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Josh Moody

The Gospel and... Culture, Part 1

October 11, 2021

Christ said that we are to be in the world but not of the world. He prayed this for his disciples. As his followers, we certainly need prayers to achieve that tricky balance of being in the world but not of the world. We need to think clearly about this cultural integration and have solid direction from the Bible.

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Your sins, if you've come to Jesus and made a profession of faith and been filled with His Spirit, are covered, past, present, and future. But as a child of God, in order to enjoy His presence, you need to keep short accounts. God is light; He is utterly pure, and He is holy.
October 9, 2021
When we listen to the hard-nosed atheist, the man who insists in denial that there is no God—we hear someone who "doth protest too much." In this message we try to get beneath that to see what is really going on in someone's heart.
October 8, 2021
The Psalms say that when we listen carefully, the language of our created heart reflects an accountability to the Creator. We feel that we are made for something…even someone.
October 7, 2021
Trust is resting in God's goodness—sure and certain that he will do it by his grace. And that's why when you read the stories of the great men of faith you find that they were sinful people who messed up. Faith is not about being perfectly good, faith is about knowing you're not and resting in God's favor.
October 6, 2021
He does not tell these hard-working Colossian businessmen to initiate opportunities, he tells them to respond to opportunities. We must be ready, not just with a sales campaign for the gospel, but far more than that. Learn more from Pastor Josh about how to share your faith.
October 5, 2021
When we think about outreach, we need to begin with a real engagement with Jesus, a committed faith, and a gospel of grace so that our outreach isn't motivated by guilt, but instead is empowered by love and the work of the spirit.
October 4, 2021
John is not just saying that it's really healthy for you spiritually to go to church and Bible study, although that's true. He says it's inevitable that if you have fellowship with God, you will want to have fellowship with other people. True Christians are a part of God's family, and they will want to be with God's family in church.
October 2, 2021
The book of Philemon is a masterpiece of persuasion. Paul appeals to the readers, which is always better for gaining internal transformation rather than getting begrudging cooperation with what you have told them to do. The end point of his appeal is something of real, social, practical implication. The gospel must have that kind of impact in our world today, too.
October 1, 2021
This passage is read at a lot of weddings, but really it is about the love we are meant to have for each other as Christians. The more excellent way is the thing that binds us together, not that which distinguishes us from one another.
September 30, 2021
Ecclesiastes is saying that when you get to the end of your life, you must realize that you will stand before him who knows the secrets of every human heart. If you haven't thought about judgment lately, it might be time to do so. There is hope if you know Jesus.
September 29, 2021
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The Bible-teaching ministry of Dr Josh Moody. At God Centered life, our passion is the gospel, our vision is all generations living for God. Listener supported. Partner with us at https://godcenteredlife.org/donate/

About Josh Moody

Josh Moody (Ph.D., University of Cambridge) is the senior pastor of College Church in Wheaton, IL., president and founder of God Centered Life Ministries, and author of several books including How the Bible Can Change Your Life. He was an associate fellow of Jonathan Edwards College, Yale University (2007-2011), and his Cambridge University doctorate in Theology was published in 2005. Pastor Josh grew up south of London, became a follower of Jesus in the Church of England, was an undergraduate at Cambridge University where he was president of the Cambridge Inter-Collegiate Christian Union. He is married to Rochelle, and they have four children.

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