Enemies Reconciled to God

In this episode Jesse is back with us to discuss how we (maybe unknown to ourselves) are enemies of God in need of reconciliation. This is the wonderful salvation in Jesus that we might have peace with God.

Key verse: “For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.” Romans 5:10

  1. Introduction
  2. Enemies with God
    1. Romans 5:8-10
      1. What does it mean to be an enemy?
      2. What causes the hostility – our sins.
    2. James 4:4 – being a friend of the world causes enmity with God
    3. Where is the separation?
      1. Col. 1:21 – This takes place in our minds (cp. Gen. 6:5 vs. Isa. 26:3)
      2. Romans 8:5-7 the carnal mind is enmity with God
  3. Reconciliation with God brings peace
    1. Col. 1:20
    2. Eph. 2:13-17
    3. Rom. 5:1, 10-11
    4. Defining true peace with God
  4. Final conclusion

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God is Just and the Justifier

The latest episode is up! Join us as we discuss the conundrum of how a just God can save sinners. Why did Jesus have to die on a cross? The answer is in Romans 3:9-28.

Key Verse: “It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.” Romans 3:26

  1. Introduction
    • The conundrum of how a just God can save sinners
    • Why did Jesus have to die?
    • A core teaching on this in Romans 3:9-28
  2. Chapter 3:9-24
    • The terrible sinfulness of all men (v.9-20, 23). Our knowledge of sin brings a recognition of guilt (v. 19).
    • The righteousness of God (v. 21-22) and the meaning of justification.
    • “By his grace” (v. 24). This is his gift. It is a balance of grace & truth.
  3. Chapter 3:25
    • The meaning of propitiation
    • Faith in his blood – How does Jesus fit in? A man of spotless character who condemned sin.
  4. Chapter 3:26-28
    • God is just and the justifier of all who believe
    • Justified by faith
  5. Final conclusion

Previous episodes that provide background to this subject:

Quote by Robert Roberts:

“God’s method for the return of sinful man to favour required and appointed the putting to death of man’s condemned and evil nature in a representative man of spotless character, whom He should provide, to declare and uphold the righteousness of God, as the first condition of restoration, that He might be just while justifying the unjust, who should believingly approach through him in humility, confession and reformation” Robert Roberts, Diary of a Voyage, pg. 68

Blessed is the One Who Reads

Welcome to Season 5!

Part of being a good Bible student is being a good Bible reader. Wayne Coutu joins Tim Young for a conversation about the importance of consistent daily Bible reading and how to go about it.


Website with the daily readings and commentary – The Daily Bible Readings

YouVersion app with daily reading planner

Apple app – Daily: Bible Reading


Key verse: Rev. 1:3


  • God speaks to us through his Word (like a missed call or voicemail)
  • We speak to God through prayer (like wanting to share good/bad news with a friend)
  • Matt. 7:21-23 – God wants a relationship with us but he has to know us (Gal. 4:9)

The Importance of Reading God’s Word daily

  • Rev. 1:3 – Read, hear and keep
  • Deut. 6:6-9 – Heart, teach children, talk of them, sign upon hands, upon posts and gates of the house

Reading with a Plan

  • The Bible Companion (dailyreadings.org.uk)
  • The benefits of reading with others / reading aloud
  • Sometimes we wonder why we are reading. The answer may be there immediately or later.
  • Read with an objective – ask questions, look for themes

Final conclusion – Attention vs Intention