s Power Makes a Church Attractive by Mark Dever and Jamie Dunlop Bill’s Good News Story: Dog Surfing Competition Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Sep
30
2020
Episode 543 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. I have a coworker who is an atheist. I invited her to church, but she said that she had bad experiences as a child because she is also lesbian. She said Christians told her God hates gay people and gay people aren’t welcome in church. How do I continue to show Jesus to her without seeming too pushy or turning her off to God even more? 2. I struggle with my salvation and the fruits of obedience. I used to think it was as simple as just trusting in Jesus, but it doesn’t seem that way anymore. How do I know that I have the right fruit or enough evidence to prove that I’m saved? 3. Who are the 144,000 in the book of Revelation? Resources Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Sep
29
2020
Episode 542 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. I find myself struggling with the balance between being dedicated to growing in my faith and recognizing that I cannot fix myself. I’m wondering, how can I find peace in that tension that I am still growing? 2. I go to a church where a lot of people speak in tongues. I don’t understand it, and because I don’t, it makes me feel like I’m not a good a Christian. Why would God give a gift to some people and not to others? 3. Everywhere I look, there’s always a solid argument against the existence of God, or the reliability of the Bible, whether it’s logical or scientific. How can I combat these as a believer? 4. Where did Paul go to church, since he was always moving back and forth so much? Resources The Story of Reality: How the World Began, How It Ends, and Everything Important that Happens in Between by Gregory Koukl Making Sense of God: An Invitation to the Skeptical by Timothy Keller The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism by Timothy Keller Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Sep
28
2020
Episode 541 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. I grew up in a church that would go into a lot of details about the book of Revelation, trying to discern if we were living in the last days and what it all meant, but I never understood the point or the big picture of what the book is about. What is the main thing I should get from reading Revelation? 2. What role do good works play in a Christian’s life as it relates to the final judgment? 3. Does God sometimes leave us to struggle in our own sin? 4. If we find ourselves breaking the 10 Commandments, does that mean we need to try harder to put our trust in Christ and repenting? Resources Triumph of The Lamb: A Commentary on Revelation by Dennis Johnson Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Sep
25
2020
Episode 540 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. I was wondering why it is that I always feel unsaved? How do I rely on the promise that I have been redeemed? I also struggle with sin very much. How do I find a good balance between resting on the idea that I’m already saved but I still live in the flesh and to fight sin to death? 2. Where does the doctrine of the Trinity come from? I don’t see the word, “Trinity” anywhere in scripture. 3. If Christians all have the same Holy Spirit, why do we have so many disagreements and interpretations on doctrine? 4. Will people with mental illness be judged differently for their actions since they are not in their right minds? Resources Rediscovering the Holy Spirit: God’s Perfecting Presence in Creation, Redemption, and Everyday Life by Michael Horton Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Sep
24
2020
Episode 539 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. I’ve noticed a lot of books in the Bible are named after people who supposedly wrote them even if the books never claims that. The gospels are an example of this. I’m wondering why this wouldn’t affect our trust in Biblical inerrancy? 2. How do we respond to movies that are promoted as Christian and Biblical, but contain things that are obviously not Biblical? 3. In Genesis 11 we are told that God confused the language of the peoples who were trying to build the Tower of Babel up to heaven. Does this mean that cultural and ethnic diversity resulted from God’s curse? What would this mean for heaven when God sets everything right again? 4. Should my vote change depending on what a candidate’s religious beliefs are? 5. I’ve heard a lot about salvation by grace that excludes our good works, but if God didn’t want our good works, why did he give us the law? In Leviticus 18:5 we read, “I am the Lord your God. You shall therefore keep my statutes and my rules; if a person does them, he shall live by them: I am the Lord.” Doesn’t this mean that life comes through fulfilling the law? Resources The Historical Reliability of the Gospels by Craig Blomberg Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Sep
23
2020
Episode 538 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. We’re struggling to decide whether we should go to a church where we don’t feel as comfortable or to one that we can agree with theologically. Do you have any advice? 2. If God exists, does that mean we have to assume everything that happens is what he wants to happen? 3. How do you understand Revelation 18:11–13? I have seen this section of Scripture floating around and people saying that it teaches that the Bible is against slavery because it associates the end of slavery with the fall of Babylon. Does this passage condemn slavery? And if it does how do you make sense of the bible allowing for slavery in the Old Testament? 4. What does Hebrews 12:22 mean? Did that church have a vision of heaven or something? Resources A Place for Weakness: Preparing Yourself for Suffering by Michael Horton Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Sep
22
2020
Episode 537 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. Why does Paul say that those who have faith are children of Abraham when Hebrews says Jesus mediates a better covenant than the old one? These seem to me like two opposing attitudes toward the Old Testament. How can I make sense of this? 2. I am a believer, and I’m wondering whether I should have a traditional burial or if I can get cremated when I die? Cremation is much cheaper than a traditional burial,  but I know someday I will be resurrected. Will God be angry at me for taking the cheaper option financially? I don’t have an answer when I pray. 3. Approximately when will Christ be returning? In how many years?  4. I accepted Jesus many years ago, but I still sin. How will I make it to heaven when I still sin? I do not always perfectly obey. I am still sinful. What if I am not close enough to God? What if I don’t read my Bible and pray enough; or have enough good works? 5. Is the Kingdom of God something that exists today, or is it something that we are waiting for in the future? Resources The Future of Everything: Essential Truths About the End Times by William Boekestein Devoted to God: Blueprints for Sanctification by Sinclair B. Ferguson Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Sep
21
2020
Episode 536 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. I accepted Jesus many years ago, but I still sin. How will I make it to heaven when I still sin? I do not always perfectly obey. What if I am not close enough to God? I am still sinful. What if I don’t read my Bible and pray enough; or have enough good works? 2. What does Paul mean by “my gospel” in 2 Timothy? 3. In Ephesians 6:4, Paul tells fathers not to provoke their children. What does this look like? How do I know I’m provoking my child instead of disciplining and instructing them?  4. In 2 Corinthians 5:21, what does it mean that Christ became sin? Other places in Scripture affirm Jesus was sinless, and that he was God, so I am having a hard time understanding what Paul is trying to say here. Resources Putting Amazing Back into Grace: Embracing The Heart Of The Gospel by Michael Horton Devoted to God: Blueprints for Sanctification by Sinclair B. Ferguson Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Sep
18
2020
Episode 535 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. If Jesus had limited knowledge due to his human nature, does he now have full omniscience being seated at the right hand of the Father? 2. Why is David allowed to eat the Bread of Presence in 1 Samuel 21? Leviticus 24 sounds pretty straight forward that only the priests and their family could eat the bread. I understand that Jesus makes reference to this event in Luke 6 in order to show the Pharisees that they were incorrect about how to interpret the Law, and that he, being God, knew and applied the proper interpretation of the Law. Still, I don’t understand why David was allowed to eat the bread in the first place. 3. Can you follow a false prophet into the kingdom of God? 4. If we are born in sin, how could Jesus not be a sinner in that he was born to a sinner? 5. I hear the word love used so many different times, and it seems like everyone has a different interpretation. How can it be interpreted so many different ways? Resources Knowing God by J. I. Packer God, Greed, and the (Prosperity) Gospel: How Truth Overwhelms a Life Built on Lies by Costi Hinn Putting Amazing Back into Grace: Embracing The Heart Of The Gospel by Michael Horton Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Sep
17
2020
Episode 534 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. If only the Father knows when Christ shall return, why does Revelation say that the Bride has made herself ready for Christ? 2. When Paul warned the Corinthians that “whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body and blood of the Lord” in 1 Corinthian 11, does that mean we need to prepare ourselves ahead of time so that we can take the Lord’s supper in a worthy manner? 3. What did Jesus mean he said, “Woe to the Pharisees for they devour widow’s houses”? 4. I was wondering in what order should the third use of the law be preached in a sermon? Does preaching it out of order risk turning the gospel into law?  Resources How We’ve Misunderstood “Do This in Remembrance of Me” by Adriel Sanchez A Better Way: Rediscovering the Drama of God-Centered Worship by Michael Horton Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core
Sep
16
2020
Episode 527 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. Why did God choose Jacob over Esau or David over Saul when they were all moral screw-ups? 2. I heard your answer to Jade about there not being any shame at the judgment seat of Christ for believers. I was wondering, what does that mean, then, for our works to be tested, and what we build on Christ will last, but what we build of hay will be burned and our souls will be saved but only as through fire? What does that mean that there is no pain at the judgment of believers before we reign with Christ? 3. What do Paul and Jesus mean when they say that the bread and wine are Christ’s body and blood? Is this metaphorical? 4. Why are the 10 commandments all about telling us what we shouldn’t do? Doesn’t this focus our attention on negative traits instead of what we should be doing for one another and for God? Resources The Gospel-Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World by Michael Horton How We’ve Misunderstood “Do This in Remembrance of Me” by Adriel Sanchez Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Sep
15
2020
Episode 532 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. I have a question on 1 Peter 4:6 which says “For this is why the gospel was preached even to those who are dead, that though judged in the flesh the way people are, they might live in the spirit the way God does.” As far as I understand, there is no opportunity for salvation once people died. but in the passage above, what does that mean “gospel was preached to those who are even dead”? 2. Do you think it is right for the church to pay pastors? Wouldn’t it be better for pastors to earn their living at a job rather than asking other people to support them? Isn’t this just using God’s name to guilt people and take advantage of them?  3. Why do some Bibles have more books in them than other ones? Who decided that those other books, the Apocrypha, shouldn’t be in some Bibles?  4. What makes the prosperity gospel so bad? Why wouldn’t I want God’s blessings in my life? 5. I was driving to Las Vegas last weekend and saw a couple of billboards that Jesus saves, repent, the end is coming, etc. Is this really an effective way to witness?  Resources The Gospel-Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World by Michael Horton Woman Designs Sturdy Cardboard Beds For Overrun Hospitals in India – And Her Proud Family Sells Them At Cost Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Sep
14
2020
Episode 527 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. Sometimes I feel like the most inspirational verses in the Bible actually leave me feeling hopeless. Like 1 Thessalonians 5:16–18, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” I’m not always happy, I don’t always pray, and I often forget to be thankful. If this is God’s will for me, why do I have such a hard time living it out? 2. I heard a TV pastor talk about the bible verse, “God is no respecter of persons.” He went on to say that this meant that God does not respect people, only Jesus. Is this correct? I know God loves people, perhaps everyone, but does he respect them? 3. I know the Bible talks about Scripture being God-breathed, but who was the first person that started writing the Bible, and how has everything been compiled into one book? 4. How can I reach out, on a spiritual level, to a friend and fellow Christian who has fallen away to drugs and alcohol and has seemingly lost his love for the Lord? Resources God Has Spoken: Revelation and the Bible by J. I. Packer Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Sep
11
2020
Episode 530 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. Adriel: As you know, Nancy, writing a book is a lot of work. What did you see in the church and the lives of believers around you that made you feel that this book needed to be written? 2. I’m getting really burnt out as a parent right now. I already have a full-time job, and now I have to be a homeschool teacher to my 3 kids due to schools not opening. Finding time and space for devotions was hard enough before! Can you give me any advice to navigate this season in life? 3. When things are going well in my life, I feel like it’s clear that God is working in and through me. But sometimes I don’t feel God’s presence at all. My prayer life feels dry and it seems like no one is listening. How do I get back to that place where I feel like I am being used by God? 4. Adriel: I’m curious, Nancy, as you studied the idea of emptiness throughout Scripture, what did you learn about the nature and character of God? Resources God Does His Best Work with Empty by Nancy Guthrie Request, "God Does His Best Work With Empty" here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Sep
10
2020
Episode 529 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. Could you explain what Jesus means in Matthew 18:18 when he says, “whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven”? 2. How do I position a conversation regarding someone who is an atheist or a Buddhist about Jesus, without them getting upset with me? And how do I do so effectively in such a short amount of time? 3. My wife and I haven’t been able to conceive, and we are thinking about pursuing in vitro fertilization. Is this an option for Christians? 4. I’ve heard some Christians defend the use of Creeds and Confessions in the church because they teach orthodox interpretations of Scripture. How is this any different than the Roman Catholic view that elevates Sacred Tradition to the same level as Scripture? Resources Bioethics and the Christian Life: A Guide to Making Difficult Decisions by David VanDrunen Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Sep
9
2020
Episode 528 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. I am concerned about my repentance and whether it is genuine. I have attended church all my life, but only truly understood the gospel and received Christ last year. I know I should hate sin, but there are many instances when I find myself loving the sin that I struggle with. Often, I just instinctively run to my sin, especially the ones I have been committing most of my life. Sometimes I also wonder to myself, “If I am truly born again, would I be committing so much sin?” 2. I’m reading through the books of the Chronicles and am once again struck with all the names that are recorded. Knowing that all Scripture is God-breathed and edifying, what can I can take away from these lists of names as I read them? 3. Just how important is baptism? Must it be done immediately after repentance? Do I have to be baptized in order to be saved? 4. If repentance is necessary for Christians, and repentance means to turn from sin, then does that make repentance a work that is necessary for our salvation? Resources TrueVs. False Repentance: What’s the Difference? by Adriel Sanchez Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Sep
8
2020
Episode 527 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. How do I enter into a relationship with Christ? 2. In the book of Malachi, we read that God told the Israelites to test him in regard to offerings. However, in the books of the law, He told them not to test Him. I realize that these verses are not part of the same context, but how should we reconcile them? Is there a time when I should test God? 3. In the parable of the talents in Matthew 25, the master tells his two faithful servants, “Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.” I’ve always heard our salvation is through faith, like trust, but when I read these words, it almost sounds like a reward for faithfulness. Is faith the same as faithfulness? Is our faithfulness more important than our faith? How should we understand this parable? 4. Why do Christians have an Old Testament in their Bibles if we’re supposed to live according to the New Testament? 5. Recently I have been thinking about forgiveness And when it should be implemented, should we as Christians forgive people before they ask or wait until they ask for it? Sometimes people never ask for forgiveness. Resources Devoted to God: Blueprints for Sanctification by Sinclair B. Ferguson Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Sep
7
2020
Episode 526 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. What is the second death talked about in Revelation? If there is a second death, would it follow that there is a first death and a first resurrection? How can this be explained? 2. Where was Adam when Eve was being deceived? 3. If a mother committed sexual sins while her child was growing up and later repents, will those consequences still have an effect on her adult daughter now? David was forgiven, but none of his children went to heaven according to the Bible. Was it because of the consequences of his sin of murder and adultery? 4. A visiting preacher said in his sermon that if we continue committing the same sin over and over, that our salvation should be in question. This struck me as being wrong biblically, but I could not come up with a specific passage of scripture as to why. Was this person correct in telling us this? 5. When it comes to fighting addictions, what role does our willpower play in our restoration? Does it play any role? Or is the work all God’s? Resources Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave by Ed Welch Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Sep
4
2020
Episode 525 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. I have a friend who has questions about the Christian faith, and I don’t always feel like I have good answers. I get a lot from your show but don’t always know how to relay that to my friend. Do you have any advice on how to become better at sharing my faith? 2. My son is taking a Religious Studies class in College. Is it ok for Christians to study other world religions, or is that something I should warn him against? I’ve really done my best to help him be grounded in the Word of God but I’m nervous that his Professors might lead him astray. 3. I believe I am a sinner, but what if I don’t feel its wretchedness? Or the feelings of joy and happiness overflowing because of the forgiveness in Jesus Christ, like what I hear described in hymns? Resources Why Should I Believe That Jesus Rose From The Dead? by Michael Horton Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Sep
3
2020
Episode 524 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. Sometimes at church, my pastor will say things that really rub me the wrong way. How can I tell if my Pastor is preaching a false doctrine? 2. Should our children call God “Father” in the Lord’s prayer if they are not baptized? Are they part of the visible church or covenant community? 3. I believe I am a sinner, but what if I don’t feel its wretchedness? Or the feelings of joy and happiness overflowing because of the forgiveness in Jesus Christ, like what I hear described in hymns? 4. In 2 Timothy Paul writes, “If we disown him, he will also disown us; if we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself.” When Paul writes of the faithfulness of Christ, does this mean his faithfulness to forgive us even when we fail? Or his faithfulness to judge justly if we disown him? Resources Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God’s Story by Michael Horton Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Sep
2
2020
Episode 522 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com
Sep
1
2020
Episode 522 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. Do we have to confess our sin to the person we sinned against to be forgiven, even if we have confessed it to God repeatedly and asked for forgiveness? 2. I have a question about Matthew 7:13–14. It talks about “the way that is broad leads to destruction.” What does that word destruction mean in the original language, because we think of it as being completely destroyed, nothing left?  3. Growing up, I never fit in with people my age. This remains true. I’ve always fit in better with older adults, but they don’t share my struggles. I feel invisible in the church and in the world. I don’t know why I’m here and why the only things I’m successful at are being alone and a failure. Every step I take forward doesn’t seem to matter or pushes me back a mile. Is God punishing me? Is everything I’m constantly going through because of some sin I or my family has committed? If I’m not being punished, then why is my life miserable? I know I’m a sinner, and God is just, but there has to be more to life than this. What is God asking from me? Am I asking too much by wanting the basic happiness that everyone else my age has instead of being forgotten? Resources A Place for Weakness: Preparing Yourself for Suffering by Michael Horton Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Aug
31
2020
Episode 521 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. I have a really close friend who I have been sharing my faith with for years. He is very open-minded when I share with him but every time we get into a deep conversation about this, he always gets stuck on all the war and violence that has been attached to Christianity such as the Crusades and slavery in America. How do I respond to my friend in those moments? 2. What is your opinion of the King James Version? I’ve always understood it to be the most accurate as far as the original Scriptures go, but nobody seems to use that Bible anymore. Why do so many people prefer another translation that maybe isn’t as accurate?  3. How should we pray to the Triune God? It seems like prayer is only ever directed towards God the Father in the New Testament, and never towards Jesus or The Holy Spirit. Should The Father alone be addressed in our prayers or is it okay to pray directly to the Son and Spirit also? 4. Over the last few months, we have been trying to decide whether to leave the church we have attended for the past 9 years. We wouldn’t consider our church heretical, but there are songs and sermons that we believe don’t always line up with the Word of God. We know the importance of being in a solid church that teaches the Bible, and I guess my question is this: Is the search for more solid Bible teaching reason enough to change churches? Resources A Better Way: Rediscovering the Drama of God-Centered Worship by Michael Horton What is the Trinity? Offers Reserve your free copy of the Gospel of John Bible Study today! Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Aug
28
2020
Episode 520 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. What does Jesus mean in John 3:5 when he says that “unless one is born of water and the spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God,” or Peter when he says baptism “now saves us” in 1 Peter 3:21? It sounds like Jesus is saying water baptism is necessary for receiving the promise of salvation. I guess what I’m wondering is, if we are baptized and sealed by the Holy Spirit the moment we believe in Christ for our salvation (Ephesians 1:13-14), why is water baptism necessary? 2. How do I respond to sexual dreams that seem to happen somewhat regularly? I feel as if I have no control over it as I sleep and when I wake up I just feel guilty. 3. How do you share the gospel with someone who grew up in a Christian home but turned away from the faith due to a parent using Christianity as a weapon against them? 4. We often talk about heaven as a place where there is no sadness, no shame, and no pain. And we talk about our sin as something we can take to Jesus now, and he bears our burden. So I’m wondering, on the day of judgment, when we are held accountable for our actions on earth, will we feel shame and guilt? 5. What does Jesus mean in Matthew 11:12 that “the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and the violent take it by force”? How can violence come into God’s kingdom? Why would God allow it to be taken by force? Resources A Place for Weakness: Preparing Yourself for Suffering by Michael Horton Offers Get your copy of the Christ and Calamity today! Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Aug
27
2020
Episode 519 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. Do you have a guide on how to discuss salvation for Grandparents to use with Grandchildren various ages 4 to 16? I want to present to them on their level so I don’t blow my opportunity. 2. I wonder why God let certain things happen in my life that make me want to go further away from God—why does he let that happen? 3. Is holiness something that is imputed to us in the same way as righteousness is imputed or is there even any difference between the two? 4. Can we take Isaiah 43:1 personally or is it just for the nation of Israel? Resources Show them Jesus: Teaching the Gospel to Kids by Jack Klumpenhower 5 Ways to Help Your Kids Keep the Faith by Pastor Adriel Sanchez 9 Things Everyone Needs to Know About Depression Offers Reserve your copy of the Gospel of John today! Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Aug
26
2020
