College Wesleyan Church Podcast
The Lost Art of Gospeling

The Lost Art of Gospeling

February 16, 2020
Steve DeNeff - Acts 8:26-39. Most Christians want to help others find their way back to God but for some the idea of sharing the gospel feels awkward. What if, instead of learning a few talking points, we learned a few skills? And what if these skills applied to almost any conversation?
Good News for Pharisees

Good News for Pharisees

February 9, 2020
Matthew Beck - Genesis 3:6-7, Luke 11:37-44, Luke 5:29-32. At first glance, the clean-unclean metaphor in Scripture seems lost on us today. But perhaps the meaning is hidden in plain sight for an image-controlling culture that can no longer tell what is filtered and what is real. We, like the Pharisees, are experts at cleaning the outside. But are we what we appear to be? The good news is that Christ can make us clean on the inside.
Reflection Questions:
  1. Is my interior life consistent with my exterior life? 

  2. Am I being honest with God and others about what’s truly going on inside?

  3. Does my version of purity separate me from and alienate the very people that need God? 

  4. What might Christ want to clean inside me?

The Gospel of Indwelling

The Gospel of Indwelling

February 2, 2020
Steve DeNeff - Genesis 3:9-13; Matthew 8:1-13; Galatians 3:26-28. Why is there so much division among us? The walls that divide us are not between different races or generations but in every human heart. The good news is that in Christ these walls come tumbling down as God forms us all into one new Person.
The Gospel of Freedom

The Gospel of Freedom

January 26, 2020
Steve DeNeff - Genesis 3:6-10; Mark 5:1-20; John 8:31-36. Why does our pursuit of “freedom” only lead to more bondage? We are too easily entangled in things that once gave us pleasure until, before long, we serve them. The good news is that through Christ the Spirit of God has set us free from the power of sin and death.
The Gospel of the Good Life

The Gospel of the Good Life

January 19, 2020

Steve DeNeff - Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7; Proverbs 4:18-19; Mark 8:22-25. Why do smart people do stupid things? Our trouble is not rebellion but folly. Blindness. We walk in darkness, “having no idea what we’re stumbling over. The good news is that, in Jesus, God has opened our eyes and we can see things as they really are.

An Optimistic Gospel

An Optimistic Gospel

January 12, 2020

Steve DeNeff - Isaiah 55:1-7, 12-13; Mark 1:1-8; 14-15. The gospel is not about going to heaven after we die. It’s about heaven coming into us before we die. It’s more than a message. It’s a miracle. And it’s a way of life practiced in community before a world that is desperate for answers.

Not Ashamed

Not Ashamed

January 5, 2020

Steve DeNeff - Mark 7:31-37 & Isaiah 40:3-5, 9-11. It has never been harder, and it has never been more urgent to share the gospel than it is today: harder because people are disenchanted and less interested, yet urgent because so much is at stake. But even when the soil is hard, we must keep sowing.

Ordinary Obedience

Ordinary Obedience

December 29, 2019

Alex Mandura - Luke 2:25-32, 36-38.

The Obedience of Another

The Obedience of Another

December 22, 2019

Steve DeNeff - Luke 2:8-12; Philippians 2:5-11. To humble ourselves and obey is the nature of God: “Being in very nature God . . . he made himself nothing and took the very nature of a servant . . . (then) he humbled himself, and became obedient,” (Phil. 2:6-8). This is not only Jesus’ humanity; it’s ours at its best. It’s who we are and who we want to be.

A Long Obedience

A Long Obedience

December 15, 2019

Emily Vermilya - Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-38. Sometimes a single act of obedience can take the rest of our lives to complete. Like Joseph and Mary, we are summoned into a story that has already begun and is larger than us, and to give our consent requires us to spend the rest of our lives doing what is hard and beyond us.