Good God Evil World

Text: Romans 8:16-39 In 1755 on November 1st, All saints day, in Lisbon, Portugal Christians were gathered together in worship when an earthquake struck the city. 85% of the buildings were destroyed. Of course, the churches were the tallest buildings in the city so naturally the greatest loss of life happened there. It’s known as one of the deadliest earthquakes ever recorded. But the day of terror wasn’t over. Forty

A Tale of Two Cities: Is there really a heaven and hell?

Luke 16:19-31   Not to put a damper on our services today, but over the past 30 minutes, while we have been singing and shaking hands and listening to announcements 3,158 people have died (look around you, that almost four times the number of people present today). Can you imagine, if we all dropped dead right now, four times over, and that number just keeps turning over like an odometer

Big Questions: Intro 001

http://traffic.libsyn.com/themiddlekingdom/intro_001.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhen it comes to faith there are many big questions to discuss from religion, sacred text, sovereignty in suffering and evil, to sexuality.   Before we begin these discussions we need to lay some ground rules and decide why discuss these topics at all?  Join us in the discussion as we discuss the importance of dialoguing well.

Sex, Singleness, and the Sanctity of Marriage.

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 7   Topic: Marriage and Singleness I’m terrible at opening gifts, mainly because I’m really hard to buy for. Most of the gifts I receive…I just don’t like. My first Christmas with Jenni’s family was horrible because I hadn’t yet learned how to fake excitement. One by one each family member went to her and worriedly asked, “Did TJ like the gift I got him?” Needless to

Bonus: Passover

http://traffic.libsyn.com/themiddlekingdom/Passover.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThe story of Passover is central to the Christian message. All throughout the Old Testament this shadow of the gospel is repeated until Christ is ushered onto the scene with these words, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” What is the connection between Christ and this ancient celebration? What are some meaningful truths from this event that

1 Corinthians: Spiritual Gifts 005

http://traffic.libsyn.com/themiddlekingdom/1_Corinthians_Spiritual_gifts.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadToday we are in 1 Corinthians 12-14.  Few topics are as controversial as Spiritual Gifts.  The moment we receive Christ as King we are endowed with gifts that are meant to enable us to edify the church. What are those gifts and how should they function in a church? Resources: Spiritual Gifts: What They Are and Why They Matter, Thomas Schreiner Showing the Spirit:

1 Corinthians: Christian Freedom 004

http://traffic.libsyn.com/themiddlekingdom/1_Corinthians_Freedom.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadToday we turn our attention to 1 Corinthians 8-11 and the important topic of Christian Liberty.  How does the law relate to the Christian today? What are things we should avoid? How can we as Christians abuse our freedom?  In what ways are we to give up our freedoms for the sake of the gospel and our brothers and sisters in Christ? Resources: How

Bonus Episode: The Embassy

http://traffic.libsyn.com/themiddlekingdom/The_Embassy.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThis week we host a live recording of The Embassy as they discuss their recent series through the Gospel of John. Join us in the conversation as we discuss the advantages and disadvantages of going through a book of the Bible expositorily . The Embassy is the Young Adults Ministry at BICF City Church.  You can join them every Thursday at 7:15pm at the

1 Corinthians: Leadership in the Church 001

http://traffic.libsyn.com/themiddlekingdom/1-4.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWe begin our series on 1 Corinthians.  Today we look at the first four chapters.  How should congregants view leaders in the church? How should leaders view their role? How does a misunderstanding of church leadership lead to dysfunction in the church? Additional Resources: Emotionally Healthy Church, Peter Scazzero with Warren Bird Next: Pastoral Succession That Works, William Vanderbloemen and Warren Bird The Cross

Faith in the Workplace: Good News 007

http://traffic.libsyn.com/themiddlekingdom/Workplace_007.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadToday we finish our discussion on Faith and Work as we discuss how to be intentional with our faith. The phrase, “Preach the gospel, if necessary use word,” has been falsely attributed to St. Francis. Here’s the problem, “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.” In our respective workplaces our gospel action must be accompanied with gospel words for true