Episode 518 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. The Bible mentions that God is our Shepherd, Refuge, Fortress, etc. In Psalm 28:1, it says, “O Lord my Rock.” Why is a “rock” that significant? I don’t know Palestine, but I would think that there are rocks all over the land. 2. What was the good news of the kingdom of God being preached by John the Baptist in Luke 3:18, and by Jesus in Luke 5:43, if Jesus had not yet died? Jesus even warned his disciples not to tell anyone of his identity and impending death and resurrection in Luke 9:22. I thought that that was the heart of the gospel? Could you please clarify my understanding on this? 3. You said the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are one and should be worshipped. How do you explain John 16:12–15? Which says that the Holy Spirit will speak of me, and that he is the Spirit of truth, but I don’t see anywhere that it has to be worshipped or that we have to pray to it. Could you please clarify that for me? 4. I’m going to a ministry, and we are studying the Shema. What are your guys’ take on the Shema and what does it mean to you? Resources Rediscovering the Holy Spirit: God’s Perfecting Presence in Creation, Redemption, and Everyday Life by Michael Horton Offers Why Is the World A Mess? Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Aug
25
2020
Episode 517 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. What book I can recommend to a friend of mine who is a Christian but all over the place in their beliefs? I would like to share the gospel with her, and where she can understand the truth of God’s Word and His Gospel. 2. In a recent program, you explained why Jesus called the rulers gods. Related to the same passage, my question is, why did Jesus tell them that they would die like men because they unfairly judged the people? I assume these were just men like us, so wouldn’t they have died even if they had judged fairly? 3. I have come to the conclusion that Paul’s teachings contradict those of Jesus. Paul’s message has elements of truth and righteousness, but over time it seems like the message of Jesus, as it was switching hands, became something else. My question to you is, how can I reason with my sisters in Christ? 4. My husband’s uncle says that he doesn’t believe in God, but he keeps asking us questions. Recently he asked why God, if he exists, doesn’t just make everything right and get rid of all the suffering and sinfulness in the world? He is the one who brings these topics up, and I was wondering, how I can represent God properly? Resources Core Christianity by Dr. Michael Horton Knowing God by J. I. Packer Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis The Story of Reality: How the World Began, How It Ends, and Everything Important that Happens in Between by Gregory Koukl The Prodigal God by Tim Keller Offers Reserve your copy of Christ and Calamity today! Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Aug
24
2020
Episode 516 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. Is it God’s will for His saints to be poor, or to live paycheck to paycheck? I felt God lead me to go back to school since I lost my job during the COVID shutdown. I don’t feel that God wants me to work and go to school full-time on top of caring for my family, but my husband only makes enough money to cover our very basic needs. Should I get a job even though I don’t feel like that’s what God is telling me to do, or is it God’s will for my husband to make more money? 2. I have a friend who is really into the affirmation cards. It seems like a New Age belief. They are a Christian, but I’m not really sure how to talk to them about that. Do you have any Bible expertise or guidance on the topic of affirmations? 3. I am a social worker working in child protection, and I also work in my local church as their safeguarding advisor. Sometimes we have people attend the church who have historical offenses against children or vulnerable adults. While we encourage them to be part of the church, they are not allowed to take on positions of responsibility or work in parts of the ministry where they would come in to contact with children or vulnerable groups. This often causes a lot of tension as they feel that they are a new creation and should not be judged on their past sins. Am I correct in insisting that they do not take on these roles, or am I going against God’s will and what forgiveness really means? 4. My five-year-old daughter asked me, “How was the Serpent able to enter the Garden of Eden if it was for perfect creatures like our first parents? Was the garden of Eden only for sinless creatures?” How can I help explain this to her? Resources Have you experienced or witnessed abuse and looking for guidance? Check out G.R.A.C.E. (Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment) Offers Reserve your free copy of Gospel of John Bible Study today! Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
Aug
21
2020
Episode 515 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. How is a person really saved? I hear preachers tell others to say a prayer, receive Christ into your heart, and then God will save you, and I don’t find any of that in the Scriptures. Could you help me out and show me where they get that from? When God saved me I didn’t do any of that. He just let me know I needed a savior and I surrendered to that tugging and pulling of the Holy Spirit on my heart. So, I don’t know, help me with that so I won’t lead people astray or be led astray myself. 2. In view of Black Lives Matter, what is the Biblical relationship between justice and justification? 3. Does how I vote matter, religiously? Does God care if I vote one way or the other? Does it matter what my reasons for voting are? Does the Bible say anything that can be applied to the topic of voting? 4. I appreciate how you distinguish between the law and the gospel on your show. I’m wondering if there are ways that we think and speak that support law rather than gospel. I blanch at taking on the mindset that within Christendom, everywhere I look there’s duties, callings, and obligations. Am I being too sensitive here? Resources A Biblical Theology of Justice by Zack Keele Redeeming Justice by Michael Horton Offers Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Reserve your free copy of Gospel of John Bible Study today! Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Aug
20
2020
Episode 514 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. Should Christians practice the Passover Seder? If we do, do we go back under the law? 2. In Bart Ehrman’s recent book, Heaven and Hell: A History of the Afterlife, he claims that the Old Testament does not reference Hell at all, and in the New Testament, Jesus spoke of it only in terms of annihilation, not in the language of eternal suffering. Is this an accurate picture of the Old and New Testament teaching on Hell?  3. Why would we be rewarded for good works if we have Christ’s righteousness imputed to us? 4. If an unexpected expense comes, and you have to reduce tithing, do you pay the expense or tithe? Is it okay to help somebody in need instead of tithing when you run across someone in need? Resources 3 Things to Remember When Thinking About Hell by Silverio Gonzalez What Did Jesus Teach About Hell by Michael Allen Rogers Offers Reserve your free copy of the Gospel of John today! Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Aug
19
2020
Episode 513 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. Since the start of this COVID pandemic, my husband and I have not attended church. He has health issues which makes him high-risk, and I don’t want to bring this disease home to him. I still support my church with my tithes and offerings, and I’m listening to services and Bible studies through Bott Radio. But I am fearful of bringing this disease home and hurting my family, and I fear my not going to church is showing a lack of faith in God. I love the Lord and am doing what I can to stay in the Word and in prayer. My heart is grieved over this. I would appreciate your insight. 2. How did Judas Iscariot, who Jesus called a son of perdition and a devil, cast out demons if Jesus said Satan cannot cast out Satan? 3. If you have tattoos, is that looked down on in this day and age that we live in? 4. What does the bible mean in Hebrews 12:6 when it speaks of God disciplining those He loves? How does God discipline us today? Resources Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Christian Community by Dietrich Bonhoeffer Offers Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Aug
18
2020
Episode 512 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. Why do Christians argue about the gift of speaking in tongues, saying that you don’t have to speak in tongues to have the Spirit? Scripture clearly teaches that we cry, “Abba Father” when we have the gift of the Spirit. Can you explain that? 2. I heard Adriel state that church pastors or ministers “must be above reproach” in reference to why pastors or ministers cannot be gay. But isn’t it true that none of us are above reproach? 3. Are there different levels of punishment in hell? Along with that, was hell created only for Satan? I know I am thinking of human fairness. If God is just, will everyone feel the judgment they receive is fair? 4. What’s the difference between the soul and the spirit? They are always talked about as being separate and different. I would like to hear a definition. 5. What does it mean to abide in Christ? How can I tell if I am abiding in Christ? What does it look like today? Resources Respectable Sins: Confronting the Sins We Tolerate by Jerry Bridges Journeys with Jesus: Every Path in the Bible Leads Us to Christ by Dennis Johnson Offers Gospel of John Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Aug
17
2020
Episode 511 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. Is it possible to have sins unpaid for? In other words, when Jesus said from the cross, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do,” were those people forgiven, or did Jesus die for those sins? Should we assume that all of the people in the crowd were eventually saved because Jesus forgave their sins? 2. Between the time of Jesus' death and his resurrection, Jesus spoke with “those in prison.” Who would they be, and what would have been the result of that? 3. I'm really confused about discipleship. What is it, and what does it look like practically? 4. When, if ever, is it okay to lie? Resources Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World by Michael Horton Offers What Did God Promise? Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Aug
14
2020
Episode 510 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. How come God hasn't destroyed Satan already? 2. I’ve been with the Lord for almost 30 years. When I was younger, I committed adultery. I did repent, but to this day I hurt so much. Yes, for the things I have done, but mostly because I was already a born again Christian. And I keep asking myself why! I had children. What happens to a person who commits adultery? 3. In view of the truth of election and the reality that we contribute nothing to our salvation, except sin. Without clouding the gospel with human effort, what does a gospel presentation look like? 4. I’m calling about the idea that Jesus comforts us when we are in trouble and going through spiritual difficulties. I’ve been a Christian for over 20 years, and I certainly believe that Christ is my only hope of being united to the Father. But one thing I have difficulty understanding and accepting is when people say, run to Jesus to give you comfort. What does that even mean, to run to Jesus? Obviously, he’s not here in person, so we can’t run up to him, and then sometimes when you ask for said comfort, it doesn’t come. What are we supposed to do with that? Resources A Place for Weakness: Preparing Yourself for Suffering by Michael Horton Offers Glad You Asked: Answers To Core Questions On Assurance Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Aug
13
2020
Episode 509 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. Why are the four beasts in Daniel’s dream different than what is explained in Revelation? 2. Since God is all-knowing, and since He also sent His Son for us, for whom or for what, precisely, is Jesus interceding? 3. If I had spiritual mentors who led me the wrong way and told me to do things that were wrong, did I sin too? At the time I was very naive, and still am because I have Asperger Syndrome. But now I know it was wrong, and I wonder about verses like Mark 9:42 and Leviticus 5:17. 4. If the purpose of the cross was to redeem man and forgive sins, why do we see Jesus in the gospels forgiving people’s sins? Why did Jesus need to go to the cross at all if he could forgive sins on earth? Doesn’t this diminish the meaning of the cross if Jesus had this authority all along and could have just forgiven everyone? 5. I believe Jesus Christ died for my sins and was raised from the dead. My life is full of testimony, but I struggle with whether or not I have been made new. I do not have an awe-inspiring origin story of when I initially gave my life to Christ. I started to volunteer with youth, and I want to be positive and careful with what light I can shine. Resources Putting Amazing Back into Grace: Embracing The Heart Of The Gospel by Michael Horton Offers Core Christianity's Gospel of John Bible Study Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Aug
12
2020
Episode 508 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. Are God's promises conditional on our actions? If we don't forgive others, will he not forgive us? Do I fall out of God's favor every time I sin? 2. Does God control governments, history, and policies in order to fulfill all that he promises to do? 3. Can Christians have the Holy Spirit in the same way the early disciples did at Pentecost?  4. What is the difference between the soul, the spirit, and the flesh, which is like our body? What is the difference between those three, and are the soul and the spirit the same thing? 5. A pastor recently said that there is a difference between knowing that you are a sinner and actually mourning over your sin. God has shown me that I am a sinner, that I cannot make myself good enough for him, and that I need Jesus. But I don't remember mourning my sin, and I feel like I'm mentally torturing myself to see if I am truly saved. What does it mean to mourn your sin? What makes it true mourning? Resources Putting Amazing Back into Grace: Embracing The Heart Of The Gospel by Michael Horton Offers Consider joining the Inner Core. Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Aug
11
2020
Episode 507 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. When Christ died on the cross was he in hell for 3 days? 2. Should we pray for healing to escape our suffering, or strength to endure it? 3. Did God write the law to save us? Did Jesus break the law when he healed on the sabbath, or his disciples when they plucked grain in the fields? 4. In the parable of the lamp in Luke 8:18, why does Jesus say to "give more" to "the one who has" and to "the one who has not, even what he thinks that he has will be taken away”? 5. In Psalm 73 says, “Truly God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart.” Is God only good to those who are pure in heart? How can I ever find God’s goodness knowing that I still commit all kinds of sin? Resources The Gospel-Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World by Michael Horton Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God by Tim Keller Offers Gospel of John (limited time) Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Aug
10
2020
Episode 506 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. How should I pray for immediate healing? 2. Are we sinful because we’re evil, or are we evil because we’re sinful? 3. I have a question about 1 John 4:18. “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” What does it mean that there is punishment in fear? I was recently diagnosed with cancer and I’m finding myself very fearful. I’m just wondering what the punishment part has to do with my situation? 4. I have a question concerning 1 Corinthians 5:5. What does Paul mean when he says he is delivering the sinning member of that church over to Satan for the “destruction of his flesh”? Resources The Gospel-Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World by Michael Horton A Place for Weakness: Preparing Yourself for Suffering by Michael Horton Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Aug
7
2020
Episode 505 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. Can a Christian get their faith back after losing it? 2. Truthfulness is an important matter. No one wants to believe in something that is not true. How can we defend and proclaim the truthfulness of our Christian faith and the Bible? 3. In 1 Corinthians 11:34–35, it says women must be silent in the churches. This verse just really bothered me when I first read it. I know Paul is speaking to the Corinthian church, but I was wondering if you could clear this up? 4. When Christians die, do we remain “asleep” until the glorious return of our Savior, Jesus, or do we go to heaven to be with Him immediately upon our death? It seems to me like the Bible teaches both. 5. As I was reading the book of Mark I noticed that it said 16:9–20 is not included in some of the earliest manuscripts. What do you think of this section? Is this an important piece of scripture that we must read? Resources The Story of Reality: How the World Began, How It Ends, and Everything Important that Happens in Between by Gregory Koukl Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Aug
6
2020
Episode 504 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. I have a couple of friends who say that Jesus has come to them and spoken to them in their dreams. Most recently, they said that Jesus came to them and said UFO’s were real and angel’s chariots. I kind of cringe any time I hear that. I wanted to know, what are your thoughts on Jesus coming to people in their dreams? 2. As an introvert, I’ve actually enjoyed being at home more these days. I actually worry about when life goes back to normal because I don’t want to lose the joy and contentment I’ve been experiencing. Is this wrong? 3. Is thinking about our Triune God as an egg Modalism? The egg, egg white, and shell are three separate things but still one egg, like how the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are three separate things but all God. Is this a valid way of thinking or not? 4. I asked Jesus Christ to be my savior a while back, but I can’t stop drinking, smoking, and cussing. I’ve tried everything. What can I do? Resources How Does God Talk To Us? What Is the Trinity? The God Who Gives: How the Trinity Shapes the Christian Story by Kelly M. Kapic Rediscovering the Holy Spirit: God’s Perfecting Presence in Creation, Redemption, and Everyday Life by Michael Horton Devoted to God: Blueprints for Sanctification by Sinclair B. Ferguson Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Aug
5
2020
Episode 503 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. What book do you recommend to best start a study on the book of Revelation? 2. If God forgives all our sins when we put our faith in him, what about our future sins? Are they also forgiven? 3. My question is from Matthew 11:19. It says the Pharisees called Jesus a glutton and a drunkard. So did Jesus actually get drunk, because why would someone call someone else a drunkard if he didn’t drink alcohol? And just to be clear I’m 100% Christian, my faith and hope are in Jesus Christ, I’m just asking from a secular point of view. 4. Are Christians today called to perform the same miracles as the disciples did in the Scriptures? Preach the word, heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, that kind of stuff. Resources Triumph of The Lamb: A Commentary on Revelation by Dennis Johnson Putting Amazing Back into Grace: Embracing The Heart Of The Gospel by Michael Horton Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Aug
4
2020
Episode 502 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. Did Old Testament believers experience the new birth? I mean, were they born again? 2. I’ve dealt with pornography since I was probably 7 years old, and I can’t let it go. I want to. How can I? I’ve gone to God and asked for forgiveness more times than not. I need help. I call myself a Christian, but I can’t get past that, so I can’t move. 3. I’m a high school teacher in Canada, and one of my goals is to treat my students as Jesus would treat them. One of the struggles I face is that I’m receiving some pressure to use gender pronouns that students would prefer. This means that students who identify as transgendered who are born with female anatomy might be asked to be referred to with the pronoun he or him. In the past, I’ve been taught that using pronouns that deviate from a male and female identity will ruin my Christian witness. How can I respond in a godly way to this issue, while still treating my students with love and respect? Do you have any advice for me? Resources 4 Things to Remember After You Have Sinned by Adriel Sanchez What Gender Problems Reveal About Our Hearts by Michael Horton What Caitlyn Jenner Reveals About American Religions by Michael Horton Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Aug
3
2020
Episode 501 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. In Matthew 12, Jesus said that an evil and unfaithful generation asked for signs. But in the previous chapter, when John the Baptist doubted if Jesus was the Christ, why did Jesus point to his miraculous works? And why would he perform so many miracles if only the wicked and faithless desire them? 2. Is there a doctrine or something that churches have that we can call or check online to see if they study or believe in the same way that we do, as each of us believes differently? 3. What happens if I die before I’m baptized? Are there rules on who exactly can baptize you? 4. I recently heard a sermon on justification and it mentioned the active obedience of Christ. I hadn’t heard the term before, but one of my friends said it wasn’t biblical but part of a man-made theology. Is there any biblical or historical evidence for this teaching? Resources The Gospel of John Bible Study What to Look for When Choosing a Church 3 Things Baptism Teaches Us About the Christian Life Why the Sacrifice of Jesus Isn’t Enough Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Jul
31
2020
Episode 500 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. What would you say is at the core of the answers you give us? What is the heart of your show? 2. I’ve been a life-long Christian, and I believe that Jesus is my Lord and Savior. I know that He sustains me, but there’s one place in my life right now that I’m fighting: loneliness. How can I seek solace in my loneliness? 3. Is there a biblical basis for preferring that heads be bowed and eyes closed when praying? In corporate prayer, when asked, “Let us bow our heads in prayer,” is it disrespectful to instead raise one’s face heavenward (which is how I like to pray)? Resources Core Christianity by Michael Horton A Place for Weakness: Preparing Yourself for Suffering by Michael Horton Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Jul
30
2020
Episode 499 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. Getting to church with our children is often stressful. This last Sunday I said some harsh words to my kids, threatening them with discipline. In the moment I felt justified, but I also know I spoke out of anger, not love. I really want our family to be at church to hear the call to worship, but I am terrified that my behavior is only making my kids despise going to church. What can I do? 2. Whether I pray right or pray wrong, will God always hear my prayer? 3. Does Ephesians 2:8-9 contradict Revelation 22:12? Is Jesus returning with a reward that is something other than salvation that can be earned by works? Or is the “what they have done” in Revelation 22:12 simply the act of believing in Christ? 4. Matthew 22:30 says, “For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.” If God instituted marriage for us on earth, why would he remove it in the afterlife? Resources The Gospel of John 5 Ways to Help Your Kids Keep the Faith 7 Things You Need to Know About Heaven The Future of Everything: Essential Truths About the End Times by William Boekestein Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Jul
29
2020
Episode 498 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. Can we pray for repentance? 2. I know Hebrews 6 comes up regularly on your show. I have a slightly different question, I think. I’m wondering, how can someone who isn’t saved be said to “partake” of the Holy Spirit? 3. I am a nurse in a nursing home. In every facility I’ve worked, it is mandatory to work every other weekend. Is it sinful to work on Sundays?  4. Is the office of evangelist still for today? Is it included in the office of elder or is it an independent office? Resources The Gospel of John The Story of Reality: How the World Began, How It Ends, and Everything Important that Happens in Between by Gregory Koukl Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God’s Story by Michael Horton Why You Need to be In Church this Sunday By Adriel Sanchez Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Jul
28
2020
Episode 497 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. In John 14:28 why does Jesus say, “I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I?” if Jesus is God, wouldn’t he be the same as God the Father? Could you please explain this? 2. I was baptized as a newborn at a Presbyterian church when I was a child. I recently came to repentant faith in Christ, and I was just wondering what your thoughts were on getting rebaptized? 3. Being that I’m not Catholic, how necessary is it to confess our past sins to other people? I know it’s not required for salvation because only Jesus forgives our sins once we repent, but is it necessary or even at all important to confess the sins of our past to a pastor, or just other believers? 4. My arm hurts really bad, and I keep praying and fasting, but it still hurts. A lot of people are telling me I need to draw closer to God to get healed. But when I read about Job and Paul, it seems like God allows some hardships to happen so we can get closer to him without being healed. How can I know what God’s will is? Resources Respectable Sins: Confronting the Sins We Tolerate by Jerry Bridges Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Jul
27
2020
Episode 496 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. Pastor Adriel, what is your favorite book of the Bible, and why? 2. Is there a doctrine as to what a church should do with its offerings?  I just wonder if a church should be giving regularly to the community that it is in? 3. In light of everything going on in our world today (politics, racial division), I’ve actually lost quite a few friends for speaking out against some of the things going on. My question is: How can you be sure that you are being a true light for Christ when speaking out against things I think are wrong? 4. I’m reading through The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis, and I can’t help but inject myself into the text. I feel like the strategies outlined by the main character, the devil named Screwtape, are things that I have experienced. However, I also tend to read the Bible with myself at the center as well. How do I shift from reading and studying theology with myself at the center to reading and studying with Jesus at the center? Resources Respectable Sins: Confronting the Sins We Tolerate by Jerry Bridges Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Jul
24
2020
