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This We Believe: Exploring the Essential Texts of the Christian Faith

This We Believe explains the essentials of the Christian faith and its impact on our lives. Each season will use key texts as springboards for exploring the core tenets of Christianity, beginning with the Apostles' Creed and continuing with texts such as the 10 Commandments and the Our Father. While each season will progress through these documents, each episode will be centered around a specific topic, such as the Cross, or the Holy Spirit, or a specific question, such as What happens when I die? or Why is there suffering the world? The goal is to provide an insightful and exciting theological education whether you have been following Christ for 8 days or 8 decades.

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Jesus Fulfills the Ceremonial Law
What does it mean to follow the Old Testament laws that pertain to temples and animal sacrifices, if we do not have these things today? What do these laws tell us about how Christians today ought to approach worship?This episode continues our three episode series on Matthew 5: 17-20 in the Sermon on the Mount, addressing how Jesus fulfills the Old Testament laws known as the Ceremonial, or Liturgical Law.This We Believe is brought to you in part by Logos. Logos combines digital books with intelligent software to help you study the Bible deeply. You can find Dr. Niebauer’s Book Virtuous Persuasion: A Theology of Christian Mission, as well as get a listener discount on Logos by visiting www.logos.com/mniebauerIf you would like connect further, please visit us: Facebook: @ThisWeBelievepodcastTwitter: @We_Believe_PodE-mail: Thiswebelievepodcast@gmail.com
11:24 7/3/24
Jesus Fulfills the Civil Law
What does it mean for Jesus to fulfill the law? Does this mean we no longer have to follow the Old Testament laws? How can we tell which laws we still have to follow and which ones we don’t?This episode begins a three episode series on Matthew 5: 17-20: “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished."This episode addresses the fulfillment of the Old Testament laws known as the Civil Law.This We Believe is brought to you in part by Logos. Logos combines digital books with intelligent software to help you study the Bible deeply. You can find Dr. Niebauer’s Book Virtuous Persuasion: A Theology of Christian Mission, as well as get a listener discount on Logos by visiting www.logos.com/mniebauerIf you would like connect further, please visit us: Facebook: @ThisWeBelievepodcastTwitter: @We_Believe_PodE-mail: Thiswebelievepodcast@gmail.com
09:32 6/6/24
Light of the World
What does it mean to be the light of the world, and what, if anything, does the church have to do in order to become the light of the world? Do Christians have to worry about the impact and influence that their actions have on the world?This episode discusses Matthew 5: 14-16: “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven."This We Believe is brought to you in part by Logos. Logos combines digital books with intelligent software to help you study the Bible deeply. You can find Dr. Niebauer’s Book Virtuous Persuasion: A Theology of Christian Mission, as well as get a listener discount on Logos by visiting www.logos.com/mniebauerIf you would like connect further, please visit us: Facebook: @ThisWeBelievepodcastTwitter: @We_Believe_PodE-mail: Thiswebelievepodcast@gmail.com
10:21 5/2/24
Salt of the Earth
What does it mean for Christians to be the salt of the earth? How do Christians impact the world without being overcome by it?This episode unpacks Jesus' first statement after the Beatitudes: “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet.”This We Believe is brought to you in part by Logos. Logos combines digital books with intelligent software to help you study the Bible deeply. You can find Dr. Niebauer’s Book Virtuous Persuasion: A Theology of Christian Mission, as well as get a listener discount on Logos by visiting www.logos.com/mniebauerIf you would like connect further, please visit us: Facebook: @ThisWeBelievepodcastTwitter: @We_Believe_PodE-mail: Thiswebelievepodcast@gmail.com
10:34 3/4/24
Blessed are the Persecuted
