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Maranatha Teachings

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Maranatha Church, established in 1994, is a multigenerational house church in Coastal Virginia. Most recently, we've been studying the epistle to the Hebrews.

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The Interpretation of Tongues (Living in the Outpouring - 14)

April 21, 2024 18:23 - 40 minutes - 37.5 MB

Sister manifestation to speaking in unknown tongues, inspired interpretation through the Spirit brings tongues out of the prayer closet into the congregation for the edification of all. Join us as we examine this simple and profound manifestation of the Spirit, how it is accessed, and how it is to be employed in the congregational setting.

Various Kinds of Tongues (Living in the Outpouring - 13)

April 14, 2024 23:34 - 1 hour - 67.8 MB

In this episode, we continue our examination of the Holy Spirit manifestations listed by Paul in 1 Corinthians 12. If you are curious about the phenomenon of "speaking in tongues" or are a seasoned charismatic, the information here may surprise you. We investigate tongues in light of biblical theology and the Deuteronomy 32 world view.

"Discerning of Spirits" (Living in the Outpouring - 12)

April 07, 2024 18:44 - 1 hour - 63.6 MB

If you, like me, were taught that discerning of spirits had to do with identifying evil spirits and casting them out, this episode is for you. If you were taught that it had to do with keen insight in to human motivations and nature, this episode is for you. In fact, since the first letter to the Corinthians is for the church, we all stand in need of a clear Scriptural understanding of the grace endowment of discerning of spirits. Join us in this powerful and equipping sharing on a gift that...

Prophesying (Living in the Outpouring - 11)

March 31, 2024 20:53 - 1 hour - 55.8 MB

In this exciting episode, we look at the Apostle Paul's encouragement to the church to "earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy." Join us as we explore biblical examples of prophecy in action and learn the principles of spiritual utterance.

Prophecy and Prophets (Living in the Outpouring - 10)

March 19, 2024 22:12 - 44 minutes - 41.4 MB

In this episode, we begin our examination of prophecy as an expression of the Holy Spirit's presence in and among God's people in the Old and New Testaments and the nuances of the term "prophet."

Faith, Gifts of Healings, and the Working of Miracles (Living in the Outpouring - 9)

March 11, 2024 21:20 - 48 minutes - 45.3 MB

In this energetic episode, we move into the more "spectacular" manifestations of the Spirit. But first, we examine the firm foundation of our faith in the accomplished work of Jesus and God's gracious endowments sovereignly apportioned through his people.

The Utterance of Knowledge (Living in the Outpouring - 8)

March 07, 2024 00:21 - 47 minutes - 43.8 MB

In charismatic circles, the "word of knowledge" is spoken of much, confidently defined, and often illustrated through narrative examples in Scripture or personal anecdotes. But is the common understanding of this manifestation of the Spirit what Paul meant when he listed the "utterance of knowledge" in 1 Corinthians 12:8? Join us in this lively discussion and enlightening sharing as we search the Scriptures to find what this grace endowment truly is.

The Utterance of Wisdom (Living in the Outpouring - 7)

February 26, 2024 03:05 - 55 minutes - 51 MB

In this exciting episode, we begin our examination of the grace endowments classified by Paul as "the manifestation of the Spirit." The apostle begins his list with "the utterance of wisdom." Popular works have classified this manifestation as "the gift of wisdom," but what does the context of 1 Corinthians show this manifestation to truly be? Join us as we take this refreshing, textually driven view of this much ill-defined Spirit-empowerment.

The Utterance of Wisdom - (Living in the Outpouring - 7)

February 26, 2024 03:05 - 55 minutes - 51 MB

In this exciting episode, we begin our examination of the grace endowments classified by Paul as "the manifestation of the Spirit." The apostle begins his list with "the utterance of wisdom." Popular works have classified this manifestation as "the gift of wisdom," but what does the context of 1 Corinthians show this manifestation to truly be? Join us as we take this refreshing, textually driven view of this much ill-defined Spirit-empowerment.