Episode 495 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. The COVD-19 crisis has touched every aspect of our society, including those in the church. Our church has kept its eyes on the Word and promises of God through this, but there is an attitude with some members that perplexes me. Some people have been openly ribbed for not wanting to shake hands by those who don’t think the virus is very dangerous. Others seem to mock members’ caution and cooperation with civil authorities by staying home and wearing masks, even though we all agree that the Lord is in control. Where is the balance of following our civil authorities’ orders with faith in the Lord? It seems like some Christians think that, since we are people of faith, we should not fear the reality of the danger of the virus at all. 2. How should modern-day Christians respond to those events in the past where people were killed in God’s name, or leaders have used the Word of God to crimes or take advantage of others? Things like the slave trade, the crusades, the Spanish conquistadors in South and Central America. Is murder not the greatest sin? Is this a stain on the image of the church? 3. Why do I find myself constantly asking for the Lord to save me? It is very important to me. I do believe. I believe I’m a sinner, and that Jesus paid for my payment on the cross, a debt I couldn’t pay. I’m just wondering, why am I always looking for that assurance? Resources Why Is the World A Mess (Student’s Edition) by Core Christianity Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Jul
23
2020
Episode 494 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. How can I grow in my desire to pray in a group? I struggle with others’ approval so much that, when I get together with my brothers and sisters in Christ, my anxiety grows and I struggle to pray from my heart and my thoughts get clouded. I don’t like this about myself, but desire to grow in courage and confidence. How can I grow in this as a believer? 2. When someone profanes our Savior and takes God’s name in vain, what should be our response? 3. It’s hard to be the light in a dark world with all the fear and hate being spread around. We have one side exaggerating the truth, while the other makes false accusations, pitting the people against one another. How should Christians “watch for the signs” as Jesus commanded with all the fake news out there? 4. In Matthew 6:9, Jesus taught his disciples to pray to the Father, and for the Father’s name to be glorified and sanctified. Why wouldn’t he reveal his Father’s name? What could be that Name? Resources Why Is the World A Mess (Student’s Edition) by Core Christianity The Gospel-Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World by Michael Horton Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Jul
22
2020
Episode 493 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. I have a question that has kept me wondering about my salvation. It is about the verses from Revelation 3:15-16. It talks about lukewarm Christians, and it states that the majority of the Christian community is not going to be saved. Could you please explain this? 2. In Numbers 21, God sends down fiery serpents to bite the complaining Israelites. As I was reading, I thought to myself, does God get frustrated? I know that God does not sin, but how would one properly explain these passages in regard to His holiness? Is frustration not a sin? I see that Jesus uses this story in regards to looking to Him for salvation. Is this the reason this incident took place, just so Jesus would use it during His earthly ministry? 3. Jesus taught us to love our enemies, but we’re also not to cast our pearls before swine lest they trample on us. Can you shed some light on this gray area? Where do I draw the line? 4. Is lordship salvation biblical? When I think about it I get so depressed because I don’t understand.  From what I read you have to do certain things to be considered a true believer, but that just makes me feel hopeless. Resources Putting Amazing Back into Grace: Embracing The Heart Of The Gospel by Michael Horton The Gospel-Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World by Michael Horton Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Jul
21
2020
Episode 492 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. What did Jesus mean in Matt 6:23 when he said, “Be sure that the light that is in you be not darkness?” How could it be both? 2. Does Baptism confer faith or grace upon an individual? Or is Baptism a confirmation of personal faith in Christ? 3. I’ve been reading and listening to the book of Romans, and in chapter 14, the heading in the ESV Bible says, “Do not pass judgment on one another.” Though it is talking mainly of food, could this mean more than food? I have passed judgment on others, which is such a struggle for me, because I am reminded of what Christ did on the Cross and that there is no condemnation for those that are in Him. But yet, as I judge, am I not condemning? Could you please help me understand? 4. My friends and I got into a debate the other day about worship. Some of them were saying we shouldn’t do anything that isn’t commanded in Scripture. But none of our churches sacrifice bulls and goats like they did in the Temple, and I don’t see a worship service outlined anywhere in the New Testament. They attend more traditional churches that seem outdated to me. With so many people leaving the church, shouldn’t we do what works best for our culture? Resources Introducing Covenant Theology by Michael Horton A Better Way: Rediscovering the Drama of God-Centered Worship by Michael Horton Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Jul
20
2020
Episode 491 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. Why does God say that it is an abomination to eat shellfish? I saw on Facebook that God hates shellfish. The person I’m talking about is an atheist and looks for opportunities to make the Bible look ridiculous. 2. What do we do when we find a book where the author claims to have a grasp of Christianity, but only seems to be confusing the truth? I really just want to be able to read without such an author trying to distract me. most important thing? 3. How do you really seek God with your whole heart and how do you trust him with all your understanding? 4. Has Jesus given each and every Christian authority in the sense of doing miracles? The context is a verse from a song my church sang this past week: “When I open up my mouth / miracles start breaking out / I have the authority / Jesus has given me.” Resources Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Jul
17
2020
Episode 490 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. I’m not married yet, and sometimes I wonder if it is worth all the trouble. My parents went through a really difficult divorce, and I keep hearing similar stories from my friends. My boyfriend wants us to move in together, and sometimes it seems like the idea of marriage is just a stressful burden on our relationship, especially when we’re already committed to each other. Marriage wouldn’t change any of that, so why do it? 2. I would like to get married, but I’m having an identity crisis of who I am and who I want my spouse to be. I know I should prioritize my faith and his faith, but I identify with being Ukrainian-American very much. Do you have any advice for me as to what I can do to convince myself that finding a Godly man, no matter what nationality, is the most important thing? 3. A word from Pastor Adriel and Bill on Divorce and Remarrige. 4. How can my fiance and I prepare ourselves for a godly marriage? Resources Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis 7 Things You Need to Know About Marriage and Sex by Adriel Sanchez The Meaning of Marriage by Timothy Keller Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Jul
16
2020
Episode 489 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. I heard that you use the NIV Bible. Someone told me that the NIV Bible is missing verses throughout it. Is this true? 2. In light of Matthew 4:17, I wonder if there is a need to repent every day. And sometimes I wonder about salvation and if you can lose it if you sin too many times. 3. I’ve been in seminary now for 2 years, feel called to ministry, and I’m an intern at my church. However, I still struggle with lust and pornography. I delved into porn at a very young age, before I was a Christian, and I’m still working through the damage it caused to this day. I have begged God to take it away, and it has become less over time, but still, if I am called into the ministry, I’m supposed to not even have a hint of sexual immorality in my life. Do I have to have 100% total victory over my inclinations before I can be a minister of the word? Why won’t God totally change my heart and take it away? I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve asked him to take it away. Any help would be appreciated! 4. If a person did something wrong, by that I mean break the law, and then later got saved, but before they were able to be accountable to the law on a worldly level, they died. Would they still be separated from the Lord if they could not make it right according to human law? Resources Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave by Ed Welch Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Jul
15
2020
Episode 488 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. I have a friend whose grown children show no interest in God, church, the Bible, or prayer. He says that he’s trusting the baptismal covenant that his children will return to the Faith. Is that a correct view of baptism? It almost sounds like baptismal regeneration to me. 2. It seems to me that the law is different from the Gospel because the law is something we do while the Gospel asks nothing from us. But 1 Peter 4:17 speaks of “those who do not obey the gospel of God.” Can you help me distinguish between the law and the Gospel? 3. I’ve recently been studying Genesis 3:16. I know the common interpretation of the verse is that a woman’s desire for their husbands is about wanting to usurp their husband’s authority. Some newer interpretations suggest this view is incorrect and it’s more about the post-fall loss of the unity and harmony that the Lord intended for marriage. Is it right to assume Genesis 3:16 presumes that women just want to usurp authority? I feel like this view has some dangerous implications, particularly in regards to misogyny and abuse, but I want to follow Scripture correctly. 4. I have a question which nags me because I have so many unsaved relatives. How often do I present them with the gospel? They never come to me to ask a question of any kind that might lead to a gospel conversation. I’ve gone to them over the years, they’ve all heard the gospel from me, and I pray for them all the time. It hit me this week that I don’t see Jesus or the apostles running after anybody once they’ve heard the truth and turned away. Is that my example, too? Resources 5 Ways to Help Your Kids Keep the Faith by CORE Christianity Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Jul
14
2020
Episode 487 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. When Jesus called God Father in John 5:18, was this a new concept for the Jews, or did they have something like this in the OT? 2. I thought I was a Christian, but then I got caught up in the lie that I was supposed to be the opposite sex. I went through with a sex change, but now I have realized it was all a lie. Am I an abomination unto God? Can I return to him? 3. I have a question about two parables: Jesus describes himself as the good shepherd who leaves the ninety-nine to find the one sheep who went astray. How does this match with the parable of the prodigal son? Does Jesus seek us out or do we have to come to him of our own accord? 4. When I read about Paul in the NT and how his whole purpose was to spread the gospel, it inspires me to be a better Christian. But I find myself with this almost selfish intention. I want to be seen as a superior Christian, almost like people in the Bible were. I want God to be so pleased with what I’m doing, not just like regular Christians, but someone willing to die for him. And so when I sin, I get mad at myself because I think God will look at me like a regular Christian, and that is such a selfish thought. And I just started crying in my car because of how selfish that is. Resources The Gospel-Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World by Michael Horton What Is the Trinity? by Core Christianity Rid of My Disgrace: Hope and Healing for Victims of Sexual Assault Book by Justin S. Holcomb and Lindsey A. Holcomb Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Jul
13
2020
Episode 486 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. Why do we have denominations? Why can’t we just worship as one? 2. Will we be raised bodily like Christ was raised? If so, does this mean we’ll have scars from our past as Jesus had? Will our burial grounds and casket be opened like Jesus’ tomb was? Or was Jesus’ bodily resurrection representative of our spiritual resurrection? 3. How do I live out Romans 8:13 in everyday life? 4. I’m 17, and I’ve been having lots of homosexual thoughts lately. I don’t know what to even do. I pray about this issue more than nearly any other thing in my life, yet I feel like nothing has changed. I don’t want to be like this for the rest of my life. How do I get rid of this temptation? What will happen to me if I become gay? Could you give some advice or biblical wisdom to help? Resources 10 Things You Need to Know About the Bible and Homosexuality by CORE Christianity Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Jul
10
2020
Episode 485 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. I am a Christian who goes to church every Sunday, but I want to start gymnastics and most of the competitions are on Sunday morning. I’m wondering if it is okay if I miss a day of church (even though I don’t want to)? 2. I have a question about Genesis 6. I believe you would call them the Nephilim, or the sons of God, uniting with the daughters of men. That passage perplexes me. 3. Romans 8:16 says, “The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God.” I am now coming to understand that our ultimate grounds for assurance is in what Christ has objectively done for us. How are we to look at this verse in light of our present reality? 4. How can there not be apostles today if we still have pastors? Resources We Become What We Worship: A Biblical Theology of Idolatry by Gregory K. Beale You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit by James K. A. Smith The Gospel-Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World by Michael Horton   Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Jul
9
2020
Episode 484 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. Why should I trust radio pastors? They ask people to put 100% of their trust in God, and then ask us to give our money or time to fill their coffers as they wear $1,000 suits! Does the Holy Spirit work better in expensive suits? 2. How important do you believe it is to include a dedicated slot specifically for the public reading of Scripture in our worship service liturgies, and could you elaborate as to what most informs your thoughts? 3. How, when, and what made God decide to have a specific group of people to call His own (Israel), especially when in the first place he created each and every person in his image? Why did he choose Israel and call other tribes his enemies and actually fight them using his chosen people? 4. I am not happy with the direction my home church is going in. We have made several changes over the last year to become a more contemporary place. Could you provide me with some guidance on how to deal with these changes? online each Sunday and get connected with some friends each week?  Resources God, Greed, and the (Prosperity) Gospel: How Truth Overwhelms a Life Built on Lies by Costi Hinn A Better Way: Rediscovering the Drama of God-Centered Worship by Michael Horton   Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Jul
8
2020
Episode 483 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. In the Psalms, I’ve noticed that a lot of times that when the psalmist is praying, they seem to be making demands of God. For example, do this or that to my enemies. It seems quite disrespectful to me to talk like that to God, instead of using manners. Maybe this is justifiable? 2. Why did Jesus tell all those whom he healed to not to tell anyone about Him? 3. My son was a great kid growing up. When he went off to college, he got himself involved in things he had no business doing: alcohol, smoking. It has spiraled down from one thing to another and he admits he needs help. How can you help us? 4. Is corporate worship commanded, and how is the church gathering together on Sunday morning different from and necessary in addition to personal and small group worship? If corporate worship is commanded, and if there is a particular purpose and benefit unique to corporate worship, then why has the church been so quick to allow healthcare to replace its worship of God as the driver in our obedience? If we can accomplish all the same things via zoom for example, then why not just join online each Sunday and get connected with some friends each week?  Resources Teen Challenge – https://teenchallengeranch.com/ Al-Anon – https://al-anon.org/ Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Jul
7
2020
Episode 482 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. I was in a discussion with my friend about our beliefs. According to her, women are not able to cut their hair or wear pants. She sent me Deuteronomy 22:5, which talks about women not wearing men’s clothes and 1 Corinthians 11:6, which talks about women not cutting their hair. Are we supposed to follow these commands as Christians? If not, how do we make sense of these commands in the Bible? 2. What version of the Bible do you use on your show? 3. I’ve heard the phrase “faith is like a muscle, the more we use it, the stronger it gets” very often in the Christian community. While it sounds like a great analogy, I just don’t see it in the Bible. In Romans 12:3 Paul says God has assigned a measure of faith. Am I missing something? 4. Jesus taught us not to worry about what we shall eat or wear. Philippians 4:19 promises that God will supply all our needs. Yet, believers in other countries starve to death because they didn’t get the food they needed. I know the Bible is true, so there must be something wrong with my understanding. I desire to reconcile things I see with what I want to believe so that I can be confident in my trust of the Lord. He is certainly able to provide the basics for Christians, yet it seems like sometimes He doesn’t. Please help! Resources Knowing God by J. I. Packer  Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Jul
6
2020
Episode 481 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. I have been told by some people that Jesus Christ is a fake name; therefore, I am following a fake Jesus Christ. Can you please clarify for me if it is wrong to call the Son of God, Jesus Christ? 2. Was Saul similar to Judas, who walked with Jesus but never put his faith in him? 3. What is the difference between John’s baptism and Jesus Christ’s baptism? Are these really two different baptisms? Does John’s baptism confer to us the benefits of Christ? Could the believers in Acts 19 have repented and believed and still not have received the Holy Spirit in regeneration? 4. What Is Justice According To The Christian Faith? Resources Generous Justice: How God’s Grace Makes Us Just by Timothy Keller Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Jul
3
2020
Episode 480 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. In the Lord’s prayer, I understand how the Father would deliver us from evil, but why would God lead us into temptation? What is meant by “Our Father…lead us not into temptation”? 2. What are your views on the Lord’s Day, and what are biblical ways to honor God with my Sunday? 3. As Christians, should we pledge allegiance to a flag when our allegiance is to Christ and His Kingdom? 4. Shouldn’t people be looking for Jesus Christ, the church of God the Holy Spirit, and not a man-made church building? Resources A Better Way: Rediscovering the Drama of God-Centered Worship by Michael Horton Christless Christianity: The Alternative Gospel Of The American Church by Michael Horton Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Jul
2
2020
Episode 479 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. I have heard some Christians claim that Acts 16:6 proves that God does not want to save everybody since Paul was forbidden to speak in Asia. Yet Paul and those with him were not the only evangelists. Sometimes it seems like the church in the US acts like the rest of the world doesn’t exist, and I’m wondering if this tendency can be traced even to how we read the Bible?  2. How can Stephen call the Jews stiff-necked people if it is God that changed his heart? 3. I know someone who is believing and accepting as truth this book entitled “The Sacred Mushroom and The Cross.” I wonder if you could steer me in a good direction in order to properly address this book and its contents with knowledge and grace. 4. The Bible teaches that Jesus is the promised seed of the woman, the seed of Abraham, to whom belongs the everlasting throne promised to David. A lot of work went into preserving that seed, but then in Matthew 1, we are told that Jesus was born to the Virgin Mary, even though it was Joseph who was connected to the royal line of David. How does this work? Resources Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Jul
1
2020
Episode 478 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. Should people or pastors call themselves prophets or “man of God” today? If so, what does it mean to not touch the anointed ones and do prophets no harm? 2. In Genesis, in the Hebrew language, the creator of the universe is referred to in the plural form of Elohim. If God is triune, and one within the Trinity, why does the Hebrew word, Elohim, refer to the plural gods? 3. Is it okay to wish God was here physically with us even though I know it won’t happen? I was told this is idolatry, which makes me so sad because often I am pushed away, judged, or ignored because I’m autistic. None of the promises God made about church come true for me. Sometimes I wish I could touch, hug, hold, or smell God as my loving, affectionate Father. I especially long for this now that people are difficult to see with the Coronavirus restrictions. I wonder how orphans long for these basic needs but can’t get them. Do they think about God in the same way? 4. When will churches across the United States of America open to full capacity? So that way we can go back to what we used to do: shaking hands, hugging one another, that would be great. That way, all of us believers could attend that very first church service since March. Resources A Better Way: Rediscovering the Drama of God-Centered Worship by Michael Horton Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Jun
30
2020
Episode 477 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. I know God accepts me in Jesus -- but the way I walk does not reflect this, as I tend to perform, not for God, but to meet my own standards. I feel trapped, as my pride gets in the way of enjoying God's grace. Even though I know the issue, I still feel trapped. What can I do? 2. I had a question on predestination. I was wondering if God created time, space, and matter, would it be more that he is not confined in the time, and he knows who is going to be saved, rather than he chose who is going to be saved? To make it easier, he is not stuck in time, so he knows who is going to be saved and who is not, not being chosen? 3. Hello, was the generation that died in the wilderness saved? Did they put the blood on the doorposts only to die in the wilderness? I’m confused.  4. I am a Christian, and I listen to country music. Is that being of the world? Am I doing something wrong?   Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Jun
29
2020
Episode 476 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. What if I have been the prodigal son, but multiple times? In Hebrews, it sounds like if you fall away, you can’t be renewed to repentance. But Israel always seems to be falling away and returning to God. I guess I just feel the need to exhaustively make sure that I haven’t disqualified myself.   2. In Leviticus 20, there is a long list of sexual sin. Why does God say that they should die? That’s pretty harsh. Why would that not apply in today’s world? 3. What did Jesus mean that we are gods? Isn’t that polytheism or something? Is a part of me divine? 4. This is Jim, in Zechariah 11:10 when it says that he revoked or broke the covenant, what exactly does that mean?   Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Jun
26
2020
Episode 475 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. I’ve been doubting my salvation. I started reading the bible back in the 90s. Back in those days, I was addicted to cocaine, marijuana, porn, smoking and drinking. About 15 years ago I quit drugs, and about two years ago I quit smoking. I’m only about 560 days sober. My question is, am I saved? I know that my life changed, and I’m growing, but I doubt my salvation. So anything you have to say, thank you so much.  2. Almost every Christian church here in South Africa dance during Sunday services. Is it biblical, or is it one of the worldly things being adopted into the church? 3. Three and a half years ago, my 15-year-old son passed away. The autopsy revealed natural causes. I've been having terrible PTSD. I know he [my son] is in heaven. My pastor said Satan, not God, took my son. I'm very confused. I believe God calls his children home for a reason, even if it's early. It took me a year to get the courage to open my son's laptop, and when I did, I saw that he was planning to commit suicide a few days after he actually died. So I believe that God actually took him before he could do that. But now I'm confused. Did Satan take him? Or did God take him to avoid that? 4. I'm John, a 12-year-old from Charleston, South Carolina. Here is my question: Would you go to hell to save two sinners?
Jun
25
2020
Episode 474 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. Is it a sin to skip church? 2. Before the restrictions related to the coronavirus, our church was to no longer serve the Lord's Supper once a month on Sunday, but once a month on a Wednesday during an all-church prayer night. I struggle to understand why we would observe it on any other day than the Lord's day. Is this an acceptable practice?  3. How would you suggest someone of the faith talking to a parent who is gay and lesbian about the Christian faith? She knows the gospel, but she will say God made her that way, that He loves her, and that she is going to heaven without having to change or deny the flesh. 4. What exactly happens when we die? Do we go to heaven, or into a deep sleep?
Jun
24
2020
Episode 473 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. Why do I constantly hear negative thoughts from the Enemy? I was baptized for second time last year. So much different this time because I am actually a Christian. So why do I hear these negative thoughts? Maybe it is harder now because I have the Holy Spirit. I am being told, "Take every thought captive," but how do I do this? 2. Who are the "cloud of witnesses" mentioned in the Bible? I do not believe our loved ones in Heaven can see us on earth but some are teaching this. Please explain. 3. Hi I'm Matthew, I have a question on Matthew 6:14-15 When it says “For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses”. Does this mean the forgiveness of our sins from God is conditional on whether we forgive the sins of others? Thank you! God bless. P.S. I listen to snippets of your podcasts on Instagram from Singapore, and I enjoy them very much! 4. What happens when God is not impressive anymore in your life? I need an answer for that. I mean, I don’t find anything appealing anymore about God. I’ve been a Christian for a while.
