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Spiritual Formation & Spiritual Disciplines

Spiritual Formation & Spiritual Disciplines

June 1, 2021

What is Spiritual Formation? It's a movement started 40 years ago with by Richard Foster, author of Celebration of Discipline: The path to spiritual growth.

The movement appealed to many churches a decade ago, and is now experiencing a resurgence as more churches embrace this model. Amy and Michelle discusses how Spiritual Formation has some unbiblical practices, unbiblical origins, an unbiblical view of man’s human condition, and the risk of having spiritual experiences that are not from God.

Resources:

 

What you need to know about Spiritual Formation and Spiritual Disciplines - Amy Spreeman, Berean Research White Paper

Spiritual Disciplines and the Appearance of Wisdom - Berean Research

The true spiritual direction of “Spiritual Formation” - Berean Research

“Raising a Jedi: Spiritual Formation and the Force” - Amy Spreeman

Out of Formation: Spiritual Disciplines of God and Men - Book by Gary Gilly

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Who Do You Think You Are? Part 3

Who Do You Think You Are? Part 3

May 25, 2021

What does it mean to be a "Conservative" Christian? It used to be that you didn’t have to define it. But the liberal-progressive sickness infecting churches over the past half century has caused those who stand firm in Scripture to need to define ourselves, biblically.

While many churches and pastors have abandoned the fundamentals of the faith, long-standing Conservative churches have experienced internal struggles for control of leadership and direction. Today if you are not about liberal inclusivity, if you speak the truth, or even if you don't affirm sin, there will be a price to pay.

This podcast is Part 3 in our series on Doctrinal Distinctives. Listen and download Part 1 and Part 2.

Resources:

What is Progressive/Social Justice Christianity? Berean Research - White paper, Amy Spreeman

The Progressive Disease of Spiritual Deception in Our Time - Amy Spreeman

Progressive Christians and their doctrines of devils - Berean Research

By WHOSE Standard? - Amy Spreeman

Good News!

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Who Do You Think You Are? Part 2

Who Do You Think You Are? Part 2

May 20, 2021

What is "biblical womanhood?" Is patriarchy wrong? What does it mean to be Complementarian, and how has that word been distorted in recent years? In this episode we continue to discuss doctrinal distinctives, the way we identify our beliefs as Christians above and beyond our basic Christian statement of faith.

If you missed episode 1, listen and download it here.

Resources:

Rock Your Role: Jill in the Pulpit (1 Timothy 2:11-12)- Michelle Lesley- Discipleship for Christian Women

Rock Your Role: All Things Being Equal (Galatians 3:28)- Michelle Lesley- Discipleship for Christian Women

Mythbusting Complementarianism: 4 Truths Egalitarians Need to Know About Complementarian Women- Michelle Lesley- Discipleship for Christian Women

The Mailbag: Counter Arguments to Egalitarianism- Michelle Lesley- Discipleship for Christian Women

Articles on Complementarianism- Michelle Lesley- Discipleship for Christian Women

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Who Do You Think You Are? Part 1

Who Do You Think You Are? Part 1

May 10, 2021

Why do you believe what you believe about your Christian Faith? Are there some things that we can agree to disagree on? Today we’re going to talk about doctrinal distinctives. These days a lot of people can say, I am a Christian - or Christ Follower - or Evangelical. Or Protestant, or many other labels we put on and take off. Even within different denominations, you need to define what you believe.

In this part 1 episode, we cover Reformed/Calvinism distinctions and Cessationism, two "camps that need a lot of defining. next week we'll talk about Complementarianism and Culture.

 

Resources:

Monergism Vs Synergism - Got Questions

TULIP Scriptures - 5 Solas

What is Cessationism? - Got Questions

Why today’s “prophets” aren’t prophets - Amy Spreeman, Berean Research

What is Heresy? - Amy Spreeman, Berean Research

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Modesty Part 3

Modesty Part 3

April 27, 2021

In this third and final installment of our series on Modesty, we take on two of the most common questions we've received on the topic:

  1. “How women and men teach their daughters -and sons- about modesty?”
  2. "How can we biblically deal with women and girls dressing immodestly at church?"

I you missed Parts 1 and 2, here they are:

Modesty Part 1

Modesty Part 2

Resources:

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Modesty - Part 2

Modesty - Part 2

April 20, 2021

In Part Two of our three-part series on the topic of modesty, three questions you might be asking: Does biblical modesty come with "rules," like skirt height? How should moms and dads go about teaching modesty to their children? And what do you say in situations at your church where a sister in the Lord is not dressing modestly? Michelle and Amy seek the wisdom of Scripture to provide practical applications. Don't forget to check out Part 1.

 

Resources:

The Mailbag: Is It OK for Christian Women to Wear Bikinis?- Michelle Lesley- Discipleship for Christian Women

The Mailbag: Should Christian Women Cover Up While Breastfeeding?-Michelle Lesley- Discipleship for Christian Women

Modli (modest swimwear)

Sister...Show Mercy!- Pyromaniacs

What Not to Wear

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Modesty - Part 1

Modesty - Part 1

April 13, 2021

When it comes to modesty and the Bible, we often want "rules" and easy steps to follow. While the world gives us catalogs and commercials and fashion magazines, the Bible gives us general principles about subjective issues that we must wisely apply in our cultural context as we seek to please Him.This is the first in our three-part series on Modesty.

Resources:

What does it mean to dress modestly?- Got Questions?

What does the Bible have to say about lust?-Got Questions?