Why is it that Christians who exhibit mercy and meekness should expect to be treated poorly by the world? If Jesus is the true way to all that is good, true, and beautiful, then why will Christians be reviled for believing in him?This episode addresses the final two beatitudes: “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake," and "Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you." This We Believe is brought to you in part by Logos. Logos combines digital books with intelligent software to help you study the Bible deeply. You can find Dr. Niebauer’s Book Virtuous Persuasion: A Theology of Christian Mission, as well as get a listener discount on Logos by visiting www.logos.com/mniebauerIf you would like connect further, please visit us: Facebook: @ThisWeBelievepodcastTwitter: @We_Believe_PodE-mail: Thiswebelievepodcast@gmail.com
11:10 11/21/23
Blessed are the Peacemakers
What does it mean to be a peacemaker, and how do actively make peace with others in the world? How does are ability to be at peace with God effect our ability to be peacemakers with our friends?This episode discusses the seventh Beatitude: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God."This We Believe is brought to you in part by Logos. Logos combines digital books with intelligent software to help you study the Bible deeply. You can find Dr. Niebauer’s Book Virtuous Persuasion: A Theology of Christian Mission, as well as get a listener discount on Logos by visiting www.logos.com/mniebauerIf you would like connect further, please visit us: Facebook: @ThisWeBelievepodcastTwitter: @We_Believe_PodE-mail: Thiswebelievepodcast@gmail.com
11:36 11/21/23
Blessed are the Pure in Heart
What does it mean to be pure in heart? Is holiness something that we achieve, or something God does for us? What is the relationship between purity of heart and a vision of the face of God?This episode discusses the sixth Beatitude: “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God."This We Believe is brought to you in part by Logos. Logos combines digital books with intelligent software to help you study the Bible deeply. You can find Dr. Niebauer’s Book Virtuous Persuasion: A Theology of Christian Mission, as well as get a listener discount on Logos by visiting www.logos.com/mniebauerIf you would like connect further, please visit us: Facebook: @ThisWeBelievepodcastTwitter: @We_Believe_PodE-mail: Thiswebelievepodcast@gmail.com
09:48 10/5/23
Blessed are the Merciful
Why do Christians proclaim “Lord have Mercy, Christ Have Mercy” each Sunday at Church? How can God be merciful and justice, and what is the relationship between justice and mercy? What does it mean for us to show mercy on our enemies?This episode discusses the beatitude “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.”This We Believe is brought to you in part by Logos. Logos combines digital books with intelligent software to help you study the Bible deeply. You can find Dr. Niebauer’s Book Virtuous Persuasion: A Theology of Christian Mission, as well as get a listener discount on Logos by visiting www.logos.com/mniebauerIf you would like connect further, please visit us: Facebook: @ThisWeBelievepodcastTwitter: @We_Believe_PodE-mail: Thiswebelievepodcast@gmail.com
11:30 9/12/23
Blessed Are Those Who Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness
What does it mean to be righteous, and how do we become righteous? How can we hunger and thirst for something other than food?  This episode discusses the fourth Beatitude: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.”This We Believe is brought to you in part by Logos. Logos combines digital books with intelligent software to help you study the Bible deeply. You can find Dr. Niebauer’s Book Virtuous Persuasion: A Theology of Christian Mission, as well as get a listener discount on Logos by visiting www.logos.com/mniebauerIf you would like connect further, please visit us: Facebook: @ThisWeBelievepodcastTwitter: @We_Believe_PodE-mail: Thiswebelievepodcast@gmail.com
10:45 8/17/23
Blessed are the Meek
What does it mean to be meek? Why should we not retaliate when someone harms us? How do we endure harm without having it effect our identity? This episode discusses the third Beatitude: “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.”This We Believe is brought to you in part by Logos. Logos combines digital books with intelligent software to help you study the Bible deeply. You can find Dr. Niebauer’s Book Virtuous Persuasion: A Theology of Christian Mission, as well as get a listener discount on Logos by visiting www.logos.com/mniebauerIf you would like connect further, please visit us: Facebook: @ThisWeBelievepodcastTwitter: @We_Believe_PodE-mail: Thiswebelievepodcast@gmail.com