Jun
23
2020
Episode 472 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. In Matthew 27:52–53 when the saints came out of the tomb after Jesus’ resurrection. They went into the holy city and were seen by many. This would be huge! It’s the only place in written history I can find it. How do you explain that nobody else ever thought it was worth mentioning?  2. If Jesus knew that the Roman authorities would crucify him, why did he say, "My Lord, My Lord, why do you forsake me?"  3. Should our main focus in the church be the preaching of Christ from all the Scriptures? What about growing his people in faith and boldness? Do we just preach and trust the Lord to grow his people, who then go out and love and serve their neighbors and share the gospel with them? 4. How is it possible for God to be good, just, and merciful all at once? Being just means that there are laws and rules that are written and will be followed. Being merciful is negating justice. How can God embody all three? 5. 2 Samuel 23 has always baffled me. Every time I read it, I wonder why David didn’t drink the water which three of his men risked their lives to get for him. It seems ungrateful. What is God teaching us here? These verses are in a chapter about David’s mighty men. Should the focus be on them and not David’s offering to the Lord?  Resources Devoted to God: Blueprints for Sanctification by Sinclair B. Ferguson Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Jun
22
2020
Episode 471 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. I have a dear friend who is a devout Mormon who believes she is a Christian. Now, I’m a Christian, and we were in a conversation the other day and she was talking about “the Prophet.” How do I witness to my friend? She believes in Jesus Christ and talks about how Jesus Christ is her savior, but I know that Mormonism is a cult.  2. What does Isaiah mean when in Isaiah 64:6 he says,  “All our righteous acts are as filthy rags”?  3. Why wasn’t Joseph at Jesus’ crucifixion? Any explanation will be of much help.  4. Why was one of Noah's sons cursed and not the others?  5. Does God ever tell us that we're with the wrong person, other than what is written in the Bible? Over a year ago, I walked into a lecture hall and I got the weirdest sense that I was supposed to be with someone I saw in the room. I dismissed the thought immediately. I'm happy with my partner. We are dating not married, and I don't want things to change. But the feeling kept coming back, so I prayed for wisdom and read the Bible. I then prayed for the feeling to go away. Now, I just feel stressed. I can't shake the sense that this isn't the life I'm intended to live, and I'm with the wrong person. I thought this feeling would go away once the semester was over, but it's been over a year. Does God ever do things like this? Resources Knowing God by J. I. Packer  Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Jun
19
2020
Episode 470 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. Where do evil and sin come from? Are they from Satan? Do we just have them?  2. How should i understand church government? What kind of authority do elders have?  3. I have been told that we shouldn’t personally address the Holy Spirit in prayer or song because we don’t see that anywhere in Scripture, but the Nicene Creed states that the Holy Spirit, “with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified.” Is there any conflict here? I know from John's Gospel that the Spirit's role is to glorify the Son and to lead us in all truth (the Word), but can the Holy Spirit be the direct object of our worship?  4. Could you explain what Jesus meant when he told us to “remember Lot’s wife”? What does that mean for us today? Resources Rediscovering the Holy Spirit: God’s Perfecting Presence in Creation, Redemption, and Everyday Life by Michael Horton Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Jun
18
2020
Episode 469 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. Do we need to speak in tongues under the Holy Spirit in order to be received by the Father in heaven?  2. In Ezekiel 40, God shows Ezekiel a vision of a temple. What temple is this, since the measurements do not fit the temples built under Ezra and Nehemiah,or by Herod? Now that there is no need for sacrifice because of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, and there will not be a temple in heaven, what is the purpose of this vision? Where does this fit into prophetic history from Ezekiel's standpoint?   3. A good friend of mine often says that Satan is the source of the problems we face in life. For example, her sister who is not a believer is going through a divorce, and she often says Satan is to blame and he wants to destroy marriages. Another scenario would be when she feels depressed. She will say that it’s the Enemy. I would like to better understand what the Bible says about Satan's role in our sufferings. I do believe that Satan and the spiritual forces of evil are at work in the world, but if Satan can’t be everywhere at once, how can we blame him for all our problems? What is the meaning of Ephesians 6:10–20 and how can we apply that to our lives as Christians?  4. I'm concerned that I had a dream last night and the Lord gave me a message. His message was, “Your faith is as sand.” Should I be worried that the Lord is trying to tell me that I am a weak Christian or that he is not happy with how I am living my life? I try to be a good Christian and live a clean life, but maybe there is something more I need to do.  Resources Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God's Story by Michael Horton Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Jun
17
2020
Episode 468 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. I’m a 77-year-old Christian lady, and I didn’t notice it for years, but my social security number has a 666 number. That has really troubled me a lot. Could you explain what you think that might mean for me, and what I can do about it? 2. It seems like many churches today are program and evangelism driven, with good intentions, but seem to lack theological and biblical depth. And others are theologically and biblically sound but lack outreach. What place should programs and evangelistic outreaches serve in the local church? 3. Should Christians become involved in peaceful protests? 4. Are there any texts I can refer to that point to the Christ as being from above who came down as deity clothed in the flesh? I have a half brother who is a Hasidic Jew, and I think this would be helpful in discussing Jesus Christ with him. 5. Wouldn’t holding up the physical authors of the Bible as holier than ordinary Christians be a form of idolatry? And if yes, wouldn’t the Catholic church’s position that the Pope is a conduit to God be similar because they think he can be something that we cannot?  Resources Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God's Story by Michael Horton Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Jun
16
2020
Episode 467 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. Jehovah’s Witnesses have a different kind of Bible. So how can you even have a discussion on an issue with a person, when you are reading the word, but their Bible doesn’t even say the same thing as your Bible? It is like you are at a dead-end or something.  2. I have a question regarding the Old Testament and hell. I know that hell is taught in the Old Testament, but does this mean that every single person that lived prior to Jesus who was not a part of the old covenant is in hell? There seems to be so many people that lived prior to Jesus who were not part of Israel, and it can make hell hard to stomach. Any help? 3. Is Christianity a religion just like any other? 4. I accepted Jesus Christ when I was a 9-year-old kid. I believed I was forgiven, but then I went through a long period of doubt. I accepted him again at 17. In my mid-20’s, I accepted him again. When I was 30, I accepted him again. But then I would doubt. I don't doubt that Jesus is God or that he died for me or that I'm a sinner or that I asked for forgiveness, I just wonder if God did forgive me and when he did forgive me? I struggle with the passage that says perfect love casts out all fear. Well, I fear all the time, and I fear that I didn't have enough trust when I accepted Christ. Resources 9 Ways to Know You Are Really a Christian Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Jun
15
2020
Episode 466 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. I’m trying to do something good that was placed on my heart to help some people out. I’ve been praying for God to help me so that I can help them, but I haven’t received anything. I get discouraged when nothing seems to happen. I believe God placed it on my heart to help them, but why doesn’t anything happen when I pray about it?  2. I believe Christians are baptized by the Holy Spirit. I read a book regarding the filling of the Spirit as though it were a special gift or something. I was a little confused by it.  3. Several decades ago I had hallucinations of being in hell. They were very real and I'm wondering now if I'm saved. I've accepted Jesus but it's hard for me to believe. I've been diagnosed with borderline schizophrenia and am on medication, but Satan is tormenting me. How can I know I am really saved?  4. How do we balance our desire for obedience with legalism? avoiding legalism 5. How do you address people who charm people into thinking they are repentant, but their behavior never changes?  Resources True Vs. False Repentance. Whats the Difference? Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Jun
12
2020
Episode 465 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. Is it true that, based on John 17:1–11, we are glorious because we are one with God. My understanding of "glorious" is worthy of high praise. I thought that only God was worthy of high praise. Is it correct to say we are glorious?  2. I have been grappling for a long time with the fall of Adam and Eve who chose to eat the forbidden fruit which lead to sin and death. Did God, in his sovereignty, cause Adam and Eve to disobey him and commit the first sin?  3. How does sin actually lead to death?  4. Is mental illness a legitimate problem? Can Christians become mentally ill? Will God have mercy on those with mental illness?  Resources A Place for Weakness: Preparing Yourself for Suffering by Michael Horton Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Jun
11
2020
Episode 464 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. Peter and Judas both betrayed Jesus, but Peter was forgiven and went to heaven. Judas became remorseful in the end and killed himself. Were they just following directions in their betrayal? Or did Jesus, being all-knowing, know how they would react? I know the Bible doesn’t report that Judas repented, but if he had before he killed himself, would he have been forgiven? Would he have still killed himself?  2. Where can a man find a good male mentor?  3. My daughter wants to have her 2-year-old daughter baptized, but her husband, who isn’t a believer, is opposed to it. Should she just put that on hold and believe in Acts 15:31, that her own baptism and faith will cover her daughter? Or should she stand in the gap created by her husband and proceed with the baptism? The teaching about being submissive to her husband is challenging, but I have been taught that if an unbelieving spouse’s desires go against what the Lord has commanded us to do. The believing spouse is not obligated to submit.  4. I accepted Christ at 14, but I've lived a sinful life until I was 69. Did I possibly push God too far and lose my salvation? How do I know for certain that I have salvation?  5. What does God mean by, “A man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one?” The idea we get from movies, songs, and culture is that we must feel it. We have this expectation that the purpose of marriage is to be “happy” or “close” to our spouse. Isn't the purpose of marriage, instead, to bring us to the Father? Are there Christian marriages where the two are not united as one? Or is “united as one” an edict? Sometimes I wonder if I truly believe this based on how I react in my own marriage.  Resources The Meaning of Marriage by Timothy Keller Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Jun
10
2020
Episode 463 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. What is the purpose of meeting as a body of Christ? Because COVID-19 has restricted our fellowship, there was a discussion this week among some of the men in my church who question why we would even attend service if they couldn't fellowship with others. In that vein, some articulated that the sole purpose of our meeting on Sunday was for fellowship. The word and sacraments were not included in the discussion. I would like to have a biblical source for the understanding of the purpose of meeting as a church body.  2. In the last words of the Old Testament, Malachi, says, “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and dreadful day of the Lord.” When Jesus first came, that was not the great and dreadful day. That is when Jesus comes back with wrath. So Elijah couldn’t be John the Baptist. Who is this Elijah?  3. As Christians, is it appropriate for us to pray the imprecatory Psalms? How does this square with praying for the salvation of those who mean to do us harm or have done harm? I'm thinking about those who slander Christians and who push for abortion or other things that do great harm to society as a whole.  4. We always say that God is in control of everything. My question has to do with 1 John 5:19 where states, “The whole world is in the power of the evil one.” This seems contradictory. I don’t understand that.  Resources Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God's Story by Michael Horton A Better Way: Rediscovering the Drama of God-Centered Worship by Michael Horton Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Jun
9
2020
Episode 462 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. In Christian circles we often make a distinction between temptation and sin, almost at the expense of downplaying temptation as morally neutral. However, since temptations come from our own sinful desires (James 1), is the desire for something sinful, itself sinful? For example, are homosexual desires sinful? Are these desires the same thing as sexual orientation, or is that a man-mad and unbiblical definition? 2. Do you believe it is possible for someone to lose their salvation? If so, do you believe they can lose it to the point of no return? In Hebrews 6 it speaks about, “It is impossible to bring those people back who have tasted the goodness of God, to renew them to repentance.” And also in Matthew, it talks about blaspheming the Holy Spirit, that it would not be forgiven them. 3. What happened to all those in OT times, who were unaware of Israel and Israel’s God? Where did they spend eternity? And what happens in eternity to folks in NT times that are not aware of the gospel? Would love to have scripture answers on this. 4. I feel very jealous and envious of the other Christians at church. It is so painful for me because I had a daughter who died by suicide a few years ago. Mainly, I’m just having such a hard time with my jealousy and envy with happy Christians when I don’t feel the same way. I’m embarrassed to even admit this. I don’t tell my husband or my children any of this. I feel like a terrible person. I feel like God is disappointed with me for feeling this way. I pray all the time. I read the Bible. I’m a Christian. I love Jesus. I’m just a loner. Resources 10 Things You Need to Know About the Bible and Homosexuality 9 Things Everyone Needs to Know About Depression Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Jun
8
2020
Episode 461 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. Jesus is often called the son of David in the New Testament. However, his genealogy given in Matthew is connected to Joseph, his adopted father. Luke’s genealogy differs, but he also traces Jesus’ lineage through Joseph. How is Jesus the son of David, and thus the Messiah, if he is only related to David through Joseph, who wasn’t his real father? This has caused a lot of doubt for me.  2. My little niece asked, “Who made God? And who is the Holy Spirit?”  3. My question is in reference to the role of the Holy Spirit today versus in the Old Testament, specifically in the lives of believers. I know that we are sealed with the Spirit at conversion when we repent and put our faith in Jesus. And I know that Old Testament Jews were saved by faith in the same way we are today. But when I look at my life of sanctification and how God has delivered me from some very egregious sin patterns, it makes me wonder how Old Testament Jews would fight sin in their life. My understanding is that the Holy Spirit would indwell only select individuals and only temporarily during the time of the Old Testament. If this is true, does that mean that the vast majority of Old Testament Jews would fight sin without the help of the Holy Spirit? The growth I have seen in my walk with Christ is without a doubt a work of the Holy Spirit. I can't imagine fighting the 'sin battle' without the work of the Spirit. I know that apart from Christ, I wouldn't even seek a life of holiness. Thank you again and I appreciate your thoughts on this. God bless.  4. In Acts 5 once Ananias and Sapphirias were found out and each died on the spot, did they go to heaven, or were they sent to hell?  Resources Kids Say the Darndest Things (Theology Edition) by Adriel Sanchez Rediscovering the Holy Spirit: God’s Perfecting Presence in Creation, Redemption, and Everyday Life by Michael Horton Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Jun
5
2020
Episode 460 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. What biblical wisdom can you provide for tithing and giving during job loss or the loss of regular income? How can an individual honor the Lord with their finances where they are living off of savings for a time or receiving unemployment? 2. I have a question about communion. I’ve gone to a Catholic church and I’ve gone to a Christian church. I noticed that in the Catholic church, they take communion every day, but in the Christian church I went to, they only took it once a month. Is there really a big difference between that?  3. My question is regarding confession of sin. By God's grace, for almost two years now I’ve died to pornography and other immoral actions and trying to hide my sins. I've repented to the Lord, and I confessed to my wife these sins, including many sinful thoughts I’ve had in the past as well as just the darkness I was in. However, in my heart I still feel unsettled and unforgiven because I continue to remember more bad thoughts I used to entertain or some I’ve had recently. I don’t know if I need to continue to confess these same things to my wife? I know it can be a burden because I'm living in the past, and we can never move forward because I feel the need to exhaustively confess every terrible thing I've thought or done in the past. I just need some guidance if my thinking is off in this or if I should be trying to exhaustively confess everything to my wife. Resources A Better Way: Rediscovering the Drama of God-Centered Worship by Michael Horton Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Jun
4
2020
Episode 459 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. I have been a Christian for over 15 years. And recently, I have been having this overwhelming fear of dying. Even though I know there is a heaven and there is eternity, there is a seed of doubt of “what if this is the end?” It has given me anxiety and panic attacks. What are some encouragement or even helpful resources you can give to me?  2. I have been frustrated over receiving more information about the Coronavirus, but that there is an appalling lack of wisdom. What is godly wisdom? Does it come primarily through reading Scripture? Does it come primarily through praying to God on a daily basis? And I guess for me, how can I confront these frustrations that I have, and defeat them with God’s help? 3. What is the biblical stance on racism? How should Christians respond to oppression?  4. Did the Pope change a line in the Lord's prayer from "lead us not into temptation" to "protect us from temptation, and deliver us from evil"? What happened with that particular sentence of the Lord's prayer?  Resources The Message of Acts in the History of Redemption by Dennis Johnson Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Jun
3
2020
Episode 458 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. Can we be filled the Holy Spirit by asking to be filled with him? How do I receive the Holy Spirit like on Pentecost?  2. I have often heard people say after the death of a loved one, "I really miss my dad, but I know that he is now looking out for me." They often point to rainbows, white feathers, or other "signs" of evidence of their loved one's continuing presence in their lives. As a pastor, I have struggled with how to respond to this idea. I know that for them it is sentimentally comforting and helpful, but I also know that it is a false comfort. A believer who dies is in the presence of God, not floating about over us. And a non-believer has his attention quite occupied in other ways. Even though I have taught about our hope in Christ and the reality for a believer that being absent from the body is to be present with the Lord, members of my own congregation would say things like this. Any thoughts on what one can say to popular but misguided thoughts about death?  3. Do Satanists and witches blaspheme the Holy Spirit? Is that true? Can anyone be forgiven? 4. Thanks for your radio program. What you’re doing is important because I don’t see that most believers have a basic knowledge of what the Bible teaches.  I listen to you while I work in my engineering office. Here is my question:  can the believers who have already gone to heaven pray for us still on earth? Resources The Message of Acts in the History of Redemption by Dennis Johnson Devoted to God: Blueprints for Sanctification by Sinclair B. Ferguson Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Jun
2
2020
Episode 457 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. I've been taking the time to study the Bible, and your show has been very helpful. My question is, in Romans 3:31, Paul asks if faith nullifies the law. He answers, “Not at all! Rather, we uphold the law.” Does this mean that when our faith is sincere and we start to have victory over sin or do good works, that our works somehow uphold the law?  2. How should I react to a preacher’s teaching that I do not agree with?  3. In 1 Kings 19:11–13 God spoke to Elijah through a still small voice. A friend of mine recently indicated that she wanted to hear from God more and that she needs to quiet her mind and wait for His still small voice. Is the way God spoke to Elijah for all believers today? How does God communicate to His children today? 4. When Jesus returns, it says the dead will rise first. But relatives say that when someone has died they have gone to be with the Lord. Can you shed light on that?   5. I have not been born again very long. I was living with my boyfriend when Jesus came to me. We immediately ceased fornication as we are not married, but we continue to live together. I am currently on a break from work, and I have a daughter from a previous relationship. As I am not working due to a mental health injury I sustained at work, I can not afford to move out. There is absolutely no fornication or anything of that nature. Am I still saved?  Resources What to Look for When Choosing A Church Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Jun
1
2020
Episode 456 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. Does 1 Corinthians 11 mean a married woman needs to wear a head covering anytime she is in public? I have read where someone said that the Greek wording indicates that the women were to keep the head covering on when praying or prophesying as if it was something they were expected to wear in public but were pulling it off in the church when doing these activities. Are women to wear this all of the time? I have also read quotes from church leaders from early in the church requiring this. Were they requiring it all of the time?  2. I've had an on-again, off-again relationship with my mother, who struggles with mental illness. When things are good, they're great. When they aren't, she can be really abusive, and I always end up being the enemy. A few people have told me that it is time to let it go. Unfortunately, I've never received an apology from her, it just goes back to the way things were until she goes through another cycle. I mean, I love my mom and I forgive her, but I guess my question is, when it comes to forgiveness, does there come a time when, for self-preservation, there is a time to let that relationship go? Or is that being selfish? Am I being a bad son for letting her go, if that cycle keeps going without any sign of letting up? 3. Mark 1:15 states that Jesus began his ministry by proclaiming that "the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe the gospel". My understanding of the gospel is that, at its core, it is about how Jesus justifies us through his finished work on the cross. Without the crucifixion, there would be no gospel. But it is clear from the Gospels that Jesus did not reveal how he would die until later in his ministry, and even when he did, his disciples did not fully understand what he was saying. So what was the content of the gospel that Jesus was proclaiming compared with the gospel that, for example, Paul proclaims in Romans? It seems that Jesus' message is linked to the kingdom of God. If so, does that mean that our proclamation of the gospel is deficient if it does not include "the kingdom of God" and how this ties in with the message of justification?  4. If one feels that they are demonically possessed, how do they get the demons out of the body? I know in the bible, swine were filled with demons that were possessing a man. How can we do it in modern-day culture?  Resources Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God's Story by Michael Horton Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
May
29
2020
Episode 455 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. Hello, my name is Lou from Vincenza, Italy. I trust this note finds you and your families all well and safe from the virus. My question is regarding 2 Samuel 21:1–14, this passage has always perplexed me. It appears that David allows seven of Saul's heirs to be put to death by the Gibeonites for revenge and in order to answer prayer on behalf of the land (v. 14). Am I reading this correctly? Is there a deeper meaning that I'm missing?  2. When you are attacked by demons, how does that affect your salvation?  3. How should we interpret the psalms? I heard someone say that all the psalms are about Jesus and not just the messianic ones. Isn't that overdoing it? Some of the Psalms speak of sin and envy and fleshly problems. This seems to be some kind of overly Christological Hermeneutic? I heard Martin Luther had interpreted Psalm 1 as thinking of Christ as the Blessed Man in 1513, but then when he came back to the book decades later he changed his mind and interpreted it literally.  4. I am on several different medications to battle some odd anxiety issues that I have, for really no apparent reason. I know that pharmacy comes from the Greek word pharmakeia, which means witchcraft. I know that we are forbidden in God’s word to associate with witchcraft, and so I’ve had this burden on my spirit about being on medications, but without them I physically cannot function. What are your thoughts on that? Resources Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God's Story by Michael Horton Walking with Jesus Through His Word: Discovering Christ in All the Scriptures by Dennis Johnson Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
May
28
2020
Episode 454 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. The San Diego Union Tribune reported that churches will now be allowed to hold drive in services. Now that congregations are able to physically gather in this limited way, how would you advice church leaderships to utilize this method of gathering effectively and should the church administer the sacraments of baptism and the Lord’s Supper during this time especially in the light of social distancing and the specific order of refraining from “direct or indirect physical touch with others?”  2. What sort of music should be played in church?  3. When praying, say for a healing from God, should a person thank God for that specific healing as if it has already happened? What if God chooses not to heal? Thank you.  4. Will my mom with dementia go to heaven?  Resources A Better Way: Rediscovering the Drama of God-Centered Worship by Michael Horton Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God by Tim Keller Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
May
27
2020
Episode 453 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. How would we reconcile Paul’s proclamation in Acts 17:26–27, that he made man for the expressed purpose of seeking him and finding him, and his proclamation in Romans 3:11 that no one seeks for God because of their fallen condition?  2. How do you understand the end of the age in Mark 13? What does it mean that those who endure to the end will be saved?  3. What can I do about my husband’s gaming addiction?  4. Can you explain the details of the rationale behind the law in Leviticus 18:19? How does this law fit into the context of this section of Leviticus, the law is concerning menstruation? It's mentioned alongside a bunch of other laws about incest, adultery, and homosexuality. Is this a law we should follow today? And if so, how do we know from the text that we should? If not, how do we know from the text that we shouldn't?  Resources Putting Amazing Back into Grace: Embracing The Heart Of The Gospel by Michael Horton The Gospel-Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World by Michael Horton Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
May
26
2020
Episode 452 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. What is the difference between God's will and providence?  2. Does it matter what Bible translation you read? 3. Everyday I wake up wondering if I am saved. It doesn’t matter how much I have prayed, how much I try not to do the things that I’ve asked forgiveness for. I just wake up with this monkey on my back, that I’m not saved. Everyday for 8 years I’ve gone through this, and I don’t want to go through it no more. It has left me wanting it to be over, to be done with life. I’m just wondering what it is that I should do? If I’m making the same mistake again and again, then maybe I’m not truly repenting. It has left me very impatient with people around me, with myself. I feel like all day long I am constantly begging for forgiveness and just feeling extremely depressed.  4. How did so many cultures and people come from Adam and Eve? 5. I have been using the psalms more to inspire my own prayers, but I keep running into these moments in the psalms where the psalmist will claim his own innocence, that he’ll appeal his own innocence so that God will listen to him. For instance, in Psalm 17:1–5 we hear David do this. Is the psalmist actually innocent, as he is claiming to be? And if so, I kind of find it hard to echo this prayer because other passages describe how deep sin goes in the heart. Am I supposed to have the same confidence in my own innocence that David had? Am I supposed to see this as a prayer of Christ, who actually is innocent? And if so, how does this inform my own prayers.  Resources Putting Amazing Back into Grace: Embracing The Heart Of The Gospel by Michael Horton The Gospel-Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World by Michael Horton Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
May
25
2020
Episode 451 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. I've come across a teaching that says, on one hand, that a person is saved by grace through faith, yet it also says that works play a role in the final judgment and are “necessary” for salvation. This is a confusing teaching. Is this a biblical understanding of salvation?  2. Why the focus on homosexuality if divorce is more prevalent and equally a sin?  3. If my heart is pure will it outweigh my worldly ways?  4. When she was younger, my wife was molested. She feels God brought her into the world only to be taken advantage of. I try to talk to her about the gospel, how all our pain and anguish are answered in the gospel. I feel inadequate in being able to guide her or to turn to Scripture to show here what it is that I find is my comfort. My question is, what do I do? Where do I go to be able to help guide her as she is going through this and help her understand that the gospel isn’t only for when you die, but for now, when you are alive here on earth? 
