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

Bonus: The Singing Teacher

http://traffic.libsyn.com/themiddlekingdom/The_Singing_Teacher.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadToday we chat with Dr. Zeb Balentine about his book, “The Singing Teacher.”  In this episode we discuss the power of song and how congregational worship not only helps shape our understanding of who God is but also prepares us for death.  If you like what you hear be sure to pick up Dr. Balentine’s book, “The Singing Teacher: How the Worship Leader Shapes

Faith in the Workplace: Failing Well 004

http://traffic.libsyn.com/themiddlekingdom/Workplace_004.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadToday we continue our discussion on Faith and Work as we discuss the difficult topic of failure.  Everyone fails, but as Christians there is hope in our failure for Christ’s grace toward us is greater than our greatest failure.  If you are going through a season of failure we pray this episode brings healing for today and hope for tomorrow.  Join us in the

Faith in the Workplace: A Mirror into Your Soul 003

http://traffic.libsyn.com/themiddlekingdom/Workplace_003.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download  Today we continue our discussion on Faith and Work as we discuss how work itself can be a litmus test on what we truly value.  What are the idols that lurk in your heart seeking opportunity to turn the good gift of work into an ultimate gift?  Join us in the conversation and find out more on our website.  

Proverbs: Integrity 009

http://traffic.libsyn.com/themiddlekingdom/integrity.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadJoin citizens of the Middle Kingdom as we explore what the book of Proverbs has to say about integrity. Links/Resources: “The Day American Told the Truth” by James Patterson and Peter Kim, 1991 Verses from today’s show: Proverbs 10:9 Proverbs 11:3 I Peter 3:16 II Corinthians 8:21 Hebrews 13:18 Isaiah 6:5-6

Proverbs: Anger 008

http://traffic.libsyn.com/themiddlekingdom/anger.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadJoin citizens of the Middle Kingdom as we explore what the book of Proverbs has to say about anger. Verses from today’s show: Proverbs 12:16 Proverbs 15:1 Proverbs 29:11 Proverbs 14:17 Proverbs 15:18 Ephesians 4:26-31 I Corinthians 13:4-5 Ephesians 4:32