Real Conversations In Truth And Love
A Conversation About Unbelief
May 2, 2021 • Ross Sawyers
We sometimes think we cannot bring our questions of unbelief to God, yet we see again and again that we can and that is actually the way forward in a great relationship with God. List of Books: Messy Grace - Caleb Kaltenbach Out of a far Country - Christopher Yuan The secret Thoughts of an unlikely convert ) - Rosaria Butterfield A Transgender‘s Faith - Walt Heyer The Third Option - Miles McPherson Under our skin - Ben Watson Live not by lies - Rod Dreher A practical guide to culture - John Stonestreet Evidence that demands a verdict - Josh McDowell
Betrayed: How To Restore The Relationship
April 25, 2021 • Ross Sawyers
Once there has been betrayal, is it possible to restore the relationship? Jim Newheiser, Professor of Counseling Characteristics of worldly sorrow: -Self-focused; self-protective. -Doesn’t primarily hate the sin; hates the consequences of sin. -Blame-shifting. -Resents accountability. -Impatient – demanding to be trusted and restored immediately. -Focuses on the sins of others. -Criticizes the disciplinary process. -Unchanged (hard) heart. -No fruit. Characteristics of godly sorrow: -Focused on God and other person; well-being of others is first priority -Hates the sin itself; accepts the consequences of the sin. -Fully accepts responsibility. -Seeks accountability. -Patient. -Focuses upon their own sin. -Submits to the disciplinary process. -Changed heart. -Fruit.
Dealing with External, Superficial, Self-righteous, Hypocritical Religious People
February 14, 2021 • Ross Sawyers
Jesus shows us the way on how to have a conversation with Hypocritical and self-righteous people. Reflection Question: -What is God asking you to consider today in light of your own faith being externally or internally driven?
On Whose Authority
January 31, 2021 • Eric Estes
In this conversation between Jesus and a Centurion, two people with authority, Jesus Marvels at the centurion’s faith. Why? What is so special about his faith? We see that real faith is transferring our trust from our own authority to Jesus’ and can also learn how we can have deeper, real conversations that matter.