May
22
2020
Episode 450 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1.  Does the Holy Spirit dwell within a believer physically or relationally?  I read in the Old Testament that the Holy Spirit came into and onto people and I don't know if that gives guidance to my New Testament understanding. Whether right or wrong on this, should it affect my understanding of the baptizing, filling or works of the Holy Spirit?   2.  Could you please explain Open Theism to me? I don’t understand how I can trust God if it is true. How Can God not know the future? If he is waiting for us and reacting to our choices, how can we trust in his promises? Can you give me some Bible verses to stand on?   3. If God doesn't alwasy deliver us from great persecution or suffering, how I can trust God to be a merciful and loving God. All the Psalms and Proverbs tell us that he is there and he will protect us, when obviously that is not what happened. I have a very difficult time aligning that in my mind and the verses in the Scripture, which I trust to be the Word of God and the truth. Please help me with that.   4.  I’m trying to figure out whether or not to attend my son’s gay wedding ceremony. He knows that I do not believe gay marriage is actually marriage, but he still wants me to be at the   ceremony. A friend recommended that I attend the ceremony but not the reception as there will be same-sex dancing, kissing, and celebrating. I would appreciate your thoughts.   Resources Rediscovering the Holy Spirit: God’s Perfecting Presence in Creation, Redemption, and Everyday Life  by Michael Horton True vs False Repentance: Whats the Difference?  by Adriel Sanchez 10 Things You Need to Know about Homosexuality and the Bible  by Michael Horton Request  our latest  special offers  here  or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
May
21
2020
Episode 449 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1.  If I have repented from a sin, does that mean I should never do it again, or if I do, does it mean I didn't really repent? I ask the Lord for forgiveness and try to not do those sins again, but I do. What am I doing wrong?   2. What does it mean to put my trust in Christ instead of  just believing or even admiring the facts about him?   3.  I'm in CA and as of today  churches are not allowed to have in-person gatherings. My pastor and elder board have decided that we are resuming in church services on May 31 with or without the governor's approval. I think the church has a responsibility to witness to the community by being law-abiding, even though I live in a community that has been very lightly touched by the coronavirus. My husband thinks that the church has a duty to minister to the spiritual needs of the church body and that supersedes the governer's edict about in-person gatherings. Could you shed some light on when it is appropriate for the church to defy government edicts? Will my church water down its witness by defying the governor's rules? Is this a slippery slope?   4.  I am wondering about how streaming has affected the church in these times. I haven’t seen a lot of grieving on my part from people. Rather, they try to make streaming something we should be happy about. And I mean I’m not happy about it.  When churches are allowed to gather again, however that looks,  do you think churches should still make streaming an option or should leaders call for physical gatherings and make that a priority for people who are able to gather and not hindered with physical ailments?   Resources True vs False Repentance: Whats the Difference?  by Adriel Sanchez Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God's Story  by Michael Horton Request  our latest  special offers  here  or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
May
20
2020
Episode 448 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1.  If Jesus is still embodied (albeit in a glorified body) does this mean that He is not omnipresent?   2.  What is the sign of the coming of the Christ in Matthew?   3.  In  John 7, Jesus's brothers ask Jesus to go to Judea. In verses 6 through 9 Jesus explains that He "is not going up to this festival." Then in verse 10 Jesus does the opposite of what he told his brothers!  After Jesus's brothers left for the festival, then Jesus went privately "in secret". Whatever Jesus's reason was to go, Jesus lied to his brothers! I just am so disturbed by this passage because it seems like what we call a " little white lie."   4.  Should we move to attend a specific pastor's church?   Resources The God Who Gives: How the Trinity Shapes the Christian Story  by Kelly M. Kapic Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God's Story  by Michael Horton Request  our latest  special offers  here  or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
May
19
2020
Episode 447 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1.  It seems there are a lot of questions or theories about what happened with the end of the gospel of Mark. How does one explain what seems to be an abrupt ending of to a non-believer or someone questioning the faith especially when reading this gospel?   2.  Thank the Lord, I am saved! But I know that I am a sinner. How do I overcome the bitterness about the people who are child molesters, mass murderers, serial killers, these horrible people who do horrible things? How do I overcome the bitterness toward them for the things they do, and will they go to heaven? Everyone says that if you believe in God and you are saved, you will go to heaven. I am  so  bitter, and I know it is wrong for me to do that.   3.  Several times in the Bible it says to fear God. I've always heard that means like a respectful fear. Most of the time I find myself fearing God like I'm terrified of Him. I worry about His punishment, yet I mess up and sin all the time which makes me fear even more. I fear the end of time when we are judged. Is that type of fear biblical? How should my view of God be in respect to fear?   4.  When we get angry at another person, for whatever reason, are we ultimately angry at God? I believe that anger comes from pride, and pride opposes God.   Resources Obeying God Out of Slavish Fear  by Adriel Sanchez The Gospel-Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World  by Michael Horton Request  our latest  special offers  here  or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
May
18
2020
Episode 446 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1.  Is it okay to pray in the morning instead of at night before you go to bed?   2.  I am a Christian. I committed a sin that is hidden from everyone except God. This sin affected many people but they don’t know it. I have asked and begged God for forgiveness. I don’t feel like I’m forgiven. Is it because I have not confessed the sin to the people involved? Is that required?   3. I was raised Catholic, now go to Lutheran Church. My main driving force is, I don't want to burn in hell. Is that a problem? 4.  A lot of weight gets put on doctrinal unity and churches are parts of denominations for that purpose. However, is their biblical warrant to give weight to “geographical” unity even across denominational lines? Further, how would we properly balance doctrinal unity and geographical unity? Resources Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Christian in Community  by Dietrich Bonhoeffer Obeying God Out of Slavish Fear  by Adriel Sanchez Request  our latest  special offers  here  or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
May
15
2020
Episode 445 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. Hi can you guys please explain  Matthew 3:15, what was the purpose of Jesus being baptized?   2.  I just heard one of the other questions being asked about conspiracy theories, and it wasn’t really your answer that had me concerned, it was more so the way that, maybe Christians look down on conspiracy theorists? The reason that concerns me is that, through my research in the Bible, I do believe in the flat earth. And the reason I was studying that in the Bible is because I was trying to prove that it wasn’t a flat earth. Now I feel concerned with my belief, I guess, and I was wondering how you felt about that, or how God felt about that, or what else I can do? 3.  We are told by Jesus to pray for our enemies, but what does that look like? I'm not sure how not to sound like a Pharisee when praying for someone who has hurt me. If I pray something like, "Please let them see the error of their ways..." then I am saying that I think I am right and they are wrong, but if that weren't the case, then I probably wouldn't be hurt. I'm confused about the practical way to pray for someone who has caused pain, especially if that person refuses to see their responsibility. I appreciate any help you can give.     4.  In  Zechariah 14:4, it speaks about the day when the Lord will fight against the nations, and his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives near Jerusalem. It was from the Mount of Olives that Jesus taught about his second coming and the place from which he literally ascended to heaven. In fact, moments after his ascension, angels told the disciples Jesus would return in the same manner they saw him leave. Could these texts together be teaching that the Mount of Olives will be the initial place to where Jesus returns to earth and will touch down?   5.  Is it wrong for a Christian to be cremated? I’m trying to put my affairs in order and wondered about that.   6.  I'm a christian convert from atheism. After my conversion and learning about the faith, something became clearly obvious.  Easter is, or should be, a much bigger deal than Christmas. I understand that both his birth and resurrection are important events, but it seems to me that one is clearly above the other. I also understand why the world, even nonbelievers, celebrate Christmas, but why don't Christians and churches put more emphasis on celebrating Easter with at least the same vigor (and budget) that they do around Christmas?   Resources The Story of Reality: How the World Began, How It Ends, and Everything Important that Happens in Between  by Gregory Koukl Request  our latest  special offers  here  or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
May
14
2020
Episode 444 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1.  I'm having some trouble understanding how to read the book of Job, or how it bears witness to Christ. Is Job actually blameless or is he a sinner that deserves God's judgment? Job seems to go back and forth between how he sees himself before God. Additionally, I've heard it said that Job's friends are giving him bad advice. Are we not to read the passages of Job's friends' words about God's character as true?   2.  If you have a family that takes advantage of you financially in every which way, taking not only from me, but my mom and my sisters, what's the break-off? We're all Christians. My brother has just come to know the Lord, and the other day used the scriptures against me, saying give to the poor. He's not well off, but he's always lived off of other individuals. His need is tugging at my heart, and it’s not easy.   3. We are a young couple in our early twenties, and my wife is suffering from a terrible chronic illness, often known as the most painful diagnosis medically known, called CRPS, dubbed the "suicide disease". Her entire body is in searing pain through her nerves and skin, and there is nothing that any doctors worldwide can do to alleviate the pain. She is bedridden and in agonizing pain every hour, day and night. I feel like I am going insane watching my bride burn up and call out in writhing pain. Through this, our faith feels like it's in a very barren, lonely desert.  Why would God not extend his mercy to give even a small degree of relief, never mind healing?  And  how do we glorify God in our life when she literally feels like she is dying?   4. How do you know which is the true day of worship? You have some claiming it to be Sunday, and some claiming it to be Saturday. What does the bible say about this?   Resources A Place for Weakness: Preparing Yourself for Suffering  by Michael Horton Putting Amazing Back into Grace: Embracing The Heart Of The Gospel  by Michael Horton Request  our latest  special offers  here  or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
May
13
2020
Episode 443 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1.  Based on  Isaiah 54:5, I’ve heard people say, we are “married to Christ” or that Jesus is my “husband.” Is this accurate to say? We, the church,  are the bride of Christ, but am I also married to Christ?   2.  I had a question about just how many apostles there are. It seems clear, in passages like  revelation 21  that there are 12 apostles, but in sections such as  Acts 14, verse 14, we hear Paul and Barnabas are apostles too, but they're not counted among the 12. So I was wondering how we reconcile those two different sets of numbers.   3.  Recently, I have been learning a lot about doctrines, like election, that I wasn’t aware of before, and I’m having difficulty understanding. I hear a lot of people talk about how there are professing Christians who aren’t true Christians, and how they are self-deceived. If so many people are self-deceived, how can anyone ever be certain of salvation? If a person can go years in the faith and then fall away, how do I know I will persevere? What am I missing that the confident Christian possesses? I am really uncertain of my salvation and feeling hopeless.   Resources The Future of Everything: Essential Truths About the End Times  by William Boekestein The Gospel-Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World  by Michael Horton Request  our latest  special offers  here  or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
May
12
2020
Episode 442 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1.    I got saved at the age of 19 and immediately had a heart for evangelism and helping Christians grow in their faith. When I came to faith I recognized the incredible love of the Lord that He would choose me to be his child through the perfect sacrifice of his son. However, here I am almost 3 years later and I still do not weep over my sin. I am angry at my sin but not always. This scares me that since I still do not understand the depth of my sin, I probably do not understand the gospel fully. I feel if I did understand the value of Christ and the unity he has with the Father and that my sin has separated that unity, I should be on my face before God daily. I guess my question is, if I sometimes feel numb to my sin, am I saved? And how do I understand the severity of my sin more?   2.  I heard that God does not ratify acts of false prophets with miracles. And I'm trying to figure out how to interpret the story of Moses where he throws down his staff that becomes a serpent, and Pharaoh’s priests throw down three staffs that become three serpents. Of course Moses prevails, but I'm trying to figure out by what power Pharaoh’s priests were able to accomplish that apparent miracle? 3.  What will heaven be like?   4.  My 14-year old’s father is a member of a “Christian” church that believes in strict adherence to Old Testament laws and I believe, discounts the gospel and the work that Jesus Christ did for us on the cross. I find myself often times listening to your show or studying scripture with the goal of gaining an understanding of how my son’s fathers’ church has it all wrong (and perhaps blasphemously) in order to know how to respond to my son when he is conflicted by the two very different teachings of our church and his father’s. Is this wrong of me to do?     Resources Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God's Story  by Michael Horton Request  our latest  special offers  here  or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
May
11
2020
Episode 441 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1.  What is the best interpretation of "all will know me" in the  Jer. 31:34  prophecy of the New Covenant?   2.  There are people that wear crosses, and they are convinced that they got a close walk with God. But they don't do anything that's correct. You've got, for example, mothers that put their daughters down. You've got husbands or wives that put their spouses down. You've got people hurting people just to make themselves feel better because they have psychological problems. Now, would those people be saved? Are they going to enter heaven even though they didn't follow through with anything, because there's no fruit there? I don’t know. I don't see any fruit.   3.  In  Mark 1:2—3  it says,  “As it is written in Isaiah the prophet, “Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare yourself way, the voice of the one crying in the wilderness: prepare the way of the Lord, make His paths straight.’” Then it  goes on to say this was John the Baptist. My question is how is Elijah the prophet and John the Baptist connected?   4.  What does it mean only 144,000 people will go to heaven?   5.  In light of  1 Corinthians 6:9—11, is it true then that there is really no such thing as what’s commonly referred to as a backslider?   Resources Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God's Story  by Michael Horton Request  our latest  special offers  here  or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
May
8
2020
Episode 440 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1.  How do I refute a friend who consistently refers to the God of the Old Testament as a God of wrath and the God of the New Testament as a merciful God?   2.  I've gone back and forth on the doctrine of annihilationism. And I know it's controversial. But the more I read the Bible, I see more support for it in both the Old and the New Testaments, all these questions, all these references to sin as being destroyed, destroy.  John 3:16, “that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” But what does perish mean that needs to be destroyed? I fully accept that those who don't accept Jesus and aren't saved won't make it into the kingdom of God. But I'm going back and forth on the eternal torment question, because another argument is, Jesus uses the word Gehenna in the New Testament, which refers to an actual place. So I know that's controversial, but I'm just trying to sort it out.   3.  My 18 month old toddler sometimes wakes up at night crying and won’t stop for about 30 minutes to  multiple hours. My step parent mentioned spiritual warfare? But I have prayed over my home a while ago. Can you give me some thoughts or insight that can help me?   4.  How do we determine what commands were meant for the apostles alone and which are meant for all Christians? I believe the extremes of "apostles only" or "all Christians always" is incorrect. So how do we arrive at a solid "middle" when necessary and either or when necessary and not be guilty of misappropriating Scripture out of context or inserting ourselves into the text?   Resources The Screwtape Letters  by C. S. Lewis Mere Christianity  by C.S. Lewis Request  our latest  special offers  here  or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
May
7
2020
Episode 439 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1.    Should Christians circumcise their boys? My wife and I decided not to circumcise our two boys but most of our friends with boys did circumcise, mainly because their parents had, and they wanted their sons to look the same. That wasn’t a good enough reason for me. I know that circumcision is no longer required under the new covenant, but why do so many Christians, at least in America, still do it when there aren’t really any medical or hygienic reasons to do it? How should we think about this?     2. What proof is there that Jesus rose from the dead beyond the testimony of his disciples? 3.  1 Corinthians 5:11  tells us not to eat with those living in sin. How should we treat someone who has fallen from the faith and is living in sin, adultery for example? 4.  I have been talking to other Christians. They keep on saying, if God created everything, then who created God? I keep telling them that God was always there. How can I get through to these Christians? 5. If the Exodus really happened,  why haven't writings been found for the enslavement and exodus of millions of Hebrews within the Egyptian archaeological record? 6.  Does God give different preachers different emphases in their ministries?   Resources Knowing God  by J. I. Packer   Exodus: Myth or History?: An Interview with  David Rohl  by  Shane Rosenthal   Request  our latest  special offers  here  or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
May
6
2020
Episode 438 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. I believe with all my heart that God is sovereign over salvation and that he alone must open the eyes of the dead. The problem is that practically I have a difficult time applying that to my children. I spend a lot of time worrying obsessively about whether I am doing something that will exasperate them and make them leave the faith. It has left me either paralyzed over making parenting decisions for fear of being too legalistic or too free or full of anxiety after I make a decision. This anxiety makes me panic and I’m fighting the constant urge to “fruit inspect” my children and I probably expect maturity that is unreasonable for their ages (I’m in the throes of the teen years). I also find my mood alters according to how they are acting in a single moment rather than my joy being in Christ. How do I practically get my head to match what my heart knows so that I can actually enjoy these years rather than wishing them away because they cause me so much anxiety?   2.  My son who  is 11  keeps asking me is, if God predestined people for heaven, does that mean he also predestined people for hell? 3.  Some believe that one can lose their salvation, that is, even if they truly are a believer. What sin or sins must they commit in order for that to happen? 4.  Why is having faith so difficult? 20 years and still have same thorn in flesh. 5.  How do you understand  Matthew 24:20  were it says,  “let your flight not be on the sabbath nor in the winter?” Resources Knowing God  by J. I. Packer   Request  our latest  special offers  here  or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
May
5
2020
Episode 437 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1.  My question is about Paul teaching on praying in the Spirit. Near as I can figure, it's not praying in tongues. They are a gift and not everyone has the same gifts, so, can you explain what praying in the Spirit is, and, better yet, how to do it? I feel like I'm missing something here, or I'm misunderstanding the text. Can you help me to understand this way to pray? Paul said it was necessary to overcome the attacks of the evil ones if i understand him correctly. 2.  I listened to you guys every day. Just want to thank you for the job you guys do. I do have a question. I have a friend who's a Mormon, another friend who's a Jehovah's Witness, and I know that they believe some things that run contrary to the Bible, I'm just wondering how I can use their own literature, their own books, their own material, to proclaim the true gospel of Christ. 3.  Is it normal for a Christian to worry and about their eternity? I believe in Christ’s death for my sins but honestly I still worry. And therefore I question my salvation. 4.  Will we have work or vocations in heaven? 5.  My question is about the blaspheming of the Holy Spirit. I was wondering if you could touch on the fact of what that entails, and if it's possible that somebody can be guilty of that. I had a voice in my head that was accusing me of blaspheming. And I haven't really talked to anybody that has a solid answer for me. So I was wondering if you could touch upon that. Thank you very much. Resources Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God's Story  by Michael Horton Request  our latest  special offers  here  or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
May
4
2020
Episode 436 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1.  Pastor Adriel and Bill, I have repented of sexual immorality and drunkenness. I know without a doubt that those things are against God's law, and I am sorry for committing those sins. However, I am older (62), and I sometimes wonder if I genuinely repented or is my decreased desire to do those things a function of getting older. Thanks. 2.    I don't know how you feel about this, but I'm not a Christian. I'm agnostic, but I am a theology major at Arkansas State University … And I just want to know, what exactly does the Bible say against women, you know, women loving other women. I know that there's a Bible verse, you know, man shall not lay with man, but what exactly does it say about lesbians? Because it doesn't say anything specific that I've heard, but maybe there, you know, you know more about it than I do. So I was just wondering, you know about that. I just had a question about that. Thank you so much. God Bless. 3.  Jesus established, during his ministry, that he had the authority and power to directly and immediately forgive sins. Why instead, when he was on the cross, did he pray asking the Father to forgive the accessories to his murder rather than just forgiving them directly by saying, “I forgive you,”  or “your sins are forgiven"? Was this an indication that they would be forgiven when they realized what they had done and repented, like when they were “cut to the heart” on Pentecost?  I ask this because I frequently hear Christians say we should forgive even when the offender doesn’t repent, but what I read in all my studies is that forgiveness is contingent on repentance. Can you help me understand? 4.    I was reading  Ephesian 4:30, “And do not grieve the Holy Spirit, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.” I was just kind of puzzled by the phrase “do not grieve the Holy Spirit.” I was just wanting to know your interpretation and thoughts on what that means and how we grieve the Holy Spirit in our lives. 5.  Hi guys! Thanks so much for your ministry! I was wondering, given all of the disappointing things King Saul did, do we have any good reason to believe that we will see him in heaven? Resources Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God's Story  by Michael Horton Request  our latest  special offers  here  or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
May
1
2020
Episode 435 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1.  I have a question about how do the Protestants handle confession, as where Catholics do it with a priest in the confessional because they say that Jesus told Peter that “Whose sins you forgive are forgiven, the sins you retain are retained.” That’s it, basically, how do the Protestants get around that part of Jesus's teaching? 2.  When taken together, do the Bible passages discussing hell and the second death point to a currently ongoing literal locality? Also, are hell and the second death referring to the same thing? Thank you for your continued ministry! May God continue to provide you with wisdom and grace to address people’s questions relating to his word. 3. After sharing  that we had two miscarriages a woman told my me that she felt like God was telling her that he was going to give us another baby. That never happened. So my question is, when ordinary people prophesied like that, are they being deceived? Are they doing it for malicious purpose? Or they just wrong? 4.  Is it possible to be a genuine believer in Jesus Christ without being a genuine disciple? Resources Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Christian in Community  by Dietrich Bonhoeffer Request  our latest  special offers  here  or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Apr
30
2020
Episode 434 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1.  In Luke chapter 6, I would like you to expound where it is speaking about bringing judgment against somebody else, about being judgmental. 2.  Why was the Sabbath changed from Saturday to Sunday? 3.  My question has to do with this matter that God is not willing that any should perish. If that is the case, how do you square that with what it says in God’s word that says God wants all people to be saved?   4.  I’m really confused by what Paul means about spiritual bodies in 1 Corinthians. I go to a church where people talk a lot about one day having spiritual bodies and maybe I’m confused because I grew up catholic but I thought that we were supposed to be raised with physical bodies, but a friend showed me  1 Corinthians 15  and now I’m not sure. Can you clear this up for me? 5.  What did Jesus mean when he said that he was the way in  John 14:6. I ask because I have some friends who go to a more liberal church and insist that Jesus is not the only way to salvation and when I brought up this passage they told me that it didn’t apply to people who practiced other religious because they can follow the light they have received and that Jesus only meant to apply that to Jews because Jesus is the fulfillment of their covenant. Is this right? Resources The Gospel-Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World  by Michael Horton Request  our latest  special offers  here  or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Apr
29
2020
Episode 433 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1.  I would like to know if you have to be baptized and submerged completely underwater to get to heaven? 2.  Why are there so many interpretations of how to take communion and the essential meaning of communion? If God really wrote the Bible wouldn't it be very clear that there was one way to take communion and the essential meaning would be very, very clear? 3.  I am wondering how you might answer a question I was asked recently. A friend of mine who isn’t a Christian asked me, “what does Christianity offer the world?” What I think he meant was, what does Christianity have to offer that other things do not, and I just wanted to hear what you guys would say to that. 4.  With all the things that have been happening in the world, I’m really looking forward to Jesus’ return, but I’m also really struggling with falling into a feeling of pessimism about things and wonder if maybe I’m falling off a side of the horse here. Thank you for the show, it’s been a continual source of encouragement for me. 5.  Since I was a child, I have been told that God is omni-present and is everywhere. But I also have been told that the devil is everywhere. Does this mean that the devil is omnipresent too? I have a hard time believing that he has the same power as God does. Should we instead say that the devil and his minions are everywhere? Resources The Gospel-Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World  by Michael Horton Request  our latest  special offers  here  or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Apr
28
2020
Episode 432 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1.  If salvation is by faith and our works have nothing to do with our salvation, won’t this make people lazy and indifferent to their spiritual progress? 2.  In  2 Peter 3:8—9  it says that God is delaying judgment in the coming of Christ. I never noticed this before. Can you explain it? 3.  How could Noah put all the animals of the world on the ark? 4.  What advice do you have for being faithful to Jesus in the little things. I’m a stay at home mom and I love my children but a lot of my time it can feel hard being stuck in the house and watching kids and not having much adult conversation. 5.  The Bible tells us that God is the same today, always, and forever? How do we say this when God came down and became a man? Doesn't this contradict? 6.  How am I supposed to know God's will for me when everything in the Bible seems to be unrelated with my life? Resources Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World  by Michael Horton Request  our latest  special offers  here  or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Apr