10:11 6/27/23
Blessed are those who Mourn
Why do we mourn, and what do we mourn for? Is the comfort that Jesus promises to mourners a present comfort, or something that only comes in the future? This episode discussed the second Beatitude: "Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”This We Believe is brought to you in part by Logos. Logos combines digital books with intelligent software to help you study the Bible deeply. You can find Dr. Niebauer’s Book Virtuous Persuasion: A Theology of Christian Mission, as well as get a listener discount on Logos by visiting www.logos.com/mniebauerIf you would like connect further, please visit us: Facebook: @ThisWeBelievepodcastTwitter: @We_Believe_PodE-mail: Thiswebelievepodcast@gmail.com
11:03 6/6/23
Blessed are the Poor in Spirit
What does it mean to be poor in spirit? How is humility the opposite of pride? How do we grow in humility, and what should we expect to receive when we do?This episode examines the first beatitude: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” This We Believe is brought to you in part by Logos. Logos combines digital books with intelligent software to help you study the Bible deeply. You can find Dr. Niebauer’s Book Virtuous Persuasion: A Theology of Christian Mission, as well as get a listener discount on Logos by visiting www.logos.com/mniebauerIf you would like connect further, please visit us: Facebook: @ThisWeBelievepodcastTwitter: @We_Believe_PodE-mail: Thiswebelievepodcast@gmail.com
09:59 5/16/23
The Beatitudes
Why does Jesus begin the Sermon on the Mount with the Beatitudes? Are the beatitudes works we should try to perform, or something different? How do the blessings that Jesus offers in the Beatitudes differ from the blessings of the world?This episode continues our series on the Sermon on the Mount with an introduction to the Beatitudes.This We Believe is brought to you in part by Logos. Logos combines digital books with intelligent software to help you study the Bible deeply. You can find Dr. Niebauer’s Book Virtuous Persuasion: A Theology of Christian Mission, as well as get a listener discount on Logos by visiting www.logos.com/mniebauerIf you would like connect further, please visit us: Facebook: @ThisWeBelievepodcastTwitter: @We_Believe_PodE-mail: Thiswebelievepodcast@gmail.com
10:46 4/25/23
Introduction - The Sermon on the Mountain
Why did Jesus scale a mountain in order to give this sermon, and what is the significance of mountains in the Bible? This episode introduces the Sermon on the Mount by placing it within the context of God's teaching upon the various mountains in scripture. It also discusses how we should approach this teaching as students drawing near to the very author of human life. This We Believe is brought to you in part by Logos. Logos combines digital books with intelligent software to help you study the Bible deeply. You can find Dr. Niebauer’s Book Virtuous Persuasion: A Theology of Christian Mission, as well as get a listener discount on Logos by visiting www.logos.com/mniebauerIf you would like connect further, please visit us: Facebook: @ThisWeBelievepodcastTwitter: @We_Believe_PodE-mail: Thiswebelievepodcast@gmail.com
10:47 4/4/23
Coming Soon - Season 4: The Sermon on the Mount
Season 4 will begin in late March and will go line by line through The Sermon on the Mount, Jesus’ great teaching in Matthew Chapters 5-7. The season will begin with an examination of the sermon on the mount in the context of the rest of Biblical teachings, focusing specifically on the symbol of the mountain. From there, we will do a deep dive through the beatitudes, and unpack the significance of Jesus as the fulfillment of the entire Old Testament. We will also examine Jesus’ challenging teachings on anger, lust, marriage, and divorce, and discuss the relationships between prayer, good works, and our reliance on God. If you have a question about the Sermon on the Mount that you would like answered during this season of This We Believe, please reach out to us:Facebook:  @ThisWeBelievepodcastTwitter: @We_Believe_PodE-mail: Thiswebelievepodcast@gmail.comThis We Believe is brought to you in part by Logos. Logos combines digital books with intelligent software to help you study the Bible deeply. You can find Dr. Niebauer’s Book Virtuous Persuasion: A Theology of Christian Mission, as well as get a listener discount on Logos by visiting www.logos.com/mniebauerIf you would like connect further, please visit us: Facebook: @ThisWeBelievepodcastTwitter: @We_Believe_PodE-mail: Thiswebelievepodcast@gmail.com
