How do we live in these times? We are called to something so contrary to what the culture offers. In this episode, Jeff expounds on what makes the call of Christ so contrary. He explains how we need to “wake up!”
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Let your words and deeds cry out “I have encountered the Lord!”
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Jesus Expects More of You
So that we can make the faith easier for people, we won’t talk about repentance, sin, suffering, or hell. Instead, we talk about God helping us be good. We talk about acceptance. The culture will tell us to just be the best version of ourselves. Who do you want to be? Be that. What do you want to believe? Believe that. But Christs calls us to more. We are called to be saints, to be holy.
This Isn’t Cool or Easy
We try to make our faith cool and easy. Bring in the light shows. Bring in the coffee bars. This will make faith cool and easy. However, our faith requires us to recognize our sins, confess our sins, and die on the cross with Christ. Die to ourselves. This is NOT easy. Christ calls us to love him by picking up our cross and following him. We cannot just be observers, we must enter in.
Quotations from Jordan Peterson
“In an attempt to popularize the faith, especially in the 60s, they ended up not asking enough of people. They thought they would make it more accessible." He mentioned that Kierkegaard said, ‘Once everything has become too easy, there’ll be a massive outcry for voluntary difficulty.’”
“What the Church has to offer is the straight and narrow path. This is very very hard.”
- Matthew 10 “Jesus said to his Apostles: ‘No disciple is above his teacher, no slave above his master. It is enough for the disciple that he become like his teacher.”
- Matthew 10:32-33 “Everyone therefore who shall confess Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever shall deny Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven.”
- Matthew 16:24 “Then Jesus said to His disciples, ‘If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.’”
- 1 Cor 15:31 “Paul said, ‘I die daily.’”
- 2 Cor 5:10 “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.”
- Matthew 7:13-14 “Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide, and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and many are those who enter by it. For the gate is small, and the way is narrow that leads to life, and few are those who find it.”
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Meet Your Host: Jeff Cavins
Jeff Cavins is passionate about helping people understand Scripture and become disciples of Jesus Christ. Though he was born Catholic, Jeff went to Bible school and served as a protestant minister for twelve years before reverting to the Catholic Faith. Jeff then received his MA in Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville. Since then, he has become a leading Catholic evangelist and author.
Jeff created The Bible Timeline learning system, which revolutionized Catholic Bible Study for millions of Catholics. Since its introduction, Jeff has developed The Great Adventure series of Bible studies to help people better understand Sacred Scripture and its meaning for their lives.