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Point: The most powerful thing we can do in another person’s life is pray in the power that God has invited us to pray in.Scripture: Ephesians 1:15-23Questions:1. Do you pray often for the church? Why or why not?2. What can we learn from Paul’s prayer for the church in this text?3. Read verses 17 and 18 again. What kinds of things should we be pray…
 
How can we raise sons of courage and character? That’s the focus of Jon Tyson’s new book, The Intentional Father. In a culture wrestling with deep father wounds and toxic masculinity, Jon shares an intentional vision for raising the next generation. His book is our latest selection in the Q Ideas Book Tour series. To read along with us, participate…
 
Our modern culture is obsessed with identity. However, theologian Carl Trueman argues that no historical phenomenon is its own cause. From Augustine to Marx, various views and perspectives have contributed to the modern understanding of the self. In his timely book, The Rise of the Modern Self, Carl analyzes the development of the sexual revolution…
 
Point: Knowing and trusting the work that God has already done for you will lead you to, establish you in, and empower you for a Christ-centered life.Scripture: Ephesians 1:1-14Questions: 1. Read Ephesians 1:1-6. Do you believe that God has chosen you for a new life - a life of holiness and commitment to Him? Why or why not?2. Read verses 7-12 agai…
 
In 2018, social scientist Lisa Littman published a study on “rapid-onset gender dysphoria.” The study pointed to an increasing trend of adolescent girls suddenly identifying themselves as transgender and seeking treatment, perhaps due to social pressure and media influence. The study was met with controversy and left many debating this new idea. To…
 
What does our modern, secular culture get wrong about the Bible? That’s a question Dan Kimball helps us wrestle with on this episode of the Q Ideas Podcast. Dan is a pastor at Vintage Faith Church in Santa Cruz, California and the author of the recent book, How (Not) to Read the Bible. In this conversation, Dan brings clarity to some of the more co…
 
Point: Though there will always be more to do, only true biblical rest will assure you of what needs to be done.Scripture: Joshua 24:1-15Questions: 1. What do you think the difference is between leisurely rest and Jesus-centered rest? Is there a difference? Explain.2. Read Joshua 24:1-13. Why do you think it is necessary to reflect on what God has …
 
How are Christians called to contribute to flourishing? This is a question Sho Baraka helps us engage on this episode of the Q Ideas Podcast. In addition to being a globally recognized artist and activist, Sho is also the author of the new book, He Saw That It Was Good: Reimagining Your Creative Life to Repair a Broken World. In this conversation, …
 
Point: God promises to answer our prayers.Scripture: 1 John 5:13-15Questions:1. Read 1 John 5:13-15. What do you think it looks like to have confidence in prayer? 2. Do you believe that God hears and listens to your prayers? Why or why not?3. How do you know if you are praying according to God’s will?4. What needs to change in your prayer life in o…
 
How has the past year affected the most vulnerable communities around the world—and how can Christians step in and advance good? On today’s episode, Jordan Gustafson joins Gabe Lyons to share his perspective. Jordan leads church mobilization and partnership efforts at Food for the Hungry, a global Christ-centered NGO working in over 20 countries wi…
 
Point: A Life Centered on Jesus Christ is a life that is committed to God’s Word.Scripture: 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 4:12-13Questions: 1. Read 2 Timothy 3:16-17. Do you believe that the Bible is God’s Word? Why or why not?2. Do you trust that the Bible is for you and not against you? Why or why not?3. Read Hebrews 4:12-13. How is the Bible living…
 
Point: Creating opportunities to hear from God is not something you try, it is something you determine to do on purpose.Scripture: Psalm 23Questions: 1. Read Psalm 23:1-2. What does it take to have this type of satisfaction in God? Explain.2. Read verses 3-4. What does it look like to let God lead while being quiet and still before Him? Explain.3. …
 
In our unique cultural moment, how is the local church being equipped to advance the common good? In this episode of the Q Ideas Podcast, Luke Bobo joins Gabe Lyons to engage this question. Luke serves as director of strategic partnerships for Made to Flourish, an organization that empowers pastors and their churches to integrate faith, work and ec…
 
