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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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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.” Connect with us at:Facebook:  @ThisWeBelievepodcastTwitter: @We_Believe_PodE-mail: Thiswebelievepodcast@gmail.com
10:45 09/15/2022
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.Connect with us at:Facebook:  @ThisWeBelievepodcastTwitter: @We_Believe_PodE-mail: Thiswebelievepodcast@gmail.com
10:57 08/23/2022
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.Connect with us at:Facebook:  @ThisWeBelievepodcastTwitter: @We_Believe_PodE-mail: Thiswebelievepodcast@gmail.com
12:33 07/20/2022
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.Connect with us at:Facebook:  @ThisWeBelievepodcastTwitter: @We_Believe_PodE-mail: Thiswebelievepodcast@gmail.com
12:16 05/05/2022
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.Connect with us at:Facebook:  @ThisWeBelievepodcastTwitter: @We_Believe_PodE-mail: Thiswebelievepodcast@gmail.com
11:14 04/07/2022
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 DoneConnect with us at:Facebook:  @ThisWeBelievepodcastTwitter: @We_Believe_PodE-mail: Thiswebelievepodcast@gmail.com
09:07 03/24/2022
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 ComeConnect with us at:Facebook:  @ThisWeBelievepodcastTwitter: @We_Believe_PodE-mail: Thiswebelievepodcast@gmail.com
10:58 03/10/2022
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.Connect with us at:Facebook:  @ThisWeBelievepodcastTwitter: @We_Believe_PodE-mail: Thiswebelievepodcast@gmail.com
10:45 02/24/2022
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. Connect with us at:Facebook:  @ThisWeBelievepodcastTwitter: @We_Believe_PodE-mail: Thiswebelievepodcast@gmail.com
09:41 02/10/2022
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.Connect with us at:Facebook:  @ThisWeBelievepodcastTwitter: @We_Believe_PodE-mail: Thiswebelievepodcast@gmail.com
10:27 01/27/2022
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.com
00:33 06/24/2021
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. Connect with us at:Facebook:  @ThisWeBelievepodcastTwitter: @We_Believe_PodE-mail: Thiswebelievepodcast@gmail.com
10:27 05/12/2021
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.Connect with us at:Facebook:  @ThisWeBelievepodcastTwitter: @We_Believe_PodE-mail: Thiswebelievepodcast@gmail.com
10:59 04/28/2021
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?Connect with us at:Facebook:  @ThisWeBelievepodcastTwitter: @We_Believe_PodE-mail: Thiswebelievepodcast@gmail.com
10:52 04/14/2021
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.Connect with us at:Facebook:  @ThisWeBelievepodcastTwitter: @We_Believe_PodE-mail: Thiswebelievepodcast@gmail.com
10:38 04/01/2021
VI. You Shall Not Commit Murder
Is there a difference between committing murder, fighting in a war, or harming someone in self-defense? Why does Jesus equate hatred with murder? How do I love my enemies when I don’t seem to have any enemies? This episode addresses the 6th Commandment: You shall not commit murder. It covers issues such as war, self-defense, and the relationship between hatred and murder.Connect with us at:Facebook:  @ThisWeBelievepodcastTwitter: @We_Believe_PodE-mail: Thiswebelievepodcast@gmail.com
10:00 03/23/2021
V. Honor Your Father and Mother
Are we dependent people, or independent people? How do we honor our parents even when we don’t fully agree with them? How do we learn to honor our aging parents in a society that marginalizes the elderly? This episode discusses the 5th Commandment: Honor Your Father and Mother.Connect with us at:Facebook:  @ThisWeBelievepodcastTwitter: @We_Believe_PodE-mail: Thiswebelievepodcast@gmail.com
10:00 03/11/2021
IV. Remember the Sabbath and Keep it Holy
What does it mean to remember the Sabbath? If it is supposed to be a day of rest, what exactly should we do on that day? In an increasingly busy world, can Christians really afford to take 24 hours off from our labors each week? This episode discusses the 4th Commandment. to remember the Sabbath and keep it holy. It explores the biblical foundations for the Sabbath, and what it looks like for Christians to rest and worship on the Sabbath.Connect with us at:Facebook:  @ThisWeBelievepodcastTwitter: @We_Believe_PodE-mail: Thiswebelievepodcast@gmail.com
11:58 03/02/2021
III. Using God's Name in Vain
What does it mean to use the Lord’s name in vain? Does this refer simply to using God’s name as a swear word, or does it apply more broadly to our speech? How does our own vanity lead us to use God’s name in vain? Do our words and actions cohere with our affirmations of God’s name? This episode discusses the third commandment, "Thou shall not take the Lord’s name in vain. "Connect with us at:Facebook:  @ThisWeBelievepodcastTwitter: @We_Believe_PodE-mail: Thiswebelievepodcast@gmail.com
10:07 02/19/2021
II. Thou Shall Not Make Graven Images
If the images, the pictures, that we view with our eyes each day were food, what would our diet consist of? Would it make us healthy and strong or weak and sickly? We consume thousands of images each day—are these images drawing us closer to, or further away from, God?This episode discusses the 2nd Commandment, where God prohibits the making and worshiping of graven images. Connect with us at:Facebook:  @ThisWeBelievepodcastTwitter: @We_Believe_PodE-mail: Thiswebelievepodcast@gmail.com
10:53 02/11/2021
I. You Shall Have No Other Gods
The first commandment, to worship God alone, seems on the surface to be easy. Most of us probably don’t have wooden statues of Zeus that we bow down to in the morning. But what does it mean to have other gods? What are the things that occupy center stage in our hearts? This episode discusses the preamble and first commandment: “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. You shall have no other gods before me."Connect with us at:Facebook:  @ThisWeBelievepodcastTwitter: @We_Believe_PodE-mail: Thiswebelievepodcast@gmail.com