27
2020
Episode 431 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1.  With the current virus, am I comprising my faith in God by following the earthly rules such as washing my hands, 6 foot social rule etc. Since the bible has many examples of God telling us to have faith in him and he will protect us such as  Isaiah 41:10. I am struggling with faith in God and fear of the unknown. Should I carry on with life or is there a delicate balance between faith and common sense? 2.  Is it okay for Christians to practice yoga if you are doing it for the physical aspect and not the spiritual aspect? 3.  I’m really confused about how Jesus can be both God and the son of God. Isn’t this a contradiction? 4.  Why does Christianity make me so sad and miserable all the time? I pray all the time. Maybe my name is not in the book of life and nothing is registering. Are there going to be a lot of people who want to be Christians and God will not allow it? 5. I’m reading  Matthew 12:31—32  if you can explain that, that would be great.   Request  our latest  special offers  here  or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Apr
24
2020
Episode 430 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1.  I understand God wills whatsoever comes to pass, but why did God will sin in the first place? I was reading  1 John 4:12  which says that God’s love is perfected in us. And the only thing that I could come up with is that maybe God’s love exhibited through mercy, grace and sacrifice requires sin to exist for their use.   2.  How do you understand the Bible being the word of God? Are you committed to inerrancy and how would you explain that? 3.  What does it mean when Scripture tells us that God hates someone?  Romans 9  quotes Genesis stating, “Jacob I have loved but Esau I have hated.” Several passages speak of God’s hatred as well. I understand that some language is anthropomorphic so we can make sense of it but this is a difficult one to understand. Can you help this make sense please? 4.  I have a friend who is converting to Eastern Orthodoxy, and he is a really nice guy and I love him a lot. He is very smart and philosophical about things. But lately I find that when we talk about stuff, I end up getting really emotional and angry. So far I’ve done an okay job about not expressing that to him. Do you have any advice about how to not be a jerk to my friend as he goes on his path, though I’d rather he didn’t go on that path?   5.  I love our church and I know that Jesus loves the church despite all our failures, but when I hear about how false teachers enter into positions of influence and lead people astray it really troubles me. How do you guys stay positive that God will keep his church pure? Resources Three Views on Eastern Orthodoxy and Evangelicalism  by Bradley Nassif, Michael Horton, Vladimir Berzonsky, George Hancock-Stefan, and Edward Rommen Request  our latest  special offers  here  or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Apr
23
2020
Episode 429 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1.  Is the idea of glorification biblical? I have heard people talk about this, but I thought that we are supposed to give all glory to God. How is it that we would somehow share in that glory or obtain glory? 2.  How can I be a good witness to Christ during this time of fear and social distancing? 3.  My brother grew up in the Christian church but married a Jehovah’s Witness 15 years ago and although he did not convert, he allows her to raise their 3 kids as witnesses. He did not renounce his beliefs but fell away from going to church. He is now going to the meetings with his family and references God as ‘Jehovah.’ I am very close to my brother and his family, loving them dearly. I have a strong Christian faith, which they know, but struggle with how to witness to them. My heart breaks for them and I pray for them all the time. Would love and appreciate a little biblical insight and advice. Thanks for all you do! 4. What is grace? 5.  If God doesn’t savingly love everyone, then how can I know He loves me? Do I gauge it by my performance?   Resources Jesus Is God Request  our latest  special offers  here  or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Apr
22
2020
Episode 428 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. What was Moses intending to communicate to us in the account of Balaam and the talking donkey?   2.  I’m a military veteran. I was baptized. I was anointed before leaving for my first tour in Iraq. I believe in Jesus but I’m trying to find that feeling that I know everything is going to be okay and that I’m in the right place. But I’m having trouble finding it. I’m just looking for some advice on how I can turn and get closer to God. Any advice will be helpful. 3.  I have two friends. They're my co-workers. And they are not believers, but they are getting married next year in March. They have asked me if I am willing to marry them as a notary, although it would be in their ceremony, their wedding ceremony. So my question to you is, is it biblical for me to do so? I am a Christian myself, so I would just like to know if it's a sin against God, I guess is what I'm trying to say if I am marrying two unbelievers as a notary. 4.  At the end of Genesis, Jacob says a blessing over each of his sons before he dies. How was the original audience of the book of Genesis meant to understand and apply these words of blessing said over the patriarchs of their tribes, and what, as Christians, are we meant to walk away with? Resources Mere Christianity  by C.S. Lewis Request  our latest  special offers  here  or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Apr
21
2020
Episode 427 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1.  I have been really struggling in my Christian walk. Friends have told me that it’s because I have focused too much on head knowledge and not enough on the heart. I thought I would ask you guys what you thought about head knowledge getting in the way of the heart and what I should be doing to improve my walk with God.   2.  Acts 16:31  it says You shall be saved and your house. How does this translate to those in your family who aren’t believers? 3.  I’m struggling to make sense of  Luke 12:35—40. Is this about the wedding supper of the Lamb? 4.  What is a good commentary or resource to use to help understand scripture? I find that when I read my Bible, I get a bit confused but I’m not sure where to go to get true, biblical clarifications. 5.  I love the show and listen most days on my morning walk. Something I have heard you guys say in passing a couple of times is that when we are struggling with our sin, we need to fix our eyes on Christ. Can you explain this a little more? Resources Walking with Jesus Through His Word: Discovering Christ in All the Scriptures  by Dennis Johnson How to Read the Bible for All It’s Worth  by Gordon Fee ESV Study Bible The NIV Application Commentary Series     Request  our latest  special offers  here  or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Apr
20
2020
Episode 426 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1.  Thank you for being so pastoral in your answers. Regarding the coronavirus, what are some ways that your churches have used technology to encourage one another as local gatherings are shut down? I know of video meetings, but are there any other creative ways your flock is caring for another using technology? Blessings. 2.  A buddy of mine is struggling with his faith, doubt, and agnosticism, but he also has Christian tattoos . How should I talk to him? He knows what the Bible says, but he grew up in a family that taught him the science behind why life exists. 3.  Do you believe that all Christians are filled with the Spirit or do we need to seek the filling of the Spirit after we become believers? 4.  How do we pray? The Bible talks about being close with Christ. Jesus says, “come to me those who are weary or come to me and I’ll open the door” but nowhere in the Bible does anyone pray to Jesus or talk about praying to Jesus. We are to pray in his name. How do we have a relationship with Christ if we are not praying to him? 5.  How do we know we are going to heaven when we die? How do I know my mom made it to heaven when she died? Resources The Story of Reality: How the World Began, How It Ends, and Everything Important that Happens in Between  by Gregory Koukl Mere Christianity  by C.S. Lewis Request  our latest  special offers  here  or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Apr
17
2020
Episode 425 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. If I don’t produce enough fruit or love people enough does that mean I won’t be saved? I really do want to love others though. I know the mark of a true Christian is love but I don’t feel like I have enough of it. 2.  Jesus spoke about if you don't do]the law better than the Pharisees you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Did this pass away with the Old Covenant?  Or  do we still need to work to understand the law so that we can be saved? 3.  How do I develop a love for reading my Bible? 4. Does God hear the prayers of non-believers? 5.  Would Jesus have died for me if I was the only person on earth? Resources Devoted to God: Blueprints for Sanctification  by Sinclair B. Ferguson Request  our latest  special offers  here  or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Apr
16
2020
Episode 424 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. What do you do with Jesus’ call to take up our cross? It seems to me that Jesus is saying that a person should be willing to die for their faith. How would you encourage someone like me that still struggles with the same sins? I don’t feel like I can honestly say that I would be willing to take up my cross because I can’t even deal with the same sins I keep going back to. 2.  Jesus taught that we should forgive a brother 70 times 7. But in the parable of the sower he also taught that people could fall away, and  Hebrews 6  says that a person who has fallen away can't come back because that would be the same as crucifying Christ twice. I need some clarification of this because I am one of those backsliders that failed the temptation and if I can’t repent and come back to the Lord, I’m in a heck of a mess. 3.  I have a friend who believes in soul sleep I have tried to take him to certain passages like  Philippians 1  and  2 Corinthians 4  and 5 but he keep telling me that these are talking about the resurrection and not the time between death and resurrection. I was wondering what your thoughts are on that. 4. How should I rightly understand the Sermon on The Mount?   5.  I hear you talk about generational curses and how those don’t exist anymore I was just curious if there is a distinction for propensity for certain sins over a curse? For example, can a person have propensity for alcoholism that is maybe handed down even though it’s not a curse? Resources Aiden Peterson's impromptu trumpet concert Devoted to God: Blueprints for Sanctification  by Sinclair B. Ferguson Request  our latest  special offers  here  or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Apr
15
2020
Episode 423 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. According to  1 Corinthians 14  speaking in tongues is still in the church and I wanted to know your perspective of it. 2.  Could you please explain  Isaiah 2:4?   It seems that  Isaiah 2:1-3  is about the last days which, according to  Hebrews 1:2, we are in.   If that’s true, what is  Isaiah 2:4  about? And does it have anything to do with  Joel 3:10? Thank you! Resources Walking with Jesus Through His Word: Discovering Christ in All the Scriptures  by Dennis Johnson Request  our latest  special offers  here  or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Apr
14
2020
Episode 422 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. What do you think of the idea that the sons of God in  Genesis 6  are angels in light of Hebrews? Isn't it more coherent to think of them as descendants of Seth? 2. You guys recently answered a question of mine so I don’t know if I’m hogging the airtime, but here’s my question: This COVID-19 virus started with the Chinese eating bats in Wuhan, China. How does that fit I with what the Lord Jesus told Peter in  Acts 10:9—16, that all animals are clean to eat? Thanks! Love you both brothers!” 3. I'm from the UK and listen regularly to your podcast on Spotify. Thank you for your insight and help to understand the Scriptures. In this time of fear and anxiety as the coronavirus continues to ravage so many countries, what can Christians take from  Psalm 91, will we be spared from this 'plague'? I am a frontline worker in the health service.  Thank you for your thoughts. 4. I was talking to one of my good brothers and we were talking about the  Hebrews 6:4—6  passage. And I wanted to get your take on it. Are we able to lose our salvation? Resources  The Meaning of Marriage  by Timothy Keller Request  our latest  special offers  here  or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Apr
13
2020
Episode 421 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. If I repent for a sin and do it again later, does that mean I have never really repented? I have asked the Lord for forgiveness, but I still fall into the same sin over and over again. What am I doing wrong? 2. How literally should we take the verse that says we should love nothing in this world? 3. My husband is a sex addict and I have been married to him for 29 years and I have been struggling with praying for him and being a good wife? What should I do? What does the Bible say about a wife being married to a sex addict? Resources  The Meaning of Marriage  by Timothy Keller Request  our latest  special offers  here  or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Apr
10
2020
Episode 420 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. The dead in Christ will raise but the thief in the cross was in paradise? Which is it? When we die are we in the presence of God or do we wait for the resurrection? 2. You guys talk a lot about grace but what about works. The Bible also teaches that “faith without works is dead” and the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God. Maybe I’m confused but when you talk about grace it sounds like you are leaving out our part.   3. I have heard people talk about salvation as having a past, present, and future aspects so that we could say that a person has been saved in the past, is being saved in the moment, and will be saved in the future. I feel like I don’t really have a grasp on what this means. Can you explain it? 4. What would Jesus think of the Multisite church model? In our area it seems like there is a growing number of churches that are expanding and planting new churches and in doing so they maintain one teaching pastor and meet at multi-sites that meet across the city. I wonder if there are any downsides to this. What are the perks to that and what are some of the downsides to that could come with that kind of model? Resources The Future of Everything: Essential Truths About the End Times  by William Boekestein Request  our latest  special offers  here  or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Apr
9
2020
Episode 419 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. I have a question about cremation. I know that the body will be restored but I don't know if cremation will cause a problem. 2. Hey guys, could a true Christian fall into a period of substance abuse, or is addiction a sign that they’re not a Christian? Thanks. 3.  Why was Paul a real Apostle? Shouldn't the number of Apostles always to be 12?   4.  What does biblical community look like?   5. What is the Kingdom of heaven? How would you explain this to a New Christian or seeker, and where does the church fit in? Resources The Gospel-Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World  by Michael Horton Request  our latest  special offers  here  or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Apr
8
2020
Episode 418 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1.  If you believe in Jesus and you are justified, how can you lose your salvation? This seems like it would be saying that Jesus doesn’t have the power to finish the salvation he started. 2. How can Christians go through life with the joy of salvation knowing that they have loved ones with their spouses or children grandchildren parents are not saved and are going to spend a lifetime eternity in hell? How can we reconcile that? How can we go through life joyously as a believer knowing that we have loved ones that are not saved and are going to be in hell for eternity? I myself have a hard time dealing with this knowing that I have family members that are not saved and will be going to hell and I just cannot come to terms with this. 3.  I really believe in striving to lead a holy life but the more I strive the more I realize that I can’t do what I want to do. I have heard people say that we need to rely on the Holy Spirit. How do we do this? And how does our striving for holiness fit with our relying on the Holy Spirit? 4.  What does Jesus mean in  Luke 10  when Jesus says that he saw Satan fall like lighting from heaven. Is he talking about a time before Adam and Eve where in the garden? Can you explain the fall of Satan and what that means for us today? 5. How should I go about finding God’s perfect will for my life? I know that I could do a lot of things in life, but I tend to worry that I am going to settle for something less than God’s best. Thanks for any advice you have. Resources Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World  by Michael Horton Request  our latest  special offers  here  or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Apr
7
2020
Episode 417 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1.  Can studying theology ever be bad for your spiritual well-being?   2. Can believers lose our salvation? Among my congregation I hear that people are saved and then lose their salvation and then are saved again. I don’t think God plays games with our salvation. How can it be that people are saved one moment and then not the next and then saved again? 3.  How do you maintain hope in the face of all the confusion in the church today? 4.  Is  Romans 8  talking about the salvation of the natural world? Resources The Future of Everything: Essential Truths About the End Times  by William Boekestein Request  our latest  special offers  here  or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Apr
6
2020
Episode 416 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1.  Starting at  Acts 21:10  Agabus prophesies about Paul's arrest. I've heard it claimed that Agabus got some of the arrest's details wrong. And therefore it's ok if we prophesy and get some details wrong. Was Agabus wrong on some of his details about Paul's arrest? 2. I understand how Jesus takes away the penalty of sin but how does he remove the guilt and shame, especially of my backsliding? 3.  I grew up thinking that if I was faithful God would provide me with a good life. Yet, I know of so many Christians who are not blessed, and especially when I think of Christians in poor countries that are faithfully enduring persecution it seems like being faithful to God doesn’t lead to a more blessed life. And as I read the Bible, especially the psalms it seems like even the wicked prosper. Can you explain this? 4.  How can I have a close relationship with God? When I was part of a church that ministered to widows, I was amazed at how close some of them seemed to God. They just seemed to have a strong love and sense of his care for them. What do you think makes for a close relationship with God?   5. My question is Jesus says if you ask me anything in my name, I will do it and there are other similar quotes that come from him. But what’s very difficult is even things that seem to be God’s will: asking for people’s salvation, asking for people will severe illnesses to be healed aren’t answered. God does not answer those prayers on many occasions. So I’d love to hear your encouraging thoughts on how Christians can take hold of promises such as these without being discouraged when prayers aren’t answered. Thank you and God bless you. Resources What to Look for When Choosing a Church  by Nicholas Davis Request  our latest  special offers  here  or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Apr
3
2020
Episode 415 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1.  In the Bible it says we need to give an account for every thought, word, and deed? If there is no condemnation in Christ, why do we need to give an account for that? And what kind of account do we have to give? 2. At the institution of the Lord's supper, Jesus said, "this is my body," and "this is my blood," in reference to the bread and wine. So, are we eating the actual body and blood of Christ when we partake of the Lord's supper? 3.  Why do you think studying theology is practical? 4.  How can I have a close relationship with God? When I was part of a church that ministered to widows, I was amazed at how close some of them seemed to God. They just seemed to have a strong love and sense of his care for them. What do you think makes for a close relationship with God?   5. Does the Bible have anything to say about cremation? Resources Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God's Story  by Michael Horton Putting Amazing Back into Grace: Embracing The Heart Of The Gospel  by Michael Horton Request  our latest  special offers  here  or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Apr
2
2020
Episode 414 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. I was not aware that any Psalms were written during or after the exile to Babylon, but that appears to be the case with  Psalm 137. Can you shed any light on this Psalm–who wrote it, when, and how are we to grapple with the last, brutal verse (Psalm 137:9)? 2. Should Christian women wear head coverings? 3.  How should we encourage others to be more edifying in their speech? 4.  What should we focus on when we take the Lord's Supper? 5. Is God responsible for sin? Resources Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God's Story  by Michael Horton Request  our latest  special offers  here  or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Apr
1
2020
Episode 413 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. Why do you guys encourage people to remember their baptism as a response to doubting their salvation, if we are not saved by baptism but through faith in Christ? 2. Hey guys, is  Hebrews 12:14  talking about imputed righteousness, or something else? Thanks. 3.  In  Matthew 5:44  Jesus says that we should love our enemies. Does Jesus really want us to love people who hate us? Resources The Message of Acts in the History of Redemption  by Dennis Johnson Request  our latest  special offers  here  or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Mar
31
2020
Episode 412 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. How does Paul use the terms flesh and spirit in the book of Romans? Is he talking about material and ontology or is he talking about something else? And if it’s not something that is material, do we still have a sin nature after we have been regenerated by Christ? 2. Can you explain what eternal subordination of the son (was) is and what the implications of this error are? Thanks.     3.  My husband and I just found out we are pregnant (praise God!). There are other young mothers in the office where I work that continue to work while raising a family. In our church, however, there are very few, if any, working mothers. My husband and I have decided that I will not continue with my outside job once the baby comes, but because it is not the "social norm" in my office, I already know my boss will not be understanding when I break the news. Could you provide some Biblical references on what God says should be the right reaction to this decision and how to have that tough conversation with my employer (a devout Catholic) when the time comes? 4. I have been through two church splits over doctrine.  John 17  seems to make unity really important. What do you think about this? 5. Can you explain the parable of the 10 virgins? I have heard it taught as the difference being works or love or Holy Spirit. Resources  Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God's Work  by Timothy Keller Request  our latest  special offers  here  or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Mar
30
2020
Episode 411 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. How does a Christian mortify sin? Because Scripture says that if we put to death the deeds of the Body than we shall live. So, can you give some practical steps on how to mortify sin. For example, how to mortify profanity. If someone keeps using foul language and they keep repenting and they get tired of repenting because they keep doing it the moment after they repent, how does a person overcome and mortify that kind of sin? 2. What does Paul mean when he says that ‘we are to judge angels’?   3.  Why is it important to believe in justification by faith and have assurance? Doesn’t a lack of having assurance help us to sate motivated to do good works? 4.  In  John 14:27  Jesus says, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” But in  Matthew 10:34  Jesus says, “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.” How do these two fit together? Resources  Devoted to God: Blueprints for Sanctification  by Sinclair B. Ferguson Request  our latest  special offers  here  or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Mar
27
2020
Episode 410 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. What does it mean that we should examine ourselves before communion? If I have unconfessed sin in my life should I not participate? 2. What would you tell someone who is homosexual in relation to their Christianity? 3.  “The next day an evil spirit sent from God came powerfully on Saul, and he began to rave inside the palace. David was playing the lyre as usual, but Saul was holding a spear” (1 Samuel 18:10  CSB) What does it mean an evil spirit from God and why? 4.  My question is from  Colossians 1:21—23. How do I make sense of the word "if?" Is salvation dependent upon us? Can we abandon it? 5.  Where does it teach church membership in the Bible? Resources  10 Things You Need to Know About the Bible and Homosexuality  by Michael Horton Request  our latest  special offers  here  or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Mar
26
2020
Episode 409 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. If a church doesn’t practice baptism or communion how will this eternally affect  a believer attending that church since baptism and communion are commands. 2. Can believers lose our salvation?  Hebrews 10:24—29, Can you help me understand this? Is this speaking to a believer or to Jews? 3.  I’m a committed believer but I’m not clear on what happens to people who worship in other religions and don’t accept Christ as their personal savior. Is it impossible for them to still be saved? 4.  I can’t make sense of miracles. How do we account for miracles when science seems to teach that miracles don’t happen? Resources The Gospel-Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World  by Michael Horton The Future of Everything: Essential Truths About the End Times  by William Boekestein Request  our latest  special offers  here  or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Mar
25
2020
Episode 408 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. When you become a believer, are we to pursue a separate baptism of the Holy Spirit? Is tongues for today and how do you understand Paul having an entire chapter on how to use tongues properly if it’s not for today? 2. I've never understood  1 John 1:9, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness." Do we have to keep confessing every individual sin in order to be forgiven? 3.  Is Islam a religion of peace? 4.  How do you understand  John 12:23—33? Was Jesus talking about the cross or his later ascension? 5.  Do you have any advice for those of us who trust in Christ but still struggle with assurance? I know intellectually that God loves me, and I’m saved, but I still feel an anxiety that maybe I’m wrong and that I’m not chosen.  Resources The Gospel-Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World  by Michael Horton Request  our latest  special offers  here  or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Mar
24
2020
Episode 407 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. I confessed Jesus Christ as Lord and asked him to come into my heart and try to believe the gospel and tried to live out the life with his grace but then I fell away. I have been slowly and slowly hardening my heart and living in sin to the point of I would rather live in sin rather than–I guess, to make a long story short, if hell was paradise without God, I guess I would rather go there. So, how do I address my heart condition? I suppose I was never saved to begin with or maybe I was and lost my salvation or I guess I don’t know what’s going on. But I know what I’m doing is not right and I seem to be in a slimy pit. 2. I occasionally listen to your radio program and had a couple of related questions that I was hoping you could address. God explicitly and authoritatively designates the seventh day of creation as a holy day and reminds Abraham’s seed about its holiness in the heart of the Ten Commandments. A change to the Sabbath day as stated in the 4th Commandment would be monumental. Wouldn’t a change to His holy day necessitate an explicit “thus saith the LORD” to set everybody straight as to which day is holy and sanctified by God? Where in the Bible is a change of this magnitude explicitly announced?     3. How do you reconcile God's sovereignty and man's responsibility in salvation?  Resources Putting Amazing Back into Grace: Embracing The Heart Of The Gospel  by Michael Horton Request  our latest  special offers  here  or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Mar
23
2020
Episode 406 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1.  Why do so many churches teach that hell is a place of eternal torment when it says in the New Testament that only believers will put on immortality and in the Old Testament it teaches that the wicked will be destroyed and the New testament it teaches that death is the punishment for sin, for example in  John 3:16. Johns very clear about the symbolism of the lake of fire being the second death. I don’t understand why so many mainstream churches teach this place of eternal torment. It doesn’t make any sense when people say God is a God of justice. This is very serious to me because it seems like blaspheme against God to say that he is wicked and like Satan and to go against Scripture. 2. I have friends who have struggled to find a church because they did not feel like there was genuine community in most churches. In your opinion what is Biblical community? 3. I’m the only Christian in my family and I’m always getting into arguments because my family thinks I’m crazy and can’t understand why I have “given up on reason and embraced religion.” I would like to be able to tell them that I haven’t abandoned reason but when I try, they ask me to prove the Bible is true. Can you help me out in this area? 4. When was the blessed mother filled with the Holy Spirit? I read in the Bible that when they took Jesus to Jerusalem to celebrate the was 12 years old. They left and thought he was with them and he wasn’t. They went back to find him and when they did, he told her didn’t you know I would be about my father’s business. At this point it seems to me that she wasn’t filled with the Holy Spirit. I believe she was filled with the Holy Spirit in  Acts 1  where all the apostles and Mary was there also and filled with the Holy Spirit.  Resources Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Christian in Community  by Dietrich Bonhoeffer Why Should I Believe that Jesus Rose from the Dead?  by Dr. Michael Horton The Story of Reality: How the World Began, How It Ends, and Everything Important that Happens in Between  by Gregory Koukl Request  our latest  special offers  here  or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Mar