Point: The day you stop listening is the day you stop learning, the day you stop learning is the day you stop leading, the day you stop leading is the day you stop caring.Scripture: Acts 18:24-281. Read Acts 18:24-25. What was it about Apollos that made him stand out? How can you learn from Apollos?2. Read verses 25-26. Apollos needed strong Christ…
 
How is the digital revolution shaping the way churches reach their communities? Slingshot Group’s Keith Robinson believes the digital disruption has given us the greatest opportunity for evangelism in 2,000 years. In this episode, he shares more about this idea and challenges church leaders to take online evangelism seriously while also making spac…
 
Point: “If my private world is in order, it will be because I have determined that everyday will be a day of growth in knowledge and wisdom.” - Gordon MacdonaldScripture: Acts 17:10-12, 22-34; Acts 18:8-111. Read Acts 17:10-12. What did it look like for the Jews in Berea to think critically? How can we model the same type of critical thinking? Expl…
 
In a post-Christian culture, how can we equip our children to become resilient disciples of Christ? That’s a question Matt Markins helps us wrestle with on this episode of the Q Ideas Podcast. As the Chief Strategy Officer at Awana, Matt is a leading expert in the world of children’s ministry. In this episode, Matt shares his own story, highlights …
 
As Christians, we're confident in the gospel’s power to redeem us as individuals. But perhaps what we don’t talk about enough is the gospel’s power to transform larger systems, structures and cultures. This is a truth Heather Rice-Minus challenges us to see. As a senior vice president at Prison Fellowship, Heather articulates the case for restorati…
 
Point: “If your inner world (inside Jesus life) is in order it will be because you have made a Daily Determination to see time as God’s gift and worthy of careful investment.” - Gordon MacDonald (Parenthesis Ernies)Scripture: Luke 10:38-42; Ephesians 5:15-17Questions: 1. Read Luke 10:38-40. Can you relate to Martha? What are some things that demand…
 
When we read the news, we are not merely informed—we’re also formed. In his new book, Reading the Times, author Jeffery Bilbro helps us gain a theological and historical perspective on the nature and very purpose of news. Offering an alternative vision of the rhythms of life, he suggests thoughtful practices for media consumption in order to cultiv…
 
Point: A life lived from Jesus will change the world for Jesus.Scripture: Romans 8:5-111. Read verse 5. What are some ways that you can set your mind on the things of the Spirit?2. Read verses 6-8. Why is the mind that is set on worldly things hostile to God? Explain. 3. Read verses 9-11. How should your thinking change because of the Spirit of Chr…
 
How can we move from shallow Christianity to deep transformation? Pete Scazzero argues it starts in our discipleship. Author of the new book Emotionally Healthy Discipleship, Pete shares his own journey toward emotional health and casts a hopeful vision for how the global Church can overcome its current discipleship crisis. Pete’s new book is avail…
 
Point: When I am centered in the Gospel of Jesus Christ I live from the inside out for His glory regardless of the circumstances.Scripture: 2 Corinthians 4:7-18Questions:1. Read verses 7-12. How does believing and trusting in the gospel of Jesus Christ make our lives look different? 2. Read verses 13-15. How should having the gospel centered in our…
 
We were made for intimacy—spiritual intimacy with God that brings oneness and bears powerful fruit. We were made to know Him and be known by Him, fully. So why do we often feel burnt-out, distant and disheartened in our journey of faith? Sharing her own story, Mo Aiken helps us wrestle with this question in today’s episode of the Q Ideas Podcast. A…
 
Point: If the central point, or the most powerful influence of your life is the redemption of Jesus Christ, then every aspect of your life will bear fruit for Him and will be honored because of Him.Scripture: Colossians 3:1-171. What do you think it means that “Christ…is your life”? Explain. 2. What are some things that tend to motivate and lead yo…
 
In the U.S. Senate now, the Equality Act is a proposed piece of legislation that would add sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes under federal civil rights law. However, this bill has been met with significant controversy as many believe it would go too far to inhibit individual religious freedom. In light of this, how should …
 
When you think about orphans, what comes to mind? Maybe you think of kids living in orphanages who have no parents or family. Maybe you think of this as a global problem, not affecting the United States. And maybe you think this is a problem that is simply too big to be solved. In today’s episode of the Q Ideas Podcast, Lindsay Hadley and Elli Oswa…
 
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