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: Resurrection 007

http://traffic.libsyn.com/themiddlekingdom/Resurrection2.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadToday we conclude our series in 1 Corinthians by taking a look at chapter 15. It is the pinnacle of the book, everything that has been written is building up to this moment, the resurrection of Jesus. Christianity hinges upon the resurrection. Join us as we discuss the historicity, purpose, and power of the resurrection. Not only is it important to know what we

1 Corinthians: Giving 006

http://traffic.libsyn.com/themiddlekingdom/1_Corinthians_Giving.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadToday we are in 1 Corinthians 16.  Yes, we know we skipped chapter 15.  Join us next week for that chapter, which is really the point of the entire book…the Resurrection changes everything.  This week we look at that topic that many feel uncomfortable about, giving.  If God owns everything and doesn’t need our time, talents, and treasures, then why give?  If I decide

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

1 Corinthians: Judge Not 002

http://traffic.libsyn.com/themiddlekingdom/6.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadToday we continue our study in 1 Corinthians as we look at chapter 6. All throughout the book Paul addresses judgement in and out of the church. Judgment is a thing to be avoided today, it is an often abused topic today, even in the church. What does 1 Corinthians teach us about judgment and the church? Resources: Jesus Outside the Lines: A Way

1 Corinthians: Marriage & Singleness 003

http://traffic.libsyn.com/themiddlekingdom/1_Corinthians-_Marriage_and_Singleness3.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadToday we look at 1 Corinthians 7 as we discuss the topics, Marriage and Singleness.  What is a Biblical understanding of marriage and divorce?  How should we think of singleness?  How can both the married and the single honor Christ in life God has assigned them? Resources: Not Yet Married:The Pursuit of Joy in Singleness and Dating, Marshall Segal The Mingling of Souls: God’s Design

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: A Theology of Work 001

http://traffic.libsyn.com/themiddlekingdom/Workplace_001.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhat is work? Does God care about it? Should we? Join us as we launch a new series on faith in the workplace and start the discussion with a theology of work. If you’re looking to go deeper into the topic of faith and work we recommend the following resources: God at Work: Ken Costa Every Good Endeavor: Tim Keller Business for the Glory