The Rev. James Helms, Jr., pastor of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Greenbelt, MD, joins the Rev. Dr. Phil Booe to discuss Christian discipleship.
The discussion turns to discipline in this last Free-Text First Friday of 2023. What does it mean to be disciplined as a follower of Christ? Far from the negative connotations of punishment or rigid control, biblical discipline is rooted in the overflow of God’s love. Through the Holy Spirit, God patiently transforms believers into the image of Jesus, purifying them as vessels set apart for holy use. For many Christians, the call to obedience clashes with cultural preferences for self-determination and comfort. How do believers embrace discipline not as oppression, but as an invitation to share in Christ’s sufferings and holiness? What practices and postures enable divine discipline to shape human hearts?
Thy Strong Word, hosted by Rev. Dr. Phil Booe, pastor of St. John Lutheran Church of Luverne, MN, reveals the light of our salvation in Christ through study of God’s Word, breaking our darkness with His redeeming light. Each weekday, two pastors fix our eyes on Jesus by considering Holy Scripture, verse by verse, in order to be strengthened in the Word and be equipped to faithfully serve in our daily vocations.
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