20
2020
Episode 405 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. I'm a new believer. Jesus came from heaven to come down to be on earth did he know he was going to be resurrected and go back to heaven or did he come down only thinking he was going to die? 2. What should I do when my joy and passion to read the Bible has faded? 3. This week I was reading the Bible looking for answers. I have been struggling with ongoing sin. I struggle with lust. I came across a passage that gave me some hope of victory but I’m not sure how to apply it.  Colossians 1:29, “For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.” How can I see God work powerfully within me in this area of my life? 4. On several episodes you have talked about the difference between the law and the gospel. I’m a bit confused. If we are forgiven does that mean that the law no longer applies to us? 5. How do you understand the great commission? Does the call to go apply to everyone; and what does Jesus mean when he says that he will be with us? 6. I'm Jewish but I'm a believer in Jesus the Messiah. I have always struggled with how Jews were saved before Jesus came. And is there salvation for Jews without Jesus? And I know in revelation it says that he does save a remnant of Israel. Thanks.  Resources The Gospel-Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World  by Michael Horton Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God's Story  by Michael Horton Request  our latest  special offers  here  or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Mar
19
2020
Episode 404 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. How do we look forward to the coming of Christ without falling into extremes like predicting his coming or looking at every current event as a fulfilled prophecy and worrying about how bad things are in the world? 2. It’s popular to say that God’s love is unconditional but all through the Old Testament it seems like God’s love is completely conditional on the obedience of the people which is why God is often so angry in the Old Testament. Am I missing something? 3. What does blasphemy of the Holy Spirit mean or entail? I often hear discussions about how all can be saved. What about blasphemy of the Holy Spirit? What can a person do? 4. In heaven, will we see God the Father face-to-face? 5. Is it possible to be a Christian and addicted to alcohol?  Resources The Future of Everything: Essential Truths about the End Times  by William Boekestein   Knowing God  by J. I. Packer Request  our latest  special offers  here  or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Mar
18
2020
Episode 403 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. In  Genesis 1:26  says that Adam was to “have dominion over creation.” How does this relate to stewardship of creation? Does this verse give us reason to be concerned about things like pollution and the possibility of climate change? 2. My dad became a Jehovah witness what is the best way to deal with this? 3. Why do many Christian people today not believe in prophets and apostles when  Ephesians 4  seems to teach that these things will remain until the unity of the faith? And this hasn’t happened today with all the doctrinal division in the church. 4. I'm looking for a Bible based church and I noticed that they each use a different translation. Which is the best? And is there a denomination that teaches the Bible verse by verse? 5.  Hi Mike and Adriel I have a question about  Mark 4:12  where Jesus seems to suggest that he was teaching in parables so that people would not understand. I thought Jesus taught in parables because parables made it easier to understand his point. Thanks.  Resources Conversations with Jehovah's Witnesses: A Friendly Approach to Sharing the Truth about God and the Bible  by Ron Rhodes Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God's Story  by Michael Horton Request  our latest  special offers  here  or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Mar
17
2020
Episode 402 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1.  How do you know if God loves you? I believe that God loves people, but I really struggle with a sense that God loves me and I’m not sure what to do. 2. Hi Mike and Adriel. I have been loving the show and a while back you talked about doing family devotions. Recently my wife and I started reading a chapter of the Bible and having a short prayer with our three kids. They are 9, 7, and 5. My question is, should I be explaining the passage and how can I make it relevant to them? 3. There is no doubt in my mind that God is real. God is showing me thing, I know in my heart that it's God, he is showing me stuff about people around me and I have been praying for assurance. I have never experienced something like this. It’s scary to know that so many people are lost. I see a lot of my brothers and sisters struggling to have faith. And here I’m fasting and trying to trust God, but you know it’s like you always have this sense of doubt. I know what God has shown me is true but how do you know for sure? I need prayer. 4. If you sensed, as a pastor, a lack of zeal for the lost in your church, how would you recommend promoting evangelism? 5.  How do you know if you are a gentile or a Jew? Is it because you were born in Jerusalem or is it that your heritage is Jewish? Or how did you become a gentile?  Resources Christianity Explored DVD  by Rico Tice Request  our latest  special offers  here  or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Mar
16
2020
Episode 401 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. What does  1 Peter 4  mean when it describes Christians as suffering in the flesh? 2.  Hebrews 6:4—6  seems to say that anyone who backslides from the faith has no hope of returning to it. Can you clarify these verses and if there is any, can you give hope to a backslider like me? 3. I’m confused about  John 6:56, where Jesus said, “Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him.” I have some Catholic friends who told me that this is talking about Communion or the Eucharist. I have never heard this before, is it true? 4.  In Mark  9:1 Jesus says to his disciples that some standing here will not die before they see the kingdom of God arrive in great power. I don't understand what this means. Can you clarify this for me?  Resources Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Christian in Community  by Dietrich Bonhoeffer Introducing Covenant Theology  by Michael Horton Request  our latest  special offers  here  or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Mar
13
2020
Episode 400 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1.  How can I be more intentional with sharing my faith? Do you also know of any good resources that can help me better share my faith? 2. How do I trust God and not my feelings or false thoughts? 3. I have a question about speaking in tongues. I have been to churches where people are speaking in tongues all at the same time, but Paul says that everything is supposed to be done decently and in order. So, should I look at what is happening in this church as a move of the Spirit? 4. How should we deal with church scandal? When leaders fall and churches cover up abuse, there are people hurt by these things, but at the same time I know that these things happen and it doesn’t mean that we should abandon church, but I’m wondering how I can talk to a friend who is really upset because one of our elders left the church after it was discovered that he was having an ongoing affair for several years.  Resources A Better Way: Rediscovering the Drama of God-Centered Worship  by Michael Horton The Message of Acts in the History of Redemption  by Dennis Johnson Request  our latest  special offers  here  or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Mar
12
2020
Episode 399 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. How do you understand  Ecclesiastes 5:19—20? “For he will not much remember the days of his life because God keeps him occupied with joy in his heart”?   2. I have a friend and he is convinced that religion is just a tool to control people, and I have to admit that sometimes religion, especially false teaching, has been used to control people. How do we talk to people about this in a way that shows them that even though Christianity has been abused it’s still true? 3. Is there Scripture to back up the fact that someone cannot lose their salvation? This seems to be something that I hear a lot. I don’t think we can lose our salvation after we had a heart experience with Jesus. Also, I am dealing with a person who thinks that we are God’s puppets. Can you touch on these two things? 4.  1 John 3:2  says, “Beloved, we are God's children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.” How do you understand this? How will we be like Jesus when he appears? 5.  Jesus said that the world would be able to recognize us as his disciples by our love. I don’t see much of this today. Can you explain why that might be? What are we failing to do as the church to attain to what Jesus thinks is supposed to be a basic mark of a true Christian?  Resources Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God's Story  by Michael Horton Request  our latest  special offers  here  or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Mar
11
2020
Episode 398 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. If Jesus is the only way to salvation, how should we understand other religions? Are they just distortions of the truth in your view? Do they worship an entirely different God; or do they worship the true God in the wrong way with false ideas? 2. If you are saved, why does the person that is saved have to go through a judgment? I thought being saved by the Lord's grace and blood that you would be saved and live be with him. Thanks.   3. Can you discuss Noah's curse of Canaan in  Genesis 9? I overheard a brother talking about how it was a very important event, but when I searched about it online, I found that it may have been used to justify the enslavement of Africans in the past. What significance does Noah's curse here have in the larger story of the Bible and in humanity?   4. When someone dies we know that they are absent in the body and present with the Lord. But does eternity begin in that moment? In other words, is that loved one who has gone before me racing ahead by millennia and time is no more; or does time remain a factor even after we die or immediately after we die? Resources The Future of Everything: Essential Truths about the End Times  by William Boekestein   The Gospel-Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World  by Dennis Johnson Request  our latest  special offers  here  or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Mar
10
2020
Episode 397 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. I have been listening to the show for several months and I have heard you guys talk about  Romans 8, where Paul says that God works everything together for good. From your understanding does this mean that God uses suffering and trials to make us holy and more patient? 2. If we come into the world sinful at birth what then happens to children who die before they come to the age of understanding? 3. Do you believe that the Scripture can be interpreted symbolically? 4. Who is who in the verse that says, “the Lord said to my Lord, sit at my right hand until I make my enemies my footstool”?   Resources A Place for Weakness: Preparing Yourself for Suffering  by Michael Horton Walking with Jesus Through His Word: Discovering Christ in All the Scriptures  by Dennis Johnson Request  our latest  special offers  here  or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.
Mar
9
2020
Episode 396 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. What is implied by calling the church the body of Christ given that Christ’s physical body has ascended into heaven? 2. Thank you so much for his show. I have a question about Paul’s comments in  1 Corinthians 11:29. When Paul tells his readers they need to discern the body when they take the Lord’s supper, I’ve heard some say this means before I can take communion, I first have to be able to understand the nature of Christ's presence in the bread and wine. But it doesn’t seem like Paul is talking about that much in this chapter. His primary concern seems to be how we discern the community of the Church as his unified body. He’s upset about divisiveness in the church fueled by selfishness, and because the Corinthians are failing to do this as they sit at the Lord’s Table, they are eating and drinking judgement on themselves. What do you think it means to discern the body?   3. Where are Heaven and hell in your understanding? Because of science we know that hell isn’t under our feet and heaven above our heads, so I’m not sure how to understand Heaven and hell in the Bible. 4. In  1 Peter 2:9, "But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession…” does this mean our own race and nationalities are now erased in a sense? Resources A Better Way: Rediscovering the Drama of God-Centered Worship  by Michael Horton Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God's Story  by Dennis Johnson
Mar
6
2020
Episode 395 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. In 1 Corinthians 15 it speaks of a spiritual body that we will receive in heaven. I’m confused about this because the Bible doesn’t seem to say much about it. Can you shed some light on what our spiritual bodies will be like and how that will be different from the physical body we now have? 2. How do you understand the story of Judah and Tamar? What are we supposed to learn from this? 3. If I'm depressed and have anxiety am I a bad Christian?   4. Can you speak to the idea that God helps those who help themselves? There are a lot of Christians that believe that we just need to sit around and wait for God to do everything. When the Bible gives us a very different picture. Resources The Message of Acts in the History of Redemption  by Dennis Johnson Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God's Story  by Michael Horton
Mar
5
2020
Episode 394 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. In Mark 8:34-38, when Jesus calls his disciples to take up their cross, is this about our discipleship? Can you explain what Jesus means by this? 2. How was it that the Bible was written 75 years after Christ died? How exactly is that explained?   3. Is it true the Constantine changed the day of worship to Sunday? If so, is it wrong to go to church on Sunday and not Saturday? 4. What do you say to a fellow believer who seems to be ashamed of the Gospel?   5. Is Isaiah 7:14 truly a prophesy about Mary & Jesus? Ive heard that the word “virgin” was translated incorrectly and this verse shouldn’t be used as a prophesy about the birth of Jesus. 6. Is love the most important teaching in the Bible? Resources Journeys with Jesus: Every Path in the Bible Leads Us to Christ  by Dennis Johnson   The Gospel-Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World  by Michael Horton
Mar
4
2020
Episode 393 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. How should Christians think about money, their money, other people’s money? Sometimes I hear people speak as if they are free to do whatever they please with their money (so long as it’s legal). Is this a Biblical view? 2. The Bible talks a lot about money. Why is money important to God? Why should we think about money as Christians? 3. Many people have anxiety over money and avoid talking about it. How can Christians deal with their anxiety about money and develop a healthy view of money? 4. What are the small steps people can begin to take to be faithful stewards? Resources None Greater: The Undomesticated Attributes of God  by Matthew Barrett   The Gospel-Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World  by Michael Horton
Mar
3
2020
Episode 392 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. I’m confused by what Jesus meant when he said came before John the Baptist for baptism. He said it was to fulfill all righteousness. What did that mean if Jesus was sinless? 2. I just heard episode 282 where you talked about the three levels of forgiveness, reconciliation, and restoration–I thought that was an excellent way to talk about how to handle offenses and especially abuse from a loved one. My follow up question is this: when the abusive person is a parent and you know reconciliation or restoration is unwise or not possible, how do you still show honor to your parent?   3. Since Christians tend easily to divide with disagreements about doctrine, how do you distinguish between what is essential and what is not? Or should we treat all Biblical doctrines the same?   4. In 1 John 4:1-3 what does John mean by “spirit of antichrist”? I always thought that the antichrist would be a person. 5. Is repentance a work we do? Is it meritorious in any way or is it just a change of mind? Resources Devoted to God: Blueprints for Sanctification  by Sinclair B. Ferguson The Man Of Sin: Uncovering The Truth About The Antichrist  by Kim Riddlebarger
Mar
2
2020
Episode 391 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. I really love your guy’s show and have been learning a lot and would love you to answer this question: How can I become a great man of God? What should I really focus on in my walk with God? 2. I attend a church that preaches contrary to the Prosperity Gospel. given that God does not supply Christians with plenty of money and material things but only that God provides us with only what we need, if I become very successful and wealthy do I thank God for all the wealth I have accumulated or do I just say, “I’m a very lucky guy”?   3. When the Bible speaks about the unrighteous, sexually immoral, and drunkards not inheriting the Kingdom of God, is this talking about not receiving rewards in heaven or is this passage saying that these people will not even make it into heaven? 4. I'm wondering what we should do if someone in the church who believes in conspiracy theories like flat earth or that 911 was inside job and is talking about this at church. What should we do about this? Is this a church discipline issue?   5. How do you understand John 8:15: “You judge according to the flesh; I judge no one”? Didn’t Jesus judge people all the time? 6. In Ephesians 4 Paul makes the point that Christ is the head of his body, the church. What does Paul mean by this? ResourcesThe Gospel-Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World  by Michael Horton God, Greed, and the (Prosperity) Gospel: How Truth Overwhelms a Life Built on Lies  by Costi Hinn
Feb
28
2020
Episode 390 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. In  Matthew 5:11—12  when Jesus says that we are blessed when we are persecuted, does he mean this literally?     2.  My husband and I are looking for good resources to help teach our kids about Jesus. Do you know any authors that write for small kids that would be suitable for our five-year old? 3. I have a problem with Modern Worship music. A lot of what I hear today is jangle pop and strange things that remind me of the world and sound like bad U2. How do I get passed this? 4. I grew up hearing that God’s church is supposed to be holy, but in our culture today, the church doesn’t look holy and it seems to have fallen for much of the same controversies that I see in the world. What does the Bible have to say about this? Resources The Jesus Storybook Bible  by Sally Lloyd-Jones The Westminster Shorter Catechism All God's Children and Blue Suede Shoes: Christians & Popular Culture  by Kenneth A. Myers
Feb
27
2020
Episode 389 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. If Christians are supposed to follow Christ and do as he did, why is it that so many Christians stop short of the full demands of love? Why don’t more people commit to live humble lives for Christ? We are so materialistic and worldly and we have so much stuff. Shouldn’t we be like the early church that had everything in common and give most of what we have to the poor? I would love to hear your thoughts on this. 2.  In Matthew Jesus says to be baptized in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. 20 years ago I was only baptized in the name of Jesus. Do I need to get rebaptized? Does this have an effect on my Christian life? 3. In  Acts 8  it says, “And when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord carried Philip away, and the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing. But Philip found himself at Azotus, and as he passed through he preached the gospel to all the towns until he came to Caesarea.” When it says the Spirit of the Lord carried him away, what does that mean? Was he teleported or just directed to leave? 4. Loving the show, you guys are awesome. Can you share with us your favorite parables and tell us what you like about them? 5.  Does  Deuteronomy 26  where it talks about welcoming the stranger apply to us today or has this command passed away with the Old Covenant? How would Christians or churches put this into practice? Resources Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God's Work    by Timothy Keller   Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God's Story  by Michael Horton
Feb
26
2020
Episode 388 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1.  Does  Romans 4  teach that we are saved by faith? I’m struggling to make sense of this. I have a friend who is convinced that we need to do good works not to earn salvation exactly but that in some way is necessary to receive salvation and enter heaven. I think she is confused but I’m not sure where to point her.   2.  When witnessing to Jehovah's Witnesses  John 14  where it says that the Father is greater and in Colossians where it says that Jesus is the first-born over-all creation, how can I witness to them about Jesus being God?   3. I have been listening to the show for a while and was wondering where you stand on contemporary music. I have heard some things that makes it sound like you are against it and other things that sounds like you think contemporary music in church is okay. Can you please clarify this? 4. Is climate change something we can pray for, or should we not concern ourselves with that because it ties in with God’s plan for the end times? I’m kind of concerned about it. 5.  My question is, in  2 Thessalonians 2:11  what does it mean God gave them a great delusion? And what does this say about Gods character?   Resources A Better Way: Rediscovering the Drama of God-Centered Worship  by Michael Horton   Honest Evangelism  by Rico Tice  
Feb
25
2020
Episode 387 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1.  How do you understand  John 20:23, “If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld”? Is Jesus saying that the church can either deny people forgiveness or forgive in the place of God? 2.  What should be the Christian’s attitude towards homosexuality in general and particularly in positions of leadership in the church? 3. I have a friend who is a new believer and is attending Kabbalah classes. How does that line up with Scripture and Jesus' teachings? 4. I’m confused about the passage in the Bible that says, “Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers.” Does this really mean that I as a Christian cannot marry an unbeliever; or is this passage talking about something else? 5.  My question is, in  2 Thessalonians 2:11  what does it mean God gave them a great delusion? And what does this say about Gods character?   Resources 10 Things You Need to Know About the Bible and Homosexuality The Meaning of Marriage  by Timothy Keller  
Feb
24
2020
Episode 386 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1.  Hi Mike and Adriel. I would like to know to what extent the Old Testament laws still apply to us today. Would you say that only the 10 commandments apply; or would you also say that other laws apply? 2.  Hi Mike and Adriel. I have a question about how to navigate a mental health situation. For years I have struggled with anxiety and depression and was told that it was just a spiritual issue. But after being encouraged by a friend to see a psychologist I was diagnosed with PTSD and now my psychologist is recommending talk therapy to work though some trauma I experienced in college. What are your thoughts about this? Does my faith have anything to say about it? 3. Do people in heaven or hell know what people on earth are doing? 4. What would you say really helps in pursuing holiness? Does guilting help; or should we only use the gospel to motivate people? 5.  In  Ephesians 5  Paul says that Christians should be submitted to one another. What does that look like in practice? How do leaders in the church, for example, submit to the people they lead; or is Paul making a different point? Resources 9 Things Everyone Needs to Know About Depression Putting Amazing Back into Grace: Embracing the Heart of the Gospel  by Michael Horton  
Feb
21
2020
Episode 385 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1.  Why did Jesus’ ministry focus on the Jews? Why did he not go out to the gentiles if the gospel is for all people?   2.  Hello, I want to thank you for your wonderful shows which have been so helpful to me in understanding the scriptures, could you explain what is meant in  Leviticus 27:29  - did the LORD require human sacrifice? 3. I’m really confused when Paul says that no one seeks God in  Romans 3  because we are the ones who have to have faith and seek God. Isn’t seeking God required to be saved? Is it that Paul isn’t being literal? 4.  Certain Scriptures that we read we tend to personalize them such as  Jeremiah 29:11. Now I love that verse and like to think about that verse in terms of my own life. However, that was said to specific people. And God was making a promise to that group of people. Now is it safe for me to take that verse out of its context and apply it to my own life? Resources Journeys with Jesus: Every Path in the Bible Leads Us to Christ  by Dennis Johnson  
Feb
20
2020
Episode 384 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1.  In  1 Corinthians 15:50  it says, “I tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.” I’m really confused about this because it sounds like Paul is saying that sin is tied to our body. 2.  Are good works part of salvation; and what are good works exactly? 3.  What is the most important thing New believers need to understand about worship? 4.   My question relates to the end of  1 Corinthians 14  were it says, "let him who is spiritual acknowledge that what I’m writing to you is a command of the Lord.” What do you see here that is being commanded? Resources Devoted to God: Blueprints for Sanctification  by Sinclair B. Ferguson A Better Way: Rediscovering the Drama of God-Centered Worship  by Michael HortonOffers
Feb
19
2020
Episode 383 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1.  How should Christians handle panhandlers?  Are there Biblical principles for giving to people who come to us and look down and out? 2.  I’m really confused about predestination in  Ephesians 1. Is Paul saying that everyone who is saved is predestined? 3. I was raised in a Christian family, but I have only been actively following Jesus for the last couple of years, since I started college. What I have discovered is that it seems really hard to make progress as a Christian. Is it normal for Christians to struggle with the same sins over and over?   4. Where was Jesus for the 3 days after he died on the cross. I happen to believe that he went to hell to pay the full price for our sins. I would love to know what you guys think. I have a few Scriptures in mind when I think about my answer. In Luke, Jesus said he had not yet ascended to his Father after his resurrection and thus he did not go to heaven? He also said that as Jonah was in the belly in the whale so shall the son of man be. Paul said that he who ascended first descended. And cursed is everyone who hangs upon a tree. I’m under the perspective that he paid the full price, which was hell. Resources Putting Amazing Back into Grace: Embracing the Heart of the Gospel  by Michael Horton The God Who Gives: How the Trinity Shapes the Christian Story  by Kelly M. Kapic
Feb
18
2020
Episode 382 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. What do you think is the best resource or direction to talk to someone who is a non-believer who is unable to wrap their mind around the Bible and the tenants of Christianity? What do you think the best approach is?   2. Does God show grace to everyone and do people just reject it? 3. What do you think is the most important thing people need to know about prayer? Resources Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God's Story  by Micahel Horton Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions    by Gregory Koukl The Story of Reality: How the World Began, How It Ends, and Everything Important that Happens in Between  by Gregory Koukl
Feb
17
2020
Episode 381 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1.  I have been reading the Old Testament and I see where the Ishmaelites have the crescent moon. What is that all about, and does this have anything to do with Muslims today? 2.  Is it wrong for a Christian to do good works to prove to themselves that they are saved and have Christ? Or should they obey because they have Christ already? 3. I know that Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever, but I struggle with the way God is portrayed in the Old Testament. I have a hard time making sense of God using Israel judging nations through wars where women and children were killed. 4. Who are the spirits in prison in  1 Peter 3:19? Is this a kind of purgatory? 5.  How do you understand the passage in  Romans 8  where it says that the Holy Spirit intercedes for us with groans too deep for words? Resources Knowing God  by J. I. Packer   Putting Amazing Back into Grace: Embracing the Heart of the Gospel  by Michael Horton
Feb
14
2020
Episode 380 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. How do you discover the best place you can serve in a church? And how do I know if I am gifted to serve in a particular church ministry? 2.  In regards the transfiguration, when the glow came onto Jesus and Moses and Elijah appeared, I was wondering how did they know that it was Moses and Elijah? 3. Do Old Testament judgments about God’s people not upholding justice still apply to us today or was it specific to the people of Israel? 4.  What is the most important thing we need to know about the end times?   5.   Is there anything we as Christians can learn from our Jewish brothers & sisters?   6.  What does it mean to be baptized by the Holy Spirit and fire? 7. What is the most important thing non-Christians need to know about the Gospel?