The Manifestation of the Spirit (Living in the Outpouring - 6)

February 19, 2024 03:11 - 49 minutes - 46.1 MB

Much hay is made of the list of gifts in 1 Corinthians 12:8-10, especially (though not exclusively) in charismatic circles. In this episode, we examine this list in context of this letter to the church in Corinth and the structure of Paul's argument in the chapter to better grasp not only the problem he was addressing, but the point of what he was saying. Join us in this lively and informative session.

Dear Corinthian Believers (Living in the Outpouring - 5)

February 15, 2024 01:39 - 51 minutes - 47.6 MB

In this episode, we examine how understanding biblical genres helps us make better sense of what God is telling us through the Scriptures. Springboarding from our last session, we follow Paul as he returns to Judea and Antioch and observe the arrival of Apollos in Corinth and the circumstances that brought him there. These insights from Acts prepare us for the content of 1 Corinthians and the context for the Apostle Paul's discussion of the gifts listed in 1 Corinthians 12.

Welcome to Corinth! (Living in the Outpouring - 4)

February 14, 2024 01:46 - 53 minutes - 49.8 MB

In this exciting episode, we examine Paul's second missionary journey and the Macedonian call that ultimately led him to Corinth. This session in our Living in the Outpouring series provides some of the historical and biblical background to the church in Corinth that Paul planted and the recipients of the letter we call 1 Corinthians. Join us as we take this fascinating journey through the ancient world with the apostle and what it teaches us today.

God's Gracious Endowments

February 13, 2024 02:30 - 55 minutes - 51.2 MB

Have you ever wondered about "spiritual gifts" or taken a "spiritual gifts" test? In this episode, the third installment in our Living in the Outpouring series, we begin to examine the textual layout of the gift listed by Paul in his letters and compare them to the common arrangements made when these gifts are taught. The findings are encouraging and surprising. Join us as we begin our dive into God's Gracious Endowments.

God's Gracious Endowments (Living in the Outpouring - 3)

February 13, 2024 02:30 - 55 minutes - 51.2 MB

Have you ever wondered about "spiritual gifts" or taken a "spiritual gifts" test? In this episode, the third installment in our Living in the Outpouring series, we begin to examine the textual layout of the gift listed by Paul in his letters and compare them to the common arrangements made when these gifts are taught. The findings are encouraging and surprising. Join us as we begin our dive into God's Gracious Endowments.

The Body of Christ

February 12, 2024 01:56 - 43 minutes - 40.2 MB

In this challenging episode, we examine the implications of Jesus claiming his body as the temple and why it is that God does not dwell in temples made with human hands. This truth is what Stephen confronted his accusers with and informs our understanding of what it truly means to have a renewed mind.

The Body of Christ (Living in the Outpouring - 2)

February 12, 2024 01:56 - 43 minutes - 40.2 MB

In this challenging episode, we examine the implications of Jesus claiming his body as the temple and why it is that God does not dwell in temples made with human hands. This truth is what Stephen confronted his accusers with and informs our understanding of what it truly means to have a renewed mind.

The Community of the Saved (Living in the Outpouring - 1)

February 07, 2024 01:57 - 39 minutes - 36.6 MB

This episode kicks off Season 6 of the podcast with our new series, Living in the Outpouring. We begin with the outpouring on Pentecost and how the Holy Spirit amplified and changed the community of disciples Jesus had at his ascension. Join us as we examine the Scriptures and share testimonies of about the life-changing power of the Holy Spirit.

The Community of the Saved

February 07, 2024 01:57 - 39 minutes - 36.6 MB

This episode kicks off Season 6 of the podcast with our new series, Living in the Outpouring. We begin with the outpouring on Pentecost and how the Holy Spirit amplified and changed the community of disciples Jesus had at his ascension. Join us as we examine the Scriptures and share testimonies of about the life-changing power of the Holy Spirit.

"The True Purpose of Pentecost"

February 04, 2024 21:09 - 32 minutes - 30.3 MB

In this episode, recorded on 12/30/24, we look at the impact of the initial outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost. God's purposes are show in the outcome: people repenting and coming to Christ and the development of a transformed community that cared for one another sacrificially. This episode is our final installment in the Acts 2 - Pentecost series and caps off the fifth season of our podcast.