02:12 3/15/23
For Thine is the Kingdom and the Power and the Glory
What does it mean to believe in God’s Kingdom and Power, as opposed to the kingdoms and powers of the world? What is God’s Glory, and how do we partake of it? What will it look like to be in God’s glory forever and ever?This episode examines the last line of the Our Father: “For Thine is the Kingdom and the Power and the Glory Forever and Ever, Amen.” This We Believe is brought to you in part by Logos. Logos combines digital books with intelligent software to help you study the Bible deeply. You can find Dr. Niebauer’s Book Virtuous Persuasion: A Theology of Christian Mission, as well as get a listener discount on Logos by visiting www.logos.com/mniebauerIf you would like connect further, please visit us: Facebook: @ThisWeBelievepodcastTwitter: @We_Believe_PodE-mail: Thiswebelievepodcast@gmail.com
11:17 9/15/22
Lead Us Not Into Temptation
What is the difference between trials and temptations? How do we resist temptation, and how do we pray for protection from temptation? This episode examines the eighth line of the Lord's Prayer:  Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.This We Believe is brought to you in part by Logos. Logos combines digital books with intelligent software to help you study the Bible deeply. You can find Dr. Niebauer’s Book Virtuous Persuasion: A Theology of Christian Mission, as well as get a listener discount on Logos by visiting www.logos.com/mniebauerIf you would like connect further, please visit us: Facebook: @ThisWeBelievepodcastTwitter: @We_Believe_PodE-mail: Thiswebelievepodcast@gmail.com
11:29 8/23/22
As We Forgive Those Who Trespass Against Us
How do we forgive others who have harmed us, and what gives us the strength to forgive? What is the relationship between forgiveness and reconciliation? What must happen for broken relationships to be truly restored in Christ?This episode examines the seventh line of the Lord's Prayer:  As We Forgive Those Who Trespass Against Us.This We Believe is brought to you in part by Logos. Logos combines digital books with intelligent software to help you study the Bible deeply. You can find Dr. Niebauer’s Book Virtuous Persuasion: A Theology of Christian Mission, as well as get a listener discount on Logos by visiting www.logos.com/mniebauerIf you would like connect further, please visit us: Facebook: @ThisWeBelievepodcastTwitter: @We_Believe_PodE-mail: Thiswebelievepodcast@gmail.com
13:05 7/20/22
Forgive Us Our Trespasses
What are the specific actions that constitute trespasses? Are they simply the bad things we have done, or are they broader, encompassing our thoughts, words, and deeds? When we ask God to forgive our trespasses, how can we be certain that He will indeed forgive them?This episode examines the sixth line of the Lord's Prayer: Forgive Us Our Trespasses.This We Believe is brought to you in part by Logos. Logos combines digital books with intelligent software to help you study the Bible deeply. You can find Dr. Niebauer’s Book Virtuous Persuasion: A Theology of Christian Mission, as well as get a listener discount on Logos by visiting www.logos.com/mniebauerIf you would like connect further, please visit us: Facebook: @ThisWeBelievepodcastTwitter: @We_Believe_PodE-mail: Thiswebelievepodcast@gmail.com
12:48 5/5/22
Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread
What is the bread that we are asking for when we recite the Our Father? Is it simply the food on our table, or does it also include the other necessities of life? If spiritual things are so important, why does God also want us to pray for the material things in life as well?This episode examines the fifth line of the Lord's Prayer: Give us this day our daily bread.This We Believe is brought to you in part by Logos. Logos combines digital books with intelligent software to help you study the Bible deeply. You can find Dr. Niebauer’s Book Virtuous Persuasion: A Theology of Christian Mission, as well as get a listener discount on Logos by visiting www.logos.com/mniebauerIf you would like connect further, please visit us: Facebook: @ThisWeBelievepodcastTwitter: @We_Believe_PodE-mail: Thiswebelievepodcast@gmail.com