10:32 02/04/2021
The Ten Commandments - Introduction
The 10 Commandments have long been associated with the virtue of Love in Christianity. Now, for some of us this might seem odd: Isn’t the Ten Commandments after all a list of negative statements—thou shall not do this or thou shall not do that? Are the 10 Commandments really about love, or are they divine impositions on human freedom?This episode begins season 2 of This We Believe, where we'll go line by line through the 10 Commandments.Connect with us at:Facebook:  @ThisWeBelievepodcastTwitter: @We_Believe_PodE-mail: Thiswebelievepodcast@gmail.com
11:09 01/27/2021
The Bible, The Creed, and The Church
Why doesn’t the creed say anything about the Bible? Why does it not mention love, or mercy, or justice? What is the relationship between the church, the bible, and the Apostles’ Creed? This episode answers listener questions that were submitted in response to the completion of season 1 and our examination of the Apostles’ Creed. We can summarize these submissions in one question: What has left out of the Apostles’ Creed, and why was it left out?Connect with us at:Facebook:  @ThisWeBelievepodcastTwitter: @We_Believe_PodE-mail: Thiswebelievepodcast@gmail.com
09:48 01/19/2021
The Trinity
What do Christians mean when we say that we worship one God in three persons, and how are these three persons related? Is a belief in the Trinity a mere academic curiosity, something too difficult for most to grasp, or is it an essential belief that can impact the way we personally relate to God? This episode concludes our examination of the Apostles’ Creed by discussing the revelation of God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.Want to have your question answered on an upcoming show? Contact us at:Facebook:  @ThisWeBelievepodcastTwitter: @We_Believe_PodE-mail: Thiswebelievepodcast@gmail.com
11:05 01/11/2021
Heaven, Hell, and The Last Things
Who gets to heaven and who gets to hell, and who gets to decide? What does an eternity with God look like? How does our eternal life not get old or boring? This episode addresses the final statements of the Apostles’ Creed: the final judgment, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.  We'll discuss the relationship between justice and judgment, the qualifications of salvation, and the final goal and hope for Christians: to see Jesus face to face.Connect with us at:Facebook:  @ThisWeBelievepodcastTwitter: @We_Believe_PodE-mail: Thiswebelievepodcast@gmail.com
11:47 12/28/2020
The Church
If belief in Jesus as Lord and God enables us to enter into a relationship with God, why do Christian’s still insist on gathering together as a community? Why must one go to church if they are saved? What is the purpose of the church? The Apostles’ Creed asserts a belief in the holy catholic church and the communion of saints. In order to understand the significance of the church, it’s important to understand these three key adjectives. What does it mean for the church to be a communion, and for the church to by holy and catholic? If you would like connect further, please visit us: Facebook:  @ThisWeBelievepodcastTwitter: @We_Believe_PodE-mail: Thiswebelievepodcast@gmail.com
11:38 12/17/2020
The Holy Spirit
One of the most challenging notions for Christians to grasp is an understanding of God the Holy Spirit. It’s easy for us to picture God the Son, Jesus. It is also easy for many of us to think of God as Father. But what comes to mind when we think of the Holy Spirit? Who is the Holy Spirit, and how does the Holy Spirit work in the lives of Christians? This episode addresses these questions by examining the Apostles' Creed's statement of belief in the Holy Spirit.If you would like connect further, please visit us: Facebook:  @ThisWeBelievepodcastTwitter: @We_Believe_PodE-mail: Thiswebelievepodcast@gmail.com
09:20 12/10/2020
The Ascension
One of the most perplexing questions that few Christians ever ask themselves is this: Why didn’t Jesus stay on earth, travel the world, and reveal his resurrected body to all peoples? Wouldn’t it have been better if he stuck around, so that we could visit him right now? This episode addresses these questions by examining the Apostles' Creed's statement that Jesus "ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father."If you would like connect further, please visit us: Facebook:  @ThisWeBelievepodcastTwitter: @We_Believe_PodE-mail: Thiswebelievepodcast@gmail.com
10:45 12/02/2020
The Resurrection
 What do you picture when you picture Easter and Heaven? Is Easter a light-hearted affair, with pastels, rainbows, and bunnies, or is it a startling and terrifying event? Is heaven a place in the clouds where our spirits wander around, meeting historical figures, or is it a physical place saturated with the glory of God? This episode examines both Jesus' descent to the dead and his resurrection from the dead.If you would like connect further, please visit us: Facebook:  @ThisWeBelievepodcastTwitter: @We_Believe_PodE-mail: Thiswebelievepodcast@gmail.com
10:34 11/25/2020
The Cross
Christians believe that Jesus died on the cross for the forgiveness of sin. But a question remains--why did Jesus have to die for our forgiveness? Why couldn't God just wave a magic wand of forgiveness? This episode delves into an understanding of sin and forgiveness in order to understand the significance of the Apostles' Creed's assertion that Jesus was "crucified, died, and was buried."Connect with us at:Facebook:  @ThisWeBelievepodcastTwitter: @We_Believe_PodE-mail: Thiswebelievepodcast@gmail.com
12:56 11/19/2020