The True Purpose of Pentecost

February 04, 2024 21:09 - 32 minutes - 30.3 MB

In this episode, recorded on 12/30/24, we look at the impact of the initial outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost. God's purposes are show in the outcome: people repenting and coming to Christ and the development of a transformed community that cared for one another sacrificially. This episode is our final installment in the Acts 2 - Pentecost series and caps off the fifth season of our podcast.

Visions of Christmas

January 31, 2024 02:44 - 58 minutes - 53.7 MB

In this episode, recorded on December 23, 2023, we examine the incarnation narratives in Scripture and various artistic representations of the Christmas story. Were the gospel writers aiming for the modern ideal of historical precision or theological truth? Join us as we delve into the inerrancy of Scripture.

Peter's Preaching on Pentecost

January 27, 2024 21:18 - 34 minutes - 32 MB

In this episode, recorded during the 2023 Christmas season, we examine Peter's Pentecost message in it's Scriptural and cultural context. Why was it that those who heard his message were "cut to the heart"? Why of all his prophetic options did he choose to quote Joel and David? What was he proclaiming to the crowd was the reality of Jesus the Messiah? Join us as we dive into the wonder of the Scriptures to see the answers.

The Prophecy of Pentecost

January 27, 2024 14:40 - 43 minutes - 40.7 MB

To the skeptics who accused them of being drunk, Peter declared that what they were witnessing was the fulfillment of Joel's prophecy about the outpouring of the Spirit in the last days. Join us in this next session in our series Acts 2 - Pentecost as we examine the significance of "the last days" in the Old Testament and gain a deeper view of prophetic fulfilment in biblical theology.

The Peoples of Pentecost

January 25, 2024 03:18 - 47 minutes - 43.9 MB

In this episode, we continue our Acts 2 - Pentecost series, looking particularly at Acts 2:5-13. Who were the peoples assembled in Jerusalem that witnessed the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and the manifestation of tongues? What was the theological messaging in their listing? Join us as we examine the textual evidence that ties the day of Pentecost to the Babel narrative in Genesis 11 and what it means for us, the new covenant people of God.

The Proofs of Pentecost - Part 2 "Wind, Fire, and Tongues"

January 21, 2024 22:40 - 38 minutes - 35.7 MB

The day of Pentecost was the birth of the New Testament church, the body of Christ, the Temple of the living God. How does its establishment compare with the inauguration of the Old Testament shrines? Join us as we look at the attendant signs on the day of Pentecost and how they resonate with the appearance of the glory of God in the Old Testament.

The Proofs of Pentecost - Part 1 "The House"

January 19, 2024 01:43 - 26 minutes - 24.9 MB

In this fourth installment of our Acts 2 - Pentecost series, we examine the who and where of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost.

The Disciples' Preparation for Pentecost

January 18, 2024 00:40 - 43 minutes - 40.5 MB

In this episode, we examine the disciples' activity in the intervening days between the Lord's ascension and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost. Though we live in the age of the outpouring, we can learn much from the apostles as they prepared for the coming of the promise of the Father. Join us as we examine the impact of unity on our prayers and how the Father answers the Lord's prayer. [This is installment 3 of 9 in our Acts 2 - Pentecost series.]

You Will Be My Witnesses - Part 2

January 16, 2024 02:57 - 1 hour - 56.1 MB

In this second installment of our Acts 2 - Pentecost series, we look at the promise of Pentecost and how Jesus's disciples and contemporaries understood the implications of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit as spoken about by the prophets. Join us as we examine the vital need of the Spirit's presence and power to carry out our mission to make disciples of all nations.

You Will Be My Witnesses - Part 1

January 05, 2024 02:06 - 54 minutes - 50.8 MB

In this introductory session to our Acts 2 - Pentecost series, we examine Jesus's post-resurrection encounters with his disciples and his promise to send the Holy Spirit from the Father. Along the way, we discuss the nature of Scriptural inspiration, the character of Christ, and the Hebrew Bible's context for the outpouring of the Spirit.

