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Serious Faith

Serious Faith

By First UMC and the Life Center
A podcast for people who want to follow the Jesus of the Gospels, Serious Faith investigates the Gospels story by story to discover the way Jesus intended his followers to live. Hosted by Chad Yoder, pastor at First UMC and the Life Center in Goshen, IN.
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Serious Faith - A Blind Man's Change (John 9:8-17)

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Serious Faith - Jesus as the Gate (John 10:7-10)
Jesus is the gate, letting in the good and keeping out the bad. But do we let him do that in our lives? Are we living life to the fullest?
14:54
September 22, 2021
Serious Faith - Jesus the Shepherd (John 10:1-6)
As Jesus continues his conversation with the Pharisees, he sees people as sheep and himself as the Shepherd. But do we know his voice like he says we should?
13:03
September 15, 2021
Serious Faith - The Blind Man Believes (John 9:35-41)
In the climax of the blind man story, the man moves from "I want to believe" to "I believe." Are we making those same transitions in our lives?
12:02
September 8, 2021
Serious Faith - Conflict over Healing (John 9:18-34)
The saga of the blind man continues, but the Jewish leaders had already made up their mind about the ending. What does that say about us?
13:29
September 1, 2021
Serious Faith - A Blind Man's Change (John 9:8-17)
This week, we look at the second part of the healed blind man's story with special guest Josh Teegardin. We ask whether people can tell we are Christians or if we have to tell them as well as how we respond to the work of God in our lives.
26:37
August 25, 2021
Serious Faith - Jesus Heals The Blind (John 9:1-7)
God's re-creating work is at work in us. Do we live in it?
13:44
August 18, 2021
Serious Faith - Abraham and Jesus (John 8:52-59)
Jesus finishes his encounter with the Jews on the topic of Abraham. We have to ask: how would we respond in these situations?
09:23
August 11, 2021
Serious Faith - Children of Abraham (John 8:31-51)
Jesus challenges the "claim to fame" for the Jews. In that challenge, we too are challenged: are we all children of God?
14:60
August 4, 2021
Serious Faith - Jesus Continues Teaching (John 8:12-30)
What motivates your life? For Jesus, it was a relationship and an event, the Father and the Crucifixion.
14:41
July 28, 2021
Serious Faith - Testing Jesus (John 7:53-8:11)
Are we living like Jesus or a Pharisee in our interactions with other people? Mercy and grace filled his ministry; what fills us?
15:23
July 21, 2021
Serious Faith - The River of Living Water (John 7:14-52)
Jesus offers the river of living water to all who are thirsty. Are we choosing to drink from it?
15:40
July 14, 2021
Serious Faith - Jesus in Jerusalem (John 7:1-13)
Who is Jesus to you?
08:08
July 7, 2021
Serious Faith - The Bread of Life (John 6:26-71)
We talk about Jesus as the bread of life, but is he really your bread of life?
15:40
June 30, 2021
Serious Faith - Jesus Walks on Water (John 6:16-25)
Do you trust that Jesus will always be who he says he is?
11:08
June 23, 2021
Serious Faith - Feeding the Five Thousand (John 6:1-15)
The disciples saw resources that could not meet the needs before them. Jesus saw limitless resources. Which will we see in our lives?
13:21
June 16, 2021
Serious Faith - Witnesses to Jesus (John 5:31-47)
Jesus offers plenty of witnesses to his ministry; are we one of them?
11:23
June 9, 2021
Serious Faith - The Work of the Son (John 5:19-30)
What motivated Jesus to do what he did? Obedience. Are we obedient?
11:11
June 2, 2021
Serious Faith - Sabbath Healing (John 5:1-18)
When Jesus comes into Jerusalem for a holiday, he has an encounter with a sick man. This week, we discuss who we are in this story and what we should do about it.
15:06
May 26, 2021
Serious Faith - Jesus Heals in Galilee (John 4:43-54)
As Jesus heals a royal official's son in Galilee, his hope that Jesus can do miracles becomes a full belief in Jesus. Does the same happen for us when we encounter Jesus?
13:23
May 12, 2021
Serious Faith - Fruit in Samaria (John 4:27-42)
In our second week with Bobbi, we finish the story of Jesus in Samaria by looking at the fruit produced by his encounter with the woman at the well.
30:33
April 28, 2021
Serious Faith - The Samaritan Woman (John 4:1-26)
We bring on our first guest for the first of two episodes covering Jesus' interactions in Samaria and what they mean for our own faith journey.
25:21
April 21, 2021
Serious Faith - John's Final Witness (John 3:22-36)
The story comes back to John the Baptist this week so we discuss the importance of the phrase, "He must increase and I must decrease."
13:48
April 14, 2021
Serious Faith - Nicodemus (John 3:1-21)
What does it mean to be born again? How do you even do that? Nicodemus asks these questions and we explore them together this week.
16:41
April 7, 2021
Serious Faith - Jesus in Jerusalem at Passover (John 2:13-25)
We explore the story of Jesus flipping tables and the ways we might be preventing people from worshiping God ourselves.
16:05
March 31, 2021
Serious Faith - The Wedding at Cana (John 2:1-12)
What does the wedding Jesus attended or the wine he created have to do with your life? Find out, as we talk spirits and THE Spirit this week.
14:39
March 24, 2021
Serious Faith - Calling the Disciples (John 1:35-51)
In the final stretch of John 1, Chad explores the calling of the first disciples and the concept of "open heaven," leading to a serious challenge for Christ-followers.
19:55
March 17, 2021
Serious Faith - John the Baptist (John 1:19-34)
This week, Chad talks about John the Baptist, humility, and the need for more Holy Spirit in our lives.
14:23
March 10, 2021
Serious Faith - God Became Man (John 1:1-18)
In our first Bible study episode, we discuss John 1:1-18. We talk about what it means that the Word becoming flesh, the light came into the darkness, and that we are now children of God.
13:32
March 3, 2021
Serious Faith - Introductions
In the opening episode of Serious Faith, Chad shares his experience that will help guide this podcast as well as some thoughts on how to study Scripture.
07:52
February 15, 2021