The Forge Podcast
Jesus Followers and "That One Thing"
November 3, 2021 • Skyler Rodolph • James 1:22–25, John 13:17, John 17:9–21
Is there a particular topic that you need to continue to learn more about in order to better respond as a Jesus Follower? Is there a particular uncomfortable conversation that God has stirred up an interest in? What steps can you take to disciple others in this area? Is there an uncomfortable conversation that you still want to avoid? Why? How will you make sure you continue to align/calibrate your beliefs with your behaviors?
Jesus Followers and Sexuality/Gender
October 27, 2021 • Skyler Rodolph • Matthew 19, 1 Corinthians 7, Genesis 1:27, Genesis 2:18–25, Leviticus 20
For Jesus Followers, balancing Grace and Truth is a constant challenge, a challenge Christians typically have missed the mark on, driving many further away from the Love of Christ. So, how do we, as Jesus followers, change this trajectory? Do I rank homosexuality above other sins? What can I do to reconcile this? Do I need to learn more about what scripture says about sexual sin? Do my behaviors (direct or indirect) show Christ's love to the LGBTQ community? Am I willing to follow Jesus into the LGBTQ community?
Jesus Followers and Politics
October 20, 2021 • Skyler Rodolph • John 13:34–35, Matthew 22:34, Philippians 2:3–4, 1 John 2:17
How can LOVE help align and/or prioritize our political beliefs and behaviors? Why do you think scripture gives us direction an how we should respond to authority/government? Does this align or collide with your political beliefs and behaviors? Why or why not? When it comes to politics, who do you need to do a better job loving - The Lord, Your Neighbor, The Helpless, Your Enemy? Are there changes in either your beliefs or behaviors towards politics that need to be made in order to more closely follow Jesus? If so what are they? Our Concern: To reach a broken and fragmented world Our Cause: To experience and express the essence of Jesus
Jesus Followers and Racial Oppression
October 13, 2021 • Skyler Rodolph • Deuteronomy 10:17–19, Psalm 82:3, Proverbs 31:8–9, Ezekiel 22:20, Isaiah 1:17
What is God's heart towards the oppressed? How had God called us to respond to oppression? Did you have any oppressive belief systems towards race growing up? What were they? What does being "neighborly" and/or "now go do the same" look like when it comes to Jesus Followers reconciling racial oppression?
S1E7 - Jesus Followers and Sinful Behavior
October 6, 2021 • Skyler Rodolph • Romans 3:16–24, Galatians 5:13–26, 1 Timothy 1:5–17, John 4:4–26, Luke 15:1–2
How does scripture want us to view sin? What are some typical sin behaviors that were emphasized as "more sinful" in your home? What might Jesus say to us regarding our human nature to rank sin? How do you think Jesus might respond to a Non-Believer engaging in sinful behaviors today? How do you want to behave when interacting with others exhibiting sinful behaviors?
S1E6 - Turning Tables and Turning a Cheek
September 29, 2021 • Skyler Rodolph • John 2:13–22, Matthew 21:12–17, Matthew 23, Romans 12:14–21, Luke 10:30–37
Have there been times in your life where Jesus would have called you a hypocrite? Why? What does loving our enemies and pacifism towards those who are harsh towards us accomplish? Why does Jesus call us to behave in such a way? Why does Jesus prioritize his ministry with relationships with sinners? What can we learn from following Jesus in this area?
S1E5 - Redefining A Biblical Worldview Pt. 2
September 22, 2021 • Skyler Rodolph • Matthew 22:34–40, Romans 13:8–10, Exodus 20, 1 John 2:3–8, Matthew 5:17–40
Do you hold all of God's laws to still be applicable today? How is Jesus challenging religious people/Jesus followers to interpret and interact with the Law? What value does scripture place on love? What is the relationship between love and the law? "Jesus, Thank you for being the atonement for my sin. Let me learn how to love greater, as I follow you. Break my heart for what breaks yours and let me love others as you love them. Give me a desire to obey your commandments so that I can be closer to you and so that others might see You through me. Amen."
S1E4 - Uncomfortable Conversations With A Jesus Follower
September 15, 2021 • Skyler Rodolph • Luke 5:17, John 14:6, 1 John 2:15–16, Romans 12:2, 1 Peter 2:11
What are things that have defined your worldview? How can the biblical narrative of Exile in our biblical Identity help us navigate through life today as we follow Jesus? Where do I tend to put my Identity rather than as a Jesus follower? How do I define my worldview and do my actions represent my worldview? "Jesus help me to fully know what it means to follow you"
S1E3 - The Fruit Of The Spirit - Self Control
September 1, 2021 • Greg Bruce
1. Which of the nine segments in the Fruit of the Spirit do you personally struggle with the most? How can we (the Men of the Forge) be praying for you? 2. Share one of your unmistakable Holy Spirit moments. 3. What baffles you most about Holy Spirit? 4. What enamors you most about Holy Spirit? 5. What misconception about Holy Spirit did you entertain that you've unlearned?
S1E1 - The Fruit Of The Spirit - Faithfulness
August 18, 2021 • Philippians 1:6, Romans 8:28, John 15:1–2, Numbers 23:19, Psalm 119:89–90
1. Plural fruits vs singular fruit (w/ plural characteristics) 2. Fruit of the spirit mirrors god’s character 3. Nothing can change god’s faithfulness 4. Paul’s choice of word for fruit: karpos 5. Proper translation: fruit of a living (god) thing 6. Figurative translation: everything being done in partnership with christ 7. Faithful from a different angle is full of faith 8. What is the purpose anyway?