New Covenant Love

January 04, 2024 21:07 - 46 minutes - 42.9 MB

In this episode, we look into the transformation of the heart brought to the redeemed by the Holy Spirit and how it enables us to walk in the heart of the law: to love God with all our heart, soul, and strength and to love our neighbor as ourselves. In the powerful meditation on love, we gain deep insights into the character of our God and the image in which we were created.

"Exodus, Salvation, and the Spirit"

December 30, 2023 20:28 - 1 hour - 61.7 MB

In this powerful episode, we traverse the waters of the Exodus and follow its streaming theme through the prophets to the ultimate fulfillment of the promise of the Father to pour his Spirit out on all flesh. Along the way, we gain greater context for the ministry of John the Baptist, Christ's accomplishment on the cross, and the "already but not yet" gathering of all the children of Israel on the day of Pentecost.

Jesus Breathed on Them

November 19, 2023 17:16 - 41 minutes - 38.8 MB

In this sharing, we reflect on the significance of Jesus breathing on his disciples and saying, "Receive the Holy Spirit." House churches are organic gatherings, replete with dialogue, testimony, and the ambient sounds of infants playing and the agape meal being prepared. Join us in this heartfelt discussion about our need to be continually filled with the life of Christ.

The Water of the Spirit

October 30, 2023 23:15 - 47 minutes - 44.1 MB

Water flows as a theme throughout the Gospel of John. Join us as we examine being born of "water and the Spirit" and the promise of living water from Jesus, the only source of eternal life.

Battle Lines - Part 12 "The Name of the Lord"

September 10, 2023 22:35 - 49 minutes - 68.4 MB

What does it mean to trust in His name? How are we to advance His kingdom through the use of His name? How has Jesus placed His name in us? In this final session in our Battle Lines series, we discuss the spiritual warfare of evangelism and review the theology and significance of the name of the Lord.

Battle Lines - Part 11 "King of kings"

August 22, 2023 01:03 - 54 minutes - 75.4 MB

In this powerful episode, we examine how it was that the Son of God entered a rebellious world and defeated all the powers of darkness through His obedient death. Join us as we discuss how Jesus dealt with and rectified the rebellion of Genesis 11 and how He reigns as King of kings.

Battle Lines - Part 10 "The Spirit of Truth"

August 19, 2023 15:32 - 1 hour - 97.4 MB

Demons are rare in English Old Testaments, yet once Jesus comes out of the wilderness, demons and the demonized confront him at every turn. Why do we find such a proliferation of demonic and evil spirit appearances in the New Testament? Aside from casting them out in the course of his earthly ministry, how did Jesus address the corruption demons cause? In this lively and powerful episode, we lift the language veil on Old Testament evil spirits and dive into the New Covenant answer for the re...

Battle Lines - Part 9 "The Light of Life"

August 07, 2023 00:38 - 50 minutes - 69.8 MB

In this powerful message, we discuss the gospel in creation, the symbol of the serpent in the wilderness, and our Lord's defeat of the evil on the cross.

Battle Lines - Part 8 "From Death to Life"

August 05, 2023 16:57 - 1 hour - 84.5 MB

Having examined the impacts of the three rebellions in the early chapters of Genesis, in this episode we begin to unpack how Jesus delivers us from the consequences of sin. Return to the garden with us as we discuss the woman's deception by the serpent, the man's transgression against the covenant of God, and Jesus's rescue of us from death to give us life eternal.

Battle Lines - Part 7 "The Tower of Babel"

July 24, 2023 00:51 - 1 hour - 86.4 MB

One of the grandest building projects of the ancient world, the Tower of Babel, was disrupted through direct divine intervention. What would cause God to come down and stop man from building? Though massive, it wasn't its size or height. The Great Pyramid of Gaza is substantially larger on both counts and still rises above the desert floor today. Something of greater importance was at stake. God's response to humanity's rebellion in the plain of Shinar resonates throughout the rest of Script...

Battle Lines - Part 6 "The Sons of God"

July 16, 2023 20:20 - 58 minutes - 80.7 MB

In this episode, we examine the second major rebellion in the book of Genesis, the cohabitation of the sons of God with the daughters of men. Who were these "sons of God" and how is it that their actions necessitated the blotting out of mankind and animals from the face of the earth? Join us as we grapple with these questions and the implications their answers have for us today.