11:46 4/7/22
Thy Will Be Done
What does it mean for heaven to intersect with earth? Is this something that happens only in the future, or in the present as well? What would it look like if our lives here on earth became more like heaven? Why do we ask for God’s will to be done, and how do we enable God’s will to be done here on earth?This episode examines the fourth line of the Lord's Prayer: Thy Will Be DoneThis We Believe is brought to you in part by Logos. Logos combines digital books with intelligent software to help you study the Bible deeply. You can find Dr. Niebauer’s Book Virtuous Persuasion: A Theology of Christian Mission, as well as get a listener discount on Logos by visiting www.logos.com/mniebauerIf you would like connect further, please visit us: Facebook: @ThisWeBelievepodcastTwitter: @We_Believe_PodE-mail: Thiswebelievepodcast@gmail.com
09:39 3/24/22
Thy Kingdom Come
What does it mean for God’s Kingdom to come—is it something that is already here, or something that comes only in the distant future? If God is going to bring about His Kingdom, why should we also pray that this occurs? How does our understanding of God's Kingdom change the way we pray?This episode examines the third line of the Lord's Prayer: Thy Kingdom ComeThis We Believe is brought to you in part by Logos. Logos combines digital books with intelligent software to help you study the Bible deeply. You can find Dr. Niebauer’s Book Virtuous Persuasion: A Theology of Christian Mission, as well as get a listener discount on Logos by visiting www.logos.com/mniebauerIf you would like connect further, please visit us: Facebook: @ThisWeBelievepodcastTwitter: @We_Believe_PodE-mail: Thiswebelievepodcast@gmail.com
11:30 3/10/22
Hallowed Be Thy Name
What does it mean to hallow God’s name, and what does it mean to be a person who honors God’s name? What does it mean for God’s name to be hallowed by the church, and what would it look like for those who are far away from God to become persons who praise his name?This episode examines the second line of the Lord's Prayer: Hallowed Be Thy Name.This We Believe is brought to you in part by Logos. Logos combines digital books with intelligent software to help you study the Bible deeply. You can find Dr. Niebauer’s Book Virtuous Persuasion: A Theology of Christian Mission, as well as get a listener discount on Logos by visiting www.logos.com/mniebauerIf you would like connect further, please visit us: Facebook: @ThisWeBelievepodcastTwitter: @We_Believe_PodE-mail: Thiswebelievepodcast@gmail.com
11:17 2/24/22
Our Father Who Art in Heaven
When we sit down to pray, who exactly are we speaking to? Who is this God that we address in the Lord’s Prayer? What does it mean that God is in heaven? Is he limited to some place far up in the skies?This episode covers the first line of the Lord's Prayer: Our Father Who Art in Heaven.This We Believe is brought to you in part by Logos. Logos combines digital books with intelligent software to help you study the Bible deeply. You can find Dr. Niebauer’s Book Virtuous Persuasion: A Theology of Christian Mission, as well as get a listener discount on Logos by visiting www.logos.com/mniebauerIf you would like connect further, please visit us: Facebook: @ThisWeBelievepodcastTwitter: @We_Believe_PodE-mail: Thiswebelievepodcast@gmail.com
10:13 2/10/22
Christian Prayer and the Our Father
What is prayer? Is it simply the time where we ask God to do things for us, like asking a Genie to grant a wish? Or is it something much deeper and personal? How do we know how to pray, and what to pray for?This episode begins season 3 of This We Believe by giving an overview of the Our Father and a discussion of the meaning and purpose of Christian prayer.This We Believe is brought to you in part by Logos. Logos combines digital books with intelligent software to help you study the Bible deeply. You can find Dr. Niebauer’s Book Virtuous Persuasion: A Theology of Christian Mission, as well as get a listener discount on Logos by visiting www.logos.com/mniebauerIf you would like connect further, please visit us: Facebook: @ThisWeBelievepodcastTwitter: @We_Believe_PodE-mail: Thiswebelievepodcast@gmail.com