Feminism, modesty and the bikini - Naomi's Table

Deplorable Decorum? - Naomi's Table

How much pornography are Americans consuming? The Austin Institute for the Study of Family and Culture

The Mailbag: Is lust a sin for women, too?- Michelle Lesley - Discipleship for Christian Women

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Mystical Mess: New Age in the Church

Mystical Mess: New Age in the Church

April 6, 2021

What is the difference between God's miracles and mysticism? Amy and Michelle discuss a growing trend in the church that borrows mystical elements from Buddhism and Hinduism and melds or syncretizes them into Christian practices. Mysticism in the church is as old as the church itself, and has been rightly called out over the centuries as unbiblical. But it is a trend in our time as many Christians are now bringing in these practices and normalizing them.

Sadly, a lot of it comes through the church doors from women, bringing in teachings into women's ministries on Reiki, chakras, crystals, magic energy oils, yoga, karma, energy fields, and even  Ouija boards and tarot cards.

Resources:

What is the New Age? A White Paper Amy Spreeman, Berean Research

Christians Mystically Encountering God Berean Research

"Christian" Tarot Cards and Fortune Telling - Fighting for the Faith, YouTube video

The Spiritual Formation Movement - Berean Research

The Interface of Medieval Mysticism and Buddhist Mindfulness Meditation Berean Research

Mysticism: Its Origin and Impact on Contemporary Christian Thought Berean Research

Books and articles by former New Agers:

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Discerning the False Teachers: Beth Moore (Parts 1 and 2 Combined)

Discerning the False Teachers: Beth Moore (Parts 1 and 2 Combined)

March 30, 2021

We've combined our two-part report on how to discern the teachings of Beth Moore into one podcast episode, and all of the resource material for additional research is included in the links below. Beth Moore is easily the world’s best known women’s Bible study author and teacher in the world, and has been teaching since 1985 and draws in millions of followers. Many of you have been or are in churches where her teachings are a huge part of your women’s ministry. We'll look at her own words, compare them with Scripture and help you discern.

Discerning The False Teachers is a series of podcast episodes discussing false teachers in the modern church, particularly some of the more popular women’s teachers, speakers and authors.

 

Resources:

Bye-Bye Beth: What Beth Moore’s Split with the SBC Means- Michelle Lesley- Discipleship for Christian Women

Beth Moore Announces She's Leaving the Southern Baptist Convention-The End Time: Elizabeth Prata

Living Proof You Should Follow Beth (No) Moore– Michelle Lesley- Discipleship for Christian Women

Discerning False Teachers: Joyce Meyer– A Word Fitly Spoken Podcast

Women Preaching? – A Word Fitly Spoken Podcast

Has Beth Moore only recently drifted, or has she always been false? – The End Time: Elizabeth Prata

Listen carefully to what she is saying in this video… – The End Time: Elizabeth Prata

An Open Letter to Beth Moore- Timeline of Events – Michelle Lesley- Discipleship for Christian Women

When women’s ministries abandon the Bible – Naomi’s Table: Amy Spreeman

On capturing weak women– Naomi’s Table: Amy Spreeman

Words with Friends – Pirate Christian/Berean Examiner: Amy Spreeman

When seemingly solid pastors fail to protect women – Naomi’s Table: Amy Spreeman

Leaving the NAR Church: Elaine’s story – Berean Research

Good News! (The Gospel) A Word Fitly Spoken

After Thought Podcast Guest Appearance Part 1Part 2: The Open Letter to Beth Moore

The Rapp Report Podcast Guest Appearance: The Open Letter to Beth Moore and Complementarianism– Michelle Lesley- Discipleship for Christian Women

The Mailbag: What did you think of Beth Moore’s “A Letter to My Brothers”? – Michelle Lesley- Discipleship for Christian Women

The Mother of All Rebellions: Having a Woman Preach on Mother’s Day– Michelle Lesley- Discipleship for Christian Women

Critiques of Beth Moore (long version) by Elizabeth Prata

Critiques of Beth Moore (newest) by Elizabeth Prata

Articles on Beth Moore by Elizabeth Prata

Why Your Pastor Should Say “No More” to Beth Moore and Why the SBC Should Say “No More” to Beth Moore by Josh Buice

The Beth Moore Cornucopia of False Doctrine, Mysticism, and Impassioned Frenzy by Steven Kozar

Beth Moore at Fighting for the Faith

The Fundamental Problem of Beth Moore at Voice of Reason Radio

Critical Race Theory video series (links to parts 1-6)-  Michelle Lesley- Discipleship for Christian Women

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Words with Friends About False Teachers

Words with Friends About False Teachers

March 24, 2021

What do we do when our loved ones get caught up in the snare of unbiblical teachings? Should we say something?
And if so, how do we approach them in love? In this episode, Amy and Michelle discuss how to have those difficult “Words with Friends."

Resources

Scriptures mentioned in this episode

Words With Friends - Berean Examiner, Pirate Christian Radio

Clinging to the Golden Calf: 7 Godly Responses When Someone Says You’re Following a False Teacher Michelle Lesley- Discipleship for Christian Women

Discernment: A Spiritual Battle, Not a Logical One Michelle Lesley- Discipleship for Christian Women

Discernment: What’s Love Got to Do with It? Michelle Lesley- Discipleship for Christian Women

Popular False Teachers and Unbiblical Trends Michelle Lesley- Discipleship for Christian Women

What does it mean to contend for the faith?  Got Questions

How to Contend for the Faith Grace To You

 

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