Battle Lines - Part 5 "Enter the Dragon"

July 04, 2023 02:07 - 1 hour - 89.1 MB

In this episode, we dive into the first of the three rebellions of Genesis 1-11 and examine the identity of the serpent, the nature of God's foreknowledge and its impact on man's free will, and the surprisingly few instances Adam's sin is mentioned in the Old Testament.

Battle Lines - Part 4 "The Image of Christ"

June 27, 2023 02:07 - 56 minutes - 77 MB

In this powerful episode, we examine God's commitment to His word and the lengths He went through (and will go through) to bring His declared purposes to pass. Join us as we examine the significance of being made in God's image to ultimately be transformed into the image of Christ.

Battle Lines - Part 3 "The Image of God"

June 23, 2023 21:53 - 56 minutes - 77.2 MB

In this thought provoking episode, we discuss the cultural context of Genesis 1, its polemic intent, and the process of Scriptural interpretation in our examination of the implications of God making man in His image.

Battle Lines - Part 2 "The Temple of Creation"

June 11, 2023 19:49 - 36 minutes - 50 MB

In this packed episode, we examine the language of creation and its intentional illustration of God's dwelling place. Join us as we look into the intricate structure of Genesis and meditate on what it means to be the temple of the living God.

Battle Lines: Creation and the Three Rebellions - Part 1 "Divine Communication"

June 09, 2023 00:51 - 50 minutes - 68.8 MB

In the introduction to this new series, we look at the principles and difficulties of divine communication through the lens of Jesus's interaction with Nicodemus in John 3. Along the way, we learn about how God encodes messages to us, principles of Scriptural interpretation, and the witness of the cosmos.

Pentecost 2023: The Cross, the Kingdom, and the Outpouring

May 30, 2023 01:49 - 56 minutes - 78.3 MB

In this episode, we review the significance of the Feast of Weeks (Pentecost) in Scripture and in second temple Jewish culture. Along the way, we delve into the connections between the day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit was outpoured and the tower of Babel where the nations were disinherited. We land on the Spirit's cry in our hearts of "Abba! Father!" and what that signifies for us.

Gospel Faith

May 29, 2023 02:24 - 1 hour - 89 MB

In this episode, we look into the faith of the father of faith, Abraham. His responses to God's promises and the Lord's strengthening of his faith are a great encouragement to us as we walk in trusting relationship with our heavenly Father. Join us as we journey with Abraham from faith to faith.

God with Us Part 8 - "The Song of Moses and the Song of the Lamb"

May 29, 2023 01:34 - 56 minutes - 77.9 MB

This episode is the closing message of our God with Us series. In it, we jump forward into the halls of heaven to hear the saints singing the song of Moses and the song of the Lamb and jump back to the celebration in Exodus 15 after the crossing of the Red Sea and Moses's song of warning in Deuteronomy 32 before the children of Israel cross the Jordan. Join us in this epic look at redemption and the triumph of our King, the King of kings, Jesus Christ.

God with Us Part 7 - "The Shepherd, the Nations, the gods, and Us"

May 28, 2023 23:55 - 57 minutes - 79.6 MB

Having laid much groundwork for a deeper understanding of John 10 in Parts 1-6, we return to the start of the chapter for an exercise in reading the Scripture in context. All of us are used to reading verses in certain ways. In this sharing, we ask "who is the thief in John 10:10?" and "who was Hosea prophesying to when he said, 'I will say to Not My People, "You are my people"'?" (Hosea 2:23; Romans 9:25). Along the way, we examine the important role inheritance plays as a theme in Scriptur...

God with Us Part 6 - "The Divine Council"

May 28, 2023 22:44 - 55 minutes - 76.1 MB

When the Jews said they were going to stone him for making himself God, Jesus asked, "Is it not written in your Law, 'I said, you are gods'?" In this lively discussion, we delve into the meat of Jesus's argument to his contemporaries and highlight a major theme in Scripture's revelation of redemption's history. I am deeply indebted to Dr. Michael S. Heiser and his life's work on the divine council in Scripture. Psalm 82 launched him into a supernatural understanding of the Scripture. For an ...