10:59 1/27/22
Coming January 2022--Season 3: The Our Father
We will be returning at the end of January 2022 for Season 3 of This We Believe, which will go line by line through the Our Father, as well as discuss the purpose of Christian prayer and the cultivation of Christian hope.Connect with us at:Facebook:  @ThisWeBelievepodcastTwitter: @We_Believe_PodE-mail: Thiswebelievepodcast@gmail.comThis We Believe is brought to you in part by Logos. Logos combines digital books with intelligent software to help you study the Bible deeply. You can find Dr. Niebauer’s Book Virtuous Persuasion: A Theology of Christian Mission, as well as get a listener discount on Logos by visiting www.logos.com/mniebauerIf you would like connect further, please visit us: Facebook: @ThisWeBelievepodcastTwitter: @We_Believe_PodE-mail: Thiswebelievepodcast@gmail.com
01:05 6/24/21
X. You Shall Not Covet
What does it mean to covet, and how does this apply to the ways we view wealth and possessions? Why does the Bible state that the love of money is the root of all evil? How does this commandment speak to our hearts, rather than our actions?This episode examines the final commandment, as well as addresses how we should go about reading and praying through the 10 Commandments regularly.This We Believe is brought to you in part by Logos. Logos combines digital books with intelligent software to help you study the Bible deeply. You can find Dr. Niebauer’s Book Virtuous Persuasion: A Theology of Christian Mission, as well as get a listener discount on Logos by visiting www.logos.com/mniebauerIf you would like connect further, please visit us: Facebook: @ThisWeBelievepodcastTwitter: @We_Believe_PodE-mail: Thiswebelievepodcast@gmail.com
10:59 5/12/21
IX. You Shall Not Bear False Witness
This episode addresses the 9th Commandment, which prohibits the bearing of false witness. What makes the spreading of falsehoods so damaging to ourselves and to our communities, and how do we learn to practice truth telling instead?  This commandment refers not only to the lies that we tell others, but includes the entirety of the words we speak with our mouths and think in our minds. It refers to the damaging and false words we say to others, to ourselves, and to God.This We Believe is brought to you in part by Logos. Logos combines digital books with intelligent software to help you study the Bible deeply. You can find Dr. Niebauer’s Book Virtuous Persuasion: A Theology of Christian Mission, as well as get a listener discount on Logos by visiting www.logos.com/mniebauerIf you would like connect further, please visit us: Facebook: @ThisWeBelievepodcastTwitter: @We_Believe_PodE-mail: Thiswebelievepodcast@gmail.com
11:31 4/28/21
VIII. You Shall Not Steal
The 8th Commandment prohibits theft. How does this commandment speak to our overall desires for material goods? Are we people who seek the incessant acquisition of stuff we don’t need, or are we people that have hearts set on the things that are eternal and imperishable?This We Believe is brought to you in part by Logos. Logos combines digital books with intelligent software to help you study the Bible deeply. You can find Dr. Niebauer’s Book Virtuous Persuasion: A Theology of Christian Mission, as well as get a listener discount on Logos by visiting www.logos.com/mniebauerIf you would like connect further, please visit us: Facebook: @ThisWeBelievepodcastTwitter: @We_Believe_PodE-mail: Thiswebelievepodcast@gmail.com
11:24 4/14/21
VII. You Shall Not Commit Adultery
What is the purpose of marriage, and what is the place of sex within the marriage commitment? How exactly does adultery violate the marriage commitment, and why does Jesus equate lust with adultery? This episode discusses the Seventh Commandment: You Shall Not Commit Adultery. It examines the Christian commitment of marriage, the role of sex within marriage, and the relationship between lust, adultery, and idolatry.This We Believe is brought to you in part by Logos. Logos combines digital books with intelligent software to help you study the Bible deeply. You can find Dr. Niebauer’s Book Virtuous Persuasion: A Theology of Christian Mission, as well as get a listener discount on Logos by visiting www.logos.com/mniebauerIf you would like connect further, please visit us: Facebook: @ThisWeBelievepodcastTwitter: @We_Believe_PodE-mail: Thiswebelievepodcast@gmail.com
11:10 4/1/21