The Prodigal Son is One of Jesus’ most famous parables. Most interpret this story to depict sinners running away from God and then coming back. Inspirational? Yes, but NOT the main point. The strange parable of the Unjust Steward that detailed exactly what was happening as the Pharisees were losing God’s favor. What lessons can we learn from these two parables? Watch this short vlog and then listen to the full podcast of the same name.
So, why did Jesus have to die? To be a “RANSOM” for Adam, so that everyone who has ever died will have the opportunity to come back to life in God’s future kingdom. We offer an explanation for our youngest listeners in this short animated video.
Listen in as Rick and CQ Contributor, Julie, discuss three questions on the purpose and impact of Jesus' death and resurrection on all of mankind. Here are some questions we consider in this conversation: 0:01:44 Jesus died over 2,000 years ago but nothing has changed. When do we stop getting sick and dying? 0:07:27 What does it mean when we say "Jesus is the ransom"? 0:15:36 Jesus' death paid the ransom price for Adam. What did his resurrection do?
Salvation is a controversial topic. What are we saved from? Who gets saved? Watch this short vlog then listen to the full podcast of the same name.
How could Jesus have died for just the chosen and still have redeemed the entire human race? The Bible seems to send mixed messages on this question, however if we look at the big picture context of these things it reveals a whole new level of meaning. To get answers to these seemingly contradictory Scriptures, watch this quick vlog then listen to our full podcast of the same name.
A few weeks ago we began talking about Jesus speaking the Parable of the Wheat and the Tares. This was one of the few parables he actually interpreted for his followers, and in that interpretation he revealed it was a prophecy about the difficult future of Christianity. He spoke of false Christians and an entire age when the true and false would grow together – outwardly indistinguishable from one another - until the "harvest" time. We traced some of the corrupting influences through the long history of the church and began to see how the gospel was treated (and mistreated) along the way. Jesus, after speaking the Wheat and the Tares Parable, spoke two other parables. We believe they further described the corrupted condition of Christianity. So, what do these other parables tell us? Are we in danger of being deceived? Is the gospel even intact here and now in our present world?
Jesus gave many prophecies and you might be surprised to learn that some of them gave his followers then and now a warning about what would happen with this new movement he started. Christianity corrupted! What did Jesus predict and can we see that around us today?