Feb
13
2020
Episode 379 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1.  I believe that in every age, Christians have had blind spots. What do you think are some potential blind spots in our age? 2.  Can a person reject God’s grace or walk away after receiving God’s grace? 3.  I had a theology professor say that it can't be disputed the way someone interprets Scripture specifically when the Bible speaks about man to man relationships and how God abhors those and how some people interpret that to mean pedophilia rather than homosexuality. Are we supposed to correct our brothers on that note? 4. Does God really work all things together for good? I know that the bible says that, and maybe I just need some reassurance but there are things I have experienced that I can’t imagine God using for good. 5.  I heard a Sunday School teacher make the point that Jesus saved by faith. This sounds wrong to me but I’m not sure why. Can you please give me your thoughts?
Feb
12
2020
Episode 378 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. What is transhumanism and why do you think this is a religious idea? 2. If AI brain implants ever become a reality, would it be sinful to get one? 3. How much do I need to be limiting my kids screen time? I have some friends who don’t let their kids watch T.V. and others whose two-year-old plays with an iPhone. 4. You say that work “may be our single most enthralling replacement religion.” Why?
Feb
11
2020
Episode 377 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1.  Why is it so hard to become Holy? It seems like a really basic command that God gives, but the more I strive the less progress I seem to make. 2. How exactly can you prove that God, Jesus, the whole thing is real, that it’s the only religion? If it was real there wouldn’t be any other religions but him. If Christianity is true why are there are other religions? How do you explain that a mortal man could go through a stone that wasn’t moved? 3. What do you think is important for new believers to understand about worship? 4.  What does it mean to be a “doer of the word” and not a “hearer”?
Feb
10
2020
Episode 376 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. Hi, Dr. Horton and Pastor Sanchez. In  Matthew 27:52-53  the Evangelist writes that some of the saints came out of their graves after Christ’s resurrection, and were seen by many in Jerusalem. In  2 Timothy 2:18, however, Paul writes that those who say the resurrection has already taken place have departed from the truth and are leading others astray. How do you interpret or reconcile Matthew’s account with Paul’s statement? 2. If you died today and Jesus asked you why he should let you into heaven what would you say? 3. How do we know that we have an accurate translation of the Bible?   4.  Do the letters to the seven churches in the Book of Revelation apply to the church today? 5. How can I gain a greater desire to give God praise? 6. What does Jesus mean in the Book of John when he says, "whoever sees me, sees him who sent me"?
Feb
7
2020
Episode 375 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1.  I have a question regarding  Revelation 13.5-8. It talks about the beast and how all of the martyrs that have been saved in heaven and that he [the beast] will be able to conquer them. That doesn’t really make sense to me. I’m wondering what your thoughts are on what that is saying. 2.  Is it safe to use interpretation from the notes in my study Bible? Or should I try to interpret it on my own? 3. What happens when an infant dies? Do they go to heaven? 4.  What are the basics I need to know to be saved? 5. In Romans chapter 7, is Paul speaking as a Christian struggling with sin, or was he still unconverted?
Feb
6
2020
Episode 374 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. Why is it not Christian to say, "I accept Jesus as my personal savior"? Dr. Horton explained this in a radio program, but I would like a deeper understanding of this issue. 2.  I was wanting to get your advice. My pastor has come out as a homosexual and he is preaching that the Bible has been misinterpreted? 3.  When Jesus refers to Peter as “the rock of the church”, was Jesus elevating Peter over the other apostles?   4.  Why doesn’t God protect Christians for things like mass shootings? Isn’t God supposed to keep believers safe? 5. Is it better to pray in our own words, or to follow prayers   like “The Lord’s Prayer”?
Feb
5
2020
Episode 373 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. I have a friend who thinks that praying in the Spirit means praying in tongues. I don’t necessarily agree with that because I heard something different, but I was just wondering what you thought. 2.  Hello Pastor Adriel and Dr. Horton, first thank you for your ministry, it has helped me hear the gospel on a daily basis, which helps me trust God's promises further. I wanted to ask you a question about Sunday worship. Recently my church had a "Serve Sunday" where the normal worship services were cancelled, and the church went and served various tasks in the community for those in need. Do you think this is appropriate? I'm trying to be in careful submission to the pastor and elders placed as authorities, but I can't help feeling that this Sunday was a day the gospel, which I so desperately need, was not preached to the body of Christ. Thank you so much for considering my question. 3.   What does it mean in the book of Isaiah where it says, “Foreigners shall build up your walls, and their kings shall minister to you; for in my wrath I struck you, but in my favor I have had mercy on you.”? 4. How much money should a Pastor make? 5. Should we continue to forgive people who sin against us over and over again?
Feb
4
2020
Episode 372 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1.  It says in the Bible that we are going to be judged for our deeds in the body either good or bad. Does this mean we are going to lose our salvation? I don’t know if I’m playing defensive but there is no condemnation in Christ. But I worry about the verse that says we are going to be judged. 2. Why did God recommend a Benjamite (Saul) for King, when the scepter shall not depart from Judah? 3.  What specifically does it mean to be a “Biblical Church”? 4. How do I share the gospel with my family members? 5.  How do you teach the Core Christian doctrines to children?
Feb
3
2020
Episode 371 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1.  When Jesus went to Jerusalem to be crucified, why didn't Jesus and the apostles bring something for a sacrifice? 2.  I was just listening to you and heard you talk about Psalms in Hebrew in order to witness to Jehovah's Witness. It's funny because I just had a Jehovah's Witnesses at my door today and we discussed many things. I was wondering what can I point to help show them the truth of the Gospel and of Revelation and of Jesus Christ? I very much enjoyed speaking with them and I know that they will come back and it would like to be more prepared. 3. What's the predominant thing I need to understand about the Prophets in the Bible?   4. Is there any danger in the idea of focusing too much on our justification? 5. What did Jesus mean when he said, “Whoever believes in me as the scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water”?
Jan
31
2020
Episode 370 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1. When a lot of Christians speak about suffering, they sound as if we should just accept suffering and not do anything to change it. I have heard people use first Peter 1  this way. In  first Peter 1, does Peter want us to just accept suffering? 2.  I come from a Christian family. It’s apostolic or Pentecostal. I come from a family of preachers. I have backslidden and every time I try to go back to church, they preach on the stuff that they know that I have done in the past and even though I have been forgiven they put me under condemnation. How should I try to overcome this? Even though I have spoken with them about this they continue to do it. 3.  Are we required to continue to forgive people who sin against us in the same way repeatedly without repentance? 4.  What is the Social Gospel and how should Christians respond to it? 5.  What's the difference between the Old Covenant and the New Covenant? 6.  Is the Lord’s Supper literally the physical body and blood of Jesus?
Jan
30
2020
Episode 369 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1.  I’m really struggling to make sense of  Romans 11, the part about the branches being cut off. How do you interpret this? Is Paul teaching that Christians can lose their salvation? How does this fit with  Romans 9? 2.  We know that God doesn't hold the sins of the Father against his sons and the sins of the sons against the Father. And that being true why is it that we think that God would answers Noah’s curse on Canaan on Canaan who didn’t do anything based on what his Father did? I think that it’s not a curse. I think that Noah either announced judgment or he just prophesied. But we have accepted the fact that it’s a curse. Now we know that most of the Canaanites descendants are the Egyptians, Libyans, the list goes on, and they were prosperous nations. And the Ethiopians were a great people. So, I don’t think it was a curse. 3.  Is it ok to work on the sabbath if my job requires me to? 4.  How should Christians pray for people who wander away to return to the Lord? 5.  How do we know which Old Testament laws still apply today? 6.  How is the New Covenant similar or different from the Old Covenant with Abraham?
Jan
29
2020
Episode 368 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1.  I’m struggling to fit in at my church. I love the people and enjoy the worship, but I wish that I could be of better service to others. For the past few years I have struggled on and off with depression. My church has been great, but I feel like sometimes I can be a burden and wished that I could be a blessing. Do you have any advice or encouragement? 2.  Can we lose our salvation?   How do you deal with those who point to  2 Peter 2:21;  Colossians 1:23;  Romans 11;  Hebrews 6; or  Hebrews 10:26-29? Thanks. 3.  Is there any historical evidence to Jesus actually existing? 4.  How should I understand  Psalm 37:23-24? Is this promise only for the righteous? If so, how righteous do I need to be?
Jan
28
2020
Episode 367 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1.  How should we understand Jesus’s healing miracles? If Jesus came just to die for our sins, then why does he spend so much time healing? 2.  When it talks about the unpardonable sin, and it says that God will get to the point where repentance will no longer work for you. What about those who like myself who do struggle with fornication? Being a Christian for the last 10 years and still struggling with that, how does that work? What about people who go to celebrate recovery? How does that work when it says that those who continue, there is no repentance for you? 3.  How do I stop committing the same sins over and over again? 4.  Can we ask for whatever we want as long as we ask in the name of Jesus?
Jan
27
2020
Episode 366 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1.  Could you tell me how I can truly know if I have repented of my sins? 2.  Thank you very much for being ambassadors for Christ and helping me understand the Bible more. My question is about corporal punishment. I am currently reading a book on leading your family in faith as father and a chapter came up about corporal punishment. I am not exactly sure where I stand and want to make sure my views line up with Scripture. I know  proverbs 23:13-14  instructs us to us it as a form of discipline but I know society has a very negative view on it. Some Christians say that that passage is out of date with today's practices and culture. Can I get some clarification on this? Thank you for the work you are doing! 3.  Why was God so harsh on the Israelites when they built a golden calf? 4.  Is my anxiety a sin issue?
Jan
24
2020
Episode 365 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1.  Does God reveal himself in other religions or should we only expect God to reveal himself to Christians?2.  I recently ran into the infamous verse of  Isaiah 45:7  where people often claim is where it says God purposefully created evil (as the King James Version uses the word “evil” where other translations, notably the ESV, use the word calamity). There’s no real context I can see on this statement in surrounding text. What am I supposed to make of this verse? 2.  Thank you Dr. Horton and Pastor Sanchez for your work to answer core questions about the faith. I'm also thankful for your response to more difficult or sensitive questions of praying. In the Magnificat, Mary praises God and says, "...all generations will call me blessed." How are we to think about this? 3.  Why don’t we see many miracles in the church today? 4.  Is introspection a good thing for Christians to practice? 5.  Psalm 8  says that man are, “made a little lower than the angels”. How does that fit with man’s sinfulness? 6.  What does it mean in  John 17  when Jesus says that eternal life is to know him and the Father?
Jan
23
2020
Episode 364 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1.  The church I attend uses gluten free crackers and grape juice for the Lord's Supper. I wonder if that is okay. 2.  I recently ran into the infamous verse of  Isaiah 45:7  where people often claim is where it says God purposefully created evil (as the King James Version uses the word “evil” where other translations, notably the ESV, use the word calamity). There’s no real context I can see on this statement in surrounding text. What am I supposed to make of this verse? 3.  Why does Paul so often begin his letters with “grace and peace”? What does that mean?   4.  How should we respond when scandals happen within the church? 5.  I’ve heard that the term “Christian” was originally given to believers with a negative connotation attached to it. If this is true, would it be better if we identified ourselves as “followers of Jesus” instead?
Jan
22
2020
Episode 363 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1.  Some people think that the greatest challenge facing the church is pluralism. They seem to worry about America changing and moving away from being a Christian nation. Should we be concerned? 2.  I have been in a relationship for several years. Something always told me that we aren't perfect for each other. We had a son. We are trying to get right with God. He is not a Christian, but he is traditional in our culture? How would that work? 3.  Why did Jesus have to be baptized if he was already fully God? 4.  Is the book of Genesis historically true? 5.  How do we read the Bible in a Christ centered way? 6.  How do I know if I’m called to be a missionary? 7.  How can I stop questioning my salvation?
Jan
21
2020
Episode 362 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1.  I would like one of the gentlemen to explain  Hebrews 6:4-6. 2.  If there is no marriage in heaven, why is it, “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh”? Why did God even create two separate genders to be companions? 3.  Who do you think the Anti-Christ will be? 4.  What does it mean when people say that “Jesus is the Messiah”? 5.  What does it mean when Jesus says that, "not an iota, will pass from the Law”?
Jan
20
2020
Episode 361 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1.  “Christ our righteousness,” I read this in the Bible many times. What does "Christ our righteousness" mean and how does it apply to us? 2.  Many years ago a preacher said the devil cannot hear your thoughts only God can hear your thoughts. So, for most all of those years I pray silently so the devil can't hear my worries and concerns. Does the Bible say anything about the privacy of prayer with God? 3.  What does it mean when you say that, “Jesus was raised for our justification”? 4.  Is God the author of sin and evil? 5.  Will I still be married to my wife when we’re in heaven?
Jan
17
2020
Episode 360 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1.  I am really struggling with lust and feel that I might be one of the people that the Bible says will not inherit the kingdom of God. I have tried to remain celibate and bury my feelings and hope they go away, but they haven’t. 2.  In the first chapter of Job beginning in verse 6, I have a minor and major question.   Minor being “sons of God” is this referring to the fallen angels? More so I have heard it said that Satan or the Satan is referring to the adversary. In my opinion, depending on who it is changes the whole reason for Job’s trials and tribulations. 3.  How should we understand, “Abraham’s Bosom”? 4.  What does Paul mean about head coverings in 1 Corinthians? Does this still apply today? 5.  What does it mean when Paul talks about speaking in tongues building up the individual, but someone who prophesies build up the church?
Jan
16
2020
Episode 359 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1.  I have a brother in law who is a preacher and he heads up a ministry of healing. He is really into healing words and Scripture. He has gone through a major operation for his heart and he is a little depressed and wonders why he wasn’t healed. I know that the Bible teaches that not everyone is healed. But they say that if you really, truly believe then your prayers will be answered. I’m wondering about it too. I would appreciate any insight. 2.  I recently had a conversation with a coworker about how she's a Christian who believes in purgatory. My understanding of purgatory is that it's a Catholic belief and not biblical at all. Her argument is that God will provide a resting place before we go to Heaven. I got a little confused, especially remembering the Scripture in Luke where it says we will die one death and then there's judgement. Would you be able to clarify this for me? 3.  What does it mean when Paul speaks about us being, "raised up with Christ”? 4.  Is it possible to be angry but no be in sin? 5.  Should Christians observe Jewish holidays and festivals like Hanukkah and Passover?
Jan
15
2020
Episode 358 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1.  What did Jesus mean in the sermon on the mount when he made statements, “you have heard it said, but I say to you...” Is Jesus doing away with the law? 2. As believers in this day in age when you die, do you go directly to heaven; or do you sleep until the day of the Lord? I have seen Scripture that can go both ways. The Bible says that you know nothing in the grave. It says that David is still in the grave sleeping. 3.  What do people mean when they say that the Bible is the word of God? 4.  How do we respond when people point to the Bible as a means to spread misogyny?
Jan
14
2020
Episode 357 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1.  In  Matthew 7:21—23, where Jesus says to people “I never knew you” does this apply to lukewarm Christians? How do you know if this passage applies to you or not? 2.  In  Psalm 51  David says, “Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.” Does this mean that David was worried that he would lose his salvation? Is this how we should respond to our sin? 3.  Can an unmarried Christian live with their significant other? 4.  Does being spiritually mature mean that I will no longer struggle with my sin? Not that I’ll be perfect, but that it won’t be as hard to fight against my sin? 5.  Is the Gospel truly for everyone? 6.  What will heaven be like?
Jan
13
2020
Episode 356 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1.  What’s the difference between Christianity and other religions? Why can you say we don’t worship the same God? 2.  Would it be a bad idea to date this guy who has a past? He mentioned that before he became a Christian, he was having sex with other girls and was drinking a lot. He says that God has delivered him from that. Is it a bad thing to want to be with him if I know that God has forgiven him? I was hoping to get your thoughts on that. 3.  What is Jeremiah referring to when he talks about the “great and unsearchable things”?   4.  How can I figure out my spiritual gift so I can become more of a blessing to my church? 5.  How important is it for a Christian to have powerful experiences of God working in their lives?
Jan
10
2020
Episode 355 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1.  This seems like a little thing but in the Lord's prayer it seems that some translations say, "they will be done in earth as it is in heaven," but the most services use the word "on." It seems like a big difference in meaning.   2.  Is it hypocritical to doubt that God is real and still go to church? 3.  How do Christians balance stepping in to be a peacemaker,  but also not being overly involved in people’s private lives?   4.  In the book of Romans when it says, “no one seeks God,”  is the Bible speaking literally? I’ve known a lot of non-believers that have seemed to be seeking the Lord.
Jan
9
2020
Episode 354 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1.  Can you be a Christian if you have made Jesus your savior and you don't know if you repented or not? Is being saved just asking Jesus to save you? 2.  I like apologetics, but sometimes I worry that it gives the impression that if a person doesn’t have really good reasons for their faith then they don’t have true faith. But I have met some good Christian people who can’t give a good argument for the resurrection. What do you think? 3.  How do we keep from getting so caught up in things like politics that we forget about the Gospel? 4.  Is it okay for Christians to pray for God’s wrath towards those who are against him? 5.  How should I understand the story of Judah and Tamar? 6.  Dr. Horton, what is your favorite passage in the Book of Isaiah?
Jan
8
2020
Episode 353 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1.  Can I take the sacrament only once or twice? How many times in one day? 2.  Is it wrong to pray to Jesus? I know what He taught us in the Lord's Prayer, yet I admit that I feel closer to Jesus (because of His suffering and death on the cross, etc.) than I do to God the Father. So sometimes I just say, "Thank You, Jesus," and wonder if that is wrong. 3.  How should a church determine the best way to spend the money they receive from weekly tithing? 4.  How do you feel about the saying, “preach the Gospel and if necessary, use words”? 5.  What exactly is happening during Christ’s transfiguration?
Jan
7
2020
Episode 352 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1.  If you are saved why does the person that is saved have to go through a judgment? I thought being saved by the Lord's grace and blood you would be saved and live with him. 2.  In the New Jerusalem, as described in Revelation, walls and gates are surrounding the city.   As all evil will have been eradicated by that time, and God's perfect creation reigns then, from what do the walls and gates protect the New Jerusalem? Or why are the gates and walls there or needed? 3.  Does God use our trials to discipline us? 4.  Can a true Christian be led astray from the faith? 5.  How do I know if I truly believe in Jesus?
Jan
6
2020
Episode 351 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1.  God told Moses that he hardened Pharaoh’s heart to demonstrate his own power but it seemed pretty cold. It seems kind of cruel. 2.  1 Corinthians 10:31  says, “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God,” My question is: how do you understand this? How can we tell the difference between sin and places we have freedom? 3.  What’s the difference between being foolish and having a large amount of faith when we take big risks for God? 4.  Are Christians still obligated to follow the 10 Commandments? 5.  What is the most Biblical way for us to evangelize to our neighbors?
Jan
3
2020
Episode 350 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Key questions answered in today's show: 1.  Is it true that Jesus when saying that the temple would be raised in three days was referring to his resurrection? If so, what does it mean that Jesus is a temple? 2.  When he revealed the veil to Peter (in the book of Acts), did the Lord make all the unclean animals clean then or are they still unclean?3.  How best can I serve Christ as a single woman? 4.  Should Christians expect blessings to come with persecution? 5.  Why does Paul say that there are certain people that we shouldn’t even eat with? How can we evangelize to people who we aren’t supposed to associate with?  
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